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I don't use a fancy tracker, but I DO keep a food journal. I frankly don't care how many grams of protein or carb or calcium I am eating. I don't even count calories. I use an exchange system where I eat 6 breads, 5 proteins, 2 fruits, 3 fats, 2 dairys, and as many veggies as I want, plus 3 of any of them and 100 optional calories for things like cornstarch or seeds. I write it on paper because it's easier. I plan my meals and my shopping lists, and check off the exchanges each day. By eating that assortment, the nutrition and the calories all work out by themselves. I can't eat as much now as I did when I was younger (a downside of getting old), but it's easily adjustable. Electronic trackers are too fussy and time consuming for me, and I like to concentrate on the FOOD!

When I was fat I obsessed over my weight. When I was losing I obsessed over the exciting process of losing weight. Now food isn't an obsession but rather a hobby, a passion. There is a big difference, and for me that was the big mental change from losing to maintaining. Passion is a lot more sustainable than obsession.

Edited by: NELLJONES at: 3/7/2013 (20:08)
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I've personally tried that experiment of not tracking, many many times, and 100% of the time when I stop doing it, the weight comes back. I know there are others who have similar experiences.

Perhaps there are ways around it. Take a look at the Inside Out Weight Loss materials for ideas.

But for me, I'd so much rather continue tracking and stay a size and a fitness that allows me to have a fuller life than give up my tracker and gain the weight back. It's not so onerous to track once you've got a system that works for you, and it's part of your life and you're used to it.

In the end it comes down to what I want More. :-) And what I want More of is time spent at a happy size where I feel comfortable.

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Thank You for the Welcome and thank you for the reply.
I know that this is just something that works for one person and love her for her determination and will power! I posted on her blog that she made Maintenance sound HELLISH and to me it did, FREAKED me right out actually! I know my body may be different and I will deal with it maintaining when the time comes. I do know I don't want weight loss or maintaining weight loss to Always be so much Work! I don't mind exercise, that is part of my lifestyle now, but I don't want to have to track food every day ...eventually, I find it so time consuming. I find as I go along I am getting to know foods and what they contain for nutritional value so I am hoping someday I can guesstimate close and not have to track it???

Here's hoping it gets a little easier!

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Boxermom: I have been at goal for a very long time, and I couldn't have done it if it were boring. Some days it's harder than others, but so is mowing the lawn. I think you missed part of the phrase: "It's never going to get any easier Than It Is Today." The second half is essential.

I don't use food as a cure for boredom or consolation for grief or frustration, because it would only leave me with guilt and weight I'd have to lose again. So I jump into my cookbooks and find the answer within the parameters of my program. I, too, love the way food looks and smells and tastes, but I also love planning for a meal, shopping for it, preparing it. Feeling the food in my hands and smelling the phases of a dish as I go through cooking and assembly, is part of the joy of food. Of course I eat something sweet now and again now that I am goal, but just now and again, and savor each bite.

I think the most important lesson of my weight loss journey was to love what I was doing to lose the weight, so I could continue the same program (plus a few extra bonus selections each day) after I got to goal. Which I have done for 42 years. People keep saying that it's important to love yourself, but for me it was about finding really great food I could safely love. Which, with a little learning and creativity, turned out to be a big universe of wonderful food. Who knew?

Edited by: NELLJONES at: 3/7/2013 (19:19)
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...Just reposting these links for newcomers who might not scroll down far enough to see the last time they were put up...

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/
Fitness_a
rticles.asp?id=1008

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

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
fitness_a
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
s_
articles.asp?id=1063


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


Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
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
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015442


And for an organized list of resources, see our Big Page of Links:
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rZ5GsdF7jT9YcD1Xa80VFGiJ5JeUkur8A/pub


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Welcome!

