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Lower carb doesn't really work for me. I tried it for a while last summer and I really felt like I was on a 'diet.' I felt great for a while but then I starting having a hard time keeping up with my workouts and was getting mad cravings (bad for a binger!). I don't think it's something I think I could stick with long-term. I tend to do better and feel most satisfied by upping my protein and staying moderate with the carbs and fat.

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I can definitely relate to the huge appetite. For me it helped tremendously to reduce my carb intake a lot. When I reached about 100-150 grams carbs/day I had no trouble maintaining. I've since found out that if I go down to about 50 grams of netcarbs/day I can lose a few more pounds without getting hungry at all, without inbetween meal snacking and without cravings for sweet things after dinner.
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3/19/12 3:45 P

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You're definitely right about the portion distortion. My old idea of what a reasonable portion is was definitely a lot bigger than what it is now that's it's more in line with a "European-sized" portion. Unfortunately, though my mindset has changed in that respect, my desire to eat more hasn't necessarily gone away. My appetite is HUGE and I am almost always hungry even though I eat quite healthily and don't deprive myself of small portions of food I love that's not so healthy. I've figured out the best balance for me to stay as satisfied as possible but I know I'm always going to struggle between my very strong desire to overeat and my strong desire to be fit and healthy. I'm also toying with lowering my goal a bit. My initial idea was to be at a healthy weight. Now I want to see what's most comfortable and manageable for me.

I also find restaurants here to be much more expensive than in the States. Maybe that's how they can stay in business with people eating out less frequently. I live in a heavily touristed area too, so at any given time, there are many more tourists in the local restaurants than residents. Locals eat out less often and go to the handful of places that aren't overpriced or just go when it's really a treat rather than as a multiple times a week habit.

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It's a tricky thing, adjusting your mind. It takes a lot longer than adjusting your body.

As Nell just said in another thread today, it's hard sometimes to see a weight above your all-time low - and she's been maintaining for over 40 years!

I'm trying to work on myself to get used to the idea that success now = staying within a range around a central target rather than below a certain number or hitting another all-time low.

I like the +/- 3% range for all the reasons specified in this paper:
www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v30/n3/fu
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Basically it's wide enough to accommodate routine water fluctuations but narrow enough to alert you if you're sliding into trouble.

You're always free to decide you want a different goal weight, whenever you want. Mine was originally just to be under 160 because in high school & college my happy weight was in the 150s.

Recently I've dropped below 150 and find I kind of like it here in the 140s. I feel stronger and lighter and I like what I see in photos and the mirror more. I can do physical stuff even better like my ww kayaking, road cycling, etc.

So I'm in the process of gradually shifting the center of my target weight range down. A couple months ago it was 155. Last month it was 152.5, and now it's 150. Eventually it might end up being 145 or even lower.

The point here is that I think of my goal as the +/- 3% range around a central target weight, and as long as I'm within that, I'm pretty content.

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Thanks for that info. Interesting that they don't eat out as often. Yet it's enough to keep the restaurant businesses open.

Hmm, I'm wondering if you really still think of reasonable portions as "I'm trying to lose weight," portions. Doesn't it turn out that they really are enough food, and that more than that is just uncomfortable anymore? I know a turnaround came for me when it occurred to me that I was actually eating enough even though my food intake was so much lower, and that the kinds of foods I was eating were actually my preference. I'd think, this is what I eat now. I'm not longing to go back to eating more or eating sweets more often or anything. This is fine, forever. It wasn't that I was convincing myself. It was that I was realizing it. Hey, I'm not on a diet anymore. I'm just eating! emoticon

