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Old 09-02-2009, 10:07 PM   #61
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This is normally, just not while I am traveling across the country right now...boy I can't wait to get back to nice clean and controlled eating. I love LC.

1. How many calories/day. Between 1100-1300

2. How many carbs/day. Between 30-50 (gross)

3. What is the constitution of your carbs? Tons of veggies and very limited dairy, nuts, sauces, dressings, etc.

4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? I use walking as a mode of transportation as much as I can and then I run a minimum of 5 miles most days when life is normal.

5. How much weight did you lose total? Close to 60 in total from my highest 16 years ago to my current weight, but about 20 lbs on LC.

6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. For about two years.

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Old 09-05-2009, 12:21 AM   #62
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1. How many calories/day - I have no idea, I don't count them.
2. How many carbs/day - Don't count them either but probably 80-100
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) - Fruit, sweet potatoes, nuts, proteins and veggies. No bread, rice, pasta or treats that contain flour or sugar.
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? - 5-6 days per week, interval training for my cardio and total body weight training.
5. How much weight did you lose total? - 122 from my highest point, 100 on LC!!
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. - 5.5 years and counting! YESS!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:00 PM   #63
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I'll answer, but you won't like some of my answers, lol

1. How many calories/day - No idea (never kept track even while losing)
2. How many carbs/day - No idea (never kept track even while losing)
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) - Fruit, veggies, brown nice, oatmeal
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? - Almost daily. I run/walk a couple days a week. Lift weights at least 4 days a week
5. How much weight did you lose total? - 20 pounds
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. - 2 months :blush: (I'm a new maintainer)
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. How many calories/day - I have never counted
2. How many carbs/day - When i hit LC hard i kept my carbs below 10 a day, not im keeping them under 25 a day
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? Veggie, once a week fruit, and alot of protein.
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? - LOL, Me exercise? I am allergic to it, heart rate goes up, heavy breathing, LOL, I dont exercise, even when i started to loose the weight.

5. How much weight did you lose total? - 99 pounds in 13 months.
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. - about a year.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:37 AM   #65
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1. How many calories/day: 1600 on Sunday (no exercise or going to work), 1800 on the other days.
2. How many carbs/day: 25g maximum, no minimum.
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc): Vegetables and dairy only. I eat no grains or fruit because I can't tolerate the high carb concentration.
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? Cardio when I feel like it, which some weeks is twice and some weeks is 5-6 times.
5. How much weight did you lose total? 22 lb. 72 lb from my high weight several years ago, but I started low-carb at 134 last December, got to 113, gained up to 130 on medication and diet slippage, and then lost 22 from there and am maintaining 108-110. I'm very small-framed so my "ideal" weight range is 105-129. I prefer the lower half to the upper half.
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight: A couple of weeks.

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Old 10-16-2009, 07:57 AM   #66
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Thanks in advance!
I know there's a lot of variation to these answers but I hope I'll get some ballpark figures for how to maintain the weight loss. That is the key after all.
Losing is much easier, isn't it?

1. How many calories/day
2. How many carbs/day
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc)
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do?
5. How much weight did you lose total?
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight.

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1. How many calories/day
1200 some days I am higher and others lower

2. How many carbs/day
Don't count but do not eat many carbs other than veggies and fruit once in a while

3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc)
My carbs come from veggies, a few nuts and a few servings of berries a week

4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do?
I exercise 3-5 times a week. Walk/hike (climb hills) 3-4 miles at a time. Sometimes bike and weights.

