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Surprised and Not Surprised

Friday, September 07, 2012

Just 6 days of really good eating at the bottom of my maintenance calorie range and I registered a loss of 5.6 pounds at Weight Watchers today. I went from last Saturday weighing the most I'd weighed in 2.5 years to today being my lowest weigh-in since February of this year. What a surprise!

There is a lesson here. I really don't think I should sweat these fluctuations so much. That said, it's far better to address a 2 or 3 or 5 pound gain than let it build to 10 or 15 or 25 pounds like I have many times. Still looking for the right balance.

I'm not surprised that after 3.5 years of maintaining an 80+ pound loss, given my 5 decades of living overweight, I still don't have it all together. Honestly, I'm more surprised to see how well I am doing!! But that doesn't mean I'm complacent. I still want to aim for excellent eating habits and a very small range of weight fluctuation.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/8/2012 9:44PM

    I'm not surprised. I know how awesome you are!!!

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MSLZZY 9/8/2012 8:21AM

    Stay on top of things but you have done great!

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WATERMELLEN 9/7/2012 9:26PM

    Eternal vigilance! And catching the small increases. I'm absolutely with you on both of these!

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JOYINKY 9/7/2012 8:36PM

    I think it will always take vigilance; at least it does for me. You're doing great!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2012 7:36PM

    Woo hoo, it takes a lot of due diligence to maintain.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2012 6:54PM

    I too am aiming for that small range... it does take some paying attention, and hey, if it takes us years to completely figure it out, so be it. We're working on it! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/7/2012 4:11PM

    Marsha, my goal weight was 170...I maintained for a good year, and now down to 165.8 this morning. I've fluctuated + - 2 pounds, depending on my running and training. It's all good. I believe you and I are on the healthy cruise line for life!
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_LINDA 9/7/2012 3:42PM

    You are far from complacent Marsha lol. Watching the scale like a hawk does have the benefit of catching any upwards trends early rather than later! Well done on the weigh in! We are really what we eat. Tracking things carefully and staying in your range works and that is what is working for me. I think if I had given it up when I reached goal, I would have seen those pounds slowly creep back on. It should follow if you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, your weight should be maintained. You are doing that and have it together more than most people!
Happy Maintaining!!

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MEXGAL1 9/7/2012 3:28PM

    Good for you Marsha. I think we will always be looking for that balance. I know I am always trying to figure things out. Sometimes I think we might over focus....I just worry about getting fat again although I swear I won't!
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2012 1:45PM

    Finding balance is important.

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FRAN0426 9/7/2012 1:31PM

    Congrats--I think you have been doing fantastic with your maintanance.

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Keeping Up Energy Or Making Excuses??

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Another good healthy eating day yesterday, hitting all the nutritional goals I track (calories, carbs, fat, protein, sodium, fiber, calcium).

Despite the fact that I am just eating at the bottom of my maintenance calorie range, it didn't take me near as long as I thought it would to get back within my goal weight range. This morning I was there, near the top, at 129.0 pounds, down 5 pounds from Saturday. (Maybe water weight? I have been eating out more as kitchen is being remodeled.) I would like to stay around 126 with a range between 124 and 129, but my actual range is more like 129 to 134. So I'd like to lose around 5 pounds.

For now, I'm just going to continue to eat at the bottom of my maintenance range and see how that works out. Definitely want to keep up my energy for running. I don't think that is just an excuse. It's not, is it?? I enjoyed a great 50 minute TM run today and felt full of energy!!!

And while I'm asking questions, are any of you, my SparkFriends, tired of me moaning about little gains? Especially when the gain doesn't last but a few days? Perhaps I should start keeping these gains to myself!! I do have some WW friends that don't consider it a gain unless it lasts a month. I'm still afraid to go that long without tightening up my eating. How do you look at it??

  
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WATERMELLEN 9/7/2012 9:28PM

    You're doing what works for you (and it's what works for me too . . ). We'll just keep on keeping on!!

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MSLZZY 9/7/2012 9:52AM

    I deal with the minor swings during the week but do
try to keep the swings as small as possible. Express
what you are feeling. I don't mind.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/7/2012 8:42AM

    Do what you are comfortable with. Sparkers are good listeners and that is why we are all here!

