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That ever moving finish line IS addictive! That's why my goal is my Day. I have my food slated out for the day (egg and toast for breakfast, salad for lunch, city chicken for dinner tonite) and all the other things I want or need to accomplish during the day. I may not get to all of it, but my food will always be accomplished. That way I can put my head on the pillow at night with a smile, and THAT is my goal.

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1/14/12 1:52 P

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This thread has been tremendously helpful. I was encouraged to see that so many others struggled with the same issues upon arriving 'at goal'....not the least of which is getting one's head around whether the goal has actually been met!

Technically, I have been 'maintaining' for about 2 years, with just a couple of short-term upticks due to vacation, big life changes etc. BUT I have never actually taken maintenance on seriously...i.e. I have not made peace with having arrived and I have not yet let go of the 'losing' mindset. In my case at least, the ever-moving finish line has become a bit addictive.

So thanks to all of you for sharing your experience and the different ways you have dealt (and are dealing!) with this somewhat under-explored topic. emoticon

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Thanks everybody!

Shaping my body is exactly what I want to do, as well as learning to recognize the advantages of my new shape and accepting the permanent imperfections/quirks. I see a lot of core work in my future! (Just inflated my new exercise ball - metallic black, ooh!) I'm also tracking my food again and trying to get down to 130/21.75BMI; then I'll set a 5-lb range on either side, aiming for 130. You're right, I think 125 might be too hard to maintain for my sturdy body-type and I don't want to set myself up for disappointment.

Once I see 130 for the first time I'll try upping my (tracked) calorie intake until I level out. I'm hoping that maintenance for me will be around 1900 (winter) or 2400 (summer with daily biking) because I have a big appetite! But I'll track and observe and see what works. I know my metabolism isn't super-efficient.

My current motivation is a quick 4-day trip to Cuba with my wife (spot the Canadians!). We're apart all thsi winter since she got a great job contract across the country and I want to look great for our tropical reunion on my 33rd birthday weekend in late February! If I can get my body fat a few points down and pump up my muscles a bit more by then, maybe I can even rock a two-piece - stretch-marks be damned!
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Edited to add - I don't know why my tracker sometimes lists my weight in kgs, rather than lbs. Anyone know how to fix that? I went from 195lbs to 135lbs, not 430lbs to 297lbs.

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P.S. Heather, can I just say, as a biologist, that your Spark ID amuses me greatly? LOL
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1/12/12 6:48 P

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Heather - I know the feeling well. I reached my goal weight last June, but everyone was telling me I was too thin. I also had a jiggly belly I was very unhappy with, and didn't know what to do going forward. So, I ended up gaining weight!

Looking back, I'm glad I did. I faltered for a while, but continued training, and specfically weight training with emphasis on abs and back. My belly looks a lot much better so the exercise helps. I am now losing the last pound or 3 VERY slowly. My goal is a pound a month, while continuing to build muscle. Instead of using the scale as a guide now though, I'm concentrating on fitting into the clothes I bought when I was at my original goal, but doing it through body shaping (strength) more than weight. There are some great blogs on here by Sparkers showing pictures of the changes in size and shape of their body, while losing very little weight. There was one recently that you should still be able to find under the popular blog posts section. She dropped several clothing sizes while losing almost nothing. I think I'll look better and feel healthier by going that route. I wish you luck figuring out what works best for you!

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1/12/12 2:10 P

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emoticon Heather!
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I am stuck in the same boat -can't afford to lose any more weight, but a belly pot remains after two years of maintenance, and of course, lots of those stretch marks. Someone told me posture has everything to do with it. if you slouch or have a desk job or some other type that keeps you leaning over or forward, it will be hard to do anything about it. But always sittting and standing straight abs tucked in will do a lot to pull it in. There is naturally, no way to 'spot' train it. I wish you a happy maintenance, enjoy your new freedom!
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Welcome Heather!
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Congratulations on your accomplishments! So happy you are joining us!

I remember when I hit goal weight! Two words came to mind! "Now what?" Then "Am I really at goal weight?"

Everyone here has experienced similar situations and will share. It has helped me so much and I'm sure you will find the same. Don't hesitate to post here on questions you might have. The discussion alone will educate us all in this new stage of the journey. All the best and be well!
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It's hard to stop losing. I believe your body will tell you when it's time to stop. It will just refuse to budge any lower on a sensible diet that you have been following. Don't listen to what other people think...listen to your own body. But do continue to eat the healthy diet you have been eating!

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Congratulations on your success. WOW!
I love how this team has so many people who are encouraging and ready to share their tips. We have a much better chancer at maintaining with these kind of supportive connections.

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1/11/12 5:47 P

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Very nicely said, OOLALA!

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It seems to me that 22.5 BMI is very respectable. In my opinion, one of the reasons people struggle so much with maintenance is that they try to maintain a weight that is too low. Eat and move in a way that allows you NOT to have to worry about every mouthful and every workout, while keeping reasonable consistent habits of moderacy. This is not the same as getting lax.

I agree that it might be time to determine if there is something else pleasurable and productve that you can add to your life besides losing weight. Who would you be if this problem was handled? (Handled doesn't mean we can forget about it. it just means that we have established the practices we are willing to maintain indefinitely. If those are in place, congratulate yourself and see if life isn't good just as it is, or if there is a new dream to dream, but don't get caught up in nothing ever being enough. emoticon

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emoticon on reaching your goal!

