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Do you slack off when you near your goal weight?

I've lost 31lbs since October, and I still have 42 lbs to go. My goal is to fit into a size 6, but I think I'll probably slack off a bit when I get to a size 8, but maybe I'll feel really motivated when I'm so close to my goal? Of course it will be more difficult then because my RMR will be lower so I'll have to work harder to burn as many calories as I do now.

What have your experiences been?

Thu. Mar 16, 7:32pm

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Good news for ya...

RMR increases as you gain muscle!!!! So not necessarily true that you won't be able to eat as many calories!! Usually during a weightloss you need to "up" the calories so there isn't such a big deficit!!

And yes - I agree that there are psychological things going on that sometimes cause us to sabbotage our weightloss efforts when we get down to a size we're not used to. We're outside our box and are getting more attention and many of us just don't know what to do with that.

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 7:37 PM

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I would think it would motivate me more. I've been trying to lose 15-20 pounds since May, and I've lost 4 1/2 pounds so far. It's been very frustrating, and I've almost given up many times. But, I have a pair of pants in my closet that I could wear last winter (Yes, I gained the weight fast, much faster than losing!), and I'm determined that they will fit me again...

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 7:56 PM

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Yes, I do slack off when I near my goal weight. And I gain weight. Then I near my goal again, then I gain again. I'm here to try & break the cycle.

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 8:27 PM

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From one yo-yo'er to another.....I've been up and down for years because I resisted the truth. Calories matter. Simple as that. Writing it down on PT has been a blessing in disguise. I worked out every day since January 1st and hit the weights on top of that 3x a week and didn't lose a single pound for almost 3 months. Once I started writing down and watching my caloric intake, I dropped 4 pounds the first week. We can work out until we are blue in the face but the intake is usually much more than we are burning. So there is good news, Beth and the poster from 8:27. You can and will lose if you cut your calories to a healthy amount. 1500 works for me + my workouts still. Remember the goal is to be in control - not let food control you.

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 9:08 PM

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this is me!

this is exactly what i do - when i did weight watchers 3 years ago, it took me 9 months to take off 15 pounds! i joined peer trainer at the beginning of december - i lost almost 15 pounds by mid-february, and then i went on two vacations and gained 5-6 back, and i'm having such a hard time now getting the motivation to get back on track. "i look fine, i should give myself a break." out comes the nutella jar and the spoon.

i'm reminded of a quotation i like, from a poet whose name i can't remember: "our greatest fear is not that we are weak, our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond all measure" (something like that, anyway)

part of the backslide is that i see results and i feel like i look pretty good (i'm within the medically healthy range), but then there's this other, weirder side to it - the bigger truth is that i'm a little afraid to succeed. if i manage to lose this "little extra" i've been carrying for so long, does that mean i was weak/fat the whole time i carried it? i've told myself so long that "this is just the way my body is", i've got something invested in believing that. i've scowled and criticized the skinny girls; losing these last few pounds would be admitting that i wanted to look like them all along, and that seems like unacceptable vanity.

does anybody with this issue want to form a group?

Friday, March 17, 2006, 7:53 PM

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To the poster above: we are very similar, right down to the spoons of Nutella and scowling at skinny girls.
I started a group months ago which has since become a ghost town. The link is below if anyone with these issues wants to repopulate it!
Great Lakes Spotlight 1


Friday, March 17, 2006, 9:16 PM

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