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12/21/09 10:45 A

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welcome to the club old mom... maintaining is scary for all of us... but it gets easier with time.

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I'm doing just fine, but I realize it can't continue. What I mean is I hit the lowest weight I have been in over 32 years. Soon I must stop losing weight. I've officially been on maintenance for 10 months, but I've lost at least 1/2 a pound every month. I think maybe 2 more pounds would be fine. Actually, my BMI is 21, so I'm not underweight. Maintaining kind of scares me. Time will tell.

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Me too. This gray, cold, drizzly weather doesn't help my outlook very much. You are correct about the wii. It has basic and is now beginning to add specific exercises. However, they are more advanced than I am ready for at the moment, but I am hoping the day will come. I a already can do more than I have ever imagined. I just received the DVD from Spark Fit, Firm, and Fired up and thought I might give that a try. After treating a sinus infection I now am treating fluid in the ear which is making me dizzy and the medication is making me tired. I am so ready for the old "routine". Who would have ever guessed?lol
I really appreciate all of your suggestions.
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12/11/09 6:35 P

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I read recently that the Fitness Tracker now has Wii!

Somewhere.

Enjoy your weekend. I am praying for warmer weather, lol.

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I appreciate all of the informatiion. Like everything it will take some adjustment time and a bit of "tweaking". The most difficult part, will possibly getting the exercise down. I will often do work on wii fitness or will likely forget to add something I don't consider activity. The Spark Tracker has some things which I may be able to transfer as I will likely be using both anyway.
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You're very welcome. We're all in this together and together we will be victorious!

I used to do the calorie deficit manually
www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
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but the chart takes only minutes and I am done.

You can do this!

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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Thank you for the information. I wasn't aware of a calorie deficit tracker. It sounds interesting. I track about everything there is to track and might find a new tool useful. I will try and remember to check on this.
Have a good evening.

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12/10/09 7:23 A

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I understand as a walker myself being unable to get out there in this awful cold and wet.

Best advice is make sure your Fitness Goals are up-to-date so you're recommended calorie range will be more accurate.

I track my calorie deficit on a daily basis (I use the chart from the By The Numbers spark team) to keep my calories in check.

If you don't wish to calculate daily (or weekly) then the only other alternative I know of is to make sure about the fitness goals in your Fitness Tracker. Nothing is 100% but it helps to stack the deck in your own favor.

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This year I have had some rough spots, and haven't been able to be very active. I have kept my calorie level at the low end. However, I would often notice I would underestimate and not get in everything I should. My weight, understandably has increased, but within what I have determined to be "acceptable" until some normalcy returns. I am not really certain what my optimal range should be during the winter. I have been gathering potential activities to do, but as a walker my motivation isn't as high. Now, after all the verbosity my nagging question is that would actually eating a bit more help? I am within the limits of my range, but have developed that dangerous mindset. I began this to remain healthy with a good quality of life, and I fear I could lose this getting caught up in detail.

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11/21/09 5:35 P

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I find "Toning" videos to be helpful but nothing is 100%, Mom.

Welcome back to the program WindSurfNerd! Yes, this is a lifetime commitment.

You can do it!

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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11/21/09 4:31 P

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backsliding, definitely. I've gained weight and my clothes are 'talking to me' so I've rededicated myself to my running routine and resigned myself to tracking food again...sigh.

it's good to be back amongst Sparkers, though! :)

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I've officially been maintaining since March 2009, but actually I've lost at least a few ounces every month. My body fat percentage is too high, but my BMI is 21.8, 5'6", 133.4 lbs, 60 years old. I am doing a SparkPeople strength training program 6 days a week, two days on each of 3 areas. I think it is time to truly quit losing weight, although I would like to continue losing fat and gain muscle. One of my obstacles is a sore right knee.

After gaining back what I have lost over and over again, if anyone has a suggestion for obtaining a maintenance mindset, please speak up.

If anyone has gained muscle at or after age 60 or with a bad knee, share your tips with me.

If anyone has some specific suggestions on nutrition to help with the transition from losing to maintaining, I'm all ears.

Thank you.




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Thank you Jen for pointing out that this is a "rest of my life" lifestyle change.

I am sorry to learn of your injury and surgery! I do hope you mend soon.

It is too easy to fall off the wagon. Maybe by posting you will now be able to get back on track.

We're here for you!

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hey guys. some of your stories sure are inspirational.

i have almost been maintaining for 2 years then i started to back slide big time this summer. injury, surgery then i can't seem to get back on track. i am up 10 lbs from my normal maint range. frustrated with myself and poor food choices i can't seem to stop. still on track with my fitness. just needed to vent.

