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Reached One Year of Maintenance Without Even Realizing It!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The At Goal and Maintaining Team was so kind as to remember and recognize my FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MAINTENANCE of my goal weight that I reached January 8 of 2012. I had recorded it somewhere (my SparkPage) and totally forgot about it. I actually had it in my head that I didn't reach goal until February. I decided to check back into my records and see what was the right date, and discovered that it was truly yesterday!

Happy Anniversary to me!

I don't have anything eloquent to say about maintaining. All I have to say is that it is hard. It's a lot of work and takes careful attention to calories consumed and calories burned.

It is really worth the effort though, and knowing that I'm continuing to make positive changes in what I eat and how I work out I feel more and more successful as time goes on. There is never a time to say that you are finished bettering yourself. The goal is to grow in strength of character and have a healthy mind and body.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/10/2013 9:03AM

    I hope to be transitioning into maintenance soon! I still have another 15-20 lbs to lose, but once I hit 100 lbs lost, I want to shift focus to maintaining, and lose even slower than now...

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CARLY241 1/10/2013 1:38AM

  That is what it is all about. I have struggled with going up and down the last few years. It motivates me to see others who are maintaining! Congrats on a year - that is fantastic.

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_JODI404 1/9/2013 11:18PM

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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

at job Lori!! You are right, this is a lifetime endeavor.

emoticon ~ we can do it -- just keep on doing what we're already doing!


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OHMEMEME 1/9/2013 9:34PM

    Awesome! We have to work so hard to lose and even harder to maintain, to track, to exercise, to count, to make sure, to prevent, tp plan, and aha! Something rewarding just happens without memory, without tracking, logging....yeah! For you on mainainance anniversary! That is one special feat that deserves acknowledgment! emoticon

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LARISSA238 1/9/2013 7:59PM

    Congrats! A year is a long time for maintaining, so good for you!

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JACKIE542 1/9/2013 4:10PM

    Congratulation emoticon s.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/9/2013 3:19PM

    WOO HOO for maintaining for a year! Yes, it's hard work, but it is so worth it. Way to go!

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ANNEMAC5 1/9/2013 2:37PM

    congratulations on 1 year of maintaining. It is not easy but worth it :)

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BLUE42DOWN 1/9/2013 2:37PM

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A very HAPPY 1 YEAR maintenance anniversary!

So true that bettering ourselves isn't something we ever finish. If we're alive, there's always something new to be striving for.

(I really truly believe with need emoticons for those - they're more important IMO than our Sparkversaries.)

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SHERIO5 1/9/2013 2:36PM

    WTG!! You inspire me! emoticon

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Time to Regroup, But It's only January 6th!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I'm lax on exercise, I've had a major binge. Not a great way to start the New Year!

But over the last 48 hours I've corrected the eating part. I'm on my second day of staying at the low end of calorie range. I did lose .5 pound last week, but the day I read that on the scale was the day I had a compulsive sugar eating foray.

I have read "It doesn't matter how many times you fall down, what matters is how many times you get up!"

At least I am getting up again.

I want to get over the tendency to binge. Yet I don't want to completely exclude things from my diet, namely sugar, because I'm certain that saying no completely will lead to binges. Some people are in the "don't keep any in the house" corner and some are in the "do not deny yourself completely" corner.

I imagine different things work for different people. I can have a little every day without any problem for the most part, but faced with having company, I sneak to the kitchen and secretly down a ton of sugar. It especially happens when the little kids are here. My hubby takes care of all their needs and I feel bored and useless, and detached from involvement. That's when I'm most prone to the dreaded binge. I recognize this when I'm being rational, but in the midst of a situation like this I succumb.

I'm being lazy with exercise. I'll admit to that much. I exercised the two days before my company came, on the 1st and 2nd of Jan, but focused on the social aspect of my visit with my friend who came to stay for three nights. We crafted all afternoon for two days. We had lots of fun. That kept me out of the kitchen until the tail end of her visit. At the end of her visit I was anticipating two grandkids for an overnighter and headed for the chocolate. Why didn't I suggest to my friend we take a walk? Well, she is from El Paso TX and was cold all the time while here. I hated to ask her to step out into the cold weather.

On a positive note, my friend's daughter who is 19, was curious about different food and exercise topics, and I was able to share an exercise with her to strengthen her obliques. She wanted to strengthen her abs and her mother and I shared with her the importance of planks and push ups. She was receptive. She was curious about how you burn fat and how you replace it with muscle and how that all works. She was misinformed and I felt confident to share the things I've learned being with SparkPeople for over a year. (she's not terribly overweight, but at least she's thinking about keeping from letting it get worse and also improving her strength.)

My friend has the same body shape as I do, and it helped me not be self conscious about what tummy I have left. She was confident about who she is, or so it appears. It helped me love myself a little better. It also helped me to see that I'm doing ok with my maintenance, and that I should not be down on myself for choosing this weight as my goal.

