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Wishing you success in achieving your goals, Brenda. Truly, no need to leave the team. But, understand that doing so is what supports you. I honor your choice and look forward to your return.

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5/31/16 5:24 A

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Thank you and same to you, Krista!

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I wish all the best to you, Brenda,
and hope to see you here again soon!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've been at goal. At the moment, I weigh more than I did when I started SP almost 10 years ago. I'm leaving the team for now because it's just too sad to see how far I've fallen, but I hope to be back again some day!

Brenda, Washington State, Pacific Time Zone, Black Panther Team "Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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I am a fan of cognitive behavior therapy. Judith Beck's books sound interesting as having a healthy lifestyle is in my view mostly a mental thing. That's why I became interested in the works of Nia Shanks and Renee Stephens who preach avoiding dieting and instead adopting healthy lifestyle habits for steady but sure long term weight loss. I follow up on that interest by leading or co-leading the preexisting teams Healthy Lifestyle Sparkers, Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL) and Balance and Moderation among others. I stay in the range of 156 to 164 and it is not a battle.



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Judith Beck has a book, The Beck Diet Solution, and a couple of teams here on Spark follow her principles. I love her book because she so well articulates problems that seem to have no words.

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3/10/16 3:42 P

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Not sure if you are familiar with the work of Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. She has done some amazing work regarding our thinking and its relationsip to weight loss and weight maintenance. Her work is based on cognive behavioral therapy techniques. It is a very powerful tool!

These techniques really can lead to a sense of peace, alleviating the inner struggles that have been present for many of us.

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P.S. Really like your SparkID ... may you live your life from your center. emoticon

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 3/10/2016 (15:43)
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3/10/16 2:31 P

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Thanks for your calm rational reply. But I've suddenly realized that after a life time of dieting, I really still don't have healthy habits. Oh, I know how to deprive myself and force myself to diet, but it still feels like a constant battle between my mind and my emotions. I thought that trying maintenance would give me some peace, but I now realize that I still have a lot of inner work to do. Thanks again for this insight.

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3/10/16 2:24 A

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Regular exercise is a good idea to keep us fit and there are other benefits as well. But, if we choose not to exercise regularly, then we need to recognize that our nutritional intake needs to be reduced.

I have been injured for a year and my activity remains severely limited. However, I have managed to maintain my weight. But, to do so, calories had to be removed from my nutritional intake.

As soon as my body will allow it, I'll be back to regular exercise. I feel much better when I am able to move on a regular basis. It's not only good for me physically, it helps my mental outlook as well.

For me, it has been all about maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 3/10/2016 (02:25)
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3/9/16 1:52 P

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Since transition to maintenance, I have to admit I've let things slide. But your comments prove that what I really need to maintain for the rest of my life are good eating habits and daily exercise. Thanks again for the info, inspiration and great ideas.

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3/4/16 8:28 P

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I agree with all these lovely, smart ladies...+/-3% seems to work!

Gaye / Michigan

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I'm within +-2 pounds most of the time,
but there are bigger spikes up and down sometimes.
I like to call the middle of my range "goal".

Kriszta

Goal weight:
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CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Mica,

My goal range is +/- 3% of my chosen center weight. You will hear center weight also referred to as a target or goal weight.

Learning about goal ranges from this team has been one of the most helpful concepts. It's not about keeping our weight at a particular number. It's about minimizing our fluctuations and maintaining within a range.

Although +/- 3% is my target. Psychologically, I am much more comfortable seeing a tighter range than +/- 3%. It has taken me well over a year to get to a point where I finally feel like my body is truly settling into it's happy range.

So, for me ...

Center Weight: 121.5
Range: 117.855 lbs 125.145 lbs

Psychologically, I am comfortable seeing numbers between 120.0 - 122.6. I start seeing numbers below 120 and above 122.6 and those kind of serve like caution flags to me. Others likely feel differently. But, at this stage of my maintenance journey (20 months) that's what's currently working for me.

Here's an article regarding why the +/- 3% range has been chosen
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This is also the range used for our maintenance challenges.

Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Initial Goal Weight, 144
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The challenges here on this team are +/- 3%. A percentage is more meaningful than pounds; a lower goal weight would have a narrower range than a high goal weight.

