KTRIBE, I didn't know about tyrosine, will have to look that up. For me the biggest difference was definitely getting my iodine levels up to normal (requiring much more iodine than from salt) and replacing polyunsaturated fat with virgin coconutoil.
Good question! I'm often surprised how little some people eat and maintain. I'm gonna give a few more details to put this in perspective. I have not yo-yo dieted in the last couple of years. I've always done a lot (1-2 hours) of low-impact exercise almost daily to walk my dogs. I do not have a job where I sit much, I'm a homemaker, homeschooling mom and part-time dog trainer. When I sit at the computer I use an exercise ball that makes me engage some core muscles. I rarely watch TV for entertainment or pursue other sedentary activities. All of this probably makes some difference. I also garden and muck out at the barn. I would guess that just my low-impact exercise throughout the day may burn somewhere around 500 calories a day. I know that not everyone can do this. It does help to leave the car at home whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator and so on and focus on entertainment that is active. I don't have time to make it to the gym very often and I get bored there. Maybe the most important thing for me about exercise is that you think outside the box and find things you truly enjoy. For me that is horseback riding, hiking, running, ballet, ice skating and sometimes swimming and diving. There are always enough fun things to pick from. I am borderline hypothyroid and a little weight-loss resistant so to lose the last few vanity pounds I'd have to really kick up the strength training and build more muscle.
hound: that many calories! I dialed back my exercise from about 60 minutes per day to about 40 minutes per day and have my calories at 1830 and that tends to keep me in maintenance mode. Now I am a secretary and tend to not be horribly active, but how in the world can you maintain and eat that many calories? Been trying since December of last year to get to maintenance and at first I continued loosing, but only about 2 pounds a month, I think I am finally in maintenance mode.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.) 2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50 (Recovering from a cold and wet day.)
My weight is about 10 lbs. above yours and I eat about 2500 calories a day to maintain with about an hour of exercise a day. Enjoy some more healthy food. 1800 is what I need on very inactive days. As for the lose skin, if you work out more (and eat even more) you can fill some of it with muscle.
I am now 5 pounds below my goal weight and 8 lbs. past the goal weight SP set for me when I first joined. And that is grand! But I don't want to lose any more! My "skinny" clothes are getting big as I have not been at this weight in 20 years! I have lost 35 lbs. since joining SP and I probably had lost 10 lbs. before joining SP. But I am older now and I have moderate amounts of loose skin on my arms, back (of all places!) and belly and I can not afford skin removal surgery - especially since I will be assuming a mortgage soon that is more than double my present rent!
I DO NOT want to go back to my old way of eating as I know I will regain the weight. I have been eating 1800+ calories a day since reaching goal weight and I do exercise every day, but not excessively so - usually 40-50 minutes a day. Any suggestions? I want to stay at my present weight - not gain any!
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