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.
"Discipline is remembering what you want. " - David Campbell
Max Lifetime Weight, 221
SP Start Weight, 196.6
Initial SP Goal, 175
Current Goal on Ticker, 162
| current weight: -0.2 under