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5/27/08 10:54 P

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It's one of those things, it happens to all of us at this stage. You do have to make choices, and really they can get easier or harder over time, it's what you make of them that makes the difference. I think if you are lacking time to workout, you just try to do what you can fit in. Take the stairs if you can, park farther away in the parking lot when you shop. Those little tricks to get in a few more steps. And then you have to eat less when you can't exercise at your normal rate.

If you know you have a special night out, or want a special treat, no reason not to indulge now and again. Just don't let know and again turn into every 2-3 hours! For me it's easier to be "good" at breakfast, so if I know I have a night out planned, I'll eat lighter the rest of the day beforehand and not feel guilty about going out. Sometimes you can make a plan ahead of time, but if you can't, well, don't sweat it, one "bad" meal won't undo all the good you've done up to now. The thing is, the next day you step it up, get to the gym, eat more healthy choices. Watch it so that one indulgence doesn't become a lifestyle again.

You have come so far, and are doing so well, keep it up!

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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CHYRRESP's Photo CHYRRESP Posts: 290
5/27/08 9:17 A

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More challenges. Yesterday I had a very fun day with my son and my uncle, but the food choices were less than stellar. My son will be talking about yesterday for a very long time, and so in the grand scheme of life, I am happy with my choices.

Maintaining is hard, this whole process is even more difficult for me than losing weight was. When I was really losing weight, I just said no to things like Brazilian restaurants. Now I feel like since I'm maintaining, do I never go out? It seems like that's a poor choice for the other areas of my life.

On the plus side, I am still not crazily out of my weight range. I am going to reassess on Friday. The other crazy thing is that even though I have the calories and energy to exercise, I am not, because I don't have time. Maybe that's just an excuse, maybe I need to refocus there.

One plus though that has stuck over this whole process is that I am still more emotionally even and have the energy to do more than I did before. The rest of my life is going better, in other words, but I am not sure how much weight I will gain doing this and if that's a good trade-off. Grrr, that is the million dollar question right?







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5/24/08 1:09 P

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I have the same problem with ice cream. I tend to just eat out of the container, and then I eat way too much! I think I do OK if I can portion it out into a bowl and stick to that, but sometimes I'm just too lazy! I started buying ice cream bars and sandwiches (like the skinny cow sandwiches) since they are portion controlled already. Since I started eating clean, though I've really stopped eating ice cream altogehter. I'm not really missing it!

Glad your experiment is going so well, and that's really interesting about the migraines. You should see if it continues to work for you next month.

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

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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



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5/24/08 9:58 A

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This experiment is going very well so far. I have gained a few pounds, but it's that time of the month so I don't think it's real weight. My clothes are all still loose.

One thing I noticed was that I usually get bad migraines and this month I didn't. I'm not sure if it's related to increasing calories, but it might be.

I asked my son to hide the M&Ms, lol. I can't stop myself once I start eating them, and even though I can afford the calories, all that sugar makes me feel yucky. I want to eat better food than that.

I bought myself the light cherry garcia frozen yogurt, and it is soooooo good! I didn't want to never have ice cream with my son & husband, but when I tried to have a little bit last week, I ate the whole thing. :)

So on the whole, what I've learned from the first week is that I have to track my food, I can't eat trigger foods, and I feel much better with more calories.

Thanks for all the encouragement, I was afraid to do this but I am so glad I did. I am half way done with this experiment!









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5/23/08 2:15 P

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Sounds like even with a few bumps on the road, the experiment has been a success! I'm really glad to hear you are having more energy, and that you didn't let the m&m thing get out of hand. It's much better to move on after a "slip-up" than to give up.

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

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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



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CHYRRESP's Photo CHYRRESP Posts: 290
5/21/08 2:09 P

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Thanks everyone, its going to be hard to figure out the tricks here, but thanks for the good ideas. I ate a half cup (YES!) of M&Ms yesterday. I think my sugar cravings are just overwhelming me. However, I only had 1600-something calories yesterday, and had lost a pound this morning. Weird. I added up for the last 7 days and averaged my cal intake, and it's been 1892/day. That's very close to the 2000 I was shooting for, even with the M&Ms and Ben and Jerrys. So . . . a few slip-ups, that so far look like may not have hurt me at all.

I'm so glad I'm tracking. If not, after my M&M binge, i wouldn't have realized I was actually still in good shape on calories and might have gone on to eat more.

I have to say also, in increasing my cals, I've moved forward on some situations that I have felt stuck on. I feel more cheerful and I have more energy for the rest of my life. I definitely feel that increasing was the wise thing to do.

Thanks!






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5/21/08 9:15 A

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I say move on, you are smart to cut back some after an indulgence, and not giving up. B&J is a weakness of mine, so I just stopped buying it. It's not that hard after a while. That said, I did have ice cream and brownies last weekend, so I know how difficult it is to give up those things altogeter, but I just leave them to chance, if I'm out somewhere and they have that I may have some then, but I don't bring it home, I just have a hard time serving myself a proper portion when I have the whole pint in the freezer.

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

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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



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If having it around is the problem, maybe only let yourself have one of the B&J or Haagen-Daz "singles"? That way you can't have 3/4 of a pint?

Sounds like you've got the right attitude though of moving on and cutting calories today to make up for it. Hang in there!

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5/19/08 11:31 P

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Ah not such a good day today! I was worried about this happening. I started eating more, and thought, well I can have some more food around that I like and I can eat some of it . . . since I'm increasing calories. I *can* have *some* . . . 3/4 of a container (1.5 c.) of Ben & Jerrys? Not so much.

