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I have lost a lot of weight too, and I've been maintaining since April. Like you, I just keep doing what I was doing before, just with a slightly higher calorie budget, and being more relaxed about making exceptions. Recently I've made a few exceptions too many, so I'm being more strict again for a while, until I get the extra kilo off again.

I only started getting compliments quite late, when I was getting really close to my goal weight. And almost at the same time, I started getting concerned remarks about how I shouldn't get *too* thin. I still get those last anytime I happen to mention I'm on a diet. Well, never mind; I still think "YES!!" every time I see myself in the mirror. :-)

I'm 55, and my body isn't perfect either, but there are still things I can improve; I'm learning Alexander technique at the moment, so I'll have better posture, and when I'm far along enough with that to continue on my own, I'll start working out with weights again to lose a bit more fat and gain a bit of muscle.

Success with your maintenance!


"What was I before, chopped liver?"

If I ever hear a little voice inside me ask that question, another little voice comes up right beside it with the answer:

"Yes, that's pretty much what we where. Now smile and thank the nice man."

Takes all sorts I suppose.


And almost at the same time, I started getting concerned remarks about how I shouldn't get *too* thin.

I just love those! In a sarcastic sense , of course. I could easily loose 15 more pounds, or more, without being "too thin"; people are just not used to seeing me looking like this, that's all.

On the other hand, it is nice to realize that I did it! I did the impossible!

I also still have to maintain my current weight (and it does indeed seem as though it will be much harder), but having got here at all is oddly exhilarating.


Hi, I've never commented here before but I have been a faithful reader for about a year now and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your weight loss posts. I started reading them back in April when I was really unhappy with my body but discouraged about trying to lose weight and I was still trying to sort out how I felt about the fat acceptance movement and whatnot.

Your posts motivated me to begin a weight loss program that was healthy and sustainable. So far I have lost about 35-40 pounds, going from 200 to 160 (give or take a few depending on the day). I finally feel good about my body, I am in great shape and I eat a lot better than prior. And for the first time I think I have found a sustainable way to maintain my weight. Now, like you, I am at the maintenance stage, so this post is timely for me.

Thanks again! Also, your posts on atheist are pretty great.


Its important to remember that if you really begin working on your biceps, abs, and leg muscle; you will likely "gain" weight.

My wife looks like she weighs 125 lbs, she actually weighs 145 lbs but she does a lot of lifting and can kick my ass in our P90X workout.

I love the topic of weight loss and I congratulate you on taking an intelligent approach to it and being successful.

While I have never had to lose much weight; I have had to change my habits as I aged to maintain my weight. I have stopped drinking soda completely, I do not eat fried things, and after a few years of this I crave neither.


This is exactly what I've been going through, but a little more complicated. I'm (male) currently about ~18% body fat. Which basically means I've got a slight "beer gut". I want to get lower, but I never set goals when I started losing, so I was really sitting in limbo and freaking out everytime I felt "fat".

What complicated things, but ultimately was my saving grace was my love of weightlifting. I hate cardio, and have done the majority of my fat loss lifting weights. Back squats, deadlifts, Bench Press, Cleans, etc. Keeping those numbers going up while cutting is a struggle, and if at all possible requires you to take some serious monitoring and perfecting of your diet.

I ultimately settled on a body builder style carb cycling diet, which has been wonderful for me, and I will continue well into my maintenance and possible bulking in the future. Basically I have high carb/high cal days on some workout days. Medium carb/medium cal on most workout days, and low carb/low cal on non workout days. As I get to my target weight (207 lbs because it's the weight class I want to compete in). I'll cycle in more high days and have less low days.

A month ago I was flipping out trying to figure out what body fat I was at with precision (you're never going to really know within 2-3%) trying to mismanage a ridiculous diet having no clue where I was going to end. Now I have a clear goal, a clear weight, and a clear plan to get and maintain it. The ordered nature of everything was key.

Serena Dante

Well done! Though I do believe it's quite a bit harder to maintain a weight than it is to lose weight. So good luck with that! =)

Cath the Canberra Cook

I wish you luck with this. May I suggest that weight training allows you to continue with achieving goals, so perhaps you might try to shift the focus thataway? You can keep on working to a new personal best, and get that satisfaction. As noted above, though, it would be best to shift your body measures to tape measure rather than scale; muscle is heavy.

You're an inspiration!

When I was in an unhealthy relationship, my weight ballooned - I've always been a chunky chick, but my 5'8" frame was carrying 325 pounds. After I got out of the relationship, my weight steadily fell to 265... which is where I've been maintaining for the last 2 years. It's time to get moving again - I've got an ideal weight range in mind, and I'd like to get there eventually.

