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Posts: 170 10/12/07 1:51 P
Count me in - maintenance is MUCH harder for me. I think partly because I kept getting sick so I lost my exercise routine and secondly because I fear becoming obsessive. I have a history of anorexic behavior (a couple of decades ago) so really want to avoid rigid adherence to a plan. But now I am up ten pounds and struggling not to feel like I've blown it, eventhough I am still in the healthy BMI range.
I suspect the key is exercise - once I have been on track for a significant period of time, I should be OK again.
6'0" tall, 41 yrs old
Weight Watchers start weight: 194lbs Weight Watchers end weight: 150lbs Post baby weight: 177lbs
Current goal: Learning how to lose it again despite not being able to work out like I did before
Posts: 641 10/7/07 11:51 P
That's nothing, I've moved 4 times in two years, this will be move #5 since June 2005 when me and my husband got married. (before that I was a military brat so I guess I'm used to it)
Active Duty Army mom
current weight: 131.6
Fitness Minutes: (58,170) Posts: 3,010 10/7/07 9:48 P
Congrats TJANDJESS! And yeah, you have the right attitude!
Posts: 4,088 10/7/07 2:06 A
Hooray for you TJANDJESS! Moving is a hassle - I know, I've moved 4 times in the last 7 years. You have great ideas for E without a gym.
Are you moving directly into your new home, or will you be staying in a hotel or other temporary housing for a while? If so, I hope you have one with a good workout room / pool.
I just reached my goal today. Reading this thread had some good info for me. I feel like now I can treat myself a little more (like the brownie I had last night) and relax a little. But I'm going to watch the scale and correct myself if I gain weight back. I've seen my mom maintain for a long time and she told me that when she got 5 pounds over her goal she would excersize and cut back on calories. It's a lot easier to loose 5 pounds than 40! I just canceled my gym membership because we're moving so I'm thinking that I still need to get excersize. I can walk my dog, ride my bike, or even break out my rollerblades that I haven't used in a while. Yea for me 30 pounds gone!
Active Duty Army mom
current weight: 131.6
Posts: 4,088 10/4/07 7:45 P
SueBee, You're right, it's none of their business, but by replying courteously, who knows, you might get someone started to improving their life!
MummaMichelle, It's wonderful how "lifestyle change" goes from motivating buzzword to real-life expression in your habits and tastes. Exercise really does become fun, the post-E 'pain' turns into a terrific-feeling 'pump', veggie flavors are more appealing at the same time sweet can now seem *too* sweet -- Have fun with your garden!
Fitness Minutes: (26,955) Posts: 2,131 10/4/07 6:08 P
So far I don't find it harder...but I haven't found that comfortable groove yet. I feel guilty eating more calories even when it's within my range because it's more than I am used to. It's a totally different mentality than trying to lose and staying super strict with yourself. Now I am attmepting to get that same satisfaction I got from staying low with calories by lifting weights and running to boost my metabolism so that I can eat more comfortably.
I am surprised though at how much motivation I still have to exercise and improve my fitness when I have already reached my weight loss goals. I also planted a veggie garden yesterday....now that is a lifestyle change!!!
current weight: 145.6
Fitness Minutes: (33,935) Posts: 10,077 10/4/07 12:57 P
I just tell them I made a permanent lifestyle change, and healthy eating and exercise are part of that new lifestyle.
Frankly, it's none of their business, but I feel I have to say SOMETHING. LOL!
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Total Pounds Lost with SparkPeople: 65!
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Posts: 68 10/4/07 12:09 P
Heatherslove; I get people telling me " Just skip exercise today,you already lost your weight" I know for a fact if I go without exercise that I will gain the weight back.I'm in my late 30's and it's not easy once the metabolism slows down so I MUST get at least 4-5 days of cardio every week.I tell my hubby that I now added about 300 calories a day along with my regular exercise to maintain.So many people think I found the magic solution and always ask. I use to go into detail but now I just tell them cut down on your calories and get some exercise and you will be on your way .
