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10/12/07 8:50 A

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I agree 100% with EJOHN, I am still logging my food and exercise even in maintenance.

It keeps me in control. There have been many times where I felt so sick of having to know the calorie count of every single thing I eat, but I have found that when I don't log - I go over!
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10/12/07 8:28 A

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There is a bunch of good advice here. I never made the association between having a treat and binge eating. But thinking about it now, it is true for me, especially if that "treat" has HFCS as an ingredient. See http://tinyurl.com/pnz36.

The only thing I would add is that if you haven't adopted counting calories for the rest of your life as a part of your new healthy lifestyle, you should at least consider doing so for the first several months on maintenance. That was the first thing I changed when I went on maintenance. It has cost me about 8 pounds. But with some adjustments I have stabilized at this new weight.

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10/11/07 9:39 A

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When people at the gym started telling me that i didn't need to lose any more, i was within my "last 5" pounds, so i slowed down and relaxed my mind too, to not be in such a mad rush to finish, also knew i could eat more cheese, yoguart, and meat (protein), also added an energy bar. These were a treat since my main diet was "meat, fruit, and vegetables". Still staying away from grains, and sugar 5 days a week, and keeping my 1 hour of exercise 5 days a week, hoping to tone up loose skin this next year!


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10/11/07 9:29 A

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Congrats on losing 70 pounds! That's fantastic!

I like your idea of slowing down your weight loss. A lot of people suggest gradually adding calories back into your diet rather than jumping straight to maintaining. I think resetting your goals from 2lbs to 1lb a week is certainly in step with that idea.

I think it's worth a try, personally. It will gradually introduce calories back into your diet and, assuming you won't stop everything else you've been working on, you'll still be losing weight and still be, well, being healthy!

Good luck!

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10/11/07 9:22 A

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You might want to go into your Nutrition planner and reset your goals. Start with your current weight, and put in your goal weight at a date that you're comfortable with (end of December? Beginning?). See what it gives you, in terms of your calories, and whether those keep you losing at a rate that you're happy with. I've generally found SP very good at giving me calorie rates that keep me right where I want to be.

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10/11/07 8:40 A

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Hi LUCUBRATRIX and congrats on your weight loss so far!

I've been maintaining since February of this year and had the exact same worries and fears as you are having now. I thought maintenance would be harder than losing. I was scared of all the extra calories I now "had" to eat. I think most people feel this way. They have worked SO hard to lose the weight and don't want to mess that up. I thought I would gain weight overnight just be eating more calories.

But I did not gain, in fact I lost a few more lbs while eating my maintenance cals. I have heard this from others also.

I think CFOSTER1966 has a great idea to increase your cals gradually. This way you don't feel like you're eating that much more and keep gradually increasing until you get to your maintenance range.

Good luck!

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10/11/07 7:57 A

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Congrats on your loss so far!!! When I was within 10 pounds of goal I began to increase calories by 100 per day. I would do that for two weeks, if I stayed the same weight or lost, I would increase another 100 for the next two weeks and so on. I ended up losing to my original goal of 120 and then lost another 3 pounds as I continued to increase calories. I think it's the best way to slowly let your body know it is no longer in a deficit. Good luck!

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10/11/07 1:43 A

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I think it is up to you when you want to start transitioning into maintaince. If you are keen to get off those last pounds before the holidays then I would keep going as you are...sounds like you have had amazing results. Way To Go!!!!! I too was scared by the big jump in numbers (the same ranges you were given) I started filling the extra calories with junk so I decided even though I have reached my goal to set my goal as to lose 5 lbs from my goal reached date until the first of the year which gave me a range from 1540-1890. I am more comfortable with this range for now, give it a couple weeks and then I may adjust the range again. Maintaince is definately a whole new challenge that needs to be approached with the same kind of steps and dedication put towards losing the weight in the first place.

Best of luck to you!

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10/10/07 10:44 P

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Thanks! I agree about the ease of transition, and I totally think you are all making excellent points about how filling the extra cals with chocolate, ice cream, or cheese isn't really the best idea and is binge-inducing (for me, too!). Staying healthy and upping the calories will be a challenge, so upping the calories bit by bit will be good.

Vacation was surprising because we were being fed by a variety of relatives a lot of the time. Since none of them were vegetarian and I am, so I ended up eating way less protein and waaay more carbs and fat than I normally do. My only explanation is that walking everywhere made up for it, and the fact that when we were in Italy and eating at restaurants, I shared food a lot with other people, causing enforced portion control. :)

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10/10/07 10:22 P

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Wow! Great job with the weight loss! Most people can only dream of consistently losing 2 lbs per week. It may be an easier way to transition into maintenance mode if you slow down your weight loss. Going from 1200 cals to 1800 cals per day is a BIG change and it may be hard to fill with healthy foods. It's a struggle for me because if I see that I have 300 cals left, then I figure that I can get an ice cream or something but that usually triggers a binge for me.

It sounds like that isn't your problem. Anyone who can go on vaca and lose weight gets a BIG thumbs up from me! Good luck in your transition and pick healthy food to fill the gap.

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LUCUBRATRIX's Photo LUCUBRATRIX Posts: 613
10/10/07 8:32 P

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You totally hit the nail on the head -- I kind of feel like "learning how to maintain" will be an entirely different set of habits and eating patterns from "losing weight", and possibly way more challenging. I've started eating more in the middle of my range (1200-1550) rather than consistently at the low end, but it's still a lot less than what my maintenance eating would be aiming for (1950-2300).

Ultimately, figuring out how to keep the weight off is more important to me than getting there at a particular date!

Edited by: LUCUBRATRIX at: 10/10/2007 (20:37)
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10/10/07 8:24 P

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Congatulations on your weight loss so far! Only you can decide what to do - if hitting goal by the holidays is important to you, by all means go for it! You are right about the transition though. If you are currently eating hundreds of calories less than it would take to maintain your goal weight, figuring out how to add the calories back in without triggering cravings and binges will be an interesting task, whether you get to it in December or some time next year.

Good luck to you, whichever you choose!


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10/10/07 8:17 P

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Hi, everyone at goal!

Congrats to all of you! I've lost 70 lbs so far, and have about another 15 to go. So far, I've been losing the weight pretty aggressively -- my SP goals were set at 2 lbs/week, and I followed the plan but the actual results ended up being a bit more like 3 lbs/week (averaged over months). When I went on tracking-free vacation in Europe with a goal of "being sensible and maintaining", I ended up losing 8 lbs over 3.5 weeks.

I'm starting to get to the point where I am feeling pretty good. I still want to lose the last 15, but I'm no longer in such an enormous rush to do so because I am starting to feel better about myself and my current weight.

I'm wondering whether it might be a good idea to "ease" into maintenance more, and adjust my goals so that I'm planning for a 1 lb/week loss, instead of 2 lbs/week?

It is tempting to just plow full-speed ahead to try to make goal by December, but I am a bit scared by the idea of maintenance, and I figure slowing down a bit might make the prospect of reaching goal a bit less scary. (Also, I'm hoping to start trying to conceive sometime, and my weight loss has thrown off my monthly cycle from how regular it used to be... so I figure slowing down might give my body more of a chance to get used to the new weight.)

Has anyone deliberately slowed down as they approached goal? Any advice for the stage I'm at now?

Thanks so much for your advice... this group is a serious inspiration!

Edited by: LUCUBRATRIX at: 10/10/2007 (20:27)
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Bellingham Bay Half Marathon, September 28, 2008 - 2:11:59.
Seattle Marathon, November 30, 2008.

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