Hi Denice, I am new to maintenance as well. Like you, I have a few more pounds to go to get to my "true" weight goal. I decided to enter maintenance rather than focus on losing, and it has really been nice. I still log everything and pay close attention, because my new calorie range was hard for me to adjust to at first. I set my 3 pounds to lose goal at a date of a few months from now, and I am quite happy with my decision. Just remember that maintenance is all about "Being comfortable, not complacent." Good luck and Welcome!
"Someone who really wants something will find a way; someone who doesn't will find an excuse."
Welcome, Glad you have joined us and we looked forward to your sticking with us. You will find the support here important as you go through the sometimes frightening period of losing and truly maintaining. You will see that we all struggle, but I think the key is to admit it, get past it and go on again. The support of this group and SP is important to me, without it I'm almost sure I'd have put much of my weight back on. You'll find we all have different stories about maintenance. Unfortunately, I'm one that was not able to up their calories very much even when I continued to exercise. Now that I've accepted that things are easier...just my lot in the maintenance lifestyle. Hopefully you'll find your calorie level quickly. We look forward to hearing from you. Blessings,
"His grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"
I'm a member of a TOPS Club chapter and got to my goal a year ago. Now I'm considered a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). It's the hardest thing I've ever done. (I lost my KOPS status once already.)
In TOPS we have a leeway of seven pounds below goal and three pounds above goal. Since getting to my goal I haven't been very far from it. Right now I'm out of leeway and fighting to get back in, before I lose my KOPS status (I have two weeks.)
I've found keeping track of the calories I eat during the day is the best way to know if I'm going to gain weight. I try to keep my calories/day between 1,100 and 1,500. And don't forget the exercise and water. They're both very important at this stage.
Best of luck with your maintenance program. Come back for support whenever you need it!
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Welcome Denice - this is a great group with a lot of experience at maintenance. I have been at it since around October last year. While it can be a bit unnerving to get off the "weight loss train", I have found that the best thing to do is to set a weight range that will be comfortable for you - usually around 5 pounds of fluctuation. And when you are in your range, you know you are good even if the weight goes up and down.
Your new eating habits will stay with you of you just hold tight to them - don't think you can just let go of your knoew knowledge - it's what got you to your new self. It will remain part of the new you!
Ticker shows Maintenance Range SW: 139 Aug 06 GW: 125 Oct 06 MW: 121 - 124
I love this quote from Master and Commander, "Name a shrub after me, Be sure it's something prickly and hard to eradicate." Determination will win the day!
Hi Denice (love your name and the unusual spelling!)
This is a great group..I have been on maintenance less then 3 months and you will need support. Its a little unnerving upping your calories but you will need to. After awhile you will enjoy having a little more "leeway" in your diet. Welcome to the group and congratulations on being almost at goal!
~ Denise ~
"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"
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Hi Everyone, I'm starting to look for a team that focuses on maintenance...I'm a few pounds away from my goal, but I'd really like to start thinking about what my next step is...I've been at this for 8 months and am so nervous about maintenance! After reading some of your posts, you all seem so confident and focused, you have all continued to maintain your weight and are so supportive of each other.....I want to be where you are now!!!!
I really hope to learn from all of you and look forward to it!
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