Everyone sees a range as different. I myself see my goal weight as the upper "halt you gotta fix this now" weight, others are comfortable with a wider bounce. Saying "everyone is different" probably isn't helpful, but alas, it's true.

Nell
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How narrow is your goal range? Is +/- 2 pounds a reasonable range?

Mica, New Hampshire, EST
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Firecrackers in the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge

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05/28/2015: 177
06/30/2015: 171
07/29/2015: 163.4
08/31/2015: 158.6
09/30/2015: 152.2
10/31/2015: 144.8
11/28/2015: 137.4
01/06/2016: 130.0 GOAL!

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Thanks for the encouragement. I will check out those blogs. I miss being strong and not getting sore when I do things like playing with grandchildren. So I think I will be okay. I really enjoyed being in shape with a lot less pain. I have started grabbing a few minutes here and there to do some exercises. So I am working on ways to protect my muscle tone whenever I get it back. I really appreciate the leads for these blogs. Have a great weekend.

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Hi DJ, first of all congrats to maintaining your weight, despite exercising less!
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I was lucky in the past few years and did not have to stop exercise for more than 1-2 weeks.
But we have serious experts in this team: JEANKNEE and MOBYCARP wrote very interesting and useful blogs about this topic.
I wouldn't worry much about the present muscle tone. As easy it is to lose it in a few weeks of inactivity, just as easy it is to build it back gradually when you have time and you are healthy enough to start working out again.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/9/15 10:14 P

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Hi. I have been working toward my goal weight for a long time. I finally arrived in May 2015. I have maintained the 160 goal since, but due to outside interruptions and stressful situations, I haven't been consistent on exercising. I totally lost a lot of the muscle. I experienced those pictures of how a pound of fat is bigger than a pound of muscle. ugh! I know most maintainers weigh regularly to keep a check on weight. What do you do to check that you are maintaining your muscle tone? What do you do with interruptions to your schedule (Company, work, illness, someone else needing care, etc.) Thank you so much for sharing.

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Thank you all for your welcome comments. I am sure I will enjoy being on this team. I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie


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Hello Allie!

I have been maintaining for a very long time, and I can't really remember the "transition". I do know that I do pretty much everything I did while I was losing: planning every meal on paper, eating according to the plan, postponing "extras" for a day in order to think about it, never eating between meals, and weighing every morning just to confirm my work. I eat to an exchange plan, so I have no idea how many calories I eat, but it probably averages 1200-1400 a day. My body doesn't have one of those onboard computers that modern cars have, where they plug it in to see what needs adjusting and by how much. I have to experiment day by day, week by week, based on the results on my scale. I can tell you that all the older ladies that I scoffed at, who told me when I was young that I'll have to eat less in my old age, were right. The amount of food that let me lose weight at 21 would make me gain today. Oh well, I know it and I've had years to gradually adjust.

I was told on my first day at Weight Watchers that the more I learned to enjoy my new food life, the better I'd be able to maintain and enjoy maintenance. That woman was right! I love what I eat, I love what I do. It doesn't make maintaining intuitive, far from it, but I sure to love my life now!

Welcome to maintenance!

Nell
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Hello Allie!

It has been 15+ months of maintenace for me and I have yet to identify a center (or target) weight for myself. Slowing/stopping the weight loss was/is much more challenging for me than anticipated.

In retrospect, I could have been more agressive with increasing my calorie intake following the weight loss phase. Prior to my injury, my calorie intake was 700 to 800 calories per day above my weight loss caloric intake, meaning that I was consuming 4900 to 5600 calories more per week while in maintenance versus weightloss. I had experienced a three month sideways trend and injury struck. Ironically, I have lost additional weight since the injury even though I am moving FAR LESS! Initially, I immediately cut 500 daily calories from my intake following the injury. When my weight began to climb, I cut another 100 calories per day. The last 5 weeks have seen calorie increases amounting to 200 calories per day. It appears that additional calories may be needed.

I am in the midst of an unexplained dip in weight and am working to tug it back up. Hoping there is not an underlying medical condition. Tracking food, fitness and daily weigh-ins help keep me on track and inform my decisions regarding how much to eat. The maintenance challenges have been a wonderful avenue for me. The members of this team through posts, blogs, and SparkMail have been a huge source of wisdom shared, support and encouragement. To them, I am eternally grateful!

