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Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm worried, I was at 151.4 this morning. Yesterday I was 150. I know I didn't gain that much fat over night but the thing is, I used to bump up to 147, now it's 151. I'm still doing everything I'm supposed to do. I still have all my healthy habits, drinking my water, eating 5 servings (at least) of fruits and veg. everyday. I track everyday. I exercise as much as I can, difficult since school has started and I am back at work and my class has started, but I do as much as I can. I also wear my step counter everyday and get as much movement in as possible, 15,000 steps almost everyday.

I want to go back down but it seems so much harder to hold my calories down to 1300 like I was doing when I was losing. It feels like my body is determined to put weight back on me. What really worries me is my pants feel maybe a little tighter in the waist? That's where I always gain first.

It's very discouraging to feel that you are doing everything you should but your weight is still creeping back up. What exactly do you have to do just to maintain? Never eat anything good? Scrub every bit of sugar or processed anything out of your diet? I'm eating better than I ever have in my life, so what do I do now? I have no desire to go back to my old eating habits and not exercising, I don't want all that fat back.

What is the deal? Why is this so hard? I lost 40 pounds, no sweat, now what?

I did the 3 mile Walk Away the Pounds Boot Camp DVD this morning and I'm thinking about doing another 2 mile. I'm also taking a DVD to work with me in the morning, I think I have enough time before work to fit in a 1 mile walk. Maybe I can get some others to do it with me, I would love it if I could do a good 3 miles every morning but I already get up at 4:30 and I'm not getting up any earlier. After work I'm tired and I have to cook dinner and study but I usually get in a 30 minute 2 miler anyway.

Okay, I'm going to eat a little salad or something for dinner and get in a short workout before studying some more. Maybe things will look better in the morning.
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  • TISHTOES
    How are you doing now? Have things changed?
    3912 days ago
  • ASPENHUGGER
    I'm struggling with no loss also, although I'm not as aggressive as you've been. I think the problem is that lately my back is wonky, so I haven't been walking or doing water aerobics -- trying to give it a rest. My back might be happy, but my tummy is expanding. No happy medium!
    3917 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5454268
    Coach Dean has some EXCELLENT articles on maintaining your weight. His 3 part series really helped me when I began maintenance a few months ago. You might want to have a look at them. Maintenance is hard work...harder than losing! But we CAN do it...oh, yeah!
    3918 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    What about the Calorie Cycling team? You are doing SO WELL! Perhaps do a little metabolism shake-up/confuse-it-up since you have ALL the basics down pat!??

    I have heard similar things from friends who have hit maintenance. The work never stops but some people don't seem to be mentally prepared for that and the weight comes back on. I never made it to maintenance and let myself get torn away from the habits I was building and am now back at it, with a downward trend.

    FIGHT that new creep weight and get yourself back down with the good, old-fashioned SP way, cutting out any junk and processed till you get there, then maybe try calorie cycling....

    Good luck, I know you will figure this out!
    Melly
    3918 days ago
  • BAREADER
    mmalloney15, yes to all the above. I know I don't track as accurately as I should sometimes but I'm going to go back to tracking every single calorie to see if I can get a handle on it. I know some of it is water but the fact that I used to be 147 at that t.o.m. and now it is 151. It just bugs me that I have to think about it all the time just to maintain, I guess it will be this way forever.
    3918 days ago
  • MMALONEY15
    Are you tracking still? Every single bit, lick or taste counts. Though it sounds like water weight if your pants are too tight after just gaining 2 lbs. Maybe that time of the month? You know that weight can fluctuate up at that time. Just a thought. I always put on weight and feel bloated then. You sound like you are doing everything you are supposed to be doing.
    3918 days ago
  • CARRAND
    I was within 2 pounds of my goal weight, so I lowered my goal weight by 5 pounds. I'm afraid of trying to maintain. Losing just seems easier. It sounds like you are doing everything right, so I don't know what to suggest.
    3919 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Maintaining really is harder (for me, anyhow) than losing was: and of course when you weigh less, you need to eat fewer calories to maintain that lower weight . . . I cannot eat the calorie range recommended by SP to maintain my weight, and I even at a lower calorie range find that too many refined carbs result in "weight creep" every time.
    3919 days ago
  • KOEHNA
    I know what you are talking about I weighed myself after 3 weeks of maintaining and I gained 2 lbs. I think it is the stress of work trying to get the kids in class situated and juggling my daughters work load from school and our life going crazy.
    Maybe we need to step back and relax. If you figure it out let me know.
    3919 days ago
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