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Post-apocalyptic kayaking with LESLIELENORE and her brother

Monday, October 07, 2013

This past weekend the bf and I went to a contra dance in Buffalo - loads of fun - dancing until late Friday night and all day Saturday (HR monitor reported 1455 calories burned on Saturday alone).

Then Sunday the bf and I met LESLIELENORE and her brother for a relaxing paddle up the Buffalo river in an industrial canyon between the abandoned grain silos.

The silos are about 175 ft high (53m) and they towered above us in freaky decay

People use them for paintball and airgun games, and they are tagged at ground level and in odd places with interesting graffiti. On our way back down the river there were a couple of guys in camo sneaking around one of the silos with airguns, which added to the whole post-apocalyptic feel of the place.

The main users these days appear to be the local Canada geese

There were other buildings coming down, too

There was a dire sign at the put in, warning us of possible sewage outflows and suggested that contact with the water might cause illness. Needless to say I did NOT practice my roll there!

Not all of the scenery was rusting steel and crumbling concrete. A series of pilings hosted herons

And the shores of the old landfill were green

More pictures and a GPS track are visible here:

Afterward we had lunch at a local fish fry place and then the bf and I drove back home to central NY.

It was such a good weekend that I think it'll take a few weekdays to recover from it.

And speaking of recovery, I hope LESLIELENORE's throat crud clears up soon. My version of it lingered for over a month, and the bf ended up taking antibiotics for something similar. Phlegm is so fun. Not.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/16/2013 6:49AM


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CTUPTON 10/23/2013 3:00PM

    One of those grain silos has been refurbished for recreational use inside! I need to find more info about that. chris

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ILOVEMALI 10/9/2013 11:11PM

  Love your life!

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KATHIC2 10/9/2013 8:09AM

  What a great life you have!!!

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DDOORN 10/8/2013 1:50PM

    Cheers to your super weekend of fun!


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CARRIE1948 10/8/2013 8:02AM

    Sounds like a good weekend

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/8/2013 6:47AM

    Well, the industrial waste is a downer, but the trip itself, the lovely birds, the friendship--all worth it, yes?

Sounds like a great weekend.

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2013 2:40AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2013 2:40AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 10/8/2013 2:28AM

    Your pictures are inspirational. They show the sort of things I use for inspiration in my artwork. Thanks so much for sharing, so different to my neighbourhood.

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SNOWYOGA 10/7/2013 11:09PM

    Love your pictures thanks for sharing them! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 10/7/2013 10:34PM

    The boyfriend appreciated the graffiti pix emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 10/7/2013 8:02PM

    Wow, that's an active weekend! It's great fun to meet up with Sparkfriends, isn't it?

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-SHOREIDO- 10/7/2013 7:52PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2013 7:36PM

    What a great time!! And those Canada geese? We love 'em -- but we know that they aren't so well loved everywhere!!

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TINAJANE76 10/7/2013 7:23PM

    Very cool!

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DEBBIEG0716 10/7/2013 7:15PM

    Looks like fun.. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/7/2013 7:12PM

    It was a fun afternoon. The crud is still with me, but it hasn't gotten much worse, so I am just trying to ignore it. I am drinking plenty of water though. (Can you hear me snorting and sniffling while I type this?)

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Kayaking 14 miles through 4 locks with 12 friends

Monday, September 30, 2013

Last year I kayaked with LESLIELENORE and her brother and two others in the canal between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.

We had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. As you can see from the group shot, this year we had many more people with us, including two friends in a canoe, and one on a pack raft.

Here’s LESLIELENORE’s report about this year's trip:

There are lots of photos and a GPS track you can see here:

Based on our experience last year, we shortened the distance and planned to go from west to east, in the direction of the prevailing winds. This meant we spent almost all of our time in the sheltered canal and were less likely to fight a headwind the whole way.

As it turned out the wind was from the southeast but it was pretty mild. The day was lovely and warm and we saw only a few other boats out there. Lots of great blue herons, ducks, geese, and at one point a whole bunch of tiny fish were jumping all around us.

