I'll put my 2 cents in here.
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!
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
New goal: 125 lbs, just to see what that looks and feels like! Hit it: Feb 2013!
H: 5''4" 49 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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