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SHANIMCK's Photo SHANIMCK Posts: 11,621
11/28/06 9:44 A

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Talking about losing too much weight, I got on the scale this morning and had dropped 1.2 lbs to 124. I'm starting to look a bit boney on top. Funny... I think my perfect weight may be 126 or so. It is hard to purposefully eat more though. It is pscyhological of course!

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

Orig SW 150, GW 134, CW 134, new goal weight 123


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LOVE24's Photo LOVE24 Posts: 227
11/28/06 6:14 A

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KAYOTIC-- thanks for sharing! I left a comment on your page-- your outdoor adventures are amazing! I live in FL so it's flat and hot here. We do have artificial rock climbing walls in an airconditioned evironment, lol!

And thanks everyone else who posted with advice and welcomes!

Edited by: LOVE24 at: 11/28/2006 (06:17)
SW 137 7-2-06
GW 119 MET 2007
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GW: 119

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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KMPARKER's Photo KMPARKER Posts: 386
11/27/06 10:34 P

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Welcome to the group, Love24. Nice to have you here.

FWIW, I think you got good advice from the gang on gradual changes in tracking and calories.

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." Anonymous



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ACHILLES_DALLAS's Photo ACHILLES_DALLAS SparkPoints: (10,878)
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11/27/06 9:17 P

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Excellent work love24. Everyone here is a continual motivation. Welcome and continued success

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11/27/06 7:33 P

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Hi Love24 and welcome! I'm in the same boat as you - trying to find the right mix to not lose any more weight. I just made myself gain a few pounds and now I'm trying to keep the weight where it's at.

The ideas provided are perfect and I couldn't provide more ideas. I hope they help!

Tina
SW 156 - Nov 05 Reached 2nd Goal: 118 - Nov 06
Maintained loss until Sept 07

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BRIGHTANGEL's Photo BRIGHTANGEL Posts: 556
11/27/06 12:59 P

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Roloha, several reasons.
(1) I started logging in my food (Tracking) using DietPower a very long time before I came online with Sparks, so I was already very familiar and comfortable with DietPower's program.
(2) After I joined Sparks I compared the 2 software programs, to see if it would benefit me to change, and my comparison found DietPower's program to be far superior. Especially with its daily logging ability; its food & recipe dictionaries; and its ability to allow the user to increase the dictionaries and individualize them by adding all of one's own additional foods & recipes. There are lots of other benefits to that software program that I enjoy as well. Spark has many helps and great forums, but I found using it to track my food doesn't compare or measure up to DietPower's standard.

Highest weight ever: 271 lbs - Dec-1992.
Diet Start: 190.5 lbs - Sept-2004.
Goal Weight: 115 =Reached Jan-2006.
Lifetime Goal: Maintain around 115 lbs
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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,742
11/27/06 12:36 P

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I was using the tracker for awhile when I met my goal, but have given it up completely now (mainly for time issues) and have not had a problem maintaining. I think I weaned off it by not logging daily, I would write everything down and log on the weekend, and I found I was pretty much staying w/in my range doing that. This gave me the confidence to give it up all together, knowing that I was w/in the range intuitively. Now I'm weighing myself during the week and I think I'll track again if my weight goes above my goal range. I've been doing this for a few months now, and not had to track yet, in fact, I'm still at or below the low end of my goal range. It felt a little strange at first not to track, but I'm used to it now. I'm concentrating on eating healthy food that I enjoy, and not stressing too much about the rest of it.

I do agree though that it does take some time to figure out what will work for you in maintenance.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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ROLOHA's Photo ROLOHA Posts: 3,540
11/27/06 12:19 P

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BrightAngel - just curious as to why you track with Diet Power and not on SP?

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

"The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where?"


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GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005


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LOVE24's Photo LOVE24 Posts: 227
11/27/06 11:48 A

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BRIGHTANGEL
Congrats on maintaining for 10 months! I guess tracking is not really my issue as much as not wanting to see the calories creep up-- it's just a "mental" thing. I need to learn to track and not mind eating anywhere in my range. I do feel obsessed with it though! I just have to make it work for me in a good way and I have gotten some really good advice from all of you. Again congrats to you!

Edited by: LOVE24 at: 11/27/2006 (11:49)
SW 137 7-2-06
GW 119 MET 2007
NEW SW:126
GW: 119

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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11/27/06 11:43 A

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"but I do look better with a bit more fat over my upper body (too bad I can't just shift the fat around from my lower half!)."

Well isn't that the truth! My upper body is soooo thin now but there is still a little "junk in the trunk" lol!

I think raising the caloric intake by 100 until I don't loose is a good idea. I know what you mean about the tracker, I can't give it up totally, but I am going to give it a try on the weekends. Thanks for the advice!

Edited by: LOVE24 at: 11/27/2006 (11:55)
SW 137 7-2-06
GW 119 MET 2007
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GW: 119

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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BRIGHTANGEL's Photo BRIGHTANGEL Posts: 556
11/27/06 10:52 A

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I track all of my food intake every day. I did this between 9/2004 & 1/2006 in order to lose 75 lbs to my goal weight, and I've continued to do it from 2/2006 to the present 11/06 in order to stay within my maintenance goal range of between 115 & 105 lbs.
My choice of a food tracker is the software program Diet Power, (which can be found at dietpower.com). I log in all of my food every day, and the program tells me how many calories I'm eating. After 10 months at goal, I'm still working on adjusting how much I can eat and maintain my weight loss. Logging in all my food every day is an easy habit which I'll probably continue the rest of my life. I've lost and regained 100 lbs + 3 separate times in my life, and regained 30 + many more times. I have no intention of losing focus, and regaining weight again. Keeping track of my food keeps me focused. emoticon

Highest weight ever: 271 lbs - Dec-1992.
Diet Start: 190.5 lbs - Sept-2004.
Goal Weight: 115 =Reached Jan-2006.
Lifetime Goal: Maintain around 115 lbs
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11/27/06 9:57 A

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"It takes a while to find the right mix."