In Seneca Falls we stopped to stage a photo with the women in the group in front of a sign about the “Birthplace of Women’s Rights.” Carol’s husband was in the front of the canoe so he hid from view with only his knees showing. From this angle they look like my knees, which is pretty funny because I was behind the canoe in my kayak.

My left elbow has been complaining to me on long paddles over the past few months and yesterday was no exception. When I straighten my arm it helps a little. But I’m trying not to overdo it, so I don’t think I’ll be planning any 20-30 mile paddles anytime this year.

LESLIELENORE mentioned that my friend Suan brought a pack raft, and that he was having trouble keeping up until we started hitching paddlers up to him and towing him. It was a fun sight, watching a team of them plowing along. A few times she and I were up in front chatting and almost got run over as they churned past us.

Suan and I are going to Antarctica in January with a friend of his. He’s an avid birder and took a nice photo of an eagle nest near the end of the paddle.

Next weekend bf Harry and I will be going to a weekend contra dance in Buffalo and paddling with LESLIELENORE on Sunday. I promise to keep my PFD on during that one - I honestly didn’t know it bothered her.

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CTUPTON 10/23/2013 2:58PM

    I grew up in the country near Buffalo, NY. so I love hearing about this area. Your kayaking trip sounds wonderful. Doing it with a bunch of friends must have been great. Thank you for the photos and descriptions! chris

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    Great pictures

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2013 9:55PM

    What a fun time: fitness and friends (and birds too . . . always love birds).

Thanks for posting the State of Slim link to the Big Page: love the work you do for AGAM:TM!!

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KATHIC2 10/2/2013 8:18AM

  Another great adventure! You inspire me to get out there!

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OTTAWABOUND 10/1/2013 12:50PM

    Hearing you no longer prevented from doing the things you love because of weight is inspiring. When I joined three and a half years ago, you were out doing stuff you loved in the great outdoors and, when I came back after a two year absence, you were still here, still sparking, and still doing amazing and fun activities. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your journey and its successes.

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/1/2013 8:58AM

    Well, can't wait to here how you paddle your way to Antarctica!

Sounds as if you all had a lot of fun, and wow, at the exercise benefits. Congrats.

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    Antarctica, eh? Sounds like another interesting story. We'll start with why? :)

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CARRIE1948 10/1/2013 8:37AM

    Looks like fun

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2013 2:54AM

    Looks like amazing fun! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/1/2013 1:21AM

    Fantastic photos!! I always loved to paddle through lily pads :) Mom and I used to canoe up in our northern lakes, was so peaceful and fun! Those days are a distant memory, never to be experienced again as my arms and hands are shot and our artificial joints makes getting in and out impossible :( Will have to enjoy through others experiences, like you and Leslie
Thanks for sharing it all!

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CALLMESALLYG 10/1/2013 12:13AM

    I love kayaking! I kayak'd across Lake Charlevoix and into Lake Michigan earlier this year. About 13-16 miles after everything and it was so much fun!

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ANGELFMABV 9/30/2013 9:22PM

    Wow! Looks like you all had a grand time. Thank you for sharing!

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TINAJANE76 9/30/2013 9:12PM

    Love it! Looks like everyone had a blast!

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DDOORN 9/30/2013 9:01PM

    Ant-freaking-ARTICA! Just WOW! That is so, so cool...um well meant figuratively, but what the heck... :-) !

And it's ALWAYS such fun getting together with others to soak up the outdoors...! One day I'd love to own a kayak...just a cheapo for futzing & putzing here & there.

But now it looks like saving up for camping gear for more bike tours is going to take priority...can't keep borrowing on the good graces of fellow bike club members...!

Have a blast at Contra!


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TRAVELGRRL 9/30/2013 8:51PM

    Fun! Thanks for blogging about a great trip!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/30/2013 8:25PM

    Sounded like a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

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SNOWYOGA 9/30/2013 8:24PM

    Wow looks like fun and love the pictures! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 9/30/2013 8:16PM

  wow, what fun. emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/30/2013 8:14PM

    I am looking forward to doing it again next year! Jeremy said that if we do it again that he would like to stay at your house so that he won't be late again. LOL

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We’ve kept off 6.5 tons for 629 years!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

While there are 17,156 members in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team ( teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining ),
215 of them have joined a list to celebrate their maintenance anniversaries:

This same list also provides data for our Hall of Fame.

