I've been lurking and maintaining for a couple of months.
I've lost about 85 pounds, mostly be exercising a lot. I try to eat reasonable portions of reasonable foods. I don't weigh, measure, or log anything. Psychologically, this seemed important to me while loosing, and it seemed to work for me. I don't eat fried foods, rich sauces, or creamy soups. I don't eat seconds. I eat red meat only once a week and try to eat fish for dinner twice a week. I eat at least 3 veg servings and 2 more either fruit or veg servings a day. I keep dessert portions small and rare. I can have a candy bar if I really want it. But I can never, ever binge. Those are my rules.
I exercise - a lot. Last week I ran a half marathon. I have been lifting weights for nearly a year, though I only started free weights last August.
I expected to diet down to a size 12, which is a reasonable size for the chicks in my family. (We all struggle, though I got heavier than my sisters ever did.) But to my surprise, I reached a 10, then an 8, then a 6 before I reached goal (150). Now I'm a 4, sometimes a 2, at about 140. I am so surprised by this. I never expected to be under a 10.
I kept a lot of my muscle while loosing weight. I figure, as an active 225 pound woman, I had a lot of muscle when I started. (Yesterday I did step-ups with 2-25# dumbbells and it was hard! But I used to haul around 85 extra pounds every moment of every day!) So now my percent body fat is low - 14.5%.
I don't really know what to do next! I have many things to figure out, but I'll put my questions in the regular maintainers forum. I've dieted often in my life, but I've never maintained successfully (at least not a t a low weight
), so this is new territory!