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7/15/14 6:40 P

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Maintaining for 1 week at 160 because I'm too stressed to keep on dieting right now. I WILL try losing again, just not right now.


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7/5/14 7:53 P

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My weight is still going up but I am trying to be kind bad remind myself the heat and humidity does me in and not sleeping well in summer. Also the cookouts the foods are just not good to eat they taste great but are not good for us.

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7/5/14 1:09 P

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Way2GoCat, hang in there. My weight has been creeping up, as well. I'm getting very frustrated and I just need to eat "cleaner." It seems like if I eat salads, chips and even a cookie or two, I start gaining weight. Maybe my metabolism is dropping, again. Whatever it is, I will prevail!

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I got honest with myself and you last night and changed my ticker from maintenance (41 wks) back to weight loss! emoticon

I hope I can remain on this team.


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I was actually BACKSLIDING for 10 months after hitting goal, although I couldn't admit that until now! I left Spark and went crazy with my eating and didn't exercise anymore. I gained back 19 of the 55 lbs I had lost. I'm surprised I didn't gain more in those 10 months.

"Came to" last Wed Jun25 and decided to log back on Spark. I had a great day sparking and continued to log on and spark. A woman from Jamaica had seen my SparkPage and sent me a SparkMail. She was praising me for my 2 year accomplishment and asking.for help in her new journey! Always wanting to help a new member, I wrote her back and said "Yes, I'll help!" Actually, she was helping me more than I was helping her. I continued to log on and went for my first walk Fri morning. I could only walk 10 minutes where I had previously been able to walk 5K! That's how much fitness I lost in 10 months, doing nothing! I was happy with my start and committed to walk 3 days a wk on MWF. Then yesterday, Tues Jul 1, I decided I wanted to start eating healthier again and cooking SparkRecipes again. My Spark disciple was eating so good it encouraged me to do the same. Today, I ate within (maintenance) calorie range, 1428 calories. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and .made a SparkRecipe for dinner for my DH and I and only had 1 serving! I was eating way too much and it was all unhealthy food. Many, many calories a day at least 2500, although of course I never logged it into my tracker until yesterday!

Writing this, I've also decided to try and take these 19 lbs off and return to 143! That's the biggest step of all. I had actually CONVINCED myself that 162 was my new ideal, even though it's very much considered overweight for my height of 5"5'. The lies we tell ourselves! I'm done lying to myself and others. I am no longer in maintenance (my tracker says I was for 41 weeks, that's a big, fat lie! Thanks for listening and helping me get honest with myself and you, my SparkFriends) I am attempting to lose 19 pounds! I'm gonna change my tracker right now! emoticon

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6/30/14 2:37 P

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What wonderful advice! I just knew that this forum would open my eyes and help me focus. Thanks so much for the responses.
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Patimage,

I have had multiple experiences over the course of the past 6 months where I was prompted to update my fitness tracker because my nutritional intake was not in line with the amount of energy I was expending. When these mismatches occurred, my weight loss slowed.

Updating my fitness tracker and gradually increasing my nutritional intake increased the rate of weight loss for me. Sometimes, it took some time to manage the increase in calories.

I have found things like bananas, apples or other fruits along with nut butter (usually peanut or almond) or adding nut butter to smoothies a wonderful way to boost my nutritional intake. Can you eat nuts? Do you like them? Healthy fat in moderation has been supportive of my process. What about hummus? Have you tried incorporating it? I have also added nuts like pecans or walnuts to salads. Do you like avocado? How about small snacks made of dried bananas, raisins, almonds, and peanut butter chips?

Best wishes to you!

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Maintenance is a work in progress. It is work...it does not just happen. I have read lots on this topic over the last year. Anytime you come "off the diet" or better stated...raise caloric intake or change exercise like going from 6 days to lose and now just 3 days...your body will rebel, adapt, compensate. It will take a while to reconfigure calories in and calories out to find a weight that's maintainable. Be patient but diligent. Keep researching what works and doesn't for so may of us and find YOUR way. Spark and especially this team is a great place to do so. Best wishes...and keep Sparking!

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Hi, all
Looking for support -- I went on SparkPeople two years ago this summer and lost a total of 65 pounds -- from 194 to 129. That was last October. then I went on Maintenance and managed to keep it at 130-131. Not bad. I've see it creep up to 138-139, a 10 pound gain, although I have kept tracking my nutrition, fitness, water, and Other Goals. I think my problem is that I changed my lifestyle so much that I enjoy the increased exercise combined with lots of water, and the fresh veggies and fruits with limited high-fat protein. (I pretty much stick to chicken, fish, and turkey.) As a result, I rarely end up within my recommended calorie range - I'm almost always too low for the exercise-to-calorie ratio. I have read that my body may be rebelling at the low calorie intake, and sending the "I'm starving" message to my body. Could that be it? I have a hard time eating so much that I am in the right calorie range. Anyone else experiencing this issue? Thanks so much!

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Okay, here's the story.