You've received some great advice here - and I was happy to read it as well as I have many of the same issues....and have been at or very very near goal for about a year now. Knowing when you're slim enough is a very personal thing - give yourself the time to experiment.

I too have some saggy belly skin (2 pregnancies) and have found that core training does wonders - almost as good as a tummy tuck!

Have fun, enjoy!

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emoticon on reaching your goal weight no advice from me I'm still trying ot figure it all out myself I'm finding it hit or miss a lot of trial and error for me any way Only question I have is do you have a weight range My goal was 140 and my range is 135 to 145 I have room to play with in all reality I'd like to get ot low end of my range but my body is very comfortable at 140 to 142

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Congratulations on getting to maintenance. You have come to the right group, as you can tell from the good pointers offered so far. I have nothing new -- just agreeing that your body needs time to stabilize right now and then you can see how you are. Welcome to the team!

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I agree with everyone. I've been at goal longer than you've been alive (amazing!). Back in those days, just after the era of Twiggy, no one ever thought of anyone as being too skinny. Most young people were slender, and the BMI hadn't been invented yet. I wouldn't worry about what your mother thinks. You are the only one living in your body. The decision is yours. Spot reducing isn't possible outside of surgery, and if you went to a good surgeon, you'd be told to stabilize your weight for 6 months before doing anything drastic. Good advice in general. At your age your skin may or may not recover some, the stretch marks are yours forever. That's the glory of clothes. There are different clothing techniques for different body shapes, the magazines are full of them, and it's a problem that isn't related necessarily to weight.

Enjoy your new weight! And enjoy all the things you know you can now do because you have also learned patience and perseverance, two attributes that will open more doors than the weight loss you had to accomplish to learn them. And maintain to keep them.

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Congratulations. Another avenue of help is under the healthy lifestyle tab... there is a section for maintenance that lists articles, etc.

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I agree with not doing anything dramatically different. Take small steps to change. Increase your calories a little and a lot if you exercise more, but continue to eat mostly healthy things. You can't spot reduce, so in that sense you can only get rid of remaining fat by exercising more and replacing the fat with muscle and that can take a looooong time. But it's ok, you have regained your health and everything from here on out is just icing on the cake.
I would recommend finding some new activities that you have never done (maybe because you couldn't easily) and just figure out what you enjoy. While losing weight we can make this our primary goal in life. Now it's time to look for other goals that will improve your quality of life. This could also involve helping others get healthy, maybe in your community.
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Congrats!

Give yourself ample time to stabilize. Things do redistribute. It can take 2 or more years for your body to settle into its new shape. It will take your mind even longer. Be patient with yourself.

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Right now you need to decide whether you're done or want to get to 125. Whatever you do decide, try and get there and give yourself lots of time and space to experiment and figure out how to stay there, tweak your calories, etc. See if you can get there and stay there consistently for a couple of months.

After that you can re evaluate and decide whether it suits you or not, and then adjust accordingly.

Strength training can provide underlying muscles to fill up skin and overall shape under the skin.

What I do NOT recommend at this point is what I did when I first hit goal two years ago, which was to suddenly embark on an aggressive training program for a half-iron triathlon. It threw me completely out of whack because suddenly I needed even MORE calories than I had before, and I didn't even know how many I needed for maintenance! So a bunch of accidental undereating caused a bunch of cravings which triggered binges and things spiraled out of control for a while. It was very confusing and disorienting.

Hang in there and keep us posted!

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congrats!
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Hi team!

After a year of weightloss, I just reached my original goal of 135lbs after losing 60 lbs from a high of ~195. I'm 5'5 and now have a 22.5 BMI. I'm nearly 33 years old and before this I had been overweight for my entire adult life and obese for the past 6 years, so this is a major shift for me!

I hit goal in Christmas Day, a lot earlier than I'd planned due to a sudden increase in weight loss earlier in December. I am struggling a bit with the idea of being "done", and last week I posted a new goal of 125lbs. However I'm getting some concern from my mother, who worries that I'd be too skinny at that weight. After asking for advice from my Sparkfriends, I was directed to the Fat2FitRadio body fat % tools. According to 2 of those I was at 25% - the bottom edge of acceptable, and the third said I was 20%, the bottom edge of athletic (I'm skeptical!). According to the 25% figure, I shouldn't lose more than 5 more lbs.

The thing is that while I'm fairly muscular with wide shoulders and ribcage, I have a lot of softness around my waist and upper arms. I'd love to lose another inch on my waist to get a curvier hip-to-waist ratio! (I have a 29.75" waist right now, and a .83 ratio). I have a bit of loose skin (wrinkly but not hanging) and a massive amount of stretchmarks. What do people do at this stage? I'm thinking of dropping another 5 pounds slowly while continuing my strength training. I'm eating 1600cals/day for a loss goal of 1/2lb per week. Anything else I can do to smooth out my belly without becoming too cadaverous everywhere else? Has anyone found that body fat redistributes into healthier patterns (more hips, less belly) over time with healthy eating during maintenance? Or is this as good as it's gonna get after so many years of obesity?

Overall, I'm happy with where I am right now. I'm wearing a size 6-8 and have lost 10 inches off my waist! I feel much healthier and much cuter overall, and my low-glycemic eating has been great for my insulin-resistance symptoms, and hopefully for my life expectancy too! I'm looking forward to this first year of maintenance - a little nervous and a little excited to have my first full year at a healthy weight!

Glad to be part of the team!

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