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_LINDA 9/7/2012 1:26AM

    Good for you hitting all your nutrient goals!! That is so very hard to do -I have only done it once in a very long time. I always struggle with it -trying to get one right sometimes pushes me over on another..
Great work with the TM. Its what ever gives you peace of mind that is important and if you have to watch the scale number go up and down and comment on it for accountability, so be it! I agree with the WW group -if the gain lasts a month sounds right. Its so true our weight fluctuates so wildly. As the others mentioned, you must be careful to get enough fuel for your workouts.. I am skirting the top of my range for all the workouts I do. Even though its all healthy stuff, its not hard getting up there!!
That is the neat thing about Sparks -your journey is your own done your way, however you feel it will help you get to where you are going -we will support you no matter what you put out here!

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PMFISH 9/6/2012 11:32PM

    Marsha I have 5 pounds that I have lost & regained forever, but I finally just broke a plateau and early this week was down 10 pounds. I don't record until it holds for a month or more. My weight fluctuates 5 lbs in the course of a day. I just do not worry anymore about the numbers as much as the energy I have each day. We never tire of listening to our friends. Keep up the good lady!

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NATPLUMMER 9/6/2012 9:52PM

    Do what works for you!! As long as you have enough energy for your workouts, you're doing great.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2012 9:22PM

    The little gains get me down too. It is so frustrating when you work real hard, your weight starts to go down and then bounces up 5 pounds. With me it is usually water weight but even that takes 4-5 days to drop. Restaurant food is so loaded with salt that sometimes I feel that it isn't worth it to go out. The struggle to lose the water weight almost eclipses the "fine dining experience!"

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JOYINKY 9/6/2012 8:27PM

    Do what works for you Marsha. I quit weighing so often because it caused me to do unhealthy things to control my weight. You're obviously NOT doing that! I don't hear any excuses here; you do need sufficient calories to maintain your energy at the activity level you are at. Trust yourself; your instincts are good!

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MOBYCARP 9/6/2012 8:24PM

    While I might not blog a lot about little gains and losses, I can certainly relate to your concern with them. I had several of those min-gains earlier this year that worried me a little. Fortunately, I was able to reverse all of them fairly promptly.

But I keep remembering . . . back before SP . . . the first 3 or 5 pounds of a 20 pound weight gain looks *exactly* like a meaningless 3 or 5 pound blip upward. Take care of those blips, and the monster weight gain won't happen.

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MEXGAL1 9/6/2012 7:48PM

    first of all...for me, I never get tired of hearing about your little gains and your loses. I can identify. It sounds like my story and it makes me feel more normal in the whole maintenence thing. So keep the stories coming.

I think it is important as well to keep your energy up for your running prep.
very good for you!
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/6/2012 7:35PM

    I've started using a 7 day rolling average for measuring... it evens things out, and in maintenance the trend is more important than a single weight, don't you think?

With the activity level you are at, you need to be eating enough to support it. Bottom of maintenance range is probably just about right. Good luck! emoticon

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Further Updates

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

* No change in the kitchen. (Grrr-rrr-rrr. Arggghhhh!) Predictable, but frustrating anyway.

* Did 30 minute stationary bike and 30 minutes elliptical trainer this morn at the Y.

* Last night I ate nothing after supper -- absolutely nothing. Hooray!! I haven't done that for months and months. It wasn't even hard. I was ready for it. Ate at 5:30 pm and went to bed at 10:30, did not wake up in the middle of the night, and did not wake up this morning ravenous. I hit almost all my nutritional goal yesterdays: calories, protein, fiber, calcium, sodium. I was slightly over on carbs and slightly under on fat, but will be sure to get in my olive oil today and cut back a touch on the fruit. (There's this new fruit stand between my house and my daughter's house and the plums, the peaches, the bananas, the honeycrisp apples, the berries -- well, yum!!)

* Scale was down 1.4 pounds from yesterday. Only .3 from being at the top of my acceptable goal weight range and 4.2 over my "happy weight" of 126. In response to comment yesterday, I would love to be able to get an accurate body fat percentage reading in order to rely less on the scale for feedback, but my attempts with static measures and calipers have been obviously flawed. There is no BodPod close to me and even if there were I might be too claustrophobic to do it. I've also read that BodPod is not precise either. My body fat percentage has varied from 26.7% to 33.5% using the imprecise measures I have available. I think those rather poor numbers are due to years of yo-yo dieting when I undoubtedly lost a lot of muscle and gained back mostly fat.

