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The New Reality

Monday, May 18, 2020

I reached my goal weight 38 days ago. I am trying to approach this new phase logically, objectively, eagerly. I figured I would just make one change at a time as I transitioned into maintenance. I reset my ticker and nutrition goals. Since I am no longer trying to lose weight, it made sense that I could continue to exercise the same amount but add in more calories. The SP nutrition plan set new limits and I thought--hurray--instead of 1430-1680 calories a day I can now have 1530-1880. During weight loss and now into maintenance, I try to eat at the low end of the range in case I am unable to be completely accurate with tracking and that gives me a little wiggle room. My caloric intake was consistently 1500/day. I am finding it very difficult to add in more calories. My hunger is satiated. I don't want to eat more just to hit the suggested calorie range because I don't yet trust that I won't gain weight if I do. I've lost 75 pounds following the plan recommended by SP for diet and exercise but I am hesitating now. Why is it so hard to add 100 quality calories a day? My weight has been steady with less than half a pound variation day to day, often with no change at all. I know I have to give this more time. It took me a long time to get to my goal. I don't want to screw this up again. I know I will have to make modifications as time and circumstance dictate. I just hope I do the right thing when the time comes. I guess only time will tell.
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    emoticon For all your Hard Work!! I know you will be able to Maintain! emoticon
    114 days ago
    Eat to hunger you can't go wrong that way, feed your body the fuel it needs with healthy foods.
    126 days ago
    Listen to your body. If you're satiated and don't have the appetite, at 1500 calories per day you're in no danger of under eating. And, the fact that your body weight is holding steady seems to imply that your intake is adequate to sustain your present weight.

    I found the Spark caloric ranges great for weight loss; but, not so good for maintenance. That's me. We're each an experiment of one. And, you're wise. It does take time.

    Trust yourself. Seems like what you're doing is working beautifully for you. Keep it up!
    127 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2020 1:51:39 PM
  • YMWONG22
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    127 days ago
    You have this, just keep things healthy and exercise and you should be ok, I find it is trial and error adjusting calories to what your body actually needs, everyone's needs are different...... You have done a great job Suseee, keep up the good work. emoticon
    127 days ago
  • ESSIED54
    Blessings, thank you for the share. I hope one day to be where you are.
    127 days ago
    You got this!
    127 days ago
    You can do it. Just keep tracking and eating and exercising healthy! I hope to be there in 5 months. emoticon
    127 days ago
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