That was a blog by WATERMELLEN, who also happens to be Canadian! emoticon
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Everyone has a different approach to maintenance, but the really successful ones do seem to manage to come to terms with the sometimes harsh realities of it. Some of us, me included, seem to have to really work at keeping our eyes on the prize. It's gotten a little less difficult over the past three years since I hit goal weight as doing the things I need to do have become habits and I've become more comfortable with my fit body and lifestyle, but those old unhealthy habits die hard, and I have found I still need to consciously stay engaged or the weight comes back. (I had a rough November-January.)

I love the blogs by our longest maintainer, NELLJONES, who also has a pretty pragmatic approach to keeping the weight off.

There are also definitely emotional aspects to wrapping one's head around this, and I'm currently exploring those with the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. There's a whole spark team dedicated to those, here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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In those podcasts Renee Stephens discusses ways to change how you think about food and lifestyle in a way that can hopefully help one ease into a naturally slender lifestyle without a lot of extra effort.

In the end we each have to find a way to make this work that we can tolerate. You might need to seek out gentler approaches that coax you into doing what you want, rather than strict ones. It takes a lot of creativity and experimentation to get there, but we have a whole team of folks here who can help make suggestions and help you sort it out.

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3/7/13 6:42 P

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Hello everyone! :)

I was sent an invite to this group and although I am still a ways away from my goal weight...like 27 LBS away still I was extremely close to my goal weight in the middle of 2012 just to regain 1/2 of what I took of late in 2012. I am glad I got the invite, I didn't know this group existed and I REALLY need a plan in place as I get closer to my goal again! I MUST be better prepared for that!

Today I saw a blog from someone who is maintaining....that person may even be a member of this group? But I found their blog on what it takes to Maintain depressing!!! You may have all read it as it is a "popular" blog. This person said they believe Maintenance will never get easier...they mentioned tolerating some hunger pretty much every day. That food for "THEM" is fuel. Not entertainment. Not distraction from boredom. Not a means of celebrating. Not consolation for grief or frustration. Not the focus of socializing.

SO I know this is one persons opinion and what works for them....but it sounded HARD and BORING and for me self destructive, I do go out for supper with friends and I do drink alcohol some of those times, I am not a clean eater all the time, I do not eat JUST to fuel my body, sometimes I will eat less during the day and do a little extra workout so I can eat Cake!

I know this is just what works for one person...and it may work for others..it's just the idea that this (maintaining weight) could be a struggle for EVER and I might feel Hungry FOREVER is overwhelming...I do enjoy food, the way it looks, the way it tastes, I don't want to eat chicken breasts and salad for ever! Yet I don't want to gain weight back. LOL......I am glad I am here, I plan to take a good look around and see what others have done to maintain. And I will just have to see what MY body says when I reach my goal.

:)

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You don't really know your best weight until you get there. Try it on for size. Height weight charts are about health, not personal satisfaction. Healthy weight ranges are pretty wide, and where you want to be within that range is something only you can decide, and only after you get there and see how it feels.

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Hi all. I'm about 4lbs away from my goal weight. So I thought that I would start to adjust my thinking about transitioning to maintenance. Interesting enough, when I look at the calculators posted in the first post, it is basically telling me that I should lose another 10lbs below what I decided was my goal weight.

So I'm wondering if my stopping at 145 is just a cop out. This is all new territory for me. I can't really say that I want to weigh what I did when I graduated HS or even college because I was well over 200lbs. I did hit 142lbs on WW when I was in 2000. My thinking is that I'll be happy with 145lbs. My dream weight has always been 150lbs so I know that I never want to weigh over that so that is why I figured 145lbs was good. I won't be sad if I lose a few more pounds but I think that once I get to 145 that my focus will turn toward more fitness goals and cleaning up my eating even more. I want my bodyfat to be 20% which means that I need to lose 3.5%.

Anyway, thanks for listening as you are the only people who understand where I'm coming from. Thanks

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Thanks Kevin!

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"I just can't wrap my head around having to eat so many more calories. Won't this make me gain weight back?"

Welcome to maintenance, Deirdre. This is part of why maintenance is so challenging.

