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Old 04-16-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
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Dollylala, yep--I think that if I were to stop working out, I would really be in for it. Fortunately, even though the eating part has become difficult, I am still enjoying working out and have consistently done that, so I can only blame my weight gain on my eating!

Sacha, you have really analyzed this! The fact that you're still at your goal weight after so many years is an inspiration to me, though.

Originally Posted by traveling michele View Post
OI was happily maintaining my happy weight for a couple of years (118-120)-- now I just want to get back to my red line (125). I'm promising myself that if I can EVER get back below 120 that I won't blow it again. We'll see....
Thank you for sharing your experience. I must admit it depresses me a little to know that I will probably have to struggle indefinitely to stay thin, but I suppose it's better than the alternative.

Shannon, thanks for the support!

bargoo, I appreciate how straightforward you always are about maintenance. Thank you.

Originally Posted by freelancemomma View Post
Your brain seems to work the same as mine. I've recently experienced everything you describe. Just like you, I've recently begun to find maintenance more difficult, and I'm not sure why. Is it just psychological fatigue? Does a mild sense of deprivation, day in and day out, have some kind of cumulative effect? I wish I had the answers.

Freelance, I notice that you and I often follow the same patterns/thought processes. If not for the fact that you're taller (and slimmer), we would be diet "twins."

Originally Posted by JenMusic View Post
As a fellow shortie, I find that 3 pounds can make all the difference in the world, especially with my work skirts
Funny, I had always thought that I was the type to gain even ten pounds and not notice so much. This is the first time that I've noticed snugness in my clothes, weighed myself to face the reality (which, again, I usually avoid), and found that I'd gained so little. Wow! I would really notice if I gained 10 lb!

Originally Posted by saef View Post
We want a single, unchanging weight. No matter what.
Agreed. I think it's the paranoia that comes with a history of yo-yo dieting and exposure to depressing stats about how few people maintain. I know that it has taken me a long time to develop any trust for myself; I've gotten better at it, but I still struggle with it.

Originally Posted by LockItUp View Post
In just the very very short amount of time I attempted maintenance I found that 2000 calories was like a freakin feast at first, it started to not be enough, so the 2500 I'd eat on tough workout days felt like a lot, but then not enough. Old habits die hard. I'm just thankful I caught it so quickly! I may have to be one of those people who has to eat in a deficit 5 out of 7 days a week forever just to ensure I don't continually gain and have to lose again. How exhausting it all gets!
This is completely me. I can eat 2200 per day to maintain my weight, and that is certainly, logically "enough," but for someone like me, I think even 3,000 per day would eventually not be enough.
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