5. How much weight did you lose total?
50 pounds

6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight.
Almost 2 years (Nov.1)
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #67
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1. How many calories/day
1200-1400

2. How many carbs/day
20-30

3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc)
yogurt/lc hood milk in my breakfast shake
mgd64 which is 2.4carbs/beer amount - ? I don't count 'em, just drink 'em

4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do?
swim in the summer (we have a pool)

5. How much weight did you lose total?
48 lbs as of today

6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight.
hit goal about 5 weeks ago

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Old 10-23-2009, 01:54 PM   #68
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1. How many calories/day?
Don't keep track, never have counted, but I do know I eat an enormous amount at times. Recently at the 4 Winds Casino Buffet, 6 plate full plus a sampling of many desserts (tiny, tiny, slivers). My friends were astonished I ate 2 to 3 times what they consumed. And this was the 2nd day of back to back prime rib buffets....yummy!

2. How many carbs/day?
Not very many, though NOT a zero carb follower. Did that once many moons ago with the Atkins...resultant ketosis and wt. loss.

3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc)
Lot's of dark greens, spinach, Chinese greens (ong toy, gai lon), tofu (firm, fresh soymilk), nuts (Vitamixed almonds turned to butter my fav., some walnuts/pistachio/macademia in limited amounts. Tomato's, bell peppers, onions, bean sprouts, avacado's in limited amounts. Eggs, half/half, cheese with wine of course (limited to about twice/yr. when on vacation). And a small sampling of fresh fruits on special occasions (like after a hard, long, hot, bike ride). Carry a emergency almond Trader Joe's granola bar just in case of a hypoglycemic attack.

4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do?
Cycling a lot, way over 10,000 miles / yr. OK, I am a little nuts!

5. How much weight did you lose total?
~65 pounds from my highest since diagnosed Type 2 diabetic

6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight?
Have really never had a GOAL wt. as my indicators are BS levels and overall health condition. For the last 19.75 yrs. hovered around 195-225lbs according to MD's charts. The last yr. or so dropped very quickly to the 160 lb. area with the VLC change (didn't weigh myself till I dropped significantly).

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Old 10-24-2009, 06:50 AM   #69
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Folks,

I notice a lot of people who are posting about maintaining have maintained for a very short time. It's important to recognize that you aren't really maintaining until you have kept your weight stable for a year or more.

The period when you start maintaining really needs its own name, as it is the most difficult phase of dieting and the first year or so after you lose weight the time when it is easiest to run into serious problems.

Personally I feel like significant weight loss is a lot like a cancer diagnosis in that you shouldn't draw any conclusions about being safe until you are 5 years in.

This isn't in any way to disparage the achievements of those who have got to the end of the weight loss phase, but to warn people reading this that to ensure their own success they should pay the most attention to the people who have maintained for long periods because the techniques they use are proven.

If you take maintenance advice from people who have only maintained for a few months or a year or so you may end up following a strategy that doesn't work well long term.

It fascinates me that there are a zillion diet books but NO books about maintenance. Especially since the data suggest very strongly that no matter what book-described diet people follow most of them fail to maintain.

Maintenance is very different from weight loss and requires a different mindset, understanding of our individual physiologies, and different motivations, because you don't get the reinforcement of weekly improvement, new clothing sizes, etc but you have to work HARDER controlling what you eat in many ways.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:56 AM   #70
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Folks,

I notice a lot of people who are posting about maintaining have maintained for a very short time. It's important to recognize that you aren't really maintaining until you have kept your weight stable for a year or more.

The period when you start maintaining really needs its own name, as it is the most difficult phase of dieting and the first year or so after you lose weight the time when it is easiest to run into serious problems.

Personally I feel like significant weight loss is a lot like a cancer diagnosis in that you shouldn't draw any conclusions about being safe until you are 5 years in.

This isn't in any way to disparage the achievements of those who have got to the end of the weight loss phase, but to warn people reading this that to ensure their own success they should pay the most attention to the people who have maintained for long periods because the techniques they use are proven.

If you take maintenance advice from people who have only maintained for a few months or a year or so you may end up following a strategy that doesn't work well long term.

It fascinates me that there are a zillion diet books but NO books about maintenance. Especially since the data suggest very strongly that no matter what book-described diet people follow most of them fail to maintain.