When you're trying to lose weight, the idea is to create a caloric deficit. You don't have to be precise. The difference between a 600 calorie deficit per day and a 400 calorie deficit per day isn't important. You'll be losing weight either way.

Then you get to maintenance, and that 200 calorie swing might be between a 100 calorie per day deficit and a 100 calorie per day surplus. Keep it up for a month, and you loser or gain about a pound. Not too bad, but . . .

Your body's caloric needs may not be constant. What was a caloric balance one month may be a deficit or a surplus the next month. In weight loss mode, you just aim to make your margin of error tend toward a deficit; in maintenance mode, you don't want to gain or lose. So what to do?

Different maintainers use different strategies. I weigh myself daily, and watch the trends. If my weight trends down below my desired range, I increase my calories. If it trends up above my desired range, I decrease my calories. I've lost count of how many times I've adjusted my calorie range in the last year, but it's moved by quite a bit.

When I was in transition to maintenance, I followed the standard SP advice of increasing calories by 200 per day at a time. It took me about 8 weeks to find a point where I thought I wasn't losing weight any more. Now, I weigh in 4 or 5 pounds below where that point was, but I'm better at making the weight go sideways.

You don't want to hear how many calories I'm eating now. It's scary. Let's just say the lower end of my various maintenance ranges, as I've adjusted the range over the past 14 months or so, has been 17% to 65% higher than the lower end of my weight loss range. The 17% number was when a foot injury had me striving for under 5,000 steps per day instead of routinely getting over 10,000.

Everybody is different. I don't know how much higher your maintenance range should be than your weight loss range. But then, I didn't know how much higher my range needed to be, either. I had to find it by trial and error. And then I had to learn that it wasn't a constant thing, but will require ongoing monitoring and adjustments.


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Hello everyone! Just joined the team today. I'm about 4-6 pounds from my goal weight. People suggested that I move to maintenance, so Ii did that from my StartPage. I decided to try to find a team for maintenance, and found this one.

I just can't wrap my head around having to eat so many more calories. Won't this make me gain weight back? I just don't get it. Someone help me to understand, please!

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emoticon Everyone. I joined the team today because I am close to my goal weight. I am about 4 pounds away and ready to transition to maintain my weight loss. I think this part of my journey is scarier than when I started. I am definitely going to check out the SP articles below because I have no idea where to begin.

Enjoy the journey.. it is a ride worth taking!

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I think success can be measured in many ways. Some use the scale, a BMI, a certain pair of jeans, a blood test, or how they feel. I personally think if you feel good in your skin then that is success. Weight loss can change your life, but it doesn't "make life good." We do that! emoticon

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I think you are on the right track with your thinking. Losing those 5 lb and then maintaining that weight may be too restrictive for long term maintenance. You're in a healthy range so maybe just focus on what your life now looks like as a maintainer. I just recently started a blog for maintenance, called lose2maintain.com that is focused on writing, maybe check it out. What is your blog address?

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Just reposting the original first message, for those who might want the links again:

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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/
Fitness_a
rticles.asp?id=1008


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


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
fitness_a
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
s_
articles.asp?id=1063


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


Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
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
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015442


Have questions about any of this? Here's the place to ask!

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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As far as I'm concerned, anyone who has improved his or her health and well-being is a success, even if they don't consider it to be a "success story." Especially if it was done under difficult circumstances.

I hope your day improves.

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I'm angry at the mailing I got. I don't have a success story. I'm someone that had less than twenty pounds to lose. I lost it mostly due to anxiety. The mailing about success stories and sharing it pissed me off. I'm having a bad day and being reminded that I lost weight and started exercising since I couldn't eat or sit still isn't helping. Thanks for ruining my day although it wasn't your intent.

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Just reposting the original first message, for those who might want the links again:

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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/
Fitness_a
rticles.asp?id=1008


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


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
fitness_a
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
s_
articles.asp?id=1063


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


Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
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
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015442


Have questions about any of this? Here's the place to ask!

