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I like the term "weight management" also. It encompasses the whole journey.

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Love the Leigh Peele links, 4A, and weight management makes sense as a term/concept too...sometimes it just takes looking at something from a slightly different perspective to put it in focus. I've been poking around in Tom Venuto's blogs lately too, lots of good stuff there as well.

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I love the term weight management! I am going to use that from now on. I've picked my number not to go over, to allow for those often seemingly random fluctuations in weight. Staying at that number or below will be my weight management goal, along with staying or increasing level of fitness and health I have achieved over the past 18 months.

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A lot of topics here.

I will sidestep the main one of "what is maintenance?" because I want to address Peri's goals about body fat, first.

1) It is difficult to monitor changes in % body fat. See this blog post about how I'm trying to do it:
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The problem is that a) measuring % body fat accurately is difficult unless you have access to a DEXA machine, and b) even if you do measure it (with a less accurate but more convenient way) there is so much error that you can't detect "real" changes in time periods smaller than three months, or so. You're best off using photos and a measuring tape, from what I understand. (seeing changes in the photos will still depend on lighting, what you're wearing, your posture, etc.)

2) Don't forget to build in recovery and rest breaks. From BOTH the lifting AND the running. There's a much better source of information than me about this sort of thing: check out the blogs by Leigh Peele at www.leighpeele.com/running-fo
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About the definition of maintenance; RUSSLANE once remarked in a forum on this group a couple of years ago that he prefers the term "weight management" rather "weight maintenance." (And that's assuming you're talking about weight, at all.)

Since the scale is a convenient way to keep track of what's going on with our size and shape, it's a common way to monitor keeping off fat. And unlike methods for estimating % body fat, very accurate digital scales exist that can tell you pretty much exactly what you weigh.

But it's just a shorthand method. It doesn't take into account water retention, for example - I once gained 16 pounds (over 10% of my body weight) in 3 days by eating a lot of pickles (they contain a lot of sodium). That doesn't mean the scale is useless, but just that we need to remember it's a tool for monitoring something more elusive.

In the end, I think it's up to an individual to determine how he or she defines "maintenance." I would never scoff at someone for using athletic performance or a measuring tape or how a pair of jeans fit. If those things help someone monitor their fitness in a useful way, then I'm happy for them.

Personally I'm going to try and stick with +/- 3% around my goal weight. It's a small enough range to be sensitive to real changes up or down but wide enough to handle routine water fluctuations (pickle episodes notwithstanding, LOL).

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I consider the state of "maintenance" to be in the eye of the beholder. Once, long ago, I weighed more than 100 pounds above where I am now. I lost that over a long period of time and many ups and downs and regains and relosses, etc. I consider myself a lifetime weight loss maintainer as I have never even been anywhere near regaining what I lost because I am always dealing with little bits of regain here and there, plus I am always working at THE DIET (I do use the word diet and do believe diets work, meaning what you eat matters in weight management) and my fitness.

So I am slogging along at maintenance and I will always be a maintainer 'cause I'm never going back where I was.

Currently I am working on a pesky little bit of losing to reach what I have decided is my IDEAL WEIGHT, which is now 125 pounds. I've changed the ideal weight from time to time, was at 117 two years ago, that was too low to "maintain" ... although I liked the weight and felt energetic.

These topics and experiments and watching my weight like a hawk is what I think maintenance is.

I AM happy as a clam with my weight right now but I am going to be happy at 125 pounds when I get there.

Re discipline, I don't think of it negatively at all. Discipline is what helped me lose a lot of weight. Things are harder now, this little ol' march to 125 does NOT want to go fast. I am older, I could relax and let out some seams but I don't intend to because I am having too much fun being discplined.

So I guess I'd say I don't find motivation a challenge. I am plenty motivated to kick those extra pounds outta town.

But it is all maintenance to me. It is the most important leg of a weight loss journey and I am there, but the journey does not end.

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And I've been loving your signature line, Nell. So true!

I don't think of discipline negatively, but personally I find weight loss to be about motivation. It really isn't that hard for me to lose weight, though the plateaus can be killers. It is finding and holding on to the motivation. Keeping the weight off has always been my problem. What makes this round of maintenance feel different to me is a better understanding of what I need to do.

But losing or maintaining, finding my motivation is the biggest challenge. I like to think I have found mine and that, along with increased understanding of what I need to do, will keep me in maintenance this time.

