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BETHANYBOO's Photo BETHANYBOO Posts: 1,998
2/18/09 3:28 P

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Last week I dropped 4 lbs below my goal weight. I used it as an excuse to eat how I wanted, which was nice, but once again, left me feeling like crap and I'm right back on the healthy bandwagon. The odd thing is, I didn't gain any weight back. I feel like my metabolism is back to how it was when I was a teenager! Which is good and bad. Good because it makes maintaining easier but bad because I'm getting too skinny.

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PHOSPHORUS's Photo PHOSPHORUS Posts: 124
2/3/09 9:37 P

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The lipid hypothesis is just a hypothesis. Not everyone does well on low-saturated fat diets. I never did.

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2/3/09 7:48 A

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It isn't quite that simple for all of us. More food, especially fats, makes me feel lousy. The digestive "hangover" from changing the way I normally eat just isn't worth the price it makes my body pay. Eating all that saturated fat will cause a weight gain, but weight not withstanding, it certainly isn't good for your cardio vascular system and the rest of your body.

Obviously to gain weight, you need to eat more calories, but why do it with an unbalanced diet? Being healthy is about more than portion control.

Motivation without information is useless.

Willpower is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Discipline is practicing something until it becomes a habit.

There is a big difference between surviving and thriving.

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PHOSPHORUS's Photo PHOSPHORUS Posts: 124
2/3/09 7:29 A

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I had to laugh just a little bit at the suggestion to switch from skim to 1% milk or to add back healthy fats like olive oil.

I lost my weight eating a low-calorie (1200-1360 cal/day) diet... but not a low fat one! I think when I added it up I had about 50% fat, 25% carbs, 25% protein (and lots of fiber). I just decided to eat what I wanted, but control portions to keep total calories low, and when I ate what I wanted, that's what I had.

Whole milk, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs, real cheese, avocadoes, nuts, yum. And lots of veggies.

So there isn't a lot more *I* can add except just to eat more food! Poor me *wink*

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WWBULBS Posts: 1,726
2/2/09 9:42 A

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Good morning -

Gained little over 1/2 lb this past week, but still just below my "goal weight".

Thanks for all the ideas - hopefully put some of them into effect as I also add exercising (little at a time) into my life. Last week when I attended meeting and weighed in, felt bloated but still had quite a few pts left to use for that day. The next, lowered the # of pts each day for present week - will see how things are when I weigh-in again later this week. Trying not to feel bloated again, but don't want to lose any more, either. Like the idea of toast/butter extra for breakfast (or with coffee here at work) -

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1/31/09 10:30 P

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Been there done that a couple of time. I have an erratic metabolism (colateral damage from auto-immune thyroiditis). More often it is depressed and causes weight gain without changing my eating and exercise, but now an again it goes the other way and I lose weight. The first time it happened I ate more and exercised less.....felt like crap. So the next time I didn't change anything other than to add liquid meal (Whey powder with milk or fruit juice and sometimes other ingredients). Gave me the extra calories without making it feel like I had a boulder in my gut.

Motivation without information is useless.

Willpower is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Discipline is practicing something until it becomes a habit.

There is a big difference between surviving and thriving.

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I would say if you are going to start exercising more you may want to slowly add back calories until you find the right number for you. It can be frustrating, but try to be patient. emoticon

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1/29/09 2:38 P

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Just joined the team today - and have a similar problem. Made goal last week (at a WW meeting) - and now need to maintain for at least 6 weeks to become a lifetimer. And the weight last week was almost 2 lbs below the goal set by my "leader" - and that was the most possible for "lifetimer" at my height, and very close to the limit set by my doctor. However, I can't drink as much water, since it's been discovered that I have LOW sodium level, and am adding salt to things. But still losing and don't want to!

Also have done little exercising in my life, and recently joined a local YMCA. Have an appointment this weekend with an instructor there, and will find out what equip is OK (or not) for me to use according to my dr. Will exercising cause me to lose even more? If so, what should I do to keep this from happening?