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 1/14/2013 (02:07)
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Congratulations on all your success and welcome to the team, Irene! We've got a pretty active and extremely supportive bunch here, so please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or need anything.
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Hi team, I joined you today I am an experienced sparker. And learnt a lot from teams,. Briefly I m Irene an oldie from England .
I had been overweight most of my adult life, I did many diets and joined many clubs . I could lose weight but not keep it off. I have now at last learnt its healthy eating and exercise that works, now I prefer my healthy eating style. I have lost 30lbs been stuck at 143 lbs for a year .so taking that as the weight to maintain. I would ideally like to lose 5 lbs this year . But am also satisfied to stay as I am.
I look forward to getting to know the team and making new friends. My sp page will tell you more about me . Irene emoticon

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One of the things we have all probably learned with our own weight loss stories is that no outside pressure helps and probably hinders. If your husband, Amanda, says he's "doing it for his family", then to him that can translate as the reason he is doing it for himself. I know I do a lot for my family, going out of my way and occasionally taking on great burdens, but at bottom it's really because I LOVE doing for my family. No matter how much I grumble, in reality I simply love it.

I myself never do "cheats" or have "cheat days". Ever. If I decide I want something, I figure out how to work it into my program. Obviously Cheetos and Reeses are out, but I get 700 optional calories a week. I can have them as 100 per day, or the whole 700 at one sitting. The plate may LOOK like a cheat, but it isn't. It's more about the attitude than the actual food. If I decide I want a piece of pie, I'll bake a pie, have some people over, eat one piece, and it's a treat but not a cheat. I have an evil mind; if I ever think I am "cheating", or "getting away with something" I'll push that boundary until I do something I regret. It's just a different way of looking at the same thing. It works for me, but we are all different.

I don't know what "normalize" might mean. I know that I reach an equilibrium, that what I eat results in the number I want on the scale. For the moment I choose to be very thin, which means eating less than I could if I were willing to weigh a little more. We all have to make that choice, we can't make it for anyone else no matter how much we love them. Alas.

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I think each one of us maintainers here probably uses different strategies to stay at goal but I think you'd find that sustainability is our common thread. What that means for each individual will vary, but the important thing is that you're willing to keep up your changes for a lifetime. I personally like and can manage having treat days. They keep me motivated to stay on track the rest of the time and give me something to look forward to. Other people find that they're triggers and lead to backslides, so they avoid them altogether. Both strategies can be good ones if they help you to stay on track.

You say that your husband doesn't seem comfortable with his new body and is struggling to normalize--is it that he's having a hard time thinking about his transition to maintenance because he's been in weight loss mode for so long and finds it a comfortable place? Most people on maintenance don't make many changes once they reach goal and I personally think it's better to make gradual, subtle changes to ease that transition. If he's not comfortable having cheat days or meals, slight increases in his portions of healthy food throughout the day should be enough to help him stabilize his weight without making him feel guilt-ridden for consuming more food.



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Hi, I have been a member of SP for a long time. I have been on my most recent journey for the last 18 months. I lost 40 lbs before needing to have ankle surgery. The great news was I was in shape and was living a healthy SP lifestyle. I used my Bodybugg and SP to help me manage my recovery without gaining any weight. I have lost a few more pounds these last few months and now I am within 10 lbs of my "goal" weight. So I have hit my 50lbs loss mark this last week.

My husband has also been going through his own journey although not using SP and doing it for "his family" and not for himself. He has lost almost 100 lbs and is also about 15 lbs away from his goal. Unlike me, I have accepted my new body and health and feel good. I can eat healthy 80% of the team and enjoy my "cheats". He has lost the weight but does not feel comfortable in his new body, struggling each day with the number on the scale and getting his system to "normalize". He feels tremendous guilt when he cheats and therefore doesn't even enjoy those times.

I would love any feedback regarding your own experiences and suggestions regarding how to support my husband as he nears his maintence. Unfortunately, I don't think he would ever use SP.

