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Vanity Moment Pics: by Popular Request!

Friday, August 31, 2012

My DH surprised me by contacting organizers for last week's golf tournament and getting the pictures.

You can see he's successfully reduced by 20 pounds since his pre-season weight: looking pretty trim!

And there I am too in my vanity moment.

Did I mention how challenging white pants are?

And how challenging horizontal stripes are? Not to mention sleeveless??

OK, still feeling pretty good about it!!

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FROSTIERACES 11/11/2012 1:02PM

    Pics?!??!!! What! Ellen has posted pictures!! Look at you! Tall! Thin, lean, fit and that awesome golf swing in your cute outfit!! Awe I love this! You look great! Thanks for sharing....your hard work is paying off! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIFFANIE150 9/10/2012 4:47PM

    GORGEOUS outfit! I love white capris though.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/8/2012 11:29AM

    DAMN! Sizzling hot!!!

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DSHONEYC 9/6/2012 11:40PM

    You look marvelous, does you DH have an single brother? Cheers and keep golfing on..........

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SLIMGOODY160 9/6/2012 12:49PM

    Look at the definition in your arms, you go girl!

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CRYSTALJEM 9/4/2012 5:49PM

    Wow! You look great!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/2/2012 10:13PM

    Wow, you look great! Even in horizontal stripes - most impressive! :)

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IMAGINE_IT 9/2/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon Oh wow...Ellen!! Not many look 'great' or even 'good' when their picture is taking from the back....but you.....??!! You look awesome.....your husband also...both of you toned...slim...like some professional athletes.....i love the pics..and i don't know much about golf...but i know it is a great pose!! emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing emoticon
Wished i would look half as good....from behind...sighs.....

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ROOSTER72 9/2/2012 6:21PM

    LOVE IT. Looking fabulous

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    Thank you so much for sharing these most wonderful photos of the two of you! You both look amazing!

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TINAJANE76 9/2/2012 11:45AM

    Wow, you could be on the cover of a golfing magazine as golf's fittest couple. There is NOTHING you could possibly find fault with here. You're a PERFECT 10!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/1/2012 8:19PM

    You do look absolutely, positively MAAAR-VEL -OUS!! And strong. And so young, too! If you had told me the young lady in the white pant and sleevelous horizontal stripped shirt was your daughter, I would have believed you.

Thanks so much for posting the picture. It's really fun to see!! -Marsha

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NANCY- 9/1/2012 10:37AM

    The pictures show just how amazing you are. It is wonderful to have a trophy like that, and be able to say..."that's me!" and smile.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/1/2012 9:09AM

    FANtastic! You both look great. I'm so glad he got the photos! What a guy -- he's a keeper!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/1/2012 5:06AM

    Beautiful form and style. A very elegant couple,

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NEW-CAZ 9/1/2012 2:33AM

In fact you both look amazing and toned....thanks for sharing!
see you in a week emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 9/1/2012 12:54AM

    you both look great!!

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_RAMONA 8/31/2012 7:37PM

    Oh HOW I wish I coud wolf-whistle, LOL!!!

There may be some traditionally challenging elements to your clothing, but no one would notice the way you're rocking them... your arms are amazing, the horizontal stripes get appropriately shorter (and longer) in all of the right places, and those pants look like they'd fit my daughter (she's 8, BTW)!

It's wonderful to hear about all of the FUN you are having!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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PHEBESS 8/31/2012 7:25PM

    You look wonderful - anyone who can look trim in white pants and horizontal stripes, especially from the back, has got to be small!!!!!!!!!!!

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_LINDA 8/31/2012 7:20PM

    You two look FABULOUS!! And yes, you wore the worst possible things for slimming, and looked AMAZING (and look at that bicep!!)
Well done!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/31/2012 7:19PM

    Nice form! And nice shoulder definition, too! No wonder you are pleased with them.

Oh, your DH looks good, too. What a couple!

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LILLISAGIRL 8/31/2012 7:09PM

    You look great, I love the the pose :P

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Short Holiday

Sunday, August 26, 2012

DH and I are just back from three days in Ottawa -- or more precisely, a day and a bit, with most of the other time spent driving up and driving back!

I wanted to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery before it closed September 3. Some of you may have seen it earlier this year in Philadelphia . . . it's a "joint" US /Canadian project which focuses on work from the last four years of Van Gogh's life, with lots of "close up" details from nature and lots of landscape vistas too . . . . There were early photographs and Japanese prints also exhibited, to show a couple of the influence on this period of his work. I had not realized that the texturing effect of his brush strokes evokes the wrinkled paper of the Japanese print "crepon" technique. The gallery (one of Moshe Safdie's best architectural works) was crowded, even with our reserved tickets. But the crowds did not prevent me from seeing and absorbing images that were new to me and which will stay in my mind: a field of wheat, a field of lavender, a vase of poppies, a branch of almond blossom against an intensely blue background, a couple walking through dense undergrowth in a light dappled forest.

