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8/2/12 7:58 A

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I have been weighting myself most mornings. This has helped me in the past. I Haven't been counting calories everyday. I am doing it about 2x week as a suggestion. So far, I am doing very well. But I know I have a lot to learn still!!

I do have sweets a couple times a week. Yesterday, I had 2 cookies at work- I was starving so I had no willpower. I never completely cut out sweets when I was loosing weight. I think everything in moderation. Another SP said to strive to eat right 80% of the time. I think this is a realistic target.

Thanks for all the advice!!


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8/1/12 9:29 P

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Holly, you asked a good question about stopping the weight loss without cutting back on exercise. I'm adding higher calorie versions of the foods I eat now (almond milk, fruit) but I don't think I could add a sweet like a candy bar without it becoming a problem for me. I am a sugar addict. I'm still losing weight, but very very slowly...and I am still in my weight range for my height. I think I will probably need to add an evening snack or something.


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7/26/12 10:34 A

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Nell, I weigh every morning also. I think in losing mode that can be discouraging, but in maintenance, it's really helpful for me to be able to make adjustments. It's hard to find that right balance of food and exercise to maintain, so I don't want to wait a whole week to tweak if I need to.

I really think I am going to be successful this time, long-term. Like I said before, I had a little blip at the end of last year, but I addressed it and got back to my goal range. I didn't weigh myself during the time I gained a few back. Lesson learned.

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7/26/12 10:24 A

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This is why I weigh every morning. A simple adjustment for the day is easy. We gain weight the same way we lost it: one pound at a time. I'd rather just stay within my "bounce range" than have to become miserable and desperate again.

Nell
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7/26/12 7:53 A

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Trish, that is what I try to do too. I adjust if I dip below or creep over my 5-lb. range. It's never going to be the exact same every day/week/month.

Thanks again for all the wonderful replies and welcomes! =)

~Christie in NC

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7/26/12 7:39 A

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emoticon emoticon I like to think of my goal weight as a 5 lb. range, not just one number on the scale.

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7/26/12 6:31 A

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I agree maintaining is hard. Every time I try, I continue to lose. I can't seem to switch gears. I think the fear of relaxing with generate pounds. Sounds weird to keep losing but I don't want to be too skinny so I have shift my mindset now.

I have a question - i like my exercise plan, so I don't want to cut back. So, do I just eat more?? Common sense says yes but I stop eating when full. I had a snickers the last 2 days for afternoon snack. I felt naughty but I think this is probably normal behavior in maintenance right? Or will it bit me if I let sugar snacks back in my life on a regular basis? Any advice is welcome

Holly/Texas. Time Zone: CST; Don't do anything today you can't maintain for the rest of your life; Studies show a mere 11 minutes of weight training 3 times a week is enough to reduce your body fat and raise your metabolism.


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7/25/12 7:23 P

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Welcome to the team. I'm new to maintenance and the team and I think I will learn a whole lot from all of you. It is hard to get on the scale and see it hasn't moved....and it isn't supposed to. Gotta feel good that it IS staying where it is!


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7/25/12 2:42 P

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I love all these responses... in some ways, maintaining is harder than losing, and I agree we need cheerleaders just as much as those in the WL part of the journey.

Seeing all your stories is very inspiring. I look forward to making lots of new friends here.

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7/25/12 2:37 P

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Welcome!! Weight losers have all kinds of cheering sections, but once we get there, the world just assumes we simply move on to the next challenge in life. Once you get your college degree you just have it for life no matter what else happens, but with weight loss we have to keep on working. Weight loss makes for wonderful movies because there is the visual. Maintaining would make a terrible movie, but we keep on plugging away. Here on this team we still have the cheering section because we all KNOW!!

Keep coming back!!

Nell
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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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7/25/12 1:56 P

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emoticon Welcome! Glad you are here.
I know what you mean about feeling left out sometimes. Most of the challenges etc. are geared toward losing weight.
Also you feel the need to be quiet sometimes as not to sound like you are bragging. For instance one thread recently "What Size Would You Like to Be?" When almost everyone answered the size I am and I couldn't yell "YAY ME!!!!" emoticon

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7/25/12 12:43 P

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7/25/12 12:04 P

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Welcome! This is a great team--somewhere where you can say, "Woo-hoo! Yay me! I weigh the same as I did last week!" and people know just what an accomplishment that is! emoticon

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7/25/12 11:53 A

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What great inspiration you guys are to me! When I started on SP nearly 3 years ago, I joined a great, intimate team which I loved, and still do. But most of the team are in losing mode, and I feel like I need some buddies who are in maintenance for support when I struggle. I feel left out in a losing-mode team when everyone is sharing losses. Isn't that ridiculous of me?

I'm almost 50 with an empty nest. I've been maintaining for almost 2 years, with one blip on the radar at the end of last year. I'm back at goal, but still struggling with getting my mindset around the maintenance thing. I joined the Columbus Day Challenge to keep me focused.

I welcome any advice and offer my support to anyone who needs it.

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