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THANK YOU SOO MUCH LEELYN2. I appreciate your comments. Living life & eating right is just a matter
of KNOWING WHAT TO DO. Once you learn the basics, it
gets a lot easier. Hope I can be of some help on this wonderful team. Good Luck & God Bless.
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You REDGRAMA are an inspiration beyond mere inspiration!

"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological."
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58 YEARS OLD, GOSH LINDA, I'm not sure I belong on
this team. It's been A LONG TIME SINCE I SAW 58.
Thanks for asking me to be a co-leader. It will be my
pleasure to give it a try. Back to the weight, yes
I'M am maintaing & I have been at 110 pounds for over
50 years. It's not always easy, but you have to make it a part of your healthy life style routine. Day in day out. Until it becomes second nature, just like
breathing. I track every thing I put in my mouth every day. Even tho I know the calories to all the foods I eat. It keeps me accountable. I splurge a
couple of times a month, but with all the exercixe,
walking, weights, yoga, pilates, treadmill ect. I burn it off. So if you cheat, better work harder the next day.
Good luck & God bless.
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You're doing great HORSECRAZYGAL!

At almost 58 I am with you re: health insurance and the lack of same.

I need to stay as healthy as possible.

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I have been away for awhile & feeling down about some serious backsliding. But I have been steadily losing again & have some more positives in my life. Losing 2 more pounds will get me back into the 120's & feeling like I have more control. Exercising has been the hardest part for me-when I'm depressed I really don't want to do anything. But I got my Friday workdays back, so that means another day of movement, & as long as I don't overeat, that change should show up soon. I would be happy to lose another 6 pounds by the end of the year-at 60-I've learned to pace myself & since I have no health insurance I have to make sure that I don't get hurt.

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Thanks for your input Russ!

I too would be totally lost without SparkPeople and the message boards.

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Great topic.

For me, I draw a distinction between "backslide" and "hopping around my range." I've been playing it pretty fast and loose these last few weeks, and honestly have been fighting to keep weight on. Now that life is back to normal (heh heh), my normal routine's resurfaced.

For me, I start to worry when I'm an emotional basketcase and the scale keeps going up. When I feel like I'm drowning in chaos.

And things for me aren't that great right now -- but luckily I've held on to that my eating/fitness are part of who I am now. Part of me just wants to quit all this, grab a random job with an actual income, and just enjoy New Orleans and keep working out.

But I know better. And when things are nuts, that's the time it's *most* important to give yourself a place to stand.

In terms of support, honestly this board is my saving grace. That folks are real, have a blast and yet also don't dodge the tricky questions about life post-weight ... you can't ask for much more than that.

Just seeing folks engaged in the subject and with each other does me more good than you could possible imagine. It's what helps me fight the good fight.

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Re: loose skin discussion | I've looked into this quite a bit. There are a few factors, like age, that can allow some skin to be reabsorbed. Emphasis on the words "can" and "some," but it never completely goes away. Muscle toning can help minimize it visually, but bottom line -- if you want it gone, it's to the surgeon you go.

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@ray: I'm not arguing with you. I don't know why you feel that I am being negative. In fact, I'm pretty happy with myself and my weight loss journey, such as it is.

All that I requested, originally, is that you not make statements that were not true, which was the body absorbing the excess skin issue.

Enough said about that already...

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Oh wow Jen, I was 210! We were practically sisters!!

I used to get depressed about the flap under my arm - until the day I realized it hasn't gotten bigger! It stays about the length of my thumb and my arms went from over 15" down to about 12"

For that we need to work the triceps muscles (this I learned through the Fitness Forum here at SP) and I do when I remember to.

WTG on selling your old fat clothes! You are not going to wake up at 220 again unless you go back to your old habits.

Do I eat cake? Occasionally, but I am rarely tempted these days to eat cakes and cookies. It has to be really special and then I do portion it.

You can do this. We do not have to put the weight back on; it is not inevitable.

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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Hi - You are all so inspiring in reaching your goal weights and maintaining. I'm really glad this topic's been introduced; there are days, and will probably be more of them in a few months with the holidays, when I feel panicked and feel like regaining all the weight I lost is almost inevitable. I held a yard sale this weekend and finally got rid of all my clothes that are too big now (ranging from larger 10's through size 20's!) so that's a step in the right direction. But every time I gain a few pounds, as I have this summer, I start to imagine I'm just going to wake up one morning back at 220... Sigh.

