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4/13/08 11:19 A

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I'm pretty sure I'm going to need the extra calories. Last week, I was tired and was feeling sluggish with my treadmill walks, and I was on the low end of my calories. And I've put on about 3 lbs. It isn't water either, unfortunately. Before Spark I was burning a lot of calories too, and I know I wasn't getting enough calories all the time and I never dropped a pound. So it wasn't until I was able to track my calories & cardio with Spark that weight started to come off. I actually had to up my calories and cut back my cardio for my body to respond...sounded crazy to me, but it worked. I'm pretty sure I need to up my calories if I'm going to maintain my current fitness level, & get these 3 lbs back off...guess it will just take a little time to find the "magic" calorie allowance for that to happen now.

Glad to have this team's help!

~Amanda

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And it's, not, where you're from, it's where you're at.

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN's Photo ZUCCHINIQUEEN Posts: 7,541
4/13/08 10:21 A

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A lot of people don't use the extra eating points their activity points call for. You could try not using the extra eating points and see what happens. If you start losing badly, then you will have to compensate by eating more. I don't think it's compulsary that you use these for more eating points. Depends on how your body reacts.

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4/12/08 9:33 P

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add in things like nuts for snacks - protein, good fats! - or put them on your salads. Just a few and it'll help. Keep in mind 1200 is the minimum any of us should eat to LOSE weight so work on slowly bumping your calories up!

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4/12/08 6:24 P

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Ok, so I changed up my fitness goals. I took this past week to figure out about how many calories I'm burning during my cardio, entered it in, and now my calorie allotment is HUGE! This is going to be a problem for me, I just know it. When my calorie range was 1250-1550, I had a hard time even making it to 1300 calories...so now how do I get up 1500+ calories? I don't want to cut back my work out, because now that I am able to work out harder I enjoy it...but I know that I have to get the calories in so I don't go in to starvation mode and put weight back on! What's a girl to do?

~Amanda

It's, not, how you start, it's how you finish,
And it's, not, where you're from, it's where you're at.

One must eat to live,
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4/12/08 5:15 P

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I also have a son name colin

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4/12/08 5:08 P

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Hello thanks for your concern i am trying to adjust to maintainance the most important tool for me is tracking my meals and exercise hope that helps

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4/11/08 12:46 P

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I have been at my current weight (+/- a pound depending on daily fluctuations) for about 3 years. I literally give thanks every day for the fact that I was able to lose weight by changing my approach to food (followed South Beach) and exercise rather than by some 'quick loss' approach. Obviously good health is important but my main motivation is that I never want to go back - and it is so easy for the weight to start creeping back on again - I weigh myself every day to stay accountable. And if the scale is up more than 1 pound, I work on it until it is gone ....

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4/11/08 11:21 A

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I have transitioned from focusing on calories to focusing on nutrition. My current goal is to eat a minimum of 2 fruits, 4 veggies, and 6 whole grains each day. I have no trouble getting in good fats or protein, but lately I have slacked off on the veggies.

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4/9/08 7:09 P

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I had added other nutrients to track. With the added calories needed I had to find a way to keep those added calories from being junk. I had added calcium, fiber and iron to track. I was doing well for a bit but I started slipping back to some bad habits and need to keep myself focused, hopefully after a while there will be fewer times that I fall back to the bad habits.

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN's Photo ZUCCHINIQUEEN Posts: 7,541
4/9/08 6:07 P

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If you've successfully done 6 months of maintenance, you are well on your way! Hooray for you!

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4/9/08 6:04 P

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I am maintaining now too, and finding it a lot harder to stay motivated now than I did while I was losing. I have never in my adult life maintained a 'normal' weight, so I have to rethink all my adult eating and exercising patterns. So far, I do exactly the same as I did while I was losing,(i.e track my food and exercise, and weigh myself once per week), except that now I eat about 500 more calories per day on a regular basis, and give myself more 'off' days where I don't track my food. I'm getting a little better at portion control, but find it very easy to slip into bad habits. It has been almost 6 months of maintenance now and I hope the resolve will continue.

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ZELLAZM's Photo ZELLAZM SparkPoints: (93,909)
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4/9/08 4:48 P

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My fitness goals are more exercise-related than calorie-related now. This coming Sunday, I'll be racing my first 5K race in something like 30 years and I'm excited! I don't plan to race often, but an occasional 5K - and maybe a 10K sometime? - is a good way to keep motivated to exercise regularly.

ALP - congrats on making it to goal! Weren't you on my class team? Great to see you here :)

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4/9/08 4:05 P

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Being new to maintenance (fairly anyway -- about 6 weeks) I would be intersted to know what everyone else says. I have done good, but how does everyone keep the momentum going?

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4/9/08 3:49 P

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I have had the same problem with goals. I have been continuing to lose weight because I am afraid to change anything. I have started to focus more on what I am eating. I make sure I get in my fruit and fat everyday. I would like to hear some ideas too!

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4/9/08 3:03 P

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When you're put on maintenance, you feel as if you've been pushed off the dock, and told to swim. You feel as if YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO SWIM!!! It's a day-by-day thing. I weigh myself every day. A little fluctuation one day is not a big problem, but my goal is not to go up more than a pound. If it's been a big weekend, it may be two. But then I get right back on the wagon and hang to the program strictly until it is back off. I continued to go to meetings for 3 years, every week, until I felt secure enough to skip one now and then. Now at almost 5 years, I go once a month. But if I gain, I am right back to every week until the weight is off. Maintain contact with others who are on maintenance. They have great thoughts on how they stay there. Sometimes it's not so profound, but it's just what you need to hear on that particular day. It would be SO easy if you could just eat a certain number of points and STAY at the weight you want. Most of us fluctuate some.

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4/9/08 12:41 P

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Being new to maintenance, I was wondering how your goals have changed, if at all, from weight loss to maintenance.

I feel like I'm struggling a little bit lately, and I thought maybe I just need to evaluate my daily goals to keep me on track and regain my focus. But I'm not sure if my goals should be any different? I would love to read your thoughts & suggestions.






~Amanda

It's, not, how you start, it's how you finish,
And it's, not, where you're from, it's where you're at.

One must eat to live,
Not live to eat.






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