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2/18/14 6:31 P

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Sounds like a good plan. Take it slow and try not to worry so much about little blips that are aberrations. Small adjustments are the way to go!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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2/18/14 5:18 P

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Yes, it was a one time occurrence. It could have been sodium or eating something that set off inflammation, I suppose.

I saw my doctor today and she said she feels 1500 calories should be appropriate for me. So I'll try to work up to that. She said I might still find myself slowly losing weight at 1500 and have to go to 1800. I found that interesting because the range spark gives me to maintain is exactly that - 1500 to 1800.

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2/17/14 9:55 P

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If it was a food that is unfriendly to your system it could cause inflammation and the weight gain.
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2/17/14 8:59 P

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Was this a one-time experience? Is it possible there were other issues at play? It doesn't seem possible that you could gain three pounds from two days of eating just 100 calories more than normal. Once you're feeling comfortable again, why not try adding 50 calories a day for a week and see what happens? Very slow increases might be in order for you, especially since you have thyroid issues. Giving your small increases a little more time to take effect might give you a better idea of how they're affecting your weight. I know it's hard not to panic when you see the scale go up, but two days isn't a very big sample size to see the real effect of a calorie change.

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2/17/14 8:19 P

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TINAJANE, 1350 is what I ate while losing. Seems like I need to increase calories to stop losing but weirdly, just 100 cal/day more made the scale jump up by 3 lbs after only a couple of days.

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Just a cheer to you on reaching goal! Fellow Sparkers have already given out great advice. As long as you do not return to old bad habits you won't gain all the weight back. The biggest mistake I have ever made in maintainence is returning to old habits. Stay vigilant on healthy habits and keep working out the kinks. Maintainence will happen.

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I'd say stay the course and try not to make any drastic changes. It does often take our bodies a while to adjust to our new normal, both in terms of our weight and the calories we're consuming. Many of us have been operating at a deficit for so long that it's almost as if our bodies aren't prepared to stay in the same place. It took me over a year on maintenance before I started to become slightly more relaxed about it (and believe me, I still have my moments!) and more comfortable with the idea that I actually could eat more and not regain all of the weight I had lost. It's not always easy to have that kind of patience with ourselves, but time does seem to be one of our biggest allies in this process. Hang in there. What you're going through is normal and many of us have been where you are.

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2/17/14 7:32 P

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Thank you, everyone, for sharing your experience and tips! It helps me feel less alone in this scary place called maintenance.

It helps to know that other women find the scale fluctuate by this much weekly. I know sodium plays a role for me. Linda, I am hypothyroid too so maybe that lowers my metabolism even though I take medication to fix that.
I am seeing my doctor tomorrow so I'm going to ask her opinion on calorie range for me.

I've been much hungrier than usual lately. I have been ignoring it and still eating approx 1350/day but maybe it's a sign I really do need to eat more? I've just been terrified that it is my body trying to get me to gain back the 88 pounds I have lost.

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2/17/14 9:58 A

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Yes, Amanda, salt is a big issue. I give myself Friday evenings to eat some fun junk food (usually chips) because it's game night in our house. If I stick to my program all week I figure Friday evening is my reward. But Saturday and Sunday mornings usually show the difference on the scale. Then back to normal by Monday. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with salt.

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I've just skimmed the responses, so someone may have already said this, but I was just going to mention salt. Don't forget what a HUGE impact it can have on what the scale says. I can see a 2-3 lb jump on the scale when I've had too much (restaurant food often has too much). It isn't actual weight gain, just water retention.



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2/16/14 4:15 P

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Hi my metabolism is off because I have an inactive thyroid and I take medication for my condition. I have lost weight since taking the medication. I am about 123 to 128 and I am short five foot three inches tall. I only allowed myself a hundred more calories a day. Sometimes I get a treat like last week my son made small chocolate cupcakes. I could not resist and had a couple but stopped eating them. I was amazed that I did not gain any weight. Linda from bean town

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I stay between 123 and 128.

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2/16/14 9:32 A

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I'm usually between 145 and 150 (150 was my goal weight). And I'm happy as long as I stay under that 150 mark. Today I hit it and must admit I'm totally bummed. But, hey, that was my goal 1 1/2 years ago so why am I upset? We have to be careful we're not too hard on ourselves. We have to aim for healthy eating and living and be happy with that blasted scale no matter what it says (well, within reason, of course).

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2/16/14 8:47 A

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Even with almost two years of maintenance under my belt and putting in a lot of work to even out my habits, my weight can still fluctuate by up to about five pounds during a given week. My body seems to be very sensitive to change and I can gain or lose several pounds overnight even if I haven't eaten all that much more or less than I normally do. This has taken me a while to adjust to because, like you, I initially panicked when I got down into my goal range and still saw such wild fluctuations. Since I tend to have one or two days a week (usually the weekend) where I eat a bit more than normal, I try to do my weekly weigh-in as far from the weekend as I can because I have several days of more consistent eating under my belt. While this may seem like I'm giving myself a pass to go overboard at the weekend, it actually has the opposite effect. If my Friday or Saturday morning weigh-in is the same or less than the week before, I know I can relax during the weekend ahead. If it's up from the week before by more than a pound for a reason I can only attribute to too much food and not enough movement, then I know I need to reign things in a bit. If I focused on how much the scale goes up and down from day to day, I'd lose my mind--and I did think I was losing it when I first got down to goal. Time, patience and understanding my body's trends has helped allay my fears. Once you start to see that a certain bump is normal for you and not cause for concern, hopefully your fears will calm as well. Good luck!

