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LLV
01-12-2006, 05:39 PM
I've been hovering around 141-142 for some time now. Although I don't put too much confidence in the scale (meaning I'm not pushing for a specific number, exactly, nor do I rely on the scale to feel comfortable and happy because I usually only weigh myself once a week, sometimes once every two weeks) and although I'm pretty comfortable where I'm at, I'd really like to get down below 140. At least around the 133-135 mark. Actually, my goal weight isn't a set number for me. What I'm wanting to do is just stay between 130 and 135. I'm not going to kill myself staying at that "magic" number, I'd just like to at least 'hover' around that area because I perfectly understand about normal weight fluctuation.

However, I'm wondering if my body is done before I am. It just doesn't want to let go of anymore weight. Yes, I've tried shaking up my eating and exercise, but it's still right there where it's been for quite a while. It's possible I don't need to lose anymore weight. But what's confusing me is I'm maintaining on 1200-1300 calories a day, but my actual maintenance calories are supposed to be around 1700. So if I'm maintaining at 1200, it concerns me that I may never be able to "up" my calories ever again.

Any thoughts?


kykaree
01-12-2006, 05:44 PM
Well done on getting nearly to goal. Your body might just want a rest. I have a maintenance week every eight weeks. What I do on that week is eat 1800 one day and 1200 the next. That seems to work for me. Try posting in the maintainers forum too.

Winter is a difficult time to lose, I have a feeling you might maintain through winter then in spring your body might be ready to shed the rest!!!

Jen415
01-12-2006, 05:44 PM
You could do an experiment and up your calories now and see what happens.....

Mind you, I have no personal experience with this--just a guess!


LLV
01-12-2006, 05:49 PM
Well done on getting nearly to goal. Your body might just want a rest. I have a maintenance week every eight weeks. What I do on that week is eat 1800 one day and 1200 the next. That seems to work for me. Try posting in the maintainers forum too.

Winter is a difficult time to lose, I have a feeling you might maintain through winter then in spring your body might be ready to shed the rest!!!
I hope you're right!

srmb60
01-12-2006, 05:49 PM
LLV? .... have you gone reading in the Maintainers Forum? You might find some inspiration there.

LLV
01-12-2006, 05:50 PM
You could do an experiment and up your calories now and see what happens.....

Mind you, I have no personal experience with this--just a guess!
I'm scared to do that because I've done it before, as sort of an 'experiment', when I went through a loooooooong plateau months ago. And I ended up gaining :(

RobertW
01-12-2006, 06:20 PM
How about building some lean body mass through weight training? You will increase your BMR significantly and you will look thinner at a higher weight.

Mel
01-12-2006, 06:50 PM
I maintain on far less than what I'm "supposed to" be able to eat, and believe me, I am pretty active and have a hunk o' muscle for a woman. Most women aren't going to be able to build enough additional muscle naturally to eat a whole lot more. That isn't meant to discourage you from weight training- I'm one of the biggest cheerleaders for women lifting weights that you'll find anywhere. But realistically, women are looking at adding 5-10 pounds of muscle, and that's if they are couch potatoes to start with.

Here is a link to a thread written by Meg last year in the maintainers forum. Read this. (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=51478) At first it may seem a bit depressing, but read the whole thread.

Mel

LLV
01-12-2006, 06:50 PM
LLV? .... have you gone reading in the Maintainers Forum? You might find some inspiration there.
No, not yet, but maybe I'll try that, thanks :)

LLV
01-12-2006, 06:51 PM
How about building some lean body mass through weight training? You will increase your BMR significantly and you will look thinner at a higher weight.
I've never been much into weights. I just like toning exercise and walking, I love to walk :)

LLV
01-12-2006, 06:52 PM
Here is a link to a thread written by Meg last year in the maintainers forum. Read this. (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=51478) At first it may seem a bit depressing, but read the whole thread.

Mel
Thank you :)

Glory87
01-12-2006, 09:42 PM
Hey LLV, I started at 192 with a goal weight of 135. Around March of last year, I reached 140 lbs. And stayed there, and stayed there and stayed there. In May, I decided my body was finished and I would maintain. I increased calories slowly over time from around 1500 to 1800/2000 or so and just lived my life, eating lots of food and enjoying my size 10 140 lb goodness. Imagine my surprise when this fall, a pair of pants got loose and I got on the scale and read 135.

