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Maintenance Week 42

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I'm pleasantly surprised lately that I seem to be holding about one pound below my first goal weight of 148. Since I have been trying to work to that end for a while now, I'm really quite excited about it. There's just something that really makes me anxious about seeing that scale hit 150- It's perfectly fine too, and I know that, but for some reason I feel all warm and happy inside when it stays in the 140's. I imagine that is rooted in some kind of neuroses, but I think we all have at least one- to some degree anyway.
I've recently gotten back into the groove of regular, planned exercise again after getting off kilter for a few weeks, and I've been feeling pretty good about that. I was actually feeling like I was becoming quite accepting of not going out of my way to exercise, and the little red flags were starting to wave at me. I probably owe that to one of the Spark Teams that I'm active in-At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance (
). Participating in the daily check in thread has really made me aware of how much I've been slacking off- especially when I look at the wonderful example laid out for me from my fellow Sparkers. Thanks bunches, guys!
I have quite a few things I want to accomplish this weekend- one of which is to get Christmas gifts wrapped- and to access what else I need to be shopping for. I'm not finished yet :( I'm also planning to do some more Christmas baking. So far it hasn't been a big temptation- of course I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that what I have already made isn't at my's at my BF's house, so if anyone has to deal with temptations, it's him :)
Must get to bed if I plan to tackle my early morning routine...early meaning...when I get up, and I hope that it's not too late :)

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KARRENLYNN 12/15/2012 9:19PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal weight. I've never been in the maintaining range - unless you count maintaining my overweight eating / non exercise plan!!

I really like the support and friendship found on SP and the information to be had here.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season,


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WILLOWBROOK5 12/15/2012 7:02PM

    You are doing so great! emoticon

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62NVON 12/15/2012 12:07PM


Feels good to be in control, doesn't it?

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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2012 9:28AM

    Congrats on your successful maintenance! I also find the At Goal & Maintaining +... team very, very helpful!!

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Reality Checks

Thursday, December 06, 2012

December 6, 2012
It's been a struggle lately for me to be happy with my weight progress. I know it's fine. I'm still within range, but it seems so difficult right now to stay here. The scale swings back and forth every day lately, and the trend seems to be more in the up direction than in the down/maintain. I have aimed to drop to 143 (my original goal weight has been 148), because in my mind I want that extra 5 pounds for security. This is the first time in my life I have ever re-claimed a healthy weight since beginning my upward movement in the mid-nineties but not the first time I have experienced weight loss throughout that time, so it’s really important for me to do a good job of maintaining it this time.
I have never- since before adolescence- been this thin in my life, and I am very comfortable in my clothes, and with my general appearance. Is everything as tight and smooth as it was in my youth?? Absolutely not, but the general population would only know that at my admission.
I don't really know if my struggle comes from the temptations/worries of holiday insane food opportunities or if it's partly from stress. I feel like I’m doing pretty well with the knowledge that a fair number of my family members have been dealing with some really significant health issues lately, but I wonder in the back of my mind- am I allowing this sadness/ worry/etc covertly to influence my emotional food appetite.
I want to remain positive about the things my family members are facing, because I know that no good comes from excess worry, but it has really made me think more about the reality of aging and the impact on health along with the decisions we make about our health while we are young. The health issues of age have just made themselves abundantly clear to me that they have moved one degree closer to me than they were a decade was great grandparents and grandparents who were in this category- not my uncles...which allows me to make the logical lateral move to my parents.
My takeaway from this- in this moment- it is the personal responsibility of each and every one of us to take active steps to value our health every day and to learn the steps and habits that make the best health possible a reality for all of us for as long as possible. I have been blessed with good health my entire life- and I intend to continue to treat that as the gift that it is by doing everything in my power to remain in my best possible health. The truth is, I believe I’m doing that, so would it be fair so say that a reality check is in order for me to quit fixating on the minutia of my up and down daily weights....probably.
I still would like to see my weight stay in the 142-147 range instead of the 147-151 range that it’s been bouncing in, but I’m going to work on being more accepting of where I am (as long as it doesn’t exceed 151).

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MJZHERE 12/11/2012 2:22PM

    I relate to your blog in not liking the fluctuations on the scale. But having tracked them daily for the past 11 weeks, I am seeing that this appears to be the norm so am working on not letting it cause me worry. Maintenance is such a new place for me - always yoyoed and accepted that as the norm. It definitely takes some new learning.

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KAYOTIC 12/9/2012 4:00PM

    Seems like a lot of us are in the same boat this time of year. I think the shorter days and colder temperatures make it easier to indulge and not work it off as well as the summer lets us! But we can do it, we can maintain if we focus on what we need to focus on, eating healthy, moving more.

