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10/10/12 1:47 P

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I am only 6 weeks into maintenance but from previous attempts, in addition to staying at some calorie range, it was also crucial that I kept my exercise up. Which is probably why I am so compulsive about staying active every day. But one of the things I have picked it up this round is to go cautiously with adding calories. Good luck!

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10/10/12 12:52 P

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Hi there - almost 10 years into maintenance (I can't believe it!) I'm STILL working on figuring it out:). It IS scary to add calories for me, even now. I would suggest making small increases (say 100 calories/day average) and waiting 2-4 weeks to see what's happening - I can't take credit for this idea - someone else recommended it on one of these threads, and it fits with my experience. Don't sweat minor scale creep - we're experts in what to do to reverse it. I speak from experience on this - I recently went up 7 pounds due to not tracking on the weekends (and for me, that meant all my pants got tight), and had to buckle down to lose them again. But, it's doable, and is definitely a lifelong journey of tweaking and experimenting.

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10/10/12 11:31 A

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I completely agree about this team. Some of my other teams are very chatty and friendly, which is great, but I love that this team is large, active, and quite SERIOUS about maintaining.

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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10/10/12 11:05 A

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Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I think I'll just stick with what I'm doing this week (1600-1700) and see how that works out after a couple weeks. I must say I really like this team, every other team I'm on is very "dead". :)

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10/10/12 2:56 A

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I think MJREIMERS said it perfectly, 'play with the numbers'!

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10/9/12 7:24 P

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It is trial and error. In my opinion, none of the calculators out there know YOUR body. I found that I have different needs at different times in maintenance. Sometimes I need to eat more day-to-day. Sometimes I'm OK with eating less during the week and splurging on the weekends. Sometimes I get myself into a messy situation where I tell myself I'm eating less during the week but I'm really not and I put on a few pounds. It sounds like you are OK with eating at your weight loss calorie range right now so maybe starting by allowing yourself to have a splurge meal (or an extra one) each week might be a good way to transition to maintenance? It takes some work, especially at the beginning. I found it surprisingly easy to end up 5 under. (Not so true almost a year in but I know very well that if I went back to eating 1500 calories a day I'd get right back there.)

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10/9/12 5:23 P

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It does seem like you just add 100 calories at a time and see what your body does with it. Some lose and some gain. Take it slow and "play with the numbers." You'll figure out exactly what your body wants and needs to lose or maintain. Good luck!

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10/9/12 4:25 P

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Exactly two weeks ago I hit my goal weight. Having learned I was undereating, I had started trying to eat at least to my bmr and that is when I started losing weight rapidly to my goal weight. Eating empty calories, eating way under, eating differently (more carbs, less protein) and two weeks later I am up 4 lbs (crisis, family member in hospital,etc is why no real maintenance). Every time I try to get close to my bmr, I seem to gain a lb overnight - was doing research this morning and lots of info on internet about this...anyways, maintenance very confusing for me. Lots on my plate right now so though I am not going to regain all 30 lbs I lost, I have to prioritize which things come first.

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10/9/12 3:15 P

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It's been trial and error for me as well. When I hit an overly low weight three years ago, I VERY slowly increased my calories by adding foods that would better balance my nutrients (such as low-fat protein sources and bananas for potassium) and please me (Quakes as a snack!). It took me three months to settle into a higher maintenance weight, and I hovered there for about two years before my weight started edging up and settled at a higher range about a year ago. I've decided that I'm not happy with that higher range and am going about reducing it by about 5 pounds.

So you can see that it takes a LONG time to establish a pattern and maintain a weight that you're satisfied with. I've only recently realized, because I've been tracking everything for years now, that the trends are long and not easily reversed if you start edging upward. But, after all, this is a lifelong journey, isn't it?

I no longer trust or pay attention to the calorie range that Spark gives me, because my own data tell me that I'll gain weight if I eat that much. If you keep good records, you'll get a better sense of how your body will react and can set your own calorie range in the Nutrition Tracker.

Hope this helps!

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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10/9/12 3:03 P

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I'm kind of in the same place as you, I'd like to lose another 5-9lbs but realistically I'm not sure I need to or should lose anymore, even my husband said this after being very honest with me throughout my weight loss.

So far I've added a hundred calories or a little more if I'm feeling brave to each day, I did it for two weeks and checked to see if I was still losing. I was still losing when I averaged 1700 per day and now I'm eating 1800 per day. I exercise a lot, distance running, martial arts and biking and walking too so I've felt pretty comfortable increasing my intake so far. I'm beginning to get twitchy now I'm up to 1800 though and part of me is nervous of the next weigh in this weekend. But if my weight has gone up/down or stayed the same it will tell me what I need to know - If I need more or less calories. I think this bit is the hardest because to find out how much we can eat we will most likely have to see at least one gain on the scale to know how much not to eat! Gains are hard to deal with after this huge journey into weight loss.

I would also say that keeping the percentages of carbs/fat/protein the same is more important than how many grams of each you eat.

One other thing, don't worry too much about your BMI, you know what's right for you and you can always go back to losing at a later date if you want to. Maybe you could check your body fat percentage, Acumeasure calipers are the most accurate method and they only cost a few dollars. You may find that the last 10lbs comes off as you're finding out how much to eat anyway, so far since being in maintenance I've lost another 2lbs.

So yes I think it is trial and error and just feeling your way, maybe others will have a different take on this, as I said I'm new to maintenance but I hope I've been of some help.

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10/9/12 2:49 P

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That's exactly how I approached it. I slowly increased my calories over a period of a few months until I reached a point where I stopped losing. The gradual increase helped with my mental shift of going from diet mode to maintenance mode and I lost another ten pounds along the way before I settled in. I did quite a bit of experimenting with food combinations and exercise as well and will probably always continue to tweak my plan as I go along. Good luck finding your happy balance!
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10/9/12 2:44 P

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So, I've been struggling with figuring out where I should be eating now in maintenance. My SP given range is 1510-1860. My BMR with activity level added in is 1760 (although I've seen posts in other parts of SP that BMR doesn't matter when considering food intake).

I guess I am just having a hard time in my head that I can eat 1860 calories a day and not gain any weight. I'm still in the "lose weight" mindset so I have a bit of a panic moment when I see a number above 1600 in my tracker. Also I hit most of my nutrition goals every day, so I worry that adding in more calories will throw that off. I'm on the low end or below the range for carbs so I guess I could add in something there, and I could always use more protein. While I'm low-mid range for fat most days, I'd rather not eat more fat. I also know that losing more weight won't kill me, as I wont' be in a "normal" BMI unless I lose 10 more. But I'm happy where I'm at right now.

Is it just a trial and error kind of thing, where I just try something out for a week or two and see how it works for me, and if it doesn't work, I try something else?

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