Hi everyone! I'm still relatively new to this forum and to maintaining. I hit my goal two weeks ago and am having some trouble with the mental shift as I go from weight loss to weight maintenance mode. Since I've started 'maintenance' two weeks ago, I've actually lost three pounds. That's okay for now because my goal is at the top of my range and I'm happy to be a few pounds under. However, I know that I'm going to need to make some changes in my habits relatively soon to halt my weight loss because I know I don't want to lose more than another five pounds--that will put me close to a range that I previously found difficult to sustain.
I exercise five days a week on average with a combination of cardio, strength training (about an even split, usually about 30/30) and yoga once a week. Most days I'm at around 1,300 calories and once a week I go up to about 2,000. Considering I've lost three pounds in the past two weeks, that means I'm undereating at a rate of about 750 calories a day for maintenance if one pound equals 3,500 calories.
The idea of going up to over 2,000 most days is scary and I'm sure few people would advise such a radical jump all at once. What I'm looking for is support and advice from people who gradually upped their calories and/or modified their exercise routines and were successful in reaching the happy maintenance medium. In addition to how many calories you added and how often, I'm also interested in hearing about what kind of food you added when you increased your calories. I certainly wouldn't want to add 500 calories of chocolate cake every day for example, tempting as it may be, lol! I'm open to changing my exercise habits and I've already shifted more heavily towards strength training than I had been doing in the past. I think another adjustment may be necessary because I'm clearly burning too many calories, but I absolutely don't want to sacrifice muscle for the sake of halting weight loss.
I wish I were already at maintenance level now so I wouldn't have to change anything, but I understand that I need to make some adjustments. I know that it's unrealistic to think that I'll always be within a pound of my goal but I'd like to aim to be within three to five to account for normal bodily fluctuations and short periods of indulgence from time to time. Any advice and tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!
Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 3/23/2012 (05:34)
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
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