This in some ways scares me. I'm just 9.4 pounds away from maintenance. When I do my Spark Checkup every other week it says to just track my foor 1-2 days. I have no problem with that. I use a part of my looseleaf and write down everything I eat with calories. If I'm unsure of the calories, I'm learning to just take a little.
I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.
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current weight: 121.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,220) Posts: 24 8/30/08 10:37 P
Ahh so glad to find these comments as I thought maybe I should track but I actually do better if I organise what to eat and 'track' it that way rather than by counting, for some reason maybe cos I'm not a numbers person it totally messes with my head. Guess the trick is to do what works for you and not feel guilty.
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current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,002) Posts: 968 8/29/08 8:12 P
Just to put in my 2 cents worth, as I'm new to maintenance ( 1 week this Sat. ), I will continue to track as I believe it helps keep me focused. I think I'll always track in one form or another because as it was said in a previous post, I'm a numbers person too! If I rely on my head instead of the numbers, I'll SURELY get into trouble very fast. And I don't want to go there again !!!!!
Edited by: DADDY5CATS at: 8/29/2008 (20:11)
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I came across this post today and though it's old, I think it's still a good one to comment on.
I reached my goal last December and continued counting well into June. At first I was too inconsistent and was still seeing my weight fluctuate but by early Summer I realized that the fluctuation was normal due to hormonal changes, etc. (It was only 1-3 lbs that I'd always lose again by the next week) I stopped journaling my foods in July and when I didn't see a change on the scale, I continued into August as well.
I'm fresh back from vacation so I started tracking when I got back just to make sure I'm not overdoing it but I plan to stop once I'm comfortable again in my routine.
I've been maintaining fairly successfully for a little over 2 years now. I think continued to track for at least a few months after I hit goal, but like you (the original poster) I really didn't like doing it daily, I found it very time consuming.
Right now I do track my fruits and veggies in the quick tracker, and I log my exercise minutes in there too, but I'm not a slave to the calorie count.
I did have some ups and downs with this. I had a couple of months that were very stressful, and I found I was above my goal weight range, and I just couldn't get it back down. I actually had a lower range than I do now, I ended up increasing my range from 127-132 to 130 to 135, and while I had been maintaining at about 137, when I lowered my range, I must have had a mental break, as since then I've been successfully maintaing my new range! I've even dipped below a couple of times, but so far, I've not gone over it since October.
One thing I'm really conscious of is trying to eat as if I were logging my food. That means I still measure and weigh some food items, especially those I know I will tend to overindulge in if I eyeball it. Cold cereal for example, I measure out a cup serving, because if I fill the bowl I know it will be a couple of servings and I would have no problem eating it all! I also know that 1 cup of cereal actually fills me up if I limit myself.
I give myself more leeway on fruits and veggies, especially veggies. I figure, if I want something sweet, I may as well have a piece of fruit, rather than a bowl of ice cream, which I would be much more likely to overeat.
That said, I can't say I don't occasionally have the ice cream. But that is usually after a long, hard cardio workout, so not much damage is done.
Since you are new to maintenance, I'd say keep tracking for a while and get used to the portions, so you will know how to continue if you do decide to try not tracking.
Some people track until they go on vacation, when they come back and find they successfully maintained while away from the tracker they feel more confident in their ability to maintain without tracking.
I do monitor myself daily, with the weighing. that lets me know if I'm letting go too much on the snacking or portions. When I start seeing my weight creep up toward the top of my range, I start to look more carefully at my choices. I pick a lower calorie snack, add more veggies, less rice. You get the picture.
Anyway, congrats on making it to maintenance, and good luck on the journey!
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Fitness Minutes: (28,189) Posts: 9,741 8/4/08 3:10 P
Ok So I am less than 10 lbs away from maintaining, but I have started the transition now.
I will not track my calories for 1-2 days per week; usually the weekends since those are most tempting. This makes me be accountable to myself using my hunger cues and not my eyes.
Once there I will go down to tracking about 3-4 days per week until I get a great handle on that and slowly whittle it down to 1-2 days a week. Start slow and get used to being able to eat more and what it is your body needs to remain stabilized.
I stopped tracking about 6 months into maintenance (I've been maintaining for about 1.5 years) but I'm now on a month-long tracking streak because I gained a bit of weight. I track when I feel like I need to gain some control...I hope I can continue to do it periodically and not everyday.
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I have been maintaing since last fall. I was still counting almost every day until the spring I think. When I tried to quit cold turkey I felt lost and ended up losing track and had to reign myself back in. I only track once a week now (or twice if I feel that my choices haven't been great) I do use the quick track for fruits and veggies now and never did before (still don't like veggies) I know there are some people that continue to track everyday after maintaining for quite a while. I would try to take it slowly if you don't want to track all the time. Try not really tracking for a day or 2 and see how you feel about the choices you have made. There is nothing wrong with continuing tracking if it helps you and you don't mind the time it sometimes takes
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I've been in maintenance for a week as of tomorrow (yes, I'm a a baby maintainer). I'm wondering how long I'll have to track calories... for a couple weeks, months, the rest of my life? I'm a numbers gal, but I'm kind of tired of it. So, I ask you maintainers... for those of you who counted calories while you lost weight but don't anymore, how long did you count/track before you realized you didn't need to anymore?
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