Jennifer - sounds like you have a good plan. You have come across the one thing that I have really learned - there is NO stopping the changes that you have to make. You will be in a constant state of mixing up your exercise and your food - this may be hard for people who tend to like routine, but it's the only way to stay on track with maintaining your weight loss, and continuing it, if that's what you want to do.
Ticker shows Maintenance Range SW: 139 Aug 06 GW: 125 Oct 06 MW: 121 - 124
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Thanks guys for more goood info. Luckily, I have very stretchy skin. Two pregnancies and no stretch marks, so no problems there. And unrestricted eating on the weekend sounds like a great idea! But, I'm still leery of gaining weight back, so I'll still be a bit cautious. Thanks again!
I think everyone is right on target that you need a shake up. When I would hit that point I did my shake up with food. I would binge, well not like i used too, but really just enjoy one weekend and break wht my body knew. I also vary my calories quite frequently. Even though I don't want to lose more I have read, like everyone is stating, that your body needs variety or it gets used to things. I cycle low and high on my calories. Too much at the low side and you slow down your metabloism.
I have a problem that I think I solved. My fat intake was pretty low, witht he exception of last weekend. I think I turned on the hunger monster by dorpping it for too long. I just could not get food off my brain. I have added it back in for a few days and feel better. You have to stay on top of your body like you would a good chess game.
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current weight: 115.0
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Thanks for such awesome replies! I never cease to wonder at the great Sparkers that give their time and effort to help a fellow Sparker! I am 5'7" so 134 is a healthy weight, but I want to be fit and trim. I was glad to hear that some of you went down sizes without losing much weight. I started out pretty sendentary with very little muscle (just enough to get through the day!) I have so much more energy and have lost 20 pounds, but it seems strange to not be seeing progress on the scale. I need to focus more on other ways of measuring progress. I now this but am having trouble accepting it! It helps to hear what others have done! And changing up my exercise is a great idea. Now that it is warmer outside I want to start doing more biking and hiking. Thanks again for all your help!
Given all the other questions asked and the information provided, the only thing I want to say is if you are still wanting to lose weight and are doing all the 'watching your calories/logging your food intake', exercising, etc - is that you probably need to CHANGE your exercise routine and when I say that, I mean shake it up. Your body adjusts to what you are doing within about 2-3 weeks (sometimes sooner) and decides that it doesn't want to lose anymore - it's happy. So if you change your routine, do something different, maybe add a little bit of time or whatever, you should start losing again - if that's what you are looking to do.
Happiness is within us all, it's up to us to find our joy - we can't expect others to find it or provide it for us.
The only 'real' thing in our lives thats an absolute constant is CHANGE...and somehow, someway, me must be willing to except and adapt.
current weight: 150.0
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Now that I'm at my goal weight, I am not losing weight, but still losing fat and inches. At this point it doesn't matter anymore what I weigh. My body composition is changing- less fat and more muscle, and my size and shape are changing. You may still be able to drop a couple of sizes without losing much more weight. I saw greater changes when I increased the intensity of my exercise routine and added more cross-training and strength training.
I had a time period where I really didn't change weight but I lost inches (in fact a whole dress size). I'm guessing that you have one of several things going on.
One, your calories may be a bit low for the exercise and base metabolic rate you have now. As I became more fit I found that I had to eat more to lose. I know, strange, but apparently my body started to burn calories at a very quick rate and eating too less was dropping the metabolism.
Or you could be not burning as many calories as you were before. Are you working out to the same stuff as always? You may need to change it up some as muscle memory sets in after 6 weeks or so (so I've read). You need to keep them guessing to get the maximum effect.
You also could try lowering your strength training time and bumping up your cardio to 45-60 minutes a day. It helped me.
And lastly, are you still measuring your food? Are you sure you don't have portion creep coming into the play?
To maintain my weight, I have to eat 1550-1800 calories per day and I exercise 30-60 minutes per day most days (3 days a week are cardio+strength). Some days it is a bit longer. If I stay strict with my diet and don't stay at the high side, and stay consistent with the exercise, I lose a bit, if I stay on the high side and miss a day or two I gain. Oh, I'm 5'6", 123.5 lbs, and a size 4 (occasionally 2). I was a size 8 ten lbs ago.
Does this help?
I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.
Orig SW 150, GW 134, CW 134, new goal weight 123
current weight: 132.8
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That all depends! How tall are you? Have you reached your initial goal weight? Do you really need to lose more weight, or perhaps you would be better off doing more toning and strengthening exercises?
Give yourself a physical assessment - do you feel good, how do your clothes fit, how is your stamina? Being healthy is definitely NOT about the number inside your clothes. Now would be a fantastic time to check in with your doctor, to get a physical, and see what he/she recommends. You've done great so far, but don't overdo it - being underweight is equally as unattractive and unhealthy as being overweight!
Take care, and let us know what your next direction will be!
Robyn from Ottawa, ON (EST)
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current weight: 134.8
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THERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT. YOU DONT HAVE TO POST YOUR ANSWERS JUST THINK ABOUT THEM. 1. WHAT IS YOUR HEIGHT? 2. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH WHERE YOU ARE? 3. ARE YOU HEALTHY WHERE YOU ARE?
THOSE ARE THE IMPORTANT ONES I THINK. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE BRAND OF JEANS YOUR WEARING. SOME ARE MADE SMALLER THAN OTHERS. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CUT CALORIES FOR ONE WEEK THEN TAKE THEM BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW. JUST TO MIX THINGS UP A LITTLE. IF I SEE THE SCALES GOING ONE WAY OR THE OTHER I MIX MY ROUTINE UP TO KEEP MY BODY GUESSING. USUALLY WORKS FOR ME.
Alright maintenance experts I have a question for you. I have stayed at the same weight for 4 weeks. During this time I have stayed within my range of 1400-1550 (for the most part). I do 30-40 min. cardio every day and strength training every other day usually for 1-2 hours. I was losing 1 pound a week with this pattern and now I stay the same. I have lost inches, so that is great, but do you think I will ever lose another pound? I don't want to eat less! I'd like to go from a size 10 to a 6 and figure I have to lose more weight! Any ideas? Thanks for any advice!
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