As for loose skin, I have more than my share, too. I sure don't think it's going anywhere. I'm youngish (if one considers 34 young) and strength train and drink water and moisturize, etc, etc. and it's stayed where it is. In the end, though, it's a nice reminder that all that loose skin used to be stretched tight over a layer of fat. All the stretch marks my daughter left me with pretty much killed the chances of a bikini modeling career anyway (note: that's a joke; there was never a bikini modeling career in the cards to begin with!)

Thanks again for starting this topic!

Jen

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Thank you Susie! I think you have a very good trainer!

@donkey, I am not going to argue with you. Believe what you want and I will just keep plodding along since I have no complaints with my body. I like my body at 120, jiggle and all. I have never had children, just not blessed in that part of life.

I was recently given a pretty darn good exercise book put out by prevention and it targets the abs, thighs and butt. Would it help you? I have no idea, but I like the way the exercises for the inner thigh feel and I will continue to do them.

I also moisturize. I know, you will tell me it won't help. But it feels good and that is all that matters to me.

Negativity is counterproductive so I choose to remain positive about my skin shrinking. And I am going to continue to keep my body hydrated, inside and outside.

I am going to continue to enjoy life and living. I hope you do the same.

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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I asked my trainer this evening about our chat topic. One suggestion he had was to be sure we're all drinking enough water (if we're following SP plans, that shouldn't be a problem). Dehydrated skin will not contract properly -- just pinch your hand skin and see if it stays pinched or pulls back to where it should be. I've watched the nurses check for dehydration on elderly patients this way ... Anyway, one more piece of the puzzle.

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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I didn't say that you said we wouldn't be left with extra skin; my contention is that you said extra skin would be absorbed into the body.

My goal weight is 130. I managed to get down to 116 last summer. I am now at 143. While I am physically uncomfortable at this weight, if I try to be objective, I think I look better at this weight. Unlike at 130 or 116, I have breasts and a nice round butt. I didn't have much of that at 130 and none of that at 116.

It seems to me that whether I am at 143, 130 or 116, no matter what, my "problem areas" are always going to be problem areas, whether the area is filled out with fat tissue or left with the flabby skin issue: Especially true of the abs section (2 big pregnancies left me with a LOT of extra skin) and inner thigh -- where I seem to hoard fat.

I've done a lot of cardio, I've done heavy weight training... not much seems to change. The thighs are genetic -- all the women in my family have them. The loose skin in the abs is due to pregnancies.

I don't think my extra skin will be absorbed by the body.

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I am 20 years older than you so my flab is most likely worse than yours. At 58 gravity is not the kindest thing to the body.

I never said anyone "won't be left with extra skin," but I honestly cannot remember how much extra skin I had at 210 lbs - can you remember your flabby parts before you lost all your weight? My DH assures me that I had plenty of flab at 210 and it didn't look any better then, even if full of fat.

I did manage to get to within 1 lb of my goal weight of 117 and for me at least, the only problem reaching it was having to adjust my caloric intake for my calories burned daily. I am sorry if you feel your problem is 5 lbs of "extra skin/fat" that can't be lost. Since I didn't have that problem, I am unsure how to reply to it. Are you using Calorie Deficit Calculations to balance calories in vs. calories out? That worked for me since August 2008 and I have only had 2 plateaus, each lasting 2 weeks.

The first I had to start walking a little every night. The second I had to increase my daily calories by 400 calories to continue losing.

I have no idea if this is your problem but I am willing to try to help you if you are stuck in a plateau.

I can tell you I have visited many many spark pages where people have lost 100+ lbs and they have "hard bodies" without surgery. But they worked very hard at it with major strength training. I do believe that most of us can achieve what we set out to achieve if we are willing to go the extra effort.

Personally, I don't care to be muscular. I am just really happy to have reached my goal weight and am accepting the fact that I was advised to regain 5 lbs and am still working at achieving that new goal weight.

There is a big difference between being 58 and 38 - at 38 maybe your needs are a lot different from mine.

If I can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to ask.

Hugs,
Linda

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It's not so much that the wording upset me. Please, there are more things in this world to be upset about.

However, I do think it's misleading to say to people that they won't be left with extra skin or "flab" (which is excess, shrunken skin and fat cells) because the body can reconcile that. It can, but only to a point. At some point, surgery MAY be necessary.

Then again, I would think that would depend on the goal of the individual. As you said, "I am in a size 4, so what?" Right!

But others may be frustrated by the extra flab wondering, "why won't this go away????" Or I would even go so far as to venture, "why can't I lose these last 5lb???" when those "5lb" are extra skin/fat and really can't be lost.

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Please forgive me if my wording upset you this much.

I am not a doctor. I am just a fat lady finding the thinner inner me.

I phrased it the way it was said to me. I really don't care if my cells shrink or absorb back in - I am just really glad to be rid of 90 lbs that I was getting tired of lugging around.

