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9/19/10 10:48 A

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I have just gotten down to my goal range, and it has been difficult for me, just not for typical reasons. Hopefully, it will become easier as we adjust to some major life changes!

I was a stay-at-home mom and had resigned myself to that for another year (no teaching jobs available) but have just started a long-term sub job that most likely will turn permanent for me. I am struggling with having time to exercise because of all my other obligations: teaching & planning, 5 kids & 2 dogs (just got the dogs, thinking I wasn't going to be working), grad school (1st semester, again thought I wouldn't be working) so many changes all at once! I am focusing on eating well, even if I don't have time to track, and looking at how to fit in exercise in my schedule now.

~~Kim in NC~ EDT
Aug 2009: 175
Dec 2009: 142
Aug - Dec 2012: 135 size 4
*30lb gain in 8 weeks*
Feb 2013: 164
Hypothyroid Diagnosis,
April/13: 166 size 12-14
July/13 Jaw surgery
Sept- confirmed Hashimoto's
Dec 2013: 162
March 2014: 155
Goal: 135-140 size 4
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown


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9/19/10 9:04 A

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Hello there, I'm new here! Very nice board of lovely people!

Maintaining... I would never have thought I'd say that, but as for now I find it relatively easy to maintain. In fact, I'm still losing weight! I have actually decided I want to try to lose another 8 or 9 lbs before Christmas to see how I feel at 110 lbs (at the moment I'm 118.9 and I'm 5' 2.5" short emoticon ), but it's just something that, as someone else said, I just keep at the back of my mind to keep focus.

I would say that I rate myself 7 or 8 at maintaining as for now (although I hope not to jinx it!) because my goal is 123 lbs and I have been under that weight (only going back to it after coming back from 2 weeks' holiday in South Italy with no scales!) since the 20th of June, although as I said having been in Italy for 2 weeks, then to Wales for 3 days and to Paris for 3 days for my graduation last week end (AND this morning I'm at my lowest!!!! Funny stuff!).

But I wonder if the reason is that my Weight Watchers maintenance points only correspond to the Sparkpeople's SLIMMING target calories and fat? As soon as I'll get to the weight I am comfortable with,I'll start eating Sparkpeople's maintenance calories and then I'll see emoticon

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starting weight: 198 lbs
goal: 123 lbs, reached 20-June-2010!

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9/16/10 9:21 A

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2 or 3 It has not been hard, so far. Of course, it has only been two weeks. I find that if I stay toward the bottom of my calorie range, I can "cheat" a little on weekends.

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9/14/10 12:05 A

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1 or 2--it's not as hard as I thought and I am no longer in panic mode if I gain 1 or 2 lbs.because I MAKE SURE to get in enough exercise the next day and to cut back on the bread or whatever it is I am eating too much of!

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BETHANYBOO's Photo BETHANYBOO Posts: 1,998
9/6/10 8:13 P

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Maybe a 4. I find it pretty easy. It's become part of my lifestyle and I don't have to put all that much thought into it. With my maintenance range, I have plenty of room for indulgences but every now and then I go overboard.

Strong is the new skinny!!


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CARRIE1948's Photo CARRIE1948 Posts: 9,170
8/25/10 7:07 A

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As long as I'm conscious of getting enough exercise and weighing and measuring everything I eat, it's okay.

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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. Since there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.


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8/24/10 1:15 P

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I think part of realistic maintaining is reassessing goals every once in awhile. After being the same weight for many years, some people feel more comfortable with more weight, but some of us with less. As long as it is intentional, it's part of the process.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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VALKYR8's Photo VALKYR8 Posts: 84
8/24/10 12:25 P

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I forgot to add. I'd say a 5.

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8/24/10 12:23 P

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Some days it's harder than others. I have a nasty habit of reaching a goal and then "celebrating". I "celebrated" by having ice cream every day for a week back in July. It was 1/2 cup a day, but still every day. I think I just recognized that I still need to track what I'm eating, but I have lowered my calorie intake from what Sparkpeople recommended and have lowered my activity and I seem to be holding steady. I do 3-4 days of hard activity/ week and confine my activity to pilates/ core routine for my off days and that seems to be working well. I feel and look really good!

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8/16/10 8:45 P

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It's pretty easy for me most of the time, about a 3-4. I do have to track in order to keep in my calorie range, otherwise I'll probably eat too much of the good foods.

Every once in a while, I hit one of those moments where it's just hard. Sometimes I can resist the temptation and sometimes I can't. But I just get back on track and it's not a problem.

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8/16/10 4:24 P

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I think I agree with NELLJONES. Most of the time it's about a 2 for me but every now and then I'll spike up to a 7 or 8. Usually it's breaks in routine that cause me problems.

The main challenge for me is being confident enough without getting complacent.

This team and friends who are maintaining are a great source of support and my body responds more obviously when I go off track now so I have a ready-made mechanism to get me back in line.



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8/16/10 10:03 A

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I would say a 1 for me ... I eat fruit, salads w/chicken water and more fruit . I mainly go 2-3 lbs then back down I think its the salt,and on other days I eat what I want and just watch portions.. It works!!

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8/15/10 9:36 P

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Part of my problem has always been the amount of food I eat. Low-calorie bulky foods such as vegetables and popcorn solve the problem as long as I'm at home to steam 4 or 5 veggies with dinner and air pop the corn for a snack.

It just doesn't work for me to eat a tiny meal. I always want more.

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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We're on this earth to give glory to God.

