Group photo
Author:
JEANKNEE's Photo JEANKNEE Posts: 22,909
3/13/20 11:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Suseee,

Yes. You can consider yourself in maintenance. It's up to you when you decide to make the call.

I also had an arbitrary goal weight in mind. When I hit that weight, I declared myself in maintenance. Like MOBYCARP posted below, it also took me 6 months to learn how to stop the weight loss and generate that sideways curve.

So, it is not unusual for a number of us to find our body shedding additional weight after declaring ourselves in maintenance. Sometimes, much to a maintainers surprise, this occurs years into the process and they end up lowering what they think of as their center weight about which they maintain.

And, of course, it can go the other direction.

I believe there is some discussion of attainable versus maintainable weight among the topics shared in the Big Page of Links.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is ... It's okay to declare oneself in maintenance at a particular point (weight wise) and then, change that weight as one gains more experience regarding where their particular body feels at its best.



Jeanne
Pacific Time

Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


311 Maintenance Weeks
0
80
160
240
320
SUSEEE's Photo SUSEEE SparkPoints: (74,646)
Fitness Minutes: (42,638)
Posts: 1,109
3/12/20 12:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am just over 2% above my goal weight. The weight I chose was somewhat arbitrary--in the range of healthy BMI with a few pounds wiggle room. In my mind, I'd like to be more the mid-range for healthy BMI but I do feel really good right now so I think the goal weight I chose is pretty reasonable. From what I've read on this team--staying in the range +/-3% is one definition of maintenance and that is the one I will use. So--now that I am in that range even though I'd still like to lose a couple more pounds--can I consider myself in maintenance? How did you determine the start date for when you went into maintenance? I want to change my ticker to show how long I'm able to maintain.

I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"-Art Williams
SP 5/20/07 SW 194
Goal Wt #1 165 12/29/07
Recommit 11/1/15--Make small changes and be consistent. Never give up.
SW 222 (never again)
Goal Wt #2 160 11/27/2019
Ultimate Goal Target Wt #3 150--04/09/2020 (149.8)
Last weight goal--maintain weight within +/-3% of target weight (145.5-154.5)

BLC 40-42 Azure Destinations


7 Maintenance Weeks
0
5
10
15
20
MOBYCARP's Photo MOBYCARP SparkPoints: (324,169)
Fitness Minutes: (264,943)
Posts: 15,851
10/28/15 4:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
"I'm currently training for a marathon and have a half marathon tomorrow, so my level of activity is certainly higher than most would like to maintain, but I do feel like this is something that I'd like to continue. I have done a half marathon in November for the past two years (one year pregnant, last year I was 5 months post partum). I'd like to up that to the full marathon each year, now that I'm likely done having children."

1) I hope your half marathon went well.
2) Being a distance runner puts context into the "where to maintain" issue. You train for the results you want in the races, and let your weight do whatever it does when you get the desired race results.

I've been making my weight trend sideways for about three and a half years now. That's not as long as I count being in maintenance, because I spent a half year learning not to lose weight and figuring out what weight I was comfortable with. Though my weight fluctuations might be smaller than others' weight fluctuations now, I notice a tendency to hover on the light side while in serious distance training.

And it's a balancing act, with the rules always shifting. I haven't cut calories in taper toward the half on Sunday, because I'm also in the period of building a base toward Boston. As such, my taper isn't as sharp as it has been for some halfs in the past.

No numbers, because I'd like to avoid being the target of hurled rotting vegetables, but I have been surprised at how much I need to eat to make my weight trend sideways when I'm in serious training. For quite a while, I tried to levelize the eating at close to the same amount of calories each day; in the past year or so, I've been forced to admit I need to eat more on heavier exercise days. That also means eating less on rest days. Figuring out how much to shift from one day to another is a non-trivial question, and I'm not at all sure I've found the best answer.

I do have a weight number I don't want to be below, based on not feeling as energetic when I was there; but I've touched below that number and felt fine in training, so I'm not positive that's a good number. I don't know how high the upper end of my maintenance range should be, but it could probably be higher than I've allowed. And lately I've begun to see that much of my day to day fluctuation is explainable by temporary water and waste weight related to timing of sleep, eating, and running. Just one more obfuscatory detail to manage while trying to maintain.

