Way to go on reaching your goals! I am fairly new to maintenance myself. One of the hardest things is learning what to focus on and what to just let happen. It takes some tweaking just like the losing did. You will figure out what works for you with time.
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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.
i just reached my final goal weight and am a little nervous. it seems my maintenace calories arent that much different from my weight loss calories only about an extra 100 calories. that seems kind of odd to me. also im used to exercising 6 days a week but would like to cut down to 4 only. is that reasonable? i dont want to kill myself trying to maintain. i just want to be able to do it without worrying about every single calorie that goes in my mouth. when i lost the first 70 pounds i had to stop exercising because i hurt myself pretty bad. so i didnt exercise for about 8 months. im proud to say that i didnt gain a pound during those 8 months either. now that ive lost the last 20 though im terrified. any advice would helpful thanks so much
if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got
starting weight 233 1/10/09
1st goal weight 175. met 6/28/09
2nd goal weight 165 met 08/10/09
3rd goal weight 155 met 7/1/10
4th goal weight 150
last goal weight and healthy bmi 143 met on 9/29/10
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