So back in October, my goal was 130 pounds. I am 5'11/2" and at the time, I weight 145 pounds. I reached my goal in January or February (I think). As time went by, I wasn't trying to lose weight anymore, just trying to be healthy. Continuing to eat a better diet and exercise at least 30 min cardio 5 days a week. I continued to lose weight and now I'm down to 119.

When I am at home, I can eat healthy. If I go to a party and there are sweets like cake and cookies, I binge. Earlier this week, I went to a party and ate a slice of cake, a cupcake, and some nacho chips. Other stuff too. When I see the stuff, even if I'm not sitting near it, its like my stomach says, "oh my God! I want that!" Then when I get home, my stomach hurts and my body is in rebellion.

I am afraid of gaining the weight back. I just went through my whole wardrobe, got rid of a bunch of stuff and bought new stuff. I have lost weight and gained it back before. I saved back some of the larger sized clothing that was in good shape.

I could use some support here. Don't know what my question is. Maybe it is,, how do you keep the weight off? Does anybody else feel anxiety about this?

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I, like many of our maintenance group members am feeling an upward creep simply due to life's circumstances...both positive and not. My strategy this time is sticking to the higher range of suggested calories incorporating more protein and staying away from processed carbs for a few days. I use flavorful spices and a little added fat (even bacon) to my meals to increase satiety. I really fill up at meals with meat, veggies, and fruits so the urge to snack does not appear so quickly.

I have to tread carefully with emotional eating so I do not feel deprived. I remind myself that after a few days of regaining control, I can reincorporate more of a variety of foods adding some whole grains and a few treats.

There are Lots of recommendations from experts about post binging that suggest these kinds of techniques of gradually limiting and reincorporating for both emotional and physiological reasons. The physical reason being that your body will "fight" back if we try to diet down too quickly.

If I can think about and approach the process as science I don't get so emotional about poor poor deprived me internally kicking and screaming because I can't have what I really want. Lol

THINK eating strategically (planning and tracking) and control emotional eating with logical thinking just for today. Just as in the beginning of the journey...one day, one healthy choice at a time.

I apologize for being long winded...guess I need to hear myself say these things.
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6/25/14 8:53 A

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Sorry that you're struggling--I know that feeling. My best advice would be to relax (like you're doing), focus on making small changes that will get you back to where you want to be and give them a bit of time to work before you try doing something else or cutting back more (or adding more exercise). Although I think it's best to nip weight creep in the bud before it gets out of control, four pounds isn't much and small, consistent changes should take care of them without making you nuts. Hang in there!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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I am up 4 pounds and it has been a week and I am stuck, hoping to get it moving soon.
I am frustrated but trying to relax and work through it.

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Hi Marcosmaster,
I'm kind of in the same boat in that I broke my ankle 25 years ago and have since had to have it fused, so I can barely move it. It makes it difficult to do some leg exercises that I would like to do, especially to build up my calves. And I've had surgery on my back for a ruptured disc, so that limits my movements even more.
Don't get me wrong, I do what I can at the gym and have had a couple of trainers who have helped some. And I did lose the weight with clean eating and exercise, mostly elliptical workouts. Then, a few months ago, I started gaining again. I've gained about 30 pounds, mostly because of a medication change. I talked to my doctor and have had 3 medication changes since and none of them have made a difference. I'm still not losing. Instead, it seems I'm still gaining little by little.
Now I'm walking at least an hour a day in the mornings and go to the gym after work for strength training workouts. I'm hoping this will make a difference, and I can at least work on toning, while I talk to my doctor again about another medication change. I wish I could go back to what I had been taking when I lost the weight in the first place, but it was hurting my heart.
Hope you're having a good day.

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6/22/14 12:36 P

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Sorry to hear you're struggling. When I'm having a tough time, I often find it helpful to take stock of what I'm currently doing that's not working and what I was doing when I was at my best. Obviously your injury complicates matters a bit, but if you've made adjustments to your eating according to your more limited activity levels and you're still putting on weight, there might be something else that's changed in terms of your habits that could be derailing you.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Wow, I am having the same issues, I lost down to a weight that was good for me, never got to my normal BMI range, but was happy.
Now, I am up 30 pounds and it happened in a blink. I have reinjured an old ankle injury and have to wear a brace, but I walk at least five days a week.
I have been having tremendous IBS issues that are complicating all my eating habits. Still getting in my fiber, as the doctor ordered.

So, any words of wisdom would be appreciated. I am clearly frustrated. And to top it all off I haven't eaten any sweets, zero, and I have returned to the work force in the last 30 days and god bless my coworkers they are all thin and into their chocolate. And, I have passed every time the brownies or cookies or doughnuts come my way.

Thanks!!