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Kevin, I love your signature line: Discipline is remembering what you really want. Discipline has become a perjorative in our culture, which is too bad. In the end though, that's what it boils down to.

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Part of what makes maintenance challenging is that there isn't an obvious goal to work toward. Many people have pointed out that weight isn't the best measurement of health; but it is certainly the easiest thing to measure! So maintenance to me is maintaining a stable weight.

Of course, that leaves some unanswered questions: What do I mean by "stable" weight? How much variation can/should I tolerate before I actively try to lose or gain weight? Further, exactly what target weight or range of weight should I be aiming for? There are no satisfactory canned answers to these questions; I have to figure out what answers will work for me, independent of what works for anyone else.

Non-weight goals work for some people. I have to respect a goal to reduce body fat percentage. But I can't pursue that one myself. I'd choke on the difficulty of measuring body fat accurately. This year, for the first time since I started paying attention, I can see abs when I look in the mirror. As long as that remains true, I will choose to believe that I have an acceptable level of body fat. Which puts body fat percentage in the same category as weight, something I'm trying to maintain and not trying to change. (It occurs to me that people who have the goal of improving their body fat percentage will have the same issue when they successfully achieve their target body fat percent.)

Fitness goals work okay for me, but I tend to be lazy about big goals. I've run 5Ks, and I've run a 10K, and I wanted to run a half marathon, but managed to injure a foot. So now I have the more modest goal of being able to run three times a week again. Coming back from injury, that's not as simple as just training harder. It's more of a finesse goal, training without aggravating the foot. In fact, it's a bit like maintenance. Do a little more of this, but not too much more. A balancing act, rather than an effort to push on toward a finish line.

I like the analogy of maintenance being settling into your new home. I'm still a fairly recent resident of the lower 160's. There's stuff I want to change around in this home; get running again, maintain my ability to do pullups, try more of the reputedly healthy foods to see if I like them, and observe whether it's easier to pass on unhealthy stuff that I used to love. None of this is really like working toward a fixed goal; it's more like puttering around the newly purchased house fixing small problems. Eventually there will come a point where I'm happy with the way things are and I just want to enjoy being at home.

And I guess that's the psychological puzzle of maintenance. Yes, there can be non-weight goals after achieving goal weight. But eventually, the maintainer will run out of things to work on and end up maintaining on all the health-related fronts.

In light of that, my focus in maintenance is more on the habits that support being healthy than on running a faster 10K or achieving an ideal body fat percentage. When I can stare at the cookie samples in Sam's Club and decide I really don't want to track a quarter of a cookie even though it would fit in the nutrition for today, that's an indicator that maintenance is working. A better indicator might be the ability to walk past the cookie samples without even thinking about them; but I'm not there yet.


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For me, maintenance began way back when I weighed in at 130 pounds, as I *thought* that was where my body wanted to be. But once I began putting focus on fat loss and less on the *scale*, it was then that I found myself at the weight I am, today.

Now that my body fat number is quite low, I now rely on the scale, again, to keep myself on target. I have a terrible time with water retention (in spite of ultra low sodium count) so the scale never sits just perfectly still, ever. But as long as I know I'm not doing anything differently, then all the up & downs don't affect me, as I know they're not true.

I go with a 4 pound scale range, as up to 3.5 pounds of retention, is quite a common occurrence. Anything more than that, then I would begin to suspect more than water was at play and I'd go back to tracking, for awhile.

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A few folks have mentioned that maintenance of weight range is essential to their idea of maintenance... thought I would say I'm on board with that... just that remaining motivated to do that, and giving myself other non-scale goals is sort of my "how" I do that.

But if I drift out of range... as long as I get right back, I'll still say I'm maintaining! Maybe imperfectly, but maintaining!

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I am on Day 2 of maintenance and right now I am just so happy not to be trying to lose weight, that I am good with keeping track of my calories and keeping my exercise where it needs to be. In one of the other discussions, the analogy was made that maintenance is like settling into a new home. That's what I'm doing. Picking out my paint colors and doing a little decorating, but mainly just being happy to be here and looking forward to living here.

