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3/23/08 1:39 P

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It really is a matter of trial and error, and figuring out what works for you and what doesn't. We all find our own path, and sometimes they intersect with others, and sometimes we read something on here that give us new idea, or a different way of looking at it that makes all the difference.

I'm trying the Clean Eating idea right now, to see if that will work for me. I've always felt better and healthier when I'm eating less processed more whole foods so I think it will help. I just have to figure out how to do this and eat the proper amount. I'm a bit on the higher end of my range, and feeling like I'd like to drop a couple to be in my comfort zone again.

There is always some adjusting and tweaking going on, at least with my program as my goals evolve.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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3/22/08 5:49 A

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I have just read all of your posts and want to thank you. I'm learning how to get to my goal again and maintain. Maintenance for me will me to exercise 1-2 hrs a day, still weigh everyday so I can keep myself in check, and eat healthy

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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3/11/08 10:07 A

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I have been at goal for a while now (a few years) but there has been a part of me who would like to know if weighing less would help me run faster.

SO, for 3 weeks now, I have been charting my food intake. I have learned a few things...I have learned what the difference between maintaining and losing means to me. (I have lost a few pounds and I am still going strong)

over the past while I have tried to cut calories, while eating as healthy as possible. It has never lasted very long. Eventually I give in to the cravings and just ruin the progress I had made.

So this time I am giving up healthy calories to satisfy the craving that cause me to give up my calorie deficit. So far so good.

So maintenance to me will mean going back to eating healthier. Once again making sure I get all the recommended nutrient that I have been missing while getting to my new goal weight.

gail

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,175
3/3/08 4:21 P

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From my own personal experience

Maintenance to me means doing the exact things I've done to lose the weight!

1. Striving to eat as healthy as possible.
2. Continue consistenly to establish and work on good healthy habits.
2. Follow my WW plan, especially following the 8 healthy guidelines.
3. Exercise consistenly
4. Learn always from past experiences and making changes when necessary.
5. Forgive, forget and move on.
6. Accept the fact that maintenance means doing the exact things I've done to lose the weight.
7. Persistence, not perfection!
8. Never give up!

Did I mentioned that maintenance is hard work? .....(...smile...)

Mimi
three years and 241 days of maintenance FOR LIFE!

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I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!

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WINDSURFNERD's Photo WINDSURFNERD Posts: 770
3/2/08 7:49 P

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After 10 years of weight-gain denial and one year of maintaining, I try to use the scale as a tool, and I try not to let it "own" me (easier said than done some days!). I keep my daily weighing because it was inattention that caused me to gain in the first place, and I never want to fall into that trap again.

Late in Feb, I started to gain...not much but definitely up and so I started tracking my food. I discovered I was smugly eating healthfully alright--just too much!! My clothes felt fine, I look/feel fine...but there was that warning signal, and I'm grateful for it.

I guess for me "maintenance" means "keeping it up"...and though "goal weight" sounds like a static place, every few months I discover a new twist to it.

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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3/2/08 2:27 P

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I think the body fat measurement is a great idea. It will really tell you a lot about your maintenance. The scale is a tool, but I know how crazy it can make a person, I had to wean myself off of it for a time when it was making me insane. Now I'm ok with it, so you may just want to take a break, and do the body fat testing, and then do measuremnts for a while, or just weight less frequently. I like the igoogle 15 tool for tracking too, as it gives you a running average, and the fluctuations don't mean as much.

Good going on the running, and congrats on maintaining for a year!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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2/26/08 9:00 P

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I really needed to hear this! It's all so true! And we have similar marathon times, Michelle. I also ran mine in California (LA). Anyways, you should feel SO proud of your 1 year maintainence. Even if you didn't maintain a certain number, you maintained a healthy lifestyle--that's so awesome!!!




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LISASAYERS Posts: 3,836
2/26/08 11:37 A

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I refuse to be a slave to the scale! I have been maintaining since October. What does that mean for me? It means I have been within 2 pounds of my goal weight. It means my clothes fit great, that I'm exercising and eating healthy. It means I am living a healthy lifestyle without being chained to a scale!
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I think it is different for everybody!

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2/25/08 8:41 P

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For me, maintaining is more about a state of being than an exact number on a scale.

