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We really do need more Maintenance Support for all of us.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Today on my Friend's Feed I noticed one of my buddies left a comment on the blog entiteled, "We Need Expanded Support For Maintainers, Please! located here:

While they are asking for it to be voted as liked to make it more prominent, I believe this should be up to each and every reader. I mention it now because some people are not aware we can mark the box that we liked a blog. **For the record, I did notice it was a commenter asking people to click the link about liking the blog - I didn't realize this might be misconstrued. I apologize to 4A-Healthy-BMI for the misunderstanding.

Taking off the weight is only the beginning of our journey. Learning to keep it off is out true destination.

Thank you for your time in reading my blog and 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog today. If you agree with what she blogged, please consider clicking the "I liked this blog" button.

I visited the Hacker's Diet Spark Team and it mentions a book which is free to download to various programs and systems, including Palm Pilot.
There was a link to Wikipedia which also will open the book in your browser. Here are the links for anyone interested:

I am not going to go into the book's contents. I will only tell you that if you are afraid of Maintenance and learning how to maintain your weight loss, check it out.

Here is the link for the Spark Team, Hacker's Diet:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ETHEL_MERMAID 12/4/2009 10:51PM

    Good thoughts all, Linda! Once upon a time in a distant galaxy, I actually managed to get to my goal weight and maintain it for several years. Maintenance, especially in the beginning, is pretty foreign territory, and we could all use some help and support in maintaining - at least I could, once I (ever!!) get there :) - Susan

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/4/2009 11:01AM

    I'd love to have a special maintenance ticker too!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/4/2009 9:14AM

    Thanks for the shout out!

For the record, it is the commenters who have suggested clicking the "I liked this" button (I would feel funny about requesting it in my own blog post.)

I do believe the frequent monitoring (i.e. daily weighing) mentioned in the scientific literature would work well with the principle behind the Hacker's Diet. The chapter on maintaining is excellent:

I've added a link to the chapter in my original post on maintenance - thanks for the reminder!

I've already lost over 100 lbs and gained it back once in my life, and this time I am playing for keeps. Twice in one lifetime is ENOUGH.

I want to stack the deck as well as I can toward success in maintenance, the way I have stacked it toward success in weight removal.

Ideally this would include tools, incentives, and reminders all timed to coincide with the stages of maintenance - continuing out to 60 months. And some way to find the other people who have been where I am and are where I am, for mutual support in sticking to the plan.

Comment edited on: 12/4/2009 9:36:16 AM

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MSLZZY 12/4/2009 7:32AM

    Good idea. The "I liked this" and the "save" button are both excellent tools!

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Ok, Ok, I have not been a good girl : (

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The weather outside is frightful! Cold, damp and not delightful!!

But I really need to get up off my behind and walk. So... if I am unable to walk outside, I will dust off the treadmill and put on some aerobic minutes and steps!

Today I donated blood so I know my nutrition log is awful - but the good news is I stayed in calorie range - the bad news is I didn't burn what I needed so I have a negative calorie deficit. Would that be called a calorie positive??

Tomorrow for sure, get out the walking shoes! Do I hear Leslie calling me from the computer too? Might be a good time to do a WATP while I am at it!

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JOYCEFROMPA 12/5/2009 12:14PM

    Hi Linda,

That's emoticon To donate blood is such a selfless and wonderful thing to do!!
You are the best!!!!

I know you can get back on track!! You are such a great inspiration and a motivator!!!
Big Hugs,
Joyce emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/5/2009 12:18:55 PM

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ENUFALRDY 12/4/2009 11:00AM

    I have to take it easy for a few days after I give blood. Don't over do it. Have you tried the Walk at Home videos? I use them to change things up when I can't get outside.

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MARTY19 12/4/2009 6:40AM

    In the winter except for weekends, I usually don't walk outside. By the time I get home, it is too dark. So it is either the gym or Leslie for me.
I wouldn't worry about the deficit/credit. I won't show up on your scale and it it has the nerve to, you will beat that pound into dust. LOL


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NIMAWEYGH 12/3/2009 11:24PM

    I am of the same mind as you girl. I am dusting off the old treadmill in the morning and even if I just walk 5 minutes I am going to do SOMETHING......

You and I ROCK, sister chick.

Hugs Nimma

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EMMABE1 12/3/2009 9:36PM

    Great that they took the blood!! You can't have been too bad - but YOU not exercising!! Good heavens - but then I seem to remember that SP said in one article I read that we need to allow time to recover too - there you are - it was just recovery time - nothing to do with being naughty!!

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GRALLEN 12/3/2009 8:46PM

    I walked with Leslie 3 times today. I LOVE her.

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WALKWITME 12/3/2009 8:27PM


emoticon Linda, You Hear me Calling Your Name

I'm sure you will bounce back! like a Champ


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ETAGGEL 12/3/2009 8:24PM

    You will accomplish what you intend tomorrow!