* In answer to a question on my blog yesterday, the qualifying statewide 5K Road Race for the national senior games is on Saturday, December 8th, in my hometown. Women's qualifying times are 27:21 for ages 60-64 and 28:09 for ages 65-69. If I don't qualify this year, maybe when I move up an age group?? I'm 63 now.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2012 9:16PM

    Congratulations on such a successful night! You are doing a great job!

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CANDOK1260 9/6/2012 12:58PM

    no eating after dinner you desrve a gold star

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IAMWINNING 9/6/2012 8:01AM

    emoticon on not eating after dinner!

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I hope all goes very well for you.

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_LINDA 9/6/2012 1:08AM

    Sorry about the kitchen mess :(
That fruit stand sound sWONDERFUL, I so envy you!!!
I am thinking you will make this qualifying run. This is because I have seen how disciplined and dedicated you are! You never give up and you always find a way!
I have got to admit, I have never heard of this BodPod. I was thinking if you had an University kinesiology lab available to do something like that any where there is athletes training, I would guess this is one of the things they would monitor.. My body fat was considered unusually high for my weight and size too -also by imprecise measurements.
Keep up the great work!!

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MIRAGE727 9/5/2012 9:11PM

    Stay strong, Marsha, stay strong!
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WATERMELLEN 9/5/2012 9:07PM

    All best with the qualifier! All best with the kitchen reno too!! (It's my previous reno which is preventing me from embarking upon a much-needed kitchen reno . . . grrrrrr indeed!!).

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/5/2012 7:34PM

    Do you have any clue how in awe of you I am? Woo-hoo... hope you make it in the qualifier! emoticon emoticon

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ROOSTER72 9/5/2012 6:01PM

    That would be so great to qualify for the masters!
Sounds like your eating was really great today - well done

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MEXGAL1 9/5/2012 4:01PM

    good for you making it through the evening without snacking. Sometimes that is difficult but I make myself brush my teeth and just go to bed and read. that is my trick and i am sticking to it.
Have another great night tonight Marsha....you don't need the extra calories that a night snack brings.
Here's to us being strong!
Sallie

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EDUCGRAD 9/5/2012 3:27PM

    Awesome

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MSLZZY 9/5/2012 2:44PM

    Remodeling never goes as planned. As you said,
predictable. Good luck with adjusting your
nutrition to fit what you need. No BodPod
anywhere close so I will just keep on guessing.
HUGS!



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NATPLUMMER 9/5/2012 1:35PM

    Yay!!!

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Quick Updates for Close SparkFriends

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

* Went 4.5 miles on TM today, running 3.1 miles of it. If the TM was calibrated correctly I ran my fastest 5K ever, 27:30. For my age group, to qualify for the national senior games 5K you have to run 27:21 or under. Who knows? I just might achieve that!

* Kitchen remodeling is crawling along. Currently have stove, microwave, and refrig, but no water, no sink, no dishwasher. Cabinets are in but without doors. Everything that is finished looks good.

* I'm weighing on the average about 2 pounds more than I did a month ago, and that was 3 pounds more than I wanted to weigh. Not going to do anything drastic, but just going to try to focus on healthy, healthy eating. Will be easier when I have a full kitchen, but I am not gaining one more ounce no matter what!

* I've asked myself if I am nuts, and I've decided I'm not. I think it is perfectly okay for me to celebrate 3.5 years maintaining a big loss (80+ pounds), but still bemoan that it's not always easy; that I'm not always eating with the control I want; and that my weight is a pound (or 5) more than I wish.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2012 9:14PM

    Marsha, you've done an awesome job of maintaining! I've learned a tremendous amount just by reading your blogs, talking to you and watching what you do. You're a great role model!

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WATERMELLEN 9/5/2012 9:05PM

    You are NOT nutz: what you've accomplished is fabulous ("flab-you-less") but of course maintenance is tough: the toughest thing we've ever done.

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FROSTY99 9/5/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon on maintaining your 80 lb weight loss.
emoticon on your patience with the kitchen remodel. It will be worth it in the long run.

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IAMWINNING 9/5/2012 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing the updates, Marsha. Maybe some of that 5 pounds is muscle - after all, you're running a lot (congratulations) and surely that builds some muscle.

