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Long time maintainers how do you do it

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  • Imomw2016Imomw2016 Member Posts: 93 Member Member Posts: 93 Member
  • JesusjohnjamesJesusjohnjames Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    I've been maintaining for a while. I log most days, but if I'm out of tqqown or at an event, I don't. Also, I don't go back and log after I've finished for the day. I changed my status to "very active." and it seems like I'm eating all the time just to stand still. My brother commented on this when I visited last week. ;-)

  • Panda_bratPanda_brat Member Posts: 291 Member Member Posts: 291 Member
    Bookmarking this thready to keep me motivated to maintain.
  • dlmciverdlmciver Member, Premium Posts: 149 Member Member, Premium Posts: 149 Member
  • fiddletimefiddletime Member Posts: 1,865 Member Member Posts: 1,865 Member
    I maintained for the first 30 years of my adult life from about 123-133 (am 5'2"). Before calorie counting and apps, if I gained I ate more salads and less junk food. When I turned about 52 I slipped up to a 130-140 range. Too high and here I am. At 124 again I'm trying to utilize the common sense of my past with the high tech of today. Somewhere in the past decade I got tired of paying so much attention. Silly me. I loved the check book analogy. Oh, and I've worked out my whole life.
  • ginalove1960ginalove1960 Member Posts: 60 Member Member Posts: 60 Member
    I've stayed at my maintenance weight of 150 lbs. with no problem, for the last 2 years. I am a 5 ft. 8.5 in. female, 56 yrs old.
    I eat a whole wheat cereal with a half a glass of OJ for breakfast, with 4 oz of vegetable juice, most mornings. I have a flavored Greek yogurt for lunch, and a big, old fashioned, home cooked meal for dinner, including dessert. I eat no snacks between meals and nothing after dinner. I never drink soda pop, regular nor diet. And I never drink creamed, sweetened, or flavored coffee or tea. Only water and black coffee for me. And no alcohol either.
    I do one hundred Burpees, spread throughout the day, as my form of exercise. I also take a couple of flights of stairs, routinely, at a running pace, in my building. I play piano also, 1-2 hours a day, which is a form of exercise.
    I track all my calories in a calorie app, and log all my exercise calories burned too.
    This all seems to do the trick of keeping me at goal weight of 150 lbs.
  • wayneh73wayneh73 Member Posts: 39 Member Member Posts: 39 Member
    I'm 5ft 8 currently at 140lb and really struggling to maintain. I cycle and run a lot and despite wearing a heart rate monitor when I train to try and keep an accurate account of the calories I'm burning I can't get the balance right and I'm still dropping.
    The easy solution is to eat junk food but then I yoyo up and down and is not what I want to do. Any tips would be appreciated
  • PegMoffatPegMoffat Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    Been maintaining for a year. I still track my calories in and try to do it honestly, no matter what. I'd love to do 10,000 steps a day but can't get it in most days but do make sure I don't do fewer than 5,000 steps.
  • 12by31112by311 Member Posts: 1,719 Member Member Posts: 1,719 Member
    12by311 wrote: »

    Also, I've basically maintained my weight for 9 years now. Had two pregnancies during that time as well.

    Oh and one more thing, weigh at least once a week, even when not trying to lose!
    Geeze louise. Two pregnancies and you kept it off! Congratulations!!!!! My mother had 4 kids, and she is so tiny and frail still. Although she kept her physique, she didn't keep muscles. I WISH I could push her to do a little bit of strength.

    Another pregnancy now. My youngest is almost 10 months old. I'm 8 lbs from my normal adult weight - which is my first goal. But I want to cut more to show more muscle definition.

    Same thing applies as what I stated 1.5 years ago. I would also add weight lifting specifically when being active. The older I get, the more important I see this. I've been lifting on and off since I was about 13 years old (33 yr old now). I definitely think my muscle mass helps me "bounce back" after pregnancies and just in general with being able to do things in every life.
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,101 Member Member Posts: 8,101 Member
    About dead from forty years of yo yo dieting results I just flat out stopped dieting to lose weight and started eating to be healthy only in late 2014. It worked and as a by product some weight came off putting me at 200 for the first time in 22 years and the body has maintained there for one year now. The pain management control by my way of eating was my initial objective. The control is good as well as my health markers are improving.

    I do weight my body each AM to track my net CICO results and check my breath acetone levels to monitor my macro compliance. At 65 this is working for me and I plan to continue to do so until I get new info that may require a modification to my way of eating. If my weight goes over 205 for a week I just do not eat the last meal of the day and right before bedtime for a couple days and monitor my weight.

    I agree with weight manage success is only success if we keep it off for the rest of our lives.
  • Kim55555Kim55555 Member Posts: 987 Member Member Posts: 987 Member
    I tell myself I'm a contracted afl footballer and need to keep my skin folds in check. I also tell myself I get paid to do my "2nd job" exercise.