One person even said the excess skin will be used by the body as fuel. No doubt this too would upset you as being incorrect.

Does it really matter as long as the skin is sort of keeping up with the newer size of the body?

Anyone tacky enough to tell me I have sagging skin will be told, "I am in size 4's. So what."

@Susie, thank you very much for the additional information! I remember a lady from my past (20+ years ago) that had the stomach-bypass surgery and the excess belly skin removed. I also remember she was told never to regain the weight because the skin would not stretch to cover again (that is just the way I heard it) and she unfortunately did regain a huge amount of weight. I understand she really had trouble. But we moved about that time so I lost touch with her.

Same thing with my DH's nephew and his stomach stapling - he regained the weight and it almost killed him when the staples came undone inside him somehow, causing him to almost bleed to death internally. Very scary stuff. (to my knowledge he did not have skin removal surgery.)

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The gal who told us about growing more skin cells, not just stretching them, did have surgery on her tummy (8" of overlap all the way around her middle --which she called an "apron"), arms (from armpit to elbow), breasts, and thighs. I'm sure not an expert, and appreciate the articles Linda found. I have been working 2x/week with a trainer, and lost 35+ lbs since end of January ... know there is still some fat -esp tummy area - and body fat % is higher than I want (I'm still at about 27%). I guess time will tell -- I hope it's correct that the weight training will tighten skin, too -- but I'm not too worried about it, since my loss was relatively minor compared to many of you. I'm thankful I've stopped the gaining, and gotten back to a healthy state. If I end up being a bit saggy, oh well. I can wear very flattering clothes and don't hide in baggy things any more. I'm happy!

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OK, the skin firms up, but the cells do not get reabsorbed into the body. That is just not so.

Again, it is as with the fat cells. They shrink but they do not go away.

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Here are the links I found in just a few minutes of searching:
www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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www.sparkpeople.com/dietforums/archi
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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I am sure there are more, but they can't all be wrong. But it does take time. I was advised the year I go into maintenance my skin will start firming up again. This is not to say I will be toned and I have to eat properly and the right amount to fuel my body.

**edited to add: I lost 90 lbs in 16 months and while I do have loose skin, I am able to wear shorts and a spaghetti strap top without worrying about 90 lbs of extra skin hanging around.

90% of my exercise was walking and using the Walk Away The Pounds videos. I can wear bikini panties, I'm just not comfortable in them yet. But they don't roll down and I don't fall out the bottom.

I watched to lose no more than 2 lbs weekly on average. The closer I got to goal, the more I slowed down. I will be 58 in 2 months so I am no spring chicken myself.

This really can be done.

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Skin cells being reabsorbed into the body??? That doesn't sound right!

Also keep in mind, when we gain weight as adults, our body makes more fat cells. Even after we lose weight, we still hold the excess fat cells. They are just not as big as they used to be. But they are always ready to get bigger.

Just as I remain skeptical about "skin cells being reabsorbed into the body", the fat cells that our body makes when we gain weight do NOT go away. We are stuck with them unless they are removed surgically.

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Interesting, if a bit discouraging Susie.

Did that lady say anything about her extra skin?

All the articles here say that when we lose slowly, a lot of the excess skin will be absorbed back into the body.

Thanks!

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Good morning. Thought I'd share something I heard recently. The lady who came and did a humor night for our ladies at church had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago. Some of her humor/story naturally involved that process. What surprised me was this: she said that our skin doesn't STRETCH when we gain weight, because too-thin skin won't protect us like it's supposed to. Instead, our body 'grows more skin' as it's needed. And so, when we lose weight, that additional skin is there. I'm sure there is some elasticity in the skin(which we lose as we age), but overall, once we grow it, it's ours! Sometimes when I'm 'feeling fat' I realize it is actually the loose tummy skin that is anoying me. Undies with some spandex help; mostly I just focus on the great progress I've made and ignore the too-loose areas. Like the AA prayer -- Change what I can and accept what I can't.

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loose skin here too even after a year and a half of maintenance.

The first few months of maintaining were relativity easy for me. its when you think you have it down and you stop being hypervigilent is when suddenly the weight starts sneaking back on.

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I am sure you are going to do ok Susie - mainly because you are worried enough to be vigilant.

My main reason to try to eat the right amounts is so my body comes off diet-mode and the skin can start firming up again. I have enough loose skin to cover everybody, lol.

