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Maintenance: pretty much all we need to know! Thanks again, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

OK, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's done it again: followed up her inspiring video with a truly amazing blog on maintenance.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985652


It's full of links to various resources and information. Because we all know . . . taking it all off is just the beginning of the story.

And keeping it all off is the work of a lifetime, every day.

Is it worth it? You bet.

Is it easy? Not so much.

Here's what we need to know to make it possible!!

  
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DDOORN 7/28/2012 9:25AM

    Angela provides a wonderful compendium on what it takes to nail it and maintain it!

Don

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/27/2012 4:41PM

    Great link Ellen, thanks for sharing.

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_LINDA 7/27/2012 10:47AM

    Angela works hard at it, doesn't she? She is the absolute best leader for the maintaining team! Thanks for the link!
Have yourself a fabulous Friday and a great weekend!!

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NANCY- 7/27/2012 10:25AM

    What a sweetheart you are to share this with all of us. Even though I am far from getting to maintaining... I realize that it is a lifestyle and if I start working on it now it will be easier to "maintain' when I get to my goal weight.
Thank you for being here, informing and inspiring me.
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PHEBESS 7/27/2012 8:21AM

    Thank you for the link. (And your comments today)

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KALIGIRL 7/27/2012 8:07AM

    Here's to staying healthy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/27/2012 6:25AM

    Totally on board. Maintenance is WORTHY of celebration... the journey doesn't end when the scale says "goal"... the game's a lot longer. And 4A-HEALTHY-BMI is one of our Super-Stars not just for her own success but for her strong advocacy!

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NUOVAELLE 7/27/2012 2:00AM

    Thank you for sharing the link. I watched her video and I'm going to read her blog now.
She's a real inspiration!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/26/2012 11:09PM

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ROOSTER72 7/26/2012 11:08PM

    Maintainers have got to keep the goal front and centre. Thanks for the link

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Bravo! 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!!! Check this video!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/4828
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Wow! Here's our very own Spark People "At Goal and Maintaining" leader showing us just how it was done --- and how it continues to be done!

Looking gorgeous, full of joy, strong and HEALTHY!!!

What an inspiration. We are going to keep it off, 4EVER!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/26/2012 1:20PM

    Absolutely awesome and awe-inspiring. Thanks for pointing it out!!

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_LINDA 7/24/2012 9:48AM

    Thanks for sharing that! Awesome!!!

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DDOORN 7/24/2012 9:18AM

    Couldn't pick a more deserving member...a shining example of living a truly SPARKED LIFE! :-)

Don

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NANCY- 7/24/2012 8:32AM

    What a wonderful woman! She gives me hope.

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KALIGIRL 7/24/2012 8:29AM

    A victory!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/24/2012 7:54AM

    Wow, that is inspirational. Frightening how easy the weight was put on before but so wonderful to know the knowledge SP shares with us is the way to become empowered to keep the weight off. Thanks Ellen, wonderful to return to one of your blogs.

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KAYOTIC 7/23/2012 9:53PM

    Thanks for sharing that! Great job Angela!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/23/2012 9:51PM

    Oh yeah, another funny thing I just remembered. The director(?) was a bit taken aback when I mentioned that my whole outfit had come from Salvation Army (except the shoes). LOL

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/23/2012 9:08PM

    Awww, thanks.

Right back atcha, woman!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/23/2012 8:52PM

    Followed the url you posted as status and watched it... so totally cool and inspiring! Woo-hoo! To maintenance... for years, and years, and years!

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Short Holiday

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Even one day off work -- and three days with DH -- feels like a refreshing break when we actually leave town without a laptop. We so often work one or both days of a weekend, or at least part of one or both days, whether in the office or on remote desktop. Getting away from emails is huge. We don't use "smart phones"although I'm thinking we are going to have to submit to 21st century pressures soon). But not being contactable is necessary to make me stop thinking about files!

Some "this was my life" reminiscences in my home town, some golf, some theatre, some time at one of Ontario's very best wild "oceanic" beaches on Lake Huron, with sand dunes stretching for miles: ahhhhh. We found a very comfortable place to stay. And we did not track nutrition: but continued to eat sensibly, so I'm not too concerned. There were a couple of delicious meals in there, though! And: one dish of ice cream too!

Now I've got to catch up with a few errands and get ready for work tomorrow.

OK, I'll be tap dancing a bit faster. But it was worth it: absolutely worth it!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 7/24/2012 4:26PM

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NANCY- 7/23/2012 11:49AM

    Sounded heavenly! The only thing missing from the Great Lakes is the salinity. It was a tad confusing when I inhaled ... and there was no salt air. Still those lakes are mighty. You sound refreshed and renewed. WTG on nourishing your soul.

I understand about the smart phone.

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KALIGIRL 7/23/2012 8:39AM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 7/23/2012 2:04AM

    So very glad you got away from the rat race. You really need to do that. All work and no play makes for unhappy, boring times. Its a very good thing you got away from the electronics! That place sounds amazing!! Do keep your freedom, you are worth it!!
Hope your work week goes well,
Hugs,
Linda

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SLENDERELLA61 7/22/2012 8:14PM

    So glad you had a great short holiday. I just spent 6 days in Ocean Grove New Jersey. I enjoyed the dunes and ocean, too! It is great to get away -- even when you are retired.

