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11/7/17 7:58 A

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I've been maintaining an 85lb loss for almost 10 years. It's SHOCKING how few calories I need to eat each day for my particular metabolism especially considering I run 30+ km a week; hit the gym for some pretty serious strength training 3 times a week and am generally super fit and active all day long - for example, I live on the 20th floor and, every other day, I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I also eat very clean making all of my food from scratch (including condiments; bread/tortillas etc etc) from fresh, local ingredients. In a nutshell - you can't get much healthier than I am.

I'm a 57 year old woman and, to maintain my weight loss, I get to eat 1200 cals a day. That's it. Any more and I gain. Everyone from my physician to my trainer tells me I should be in the 1800-2000 cal range - I wish! Nope, I know after 10 years that if I stay in the 1200 cal area I will maintain. That means I have to concentrate all my intake on nutrition with no wiggle room for junk food - if I need a hit of something sweet, I have a few dried cherries with dark chocolate which is perfect. I also eat 2 meals a day - hearty breakfast and early dinner.

My journey helps me to understand why everyone in my family is obese - I suspect this low metabolism is genetic. It also explains why it took me 5 years to lose 85 lbs. It also means I don't benefit from comparing any one else's journey to mine - everyone is different. It also means I get to ignore the well meaning advice about set points and that wonky concept of "starvation mode" (garbage science); about metabolism boosting foods (no such thing); and about graphs and charts that are all about averages - including the ones in the gym showing "zones" - despite a resting heart rate of 48, I have an unusually high max heart rate so even my ideal aerobic zone doesn't fit the norm.

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What I decided years ago is that I want to be healthy for the rest of my life and, every day that means getting out of bed and taking care of my body. I will continue to do what I need to do.

As a final note, I am not hungry very often. I don't think about food very much any longer and I don't fuss about not being able to eat all the things. So, there is that :)


"The miracle is not that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." John (the Penguin) Bingham


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RICKWITK Posts: 298
11/4/17 9:16 A

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I use a gram scale to weigh everything. I exercise every day. Swim 45 minutes or bike at least an hour or on walking days, 10K+. The charts say that my deficit should be between 500 to 1000 cal a day. I am still down 40 lbs from where I started. I want this to become second nature. I would like to go down slowly a bit more, but I am not going to be obsessed by it. I get in an hour every day of exercise coupled with eating 300 less than my BMR. This I can maintain, doubling my exercise and cutting my calories more would not be a new way of life. The scale does not move for 3 weeks



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11/3/17 11:33 P



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Hello Rick ,
🎩congratulations on losing so much weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Since we are all individuals it is hard to depend on what a chart says should happen. Make your food choices whole unprocessed non-GMO colorful ones and you will likely find metabolism improvements.
Perseverance 🐾🐾🐾🐾😊

Edited by: REBCCA at: 11/3/2017 (23:34)
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11/3/17 6:07 P

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Are you measuring/weighing your food to ensure accuracy? I find my portions start increasing by tiny amounts if I don't measure, and that can really add up.

Also, have you "shaken up" your exercise routine? If not, try different exercises, since your body becomes accustomed to your regular exercises and you won't burn as many calories doing them as you did when you first began.

- Perseverance
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~ Danny Kaye


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RICKWITK Posts: 298
11/1/17 8:34 A

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I used spark to loose 65 lbs through tracking food and lots of exercise. As I approached my goal weight I started inching up calories to what I hoped would be maintenance. When I got up to 1800 and still doing the exercise it should have been about a 500 cal deficit and coasting to final goal. It was not, I started to gain weight, even though the charts said no way. I was not burning what a 180 lb man excising should. How long does it take to lower your set point? Frustrating. So now I track a moderate deficit, still exercise and ignore the scale(mostly) Going to make it a lifestyle, not a task to be completed.



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