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10/23/12 9:39 P

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Hello everyone. I just joined this team today to help me maintain my current weight. I just recently lost 20lbs after having a baby 5months ago.

I am really nervous about this and hope i can succeed. The only one question I have here is when I figured out my BMR it says 1464 that I burn but the calories on this site said i should stay between 1590-1940 and I need to burn 560 calories a week. so what is your suggest of calories that i should eat a day? I am thinking i am going to have to play around for awhile and see what happens to my body.

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10/23/12 5:14 A

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Welcome to the team, SPARKLINGME176! Many of the people here (myself included) have struggled with regain in the past and are only now achieving lasting success. I think getting and staying active here is part of the reason why. We're not giving up and we're not going away--we're staying committed to maintaining and not letting all of our hard work come undone. Check out our discussion threads and team links for some great information and advice and if you have a specific question or problem that you'd like to put out to the team, please feel free to start up a new discussion thread yourself. Welcome again and please let me or one of the other leaders know if you ever need anything.
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10/22/12 7:36 P

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Hi! Everyone! I just joined this team, today! I've been Sparking since 3-16-2012. My problem in my life is I lose & gain. I have never in the past seemed to be able to stay where I know I am healthiest. BUT I KNOW I will be able with Spark People. I said a prayer, asking for the answer to my weight problem & Spark People came to me the next day! I think that is why it is working so well for me!

I am 17 # from my high goal. & looking for ideas to stay where I want to be! I will be tracking my food daily, for many years to come. That seems to be the answer for me. I can SEE where I am messing up. I had some REAL awareness when I first started as to why I gained the weight. As I get closer, I want to be real with myself & be happy, also!

Please visit my Spark page if you want to learn more about me. I don't blog very often, because I am exercising more! But I think you will find my page fun!

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10/1/12 4:20 A

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Welcome back to the team and best of luck getting back down to goal. Please take a look around and feel free to start up a new thread if you have a question you'd like to put out to the team.
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9/30/12 10:43 P

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Hi, I've been here before, but slowly gained the weight back and ended up leaving the team. Now, I'm working on losing it again and I'm making some good progress. I decided to join, even though I'm about 15 pounds away. As I'm looking at winter coming and challenges I'll be facing, I don't want to lose what progress I've made, but I don't want to sabotage myself either. I know its all about maintaining in the end. So, part of my plan for Fall and Winter is to work my plan, but also maintain what I've done up to now. So, its going to be a both process for me as I get through this time of year.
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9/29/12 1:09 P

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Thank you!! The light bulb just went on in my head!! I got it! emoticon

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9/29/12 12:52 P

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It is any weight you want. It's the weight you aim for when you first start a weight loss plan. You can use a chart, or throw a dart at a board. Most of us have a number in mind (that comes from God knows where), then when we get there juggle it around to see what feels right. Some might want to be higher, some lower, some are happy where they aimed for all those months ago. There is nothing sacred about The Number. Then it's a little over or under whatever number you choose, and you can change it any time you want. Remember, you are your only judge.

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9/29/12 12:27 P

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That`s just it, though, I am confused as to what goal weight is. Is it exactly the weight you want, or can it be over or under a little? If so, how much? This maintainance thing is hard!
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9/29/12 10:58 A

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Tulip, your goal is whatever you say it is. You don't have to justify it to anyone.

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9/29/12 12:01 A

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I was at goal last summer and gained 8 pounds. I think I didn`t understand how maintainance works. Now I am working to get them off but it`s not happening, I am stuck here. Am I still at goal because I have a healthy BMI and feel fine but my jeans are tight. I would be happy to lose 5 pounds to feel comfortable in my clothes again.

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9/20/12 5:50 P

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Oh yeah. That is also a place I am not going.

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9/20/12 4:08 P

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I'm sure there are people who go too low, but they are not the kind of people who would find Spark. I cannot imagine being sent to a rehab to be forced to eat.

