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Guess this could use a little update! I have maintained for 11 years now. That does not mean without some ups and downs! I still say that Maintaining is not for sissies! When I'm "up", I know that I have to very seriously get right back on program and get the weight off before it becomes a permanent problem. Just don't use your age as an excuse! I started the program at age 70, and am now 82. So, believe it is possible.
My husband died in 2008, so I just cook for myself. And, yes, doing one's own cooking is definitely a help to staying on program. Sometimes I cook in big batches and put individual servings in the freezer so when I don't feel like cooking, there is something handy.
I try to get in 10,000 steps every day. More serious physical activity is limited because of my age.
My biggest challenge is surviving when "the kids" (now 45-59) come home for a few days to visit. The grandkids eat constantly, and it seems as if I cook constantly. I have more "goodies" on hand when they come...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!
I still babysit some...a 5 year old and a 6 year old neighbor. I don't know if I can call it babysitting any more. They come to see me after the bus comes because they like to come. I did babysit them until they went to school.
Does maintenance get easier??yes, and no. It still requires thought and vigilance. I can pick out the safer things on a menu more quickly now. 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 the lapse.
I love the new WW Simply Filling program! I do still go to WW meetings almost every week. It helps to be in the company of like people who "understand".
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!

Member Since: 5/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 158,224

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

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

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    I hope life is treating you well and you are making progress on your journey!

    16 days ago
    Way to go on your streaks! You are awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    38 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on being Motivator of the Day! emoticon
    112 days ago
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    emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an accomplishment.

    I see it has been awhile since you have had posts on your page, so I hope you are doing well.
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    112 days ago

    I saw your name as a featured Sparker today so I looked you up and read your story! Congratulations on maintaining your weight for 11 years!!! That is quite an accomplishment! You are a motivator for so many of us who are still working to reach goals and improve our health.

    I am older and getting wiser about how to lose weight through lifestyle changes, and Spark People has been what I think has helped me the most! I tried some other programs, but Spark People is the one I'm committed to now. It's the one that is making the most sense to me and it's working!!! Like you I love the articles, the advice, the exercises, teams, and friends. I've learned so much and am making better choices in my nutrition. I agree with you about the difficulty when the kids and grandkids come home. Having more food in the house and cooking more can add too many temptations to deal with, but being aware helps keep things in balance.

    So thank you for sharing your story and for being a good roll model for those of us who are still striving to reach our goals. Have a great day and keep on Sparking!!! emoticon emoticon
    261 days ago
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