When I decided to finally lose weight, I... actually took a month before I started. But in that month, I realized my goals. I wanted to be healthier. I wanted to learn to exercise. I wanted to get a grasp on normal healthy eating. That was my goal when I started, two years ago this month.

When I got stuck, I kept to my goals. I was learning to eat better. I was learning to exercise regularly.

Then, those goals transitioned with me into maintenance. I'd finally gotten a handle on those things and it was of utmost importance to me that I keep it in hand.

Because of my bad knees, running isn't anything that's in my goals... but I have an unloader knee brace that lets me walk to my hearts content. I have a recumbent exercise bike that's impact-free for my knees and allows me to keep exercising, pain-free.

I have a better grasp on portion control and on healthy eating in a restaurant. I understand the importance of fat v. fiber v. protein in my eating and how important all three are to staying satisfied.

I dropped, pant-size, from a 14 to an 8 in most women's clothing and I'm still tightening up/gaining muscle/losing some fat.

For me, that's what maintenance really means. It's being as healthy as I can be and using the tools that SparkPeople taught and gave me to be that way.

I weigh in about once a week and use it as my guideline to figure out how I'm doing but it's definitely not something I can swing daily, while my husband does. Different strokes, right?

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2/25/08 7:26 P

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Sounds like a plan!!!

Didi

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Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle (110-118lbs)

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2/25/08 1:00 P

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I have weighed every day for a long time and I was ok with the fluctuations. It used to be a good indicator of when things were starting to go wrong for me. But it seems like since I trained for and ran the marathon, that weight doesn't seem to correspond to how I'm doing. I think getting the body fat analysis will be the best way to see what progress I've made in the last year. If I have lost body fat and gained muscle, then I will know to keep doing what I'm doing and not let the scale make me crazy.

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2/25/08 12:49 P

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Hi Michelle!!! I celebrated my first year of maintenance with a good old fashion road race:)

Any races you can get to???? It felt like it all came together for me when the gun went off.

I guess you've got to be a runner to understand....it's all in the head right???

I don't go by the scale alone. I still weigh in but I look at consistancy in my life (eating and exercising).
I look for bettering my race times or staying strong at an acceptable time in races.

I look at B/F%

I look at how I feel about ME!!!

I guess for me, maintenance means being better and happier overall than when I started this journey.

Didi

GOALS FOR 2009

Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle (110-118lbs)

Run 1000miles in 2009

Strength train three times weekly

Run 2 out of Province Half Marathons:-

Personal motto:-
Without sacrafice there is no victory!!!





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2/25/08 12:45 P

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I like using the scale because it tells me if I'm headed into danger zone. As a long-term maintaner, though, you may have figured it out already, and also, if the scale is getting you down, then you should DEFINITELY reconsider having it around (either weigh yourself once a month at the gym/doctor's office/drugstore scale, or just use the measuring tape as a gage of whether you're maintaining).

DO get the body composition testing. I had underwater weighing done and it made me feel SO much better about my fitness... it explained my BMR being several hundred calories higher than what SP calculated, it made me realize my goal was unrealistically low, and generally, gave me a much better indicator of "progress" than the scale ever could. (For example, you may have been gaining muscle, given weight increase but steady measurements... which is a GOOD thing!!!) It was so worth the $45, and I will be shelling out the $35 for a retest sometime in the next few months!

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2/25/08 12:43 P

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Hi Michelle! Wow, I could have written your post. I am also coming up on my one year anniversary of maintaining and have been beating myself up about it because I am about 2 lbs over my goal weight since Christmas. I still eat right and exercise faithfully like you and my clothes still fit.

But that number on the scale is doing a number on my mind!

I will be very interested to see what everyone has to say.

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I am two days away from my one year maintenance anniversary and it got me started thinking about what that really means. I have been so focused on my weight lately because I've had trouble keeping the number down. So if maintenance is defined by weight alone, maybe I am not maintaining all of my weight loss. But it doesn't seem fair to downplay my accomplishments just because of that. There must be more to it since I look and feel great and all my clothes still fit the same. I am still eating right most of the time and still exercising faithfully. I'm considering different ways to mark the anniversary and maybe change the focus from weight to something else. I'm just not sure how to keep myself accountable from day to day if it's not by weight. I might get a DEXA body fat scan as a reward for one year, and I am also considering giving up my scale. Any thoughts?

Michelle
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