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The Holy Grail of Weight Loss - Keeping it Off...

Monday, March 26, 2012

I'm well aware of what it takes to loose weight:

1. The Decision - that you Are going to do what's necessary (The Diet Plan of Choice) to loose the weight. Then...
2. Consistent Implementation - of chosen plan!  They all "work" if implemented consistently (some are just easier to be consistent with and you gotta find one that You can follow... because if you are consistent, the weight will come off).  

So, as a Professional Dieter, I've lost more weight than I care to count.  Was I successful?  I lost weight (Been there, done that, got all the Tshirts) - but I gained it back.  Every time.  So for my "final weight loss journey" to be successful, the plan has to be extended to include:  

3.  Maintenance - what will be the new lifestyle to ensure the weight doesn't return?

I learn from Spark People every day - today's lesson was posed as a riddle:    Once weight loss is achieved and maintained,  can one now indulge in dessert?  Or... Is it because I choose not to indulge in dessert, that I am I able to maintain the weight loss???     That had a huge impact on me - thanks Nell!

You see, I'm still in the process of learning about "maintenance" of weight loss - since so few succeed at this final step.  I still have long way to go before I need to worry about maintaining - but I'm also a believer that planning leads to success...  And since I've never been successful at keeping the weight off, I'm gathering all available information to plan for success!

Special Thanks the Maintainers for continuing to participate on Spark!  Please do not underestimate the impact that your experiences, insights, and support has on those of us who are seeking to join you!

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/29/2012 12:55PM

    I too am treating my plateau as training for maintenance. And this is surely the trickiest time. Best of luck with your learning here, I'll be keeping an eye out for sure, so that when I get to maintenance I,ll have your experience to bolster me.

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SLIMLILA 3/29/2012 2:45AM

    It's all in the perspective, isn't it? If you look at it as Maintenance, instead of, I finished it and now I don't need to do it anymore, that would seem to me to be the right mindset. I too have taken it off and put it back so many times.... emoticon

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DOTSLADY 3/27/2012 11:59PM

    I look forward to the maintenance stage. You've sure done a great job! emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 3/27/2012 2:55PM

    Love reading the comments on this blog!

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SHERYLDS 3/27/2012 8:11AM

    I look at my long plateaus as training sessions for maintenance. emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 3/27/2012 7:54AM

    I've been practicing maintenance with my past 6 month plateau so I think I'm going to be okay but it IS hard and it IS a process. What I like to think is that I'm feeding myself what my body NEEDS, not what I want. And I'm now WANTING to eat what my body needs. Funny huh? Good luck!

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DUXGRL1 3/27/2012 5:48AM

    I hear you! I have never been able to keep the weight off that I have lost. Even though I am not done losing, this is the longest I have been able to maintain a weight loss, I think.

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SHIRE33 3/26/2012 9:37PM

    That is so true! Maintainers will be my lifeline. I am really good at losing weight and an utter failure at keeping it off. I sure don't want to mess it up this time. At least we are finally in the right place!

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-70

Friday, March 23, 2012

It sincerely feels surreal. Imagine, I stalled on my weight loss for the past several weeks at 64-65lbs, and this week I'm down to a total weight loss of 70 lb since starting this journey about 7 months ago.

Now for a smile today - I had to laugh - one of my best friends who is genuinely thrilled for me was "whining" today about the fact that I've now achieved a 70 lb loss - and he can't even lose 2 pounds!

While it made me smile - it also brought up another thought... I'm bored with Sparkers who judge others.

So, my final little rant for the day: I realize that what is working for my health goals (weight loss) is the Paleo diet, other Spark friends of mine are trying different methods: some follow the Spark plan, some are vegan or vegetarian, some clean eating or Wheat Belly and many other diets. And... some follow diets that we may personally disagree with or have not found to be personally effective for us previously....

However, regardless of your chosen diet - you are all my Spark Friends and I support You and your choice of diet/exercise and will celebrate your successes and offer support as you stumble through rough terrain - as you have done for me! I trust that you are being safe in your choices and smart enough to listen to your body if trying something that I would not choose or did not find to be effective. We're all different and our genetic makeup is different, so what works for one person may not work for another and vice versa.