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CARRAND 7/22/2012 7:07PM

    Wonderful. It's important to get away from work some times for total relaxation.

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FREELADY 7/22/2012 5:53PM

    Wonderful!

I love Lake Huron!

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PHEBESS 7/22/2012 4:24PM

    This is why people work - so they can splurge on vacations and days off! We need them to mentally and emotionally regroup!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2012 2:53PM

    Sounds heavenly! Way to LIVE fully!

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REILLYGIRRRL 7/22/2012 2:41PM

  Sounds like a great 3 days.

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Further crazy diet ideas: Six Weeks to OMG!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

www.thestar.com/living/health/articl
e/1227831--critics-say-new-diet-book-s
ix-weeks-to-omg-get-skinner-than-all-y
our-friends-targets-young-girls


It must be the silly seaon: the Toronto Star newspaper had a review today of a new diet book by "Venice Fulton" called "Six Weeks to OMG". It's clearly targeted at teenage girls and encourages them to get skinnier than all their friends through such strategies as:

having a cold bath in the morning, then exercise and black coffee

skipping breakfast

blowing up balloons to "flatten" the abs

eating three meals, but no snacks

skipping all juices/smoothies; and

reducing carbs (without concern as to whether carbs consumed come from Coke or broccoli)

Hmmmm. This is not for me!

  
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LAQUETTAB 2/15/2014 2:26PM

    I am currently listening to this book since it was suggested by a friend. We are NOT teenagers. Yes he says skip breakfast but you still eat three meals. He is suggesting that you post pone eating until a couple of hours after exercise. No to the smoothies because when they are made you are getting rid of the chewing and letting the carbs that effect blood sugar get to it faster causing insulin to go higher and longer. The no snacking is because most people that go from three meals a day to breaking it down to 6 meals tend to not break down their calories enough so they are actually consuming 50% more food a day. As for him comparing broccoli to Coke-Cola he is saying if your JUST trying to get skinny it does not matter where the carbs come from BUT if you are ALSO wanting to be healthy then naturally you choose the Broccoli. I would hope that people would read the book before judging it. After all that is what we say we want everyone else to do when they are judging us. This book is not for everyone, neither is Jillian Michaels, Atkins, Paleo, or Vegetarianism. I have not heard him say anything yet that is dangerous just talking about another way that may be of benefit.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/26/2012 11:10PM

    Holy carp.
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SLENDERELLA61 7/22/2012 8:16PM

    I appreciate you letting me know that the crazy dieting I used to indulge in goes on. So glad it goes on without me!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/20/2012 10:13PM

    Six Weeks to OMG - LOL. What an annoying title. The title alone is ripe with comedy - at least it makes me laugh.

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IMAGINE_IT 7/20/2012 3:11PM

    Crazy diet ideas are still everywhere to be found.... after all the 'good info' that is out there nowadays...and i agree..... too many young girls will believe this and follow those unhealthy suggestions!! Blowing up emoticon ?????? emoticon

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_LINDA 7/19/2012 7:43PM

    Yet another fad diet strikes again -by someone named Venice? Hmm. Maybe her Mom smoked a little too much pot when she was born :P

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LISALGB 7/19/2012 2:23PM

    I hate to think how many young girls will devour this book and follow it to the letter. Such books should come with a warning label.

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ID_VANDAL 7/19/2012 12:40PM

    That just continues to add to the problems of teenagers and everyone else for that matter. Hell I could post a diet that would work but that doesn't mean it's healthy.

I think some people should just be flogged for publishing dumb stuff like that. I guess I can never be president with that kind of attitude.

Vandal

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NANCY- 7/19/2012 11:39AM

    Scary stuff.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/19/2012 11:27AM

    Yes, it is the SILLY SEASON! It's just that unrealistic promises are so appealing compared to the boring "eat less move more" that actually works!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/19/2012 10:51AM

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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/19/2012 10:48AM

    I think its because all News Media is Liberals aiming and planting such ideas in kids heads, and then they wonder why so many teenagers drop dead or commit suicide! Shame on them for stressing such lies that cause the death of our kids! Eatung right is the key! susana

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DDOORN 7/19/2012 8:57AM

    Just WOW! What folks can "spin" as supposedly "healthy" advice!

I always point out to folks: if it was really easy and so successful, why are so many people still struggling with obesity? An easy and successful weight loss method...wouldn't the headlines be screaming all about it..? :-)

Don

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2012 8:56AM

    emoticon Me either!

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FREELADY 7/19/2012 12:02AM

    Distressing! And like other dangerous approaches, they sprinkle a smidgen of truth mixed in with the harmful stuff!

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PHEBESS 7/18/2012 10:02PM

    Some people will write anything to make money - even if it kills people.

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8 hour eating

Saturday, July 14, 2012

In a recent Dr. Oz column, he suggested that limiting the span of time during which we eat to 8 hours a day results in 28% fewer calories, on average.

So: if you have breakfast at 8, your last meal would be finished at 4 pm.

