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The payoff

Friday, April 23, 2010

I just read Marenamoo’s April 10th blog and it made me reflect on my own experience. I had lost over 50 lbs. about 3 years ago and then put 35 of them back on. I got discouraged when the scale stopped moving downward and developed a "what the heck" attitude without even realizing it. I think that seeing the number on the scale go down was a kind of "fix" (like a drug) I needed to continue my program. When the scale didn’t move anymore, I wasn’t getting my fix, so I quit.

The problem with that is that the “downward scale” fix doesn’t exist in maintenance. When the scale doesn't move, it’s a GOOD thing. I have to forever abandon the scale "fix" if I want to be able to maintain a healthy weight! Otherwise, I HAVE to put the weight back on in order to be able to lose it again and see the scale go down. (I don’t do this consciously, of course. It just happens.) My PAYOFF has to go from seeing the number on the scale move downward to being fit and healthy without the scale’s “downward” feedback.

I’m not sure exactly how to do that but I’m convinced that SP is part of the solution.
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LINIS_THIN 5/4/2010 9:59PM

    I approach my weightloss with a maintenance focus. I once lost 28 lbs and regained and lost again and regained and lost again then Gained a total of 68 plus (you know we stop weighing after a while!) from my all time low!

I am NEVER going there again. So my focus is to maintain every pound I lose. I recently got down to 229... I'm up to 231-232 lately but my focus is returning to 229 and never passing that number on the way up again!

My hope is by doing this I'm always maintaining a 5 pound weightloss which is less daunting than a 50 or 100 lb weightloss. And gives less room for acceptance of a slip.

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SHAPNUP 4/24/2010 10:22AM

    Right now I'm afraid to stop weighing. Some days I think that looming weigh-in is the only thing that keeps me eating honestly. It's a motivator, for sure.

Some day (maybe when I reach goal weight) I'd like to weight myself maybe once every 2 to 3 weeks, just to keep an eye on things, although I'll probably be able to tell by the fit of my clothes what's going on...

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ANDI571 4/24/2010 10:11AM

    I hear you with the scale thing. When I lost several years ago, I called it the "scale god". I got over it for such a long time, and never even weighed. As soon as I put the 30 pounds on again, I started weighing again, and if it didn't move down, I would just start eating.

I noticed too something I did this week. I had really been good on my eating. I didn't weigh. On Thursday, I had a bad day of eating, so what did I do yesterday, hopped right on the scale. I was up a pound. I was back on it again today, and thankfully had dropped that pound. But why weigh after a bad day. Is it punishment for overeating. I don't know.

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MAMOOAUG 4/24/2010 9:40AM

    I agree that SP is a great help. I've been where you are, the scale doesn't move, so what's the point. However, this time around, I have noticed that even if the scale doesn't move each week, I have more energy. I'm finally back to walking or biking, and just feeling better.

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APRILLSCOTT 4/24/2010 3:21AM

    Hi,
Believe it or not I did this once myself. I had lost 60 pounds and it came back on faster than I could shake a stick! I am not sure what the answer will be if I get there again! Mary I think has the best answer so far! Here's where I agree with the rest of them though. If anyone can do it emoticon! You are just spunky like that emoticon, and I believe you may have to play with it for awhile, but I hope I will soon be able to look to you for the answer! emoticon emoticon

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MARENAMOO 4/23/2010 7:34PM

    I agree - sometimes I think that the satisfaction we get from spark friends replaces the rush we get from food. While that is ok I still am not sure that is the healthy relationship that I want. What I want to do is to continue to transition from weight loss to maintenance by using the spark tools of nutrition, fitness and support. And continue with my spark friends but also participate in my life more.

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YVEWEBB 4/23/2010 6:54PM

    I did the same thing!
It's really hard to stay motivated when it seems like no matter what you do it makes no difference.
I'm hoping that THIS time the SparksPeople calorie guidelines will keep me from sliding back once I'm where I need to be.
Hang in there!
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