Yes, I think what you say is true- I am going to have to work with it a bit!


Edited by: LOVE24 at: 11/27/2006 (11:55)
SW 137 7-2-06
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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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SHANIMCK's Photo SHANIMCK Posts: 11,621
11/27/06 9:24 A

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I still use the tracker even though I met my goal back in May. I see it as preventative maintenance and it ensures I'm doing well overall. Portion creep and higher cal items could easily derail my already attained progress. I did have the same problem you had. Finally I had to realize that my base metabolism had accelerated due to the exercise and had to manually raise my daily caloric intake on the tracker by 200 calories. That did the trick and I stopped losing. In fact, I've decided to try to put 5 lbs back on (so far pretty good). It took a long time not to freak out about going up on the scale (ok, I still do), but I do look better with a bit more fat over my upper body (too bad I can't just shift the fat around from my lower half!).

My suggestion to you is to consider raising your daily caloric level by 100 calorie increments until you stop losing. That is the equivalent of roughly 2 small apples... Or a few crackers, or a piece of string cheese. ;) You can do this without sabotaging your hubby.

Your plan is good but I personally don't want to get away from the tracker until I know for sure that I have good control over my portions and awareness of the caloric value of my foods.

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

Orig SW 150, GW 134, CW 134, new goal weight 123


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11/27/06 9:20 A

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I still track my food but it's more to see the nutrition and reinforce the new habits and lifestyle. I lowered my range temporarily due to not being able to exercise while nursing an injury and set my goal a little lower to get me through the holidays without gaining. I am eating at the high- end of the new lower range every day and maintaining nicely. It takes a while to find the right mix.

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

"The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where?"


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GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005


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LOVE24's Photo LOVE24 Posts: 227
11/27/06 7:40 A

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Thanks Jan-- I will check out that website! You look awesome, BTW!

SW 137 7-2-06
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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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LOVE24's Photo LOVE24 Posts: 227
11/27/06 7:39 A

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Thank you Lenore, for sharing! Yep I need to wean myself from the tracker! I like the idea of eating low and then adding a dessert at night. I love dessert and I have to have something before bed!

SW 137 7-2-06
GW 119 MET 2007
NEW SW:126
GW: 119

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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JANNIE1's Photo JANNIE1 Posts: 5,036
11/27/06 7:35 A

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Goodness, I wish I had your problem. I seem to have a very slow metabolism because it took me a whole year just to shed 51 lbs and it was like pulling teeth. Just this thanksgiving I put on 4 lbs, gained back 2% bodyfat and put back on 1/2 inch on my thighs and my sadlebags. OY! All that in just 2 days!

I went to a website that calculated the amount of daily calories I can eat based on my BMR (base metabolic rate) level of exercise, age, weight etc. It gives calorie ranges for loosing and maintaining.

www.nutrition.about.com
Hope this helps,
Jan

Edited by: JANNIE1 at: 11/27/2006 (07:35)
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CW 9/19/13 120.2
GW 6/23/13 125
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11/27/06 6:59 A

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Welcome to the team! Sounds like you are well on your way to having a healthy life! I am pretty close to you in many way - met my goal, set it lower and then stayed on track. It sounds like you have good plan in place to use the SP food tracker as a tool but to break your dependence on it. I wasn't as into is as you, but a few weeks ago, when one of the goals was to NOT use the FT, I thought, "I can't do that yet!" I continue to track at least my breakfast every day (for points!) I have an admitted sweet tooth - especially liking some sort of dessert in the evening. So, with my adjusted calorie range, I still eat at the lower end of my calories and then add that something special (in moderation) at the end of the day! Works for me!

Keep on sparking!
Lenore

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SW: 139 Aug 06
GW: 125 Oct 06
MW: 121 - 124

I love this quote from Master and Commander, "Name a shrub after me, Be sure it's something prickly and hard to eradicate." Determination will win the day!



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11/27/06 6:22 A

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Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself-- I'm Jeanie and I am happy I found this team. I have been maintaining for a couple of months now and have found a few challenges. I am hoping that some of you with the same experiences can offer some advice.

Overall I am doing really well- especially with my fitness. I continue to walk 2 miles 5-6 times per week, ST 3x and have added some yoga and butt workout to mix it up a little bit. With the eating I am having a few issues. My original goal was 128, but I continued to loose down to 123 which I was happy with. Now I am down to 120 and don't want to loose further. Issue one- hubby is still eating to loose-(yaaah hubby- has lost 20 pounds with less than 10 to go!) so I find myself just following along with how he eats. Issue two,I also have "obsession" with tracking my food, but when I see the calories creep up into range which is over the range when I was loosing, I get nervous, lol! I guess the problem is I don't want to gain, but I don't want to loose either!

Here is what I am doing about it, and any other suggestions or comments about what has worked for you are welcome!

1. I am only tracking on weekdays and I eat at least to the lower end of my range, gradually working until I am comfortable anywhere in my range.
2. No tracking on weekends!
3. Eating more calorie dense foods- nuts etc.
4. On weekends when eating out, I DO eat a small dish of icecream for dessert, I DO eat the eggroll, etc. I don't want to deprive myself, as long as the majority of what I eat is healthy.

Thanks in advance for comments and replies! emoticon

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GW 119 MET 2007
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GW: 119

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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