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Post Weight Loss - Lessons Learned and Staying on Course

Discussion in 'Keep Fit & Maintain Shape' started by justanothergirl, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. justanothergirl

    justanothergirl Finest Post Winner

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    The journey of weight loss actually only begins when we reach our goal /target weight ..the hardest part is actually maintaining it.
    Calorie goals and exercise goals need to be continuously adjusted . So here is a thread long over due ..... for all those women who are at or very near their goal weight .What works for you ? What have you learnt along the way...
    How do u maintain it? Share away!
     
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    Gauri03 IL Hall of Fame

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    Uncanny that you posted this thread today! I was just working on a thread about my weight loss epiphany. Will keep watching this space. I'll be back with my inputs later.
     
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  3. justanothergirl

    justanothergirl Finest Post Winner

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    What works for me
    Math and only math.
    Total calorie in - total calorie spent has to be 0 or near 0.
    It does not matter whether I eat low carb high carb /low fat /high fat/
    skip break fast or dont skip breakfast ..eat leaves for dinner..carb /fat heavy dinner
    Nope none of those things make a diff for me.

    Exercise atleast 5 days out of 7.
     
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    1Sandhya Platinum IL'ite

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    But how do you calculate calorie in and calorie out so accurately? What if one eats Indian food and goes for walks plays or runs (i mean exercise unrelated to a machine) how to calculate it then?

    [Hmm lemme guess.. you too are a size 0 -2 or 2-4 like our dear gauri and laks is it? Full disclosure..I am a fatty. not fat in general but fat compared to the three of youse... :(]
     
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    @1Sandhya...its a lot of work in the beginning but u get used to it and becomes second nature.
    Maintain a log. You will surprised how much we actually eat .
    Try myfitnesspal. Plenty of recipes (our own desi stuff) U will be surprised. Exercise..calories burnt as a part of running walking any thing at all can be reasonably calculated using ur current weight and age. Just need to get into the habit tracking it. Fitbit is pretty neat. 10,000 steps per day is a very good goal and I average 14000 on most days.
    Now here is something I do ..please use it at discretion. I cannot track when I am travelling...I simply substitute one of my main meals with a salad...with dressing on the side. Typically lunch. That gives me the buffer of a couple of hundred calories when I am forced to eat restaurant food.
    Sorry got to run..will post more later.
     
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    Laks09 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Maintaining is HARD work. I seem to be hitting a magic number which is 5lbs more than my pre-preggo weight and maintaining there without any issues. I still watch what I eat and exercise right but I don't have to fret over MFP or scale. I was having no issues with MFP/Scale and doing the math but unfortunately my DD is of the age where she is watching what I do closely. I've had to hide the scale and stay away from MFP to make her realize that those numbers are just numbers. The downside to that is that I can now only go by the way my clothes fit. I'm tempted to sneak a peek at the scale while she isn't around but I think it's unfair if I do what I don't want her to do, obsess over a number.
    I do know that I'm maintaining steady when I hit about 1900 cals a day and run 15-20 miles a week at the minimum and do yoga/zumba twice a week. I know I lose the extra 5 lbs in a jiffy when a new half marathon is approaching and I start my training cycle. I also know that a nagging injury kept me off running and yoga and with a lot of other things going on, I'm having such a hard time finding the motivation to get going again. I'm glad you started this thread :) I hope to find my motivation again.
     
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    I was a 14 at my biggest! Try MyFitnessPal. Honestly nothing else worked for me. Just log everything you eat. If you have the patience to log your own recipes do it, else just pick the highest calorie generic entry from the database for your food item and log that. MFP has entries for nearly every common Indian dish. You don't need to be very accurate as long as you stay consistent. I didn't see any changes for the first three weeks and then the numbers just started moving.

    To log non-gym exercise, I use a Garmin Vivosmart. You could a Fitbit or Jawbone, they work just the same. They will keep track of total calories expended and automatically sync with MFP. You don't need to go in and log manually.
     
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    Wow g03, jag and laks 0-2, is it? Hatsoff!
     
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    Gauri...I've gone from a size 12-14 to a size 2-4!

    Share your success story. How did you reach 2 - 4 size from 12 - 14 ?
    I read your story "Inka thoda jyada lagega" is awesome.
     
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    @1sandhya +1 for MFP. It really works.
     
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