Maintenance is very different from weight loss and requires a different mindset, understanding of our individual physiologies, and different motivations, because you don't get the reinforcement of weekly improvement, new clothing sizes, etc but you have to work HARDER controlling what you eat in many ways.
There is an excellent book on maintaining, "Thin for Life" by Ann Fletcher. She interviewed people who lost weight and kept it off. Their methods vary greatly and it is a wonderful book.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:04 PM   #71
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I will have to have a look at that book. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:31 PM   #72
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This is an awesome post! I was just thinking about what folks are doing to maintain, for how long, etc. I was going to post my own question but checked over here first and found this. It is very inspirational. I've been reading too many posts where people say that are starting yet again and i started to wonder if anyone keeps the weight off and keeps their eating behavior straight for any significant time. Thanks for all your responses. It is wonderful to see! Congrats to everyone!
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:04 AM   #73
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Here we go with my details :

1. How many calories/day : 1400 to 1600
2. How many carbs/day : Not sure depends on office tiffin.
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) : Bread & fruit
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? Running 3 km.
5. How much weight did you lose total? 10kg so far
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. 3 months i guess.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:44 PM   #74
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This is a wonderful post. Had to bump it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #75
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Thanks in advance!
I know there's a lot of variation to these answers but I hope I'll get some ballpark figures for how to maintain the weight loss. That is the key after all.
Losing is much easier, isn't it?

1. How many calories/day -Don't track
2. How many carbs/day -Don't track
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) -Veggies
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? -None
5. How much weight did you lose total? 33lbs
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. Just hit goal a few days ago and I'm transitioning into maintenance right now.

Krystal
I lost my weight with JUDDD but wanted to do something different for maintenance. I also wanted to follow a plan that really emphasized healthy eating, but in a way that was sustainable long term. I ended up combining two woes-the 8/16 IF eating window with Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique. So far it's going really well

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:11 AM   #76
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I wonder how many of these who've lost a great deal of weight (50+) have kept the weight off for more than a couple of years. Statistically, only 5% keep it off for more than five years.

Personally, I've only known one person who's lost 50 pounds and kept their weight off (25 years). Years ago, having lost 60 hard earned pounds over a period of five years, it was terribly difficult to keep off. This time around, I've accepted the simple fact that once I got on this weight loss wagon, there was no turning back. Discovering that low carb makes life livable, I do have optimism at this stage.

Considering most gain their weight back, it is awfully sad that this section is so empty.

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:49 AM   #77
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Gee, this is an old thread... but I`ll participate anyway.
1. Sorry, don`t count calories and don`t intend to.
2. Don`t count carbs either, try to keep below 50 or so, but that`s just a guess.
3. Most of my carbs come from: a small amount of fruit, lots of veggies, hemp protein powder and hemp hearts,nuts,almond butter, 90% dark chocolate, almond milk and wine. I eat a lot protein: pork, chicken, beef, fish, turkey, but no grains and I`m about 90% dairy free at the moment.
4. I`m pretty lazy and I only like to walk. I walk 3 miles several times per week during summer, fall and spring, but seldom during the winter.
5. I`ve lost over 90 lbs.
6. I`ve been maintaining for several months, but recently went down a bit more since I started doing IF.
I`m always finding ways to shake things up a bit with my WOE because I find that I do better when I`m focused on a plan of some sort. I can`t do "complacent" it doesn`t work for me. I will always have to be mindful of what I`m eating, can`t do the Atkin`s rungs...too many cravings returned so I`m slogging along and finding out as I go what works for me weight wise and health wise.
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Jen, I think this section doesn't see a lot of action because people who are maintaining don't have much to say about it. We know what worked for us, we just keep doing it, and there's no much tweaking to do.

Personally I find individual statistics like how many calories anyone eats, how many grams of carbs they can have, how often they exercise, etc. to be less important than learning about how we can change the role(s) food and eating occupy in our lives. Carbs, calories, exercise and dietary styles will vary from one person to another, but to me it's the attitudes and behaviors that matter.

