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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I am a few pounds from my first weight goal set by SP ie 133 pounds. Since I got to 140 it has been hard going - 1 step forward 2 back etc. Do accept the situation and will plod on. To motivate myself I reset my ticker to lose a few more pounds and get to 127 where I hope to reach 18% body fat. Then I hope to see what happens when I try to go on maintenance I am trying to do bodyshaping - just for myself - not for competitions, so I have read a bit on bodybuilder sites - have learned to love strength training & working through everything.
What I was wondering about is when do you know you are at your optimum weight. There is healthy weight, ideal weight and too thin. Because I have not got to my first goal I watch my food intake quite carefully and consciously train myself to always choose nutritionally beneficial foods over empty calories each day as much as I can.
What I would like to know from those of you who have got to goal weight and are maintaining
is....... Do you continue to be as viliglint as I feel I am having to be or does maintenance mean you have a very few "treat foods" now and then or are they gone forever?
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    I am in a similar situation. I am stuck a few pounds from my goal weight. I am not even sure if it will be my ideal weight, but I know I am close. I keep adjusting the goal. When I reached my first goal last May, I found it really hard to stay motivated! I think I need to stop focusing on the ideal weight and focus more on physical goals, like running a half marathon next year. Hopefully that will keep me motivated now that I am so close to the weight goal.

    Congratulations on your success!

    3670 days ago
    Hi Petal!

    I had reached my goal weight and maintained for about a year (in fact, I was doing so well with the losing part, I undershot my weight by at least 5 lbs, which I discovered was TOO low for me) A thyroid (Hashimoto's) cycle and allergies to my thyroid medicine caused me to gain back 10 lbs or so. I'm still within a "healthy" range, but it doesn't feel comfortable to me - and I'll tell you, it's not coming off easily.

    To break through the plateau, I was training (races and a half-marathon last year) and my triathlon this year. I tend to exercise regularly and eat better when I'm training.

    As far as weight loss and triathlong training, I don't think there's a spark article that I've discovered. I definitely read this in John Mora's "Triathlon 101" - latest edition (2009 versus the earlier one - the earlier one may mention it as well. In addition, I have definitely read it at least one other place - but I've been reading so much about training that I'm not sure if I read it at or on Muscle&Fitness 4 week triathlon training schedule.

    I think you can have treats - but probably with more moderation than the habits that lead us to become overweight in the first place. I know when I exercise, I feel so much better than I'm less willing to really overdo it with unhealthy food (though I still like ice cream, cookies, brownies, a margarita) I just enjoy them less often and when I do, I really make sure I ENJOY them, not just toss them down.

    If you've lost 20 lbs - you're obviously doing things correctly!!
    3697 days ago
    When I was within three pounds of my goal weight, it stopped coming off. No matter what I did, nothing would drop those last few pounds. So I stayed off the scale, ate right, exercised, and didn't think about it. I decided that I wasn't going to try so hard to lose a few pounds. By changing my attitude and hiding the scale, my plateau finally broke. I finally made it. My doctor told me what the healthy weight range is for my height, and I fall in there. Find out what your weight should be for your height, then you'll know if you fall in healthy range.

    Maintaining has been really easy for me. By increasing my cardio, my metabolism has shot back up. I do tend to eat higher calories food now because I have to replace what I'm burning. That does include treats, sometimes more than I should but it's not affecting my weight.

    You have to be what you feel comfortable at. The lower end of my range is 105. I may have that when I was a freshman in high school.

    I wish you continued success. Keep up the great work!

    3708 days ago
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