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Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 9/17/2015 (15:55)
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Hello Allie!
For me this is the first time that I have been able to maintain my weight loss.
I kept doing all things I learned in the weight loss phase: exercise daily, drink water, sleep enough, eat fruits or vegetables at each meal and tracking food. The only change was adding healthy foods gradually, 150-200 calories at a time... and ended up about 500 calories above the weight loss range. That's plenty of healthy food.
And I made a Spark Page and joined teams : )
Good luck to finding your own way!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Good evening:

I joined this team in July. I have reached my goal and decided to go for another 10 pound loss. I will try to visit this team more often. I am sure I will learn a lot about maintaining on this team. I know I need to be careful how I eat right now. Once I start getting thinner I tend to start eating like I used to or I don't eat very much.

I would appreciate any input anyone would like to give me regarding maintaining.

I thank you all in advance.

Have a nice evening.

Allie


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Looks great to me!
Maybe you could link in the original Big Page of Links for bookworms like myself : )
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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The Big Page of Links didn't start out as a big page, but accumulated over time. It's time to break it up into smaller identifiable pieces. Thank you!

Nell
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Something that has come out of our dialogue over the last week is that the big page of links is too big. I love it, but I'm a bit of a bookworm. So I've prepared a little page of links, which I hope will be less overwhelming for people. But as with the big page, it is a work in progress, so if you feel there's too much there, certainly let me know. Rather than have it's own thread, I thought we'd keep it on this thread and repost it every now and then.
tinyurl.com/agamttm
Transition to Maintenance:
1. What (is maintenance and transition to maintenance)
2. How (do we maintain)
3. Why (motivational issues)
4. A link to the transition section of the big page of links
5. Books about maintenance

P.S. That link is still good, but I wanted to have a colum layout so I've put it in weebly:
www.trans-to-maintenance.weebly.com

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THANK you! Going to read it NOW

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My blog on what I think transitioning to maintenance means:
"What is Transition to Maintenance. In physical terms it seems to involve approaching either goal weight or sometimes people reach a point of maintaining that wasn't their original goal. That gets at how and why people set the goals they do.

In terms of mental, psychologists frequently break it down into 3 things: Thoughts, feelings, and behavior. One thing we know about behavior in maintenance is that it has to be similar to behavior in weight loss. What the NWCR tells us..."

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I have added the subtitle "Transition to Maintenance" to the Losers Keepers team. Though if this team switches back at any point, I might amend that, but I started Losers Keepers in consultation with Tina and Anja and envisioned it as a place that we would celebrate some of the babysteps of maintenance, and also highlight maintenance news and have lifestyle related book reviews. It's not in competition with this team (yeah, right?) just an additional resource.
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emoticon Queen. That is about when I joined the team and I KNOW you will love it as I do...BEST team yet!

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Hi There All. As of this morning I am 5 pounds from my goal of 135. I used the Beck Diet Solution and Spark and the Mediterranean Diet Plan to get here. I joined Spark in 2008 and lost 20 pounds but could not get past 150. Using the Beck tools has made it easy to lose 20 additional pounds and I now feel like I may go past 135 using the calorie allowance and exercise level that has gotten me here. I will be satisfied with 135 if that seems to be a natural landing place for me. I have read some of the threads on this team and the experiences of others here appear to be exactly what I need. Looking forward to the adventure.

Well I could do that but why would I want to?


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emoticon Allie! My name is Gaye and I welcome you...I'm new to goal also....about 4 months ago is all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am new to this team, not to SP. I have belonged to SP since 2006. I too have had my ups and downs. I currently have lost 20 pounds in two months. My goal is to lose 20 - 30 more pounds by the end of this year.

I have had wonderful support on this site and I know with all the people on this site I will attain my goal.

I presently am very active on Slimming Seniors. I am disabled so it has been a struggle to get this weight off. I know I will feel much better when I do.

