I just recently added not tracking as a goal! I was finding that I was intentionally either eating or not eating based on that, rather than how I feel, and obsessing WAY too much...so I am trying to make sure I don't track and see if my appetitie can guide me. It is really hard not to panic!
I exercise plenty, and I'm a little under where I probably need to be anyway. So based on that, I'm just trying to watch the kinds of food I eat and not worry so much about the calories - just eat basic fresh, healthy, not very processed food.
I still track. I need the accountablity. I weigh myself every day. That's just me, I'm not saying that will work for everybody. But it may work for some who are having trouble. I admire people who don't have to track; it just doesn't work for me. I'm almost to 5 years of maintenance, and it still requires vigilance. But it's so important to me not to gain back that 80 lb., that I am willing to put it at the top of my priorities.
It's definitely challenging to learn to find a balance as you move into maintenance. Personally, I found that changing as LITTLE as possible intially, and then slowly making changes from there was the best strategy for me. Meaning, I kept tracking and focusing on getting lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains and SLOWLY increased my calories. As I did this, I SLOWLY started to experiment with how indulgences fit into this maintenance range. Once I figured out how to eat in my new range, then I started working towards not tracking. All baby steps.
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Fairglenn-actually if I go below 1700 I lose weight. I have a cold this week and haven't been hungry so my face looks gaunt (weigh in is tomorrow). I'm sure it will pass and there will be some 2200 calorie days in my near future. lol
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OH, and let me mention that for the first six months of my maintenance, the whiplash from five months of dieting was HORRENDOUS. I ate 4000+ calories a day at LEAST twice a week, and was sooo terrified that I couldn't control myself. Fortunately, exercise kept me from gaining more than 5 much needed lbs of muscle from my eating, and one size in pants...and it DID eventually taper out. Your body will calm down, once it realizes that *hey* it's getting enough food :)
LTC, that's what happened to me too. I lost steadily at 1500 a day, and couldn't WAIT to be able to eat 2000-2500...I mean, you'd HAVE to be stuffed with that MANY calories, right?? Ha ha, not so much. It was torture!!!! However, in time, you WILL get used to it and adapt. It's alright to eat under, I think I've told you that I do it on purpose. I do it because that way when the binge comes, and oh...they do, I have wiggle room. It's not so bad to diet as often as I can when I can have plenty of "cheat" days. I never eat as low as 1500 anymore, that just sets me up for massive hunger the next day. Instead, I eat about 1650-2200 when I can...and the rest of the time is history ;) I consistently burn about 2350-2500 a day, so I'm always saving up...always saving up...maybe for some pumpkin pie?? ;) You'll be alright, you're completely normal...promise ;) Just don't quit.
MOMMYFROST, we have the same calorie range!! It's actually pretty uncommon to see one so high, most are afraid to eat what they need...it seems too high. I love that you aren't afraid to eat what you need, what a great influence you are :) Thanks for helping me to feel like I'm not the only one who needs more than 1500 (nightmare amount!!!) calories to survive :)
I DO understand. :-) I've been lurking around here trying to maintain for 3 or 4 weeks now. (I met my initial goal of 125 at the end of August. Initially, set a second goal of 118 by Yule, but my face is looking too thin, IMO. Anyway.)
I think that when you first meet your goal, you need a couple of weeks "off." Not totally pigging on everything in sight, but just not worrying about it constantly, know what I mean? If you go over a few hundred, exercise a few hundred more, no biggie. If things are available that can't be easily tracked, who cares; eat in moderation and hope for the best. If you get weighed and you're heavier, be stricter with yourself for a few days. If you drop a pound or three ease up.
That's just my opinion, of course. After all, to keep this up in the long haul, we are eventually going to have to learn how to function without tracking every calorie... at least I am, coz I'll get totally sick of that before too much longer! You've spent all this time developing good habits; just rely on them. And if there's pie... well YUM. LOL!
Take care, Beth
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After I reached my goal weight, I kept on the same routine for a few weeks. Then I gradually added some calories, about 200 per week for a while to see how that worked for me, then up a little more after that. It takes some tinkering with the numbers for a while, but you'll get it. :)
It is tough. Try eating several small meals a day. I don't eat the same amount of calories each day. Anywhere from 1700 to 2200 depending on the day. I weigh in a few times a week to see where I am. If the scale is up I decrease calories, and if it's down I increase for a few days. Hope this helps.
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Its been a challenge for me. I've put on a few pounds that I'm working at getting off. But, a new job is part of my problem and not being able to get out and walk all the time. So, working on getting more walking into my schedule plus eating right. Cindi
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I've been over on calories quite a bit this week, and the other days I've been way under! I have been overeating because I haven't been on my regular schedule, and there was this pumpkin pie!!! You all understand...
I'm fine with the exercising... 3000 cal/wk is great...
It's the eating, or not eating! I'm sure once I get back on schedule...but it's harder to eat more but not too much than it was to eat 1500 cal!!
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