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4/20/13 10:05 A

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That sounds like a good, effective plan that you can live with, Jen. Very sensible. Even more important is that evening treat, if it keeps you away from binging. I in effect binged a little (not a lot) on the eggplant dish. I just ate it with abandon, and guess what, gained weight. But now it and the poundage are going away.

Today's challenge: a bluegrass, BBQ, and chili bash, with a homemade ice cream joint on the way home. Uh oh. emoticon

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4/20/13 7:06 A

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Down another pound since yesterday! Only 1.8 lbs until my pre-Easter weight. :)) I'm not that hung up on the numbers though. I just like that it will put me right in the middle of my maintaining range and give me leeway either direction. I haven't even been eating less. I've been averaging 1500 cals (w/one day at 1800) which is approximately my BMR + light activity and just relying on exercise and extra spring activity (walks, hikes, gardening) to burn the binge weight.

I may give it one more week of what I have been doing this last week and then start to cut back on my cardio and maybe incorporate another rest day to have 2 per week. Of course, I still plan on remaining active those days. My plan has been to cut down from burning 2000-2500 cals through planned exercise per week to 1700-2000. Especially since I'm far more active in the spring/summer/fall than in the winter. That way I can put more emphasis on my strength training and finally get some proper rest days in for muscle repair. I have a terrible habit of overtraining. I'll also probably increase my cals by 100 per day in the next few weeks. Slowly tweaking and monitoring to find my balance for long term maintenance. It's so exciting to be starting this chapter! I'll keep everyone posted and hopefully I've kicked those binges in the behind. Treating myself in evening has kept me from feeling deprived (I've discovered that pumpkin and peanut butter combo recipes are to die for and keep me quite satiated. My kids love them too, we just had PB and Pumpkin French toast this morning) and thank goodness Halloween is still a ways away. ;)

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/20/2013 (07:16)

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4/19/13 1:54 P

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That's great to hear, JennI! Keep it up!

I, however, have been very naughty with Pringles and that eggplant + meatball dish. I'm only 1.5 lbs below goal, and I'd rather be 4-5 below. I've hidden the Pringles from sight, and the eggplant is nearly gone, so I'll go back to normal eating now!

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4/19/13 8:19 A

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Double ugh...more mindless eating. I know this is a habit I can break. What's stopping me?

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4/19/13 7:49 A

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Well it's day 5 with no overeating! Woohoo! Although I've been allowing myself a nice dessert after dinner, it seems to be working at keeping me from feeling deprived and then binging. I've been taking lots of hikes and walks on top of my regular exercise routine since it's been slightly warmer. Yesterday was in the mid 70's and humid, unsettled weather. Lots of storms blew through in the late afternoon and evening. But we managed to get out in the early afternoon and take a few hikes at various nature reserves for a total of 90 minutes (it was my rest day from my exercise routine).

Anyways, I didn't weigh myself since my last day of overeating on Sunday. I usually weigh every day and want to break the habit, I don't want to base how I feel going into the day by the number on the scale. I did weigh this morning and I'm down 1/2 lb since I weighed before I overate. That's progress! I feel like my stomach looks back to normal now too, not bloated looking. I'm still not back at my pre-Easter weight but I feel I look about the same. So I'm quite content where I'm at.


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4/18/13 9:30 A

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I rarely get hit with a craving, but I got hit with one for meatballs and eggplant parm! Bill obliged by making a pan so huge that we had to invite the neighbors and are eating it ourselves for two more dinners. I way overdid on it last night, but it will be out of my system soon!

Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 4/18/2013 (09:32)
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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

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"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
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4/18/13 7:51 A

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Ugh, too much mindless eating last night.

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I'm getting geared up for my summer hikes. I'll be able to maintain, and maybe lose a little extra.



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4/17/13 12:52 A

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SKYVALLEYGAL I want to congratulate you on reaching your goal. That's a tremendous accomplishment, and you should be very proud of yourself. Keep up the great work.

