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After reading through all the posts I can see that it takes discipline with good food in and regular activity out for successful maintenance.

Food tracking, planning the day in advance, is a key for me. Since I have changed my eating habits I have also changed some of the foods I eat so I always learn something about myself and my choices when I study my daily nutritional report.



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I find that if I eat a lot of fruit, veggies and healthy meals, drink a lot of water up to 14 a day, I can stay in my weight goals and loose some too. I have had a very full day and feel great. I did 3 out of 4 for trivia and 7 on log in.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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I've only been maintaining for about 3 weeks, but I'm doing what I did when I was loosing. I track nutrition and exercise every day during the week and try to stay within my range. I track exercise on weekends and food as much as I can but I know it is not as accurate. I talk with friends as much as possible. Wish me luck. In the past, I have had no maintenance plan and, hopefully, my plan will make the difference.

It has been a few months since your original posting. How are things going?

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I'm still in the learning stage, but I track my food and weigh myself every morning. One morning last week, I was up 2 lbs. Instead of going into a funk as I used to do, I did the little positive self-talk and told myself I needed to do specific things to reverse the new trend: eat filling, lo-cal foods, track religiously and step up calorie burning. Having a concrete plan instead of berating myself made the difference this time around.

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This is a great thread. Thanks.

I'm still fairly new to maintenance. I met my goal of 126lb 5 months ago but lost another 6lb when I stopped trying quite so hard. At first I found maintenance more difficult than weight loss because I've lost weight plenty of times but never succeeded in keeping it off.

As well as continuing to track food and activity, which I will probably do forever, I found that blogging about it really helped as there was (is) a lot of support out there.

I can't imagine this ever becoming so natural that I don't have to be vigilant but I don't mind that as long as I've got tools to help me to keep in control.


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Tracking what I eat is the key to maintaining my weight. The second most important thing is choosing as many whole, unprocessed, healthy foods as possible. Weighing daily in morning and cutting back on any day I'm above goal is helpful. Being very active in general as well as doing cardio and strength training help, too.

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I have not reached my goal yet but I am working on it. I found the calorie differential report and have only used it for the last week and that has helped me lose 1.6 pounds this week. I would like to be under 130 but no lower than 125 and maintain. Once I get to where I want to be I will still track my food and fitness.

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I also believe maintenance is hard. The key for me is strength training and cardio. I strength train 5 to 6 days a week and try to get in a minimum of 1 hour of cardio a day. I'm healing from an injury right now, so I've not been getting that.

Also, I still have to track my food. If I don't, I just eat too much. So I journal my food everyday.

It just becomes part of what you do. I'm on year 3 of maintenance and I do most of it automatically.

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I have just started maintaining my weight I have been watching what I eat if I can't find in the store I make it which then it has fewer calories in it and less fat and no sugar. yesterday me hubbie asked me to taste something he bought he said had no sugar in it i tasted it tasted like pure sugar it had corn syrupy in it which I told him it was sugar. His favorite saying is it won't kill you if you try it.

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2/5/10 5:54 P

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I've been maintaining for five years now. The answer to that question, for me, is no. Maintenance requires vigilance, just as much as, if not more than, losing weight!

For those of us over fifty, especially women, that need is even greater. Menopause challenges our best efforts. I have found, for example, that if I don't stay on the lower end of my caloric scale, I will gain weight, even with exercise. Now fifty-one, I've also discovered that I need daily cardio. Before menopause, I didn't! Weight lifting is a must, too. To quote my doctor, "Unexplained weight gain is a GIVEN with menopause..." Having worked so hard to lose weight at a time when my metabolism was already slowing down, the last thing I want is for this biological fact to set me back. That's why tracking food every day, making sound nutritional choices, making time to exercise consistently and enjoying treats in moderation is vital. I accepted that this would be my lifestyle when I started my journey in 2004. Being conscious of everything may sound like a lot of work or a nuisance, but it's a small price to pay for living well, feeling healthy, and being optimistic about the future.

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12/5/09 11:34 A

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Smaller sizes are great. I stay between 121 and 124. I never want to get over 124 as that's too close to 125 and then I panic. I used to be 150.

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My "maintaining was fluctuating UP 1-1.5kg and below about .25kg. NOW I am on another 2kg loss (Dietician decided she wanted me a bit lower because after over 23kg (approx. 50lb). My waist (where she measures it around my navel) has only decreased by 2cm (approx. 3/4")..... BUT I am wearing many sizes smaller clothing!