So . . . I am at 2800ish calories for today. I am going to restrict a bit tomorrow to make up for it, and I have been a few hundred under the last two days. I know this is what we all worry about--starting to relax and then getting carried away. I like sweet food, and having some of it ends up with me having lots of it. Need to figure that dynamic out. Thank goodness I'm tracking my calories, or I wouldn't have known how far over I was (well I knew the ice cream was not good lol).

I will keep posted, keep trying, keep at it. Thanks for all your encouragement, I am going to need it tomorrow. But I will post my weight as usual . . . and just move on.







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5/19/08 9:29 A

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{{CLAP}} {{CLAP}} Kayotic...It is about feeling good w/ healthy living!!! In total agreement w/ not "reaching" exact numbers, as keeping your body guessing is exactly what I did in weight loss...Had a daily caloric intake but it varied each day...Some days I hit the MARK, some days under & some days over...The key is that we are AWARE! No need to be afraid as we are armed w/ the appropriate TOOLS to maintain....an acronym for FEAR
F-False
E-Evidence
A-Appearing
R-Real

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Happy to hear you felt good yesterday w/ your workout & such as you will feel today too, right???? Of course you will, you are empowered!!!

LIBR@RYL@DY,
Much support in Maintenance & you are going to do JUST FANTASTIC!!!!

Make it a wonderful day All!

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5/18/08 7:00 P

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Thanks for sharing all this info, CHYRRESP, cuz I am only a few pounds away from maintainance & am wondering how I will handle that!

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5/18/08 5:38 P

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As long as you feel good, don't worry too much about the exact number. It's good to keep your body guessing anyway, so if you hit 1800 one day and 2100 the next it shouldn't really be a big deal.

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

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5/18/08 3:34 P

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Thanks so much for all the encouragement. Today--still at 127.5 and also did my workout--and it was fantastic. I also felt much stronger and more able to cope, that's been the biggest surprise.

I am actually having a tough time getting to 2000. I am logging all my food (and you can check my page). But my mindset has changed from feeling like I can't have any, to feeling like I can eat as much as I want. It's a good feeling.

So that's the report for today.






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5/18/08 2:49 P

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Chyrresp, good for you for trying this strategy despite your fear! It sounds like a good reasonable approach, and it also sounds like so far it's having the desired effect. I'll be checking in to see how it's working out for you too! I'm probably eating around your current level, and working out 5-6 days a week both outside fun activities and at the gym, and it's worked pretty well for me. Hope you have a good result too!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

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

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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



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5/18/08 11:31 A

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CHYRRESP,
I too will be checking in to see how you are doing...I struggled with that right at first when I reached my goal wt. I still have to finagle (sp?) here & there each week-daily sometimes but I am AWARE now & I know w/ all the information that is out there & the knowledge that I have gained I WON'T BE GOING BACK to WEIGHT LOSS again...I found this info to be helpful and I hope it is for you....

Check your weight frequently (at least weekly). The goal here is not to panic over every small increase in your weight—it’s normal for it to fluctuate from day to day during maintenance just as it did during weight loss. But while you’re in the process of trying to identify your energy (calorie) needs, you’ll need to spot any upward trends in your weight before you get to the point that you need to go back to weight loss mode. Most successful maintainers weigh in at least weekly, and start tinkering with their nutrition and workouts if they see a significant gain (or loss) for two weeks in a row.


Track your daily calorie intake—at least for a little while. It probably won’t be necessary to do this for very long, but it’s a very good idea to double check yourself for a while just to make sure you’re counting everything, estimating portions accurately, and covering all your nutrition needs—especially if you’re making substantial changes in how much you eat and/or exercise.


Make changes one at a time, and in small increments. If your weight loss doesn’t stop or you start gaining weight, you’ll need to figure out the best way to change things. You won’t be able to tell what effect any particular change is having if you make a bunch of them at once, so try one thing at a time and give yourself a chance to see what works.

In my thoughts...

Peace,
Betsy





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5/17/08 7:26 P

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I am afraid to do this too lol, so I will post on this thread and let you all know how it goes.

First day: Weighed 129. Felt much much better than I have in weeks. Felt energized and was able to accomplish some things I've felt overwhelmed about.

Second day: Weighed 127.5. Did a half hour workout, burned over 200 calories without getting tired (had to keep it that short due to time constraints). Felt fantastic and cheerful all day. Worked on writing and was able to concentrate and be productive. I didn't feel hungry so skipped my afternoon snack, but will try to make up the calories at dinner.







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5/17/08 4:46 P

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Good luck! We're rooting for you! :)

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Let us know the results - I'm very much interested in this - I've got the same feeling, but I'm too affraid to increase my limit...

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Our bodies need good fuel to run properly. Keep us posted as to how you are feeling with a few more good calories. Sometime we let our caloric intake level get too low because of our fear of gaining wt. back. I'm sure you will find the healthy balance for you.

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5/17/08 10:31 A

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I posted about not being sure what my goals should be for nutrition, and thanks to all of you for helping. I did to go the start page and re-did my goals, but I have decided to raise my calories to 2000 per day for 2 weeks.

I have been struggling in other areas as well, I don't have energy to do anything when my calories are so low, and there is no reason (when I don't need to lose weight) to limit them so drastically.

I weigh myself every morning, so I will check and see how things go. I'm also not going to just eat bad foods, it's lots of fruit and veges, lean protein, etc.

So this is a new experiment and I am excited. Yesterday was my first day of it and today I feel much better, more patient and calm lol.

I'll keep you all posted on how it goes, and any advice/btdt would be great.

Thanks!





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