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Yes, there is a Madness to my Maintenance Method

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Since joining the Maintenance group I have been observing the approach others are using and contemplating my own method. I think putting this in writing is the best way to hold myself accountable to stick with my plan.

As I say on my Sparkpage, my overall objective is to maintain my weight in the healthy BMI range. Beyond the numbers, other parameters such as fitness level, stress, general health feel best when I am below 170. I hit my initial goal of 165 several weeks ago and I have been holding pretty steady between 165 and 170 for several weeks now (occasionally straying above 170). I noticed a lot of people have a "range" for their tracker which makes for sense for maintenance. So I think it is about time to switch over from having a "goal" to having a "range" as my tracker. So the plan is to set my range between 160 and 170 by my birthday in a little over a month. Before I do that, I want to try and reach the lower end of that range, see how I feel and and see if that helps do a better job of avoiding straying above 170. That's my plan. Now let's see if I can stick to it.
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    2015 days ago
    You got it.
    2016 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Everyone needs their own plan, Good luck to you, I will be checking on you. emoticon
    2016 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2012 4:36:27 PM
    Sounds like a good plan - you must keep us informed of the Joyous Day with send Organic Fruit Basket. LiL Racer emoticon Congrats on reaching your goal !! emoticon
    2016 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I like the range approach. I have been using it for a year. I hope it works for you!
    2016 days ago
    Great plan. I have been eyeing that "Range Rover" as well, but I have a ways to go yet.
    2017 days ago
    Excellent plan! As many folks have written, maintenance is a unique process for each person, and we all have to find what works for us as individuals. I, too, edged my maintenance weight down a couple of pounds after declaring success, and even after almost seven months, I'm still experimenting and tweaking.
    2017 days ago
    You sound very organized and I think will be successful! Good for you!-Lynda emoticon
    2017 days ago
    Sounds like you are well on your way to testing the next hypothesis in your own "experiment of one". Maintenance is tricky... finding what works "for you" is vital. Trying new things? A part of the picture. Good luck. emoticon
    2017 days ago
    Good plan. It may take a while to adjust mentally, but it's worth it.

    For whatever stupid psychological reason, I feel better if my weight is below the single point target than above it; so I set my single point goal at 162, but I think of my range as 160-163. Yeah, that's a tight range; but I've been in it most days since April. I worry about expanding it later if my body tells me it wants the weight to move around more.
    2017 days ago
    2017 days ago
    Sounds like a good one! There's as much trial and error in maintenance as there is in weight loss. Finding a goal range that you're happy with and feel best about is one of the pieces of the maintenance puzzle. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    2017 days ago
  • SAKS20111
    like the plan. sounds great!
    2017 days ago
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