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I agree with what's already been said here, maintaining for me is about staying in my goal weight range, and what helps me stay there is continuing my striving for a healthy lifestyle, a concept which for me is ever evolving. It includes fitness goals, and trying to eat mostly unprocessed foods, but also includes yoga, meditation, and getting enough rest as well. Finding balance can be a struggle, it's something I struggle with, as I do tend to get obsessive about things be it diet, workouts, work or even those self-imposed team challenges!

What I think is wonderful about this site is that we call all use these tools and make them work for us and our goals however we like.

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Interesting topic "Maintenance" is so many things I still have many goals left on this journey and I don't think there will be a time that I don't have some kind of goals Mostly for me its a combination of weight - eating habits working on not back sliding on my eating habits when I do my weight creeps up keeping active and not becoming a couch potato emoticon Mostly if I firm up and lose the body fat% I have a wide range BF% number depending which method I go by I've always been doing some kind of strength training to reduce BF and lose weight I've never been one who just reduce my calorie intake I love food to much for that emoticon

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For me "maintenance" is weight only. I have other goals, of course, but unless I keep my weight level I'll be right back to having to lose again. Since my weight loss was a food only type of plan (no talked about exercise back then), things like walking fall into the same category as keeping the closets clean. I have to limit my food intake without the thrill of a number on a scale going down. I don't eat desserts or eat between meals because that is what I have to do, even if I don't have that reaffirming weigh in each week. But that's ok. I no longer obsess over my weight, and that frees up a lot of mental energy for other things.

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Good comments here! I agree that maintenance doesn't have to mean static, although that's what the word seems to day. One of the guys wrote something in the last few months about "improving" rather than "maintaining." I like the idea of turning my goal-setting in a new direction and continuing to improve while maintaining my weight.

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I agree with what everyone else has said. Maintenance is you are at or about at the weight you would like to maintain, but for many of us, in order to do that and keep motivated to do that, we have to set other challenges before us. One of mine was to walk my first half marathon which I did this past spring. Next came extending my biking distance and speeding up my 10K walk, which I have been and still am doing. But I do think I need to get myself back into strength training and maybe start measuring my fat percentage. I have a scale that measures that but the ups and downs of the female cycle drove me crazy when measuring my fat percentage before. How do you all figure out if you are reducing your fat percentage with all that variation? Does spark have a way to track that one and chart it? Probably that would be the best way to measure/track it.

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I guess for me reducing body fat is a goal, but one that I don't set as a primary goal, just as I did not set a certain weight as a primary goal.
The primary goal is always better health and fitness.
I want to do more things with less effort and that requires more muscle and less fat. By doing a greater variety of exercise (speed, strength, agility, balance, coordination) and conditoning my body through smarter exercise and fueling my body through smarter eating, ( low-carb and high-fat for me) I will reach a higher level of physical performance.
Losing a few more pounds and losing significant amounts of body fat are a part of that. I was finally able to find a physician recently that is actively supportive of my efforts of truly preventative health care and will be helping me fine-tune my eating and exercise plan for maximum benefit. This should include actually measuring body fat accurately, something I have never been able to do.
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I suppose with so many of us having an ingrained 'diet' mentality, being on maintenance really refers to weight maintenance--at least initially. Part of the fun of being on maintenance for me is continuing to set new goals for myself and continuing to make progress in different areas even if weight loss isn't one of them. I don't think that means I'm not a real maintainer--it just keeps me motivated to strive for something better, whether it's eating more nutritious food, running a faster mile, building muscle or lowering my body fat.

I think maintenance can still be an exciting and dynamic process for us--it doesn't have to refer to something that is stagnant and unchanging. We just need to reframe our thinking away from a weight-centered goal (while still keeping our weight in check, of course) and more towards goals in other areas. I still use the scale as a monitoring tool but also use progress pictures to gauge how my workouts are changing my body and specific challenges to set fitness goals. It's very encouraging to see things firming up even when the numbers on the scale are staying the same and to look at charts comparing my fitness stats over time. Just this past month I did an 'Army Physical Fitness Test' challenge and shaved 1:42 off my two-mile run time, added 10 push ups and 20 sit ups. Seeing those results felt as good, if not better, than any loss I've seen in a one-month period.

