I can only say "Amen" to all the good suggestions our fellow maintainers have given you on going by how you feel, what your body tells you and what your activity level is rather than some number on the scale. I don't weigh but once a week and don't get bent out of shape as long as I stay within 2 or 3 lbs. of the goal I set for myself many years ago. The good eating and exercise habits I've established have stood me in good stead. I remember a friend who needed to gain weight and easily put it on just by adding a milkshake in the middle of the afternoon. It's surprising how small adjustments can even things up. Good Luck!
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I, too, am at the low low range for my height, and very happy there. I LIKE my BMI to be "low". I no longer show my ticker because of Spark's unwillingness to do the "above-below-bounce" range for those of us maintaining, and I totally ignore their calorie recommendation. I don't like their "activity" adjustments. Spark doesn't consider stress to be exercise, yet I always lose when I am stressed out.
If you have lost weight on a well rounded, balanced diet that you are comfortable with, just stick with it and add just a tad more on some days. If you weigh yourself every day, you'll see what your body does with it. By and large, the weight fluctuations average out. If you want to go lower, go lower. The problem comes when you want to gain. It's easy to gain 10 pounds, not so easy to gain 2. This I know first hand. I wear a size zero now and people are always telling me I am anorexic. But I also have a 35 year old size 6 skirt in my closet that is tight. Sizes have changed (called vanity sizing) so it doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean I am too thin.
I've been within 10 pounds of my current weight for most of 41 years now (had a 10 pound problem during menopause, now gone) so I am now comfortable with how to eat. I use the exchange plan and eat very well, yet am maintaining low, and I am happy. You'll get there. That is why we have a team for maintainers. It isn't exactly like losing, but the principles are the same.
Nell Reston, Virginia
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I'm with ZucchiniQueen... all this says is that the "average" ranges aren't working for your body. There are many things that can contribute to this: overreporting calories eaten, underreporting exercise ... but probably your metabolism is higher than the average bear.
So... ARE you happy where you are? Do you want to GAIN? Experiment with your ranges. Just a little. Not so much as to scare yourself! Eat more. Just not too much more.
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Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
Your body is telling you more than the SparkPeople "average" statistics. If you're still losing weight and want to stablize, add more calories gradually until you find the spot where you're maintaining. Listen to your body!
Hi Denise, you are probably not doing anything wrong except not listening to what your body is telling you. Consider looking in the mirror and deciding if you like your current weight. Health is more a matter of percentage of body fat and muscle. If your clothes fit well and you like your appearance in the mirror don't pay too much attention to weight. There are way too many very unfit (and unhealthy) skinny people in the world. You calorie requirements in maintenance depend on so many factors and could be all the way between 1300 calories and 4000 calories depending on your activity level, height and built. Focus mostly on learning to listen to your body and on eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly not on weight. If you don't feel quite ready to do this without any help from the program try gradually to wean yourself off from counting calories. Good luck, Birgit
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Fitness Minutes: (11,071) Posts: 792 8/7/11 12:59 A
I reached my goal of 125 lbs in March or April and I started trying to figure out how to set SP for maintenance mode soon after. My weight dropped below 125, so I tried setting a new goal with my actual weight and my goal weight of 125, but I got an error message so I had to set my goal weight lower. A couple months later, as I continued to lose, I tried again with the same results and had to set my goal weight lower for SP to recognize it. It has gotten to the point where people are beginning to ask me if I'm alright and say they hope I'm not anorexic. Coach Nancy told me that what I needed to do was set my goal weight for my current weight and set the time for achieving it out long range, which I did, but it's still giving me the same calorie span of 1200-1550. I read one of the success stories of someone who is in maintenance mode, and she said that when she reached her goal weight, she was given a higher calorie range. What am I doing wrong?
I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached on January 17, 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.
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