We also attended an open air theatre production under a starry sky in a park adjacent to the Rideau River . . . a glorious Marivaux 18th century French farce, comedia del arte style with highly expressive masks, Offenbach music. It was superbly performed, very silly and light-hearted: perfect for a summer night.

Other than that: walking, talking, reading, paying our respects at some dear friends' burial places in Beechwood Cemetery, a drive into the Gatineaus, some nice meals, a few glasses of wine, a very comfortable hotel: good times. Ottawa is a beautiful, human-scaled city where English and French are spoken everywhere, decked out for the summer with provincial floral banners and imaginatively planted flower beds in all the parks. It's our capital city, with its Gothic Parliament buildings and Art Deco Supreme Court, and it always makes me proud to be Canadian!

We shared the drive back, taking turns so each of us could snooze a little . . . I've filled the fridge again, caught up with the laundry, and feel ready to face the week!

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DSHONEYC 9/6/2012 11:44PM

    I want to live vicariously through your life...love Van Gogh and have been lucky to have seen a major exhibition many moons ago. Since irises are my favorite flowers, you can imagine what print I have hanging in my living room...oh and Starry Night is amazing to see, even if is is "little".

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/29/2012 3:56PM

    I am so jealous of you ...for seeing Van Gogh's painting exhibit. He was one artist that inspired me! Hes one of my favorite artist of his time. Love his colors and I can relate to his ear issues (tinnitis can set you crazy and its worst if you have a heart AFib issues too!) I always wonder if he had both, because its the worst issues to deal with (heart and hearing!)

Sounds like you had a great time! Hope you share the photos! I will bet you even lost a few "LBs" from all that walking! Or did that one drink do you in? Its just nice when you get out and just be a Tourist! I hope soon I will be able to do the same (waiting for Hubby to get stronger). Glad you had a fun day off!
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KALIGIRL 8/29/2012 8:52AM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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SWAZY33 8/28/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds like a great holiday! I would have like to see that collection when it was in Philly!
Short holidays keep us refreshed so I'm happy you were able to sneak away for some time.

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ID_VANDAL 8/27/2012 1:06PM

    Good for you - that's making the most of a short break. I'm jealous!!



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NANCY- 8/27/2012 8:11AM

    What a wonderful way to renew the spirit. I wish I could have seen that exhibit and your description of Ottawa makes me want to visit. Thank you for letting me visit through your eyes.
My eldest son has crossed the border to Ottawa many times while he was attending university, since the drinking age is 19 and here it is 21. I just wish it had been for more cultural pursuits. :)

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TRAVELGRRL 8/27/2012 7:38AM

    What a wonderful renewal for the soul and spirit! Sounds wonderful. My parents honeymooned in Ottawa almost 60 years ago and it is on my bucket list to visit!

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NEW-CAZ 8/27/2012 2:52AM

    Sounds like you had a great break. It's good to recharge those batteries!

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_LINDA 8/27/2012 1:55AM

    Wow! You sure made the most of your short holiday! What a wonderful time!! So nice! I have never been there. I usually always travel to western destinations.
I hope you have a good work week!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/26/2012 11:41PM

    What a great break you had. Sounds like a beautiful place.

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TRYINGHARD1948 8/26/2012 11:33PM

    A wonderful break and bound to have given you new energy.

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PHEBESS 8/26/2012 10:27PM

    That sounds like a delightful weekend!

And I've always thought that van Gogh is the most passionate of the Impressionists, and possibly that is why he is also the most popular in our era.

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SOULOFWELLNESS 8/26/2012 10:25PM

    Sounds like y'all had an active, enjoyable "short holiday" that was surely enjoyed. It also sounds like you are all set for the week ahead! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2012 9:46PM

    Sounds like a lovely short holiday! Glad you enjoyed it.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2012 9:14PM

    What a glorious short get away!! Thanks for the rich description. So glad you found this time to enjoy. I know you deserve it.

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Vanity Moment

Friday, August 24, 2012

I played golf (not well) yesterday in our annual professional association tournament -- and it was great fun. Sunny day, great company, scramble format -- where at least some of "my" shots were used.

A highlight for me? Candid photo taken at the top of my back swing which was part of a slide show playing during dinner. Great form, great follow through: and looking good for an old gal.

