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6/15/14 10:56 P

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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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6/15/14 5:21 P

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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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6/15/14 4:54 P

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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?

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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...

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5/25/14 7:52 P

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

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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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5/25/14 7:10 P

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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.

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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!

Sally from sunny Arizona!

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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".

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Having gained and lost weight repeatedly over the years I have a lot of loose skin that I just figure will be with me forever. I do workout and do strength and that has helped to tone me, but I don't think I'll ever get the "cut" look. Not to mention that I'm almost 64.
That said I feel and look better than I ever have so I focus on that.

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3/26/14 2:36 P

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Hi, I'm transitioning to maintenance, as I think somewhere around this weight is good for me but I'm never sure. My thought was to lose about 3 more pounds and then gain three pounds of muscle. (I love weight training). I really like that ultra-lean "cut" look but I find that last little bit of fat is ultra hard to get off, and some fitness pros say that what you need to get that low body fat percentage is not always worth it anyway, so I should probably just stay around these 5 pounds. That's hard to accept but its probably healthier (mentally and physically) in the long run. I'm about 60 lbs down from my highest weight ever, recently losing 20 pounds. I'm pretty slim, but I still have the typical female pockets of fat. Does anyone else struggle with these issues?

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Experimentation is key.

So figuring out how MUCH you want to eat and WHAT you want to eat is something you will tweak a lot over the years as you zero in on what seems to work well for keeping you healthy and feeling good.

Managing your weight and fitness is also kind of like a moving target, depending on a lot of factors that change over time including age (and hormones), stress, illness, injury, activity levels, etc. What worked last year might not work this year or next year.

MOBYCARP once wrote an excellent post on that topic:
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Whatever you do, don't give up trying and evaluating new strategies. That way you're sure to be able to stay where you're happy and healthy.

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About the previous loose skin topic, there is a whole section about that at the bottom of the Big Page of Links:
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Hi Team -

I have been following a plan very similar to Ideal Protein since last fall,losing 51 pounds and now within 3 pounds of my target weight. So I thought it best to join a team that is focused on maintaining as that is where I usually fall down! I am planning to continue low-carb eating but exactly how low will take a little bit of experimentation.

Looking forward to all the advice and support from expert maintainers!

Lisa

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Thank you, TinaJane. Loose skin has been on my mind a lot lately, too. Ardarkara, the good news is that yes, I think at 32 you can expect better skin elasticity than I do at 45. I lost 100lbs when I was 35, and my skin bounced back much more quickly than it is this time. It doesn't help that I lost these last 20lbs while on a drug that induces menopause. :P

I really appreciate all the frank talk and photos about loose skin. I was really depressed about it last night, but read all the links and have decided this morning that I'm okay where I'm at and won't be seeking surgery. It's hard right now because post-hysterectomy, I can't strength train. (In fact, I lifted something kind of heavy yesterday and I think it was a bad plan.) But that's okay. I'll focus on keeping the weight off, be glad that my hormones are working again, and give my skin a chance to recover.

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Thanks so much TinaJane! The fact that you've seen improvement in as little as two years gives me hope. I'm about 10-15 lbs from my goal weight so I'm going to be seeing Maintenance in the next 6 months or so. Looking forward to eating much the same, just a little more of my usual healthy fare. emoticon

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Tina, thanks for giving us a hope for having liking our arms after gain and losing weight. I do have big arms and not confident yet to wear a non sleeve tank top etc.. I am working hard for my ST for the arms and general. thanks again.

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I don't know if I qualify as a long-termer yet (just passed two years), but I have seen considerable improvement with my triceps. I've lost and regained large amounts of weight (as much as 115 pounds) several times and when I was at heavy, I HATED my arms. You'd rarely catch me in anything sleeveless. As I was losing weight, my arms didn't get in line very quickly in spite of a reasonably slow loss (90 pounds over two years), but with consistent weight training and now also staying at a reasonably steady weight, my arms are one of my favorite parts. I still have a bit of loose skin, but it's barely noticeable now and I mostly feel and see muscle and tone. I also proudly wear tank tops all the time!
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My question is for long-term maintainers and is about SKIN.

I don't have a lot of loose skin, as it's taken me almost 3 years to lose 105 lbs, but I do have small "bat wings" on my triceps. I strength train with bodyweight and free weights and make sure I spend time working on my triceps, so I'm not totally worried about it, but I'm curious.

