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9/21/11 10:16 A

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For me it is staying within 5 pounds of goal and fitting comfortably in to my clothes. I know when the jeans get to snug it's time to cut back! Also just the way I feel. When my weight is up I just feel gross and bloated. Why would I want to do that to myself? For me it's a vicious cycle that never seems to end. Those darn hormones and emotions get in my way too much! I (we) must continually make healthy choices if we want to stay at a healthy weight!

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9/20/11 10:16 P

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For me right now its staying within a 5 pounds in either directions I'm still new to this maintaining thing its only been since May of this year I'm sure down the road it will change

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9/20/11 8:14 P

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For me, successful maintenance has become staying above the lowest end of my BMI, so somewhere between 105-115 lbs. I also gauge success by what I see in the mirror. When I feel good about my looks, I feel better in other areas too.

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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9/20/11 8:05 P

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Wow Potridge! Five years of maintenance is incredible! You are an inspiration!

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I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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9/20/11 8:01 P

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Guitarwoman, Congratulations on 1 year of maintenance! What an accomplishment!

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I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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9/19/11 9:50 P

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I define successful maintenance by staying between 135 and 140 lbs. I also use my favorite jeans as an indicator. If they fit and aren't getting snug, then I'm maintaining. Mostly I go by how I feel. I feel much healthier since losing 40 lbs and I want to continue feeling that way! emoticon

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9/19/11 7:43 P

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To me, successful maintenance is a long-term thing, and it isn't entirely about the scale, but the scale is certainly an element of it. When I reached my first goal (150), I adjusted my goal downward. I started defining maintenance as eating within a comfortable range (which I defined as about 1500 calories, allowing myself to float up to 1700 or so) and being moderately to very active (meaning walking 30 minutes a day, at the very least).

Note this definition didn't have anything to do with the scale. What I told myself then was that this was the life style I wanted to maintain... and I would let my body tell me what my real goal weight range would be: whatever this lifestyle settled it at!

Imagine my surprise when I continued to lose until I said "enough" a year ago in August, when I was hitting the high 120's. Over the past year I have slowly continued to lose, and now have my "range" defined as two to three pounds either way of 122.

In short, yes, my definition of maintenance has changed: it now has a number. But it is still more about lifestyle, which in turn defined the number.

I want to live at this level of functionality for as long as God grants me the grace to do so. And for me, that means staying within a certain range, making healthy choices in terms of nutrition, and letting my body have the stress-relieving exercise it so needs to keep me happy and free. Not to mention keeping my doctor smiling.

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First of all, I agree with a little of what everyone is saying. Secondly, as worldly as I am, this is very new to me. I''ve been, scratch that, I was over 220 lbs for at least 40 years. When I started to embrace a healthy lifestyle less than a year ago, I set goals of ridding myself of 10 pound increments. I was elated when I went under 200! It started to tell me something. I continued on, fixed on getting below a 25 BMI not so much the weight number.

I started to see the correlation so watching the scale and the BMI, I surpassed any real golden number. I started to want to feel comfortable and healthy at whatever weight I settled into. Right now 170 +- 5 lbs feels damn good. BUT I'm not going crazy if I go below 170. I see the muscle definition, the loss of inches, and how I feel after running. I'm told that 162 is a proper weight for me. I really don't listen to that at all. If I get there and I'm still feeling good, whatever. I have also learned something else.

I've changed. I've embraced a little bit "more holistic, philosophical and spiritual approach to maintenance." I've been so analytical all my life. I had to with expertise is CyberTerrorism and CyberWarfare. I needed to break away somewhat.

The bottom line is that I've been successful for four months at a weight I could never fathom and doing the things I thought could not be reached anymore. I'm thankful for everything and the support. More importantly, I'm happy with myself. I guess, in no more boring scientific terms, successful maintenance to me is being happy at how I'm living right here, right now.

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9/19/11 2:31 P

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In the short term, like for the next year or so, successful maintenance will be based on the scale and the numbers. I can't deny that. But my whole decision to finally do something about my weight was tied into a much longer term goal. I am getting older, and I want to be as healthy as possible as I age. The healthier I am aging, the better I'll age. That's my rationale. So when the aging-related setbacks come (and may they not come for a long time--even better, if they didn't come at all!), extra weight will not be one of the extra concerns.

One of the best things about using SparkPeople, for me, was the combination of the calorie intake and output. I had had lots of experience counting calories in. But counting calories out was always a guess-timate. To actually have the numbers in front of me every day was what helped me realize when to stop consuming and when to increase burning. Plus, all the other numbers that SparkPeople provides me with, such as fiber, which my system really really needs. Again, I had been counting, but using approximate numbers. The real numbers give me the intellectual push to pick up the right foods for what I need, not necessarily the foods that I want at any particular time.

I used to think that successful maintaining would mean not having to worry about what I eat. Now, I know that it means keeping that critical calories-in/calories-out balance in front of me at all times. Maybe, after a year or so, the healthy lifestyle will be firmly rooted in my psyche. And I won't have to worry about what I eat because I'll be eating what's right for my body.

That's what I hope, anyway. Meanwhile, I'm having fun shopping for new clothes that fit instead of hang!