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Thank you Julie

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Thank you Tina, Irene and Kellibean. I will check out your blog very soon, Irene. I'm trying to be conscious of what I'm eating. Some times are better than others. It depends on what's available and what mood I'm in in how I eat. It's harder when stressed, which is what I am most of the time. Today I ate through almost a whole box of crackers. Multi grain, yes, but still...I didn't need those. I wanted them. And I haven't been to the gym yet either. Need to help my daughter make peach cobbler from some fresh peaches we picked up at the farmer's market this morning. And wouldn't I love to have some of that? It will be difficult. At least she's not putting any added sugar into it. The peaches should be sweet enough.
Wish me luck for the rest of the day. And I will read your blog later this evening, Irene.
Thank you all for your thoughts and comments.

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I wrote a blog mainly because of what Susie said about sweets. etc.
I was putting it on the team and it was so long I just put it in the blog instead.
Irene

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Hi Julie--sorry to hear that you're struggling. Sometimes the food itself is not the main issue. Do you have other things going on in your life now that are wearing down your resolve to say no (or at least say yes in smaller doses) to the foods that are setting you off track? Stress in its various forms can be a killer and I'm often struggling the most when I've got a few different stressors being thrown at me all at once.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Julie, I am a lot like you! I love me some sweets and carbs! Irene has a point, the longer you go without it, sometimes the better off you are. I have been on a no-sweet streak and after several days when I finally gave in, I felt so gross and bloated.

Have you tried the sweat buster challenge team? That really helped me. I also worked hard at the attitude "I don't need it" not "I can't have it". That mindset made a huge differenence for me.

It takes time, you can get there!


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I would love to join you, Irene. I just fear that i would come to feel like I'm depriving myself from foods that everyone else around me is eating. I'm afraid i wouldn't be able to keep to a specific mindset. It's not only sweets and deserts for me either. A lot of times it's anything that's full of carbs and sodium. Processed foods especially.

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Julie did you read what I posted right below yours?
I invite you to join me on my streak of no desserts. You can do it. They say after 3 days you no longer crave it.
Wanna join me?

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Hi. My name is Julie and I maintained for a year before I started gaining again. I'm up about 30 pounds and can't seem to get it off. In fact, it seems that I'm still gaining.
I'm trying very hard to exercise more and watch what I eat. That's my problem though. I eat when hungry and I try to keep to healthy food, but have a sweet tooth, especially when faced with the food at work. It's offered and I can't say no. And it seems to be offered often.
How to turn myself off from this food is my problem. I need to find a way. I want to get back to my goal weight and maintain again. I'm just having a lot of difficulty doing that.
Help!

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My biggest downfall id food. That is why I went on a streak of no sweets. Many questioned that idea but I'll tell you why.
Hello, I'm Irene and I am a sweetaholic.
I can't have a tiny bit and leave the rest.
I can eat a piece of cake, a piece of pie and ice cream in one sitting.
I would eat ice cream where ever I could find it.
If someone gave me a good box of chocolates I could eat every one of them in one sitting.

I went on a streak before my 2 TKR which lasted almost a year (No desserts)
Then I went to rehab and they fed me dessert at almost every meal and lots of salt neither of which I needed.

I returned home and kept on because my body once again craved sweets.

Well 33 days ago I started a streak again, no desserts and no candy.

Now your problem might be another thing but whatever it is you can make up your mind and do it. If you want to join a streak, put what you are streaking and make up your mind to do it and of course post it. One team I am a leader of is co-operating and posting. I also post mine in a journal so I will know just how I am doing. If we miss a day we just start over in day one and go again. We don't give up.

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Creating an outline or writing a fast crummy first draft in a hurry and then filling in the blanks sometimes helps make a project go forward. I wish you the very best with it!

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Sounds like you made a reasonable and sensible decision in the end. Hope today brings you the focus and clarity you need to make some more headway on your project so you can go to your spiritual retreat without any of this weighing you down.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Opted for now to allow myself the possiblity of eating BIG meals if I want to. I went to a local taco shop for a bean and cheese burrito, saying to myself I could eat the whole thing. Not even close Had half with some crudites and it was plenty. I debated whether I would have got more work done if I had gone ahead and eaten the whole thing, but I'll never know because I didn't. I was full enough that I think I would have been distractedly full. In the old days, that wouldn't have been distracting. It would have been how I got unpleasant things done! Can't depend on that anymore.

Funny, I never considered not going on the trip. It's too late to get my money back. Yet I'm thinking I could lose my job? Wouldn't missing a vacation be worth keeping my job? But I"m hoping I won't miss the trip (it's a spiritual retreat and I NEED it) or put my job in jeopardy.

Got a bit of the research done for one fo the required documents. I still didn't get started until very late, but it's something, Just like having a bad day of eating, I have to put the day to rest and give it another try tomorrow.

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Does it actually help, or is the general situation you're in seem to call for that? Kind of like Christmas without [fill in the blank]? Only it's not Christmas, it's just a super important project you're procrastinating?

As obi wan said (somewhat ironically) "only the sith deal in absolutes". I think piling up the pressure that this is going to cost you your job is possibly making it worse. It may be true, but the important thing is the outcome of the project, and not whether it may ruin your life/cause you to not be able to go on your trip. I don't know what the trip is, but I'll assume that it's not more important than holding onto your job? But would disappoint loved ones? That's a lot of conflicting pressures with you in the middle.

