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4/20/11 9:48 P

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Trial and error have eventually led to the following plan for me:

1) between 1200 and 1500 cal per day depending on where I'm at in my range
2) tracking everything i eat on my iPod (Lean Me app) so I know where I'm at with #1
3) minimum of 150g of protein per day
4) at least 15% of my calories in fat per day

When not injured I like to work out 2x/day on most days (alternating intense cardio and heavy strength) and spend weekends doing long crazy white water kayaking marathons or snowboarding, or road cycling, etc. Because that's the reason I want to be in this place.

I'm still refining this and working out the kinks.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 4/20/2011 (21:48)
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From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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4/20/11 10:16 A

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Be proud! I don't think there's anything sad about not being able to stick with these extreme regimes, unless you have a health condition they might have helped. I'd bet that you are eating a higher ratio of "clean" foods than you were before weight loss. Besides, things can change. I used to eat ice cream by the quart; now I hardly even have it because I prefer other sweets and I just don't have them as often. emoticon

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SINCITYLULU1 Posts: 799
4/20/11 8:52 A

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I have tried eating clean, paleo, no carb, low carb. Sadly none of these ways of eating fit with my life style. To maintain my weight I eat what I like to eat and count calories. Staying within 1200-1400 calories daily on average.

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4/18/11 3:32 P

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Maartjebol, if you tried WW several times, you tried a different program each time. They keep changing their programs, don't know why. Some work better for some than others, maybe that's it. My exchange plan was the basis of about 10 different exchange plans they had before they went to points, and there have been a bunch of point plans.

I was a vegetarian for 12 years, and unless you try hard, it isn't low cal. Indian food is primarily vegetarian, and is full of fat, which is why it's so good. I had to "lean it up" to make it part of my plan, using the old WW International Cookbook as a starting point. If I go to an Indian vegetarian restaurant for the buffet, I might as well be at Ryan's.

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VICTORIAP4 Posts: 23
4/18/11 9:14 A

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Great answers. It's so interesting to see what everyone is doing for maintenance and what is working for each person. Thanks for your replies.

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4/17/11 9:10 P

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In the past have tried WW a number of times, Diet Center and Vegetarianism. Have met with success no matter what I've tried but never been able to maintain. This time it was "only" using SparkPeople tools and awesome encouraging SparkFriends. Smarter eating, moving more and superhuman willpower. Eating less meat than before, trying to eat less processed foods, eating more raw vegetables, planning ahead and using the nutrition tracker are part of my routine. Walk or run daily (running is new to me).

This time, with the connection to SparkPeople and the lifestyle changes I have made, I am more confident than ever about my ability to keep it off. There is no going back.

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If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. ~Anonymous

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4/17/11 11:28 A

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WW is the one that got me to goal and I have been maintaining for about 6 months. I have lost weight time 7 time before, but htis time, it has been more of a lifestyle change that I am determined to make permanent! Exercise and just being more active everyday has been a big part of the transformation for me.

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4/17/11 12:24 A

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I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years but it wasn't until I gave up chocolate and kept my sugar down to less than 10 mg per serving that things started to fall in place for me. Oh........and EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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4/16/11 7:55 P

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I lost my first 50 pounds on Weight Watchers Momentum Plan. Then I lost 30 pounds tracking on SparkPeople. I ate a lot of the same things I ate on WW, but started watching my sodium much better and other nutrients as well. I lost 6 more pounds on Weight Watchers PointsPlus and running!! Now I would not even mind gaining a pound or two - if it were muscle!!

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4/16/11 1:36 P

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I've lost on several different diets, but gained some back each time until I found Sparkpeople.
By letting Sparkpeople figure how many calories I need to lose the 10 lbs. I wanted to lose and then following the recommended portions of carbs, protein, fat and whole grains, I lost the 10 lbs. and have kept them off for four years. I drink 8 glasses of water a day and only go over my 1500 calories rarely. My husband and I usually order only one entree when we eat out and split it between us. We're both in our 80's and in great shape. We walk 1/2 hour each afternoon in our neighborhood and I Jazzercise 3 times a week and do yoga each a.m. emoticon

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4/16/11 9:24 A

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I can not explain how or why Weight Watchers worked for me when diet and exercise alone did not, but I am eternally grateful! I make it my mission to help my classes find success with WW too. :-) Getting up there in front of them really helps me stay disciplined and on plan.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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4/16/11 8:13 A

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When I rejoined my TOPS group in late Sept., I decided IN MY MIND.....I was going to get rid of the last 23#!! Being accountable to a scale weekly and telling how much you lose or gain in front of the group helps me a lot! I really only eat when I'm hungry, try to eat mindfully, exercise and watch my portions and get the water in. I helps too, to be positive about it all!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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4/16/11 12:49 A

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I just eat natural, organic food, very little processed other than heating and freezing. Part of the lifestyle is 2-4 hours of exercise on most days (more than half low-impact like walking and horseback riding), also good stress management, enough sleep, having a job I love.

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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4/15/11 8:28 P

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Isn't it amazing that all of these diets work if you work them? After trying a million different diets (anyone remember Ayds? or the grapefruit diet?) we each found one that really worked, not just in the loss but in the lifelong maintenance?

I love food and I love life, and my diet gives me both while maintaining a loss for many years. And we have each found one that works for us. And I love that, too!

Nell
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4/15/11 8:18 P

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I follow the South Beach diet. I have hypoglycemia and have found that this is the best diet for losing weight and keeping my hypoglycemia in check. I do fit a few cheats in here and there but as long as I stick with the principles of the SBD most of the time I can keep the weight off and not get my sugar levels out of whack.

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4/15/11 7:46 P

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I am still losing but I feel the No S Diet has been the real foundation of my healing. It has taken awhile, but it is becoming a very strong habit and it is actually getting easier. The maintenance is the same as the losing. I can imagine living like this forever.

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I counted exchanges 35 years ago and do it to this day. It is so much a part of me that it is how I think of as mindful eating. I jot down each exchange in my book every day, and any extra item. I walk through grocery stores seeing each item of food as slotted into an exchange, like a second language, and it's so comfortable, so much a part of me, that I find it easy to stay at goal.

Nell
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4/15/11 5:14 P

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The plan that works for me is mindful eating and activity which translates to my using the nutrition and fitness trackers daily.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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4/15/11 4:59 P

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Clean eating! and YES have tried everything.

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4/15/11 4:49 P

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What diet/lifestyle plan do you follow to keep your weight off and maintain? Have you tried other plans that did not help you lose or maintain your weight?

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