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7/17/12 10:45 P

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Nell, I'm gonna keep that saying in my hip pocket....


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Healthy eating is the end goal. Losing weight is a bi-product of it.
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7/17/12 9:05 P

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When I hit goal weight, I decided that for me, I wanted to cut back a little bit on the exercise from 60 minutes every day to 40 minutes every day. AFter doing that, I was still loosing weight, so then I upped my calories per day by around 30 to 50 calories and that seemed to stop the loosing. But whatever you do, maintain it for awhile, as the results will not be instantaneous. I reevaluated each month and tried to begin entering maintenance in December, but probably reached the no weight loss month in about March. So give it time and take it slow.

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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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7/17/12 8:16 P

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I've been nominally in maintenance since early October 2011, and I thought I was done losing weight in early December. Today I'm down about 5 pounds from that early December weight.

Over the past 7 months, I've seen a lot of fluctuation in activity level. I've run 4 or 5 days a week; got a foot injury and been unable to run at all or even walk 10K steps a day; slowly worked back to running 2 days a week; and re-injured the same foot.

My lesson from this is, I have to pay attention to what is going on in my life and adjust what I eat to match. Maintaining at goal isn't like arriving at a destination and sitting down. It's more like trying to maintain a boat at a fixed point in the middle of a body of water, when the wind and currents keep shifting. You have to pay attention.

I am blessed with a faster metabolism than many. At my most active, I could eat 3000 calories a day. But my most active didn't last forever. That had to be cut down to 2200 calories per day at my least active during injury recovery. And I continue to make small adjustments to my calorie range as the weight moves up or down, in order to try to keep the trend sideways.

Others will have different maintenance strategies, and at 7 or 9 months of maintenance I can't promise that what I'm doing will even work for me long term; but so far, so good.

Maintenance isn't sexy. It isn't newsworthy. It isn't exciting. But it is very necessary if I want to be healthy and not have to shop for replacement clothing before my clothes wear out. Because I'm cheap and I hate shopping for clothes, that's a pretty good motivator for me. Other people will need to find their own motivators.


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7/17/12 8:16 P

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I'm a woman who has muscles and is not afraid of muscles. I just don't have the muscles I used to. ;-) I already do a fair amount of strength training, simply because it improves my athletic performance. ;-)

Nelljones, that is *such* a good thought. :-O

Edited by: EATNBOOGERS at: 7/17/2012 (20:22)
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7/17/12 7:59 P

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Hard as it may seem some days, it's easier to keep it off than to have to lose it again.

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7/17/12 6:54 P

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A word of advice. Do not delay strength training. I did this to my detriment.

Hacker's Diet was great for losing weight. The method for maintenance is fine, I suppose. Paying attention is key.

I didn't find a lot of maintenance specific things on SP that were useful or eye opening. This team seems to be one of the better resources. But of course, I'm biased. emoticon

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LITTLEBO's Photo LITTLEBO Posts: 1,197
7/17/12 6:53 P

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I just hit maintenance at the beginning of this month. I think the tracker is still important for me because some days, I don't get enough calories. I also weigh myself every day so that I can prove to myself that eating a little more won't make me wake up fat the next day.

WELCOME TO MAINTANANCE!!!


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7/17/12 6:45 P

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Wow, what a warm welcome! Thank you for your replies and your support!

Someone sent me a link to the Hacker's Diet Online, and that looks really useful. One thing I have been considering is actually going about 5 lbs under my goal, because I've realized that I don't have the muscle mass that I did when I was last at this weight. Then I'll focus on building muscle and decreasing my body fat % (and probably gain a few pounds and lose a few inches). It sounds like that fits well with THDO and what I've read about maintaining elsewhere.

Just to give a little background info on me, I'm fairly athletic and active, so I'm not looking to do little activity. (I have 3 kids, though, so I want to make my exercise pretty efficient, because I'm busy.) I'm also pescatarian, with most meals vegan (occasional dairy, occasional eggs, occasional fish). I'm definitely not low-carb, but I'm respectful of others choices.

What do you think are the best resources around SP for maintaining?

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7/17/12 4:34 P

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Go low-carb, no grains, no beans, no tropical fruit, lots of fat and moderate protein. I can maintain with only a half hour of walking if I want to.
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I'm pretty lazy, so I look to do as little as possible. I want results for my actions. I've been maintaining for over 2 years, but recently I discovered a little gem to make maintenance even easier. I posted about it on this group here.

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7/17/12 1:33 P

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For me maintaining is no different than losing was.
It is just maintaining a lifelong plateau.
If I don't watch everything I eat, I put it back on in a hurry, but my body doesn't seem to want to lose any more. It is a constant struggle!

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7/17/12 1:20 P

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I'm very close to my goal weight, and I will probably be there within a few weeks. I've been looking ahead to the maintenance phase, and I've made some new goals. But I'm kind of wondering about how to ease into it, any tips anyone has. I have successful maintained this weight before, but I was younger and my life situation was different (eg, I can't spend endless hours in the gym now). So I'd love to hear how you all feel about being in the maintenance phase and any advice you have about the transition and staying at goal weight. Thanks!

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