I imagine some people could be quite happy and healthy if they really just focus on maintaining the weight they've lost and nothing else. I know that sustained motivation is a big problem for me (lack of it has led to several rounds of regain in the past), so I have to figure out how I can continue to stay motivated now that I don't have lower numbers to look at on the scale and the compliments are fewer and farther between because people are getting used to seeing me as a person at a healthy weight. For me, following a strict definition of maintenance in the sense of keeping things exactly the same, would inevitably lead to boredom, frustration and (gulp) probably backsliding. New goals and challenges prevent me from getting bored and make me feel like I'll always be a work in progress, which means that although the work might change, it will never stop.

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I have also switched from "I've gotta lose weight" to "I've gotta lose fat" mode. At 5'5" and 140lbs I am in the healthy BMI range but having gone through menopause(mostly - long story), I find that I still carry a lot of fat around my middle. By calculations I have about 26% body fat. I'm currently focusing on trying to get that number down. I am also working on Strength Training.

As far as maintaining weight goes - I have been as low as 130 and as high as 150 all in the past 6 months and have been in 'maintenance' that whole time. What is maintenance - I haven't a clue?!?

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For me, maintenance is all about maintaining motivation to keep up the healthy habits. I set athletic goals, sign up for events, and schedule "fun" active outings like horseback riding or ice skating as rewards for keeping it up.

It truly is a different mind set because the eye is on a different kind of prize. But make no mistake, this prize is worth even more than losing weight. This prize has a name: LIFE. And full life, at that.

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Loving this thread! Yes, we are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it seems that a healthy lifestyle encompasses always trying to get a little bit better everyday.

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For me, much of maintenance has been about tweaking my diet to be more nutritious. I lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers, and after I had kept it off for a while, wanted to see how I was doing nutritionally, and that's when I found Sparky. I was amazed to learn that I wasn't eating enough fat (I mean around 10-15% of calories from fat per day, and at the same time I learned that I was vitamin D deficient.)! So, I had to find ways to increase the (healthy) fat in my diet while still staying in my calorie range.

I lost my weight eating a lot of fast food (albeit the healthier options, which do exist, regardless of what the food police say), and a large bowl of Cap'n Crunch at least a couple of times a week as a bedtime snack. But now, I eat a lot less fast food, and hardly ever have sugary cereals. It's truly been an evolutionary, long-term process, and I'm not done yet!

On the exercise front, I've had to adjust due to degenerating discs in my back, but am finding that the PT exercises prescribed for me are doing their job. I still can't walk as quickly as I'd like to, or for as long, but I've made great progress in that area. So, while I'm my body is still flabbier than I'd like it to be, a few weeks ago I saw the faint outlines of abdominal muscles in my torso when I sucked everything in.

So for me, maintenance is incremental improvement in both diet and fitness over the (Very) Long Term!

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I think maintenance involves more than weight for many people. For me, it means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working on anything that will keep me fit mentally and physically. At the moment I'm struggling a bit because I need to set goals to keep the momentum going. So your goal of reducing body fat is helpful to you and certainly part of maintenance.

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After reading 4A's blog that makes the argument that once you have a normal BMI it's time to focus on reducing body fat %, I'm convinced. I have a BMI of 24 but body fat of 30% (or thereabouts--wide margin of error on my handheld gadget). That tells me that I've been losing the weight but need to build muscle.

I just bought and read The New Rules of Lifting for Women and I'm going to start that program tomorrow. It will be a little tricky because I'm also training for a half marathon and don't want to overtrain, but I think it's time to add in ST to my routine.

My question is this, when you're in Maintenance, how do you psychologically handle your fitness goals? For example, deciding that I am going to introduce weight training 3x /week and get my body fat down to 25% is going to take a big commitment, similar to the weight loss commitment I made 6 months ago. Psychologically, that feels different than how I've envisioned a "maintenance mindset." I know being in Maintenance doesn't mean going on autopilot, and certainly doesn't mean slipping back into old habits, but I hadn't really realized it could mean gearing up for a sustained push.

I guess what I'm really wondering is, what is Maintenance? I'm not quite there yet with the weight loss, but let's say I was: at 126 pounds and happy at that weight but wanting to drop my body fat. Would that really be maintenance? And for how many of you is pushing toward some goal like that part of what maintenance is for you?

~Peri


Edited by: PERIWINKLE88 at: 9/2/2012 (02:58)
Lost 65 pounds just in time for my 40th birthday. Now maintaining my weight loss, training for a half marathon and lifting weights seriously. Love my body and love my life. It was all worth it!


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