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Posts: 4,088 7/26/07 12:05 A
Thanks for your welcomes and your comments. It's a lifestyle, not a diet, and it's all about developing *and maintaining* good habits. I'll feel really solid when I notice myself not eating the rice with my chicken jal frezi, just because I don't feel like it ;-) BTW, I've lost a couple pounds since my original note
Fitness Minutes: (33,935) Posts: 10,077 7/24/07 10:38 A
I did so great "maintaining" before I joined Sparkpeople... wasn't gaining any more weight, but I wasn't losing any, either. LOL! So I guess maintaining now shouldn't be so bad... haha!
My big challenge so far in maintaining is actually eating ENOUGH! I'm a creature of habit, and I got in the routine of eating about 1400 calories a day over 7 months. If I don't track, I end up -under- for the day almost every time, though I am not hungry at all... so once I reached my goal, I actually lost 3 more pounds, and that's where I have been, give or take a few. I think the highest I have been since is 156, just 1 lb above my end goal.
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Total Pounds Lost with SparkPeople: 65!
On Official Spark Hiatus, with a newborn baby girl (born 7/23/11). Will be back when I am done breastfeeding :D
Fitness Minutes: (28,313) Posts: 1,712 7/24/07 12:11 A
I'm above my goal weight too :) but I'm pretty sure it's all muscle, because I'm a size smaller. So...I resume my distrust of the scale. I'm 4 pounds above what I agreed on for my "stopping" weight for 2007...but almost 10 lbs above my lowest weight (2003). It's been bumpy!
I've come to accept that it is just something I will always have to pay attention to, in conjunction with how I feel about my body. I feel just as great as I did when I was at my lowest weight, so the number doesn't really bother me.
I find it helped to see my goal as a range rather than a permanent number I had to be at....I am still happier at the mid to lower end, but, I give myself the leeway to go up and down on within it.
My weight actually had gone lower, down to 118, but I realized it didn't feel as good, nor as easy to maintain ...so I picked a range I felt good about at both ends....
Edited by: ROLOHA at: 7/23/2007 (21:50)
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SW 193 October 2004
GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005
current weight: 147.0
Posts: 6,203 7/23/07 8:12 P
I am up for the first time since my January graduation to maintenance. I had been hanging out at 5 pounds below my low end and now I am at it. I feel pretty good here, but the number is bothering me. I have some busy nights coming up so I have stocked up on lean cuisine, veggies I can nuke with it and 100 cal bars for cravings.
Don't set your limits until you have tested them...
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current weight: 115.0
Posts: 2,038 7/23/07 3:14 P
Welcome Shrlzi! Wow, your story sounds just like mine. I too made goal last March, immediately gained about 3 lbs back, and am now hanging around 4-10 lbs over goal. It is a tough battle to maintain, isn't it? Congrats on your weight loss. And more importantly, good for you for learning from your experiences! It's great to share with others.
"We're all on the same roller coaster, just in different seats." (Jason Mechalek)
Posts: 4,088 7/23/07 12:05 P
Reaching goal does not mean the work is over!! I made goal last March, went up a few pounds almost immediately, and now I'm hovering about 3-8 pounds over goal.
My brother says "I guess you have to set another goal" and I guess he's right!
These last months have been a learning experience - what foods trigger cravings, what foods seem to cause weight gain, what foods feel like real treats but don't get me off course at all...
I'm looking forward to hearing from all of you, your tips and tricks and sharing experiences.
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