Maintaining
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I think this will be a useful resource for all those women who underestimate their maintenance needs or simply don't know where to begin in terms of estimating. Yes everyone is different but I feel that people always want to have an idea of what is typical for others. Thanks for sharing.

1. how tall are you?

2. how much you weigh?

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance?

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength?

5. how long you're been maintaining? 

6. How old are you? (Edited: Added in #6)

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Original Post by jad12:

1. how tall are you? 5'2"

2. how much you weigh? 110-112, it varies

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance? 1529

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength? Varies day to day; some swimming, some walking, some strength, some stationary biking, some real biking, the occasional day of doing nothing at all. Say thirty minutes plus but an hour wouldn't be unusual for any of those activities.

5. how long you're been maintaining? less than a month, still coming to grips with it

6. How old are you? 43

I think you might be able to maintain on a bit more. Most of the declines in metabolism are due to muscle loss, and even then the difference is pretty small. Being that 1.5 hours isn't atypical for you, i'd shoot for closer to 1800 and see what happens.

Funny you should say that, I just decided the same thing. Like just a few hours ago! Smile On my way back from the gym.

After contemplating the fact that my 2900 calories yesterday didn't make a dent in the scale the next morning (I actually lost .2 kilos from the previous morning!) and plus my body was telling me a few times in the last few weeks it needed such days of indulgence and also after reviewing my calorie log I've noticed I've been "topping up" on calorie splurges fairly regularly. Not quite as extreme as 2900, but often 1800-2200.

I've decided 1529 is too low but that it's going to vary from day to day, too. Today for instance, in a rather atypical day, I've swum for an hour, strength trained at the gym (minus the cardio part for about an hour while I waited for Hubby to finish his aerobic workout) and I've just mown the lawn for an hour and I'm about to go finish it which will take at minimum another hour (it's a biiiig lawn).

Tomorrow is going to be a repeat (back yard this time, about a third of the size) plus either a swim or gym depending on what the man is doing.

Other days I do as little as go for a 3k walk to top up my pedometer mileage. And once in a great while I do nothing at all.

My Daily Calorie Intake is 1,648 cals average over the past 28 days according to the site log analysis, so I think I may up it to that as a daily guideline and see what happens. It seems to be working so far, though I'm maintaining at an average of 50.9 kilos instead of the 50 I had originally planned. On the other hand, that's the same weight I was for a very long time as a healthy young adult in university so it may very well be the weight my body feels most comfortable with, even though I would prefer to get rid of that little bump of fat at the bottom of my rib cage. :P

So thanks for the input. I'll be curious to see what happens next. The extra food sure will be nice.

1. 5'4

2. 111-113 (though during pms I gain at least 3-4 pounds of waterweight, despite cutting out all salt, exercising, and drinking tons of water. If I eat too much salt, it can be even 8 pounds. As soon as my cycle starts again, I go to the toilet 15 times in the first day and poof, it's gone)

3. I don't count anymore but estimated 1800-2200. Usually if I have a eat-more-then-I-should day, I follow with a eat lighter next day. I go by hunger, and I allow myself one sweet per day (of 200 calories worth).

4. everyday I dance in my room 30 minutes (learning dance routines, club style), and do some form of strenght training (some lunges, crunches, free weights, situps) plus stretches and yoga moves, nothing major, just a couple sets of each. It's fun, and I'm of the opinion a little everyday is better then hours spent at the gym for a month and then giving up for the next 3 months.

5. 5 months-ish...no wait, it's 7. time flies by :P

6. 23

I hear ya on the pms thing. When I got serious about really watching the scale weight the first couple times it happened it really surprised me how much weight (water?) I would retain then suddenly lose.

I'm trying to learn to listen to my body re hunger so I can eventually knock off the calorie counting. I never used to calorie count (never crossed my mind!) when I was younger and in shape and not overweight. I should be able to do it again. I wonder at what point I stopped listening to my body and ate for other reasons? I think it must have been about twelve years ago, when I slowly started to put on weight and slowly gave up physical activity.

 

Good on you for being able to eat appropriately and keep it up for such a good length of time so far. Smile

[quote]Good on you for being able to eat appropriately and keep it up for such a good length of time so far. Smile[/quote]

 

Heh, thanks, but I have my own demons. Every once in a while I start thinking, hmmm, look at all these people my age, who are sooo much slimmer, maybe I should lose some more weight. Obviously I DON'T have to and I SHOULDN'T, but it pisses me off that I have to have these thoughts. Why can't I just be happy with my accomplishments. So while on one side, pretending the weight isn't there is a problem, thinking about your weight too much is also a problem. If there's an advice I can give people who are going into maintenance, is to stop being so concentrated on their weights otherwise you can get into compulsive behaviour. Losing weight can be very hard, and it becomes such a willpower drainer, once you get into maintenance, you're left with nothing to use it on. It's easier to just relax, give yourself not a maintenance weight, but a RANGE, don't weigh too often, don't count calories strictly, and let yourself enjoy life.

