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2/12/07 2:53 P

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Thanks. Will try that.

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SHANIMCK's Photo SHANIMCK Posts: 11,621
2/12/07 11:34 A

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There is no maintenance section per se, but you can change your goal. If you keep it basically the same but remove the exercise, the program will recalculate the calories you can eat to keep at this weight. Go to My Home tab and the option is toward the top I think it is titled Change my goal.

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I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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MCGRATH2 Posts: 2,487
2/12/07 11:02 A

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Thanks to all of you for answsering. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back, but I have been on the road.

Things seemed to have leveled off at about my goal weight, however, I have had to stop exercising almost completely (shoulder injury and heel injury at same time). I am assuming that when I changed my activity level it kept my calories at the same 1200-1550 deal. I don't know. Is there a maintenance section on Spark? Somewhere you go to?

Thanks again, Trish

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2/7/07 8:37 A

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Hi Trish,

Am grateful to you for posting that. I know that the amount of calories I use through exercise and activity equates to far too many for me to stay on a low intake level for long.

Slim is nice, skinny can be unattractive. At the moment, the thing that comes to mind when I try to sit up in the bath and it really hurts my cocix and pelvic bones is the starving people in developing countries when they have famines and it's reported on the news. I am always amazed at how they stay alive and are so skeletal. Their bums are the thing that stands out for me. They almost don't have any.

Anyway - I never imagined in a million years that I'd ever be thinking I need a bit more cushioning in the rear (well who would?) ... but the sitting up in the bath experience (how painful it is) has made me start thinking about what I need to do to not lose any more.

Paula

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2/6/07 6:36 P

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Thanks for all of the ideas and help. It is going to be hard now because I am below my goal so it will give me a "gain" calorie range. I am adjusting the exercise so that it is more accurate. I just noticed that it has me only needing 480 calories burned per week. When I do my 5.5 miles 2x per week I burn at least that per run and then a long run on the weekend is usually over 650. It will all work itself out. I am like Rabbit that it wierds me out to eat more, but I am not in total freak out mode like I was 2 weeks ago. Besides, I will need to gain a bit for my 1/2 in May so I need to figure it out sooner or later.

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2/6/07 12:54 P

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I just put my current weight as my goal weight, and I was accurate with the amount of exercise I do. I'm sure it's different for each person what works best for them, but so far for me the recommended daily intake from SP has been bang-on.

Just remember that while losing weight, you're trying to create a calorie deficit. Now, you're trying to find exactly what you need to keep the same. It's going to be more, for sure. The first week I had the WORST time accepting that I could eat more without completely blowing it. It still weirds me out to some extent, but the scale doesn't lie.

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2/6/07 12:43 P

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It takes awhile to get the hang of maintenance, but the calorie range concerns me. What did you set as your weight, and then as your target weight? Did you enter in the true amount of exercise you tend to do? Is it possible that you are underestimating how many calories you are burning while exercising? I'm thinking that one part of the equation isn't set right...

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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2/6/07 9:49 A

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When I met my goal back in Feb 06 I continued to lose 9 more pounds. Didn't mean to but I didn't know how to maintain instead of lose. I talked to alot of people, nutritionists included, and this is what the concensus was. Keep eating healthy. Just eat larger portions of the healthy food. For instance, instead of eating only 3-4 ounces of grilled chicken, eat 5-6 ounces. I don't buy diet bread anymore. I get whole grain bread. I allow myself small indulgences every once in a while, but not too often. I even drink Mt Dew ocassionally! YUM!!! I agree that it will take you some time to get the hang of maintaining. Good luck. ...amy

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2/6/07 8:52 A

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I am having issues with my calorie range as well. It has me set at 1330-16 something. I lost 3.5 this week. I did less running, only 12 miles instead of my normal 18-22. What gives? I admit that I am having a hard time meeting even the middle of the road though. I have added some luxuries back like cheese on my salad and sandwiches, 2T instead of 1 for dressing and milk and a bit of butter.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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2/6/07 8:07 A

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I second that as well. My loss range was 1250-1550, and now in maintenance I'm 1525 - 1850. I find my maintenance range keeps me right where I want to be, especially when I keep up all my walking. Go back and reset your nutrition goals, and you should get something more appropriate.

Working to get into the pre-baby jeans before she asks for the car keys.

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2/6/07 7:58 A

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I agree. My losing range was 1400-1500. Now, as i maintain, I eat between 1600-1800 and get moderate exercise(run 2-3 miles 5X a week). Add smart things first and see where you go with it! This is the fun part- when you get to see where your NEW number is!!! emoticon

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2/6/07 7:25 A

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I agree with Robin - the calorie range is still in the weighloss range. When I reset mine to maintenance, it went up to 1700 for the top. My struggle had been that when I set it that high, I was eating too much and getting too lax in my habits. So, I reset it and ate at the top of the "loss" range and sometimes I go over, especially on the weekends.

If you feel that you are eating healthy and that you are happy with your weight, try adding some healthy fats - olive oil, avacado, nuts - to your diet. Giving yourself a treat such as chocolate may lead down a bad road if you have a sweet tooth, so I would be careful with that one. Al things in moderation - just don't end every day with a Snickers bar!!

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hmmm, the calorie count seems low for maintenance? I get only light exercise each week and my calorie range is 1350-1650. It was higher when I was doing more intense workouts. Do you have your goal weight set to current weight? Have you set goals for the actual activity/exercise? It may take some tweaking too...my new job is pretty active and right now it seems I can eat at the high end every day and not gain..

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

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With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where?"


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MCGRATH2 Posts: 2,487
2/6/07 6:32 A

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I am actually two pounds under my goal - don't know how that happened. I entered all my stuff and my calorie consumption amount hasn't changed. Still the 1200 to 1550. Am I going to keep loosing weight? I don't want to do that. I would just like to stay here and would like a little guidance before I go experimenting with chocolate.

Thanks
Trish

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