Have any long term maintainers noticed this skin firming up as time went by?

I'm still fairly young (32) so I expect it to tighten up a little bit. (I drink a lot of water so I'm definitely always hydrated.)

Thanks!

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Welcome to the team, VALERX! Keep on experimenting and I'm sure you'll figure out how to best blast through those last pounds, which can be really stubborn. Feel free to join in our Daily Check-in threads if you'd like some extra support as you work your way there.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Hello! I was happy to find this team. I joined SP three weeks ago after resolving to focus on my health again. I lost about 30lbs in 2010 through using a support website called Peer Trainer. Maintenance has been a struggle through the years and I am about 9lbs over my goal now. My stopped exercising in the fall when life took a busy turn. Through encouragement here I have been exercising again for 2 weeks and tracking food and other goals for three weeks. I have only lost 1lb. I have begun really looking at food choices. I need to figure out how to get the scale to move!

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Thank you Tina for your warm welcome. :)

Mickey, EST.

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Hi Mickey and welcome to the team! I find that just staying active here--logging my food and activity, blogging, reading other people's blogs and staying connected with other maintainers--helps me to stay on track. For me, it's really about making my healthy habits a priority no matter what else I have going on in my life. Of course there are times when I'm doing better than others, but staying focused on what I need to do to continue to maintain my weight has helped me through lots of ups and downs.

Good luck getting that last bit of weight off and let us know if you have any specific questions.
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Hello everyone! My name is Mickey. I originally came from Japan. I am still learning English, even though I came here in the state long long time ago. I am not new to SP but I am a newbie here just joined this team. Nice to meet you all. When I reached my goal weight, I didn't know that is my ( ideal )goal weight also didn't know much of maintain myself of the weight I've lost. I went from 175 lbs. (my highest weight) to 110 lbs. But now I am some where between 120- 123 lbs. I am a shorty only 5,2 or so. So now I gained about 13 pounds back and I know my ideal weight by how I feel. I am here to learn how to successes fully maintain the pound I lost. I am so happy that I found this team. I am on my day two of " No sugar" challenge. So far so good. No craving yet. Hope to keep this way so that I can lose the last ten pounds I gained. Please help, any good ideas from you guys and any support will be appreciated it!

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Pam, good to see you here! You can do it! Those last 10 will be gone before you know it!

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Thanks, I'm glad that I am here and excited to be a part of this team!


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You've definitely come to the right place, Pam. There's lots of support and practical advice to be found here, so don't be afraid to ask if there's ever a specific issue you need help with.
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Hi, my name is Pam, and I am about 10 pounds above my happy weight... I have been losing weight starting the first of the year, mainly by eating mostly clean foods, with allowances of white sugar and flour during special days, such as a baby shower, eating some of my daughter's cookies for her bake sale for her senior trip, and some chocolate around Valentines Day. I joined this group since it looks as if there are topics and challenges that will help me to lose those last 10 pounds, and maintain once I get there. I am looking forward to getting started!

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Welcome to the team Jae and Goriana! MOBYCARP's already given you some great advice to think about as you transition to maintenance, but I'll add that it is possible to become a long-term maintainer even if you've had a long history of yo-yo dieting. I'm a good example of that and there are many others here who've had similar pasts as well. I'm coming up on my two-year maintenance anniversary and the biggest thing I've worked on is taking the bounce out of my maintenance range. I don't ever expect that I'll be able to maintain within two pounds of my goal, but five would be nice and realistic. In addition to staying on top of my food and exercise choices, I've also done a lot of work dealing with the underlying reasons behind my overeating so I don't fall back into my old patterns and worked on developing plans to deal with my most challenging times of year--the ones that have typically kicked off regain like the holidays and vacations. I'm still not perfect and rarely stick to my plans perfectly, but I am getting better and better.

If you're interested, I'd definitely recommend signing up for our upcoming maintenance challenge. We're in the latter stages of one now and should be starting a new one in February (with an interim one in between to cover the gap). The extra accountability is really helpful in trying to keep things the same.

Good luck and please let us know if you ever need a hand or have any specific questions concerning maintenance.
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Welcome, Jae and Goriana!