White capris (size 8); horizontally striped white/blue/red sleeveless golf shirt (size small); red visor, red/white/blue golf shoes (anniversary gift from DH, and I'd been looking all summer for a coordinating shirt on sale natch, finally found one!!).

Vanity moment: and yes, it's the vanity moments which help keep motivating my superficial girly self for sure!

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DOKEYOKEY 8/29/2012 9:05PM

    Post the pic!
Isn't it nice to know your hard work has paid off?!
Kathlen emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 8/28/2012 12:38PM

    I love those moments when you can love a candid shot. Way to Go!!!! Nice surprises just add bonus points to a day. You really did get to "see beautiful"! CJ

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SWAZY33 8/28/2012 10:09AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
As they say...photos don't lie!
Glad the photo made you emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 8:41PM

    If I had that "golf swing" shot, I'd certainly post it . . . but it was just a candid in the tournament slide show, not taken by anyone I know! Thanks, all of you, for indulging my temporary vanity . . . it's all motivation and I gotta work it when it happens!

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ID_VANDAL 8/26/2012 5:36PM

    I vote to see the picture as well. I think you should be proud to be seen for the way you are. You worked hard and you accomplished your goal!!

You should stand tall as an example to the rest of the world!!



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DONNACFIT 8/25/2012 10:25PM

    I'd love to see the pic too..I'm sure you look fabulous!!

Yeah!! for you :)

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/25/2012 8:22PM

    Its alway nice to have such vanity moments....its what make a woman different from a man! Hope you post the outfit! susana

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TRYINGHARD1948 8/25/2012 6:53PM

    Well done Ellen, whatever works is great.

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IMAGINE_IT 8/25/2012 4:20AM

    I bet you looked beautiful...and i know from experience that nothing is better (well almost!) for ones confidence then a nice picture taking at just the right moment and perfect angle! emoticon i dont have many nice pictures of myself but my all time favorite so far is my profile pic emoticon taken by my son when i visited him in LA after we completed a hike!

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_LINDA 8/25/2012 1:01AM

    Fantabulous!! Would love to see that photo! I know you are looking awesome!! Its nice to take a step back and actually see what all your hard work has done for you in an objective manner! Photos don't lie!
Keep up the great work!!

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SOULOFWELLNESS 8/24/2012 10:55PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and looked snazzy doing it all!

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LISALGB 8/24/2012 9:43PM

    Well, of course!! Being fit and healthy are a must - looking great in the meantime is a necessity! LOL

And, I'd love to see that pic too!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/24/2012 7:06PM

    You can call it shallow if you like, but if it makes you keep doing what's healthy for you? I can't fault it! I am not immune to the temptation to look at a photo and say "day-am I look good in that shot"! Good for you, making the highlights show!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/24/2012 6:03PM

    Would love to see the picture as well! You handle maintenance with such grace, realism, and passion -- you are truly an inspiration for me!

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_RAMONA 8/24/2012 12:22PM


(you need to post the picture in your gallery!!!)

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PRESBESS 8/24/2012 12:06PM

    Feeling confident about the way you look is one less thing to worry about. I'm happy for you.

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M77355 8/24/2012 11:42AM

    Nothing wrong with that! How fun to have them use your photo, too.

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NANCY- 8/24/2012 10:20AM

    You have earned it and deserve it!
How great to be able to say to yourself..."Wow that's me!"

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    I hear ya! Good for you. Pat

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SWEDE_SU 8/24/2012 8:45AM

    what a great moment! enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ 8/24/2012 8:18AM

    Love the sound of your capris. I live in mine in the summer and agree, yes be healthy...but in getting healthy enjoy the feeling of looking amazing too!
Glad you enjoyed the golf!

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PHEBESS 8/24/2012 8:13AM

    Absolutely!!!!!! Most of us say we want to be healthier, live longer, all that - but deep inside, we really want to look HOT - and you've nailed that!!!!!

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It's "Transition to Maintenance": So Don't Wait Till You've Lost the Weight!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

There! "At Goal and Maintaining" has changed its name: it's now "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance".

So: come on over. Depending upon where we began and how each of us feels individually, "Transition to Maintenance" might be 100 pounds away from "goal" (that elusive concept) or 50 pounds or 20 pounds or . . . . you get it.

It's not necessary to get to goal before we learn about maintenance.

And it's not optimal to wait either.

So many people seem to "get to goal", announce they've reached goal weight with a bit of fanfare and congrats all around and then . . . disappear.

Sure, most of us pretty desperately want to take it off. But we've done that before. A few times. So even more urgently, we want to keep it off.

Best strategy: to learn how. While we're losing. And to continue to learn how, while we keep it off. Permanently.