I hope everyone has a good day and I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Allie


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DIANNEMT - I am BRAND new to maintenance but have had SO many good people to look up to for my info. I use Kevin, MOBYCARP and his sister ONEKIDSMOM and SLENDERELLA61 and WATERMELLEN and anyone that writes good blogs. It is a strange thing to tackle for sure. To lost the weight, have you ever done the Beck Diet Solution, Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person. It WORKS and a BUNCH of us have done it and blogged it. I am 66 and this is the first time in my life that I have MAINTAINED at ANY weight and I am 5'4" and weight 123-124 for the first time in my life! And have been here since 3-14-15 which is UNBELIEVABLE to me....but Beck teaches us how to THINK about food she doesn't give us WHAT to eat but HOW....it's cognitive therapy.

Anyway, just throwing that out there for you to think about! emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT - You are not a failure. You just tripped over the fact that maintenance is not steady state. It requires monitoring and adjustment.

I maintain in a narrow weight range, which requires I adjust how much I eat when the scale moves. Sometimes I can tell why I need to adjust. Examples are: Marathon training ramped up and I need to eat more to avoid loss. Went into taper, so I'm running less, and need to eat less to avoid weight gain. Got injured, had to stop running, need to eat an awful lot less to avoid weight gain.

Other times, I need to eat more or eat less and it's not at all clear why. I seem to be doing the same level of activity as I maintained on, but the scale started moving. *shrug* It is what it is, I need to adjust.

Losing weight is easier than maintaining. Say you target a 500 calorie per day deficit, to lose one pound a week. Only you miscalculated, and you're off by 250 calories. In one direction, you only lose a half pound a week. In the other direction, you lose a pound and a half per week. No big deal, you get there.

But in maintenance, you're seeking a balance of calories in and out. If you're off by 250 calories consistently, in one direction you keep losing a half pound a week, and in the other direction you gain a half pound a week. Stack up enough weeks of this, and it's a problem. And of course, it's hard to tell that you're really gaining a half pound a week until you have enough weeks to see a trend. Those pesky weight fluctuations can mask the effect for a while.

Getting rid of the unwanted 8 pounds is straightforward. You did it before, you know what worked, and something similar should work again. Keeping it off, without taking off more than you want to . . . that's a challenge. I have strategies that work for me. Other people have different strategies. You just have to find which strategies work for you.


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I feel like a failure. I declared myself "at goal" 2 years ago--I was 147-153 and that was fine. Now I am at 160 and cannot figure out how/why! I still get to the gym, I still track and I haven't gone crazy over any ranges. I just know I have gained too much weight.

So--I am doing a 5% Challenge and WILL need to drop 8 pounds. It will not be easy--lots of water instead of food, lots of salads instead of sandwiches, lots of fruit and veggies instead of other carbs. And I'll have to start running/walking more--and doing the ST workouts at home since I haven't found the right class. Will that do it? I hope so. My 40th class reunion is August 8 and I want to look FAB!

So--I am mad at me and will listen to advice about what I can do to get this back under control. Work is about done so I have time to work out.

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Hi....I am now under 10lbs from my goal weight. Weighed in this morning at 146lbs. I chose a lighter goal weight to give me a 5lb flux to work with. My ideal weigh is probably 140lbs for 5'5" at age 57 but I have chosen 137lbs to give me a few pounds on either side of 140lbs. I am currently a size 8/9 but I am better at size 6 (wardrobe ready to go from when I was the correct weight). I am now really focused on exercise and logging food so I know what works. Looking forward to learning more about long term maintenance....Cheers..

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emoticon JEANKNEE your comment has helped me tremendously and I thank you for that. I know since this is my first time ever in my life to maintain that it will take me some time to find my "real" goal!


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Thanks JeanKnee. That's a big help! I'll try it at 135 and see what happens. I have noticed that my output (HR) doesn't seem to be the least bit challenged. Exercise seems to be getting too easy! I am going to be adding some intervals during my cycling workouts this challenge and see if I can get to the Ultimate goal of 120#. I just wish I could jog/run. I sure miss the training for the various running events!

Thanks for all your help. I'm saving your reply so I can re-read it when I get stuck! :D emoticon emoticon

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Nola,

What you choose as your center weight is up to you. The maintenance challenges are really helping me identify and establish a center weight for myself.

I consider myself still very new to maintenance even though it has been 9 months. After reaching my initial goal of 144, I continued to lose for 6 more months and not on purpose. After 6 months, I finally started to see the sideways trend emerging. In hindsight I probably could have been a bit more aggressive on my calorie increases; but, I was afraid the weight would start flying upward.