There is a whole lot of experience there, to learn from. Cumulatively we’ve kept off 12,983 lbs (6.5 tons) for 629 years!

Let’s put that into perspective.

What 6.5 tons looks like:

- a medium-sized Tyrannosaurus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyranosaurus_R

- a 40-ft whale shark www.theage.com.au/environment/conser

- 531 elephant tusks conservationbiology.net/research-pro

- a very large armored vehicle www.spacewar.com/reports/Smiles_and_

630 years is a pretty long time. 629 years ago the year was 1383. Here are some of the things that were going on 630 years ago:

- Europe looked something like this: www.euratlas.net/history/europe/1400

- Edward III (1327–1377) of England had just died. His claim to the throne of France resulted in the Hundred Years' War.
- Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400?) had just written Canterbury Tales.
- Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian author (1313–1375) had just died.
- Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet and writer (1304–1374) had just died.
- Muslim world traveler Ibn Battuta (1304–1368/1377) had just died.
- Charles V (1338–1380) of France had just died.
- The Ottoman Empire hadn’t yet been formed (Constantinople wasn’t taken until 1453).
- Dominoes had just been invented in China.
- Löwenbräu brewery was founded in Munich
- Construction of the Bastille was completed in Paris.

Those 215 people employ a broad range of strategies and techniques for maintenance. The one thing we all have in common is that we’ve all had to figure out for ourselves how to balance managing our health and fitness with living our individual lives.

Among those 215 there are some folks who never track their food or weigh themselves, and there are people who log everything they eat and weigh themselves every day. There are people who exercise two hours every single day and others who don’t do exercise outside of their usual daily activities. We’ve got people who eat low-carb, or gluten-free, or on a paleo plan, or lots of complex carbs, or simply eat sensible portions of “normal” healthy foods.

What I love about this team is the sheer variety of perspectives and ways of managing to keep the weight off. And the affirmation that sometimes it just takes persistence to figure it out. Life throws everyone curve balls and there are lots of coping options to choose from. If you don’t know what to do, just ask, and you’ll end up with a thread with many different ideas and suggestions. Everyone is very generous and kind with their input around here.

Here is our Hall of Fame, in order of how long everyone has maintained. These data are current. In order to stay on this list folks have to check in once a year to verify and update their information.

I sometimes browse this list, just to see what people who have been managing this longer than I have are up to - how do they do it? Can I get a helpful idea, or inspiration or a needed dose of reality from their Spark Pages?

And now, I present to you a group of folks who collectively lost an entire Tyrannosaurus and have kept it off since 1383

43 years

28 years

26 years

14 years

12 years

10 years

9 years

8 years

7 years

6 years

5 years

4 years

3 years

2 years

1 year

Less than a year

If YOU would like to be on the list, just fill out this form, here:

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TUBLADY 8/31/2013 8:06PM

    Thank you for this fantastic blog.
The list is amazing. happy to be on it.
The facts and the time you put into posting this is amazing.
You are one fantastic lady.
And congrats to all those who have maintained.
congrats to all those who are working at being fit and healthy.
Every little bit in the right direction helps. just keep on the journey.
Be strong, stay positive.
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COOKINGSTARS 8/29/2013 4:05PM

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HAKAPES 8/28/2013 4:31PM

    Great blog!

This group grew really big! This is even better!

Let's keep it off!

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ANNIEONLI 8/25/2013 8:59PM

    Such a wonderful list to keep up..better than any other I have seen out there!! emoticon
And I am glad to be a part of it!!!
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and remember:

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FRENCHTOSD 8/25/2013 2:00AM

    Thank you for your amazing effort. This is very awe-inspiring. I will show it to my doctor who tells me "no one every loses weight and keeps it off" like I did. Ha! Spark People do it all the time.

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LRSILVER 8/24/2013 9:11PM

    Thank you.