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I finally found the maintenance team! I hit my goal weight of 145 several weeks ago and have since hit what I call my ultimate goal weight of 140. The last couple of weeks I have conitnued to drop a little at the time and am now hovering around 138. I was determined not to panic unless I hit 135. I am 5'9" so I really don't want to go much lower. So many of the comments I've read here have made me realize this is normal. Thanks to IM 4 ahealthy BMI (I hope I got that right) for the links to learn how to figure out what my calorie intake should be. I will certainly be using that. I am happy to be a part of this team and hope to continue to maintain.

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4/15/13 11:29 A

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Thank you very much for the encouragement Celia.

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4/15/13 7:25 A

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emoticon Mike! emoticon

Pooh, thanks for mentioning the weather. I feel like Jennilacey lately, and part of what I'm feeling is that external things are not right. Other than a couple of really nice, warm days, this spring has been cold and windy or cold and wet. I'm not normally a hot weather person, but my brain has made the shift and feels confused by the prolonged cold. Now that I see the problem, I can take steps to deal with it.

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So true.... you have no idea... I thought that could be part of the reason. It's been a nasty April here and I am a huge outdoor person. I've been bored out of my mind this month. The rain and cold is never ending. I've been still trying to get out and garden and go for nature hikes (inbetween downpours) but it hasn't been very pleasant out, it's been grey, dreary, chilly and depressing. :(


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4/14/13 8:07 P

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JENNI PART OF YOUR ISSUE MAYBE WEATHER RELATED. I LIVE IN MARSHFIELD AND THIS WEATHER SINCE EASTER HAS MANY OF US FRUSTRATED AND BACKSLIDING. I KNOW IT IS AFFECTING ME AND HOW I'VE BEEN EATING TOO. I WISH I HAD A ANSWER FOR YOU BUT STRUGGLING ALSO, AND I KNOW PART IS LACK OF ABILITY TO GET OUT AND EXERCISE IN THIS VARIED WEATHER WE ARE GETTING.

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


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Thanks for the reply. My ideal weight according to most calculators is 102-106 lbs. I'm 5'2 with a small frame so I am not below my ideal weight.

Yeah, I've been trying that... I plan out everything I'm going to eat days in advanced, I've done that my entire time losing. :/ I keep telling myself I'm going to loosen up but there I am again the next day meal plotting, planning, balancing macronutrients etc. But ever since around Easter, I con myself into having chocolate (luckily it's gone now) and then before I know it I'm out of control and stuffing my face. Coning myself into more and more because "I've already gone this far, I might as well make it worth it..." ugh. Then a couple nights ago I got creative and spread peanut butter on graham crackers and topped it with dark chocolate chips and went crazy with those.

I usually allow myself a little treat after dinner. Some modified "healthy" dessert and I haven't been lately because I feel guilty after all that chocolate. So last night (and I have one planned for tonight) I had Greek yogurt mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder some reduced fat cool whip, bananas, natural chunky peanut butter (PB is one of my favourite things in the world) and 2 crumbled up reduced fat graham crackers on top. I waited awhile after dinner and then sat back and savoured it, took little bites and made it last. It totally did the trick and I felt no need for seconds, thirds, fourths! So I'm going to do the same thing tonight and try to plan a healthy "treat" to look forward to after dinner to keep me off. I also make some wicked black blean brownies that are low in sugar that I add Greek yogurt, fat free cream cheese and mashed banana to. I'm planning on making a batch of chickpea blondies in the next day or two. I'm hoping that this is what was working for me before and will keep me on track.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/13/2013 (14:22)

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4/13/13 10:50 A

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Jenni, I know you're going to get a lot of good advice here. Losing that much weight successfully (and getting as ripped as you are now!) can be very seductive. It looks as if you've gone below your ideal weight. Been there, done that myself. Because of that, you might be reacting to overcontrol of your food intake by going in the extreme opposite direction. Try to find a happy medium, adding in 100-200 "good" calories a day, rather than binging. I'd look for some food (other than chocolate) that you've been missing, and add in a bit of that instead.

