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4/24/13 9:24 A

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Im glad you didn't freak out at the long timeline. It can sound daunting, except that you pretty much have to eat differently forever, so... But I tell people up front so they won't think there is something wrong with them if tit doesn't get perfectly easy in a few months. It's normal to go through little hissy fits. I"m was having one the last few weeks, after three years of mostly keeping to my plan. I can feel I'm coming back now.

You will have days you think, I just don't care. But that is so temporary. It's rare to be glad you didn't stick to your version of sane eating. Be sure to plan in extra food sometimes so you can remember in those moments that you had something special and you will again. Just not every time you have a chance.

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4/24/13 8:01 A

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I'm a 21 week maintainer and really, how wonderful to hear it takes 2 to 5 years of consistent effort to get solid. The reason it's wonderful is b/c it comes from someone who has been there, done that! Here I am, floundering around, wondering when it will get easier...now I KNOW!

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4/23/13 11:00 P

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Just wanted to add that you do have reason to be nervous because of the stats on regain. But there is no way around it but to just live it. It really takes about 2-5 years of consistent practice of your new eating habits to get more solid, but you can be experimenting as you go to determine just what ratio of food types will satisfy you. And it can be situational. You also can't live in terror. It's too exhausting. But you can live with reasonable amounts of food consistently. If you don't feel your plan allows for fairness and reason, it won't last.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 4/23/2013 (23:08)
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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4/23/13 4:32 P

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Getting there myself was there lost it now trying o get back congrats

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4/23/13 2:17 P

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I'm in week 21 of maintenance and OH YES, that weight does come back on! I've been up, then down, then up again, then down again...oh it's a lot of work, but definitely worth the effort! I have NEVER IN MY LIFE been "hanging around my goal weight" as long as I have this time!

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4/23/13 11:59 A

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I entered maintenance in January and yes, I am fearful of putting the weight back on. Especially when I do what I did last night. I was upset and ended up eating 5 Skinny Cow ice cream cones and 3 popsicles. That was my lunch and dinner.

I still track my food daily and weigh myself every other week unless I am doing a challenge where I have to weigh myself weekly.

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4/22/13 8:12 P

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It is a little scarey but you can do it! I weigh myself every week and if I go up a little I eat less and do more exercise. If I go down I know I can eat a little more and exercise a little less. It is being accountable. Best wishes, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/22/13 7:07 P

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Tina is right, and you can change your goal weight any time you want based on how much you are willing to do. I have a BMI of under 18 right now and I like it that way and am willing to do what it takes to maintain it. That may change next year, but it will be a purposeful change, not one that just happens. I have a plan that gives me complete control of my weight, any weight I choose to be, and for whatever reason. I don't have to explain it to anyone but myself.

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4/22/13 6:06 P

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I've also experienced the fear you've described and not without reason. I had lost and regained literally hundreds of pounds over the course of my life before I finally managed to stabilize things this time around (I've been maintaining for just over a year). Staying vigilant and connected in maintenance is important, but so is knowing where you can relax things a bit. We've got to keep things up for life now and coming to terms with what's sustainable and what's not is an important piece of the puzzle--and that applies to the weight (or range) we aim for, the way we eat and how we exercise. I think it's important to look at all three of those areas and ask yourself the questions, "Can I see myself happily sticking with these things for the next year? The next five years? The next ten?" If your answers are yes, I'd say carry on. If you can't honestly answer yes, you might need to reevaluate where you are and what you're willing to do to stay there. Achievable goals are one thing, but sustainable goals might be something different. Since maintenance is about sustainability, taking an honest look at what that really means for you can be a really important part of settling in.

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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4/22/13 10:20 A

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I too am afraid of putting the weight back on and am just starting the maintenance faze. I like the idea of a range also, but not sure how many calories I need each day either. I guess it's something new too learn. I know it will change when I can begin exercising again which I hope is on Wednesday. I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and have been unable to work out for 6 weeks, and it's killing me.

