i agree that maintenance seems scary, but what you don't realize is that for the past year or more, you have been generating a whole new life-style, a whole new set of habits and attitudes toward food.
First, give yourself a break. You are not going to weigh the same thing every time you weight yourself. I give myself a 5 lbs. range around my goal weight.
Second: I still use the nutrition tracker because it keeps me honest. Do I go over once in a while, sure. Am I under once in a while. Yes. Do I have dessert? Once in a while. I think you see the trend here.
I think the exercise is tied to the food. There is just no way around the fact that 3500 calories over what we use for our BMR and exercise will add up to a pound gained. So go to the 4 days a week exercise. Keep track of food and see how it goes. Maintenance is a learning process as well.
BTW - I have maintained my initial 65 lb loss for 5 years with one "blip" of 15lbs up when I broke my leg. I got that off in about three months and have been at or below that goal for over 18 months.
Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.
| current weight: 7.0 over