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I would be jumping up and down and yelling "YIPPEE". Of course, if it went down too much, I would see a doctor because maybe there's a medical reason and it needs to be corrected.

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1/26/09 2:24 A

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I cant really help anybody, I have been under weight all my life until recently I am now about 3 pounds over weight which I dont consider to be overweight. I am trying to cut back a little and maintain, but I love food too much since I stopped smoking. I hope I can get my eating under control. It will also help my BP

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1/25/09 12:08 P

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Step 1 - Figure out the number of calories you need to eat daily to maintain your goal weight.

Step 2 - How many calories do you typically eat daily and how many are you "short" for maintenance?

Step 3 - Look at the foods you currently eat and see where you can bump up the calories. For example, if you use skim milk bump up to 1% milk. Or if you've cut out fat and oils add back in healthy fats, such as olive oil when cooking. If you snack on vegetables, dip in peanut butter for additional calories, protein, and heart healthy fats.

All the best,
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1/20/09 7:55 P

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Both my husband and I set our goal weights at 170 but once we hit goal, we both continued to drop. I got to about 164, he went down to 160. It seems to have leveled off there. I think when you lose as much as we had to your body gets into the "burn" mode and it takes a few weeks to level off. We are both about 6-10 pounds below our goal weight, but we have quit losing. It has been 5 months now and we seem to have leveled off here. Maybe this is where our bodies wanted to be, who knows.

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1/18/09 3:44 P

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Congratulations on finding something that works, maintenance is ALL about the little lifestyle tweaks! :)

You may also want to reconsider your "goal weight". Mine was a random number that I picked at the beginning of my journey, as I got closer I started thinking I could do more so lowered it a few pounds. However I found that if I drove my weight down too far I got sick more often and my running suffered. So now I'm settled on a maintenance weight that's below my *original* goal but not the lowest I've been...it's fairly easy to stay there as long as I stay active and don't eat stupidly.

Sometimes it's about fine-tuning the number, not yourself! Good luck to you on your journey!

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1/4/09 1:15 P

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I'm the original poster and I wanted to post an update.

It's about three weeks later and it's getting easier. When I went back and looked, 20 of the last 31 days, my weight was within a pound and a half of target (plus or minus), and it's not trending either up or down.

I've discovered that the easiest place to deliberately add or subtract calories is at breakfast, which, handily, is right after I weigh myself and mark my chart, too. If I find I'm too low, I can enjoy an extra piece of buttered whole-grain toast with breakfast -- it's a treat that has a nice hit of calories but doesn't make me feel stuffed. If I find I'm too high, I can shift to my "diet plan" breakfast of one boiled egg and four ounces of tomato juice -- that's enough protein to keep me satisfied, while being only 100 calories.

Then I can eat "normally" the rest of the day.

It seems to be working great so far.

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5/13/08: 148, BMI 30
11/16/08: 108, BMI 22

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12/31/08 9:29 A

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I dropped down to 121 lbs this weekend and my boyfriend started complaining about me losing my ass LOL. (Trust me, I still have a big butt, its' just not GINORMOUS anymore!) Anyway, I used it as an excuse to have tons of crab dip and McDonalds for dinner. The crab dip was great but I felt like crap from the fast food! I also indulged in cake the following 2 days and now I'm right back where I want to be.

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Haha... yeah, it's one of those quotes that never fails to make me giggle. So I thought I'd share!

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

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PHOSPHORUS's Photo PHOSPHORUS Posts: 124
12/12/08 11:01 A

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By the way, BraveNewMe, I LOVE the Terry Pratchett quote in your sig. I will remember that one :-)

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I definitely don't think you need to track forever (I don't track anymore), but it IS really helpful to track for a while in maintenance.

Right now, your mind and your body aren't used to eating for weight maintenance, they're used to eating for weight loss... which is probably why you're still losing weight. A lot of people struggle with trying to find a happy eating/exercising place where they don't lose anymore AND don't gain back any of the poundage they've lost. And just like tracking helped you figure out how to eat for weight loss, it can teach you how to eat for maintenance as well. (The principles of healthy eating, of course, haven't changed, so those you don't need to relearn. But the numbers and amounts and such certainly do change when you go into maintenance, and THAT'S what you've got to learn now.)