Started at 138, aiming for 125. Got there, and 120 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 118 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 115 seemed possible. And that's where I want to stay. Maintain, maintain, maintain.


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9/19/11 1:02 P

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I have been maintaining for almost 5 years and my definition of successful maintenance is a couple of things. I hate to say it, but of course it's about the numbers on the scale. As long as I can stay within 5 pounds of my goal I figure I'm doing ok. The other gauge is, how my clothes fit. If I can open my closet door and just grab anything without worrying about if I can get into it or not, I'm a happy camper! I'm not saying these past 5 years have been easy but I'm also not saying it was a daily struggle. I know what I have to do, and I do it. I'm happy with my accomplishments, and I'm looking forward to 10 years down the road when I can look in the mirror and STILL be happy with where I am!

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9/19/11 12:38 P

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I have been maintaining for a year, today!

At first, the scale was the only measure I would use to determine successful maintenance--you can see I still have it as my icon on the weight loss ticker. It was operational, it did not lie, etc.

Now, I am getting into a broader definition, and looking at all aspects of fitness as indicators of maintenance. I have exercised for decades, and have certainly increased my duration and intensity of such. I also take into account my work/life balance (high pressure job, type A personality), sleep patterns (do not do so well here), frame of mind, my music, practice of my faith, doing good in/for this world, relationship with spouse, and other measures of how I am living a fit life.

The scale is still important, and I still weigh myself every day, I love stats and measuring things and that is how using a fitbit is really helpful to me as well. But what I try to do is measure me, how I am I doing on my journey?

And a funny result! I used to think that if I went below 110 pounds I would fall over from low blood sugar. Recently I have moved down to the 108's and I am still standing.

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For me, "maintenance" was defined by Weight Watcher when I hit goal back in Dec 1970: 2 pounds plus or minus of your designated goal. You could change your goal as time went by, of course. My goal has gone down over the years as I have gotten older.

I just want to keep my weight where it is, and the scale is just a guide as to where my diet (broad sense, not weight loss) is matching my life and my aging body and my expectations. I've never been an exerciser, exercise wasn't even discussed as part of weight loss back then, but I am one of those people who can't sit still. I can't watch TV for more than 15 mins without getting up and doing something (love that DVR!) or tapping a foot or otherwise fidgeting. If I'm awake, some part of me is in motion.

I guess I consider myself successful as long as my thighs don't touch in any place and I can still see my collarbone. That way I still look like myself, and it is worth whatever I have to do to stay there.

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9/19/11 10:50 A

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For me: maintaining my scale weight within 10 lbs, currently I have set a new goal of losing another 12lbs, so that I am at the lower end of healthy weight.

I ask myself - have I changed my eating habits, am I keeping with my goals to ease my back pain, knee pain with mild exercise.

Basically: am I staying on top of this weight loss

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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9/19/11 8:53 A

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The longer I've been doing this the less I care about weight. When I think about maintaining I think almost ONLY about a HEALTHY life style, not about maintaining weight. And even the word maintaining is misleading, because I really want to improve, not just maintain.
I believe that maintaining weight has to do with eating well, exercising well, taking care of one's other health issues well, taking care of one's emotional and spiritual life well and enjoying the process of it all by choosing a positive outlook.
Another very important aspect to set ourselves up for success is to focus ONLY on those things we can control: how much we eat, how much we exercise, what type of exercise, where we allow our thoughts to go, who we choose as our friends, how we spend our time, how much sleep we get.
We can not always control how much money we earn, how other people act, or what the scales say on any given day. Unfortunately we can't even always completely control what is in our food, although we can improve the chance of eating healthy food by choosing wisely. We can't always avoid disease or injury but we can do the best to get better and manage illness.
Life happens, and how we handle the unexpected (and the stress that comes with it), how it affects our eating and exercise habits, is to me much more important for successful maintenance than how closely I can monitor my weight.
So to summarize, defining maintenance as weight maintenance is limiting maintenance to a very small aspect of maintenance, the one that can easily be measured. Scientific research focuses on things that can be measured but the benefit that comes from it is very limited.
A more holistic, philosophical and spiritual approach to maintenance is in my opinion much more successful. Weight maintenance is not the goal, it is a small part of the goal of maintaining a healthy life style.
I think it is helpful to look at the correlation between weight maintenance and people's overall satisfaction with their life and their enjoyment of it. It is also important to look at percentage of body fat and muscle mass in addition to weight. Looking in the mirror will tell the difference in most cases.
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9/19/11 7:31 A

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I found a paper in the scientific literature that discusses this problem and wrote about it here:
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The authors of the paper said it should be +/- 3% of "a designated weight."

How you pick that weight is important. I used contestants from the TV show "The Biggest Loser" as examples so we could have real numbers to look at.

In the end I think I still prefer my own definition: "Keep your BMI under 30 (obese) unless you have an unusual body composition." Of course this reflects my own weight history (up to "super morbidly obese") and I'm thinking of all the folks out there who would be healthier in the "overweight" category than the "obese" category they're currently in.

In my own personal case in order to be able to continue the sports I love and to perform comfortably at them I like how my body feels when my BMI is under 25 and my % body fat is 20 or below (under 160, around 155-ish).

What's your definition, and how did you choose it? Has it evolved over the years?

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