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2/15/14 10:39 P

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When I declared myself in maintenance in December a number of years ago, I reevaluated things. I first decided to decrease my exercise from 60 minute per day, to 45 minutes per day. I believe I left calories the same. That month my weight kept slowly decreasing, as I was always a very slow looser, as I was eating more calories than most do here on spark. Then I raised my calories by about 100 per day and stayed at that for one month and lost slower. I think in the end, i lower the exercise by 15 minutes per day and raised calories about 150 per day. Then I tended to stay the same with some variation. I vary about 5 pounds over the course of a month and it can be quite sudden which somewhat drives me crazy. So I rather liked the fact that I got lower than I had originally intended. It placed me squarely in a healthy bmi rather than in the upper end. Now I am a tiny bit higher than I prefer and have reduced my calories and upped my exercise, but having some trouble with the cheating on the calorie intake.

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2/15/14 8:35 P

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If you track your food intake take the last 8 weeks of program and compare your intake with your weight gains. When you see that with 1400 you gain weight but 1350 you lose weight then average the calories or points out to maintain your weight. It is natural to lose and gain 3 pounds from one day to the next. Our body retains water due to salty foods, your menstrual cycle. Don't get bent out of shape about 3 pounds. If you weight yourself once a week that should tell you weather you are maintaining.

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I try to eat as "clean" as possible. I eat between 1200-1550 calories most days. I have been eating more lately, but it's within my range when tied to my exercise. Ideally, I stay in the previously mentioned range.

Many times it's playing with the numbers. When I run or am in training for a 1/2, I eat more and then after I have to cut back again. I try to keep my weight between 130-135, but should really set my goal 132-137.

You have gotten some great advice here. Just keep trying. You, and your body, will figure it out! Good luck!

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2/15/14 5:02 P

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BOOKAPHILE, your blog post really struck a chord with me! Thank you for sharing that.

Bess, I try to stick to whole grains and veggies and fruit for my carbs and really try to keep that number around 50% of my daily intake. I log my food using My Fitness Pal's app. I started using it before I found Sparkpeople and it was easier to just keep using that.

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Also keep in mind what your calories come from. Carb calories tend to linger, fruits and vegetables, especially raw or in salad, do not.

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Oh, I feel for you! When I hit my goal, I went through the same thing. It's normal. Here is a link to a blog I wrote about it at the time.
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Later, after eating at that level for a while, I began losing again, so I had to kick it up more. EVENTUALLY you will find what works for you, but it may be months before your body decides that it wants to be at a certain weight for a certain calorie intake/outgo. Even then, it will fluctuate. Knowing this is normal takes some of the fear away!

I still go up and down over a 2-3 pound spread. Sometimes it's salt or unknown calories in a meal I didn't prepare. Everyone is different. You just have to find what works for you.
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I'm interested in this topic as well. Kind of in the same boat, fluctuating from 133-137, and eating way less (usually) than what Spark says I should be able to eat. Exercise a lot, almost every single day. Balance my carbs/protein/fat correctly almost every day.

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I'm feeling a bit lost.

I am 5'2" and in my 40s. I burn approx 1600-1800 cals through exercise weekly. (Cardio + weights)

I was eating 1250 on rest days and 1350 on workout days for months during my losing phase. This was the low end of my spark range.

My goal weight is to be under 125 but above 120.

I weighed 122.5 when I left for Hawaii last month. I estimated that I ate 1400-1500 while on vacation. I missed one workout due to flying but was otherwise active. Came home weighing just under 125, panicked, and cut my calories back to 1200-1300 for a week and a half to get back to 123. Then increased to 1350 a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, I weighed 120.7. I decided I need to increase my cals again so started eating about 1450 on Tues or Wed. Today I weigh 122.5. So nearly 2 lbs over what I weighed just 3 days ago. Is that normal for when you increase calories by only 100 per day?

I'm feeling a bit lost. I don't know if I'm doing maintenance right. My weight goes up and down by 2-3 lbs within a week. But overall, I think I must still be losing gradually because I'm a size smaller than I was two months ago. I am still not up to the maintenance range Spark suggests (1500-1800) because I keep panicking when my weight goes up by 2 lbs and lowering the calories back down again after only a week of bumping them up. I've read the Big Page of Links but nobody says how much weight should fluctuate or how long it takes to find the sweet spot.

How long should I eat 1450 before deciding to bump calories up or down? How much should I allow my weight to fluctuate +/-? How do I adjust to not losing?

Any advice from you experienced maintainers welcomed!
Sorry this is so long and thanks in advance for reading.

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