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-SHOREIDO- 8/24/2013 3:24PM

    Great stuff here! CONGRATULATIONS Sparkfriends emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/24/2013 3:01PM

    Thanks for all you do!

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THOMASINA57 8/24/2013 10:56AM

    I too hope to be a successful maintainer. This is my favourite team!!

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CELIAMINER 8/24/2013 9:00AM

    I LOVE the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team! Thanks for the reminder that I am eligible to join the Weight Control Registry study. I signed up online today and eagerly await the registration forms in the mail.

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DSJB9999 8/24/2013 5:27AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/24/2013 1:49AM

    Love it--what a great way of putting this all into perspective! And I'm so proud to have made the list at the one-year mark. Here's to keeping it off (all of us) from now on!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2013 10:52PM

    I love it! And love being part of it! Maintaining isn't ever going to be easy for me ... But I don't want to have to lose 40-50 pounds again, so I WILL maintain this time! I am finally in sync with my hubby, and I love that we can make staying healthy a common goal. It didn't wok when I was just trying to please him. I had to get to where I could put long term goals ahead of short term satisfaction (and someone reminded me today that THAT is the key)! Let's keep showing ourselves (and those who are just beginning their journey to health) that emoticon !!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/23/2013 10:18PM

    I am so proud to have made the list (2 years!), and loved reading the great stats you gathered. What an amusing and entertaining way to present this amazing information. Anje, you are a treasure! I feel honored to be in this group of maintainers. WE RULE!!!

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LOGOULD 8/23/2013 10:11PM

    Thanks for putting together this blog. It is an honor to be counted among so many GREAT maintainers! I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!

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_JODI404 8/23/2013 9:14PM

    I emoticon emoticon emoticon this team!!

I love the cumulative view of 6.5 tons for 629 years! Super cool!

Thanks for putting together a fantastic blog!!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/23/2013 9:06PM

    This is AMAZING! The numbers are AWESOME! That's alot of weight.

I'm so proud to part of all of this and such a great team, and I am proud to be a "Hall Of Famer"!

Congrats to all on every single pound you've lost and maintained. If your new to maintenance, you'll be a "Hall Of Famer" too!!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/23/2013 9:02PM

    Very inspirational! I will be on this list where I will remain forever!

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SUNNYRUTH 8/23/2013 9:01PM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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SUSIEMT 8/23/2013 8:20PM

    You are right! We ROCK!

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MARYELLEN301 8/23/2013 8:19PM

    WooHoo for all of us!! I recognize a lot of my fellow maintainers on that list. What a great post!
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HOLLYM48 8/23/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon Thanks for the list and wow to each and every one here! Way to go and let's keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/23/2013 7:45PM

    Powerful!! Thanks so much for including me. Just love this acknowledgement. Your observations are very astute, too. Thanks for the work you do for this great team!!!

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LJCANNON 8/23/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon Congratulations to all of The Super Stars at Maintenance!! They are Truly Inspiring a Whole Flock of Us!!!

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-AMANDA79- 8/23/2013 1:41PM

    Yay!! So proud to see my name with all the other AWESOME maintainers!!

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    How nice to have this information! Very helpful and very interesting. Great of you to put this together for us!

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/22/2013 9:47PM

    You are so amazing...thanks for putting this together and leading this team so well!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/22/2013 7:32PM

    Wow! You can't see me, but I am giving ALL of you a standing ovation!

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SPTERRIV 8/22/2013 1:57PM

    Keep up the great work everyone!

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HANSBRINK 8/22/2013 12:24PM

  An inspiring list. The stats show how difficult it can be to maintain and these people succeeded. Congrats!

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MNNICE 8/22/2013 11:51AM

    I think I'll be checking out this team!

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SWEET_CAROLYN 8/22/2013 11:47AM

    Congrats to EVERY SINGLE NAME on that list!! What you've done - to lose the weight AND keep it off - is an inspiration!!

Once I reach my final weight loss goal, my next goal will be to have my name included on that list!!

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DDOORN 8/22/2013 10:33AM

    You all ROCK THE SPARK!

Hoping to be able to join your ranks someday!