So, no hard answers for you; but you will know you're at a good weight when you're happy with your results in half marathons and marathons. Or perhaps when you're happy with your results in shorter races, should you become interested in doing some of those.


- Kevin

"Discipline is remembering what you want. " - David Campbell

Max Lifetime Weight, 221
SP Start Weight, 196.6
Initial SP Goal, 175
Current Goal on Ticker, 163


 current weight: 0.2  over
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
-SHOREIDO-'s Photo -SHOREIDO- Posts: 4,333
10/18/15 12:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I knew when:

After a life time of being a smoker I became a non-smoker

After running my 1st 5K

After removing most everything white from my diet

After I dropped the 15 lbs and never went back

emoticon Time is a gift that grows renewed knowledge. Thank You SparkPeople.Com and this great team!

Be comforted in this fact:
The ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means you are still aive,still human and STILL open to the beauty of this world~Harding~


 June Minutes: 0
0
32
64
96
128
MARTHA324's Photo MARTHA324 Posts: 9,857
10/18/15 11:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
When I reached my first goal of 175 (like you I'm 5'8") I kept up with my eating plan and exercise and kept losing weight. I had a heart attack a couple of months after that and realized that I'd be better off getting into the healthy BMI range. Starting cardiac rehab which was more aggressive cardio + strength and renewed attention to my diet (a lot more plants were added) I got to 162 which is the top of the healthy BMI.

I was happy to stay there and in my mind transitioned to maintenance, even adding in calories since I was exercising a lot. I kept losing weight. After talking to a nutritionist who assured my diet was healthy and balanced I continued to eat the way I was and figured that when I stopped losing I'd be in maintenance. In about 6 months I settled in around 139 - 142 and have stayed there since.

I feel great and that's what matters for me. And this is a weight range that I can easily maintenance with diet and exercise, which BTW I now LOVE.

Persistence is more important than perfection.

Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.


372 Maintenance Weeks
0
95
190
285
380
LESLIEPN's Photo LESLIEPN Posts: 1,738
10/6/15 2:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes I agree! Sideways trend- I like that! It is surprising to see the allotted cal. Increase on food tracker. Taking it slow and steady.

 current weight: 3.2  over
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
GABY1948's Photo GABY1948 SparkPoints: (1,016,591)
Fitness Minutes: (409,478)
Posts: 167,841
10/6/15 9:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
AWESOME post, Jeanne....I ALWAYS learn from you...it's why I follow you and a few others so closely!


Gaye / Michigan

"TRUST THE PROCESS!"

Living by Romans 6,7 & 8!





298 Maintenance Weeks
0
75
150
225
300
JEANKNEE's Photo JEANKNEE Posts: 22,909
10/5/15 4:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
BME_22,

I was truly shocked how many additional calories it took to establish a sideways trend for myself. Suffice it to say that it was far more than an additional 250 calories a day. I was learning to run at the time my transition to maintenance began. So, lots was happening. I continued to increase mileage for 5 months and then held my training steady for another 5 months. By the time an injury became apparent, I was consuming 700 more calories per day than I was when my transition to maintenance began. I was not running a lot of miles - 16 per week. But, for my body this is what it took to get the sideways trend.

Continued monitoring of my nutritional intake and fitness activity along with daily weigh-ins has helped me make adjustments as needed. Fortunately, I am not feeling deprived ... at all! I have made gradual changes to support my desired goals. So, I have willingly let things go and honestly do not miss them.

It's choices and I have found that I am not regretting my choices. And, of course, I always reserve the right to re-choose. emoticon

Good luck with your training and maintenance efforts!

