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What superpower would you choose?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On the way to work this morning I was thinking about that game we sometimes play as kids. You know, the one where you get to pick a single superpower. Would you rather be able to fly, or maybe be invisible? Because people who write Wikipedia articles apparently have too much time on their hands (perhaps that’s their superpower), there’s a whole organized list of superpowers, here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superh
uman_features_and_abilities_in_fiction



cpbherofactory.com
...my mother always DID say that I was impossible... LOL

There are powers that aren’t on that list, though.

When I was 335.6 lbs (or even possibly more, since I didn’t weigh myself regularly so who knows), I probably would have actually thought about it if someone had offered me the power to get the weight off, in exchange for, say, my right arm. I doubt I would have agreed to the deal, but I would have actually considered it. I suppose you could consider this a specific type of shapeshifting.

If you’d asked the 335.6 me whether I’d prefer the power to GET 186 lbs off, or the power to KEEP 186 lbs off, I think I would have chosen the second one.

Because I’d have figured it takes a certain amount of effort to get the weight off, and then you’re done with the losing part. But keeping it off kind of goes on forever, until you die. And I’d lost 100+ lbs once before in my life, so I knew it could be done. What I hadn’t ever managed to do was KEEP that weight off.

So I was thinking about this today, and I considered the fact that most superpowers have a cost. At least in the comic books Stan Lee created. Maybe not as extreme as giving up your right arm, but perhaps the need to recharge before using them again, or a little ritual or something to keep being able to use them. You know, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

So what would have been a reasonable cost for the superpower that allowed me to keep off 186 lbs? Having to, say, sleep 11 hours a night? Or regularly visit a guru deep in a city sewer for special meditation sessions?

And then of course my rational brain finally stepped in to these musings and said, “gotcha!”

Because the fact is that I DO have the “superpower” to keep off this 186 pounds. And I've been using it for nearly three years. And it DOES have a cost. Right now the cost is tracking my food and nutrients, working hard on my strength training and conditioning, continuing to focus on *why* I want to stay this size, building tools and incentives in the maintenance team here on this site (like the maintenance challenges, celebrating maintenance anniversaries, compiling a maintenance hall of fame) , etc. teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining

So yeah. There it is. I am actually exercising a superpower. And as a result, I’m living out my own personal graphic novel, as my own real-life avatar, having adventures I could have only dreamed of, back when I weighed 335.6 lbs.



Woot!

  
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VTRICIA 5/16/2013 12:52AM

    I noticed the links to your blog searches in your sig and decided to resume the stalking. I guess the superpower I need is a way to tell people who think they know all about nutrition that I used to think that too and I was dead wrong! Without offending them.

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6BALLMAN 10/22/2012 4:28PM

    Nice write up. Congrats on your progress and continued success.

BTW - if I were choosing a super power it would be the ability to make everyone ahead of me in a checkout line aware that there are other people in the world.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/19/2012 2:13PM

    Great blog

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/19/2012 1:00PM

    Exercising a super power. I see what you did there.

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MKELLY72 10/19/2012 11:48AM

    I love this perspective!

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DDOORN 10/19/2012 9:52AM

    Great perspective shift! Not there yet, will celebrate when I do, but in the meantime I am celebrating YOUR success along with so many others @ A G & M! :-)

Don

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KATHIC2 10/19/2012 8:49AM

  Outstanding blog and insight! I hope you keep writing from time to time. You inspire me to get out and have an adventure!

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BOOKWORM27S 10/19/2012 7:54AM

    Excellent blog!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/19/2012 7:06AM

    Great blog! Very interesting, motivating perspective!

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    What an emoticon perspective!

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    Great blog! You are amazing emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 10/18/2012 10:26PM

  You are Super!

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PHEBESS 10/18/2012 8:35PM

    Fabulous photo that proves your blog!!!

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KALISWALKER 10/18/2012 6:10PM

    Thanks for the reminder it is a lifestyle change not a destination.

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 6:07PM

    There is always a cost, but it is worth it. I don't think I would want a superpower, except being able to do ordinary things well... on a regular basis. You are amazing!