I weigh myself daily and track both my food and fitness calories. These are, of course, estimates. But, they have worked well in guiding my decisions. Recently, I injured myself and I have been unable to do any cardio workouts. As soon as I realized the situation I was in adjustments were made to my calorie intake. Currently, I am consuming 300 - 500 calories less per day than I was consuming when I was able to run regularly and that seems to be doing the trick.

The scale and the weight trend guide my decisions regarding my calorie ranges. When I first entered maintenance, I increased calories slowly...50 - 100 calories per day and kept the calorie range at that level for a week and watched the weight trend and then adjusted accordingly. Following the injury, 300 - 500 calories per day were cut immediately because I have a really good feeling for how many calories I burn with my fitness activities

I have lowered my center weight with each maintenance challenge because the weight dropped below the low end of the range or my average weight for the challenge was below my chosen center weight.

Again, what you chose as a center weight is up to you and the maintenance challenges are a great place to try a center weight on for size. Also, be mindful of how you are feeling. Is your energy still good? Is your strength where you expect it? Your endurance? Dips in any of these areas could be an indication that the weight is a bit on the low side.

Great to have you here!



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I did the Moose calculator and it said 120 would be the ideal weight for me. Is it okay if I just use the 135# as my central weight?

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Thanks Kevin. I'll just have to work on this! :D I can do it, it's just easier to lose than maintain! :D



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Kevin, your answer helped me SO much....as do most maintainer's remarks on this subject...it's all new to me too!

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Welcome to maintenance, Nola!

I've been maintaining for over 3 years, and I *still* don't have a clear idea of how many calories I should be eating. The best I've found is to adjust what I eat based on what the scale is doing. I know, SP says don't cut to lose faster; but this is conceptually different. I'm trying to make the weight trend sideways, and if I see a trend one way or the other I move the calories up or down to try to stop that trend.

Not knowing exactly where goal should be is also very common at the start of maintenance. It took me most of a year to decide on and get comfortable with what turned out to be my long term goal of 162; when I set my initial target of 175, I thought that was a stretch goal.


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I have been on maintenance (in other words I spent the whole 8 weeks of the Winter Challenge at or below 135#) so I chose 135#. I have no clue how to "maintain". My ultimate weight loss goal is 125# (in my younger years I weighed 105 to 110#. For unknown reasons I am staying at or around 135#.) I am still not sure just how many calories to eat each day. I have been walking at least 10,000 steps per day and I also get at least 30 mins of Wii fit U in. Nearly every day, I do one of Leslie Sansone DVDs, Richard Simmons DVDs and just recently got Wii Zumba! I feel like I am on the outside looking in! I have no desire to gain this weight back, yet I'm not sure what to do now! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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My calorie allowance doesn't move so much with the distance I'm training for as with how many miles per week I run. Even then, it isn't a hard and fast relationship. 5 more miles per week might or might not require 100 more calories per day.

I do notice greater day to day swings in weight when I'm running longer distances. Of course, this is mostly water weight, and the swings serve only to obscure any underlying trend. But I deal with that.

Hungry when *starting* half marathon training? Hasn't happened to me, but I've only had one formal start date for half marathon training. Since my first half, it's been more a seat of my pants process of adding miles as my body tells me it can accept more of a work load. I need to keep the ramp up of miles gradual to prevent injury, and the gradual ramp up of miles translates to slow, gradual changes in calorie allowance.

I ran a half last Saturday. This training cycle, my training was informal. I ran long with a training group, and tried to get the marathon training distances in when I was able to. I kept an eye on miles per week, and tried to not let that build too quickly. I peaked out at an 18 mile long run and about 35 miles in the training week; and the calorie allowance peaked out right where it did in formal half marathon training 9 months ago, with the long run peaking at 13.5 miles and miles per week peaking at 36.

Only this time, I've been adding calories for very long run days. That means I'm eating more now than I did the first time past. To be fair, I stayed at peak miles per week for more weeks this time past. But it's still very much a process of try things and see what works. I have a protocol for correlating what I'm doing to how many calories I add, but I haven't been doing this long enough to be confident I have it right.

I speculate that with a protocol of adding calories for long run days, I might end up at a lower base calorie allowance, just spreading the calories between days differently. Or I might not, as there are other moving parts that could affect the answer.