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UWPALUM 8/22/2013 10:23AM

    So impressive! Thanks for celebrating these accomplishments. I know that losing the weight is hard, but maintaining it will be even harder. Now I know it can be done!

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VTRICIA 8/22/2013 10:21AM

    Dinosaur! Rawr! Let's send it back to the stone age!

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TINAJANE76 8/22/2013 9:59AM

    The real rock stars of maintenance and SparkPeople! Anyone who doubts that long-term maintenance can be done just needs to check out this list and see how many of us are still active here and doing it. These are the real-life role models people need to look to when they're searching for inspiration and motivation. We may use a lot of different strategies, but we're all getting the job done and helping each other out along the way. This is what this journey is all about.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/22/2013 9:33AM

    What a great list, shows it can be done.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/22/2013 9:26AM

    This is wonderful! And it comes just at a point when I need some inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2013 2:48AM

    WOW you've been busy sumizing the info this blog, I always said you were an inspiring team leader and I'm always proved right.

Thank you so much for this
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_LINDA 8/22/2013 12:53AM

    Thanks so much for compiling this fantastic info on our great team members! Nice to see so many of my Spark friends on those lists!

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CMCGRUN 8/21/2013 11:10PM

    Thanks for sharing this list. Congratulations everyone!!!!!

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DALID414 8/21/2013 11:03PM

    Wow! Just, wow! emoticon

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KATHIC2 8/21/2013 10:22PM

  Love your blogs!

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WOLFKITTY 8/21/2013 9:56PM

    Loooooove it!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/21/2013 9:09PM

    Yeah, I know, right?

And what did we think we were doing, carrying around a whole Tyrannosaurus in the middle ages, anyway???


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LESLIELENORE 8/21/2013 9:05PM

    That is a lot of weight and a lot of years! We are pretty awesome!

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Hoopin' with ZIRCADIA and a weekend in northern VT

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The bf and I went to Vermont last weekend and on the way stopped to see ZIRCADIA. We didn't have much time, but there was enough to take a really nice walk along the water and try hooping.

Dana's a very good teacher, and was correct that given the proper equipment and coaching both of us managed to keep one up long enough for a photo.

What fun to finally meet in person - I think we've been corresponding for something like 3 years!

The rest of the weekend was spent in northern Vermont with his friends where we kayaked

found mushrooms

(the bf gathered an large quantity of chanterelles that we ate on Saturday but I don't have photos of them)

saw vultures

(there are three in this picture - can you spot them?)

went to swimming holes

had a lunch in Quebec

and played music and hung out with his friends who live so far off the grid they use a nice outhouse that overlooks their garden (the part featuring an impressive collection of enormous plants), and they use a bicycle attached to a pump to fill a water tank in the attic.

So of course I requested to get to do the pumping, because when else was I going to have the opportunity to do spinning for an actual PURPOSE? It took 175 calories to fill the tank from 1/4 to full, according to my Polar HR monitor. LOL

I also got to help pound an ash log for making basket strips, which was pretty cool.

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LILPIXIE55 8/13/2013 8:31AM

    Awesome what a great weekend :D

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SNOWYOGA 8/2/2013 7:45PM

    Sounds like a good time, and love the pictures! Thanks for sharing

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CARRIE1948 8/1/2013 11:15AM

    Sounds like a good weekend

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WATERMELLEN 7/31/2013 8:22PM

    What a great time you are having . . .thanks for sharing with the pics. And so glad you managed to slide briefly into Canada!! Quebec is one of my fave parts!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/31/2013 7:20PM

    You always have so much FUN!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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LESLIELENORE 7/31/2013 2:23PM

    Pedaling with purpose sounds good to me. Sounds like you had a lovely time. How awesome!

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GRACEANNE46 7/31/2013 1:56PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. What a beautiful area. I am envious ( except for the outhouse).
The bike to pump water sounds pretty cool.

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JACKSGRAN 7/31/2013 10:55AM

    Oh what fun you had! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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DDOORN 7/31/2013 8:26AM

    Always so awesome when super Sparkers such as yourself and ZIRCADIA catch up in "real" time with each other! Sounds like a lovely time in VT...love the pedal action set up for water! :-)


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KANOE10 7/31/2013 8:24AM

    Looks like a great trip. I loved the photos.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 7/31/2013 8:13AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun!