Well, hope I haven't read more into this than is there. Obviously, you know cookies aren't the answer or you wouldn't be posting. Not procrastinating is the answer. Wish I could help you out more there, but I'm not so great with that myself.

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First of all, deep breath. You can get this done even if the rest of your week will be somewhat nightmarish so you can meet your deadline. I know how much you've accomplished in terms of coming to a reasonable place in terms of your eating, so you're perfectly capable of applying that to your work project.

I know we all have our different comfort levels with the kind of food we eat, but maybe this is a time to consider a compromise with food--of going for convenience food that requires little to no preparation time that might not be the absolute best choice, but is better than diving head-first into a vat of cookie dough. There is a middle ground and if ever there was a time to tread it, this is it! I don't know what your usual meals are like, but I'll often pick up packages of pre-cooked chicken and ready-to-eat salads for times like these. Microwavable entrees by Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine or Amy's Organic are quick and easy and even most fast food places have options that are decent if you're really in a pinch.

I've felt similar anxiety from work and, without knowing the specifics of your situation, the best advice I can give is to tackle what you need to do one step at a time and try to work in short relaxation breaks as best you can to help you de-stress. You can do this!

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I am facing a terrible bout of anxiety about a work project that I wanted to finish before I leave on a 10-11 day trip at the end of this week. I keep not being able to sit myself down and do it. It has been years since I've had something this important to do (I can't go back to my job at the end of July if I don't finish) that I have procrastinated this much about. In the long ago past, I would have done it while eating packages of cookies and cookie dough, and those are starting to sound very good. I want so much to believe I can do this work without depending on the old supports, but I've gotten all the help I can from others on the project; the rest is stuff I am responsible for. It's starting to feel as if it's my job or my eating program and honestly, I am not in dire enough straits with food to sacrifice my job.

But I knowing I am seeing the situation as through smoke and trying to affirm for some clarity.

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well wishes to all. anja, i read your "we're all in this together," and it really touched me. i feel so desperately, desperately alone when i'm struggling the way i have been for a while now. i am not technically overweight, but i am far from where i want to be in terms of numbers, habits, and choices. sp is my main support for the weight and fitness portion of my journey, and i am utterly grateful for sp, its tools, information, and especially this team, but when i'm this low, i find it hard to breathe, let alone write. i applaud those willing to share their stories, in their times of challenge and in their times of triumph, and everywhere in between. thank you all for your courage, insights, and reminders that levity is indeed a good thing.

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talk about curveballs, indeed - upstate new york to arkansas!! and i know all about those farewell meals.

it is so good to read what others are saying, how others are coping. i didn't want to be one of those statistics of people who couldn't maintain for two years, and i'm hoping to be back at goal and maintaining well before what should have been my two year anniversary. we'll see…

good luck with the move!

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You are so totally not alone. LOTS of us are struggling, me included.

There is a whole section in the Big Page of Links all about how to approach that.

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See the part titled, "When you stumble."

I too find solace in reading the blogs of others who are also in the trenches, dealing with life's nasty curveballs. I'm in the middle of an unexpected relocation for work, from Upstate NY where I've lived for almost 15 years to central Arkansas. Talk about curveballs. All my things are currently on the truck, and I am crashing with a neighbor until I can start driving on Tuesday. The only thing I can reliably track at the moment is my weight every morning. With all of the "goodbye" meals out and at people's homes food logging is pretty much out the window. Exercise consists of walks and contra dancing when I can fit it in. So I'm in damage control mode. But I can say that reading MOBYCARP's recent post spurred me to try and reconstruct what I ate yesterday.

Hang in there. We're all in this together.

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In answer to the main question, I can't imagine. It seems successful techniques are highly individual,

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thanks, tina jane - your encouragement was one of the things that brought me back here, to read and find inspiration again

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If there's anything we can to help, Sue, just say the word. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, you are ALWAYS welcome here no matter how "deserving" you're feeling.
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so much helpful information here. i haven't dared to return to AGMTM because i thought i didn't "deserve" it; i managed to gain 15 lbs above goal. i stopped weighing myself daily (multiple times), and ate as though i were walking 10 miles/day (hello pistachio nuts, chips, and wine…).

but reading this thread, and some blogs by maintainers who have also struggled in the past few days, i realize there is more to help me get back on track here than i had initially thought.

my first steps are to return to tracking food, cutting out the wine (and the pistachio nuts and chips!), and sparking. especially sparking - to keep this top of mind.

thanks for being there...

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A good and thorough journal is my mainstay. It is secret, no one sees it but me, so I can be safely honest. It's a planner for the future and a reference for the past. I can see why I might have gained a pound one week, or what I made for dinner two months ago. It keeps me from mourning what I can't eat (what a wonderful way to put that!) because I can look and see what dinner will be and look forward to that. We don't gain weight from the air, but my memory can be selective, so seeing it all on paper is essential. For me my Food Plan IS my basic, and my planner/journal is the way I do my Food Plan, so getting back to basics means Food.

