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BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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8/4/11 11:57 A

I've been "maintaining" (I guess) for probably 18 months or so. I call it "getting better", but whatever. Actually, to me, maintenance is quite simple and that is ... PAY ATTENTION!

Most people hit a goal weight and go back to doing what they did before. It's the same as wearing glasses for months to correct your vision and saying "Well, I've been seeing great now for 6 months, I don't need these flippin' glasses anymore" and chucking them out of your moving car.

So back to paying attention. Set a weight range that is acceptable. Say 10 pounds in either location of your goal weight. If you're getting close to violating that 10 pound threshold, change something. Start tracking, step up your exercise, etc. If you're within that 10 pound threshold, continue on with a little less strictness.

Continue logging into sparkpeople!

Finally, never stop setting fitness related goals. This is particularly important in maintenance. Since goals are typically (and foolishly, IMO) set around a number on the scale or a clothing size during weight loss, you don't get to do that during maintenance, so most people get lost. Without a goal, they lose interest and go back to old habits (which equals weight gain for more often than not).

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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8/4/11 10:28 A

i've been on maintenance mode for about 3 months now.

I am essentially doing what I did before when i was trying to shed weight. I'm trying to be relatively strict on eating, but maybe I let myself have an extra helping of something good here or there.

Not sure if I am doing it right, but I'm staying at 160-162 and have been since May!

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
8/4/11 9:28 A

hey, I know I'm getting too far ahead of myself but if any of you are maintaining, how are you doing it? Everytime, I mean everytime in the past I have gained my weight back because I stop counting calories and go back to eating too much. What's the best way to maintain?

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