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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
6/12/12 12:59 A

Zorbs questions are a good place to start.

Bear in mind that there can be a difference between meeting your goal/finding your ideal weight and being as toned as you want to be. Try focusing for a while on fitness rather than the scale and then decide if you're happy with what you see in the mirror.

Fitness is a lifelong project, whereas weight loss is not (hopefully).

Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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6/11/12 3:46 P

I agree with the others. I initially had a higher weight goal, but lost some during the process of figuring out maintenance calories. Perhaps you should just go on maintenance calories, and you may be surprised by continuing to lose a bit.

Also, ask yourself what sacrifices you're going to need to make to maintain a lower weight. Sometimes, it's just not worth it.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
6/11/12 3:01 P

How do you feel? Do you like how you look? I'm also 5'4", and 130 was my first goal. I wasn't 100% happy, so I kep going. I'm at 117 now, and I realize I'm a bit "skinny fat", so I'm planning on going on a muscle building cycle and gaining weight this fall, then eating at a deficeit again next sptring to see if that helps at all. I'm hovering between maintenance and eating at a deficeit at the moment. I like where I'm at (size-wise), but I realize I'd like to lose some more jiggle. It's just one of those things you "know". If you like how you look and feel, then you're there.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 6/11/2012 (15:07)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,658
6/11/12 2:16 P

Zorbs has given you some good questions to consider. I would also recommend having your body fat tested. That's a better indicator of health vs. BMI or a number on the scale. Having it tested by a professional using skinfold calipers is the best way that's easily accessible.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,088)
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6/11/12 1:56 P

The answer to 2 simple questions must be yes:

1) do I look good in the clothes I want to wear?

2) can I physically do everything I want to do?

JAZZKATO Posts: 55
6/11/12 1:51 P

For those of you who are at maintenance mode, how did you know you were there? Was it a number on the scale? Was it your BMI? Was it your body fat %? Was it when you platueaued for several months? A combo of these things? Just wondering. I'm trying to decide if I'm there or not. Ideally, I would like to lose about 6 more lbs. I was able to maintain around 127 about 3 years ago but I just had my 4th child and am in my mid-30s so trying to be realistic. I'm 133 lbs. (5'4") so have a healthy BMI (on the upper side of healthy though), my bf% is 20% (though checked with those handheld things), and I'm comfortably in a size 4 and can wear a 2 in some things. I have been losing about a 1/2 - 1lb every 2-3 weeks. I would just like to know at what point you knew you were at maintenance.

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