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1/15/08 12:35 P

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Counting calories is definitely a "comfort measure" for me, LOL. As long as I know pretty well how many calories are in a food/meal, I'm okay.

But last night I tried to make soup, and ended up having to really winging it on ingredients. Even though it's primarily vegetable soup with brown/wild rice and legumes with 2 ounces of Italian sausage for the entire pot, I'm still going "Uhhhhhh....not so sure about eating it since I can't count it". Which is too obsessive, I know. I went ahead and enjoyed a serving large enough to satisfy but small enough not to cause discomfort (which should be the ultimate goal with food anyway!). It's such a learning process!

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1/15/08 11:52 A

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I was scared at first too. I thought I would have to count calories for the rest of my life in order to maintain my weight loss. But after a while I realized that I have made permanent changes to my lifestyle, and I know what to eat and how much even when I don't track it. Just take it slow.

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1/13/08 6:25 P

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I think it's a good idea to add nutritous healthy calories rather than go hog wild with processed foods. Add an extra fruit for a snack, and some nuts or whole grains as well. You can have the occasional treat too, just make it something really special that you love, I have a real fondness for dark chocolate, so that's my favorite treat, and come to find out there are some health benefits w/ that as well!

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LISAHAS2CATS's Photo LISAHAS2CATS Posts: 327
1/13/08 6:07 P

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Yeah, I was thinking about the weight range thing today while I was hiking. I think I'm going to make 110-115 my range (which will be 115-120 "real", doctor scale pounds). I know that as I continue to do strength training I'll lose more body fat but gain more muscle, making me "look" smaller.

But right now, it's the idea of upping my calories that's freaking me out a little, after so many months of losing. I know I'll be okay, that it's just a matter of trusting the physiology of eating smart and staying active. It's just a tough shift, mentally :)

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1/13/08 11:23 A

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Welcome to maintenance! You have done a great job on losing the weight, and learning to be healthy.

Just keep monitoring where you are, if you stabilize, fantastic, if you notice you are creeping up the scale to an uncomfortable point, get back in there and start logging, measuring, and tracking. Most of us here have a goal weight range, I don't know if you have thought about that, but since you said you may want to go down to 110, you may want that to be the bottom of your range, at least to start, so try to stay within the range of 115-110 and see how it goes.

I wish you success!

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1/12/08 10:06 P

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Congrats & welcome! Don't ditch the "hard work" mindset and it'll be less of a surprise to realize that maintaining isn't just a back to the old ways.

Good luck!

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1/12/08 7:14 P

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Congratulations, there is an article here in Sparkpeople about maintaining in 3 parts, you might be interested in reading it. Don't be afraid, is natural to feel uneasy at the beginning, but you have learned a new lifestyle, just keep practicing it and keep learning. There are a couple of challenges here , you might check them out. Welcome to this second part of this new lifestyle. emoticon

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

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1/12/08 3:46 P

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Hi there Lisa and welcome to At Goal and Maintaining. It looks like you have your past mistakes figured out, I had many of the same issues. My advice is, stay very active with Mr. Spark Guy. IT WILL WORK! Skeeter

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1/12/08 3:46 P

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Welcome Lisa! I think we all felt the same way when we started maintenance, so you are definitely not alone. Being faced with the prospect of having to eat MORE is really scary when you've worked so hard to eat less, but hang in there and adjust gradually and you'll be fine. And remember, we are always here for you so don't hesitate to ask any questions. Good luck!

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1/12/08 2:54 P

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Welcome Lisa and congratulations on the weight loss.
You will get used to the maintainance. I was scared at first that I would gain it all back, but it didn't happen. : )

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1/12/08 2:45 P

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Hey guys, I'm Lisa, and I've been Sparking since early April of '07. Last week I hit my goal weight of 115 (may readjust that down to 110 since my scales are 5 lbs off), so I'm ready to put my toes in the maintenance pool.

I'm scared about this.

I lost a significant amount of weight about 10 years ago, then promptly started regaining it, plus some. I don't want to be that person again. There are some things I've done differently this time that I think will help me with long-term success. One, this time it took me 9+ months to lose the weight, as opposed to about 3 months last time. So I have more time under my belt in making my nutritional and activity changes a lifestyle. Two, I have a fantastic resource here in Sparkpeople that I didn't have 10 years ago. Three, which actually goes hand-in-hand with One, I'm internalizing some of my changes (for example, I know I want to keep my meals around 400 calories each. Last go around I was doing Richard Simmons Food Mover, and although it was a good tool, I didn't get an intuitive grasp on how much I should be eating per meal to balance my day).

Anyway, this will be an interesting challenge, even though I'm scared, LOL. I look forward to reading everyone's posts!

Lisa

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