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3/22/12 4:20 A

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Thanks for all the tips there. I'm still very firmly attached to the tracker (and the scale for simply monitoring) so no danger of not noticing when things go off course! I've still got my tracker set to lose a couple more pounds in the next few weeks but if that doesn't happen I'll just try and use maintenance to stick at my current weight.

Really looking forward to the next stage of the journey aka the rest of my life!

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3/20/12 8:44 P

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I think I'm in the same boat as Joanna, as far as it probably being time to plan for maintaining my current weight. The last couple of weeks I've been reading articles, but my mindset is slow to follow. I still see myself as that heavier person I was for so long. In the last year I've lost 55 pounds, 40 since I joined Spark in June. The biggest challenge for me has been finding exercise I like and will do. Now I'm exploring strength training on a BLC team.

In the past 20 years I've gained and lost weight, but never managed to keep it off. This time I've promised myself that I will be one of the 5%. A major plus for me is that since I retired from teaching last year I am making time to devote to getting healthy. I like challenges and joined this team to help hold myself accountable.

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3/20/12 10:23 A

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Welcome to the Team, Joanna! Much success in reaching all of your goals!

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.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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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3/19/12 4:17 P

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emoticon Joanna oh yes maintenance does include the toning & firming time that is where I am as well Wishing you much success in this part of the game for you The more muscle you can build the more calories you will burn As stated before monitoring and correcting what ever goes out of whack immediately


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3/19/12 2:38 P

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For me maintenance at first meant tinkering with my calories in calories out equation. I was in the actively loosing weight catagory, then decided I had hit my goal weight and wanted to maintain. So then I decided to go from 60 minutes of exercise per day to 40. After doing that one month, I still lost about a pound that month. So the next month, I added about 30 calories per day on top of the slightly lighter exercise and that was about right for me to maintain and not loose. So try some tinkering with your calories and exercise, but don't tinker quickly, as you won't know what is causing it if you expect to see results quickly. Just my $.02. Longerterm maintenance for me still includes 40 minutes a day of exercise and counting calories. You could do less exercise of course, but I like exercise, and well, my problem has always been food. I would rather exercise a bit more so I can eat a bit more!

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
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10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
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3/19/12 2:19 P

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At its most simple I'd say maintainence boils down to

1) frequent monitoring
2) immediate correction

Beyond that, I'd explore the team links...

Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.


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3/19/12 2:14 P

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Hi there, having lost almost 30 pounds I think I'm about ready for maintenance. I'm not really worried by the number of the scale anymore but there is still some toning to go, and I get the impression that this still counts as being ready for maintenance?

It seems like there's just as much to learn about maintenance as there was about losing weight, but at the moment I don't have time to dive on in to the information (read: I'm prioritising still doing exercise and working on my career over this very important thing at the moment). Is there some sort of short list of top tips anyone can point me to??

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