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9/23/12 5:38 P

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If I'm really starting to feel like things are on the verge of getting out of control, I preplan my meals for the week and don't deviate from the plan. No exceptions! It might seem kind of harsh but it helps me to reestablish the discipline I've been missing for one reason or another. Once I get a week down, I ease up and become more flexible again. Having one very structured week usually seems to help get rid of the bad habits that have crept in and replace them with healthier ones.

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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9/22/12 8:25 P

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So today was my first official day back on spark, and I ate 4 apple cider donuts lol. Tomorrow will be a better day :)

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9/22/12 7:42 P

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I understand the challenge of being out of routine weekends. I stay with my significant other, and he always wants to treat me with fine foods, fix problems with food, and simply doesn't understand the needs I have to keep on track. However, I am being more insistent on eating my way and although my exercise needs to change, I handle that easier, than having so much unhealthy foods surrounding me.
As I read your comments it made me realize how necessary it is to put the plan in writing first, and act on it one step at a time. emoticon

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9/22/12 4:59 P

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I have problems with family on the weekend when I don't cook and I have loosen my diet to eat the foods I normally don't eat . I thought I could handle it , but sweets and pizza are hard to control the amount of portions. Too hard to compensate during the rest of the week. I have gain a bit and fluctuate in weight from the refined foods. I have to hit the food journal harder and restrict on the week end temptations. It is to easy to let go. I have promise my self not to get fat. My cloths feel fine. The exercise routine is in transition to a new routines to challenge me , I quest I will journal this too. to figure out what I am doing.
If any one know how to use weights to maintain with my strength training. Aerobics with sprints during my weight lose took muscle with the fat. I trying to balance the two.
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9/22/12 11:04 A

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Jess, start logging your food and exercise. That's what I did when I gained some weight back. It makes you more accountable. Eat smart and move smart and you'll be back in your weight range in no time. Maintenance is not as easy as I thought it would be, but it is possible! emoticon

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9/22/12 6:30 A

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Hey everyone,
I am hoping someone on here can give me some advice or encouragement. I havent been on since The end of May, when I hit my goal weight. I gained 5 lbs over the summer from eating ice cream with my kids, having more alcoholic drinks, and snacking more. I also just got my first job as a registered nurse so instead of my evenings being full of exercising, they have been full of studying! I want to get back on track with my eating and exercise, but I dont want to get to my goal and stop again. Gaining back weight that you worked so hard to lose is depressing! HELP lol

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9/14/12 1:00 P

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Gen, 50 miles is fantastic!
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emoticon on your race, that is quite an accomplishment! emoticon
I noted in your name Kansas City. I am from Harrisonville. Are we neighbors?
Best wishes as you continue to pursue your chosen life goals.


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9/13/12 10:00 A

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just wanted to say Hi! I took a bit of a backslide and learned from it. I also did my first 50 mile race on Sat!

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8/22/12 7:34 A

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I'm such a creature of habit. Since I've been back into my routine this week, I've done well on exercise, eating, and water. Going for a repeat today.

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8/20/12 8:34 A

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Ahhh, a new week. Too bad it has to start with Monday.
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I need to get back into my routine for eating, although I did better yesterday than I did on Saturday, and Friday was embarrassing.

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8/19/12 12:16 P

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I love that dog food diet joke. I've seen it before somewhere, and it cracks me up, every time!

LOL

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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I like the new team name! At three months into maintenance as of today (woohoooo!), I still feel I am transitioning, and I suspect I will feel that way for some time.

If you just want a good belly laugh, please see this blog from the leader of the Northern Virginia Sparkers:
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Please "Like" the blog...it needs to be a popular blog.

Edited by: CELIAMINER at: 8/19/2012 (10:28)
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8/18/12 9:08 P

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I continue to weigh daily. I often track a sudden gain to too much salt the day before, but a trend of up clues me in to the need to change.

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8/18/12 8:40 P

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I tend to go in spurts, when it comes to stepping on the scale. There are times I do it, daily. Then there are long stretches where it doesn't even cross my mind, but like once a month. As long as I know my food selection is tight and my fitness hasn't changed, I don't worry about my weight creeping up on me, anymore.

Now, I can't say its always been this way with me. I've had quite a few restarts, weight wise, in my lifetime. I could always tell when I was losing that drive, as I'd begin to accept, or even suggest, food selections I knew I should avoid. Then the excuses for not exercising would begin and the scale made its way back into the closet.