I'd suggest that you should track at least most days until you've held your weight in range for a month or so. No going over OR under. Then, you'll be getting a pretty good idea of what eating in your new range looks and feels like. And then, you can move towards that plan of only tracking if you start to see the numbers on the scale doing undesirable things.

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

Maintaining, healthily pregnant, or healthily breastfeeding since


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12/12/08 10:36 A

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Lol on eating over on purpose. It is strangely funny that it is really hard. I just can't add more food to my day than I already have most of the time. I don't know how I used to eat 5-6 pieces of pizza. I get to 3 now if I am really hungry and always want the 4th just because it tasted good, but I just can't/

I think it will be helpful to track for a bit so that you can find the range that works best. Then you can go from there.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

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12/12/08 9:56 A

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Thanks for the thoughts. I admit I had been resisting the idea of continuing to track calories (tedious!) -- I thought I would track IF my weight went up and I had to lose a couple of pounds. But maybe I'll try tracking for maintenance and see how it goes.

I've definitely learned that it is NOT workable to overeat on purpose! Blech.

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Whenever I drop too low I add back a few hundred calories for a week and that gets me back up there. This isn't usually a problem for me unless I eat below 1700 calories consecutively. Good luck!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

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I did the same. I was down to 103 at one point and was far too thin at 5'2" with a muscular build. I kind of let myself off the hook for a few days and enjoyed a treat if I wanted to. I also added 200 cals per day for a couple of weeks and watched it slowly climb following an attitude described by Brave_new_me. It was very strange to have lost 38 pounds and then finding myself having to re-gain part of it on purpose.

Now I have a range I know I like. Perhaps a bit too much, lol. I actually changed my goal weight a few months ago because I just can not get it back down to 110 these days. But at 39 I want a weight that is doable for me. One my body seems to like and that I don't have to work to maintain going into my 40's and 50's. I mean I know I work at it, but I don't want to have to live the rest of my life fighting with my body for a number. And I know that I can not keep up the workout pace I do now forever so an adjustment may come again with time. Whats funny is that after putting 12-15 back on everything still fits. I wouldn't think that would be the case, but it does. woohoo, lol. I also feel the best I ever have right where I am.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

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When I first hit goal, I found it REALLY helpful to track religiously for a couple months... until I found out what calorie range did in fact maintain my weight and learned how to eat there. When I dropped below range (or posted any significant loss), I'd slightly increase my calorie range until I was back where I wanted to be and holding steady. Sure, sometimes I used a few of those extra calories to eat something a bit more indulgent... but I made sure to fit it within my new nutritional goals, not to get into an attitude of being able to be extra indulgent or being able to eat whatever I wanted to because I had a few pounds I could afford to gain. It always seemed to me that those attitudes were a quick way to lose the "healthy lifestyle" attitude I'd worked so hard to develop. But that's just my train of thought!

Edited by: BRAVE_NEW_ME at: 12/11/2008 (11:12)
I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

Maintaining, healthily pregnant, or healthily breastfeeding since


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12/11/08 10:55 A

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I've been maintaining my 48-lb weight loss for only a few weeks. I weigh every day and am keeping a chart. I find that I am having trouble keeping from going BELOW my target weight. I do not want to lose any more weight! I want to stay at 108 and my weight seems to want to go down past 105.

What do you do when you need to gain weight? Do you count calories and keep it at an amount that would put the weight back on at a rate of a pound every couple of weeks? Or do you indulge, and enjoy eating extra amounts of high-calorie foods? Or do you just "eat what you feel like when you feel like it" and expect it'll take care of itself? I tried just eating "extra" for a couple days and that made me feel bloated and gross.

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5/13/08: 148, BMI 30
11/16/08: 108, BMI 22

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