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Maintaining November 2016
15 Nov 2016, 20:38
Middle of the month, so we really need a topic here. Everyone working their socks off to be able to get to all the festivities in good shape??
I just made it to the middle of my range, so doing fine and working to get some more room.
Re: Maintaining November 2016
16 Nov 2016, 01:07
With the help of the Christmas Challenge I'm hoping to join you (again) soon. It will have taken me nearly a year to get back within range so I'm promising myself not to let that happen again :)
Re: Maintaining November 2016
16 Nov 2016, 07:31

I have thought about this and have decided that I have been in maintenance ever since I first reached goal. Even when I put on more than a few pounds. Just semantics!!

As you may know, I no longer weigh myself, so it is harder to know how close to goal I am. I know I am a bit above it, judging by my clothes, but I don't think by much, so that is fine by me. I am still a lot slimmer than when I started 5:2. What I am concentrating on is eating nutritiously according to hunger, most of the time.

I recently returned from a 10-day holiday where I think I may have lost weight, despite no fasting and eating what and when I liked. But we were VERY active, so I think the activity accounted for all - and more - of the food I consumed. What a bonus! The biggest indulgence was a triple choc muffin - which we had on 2 occasions, it was SOOOOOOO yummy!! OH and I did at least share it. We ate out on 3 evenings, on one occasion having 4-courses and several alcoholic drinks (it was our 25th wedding anniversary). The food was such good quality, and the serves of sensible sizes, that we didn't feel like we had overindulgenced at all.

As I have written elsewhere, my main challenge remains overeating in the evening, especially milk chocolate. But overall I am happy with where I am at. I am able to enjoy a wide range of foods, and don't exclude anything from my diet, though there are foods I don't have very often. I think my most successful maintenance strategies are:
- putting off breakfast for as long as possible and not always having breakfast (though there are days when I am genuinely hungry first thing, so will have breakfast at a more "usual" time)
- eating a wide range of nutritious foods during the day on almost all days (evenings can be different!!)
- increasing the amount of moderate-heavy exercise I do to 1 1/2 - 2 hours almost every day
- drinking several glasses of warm water every day

Best wishes to fellow mainteneers! :clover:
Re: Maintaining November 2016
16 Nov 2016, 21:45
PS How could I forget the strategy of fasting as an antidote to overindulging! Prior to learning about IF, I always thought I should not skip a meal, whatever I had previously eaten. How wrong was I!! :wink:
Re: Maintaining November 2016
29 Nov 2016, 20:19
Kind of quiet this month, so it must be that we are all doing fine ...? I am. No problems in keeping on track, so full of confidence to move into all these nice things to come in December :smile:
Re: Maintaining November 2016
30 Nov 2016, 15:33
Maintenance Month 029

Goal weight 120 lbs, maintenance range 118 - 122 lbs, main method OMAD every day.

Entry weight 123 lbs, exit weight 124 lbs, average125.1 lbs
Lowest 122 lbs (2 days), highest 127 lbs (4 days)

Saw the top of my maintenance range this month
Re: Maintaining November 2016
01 Dec 2016, 23:30
Oops - a bit late for November but I have been very busy. I was doing well with losing the extra weight that I gained while away on our cruise but that has stalled and I am still five pounds over my target at present. This week my husband has been away and I have eaten so much ridiculous rubbish that I probably deserve to be even heavier than that! Never mind, tomorrow is another day and maybe my fasting mojo will return as quickly as it left!

:clover: :clover: Good luck for December, my fellow maintainers! :clover: :clover:
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