And since Food is the center of my life, why not?

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Think about what's going on in your life...do you believe this trend is physical or psychological?
Sometimes when we are under stress we unintentionally eat more or more of the wrong foods. Other times our bodies just hang on to weight for physical reasons...rebound from illness, over exercise or wrong food choices. For me it's usually the emotional thing. I get busy and start slipping in more food, then a little more carbs then a few more treats and before I know it I am back to JUNK! Slippery slope it is! I have to remind myself that my choices are my own free will. Sometimes I have to rest and "mourn" what I am missing. Then as TinaJane says, go back to the basics slowly. This takes diligence, persistence, and consistancy which takes a lot of energy. Just do not give up or quit. Resting up and regrouping is not failure. It's life. Live it to your fullest. Recall the reasons you started this journey. I hope things begin to fall back into place for you soon. Best wishes.

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Can you identify what's different between now and back when you were maintaining in the range you were happy with? Trying to copy what you were doing then could be a good place to start.

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I already work out strength training twice a week run three times a week calories range between 1300 and 1800 a day just not sure what else I can do


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What can we specifically help you with? Where do you feel like you're having the most trouble, eating well, exercising, managing emotional eating?

I personally find it most helpful to do a few things when I've been off track for a while:

1) I initially focus ONLY on getting my eating under control solely in terms of calories and trying to manage my stress without overeating. This is not a time for lofty goals for me.

2) I make getting enough sleep a priority.

3) Once those things are under control, I start to add back in other healthy habits that help me like regular gym exercise, eating cleaner, etc.

I often find that trying to take on everything at once is overwhelming. Breaking things down to their simplest form and building from there makes the task of getting back on track seem less daunting.

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I amdefinetly backsliding... heaviest I Have been in over a year.... need to get this thingfiguredout..... help help help....


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April 27th Harrison 5k time 31:21
May 30 Memorial Day Cadillac Rotary time 36:54 for 3.7 miles
June 8th Cadillac Diaper Dash 30:37

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I am preparing for my second 1/2 marathon in two weeks. I'm always in the maintaining mode when getting ready for a race. I have to be careful not to lose too much when I am running a lot. It's hard for me to eat enough, at times. I have to eat lots of mini meals. I hope everyone is maintaining or making progress. emoticon emoticon !

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Thank you for that helpful message!

Today is my birthday and I am alone. It is really hard not to go into emotional eating.

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Find the "happy medium." Don't revert back to old poor habits but incorporate some things you really like in moderation. Sounds like your body IS trying to tell you something....listen carefully! A few ideas...if you are "craving something deep fat fried you may need to add a little fat or richness to your diet. That however doesn't mean fried chicken and fast food on regular basis but perhaps an extra douse of olive or coconut oil or avacado or nuts. Maybe a little more richness or creaminess in sauces like cheese or light Alfredo. Perhaps a sweet treat to add richness to your fruit...light cream cheese filling or rich dark chocolate. Just beware not to hit a trigger for an eating frenzy and most certainly make a plan not a free- for-all. After eating really fresh and clean all day I like a hotter, richer dinner. Also after a super healthy weekdays I like a little something extra on the weekend. Even after a period of weightloss I have to sorta cycle my calorie intake to keep me satisfied. If you lost weight because you were not feeling well then I think you can expect your body to need a little gain. Trial and error! You can make this uncomfortable health issue work for you...best wishes.

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In October of 2013, I had some serious issues with GERD and now I feel much better. Besides getting my digestive health back, I have lost about 17 pounds. When I first joined Spark people, I was 5'2" and weighed 142 pounds. I wanted to get to 130 pounds and got there this January. Then the weight continued to go down. I got as low as 124. At that point, I noticed that I didn't feel quite myself. I don't know how to explain it but it seemed as though my body "wanted its fat back." I found myself shivering when it wasn't really that cold. It just felt weird.

Now I am starting to crave some of the foods I miss such as french fries and ice cream. High fat and fried foods are supposed to be bad for those with GERD and I can vouch for the pain they cause. So over the past few weeks, I've strayed a bit on the food. If I continue to do this, I know that my stomach will eventually hurt again.

I feel that I need some encouragement and support to keep on eating healthy foods even though my body seems to want something else!

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Personally I think another part of maintenance is learning that the number on the scale can fluctuate for a number of different reasons, and learning to follow the weight trends rather than stressing over that day's particular number. After some eating challenges last week I saw the scale move up 1.7 pounds; not a huge amount but still not in the right direction. This morning it was down slightly, indicating that I'm going back in the right direction.

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For many of us that is a big part of maintenance. We don't just sit idly on a number. One of my mantas on my Start goal board is " I am glad I have 10lbs to lose rather than 50!" And then reduce that number as needed. Focus and get it done! Back to basics. Same strategies that got you there in the first place. Keep in touch.

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Well the scale went up 2 more lbs over night yesterday and that finally does it. I am disappointed with myself that I quit maintaining and have been regaining my weight. So am back to trying to lose these extra pounds. I can justify, explain away, but that doesn't change the fact that I have regained. So here I go again....