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


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4/22/13 9:58 A

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I'm having too many stomach issues right now to worry about gaining weight back. I need to try to eat enough that I don't drop a lot more weight. Still, even with my stomach issues, I have days that I eat four hundred or more calories over my range. Then, most days I can't even eat enough to get to the lower end of my range. I'm still dropping as you can see. I was 120, two (my maintenance goal) weeks ago.

I still my weigh myself daily. I put it on my tracker around once a week.

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4/22/13 9:46 A

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I still weigh myself daily, and keep a food planner. That way I have control written in black and white (I never made the transition to electronic tracking). Most importantly I don't worry about it. I know exactly what to do. And I know that if I do it, I'll never have to worry about it again.

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4/22/13 12:59 A

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Honestly, in my case, I am more concerned about returning to consistent overeating. That's what puts weight back on anyway. I don't count calories anymore, but I allow myself, ala Judith Beck, about 25% more food on 4-10 days a month, mostly weekends. The rest the time I eat meals of relatively similar makeup so I know approximately how many calories I'm eating, but appetite is what the true drive is on weekdays.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 4/23/2013 (22:56)
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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4/21/13 9:22 P

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I hit initial goal in October 2011, but it was May 2012 before I figured out where my maintenance range should be. Since then, I've been maintaining mostly in the same range. Two important things that I didn't learn till after I got to maintenance are:

1. There is no single maintenance range for nutrition. My calorie range has changed by 30% to 40% (depending on where I measure the change from) during maintenance, as I adjust to keep the weight from trending either direction.

2. Losing too much weight can be as big a concern as gaining too much weight. I'm still working on the attitude that lower weight is better; but there is a weight below which I don't want to go. If the scale says I'm below there, I need to work on gaining the weight back because I don't feel as good there as in my range.

And yes, I still get scared of eating too much when I'm trying to gain back into range. But I don't let that stop me from getting the task done. Calories that I add to gain weight can always be taken back out when the weight is where it belongs.


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4/21/13 8:37 P

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I was also that way the first few years of maintenance. It was no way to live - I felt stressed all the time. I also do a range. Right now I'm 1 lb. over the high end of my range, so working to get that off this week, then to get down to the lower end for a bit....

Like you, it took me a long time to get the weight off. I sure don't want to blow it either. I weigh daily and don't stress about the fluctuations.

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Hi, I think your idea about having a range is most helpful-because I don't weight the same every day but I can maintain a range. Perhaps the message is to have faith that weight can be lost if it is caught early. I guess the biggest lesson is being watchful. Thank you! 2.5 years of maintenance is very impressive.

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4/21/13 8:12 P

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Been in maintenance for about 2.5 years, after having been overweight/obese most of my life. My main thought, it I am still tracking and exercising and weighing daily. The main thing, is you can loose it again if you have to. IE watch yourself regularly, but have a range you want to stay in, not one number. IE your weight will vary dependent on monthly cycle, salt intake, etc. You have to allow for that variance with a range rather than one number. When you get high in the range, then crack down a bit and get back to where you want. It is doable, even if difficult. Those of us with weight issues have to vigilant.

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4/21/13 7:57 P

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I am excited that there is a team aboout maintenance-I am a little crazy because now I am below my goal weight and can't bear the thought of of gaining an ounce-I have taken up running and cross train on the other days so I am exercising six days a week for at least an hour some days I am exercising an hour and a half. I don't know if anyone is experiencing the terror of gaining weight again to the point that it may not be healthy. I upped my calorie range recently from 1400-1700 per day and I am trying to allow myself to go even higher than that one day a week/2300. I really admire people with a truly healthy outlook on maintaining after such an accomplishment. I feel for anyone that is still struggling to get the weight off -it took me over 40 years to get to a point of losing all the weight. Been overweight most of my life except for a couple of brief periods that didn't last. I know that I am an emotional eater-. It would be great to talk to anyone that has been through this or has some healthy advice. Thank you.

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