For myself, I considered myself in maintenance when I hit my original goal of 180, 10 percent body fat years ago. I'm at 165-155 now (most BMI charts say I could go as low at 130ish), but the extra weight I lost is just gravy. What mattered to me was not being obese.
Besides that, honestly the easiest way to make yourself crazy is the idea that maintenance equals one number and one number only. As many stated, variations happen for all sorts of reasons, and unless you get a huge upswing one way or another it's better to monitor over the long terms -- weeks at a time.
It's another example of how the maintenance mindset differs substantially from a weight loss one.
Once you get used to your body's phases, it's easier to set your own "maintenance range" (a little over and a little under) and only worry about fine-tuning things once you hit either extreme.
This gives you breathing room to focus on everything else while still managing your weight -- without it managing you.
Best, Russ Lane
-- Lost 200 pounds while food writing, and maintained it 10 years -- Went from pizza-guzzling wallflower in rock clubs to (very) aspiring boxer and artist in his spare time -- Hit goal and felt a little thrown to the wolves. Dedicated his life to increasing support for those at or nearing goal and eeking every possible amazing thing out of it.
I have a similar story as Roniroo2. My goal was about 130. I am down to 115. My doctor says for me not to lose any more. I have been adding anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups of nuts every day. I am a little uncomfortable with that amount of fat. I seem to need that amount just to maintain 115. I am quite active (between 2-3 hours of exercise classes most days of the week). I have diabetes so I can't eat any more carbs. As others have told you just keep monitoring your weight and how much you eat every day. Your are doing wonderful. Just keep doing what you are doing. You're making it work for you.
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Thank you all for the responses. I only weigh in once a week so I will see if it is holding or still going down on Monday. I do have a fairly active job (cleaning cars and on a slow day that is usually about 10 cars in an 8 hour shift but I don't count it toward cardio minutes as it is only 10-15 minutes at a time).
If the downward trend keeps going I will start adding more calories and set up an appointment with my family doctor.
ETA I always wear the same clothes on weigh in day.
your body can gain and lose up to 5 pounds in one day, depending on your activity, stress level and what you ate and drank. I wouldn't worry about it unless it becomes a consistant weight-loss. Then I would call your doc.
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My goal weight was 130...then I went down to 125 without trying...and now I'm down to 118. I attribute the extra weight loss to running three days a week (I started a few months ago). I eat what Spark recommends plus some (1600-2000 calories but I usually eat 2200-2400), but I am extremely active as I have a one year old who just started walking!
My husband tells me I need to gain a few pounds back (for the first time in my life I'm actually SKINNY), so I try to eat more carbs and good foods. I refuse to give up exersize or running, as I love it so much. So I recommend either cutting back on cardio I(either minutes a day or day in a week) or eating more than what Spark recommends. You may be more active than they know. Isn't it strange to be on the other side?
Currently maintaining 120 to 125 pounds for nearly a year!
One must weigh at the samne time every time, with no clothes on or with the same clothes. Every day variations should not be considered as they may vary with the amount of water intake or water lost through perspiration etc.
A lot of people report that their weight goes up and down as much as a pound or two, sometimes within a day! Just depends on how much salt / carbohydrates / time of month / who knows what? If it doesn't come back up by itself in a week or two, try adding an apple, an extra piece of toast, whatever to bring your calorie count back up a bit -- It's all a grand experiment on yourself! I know you will find what works for you.
I didn't know where to put this and didn't see any similar topics but I am trying to put my finger on why in the past week I've lost more weight when I am not actively trying to lose more.
I have been maintaining since March 8, 2010 (I know it's only been a few weeks). I have not changed my eating habits, I have been tracking (did notice that the past week I have gone under my calorie range 3 days out of the 7 but I also went into the upper end of my range and on one day was over by quite a bit so figured it should balance. I am doing my regular 6 days a week cardio and 3 days a week ST that has been my habit for the better part of 3 months now (before my ST was sporatic at best).
I just don't know and was very shocked when my scale told me that I was down 1.8 lbs on Monday. I will be seeing if I stay at 118.1 or if it goes back to the 119.9 I just don't want to drop much more than I have.
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