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I've been maintaining for a year and a half now. emoticon I keep track of what I eat and go to WW meetings. I'm a life time member. I also work out 5 to 6 times a week at Curves. Of course all the support here on Spark helps me so much. Being involved is a great motivator. I try to be an Encourager to others and that way I stay motivated.

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I think I will maintain my weight loss by continuing to track my food, weighing myself daily, and cutting back if my weight is going up. I have officially been on maintenance since March, but I have actually lost at least a few ounces every month. Time to really maintain.

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Sorry can't be a sticky at this time but we can keep it at the top by posting in it frequently. Even posting bump will keep it at the top. I wish we had more stickys but they only allow us 3.

How to maintain you goal weight is such a good subject. We should all share our thoughts on this. I think it is due to mindful eating and thinking before you eat. Also planning ahead is a big factor in both eating and exercise.

What do you think?

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10/2/09 5:51 P

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Good Idea! - can it become a "sticky topic"?

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Bump...moving this thread up!

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Definitely not me, either. Was much too hard to get here!

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Yes, maintaining those healthy habits is the main way to also maintain the loss. Going back to old habits just would get us back to where we were, and who wants to go there??? Not me.

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Even when I'm at the top of my "range," I tend to focus on healthy habits rather than on losing weight. It seems to keep me pretty steady.

If not now, when?

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Interesting that when you stopped thinking about loosing weight all the time and just concentrated on eating healthy you started to loose again. Sort of like people who try to get pregnant and can't. As soon as they stop trying they get pregnant. It shows how much our mind controls our body. Not thinking about loosing weight all the time is something I need to adobt.

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I understand about a range, and sure do agree. I just want my range to be a few pounds less like it was a while ago.



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I also have a maintenance weight range of 5 pounds that I want to stay within and have come to realize that fluctuation can be caused by various things and don't worry anymore if the scale goes up a bit, as long as I stay in my range. Also, interestingly enough, when I stopped focusing on losing weight and thought more about just putting healthy foods into my body and and exercising regularly, that's when I broke my plateau and was able to get the last 20-25 pounds off, and then even a few more. So don't give up. Pounds lost or not, your health will benefit if you eat right and exercise.

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Lots of support here, and looks like we all have it on our minds no matter what. I still measure, record, weigh every day, and go to ww at least once a month. I ma really scared that I might get back to where i was and do NOT want that to happen.

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Thank you. You remember to just hang in there Terra...no matter what. Most important is to be kind to yourself. This is a lifestyle and there will be ups and downs....but if you are stubborn.....you can do it too!!

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WOW! I read your page that you lost 100 pounds without medical intervention and have kept if off for 5 years. What an incredible role model you are. I received a lot of messages to my question on maintaining and the bottom line I find is that you have to keep the motivation up. When I cook at home I have no problem with food as I don't cook those sugar, fat craving type of foods that make us want more. I just have to get motivated with exercise. Right now I swim everyday that I love but already worrying what to do when it is no longer swim season. I need to find something I need to love as much as swimming that I could do on a daily basis. Keep up the good work, you are amazing!

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I lost 100 pounds and I have maintained my loss for 5 years. I still follow the healthy habits that I used to lose the weight...tracking food in my journal, weighing twice a week, daily exercise, reading healthy articles daily. I can't say that it's easier but it's my lifestyle now. My health is so much better now, that the extra effort is totally WORTH IT! I don't worry about it as much as I did before because I know I'm stubborn enough to keep going.

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It is 4:22 p.m. here at the moment. Yes - I do have that problem. It has been COLD here today. Sunny but cold. My hubby told me this a.m. there was a thick frost outside - I didn't see it - stayed in bed in the warm till 10:20am. because it was too cold to get out. :-)

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In answer to questions about daily weighing -- I only weighed weekly when I was losing weight. I used Weight Watchers when losing (I didn't know about SparkPeople until a bit over a year ago.) I followed their program very carefully, and I'm not sure when I switched to daily weighing. I weigh myself every morning as soon as I get up without any clothes on. I can definitely understand why you'd weigh your winter and summer clothes.

Slimmer, I guess from your username that you're in New Zealand. What time is it there? I mean what time zone are you in? I live in Israel, and sometimes all the conversations with people in the USA can get disjointed because of the time difference. You must have that problem too!