Regardless, I hear remodeling is stressful (have managed to not do it....yet) and not being able to prepare your own meals in your own kitchen must be maddening. Hang in there - there's light at the end of the tunnel. Glad you like what has been completed so far.

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MILLERGIRL719 9/5/2012 6:11AM

    4.5 is a long time on the TM. The max I've been able to do or tolerate a TM is 3! I wouldn't worry about the minimal weight gain with the kitchen tore-up..I'd end up eating out all the time and ballooning. I think you've done AMAZING! It will drop right off when it's all put back together! Yea new kitchen! How exciting! Congrats on the total weight loss of 80+.....AWESOME! What an achievement! Have a wonderful day!

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_LINDA 9/5/2012 2:12AM

    Well done on the running time! I didn't know you had to qualify with a time for the games, but I bet you will get it done!! So when is the local qualifying run going to happen for it? How much time do you have to train before it happens?
No water and no sink? Yikes! How do you wash all those freggies?? I hope they get it done soon for you!!
Are you sure the weight gain is not muscle mass? Maybe instead of worrying about the number on the scale so much, maybe body fat % would be a more accurate measure (if you got an accurate test done by a professional). Also, the time tested and true method of knowing if you have a problem is how your clothes fit. And they sure are looking like they fit good to me in your biking photo!!
We all know maintaining is the absolute hardest and having done it for 3.5 years, you sure can celebrate it and shout it from the roof tops!
You are one AWESOME maintainer!!!

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PMFISH 9/5/2012 1:42AM

    Congrats on the running time and also the great job of maintaining your weight. Stress always seems to add a pound or 2. We all know remodeling can be very stressful. Hope your kitchen is full functional in short order.


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JOYINKY 9/4/2012 8:34PM

    The kitchen remodel is a definite challenge. I think you are doing great Marsha!

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PARKERB2 9/4/2012 6:52PM

    Your doing great! I'm still working on running 2 minutes at a time. You are fast. Keep up the good work. Have a great night.

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2012 5:51PM

    sounds like you are making great progress on the running. I so admire you for keeping up with it.

gosh I so understand the pain in the butt remodeling can be. I have been through so many "projects" I lost count. Hopefully soon you will have water and dishwasher working.

I say "celebrate" that wonderful weight loss and especially the maintaining. YOu know that I understand and appreciate what it takes to maintain.
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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ROOSTER72 9/4/2012 5:35PM

    As you said yesterday - never quit quitting, and you will keep maintaining.
Keep your eye on the goal and you will continue to achieve it.

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PHEBESS 9/4/2012 3:41PM

    Maintaining an 80 lb loss (within 5 lbs) is great!!!!

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MSLZZY 9/4/2012 3:07PM

    It will get better once you have the kitchen back
to normal. Just keep on SParking! HUGS!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2012 3:00PM

    Wow...that is fast. I don't think I could ever be fast enough to qualify for your age group.
I think you are doing great weight-wise...especially during the kitchen remodel!!

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Please Read This Blog If You've Gained Weight Back Before

Monday, September 03, 2012

The first time I lost 60 pounds it took me 9 months to lose it and 3 months to gain it back. I was 16 years old and I doubt if I even maintained my loss for a week.

On December 1, 2008, when I started my current effort to control my weight, I'd lost 30 pounds or more eight times and twice maintained for almost a year. I'd lived over 5 decades overweight. This time my goal was not to lose weight, but to change my life.

Today I claim 180 weeks, almost 3 and a half years, of living life at a weight below what I weighed in 7th grade, a weight I never dreamed I could achieve, 86 pounds gone.

What did I do differently this time? For me, successful maintenance is in a large part due to three factors:

1. Super Foods or Power Foods - I dramatically increased the healthiest foods (see
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=307
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and decreased dramatically the processed foods I eat.

2. Based on what I read at the National Weight Control Registry, I increased my exercise. I went from 5 half hour sessions per week to a minimum of 6 one hour cardio sessions. And then SparkPeople convinced me to add strength training.

3. And most important, I quit quitting. After years of letting myself get discouraged by the scale and how hard it is to maintain, I recommitted each day to do the best I can, no matter what. Some days the best I can do isn't very good, but if I just keep trying, I get it back and find it is good enough. And my SparkFriends on the At Goal & Maintaining Team, www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1111
, understand and support me like no one in my 3D life.