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9/20/12 3:58 P

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Hi Nel? I set my goal at the very top of their range. I don't know if a person can go too low, but I kind of remember something about that. I have this giant smile on my face because it is SO not going to happen to me. I plan to pack on the muscle when I get into the 150's if I can. I don't see myself going under their range, but I will have to look up the lower weight of that. My memory is that it is in the high 130's. I have not weighed that ever that I can remember, but it must have happened when I was 12 or so :):)

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9/20/12 11:04 A

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Leslie, does WW have a rule about going too far below goal? I think they used to charge again if you got a certain amount below goal so that people wouldn't pick a high goal so they could lose the rest of their weight "for free".

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One more thing. It is taking some time, but I am reading through all the definitions and articles referenced by 4A-HEALTH-BMI. I am pleased that I meet the under 30 BMI already but I do not plan to use that one as the beginning of my maintenance streak. That said, this time while I have been focused on getting back to my weight watchers goal, I have not done heavy weight lifting (yet). I do yoga, but no heavy weights. I plan to begin those again after I get down to my WW goal. Old Ladies Need to be Strong

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I plan to use my Weight Watchers goal as the top of my range, but I do intend to drop away from that goal, so my range may be wider. The top is going to be 166. The bottom? I will let my healthy diet, exercise, and body decide that one.

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I use a 2 pound bounce, but for me that's because Weight Watchers defined it that way for business reasons: if you go more than 2 pounds over your goal, you have to pay again. Outside of figuring out how to get people to pay, I can't see why "maintenance range" should be anything other than how you think of it. Spark is free for everyone. We're just here to help everyone get where they want to go, and help them stay where they want to stay.

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9/19/12 7:32 P

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@ BBENNETT

Excellent question!

Defining maintenance is tricky and even the research doesn't agree. See this blog post about it:
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I have three nested working definitions I'm using:
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So it comes down to whatever definition YOU want to use. (Pretty much like anything else in this process, LOL.)

Hope this helps more than confuses!

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9/19/12 7:30 P

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Hmm, that's a good question. How much over goal would you have to go to no longer consider yourself a maintainer from your declared anniversary date? I guess for me it would be if I went over my original goal, which was about ten pounds over where I am now.

Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 9/19/2012 (19:32)
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I am now half a pound from goal weight. Yay! I have a question. When people say they have maintained their weight loss for ___ years or months, is there an understanding about what that means? Does that mean they have stayed within 5 pounds of their goal weight? 10 pounds? Any number of pounds as long as they do make it back to goal weight every once in awhile? I'm trying to preplan my maintenance (because I have such a hard time with it) and I'm wondering. Thanks!

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Aha. What you said here. I have not weighed over 250 pounds for probably something like 30 years, but I did not get a normal range BMI until 2003, prior to that I bounced around in the high ones, or low twos. I just didn't believe it was ATTAINABLE. It is in fact. I have been injured and gained, I have had life trials and gained, STILL I always maintained my membership in the Weight Control Registry because I did not ever regain the first 100 pounds I lost in the early 1980's.
I don't know what my normal weight will be. I am doing it backward this time. I am a health educator, and I decided to construct a healthy diet for my size person. I eat what I eat. The exercise factor complicates it so I am keeping some intense spreadsheets using a HRM to calculate the calories burned and I eat less when I burn less. Who knows what is sustainable, but for me, a Normal BMI is attainable. I had that for over four years before my last set of trials. I am making this job one now. I cannot afford expensive health insurance. So I am going for the cheap kind. Good health.