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I also am 5'2'' and lost 25 lbs. You are so right it is a lot for a short gal. Don't be concerned what anyone thinks or says! Congratulations on your weight loss! When I was at my peak 146lbs I had high blood pressure, my eating was out of control and it was a wonder I did not weigh more. I was a mess emotionally and I ate. It took a year to take it off but I also worked on handling my emotions. I focused on being obedient to the Lord, trusting in him, and learning how to handle life without food as the rudder. For me that was the victory! I have some (like my mother) who criticize, but I know that I am healthier, my blood sugar is stable, my blood pressure also, and better yet my emotions are calm. To me that is the gift of this all. So, I let the criticism blow right past me! God has helped me and will help me still. Control feels terrific! I applaud you in your journey. Us little gals need to stick together! God Bless you each day!

To all on this team, Merry Christmas and God bless you every day.

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I'm 5'4" and THREE pounds shows!! 25 pounds is huge!!

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Now, that I'm at my goal weight. I've been pretty stable staying in a couple pounds for around a month. I get compliments at the gym and on the bus about my weight loss. I suppose they're noticing now. I feel like I need to tell them that I'm no longer losing weight. It makes me feel pressure to keep the weight off.

I'm small 5' 2" so twenty-five pounds looks like a lot. It is a lot. I went from being close to obese on the BMI scale to normal weight. I went from size 12 being tight to a size 4 being loose. I don't need people taller and heavier than me saying that twenty-five pounds isn't a lot of weight to lose. It makes me feel like saying if I lost another twenty-five, that I would be needing a feeding tube put in me. I didn't say that. I only barked that I was small and twenty-five pounds is a lot for someone my height.

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The reality of going into maintenance has finally arrived. My Dr. told me yesterday that I really need to go into maintenance now. I told him not until after the holidays and he was ok with that. I've only got 2 lbs to go to get to my goal weight so I plan on starting the day after Christmas. I've been adding a few calories already because of the cookies, etc., but I usually end up cutting back on the rest of my food. The problem with that is I end of not getting all of my fiber, protein, etc. That is also something I'm going to have to work on because of the surgery I had. So I have till Jan. 9th to figure things out before I have to see him again.

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I am within a pound of my stated goal!! I was stuck for 10 months at 155 but have moved now to 145-46. I want to stay at 145--I am nervous about gaining ANYTHING but I KNOW I can hold a weight (did it unintentionally for 10 months--LOL). Now to do it on purpose.

So advice is welcomed!

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Lisa, Spark used to have 5 Stages, with Stage 5 being maintenance. They dropped the Stages, I don't know why. They didn't offer much for Stage 5, though. It was almost as if they thought it meant The End. In any case, there are no more Stages at all.

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Hi! Well finally reached my goal...again. I have been here before but I really want to make it stick this time! glad to have fallen into this group.
first question i have is there a way to change my " goal" to maintenance? or is that only possible with the tracker?

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On your start page in the upper left hand corner click on "edit preferences". There is a tab called "community". Under that there is a selection to edit your ticker.

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Hi,

I hit my goal, and am now beginning maintenance. How do I create a maintnenance tracker on the website?

Thanks!

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Hi KATHYJANE (my mother's name, by the way!)! I found it really helpful to gradually increase my calories. Going up just 50-100 calories a day at a time, monitoring how that's reflected on the scale, then making adjustments as needed worked best for me.

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, my name is Kathy and I have done Spark for almost a year. It has helped me so much and I have lost everything I wanted to lose. It took almost all year but I learned how to log and portion and then the weight kept coming off even though I wanted to stabilize. Like some have said " I don't know how to maintain" I am 3-4 lbs less then I want to be (sounds great except that I am older and my face begins to look awful when it gets to thin!) I am afraid of over doing it to put that 3-4 lbs back on and I do not want to lose control. Through the years I NEVER have learned to maintain I have always gained the weight back, especially if I had a family crisis. Now is the time to learn and any tips would be helpful! Congratulations to all of you and it is good to get to know you a bit!