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MPLSLINDA 10/18/2012 5:02PM

    I LOVE this post. What a powerful story and a reminder to all of us who are still in the weight loss phase that we are superheroes in training. This is such a positive and powerful way to think about this journey. Thank you. Sincerely.

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SparKayaking on Keuka

Monday, October 01, 2012

I had a good kayaking weekend!

Saturday I went to the Black River in Watertown, NY and played with friends in my whitewater play boat behind Maggie's. www.americanwhitewater.org/co
ntent/River/detail/id/1255/#rapid5224


Sunday I went in the OTHER direction, and paddled a sea kayak 14.4 miles from Branchport to Hammondsport with LESLIELENORE and her brother. Here's her blog post about the day: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50
82838


Pictures and a GPS track, here:
www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri
p_id=1793228



They definitely had a LONG drive; unfortunately there aren't any lakes in the middle between us; if we want to paddle together one of us has to drive at least 3 hours.

It rained much of the day, but we all had fun, I think - at least I did! I agree with LESLIELENORE that it's nice to paddle with people who can keep up. In fact, they have much shorter, slower boats than I do and I felt like I really had to work, to keep pace with them. Seriously, if either of them acquires a QCC or an Epic racing boat, I don't think anyone will ever be able to keep up! Those two are STRONG paddlers.

I don't usually spend much time on calm water, and as a result I noticed something really cool that day I wouldn't have seen it if I were paddling my preferred rougher water. The lake was really smooth, and the raindrops would land, kind of bounce on the surface, and then sit there like tiny silver balls for a moment before merging with the lake water. It was neat watching that. I love being outside! And it's good to have friends who will provide a reason to get out of my usual zone to enjoy it.

  
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ILOVEMALI 10/16/2012 12:31PM

  This is so wonderful!

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TORTISE110 10/14/2012 3:58AM

    Great going. Have never gone so far!

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TINAJANE76 10/10/2012 7:13PM

    Sounds like a great time! I used to go rafting when I lived in the States and your description really makes me want to go again.
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WOLFKITTY 10/9/2012 10:48PM

    Ooooh... how awesome! I especially appreciate you sharing that fun little nature moment- I love those!! And we both know I'm no kayaking in NY, so I don't get to see it.

Living vicariously through you!! Sometimes that's what exciting, adventure friends are for! Heehee..

Hugs!
Jocelyn

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-SHOREIDO- 10/4/2012 5:33PM

    Good read! Sounds like you enjoyed every minute (well almost) : ) It's so good to read about how much enjoyment can be gained by maintaining our good health.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Gin

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2012 9:39PM

    What a lovely description of the rain water: I'll have to watch for that!

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DDOORN 10/2/2012 3:42PM

    Super to share our love of the outdoors with our fellow Sparkers, as we well know! :-)

Don

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KATHIC2 10/2/2012 8:31AM

  You inspire me to get out and play! I love to read about your adventures.

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NEW-CAZ 10/2/2012 3:13AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

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LESLIELENORE 10/1/2012 9:42PM

    We look really good for having just paddled for over 4 hours in the rain! I had so much fun. We will have to do it again sometime!

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30 questions challenge: 21-30

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I’ve joined in on TANYAP71’s blog question challenge.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50
51162

I don’t often manage to post blogs daily, so I’ll be answering questions here when I can and posting them en masse.

It’s been fun reading the responses from others, and to help me keep track of them, I’ve made a spreadsheet, here:
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdGpVRkhuUGgtVllINi1OaG9Gc
kxBeVE

(this way I’ll be able to find those posts in the future, even after they’ve been buried by more recent ones)

21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
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I have occasional bouts with binging, maybe 3-4 times a year. Although the frequency of episodes is sparse, the behavior itself disturbs me. I have developed a number of strategies that help me avoid triggering binges:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=46
43689

I’ve also begun working with a dietitian and therapist to prioritize my strategies and see if I can re-wire my inclinations so that food is not a default way to deal with anxiety.

