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In six months or so I've maintained, my weight has been stable in the 160-165 range. But my nutrition guidelines have varied by 25% based on my injury and exercise status. I've had calorie ranges from 2200-2550, up to 2900-3250. If I see the weight moving in one direction, I change the calorie limit in the other direction.
The old song line "I get by with a little help from my friends" definitely applies to staying the course beyond reaching goal. Finding Spark teams that focus on maintaining motivation to maintain (At Goal and Maintaining, to name the first I joined) and meeting Spark friends in person, even across miles and states has helped keep the maintenance journey as fresh as the excitement of losing it in the first place.
I have found that in order to stay on track for maintenance I need to need to keep tracking what I eat and my activity. Last weekend I had a very busy day, over 25,000 steps, biking, lawn mowing, walking, and had kept to my average calorie intake. The next day I was at work and a half a dozen times when I started walking around after sitting for a while, I was light headed. I have found that I need to track what I eat to not only keep my weight down, but make sure I am eating enough.
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I've been very cautious about making big changes once I reached my goal weight. Staying with SparkPeople is at the top of my list. I'm still drinking lots of water, eating 5-6 freggies a day, and exercising 250-300 minutes a week, as well as tracking food and staying in calorie range. No foods are off limits, but healthy eating and regular exercise got me here; I'm not regaining that 57 lbs!