    I was tempted and had this pyscological urge for 3 days in a row to buy an Easter egg but for all the wrong reasons (for comfort) and each time what stopped me was seeing fat people all around me buying the chocolate and I'm thinking do I really what to look like that again. I also tell myself it's not on my list of foods to eat as I am an athlete. I walk around the shops with a cockiness about me haha

    This works a treat.
    edited April 2016
  • ekat120ekat120 Member Posts: 407 Member Member Posts: 407 Member
    Kim55555 wrote: »
    I tell myself I'm a contracted afl footballer and need to keep my skin folds in check. I also tell myself I get paid to do my "2nd job" exercise.

    I was tempted and had this pyscological urge for 3 days in a row to buy an Easter egg but for all the wrong reasons (for comfort) and each time what stopped me was seeing fat people all around me buying the chocolate and I'm thinking do I really what to look like that again. I also tell myself it's not on my list of foods to eat as I am an athlete. I walk around the shops with a cockiness about me haha

    This works a treat.

    Haha, I love this idea!
  • myfitnesspale3myfitnesspale3 Member Posts: 293 Member Member Posts: 293 Member
    ... and check my breath acetone levels to monitor my macro compliance.

    Holy moly- how? Can you smell your own breath, or do you have some device?
  • sunrise611sunrise611 Member Posts: 1,821 Member Member Posts: 1,821 Member
    About dead from forty years of yo yo dieting results I just flat out stopped dieting to lose weight and started eating to be healthy only in late 2014. It worked and as a by product some weight came off putting me at 200 for the first time in 22 years and the body has maintained there for one year now. The pain management control by my way of eating was my initial objective. The control is good as well as my health markers are improving.

    I do weight my body each AM to track my net CICO results and check my breath acetone levels to monitor my macro compliance. At 65 this is working for me and I plan to continue to do so until I get new info that may require a modification to my way of eating. If my weight goes over 205 for a week I just do not eat the last meal of the day and right before bedtime for a couple days and monitor my weight.

    I agree with weight manage success is only success if we keep it off for the rest of our lives.
    ... and check my breath acetone levels to monitor my macro compliance.

    Holy moly- how? Can you smell your own breath, or do you have some device?
    ... and check my breath acetone levels to monitor my macro compliance.

    Holy moly- how? Can you smell your own breath, or do you have some device?

    I just googled this and it seems to be a device for people with diabetes.
  • medelaney13medelaney13 Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    Honestly, you have to stay vigilant and keep to the healthy habits - but keep it fun. Tracking food and exercise keeps you honest - its too easy to backslide otherwise. Mostly you have to want to stay healthy. And remember, as you age, your body changes so you may have to adjust food and/or exercise.
  • RunningMermaidRunningMermaid Member Posts: 28 Member Member Posts: 28 Member
    Ive maintained a 20lb loss from my original 25lb loss (aka i gained back 5lbs). Just find a maintanable lifestyle for you! weighing 130lbs was not easy for me to maintain unless i was in trainng/athlete mod, so during summer I wasn't able to maintain it. I gained back 5lbs and for the past three years kept off 20lbs. I make sure to exercise at least 3 times a week, and I just makebetter food choices over all. Yeah sometimes I'll go three days in a row eating some sort of junk food for snacks, but my main food is healthy and a good choice. Honestly just being moderatly active and aware of what youre eating and making good habits take over old habits (I use to just continuously snack, like eating straight from chip bags etc, and now I always eat out of a small bowl or plate) and it is habit.
  • islandgrl14islandgrl14 Member Posts: 22 Member Member Posts: 22 Member
    Great advice and very inspiring. posting so I can find my way back here for inspiration. :)
  • BudjolaBudjola Member Posts: 148 Member Member Posts: 148 Member
    long tim gym goer, first time mfp user, mainly to save my *kitten* from doing excel spreadsheets all day for food. lol. any friend is good friend. lets keep this up.
  • katy_2810katy_2810 Member, Premium Posts: 15 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15 Member
    did you lift when you were trying to lose weight too? I'm only asking because I go to the gym 5 times a week and really enjoy lifting weights but keep getting told it will put weight onto me.


    Whoever told you that is wrong - I wear a heart rate monitor for my gym sessions and I lose the most calories when weight training or doing HIIT. Cardio such as cycling, rowing, treadmill is the least effective at burning calories unless you are sprinting at about 15km an hour consistently for 15 minutes and who wants to do that? Lmao

    I go 3 times a week and normally stay nearly 2 hours as you need to stretch a lot which can take 20-30 minutes. I have lost 33 lbs since 3rd Jan and I have never looked so toned even though I want to lose another 16 lbs ideally!

    Weight training is also important for muscle strength, flexibility and that "toned' look which makes you look fit. It is also important to do everywhere not just spot reduce because your body is fickle and won't just lose weight in one specific area that you want it to.

    Make sure to start with lower weights then build yourself up - fitness blender is really great so Google them (it's a fit married couple who do diverse amazing videos).

    Good luck!
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