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I love this thread and I also love MOBYCARB's messages whether here or on his blogs. Very matter of fact. It is seeming to me that maintenance is even HARDER than I anticipated! I wish I could run but I have not got the knees for it....so not sure how much of all this I should really be concentrating on?

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I love MOBYCARP's comments. Our strategy is very similar but he is a fantastic runner and so fast! His calorie allowance will probably swing more than most people's depending on the distance for which he is training. I too weigh myself daily. It is the only way I have found to stop weight gain before it becomes significant enough to have to go back to actively cutting my calories. I am a runner as well (though much slower :-) And I find that the only time I have a problem with weight gain is when I start training for a half marathon. I am starving all of the time and tired, so I eat more than I burn. My solution? I stick with a constant training amount each week and limit my races to 10Ks.

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Right now, I'm at a point where I don't do a lot of fitness, (ok, almost none) but I've always not tried to estimate what I burn. I go by calories. I'm starting to notice that there is almost a 2 - 3 week delay in the gain or loss from a week where I'm having to estimate more often (eating out, hard to measure meals) compared to weeks when I have a better idea of what I'm really eating. 2-3 weeks it takes! My body's pretty weird.

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Oh, no, the change isn't 15% all at once. Usually I change in increments of 100 calories per day, then wait a week to see what's happening before making another change. The exception would be if I know something changed that will dramatically reduce caloric need, like when I got injured and went from running 25 to 30 miles per week to not running at all.

And yes, it's hard to adapt to changed calorie levels. It's harder to go down than up, but once I'm used to eating at a certain level it requires conscious effort to consistently increase that level.


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MOBYCARP -- Thanks for the advice. I am weighing daily, but logging only weekly so I don't freak out over the daily fluctuations too much. I log weekly all my numbers in a spreadsheet so I can visually analyze trends, which worked well during weight loss, but now I'm seeing these up and downs consistently and when I averaged them out, I'm slowing gaining.

The upward trend, although minor, is what is bothering me... I've tried going up and down with my calories, but there is really no rhyme or reason to it. From what I understand you are saying is that it will continue like this and there is really no way to make sure it stays sideways other than changing the intake by 15% either way?

What's bothering me most is that my body doesn't like calorie adjustments. If I eat at the higher range, then my stomach is growling and basically having a hissy fit for several days when I switch back to the lower range. This is what happened during the initial start of my weight loss as well, I just ignored it figuring my body would re-adjust, which it did.

I was hoping once I got to maintenance I could eat at the mid to higher range and everything would even out, but now my stomach is really mad every time I go lower -- I think you are saying that I should expect to keep adjusting the calories up and down forever and deal with my unhappy stomach?


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HOOPTIESCHICK,

You are not failing! You have just discovered one of the major ways maintenance is different from weight loss: Canned estimates of calories burned aren't good enough for maintenance, even if they worked for weight loss.

Think about it this way: Suppose you were targeting a weight loss of one pound per week, so you try to have a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day. If you were off by 250 calories one way or the other, you would lose a pound and a half a week or a pound a week, no big deal. You're still losing, and you get to goal weight.

Then when you get to goal, you want to target a calorie balance of zero. Now, if you're off by 250 calories one way or the other, you gain or lose a half pound per week. Over time, that's a problem.

So what do you do? Different people do different things to adjust for this. I track calories eaten and ignore estimates of calories burned. I weigh daily, and adjust my calorie range to eat when I see the weight trending up or down. This is not an exact science; it is possible to mistake a blip for a trend or vice versa.

Fair warning: There is no magic number of calories for maintenance. Once you discover a range that works, there will come a time when it no longer works and you need to adjust it, up or down. In three years of maintenance, I've identified a number than I think of as my base calorie allowance. But what I need to eat to keep the weight trending sideways has varied from that base number plus or minus 15% or so. Yes, I mean to say a 30% swing from high to low, depending on what my life is like.

Sometimes I can tell what makes the range change. I run more miles, or I got injured and couldn't run. Sometimes it just happens and I can't identify anything specific that made me need 100 calories per day more or 100 less.

