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4/13/13 12:36 P

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Thanks for all the great responses. It's nice to find a bunch of people who share similar views on weight loss. I am done with yo-yo dieting. I am still not at goal, but I am not struggling to lose more just yet. I am enjoying the success and practicing maintenance for awhile. If my weight drifts down a little more...great! If not, I feel pretty darn good now.

I REALLY appreciate the support and insight you have all offered. Thanks for being there!

Jane
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4/7/13 12:12 A

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Linda- I'm getting mine checked. I may have mentioned that elsewhere, not sure. The main thing is my hair is thinning. But it could be stress. My husband's law school is done in a month, and I can't wait, though we hear studying for the bar exam is the fire below the frying pan.

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4/6/13 9:38 P

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I'm on this team even though I'm wanting to lose weight. I used maintaining to help me get through the holidays and I'm using the maintaining mindset to help me lose the next ten pounds. I think its the only way to really lose weight. Its a lifestyle.
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4/6/13 8:54 P

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I have been losing weight. I am losing more weight and want to lose 5 more pounds. I have a thyroid that is under productive. I take medication and have lost weight. I was always tired and cold. I am happier and am less tired. I am getting more exercise. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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4/5/13 6:28 A

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I'm not intentional losing weight. Then, I started this weight loss journey due to unintentional weight loss. I can't seem to lose more than five pounds very temporarily if I try to lose weight. It's like my body has to decide it's time to lose weight. I can't explain it much better. Anyway, since the weight loss was started by anxiety, I've been trying to control the weight loss more than trying to lose weight itself.

As I've been part of this team, I've been slowly losing weight. Initially, I had a goal of just below BMI 25. I'm now at about 22. My goal weight seems to slowly dip lower. I started with one at 132 and now it's 120. I wonder if it will be even lower by May. I do my best to eat within my range of calories each day.

On the exercise front, I know that I overexercise. I'm afraid if I cut back that the weight will come back. It's definitely a balancing act.

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4/4/13 10:26 A

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I just was thinking about this today and put a thread over on the HELP forum about it. I think maintenance skills are the best way to lose weight, whether on your way down to goal or if you slip up. Maintenance, in my opinion, really is the same thing as a lifestyle change they're always talking about as opposed to dieting. But that's me being a bit radical. I wish I'd joined this team sooner, but who knows. Saving it as a reward for making goal was what I did, but it was kind of tiger mommish. Which I try to get away from.

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4/3/13 8:56 P

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Some people are still losing weight in the team. You will need to decide for yourself whether to join or not. It is a supportive team for losing weight and maintaining. Best wishes on your journey. Linda from bean town

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4/3/13 11:45 A

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Thanks for all the thoughtful responses. You have given me a lot to mull over. I don't think I am ready to make the leap to maintenance officially, but re-evaluating my goals is in order. I've lost weight so many times that I know I can be successful at that. It's keeping it off that has eluded me...so that is where the change in thinking and actions needs to happen.

I was hoping that my "slipping" into maintenance thinking wasn't quitting and going back to my bad habits. I guess it could be, but I feel different this time. I want to enjoy the time I have left on this planet. I can accomplish that by being fit and eating nourishing foods most of the time and treats occasionally. Simple, but not easy.

I think setting a goal weight was a good place to start. But I have come to understand that is just one of the reasons I am sparking. It is part of the big picture...not unimportant, and not the only measurement of my success....just one of many things that helps me gauge where I am vs. where I want to be. I am getting there...I will get there...but I plan on enjoying the ride.

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4/3/13 8:32 A

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Same here, Oohlala. Sometimes just putting one tablespoon of cream in my coffee will lessen appetite. A good thing at 4:00 but bad at 5:30.

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4/3/13 12:16 A

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When I started my last stint aiming at permanent eating changes, I had no weight loss goal at all. But I did have general guidelines for sane eating for myself and I've been practicing and adjusting them for three years. It took about two years to get into my normal BMI range. I've lost more weight every year (down 21% of my weight and about 40 lbs.) and I have no desire to return to my old habits nor even to regularly eat any more than I do now. (And I don't count calories nor even track my food.) I haven't even added in regular exercise! The funny thing is that by not having a weight loss goal, I've actually felt attractive the whole time!

I believe that constantly curtailing our eating to match a weight messes with our ability to respond to our true appetite. I love getting hungry, so I've learned how to eat meals with the right mix of light and luscious foods to let me get legitimately hungry (and satisfy that hunger) about three times a day at regular meal times, with a little leeway. If I start nibbling too much or eating foods that are too rich, I don't get hungry and much of the pleasure of eating decreases. Protecting that pleasure is worth eating meals with fiber, freggies and flavorful moderate portions of dense foods. It's a great way to live!

So, I'm saying transition a soon as possible into the way you think you could live easily for at least six months. Then adjust- more or less food, more or less exercise. In the end, it won't matter whether you get to a certain weight or not if you aren't happy with the lifestyle.

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4/2/13 9:02 P

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Great! Wow! Yes you can do it. Even as a maintainer I may go up a pound or down a pound but close to the goal or under. Best wishes, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/2/13 4:35 P

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I switched into maintenance mode as soon as my BMI hit 25 and decided I'd be happy wherever I landed (which seems to be about 10 pounds under that). I was also fed up with years of yo-yo dieting and wanted to focus on healthy living and being able to stay at more or less the same weight rather than spiking up and down so radically. It's worked pretty well for me and, although I'm far from perfect, I have a much saner approach these days. I never want to have to go through the weight loss process again!

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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4/2/13 12:32 P

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Maintenance isn't all that different from losing. Yes you get to eat a little more, but I still have to watch what it's more OF. Jean Nidetch (founder of WW) said in her book that maintenance is like using Green Stamps (remember those?) You carefully save them in books, but you don't go into the redemption store and buy the first thing your eyes fall on. You think it over and figure out what you really want and how many stamps it's worth. The time I spent losing was about being aware of everything I ate and making choices. It was perfect training for maintenance. As long as it seems it took to lose weight, you'll be maintaining for far longer. That mental calculation of what I want and what I am willing to spend my calories on is the key. And the key to that is my food journal. I can't imagine life without my journal.

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4/2/13 12:06 P

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Hello everyone!
I have lost 40-50 pounds each adult decade of my life. I am currently 50 years old with a BMI of 25.5. I have lost about 22 pounds of the 36-46 pounds I want to lose (I haven't decided on final goal weight yet.) I am SOOOOOOOO done with yo-yo dieting and have wrapped my head around the idea of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I am wondering if I might be fooling myself.

I am not yet at goal weight, but I am not super concerned about losing weight...more vigilant about gaining. I am eating at a calorie deficit of 200 - 500 calories a day and walking alternating with running, at least 5 days a week (45-90 minute sessions.) I am happy with a slow PERMANENT weight loss. I don't have a drive to be a certain size by a certain date. Sure, I would like to look good in a bathing suit this summer, but I don't think that's going to happen and I'm not freaking out about it. This is different for me. I never really got the concept of maintenance before. I think I get it now. I can't do this again in my 60's and 70's! And I am REALLY enjoying healthier food and exercise...I crave it.

My only concern is, maybe I am too lax? I think I am transitioning to maintenance thinking now, while I am trying to lose the second half of my weight. Has anyone else done this successfully? Or am I just fooling myself?

I appreciate any feedback or advice you can offer. Also, I may take a day or so to respond, since I don't have access to my computer more than once or twice a day.

Thanks,
Jane

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