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-SHOREIDO- 9/11/2012 3:08PM

    At goal and maintaining helps keep all of us "in the loop" : ) Thanks for the good blog!!

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TINAJANE76 8/24/2012 7:21PM

    I waited until I reached goal to join the team but continued losing for another few months as I settled in. In hindsight, it would have been great for me to have joined sooner because I would have had a lot more support from others who are walking the walk. Hopefully more people will seriously think about doing that as we continue to get the word out about the team. Thanks for being so vocal about what we're doing!

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KLONG8 8/21/2012 11:13PM

    You're right on the money....again. Thanks!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/21/2012 6:54PM

    Another wise blog!! Good job on promoting the new emphasis of our favorite team!! (at least it is mine -- perhaps tied with my local team) Yep, before I came to SP I had lost the weight over and over. This time is different and it is so much better!! If people would start with the end in mind, they wouldn't sweat the scale and little fluctuations so much. They wouldn't worry about losing pounds and pounds each week. When we stay focused on eating healthy, we can do it forever and IT WORKS!! Thanks again for posting.

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ID_VANDAL 8/20/2012 1:01PM

    Thanks for the tip and I'll check it out. I think part of my failed efforts have been because I haven't really been an active part of any team.



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CRYSTALJEM 8/20/2012 11:34AM

    Good habits only work if we keep using them. Thanks for helping me realize this - and so much more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/20/2012 9:04AM

    Right on!

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_LINDA 8/20/2012 12:54AM

    Great idea for the name! In the end, its all about consistently maintaining a healthy lifestyle -NOT what the scale says at any given time. You do it right and the weight will follow in its own good time. Here is to MAINtaing a healthy lifestyle!
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SWEDE_SU 8/20/2012 12:27AM

    and i was one of those who joined when i *thought* i had reached goal, then changed my goal and did not return until i reached the new goal, two months later - two months lost that i could have spent learning and preparing. after all i've read, i would encourage anyone who plans to keep the weight off (this time, unlike all the other times) to join the team and start developing a plan for life after weight loss. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/19/2012 9:58PM

    I am still struggling....... and I appreciate it when those who did lose it, stayed around and shared all they learned. Its those that dont stay that end up coming back in a year and try again to take it off; they regained it all back! Because they were not consistant and stayed with the porgram because they forgot! I find those who stick around are the ones that keep it off! Thanks Guys and Gals who stayed! susana

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GOING4MUSCLE 8/19/2012 9:39PM

    I love the new team name!

It is vital to learn the maintenance tools BEFORE you ever reach your goal weight, so making the team more inclusive, is fantastic. Back when I was losing, I never would have felt comfortable enough to join a *maintenance* team, before I was certain I was all the way to my target number. I envisioned the members thinking.."what the heck is she doing here, when she still has pounds to lose??" emoticon

The silliest part of that *preconceived* notion of mine, was that even *I* didn't have the foggiest idea of what my maintenance number was meant to be, anyways! It took another 18lbs UNDER my original goal to find out!! emoticon

So join up! We're a great team! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 8/19/2012 6:26PM

    I joined when I was 2 pounds from goal. That "last" 2 pounds went more slowly than the preceding 19 pounds had, but it turned out not to be the last 2.

The team was great with support when I needed to figure out how to maintain. Possibly passing that support on to new maintainers will help me keep maintenance fresh, active, and successful.

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PHEBESS 8/19/2012 4:08PM

    Okay, I will succumb to your appeal (and logic) - and yes, I need to know how to maintain before I get to goal. Because it is so easy to fall back into old habits.

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_RAMONA 8/19/2012 2:54PM

    OKAY, LOL! You've convinced me... I've joined the team (though teams aren't my thing so much) and I've added the team link to my blog entry! Thanks, so much, for all of the encouragement!!!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/19/2012 1:21PM

    I lurked over there for while but didn't join until I'd reached goal. I didn't think I belonged until I got there. I imagine I'm not the only one, and it's why, when multiple people recently pointed out the way the name sounded that I jumped on that immediately.

Because it makes sense.

As you know from my 2nd ever blog post, I was planning my maintenance when I had 64 lbs still to go. So even though I wasn't on the team, I lurked to my advantage and read the science behind maintenance to start plotting and planning...


That was my second ever blog post on SP! LOL

How much more relieved might I have been, had I known I could just ASK the folks on there for help???

Hindsight is always 20-20...

But these changes hopefully mean others will seek us out sooner, now. I hope it will help them.


