When I hit goal I set another goal to reduce my % of body fat. I started strength training for the first time. I also read in the National Weight control Registry that exercise of 400 calories daily was the biggest positive factor associated with weight maintenance. So I increased cardio, too. Then as I continued to lose weight while I ate more food, I reduced my goal weight several times. At one point I thought I was too skinny, but then I came to like it.
I still track my binge-free days, because I am a binger. I plan my menus, track my food, track my exercise, read a lot of Spark articles, and interact with my SparkFriends. It's fun and educational!!
Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!
The toughest part of weight loss is the maintenance. Finding that right balance of food and fitness that will let you maintain and not gain or lose. But Sparks once again, comes to the rescue. You set your weight loss goal to the same as your start weight. You make sure your fitness tracker is set to how much exercise you do, then you see how many calories the Nutrition Tracker gives you to stay in. Accurately tracking means no guessing errors. Its what is working for me.. Good Luck with your maintaining!!
When one door closes, I simply look for another to kick down! Starting over isn't a crime, its Life! A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight! V. Borge
Have confidence in your own body. It knows what it's doing better than some artificial goal that is supposed to "fit all". You will stop losing, and may even have spells of gaining a little. Just stick to the program and it will all even out. And ENJOY your new slim status!!
current weight: 127.0
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I had it down pat until WW changed their program at the same time I was training to be a leader, then I started losing again...I am working to find balance again. I already slowed down my exercise regimen...to a slow simmer...and I am experimenting with eating more food. :-) You will find your own way!
Edited by: RISSASPIECES at: 1/30/2011 (20:14)
Reached my goal November 2009!
Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.
For me, it has been pretty much the same lifestyle to lose weight. I still track and if I don't I stop being accountable. I still exercise and most importantly I have stayed with Sparks for the support that is offered and to keep in touch with all the wonderful SparkFriends I've made. I also keep rewarding myself for goals reached. Yes, maintaining means you can now concentrate on other goals rather than just losing weight. Start thinking about what you want to do with this wonderful new body. The future is yours to enjoy, go for it.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." Saint Francis de Sales
I've always had trouble with "finish lines" and reaching goals. So, what I have to do is invent new goals. Goals to have fun and enjoy myself in active / non-food ways.
So, this year, for example, among my "to dos" are things like "get on a horse", "run in a 5K", and "finish my first half marathon". You see, I don't even mention weight among them, but maintaining my weight is a side effect of living an active life.
I still *do* the same things: track my nutrition and my workouts and seek balance of calories in / calories out... but it is more in a "I'm in training" sense.
Anyway, those are the games I play in my mind to handle the "maintenance adjustment". Hopefully others will have more ideas.
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010 Moved maintenance center to 120 on December 21, 2014
134 Days until: Age Group National Olympic Triathlon
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