22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?
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For most of the past two years it was cardio-heavy and looked
something like this:

M - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Body Pump Class in the evening
Tu - XC ski at lunchtime (if there is snow), Spinning in the evening
W - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Body Pump Class in the evening
Th - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Spinning in the evening
F- Rest, stretching, sometimes a deep tissue massage
Sa - Playing outside (kayaking, XC skiing, snowboarding, road cycling, etc.)
Su - Playing outside

In the past few months I've been experimenting with a greater emphasis
on lifting heavy and building muscle (New Rules of Lifting for Women)
and so recently it looks more like this:

M - Lifting weights in the evening
Tu - Sea kayaking in the evening
W - Lifting weights in the evening
Th - Tae Kardio at lunchtime
F- Lifting weights in the evening or rest, if I'm driving to a weekend
kayaking destination
Sa - Playing outside (kayaking, XC skiing, snowboarding, road cycling, etc.)
Su - Playing outside

I have an Olympic barbell set-up in my basement that I bought on Craig's List and that's where I do the lifting. So far I'm quite pleased with the results. I'm getting stronger, I have more definition in my arms and legs, my body fat is slowly dropping, and I am actually spending less time working out!



23. What are your current fitness goals?
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I would like to get below 19% body fat.

24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)
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I started walking at the same time as controlling my food, so they happened together. The type of fitness I did changed over the process of the weight loss. See the next question for specifics.

25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?
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I started eating less and walking a half-mile loop around the block. When I got up to about 4 miles per day an old knee injury began to cause pain and stiffness. I was diagnosed with severe arthritis and switched from walking to deep water aerobics 2x/week, eventually increased it to 4x/wk, and then substituted spinning for the lower-intensity water aerobics class, and BodyPump for the higher-intensity water aerobics. In addition I added weight training with a personal trainer once a week and alone once a week.

Now I’m weight lifting on the New Rules of Lifting for Women program 2-3 times a week, alternating with kayaking or other things such as Tae Kardio classes.

26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
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I prefer white water kayaking, which needs to be done as a team for safety reasons. I enjoy exercising with others in group fitness classes and on long bike rides. I enjoy the social aspect of fitness. For convenience, though, I’m weight lifting alone at home in my basement.

27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
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I’ve hired all kinds of people. Getting the weight off and keeping it off is a Big, Hairy Deal, and I can use all the help I can get! I’ve had a personal trainer for a while, until our schedules diverged. I’ve attended group fitness classes in water aerobics, spinning, and Body Pump, so in a sense you could say that I “hired” the instructors, since I paid for the classes. As I mentioned in question 21 I’ve recently hired a dietitian/therapist team to work with me on my relationship with food. I’ve paid for a membership at www.leighpeele.com so in a sense you could say I “hired” her for advice on her forums and the “members only” materials (which are fantastic, by the way). I recently paid a sports physiology trainer to assess my lifting form to make sure I was doing the New Rules of Lifting movements properly.

All of these solutions have been helpful, in different stages of the process. I’m sure I’ll continue exploring new avenues and looking under rocks and turning over leaves in the future. I’m definitely not too proud to seek help with this. I will do everything in my power to maintain my fitness. If I regain, it won’t be for lack of trying. I'll give you my nutrition tracker when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! LOL

28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
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I find yoga helpful, and I need to make more time for it. When I’m doing it regularly (2-3 times per week) everything just seems to go so much more smoothly. My attitude is more relaxed and I take better care of myself. Massages are also very helpful. Not only do they un-knot my muscles, but my brain shuts off and goes elsewhere, which is a welcome break. I get a lot out of attending church on the rare Sundays when I’m not out kayaking. Connecting with a Power greater than myself helps adjust my relationship with the world.

29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
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1) I have two cats, and they walk all over me (especially while I’m trying to sleep).
2) The Holland Tunnel in NYC is named after my grandfather.
3) I like learning foreign languages.
4) I like traveling.
5) I detest housework and weeding.
6) I like blowing glass at a furnace.
7) I have 13 Revolutionary War ancestors and 1 Mayflower ancestor.
8) I have a PhD in genetics.
9) My first email address ended with “.arpa” (pre-”internet” as we know it)
10) Despite my dislike of weeding, I love iris.

