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A Maintainer

I lost 80 lbs. 5 years ago. Maintaining is not for sissies! However, I do have to say that after a while it begins to get a little easier to do what you have to do to maintain. (Which is to get the weight right back off when you've gained a couple of pounds)
I hesitate to put this on paper, but I will be 75 this month (March). I feel more like 60, but that's not what the birth certificate says!
I was 70 before I seriously settled down to lose this weight. Sure wish I'd done it ...
I lost 80 lbs. 5 years ago. Maintaining is not for sissies! However, I do have to say that after a while it begins to get a little easier to do what you have to do to maintain. (Which is to get the weight right back off when you've gained a couple of pounds)
I hesitate to put this on paper, but I will be 75 this month (March). I feel more like 60, but that's not what the birth certificate says!
I was 70 before I seriously settled down to lose this weight. Sure wish I'd done it sooner, but we had a large family (7 kids), and we were dairy farmers, which meant a lot of high cal cooking to keep up with all the caloric needs of those who were expending so much physical energy.
I wasn't doing as much physically as everybody else, but I was eating the same food. (I did the books, general receptionist duties, ran errands, took kids here and there, did some substitute teaching, taught nursery school, and manned the kitchen)
Now we are retired. My husband has struggled with his caloric intake, but seems to have it down to a science. WW finally helped me to get my problem under control. I still struggle with it, but so far have managed to take it back off when I have gained a few pounds.
My biggest challenge is surviving when "the kids" (now 40-52) come home for a few days to visit. The grandkids eat constantly, and it seems as if I cook constantly. And, of course, I have more "goodies" on hand...and of course I eat them, too. I also stock up on fruit when they come, which helps, and carrot sticks. Unfortunately, those preparations go down the drain in the excitement and confusion of having 6 or 7 extra people here in our small house, and I end up having to take off a couple of pounds every time after they've gone home. Still I search for the "answer" that will help me not to gain the weight when they are here.
I am the lightest I have ever been in my adult life, and I love it. I love the clothes, the energy, the favorable comments, the whole thing! I joined WW in March of 2003, and reached Lifetime in Nov. 2003. I continued to lose so that I was at my wedding weight in August of 2004, when we celebrated our 50th anniv. Since then, I've lost another 7 lbs., and am very happy right where I am. I hope to stay right there!

Note: November 2008 marks 5 years of maintenance. Does it get easier??yes, and no. It still requires thought and vigilance. I can pick out the safer things on a menu more quickly now. So eating out doesn't send me into panic mode as it once did. Once in a while my brain shifts into neutral, and it would be so easy to slide back into old habits. Holidays are still difficult. But I no longer beat myself up when I have a bad day (or two or three!). I just get back on the program and work at losing what I gained....again and again. It doesn't stop me from going off the wagon occasionally, but I do know how to recover from a weight gain.

Feb. 2009: I lost my soulmate of 54 years in December. It's been a rollercoaster emotionally, but I'm still maintaining! It CAN be done!

Spark People is a wonderful help to me in maintaining my weight. I love the people I meet here in the message boards! I love the informational articles, and the tracking pages. Thanks, Spark People, for being such a big help in my Maintenance Program!




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Member Since: 5/13/2007

SparkPoints: 111,704

Fitness Minutes: 158,224

My Goals:
I intend to maintain. I don't ever want to go back to where I was!

My Program:
Eating healthy.
Keeping a food journal..
Looking for new healthy recipes.
Walking 3 mi. a day.
Drinking lots of water.

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MISSYMUNDY
3/14/2014 8:00:31 PM

Hello friend! It's been a long time since I've visited Spark, but when I did, you were first on my list to check in with. Hope all is well in your world.



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MUSHMOUSE4972
11/4/2013 5:44:42 AM

I just joined the Weight Watcher forum and saw your ticker that showed you had met your goal weight. What a huge accomplishment! Loved your profile story and I'm sorry for the loss of your soulmate. It inspires me that you continue to live your life to the fullest. God Bless You.



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KENTUCKYWOMAN
4/13/2013 2:23:09 PM

"BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AWARD"

Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

Thanks for spreading a little beauty, love, friendship, and support into my life!




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DEWSPARKLE
12/30/2012 3:19:23 AM

Thank you for being an inspiration!
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JUSTCHELLE75
11/30/2012 2:27:27 PM

Thank you for the words on my blog. I hope you realize how much of an inspiration you are. i often see your posts and say if this spunky lady can keep off the weight then I can follow her lead.



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