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You sound like I do Allida, I know it is oly a few pounds I cannot lose, but I really am a goal oriented kind of person so it is important to meet or exceed the goals i have set. I am loving the things I have achieved, but know if I keep a positive attitude can maintain this new lifestyle and eventually reach my ultimate BMI goal.

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For me, being at goal means kind of bouncing around on the scale. I weigh every morning. If I am up by so much as a tick, it means no banana in my oatmeal that morning, no cream in my coffee. If I am under I can have the banana and the teaspoon of half and half. Neither one means I can actually use the gift card for Cold Stone Creamery. My day isn't really all that different either way, banana for a few days, no banana for a few days. Either way the days don't look all that different so no angst is involved. Why beat myself up over banana/no banana? My diet at goal is so similar to the diet I ate while losing, it just isn't worth getting tangled up over. There is no ceremony for hitting goal, no one came to my door with a giant check and confetti (don't I wish!), it was just the next day. But with a big smile!

And the At Goal challenges really help keep it all in perspective. It's so nice to have a challenge to Stay The Same.

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I'm not backsliding but I'm not really there yet. When I got my BMI under 25, I felt I was almost there, but looking in the mirror, I've still got quite a way to go till I get to a really healthy weight - about another 4 kilos, so lately I've been wondering whether it's a bit early to regard myself as transitioning rather than just still losing. It may sound as if I'm being too demanding of myself, but I accidentally found an awful "before" picture and compared it with now. I've only got rid of just over half of that big tum. I feel what I've done so,far is an achievement, but my work health check is coming up in about six weeks, and the better my health, the better my results will be. It will be nice to not to get the usual,warnings. emoticon

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That's the spirit! Focusing on what we haven't achieved instead of focusing on what we HAVE can be extremely demotivating. Just think about everything you can do now that you couldn't do when you were a size 16. Sure, there's a psychological boost that comes with reaching certain goals such as having that coveted healthy BMI, but will three pounds really make that much of a difference in terms of your overall health or even how you look? Probably not so much. Celebrate all of your success and keep on doing what you've done to get where you are now.

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I am almost at goal and have been almost at goal for about 5 months now. frustrating. I am not quite at my healthy BMI and that is the hard part. I am 51 and need to have another 3 pounds gone for a healthy BMI which is my goal. After reading a lot of these posts I am happier with my results. I need to focus o the fact that I am now a size 4 instead of a 16 and not on the fact that I have not been able to take off the last 3 pounds.

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Great thread everyone! Congrats on all maintenance stories and techniques. We are all so unique yet uncommonly common! Goals can be ever-changing but yes we are all maintaining. I am just so excited to check in here tonight. I am only now calling myself a maintainer since getting encouragement from others here about reaching or not quite reaching and changing or resetting goal higher or lower etc... I have lost 50 lbs over the last 3 yrs and maintained anywhere from 35 to presently back to -50 lbs for two years so I am MAINTAINING! How hard could I possibly make it on myself to finally say that!?!? Keep sparking!

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I've been maintaining for almost a year. When I hit my goal (162) I was happy to have a BMI of 23 and kept up with the way I was eating and exercising. Probably started moving even more. I've continued to lose weight and now consider a range of weight from 143 - 147 to be where I want to land. But, getting close to 162 would be a danger sign for me.

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Lisa--if I was still making headway, I'd keep going! I wouldn't let my BMI goe too low--but 23 would still be okay for an adult woman! Just don't go TOO low--we need a little fat on the bones as we get older! (I'm 57 so can say that!)

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Dianne - I am having a similar dilemma. I am 5'8" and my original goal was 155, which according to this morning's weigh-in I am .9 lbs away from achieving. I'm very, very happy about that, but wondering if I should continue working on losing another 5-10 pounds.

A big part of the motivation for me to keep going is that even though I am at a healthy weight and BMI for my height, I still feel like I have rubber tires around my middle. Smaller tires, but there nonetheless. I am aware that the tires may be due to age (I'm 52) and loose skin, so fat may not be the culprit and losing weight will not help all that much. I've also had a history of never feeling like I had arrived at a good weight and always feeling I needed to lose more. OTOH I am losing weight much more easily than I ever have before, so if I can reduce or eliminate the spare tires I think I'll appreciate taking the time to do so.

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Julie and Tina--thanks. I am healthy, able to do what I want, fit into a size 10 (will be more comfortable when I get back to 147 but still fit now) so I guess I should just aim for the 146-147 even though my HEAD wants 145! Thank you for saying what I sort of suspected but didn't want to quite face. I look pretty good, can do what I want/need to do and can exercise enough to really feel a good sweat.

I will aim to maintain at 147 for this challenge. Thanks for "permission" to celebrate 1 year of maintaining!!