30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?
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That I didn’t throw in the towel or give in to all the cravings I had. That I continued with the New Rules of Lifting even though I did it alone at home in the basement with the support of online friends. That I still fit in my Happy Jeans.

  
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    Following all of the blog entries was super easy with the spreadsheet you managed. Thanks again. I was also happy to see how many of us kept it up.

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ILOVEMALI 9/27/2012 11:08AM

  This was a great way for me to start my day!

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SWEDE_SU 9/27/2012 4:37AM

    thank you for sharing - it is so interesting reading everyone's responses, especially people like you who have accomplished so much!

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ANDASI 9/26/2012 5:08AM

    emoticon I also read New Rules of Lifting and really liked it. Thank you for the book sugestion. I am lifting at home also 2 times a week and really enjoying it so far. I do feel stronger allready after 4 sessions and increasing my protein.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/25/2012 6:03PM

    These are such a great way to see more than the simple formulas - to see how living the lifestyle works for each other.

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MKELLY72 9/25/2012 1:14PM

    Your blogs are so thorough and insightful. I have really enjoyed reading them, and I've had to start my own spreadsheet to keep track of blogs that I like and address areas of concern for me, so I have resources easily at my fingertips.
Thank you!

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  Your insight and success inspire me. Thank you!

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    emoticon emoticon Getting to the gym to lift weights has fallen by the wayside for the past two weeks for me. I have to get back there and restart lifting!

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The year of brushing monsters out from under my kayak

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In my first season of white water kayaking (2010), I kayaked 95 days. Three of them, on three different rivers, were bad ones, where I got significantly hurt, shaken up, or both.

I spent most of 2011 in shoulder rehab, healing after surgery repaired a snowboarding injury.

This year, 2012, I went back to all three of those rivers, and ran them without incident.

One of those rivers was the Dryway section of the Deerfield in Massachusetts. I blogged about that, when it happened. I revisited that river this past June and blogged about it here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931905


The second river that spanked me in 2010 was the mighty Ottawa in Ontario. I'd run it earlier that summer with no problem, but the second time I went there I had trouble with my roll and was exhausted by swim after swim. I re-ran that river in July and blogged about it:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961286


In 2010 the third river that taught me a lesson gave me a hematoma the size of a grapefruit requiring an ultrasound and I still have a scar on my shin from it. My swim that day was on the first rapid and it was so bad I just got out and went back to the car with my boat. I never even ran it.

That river was the Lower Gauley in West Virginia.
www.americanwhitewater.org/co
ntent/River/detail/id/2379

In 1999 someone died in that spot where I swam, because there is a rock you can get stuck under and drown. Fortunately I'd been instructed to swim to the center of the river if I came out of my kayak, and that probably saved my life. This is a dangerous river, in general. One of the rapids I ran three times this weekend killed someone as recently as April.
www.americanwhitewater.org/co
ntent/Accident/summarize/reachid/2379

You don't mess around with the Gauley. You either Bring It, or you Go Home.

Here are some pictures. I'm the one in the pink helmet.

To get down to the river on Friday and Sunday we had to take a set of rickety stairs down a 1000 foot cliff. Carrying our boats.



Here are some photos from the section where I got hurt two years ago:

Friday:




Saturday:




Sunday:


There were also some calm spots on the river where we could turn around and watch other boats coming down:


Overall it was an excellent weekend, even with the 10-hour drive on each end. It's a beautiful river, and a big white water festival where you are guaranteed of seeing old friends and making new ones.
www.americanwhitewater.org/co
ntent/Wiki/aw:events_gauley

My scorecard for the weekend? Two runs in my big creek boat (74 gallons). One run in my little play boat (55 gallons). 5 combat rolls. 0 swims. AND NO INJURIES. (I'm most pleased with that last one, actually.)

I'll definitely be back again when I'm an even better boater, and run the more challenging (and even more fun) lines. I'm in no hurry to push myself beyond my limits. I don't have anything to prove.