I'm just so thankful, that what ever it was that needed to click in my head...did! It was like clockwork, with me...

Dec 31: begin weight loss

March: achieve goal weight

Sept: lose all motivation

Oct, Nov: pack the pounds on

Dec 31: let the games begin...again!

It makes me exhausted just thinking about it!! emoticon

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8/18/12 6:33 P

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I'm weighing daily. I like the constant feedback. I agree that when I quit weighing, I've given up, or decided to ignore my fitness. I don't mind fluctuations. The overall trend is the important point.

I actually think I look better at 160 than 150 because my face looks better. However, I think my blood sugar is better at 150 and that's important to me, too, maybe more than how I look.

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all i know is that *not*weighing myself is a sign that i am gaining. i stop weighing when i don't want to know the truth. so i weigh daily (actually, several times, but that's embarrassing...)

live every day so the border collie is happy for a good, active life!
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"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham
"Right here, right now, right choice" cannie50!

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8/18/12 12:16 P

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The iPhone app I like for that is FatWatch. It includes % body fat too.

There are lots of links to apps like that in the Hacker's Diet team links:
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8/18/12 12:10 P

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I just found a phone app for android that will chart your wight and show you your moving average so far it looks awesome!! its called Libra. I've read there is one for iphone called true weight. sweet more apps lol

too many apps? you know there's an app for that LOL


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I weigh daily and smooth the fluctuations with a weighted moving average, ala the Hacker's Diet.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I can even use those numbers together with my food tracking to estimate my daily calorie burn.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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8/18/12 11:05 A

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I've been weighing myself daily for quite a while. I found it to be one of the most helpful tools for losing weight and now for mantling too.
As long as your not the type to let the number discourage you completely and as long as you understand fluctuations will happen.. the question is do you know why they happened? was it food? stress? lack of exercise? hormones? if you know it wasn't stress or lack of exercises and your pretty sure it wasn't hormones well then you better take a good hard look at what you've been eating. sure sometimes it can be tricky to know what the cause was. but it does force you to examine things a bit more closely...or it should.
personally I think daily weigh-ins are fine as long as they are used as a tool to help you evaluate whats going on in your life. not the keeper of your emotional well being lol


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@SELF_RESPECT: I started weighing myself daily I don't know when, maybe back in the 1980s . . . but I started recording the weights on December 31, 2001. I now have over a decade of daily weights, with a few missed days over the years from being on the road or being forgetful.

At the top of my spreadsheet, I put in notes of what I remembered at the end of 2001. Those notes say I ranged from 216 lbs. to 203 lbs. in 1999, so I know I weighed myself daily at least that far back. I think 1999 was when I started deliberately taking a long walk on my lunch hour, which was the first thing I did as a deliberate lifestyle change aimed at controlling weight. (I did have a failed diet and exercise effort in the mid 1980s. The only lifestyle change that stuck from that effort was daily weighing, and I didn't even think of that as a lifestyle change until much later.)

The theory of only weighing yourself weekly is that you could become discouraged from seeing meaningless fluctuations upward, but weekly weighing is more likely to produce show a motivating downward trend. I'm sure that theory plays out well for some people, perhaps for most people who are trying to lose weight.

I like to see the fluctuations. One pound up or down doesn't mean much. Five pounds up or down does. But the overall trend is the thing. For years, I was trying to make that trend point down. Now, I'm trying to make it point sideways. In either case, weighing daily suits me very well. I don't want to weigh a week later and find out I have a whole week of bad decisions to correct. I want to see that blip up after a bad day, and start working on getting back on track the very next day.

One size does not fit all. Daily weighing isn't right for some, and may not be right for most. But it's right for me, and feedback on SP convinces me it's right for a substantial minority of people trying to manage their weight.

Edited by: MOBYCARP at: 8/18/2012 (09:27)

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8/18/12 7:45 A

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Self...many people are daily scale hoppers and do fine with it. As long as someone recognizes that any, sudden fluctuations are normal and don't get upset by them, then getting on the scale, daily, wouldn't be a problem. For others..it is and they'd be better off weighing once a week. emoticon

Edited by: GOING4MUSCLE at: 8/18/2012 (07:45)
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8/18/12 6:27 A

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I weighed myself for the first time since reaching goal - I was nervous to get on the scale but it went well. When I was working to get to goal, I was told I shouldn't weigh myself everyday - some said once a week was too much. However, I can honestly say that now that I'm on Maintenance Road, weighing every day may be the way to go. Does that sound like too much to any of you?