Many of us joined this team before we achieved goal weight. It is helpful to start thinking about maintenance before you get there. Maintenance is different from losing weight, and the transition from one to the other is different from either. Some common issues that folks wrestle with in transition include:

- Where exactly should my goal weight be?
- If I maintain to a range of weight, what should that weight be?
- How do I stop losing weight, without re-gaining it either?
- How do I manage my behaviors when the applause for losing weight fades into history?

Different people find different answers to these questions, and there are probably other questions I've overlooked that are important to many people. You've come to the right place to address these and similar questions.


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hi, I am new, I am not at goal but I seem to be a yo yo dieter..i came here for the support to reach my goal and keep it off for good..hope that is ok


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Hello. I joined this team today because I need to start thinking in terms of maintenance. I am not quit at the weight the bmi charts say I should aim for, but I feel very comfortable where I am at. I feel strong and my face is thin. I will take a little extra hip if I can keep my face from sinking in.

I DO want to keep my current level of fitness. I really enjoy moving. I just came back from some fun in the sun. (I am in Southern California and it was kinda warm today.) I recently moved to a new city and have yet to figure out my routine. I like to swim, but the pools nearby seem 'fast' and I am a little slow.

I look forward to learning with you.



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Congratulations on being so close to your goal! Everyone here has had a different experience with adding food back in maintenance depending on how high or low their goal weight is, how restrictive they were in weight-loss mode, activity level, age and other factors. Some haven't really changed anything while others were able to add back several hundred calories.

For me, it's a constantly changing process. When I'm doing really well, am at my target weight and am staying very active, I can comfortably eat about 700 calories more per day than when I was losing weight. Since I'm not always in that happy place, I sometimes eat less than that on a daily basis. For example, now, I'm trying to offset the inevitable holiday-time overeating and am a few pounds above where I like to be, so I'm only eating about 200-300 calories above my weight-loss levels most days.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Hi, I just joined this team. Glad your all here! I'm almost in maintenance. Didn't think I'd get here! I have 2 more pounds to go and I'll be at my goal. YAY! It seems these last 2 don't want to budge. OR I may be letting up when I need to keep pressing. It's so wonderful to be back in my clothes in the closet. In maintenance how much more food did you add back?


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@ RESTORETOSANITY

Congratulations and welcome!

If you haven't yet, a good place to review transition strategies is on our Big Page of Links, in the "Transitioning to Maintenance" section.
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As so many others have said, maintenance, like weight loss, is not one-size-fits-all. You will need to experiment with strategies to find out what works best for you.

You'll also find that maintenance is a moving target, as things happen in life; illness, injury, stress, new interests, etc. What works for you this year might not work as well as another strategy next year.

That said, from the research it does appear that the longer you maintain the longer you're likely to continue maintaining. So replacing those scale milestones with date milestones can be really helpful. Most people report that over time maintenance behaviors become more automatic so they have to think about it less.

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Ok, the doctor and I have made it official...this is at or close to goal weight. I adjusted the calories...that's a lot of calories! But I won't be jumping into the max calories all at once, LOL. The minimum is only a little higher than the previous maximum, so I'll do as suggested and only try to increase by 100-200 for a little while. I've only been weighing once a month so weighing more will be a change. I don't really want to change my ticker to a maintenance ticker yet...cause I like being reminded of where I come from, at least for now. This is definitely...weird, though. Expect me to de-lurk more than I have been. I don't like change, but not much really changes, I think? See, confusing emoticon

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Yeah what he said again. I maintain on around 2000 calories give or take depending upon how much work I am doing at the gym and otherwise. I lose if I eat an average under 1800, and that is actually happening this week because I a bit over goal. This weeks average is like 1850 or something and I have lost about a pound. Spark takes the data from my fitbit and tells me to eat more than I am eating. So I don't :)

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Lee, when I got to maintenance the SP recommendation for maintenance was to set your goal equal to your current weight, and set the target date 6 months or a year in the future.

They also recommended that you increase calories gradually, by 200 per day no more frequently than once a week, until you stopped losing weight.

The problem I ran into is, the SP calorie range is wrong for me for maintenance. If I follow it, I will lose weight. My solution was to lie to the fitness tracker about how many calories I will burn, just picking a number to make the nutrition tracker spit out the right number of calories. How do I know what the right number is? Trial and error, seeing what range makes my weight go sideways.