I know, easier said than done. But you seem to know that this isn't a good pattern.

Let us know how you do!

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I'm new to maintaining and haven't been doing so well. Ever since Easter I keep falling for major binges that I never experienced during weight loss. I must have devoured a few pounds of chocolate, I keep finding myself overeating to the extreme every 3rd day or so. Where I start getting into something sweet and then just can't stop myself. I'm already up 3-4 lbs but it could be also due to my sodium being higher than usual lately and I've gotten in the habit of binging and then burning like mad. I've increased my calorie burn this week by +1000 cals trying to combat my binges. It's turning into a vicious cycle I don't want to continue. I keep starting the next day after a binge "fresh" and excited to get back on track but by the 3rd day it seems.... Througout my weight loss I've been rather strict. I'm wondering if that has something to do with it. That now I feel I can let my hair down. I'm not sure what to do because I know this mentality will lead to putting the weight back on. Has anyone else experienced this when they were new to maintaining?

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/12/2013 (21:19)

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One day I am going to have a weight maintenance ticker. One day I'm going to join you guys. Today at the doctors office I weighed 217 which was 18 lbs. less than I weighed on January 11th. I was so pleased with my progress. I'll love reading your posts. Keep them coming. Talk to you guys later.

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4/11/13 6:23 P

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I've been doing well. I only have four days left of Insanity. That means I did it the entire 63 days!
I'll admit, I look "ripped" for a 45 year old woman! I'll put before and after pictures on my blog next week!

SparkPeople increased my calorie range so I'll see what the scale says tomorrow for my weigh in! I'm a little nervous!

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When I first reached my goal on Feb 25 i also kept losing as my goal was 130. I upped my calorie range to fit my calories burned. Ever since I have managed to stay within my range by 5. I fluctuate on a daily basis from 123-127. I can handle that.

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Staying within my range and toning up. It's difficult to adjust the food so I don't continue to lose but I'm learning as I go:)

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4/3/13 7:51 A

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Finally stayed within my range yesterday, although at the top end.

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I posted a blog about lower my goal weight once again. I'm really trying to maintain, but weight seems to keep slipping lower.

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I did better yesterday but sort of blew it right at the end of the day. Working toward a better food and fitness day today.

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Glad I tuned in to this thread. My weekend, while full of exercise, was even "fuller" on food. Yesterday I was busy, busy, busy, but I kept having and caving to munchie cravings. New day, new week, new month...I must get back on track.

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I made my own goal at 140 and been at or around that for some time, I felt comfortable at that weight, I allowed myself 3lbs leeway but lately that 3lbs has become the norm, I want to work at getting it back to 140 or below. Maybe I have become complacent over my eating. I have started to push myself more on exercise, I can see a few areas I need to look at re food . So now Easter is over I must plan my meals better and watch out for evening picking at snacks, I know what can be improved on, now it's a matter of doing it! Irene emoticon

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I think it's very natural to loosen the restrictions on your eating--say, by having your cake--once you reach goal, or even go below it. After all, when we reach goal after losing, it's appropriate to add in more calories in order to maintain. What better way to reward yourself for all that hard work than to do so with controlled intake of goodies? The difficulty lies in how you feel when your weight begins turning upward, at which point you have to remove the "reward calories" and basically start over again. You can either view this as a natural part of maintenance or bemoan it and feel sorry for yourself. I've done both! Maybe the answer is not allowing yourself "reward calories," but rather increasing your calories with foods that you wouldn't miss so much if you had to take them away! (Boy, does that sound punitive. Never mind!)

Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 3/26/2013 (10:13)
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I feel that way too. I realized that if I want super flat abs I will need to lose at least 5-10 more pounds. 5... maybe. 10... no way! hehe. I have to accept that this is my body and this is the way I look. Good luck maintaining.