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TOHIKEAPTRAIL, my youngest son and a friend quit their jobs 10 years ago to hike the Trail. It took them 5 months. I mailed food boxes to DS at the post offices he noted. At sporting goods stores that cater to hikers there are dehydrated meals. It's easier to pack out the trash from those things. Remember there aren't any trash cans up there, you have to carry everything down. I remember selecting the meals with the highest calorie count, something that I had never done before. He hiked every step, and I have a photo of him on Katahdin, hiking poles raised to the sky. And I still have the AT map taped to my office door. He made his own backpack and kept his load to 25 pounds. That meant no deodorant and just a few layers of clothes. He hiked in 2003, the year the East Coast got 60" of rain (we usually get 40"). I'm glad he got to do it when he did. He's married now with a family and a mortgage, so it will be a very long time until he'll have the freedom to leave the world for 5 months again.

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Congratulations on all your success and on your plans to hike the Appalachian Trail. That's a fantastic goal and it's wonderful that you're going to be able to do it as fit and healthy as possible.

Please take a look around our threads and team links and let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions. 4A-HEALTHY-BMI is currently on a kayaking vacation in South America and will be back in a week and a half. She's a great and very helpful resource for information on maintenance so I'd suggest "friending" her if you haven't already.

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Join this group today. I'm transitioning into maintenance. I'm slowly upping my calories. I gained the weight back last time when I decreased my exercise. I know I can't exercise at this level forever. Still, I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail in the spring so I need a little fat reserve on my body for the days that I can't carry enough calories in my backpack. My BMI is 23.8 currently. It could go a little lower safely. The average woman loses ten pounds on the trail so I won't be dangerously thin even if I lose more than that.

I can't worry about if I'm gain the weight back after my six month walk. That is too far away. Right now, I need to plan to be fit and healthy when I start my walk in March.

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Thank you. I think I will keep going for now to see how low I go. If I feel tired or sluggish, I'll stop. I'm just eager to start a new phase, which I'm sure is just like the old phase.

Thanks once again for all the support you guys are providing!


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Where you land in maintenance is really up to you. If you're satisfied with how you look and feel now, then I'd say very slowly begin to increase your calories about 50-100/day until your weight has consistently leveled off. If you really think you could be happy sustaining your current exercise and food levels forever, then I'd say go for staying the course and seeing where you end up.

In any case, congratulations on all your success and keep up the great work!

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Hi everyone. I'm not sure where I am in this 'weight-loss' journey. I'm healthy and happy but I'm still 5 pounds away from a random number I picked 8 months ago. I still obsess over my double chin and my not-flat tummy but I feel good (other than the fact that very few people have noticed my weight loss). Should I switch to maintenance? Up my food intake? Keep going and see where my body stops? I can keep up my current food intake/exercise forever quite frankly, but I am still losing weight even though the weight loss is really slow.

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August 2011 I began my weight loss journey for what seems like the millionth time. This time I made the choice to turn my eating into a spiritual lesson. My bible says that I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me, so I asked God to prove his word to me. I made a promise to God that I would choose to eat healthy more often than not, and that I would exercise as often as health & circumstances allowed. I ask Him daily to give me His strength to get through the cravings and to keep me motivated. Throughout this journey He has been so faithful. I am down 80 pounds and have 10-15 to go. It's hard to explain to others, but compared to all the other times I've tried to lose weight, this time has been the "easiest" That's not to say that it's not been hard, it's just different. I don't stress over food, or become obsessed over calories. I don't feel bad when I eat a sweet treat. I am learning that God is trustworthy and faithful. For the first time in my adult life I am in the "healthy weight" category. I am excited to see how the last few pounds comes off, and how God will teach me the tools to maintain. I keep hearing how the last few pounds are the hardest to come off, so I anticipate that these next few months will be practical experience for maintenance. I've never gotten this far before and frankly have no idea what to expect. :)

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Congrats on being at or near your goal!

Many of us simply started eating a little more and/or doing a little less cardio and waited to see where our bodies settled.