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9/15/12 2:49 P

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Welcome to the team and congratulations on your success! Take a look around and feel free to start up a new thread if you have any specific questions. We've got lots of active and supportive members who are very happy to share their wisdom.
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Good morning!! I just found this team while reading the blog in today's SP email. I reached my goal weight June 15, 2011, through the Dukan diet. I lost about 20+ lbs and have maintained it for 15 mos. I've been a member of the Dukan team and found it very helpful. Check it out if you're interested. Maintenance is called "stabilization" phase in that 4-stage eating plan. I was so happy to FINALLY find a plan that worked for me. Dr. Dukan calls your goal weight your "true weight" and has a website that calculates this goal based upon many factors, age, how many times you yo-yo dieted, etc. His calculation has turned out to be on target for me as I seem to be able to maintain it. But the blogger said it best with two "simple" (ha!) rules (I'm paraphrasing)--monitor and correct. Not simple, with our complex lives, but oh, so true. So glad to have found this team and have joined all your goals, because they are not new to me. Christmas season is hard for me so I look forward to the support I know I will find here!

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9/11/12 9:05 P

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What she said!

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9/11/12 5:47 P

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Welcome, BBENNETT, and congratulations on your success! You've come to the right place for maintenance support. Have a look around and don't be afraid to ask or start up a new thread if you have any questions.
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I am only 3 pounds from goal weight! Yay! I've reached goal weight several times, I just have a really hard time maintaining. I am so glad to have this team! Thanks for being here!

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11 months after achieving my initial goal weight, I'm just beginning to get comfortable with the idea that I'm maintaining where I am instead of hunting for where I should maintain. Maybe I had a 9 month or so transition? Anyway, for the last 2 maintenance challenges I've used the same goal weight, and maintained fairly close below that weight.

Yes, I said I maintained below goal. One of the odd psychological quirks I've discovered about myself is I'm happier thinking about maintaining below 162 than thinking about maintaining within 2 pounds of 160. Go figure.


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I agree about the "attainable" vs "sustainable" weights.

And it's not just age that can affect that - illness, injury, and other factors can influence where we are likely to be most comfortable and functional at a given time.

When the topic comes up about finding goal weight, I've been amazed to see how many people say they're still assessing it based on circumstances. It seems like some don't really settle down until they've been in maintenance mode for about 5 years, adjusting now and then until they find something that "works."

And with all that shifting and adjusting, it's also important to remember that vigilance is still important. It appears that we're never truly "out of the woods;" regain has happened to some of us after 10 years of maintenance! (The statistics for this are shaky because of sparse data, but according to research, the rates of regain never drop much below 20%, even 15-20 years after reaching goal.)

Old habits, apparently, die hard.

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Thanks for the input. I agree with Lorilee that as we get older, our "best" weight might not be as low as it once was. Looking forward to being part of this team!

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Nell, Thank you for that! I think I'm finally getting into my resistant mind a smart way of thinking about this all, thanks to you all here on this team.

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That sustainable weight is a big consideration. The amount of food that will cause you to lose will at some point be the amount required to maintain, and you'd have to eat less to go lower. And are you really willing to do that? I read a book one time where the detective described the "fashionably thin" older ladies as looking unhappy with the effort of keeping up that look. Why would I do that?

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Welcome KANSASROSE67 and congratulations on being at a healthy weight and reaching your goal! How much you change as you transition to maintenance probably depends on what you were doing as you were losing weight, especially most recently. For example, when I decided to begin my transition to maintenance I was still losing at a rate of about a pound a week, so I was able to up my calories by a few hundred (gradually) before my weight levelled off. If your recent losses have been minimal, you might not need to change much.

You're very welcome, LORILEEPAGE. There's definitely a difference between a person's lowest achievable weight and a person's lowest sustainable weight. I think what you decide is your sustainable weight depends on a number of factors, including the wrinkle factor, lol!

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Tinajane, I appreciate you responding. I feel like the way you have been handling everything is similar to what I'm starting to think I want to do. I am happy with the amount of exercise I've committed to and feel it's sustainable, as well as the calorie allowance I have for myself. I seem to be loosing a little more, gradually, and I'm sure this will even out before long. At which point I will probably be comfortable. I don't think it will be an issue for me to stop losing. lol I think you or maybe it was someone else said that when you get to your goal weight, you'll know if you set it too low and can adjust it from there. Personally I think it is possible to look gaunt if you lose too much when you are at an age where you sport lots of wrinkles.