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AHUVAK1 I feel same weirdness about reaching my goal weight. It's seems like striving for a lower weight, even just two pounds lighter is easier than trying to maintain. I also feel like I'm starting to adjust to my body image and my present weight and not really seeing it as "thin" like I did when I first started losing weight. I'm considering setting a lower goal, but I'm going to try sticking with maintenance for a little while longer. I just to find non-weight related goals.

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I'm afraid I'm starting to backslide. I've been suffering from debilitating fatigue, and despite many tests, I still don't know why. This week, it has gotten to the point where I'm no longer able to get myself to workout. I've also been ravenously hungry, trying to fight the urge to eat bad food.

I'm embarrassed because at the beginning of the week, my blog was a featured blog, and here I am struggling. Not much of an inspiration right now. emoticon

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I've found I really need the maintenance challenges. They give me "weight-loss" like motivation and force me to pay attention to staying within my range. Also, to avoid the letdown of reaching goal, I found other goals to pour my energy into, such as organizing and cleaning up my messy house.

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Hello. What has helped me was remembering that there is no finish line once I get to goal. I'm still gonna have to do the same things it took to lose the weight and keep it off. When I find myself veering off the path I go back to the basics. I set small attainable goals, change up my workouts and remind myself that this is for life. I also plan in my favorite foods from time to time so I don't feel deprived or the urgency to go back to bad eating habits. I workout at home so I would bring down a outfit I wanted to get in, and look at it from time to time while working out. emoticon and emoticon

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Bye 180's,170's,160's,150's,140's. Hello 135 ( New Goal).

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Hello all. I find personally that I am having a difficult time mentally adjusting to maintenance rather than physically adjusting. I know how to eat, I can order our at a restaurant, and basically live well, but I am psychologically uncomfortable with the idea that I don't have to lose weight. I have basically been trying to get to 135 for so many years, now that I am there I feel like something is missing. I would feel better if I set a new weight loss goal! Is that so weird?

Also, is it a normal part of maintenance to eat cake? What I mean is, is the world going to end if one night I decide to be lazy and eat a piece of cake... or two? I feel like if you do that once in awhile and then watch yourself for the next few days and lose those excess calories you gained, it should be OK. Again, that's something else to adjust to, because when I was losing weight I would feel so guilty abut it.

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I agree it is very discouraging some days, but when we feel discouraged we need to find people that will motivate us. I'd like to know how I can stop self sabotage! I hit my goal and immediately think I can start eating whatever I want. Then I get discouraged when I see the scale go back up. How dumb is that? I thought I'd learn by now. emoticon

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Sometimes I feel like I'll never see 185 again, not doing as well as I would have hoped. Just so discouraged.

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You're welcome!

Some dairy fat isn't bad, either, as long as it's not a giant proportion of your intake. Try getting some full-fat Greek yogurt, salmon, and cooking with olive oil. Can you have sesame or hulled squash seeds in your house? Those are similar to almonds in nutrition and might not trigger an allergy...

I'd recommend going for foods that are high in either plant fats or some kind of protein, rather than filling up the extra in starchy carbs. But you might be one of those people who can handle starches well, in which case, whole grains would be good too.

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Thank you SOOOOO much 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!!! Your post and all the links have definitely helped. It makes more sense to me now. I really wish I could have nuts in the house but I can't as my daughter is severely allergic. The best I have done is I recently bought Almond Breeze milk as I don't have to touch it and she won't either. As for avocado.. emoticon (puke face lol), I just tried my 4 month son on those and tried a bit...EWWWWW! So nasty. Anyways, I will try to figure something out based on all the information you have given me. You have been a great help!!! emoticon emoticon

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Don't panic, it'll be OK.

First, you need to understand that if you are losing weight, that means you are expending more calories than you are eating. To stay at the same weight you will need to eat the same amount as you burn.