Have a beautiful day, Pat emoticon

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.


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CMR ~ Sometimes it is just a matter of where YOU feel you look and feel the best, when it comes to a certain weight goal. Sure the best way is through body composition (fat % vs lean %) but for some people that can be a bit too technical. I prefer that method, myself, though.

At what weight did you find it the easiest to remain steady at? This could be your clue on the best scale weight to make as your target. Just pick a range (some choose 4-5lbs) and do your best to remain within it. The clothing test is a good measure, also. If you're happy in that size, then do what needs to be done to stay comfortable in it. Obviously if they're "getting a little snug", then it's time to adjust the food intake and exercise..which you have begun. So good for you! emoticon

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I initially lost at least 70 pounds. (I'm not sure of the exact number because at my heaviest, I avoided scales entirely.) I reached my goal of 150 in December 2010, and I'm now back up to 160. I'm tracking my food again, and upping my exercise significantly to try to get back to 150. I lift weights, do yoga, and recently started cycle spin classes, which I love. I'm still wearing the clothes I bought when I weighed 150, but they're getting a little snug at times. I need help to determine what a realistic weight is for me, and how to maintain that weight.

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When I first joined this team, I wondered about tracking, since I didn't think I was ready to stop. It has been reassuring to find that other maintainers continue to track, so I will track on!

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emoticon Lori emoticon

One of the things I really like about this team, is the fact we can all voice our own way of maintaining and even if it's different than others, no one ever talks down about it. It's wonderful. emoticon




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I have no desire whatsoever of abandoning food tracking. It's what helped me maintain a 65 pound loss for 6 years.(even before I heard of SP) Lack of exercise due to a back injury, and having my daughter and her 2 and 3 year olds live with us for a year and a half, plus a wedding of another daughter, the stress of having my son and his wife live with us for 4 months, ALL contributed to my gaining 15 pounds back. Then I found SP and made some changes for the better, especially getting my back stronger after surgery. Now I am fit and have lost the weight. I don't want life circumstances to ever dictate my fitness and weight again. Getting to a good weight feels great. And I have done the maintaining alone before. I just think it would be more fun to do it side by side with others who know the awful feeling of regaining what was once lost.
Let's keep it off for good! Go TEAM!

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Welcome, Lori! I agree that the maintenance calorie range changes. I recently revised mine downward, because I saw the scale creeping up, but that was a combo of exercising less and busting the maintenance range too much. Susan, sounds as if you have the opposite problem, good for you! And I'm glad your house isn't close to the wild fires.



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@LORILEEPAGE

Welcome!

Figuring out the right calorie range for me has been a moving target. MOBYCARP once wrote a blog post that sort of sums up this aspect of it:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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In my case, since I really like data, I have been calculating my daily calorie burn on the fly using my intake and my weight records:
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636113


If you don't want to go to that much trouble, you can just experiment with little changes to your diet and/or your exercise. Some people cut back on their exercise, others chose to eat a little more. Whatever you do, monitor what happens, either with a measuring tape, your favorite jeans, or the scale....

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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so far the closest fire is about 30 miles away from us; a few years back, the tripod fire was just 4 miles away. it can happen any time, and it is always a little nerve-wracking in summer - especially when we are here in sweden (one reason being to avoid the intense heat and dryness that causes those fires).

when i changed the weight goals, my calorie goals did not change at all - since i have been losing weight, i think it is because my exercise goals are incorrect - i am probably covering at 5-15 more miles per week than the 30 which i wrote. but, since we are returning to WA in a few weeks, and there is no way to keep up this amount of time spent running and walking when work ramps up again, i think i'll leave things there and let the natural course of more goodies to tempt me in summer than the rest of the year offset the reduction of calorie expenditure when we return home.

it's finding the formula, isn't it?

live every day so the border collie is happy for a good, active life!
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Hi I'm Lori. I'm new to this team and am almost at goal weight. I want to learn from you all about the ins and outs of maintaining. I am happy at my current weight but think another 4 pounds would give me that wiggle room. I am so afraid to allow myself more calories for maintenance when the time comes. Will I really be able to adjust my calorie range upward? Will I need to exercise even more? Or can I stay with the time goals I have now? I imagine if I read back over this forum, I can get some of my questions answered. I look forward to getting to know you all!