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ZIRCADIA 7/31/2013 8:12AM

    How nice to see the rest of your beautiful trip! Yay! :D It was so wonderful to meet you! :)

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KATHIC2 7/31/2013 7:51AM

  My kind of vacation! What fun!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/31/2013 6:57AM

    Wow, how much fun! Thanks for the photos, it looks like a PERFECT, fun, activity-filled weekend!

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ANGELFMABV 7/31/2013 6:46AM

    Sounds like you had a great time.

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Regain happens. The most important thing is what you do about it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I started at 335.6 lbs in 2007, got down to 326.2 in late 2008.
I reached my initial goal weight (under 160) in early 2010.
I have been up and down both above and below 160 several times since then.
I eventually moved my target goal weight to 150 and made 160 my “scream weight.”


Currently my moving average is 12 lbs above my “happy range” between 145.5 and 154.5 (+/- 3% around 150), and 6.5 over my “scream weight” of 160. I haven’t lifted weights regularly in the last four months, and I can tell. This isn’t muscle gain. In fact, according to the BIA trends on my scale, I’ve been losing muscle mass.

While I still am technically maintaining according to some criteria, I’m not happy with where I am at the moment. I’m generally healthy, but not in the athletic shape I was in last year. I wrote last December about why I wanted to get back into my “happy range” and continue getting stronger.

The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry. Unexpected things happened, some of them very positive. Plans changed. Priorities shifted. I briefly did get back into range this spring but did not stay there.

For the past six months I’ve been treading water, trying to balance my new distractions with moderate food control and a mixture of cardio activities, and it has lead to gradual gains. This "strategy" clearly isn't working. The time has come for action.

So what am I going to do about it?

One option is to decide to be happy right here, where I’m at, and try to avoid gaining any more weight. But I suspect that sort of approach will lead to denial and continued weight creep. I know myself. This isn’t my first rodeo. I gained and lost over 100 lbs in my 20s, and regained them plus almost 100 more in my 30s. That’s how I got to 335.6 in the first place. And deep down inside I am not liking what I see when I look in the mirror. I am not liking that I can no longer wear my favorite pants. My self-esteem is taking a hit here, and that can be more damaging than anything else, in the long run.

Another option is to drop the new positive things in my life and go back to the exercise schedule and food plans I had before. That would give me back the body I want, but not the life I want. I LIKE the new things in my life, and I want to keep them there.

My main problem with the way I’ve been trying to manage my food and exercise is that I have been easily distracted from doing the positive behaviors. There hasn’t been sufficient incentive to skip the cookies on the snack table at contra dances, avoid the chips and beer after kayaking all day, stay out of the dried cranberries and almonds in the bf’s kitchen, take the time to lift, etc. So I think the solution is to set something up to help me stay more engaged with the process.

When I lost 160 lbs in 2009 I did it by making a spreadsheet with a whole bunch of little milestones, such that there was always a new goal and reward just around the corner.

If this strategy worked in the past, then something like it will probably work now because mentally I’m still the same person with the same kind of psychology.

The difference this time is that I don’t want to over-restrict my calories. That leads to bingeing. Losing those last 10 lbs and doing successful body recomposition goes extremely slowly. And over the past six months I have been unsuccessful getting back into my “happy range” partly because the thought of continuing the effort for months is kind of overwhelming.

So my milestones are a lot closer, this time. This is what it looks like:

168.00 (start)


I have set a mini-goal of losing 1% of my body weight from my recent maximum (167.6). Then another 1%. And so on, until I get under my scream weight (160) and back within my “happy range” (between 145.5 and 154.5). I will use the trend weight from my moving average since that reflects where I actually am, smoothing out water fluctuations.

These mini-goals are measurable and achievable. They are the trail of breadcrumbs I will follow back to my “happy range.” The gap between them is small enough that there’s always another one, if I just go a little bit further.