And also very fun from a Spark People perspective is that I got into a conversation with Stephanie at the hotel desk, and she ended up joining this site!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=MISENTIS

She would like to be able to do more outdoorsy stuff and she lives in the perfect area to do it. Maybe next year I'll see HER in a kayak, too!
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MKELLY72 9/19/2012 3:53PM

    You seem so fearless! Love reading about such adventures!

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LESLIELENORE 9/19/2012 12:17PM

    I think the stairs would have finished me off! I have run anything above a Class II in a kayak, and those made me nervous (but exhilarated), so I am very impressed with your adventures. So glad you didn't get hurt!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/19/2012 9:14AM

    Amazing photos! You're awesome!

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DDOORN 9/19/2012 8:56AM

    Whew! Kudos to vanquishing demons!! Such amazing stuff!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/19/2012 8:47AM

    Good Lord! The rickety staircase alone would be enough to send me packing back to my car! My hat's off to you!

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CMCBRIDE37 9/19/2012 7:19AM

    Wow my dh kayaks here in FL...my biggest fear with him is alligators and the few times he goes in the calm ocean....don't know how I would feel with white water kayaking (but he has a bunch of weight to lose before he would be in good enough shape to do that). Right now kayaking is relaxing for him and not adrenaline producing.

Loved your feature on the daily blog today. Inspiring for me.

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DRAGONFLY02 9/19/2012 6:48AM

    Very impressive!!! I'm not sure I'm as brave as you, even though I'm an outdoorsy person. I've been white water rafting before, but not kayaking like that. Happy for your accomplishments and NO injuries.

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NUOVAELLE 9/19/2012 2:19AM

    Amazing! I would really like to try it some day but, to be honest, it all sounds so freaking scary to me!!! But the pictures look awesome! It's really impressive! Well done!
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BLUE42DOWN 9/19/2012 2:02AM

    So cool that you spread the Spark on top of all the river-riding!

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SWDESERTLOVER 9/18/2012 9:47PM

    Wow! That is so awesome. I love the pictures. I'm new to kayaking and loving it, but for now I'm not doing anything more than a strong class II (I've done one class III), but maybe someday when I'm more experienced. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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KATHIC2 9/18/2012 9:41PM

  You are awesome! Having done a little kayaking, I am so im-
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SPARKLINGHOPE 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    Impressive! Wow!!

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Rockstars of Maintenance, Revisited

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just about a year ago I wrote a blog post about a list of successful maintainers we’ve been compiling in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=45
12102


One of our team leaders, TINAJANE76, suggested that I do a new blog post about this list, as a reminder to all of us that not only can maintenance be accomplished, but that we’ve got a list of people doing it, right here on Sparkpeople.com. Last year there were 71 people on the list. Now there are nearly twice that number!

It all started in an attempt to celebrate maintenance anniversaries. According to the scientific literature, the rates of regain follow a pattern like other forms of rehabilitation such as addiction treatment. In such cases, the length of time someone has already “stayed clean” is one of the best predictors of them being able to make the change stick in the future. The same is true in maintaining a weight loss:

- 80% - 95% of people who reach goal weight regain.
- After 2 years of maintenance the frequency of regain drops to 50%.
- After 5 years the frequency of regain drops to 27%!
(see this paper, for example: clinical.diabetesjournals.org/conten
t/26/3/100.full
)

So the point was to keep us focused on those anniversaries - looking ahead to the next one, and then the one after that. Because figuring out maintenance can be challenging. And contemplating doing all this work FOREVER, for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, can be overwhelming.

It’s much more manageable to think about doing it for a week, or another month. Or just another year. And in the process of making it work in these smaller steps, you start to implement the mental shifts and accept the lifestyle changes over longer time periods. And slowly, almost without even realizing it, you reprogram your habits, and over time it actually becomes less of a struggle. It’s the same principle as a Spark streak, but on a scale of years.

