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7/16/10 11:21 P

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What a wonderful word, balance. In some ways it is the answer to a million problems.

Nell
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7/16/10 5:59 P
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I am maintaining an 80+ pound loss on 1800 calories a day. I would guess I averaged around 1300 for weight loss. I usually exercise 60-90 minutes cardio 6 times a week and 3 strength training sessions.

When I had a hip injury I cut back exercise and ate 1500 calories. Just got back from 2 week vacation. I didn't track and did okay.

Best wishes for finding just the right balance for you.

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7/12/10 10:25 P

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When I ever have to ask myself if I can eat something, the answer is always No. I always just know when I will be able to eat something and not worry.

Nell
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7/12/10 5:50 P

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I think you have a lot of feedback here about what to do. I think that you need to just trust yourself. I have settled in now that I have been maintaining over a year. I work hard at the gym and I eat well and I worry about the outcomes less. However I had times when I just questioned everything. You will gradually learn to relax and trust your instincts.

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SBATES63's Photo SBATES63 Posts: 8,614
7/12/10 12:28 P

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I have gained a lot of muscle and have pretty much given up on the scale. I am happy how I look, and I depend on my clothes to tell me when I have been eating too much. I am trying to listen to my body and eat when it's hungry, not when I think I am hungry.

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BAILEYS7OF9's Photo BAILEYS7OF9 SparkPoints: (126,743)
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7/12/10 10:58 A

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I missed the part that you were supposed to increase calories in maintenance and never did. I also found it harder to increase my calories when the trackers were reporting I was burning more than I was taking in. I eventually got up to the minimum they wanted, but it took a while.

I still eat w/in the 1340-1 ooh interesting, I was just going to check and SP dropped me to 1280 from 1340. Anyhoo's.. I am usually around 1300.

Yes muscle weighs more, I would definitly go by the feel of your clothes.

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BETHANYBOO's Photo BETHANYBOO Posts: 1,998
7/12/10 8:39 A

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Spark gives me a range that is entirely too low for maintenance. I can't remember exactly but I think the range is somewhere around 1500-1700. I actually maintain off of about 1900-2000 calories. I think Spark just doesn't account for the amount of muscle I have and the calories burnt from strength training.

Edited by: BETHANYBOO at: 7/12/2010 (08:39)
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7/11/10 8:56 P

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Thanks for all the responses. Some one asked if I use the calorie differintial report and the answer is yes, every day and I generally have at least a small negative differintial. I also weigh every morning.

My pants still fit in the waist which is where I always gain first so I am probably okay. It's just that maintaining is scarry. I still track everything I eat everyday and exercise everyday. My calories today are 1507 so that is just about my minimum. All of it was healthy food, no junk at all. I think I am paranoid about gaining it back because it happens to so many and I know how easy it would be for it to creep back up slowly.

So I am going to try to keep my calories at or below 1500 most days and exercise as much as possible. I also wear a step counter and aim for 15,000 steps a day. I need to find out where I can get a measurement with calipers, that would probably ease my mind about what my body fat % actually is.

Thanks everyone for your support, I'm sure you will be hearing from me again!

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7/11/10 7:04 P

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I have been maintaining for most of 40 years, and I must eat a lot less now than I did when I was losing. Age takes a toll, menopause takes a toll, and if I want to stay thin I have to eat less. Exercise helps, but not enough to allow me to eat like I did when I was 21.

Thin is worth the effort, though.

Nell
Reston, Virginia

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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (196,633)
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7/11/10 6:48 P

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I think the question here is, "are you maintaining or still gaining?"

Have you tried looking in your reports (under My Tools) and seeing what your calorie differential is? That can also tell you if you are on track or not.

Worrying is counterproductive. If you are unsure, you can ask your doctor to test you with calipers or you can visit a local gym on a daily pass and they can give you the caliper test.

If you're comfortable where you are and are not gaining - be happy that you have reached maintenance.

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I am maintaining for a year now and am eating about what I ate for losing. The reason is I was doing a lot more cardio while losing the weight. I balance my calories in against my calories out by using the Calorie Differential.

Edited by: RAYLINSTEPHENS at: 7/11/2010 (18:50)
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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
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7/11/10 5:03 P

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My recommended range is 1400 and 1750 calories a day. I'm usually somewhere around 1500-1600. I'm not as active as many Sparkers but I always do a minimum of 10,000 steps a day - usually quite a few more.

I reached my goal of 126lb last September but have found a consistent balance at 120-121lb since the new year. I guess that's not long-term quite yet, but I do feel as if I've 'settled in' at this weight.

I tended to eat about 14000 calories when I was trying to lose weight rather than to maintain.

I use the SP recommended ranges and calculated them from my Start page.

It sounds as if you're doing fine. Congratulations on your achievements and good luck with your progress.

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DONNAEDA's Photo DONNAEDA SparkPoints: (111,113)
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7/11/10 4:45 P

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I watch my points. I get 18 per day. Once I reach that its on extra points and activity points that I earn from exercising. I use my clothes to base my successes. I don't use the scale since in one day I can flucturate by 5 pounds.

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7/11/10 4:18 P

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I would be very surprised if the weight gain was anything beside muscle. Muscle mass will burn more calories than fat, so eventually you may see the weight come down. I would pay attention to how your clothes fit more than the scale. I have been doing some intense yoga work this weekend and not overeating and my weight is a little up Remember there are lots of ways to measure maintenance success.


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7/11/10 3:52 P

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Okay, how many calories did you eat to lose weight and how many more to maintain? How about exercise? How much were you doing to lose and what if anything did you do different to maintain?

I am not comfortable with my maintenance calorie range. I ate at around 1400 when I was losing, now my range is between 1550 & 1850 or there about. I am still doing a lot of exercise and more strength training and have built muscle. My weight is just under 150 pounds, up from my low of 142. I know I have gained muscle and I try not to worry about the numbers, but how do I know for sure? I can still wear all my clothes but I worry about my waist, it's the first place I gain.

I'm very cautious because I DO NOT want to go back to where I was and want to be sure these few pounds are really muscle gains and not an insidious creeping up of my weight as in fat. I do see more muscle definition in my arms and legs, my legs in fact look quite muscular.

Any insight would be welcome.

Barbara from Texas

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it will not last the night
But ah my friends and oh my foes
it gives a lovely light!

Edna St. Vincent Milay

Use it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
or do without!

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When life hands you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate!!!


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