So as we comment on each others blogs, please find tolerance and provide support for the "Person" trying to achieve a goal - regardless of their chosen path. We are all here for support and knowledge - but it's up to each of us to decide how to apply that knowledge to our own journey.

Best wishes for continued success to All.... And let's be safe out there!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/29/2012 12:51PM

    How absolutely fantastic! 70 lbs! BIG congratulations to you.
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TMORELLI 3/27/2012 12:01AM

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/26/2012 7:58PM

    Congratulations. 70 pounds is nothing to sneeze at. I used to love the "whoosh" days. Get ready for plenty more stuck/whoosh cycles. Unfortunately, it gets more stucky and less whooshy the lower your weight. :)

With regard to your rant, the problem I have with those who wear their diet on their sleeve is simply the supercilious delivery. No diet is superior to another and to give that impression is disingenuous. If people like a diet, that's a personal choice. It's no different than trying to say one sort of music is better than another (because clearly progressive rock is the best). :)

I think we're in complete agreement though. It's a personal decision. If you want to do Paleo because it suits your lifestyle, I'm on board. But to berate others because they're eating wheat, dairy, meat, vegetarian, vegan, whatever is where I generally draw the line. I know it's not true across the board, but people who adopt a strict diet tend to develop an attitude. I've witnessed it time and time again and it's completely uncalled for.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/25/2012 3:18PM

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70 pounds down is absolutely wonderful!

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DUXGRL1 3/25/2012 12:04PM

    Congratulations! And I agree...what works for one person may not work for everyone else because we all have different bodies. It has taken a long time for me to figure out what works for me, a lot of trial and error, and will probably keep changing as I get closer to my goal weight and maintaining.

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CANNIE50 3/24/2012 6:46PM

    Wow - that is a substantial achievement reflecting a lot of hard work. I think the way we choose to feed our bodies is similar to how people choose to raise kids - what works for one won't work for another so it is best if we all focus on making the choices that work for us and back off a bit on thinking we know what is right for someone else. I say this as someone who loves to give (and oftentimes receive) tips and advice. It is so much more fun to tell someone else what they should do than to face up to the fact that I need to make certain changes. Anyway, again, congratulations on seeing results from your efforts.

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FIT_TERI 3/24/2012 11:57AM

    Wow - congratulations on 70lbs lost....and in just 7 months!
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I also agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments about support with no judgement. It's hard enough!
Keep up the great work and best wishes for your continued success!
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HECKYAH 3/24/2012 6:28AM

    LOL at your best friend--made me smile!

Congratulations on every single pound that you have lost! You have come so far with so much will and determination in the past 7 months. I am very much in awe! Thank you for keeping on moving, because as you do, others (myself) will follow.

Amazing, amazing job! Keep on sparking :)

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EDITOR 3/24/2012 2:43AM

    Your weight loss is so very good! Our bodies are individual as well as our plans. It is great to be supportive.

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FITKAT62 3/23/2012 11:52PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 3/23/2012 10:35PM

    YOu're doing amazing things for yourself! Keep going! I also really dig that background on your page. :)

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PM discipline leads to AM success...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Had dinner around 6pm last night, walked about a mile after dinner: AM sugar = 94

Okay... Paleo meals (including breakfast, early bird dinners, 10k steps a day, and some form of physical activity after dinner....

Happy St Pat's to All - let's be safe out there! All the armature drinkers will be out in force!!!

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KPETSCHE 3/19/2012 12:48AM

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DANCINGGRAM 3/18/2012 9:06AM

    So True! Hope you had a good St Pat's Day. Have a great,beautiful Sunday.

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DUXGRL1 3/17/2012 9:20PM

    Yeah, good advice for ALL of us!

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SHERYLDS 3/17/2012 5:23PM

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SUSIEPH1 3/17/2012 3:37PM

    Glad all went well and to plan!!
Have a happy St Pats day !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon.
Hugs Susie

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SUEINTHEPARK 3/17/2012 1:32PM

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These are words to live by for ALL of us!
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ILOVEMALI 3/17/2012 10:38AM

  Your blog title says it all today-- words to remember

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Tease...