5'4", 75 years old. High weight 161. Reached 125 lb. goal on 7/25/08.
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8/15/10 8:31 P

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"Easy" and "Hard" isn't a day by day thing for me, but more an event by event. I'm fine, fine, fine, easy, easy, easy, then in one second, BAM, it's hard. I know that if I can get past that moment, it will be easy again...until the next moment IT hits. And the "It" can be anything. Seldom is the IT moment dramatic, it can be anything. It always passes, though, if I don't succumb. Always.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

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8/15/10 8:26 P

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Thanks, everyone, for answering my question. Looks like we really run the gamut. For some it is easy to maintain, or easy most of the time. For others it is a real challenge.

I've used that strategy a couple of you mention to eat the same breakfast (oatmeal, skim milk, fruit) and same lunch (beans, brown rice, veggie) daily, with a variety for supper. Sometimes it works. Then sometimes I get bored and need more variety.

I don't think maintenance will ever be easy for me, but with the help of SparkPeople tools and great SparkFriends, I can do it.

Life at goal weight is definitely better!!



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8/15/10 8:21 A

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It is bone crushing. I find it harder than losing was. My new tact is to tell myself I have another 10 pounds to lose so I focus on weighing and measuring everything

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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. Since there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.


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It is bone crushing. I find it harder than losing was. My new tact is to tell myself I have another 10 pounds to lose so I focus on weighing and measuring everything

www.writeforyouinc.com

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. Since there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.


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It is bone crushing. I find it harder than losing was. My new tact is to tell myself I have another 10 pounds to lose so I focus on weighing and measuring everything

www.writeforyouinc.com

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. Since there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.


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8/14/10 11:14 P

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DUBINJL said it for me...while I maintained for over a year, I seem to have adopted this mindset that *knowing* what to do is the same as *doing it*. The hardest part is arguing with yourself (and losing) emoticon

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8/14/10 9:43 P

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Very interesting to read all the responses.

I have been maintaining for 10 months now, and I have been bouncing 1-2 pounds from my goal, so I would have to say a 1.

I have been contemplating changing my goal weight down 2-4 pounds. I really kicked up running beginning of July and like it.

I usually hit the lower end of my calorie range for the most part. As another mentioned, I can eat the same thing day in and day out with a little variety. I love calorie cycling ideas.. gives me the okay to go high a day a week or two.





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8/14/10 7:14 P

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Once I found the magic balance between number of calories and exercise, I was able to maintain my weight at an even 118 with no trouble for the first year.

THEN, some changed situations caused me to eat out often...oh oh....and I started slacking off the exercise...another oh oh...so I ended up gaining 10 pounds over the next year. I never stopped tracking calories and fitness, tho, so it wasn't a surprise.

NOW, I've decided to get back on track. Maintenance isn't hard if you keep within the parameters that work for you.

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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We're on this earth to give glory to God.

5'4", 75 years old. High weight 161. Reached 125 lb. goal on 7/25/08.
Re-adjusted to 137 8/16/14


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It varies for me. I gain a bit, I lose a bit. But the fluctuations are getting less and less, so I guess I am learning. Like a previous poster, it is frustrating since I am my fittest in my life, too. So any extra around my middle just hangs off my muscles. But the big thing for me is I have learned to accept my body for what it is (most days) and love it as it is.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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I have been maintaining for 6 years, and this year has probably been the hardest. I lost my husband a year and a half ago, but maintained pretty easily (probably at a 4) until lately. Social occasions are more frequent, and thus the temptations. Probably I am at an 8 now. I still hope to get it back under control soon.

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For the first 5 months, it was about a 2. This month, my sixth month, it has leaped to a 6 or 7. I'm fighting it daily. Just when I got complacent and thought I had this business nailed, it nailed me.

Struggling but not caving in.

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For the first 5 months, it was about a 2. This month, my sixth month, it has leaped to a 6 or 7. I'm fighting it daily. Just when I got complacent and thought I had this business nailed, it nailed me.

Struggling but not caving in.

Mary

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8/13/10 11:47 P

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I would say it's a 1 for me. I've been doing it for so long that it's a no brainer for me. But then again, I have no problem eating pretty much the same things day after day. Same breakfast, same lunch, with a small variety of dinners. That's just the way I roll.

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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8/13/10 11:25 P

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I haven't quite reached my goal, but I can't seem to lose any more so guess I'm at maintenance. I have been training for a half marathon and have really had to change things up and increased my carbs and calories.



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8/13/10 9:53 P

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It took me so long to lose the last ten pounds, I feel like I have been in maintenance for a lot longer than eight months! I suppose it is telling that I was at goal for something like eight weeks before my leader or I even noticed it. LOL

For me, it has been a steady 3-4...I have a few slips...but I never stay off track for long and what I call a bad day now would be considered a good day once upon a time.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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8/13/10 9:25 P

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I would have to say a 2-3 for me. Usually not an issue except when company visits and I feel the need to make fancy stuff or if we go out to elegant place for a meal. I'm getting better at just ordering what I want and not being intimidated by what others are ordering.
I use both the nutrition and fitness trackers daily and that helps a lot.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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Right now maintaining is about a 12 for me and I am pretty frustrated. The ironic thing is that I am probably the most fit I have ever been i my life. I am a runner training for a half marathon in September and since I started increasing my mileage, I have gained about 4-5 lbs. It all comes down to calories in and calories out and probably boils down to the carbs and my body's need to build my glycogen stores for endurance. I intend on running for a long long time so I will eventually figure it all out.

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8/13/10 8:38 P

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I'd say mostly for me a 2, but that's an average. Usually I have no problem at all, but every once in awhile, a situation pops up that forces me to go off automatic and into manual mode. I have developed good habits over the years, mostly by saying NO to myself a lot. And I have the absolute faith that it works if I work it.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no problem and 10 being impossible, how hard is maintaining for you?

If you want, tell what is the hardest part? What makes it easy or hard for you?



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