If you're weighing only once a week, there is always the chance that you are seeing a blip on the day you record your weight. That's why I weigh daily; a one day blip up is meaningless. A one day blip up followed by a sideways trend at a higher level may mean something. Ditto for the downward direction, but I'm conditioned to think of gaining weight as bad, even though I have identified a minimum weight I don't want to go below.

Other people don't weigh often, or eat intuitively, or both, or just eat clean and watch their behaviors, whatever they find works for them. I can't speak to methods I don't use, but I do want to note in passing that One Size Does Not Fit All. You will need to find the maintenance strategies that work well for you. You might use some of my strategies, or you might not. That's okay, as long as you find something that works well for you.


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I feel like I'm failing... I started to transition to maintenance about 2 months ago and I can't seem to figure out where my calorie range should be. I was tracking my exercise with a BodyMedia armband, but it stopped working so I got the SparkActivity tracker. The Spark tracker doesn't give me nearly the same amount of credit for exercise that the BodyMedia band did, but it I feel like I am doing the same amount of exercise.

I have swapped some cardio for strength training and have been trying to increase my calories slowly, but I keep going up and down a pound each week and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. Weeks where I brought calories up, I lost and some weeks when I brought calories down, I gained and then the pattern does the opposite the following weeks.

Any advice on how I can find the magic number of calories I need to be at to maintain the weight loss I have achieved?

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As many people more experienced than me have pointed out, a maintenance range isn't necessarily what you can reach, it's what you are willing to maintain given the rest of life. I'm still not sure if I'm where I'm going to stay, but I've talked to my dr and set a range I can live with for now. It's kind of a juggle.

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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this group. My weight has fluctuated for the last 2 years between 125-141 (141 was after pregnancy) and I recently lost more weight to get back where I want to be weight wise (120-125). I'm 5'3" and naturally small-medium build. Is this a good weight range for me? I'm trying to figure out if this will be maintainable or whether I'll continue to yo-yo up and down. I've been eating super clean for the last 5 weeks and I love it, however I'd like to have the occasional "cheat" once I'm in maintenance. What do you think?

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Linda,

Check your SparkMail. I tried to email you the link. Hope it works for you.

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Hey I tried logging on the the new Election Day challenge via the link in your email but it took me to the Emma Nutt day challenge! So now am I disqualified??? Please help - still really really want to participate in this.

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MOBYCARP,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and providing your feedback. I appreciate it!

So, it is on to maintenance. I will wait until next Sunday's weigh-in to enter the Emma Nut Challenge. It will give me another week of numbers to look at when *guessing* my center weight.

Deep breath...I am both excited and scared.

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JEANKNEE,

You achieved your initial goal, so you're in maintenance. I count maintenance from when I achieved my initial goal of 175 lbs., even though that looks ridiculously heavy to me now.

Your situation sounds a lot like mine was when I achieved my initial goal. I had thought 175 was an aggressive goal, but went right past it on the way down. Decades earlier my stable weight had been in the 160s, which I thought was not attainable. Over the 8 weeks after achieving my initial goal, I learned to stop losing weight. I thought I had it at 165, but it ultimately stabilized a little bit lower. Now, I count 162 as the target point.

On the challenges . . . the first few I entered, I put out a weight lower than my then-current weight. I was *guessing* where my center weight would be. The first time, I was actually below my selected target by the time the challenge started; but I stayed within the 3% because even though I was still losing weight, it was coming off slowly.

Later I was able to make the weight trend sideways. The challenges were helpful for learning how to do this, and helpful in reminding me what I thought my target was when I signed up. A year later, the dance of guessing what my target would be had fizzled out, and I was comfortable with where I landed; but it took that year of trial and error to learn where I wanted the weight to settle.




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First, Happy Father's Day to the dads out there!

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Today, I met my weight loss goal of 144 lbs. I weighed in at 143.6 lbs. I believe that I have entered what I would consider a "wide" maintenance window for myself. I realize this window can (and most likely will) shift.

Decades earlier my stable weight was 133 lbs. I do not know if that weight is reachable or even healthy for me at this stage of life.

At this point, I feel that I do not want to go above 144 lbs. My plan is to continue to allow my weight to drop toward 136 lbs. I am attempting to determine a bottom weight for myself.

So, have I "officially" entered maintenance even though I have not determined a center or bottom weight for myself?