My point is that maintenance is possible, even for someone like me who found it impossible over and over again. Perhaps your keys to successful maintenance will be different than mine. We are all different. But if you keep trying, you can do it.

  
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HOLLYM48 4/20/2014 8:53AM

    Yes it can be done! We do have to quit quitting! Awesome!!
Pure and simple you are awesome!

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HAKAPES 11/3/2012 3:22AM

    That was inspirational, thank you!

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MJREIMERS 11/1/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon for the blog and for sharing the information that has helped you maintain your healthier lifestyle. You are a remarkable person and I'm glad that I am able to call you a Sparkfriend! emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/1/2012 2:13PM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this info. As always, you are an inspiration to me emoticon Pat

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CATMAGNET 11/1/2012 1:41PM

    I completely agree that eating healthy and exercise really needs to be a daily commitment and the key is to focus Just For Today. I owe a lot of my success to those three words.

Thanks for the necessary reminder!

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KARRENLYNN 10/3/2012 10:42PM

    I'm a long time yo-yo dieter and for the first time in decades, I'm down 9 lbs in my latest journey. One important change I made this time, which is making it easier if not perfect, is embracing this as a lifestyle habit, not a special project with a finite quit date. It's easier not to feel deprived or left out. Congratulations on your accomplishments and I'm going to try to add more power foods as you suggest.



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SHERRY28269 9/27/2012 3:03PM

    Great Job!

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IONA72 9/21/2012 3:59AM

    Sometimes it's hard to see the light but you are a beacon shining for us all!
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TFMNOW 9/20/2012 10:09PM

    You give me hope for a new future! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 9/20/2012 8:18PM

    Thank you for sharing on what worked for you. I know that I and many others can relate to what you are saying with the gaining and losing. I only recently started gaining weight about 8 years ago after I retired from nursing. I am getting my weight off slowly but I too need to re-evaluate from time to time to see what other assistance I need. The support on Spark People is just wonderful because everyone knows what one is going through, are still working on weight loss on their journey or like you have reached maintenance. I wish you the best on your journey, you are doing great! emoticon emoticon June

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TUBLADY 9/20/2012 7:02PM

    Congratulations on the success you have had. And all the continued success you will have throughout your life.
Sometimes we have to be knocked down and almost out before we really grasp what we should be doing.
I didn't have as long a time over weight and obese, but it was worse. But I am in my weight range now and have been there for over a year. I know there is no yo yo gaining and losing for me. This is it. I am in a happy content place, enjoying my young senior years healthy, fit, and like they say, "It's priceless."
Be strong, stay positive.
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DOTTY7267 9/20/2012 2:44PM

    I have kept my weight off this time as well, but I have lost large amounts before, only to regain it plus more. I had to make the decision that I couldn't go from fad diet and quick fixes, I had to change the way I thought about many things, especially myself. Thank you for sharing in your journey.

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DDESERTDDAWN 9/20/2012 4:01AM

    Thank you for being frank and clear on what worked and works for you!

Here's to quitting quitting! emoticon


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PHYSEDTEACHER 9/18/2012 6:46AM

    Love it.."I quit quitting.."

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THETROUT 9/17/2012 10:37PM

    Thanks for writing. My best was not very good today, but because it's SP, I will pick up and do my best tomorrow.

I've also added strength training. I will look at the article on Super Foods.

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KKINNEA 9/17/2012 12:21PM

    Totally agree! It's absorbing the information and finding the way that works best for you - congrats on your success!

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HAKAPES 9/17/2012 12:17PM

    Awesome, thanks for the tips!

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THEIS58 9/16/2012 11:34AM

    Thank you!

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OOLALA53 9/16/2012 11:07AM

    Though not as thin as you, reading that long term maintainers (who had often lost and gained back before) say that THIS time, they quit quitting has helped me lose and maintain this time, too. I also think being older and having gone through other tough things helped me. And like you, I committed to a certain way to LIVE, not diet. Unless I have health issues that demand even more constrictions, this is the way I live now! Moderate meals, much smaller ratios of processed foods, lots of freggies, more hunger (the good kind), less being stuffed. Aack, I've probably said all this before.

Decades of trying other options probably helped.

