Yes. I reached my goal weight and then continued to lose about another 10 pounds as I adjusted to being in maintenance and learned how many calories I day I needed to eat to keep stable rather than lose. Now I hover between a range of about 3 pounds, either above or below. It's been like that for about 18 months now. I agree with what the person before me wrote. I think your body finds what feels comfortable and then stays there.
I am 10 lbs. lighter than my original goal weight and 5 lbs. below my second goal weight. I have upped my calories, but I've discovered this is where my body wants to be. I actually have a 5 lbs. weight range that I use as a goal. As long as I'm in that, I figure I'm doing ok. My doctor said I'm doing fine so there is my other confirmation.
Listen to your doctor!! Your body will tell you where it wants to be and I've learned we all need to listen to our bodies and our doctors.
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Fitness Minutes: (110,913) Posts: 4,606 11/12/13 9:11 A
I am actually about 15 pounds heavier than my goal weight. My Dr. is the one that told me to stop losing weight. I wanted to weigh 110 like I did in high school but when I went for my physical the Dr. said that I shouldn't lose anymore weight. My family had been saying that for awhile but I didn't listen to them.
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My name is Bonnie I live in CT, EST.
I lost 122 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.
I moved my goal down twice, and eventually got down as far as two pounds below the final goal. Now I'm up between the first and second goals and trying to work my way back down. You sort of have to work it out with your body and your brain as to how hard you want to work and where you're comfortable.
I had a pretty generous goal weight - just at the top of my healthy BMI. I dropped a few pounds at first and then, after 6 months I seemed to level out right at goal with a bounce or two up after particularly festive/foodie weeks. I'm still not sure I want this to be my final goal weight but I want to prove that I can stay one year at this weight before I try losing any more lbs. I think. Still not sure. I still pay weekly attention to my weight and I do scale back my eating if I get more than 2 lbs over that goal weight.
I think it takes us all a long time to get comfortable with the new bodies - to trust them.
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Fitness Minutes: (246,010) Posts: 187,945 11/10/13 10:04 A
For me it was less a different way of eating than a different attitude. I had to continue to do all the same old things but without the triumph of seeing the numbers on a scale go down. While I was losing, like most people, that change in the scale was the motivator, and I lost that once I got to where I was going. On most journeys you prepare and travel, and you know what to do once you get to the beach or Disneyland or wherever you are going. You are prepared for arrival. With weight it wasn't like that because I had no idea what to expect beyond the initial celebration. It was more like the journey my ancestors made when they carried their few belongings on to a ship for the New World. I'm sure they didn't find what they thought they'd find, but it all worked out. It's less "maintenance" than "maintaining", doing the same old thing day after day but with different things in my life. Since I hit goal, I had two more kids, bought and sold houses, got divorced and remarried, got my kids through college and welcomed 5 1/2 grandchildren, all while staying at the same approximate weight. Keeping half an eye on my weight is just something I do while all that other stuff is going on.
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It seemed such a struggle to get to the goal weight I aimed for. But to my surprise I dropped down 2 pounds below my goal weight. I have been watching what I eat and realize that I can lower my weight another four pounds with small adjustments. This would be good to help to lower my cholesterol number a few more points
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Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 4,682 11/10/13 9:10 A
I put myself on maintenance once I reached a healthy BMI, but I continued losing weight slowly for my first few months as I adjusted to life on maintenance. I lost about another ten pounds in that period and have been as low as almost 15 under my initial goal, but I tend to hover about eight to ten pounds under where I was when I first got to goal. This varies depending on how much and intensely I'm working out and on the time of year, but my bounces in weight are generally getting less and less and I've been able to stay within my +/3% range for well over a year now.
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since. Had a baby at the end of April 2016 and am working to get back to my pre baby form, or at least as close to it as I realistically can!
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current weight: -2.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (110,913) Posts: 4,606 11/10/13 8:58 A
I made my goal weight my average. Now I go 2 pounds up or 2 pounds down. I don't want to lose more weight but also don't want to gain any back so I keep an eye on this range and eat/exercise accordingly.
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