I've been letting my maintenance range creep up over the past year, and while I too am happy with the way I look, and my clothes are fitting fine, I'm seriously considering lowering the range again. I'm going to maintain at my current range until January, and then try to drop down to a lower range and see how that goes. Maybe that's what you want to do too?

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CHARITY1973 12/7/2012 11:50PM

    I am just learning this lesson, that health is a gift not to be squandered on youthful insouciance (what an awesome word, my 12yr old to the tee). It is to be treasured and nurtured. Today I aim to place health at the head of the table!

And thank you for the reminder about running tunes. I used the song list on my HM today to good avail. 2:04min, 25 minutes off last year's time!

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KANOE10 12/7/2012 8:09AM

    Maintenance is hard. I am in the up zone of my range. I would rather be in the lower range. You are so right. You need to live as healthy as you can in this life.

Good luck with staying within your range in the stressful holiday season. You can do it. emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 12/6/2012 7:45PM

    H Maintenance is hard! I lost 40 and gained some back...Now on downward spiral again. You do not want to have to buy bigger clothes like I did , that stinks!! So the struggle is one worth fighting, as you are living proof! Its hard either way. Pick your hard is what I keep telling myself... Health is the one thing that makes everything better. Taking care of ourselves is worth the effort.
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FIT12BEE 12/6/2012 6:48PM

    Life is a bumpy road at times but WW has taught us to wear a seat belt. I know you will get through this stretch. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/6/2012 1:52PM

    Oh, I can relate. I'm also fluctuating about 5 or 6 pounds over what I was a year or so ago, and yet 80 pounds below my all time high.I've been at a healthy BMI now 3.5+ years. I'm proud and yet scared. Maintenance isn't easy. I still believe it is worth it. Finding the happy weight and the strength and will to live there is a tremendous challenge.

Treating your good health as a gift is very wise. Best wishes for continued success!

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CHUM48 12/6/2012 11:48AM

    It seems the things I want to say to everyone is please be kind, please be gentle to yourself! Everything in our life is a process, it calls on you to just take a step, its one step and then the next and the next becomes easier! Please be kind to yourself!

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Want Music to Match (or improve) Your Running Pace?

Friday, October 26, 2012

I found a site recently that generates a song list based on your 1-mile running pace, and it was great fun to scan through the list (really extensive) and choose new songs for a new playlist. I'm working on improving my running pace, and this looked like a great way to do it, because I have noticed that my pace is regulated very closely by the music I'm listening too.
Here's the link to the site for anyone else who's interested:

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SEXBOBOMB 12/11/2012 4:01PM

    OMG, I love it!

Thanks for posting this!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/11/2012 1:38PM

    Thanks for the heads up! Looks like a great App.

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FIT12BEE 11/30/2012 4:46PM

    Thank you for this tip. Music keeps me motivated on my runs. emoticon

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CHARITY1973 11/22/2012 5:25PM

    My partner created this song list for me from our existing collection and it rocks! I'm doing a half marathon in two weeks and I'm going to shuffle this playlist to ensure I make steady progress. It amazes me how the beat propels me forward. It's like my mind needs a rhythm to know how it should run.

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DIANER2014 10/27/2012 4:28PM

    Thanks! Will check it out!

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KMICHA 10/27/2012 7:24AM

    Thanks! I'll check it out!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 10/26/2012 3:02PM

    That is so cool!

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ELAYNE39 10/26/2012 1:54PM

    Great find! Thanks for sharing.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/26/2012 1:34PM

    Thanks. I may try it!

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CATMAGNET 10/26/2012 12:03PM

    This is GREAT! I'm in training for my first HM and this will come in handy!

Thank you! :)

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7 1/2 Months of Maintenance & 3 Successful Weeks of No-Track!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I'm so excited about my last three weeks of no-tracking! I have in the past been scared to even attempt deviating from my diligent tracking for fear that I would begin to back slide in a huge way! There is something really liberating and freeing about being able to "feel normal" again. There was even a 4 day camping trip tossed into those 3 weeks. When I began this most recent leg of my journey to lose the weight for good, I had decided that I had to be willing to track everything for life, and I am still willing to do that- but it is really an incredible feeling to know that I have put this into practice in such a meaningful way that I can take a break from the formal tracking that I have come to depend on for the past two years.

I still follow meal building rules that I had put in place for myself after I had gotten into the groove of this journey by filling my plate halfway with fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies, a quarter of my plate is my lean protein, and a quarter of my plate is some kind of starch...usually a whole grain. Using this visual method has been really helpful to me- especially when I couldn't/didn't want to track immediately. I feel like it works really well to get all the healthy nutrients I need to continue to feel great and to maintain my active lifestyle.

