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Good advice for you -- good advice for me

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you don't make a habit of reading the Daily Spark blogs, you may have missed today's first one "6 Healthy Habits to Start This Year." It's good advice that maybe we all know already, but need steady, regular reminders of to keep us on the right track. I see blogs of Sparkers that complain about eating within their range, but still not seeing weight loss. This article reminds us of ALL the things we need to do and why:

In addition to the points of this article, I'd like some advice from you on how to stay at the weight I am now. All the weeks I couldn't lose a pound made me think I at least knew how to maintain--but I wasn't at goal weight, so that was just a plateau.

If you know a few tricks to maintenance, please pass them on to me. I'm going to continue to track my meals and exercise, but I'm sure hoping to be able to exercise a bit less, and I'll just go on and confess, I already had some German chocolate cake yesterday. I'm just afraid of putting all the weight back on before I know it. Don't laugh--I've done it before!
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    i missed that article yesterday - thanks for pointing it out.
    3063 days ago
    Well, as you know Jazze, I wrote just about this same blog recently. My wife is now mentioning frequently that I need to stop losing weight. I've put some thought into it since, and I think I need to just eat larger portions of the things I've been eating. I don't want to add calories by just adding empty calories though.

    I used a calorie calculators (again as mentioned) and came up with 1900 calories per day via two methods, and 2100 via another. I'm a little leery about going to either of those levels in the short term at least.

    Having been averaging 1325 calories per day while I've lost, I'm thinking of adding 250 to 300 calories per day and monitor that for a while. I'll tell you though, after maintaining this 1325 level for so long, it feels very strange to be considering eating 1600 per day! LOL

    One thing I believe I need to do is make sure I hit the weight bench three times a week. If I DO continue to lose slowly at the 1600 level, I don't want it to come from muscle mass.

    So essentially, my strategy is going to be to increase my calories slowly and pay close attention to what is happening. At this time I can't see any circumstance under which I think it is wise to stop counting them daily.

    (This wound up being long enough I'm going to take it back to my page and let it do double duty for today's blog! LOL)
    3064 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2012 11:33:21 PM
    We have to get comfortable with guessing at the quantity and calorie content of what we eat...if not, we'll be measuring and tracking for a long time to come! I'm with you...
    3064 days ago
    You probably don't want to hear that everything I've read says we need to exercise as much or more in maintenance. Oops! But we can eat a little more.
    3064 days ago
    I think what has worked for me was tracking every meal in a day for at least 3 days a week, drinking sufficient water, and exercising for 4-5 days per week.
    Cardio and strength training must be included.

    Maintenance can be challenging at times, especially with moist, delicious German chocolate cake...he he he!
    3064 days ago
    Hope it was delicious!! I hear what you are saying and I did read the article.. I am trying real hard to do all the right things and just continue!! You have done so well that if you gain a pound you will get rid of it real quick.
    3064 days ago
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