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 10/5/2015 (16:12)
Jeanne
Pacific Time

Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


311 Maintenance Weeks
0
80
160
240
320
CYNDERELLI44 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (28,468)
Posts: 291
10/3/15 5:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm still in the trying things out phase as well. My goal weight is below where my weight currently is (and is a random number I picked out of the air), and my BMI is on the high end of the normal range. Mentally, I would love to be thinner. But I have had people comment that I should stop losing weight. My doctor is comfortable with my current weight, but hasn't said specifically that I shouldn't go down a few more pounds. So I'm 'playing' with my food and activity to see where my body settles and feels comfortable. I'll figure out where that is eventually. I hope!

248 Maintenance Weeks
0
65
130
195
260
LESLIEPN's Photo LESLIEPN Posts: 1,738
10/2/15 8:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It was really helpful to read thru this- thanks everyone! I've just started maintaining but In reflection I guess I'm trying it out. I haven't changed my eating or exercise and feel good. Dropped below my goal and at low end of range. I guess I'll see how it goes and not pressure myself. I feel healthy and well fed!!

 current weight: 3.2  over
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
ONEKIDSMOM's Photo ONEKIDSMOM Posts: 10,664
8/21/15 8:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have found that while in athletic training (running and triathlon), my maintenance weight will drop by 5 or more pounds. Without changing my eating, or while eating more. It just kind of happens. I wouldn't worry about your goals being lower to have a "racing weight" and a slightly higher "off season" weight.

- Barb

Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!

Max lifetime weight 224.5 (1989)

Maintaining with 125 marked as "goal"


 current weight: 151.7 
224
199.25
174.5
149.75
125
NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (979,347)
Fitness Minutes: (403,384)
Posts: 469,177
8/21/15 10:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Some years back, my youngest son quit his job and hiked the Appalachian Trail, the whole thing from Georgia to Maine. As Mom, I was his support. I bought those freeze dried meals from an outdoor outfitter, and it was the first time I had ever read nutrition info looking for the HIGHEST calorie count, to ship to post office locations just off the trail. He ate like a stevedore whenever he could. When he finished the hike, it took awhile to adjust to eating for a normal life. He trained for, and ran, the Marine Corps Marathon one year, but eating for that was easier because he didn't have to carry a week's worth of food (and everything else) on his back. Different activities, different food intake requirements.

Nell
Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 current weight: -0.4  under
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
BME_22's Photo BME_22 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (42,956)
Posts: 897
8/21/15 9:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I guess some additional background - I'm currently training for a marathon and have a half marathon tomorrow, so my level of activity is certainly higher than most would like to maintain, but I do feel like this is something that I'd like to continue. I have done a half marathon in November for the past two years (one year pregnant, last year I was 5 months post partum). I'd like to up that to the full marathon each year, now that I'm likely done having children.

As a result of my level of activity, I mostly eat what I want. Yesterday I bought a candy bar after lunch because I wanted to, and I was still 350 calories under for the day. The only area where I feel deprived is my wine..... I decided a few weeks ago that for my training it's really better if I drop my evening glass of wine. And it's definitely been good for my running, but just a little sad in general LOL.

I'm really leaning toward trying to lose until I get to that 125-128 range and then trying to qualify for Boston next year, since I feel fine about my current state (losing about half a pound a week). Honestly if I'm maintaining at 135 in 5-10 years, though, I won't be disappointed.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

What is right is not always easy, and what is easy is not always right.


 current weight: 168.0 
168
159.25
150.5
141.75
133
GABY1948's Photo GABY1948 SparkPoints: (1,016,591)
Fitness Minutes: (409,478)
Posts: 167,841
8/21/15 7:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
SO many great comments here! I love them all and agree with them all....I have only been maintaining for a few months now but I also "wear my weight" awhile and remain eating what I am comfortable with. I have changed my goal weight several times but I am comfortable with both my eating and also my exercise so will continue to where my body finally decides it wants to be.

emoticon

Gaye / Michigan

"TRUST THE PROCESS!"

Living by Romans 6,7 & 8!





298 Maintenance Weeks
0
75
150
225
300
SRWYLIE's Photo SRWYLIE Posts: 13,519
8/21/15 1:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Don't rely on guidelines for average folks - nobody is average!