Fair warning: The calorie range that makes my weight go sideways is not constant. I think in terms of the bottom of the range, and usually eat in the lower portion. If I'm gaining weight, I need to lower that to give myself permission to eat less. If I'm losing below where I'm comfortable, I need to raise it to force myself to consistently eat more. That low point has varied over a pretty wide range depending on what my life is like; it's been as low as 2200 calories per day and as high as 3100 calories per day. It's spent the most time in the 2700 to 2900 range.



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I agree in theory with Kevin on this, as far as your body telling you what is too low, and not saying much about the too high. For me, too low is pretty much impossible, I get so seriously hungry that it just doesn't happen. I struggle to stay at my goal weight. I think this is partly because I lost so much weight. I have to be vigilant or I will gain. I don't "feel bad" until I gain quite a bit actually, and it is just too hard to take off, so I keep on tracking because that seems to be the only way I stay down. I think you should keep tracking and weighing yourself and see what happens :). And enjoying a little cinnamon in moderation.

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Hey Lee I never let it know :). If you continue to lose you could go to the top of the range they give you and see if you stop losing. There is a place somewhere in your account settings I think where you tell it maintenance, I will browse and see if I can find it.

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Finally got to goal/maintenance.

How do you let Spark People software know that you've reached goal and you want the calorie program for that.

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@NANCIER - The question of where your long term maintenance weight should be is a difficult one. I struggled with it quite a bit in my transition to maintenance, worrying every time I lost a pound below what I had previously thought was a new low.

In the end, it turned out the more experienced maintainers were right. My body *did* tell me when it was too much, by giving me less energy if I hung out below 160 lbs. That's now my bottom-end scream weight. If I see a weight in the 150s, I want to do something about it.

I still don't know where my top-end scream weight should be. Psychologically, 163 now seems high to me. Realistically, I might be okay up to 170 or 175. I suspect my body hasn't told me what's too high because I haven't been there, wherever it is, on the way back up.


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When you begin your real transition from weight loss to maintenance is totally a personal choice. Some people find that they really don't need to change all that much, while others go through more growing pains.

I put myself on maintenance as soon as my BMI was under 25, but I continued to slowly lose more weight over the next few months. I levelled off at about ten pounds under my initial maintenance starting point--a weight I was comfortable and happy with. For me, maintenance is an ongoing process of evaluating, tweaking and reevaluating.

Congratulations on your great loss and let us know if you need a hand with anything!

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I'm really grateful for this thread and the resources that have been collected as I contemplate making that move from weight loss to maintenance. I'm right on the line between an overweight and normal BMI, and I'm at the point where I'm fitting back into all the smallest clothes in my closet, clothes that I bought the last time I lost 40 lbs,

I'm not sure where I exactly I should make the break between weight loss and maintaining - I see value in losing another 5-8 lbs to give me a bit of distance from the top of my healthy BMI. On the other hand it is "cinnamon season" emoticon and it may be just enough to maintain this weight loss and sticking with good eating and exercise habits - at least for now. And, honestly, finding those sustainable practices for maintenance is a challenge that I'm really looking forward to.

So thank you all for sharing your stories - its great to be able to learn from those of you who have been maintaining for so long as well as from those of you are newer to this while I figure out what I'm doing emoticon

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This is very interesting because the four years I stayed in the normal BMI range the first time, I kept a food log the entire time. When I wandered up a bit, I didn't keep it. Then I got sick, a gastrointestinal thing, not a mistake I was eating just a bit too much. Not enough to get really out of my comfort zone size wise, but health wise? no longer happy. Since my highest weight was 365 pounds, I also relate to Anja when she discusses how she pays attention to more than the BMI range. I am very muscular. Have been since childhood. And I have had no surgery so I have skin that could cover 365 pounds again. I pay attention to my waist to hip ratio, my clothes, lots of things. I am right at the top of normal for my height, and that counts my height before I began to lose inches from aging. If I go below this it is Agony to sustain. This is sustainable but takes constant work. I did drop to 155 once for a while, but like mentioned I was freezing all the time and felt like rot. If I go over 169, I begin to get digestive issues (heartburn, bla bla, my body tells me I am overeating).