In order to do that it's pretty easy to just add 100 or 200 calories into your daily budget once a week and re-evaluate to see where you're at. If you're still losing and you start to feel weak or think you're too gaunt or something, then add another 100 or 200 calories, and try that range for a week.

It's often a moving target if your calorie burn changes (training for a cardio event vs going on a sedentary vacation, etc.). You just kind of adjust as needed.

Unless you're making weight for an athletic event (for example a weight class for fighting), the exact scale number doesn't really matter so much.

And you can always change your mind and drop lower later.

My original goal was to get under 160. About 2 years after getting there, I ended up dropping down to within +/- 3% of 150. I use the numbers as an external gauge to see where I'm at, and to tell me when it's time to eat a little less or a little more, etc.

As it turns out, I seem to be most flexible and strong relative to my weight at about that size, and for white water kayaking I prefer my performance around that size. So the scale numbers for me are just a convenient gauge to see if I'm staying where I like to be. My favorite pants also help. When they get a bit tight or loose I have another way to know where I'm at.

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Hi! I'm struggling with my last five pounds and thinking that maybe I don't need to lose five more pounds. I am healthy for both BMI and fat body percentage. (If you wa t more detail, you can read my latest blog.)

But I have no idea how to switch from "losing" to "maintaining" in terms of diet and exercise. I'd really appreciate some pointers!

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Hi everyone! I joined the team because I'm 15 pounds from my goal and have been stuck there for 15 months so I figure I'm "practicing maintenance" and can get some tips here. They're right - the last few pounds are the hardest to lose! At least I haven't GAINED any back!



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Hey Gang --

I joined this group a long time ago when I was really close to my goal weight, and then a broken leg and life kicked in, and I gained a bunch of weight back. I am now -- finally -- within five pounds of my goal weight. I've been losing weight so slowly this past couple months (a pound every three or four weeks) that my body probably thinks that it is already in Maintenance. At least I'm not gaining.

I'm here because I don't know how to maintain. I know how to lose weight, and I know how to gain it all back, but I don't know how to stay at the wonderful size and health that I now am. My current plan is to keep up the exercise, and try to keep desserts down to once a week, but I am wondering what has worked for all of you.

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I LOVE that comment that they did the surgery on your stomach not your brain!! Such a simple observation that says it all!!

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Hey all, I just found this group thorugh Spark Coach, and I am glad I did. I am not good at maintance, that has always been when the bad stuff happens. I rock at dieting, I know, not the correct terms, I do lifestyle changes well.
I have lost 70 plus pounds, I had lapband at the beginning of November 2011, and have been on a mission since, and to those who think that is a shortcut, let me tell you its not, they did surgery on my stomach not my brain. I have worked really hard to get to where I am now, I am terrified that the next step is how do I maintain this weight loss, I have always messed up there!
I have about 10 pounds to go, and no I haven't lost my motivation, because, again, the positve accolades keep coming.And yes I choose the weight that would put me out of the obese category on my BMI, that is a no brainer for me.
So, I look forward to interacting with the group, I am not the best at sharing all my stuff, but I know that I need help to get to a comfort zone and stay there. So, I am happy there is a sparkteam like this and I look forward to the exchange and yes lord those HOLIDAYS are around the corner!!!

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I really should have told you I have two boys (3yr and 5 month old). So I am really going to have to test my calories out now that I want to maintain and just see how it goes. But at least I know I have others on here that will be able to answer my questions and feel nervous about maintaining just like I do

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Welcome, and congratulations!

"BMR" stands for "Basal Metabolic Rate," i.e. the bare minimum amount of calories necessary to keep you alive, if you were lying still in a bed 24/7. As a mother of a 5-month-old, you are obviously burning more calories than that, especially if you're doing added exercise. :-)

Most people here gradually add back in calories (perhaps 100-200 more per day) a week at a time until they see their weight stabilize.

Or if you just lurve numbers like I do, you can go whole hog and try to calculate your daily burn rate including all of your exercise and activity:
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