I got put on Stabilization when I had 8 lbs to get to goal. I had been weighing the same for the previous week, but one counselor who had continued to lose during stabilization, felt I was ready. I stayed the same weight for week 1 - eating extra starch for lunch 3 times, and after 1st day of week 2 after I had added a fruit to breakfast, showed a pound gain. A different counselor felt I should be at goal weight to before starting Stabilization, so she put me back on Green menu. I dropped 2 lbs each of next two weigh-ins and 1 lb following the weekend, so at 4 lbs from goal, they put me back on stabilization. I went up 1 lb two days later after 2 lunches with added starch, but it was a late evening weigh-in, so I'll wait until next week to make any judgments.
A couple of explanations - 1) I usually plateau every 10 lbs or so and was at that point when they put me on stabilization the first time, 2) the pool I exercise at was closed for 3 weeks (has reopened now) and 3) the person who does yoga at our center was on vacation and then there was Labor Day so I missed 4 yoga sessions (and didn't replace these with any other formal exercise) and finally, this was about the weight I had been at from age 12 until we started trying to get pregnant when I was 36 - I gained 20 pounds drinking Adele Davis's Tiger Milk Shakes - very nutritious but also very calorie laden. My weight then fluctuated between 170 and 200 over the next 25 years - two pregnancies, 3 hip replacements, gall bladder surgery, always wanting to lose weight, trying to eat healthfully but never knowing what or how to really lose until MRC. I am so grateful but am so ready to get on to maintaining and off these restrictions.
I'm going to try and find the Stabilization Thread and read it - each time I try I start reading other interesting threads and run out of time before I find it. Oh well, I always learn something. Good luck on your journey, jeanette
Started MRC 23 May 2009 Stabilization 5 Oct 2009
Started Maintenance 30 Oct 2009