Thanks again, I do feel reassured!

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Hi all! I've checked out some of the links on maintenance and they are very good. I'll be going back to them for further learning.

I've just reached my "official" goal weight this week! But I've been in a normal BMI range for almost 2 years, just trying to lose the last 3-5 pounds. My BMI is now at 23. I've still got my range set for weight-loss, because I'd like to get a little lower and because I seem to lose at a snail's pace anyway. So by carrying on as if I'm still trying to lose, I'll probably maintain.

I really don't think I'll be making any drastic changes. My exercise plan will stay the same and my calories will only be increased by about 100/day, if that. Does all this seem reasonable?

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I can tell you what I did and maybe that can give you a bit of guidance/reassurance. I went on "maintenance" as soon as I got to the top of the healthy weight range for my height. By "maintenance" I really mean I started my transition to maintenance. I started gradually increasing my calories and settling in to an amount of exercise I could live with in the long term. At a certain point, about ten pounds under my initial goal, my weight leveled off. Perhaps I could lose more if I were willing to sacrifice some calories or up my exercise, but I don't want to do that for more than a short period of time, say before a special event, or if my weight starts creeping up. Since I'm happy with how I look and feel and with my food and exercise levels, I've decided that where I am now should be the mid-point of my range. I think those are pretty good indicators that I am where I should be.

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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I've been on this team for a couple of weeks but have been at my current weight for 7 months.

In February, I decided I was happy at my current weight, and my body fat percentage was .5 over the recommended for my age and height. I am planning to have it remeasured this week, since I increased ST after my last BFP measurement was taken. The kinesiologist who measured it said I didn't have to go any lower, and that it was only a matter of my own feelings on whether I needed to lose any more weight. I got the feeling that I was fine and I feel good, I think I look good (in clothes!) and my husband says I look great. I've been maintaining with the thought in the back of my brain that I'd be ok if I lost more weight but that it wasn't so important to me anymore. This is the first time in my life that I haven't "felt" fat.

What the issue now is, something that has started to cause me to doubt myself is that many of the maintainers on here have lost more than their original happy point, and have focused on BMI. I think my BMI is in the range of overweight, by 4 pounds. If I want my maintenance ticker to allow for that, say by putting my midrange at 5 pounds below the weight suggested for being normal weight, I will need to lose 9 pounds to get to the middle of my ticker.

I suppose it's really up to how happy I am at my weight. But I think I am asking for reassurance and guidance as to whether I should make a renewed effort to lose more weight. What are some of the factors you all use to determine if you are ready to maintain? considering I have maintained at my current weight for 7 months, maybe it's is my body's set point?

Help! as you can see I'm confused.

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Thanks! I needed that bit of a push. I think I have a new plan in place.

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Hey there and welcome!

You are most DEFINITELY not alone.

There are lots of reasons that we let up the pressure on ourselves when we get close to goal weight. It may be a combination of BOTH self sabotage and diminished motivation.

I'm personally very motivated by goals, so when I find myself nearing one, it becomes harder to adhere to a strict plan. I've found it very helpful to do the spark streak thing for behaviors.

See if you can do ONE day within your diet plan. Just ONE. Post a thread about it. Or call on one of your good Spark Friends to keep an eye on you. Then try to do ANOTHER day within your plan. See if you can do at least 5 days in a row.

You can do the same thing with exercise.

Another thing to keep in mind is that coming off weight loss you might be eating at a deficit that is too large to be sustainable. If you're being hit by genuine hunger signals, you may end up eating more than you plan on, in response.

And finally, you may need reminding of why you really want this. Revisit your Vision Collage. Maybe now you feel and look better and can do more fun things. If that's the case you might want to update your Vision Collage to include the new fun things, and how much better you think they might go if you get to your goal.