I once wrote a whole blog post about how to estimate your calorie needs:
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The reason I wrote that post is because all of the formulas I've ever tried to use to figure out my own burn rate have been off, some by a little, some by a lot.

The upshot is that none of us can really know our own burn rate except by trial and error, and clearly from the current "experiment," you're not eating enough to maintain at your current activity level.

What to do about it is that you will either need to eat more calories or burn fewer of them.

But don't worry. You won't need to eat when you aren't hungry. What you can do is eat more calorie-dense foods. Things with healthy fats and protein in them. Like nuts, for example.

Almonds are a great way to get more calories in a healthy way without filling up or feeling uncomfortable. Avocados have healthy fats in them. I'm sure the other folks here can suggest some other healthy nutrient-dense foods you can substitute into your diet.

You say that you've lost about 4 pounds in the last two weeks. That means you burned approximately 14,000 more calories in those 14 days than you ate. So you need to eat about 1000 more calories per day to maintain.

You could start by adding about 500 calories per day for a week and see what happens. If you're still losing, then go up to about 800 more than you're currently eating, if you continue losing, add some more. At some point the losses should taper off.

Once that happens you'll know your approximate amount you need to eat per day to maintain.

If at that point you're not happy with your weight and you want it back up to 130, you can add about 500 more calories per day until you get to the weight you like. Then just go back down again to your self-determined maintenance level.

Hang in there. This part can be frustrating, trying to figure out how much to eat. And it can be a moving target, as MOBYCARP has pointed out. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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Can I please get some advice? So I reached my goal of 130 on February 25th and since then my weight just keeps going down. I'm trying to maintain it at 128-130 soooo hard but I'm currently at 126.2. Everyday it continues to drop a little. I haven't gotten the chance to work out properly the last couple of days and it still seems to be going down. I'm within my calorie range and I'm not going to eat more when I'm not hungry. I used to do Zumba everyday but then I changed it to every other day just to help maintain, but nope, it's not working! I wouldn't mind so much if my collarbone wasn't starting to look disgusting. It's really starting to stick out. The rest of me is fine so it seems to only be coming off around there or something. Does anyone know of any tricks or anything to help JUST maintain; eating the same amount of calories and working out? Please help!!!

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You are very welcome.

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@ 4A-HEALTHY-BMI! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! I wrote a blog this morning about NOT quitting, and your quote about only failing IF we give up! Also, do you know if I can restart the "Fast Break" and receive emails again? This would be helpful for me. Thanks again for your encouragement!

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Hang in there! We all struggle!

I gained 15 lbs over the holidays, due to personal and seasonal reasons.

If you spend time on my page, I encourage you to go to this link, where you can see right there exactly how I'm doing in my own struggle to push the weight back off and get myself back into range: tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph
(Just look what happened after Halloween.)
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I've been working on it, though, as you can see, and I'm happy to report that as of the last two days the scale at least is under my scream weight of 160, even though the moving average is still catching up.

And if you look back to 2010, I gained back 30 lbs. And pushed it off.

So whatever you do, just DO NOT GIVE UP!

Maybe you'll find something helpful in the section "When you stumble" in our Big Page of Links
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Notice I did not title that section "IF you stumble" I titled it "WHEN you stumble." Because life happens and we ALL stumble sometimes.

You did the exact right thing reaching out and asking for help.

What I do in this kind of situation is go back to basics, and pick ONE thing to do consistently for a week. I ask a friend (often CARRIE1948) to buddy up with me and check in on me if I don't report every day.

Often my one thing is to keep my calories at maintenance or lower, because for me that's where my biggest problem lies, in 1) not tracking well and 2) overeating in general.

You pick your one thing, and keep us posted how it goes.

Once you've done your one thing for a week (basically a Spark streak of it), you'll feel better and your good habits will start feeling more "usual" again.

Hang in there. If your one streak doesn't hold for a week, then hold it for 3 days, and then try again.

You have only failed if you give up trying.

