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Old 06-22-2016, 02:06 PM   #1
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What's your sustainable weight maintenance range?

At the moment, my weight fluctuates 1 lb a few times a week. I have set myself a narrow window of 2 lbs for my maintenance range (119-121 lbs).

Do you think I'm being to hard on myself and set the bar too high?

Would it be reasonable for me to expand that to 118-123 lbs?

I'd be interested to learn what your range is and if a smaller range more suited to those of us in the low 120's?

By the way, for the last 2 weeks I've fluctuated between 121 - 122 lbs.

Many thanks,
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:20 PM   #2
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Fluctuations occur from the body's adjustments of water (we are over 60% water), and it's perfectly natural to see 1-3 lb differences day to day.

Because of those natural fluctuations, my doctors have told me to consider a
5 lb 'range' as my 'normal weight'--i.e., any number within those 5 lbs is OK as long as I know I haven't been indulging.

Expecting to see some ideal number on the scale every morning is the road to frustration.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:21 PM   #3
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Well Pina I am not in "Onederland" like you guys but I see my weight in "ranges" i.e. when I first started this journey back in Feb I weighed
245-243.5 then the next week 243.5-239. Going up and down daily.
from 239 -236 back in Mar to 228-232 Apr moving on to 226-229 -May ending at 225-221.5.

Now I am at the range of 214.50-218.50. I was 214.5 this morning. I may be despite staying on plan up 1 or 2 lbs or down 1 or 2lbs. So since Feb I have lost 31-29.5 lbs. Not an exact number.

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Old 06-24-2016, 11:24 AM   #4
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Pina I think fluctuations are normal. I try not to obsess about the small ups and downs. Of course I prefer the downs but I try not to let the scale dictate to me as long as I stay the course.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:23 AM   #5
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My range is 100-108lbs - that's the range of my fluid fluctuations and I accept it as part of my normal variation.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:46 PM   #6
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Hello Maintainers,
I'm noticing a small increase in my average monthly weight (normally 120) . As you know I've set a small window for this, i.e. 119-121 lbs. Lately the daily weighs have been consistently 121.4 lbs. Those 1-2 lbs bother me, because they could increase unless I do something now. I'm planning a month on the FMD (Fast Metabolism Diet) to reset my maintenance calories.
One reads that our bodies gradually return to a 'set weight point' where it's 'comfortable'. The trouble is that I'm not willing to accept what my body wants to do. Perhaps I'm too much of a perfectionist.
Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:08 PM   #7
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Hello Maintainers,
I'm noticing a small increase in my average monthly weight (normally 120) . As you know I've set a small window for this, i.e. 119-121 lbs. Lately the daily weighs have been consistently 121.4 lbs. Those 1-2 lbs bother me, because they could increase unless I do something now. I'm planning a month on the FMD (Fast Metabolism Diet) to reset my maintenance calories.
One reads that our bodies gradually return to a 'set weight point' where it's 'comfortable'. The trouble is that I'm not willing to accept what my body wants to do. Perhaps I'm too much of a perfectionist.
Thanks for listening.

I feel very foolish , because today I'm back to 120.3. I must stop fretting and get a life!
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:52 PM   #8
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I feel very foolish , because today I'm back to 120.3. I must stop fretting and get a life!
After researching 'weighing scales accuracy' and noting that other people in weight loss mode have been getting the same reading for up to a week, I suspected my scales were at fault as well.
This morning I placed a handweight on the scale. It read accurately. Then I weighed myself and I was 600g less than yesterday and I'm not in weight loss mode.
Some cheaper scales need to be recalibrated as they only give a higher reading. My scales react only to increases/decrease of 300 g+ (usually 400g or .4 kg) not the .1 as suggested on digital scales.

Do I want to purchase more accurate scales? ...definitely not. I'd rather use a tape measure.

This could be useful knowledge if you're a daily weigher.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:22 AM   #9
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It's very difficult to stop second-guessing ourselves. So many people are hyper-aware of upward drifts in scale weight and fear that it's the start of a run - or that the shoe has dropped...

My weight's currently skirting below and at the bottom of my weight range. There are times when my weight pushes up to the top of my range for no obvious reason. I'm living with it but it's not comfortable - nonetheless it's something I have to accept.
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Old 08-13-2016, 01:15 PM   #10
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You've always been reassuring with your comments, Slow....thank you.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:56 AM   #11
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At the moment, my weight fluctuates 1 lb a few times a week. I have set myself a narrow window of 2 lbs for my maintenance range (119-121 lbs).

Do you think I'm being to hard on myself and set the bar too high?
When I first lost my weight, I got down to 140 and I was happy with that. As a post menopause on the other side of 55, I didn't think I'd want to drop lower. I saw too many older family members who tried to get to the same weight they were when they were 20 and they looked emaciated and not healthy at all.

Now 2+ years after reaching goal, I've dropped to 135 and I'm okay with that. So my range is 135-140. If I hit 141, I start tightening up my diet.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:50 AM   #12
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When I first lost my weight, I got down to 140 and I was happy with that. As a post menopause on the other side of 55, I didn't think I'd want to drop lower. I saw too many older family members who tried to get to the same weight they were when they were 20 and they looked emaciated and not healthy at all.