I use the scale to verify that I'm not moving in the wrong direction (unless there's a dramatic change in my body that turns me into Arnold Schwarzenegger). If I'm still losing weight, then my body is cool with that. I'm certainly not starving, and I'm fit and tight. Let your feelings about your own body and physique be your guide.

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


265 Maintenance Weeks
0
70
140
210
280
OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 16,709
8/20/15 8:55 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I never chose a number. I chose a lifestyle. If I am living according to that, I take the weight I get.

There is no evidence that you would be healthier at a lighter weight. The range is for the whole population, not for individuals. It's possible you are too light now. It is a controversial area. If someone really wants to be cosmetically thin, she will likely find as much data to support her as possible. But there is plenty of data to show that other habits have even more effect on longevity than weight. Even an overweight person who is active has better odds than a thinner sedentary person on average. Individual family history and other factors can change the odds.

Do you get to eat enough of the foods you enjoy the most? Can you negotiate all kinds of social events you value without much stress? Do you feel burdened or enthused most of the time about the exercise you feel you need for vitality and leanness? Do you feel your value is determined by your weight? Could you live the way you are living, possible health problems getting in the way notwithstanding, forever? Yes, enthused, no, and yes are the ideal answers. And these questions can be revisited periodically.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


3,811 Days since:  I began the NO S lifestyle
0
962
1925
2887
3850
ONEKIDSMOM's Photo ONEKIDSMOM Posts: 10,664
8/20/15 8:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My general rule of thumb is "if you're asking the question, you're probably ready to start transitioning your mind-set to one of maintaining!" So many others have had great advice about what's a reasonable goal, and that it's as individual as YOU are... what I tend to focus on is maintenance of a lifestyle: would you be happy eating about the way you are now, being about as active as you are now... for the rest of your life? Then you're ready to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Your body will decide what weight that puts you at!

And whatever you decide... welcome to a maintenance frame of mind! emoticon

- Barb

Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!

Max lifetime weight 224.5 (1989)

Maintaining with 125 marked as "goal"


 current weight: 151.7 
224
199.25
174.5
149.75
125
RPCLEM2000's Photo RPCLEM2000 SparkPoints: (56,097)
Fitness Minutes: (30,172)
Posts: 9,579
8/20/15 2:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Also check with you doctor. I know that I am 15-20 pounds over my BMI but both my husband and my doctor are happy with my weight and I am happy here this is where I stay.

When I joined this group over a year ago I was confused as where I should be so I totally understand. I agree with everyone else, do what is comfortable for you.

Pam: The Weekly Challenge Team Leader.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=621

I have lost 100 lbs and a few to go to reach my goal.


 current weight: 183.0 
185
181.25
177.5
173.75
170
KATIE3908's Photo KATIE3908 Posts: 46,273
8/20/15 2:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I think you look great BME_22! I don't know how tall you are but I think you should stop at the weight you feel most comfortable at. Just remember it is possible to be too skinny. I'm guilty of that but realized it and put back on a couple of pounds. My goal is to look and be healthy. That's what your goal should be too no matter what the number on the scale. Good luck to you.



580 Maintenance Weeks
0
150
300
450
600
BME_22's Photo BME_22 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (42,956)
Posts: 897
8/20/15 1:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I do discuss weight with my family, because my family has a history of eating disorders and I can recognize that I'm not always going to be clear-headed on the subject. I've mentioned to my dad before that I'd like to get down to 125 so that I can more easily qualify for Boston, to which he nodded. He's also expressed that I don't need to lose any more weight. So.... which is it?

I know part of this is also that maintenance is scary. Losing is easy. I know how to do that. Part of me isn't sure whether I'm ready to turn off the weight loss settings and eat those extra 250 calories/day.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

What is right is not always easy, and what is easy is not always right.


 current weight: 168.0 
168
159.25
150.5
141.75
133
IAMAGEMLOVER's Photo IAMAGEMLOVER Posts: 48,552
8/20/15 1:49 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
After having my son 39 years ago I was a size 0 within 10 months. I am now 60 and when I was losing weight I had 110 in my head. I got down to 124 and people were concerned about me losing to much, including my Dr. Like someone already said, your body changes. What is comfortable for you.