Original Post by suzushii:

[quote]Good on you for being able to eat appropriately and keep it up for such a good length of time so far. Smile[/quote]

 

Heh, thanks, but I have my own demons. Every once in a while I start thinking, hmmm, look at all these people my age, who are sooo much slimmer, maybe I should lose some more weight. Obviously I DON'T have to and I SHOULDN'T, but it pisses me off that I have to have these thoughts. Why can't I just be happy with my accomplishments. So while on one side, pretending the weight isn't there is a problem, thinking about your weight too much is also a problem. If there's an advice I can give people who are going into maintenance, is to stop being so concentrated on their weights otherwise you can get into compulsive behaviour. Losing weight can be very hard, and it becomes such a willpower drainer, once you get into maintenance, you're left with nothing to use it on. It's easier to just relax, give yourself not a maintenance weight, but a RANGE, don't weigh too often, don't count calories strictly, and let yourself enjoy life.

 Thank you. I really needed to hear that right now.

1. 5'2.5"

2. 103

3. Avg 1600 during the week and I don't count in weekends. Maybe > 2000

4. Almost everyday cardio 35-40 mins. Sometimes I do weights, but not much lately

5. Around 2 years. I do gain some weight when I go for summer and winter vacations (around 3 pounds), but then I try to eat around 1450 and I was able to lose the gain. However, I haven't been able to lose my gain from last summer that easily. When I left in July, I was 101.5 and I haven't been able to go back to that. But I decided to stop caring that much and be happy at 103 

6. 26

Two years is great! :)

1. how tall are you?

5'3

2. how much you weigh?

My scale tells me 106, but I think it lies... So around 108-110.

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance?

I have no idea... depends on my day. Anywhere from 1200-2000. If I ate a bit alot the previous day/or didn't exercise I eat less. When I do exercise, I eat more.

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength?

I used to do 5 one hour cardio exercises.. I haven't exercised except yesterday for like 2 weeks. haha. I've been too busy. I've been trying to go at least 3-5 times a week!

5. how long you're been maintaining? 

Around a year? My weight's been pretty constant

6. How old are you? (Edited: Added in #6)

21

Good for you!

It's nice to hear from so many people about my own height.Cool

I'm supposed to be at swimming class (outdoors) but it's raining and not very nice out so I'm skipping it. Your post makes me feel a bit less guilty.

1. how tall are you? 5'5.5"

2. how much you weigh? 138lbs

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance? 2500

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength? kickbox twice a week, dodgeball once a week and walk for 30-45 mins once a week.

5. how long you're been maintaining? 5 months

6. How old are you? 25

1. how tall are you? 5'2.5"

2. how much you weigh? 103

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance? I try to stay around 1400-1600, but I definitely have days when I'm well above 2000, usually whenever I eat out.

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength? I try to exercise 2x per week (1.5hrs each), yoga and/or pilates but honestly the past 6mths I've been slacking. However, I live downtown and don't have a car so I walk EVERYWHERE. On the weekends I walk for a couple of hours at a time easily (and I'm a really FAST walker), so that seems to help keep me in shape.

5. how long you're been maintaining? 8+ yrs

6. How old are you? 33

1. how tall are you? 5'3"

2. how much you weigh? 125 lbs

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance? Between 1500 - 1700 is my goal

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength? Barely any. I used to walk home but we moved. Don't know how motivated I will be...I will have to wait and see. If I can get my butt in gear then I'll be able to eat more.

5. how long you're been maintaining? Just started, it's all very confusing.

6. How old are you? 24

Original Post by flatline:

1. how tall are you? 5'2.5"

2. how much you weigh? 103

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance? I try to stay around 1400-1600, but I definitely have days when I'm well above 2000, usually whenever I eat out.

4. how much exercise you get daily? cardio? strength? I try to exercise 2x per week (1.5hrs each), yoga and/or pilates but honestly the past 6mths I've been slacking. However, I live downtown and don't have a car so I walk EVERYWHERE. On the weekends I walk for a couple of hours at a time easily (and I'm a really FAST walker), so that seems to help keep me in shape.

5. how long you're been maintaining? 8+ yrs

6. How old are you? 33

Twin stats on height and weight! Smile

i'm really shocked at how many people eat under 2000 calories for maintenance. i feel like a freak of nature eating almost 2000 calories for maintenance at 4'11. haha. 

i think i eat around 2200-2500!! my weight is staying the same (of course i have a normal 5 lbs fluctuation in a month)

Original Post by chrissy1988:

i'm really shocked at how many people eat under 2000 calories for maintenance. i feel like a freak of nature eating almost 2000 calories for maintenance at 4'11. haha. 

Lucky dog! If it works for you it works! I notice my intake has averaged 1,847 cals this week (last seven days) and so far no weight gain.

1. how tall are you? 

6 feet 5.8 inches

2. how much you weigh?

132 pounds

3. how many calories you eat for maintenance?

still trying to figure it out... the internet says 1700 plus whatever i burn in exercise.. but since beginning maintenance mode, i have gained about 3 pounds

4. how much exercise you get daily?

cardio? run 4.5-6 miles 3-4 times per week.
strength? strength training 2 times per week

5. how long you're been maintaining?

1 week

6. How old are you?

26 years old

 

edit: It seems like my maintenance calories must be about right because the 3 pound gaining was just water - thank goodness. :) sooo i am aiming for an average 1900-2000 calories a day.

Chrissy1988- Haha that's a good thing! Though for me I'm getting tired of eating... or buying food. haha poor college student. I like eating less = less money spent. I probably need to eat more anyhow though so... maintenance is confusing and throwing me a bit out of whack but I'm trying to get used to it.

I think I'm going to switch to trying to maintain at 1700-1800, so I can get more of those good nutrients I need. I think I've actually been undereating, oops. So, we'll see what happens.

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