I like to hear about how people have overcome commonplace obstacles and temptations in our food-obsessed culture, learned to eat more healthfully, and changed the habits that caused them to be overweight.

If someone has been maintaining a healthy body weight for years, and she's much older or younger than me, and her weight is higher or lower than mine, and had much more to lose than I did or less to lose than I did, her effective choices, strategies and lessons can still apply to me. Books can be very helpful--"The Thin Commandments", "Brain over Binge", "Mindless Eating" and many others.

People can lose weight and maintain on lots of different types of diet plans, so in the end it becomes more about how we eat than what we eat (barring some medical imperative to follow a particular type of diet).

That's my view, anyway. You're right--it is a small percentage of people who manage to remain committed and keep their weight off. It takes continual vigilance, but it's very rewarding.
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Jen, I think this section doesn't see a lot of action because people who are maintaining don't have much to say about it. We know what worked for us, we just keep doing it, and there's no much tweaking to do.

Personally I find individual statistics like how many calories anyone eats, how many grams of carbs they can have, how often they exercise, etc. to be less important than learning about how we can change the role(s) food and eating occupy in our lives. Carbs, calories, exercise and dietary styles will vary from one person to another, but to me it's the attitudes and behaviors that matter.

I like to hear about how people have overcome commonplace obstacles and temptations in our food-obsessed culture, learned to eat more healthfully, and changed the habits that caused them to be overweight.

If someone has been maintaining a healthy body weight for years, and she's much older or younger than me, and her weight is higher or lower than mine, and had much more to lose than I did or less to lose than I did, her effective choices, strategies and lessons can still apply to me. Books can be very helpful--"The Thin Commandments", "Brain over Binge", "Mindless Eating" and many others.

People can lose weight and maintain on lots of different types of diet plans, so in the end it becomes more about how we eat than what we eat (barring some medical imperative to follow a particular type of diet).

That's my view, anyway. You're right--it is a small percentage of people who manage to remain committed and keep their weight off. It takes continual vigilance, but it's very rewarding.
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Wow...this thread is really old. I answered this question back in 2006! I wish I had just maintained since then, but in the last 7 years, my weight has gone up and down quite a bit. I am about 10 pounds away from my maintenance weight and this time around, I am just focused on simple and consistent behaviors.
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Rachel, I read your posts in the IF thread and it sounds to me like you are taking this seriously and developing some good habits. "Simple and consistent behaviors" will be a good way to keep your momentum going. Also, I liked what you said in this post from that other thread:

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I feel like I FINALLY figured out the key to maintaining and that's to pick a plan that you enjoy and choose to eat in a way that you can sustain. Otherwise, once your "diet" is "over"....there's a good chance you'll go back to the habits that got you in trouble in the first place.

I really feel that the true secret to maintenance is to find a way of eating that appeals to YOU. Although I lost weight on low carb and on paleo and on counting calories, I had to desire to stay with any of those plans long-term. However, I know people who feel AMAZING on low carb and who have committed to it for life. I feel like my current plan is something that I can do forever and don't plan to change much once I get into maintenance.

You sound like you are in a good place. Best wishes for your continued weight loss.
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And I answered this question back in 2009!

So, I have gained about 8 lbs back over the last 4 years, although it seems to have stabilized. I still run, but more like 4 days a week, 5 miles at a time. But I know exactly why I gained those 8 lbs back and it is because I indulge in off plan foods more often than I did when I first lost weight. I am just not as vigilant.

On the other hand, at 5' 5" I am still a size medium top, size 8 jeans and size 10 dress pants. So as long as my weight stays right about where it is today, I feel pretty darn good about my Maintenance program.
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And I answered this question back in 2009!

So, I have gained about 8 lbs back over the last 4 years, although it seems to have stabilized. I still run, but more like 4 days a week, 5 miles at a time. But I know exactly why I gained those 8 lbs back and it is because I indulge in off plan foods more often than I did when I first lost weight. I am just not as vigilant.