Here is a link to my journal (if you are interested) documenting my struggle to accept 140 as maintenance when my goal was 135 and how mentally hard it was to start eating more (my fear of re-gaining weight). It's been a fairly interesting journey - don't give up, I was 140 for about 5 months before losing again!

http://boards.shape.com/ib/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=3;t=95261;st=0

tsots
01-12-2006, 09:54 PM
I am facing the same situation too. My goal is to be 125 lbs, so I can have fluctuation between 125-130 lbs. I am at 138 lbs, and I've been there over 2 months. I am exercising at least an hour a day, if not two. And I am eating pretty good. I feel like maybe it is where I am suppose to be. It is hard, when you trying really hard and nothing is happening. Like LLV, I've did everything I could with my exercise and eating. I change them around... etc. Everyone says I look good, and I don't need to lose any more. Some days I feel pretty satisfied with where I am at. I feel pretty comfortable with been size 2 and I don't need to be smaller than that, its just that my recommended weight is 141 lbs, and I don't want to fluctuate between 138-14...

Mel
01-12-2006, 10:09 PM
:yikes: I feel pretty comfortable with been size 2 and I don't need to be smaller than that

Good!

Mel

2frustrated
01-13-2006, 04:46 AM
Me too! Is all I can say really! :rofl:

LLV
01-13-2006, 08:35 AM
Here is a link to my journal (if you are interested) documenting my struggle to accept 140 as maintenance when my goal was 135 and how mentally hard it was to start eating more (my fear of re-gaining weight). It's been a fairly interesting journey - don't give up, I was 140 for about 5 months before losing again!

http://boards.shape.com/ib/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=3;t=95261;st=0
That's wonderful, thank you, I'll give it a read :)

I'm sure it was very mentally hard to eat more. I'm a stickler about watching my calories. I don't freak out or anything if I go over a hundred or two, as long as I stay under maintenance, nor do I 'punish' myself the next day by eating less. But it's still hard to get past that mentality because I'm so used to doing it now.

I read that post Mel gave me a link to and it makes perfect sense, that thin people who USED to be fat have to eat less than thin people who were NEVER fat. Because all the tweaking we do to our system to get our body to accept taking in fewer calories, I'm sure, screws things up a little, for lack of a better description.

That was a good read.

LLV
01-13-2006, 08:37 AM
Everyone says I look good, and I don't need to lose any more.
That's what everyone tells me. They'll say, "My gosh, you look so thin!"

Well, I'm sure I do compared to 220 pounds.

And when I say that I'm not done yet, they'll get an almost horrified look on their face and say, "Why???? You don't NEED to lose anymore weight!"

10 more pounds, dammit. That's all I ask.

featherz
01-13-2006, 09:26 AM
I'm 122-125, 5'4, size 2, 38 years old and I do 2000-2200 calories a day. I lost weight on around 1500 cals (1200 would have me passing out!) and when I was ready to maintain I slowly ramped up my calories every other day or so, just like others have mentioned. It didn't hurt that when I was dieting I always did a 'free day', which many do not believe in but I believe it may have had something to do with my ability to eat more and maintain. I haven't gained a pound in almost two years now so something must be working.. **Keeping fingers crossed**..

:)

LLV
01-13-2006, 09:46 AM
I'm 122-125, 5'4, size 2, 38 years old and I do 2000-2200 calories a day. I lost weight on around 1500 cals (1200 would have me passing out!) and when I was ready to maintain I slowly ramped up my calories every other day or so, just like others have mentioned. It didn't hurt that when I was dieting I always did a 'free day', which many do not believe in but I believe it may have had something to do with my ability to eat more and maintain. I haven't gained a pound in almost two years now so something must be working.. **Keeping fingers crossed**..

:)
That's wonderful! It's always inspiring to hear about 'losers' that are keeping it off. Because, frankly, I'm a little scared of how long I can do it.

But... the changes I've made are lifetime changes and I'm ready to accept the fact that I'll have to watch what I eat for the rest of my life. I'm fully aware I can never go back to the way I was eating before.