Fitness Minutes: (10,421) Posts: 2,507 10/3/07 11:36 P
Thanks for the replies. Glad to know I'm not the only one struggling to stick to it. Like PP said, I do well more often than not, but sometimes I can't fight off a binge. At least I LOVE exercising!
The thing I hate the most is ppl asking me why I am still going to the gym. Just because I am at goal doesn't mean that I can go back to eating like a pig and lazing on the couch all day and my body will stay the same.
current weight: 123.5
Posts: 1,256 10/3/07 11:29 P
I struggle everyday with maintaining. I'm like an addict. I want so badly to eat like I used to, but know, in the back of my mind, that it would be detrimental (sp?) to what I've accomplished. Fortunately the 'good' me wins out over the 'bad' me more often than not. It's really a battle everyday and I envy anybody who can maintain without thinking about it.
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
Posts: 4,088 10/3/07 7:21 P
I love your paycheck analogy!
I see the same fluctuations, even though I am past the age of thinking about the time of month... Now I'm trying to get the range down so that my original goal weight is in the *middle* instead of slightly below the bottome!
Yes.I agree that it's harder to maintain. The way I see it is like it takes you a whole week of working to get paid on Friday and if your not careful you can spend that whole week's check in one day! It takes longer to lose weight than it does to gain it. It can be frustrating but people that have gotten to goal before now realize that it's not over once you get to goal. I know some people say " But you're at goal already, I just wish I was at goal!" I am doing my best and still get exercise 5 days a week. My weight can go up and down by as much as 4 lbs but it goes right back down.Usually its salt or my time of the month to blame...
Posts: 10,926 10/3/07 12:10 P
I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!
Maintenance is a lot harder than people think. I struggle to keep that balance between falling back into bad habits and obsessing about it all, neither of which is healthy. What seems to be working for me right now is to not count calories, but instead to focus on eating for health. When it comes to snack time, if I tell myself I haven't had enough protein today, it's harder to choose the cookie over the string cheese.
Posts: 10,621 10/2/07 4:21 P
I definitely think maintaining is harder than losing. I have kept it off a long time now, but in the beginning I was terrified I would put it back on.
I had no trouble with the exercise because I had become really hooked on that.
I stay focused on not eating too much by weighing every morning. Then if there is a problem starting, I can get right on it and correct my eating right away!
I track my calories here also.
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current weight: 104.0
Posts: 314 10/2/07 2:53 P
I'm doing a great job on paper (mostly sticking to my calorie range and with healthy food, exercising 6 days a week), but I'm having a tough time in my head with this maintenance business. It's almost like diet burnout. Even though I'm not supposed to be on a diet!
I feel like I'm thinking about food more right now that I was at the beginning of it all.
But then, this may just be a rough patch for me.
current weight: 132.9
Fitness Minutes: (58,170) Posts: 3,010 10/2/07 1:39 P
After nearly a year, I have better control of the maintaining thing. I did have a lot of moments in August of "YAY DONE DIETING!" type attitude (which was odd, as I reached goal in November) but I reminded myself of what I'd done and then got more consistent with logging what I ate, exercised, and so on and slid back to goal. The temptation really IS there, as others said, to celebrate being done... but look at it this way, now is your chance to finish finessing what you like to eat and what you don't. If you really like ice cream way more than you'll ever like fruit... perhaps you should mix fruit into ice cream. Or a lower fat ice cream or frozen yogurt. It's definitely not always automatic.
But it does get easier. I was in Toronto all weekend with no easy food choices to make (like Tim Horton's being out of their yogurt fruit cups and no where else to go), but now that I'm home, I'm back to my staples of yogurt and fruit and the ability to read labels and figure out what I want (though the one "treat" I found was some apple chips that were 80 calories a bag with no added sugar and no real fat. That was a GREAT deal).
It's still hard work, though. Good luck!!