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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/3/2009 8:21PM

    You don't have to aim for perfection today, Linda... In my book, you were already perfect! So good of you to donate blood! It's so needed. And you went outdoors into the lousy weather to do it, too. A+++, I say! - Susan

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ASTORRES1 12/3/2009 8:15PM

    We all have are bad days....but you have already decided to improve tomorrows outcome.
How do you figure out the calorie range...and what we should burn via exercise/?? I have the guidelines set up for my daily intake....I log in my food and exercise....but I don't know if I have done enough exercise....can you help me there??

Thanks so much....amy

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10 Studies Showing the Link Between Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Over at WalkerTracker.com where I log my steps, someone posted the link to this article.

I found it to be highly interesting and I wanted to share it.

So I am sitting up straight from yesterday's article and not eating sugar due to today's article.

Have a great day y'all!



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MESSENE 12/3/2009 7:23PM

    emoticonfor the link, sounds interesting. emoticonI don't eat much sugar, but my husband & daughter do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI book marked this link to read tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/3/2009 6:35AM

    emoticon all the more reason to reduce sugar intake!

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_VALEO_ 12/3/2009 1:45AM

    Very interesting article... makes you think twice before eating sugar!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/2/2009 9:47PM


Scary stuff, but a great reason to turn down Mary Poppins' suggestion of a "spoonful of sugar," isn't it? Thanks for some sobering thoughts, Linda!

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CATHY_G 12/2/2009 9:06PM

    Wow! That was very interesting. I need to make some changes. Thanks for sharing this.

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MARTY19 12/2/2009 3:45PM

    I'm still sitting up straight after yesterday and because I have joijed the no sweets challenge, I am not eating sugar either. Takes the fun out of lfe. LOL


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10 Ways You Can Protect Your Joints

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


I just took the survey I was invited to take through my SparkMail. I think the page is worth looking at if you suffer Arthritis and I don't know many who don't have some arthritis even if limited.

It seems to be mostly common sense information but I would like to make sure everyone has a chance to read it. Not everyone receives SparkMail.


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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/2/2009 4:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful!

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VXWALL1942 12/2/2009 1:25AM

    Thanks. Good info. Posture and weight are my biggest challenges.

vicki emoticon

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SUPREME5 12/1/2009 8:01PM

    thanks the info will help people whop are just starting
thanks for posting

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MARTY19 12/1/2009 7:43PM

    That had some good info. Some I knew and some I didn't. My posture is not the best when sitting, but you can believe I will be stiing up straight now. LOL


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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/1/2009 6:59PM

    Great advice to be gleaned from this article, Linda! I have arthritis in some of my joints, where there's been uneven wear 'n' tear due to a faulty gait. Always eager to learn new tips, so this is much appreciated! - Susan

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Sorry, it had to come to an end : (

Monday, November 30, 2009

... but I am now trying to help lead 3 teams and I just cannot stay with all of my other teams where I don't have time to remain active.

So, I am leaving a few of my teams that I only stayed with for this challenge or that. It was fun and I enjoyed helping reach some team goals along the way!

With the new year fast approaching, I remember the challenges that come with New Year's Resolutions and SparkPeople getting really busy in January.

I don't want anyone to think something happened. I just had to thin out the herd.

**edit: I am not leaving any of my spark friends, just a few teams. The need for motivational support climbs this time of year and I need to be accessible to anyone that I might be able to encourage on their journey to better health.

I am and will be here for anyone needing a hug or a shove in the right direction. Together we are going to lose this weight!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 4:42PM

    Good decision! I've cut back on some teams too. Maybe I will cut back on a few more.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/2/2009 3:08PM

    Thanks for all your efforts. Take care.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/1/2009 2:39PM

    Understood! We'll all be here for you too!!! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 12/1/2009 2:00PM

    Goodness gracious!! Me oh my!

Just joshing ya! Funny, you thinned, I added! LOL Totally understandable with the new year approaching.

just swung by to tell you that I LOVE the new avatar! very cute!!

Anywho...talk to you soon!

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DBELLE39 12/1/2009 5:14AM

    I totally understand, do what you need to for you!

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ASTORRES1 12/1/2009 5:00AM

    You have to do whats best for you!!!

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MEADSBAY 11/30/2009 11:07PM

    Same thing happens to me.
I will be your faithful reader until the end of my days, Linda.
I am working those numbers tonight.
thnx for your help.

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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 10:52PM

    Thank you for all your effort and support! You need to budget your time and do the best for you!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/30/2009 8:11PM

    Great way to set priorities. Good of you to explain. You are such a great SparkPeople leader!

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MYGEORGE 11/30/2009 8:05PM

    I think we've all done this. There are so many teams I want to be part of but it just isn't possible. Good luck and stay focused in your journey.

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    I completely understand. Take care while you spark!

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MARTY19 11/30/2009 4:28PM

    I hope it is not a team we share. But I would understand. You cannot get rid of me not matter what you do. LOL!


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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/30/2009 3:21PM

    I understand completely. emoticon

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ENUFALRDY 11/30/2009 2:19PM

    I always say...take care of you first!

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_VALEO_ 11/30/2009 1:39PM

    Been there, done that. You can't be in two places at once.

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FINDINGREALME 11/30/2009 1:05PM

    Very understandable...but glad to hear you will still be around!!

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GRALLEN 11/30/2009 11:54AM

    It happens. I've done it too, weeded out a few teams.

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