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BACKSLIDING!!!! I've just spend the last 1/2 hour reading 4A-Healthy-BMI's page and watching the footage of the Today show, and was touched! I'm SORRY to say that since hitting my goal weight with SP in April of 2011, I have gained 20#'s! I'm SICK and this 'stinkin' thinking about myself is having a horrible adverse effect on my ability to even KNOW where to begin! I feel like such a failure!

Can anyone help to direct me to the 'losing weight' path?? I KNOW what to do..I just can't seem to find the MOTIVATION or desire!!!! Any tips?

Thanks for listening, Susan

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TOHIKEAPTRAIL - I know someone who hiked the whole Appalacian trial!

Congrats Lori!

I keep posting about being completely over any bingeing that I had done for years, and it being equated to eating protein with my meals, and then I started again. Day after day I was eating nothing but junk. I couldn't figure out what on earth caused them to come back and then I realized that my diet coke that I gave up last November, was now my breakfast again. They say it causes you to crave sweet stuff but I never ever imagined it was impacting me. It was amazing how quickly I went from giving it up to thinking about it for breakfast, but luckily a dependency hadn't formed and I have no side effects from kicking it again. Celia, do you consume a lot of articificial sweetners by any chance?

I get annoyed with myfitnesspal and calorie counting because it doesn't take into account weekly calories in/out, only daily, so it blurbs at me every time I don't eat 1200 calores, which is not possible to do the day after burning 3000 on a 30 mile run. My calories need to go up and down based on my exercise levels and as you can't eat 3000 calories after running for 10 hours, you have to make up for it in the days after. Anyway, so this led me to thinking that all I do is track calories and I'm not getting the result I want (4lb which is really 4% BF), and in reality I am such a creature of habit that I know about portion sizes, healthier choices, etc and I don't really need to count calories. I need to get off my butt and do weight training. So I did yesterday, I worked my lower body in 5 different exercises that are designed for runners... and now I'm hobbling around. 4lb means nothing, I need to replace the body fat with muscle, and eating a half portion of rice isn't going to do that. Duh emoticon

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Thanks, Lori, and congrats to your daughter!

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Great news! My 30 year old daughter got engaged! She has 8 and 9 year old children. I'm so happy for all of them!

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Celia, Living Binge Free is a great team I'm finding helpful with binges. I may be at maintenance but never got in control of binges which cause mini yo-yos in my weight. Sorry to hear you had a struggle with a binge yesterday. If its not occurring frequently, you'll be fine. Just think about that maybe you need to keep your calories up there to keep from having cravings, if that was an element. I find myself also giving myself permission at times to go ahead with a binge. I've learned not to beat myself up over it, and just pick myself up and move on. Thank you for sharing your slip.

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Ugh, yesterday was an all-out evening binge! I love Mandelovich's blog today about eating oneself senseless. It's NOT a treat to feel so full that I'm uncomfortable and it's hard to sleep, but that's what I did last night. I conned myself into believing it was okay, because I'd just come off two horribly stressful days in which I didn't even reach the bottom of my calorie range. Believe me, I more than made up the calorie deficit last night.
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I'm still losing when I don't want to. I'm getting frightened. I plan to start my walk to two to three weeks. I still need to buy equipment for it. I have dental work to get done. I need to eat more, but I can't seem to make myself eat enough for all the exercise I do.

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I am working on something new for me which I think will complement the efforts I'm making with binges. I am tired of excusing myself and decided (after reading about someone else eating intuitively) to eat only when truly hungry and eat just until satisfied. I've never been good at that. But the last two days it has worked for me, and it's giving me focus so I don't have thoughts of binging. I don't expect perfection, that would set myself up for guilty feelings on days that don't go according to plan. But I will do my best.

Arriving at maintenance doesn't mean I've arrived in all areas of healthy eating. Binges and eating according to body signals are two areas I didn't spend time on while losing weight. Now I'm tweaking things to eat more appropriately.

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