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NELLJONES
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7/3/13 1:40 P

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Unfortunately the difference of food intake between "losing" and "maintaining" isn't as much as our dreams would make it. And the lower the weight you want to maintain, the smaller that difference is. This is why we talk about sustainability. Are you willing to do what it takes to maintain that weight? As you age (and maintenance implies the years going by) you have to eat less. Weight creep is just that. When we are losing, we jump on that scale every week looking for dramatic change. The way up is slower because we aren't looking that closely. Ever notice photos of aging movie stars, how they are fleshier than they used to be? It didn't happen overnight, it took awhile. Maintenance is about continued vigilance, making changes immediately before it creeps back on. For me, it means food restriction that many wouldn't want to do, but I am willing to do it. For now. Next year, who knows? We all have the right to change our minds. As long as a weight change is intentional in either direction, I'm good.

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7/3/13 1:01 P

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I would LOVE to drop the few more pounds but I did stop at this weight since the body didn't seem to want to drop any more. I'm still in "lose" mode though because when I said "maintain" the calories went way up and so did my weight!! So dropped them back and I still sit between 147 and 149--I'd love to sit at 144-146. Ideas??

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7/2/13 8:17 P

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Hi. I also fluctuate up and down with a couple pounds. I have been maintaining since January. I think the weather does have something to do with it. If it is hot out I drink more and eat less. If it is humid I really don't want to eat.

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7/2/13 4:18 P

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That may well be! Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll settle in. If you're happy, healthy and satisfied, you're achieving the ideal goal of this process so enjoy it!

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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7/2/13 4:06 P

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Thanks Tina; I am eating until I'm satisfied and having 2 snacks as well as my 3 meals. My appetite is good and I'm really surprised to be losing rather than gaining. Maybe my body is just trying to find it;s "happy weight"

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It also took me several months of adjusting and monitoring before I levelled off. Once I finally got my binge/restrict pattern under control and started increasing my daily calories, my weight also dropped several more pounds in a matter of weeks. After that period of adjustment, things levelled off again so now I'm back to monitoring and adjusting as needed. As long as I'm keeping an eye on things, I generally hover within a few pounds. As long as your weight isn't dangerously low (ideally, according to your doctor), I wouldn't worry. If you're eating until you're satisfied, your body will eventually settle at a weight where it's meant to be, which is really an ideal outcome.

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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7/2/13 11:10 A

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Of course the temptation is to just keep losing after doing it for so long! I suspect you're right and my weight will fluctuate for a while. It just seems odd that I keep adding calories and am losing faster than before. However, I had left myself some wiggle room so am certainly far from fading away at this point. The hot weather could be part of it too, I suppose.

Millie, NW Arkansas in Central time zone


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7/2/13 9:51 A

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This was normal in my experience. I reached my goal at the end of March. Since then I've lost 5-6 pounds more, but have been pretty steady within 1.5 pounds either side of my "new" goal for the past month.

For the first couple of months I found that I'd gain at a certain calorie level for a while and then that calorie level wasn't enough to sustain my weight. If you're concerned, eat more calories and watch the scale. If it goes up, cut back to the previous level. If you monitor daily, it doesn't get out of hand. It does seem to require monitoring and tweaking!


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7/2/13 8:59 A

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It will all even out in time. You will NOT turn into a walking skeleton.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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7/2/13 8:56 A

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Three weeks ago I reached my goal; since then I have lost 4 more pounds despite eating what is now and average of 200 to 300 additional calories each day. I wouldn't mind losing another five pounds but really don't wan't to go lower than that. My exercise, although lots of minutes each day, about 2 hours a day is actually just my normal yard and gardening work. Any suggestions?

Millie, NW Arkansas in Central time zone


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