I plan to track for one week a month, just to maintain the skill, because I want to be confident in being able to jump right back in with the routine of tracking everything if I stray too far away from goal (5 pounds or more). I don't want to have to re-learn it, even though I shouldn't have any trouble- I want to make sure. Doing it this way should also help me to remain accountable in a way that should avoid that stray in the first place -theoretically.

I can't give enough thanks to all of the other successful maintainers' blogs in helping me to come up with behaviors and strategies to use for my own success. Please keep blogging and sharing! I strive to do better in this arena as well, especially as I continue to discover the real impact my success in weight loss and maintenance has had on others in the digital world as well as in my own immediate one. It is heart-warming and inspirational to my continued success when others approach me with eagerness to learn what helped me. I have had a recent experience where an occasional colleague (substitute teacher in my district) called me while working in the building to tell me that she has recently re-joined Weight Watchers and has lost more than 11 pounds and thanked me for my inspiration to her, and encouraged me to keep spreading that inspiration to others. This is part of my external continued example to others that success and maintenance is possible and instrumental in a high quality life. I want to keep my fantastic life, and I want to watch others acquire it as well.

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GORIANA 10/24/2012 5:54PM

    That is awesome! It must be odd to be a role model, but I can't wait to be in that position.

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IRISHEI 10/22/2012 1:41PM

    Michelle, Thanks so much for sharing. You have done a AMAZING job in your wt. loss journey. You are an inspiration to me and many others. emoticon
hugs, Irish Ei

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KANOE10 10/20/2012 8:09AM

    Michelle.,That was a very inspirational blog. Your meal building rules with the plate sounds healthy and very doable. You are eating mindfully and actually are watching what you eat, just not writing down the calories. I am glad this is working for you.
How exciting to be inspirational to someone at work and getting them started on eating healthfully.

I also love to learn about maintenance from blogs. Everyone has something to offer.

Great job on 7 and half months of maintenance!!!!!!

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KAYOTIC 10/17/2012 9:12AM

    Nice on being able to maintain while not tracking! I haven't tracked for quite a while, and went through "spurts" of tracking over the past couple of years. I find to be successful in not tracking I have to still eat as if I am tracking! That was the key for me,as before that, I would stop tracking and let that be a free pass to nibble, snack, and treat my way through the day!

I think you have found a good workable plan, keep up the good work and success!

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MAMABUGAZ 10/17/2012 12:39AM

    Congratulations. I just started tracking again.

I lost 60 pounds between Sept 2010 and Sept 2011, and maybe even a few more by Jan 2012. However, I considered Sept 2011 the start date for being in weight maintenance mode. At that point, I discontinued tracking (I had tracked every calorie, daily, for a year, minus a few days of vacation). And, I discontinued the 1-2 low-calorie days (700-900 calorie days) that I'd been throwing in every week.

I managed to maintain that for 6-8 months. But, then my body threw itself into the beginnings of peri-menopause. Since April, I've re-gained an inch or two in my waist, and about 5 pounds.

I joined Curves about 2 months ago (I go 3x a week), but it hasn't made a difference yet. Maybe, though, it's keeping me from gaining additional weight. I'm generally an exercise-hater, and managed to lose my 60 pounds with dietary changes and very little exercise.

But, I've worked too hard to let myself go now. So, I'll keep doing what I have to do to try to maintain.

Best wishes on this part of your journey. Maintenance can be more difficult, sometimes, than initially losing the weight. Stick with your healthy changes, including getting support from SparkPeople.

~ Faith

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JENNYD97 10/16/2012 11:00PM

    Congrats! There is hope! I was beginning to think it would never be "normal" and I would be tracking for the rest of my life!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/16/2012 2:15PM

    Congratulations!!! You are doing great!

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PHEBESS 10/16/2012 12:21PM

    Sounds like you're doing great!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/16/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing with us .

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Blog Challenge Follow-up

Monday, October 08, 2012

Thanks to everyone who followed, commented, etc on my blogs for the blog challenge from September. That was a really great set of questions, and I really enjoyed answering them. I would like to find some additional meaningful questions to reflect on in blogs as I move forward. I really enjoyed the feedback from all of you that I received, and I really liked getting to know myself better with those questions. I would encourage any of you to consider participating in challenges like this that you encounter- it can really help to stay grounded and focused on why we stick in there and do this.

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PATSYB7 10/8/2012 9:46PM

    You are so right--challenges do help keep us focused and motivated! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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