I love SparkPeople

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie I live in CT DST

I went from 258 to 126 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

Too Blessed to be Stressed.






level 25
659,629 SparkPoints
BROOKLYN_BORN's Photo BROOKLYN_BORN Posts: 7,608
8/20/15 1:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
There's nothing wrong with the lower limit of recommended BMI, but there's no need for you to aim for it either, unless perhaps that's the weight you were comfortable with before having babies.

I agree with NellJones suggestion:
"Wear your current weight for awhile to see how it suits you"

Focus on maintaining exactly where you are without regaining and then aim lower if it seems practical.

Good luck and congratulations on losing the baby weight.

Size 10 Measurement charts
1960 - 32.5, 25, 34.5
Today - 38, 30, 40.5

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


548 Maintenance Weeks
0
140
280
420
560
DONNAEDA's Photo DONNAEDA Posts: 30,939
8/20/15 1:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
your body will tell you what your set point is. If you go too low then you won't be able to maintain without hunger and frustration. So what ever you decide as a comfortable weight to maintain is your decision. Age is a factor too. When I was in H/S my weight was different than after I had babies and then middle age sets in and it is different and now that I am 76 my weight again is different.

Donna
Brown Deer, WI
leader of Weight Watchers Support team - leader
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=30504

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=30504


 Pounds lost: 75.0 
0
18.75
37.5
56.25
75
NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (979,347)
Fitness Minutes: (403,384)
Posts: 469,177
8/20/15 1:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
There is no "ideal" weight for anyone, just a weight they are comfortable maintaining. When we start out, we pick a number out of the air, having no idea what life will be like when we get there. Some people are happy a little heavy, some a little thin, everyone is different. As you get older, you may reconsider your weight. I am 8 pounds lighter now at 66 than my goal weight when I was 21. Some people like to weigh more as they age, I am more comfortable being thinner. But it's a chosen weight, not a weight that I woke up with one day wondering what happened.

You know how shoes can feel really great in the store, but feel tight as the day goes on? Wear your current weight for awhile to see how it suits you. Once you have weight control down, you can change it at any time, based on your own experience rather than something you read in a magazine.

Oh, and I never discuss my weight or food choices with anyone outside of my tribe. If I have to explain, they wouldn't understand anyway.

Nell
Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 current weight: -0.4  under
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
PATRICIA-CR's Photo PATRICIA-CR Posts: 37,457
8/20/15 1:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The weight where you feel comfortable with, enjoy eating without yo-yo-ing and still maintain.

"A healthy lifestyle is one that you can live with for the rest of your life. It's about balance, freedom and moderation to enjoy a variety of foods."

Patricia, WL
Awesome A Team
2020 Spring 5% Challenge
Costa Rica, GMT -6 or CST

"The secret of living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure." ~Tibetan Proverb


 current weight: 158.0 
158.6
151.45
144.3
137.15
130
BME_22's Photo BME_22 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (42,956)
Posts: 897
8/20/15 12:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How did you know you were ready to transition to maintenance?

I guess I'm just having trouble with the fact that there's no "ideal weight" number stamped on my a$$. I'm back to being thin, after spending the last few years yo-yoing while having babies and whatnot. My BMI is about 20.5 (I'm a 5'8" woman, weigh 135lbs), so healthy, but still 13lbs above the lower limit of recommendations (122 lbs would put me at underweight). And while this is about where I was maintaining before my last pregnancy, I can't help but think, "if I could get to 125-128, I'd be able to run a lot faster". But if I were to tell most people that I'm still trying to lose weight, I'd get a lot of concerned looks.

Is there a point where you just decide that this is where you're at and this is where you're going to stay? How do you make that decision, given there is a range where you could be healthy and look good?

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

What is right is not always easy, and what is easy is not always right.


 current weight: 168.0 
168
159.25
150.5
141.75
133
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:
9/15/2019 9:00:09 PM
2/29/2020 9:25:11 AM
7/17/2019 7:02:10 PM



Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1111x62300028

Review our Community Guidelines