I like your approach on maintenance. What I have discovered is that it's great to learn the strategies of other successful maintainers, but you have to make it your own. It sounds like you have a really good handle on that already! Welcome! Michelle
Highest weight: 248 August 2010 Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012 10/1/13-10/1/14-Gained back 50-peeling it off!
Pounds lost: 41.6
Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 4,596 10/19/12 11:03 A
Hi BME! Welcome to the team and congratulations on the birth of your daughter and kicking your pregnancy weight. Many members of the team have had the same ups and downs that you've described (myself included) and we're really committed to and focused on not letting that happen this time around.
I think your strategy of easing into maintenance is good one. I did the same thing once I got to the top of the weight range for my age and height and continued slowly losing another ten pounds over the first few months I was on maintenance. It can really be a big help in letting your brain catch up with your body as you adjust to life in maintenance mode rather than weight loss mode.
Feel free to take advantage of the discussions we've got going on here and have a look at the Team Links on the right side of the page under the Team Stream if you're interested in blogs and other articles that are connected to maintenance. If you have a specific question you'd like to put out to the team, you're welcome to start up a new discussion thread and you can always ask me or one of the other leaders if you ever need anything.
Congratulations again and good luck!
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy
current weight: -2.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (51,134) Posts: 1,183 10/19/12 10:44 A
I'm starting a slow weight loss/maintenance phase until I figure out where I want to be, to help keep a bit of a balance during my busiest time of year at work and have the holidays not be as anxiety-ridden as they could be.
This is a GREAT team who has some wonderful ideas and a wealth of information. So glad you joined us!
BME! It sounds like you've worked out a VERY sensible approach to maintenance--to keep doing what you're doing and see what happens. You're in a very good place, being within your maintenance range, and you've just joined a team that is the absolute best place to learn how to continue in maintenance for the rest of your life.
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current weight: 3.6 over
Fitness Minutes: (29,406) Posts: 885 10/19/12 10:19 A
Hi everyone, I hope it's okay if I join you. I've struggled with my weight for years. I seem to be good at gaining weight, okay at losing it, and terrible at staying in one place.
Most recently, my weight gain (well, some of it, anyway) was for a good cause - I was pregnant! I gained 50 lbs, though. Way more than the recommended 25-35 lbs. But, in the eight months since my daughter was born, I've lost it all, and then some. I'm now 10 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight, and well within a healthy BMI.
I'm not quite sure where a good maintenance weight for me is. I kinda just picked the middle of the healthy BMI range and shot for that. Since I'm breastfeeding, I have 500 extra calories/day. My daily calorie goals are still set to lose half a pound a week, but I'm not sure I'd be able to eat those extra 250 calories/day anyway. Since I'm at the top of my "maintenance range" I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing for a little while longer, and re-evaluate if I get to the middle or bottom of that (or when I stop breastfeeding - those extra 500 calories are going to be gone before I know it!)
Little bit more about me: I'm 27 years old, first time mom. I work full time while my husband stays home with our daughter. I really enjoy running, playing tennis and doing yoga, though lately I haven't found a good time to carve out as my own for working out.
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