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Sunday, April 07, 2013

As I've said before, I struggle with maintenance. I hung out below my goal for a few months, and then slowly started the rise again. Luckily, this time, I'm a sparker, so I knew what to do when I managed to get 3 pounds above goal. Since this is actually 5 pounds above where I liked hanging out, I felt very concerned about the gain.

Well, I'm happy to report that it is tracking that does it for me. I don't know if I'll always have to track daily, or if I could somehow move it down to a few days a week, but clearly, when I don't track, I gain, and when I track, I can lose the extra.

This morning I was at goal. That means I have 2 more pounds to lose to get back to where I naturally landed last time, but I feel good being back at the original goal weight.

I'm loving the fitbit - I find it easier to track on their site, and the fitness transfers here, which is great. My favorite part about the fitbit is that all day long, I can check exactly how much I've eaten by how much I've burned. I've been practicing checking before I eat when I feel hungry. If I am behind on calories, I praise myself for knowing when I'm really hungry. I will also eat if I am right on target, but I try to wait if I "feel" hungry but see that I'm too high on calories. I really like being able to check this easily.

I've been enjoying my workouts too, so this has definitely been a week of progress!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Good things all of them!
    2143 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing so well. Bravo for getting back to goal, for realizing you needed to track, for finding a great tool, etc. That is fantastic. I hope to join you as a person at goal sometime soon - I upped my number and also upped my calories to see if it's a more satisfying amount and I can get there, slowly, but permanently. Will see. Anyway, great job!!
    2144 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you using tracking as a tool and staying on plan. It is definitely hard when you see the pounds go up in maintenance. You jumped in and are losing them.

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    2144 days ago
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