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Old 08-21-2013, 03:54 PM   #31  
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Y'all are the best when it comes to support, thank you everyone!!!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #32  
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You're such a sweet, supportive member yourself - we're all just returning the kindness and attention you've shown many of us when WE struggle
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:04 PM   #33  
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Back in the "dark ages" of my personal weight loss history (sadly not all that terribly long ago) I had only two "speeds" full-speed, maximum weight loss and full-speed maximum weight gain.

Learning to "take a break" from full speed loss, without embracing full speed gaining has been a life-changing experience.

Even though I still have ups and downs, they're nothing like the old ups and downs.

I can't remember the last time I "wished for death" because of severe abdominal pain from overeating. From the time I was 8 until about fifteen years ago, I felt that way at least once a week.

Just "not gaining" has been the most difficult, and the most rewarding lesson. Literally, if I never lose another pound, I will consider "not gaining" a huge achievement.

There is no shame or failure in deciding to maintain or even to allow yourself to gain during a break, but decide how long (or how much weight leeway) to allow yourself, so that you stay in control of the break.

Otherwise it's so easy to let the break get out of hand, and before you know it, you're no longer in the driver's seat on your weight management bus.

My only suggestion is to keep weighing regularly. I took a break from the scale for a month or two and ended up gaining 35 lbs (since I can gain 10 - 20 times as fast as I can lose).

Where you go and how you get there is entirely up to you.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #34  
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Taking a maintenance break is probably a good idea. Let your body get used to your current weight for a while, even a few months. I hope you keep posting though and logging in to MFP - 300 days! Totally inspiring
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #35  
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I do not remember where I heard this, but many doctors believe it is better to lose weight in stages because of set points.

Example : Lose about 10 % of body weight. Maintain for 2 months. Rinse and repeat as needed.

The theory is that the last maintenance weight will become the new weight your body will try to go to -- if and when you gain weight. So someone starting her weight loss journey at 250 lbs would try to maintain at, let's say 225 lbs, (the actual number is not important) and if for some reason (accident, stress), she starts regaining at 210 lbs, her body will try to reach the last equilibirum point it has known which is 225 lbs, an improvement over 250 lbs which is unlikely to be seen again.

It's a long-term approach, but it's safer.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:27 PM   #36  
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Thanks again for all the support and advice. I am truly taking it to heart!
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:52 PM   #37  
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I'm late to the game Mozzy, but you know I think you're a rockstar. You've been a huge inspiration to me since I got here, and what I want for you out of this part of your journey is satisfaction and happiness, whatever you decide!
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