In the process of collecting dates to celebrate those anniversaries we ended up with a list that can be sorted in terms of how long people have maintained. You can see it here:
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=6


Years Spark ID

41.72 NELLJONES
24.87 KAYOTIC
24.04 SHIRLEYD1959
10.2 ELYMWX
9.53 POINDEXTRA
9.26 BETH7CAM
8.20 PERSISTENCEMIMI
8.12 RLC6765
7.80 ZUCCHINIQUEEN
6.09 CAROLJEAN64
5.84 POTRIDGE
5.29 PEGGYT3
4.84 DIDMIS
4.61 ZIRCADIA
4.38 MADJIK
4.23 MOMMYFITNESS
4.19 ERPARA
4.13 DUBINJL
4.03 AEHEGE
4.01 MOM5INFL
3.88 CAROLISCIOUS
3.70 BORN2BLOSSOM
3.51 SLENDERELLA61
3.16 BESTSUSIEYET
3.12 WATERMELLEN
3.03 TIAGAYEPFA
2.93 BAILEYS7OF9
2.91 CAROLZ1967
2.81 GOLIONS
2.78 LAURIE5658
2.76 DONNAEDA
2.73 KIM--POSSIBLE
2.68 4A-HEALTHY-BMI
2.68 MEXGAL1
2.62 BREWMASTERBILL
2.51 DAWNFIRE72
2.45 SUEINTHEPARK
2.39 FITTOBE2
2.37 LISAW/3
2.33 GOING4HEALTHY
2.24 LEVERB66
2.20 DAWNDMOORE40
2.20 MAYFLOWERCHICK
2.11 ONEKIDSMOM
2.08 PROSPERITY2010
2.03 ROSEWAND
1.98 GUITARWOMAN
1.98 62NVON
1.89 ONEWEIGH
1.81 CLARKBAR01
1.75 GISSELLET
1.70 SKIRNIR
1.70 HAPPYSOUL91
1.66 DENISEFULLER
1.56 BDFOWKES
1.56 KATEANDDRACO
1.56 SHELBSYD
1.45 GERMANIRISHGIRL
1.45 COACHMOMMY
1.45 WESTCOASTKID
1.45 DAKOTACAT
1.41 MAGGIEROSEBOWL
1.40 CIRANDELLA
1.40 G1NNY7
1.37 GODDESSELLIE07
1.35 MAARTJEBOL
1.34 HEALTHYCALM
1.33 MJREIMERS
1.33 MIRAGE727
1.32 LJR4HEALTH
1.30 LOVINGIT7
1.26 STARDUSTD
1.25 MLB570
1.24 JACKIERN
1.20 LOGOULD
1.19 SUSIEMT
1.14 THECRAZYMANGO
1.13 CHRISTIECAT
1.13 NAVYMOM133
1.08 LYNNE118
1.03 EMEXROSE
1.03 JENNYR0506
0.99 2010_IS_MY_YEAR
0.97 KRISZTA11
0.95 LISSOME
0.94 BARB_48
0.93 MOBYCARP
0.93 LJBRANDOK
0.89 TANYAP71
0.89 CRYSMYS
0.88 KANOE10
0.87 AILEEN5K145
0.87 CONRADBURK
0.82 VADAVICTORIA
0.78 LOVEUNDERLINED
0.78 PRESBESS
0.78 THETURTLEBEAR
0.75 MI-ELLKAYBEE
0.74 SUNSHINE20113
0.74 JULIA-JULIE
0.66 MELFOUCH
0.65 NICOLEVAR5886
0.62 LISEIGHT
0.56 MKELLY72
0.52 TINAJANE76
0.50 NANCYLRAGS
0.48 ADRIENNIE
0.47 NEVERGIVEUP
0.45 PCASEY7
0.41 GLASSART43
0.33 ABBETG22
0.32 CELIAMINER
0.29 LIBELULITA
0.28 FROGGGY13
0.28 CSHULLCSHELLS
0.28 MATHGURL
0.27 THE1ANDONLYRM
0.24 PETITGABRIELLE
0.23 CHICA_BORICUA
0.22 MISSIFISH
0.20 LITTLEBO
0.18 HOLLY255255
0.16 1LADYMYSTIC
0.16 MRSRACHELS
0.13 GETFIT2LIVE
0.12 EATNBOOGERS
0.08 SWEDE_SU
0.05 GINARIGDON
0.03 KANSASROSE67
0.00 PERIWINKLE88

This list is tremendously helpful - it’s a way we can find members of the Sparkpeople.com community who are living proof that maintenance is achievable. People who can inspire us, and serve as role models.