When I lost the weight, though, and to keep maintaining where I've been, it's been a lot of course correction. I'd find myself going back to old habits, and my body would start to drag, and the awareness of, "Oh! I'm not eating right again!" would happen, and it'd be course correction time. That's happened numerous times - all of which I'd go up by about 10 pounds, then back to my 265. The important thing for me has been to not feel discouraged when the weight creeps back; just to feel more determined about getting back on track.

Karen Reed

Congratulations on your discipline to get to this point! But as you point out, it's not like you reach a goal, like say, graduation, and get a diploma that you can frame and see on the wall that will be forever a fact about you. Maintaining your weight and health is a daily mission. Kind of like brushing your teeth. You wouldn't skip that right? Unless it was after an insane night of partying and sex and you were just too tired afterward to brush those teeth. Well, in that case, you've got good reason and a valid excuse. The thing is we eat several times a day, and most people can't party and/or have sex all day long so ditching the maintenance plan is less excusable. Here's how I manage it. It's like a checking account. If I want to go out for Mexican complete with Margaritas ( I do admit to only having 15 chips), I will be super low-carb the next day and try to up my calorie expenditure. Muscle building is good, and watching sugar/carbs is key. Then there's the trying to come to terms with the ole aging body. Focus on health not youth.

chicago dyke

don't eat a lot of food. the food you eat? it should be raw veggies and clear liquids. move a lot. don't stay in one position for too long. challenge yourself, physically. get a pet that needs to go outdoors sometimes, regularly. take a vitamin, daily.

heh, it's ok to carry an extra 20 or so when times are tuff. for some, that's actually a smart move. don't worry, amukins are about to find out what it means to be "poor" in a more fleshly sense, and very soon. all this fat = money to our overlords, money they are about to seriously begin burning off.

Congratulations :)

On the accepting your body thing, i'm sure you've heard this to the point of sounding cliché, but social naturism (look it up on Wikipedia if in doubt) helps a lot (emphasizing the "social" part, that's the one that helps the most in this case), it's one of it's "selling points" so to speak. Plus it's very fun in itself :)


Way to go!

Have you checked out Spark People? It's social networking for people who are losing weight, maintaining weight loss, and closely monitoring our health in general.

Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus are great for seeing those motivating graphics and having indoor yoga, cardio, strength training, and balance exercises in a happy, cute Japanese-looking setting.

An iPhone app that I love, love, love is Water Your Body. I have been drinking about 100 ounces of water daily since downloading it; before then, I'd go days without a sip of water. I look AND feel better. It gives you those awards for sticking with it for a certain number of days.

Cleo Dubois

At the time when I am looking at re committing to weight loss I want to say thank you for the inspiration. I have lost the same 40 Lbs over and over regaining it sooner or later since I was 18. Your approach, lucidity and success are a big inspiration.
With all my best wishes,


The Every Other Day Diet was created by 3 of the most renowned diet and fitness experts in the world, has helped over 300000 people in more than 100 achieve phenomenal results, and has been proven to work in everybody!

Anne Hawley

I'm brand new to your blog--got here via your latest Alternet article (though how I got there is shrouded in internet mist)--and am thrilled to find such an articulate atheist and skeptic who has also confronted the realities of weight-loss and maintenance.

Just six weeks ago, after years of some weird kind of hopeful denial during which I gained 80 pounds, I finally said, "Hey, energy in minus energy out equals energy stored," and started keeping a detailed food diary to track a significant calorie reduction. The value, the power, of rationality has been immense; your posts about both atheism and your weight loss have helped me see the path I've taken myself in slowly abandoning mysticism, becoming an atheist, AND being able to deal head-on with The Whole Calorie Thing.

What's more, the post where you take Fat Acceptance extremists to task helped me zap the doubts that FA believers planted in my mind when I began blogging about my own weight-loss efforts.

Thank you for writing! You're fantastic, a real inspiration. I'm so glad I've found my way to your blog.

Lauri Hersh

Good job, Greta! Glad you finally made it! It's a normal thing for you to think of those things. Temptation's always there to lose our goals. Three years ago, I used to be overweight. I eat a lot and be lazy having an exercise, so I grew bigger that time. I tried different ways to lose those fats, but it won't work. And then one time, I went to West Palm Beach cosmetic surgeon and have a liposuction procedure. The results were so amazing! Up to now, I still have this beautiful body that I maintain through diet and exercise.

J Bronte

Might have to forward this to a couple of friends I think would be interested.

Nigel D

Eat whatchu want baby, and own it. Weight doesn't mean anything, you gotta be comfortable with yourself!

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I started getting concerned remarks about how I shouldn't get *too* thin. I still get those last anytime I happen to mention I'm on a diet.

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