Hi all! It feels a bit silly to ask this, but I'm feeling uncertain about it and I want my transition to maintenance to go as smoothly as possible.
I've been getting close to my goal weight lately, and it occurred to me that I have no idea whether I want that goal to be at the top or bottom of my maintenance weight range. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my body: I think my body fat percentage is probably a touch higher than I'd like (I still have a bit of flab on my upper arms), but by and large I'm happy with what I see. I've been losing the last few pounds sloooooowly, but today I had an unexpected whoosh down to 127lbs after hanging out at 130 for a month. It made me suddently uncertain whether my goal is still losing, or whether I reached maintenance without realizing!
Stats: I'm 5'5, SW: 162 CW: 129 GW: 125 (my original goal weight was 130 but I adjusted it downward a bit). I've been doing weightlifting and strength training without a set program throughout my whole weightloss process.
I've been trying to slowly bump up my calories, but an irrational part of me is worried about doing that before I actually 'reach' goal. (I boosted my calories from 1350 to 1600 all at once when I shifted to .5lb loss/week and it was really jarring and difficult for me mentally; I had to go back a bit lower and work my way up slowly instead.) Is it just all personal preference at this point? Should I try to get down to a range of 120-125 to see if I like it there and purposefully gain a little back if I don't? I've been haunting the maintenance forums for months but somehow now that I'm actually getting close I'm second guessing myself -- and a bit nervous about learning what my maintenance calories are.
I'd love to hear what people who have already experienced this transition think! Thank you guys so much for any words of wisdom you can provide.