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Great advice from Julie and, yes, you can ABSOLUTELY say that you are still maintaining. I think most of us bounce around and bounce a bit higher than we'd like to from time to time. As for the 5% challenge, I'm with Julie. How do you feel at your current weight? Are you satisfied with your energy levels, nutrition and activity? If the answer is "yes", why not just aim to stay put? If you feel like you'd still like to drop a few pounds, why not consider a more modest goal of, say, three pounds? You can tell the challenge leader that you're just three pounds away from your goal, so that's what you hope to achieve in the challenge instead of the usual 5%. i used to be a leader on one of the 5% challenge teams, so I know that would be okay if you communicate it to your leader in advance.

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dianne, i certainly don't think you SHOULD lose 5%; the question is whether you WANT to. without focusing on the scale number for a moment, i would consider these questions: do you FEEL good? do you feel healthy? do you feel comfortable in your body? are you getting the right (amount and kinds of) nutrients? are you able to do those things that you want to do? if you are feeling well, healthy, energized, comfortable, if you are intaking the right nutrients, then i think the scale number is less important unless you WANT to hit a lower goal. check what your intentions and motivations are and if they are constructive or ultimately unhelpful for your well-being. i would definitely say you are maintaining. congratulations for approaching your one-year anniversary. whatever you decide, i wish you continued success.

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Looking for advice from folks. I have been maintaining--well, supposedly--I want to be at 145-147 but crept up to 152. I'm back to 150--and about to start the 5% challenge. 5% would be 7.5 pounds and I don't think I can get to 142.5--those last couple of pounds just do NOT want to come off. Not sure what I'll be at by Saturday morning when we begin.

Can I say I am still maintaining? My 1 year anniversary is May 1--I declared that I was in maintenance as of that day cause I was "stuck" right around 146-145--and that is healthy BMI and goal.

Should I try to drop 5%? I am 57, have been running and have a 5K in May so I am training for that. Advice being sought!

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I like my Spark tracker. On a scale of 1-10 probably a 6/7. It's not all I thought it would be but have no regrets buying it. It is another tool that motivates me to log on to Spark and check out my data. I'm not vigilant about tracking my fitness as I am my nutrition. I exercise consistently always doing something but I do not base my eating on calories burned. I borrowed a friends fitbit for a couple of days about a year ago andDid not love it enough to buy one. That was before it was synced to this site. I liked some of its features more than the Spark gadget. The Spark tracker I think cost a little less and I figured if Spark put it out it would have less problems syncing and tracking and such. I also am a Sparker at heart and felt more compelled to try their product. There is a team or support of some kind here on Spark that I have visited and reviews are mixed. You might want to check it out and base your decision on people who sound the most like you. Best wishes and keep in touch.

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OHMEMEME: I've considered ordering the Spark Activity Tracker. Just curious as to how you like it. Do you feel it's worth they money you spent on it? Has it simplified tracking on SP fitness portion of the website? What pros and cons can you share with me?
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ravelgirly, there has been so much compassion and wisdom disseminated here, there is not much for me to add, except my wishes for you to find a balance that supports you body AND mind, and this: do not let yourself become b-12 (or ferritin) deficient! that could be very, very serious. please do what you need to do to get your levels up now, as the lower they fall, the harder it is for your body to function optimally and the harder to get those levels back up. tracking that number (i would repeat your blood work after you have made some changes), in my opinion, is as important right now as tracking food and fitness. emoticon as a matter of fact, you ARE doing it! and you are right--this team IS indeed a lifesaver! emoticon to all.

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Thank you SO MUCH for the support, encouragement, and advice. I can't put into words just how much it means to me. I was really in despair, feeling lost and alone. This team is a lifeline!

I realize from reading TINAJANE's blog and some of the team members' comments that daily weight fluctuations are really part of my stress. So I joined Weightgrapher and I'm going to use that to follow the trend. I think that will help reassure me as I try really hard not to be too strict with my food or exercise. Maybe this urge to binge (something I've never done in my life) will go away if I allow myself a treat once a week.

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These situations are really tough But with determination can be overcome. Remember a lot of this is a mind game. Theoretically it takes 3500 calories to make one pound and we also know there are other factors that can contribute to weight gain. One of my mantras is to eat logically. When I start obsessing too much over eating, losing, exercising, gaining...I remind myself to think logically. Consider all the variables. Adjust what I can, a sensible number of calories, best choices in a given situation, my feelings, desires...sometimes we have valid reasons for eating for comfort but cannot allow it to be an excuse to return to old habits. Each one of us has a different situation and approach. Just for myself my strategies change regularly. Some days focus is the most important component and others it's way too stressful inducing stress eating! Lol but really it's true! It was setting small goals and a learning process to stay on track to shed the weight and it is the same with maintenance. This is a great place to be for information, motivation, and inspiration.

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That makes perfect sense and is often where people have to evaluate what's worth it to them. Is staying the size you were in high school worth the potential stress of having to have a perfect diet and fitness routine or can you live with a few extra pounds if it means you can loosen up a bit? This is an important question that wlll help guide you towards what your long-term goal range should be and the level of restriction you're willing to live with. If you feel like you're starting to buckle under the pressure of having to be perfect, then maybe a slightly higher goal range is the better choice.