I am a work in progress and I hope to see some progress over the rest of this month, and on through the year.

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MSANITAL 1/8/2013 2:06PM

    It dose go to show you that you can pick your self up and you are..
I really think that binges will never not happen for people who do binge.. (which I do) but I do know that we can limit the number of times we do binge which is a good thing.. and the lesser that happens the better..
keep doing what your doing which is pushing through, reaching out asking for help and even giving help and you will be back on track

You can do it .. that is for sure..

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 1/6/2013 11:20PM

Reading your blog, something popped into my head, twice.....If you don't ask, you will never know.
Sure it was cold outside, your friend might have welcomed a brisk walk, but if you don't ask, you won't know. Trust me as someone who was raised in Texas, as hot as El Paso gets, it also gets cold! What's the worst thing she could say? No? Not now, but lets do it after lunch?

You are feeling "bored and useless" while hubs takes care of the visiting kiddos needs - can you ask if there's any little thing you could do? I mean not like building a fort or anything, just something simple to help make you feel more a part of the activity.

This past December I arrived at a big Christmas party early and was feeling pretty much like an annoying little gnat. I asked if there was anything my friend needed help with....she looked SO relieved and asked if I could watch the muffins in the oven so they wouldn't burn while she put on makeup. Such a little thing, but it made me feel useful and gave her time to do something else. Later on (while she was running around like a chicken with her head cut off trying to finalize everything before everyone started arriving) she asked if I could "simply" greet everyone as they arrived, show them where the pupu/dessert/drink tables were located. THAT was a daunting task, but I made it through (by not putting pressure on myself) and managed to chat with a few new people & it kind of put me in the mood to be more social.

Guess that's a really long way of saying again - just ask! It's not like you are asking for a million bucks or a friend to accompany you while you were climbing Mt. Everest, LoL!

I'm so happy that you were able to share your knowledge with your friend's daughter! It's a great feeling when someone looks to us for advise, knowledge or a little tidbit of wisdom. So you have fallen off track a little....look at how far you have come in the last year. Not just with weight loss but also with all you have gained in the form of knowledge, self confidence and self-awareness. Those are things you will never lose even if the scale moves a little in the wrong direction.

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SHERIO5 1/6/2013 7:34PM

    Hmmm...some interesting observations you have made about sugar cravings. I am right there with you about wanting to be moderate with treats, rather than banning them altogether. You can get back up anytime... emoticon emoticon

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RDGISME 1/6/2013 7:13PM

    Been there! I find that I binge on sugar, too...especially when in company of friends. You have got a good 'plan': excluding sugar completely, for you, just may not be the way to go. You'll get there-I promise!

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POPSY190 1/6/2013 5:00PM

    I'm just the same - any little change in my routine and I'm off on the eating and off the exercise! emoticon But I'm getting back to normal on both fronts, I find that keeping in touch with this site helps to bring me back to the middle way rather than just going on perpetuating the poor choices. Good luck for this SP year!

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It's a Healthy New Year Ahead

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I've decided to have one physical health related goal for the year. The thing I consistently have trouble being consistent with is having two sessions a week of ST. I manage to get one for sure. I plan to work on getting a second one each week, with an occasional third session.

A mental health goal is to change my level of self-acceptance at whatever my current weight is, knowing that I am doing my best. Having compassion on myself when I'm not my ideal weight.

I have a goal for my roles at mother and grandmother. It is to be in touch with each of my kids on a weekly basis, and to send special notes and occasional gifts to my grandkids. I want to be the best grandma and mom that I can be.

I hope you all don't become overwhelmed by multiple goals and pick a few very important ones and set yourselves up for success.

As for looking back over this past year, since February I've maintained my weight pretty closely to my goal target. (Allowing 5 pounds plus or minus the goal.) I am .5 pounds over that amount right now but I have to consider the sodium I've had from the ham I've been eating. When I weigh in on New Year's Day I will most likely be within range.

I have become healthier this year and have become so accustomed to getting regular exercise that it is now a way of life for me. This is my biggest accomplishment this past year. Though another very important change I made this year is going from eating just two fruit and vegetables per day to eating 5 or more every day. I have done this all year; though I thought I'd have to take a year of gradually working up to 5, I quickly began eating 5, and have had a very few days of less than five.

Have a Happy Healthy New Year everyone!

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NUTRON3 12/28/2012 7:57AM

    You can do it!

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SHERIO5 12/27/2012 8:20PM


Your goals look perfect! I haven 't pinned down my goals yet...I have been struggling with depression and have really let my tracking slide...and pretty much just have snacked freely. I have continued to exercise..but even that was a struggle..which is how I know the depression was getting the better of me.

