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Anxious about moving into maintenance mode

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I started my weight loss journey in May of 2008, at 217 lbs. The initial goal that spark set for me was 148 lbs. No way, I thought. Never gonna happen.

I was always so focused on smaller goals, my ultimate goal didn't discourage me. I was always looking forward to the next 5 lbs or the next 10 lbs lost, so much so that 148 lbs really snuck up on me. It came and went and I decided that even though I was happy with the changes in my body, I still wanted to lose some more.

So, currently I'm at 126 lbs. The healthy weight range for my height is 117-159 lbs, so I'm about 10 lbs away from being underweight and no way do I want that to happen. I think I would like to set up a weight maintenance range of 125-130 lbs. I'm really nervous, though. I'm afraid of gaining weight back. I'm afraid of all of my hard work being undone. I guess mostly I am just afraid of losing control. I don't ever want to be overweight again. I think I have the tools and the knowledge now to keep that from happening, but I'm scared to make the leap. After almost a year, losing weight is easy to me now. I know my body, and I know how to lose weight. I'm scared that this whole maintaining one weight thing is going to throw me for a loop.

My plan is to continue to weigh in every morning, and once I hit 125 lbs, I will up my calories to 14-1500 per day instead of the 1200 I eat currently. I will continue the exercise routine I have now, which is exercising about 45 minutes per day 6 days a week. If I continue to lose I will tweak my calories accordingly until I find a calorie range that allows me to maintain my weight.

So, wish me luck. I have heard that maintaining is more difficult than losing. I'm about to find out!!!
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  • TURTLE133
    Congrats on reaching your goal. You can do it.
    4294 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You have done outstanding and I know you will be able to maintain it! There are many here that are in that mode so go to them for sound advice like Shadow38 suggested!
    4295 days ago
  • SHADOW38
    First off - CONGRATS!! You've done an amazing job. I think you have a good plan worked out for your maintenance. You should check out the Spark Team "At Goal and Maintaining". There is a lot of good information there for folks that are in the maintenance mode.
    4295 days ago
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