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OHMEME, thank you for letting me know I'm not alone in the runaway train style cravings during PMS.

PAMAPPLE, I don't know that I'm low on anything because I've been working hard to hit my macronutrient/micronutrient goals every single day. Plus I started taking a good multivitamin two weeks ago. Perhaps there's something to that though because I've been craving a hamburger like crazy (haven't had one for at least 9 months) and my doctor did say I'm a bit low on B-12 and ferritin (can be a early warning sign of iron deficiency).

TINAJANE, your advice sounds very reasonable and wise. Thanks for sharing what works for you. I have been maintaining for just under 3 months so it's still new to me.

Maybe I do need to just have one meal where I don't try to make perfect nutritional choices. I've been trying so hard to make sure that every single thing I put in my mouth is nutritionally perfect. I've been super strict with myself since bumping my calories up to the 1400-1450 zone. I keep accidentally ending up below my calorie goal. But I worry that staying this weight - the size I was in high school- will take perfection, both nutritionally and fitness-wise. Does that make sense?

My husband bought me a small package of M &Ms (package is 2 servings of 220 cal each) last week because I was craving them. It's still in the pantry because I'm scared that if I open that bag, I will eat 440 calories of M & Ms in less than five minutes.

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Sometimes, when I am still having a craving, and I am trying to limit or abstain from sugar or other junk food, I think back to see if I have had enough nutrients like calcium. If I haven't, then I will have something like plain greek yogurt with a little stevia and cinnamon, which will stop the craving for sugar. Sometimes, I will check my nutrition tracker to see if I have enough nutrients, and eat or drink something containing the nutrient I am low in, and it usually satisfies a craving. Hang in there and experiment, and use your conscience to guide you along the way.

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That same PMS monster visits me too! I too am better off without sugar most of the time. As for sweets and desserts...however, if I don't occasionally include them, it in turn leads to a binge. PLAN it. Even if it's two pieces. But I try to eat it after my meal. That way the protein helps balance the blood sugar and I am not so hungry that I want the whole **** thing. It's a slippery surface...even so.

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Deep breath. Okay, I understand where you're coming from. I was in a total panic when I first reached goal and it took me several months before I was able to loosen up even just a bit. And it does get tiring to have to worry about every bite that we put in our mouths and always being so disciplined and restrictive. Some people can do it long term, even happily, but if I had to constantly live in a state of total restriction, I'd go mad. Everyone is different and what's worked for me so far may not work for you, but I can suggest a few things.

The first step I would suggest is trying to add those extra 100 calories. If you can't stomach that, start with 50. Give it a few weeks and don't panic if you see a slight blip. I can say with almost absolute certainty that 50 extra calories a day is not going to make you gain all of your weight back, so be patient with the process.

The second thing you might want to consider--and I know this doesn't work for everyone--is giving yourself permission to have one meal a week where you don't have to worry about measuring, tracking or the quality of what you're eating. I've been doing this pretty much since I started losing weight and I still managed to get off everything I wanted to. I've done it all through maintenance and I'm still within range. It took me a while to get those meals under control so they were reasonable and not total free for alls, but eventually was able to. I also initially struggled with being able to get myself back on track the next day, but am now much better at that as well. These meals give me something nice to look forward to every week and planning them makes me really happy. I choose things that I really love and are special and don't waste the calories on things that are silly to me like Cheetos or candy bars. It also gives me just enough of a break from my usual vigilance to make being vigilant the rest of the time worth it. Yeah, maybe I'm bribing myself with food, but it works for me.

Good luck and stay strong. This process is worth it and there are ways that we can make things more manageable and pleasurable for ourselves without wrecking all of our progress.

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I need some words of wisdom please. I'm feeling like I am going to do something dumb. I am so tired of just a bite of my husband's dessert now and then. Tired of constantly tracking and measuring and restricting. I restrict sugar because I honestly feel better without the inflammatory effects and it's also a trigger food for me. I can't have just one cookie so it's easier to have none. But lately I've been feeling like I'm going to lose control and have a big time sugar binge. I am PMSing which makes it harder but I'm so afraid if I lose control even once that it will be the beginning of the end.

I'm scared. Scared to relax even enough to add 100 calories to get to the 1500 calories my doctor wants me to eat.

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@DAWNDMOORE40, I think that's one of the big "secrets" of long-term maintenance. We all slip from our healthy behaviors from time to time, but the difference is that we try not let one or even a few bad eating sessions totally derail our efforts.

@SUNNYBEACHGIRL, stay strong, do the best you can given your circumstances and let us know if you need anything else!

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I just have to confess that I ended up letting chocolate get the best of me last night. I have learned that when you "go off the wagon" so to speak, that you are't a failure. I got right back on track today and I feel great! I plan on getting about 40 minutes of cardio this morning and eating right so that I can feel better about my body. I hope everyone has had a great week! Keep up the good work and let's stay strong together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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