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Thanks for this new topic, Linda -- I think it will be helpful. I'm maintaining (about 4-6 weeks?) but haven't really changed overall eating much. I don't WANT to lose more, but am not hungry, and it's hard to eat more just because the range is higher. I do find that in special circumstances (today I did a 5K fundraiser walk), I feel I can 'splurge' (ate 2 cookies & a burger) on things I am not eating usually. I hope that those splurges will not tempt me to get off track; need to make sure they are not happening often!

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Nope. It definitely isn't just you, lol.

You can use any weights, not just the ball weights.

You can even use a water bottle or canned goods. Anything that adds about 1-2 lbs in each hand.

I really have fun with my WATP videos and I have about a dozen now. Some become favorites.

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Interesting, I have just gotten the walk away the pounds ultimate DVD. In a few days I should have the ball weights to add.
I have noticed some fluid retention and have an infection. Like all people watching that scale I hope when my body heals I will be in better overall balance. I have so many trackers and journals going, but my changing lifestyle has made it difficult to be as rigid as I had been. I, too, think this site will be extremely helpful. At the very least it is nice to know that "it isn't just me"


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I too use the calories from SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker but I also use from www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
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for other activities like housework. I found the closer I am to goal the more I must count all activities as I fine-tune my caloric needs.

I use the chart from By The Numbers Spark Team and watch my calorie deficit closely. I don't obsess but I do try to keep it close to zero. One day up, the next day down. I don't burn the same amount every day.

@HungryWoman2, I use Walk Away The Pounds to keep my metabolism going. I am focusing more on Strength Training although I am still lacking consistency. I think obsessing on the scale is something we are all going to have to deal with.

This is a good topic I think. We will all learn and benefit from each other.

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1400-1700 is my estimated weekly calorie burn. i don't know that its 100% accurate, as i don't have an HRM. its what SP estimates for me based on my cardio. emoticon

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I am so glad to find a dialogue concerning an issue that has been a plague to me for the last two years. 2 years ago I decided I was gaining too much and decided I needed to lose 10 lbs. My preferred weight would be five pounds less, which seemed quite improbable. To make a long story short, I reached that preferred weight and actually kept losing. I began to be concerned about how to balance calories out and calories in. Forward another two years, and I averaged two extra pounds, but my clothes indicated no change. I actually gained some muscle. I was, and probably am a bit under recommended weight, but am the weight I was throughout my younger years. However, my mindset is obsessed with the scale number and I am having difficulty accepting it. I am still searching for that weight and perhaps should accept where I am. I will gain two to three pounds a day and then they will go in a day or two. I am seriously considering weighing only once per week (if I can.) emoticon
There has been a great deal of stress, I haven't been able to be as active, and my metabolishm fluctuates a great deal. It was so much easier to lose the initial weight. I know from experience if I just continue doing the right things I somehow manage to do ok. I just need to find that balance and work on accepting what is.

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How do you know you burn 1400-1700 calories? Is that with each workout or in total?

If your weight is fluctuating a pound or 2, that's pretty much normal. Especially since it still goes down after a couple of days. Up and down is pretty normal. It's when it stays up that you've reached your limit.

I would keep adding 50 calories a week until you feel you're at a good spot for yourself. You will know it by the way you feel.

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hey everyone!
so i have been maintaining a weight of 113-115 lb. since i've been in maintenance for a couple of months now. at first, i was VERY nervous to increase from eating in the upper 1300 range to SP's recommended maintenance range for me: 1580-1940. those numbers seemed so high to me!!
however, i finally just sucked it up, and started gradually increasing by about 50c. a week. right now, i'm averaging between 1520-1580ish. once or twice a week i'll get into the mid to high 1600s, and i'll see a bit of a gain on the scale. usually a few ounces, sometimes a pound..it goes back down when i go back to the 1500s.
i know i'm probaby overanalyzing this, i just am still struggling to find my 'sweet spot' for maintenance. i would love to hear opinions on this? is the gain probably water weight from jumping too high, calorically, from one day to the next? normal for maintenance?
surely, 1600 isn't my ceiling? it doesn't SEEM like it could be, considering SP's range, and on almost every other site, supposedly i could eat up to 2000+ and still maintain..
oh, and i work out about 4 days a week, and burn between 1400-1700 calories. any help is appreciated!! thanks! emoticon

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Great idea!! None of us wants to be a "backslider" and if it's happening, a hand to help haul us back on track would be very much appreciated!!

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I think having a place, such as this thread, to go to when a person is backsliding, would be very helpful. Sort of a "help save me from myself" sort of safety net to come and gain perspective.

I WAS backsliding but now I think I'm back on track. I'm just sayin'... mainly for future reference :-)

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There are many members in this wonderful team who are maintaining their goal weights.

There are also some who have regained the weight.

If you are having difficulties, please tell us how we can help you get back on track.

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