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Glad it worked, Susan. Hope you're not in danger from the wild fires in Washington.

On a roll with walking this week. For the 4th day in a row, I've gotten in my walk and gone over 10,000 steps. The first 3 were over 12,000, and I'm on track to do that again today. I've really needed the walks, because acting for my boss has stressed me to the max. I've used language today I never thought I'd use around my co-worker.


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thanks, celia - i made the change, setting the goal to about 2 lbs heavier than right now so that i have the range up to my scream weight and down, though it goes down below anything i'll ever see. i think i'd rather know if i am going too high than worry about going too low - at least for now:-) it does not seem to have changed my calorie range, though.

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oh wow that's really interesting, thanks for the link. It's amazing at even comparing body fat levels that people look completely different with different levels of muscle. I had no idea your bone structure would be different, that's an interesting fact.

I'm 5'3 also. I'm really surprised that low weight is considered healthy, I've been there and it wasn't pretty. I don't understand the logic of the low end because it's so low, imagine that on a person, regardless of their lean muscle or body fat percentage, it's bones-sticking-out thin. My bones already stick out and I'm 10lb heavier.

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To make it even more complicated, how you look depends on how much muscle you carry and what % body fat you are. Check out these photos...
www.leighpeele.com/body-fat-pictures
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...and for those of us who have lost 100+ lbs, it gets even more complicated than that because our bones are denser from walking around carrying us for all those years. So even though I have a "small frame," my bones are 25% denser than average, and that adds to my weight and messes with the whole height/weight BMI ratio thing. One friend says that means they're made of adamantium, like Wolverine's skeleton. LOL

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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Yea, I've seen that website, Gen. Some of the pics are comical, once you read their stats, and they don't even come close to how their bodies come across in the photos. Don't know who's trying to fool who?? emoticon

I was out shopping, yesterday, and glanced through this 90/10 weight loss diet book. I thought it was gonna be promising, as a way to incorporate a little 'less than perfect' into a persons eating plan. But then I thumbed to the *ideal body weight* page and was blown away at this authors "ideal" for a 5'3" woman and small boned (which is me) and this is her weight range...

104 - 111 emoticon

Is she crazy?!? I'd be nothing but dust, if I even tried to get my body to her standards! Small boned does NOT mean FRAIL boned!! Sometimes it amazes me that a nutritionist/doctor (?) would even be able to put these kind of, unrealistic, numbers into print. No wonder our world is so full of eating disordered people. Sad!

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yeah I must admit, I changed it promptly when I saw their idea of maintenance is up or down 5lb. Each person probably has their own acceptable range, definitely with that 'scream' end.

Have you ever seen this? Although there are some obvious fibbers on here, it's interesting to see different people at different weights. Clearly everyone has their own magic weight, not based on what some chart may suggest (not knocking your chart post, at all, I've followed those things for years, even though they suggest I go significantly lower - I'm already the same weight as my 11 year old step daughter.

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I got my maintenance calorie range the same way, Celia. Just hate the way it constantly states..."no pounds lost, yet!" Very annoying. emoticon

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What I did is go to Start page. Under My Goals and Progress is how many pounds lost. There, I clicked on Change Goal. On that page, I changed my current weight and target weight to be the same (recalculates calories) and below that made starting weight and goal weight the same so I would have a midpoint for my maintenance ticker.

If anyone else knows an easier way, I'd like to know, too.

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i first joined this team in june when my weight touched my initial goal of 108 lbs (which i thought i'd never see, and my original weight goal was 111 lbs!), when i decided to stay in weight loss mode until i touched 103 lbs, which is fairly low on my healthy bmi (according to that i can get down to 101, which i am not even going to try for at this point). i woke up this morning at 104, and i'm quite happy with that.

i tried to change the weight settings on SP so that it would be right for maintaining, but could not figure out how - i seem to remember some information about it here, but can't find it. if 108 is the absolute highest i want to see (someone mentioned scream weight?), what should my settings be to get maintaining calories? do you change the place where it says starting weight? i'd appreciate directions here!

5% - that's the number to keep in mind now, innit?

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"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham
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Wow, so many new posts. It's great seeing how we support each other, during the ups & downs. emoticon

After almost a week of eating higher up within my calorie range, my weight finally stabilized back down to 112lbs. It was retaining, in protest, 1.5lbs of fluid! emoticon But that released this morning. I do feel lots better, than I had been, so that's a positive sign my body is happier with the added calories.