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Congrats on getting back to your happy range! You'll find you will have to adjust your eating based on lots of factors as maintaining is a moving target. If you find your weight trending down out of range start eating 100-200 more calories per day for a week or two to see if it stabilizes. If it keeps going down add back in 100-200 more. And vice versa if it starts rising.

@ STR458

While a "Normal" BMI (18-25) is a nice maintenance range to shoot for, you may find that you prefer a range outside that, especially if you start weight training or if you factor in bone density (which is different from frame size - I have a small frame but because I spent 15-20 years at 250-350 lbs my bones are 25% denser than normal according to my DXA scans). It all depends on how you feel and what is sustainable.

I also am 5'7", but I have discovered over the past 3 years that I don't want to be under 150 lbs because I am cold ALL THE TIME and that negatively affects my quality of life. (I was at my sister's house in AZ in June, it was over 100 degrees out, and the 80 degree pool was too cold for me to swim in.)

I wouldn't have discovered that except by experimenting. So it's OK to try out a few different sizes and body compositions to see what you are most comfortable with. And that can change over time depending on the situation.

For both of you, I encourage you to browse the resources in the team's Big Page of Links, especially in the "Transitioning to maintenance" section: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Hope this helps!

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Sept 16 this year I entered Healthy Normal BMI zone! I wanted my goal based on that instead of a specific pound. For me 159 is a toe over the line, 117 a hair too little (5'7") I wanted to take the pressure off of reducing as long as I'm in range. I am a little jumpy but don't want to get on the scale more than once a week- I used to step on and off the scale based on what I ate instead of the calendar. To keep my ticker tape easy I simply made the decision to identify goal weight on the highest in range #158..... and naturally weighed in a pound over exactly today after two weeks in range- That' why I decided to join up with team's goal + transition I think it is appropriate for where I am at with my spark program. emoticon

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Hi All!

So I just landed back in the land of maintenance. for real this time. the past year I felt I was fighting off the last 5lbs and when everyone here congratulated me on a year of maintenance I felt like a fraud. I hadn't really been maintaining. well not in my mind anyway. but I also wasn't giving losing my all out effort ether. Mostly because so many people around me were telling me 125 was too small. so I yo-yod for the last year. but after everyone here congratulate me I felt crummy so I buckled down and did shed that last 5lbs that I wanted gone regardless of nay sayers. Now I can guilt free call myself a maintainer.

I am a little scared though.
I have Libra downloaded on my phone to help me focused on my average weight not my daily scale weight but still I like I said I spent the last year eating mostly 1200 calories a day only to maintain 130 because I would get a little lax a few days a week. so how do I still have those days as a maintainer eating more calories and maintain? I mean no one is perfect. just last night PMS and cerebrating hitting goal got a little out of hand and I scarfed down a few too many animal crackers and an extra beer and extra helping of sweet potatoes at dinner. Now that's not a ton. I wasn't in the pantry with the whole bag of oreos but still woke up and had gone from 125.4 to 127.2 when I was eating 1200 calories a day I didn't worry about having those nights I knew it would come back off but now wont it keep just going up every time I have a night of over indulging since I'm not eating in a range to lose? I know going up a little is fine and expected but how does it ever go back down when your eating more?

I thought well whats really going on is your creating a new average for yourself but does that mean should I wait to bump up my calories until I hold a 125 average for say a week? or since 125 is actually the low end of what I wanted to maintain should I say its totally fine to start bumping up now? or say hay why did you fight so hard to get to 125 if you didn't really want your range to be more like 122- 127.

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I'll just second what Mobycarp says, I don't ever plan to stop tracking my food. I was an overweight baby and toddler, according to my mom, so there's no evidence that my brain's off switch will guide me to a "happy weight." I speak only for myself, a lot of people were thin when they were younger and I suppose it's possible for them to heal their physiology. But it takes less than 5 minutes a day for me now, so why wouldn't I?

Thinking more on this, it could be related to this oxidation typology I've read a little about. Slow oxidizers apparently predigest food slower so they don't feel satisfied sooner, but they stay full longer. It seems logical but is just my speculation that it's related to the divide between emotional eating and preference for sweets over salty comfort foods. So I guess what I'm saying is that I'll grant there's a possibility that fast oxidizers might be able to "eat clean" and not have to track.

