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ADAMG23 Posts: 81
8/23/13 12:21 P

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This is definitely the toughest thing for me to grasp. I hit my goal weight in March and since then its been a struggle. I am constantly afraid of losing my grip and gaining all my weight back. I know it won't happen over night, but increasing my calories was the scariest thing I've ever done. I feel like it will be a struggle for the next 6 months, and hopefully smooth sailing. Are there any long time successes who can help me with tips?

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7/3/13 9:27 A

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I like this topic. A lot. All of you are so warm, helpful, and honest. That's exactly what we all need when finding out what our "purpose" is in this journey. I lose my purpose all of the time. It ranges from "I'm not losing weight for _____, I'm losing it to "fit into my colorful shorts again" or something that seems so incredibly short term. I believe this is the reason why I fluctuate +/- 20 lbs in two years, easy.

I'm not very close to my GW at this time, but understanding that maintaining the lost lbs at this point is very important!!

Lee T.
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination"- John Lennon


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6/26/13 5:07 A

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I just hit my goal weight within the last couple weeks and I feel I will have to keep a food log for the rest of my life to keep myself on track. I'm okay with that, but sadly that's the truth!

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
--Christian D. Larson


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MISSNUNU84 Posts: 5
9/24/12 7:10 P

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7/16/12 11:53 P

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I have not been in maintenance mode long (just hit it at my weekly weigh in on Saturday), but with my increase in calorie needs, I am having a hard time getting into the minimum. I'm vegan and gluten-free, and I eat a whole foods diet. My whole diet consists of fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains but since hitting my goal, I can't hit the calorie minimum without forcing myself to overeat. I've also been in weight loss mode for about 8 years, so I am not sure how to adjust my exercise to keep from losing weight. =/

There is only one of you in the world, so take care of yourself in all matters.


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2/27/12 9:59 A

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I think my biggest challenge has been balance. I tend to end up going all out on either food or exercise. It eventually balances out, but after months of habitual food choices, remembering to add something else to my go-to foods from during the journey is key.

I have -- especially of late -- gone waaay overboard on my exercise (I'm talking about teaching 2 dance classes a week, and taking 3-4, then rock climbing/swimming/skating on weekends). So lately I've stopped worrying about over-eating (which I did just yesterday!), I just weigh myself every couple of weeks to make sure it's all balancing out. I know my upper limits of both (exhaustion keeps me overdoing the exercise too much, and weight-gain/ feeling overfull), and use those to keep my world in check.

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2/12/12 5:41 P

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Was finally able to let 'loose' at last night's dinner. I realized I shouldn't be afraid of food - I tried the bread, the risotto and the cakeS! Since last night was a bit of an indulgence, I'm pulling back a little today. I think the trick is not to deprive yourself balanced with the idea that we should never get too complacent or too lax with what we put into our bodies.

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12/23/11 9:07 A

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I agree its a lot of mental for me too. I have been loosing weight for almost a year. Its hard just to switch quickly from something after you've been doing it for a year. I have to find the right balance now of calories in/calories out

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still."


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12/14/11 5:49 P

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Biggest challenge for me right now is mental - still getting my head around the fact that I no longer weigh 268lbs. Also trying to get used to 'not being on a strict eating plan'. Learning how to indulge in moderation.

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9/15/10 6:39 A

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Keeping "on top of it" is the biggest challenge. Sometimes it feels like I can slack off a bit, but I know I can't or the scale will start creeping up in .2 lb increments.

It really is a lifestyle change - I don't know what weight I'd be if I hadn't adjusted my attitude toward food and exercise.

We can do it!

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7/27/10 7:42 A

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Staying motivated to stick to it. When you are not seeing changes all the time, its hard to find the purpose.

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6/7/10 1:16 A

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One of the biggest challenges I've had is that more calories means more opportunities to make poor food choices.

I feel like I used to do a great job of making the most of my 1200-1350ish calories during weight loss mode. Now I feel like it's easier to justify eating less healthy foods since I have "room" to do so.


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ARIELANASTACIA's Photo ARIELANASTACIA Posts: 121
5/5/10 8:38 P

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Not at my goal yet but it is quikly approaching and Im nervous. My game plan it to weigh daily- even if I "feel" fat- so I can document what and when the lb's shift, I wanna at least log in my nutrition and excersise on sp and hopefully have more time to go to forums, I also want to continue following a very limited carb diet. Im very hopeful and will be on this forum quite often for encouragment. Spacewomanzero- I HEAR YA! I always want those last 5 lbs too! do you think increasing your cals slightly where you're still losing but not as fast will help your transtion into making your diet choices for your lifestyle easier?

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4/15/10 1:18 P

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Hey everyone I'm new to your group, I hit my goal weight last week!! from 220 to 150!! the thing that I'm having trouble with so far is that I don't know how to not lose. I am going for another 5 "vanity" lbs but Ive been trying to lose for so long that I'm still in that mind set.

Oh and congrats to everyone for reaching your goals!!!

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1/5/10 1:57 P

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My biggest challenge is to understand my body fluctuates. Being up a fraction of a pound should not stress me out completely, but I have to be honest - it does.

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12/29/09 9:56 P

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my biggest challenge has been figuring out how uch to eat so as that I don't gain, but I don't continue losing. I'm still playing with exercise levels and calorie intake. Eventually I will get it.

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5/27/08 4:24 P

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I guess I have a couple challenges :)

Number one is continuing to exercise consistently. I rely HEAVILY on SP tracking to motivate my workouts. If I didn't have a log of what I was supposed to do and when, my procrastinating would get the best of me and I'd slide down that slippery slope back into inactivity.

My second one is a recent development. I never had a sweet tooth before. I mean, of course I liked dessert, but it was RARE that I'd crave something sweet. I'm guessing it's happening because of my adding running and stair stepping to my cardio, when I was doing only walking for about 2 years beforehand. I have to be really careful now because I carve sweets quite often...we're talking several times a day here.

-Bree
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April 2006 Starting Weight - 185-190
May 18, 2007 Reached Goal 150

"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter." Peter F. Drucker

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Heya all you 20-something maintainers! After following the all-ages maintenance group for a while and talking to many people in different age brackets, I'd be very curious to know if there's anything about our maintenance experiences as 20-something maintainers (our biggest challenges, our biggest changes since maintenance, etc.) that's unique to us... I find that I can easily identify with most maintainers who are older than me, but also that they tend to be at very different places in their lives and therefore their experiences are very different from mine!

So what's YOUR biggest maintenance challenge? How has YOUR life changed?

Pre-South Beach Weight (August 2006): 160-165
Maintenance range: 130-135


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