These people may be a minority here on the site, but they have a huge amount to offer, because they have mastered the one thing all weight losers aspire to - KEEPING the weight off. They have life throwing them curve balls too. And they have setbacks. And they overcome them.

I think if we can figure out how to stay engaged and focused and learn from these people, we can beat those depressing published odds.

85 people on the list (65%) have maintained less than two years.

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=9

In the outside world, only 42 of them would manage to keep the weight off. But I think we can beat those statistics, here, with the support of each other.

There are people from a wide spectrum of weight loss. From those who have shed 200 pounds, to others keeping off less than 10. People who just reached goal, and people who have kept the weight off for over 40 years!

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=16

(hover your mouse over a dot to see more information)
I just love watching those blue dots march off to the right, one day at a time...

There are other tabs at the bottom of the screen to explore - some of us have been curious about our other stats as a group, such as waist to height ratio, for example. So we have a way for people to enter optional data about their current size and shape, for anonymous graphs.

Group BMI distribution

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=20


Group waist to height ratios
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=21


Group waist to hip ratios
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=22


Group BMI vs % Body Fat
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=18


In order to ensure the data are current, we ask everyone to update their information once a year. Sadly, there are a few folks who have stopped checking in:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtze
HZGRmc#gid=17

Every month we email people whose entries are coming up for renewal and those whose have expired, and ask them to re-enter their data. This is an important step with maintenance, too. Because regain does happen, and we want to catch people and help them turn around the trend before it spirals out of control.

A very common response to regain is to feel shame and retreat from the community. This is the worst thing you can do, however, because you’re hiding from your friends and support network just when you need their help the most! Many who have regained according to their own definition are surprised and happy to learn that they are still successfully maintaining according to a scientific definition, “kept at least 10% of the starting weight off.” And sometimes that one piece of validation is all it takes for them to recover their confidence and pull things back together.

If you are maintaining and would like to celebrate YOUR anniversary with us, sign up here!
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform
?hl=en_US&formkey=dC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5z
TGtzeHZGRmc6MQ#gid=0


I also encourage you to join our vibrant team of maintainers and people preparing for maintenance:
teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining

And if you'd like to make maintainers more visible and celebrated, one thing you can do is "like" this post so more people will see it (and them).

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUPERSYLPH 8/24/2013 11:56AM

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/22/2012 3:33PM

    I love the records you posted. Congratulations on your analysis, as well!

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POMELO 9/23/2012 8:23PM

  This is a list I want to be able to belong to. Bad grammar perhaps but a good plan.

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CELIAMINER 9/21/2012 7:46AM

    Loved clicking through all the tabs. Thanks for doing all the analysis...seeing the numbers in black and white (and in multi-colored charts) makes things seem more real.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/20/2012 6:24AM

    great post

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MAUREENV2 9/18/2012 10:58AM

    Wow. thanks for doing all this work. You are amazing. Between you and TinaJane76, you are motivating me to become more active in this team. Thanks again

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TRICIAE2 9/18/2012 8:20AM

    I hope to add my name to that list soon!!

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MAMA_CD 9/17/2012 7:30PM

    Very interesting statistics, well done!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/17/2012 2:25PM

    Wow, you guys have put so much work into this! That's amazing! I aspire to be on your list one day too...keep it going for a while, aiiight?

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MISSB8604 9/17/2012 2:08PM

    Absolutely amazing.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/17/2012 6:06AM

    so proud to be a member of At Goal and Maintaining. The team is a great source for maintenance and support. Thanks for the excellent blog! I can see there was a lot of hard work put into it. With gratitude, Pat (Self_Respect)

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JEANNIENOKLA 9/17/2012 1:33AM

    emoticon I can't imagine the work it took to compile this Blog, and the Lists that you have included!! Thank You for gathering all of the information in One Place!!
emoticon I reached my Goal Weight in October of 2010. I will be filling out the form and joining the NWCR soon. I just want to get my measurements from the records at Curves.

