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8/16/11 2:12 P

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I did not know about increasing my calorie intake so I did not do it. Personally, I would have had a problem with it anyway!

I never stop tracking calories in and out and do portion control, etc. Eventually it is pretty much ingrained behavior. I eat within the range SP gives me for the calorie burn I am doing. If I go over, rarely, I don't let it bother me as an active runner, other sites are telling me I need more than SP tells me. But this is working for me.

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8/15/11 4:11 P

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Congrats on your weight loss! Caroljean64 and Tornado40 have said it right! You know the basics just keep doing what you are doing and just add that 100 cal each couple of weeks or so to see how you are doing. Keep up with the exercise. Track track track! It all pays off in the end!

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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!

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8/15/11 7:08 A

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Congrats for approaching maintenance. This is the part that I usually mess up.

Yes you do need to keep exercising or you will never keep it off. Plus as much as I hate exercising I have to admit that it is good for us. I am sure besides keeping off the weight you want to be as strong and healthy as you can possibly be.

An I would keep on tracking what you eat. I would gradually increase it as it was suggested by caroljean64. That way you will be able to see how many calories it takes to maintain your weight with the amount of exercise that you are doing.


Keep eating healthy and exercising.


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8/14/11 10:44 P

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Portion control.
100 calories every couple weeks

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.

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8/14/11 7:47 P

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Hi everyone- My name is Theresa and my weight has fluctuated since I hit my teens. I'm 35 now, but between having 2 kids in the last 5 years, the weight I had lost previously of course I gained back with pregnancy. So, I feel like the last 5 years I've been losing and gaining- back and forth. I am making this my LAST time. I am ready to maintain. I'm healthy BMI now and while I may still try to lose a few more extra pounds this fall, I'm thinking that for the most part I should start getting into maintenance mode. While another couple pounds gone would be great, I have to start looking at what is realistic, long term.

Anyway, I joined this group hoping to find some tips and advice on HOW to maintain. I plan on doing some internet research too and seeing if there are any books I can pick up at the library. Right now I still track all of my calories and exercise, each day. I know my biggest helper will be KEEPING UP my exercise, which in times past I tend to drop by the wayside. I know that is essential now to keeping the weight off. And definitely some healthier eating habits.

One of my main questions right now, is how to alter my calories each day? Currently I eat about 1500 a day. Should I increase gradually? I did find a calculator that has recommendations on how many cal's I can eat per day to maintain, but not sure if I up the intake all at once, will my body be ok, ie- not start gaining?

Thanks for any advice!!

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