If you're worried about the extra calories, make sure you continue to exercise. If you increase the intensity of your cardio and/or strength program, your appetite will probably increase, which will make it easier to eat those extra calories!
If you really freak out over the weight fluctuations, you may want to look at the igoogle tool mentioned on the main thread of this team. You will probably have to scroll down, or search for igoogle on the team page. I wish it had been there when I first started maintenance, as it takes the fluctuation out, and you get a running average over time. So if you gain or lose 2 or 3 lbs in a day it shows you if that is something to worry about or not.
Other than that, I think you have a good plan, and you are smart to add some healthy calories and some fun calories instead of going hog wild either way.
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
H: 5''4" 52 y.o.
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It sound to me like you're doing things right! I was also one who lost a few more pounds because I was insecure about eating more calories. I've done pretty well just by eating slightly larger portions of the things I've been eating all along, and sometimes adding another healthy snack mid-afternoon. I like the fact that I can also indulge in chocolate once in a while, but I don't seem to have the taste for it I used to have. (Being thin tastes better!?) I do have to watch the nuts, crackers and cookies, tho!
Welcome to maintenance!
Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."
I've actually lost another pound while on my maintenance calories (and it's been two months). I've been eating at the high end of the range, too. I still exercise as much as when I was in the diet range. I try to stay away from junk food; I added in more nuts, flaxseed, and string cheese. Although it's nice to be able to enjoy chocolate more often!
Congrats on all your success! Sounds to me like you're approaching this the right way...all you can do keep your focus and monitor your progress until you find exactly what works for you. Once you are comfortable that you're maintaining rather than losing or gaining (factoring in some normal fluctuation) you'll feel more relaxed about it!
"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"
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I know I'm struggling with this to the point where it's NOT good for me, but I know that putting it out there will help.
I'm still terrified of upping my calories into a maintenance range. I'm so afraid that either: A) it will "break the spell" and I'll start the slow creep back up to obesity, or B) I will fall back into binge eating, filling up on unhealthy junk, etc.
Here's what I'm doing now: I'm making myself eat at least 400 calories per meal, plus a 200-300 calorie snack per day. I'm doing this by adding milk back in at breakfast, adding a TBSP of flaxseed oil at lunch (because I honestly feel too full to add more bulk in, if that makes sense....but a TBSP of flaxseed oil has 140 calories, so it's easy to get it in), and enough extra of whatever we're having at dinner to meet my goal. My snack is my treat, hot chocolate and either cookies or Hershey's Kisses (I count the calories, do NOT eat out of the container, or any of the things that generally lead to binging).
Oh, btw, I'm very short and my body weight is in the 110-115 range, so my calorie needs even for maintenance are relatively "low", before anyone flips out, lol.
I've read others say that where they run into problems is when they get their additional calories through junk. I'm hoping that by making mine flaxseed oil (and other "real" foods) that I'll be okay, but I'm still scared.
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