Of if your first meal is 12 noon: all done eating by 8 pm.

I did try it and yup, I was at the low end of the calorie range . . . but there are many days when the 8 hour range would be tough to comply with. And: of course it matters what I eat during the 8 hours: if the limitation provoked me into scarfing down potato chips and cheeseburgers before the 8 hour time limit expires . . . then nope, isn't gonna work.

But given I do eat healthy, I'm thinking this is worth more experimentation.

What do you think? Sixteen hours a day food free!! Hmmmmmmm . . . . .

  
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DDOORN 7/18/2012 8:47AM

    Increasingly one has to sift through more & more worthless promo efforts on the part of Dr. Oz and his corporate sponsors. But now & then a nugget comes through that is worth considering and this might be one of them.

But then again, I can see where there is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to scheduling and our food choices. After dinner snacking is a pitfall I often have to work against.

Don

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IMAGINE_IT 7/17/2012 9:37AM

    Sure wouldn't work for me!! I get hungry ...a LOT!!! And eat something every couple or so hours...even if i just munch on carrots!!
I remember back in the days...growing up in Germany....you eat breakfast....then lunch..maybe a little snack in the afternoon...and then dinner...and that was that!! It worked back then...not sure why it doesn't nowadays....i am wondering if 'we' just experiementing way too much instead of just sticking to the basics??!!??


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ID_VANDAL 7/16/2012 11:59AM

    I was just thinking the same thing that Travelgrrl said about Dr. Oz. He seems to be going more and more to the gimmicks and if you put together all of his advice I think you would see some conflicts.

I don't think I could do this 8 hour eating thing but hey - if it works for anyone and they do it then great!!

Later,

Vandal
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NANCY- 7/16/2012 11:21AM

    Whatever floats your boat.
It wouldn't work in this household with current work schedules, but that doesn't mean that it would not be beneficial or work for others.

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TBANMAN 7/15/2012 2:37PM

    I doubt it would work for me. I have breakfast at 6:30am. There's no way I could be finished eating for the day at 2:30pm, considering I have a family that has its own schedule, and considering that I work out in the evenings most days. Even if I pushed breakfast to 8:30, I'd have to eat past 4:30.

This journey is hard enough for me without adding an extra layer of rules and restrictions.

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PHEBESS 7/14/2012 7:46PM

    I think I'd wake up STARVING!!!!!

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CARRAND 7/14/2012 7:27PM

    I eat breakfast always - usually by 8 a.m. But I don't get to dinner until about 7 in the evening, or later because i frequently exercise between 6 and 7 p.m., so that plan wouldn't work for me. I do need to concentrate on not eating after dinner in the evening.

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ROSEWAND 7/14/2012 6:25PM

    This is the way I have eaten for the last three years.
I eat three meals and no snacks. A recent study
showed that mice were able to eat more calories
when they ate the calories in the eight hour window.

I really enjoy eating on this schedule. Three good
meals that really leave me satisfied and I do not
have to think about eating the rest of time.



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MAMASUDS 7/14/2012 4:49PM

    Sounds like a senior citizen plan. I could see this working for my mil who gets up at 9 am and goes to bed at 8 pm. When you are only awake 11 or 12 hours a day, this is sound advice. But for most of us in the work force today, our waking hours are much more than 12, leaving the time gap between supper and breakfast just too great. This is totally contrary to the "eat every 4 hours" rule that has been taught for the last several years. I'm eager to hear your insight after trying it for a while. I don't think I am brave enough to even try.

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_LINDA 7/14/2012 4:30PM

    I totally disagree with this concept. Simply because there is too great a gap between the last meal and breakfast. You would be mighty hungry by the time you were up for breakfast. Also, a long evening without nourishment could easily lead to hunger and a snack binge. I have my supper late, 8 pm, because this stops snacking interest cold. Don't want to go to bed on a full stomach and I don't feel hungry after my meal.
Good luck with it if you decide to try it!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/14/2012 2:48PM

    I am to the point where I think Dr. Oz has "jumped the shark" and is now doing entertainment TV rather than giving sound nutritional advice. He seems to present anything food or supplement that has one study with 10 participants -- and presents it as though it's fact. I've seen him do shows where he prescribes different diets depending on where you think your "problem" area is!

About this latest claim? How would anyone who eats the touted "5-6 small meals" fit them into 8 hours? I think anything that reduces calories works. I think the "no snacking after dinner" is great advice and also helps you to wake up ready for a substantial, protein-rich breakfast!



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ONEKIDSMOM 7/14/2012 2:42PM

    I don't think this would quite work for me. I'm usually having breakfast at 6 or 6:30. Add 8 to that, and I'm done for the day at 2:30 p.m.? Would guarantee lead to binging because too hungry!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/14/2012 12:56PM

    Well, I've read you have to do breakfast. And I always wake up hungry and want it early. If I ate supper that early I'd have to eat by myself and family would not be happy. If I ate that early, I'd go to bed hungry and have to deal with it probably daily. I think that is more than I can handle. So, thanks anyway, Dr. Oz, but I don't think it will work for me.

Thanks for sharing that research, though. It is something I could try if I what I am doing quits working.

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