It also may be that your goal weight is unsustainable. Only you can figure that out, and only by actually getting there and figuring out whether you are comfortable there.

Check out some of the links on the original first message on this thread for some clues about how to pick a goal weight.

Hope this helps!

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I'm new here (should probably intro myself). I'm not certain if I belong in this group but was hoping someone here could help me out. I'm about 10 lbs from goal (depending on when I step on the scale - lol). I've had no problem with the first 50 lbs (lost 10 before Spark and 40+ since). Now, I'm having a problem sticking with things, I'm not exercising, making excuses, yadda, yadda, yadda - everything I've been encouraging my Spark friends NOT to do.

HELP! I'm guessing this is either self sabotage or a motivation issue.

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Glad it helps.

It took a while for that to hit me, actually. Here's a blog post I wrote about it:
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Oh my gosh; I LOVE that! "My new home" Wonderful :-)

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
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Good idea.

For a lot of people the most difficult shift in transitioning to maintenance isn't so much about the "how," but rather about the "why."

Which is one reason we liked NELLJONES' recent blog post so much!
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Where you are now is your new home. Your new "normal." Relish it. Get comfy in it.

One thing you can do that may help reinforce why you want to stay here is to write a blog, make a list, or do a new vision collage, illustrating all the things you like about being here. Put it up next to some "before" photos for contrast, if you want.

Then on those days when you're tired or grouchy or coming down with a cold you can look at it and remember WHY it is worth all the tracking and exercise (or whatever you need to do to stay here).

I like it here at home, in my comfy jeans. I bet you do, too!

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I have been thinking and thinking and thinking about maintenance since I reached my goal weight (approx. 2 weeks ago). I believe I'm over thinking the whole situation. I was taught "right from wrong" by Spark people and I just need to stay the course. I've increased my daily calories and will weigh myself weekly until I'm comfortable with the whole process and see where it leads me weight wise.

Sounds easy, doesn't it??! So glad to have this team for support. Pat

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If anyone needs to see the current version of the Team welcome email with its links and suggestions, you can find it here:
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Still waiting to see if there are any questions. :) Only been in maintenance for about 1.5 years, but would love to help others.

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I joined today.....and i am glad i did....i am still 20lbs from my goal....but these links are emoticon and will all be very helpful. emoticon

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Thanks for this, I'm only two weeks into my maintainance so this is very helpful. I do NOT want this to end like it did the last time I hit my goal!



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So happy to see this great topic here, and all of the resource links! Love the team name change!

Thanks, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!! You are pretty awesome!

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Thank you for starting this topic. I think it will be helpful. I will take the time to look at the links and see if I have any questions.

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Are you trying to wrap your mind around how to transition into maintenance?

Developing a maintenance plan?

This thread is just for you!

To start us off, here are some helpful links:

SP articles about how to figure out your "ideal" weight:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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rticles.asp?id=1008

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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rticles.asp?id=1042

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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rticles.asp?id=1079


A handy "ideal" weight calculator with different options
www.halls.md/ideal-weight/bod
y.htm


SP articles about how to transition into maintenance and develop a maintenance plan:

Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=1063


Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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articles.asp?id=1065


Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=1066


Here is a really nice section from The Hacker's Diet about transitioning to maintenance:
www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/e4/
losingwei
ght.html

Scroll down to the section titled "Success and stability"

Here is an excellent post from Leigh Peele's blog, concerning maintenance:
www.leighpeele.com/a-lesson-i
n-the-art
-of-maintenance


Although the above resources are very good, there is no one-size-fits-all scheme for maintenance; as in your weight loss journey you will need to use lots of creativity and experiment with strategies to figure out what works best for YOU, personally.

For an example of a well-researched, very thorough maintenance plan, see PERIWINKLE88's Popular Blog Post:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015442


And for an organized list of resources, see our Big Page of Links:
docs.google.com/document/d/1AkUBsUAC
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Have questions about any of this? Here's the place to ask!

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