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Thank you for the warm welcome everyone! AMARILYNH- yes, I am starting to up my exercise I will admit I have had days where I dipped below 1200 calories, but I know I cannot sustain that. I recently took on a second job so some days I work from 10am to 10pm and I have slacked on my exercise routine. I've been doing a spinning class once a week, and strength training once a week, but it's not enough. Now that the weather is warmer I am going to start running in the mornings and try to get some form of physical activity everyday. I always try to remember a meme I saw somewhere-" Someone busier than you is working out right now!"
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Way to go! I also reached my goal recently...I've lost about 30 pounds over the past 2 years or so. Looking forward to maintaining and enjoying my new healthy lifestyle!
Started at 150, reached goal on 3/8/2013.
"If it is to be, it is up to me"
So glad to see you here! Welcome aboard and please let us know if you need any advice or support.
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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Congratulations on a HUGE goal almost reached!! Maintenance is very doable, you just have to remain diligent. Have you considered upping your exercise? You really don't want to drop your calories below 1200 - that's asking for trouble. Even if it means maintaining at your present weight for a while, I'd not drop your calories lower without consulting a nutritionist. Your health is way more important than a number on the scale.
Marilyn in LaGrange, GA (EST)
Violet Virtuosos Co-Captain BLC26
Current goal weight 140
Congratulations, and welcome!
Pour yourself a cup of your favorite morning beverage, and browse around.
This team can feel kind of big at times, so to get you started we've created a Big Page of Links to help you navigate the stuff we've got going on: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links
The most important part of this team is really the people in it, though. They've walked the walk and they're extremely generous with their wisdom and perspective and support.
Never, ever, EVER give up!
From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.
Goal 155 +/- 3%
Hello everyone! A year ago I would have never believed I would get invited to this group! It's not been an easy journey but I have lost a total of 105lbs and I am 11lbs away from a healthy BMI. I might still try to lose about 20 more lbs but I'm not going to focus on a "goal weight" as long as I can stay in the range for my height which is about 135-159lbs. I am scared to death of the maintenance phase because I've already had to steadily drop my calories to keep losing and I am at about 1200 cal right now. If I have days where I eat 1500 or so I see an increase in weight. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Congratulations to those that have been able to keep the weight off! You are such an inspiration to me:)