On the other hand, at 5' 5" I am still a size medium top, size 8 jeans and size 10 dress pants. So as long as my weight stays right about where it is today, I feel pretty darn good about my Maintenance program.
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Rachel, I read your posts in the IF thread and it sounds to me like you are taking this seriously and developing some good habits. "Simple and consistent behaviors" will be a good way to keep your momentum going. Also, I liked what you said in this post from that other thread:




You sound like you are in a good place. Best wishes for your continued weight loss.
I agree, I think Rachel's other post is right on for how we should handle maintenance For me, JUDDD was awesome for weight loss, but I don't see myself doing it for the rest of my life. Right now I'm experimenting with some different plans, to ser what's a good fit for me, for maintenance.
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Start Date: July 2011
1. Between 1500 and 2000 calories a day when I do occasionally check.
2. Between 20 and 25 carbs a day.
3. I don't eat the normal amount of veg a day. Only about one serving a day due to previous health issue. I eat PB and a lot of flax meal and tuna and eggs, tons of butter and about 2 servings of cheese a day. Also have heavy cream in my coffee and several servings of almond milk a day.
4. I do floor work - abs and waist for about 15 minutes followed by 30 or 40 minute cardio with light weights 6 mornings a week. I also lift free weights 6 nights a week. I take one full rest day a week.
5. I lost 75 pounds in 8 months.
6. I have maintained that weight loss for a year.

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #86
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Thanks in advance!
I know there's a lot of variation to these answers but I hope I'll get some ballpark figures for how to maintain the weight loss. That is the key after all.
Losing is much easier, isn't it?

1. How many calories/day
2. How many carbs/day
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc)
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do?
5. How much weight did you lose total?
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight.
1. I don't count calories...I eliminated wheat, rice, potatoes, etc.
2. I try to shoot for 25, but do allow nuts until satisfied as a treat.
3. Veggies + One Minute Muffins...made with 2T.ground flax + 1T.coconut flour
4. I sporadically ride my Air-Dyne bike or my ski-machine...I still work full time...my job has me walking 4 to 5 miles every day!!!
5. I started at 160..(5ft tall)I have a large bone structure...I bounce around 125 now.
6. 4 years
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #87
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Stats: Then 376 / Now 156
WOE: Vegan OA NMW!
Start Date: Jan 2001
Losing is much easier, isn't it? Yes

1. How many calories/day now 1300-1400, but don't count anymore, I weigh & measure the portion size
2. How many carbs/day 70-90 net carbs
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) fruit, raw & cooked veggie...no sgar, grain or alcohol
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? From April to December 4-5 times a week...walking 30 min a day
5. How much weight did you lose total? Frpm 2001-2006 220 lbs
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. 7 years with exception on 2011 wher I gained some back & lost it.

5'8"...65 yrs old this year...healthy.
I plan and write down my menu for the day ... in the morning before eating
--I belong to a 12 step program
--I keep doing what worked...keep food in one hand and life in the other & on't clap!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:42 AM   #88
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Stats: 265/229/150
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Start Date: January, 2013
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Losing is much easier, isn't it? Yes

1. How many calories/day now 1300-1400, but don't count anymore, I weigh & measure the portion size
2. How many carbs/day 70-90 net carbs
3. What is the constitution of your carbs? (fruit, veggies, bread, etc) fruit, raw & cooked veggie...no sgar, grain or alcohol
4. Do you exercise and if so, how often and what do you do? From April to December 4-5 times a week...walking 30 min a day
5. How much weight did you lose total? Frpm 2001-2006 220 lbs
6. How long have you been maintaining your goal weight. 7 years with exception on 2011 wher I gained some back & lost it.

5'8"...65 yrs old this year...healthy.
I plan and write down my menu for the day ... in the morning before eating
--I belong to a 12 step program
--I keep doing what worked...keep food in one hand and life in the other & on't clap!
Wow!!!!!! Great stats.
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