Now 2+ years after reaching goal, I've dropped to 135 and I'm okay with that. So my range is 135-140. If I hit 141, I start tightening up my diet.
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Old 11-01-2016, 06:07 AM   #13
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When I first lost my weight, I got down to 140 and I was happy with that. As a post menopause on the other side of 55, I didn't think I'd want to drop lower. I saw too many older family members who tried to get to the same weight they were when they were 20 and they looked emaciated and not healthy at all.

Now 2+ years after reaching goal, I've dropped to 135 and I'm okay with that. So my range is 135-140. If I hit 141, I start tightening up my diet.

Did you have to do anything different in order to drop to that weight? Lower carbs, lower cals? I ask because I'm 60 and everything that used to work for me doesn't work anymore (post meno) - lower cals is the only thing that helps with my weight.
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:33 AM   #14
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I've gained up to 11 lbs in a 36 hour period with just 1 meal and water and BPC a few weeks ago.
Also lost all of it and more in the next day.
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:24 AM   #15
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I still do not know my Maintenance range where I would be comfortable. I find a 5-pound range to be scary; however, it seems it is more normal than what I would expect. I was thinking 117-119 but that is narrow. Good conversation and thank you for starting this.
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:41 AM   #16
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I write down my weight every day. That gives me a feeling for normal ups and downs. A good meal at a restaurant can add three pounds. A stressful event can take off about two over several days. If the trendline is up, I start looking at tweaks to keep myself out of trouble. If it's down, I try to eat a little more to keep myself in a healthy range. After ten years of maintaining, it's not too hard. The body has a new baseline rather than the constant push to get back to its old weight.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:12 PM   #17
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119.4 today which I like. My upper weight is 121, so a small range is more manageable for me. I also weigh and record daily and each month take an average. It's reassuring to see that one is maintaining.
Last year I discovered a plan to reset my carb intake (via Hayley Pomroy's FMD ) and I lost 5 lb in the process. Perhaps staying low carb too long is not good. I can eat 50 - 100g carbs per day now.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #18
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I am trying to find the range! Just a couple pounds gain makes me feel and look fat in the lower abdomen, but it is daunting trying to maintain a narrow range.
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:54 AM   #19
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Finding my range

I have not made it to the goal I wanted, I was doing a very strict low carb/low fat (ideal protein) program.

I got to the "ideal weight range" and went ahead and transitioned off for my son's wedding, and the holidays. I was 6 pounds from my desired goal (145) I had hoped I could get there on my own.

During the first 4 weeks I gained every week...up to 15 pounds. I lost 5 and am now 10 pounds from where I "phased off" but still have to add the 6 that I wanted to be at...so 16 pounds away from my desired goal.

I found this forum, and while I don't want to go extreme, I have learned that carbs and I do not get along. I have maintained the 10 pound gain by adding back healthy fats, and increasing my non-starchy veggie carbs. (NO GRAINS)

I have been morbidly most of my life, so I honestly don't know what a good maintenance goal, weight would be. That is practical and realistic.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:40 AM   #20
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I guess the question is how you arrived at your 'goal' weight. Sometimes we have an unrealistic idea of our optimum weight.

For example, I lost from morbid obesity, and so I have a lot of loose skin that adds to the scale weight. My primary told me that I should aim for 145-150, but I find that I feel best at 143-45, and I try to maintain in that range. If I go below 143, I find that I really don't feel well. When I find myself at about 148, I cut back seriously.

IMO, your optimum weight is when you look and feel great--regardless of the number on the scale.

I should add that maintenance is no 'walk in the park.' I've been maintaining my loss for the past 8 years, and it's definitely challenging and hasn't gotten any easier with time. But, for me, it's worth the effort.
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Old 12-23-2016, 11:03 AM   #21
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Leo I have been maintaining for 15 years now and I agree with you whole heartedly, it never gets any easier. It is a matter of vigilance and control. Worth the effort for sure.
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Old 12-23-2016, 07:33 PM   #22
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Leo I have been maintaining for 15 years now and I agree with you whole heartedly, it never gets any easier. It is a matter of vigilance and control. Worth the effort for sure.
I have no idea, I was 148 I think @ last weigh in on Wednesday (the 21st) morning. I was planning to fast from the 14th to the 24th, but I had to eat on sunday the 18th, and then again on 20th and 21st. My body told me I needed to eat, and eat something specific on 21st - sauerkraut. So I did. But Today its screaming - don't eat tomorrow, in fact its screaming - don't eat for a week.
I have a few handfuls I could lose. I think I am shooting for somewhere around 128 at this point. Small frame 5' 9.5" male. I want to get to the single digits for BF %.

Of late my favorite thing to eat during a fast - its near 0 non fat calorie - butter, MCT oil, Olive oil, flax oil, hot Asian pepper sauce and lemon mixed into some unholy liquid/chunks.
I also eat duke's mayo (pure fat) mustard, hot sauce and a pepperoncini. That pepperoncini isn't hot enough anymore. That's why I went the Asian pepper sauce route. Its all acid, heat from the pepper and fat.

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Old 01-01-2017, 10:50 AM   #23
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My weight fluctuates 5-8 pounds but it varies on lots of things such as TOM...I do tend to freak a little though when I get closer to the 8 pound mark. I did gain a few pounds over the holidays which is why I am hitting the grind a bit harder starting today...lol...
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