I gain about 4 pounds almost every weekend, and then struggle to get it off during the week. I have been doing this for the last year in maintenence, being at the upper end of my "lee-way" of 10 pounds. I want to be at the lower end, so yes, it seems like a never ending battle. But i have come a long way...50 pounds, and enjoying going out on weekends gives me the motivation to get back onto my diet plan during the week, as this is my lifestyle..eating healthy, and exercising 1 hour a day. I can say that my weight goes up with each weekend, because of salt, flour, and sugar. And experts have told me that it is harder the older you are, the last 10 are slowest to come off, etc, and it all seems to prove out to be true for me. I have accepted the ups and downs...while enjoying little treats each weekend makes it worth the work.
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I know I have not been maintaining that long and will probably be going through the same things. It is always good to know what everyone is going through. Right now I just try to just weigh myself once a week as I have always done and keep a journal of the food I eat this way I know possibly what I need to do to from week to week to keep on top of things. I understand what people are saying about weighing their selves everyday though because knowing we are eating different things each time and our bodies go through all kinds of changes from day to day does make sense to weigh ourselves often. I just don't like to do it because I always use to get the disappointment back in the day and it would set me back.
I have been on maintainance for alost a year and my weight doesn't change as much as it did when I started. I still have about a 5 pound range, but it doesn't swing as quickly as it did. Salty foods or not enough water in a day seem to ake the biggest difference for me. During the week I eat between 1400-1600 calories. On weekends I eat a bit higher but I do not engage in regular intense exercise, just never was able to get into that habit.
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Fluid can also make a huge difference to what you weigh. If you can get scales that show your water content you will be amazed at how much difference the amount of fluid can make. It is also very important to weigh yourself at the same time of day but you probably know that. I can weigh three pounds more at night than I do in the morning, so I choose to weigh in the morning. :)
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I'm feeling like a yo-yo too. This maintenance business is not as easy as losing the weight was. Some weeks I'm up and some I'm down. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it, or at least I haven't figured it out yet. Just don't give up. I have to believe that sooner or later I'll figure it all out, otherwise I couldn't go on.
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Hi, Nancy! I go between 119 and 123 myself. I have not changed my exercise from losing mode either. I just slowly increased calories. The range that spark gives me is 1800 to 2200. However, if I stay at the top end I gain and if I stay at the low end I lose. What I do is high, low, and medium days not necessarily in order, but it seems to keep me in my range for the moment. And, yes I feel like a yo yo sometimes too!
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Thanks for the pep talk. I have actually been at goal for over a year now, but continued to lose a bit more as I wanted a little bit of "wiggle" room. I may start counting calories instead of points and I know I need to cut back on sodium.
I think I have a tendency to eat more on the weekends as well.
I'm 51, so it's hard to keep the weight off. I do cardio nearly every day, but need to start lifting weights to build a bit more muscle. At this point, to maintain I can't seem to eat more than 20 points a day, which is usually about 1200 calories - not nearly enough to spend the rest of my life that way!
I can actually swing 2-3 pounds in a day depending on what I eat. Last night I had a salty dinner and am up 2 this morning. Tomorrow, who knows, lol. This is some of the problem with weighing everyday. I still do it, but put less stock in it on monday and tuesday, because of weekend eating, than I do on thursday or friday morning after eating well all week and working the salt back out. I think you will balance out after a couple of months. I did. I know it seems like a long time, but be patient. You were patient with weight loss and maintenace will be no different. I do give myself a 5 pound range and really freak if I stay at the high end for a few days. Then I pull it back in and get back in gear. It is also not uncommon to go below your goal weight as you iron this all out. I was down to 103 for a bit when my goal was set for 110-115. It is hard to re-program your brain so hang in there. It will come just like the losses did.
If it helps you to know I have not changed my exercise since maintenance and ended up upping my cals from 1200-1500 to 1940 for my high end now. I don't use them all everyday and during the week I try to stay at the low end if not below which is 1680 I think. Since most of my running is on the weekend I don't like to use all my cals during the week. I don't fall below 1500 very often either.
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I'm new to maintenance myself, and I sure can relate to what you've written. So I hope you get some sound advice from members who have been maintaining - a lot more successful than I have - for a while.
Hang in there, though!
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I'm at goal, but my weight goes up and down by about 5 lbs and it really frustrates me. I lost my weight on weight watchers, still attend meetings every week. I weigh in weekly at my meetings and a couple of times a week at home. My goal weight is 115. I've weighed in a couple of times at 113, which is too low for me, in my opinion, then I increase my points by 2 a day, which is about 100 calories and I'm up to 118 or 119 a few days later.
I exercise an hour most days and eat mainly healthy foods.
I want to be able to maintain my weight, not obsess over the scales and have something I can live with.
How do you guys handle maintenance? Is it physically possible for me to gain 4 lbs. in a week, adding only 100 calories a day?
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