I like how positive your goals are...I am hoping to make some positive goals for 2013... and get myself back to goal weight. I like the idea of 5 pounds either side of goal. I think having realistic goals with flexibility is key...along with self -acceptance. You are inspirational with your maintainance! emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 12/27/2012 8:16PM

    Very doable goals. I need to do more ST, especially for upper body, myself and will be adopting that particular goal of yours for myself! Happy and healthy 2013 to you!

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_JODI404 12/27/2012 7:43PM


Hope you enjoyed the holidays!

Congratulations on (very close to) a year of maintenance! That is awesome!
I consider reaching my goal date as Jan 2012, so I'm right there at my first year of successful maintenance too. It feels great to not have weight loss as a goal going into the new year!

I absolutely LOVE my ST! It's the cardio I have to push to get. Thankfully, setting a streak solved that for me, I do not like to break a streak!

Freggies are definitely a big key to success!!! Congrats on making that a great habit.

Congratulations on a very successful year, ended with a very successful vacation and holiday too! I think your new goals sound great!

Best wishes for continued success, happiness, health, and fitness in the new year!!

Cheers to an awesome Sparkfilled 2013!! emoticon

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LARISSA238 12/27/2012 6:45PM

    Happy healthy New Year to you, too! You have reasonable, obtainable goals. I wish you the best in the next year and all your years to come!

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THESUBY 12/27/2012 5:55PM

    Happy new year to you, too!

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I'm Back from Vacation!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hi everyone! I've missed you.

I've read emails, and tracked workouts on my app, but that's all the sparking I've done. I am looking forward to touching base with you all again.

Hawaii was wonderful again. My son and DIL are doing a fabulous job with my 20 month old granddaughter and while we were there Steph had an ultrasound and found out they are having a boy! We can't wait! Next time we go see them they will be a family of 4! They are coming here in Feb or Mar, and the baby is due in June. We will go back in August if we can stand to wait that long!

For exercise, we walked to my son's from the hotel all but the last day when he had to pick up us and our luggage. He was 1/2 hour walk away, but we also did lots of walking during the day.

One day we hiked up a steep climb to see a waterfall. It was a muddy path, part of the way (my first mud-run!) Great workout. Beautiful scenery.

Another day for exercise I took a swim in the ocean. There was a pool at our hotel, but I never used it (what a shame!) because we left the hotel every morning before it opened and came back after dark every night.

And one day I did a great 15 minutes of continuous ST. That was at the very beginning of the trip, when I had great dreams of being steadfast with my workouts. The best thing I did was walk, and that was usually with my husband who walks so fast I am always pushing hard to keep up. Makes for a great workout!

Eating was interesting. I enjoyed my food so much more this trip because I'd decided not to track (too hard anyway with all the eating out we did...between 1/2 to 2/3 of the time we ate out) My son likes to introduce us to new cuisine. So often my husband and I would order something to share and my son would order something else he'd like us to try and we'd have a bite of that too. You'd be amazed at all the Asian foods you can find there. Not so amazing when you consider the cultural heritage of Hawaii. I think my favorite new experience in food was eating Korean bbq. The bad part that was oh so yummy was how my son planned a new sweet treat for each day. A Taiwanese dessert was particularly yummy. It was Snow Ice, which is almost like shaved ice milk/cream. They had all kinds of fruit flavors, and chocolate, but my choice was the gingerbread flavor. They have a beautiful presentation. Mine came piled high with a candy cane leaning against it, and a butter icing drizzled on it. I comes with pretty little bits of gelled fruit. almost too pretty to eat. I did take a picture, but I'm terrible at posting pictures on here. If I can figure it out I'll post a pic later.

So I've told you about exercise and about my eating exercise, now what I'm not going to tell you is how much weight I lost or gained. I know it will be in the gain category, that's definite because I feel it in how my clothes fit...at least they still fit! I will not weigh myself for about a week, so I can lost the flying bloat, and the sodium bloat, and get on with eating normal and exercising a bit more for the next week. (at least as normal as the holiday will allow.) Within the next week I'll also have to allow for a holiday, but that can't be as hard as my last 10 days was on my efforts. I hope I'm not going to eat my words on that!

Well, it's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to being back on SP!

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LARISSA238 12/21/2012 9:43PM

    I'm glad you had a good time and your family is doing well. It's good that you are waiting to weigh yourself... I went on vacation and when I came back I weighed right away and I was up 7 pounds. I lost that eventually, but it took a couple of days. I hope you have a Merry Christmas if I don't talk to you before then!

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POPSY190 12/21/2012 2:09PM

    You had a wonderful time, which is what a holiday should be. Worry about weight afterwards!

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SHERIO5 12/21/2012 1:46PM

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I am so glad you were more relaxed this trip! Whet fun you must have had with a 20 month old! I think that is such a fun time in life!