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I find this thread very interesting. I never weighed myself daily because for various reasons weight will fluctuate daily - bowel motion or not, or not as much as usual - a huge urine output, or not - hormones (we still have them). I generally weighed myself once a month, or occasionally weekly if something special was coming up (like a few days' holiday). Since I achieved my goal, my weight has fluctuated a bit because I am trying to find my "calorific maintenance level". I still use the nutrition tracker daily, and as much as possible plan to continue doing so, since guess work with weights of food that you have eaten and calories consumed can gradually become distorted over a period of time.

Also, I weighed myself with exactly the same clothes on, and always before lunch after going to the loo. Now it is winter here, I weighed my winter clothes and my summer clothes so I could take the difference into account. Some might think "nit picking" LOL

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Thanks for your reply. It was interesting to see that you weigh yourself everyday as a maintainer. If you have time to write can you tell me if you weighed everyday while loosing. I try only to weigh once a week. (I haven't reached my goal yet) I don't want o get fustrated when I see no weight loss or even go up a pound or two. As a maintainer it seems your idea of weighing everyday will keep you accountable so I think I will adopt that when I get to that point. That river you are on looks wonderful. (on your blog) I recently bought a house because it gave me 360 degree view of a lake. I love lakes and rivers. I am also a member of Sparks Jews like you are.

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I lost over 30 pounds and have kept it off for over 5 years now. For the first couple of years on maintenance I did think a lot about food and exercise. Now what I eat is pretty routine, and I have my "old faithful" food choices and eating habits that I rely on. I also weigh myself every morning so I can catch any disturbing trends before they get out of hand. I think of my weight as being in a range -- green is where I want to be, yellow is where I have to watch out, and red is time to get serious and make an all-out effort to exercise enough and eat wisely. I think I've only strayed into the red zone a couple of times since I hit my goal. I have some ideas on my Spark Page blogs, if you'd like to look.

It does get easier with time, and it is a lifestyle change. Little things count, like not eating until you feel full, but stopping before that feeling kicks in.

Good luck! It sure is woth it to be able to wear wonderful, sexy clothes and feel great!

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You can do it!!! Just remember, "if it's to be, it's up to me"...


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Thank you so much for replying. I like the last line and will type it out and put it on my bulletin board. You lost a lot of weight and I congratulate you. Keep up the great work.

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Thank you so much. Your words did help. The weight you lost is the amount that I have to loose. I am half way there. I like looking at it as forming a habit that will get easier as the days go by. (thanks for that) Congratulations on loosing all that weight and keeping it off for so long. You are a great role model to those of us that are not that confident if we can do the same.

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It hasn't been 5 years, but it has been 2 1/2 years that I have maintained a 55 lb. weight loss. Unfortunately, in order to keep your weight off - you will always be thinking about what you are eating and what you are doing to move and be active. It's a new lifestyle, not a diet. Think of it this way - when you got married, was your job over with...or just beginning? Did you have to work at it....each day, or just forget all the sweet things that made him want to marry you in the first place? Could you go back to acting like a single person, or did you now have to behave differently..more like a married person? People who recognize that it's a journey and not a destination...recognize that they must develop traits and behaviors that will last a lifetime...

That being said, I would suggest that it won't seem as "all consuming" as it does when you first begin..because it takes 21 days to form a habit...after some time practicing good habits, it will become second nature to you. I hope this helps.


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I have only been maintaining for not quite a year, but I did lose another 10 pounds after reaching my goal weight. I am not to the point where I ever really quit thinking about it, and in fact I still find it necessary for me to weigh myself every day and continue tracking my food. Maybe the day will come -- I agree it does get to a point you want to just not have to think about. I once read a quote that I like alot: Maintenance is not the end of the road - it's the beginning of a new one! Good luck to you!

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7/25/09 11:55 A

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Hi, I am new to this forum. I am not at my goal weight quite yet but already feeling anxious if I could keep it off. You see, I have lost a lot of weight in my 50 plus years but always managed to put it back on. If anyone has kept their goal weight off for more than 5 years, I would love to hear from you. Stupid question but do you ever get to a point where you are not conscious of what you are eating or exercising. I mean does it just become so natural you don't have to think about it? I think about what food I will be eating this week and what exercise to do constantly. I would like to get to a point where I don't have to think about it as much. Thank you so much for responding and being there.

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