I've been in your situation many, many times--I've probably lost and regained at least 300 pounds over the course of my life. Maintaining a relatively stable weight is something I'm working very hard to do in maintenance and it's still not easy even with almost a year under my belt. Still, I consider it a huge accomplishment that, since leveling off back in June, my weight hasn't varied by more than about six pounds. I also use the +/-3% variation as a maintenance guideline because I think it allows for a reasonable variation without feeling too onerous to stay within.
A few things that have personally helped me take the bounce out of my maintenance have been:
-Daily weigh-ins so small blips don't turn into larger gains.
-Continuing to weigh, measure and track my food to ensure my eating is where it should be and my portions aren't creeping.
-Setting a minimum daily calorie target--I find that going below 1,300 calories for more than one day sets me up for a binge.
-Maintaining my one treat meal a week policy to keep cravings at bay.
-Establishing a binge management plan with specific steps for what I can do to ward it off.
-When I do see that gains are becoming a trend, I VERY gradually work at losing the weight until I'm back where I want to be--I realize that a few pounds are not the end of the world and if it takes me two months to lose three or four pounds that annoy me, so be it. I don't want my maintenance to be a perpetual cycle of gaining and losing, so I like to keep things as consistent as possible the vast majority of the time. If I have a longer period of overeating, I make small adjustments to my maintenance plan so that I hardly notice anything's different from normal.
Good luck with working to stabilize your weight and please don't hesitate to ask if you need additional help.
Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 2/24/2013 (18:03)
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