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MANILUS 9/16/2012 10:21AM

    A success story, congrats! Perseverance is the key.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/15/2012 9:26PM

    Ya know, this is the most encouraging blog I've read today, I really appreciate your sharing it!

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STARLIGHT22146 9/14/2012 8:47PM

    Thank you!! What a great blog. Although I guess I need to add the goal on my maintaining calendar that I need a couple more hours a week of exercise! I too thought that 4 or so days a week was enough. WAY TO GO!! Thanks for being an inspiration, I hope I can say 10 years from now that I've maintained this loss!

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MANDELOVICH 9/14/2012 8:38PM

    I love it. You quit quitting! Good for you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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KANOE10 9/14/2012 9:32AM

    That is inspiring. I am doing 50 min and am thinking of upping it to 1 hr.

Great job on maintaining and staying healthy.

Also I do one day at a time. I weigh each day and decide what I can eat depending on the scale. emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/14/2012 8:30AM

    Good tips, thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 9/14/2012 5:58AM

    great blog.....thank you

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DSJB9999 9/14/2012 3:50AM

    emoticon for sharing this, I hope to be a real maintainer too soon, you are inspiring! I know it is possible, I'm afraid I tend not to check out the maintaining site when I am struggling but perhaps I should!
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SYZYGY922 9/14/2012 1:46AM

    Congratulations on your continued success!

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MARTHAWILL 9/13/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for the inspiration and hope you give. Awesome!
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EDUCGRAD 9/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/13/2012 7:24PM

    Marsha, I love the emphasis on one day at a time ... Not quitting because of a bad day, or a bad week! "building a healthy lifestyle" is so much better a goal than "losing weight"! Hooray for your perseverance and thanks for encouraging the rest of us!

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JUSTYNA7 9/13/2012 5:32PM

    I really appreciate this blog. It is not easy to lose or to maintain and I think most importantly you can't go back to how you were eating and exercising. It is a learning curve and long journey to a different place than we were.

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POPSY190 9/13/2012 5:22PM

    Succinct, to the point and sensible. It is very reassuring to know that it CAN be done; we need more people like you to keep reminding us of that!

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THOMS1 9/13/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon I needed ths today! You are an inspiration.

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NAVYMOM133 9/13/2012 3:58PM

    Fantastic perspective! This takes real work but it is so worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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SEXBOBOMB 9/13/2012 3:48PM

    Thank you for this! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 9/13/2012 1:32PM

    When we all recognize that no matter how it is to lose it's maintaining the loss that is the hard part our obesity will be overcome. You are an awesome hero and I'm proud to know you!

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PRESBESS 9/13/2012 1:28PM

    You are a great example of never giving up! Stay in the fight!
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MIRAGE727 9/13/2012 12:55PM

    Uh, I haven't gained back but you know I support you, Marsha! Thanks for sharing and stay strong!
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ELAYNE39 9/13/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you for blogging on this. If I added up weight lost over my life, it would probably be more than a ton! (Maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but it would be a bunch.) I hope to get to where you are. I've struggled with maintenance in the past. You give us all hope!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/13/2012 11:20AM

    Great Blog! Familiar story.
Since joining SparkPeople in 2009 I have released more weight than I ever thought possible and I have not tortured myself in the process. I have found fun ways to exercise (kayaking & cycling) in addition to walking the dogs and hiking. My weight has fluctuated along with challenging times like the passing of loved ones. At times I have felt like I was barely hanging on here but I have never given up. As a result, I am in the best shape of my life at 61.
It is indeed possible for everyone. We are just like the children's toys, The Weebles, "they wobble but they don't fall down!"

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SABLENESS 9/13/2012 10:53AM

    Love #3, "I quit quitting"! I'm amazed at myself that I've stuck with SparkPeople for nearly 13 mos now. Yes, I'm recovering right now from another round of gain back a few pounds, but I'm hanging in there till I get all the way to my goal and STAY there, whatever and however long it takes. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/13/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulations and job well done! This IS the hard part and you are doing it!!!

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LVMAMAW 9/13/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon emoticon Just what I needed today! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 9/13/2012 10:35AM

    You have learned so much from Spark People! I have to and thank you for sharing your HOPE! Sometimes that is all someone might need, that SPARK! Keep up the good work!

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GREENMOUSE 9/13/2012 10:17AM

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your insights!

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