I would have enjoyed trying new foods as well..what a treat!

Enjoy your holiday season! Good to have you back!


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_JODI404 12/21/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon back!! Sounds like you had a really wonderful trip!! And it really sounds like you ENJOYED yourself a lot more this time!! I think letting go of the tracking reduced a lot of stress!

If your clothes are fitting, I think you will be fine! Take a scale vacation to get back to normal. You are right ~ travel alone will have water weight/bloat. No need to upset yourself with seeing that on the scale... give it a little time to get back down.

I'm really glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the family time, and let yourself experience those new foods that you wouldn't have available to you at home. I can tell your son enjoys sharing that with you.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!

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Alleviating Boredom

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I have to keep my life kinda low-key to help prevent the mood-swings that come with my bipolar disorder. Keeping stress away is challenging, but I've become quite good at it. I have to consider the stress factor whenever I start anything new in my schedule.

I've been contemplating what I should do differently with my time, since I'm feeling some periods of boredom. I feel like so much time and energy is focused on food and exercise. I work 9 hours a week and spend one morning a week with my daughter and her kids. I go to church on Sunday mornings and I spend an hour journaling every day. Maybe a half hour Sparking each day, too. 5-7 hours of exercise a week as well. I read for 3 hours a day on average. I love to read.

I'd been considering signing up for a clay studio class. I used to throw on the wheel, and would like to do that again. My only problem is I end up with lots of pots, cups, and plates with few people to give them to. Where do you store such things?

OR I love learning and my husband often encourages me to take classes at the local U. I've done classes recently and discovered that 2 classes at a time works for me. When I did 3 classes plus a lab, I was overtaxed. Problem is, I don't have any goal to shoot for in taking classes. (no ideas on a degree or second career...I'm a career Mom...what should I do NOW?)

I also have the beginnings of a book about my struggles with bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder). Bipolar tends to run in families and I want to have an account available for future family members who may need some encouragement and insight into the disorder. I want to give them hope.

Life is too short to be spending so much of my mental energy on food and my body. I will always have weight as a concern, I'm finding out that maintaining takes as much striving as weight loss does. But I don't just want to finish my life with the legacy of a healthy body. Isn't life more than the body?

I kinda am leaning toward the option of writing for a while. Now I just need to figure out how much time I want to devote to writing each day. I believe this will give me focus and keep my interest a while each day...enough to help with my boredom.

Thank you for listening to me while I sort this all out. Writing helps me think. And in writing this down I can see that writing about my bipolar experiences might be an important thing for me to do.

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POPSY190 11/26/2012 2:20AM

    Sounds good - useful for both you and your family to do the writing.

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 5:53PM

    It sounds like you were able to sort through your thoughts while blotting..so writing seems like a great fit for you! emoticon

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 5:44PM

    I think you've got it figured out! It can be hard to find balance in our lives... emoticon

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_JODI404 11/25/2012 4:36PM

    Writing sounds like a great plan for you. Try it out and see if it is helpful.

I need MORE time, always struggling to get everything to fit in, even with planning.
Having time to fill is definitely a blessing-- at least to me it would be.

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LUCINDARW 11/25/2012 1:18PM

    Wow the idea of taking classes is a great way to fill your time plus learn something! I also like the idea of going back to work with clay. There are so many things you could make and if you can't use it donate it to a Thrift Store. Somebody will treasure it and give it a good home! As far as the degree just take your first 2 classes while you think about the wide open field you can explore! Have fun and the choices are yours! Lucinda

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 12:43PM

    Writing sounds like a great thing, because sometimes even if we're writing for others we learn something for ourselves in it.

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 11:41AM

    When I don't exercise I am more prone to depression and anxiety. Time well spent in my book!

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SCOTMAMA 11/25/2012 10:34AM

    I like to have more than one thing going on at a time so I don't get bored and in a rut by doing just one single thing. So I recently completed a completely hand sewn applique quilt. I have a blog on it somewhere. It kept me busy for hours on end, and I would go from reading to the quilt to exercise, etc.

I like to write also, but find I haven't been doing it as much lately as for the past two years I've taken up Genealogy. You might try that. It's always good to know your family background. Just go to Ancestry.com to see what you think.

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NUTRON3 11/25/2012 9:16AM

    Keep writing!!!!

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LABRATIAM 11/25/2012 9:13AM

    Sounds like you have got a great plan! I have started crocheting again and it seems to help me to keep focused and keep from getting board and over eating.

Like HDHAWK said, do what interesting to you right now. It's good to have options!

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HDHAWK 11/25/2012 9:01AM

    I say do what you're most interested in right now. You have several options you can go to later if you want to. I get so stressed by work sometimes, but I need to get back to scrapbooking because I enjoy it so much. I don't have any hobbies I'm doing right now. Let us know how it goes!

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