My rewards will be a new Buff headband each time I get to or below a milestone. I like wearing them to control sweat and keep my hair out of my face during workouts and dances. They come in a bunch of different pretty designs and colors, which is fun.

I will eat between 1500 and 2000 calories per day on my plan:

I will continue the cardio I’ve been doing (a mixture of contra dancing, Tae Kardio, spin class, and kayaking) and add back in lifting 2x per week.

And I will continue to administer and participate in the maintenance challenges in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. teams.sparkpeople.com/maintai

Although I’ve been out of range for the last few of these, the accountability is helpful to me, as is seeing so many of my teammates successfully staying within their own happy ranges.

The fat won’t come off overnight. But I believe the little goals along the way are achievable within every week or two, and that’s what I need to keep myself going over the long haul to get back to where I want to be.

Finding strategies that work is all part of the big process of learning how to keep the weight off. While I’ve definitely gotten better at it over the past 3 years, there is still a whole lot more to learn. I won’t even start to think of myself as a “successful” maintainer until I’ve passed the 5-year mark. And even then I’ll still have to stay engaged, because statistically about 20% of maintainers regain after that point. By that time I hope to have a lot more skills and experience under my belt. And kept less body fat under that belt, too!

Here is a spreadsheet of my progress

and a graph

To see more about using trend weights, visit the Hacker's Diet spark team: teams.sparkpeople.com/hackersdiet

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SADWHITEWOLF 8/20/2013 2:16PM

    I too have been struggling past the dreaded re-gain. Starting to bounce back a bit but I now have about 7lbs to re-shed before I can start feel like I am making Real progress again. Still, everyday that we are still her and still trying is a victory!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/11/2013 9:06AM

    Amazing accomplishment. Amazing tracking! You must be a very motivated and data driven person. Great work. I am in awe.

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LIZZIE138 8/10/2013 10:02AM

    You are so motivating to me! I know you can achieve what you are setting out to do. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 8/9/2013 12:40PM

    The interesting question to all maintainers is who HASN'T experienced a gain of more than 5 pounds? I tried very hard to keep it under that and for the most part have, but twice my weight snuck over that mark. So like you I'm not in weight loss mode again.

I find SparkPeople SO helpful in this effort - I'm a member of the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) and find that weekly accountability along with support really helps. As does being a member of the Maintenance team - there is a LOT of combined knowledge here! emoticon emoticon

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WRITINGRUNNER 7/27/2013 10:11PM

    I love this, you have done so well, it's inspiring . Congratulations!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/23/2013 12:07AM

  Wow, someone has the guts to figure out a plan to do something or themselves,,, but not be so strict as to be overwhelming. Good for you!!! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/22/2013 3:49PM

    I love your tracking tools. Good for you having the strength to get back on track and following your own guidelines. You are developing great habits that have kept you maintaining for 3 years.

I am going to check out the hacker diet tool...I have been using weightgrapher.com

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THEWWWAY 7/22/2013 11:45AM

    I love the charts.

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SARAWALKS 7/21/2013 5:01PM

    Excellent plan. You'll get there! Baby steps are the way to go. Love your Japanese dragon background, BTW, and thanks for starting the contra group. Here's to lots of dancing in weeks/months/years to come!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 2:33PM

    Great blog!! Love the way you use your brains to make your life work -- and your scientific analysis.

Since you reference the (newish!) bf publicly here may I just add one thought -- it took me a heckuva long time to acknowledge that I cannot eat the way my long-term (43+ years) DH can eat. His metabolism is not my metabolism. He is naturally thin and I am not, not even close. So although it's very romantic and enjoyable to organize couple time around shared food/bevvies . . . it won't work for me. If we go out for dinner, he can have the deep fried fish and chips and the beers and the cheesecake and I can have the Moroccan chicken and arugula salad and the single glass of white wine and the berries for dessert!!

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ISHIIGIRL 7/21/2013 9:30AM

    I think your blog is so relevant for many of us who have experienced weight creep. Thanks for being brave enough to write this blog. i can't wait to see where you are in the next few weeks. I love your plan

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KICKINGKILOS 7/21/2013 8:44AM

    You can do it girl

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MARYJEANSL 7/20/2013 4:16PM

  It sounds like you have a great plan in place. I hope it goes well!