Posts: 4,088 10/2/07 1:01 P
My experience is similar, Sparkcat! Gives new meaning to the phrase, "It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle"
I is geting easier though - I went to a Chinese restauant for lunch with a friend yesterday, and didn't even think of eating the mound of rice on the plate, or the crispy wonton, or even the fortune cookie (did read it tough LOL)
I have just been within my 5 pound lee-way for 1 month, but have found that i have to stay "on my program" at least 4 days a week, and every week, i aim to loose what i gain during the weekend. I can't seem to keep "with the program" on weekends, and used to stress about it. I heard that you don't need to be "perfect", just stay 80%. So after trial and error....that comes out to 4 meals out of 21 (7 days) for me. Just right to have relaxed weekends. Then jump back onto the "program" each Monday.
Skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, Crystle Lite in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (73,076) Posts: 11,620 10/2/07 11:16 A
It seems easier to me because the habits are so ingrained now. I am almost on autopilot when it comes to eating healthy. The hard part for me is not being obsessive about it.
Michelle Be as you wish to seem.
Posts: 4,088 10/2/07 2:57 A
Kudos to you, Rohola, long-time maintainer! I love that you have set your ticker to shouw your maintenance range - brilliant idea!
Most of us have far more practice at losing weight so it IS easier!!! It takes lots of practice to get your new healthy habits to be second nature...but, if you keep your focus and stay mindful it gets easier over time.
"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"
"The road is long With many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where Who knows where?"
SW 193 October 2004
GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005
current weight: 147.0
Posts: 4,088 10/1/07 8:31 P
I find it both easier and harder.
Easier: I like exercising more now, and it's easier to get the cardio in. I have developed a good repertoire of healthy menus, and totally changed my shopping habits so there is much less unhealthy food in the house.
Harder: The automatic 'no' response to ice cream and other diet-busters is no longer valid; I am *supposed to* eat more and learn to include treats in a healthy way. Still too easy to get carried away. Changes are more subtle now, and small indiscretions have a more noticeable effect.
Solution: Remind myself ***this is not a diet it is a lifestyle change*** -- make it a habit to leave half the food on the plate in restaurants -- Choose fruit over cookies every time -- in other words, reaching goal does *not* mean a license to go back to the careless eating habits that got me fat before!
Fitness Minutes: (171,206) Posts: 6,379 10/1/07 7:49 P
I agree, it's also difficult to maintain the weight and no slip back in the old bad habits. I am prediabetic, I reached my goal last July 17 and I've been between 108 and 106.4, I started the challenge lose 5%Body Fat here in this thread to keep motivated. Interesting what you did Gemstone, I didn't change my diet just went to the upper limit of the range in my diet, now I'm going back to the middle in the range, well you know testing is the game for us pre or diabetics to see what fit best for us. So far I haven't gone to the lower limit because with the walking,(9miles average per day) and strengh exercises I need to have energy. Maybe you both would like to give a try to the challenge is for 3 months because the holidays are coming and they are a real challenge if we want to maintain our weight. Have a great week!
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current weight: 119.0
Fitness Minutes: (23,034) Posts: 12,260 10/1/07 6:55 P
I've only been at goal for 2 months now and I am struggling with the maintainance but mostly because I am trying not to lose more weight. I am diabetic so I have to be careful with carbs (not on meds) so I was adding more protein and fats to keep the weight from dropping further. I've managed to stop the drop but I've lost some of the good control I had on the blood sugars. I crave the execise so that's not been a problem. What is however, is that I enjoy the fats way too much and I know it would be so easy for me to fall back into overeating something that has virtually no carbs and shouldn't impact the blood sugars. I have to stop myself from doing it. It is hard. I don't really have anyone to talk to about it, to share experiences because no one else seems to be doing what I did.
You've maintained for 5 months already which is amazing. I hope I can do the same.
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Fitness Minutes: (10,421) Posts: 2,507 10/1/07 6:36 P
I'm new to this team, but I've been maintaining for about 5 months or so, but I find it so much harder to maintain than to lose.
I find it easier to slip up with eating and skipping the gym than I did when I was heavier. I guess I'm saying that the smaller I am, the easier it is to fall back into old habits. Do any of you have this problem?
current weight: 123.5
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