Study on the sweet/emotional salty/binge connection:
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Excellent points! My downfall would be the chips - not so much the sweets. I'll continue food journaling since that's been the key to my success. Thanks for a great pep talk!

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@SPARKBJOK: If you've been losing, the first important transition is to no longer lose below where you're comfortable. I ended up stabilizing 13 pounds below my initial goal weight. In the process of learning not to lose weight, I found that I needed to eat more than I ate in the weight loss phase.

It can take a while to figure out exactly how much more you need to eat. Part of that "more" could be the one cookie or the chips, but keeping track and figuring out when it's too much is very important. And at whatever level of nutritional intake you find stability, there is still a limit. One cookie might be okay. Two, maybe not. The entire box of Girl Scout Cookies, not a good idea.

So, how to limit to just one? There is no single successful strategy. I can have a single cookie. Sometimes I can have 3. But every time, I need to record what I eat and think about what I need to give up in order to have that cookie and still fit in my daily range. Sometimes I pass on the cookie because I don't want to give up an apple later in the day.

Other people may say no cookies, ever. Some people report that there are certain foods they can't eat because they won't stop eating them. If you are like that, you need to know which foods you can't start eating. You find out by making mistakes. Then when you recognize the mistake, you climb back on the wagon and learn to do better.

There is also the possibility that your tastes have changed or will change. One of my indulgences is Taco Bell. The meal I order comes with a 1 ounce bag of Doritos. For a long time, I didn't eat the Doritos because I'd rather have that 150 calories for something else. The last time I ate the Doritos, I was hungry and they fit into the day's nutrition. But they didn't taste like I remembered Doritos. They just tasted excessively salty. Since then, I've had no trouble giving away the bag of Doritos that comes with what I want to eat.

Cookies, though . . . I have to watch them. Particularly when they're free. If I can have one, I need to have one and then walk away from the table where they are. Delaying having the first one can help me with limiting myself to just one. And some days, it's wiser to just not start.

I don't think there are any grand secrets to how to manage this. Each maintainer just has to find a strategy or set of strategies that works for him or her. One size does not fit all.


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I just hit my goal weight and now have to deal with maintaining it. I will continue to journal food intake and exercise because I think that really helped me get to this point. But I'm so afraid of just saying, "Oh, just this one cookie" or "these chips will be okay since I'm no longer trying to lose weight." How do I avoid that? Yes, food and exercise journaling will help, but do you all have any other secrets?

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DOUGDC I feel the same way. I am trying to figure out goals. Right now I have set up some streaks to keep me watching my weight and exercise. Maintenance is a very different place and I have never really examined or committed to it before.

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I think I've shared your feeling, AHUAVK1. I used to keep my daily weight in pencil inside my locker at the gym at work. Slowly it got to my goal. I was like, "Now what?" And I felt like I had nothing to look forward to.

That was a number of years ago. After that, I gained 15 pounds to another level where it;s easy for me to maintain weight, but a bit into the overweight zone of the BMI scale, so not an attractive proposition. Time to pay close attention to what I'm eating and make regular exercise a standard part of the day.

So now I'm at my original goal again. I actually don't believe it exactly. My real expectation is that my weight will drift up, "despite my best efforts." And then I'll really want to learn from others at this site how to maintain.

Good luck.
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I agree with the daily weights even though it can be discouraging at times. You are right about watching trends to see what is causing the change. Besides this, be sure you have an accurate scale; I have one I really need to dispose of that can change by five pound up before and after going to the bathroom! TMI I know, but it happens.

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I received my first Team Digest from this team today and was excited to check on what was available. To my surprise it appears to be about 2 years out of date with the last announcement being from 2011. Then I clicked on the to team leader listed and found she is currently on hiatus and in Argentina I guess. What give?

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glad to know I wasn't the only one. lol

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


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Me too!! Spark was down all evening and I felt like I was shut out of my house. I don't know about addicting, but I sure do rely on Spark for peace.

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Its official i'm now addicted to sparks. I just was edgy all last night when sparks was down and I couldn't track my food or anything for the last part of the day. I guess its a good thing to be addicted too. Sure was glad to see it back up this morning. Well its off to the Y for water jogging and water exercise class. So have a great morning all my spark friends.

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


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