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6/3/07 12:42 P

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That sounds like a reasonable approach. I know what you mean about being a slave to the computer, I was getting too compulsive about logging in constantly. Now I'm much more relaxed about it, and pretty much just check in on weekends. I try to maintain a healthy diet, and keep up the exercise, I think it will work for me best in the long run.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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SWEETSLOVER86 Posts: 149
5/29/07 5:15 A

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I decided that when I get to 135lbs I'll slowly start to let go of tracking the food I eat every day (I can't live like this forever, running to computer to see how many more calories I have until I reach the limit for the day).
The important thing is that I think I really learned some good eating habits here, and I hope to keep them.

My maintenance range will probably be 132 - 138 lbs, of course fluctuating around 135 (hopefully). So that's + or - 3 lbs, which gives me a nice 6lbs range.

Thanks for the support!

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5/28/07 11:16 P

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Welcome Josey and Sweet..congratulations on accomplishing your goal. Maintenance is scary at first but you didn't put the weight on overnight so it won't go back on overnight. I gave myself a range..I promised myself that if I go over the high end of my range, I will go back to tracking again. I also lost a few more pounds after going on maintenance. The key for me is to keep up the cardio and eat healthy 90% of the time. I do allow myself some indulgences every week but not every day. You will find what works for you and your body will settle in at the weight it likes.

You will get lots of support here..just ask :)

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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,669
5/28/07 3:46 P

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Welcome Josie and Sweets, maintenance can be tricky, and challenging, but it's also a time to celebrate! You have made (or nearly made) your goal, that's great! I agree w/ the poster who suggested reading some of the posts in the group, there are lots of Q&A's about finding calorie ranges for maintenance, and working out, plus, we all have our human sides and occasionaly lose our focus, but I think for the most part we are committed to the journey and are finding our oun success in the maintenance phase.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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SWEETSLOVER86 Posts: 149
5/28/07 3:36 P

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Hi all!
I recently entered my goal range, so I thought I should join this group and see how to deal with maintaining when it comes to it...
I am probably going to wait until I am at 135 or so, and then readjust the goals and see how much should my calorie intake be for the maintaining stage.
In the mean time, I am looking forward to getting to know you! You seem to be a great group!

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5/28/07 2:59 P

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It is scary, but you'll be fine. I thought I was going to maintain at 125, but then decided to lose 5 more. Now that I am maintaining at 120, my weight is usually 121 or 122, but I have lost another size!

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5/28/07 11:20 A

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welcome JOSEYCAT! I'm in that "scary" stage also...I use that energy to keep my expectations for myself high. I set new goals for myself and continue to track my weight & food. We all need to find our own way to maintain the balance, but there are LOTS of great ideas & support here!

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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5/28/07 10:29 A

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Welcome to Maintaining Josey! There are a lot of people here who know just where you are!! It's a great feeling and you don't want to go back where you came from! Read some of the threads here to get to know some of the folks. And keep up the good work!

Lenore

Edited by: PARAVEN at: 5/28/2007 (11:27)
Ticker shows Maintenance Range
SW: 139 Aug 06
GW: 125 Oct 06
MW: 121 - 124

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5/27/07 9:21 P

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Hey Joseycat, congratulations on getting to your goal weight!!!! I completely understand how you're feeling. I've been in maintenence for since Feb 14th ....3 months!!! and it's only just starting to feel like it's real. It does take awhile to make the adjustment.

I've found that consistant exercise helps(I run atleast 3 times a week and strength train 3 times a week).
I also track my food everyday, then total all cals for the week. To find my base I then take the average calories consumed for the week as my baseline(mid-range) for daily calories to eat on a daily basis the next week.

So far my weight has been consistant, and I'm never hungry.

Everyone has an indivdual base and with careful attention to detail you'll find yours too.
I also found that over time my muscles became more toned so trying to lose more weight was'nt necessary.

Good luck on this part of the journey!!! It's very exciting. You can do this!!

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Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle (110-118lbs)

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5/27/07 8:55 P

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I'm debating whether I want to lose 5 more pounds or not, but for now, I'm going to commit to maintaining at 120.

Truthfully, this stage scares me the most. I've failed at it before. I suppose a lot of people can say that. This time with support, I hope it will be different!

 
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