My thought is to enter the Emma Nut Challenge that begins July 1 with a center weight of 140 lbs and see how things go. I believe that would give me a range of 135.8 lbs - 144.2 lbs for the challenge.

Feedback? Thoughts?

Jeanne
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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Current Goal Weight, 121 (+/- 3% = 117.4 - 124.6)



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Just jumping in here, as new to the team.

I've lost a fair bit now, though I'm not yet at my lowest goal.
I just feel that I've lost the last load fairly quickly - for me, at any rate! So I'd like to pause and make sure that my body and my skin keep pace.

There's been nothing huge at any one time, but for me and my very evidently decreasing skin elasticity, I just thought that a pause might help.
I've been losing my weight with the seasonal 5% challenges. But my body doesn't feel as though it has fully realised this yet.

Anyways, rather than pause in the weight loss, then start creeping back up, I thought I'd come here, having heard of you previously, and start learning how to maintain.
I won't be upset if the odd pound more creeps off, I will admit, but if it's going to happen, I'd like it to be slowly, and not 2-3 lbs or more per week.

I hope this was the right place to post!
If not, my apologies, and please redirect me.
I'm just about to take a longer look around the team.

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Thank you!!!

I will check it out...

Jeanne
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Here is somewhere you can start for learning about % body fat and how to measure it...

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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The Wikipedia link in there goes to an article with guidelines for healthy levels.

Hope that helps!

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Ravelgirly,

Can you direct me to some information concerning body fat percentage? The information I have seen seems to vary wildly. I am having difficulty determining what's healthy and what's not.

I do have a good relationship with my primary care doctor and expect to be seeing her in the next month. She's going to be shocked when she sees me. What a difference a year can make!

Thanks in advance.

Jeanne
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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Current Goal Weight, 121 (+/- 3% = 117.4 - 124.6)



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MOMMY2TWO07, I am about your height. I looked at BMI and had my body fat measured (caliper method at my gym) but I wasn't sure I was at the right weight until my primary care doctor told me she thought I shouldn't lose any more weight. I think your doctor is in the best position to speak to what weight is healthy for you personally. Failing that, I'd go by body fat percentage.

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Hi ! I am a 30 yr old who has lost 80-85 lbs since 2010. I am short at only 5ft2in. Keep thinking if only I could lose another 10-20lbs then I'd be happy but honestly that might be too much for my body. My upper body area is getting small and showing my collarbones alot which I am not sure how I like lol, but my stomach and hips are not shrinking alot. How did you decide you were at a point where it was time to let your body maintain ? Did you go by the bmi type charts ?

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I'm learning so much about maintenance here, too. A few pounds of transition to go.
Looking forward to sharing this path with you.

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Hi! Just joining in after lurking for awhile. I've been reading blogs from many of your maintainers and find them to be great inspiration.

I'm very close to goal. Still a little uncertain what my "final" goal is ... and how to make that transition to become a maintainer. I have lost and re-gained a time or two before, and am determined not to go there again, but still haven't solved the underlying issues that lead me to eat unhealthfully at times. Exercise is my life-saver!

I know I am a work in progress, and I hope to keep learning and developing skills, most likely for a lifetime. Looking forward to learning from you!

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Thanks, I decided this week that those last three pounds aren't that big of deal and I'm going to weigh myself less. Looking great is a bonus but my knees feel drastically better since losing weight and strength training so I'm just going to focus on functionality for a while. I'll take what I can get and if my body fat doesn't drop much more, its still in the healthy range and that's what's imporatant.

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Oh yes, very much struggling with how much I weigh and how I look. I'm currently at the same weight I was 12 years ago when I thought I looked pretty good. However probably due to now being 52 and having lost and regained weight, I still have extra fat and/or loose skin right around my middle, and my chest is larger than it was 12 years ago. It's honestly sort of discouraging; I feel like I've come so far and still "look fat".

However I have read numerous posts that even when reaching a maintenance weight, the body can continue to redefine itself and some of these issues may lessen over time. From the beginning I planned to concentrate on first losing weight, then maintaining while working on strength and flexibility. So I'm hoping that over time I'll end up with less excess in my abdomen, but doubt I will ever look "cut".

Lisa
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Highest weight: 230
Current weight: 183.1
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