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ANGELFMABV 7/20/2013 10:03AM

    Wow! You are amazing and are doing a great job. Keep up the great work. One day I hope to be in the maintain stage of my lifestyle.

Hugs, Penny

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SANDYCRANE 7/20/2013 7:30AM

    Great blog.


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RUNNERRACHEL 7/20/2013 4:22AM

    Great job getting back on track to reach your happy weight. I am a maintainer, too and it does take balance and work to stay in that healthy range. I can relate to a lot of things you're saying. Thanks for posting this in a clear, organized way. You are a great planner! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/19/2013 7:47PM

    Good plan. You can do it! Thanks for sharing.

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KIKIMAV 7/19/2013 5:55PM

    Great plan!!! It really made me think about my approach! I also have a reward system , but I think my goals are too far...It is like a reward every 8 lbs or something like this, but it seams that i've lost my momentum...
The 1% goal seems very appealing to me, and much more motivational! I am a little tight on the budget, but still I think if it will help me reach goal, it is worth it!!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/19/2013 5:26PM

    I hope you won't mind if I copy this idea!! Come fall (yes, I am putting it off a bit) I am going to focus on the 1% losses to get to my "happy range" as you say. I am close but close is still so far!! Love the mini-rewards--maybe I WILL get an Ipod and then could download a new song every min-goal.....

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MSBEKANATOR 7/19/2013 4:27PM

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I love the charts and graphs, I think I am going to do some for myself. What a great idea. :)

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DEEDEE1102 7/19/2013 3:33PM

    I love how you are attacking this. You may have gained and lost weight in the past, but you are doing just what you need to do to make the yo yo a thing of the past!! Congratulations and I know I do better with plans and charts, etc. so I feel like you will be successful!

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SUSIEMT 7/19/2013 3:00PM

    Yea you! You can do it! I can do it! We will do it together!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/19/2013 2:20PM

  emoticon It sounds like you have a very workable plan.........

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/19/2013 2:08PM

    This is so interesting for me, I am not at maintenance yet but I will be soon and I see that as my biggest task.
So your approach is really relevant to me.
One thing I am doing now is reframing my thinking. I release the weight instead of losing it. I ddn't mislay it and I don't plan to pick it up again later. It is gone. And if I put on weight, that's what it is. NEW weight. It hasn't got resident's rights, it has turned up, and it ain't sticking around long, I'm seeing to that!
Amazing what a difference in attitude this mental trick is making for me!

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JSEATTLE 7/19/2013 1:36PM

  WOW, you have really put all your stats down so well! Great analysis and sounds like you're totally in charge. Good for YOU!!

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_JODI404 7/19/2013 12:30PM

    Breaking it down like that makes it seem so much more doable!

I love all your analysis! I am sure you can have the best of both worlds with the right amount of planning.

Hopefully the new positive things in your life, and exercising and healthy eating don't have to be mutually exclusive!

I believe you will be on track quite quickly. In my last blog, I describe how I had to push a reset button too!

Best wishes, I look forward to cheering on your success!!!

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LILLIPUTIANNA 7/19/2013 12:25PM

    My gawd! You are organized! All those graphs and math made my head spin!

I do like that you see danger approaching, and instead of giving in, you renew your goals, and take action. I tell Sparkers all the time to be strong and to claim their personal power. I'm going to send people to this blog from now on, so they can be inspired by your well organized battle plans!


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JANEMARIE77 7/19/2013 11:25AM

    best of luck

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TINAJANE76 7/19/2013 10:43AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic, realistic and sane plan to get back to where you want to be. I've bookmarked this for future reference so I can have a look at it when the regain monster inevitably comes knocking at my door down the road. I'll thank you again for this when it does!

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CICELY360 7/19/2013 10:42AM

  Good blog

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CHERIJ16 7/19/2013 10:32AM

    You have a good, reasonable plan and right now that is what I need. I can relate to what you've been experiencing because that's me too. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 7/19/2013 9:55AM

    Great ideas. I really like the 1% project, And your tracking graphs are awesome!

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