Jones..It's wonderful you're feeling motivated, again! emoticon

Celia..Your breakfast selection was a great healthy choice. Sounds yummy! emoticon

Gen..You're the running queen on the team! emoticon Yea, don't do the "mean"..just the lean! emoticon

LITTLEBO..It's fantastic that you've gotten yourself back on track! Good for you!! emoticon

WINDSURFNERD..There doesn't sound like a reason you can't be "back among you maintainers", now. Don't let a few extra pounds make you think it removes you from the maintenance category. Heck, very few of us (if any of us) is able to keep the scale perfectly still, yet we're very much classified as maintainers. emoticon

Rachel..Obviously you know best, when it comes to your husband. But if it was me..I'd just stand firm and not allow him to continue with the constant pressure of eating out of your comfort zone. Just cause HE wants the booze & desserts, sometimes nightly, doesn't mean YOU should feel the need to follow suit. It might take a bit of time, but as long as you remain firm & CONSISTENT, then he'll soon get the picture that you're not budging on your decision with living and eating healthy. It took my husband quite a few "lets go out to eat" or "here, this little bite won't hurt ya", before he got the picture. Now, he NEVER utters a word about it! emoticon

Melly..You snuck in while I was typing! emoticon The way you are eating, sounds wonderful. Very healthy! Maybe try varying your calories within your range...like one or two days at the lower end, then a day at the upper end. This way your body won't become accustomed to what you are doing. It's called calorie cycling. I did that during my weight loss process and it worked great. Do the same with your workouts, too. Variety is the spice of life!! emoticon


Keep going strong, Team! We're all doing wonderful!! emoticon

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I h ad an Atlantic Haddock dinner with brown rice and big salad last night. DH had Sockeye salmon. We stay away from farm-raised seafood. You should have seen the piece of King salmon in the case. HUGE slab! The guy said the piece weighed 5 lbs. I said, "Dang! That was one big fish!" He responded, "That's why they're called "king", ma'am..."

Weigh-in was down .5 from last Monday. I would like to see 118 lbs again. I was maintaining that fairly easily when I was on campus, walking my head off. I have shuffled the calorie allotment, up'ed my protein and stick to the low end of good carbs. I eat at the low end of my given range, right around 1250 calls (5'3").

Trying to shake up the menu; I have steel-cut oats with almonds and fresh, sliced fruit each morning and a small rotation of whole-food lunches and dinners that incorporate fish, chicken, occasional venison, yogurt and egg (whites mostly). I enjoy them but is this a "Rut"? calorie-burning wise? Would changing what I eat, adding more variety, significantly enhance my current metabolism? Thoughts? I need a good, cited study!

Lifted weights today, walked our long driveway a few times with the dog and will do a few more with DH tonight. Pedometer clicks on! Normal fitness is lifting weights x3 per week, and recumbent bike x3 per week.

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So many spark people sent me kind messages I decided to stop procrastinating and make you all proud (and myself too).

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MNJONES, it looks like you got your motivation back!



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Off to they gym in about 20 minutes.

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One thing to remind yourself of at 119lb is to not be so hard on yourself. 5lb doesn't make you feel great, but you still look great. Clearly people aren't whispering behind your back that you're htting the cookies a lot. You'll get back there :-)

I'm 116.2lb and 16.7% BF. I never imagined my BF would ever get that low (and never sought that low). The scale is moving downwards yet before I couldn't get below 122lb EVER. It's borderline too low. A little odd. Granted I ran a boatload over the weekend, but still. I'm officially tapering now for my first 50mi (which means dropping miles to give my legs some rest), so it will be interesting to see where I end up. I tell ya, switching from fast marathon training to the long and slow needed for ultras has made me into a lean mean fat burning machine (hopefully not the mean!)

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I was definitely backsliding. Gained 5 lbs, but I went back to basics. Regrouped. Went back and re-read some of the articles and threads on the site.


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GEN: thanks for your post about using your running pictures as a guide...I look at them and they can either motivate me to focus on my health or validate my efforts. Like you, I'm 5'3" and 5# really does show so I gotta stay focused. Fortunately, I'm training for HM in the fall which doesn't leave much room for eating poorly or slacking off. With a bit of work I'll be back among you maintainers soon!

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