Friday, March 16, 2012

That's right - my scale is a tease!

Up a pound, down a pound, up a pound, down a pound. How many times can you loose the same pound???? It's like being in the movie Ground Hog day where you're reliving one day over and over again.

Walked 17250 steps today. Breakfast was eggs, Lunch was salad with chicken and balsamic vinegar, dinner was salad with walnuts and shrimp w salsa/red wine vinegar as a dressing. Protein and pushing veggies.

Pre-diabetes: On another note... Before I started "This FINAL weight loss journey", I was getting pretty close to the lower limits of being defined as pre-diabetic - 110 AM (fasting) glucose.

So, down 65+lbs, I decided it was time to check again - three consecutive days: 110, 110, 111. hmm. Doesn't make sense - diet is Paleo - so no processed foods, grains, restricting hi glycemic fruits and veggies. And even a 10% loss of weight usually has positive effects... And I've lost over 20% of my starting body weight.....

Bought new test strips: 82, 108, 79

What caused the hi, lo, hi? I figured it out: Eating early enough to exercise after dinner (even if it's just a short walk) is lowering my am readings by about 30 points vs late dinner and going to bed. Probably just my luck in the genetic lottery, but I'll be including an evening stroll daily to give my body/blood stream a chance to work off some of the food from the day and ensure AM numbers that keep me well out of the pre-diabetic range!

  
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DUXGRL1 3/17/2012 9:19PM

    Good plan!

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ILOVEMALI 3/17/2012 12:30AM

  Great job!!

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CANNIE50 3/16/2012 10:54PM

    Way to be your own body-detective emoticon Nice work.

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FITKAT62 3/16/2012 10:53PM

    I can relate to losing the same pound over and over again. It's been that way for me for several months.

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SABLENESS 3/16/2012 10:31PM

    Interesting! We learn as we go what works for our particular body systems. I've had my BP med adjusted downward, and I'm amazed at what a difference it's making in my energy level. Too high BP may not have any symptoms, but too low BP feels awful.

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TAMPATINK67 3/16/2012 9:51PM

    Occasional berries or citrus.
No dairy.....

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SUSIEPH1 3/16/2012 8:58PM

    Yep doing that walk after dinner should do the trick ..
I also found I was eating to many fruits this bumps the sugar up although it it natural suger it is still sugar ...
Have fun working it all out !
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SHERYLDS 3/16/2012 7:14PM

    are you eating too many fruits?
or are you eating yogurts or cottage cheese?
that's why i think not all calories are created equal...
seem like certain foods just play havoc with our metabolism.

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New Batteries...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New batteries made a difference - Finally down another lb.

And yes - at first I thought the "Midnight Weigh" might have been a dream too! But now I'm Back on Track... emoticon

Breakfast - Sm tossed salad (lettuce, tomato, red onion, carrot, purple cabbage) w apple cider vinegar, put an over medium egg on top and broke up one slice of bacon in it! What a lovely brunch-ish salad.

  
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KPETSCHE 3/13/2012 1:22AM

    Too bad we can't just "change our batteries" and automatically lose a pound or two.
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Great job and your salad sounds interesting - I may have to try it.

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SLIMLILA 3/12/2012 12:00PM

    Do you have a digital scale? How did you change the battery? that's what happened to mine, dh couldn't figure out how to change the battery, even with help from internet.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/12/2012 12:02AM

    Good deal!
Great brunch salad!
Congrats on the loss!
Have a great week!
Hugs,
Mary

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BLUE42DOWN 3/11/2012 11:58PM

    Whew, what a relief it was that simple!

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SHERYLDS 3/10/2012 9:34PM

    I've been watching way too many comedy shows...
I got nervous when I saw the title ....
had to remember that you were talking about scales emoticon

I know I know...I'm bad

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FITKAT62 3/10/2012 2:57PM

    Awesome. Maybe I should recharge my batteries in my Wii!

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DUXGRL1 3/10/2012 1:27PM

    Sounds great!

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