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CAROL494 9/16/2012 9:31PM

  Maintenance is the key for success to become life-long! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/16/2012 9:31AM

    Great post

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HILARYMM 9/16/2012 8:26AM

    I don't understand the scientific definition: what does kept at least 10% of the starting weight off mean?

Is that ten percent of your original high weight (in my case, 170 pounds) or ten percent of your weight loss, or what?

Otherwise great informational blog. I think that I need to reconnect with all of you in maintenance. I'm seven pounds from my goal (again -- I slipped up after the last time I lost all my weight.) I need to figure out how to keep maintaining.

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MIRAGE727 9/15/2012 9:50PM

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Thank you, Anja! 69 maintenance weeks and going strong! Stay strong and keep living the dream!
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PCASEY7 9/15/2012 9:24PM

    Great blog! I'll come back to it to check out all the other links.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/15/2012 9:08PM

    So HAPPY to be on this list!

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TERID816 9/15/2012 8:19PM

    Great encouragement for those of us still trying to reach our goal weight.

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MARYJEANSL 9/15/2012 7:34PM

  Sounds like a great team! Someday...

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HYATTI1 9/15/2012 6:03PM

    That is an impressive number...great that they are able to succeed in such a way as to set an example to the rest of us.

Joanna

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PRESBESS 9/15/2012 2:29PM

    Absolutely Awesome! I love this blog! I must say... I also love seeing my name on the list as well!
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PERIWINKLE88 9/15/2012 2:10PM

    Very well deserved recognition for you this week!

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PACKERMANN 9/15/2012 1:44PM

    wow! i am impressed at the support Spark gives that other programs don't. can't wait to lose the rest of my weight and get to goal so i can join the Maintenance Team!


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60NLOVINIT2 9/15/2012 11:21AM

    just read your blog about losing so much weight... i saw that segment on the today show but did not realize you were from romulus... i grew up in waterloo.. i went to your fingerlakes team but did not see much recent activity... would love to have joined it just to stay in touch with that area... best of luck to you for keeping it off.. i am struggling with my 100# emoticon

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CICELY360 9/15/2012 11:05AM

  Good encouragement

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OHMEMEME 9/15/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing! My focus from my start has been maintainance and hope to join you soon! I appreciate all the time and effort you have put into this blog and the Spark community. I admire your weightloss and more so, your maintainance. Keep Sparking!

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MANILUS 9/15/2012 10:11AM

    Great look at success and support!

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BABYSTEPS123 9/15/2012 9:42AM

    Still losing ... but can't wait to join you! So happy to know you are out there since I fit into the "lost but regained" category. Not this time ... thank to better tools and people like you! Keep up the good work!

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    Forgot to subscribe : ) emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 9/15/2012 9:29AM

    This is so great it should be kept somewhere!! Like a mission statement for Sparkpeople!!
Good job!!

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PENOWOK 9/15/2012 8:53AM

    Wow! That's amazing!! Thanks for all of the work making this blog!

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LEANMEAN2 9/15/2012 7:19AM

    Interesting!

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THEIS58 9/15/2012 5:00AM

    Love the maintainers group!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/14/2012 11:16PM

    Great blog! I reached my goal and maintained for 2 full years - only to have a set back (had several procedures and I wasn't able to workout for almost 3 months - well, not working out = picking up the bad eating habits) I gained about 15 pounds - and have since lost it again and now maintained the last several months!! Maintaining, in my opinion, is almost harder than loosing the weight!!

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TREYONE 9/14/2012 11:10PM

  What an inspiration! Thank you!!!

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ROCKYCPA 9/14/2012 11:04PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 9/14/2012 10:57PM

    Wow! That list is overwhelming and inspiring! I will join it one day!

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BLOOMING52 9/14/2012 10:25PM

    This is great, Thank you,

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