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Absolutely. Italians, like most Europeans, don't have the obesity epidemic that exists in the United States. For example, I did some exams with a group of almost 60 high school aged students on Saturday and not one of them was overweight. That's not to say that there aren't heavy people here, it's just far less common than in the US. From what I've observed it mostly comes down to portions. Italians eat all kinds of food--some healthy, some not, including pasta and bread, pretty much every day in most cases--but the portions are almost always reasonable; what I'd classify as my 'I'm trying to lose weight sized portions.' And while restaurant portions can vary, I don't think I've ever seen any that come close to what you often get in the States. Plus, Italians don't eat out as often as many Americans tend to do. It's a special treat, so if you overdo it, say, once a month as opposed to every day, you're not going to be obese in the end.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Keep learning to be honest with yourself about how much you really need to eat to be satisfied. If you're happy with how you're eating, why change? But if you've been depriving yourself, you are going to have to learn how to incorporate small amounts of foods you really want or they will be like a dagger hanging over your head. We are usually kidding ourselves with how much of them we need and how often.

I'm curious about your experience in Italy. I've heard that the people are not very heavy, though we'd think they would be eating bread and pasta. Are the restaurant portions smaller than in the U. S, as is reported?

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I've maintained for over a year now with SP, and I'm here to say it works! Congratulations on getting to your goal weight. We're here for you!

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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I have only been in Maintenance for about 6 months now so I am still a little concerned about regaining as well. I found that with my current exercise routine: 4X45min cardio and 3X45min Strength Training per week I only needed an extra 300 calories a day to level out on my weight. I do need to keep exercising about as much as when I was losing to retain muscle and balance now that I am post menopausal, but increasing the calories a little at a time was the key for me to halt the weight loss.

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Thanks, CarolJean. I've accepted the fact that I'm always going to have to track my food--it's too easy for me to slide out of control if I don't keep close tabs on my food. I totally agree with you about having some leeway in our goals. My biggest concern at the moment is trying to figure out how to level off and stop losing. I've been in weight loss mode for so long that I'm pretty comfortable with it. I have to come to terms with my all-or-nothing mentality and focus on sustainability, which means finding a middle ground between following a diet to lose weight and eating with reckless abandon!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Congratulations. Remember maintaining isn't about being exactly at goal all the time. Our weight varies by 2-5 lbs per day most of the time... although I look at the 2 lb. variance as reasonable.
I still use the trackers... they keep me honest. I have maintained for over 5 years with one "blip" when I broke my leg, but was able to drop the 15 lbs in about 3 months working with a personal trainer. It is the only time I have ever worked with a trainer, but it seemed to be what I needed at the time.

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Thanks for the welcome, ladies! I actually hit my goal today, so I'm officially a maintainer now. I'm really excited but also a bit nervous because I've never successfully maintained a loss for an extended period--this time will be different! I'm sure I'll be reaching out to you in the future when I'll surely need some advice.
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emoticon to Maintaining, Tina. Wow, move to Italy and lose 80 lbs. What a great diet!



What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
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All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
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You have come to the right place! I joined this team a couple of years back, four pounds above my original goal weight. They saw me through the anxiety of "when is enough, enough", and what one has to do to stay motivated and KEEP ON MAINTAINING!

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I too had lost and regained multiple times and was scared of failing the final frontier. Well, here I am two years later (plus a couple of months)... still under that original goal and learning about the "normal" winter cycle and not throwing in the towel due to a small bump-up... but doing something about it right away!

emoticon And you're worth doing it for! emoticon on your success, and once again, welcome to maintenance.

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Welcome to the team! Hope you find all the resources you need. There is a ton of info here and you can feel free to ask questions any time.
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From my own experience, the biggest difference this time is that I still keep track of what I eat and my activity. Plus, I see that I wasn't dieting, but learning a new relationship with my body, food and exercise.

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Hi everyone! My name is Tina and I'm originally from New York but have been living in Venice, Italy for the past five years with my husband and two cats. I've lost over 80 pounds in the past two years and am now within two pounds of my goal weight. I've lost and regained weight at least half a dozen times in my life so far and I'm looking for some extra support to break that negative pattern. I look forward to meeting other successful maintainers here and to learning from their experiences.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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