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IMAGINE_IT 8/19/2012 10:45AM

    Joining NOW emoticon Why not get my Mind set right...for the maintaining stage of my weight loss journey emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2012 10:23AM

    totally agree.
You need a different mindset once you're a goal and all the support you can get

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/19/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon thoughts and I agreed with you
I did just that - I learned what works for me while I was losing weight
Today - I maintain the weight goal for 34 weeks straight emoticon
I learned how my body react to certain food and exercise program - if I need to lose 2 to 5 pounds now, I know what I need to do

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2012 10:06AM

    I actually joined "At Goal and Maintaining" a few pounds before initial goal. This team helped me figure out maintenance. And I hope to continue maintaining that healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life!

So, as Ellen says, "come on over"... it's more about keeping a healthy lifestyle than it is about a golden number on a scale. We CAN do this!

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"At Goal and Maintaining" name change?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Following up from my previous blog, and given the desire of the "At Goal and Maintaining Team" to promote weight loss maintenance, I'm wondering if a change of name might help?

Dropping the "At Goal" part and focusing on the learning how to maintain part?

I know that before I'd lost enough weight to meet SP's goal for me (155) I didn't venture to join the team. Felt it would have been a little presumptuous, that "this was not for me". I did, however, begin lurking on the site. And then sought out a well-established At Goal member to mentor me a bit (thanks, TRYINGHARDER!!).

But in retrospect, I'm thinking that learning maintenance strategies while losing weight is key to breaking the weight loss/regain cycle. Key to changing that statistic (only 5% of those who lose weight maintain weight loss) to something closer to 100%.

And in any case, pretty much nobody stays "At Goal". We fluctuate up and down. We change what we define to be "At Goal". We distinguish between lowest achievable weight and lowest sustainable weight.

What do you think? If MAINtaining is the main thing . . . . if we're turning away people during the weight loss phase who aren't At Goal . . . would it help to adopt a different team name?

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MOBYCARP 8/18/2012 5:00PM

    ". . . learning maintenance strategies while losing weight is key to breaking the weight loss/regain cycle"

I think you're on to something with that. SP's technical details of how to lose have their issues, and they don't always describe things in a way that makes sense, but in 20-20 hindsight . . .

The SP recommendation of losing no more than a half pound per week as you approach goal makes a lot of sense. I sprinted to the goal line, then spent 8 weeks decelerating. I suspect the transition to maintenance might have been smoother if I'd been losing more slowly when I got to goal.

Oh, well. It worked out all right; I lost more slowly to get to where I am, which turned out to be where my goal migrated to. For now, at least.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/18/2012 12:50PM

    There's a thread where this was suggested yesterday, and I agreed, so I already changed the name last night.


(See the comment from NELLJONES and my response, here:

I didn't want to drop the "At Goal and Maintaining" part because the team is referenced that way in lots of places on this site and I didn't want to risk people reading about it and not being able to find it.

So I added the second part (within the character limits) to reflect that we welcome folks trying to plan and transition into maintenance.

And I added a sticky thread in the "Introduce yourself" section of the team forum hoping to draw newbie-friendly discussions there...

And check out the "blurb" at the top of the page that describes what the team is "about." I think I changed that on Thursday. LOL

Great minds think alike?

I think it's pretty cool that we're all so much on the same page so much of the time. Despite the fact that we've all got our own very independent methods of staying at maintenance!

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_RAMONA 8/18/2012 12:39PM

    "learning maintenance strategies while losing weight is key to breaking the weight loss/regain cycle" AMEN!!!!

Exactly BECAUSE my weight loss has been excrutiatingly slow and because I've chosen to view every plateau as an opportunikty to learn maintenance, I know I will ROCK maintenance when I'm really there!

Thanks for a greatly encouraging series of blog entries!


P.S. I'd love it if you could tell me if you think I'm on the right track:
Now (THEN) what?
(my most recent blog entry on the subject... July 28th)

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    Personally, I define "at goal" as a goal range.
The numbers change for me periodically, based on my life and goals (for example, if I am adding more muscle, I may set my maintenance range higher).
The maintenance challenges on the team actually help me a lot with defining that.

In many (most?) ways, it isn't even about the numbers, it's about being able to live my life in a healthy way.

I am so glad to have the maintenance community here on Spark!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/18/2012 11:28AM

    I think that's brilliant! I wouldn't be interested in joining until I was "at goal", but not sure that's ever going to happen.

Even learning to maintain my weight where I'm at is taking a lot of effort! I appreciate your statement that everyone goes up and down etc., "at goal" seems to indicate a constant but that's just not how our bodies work!

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NANCY- 8/18/2012 10:49AM

    the team just may have a bunch of "lurkers" trying to find out what works...from all your success. I should go lurk (ahem) I mean check out the team.
From an outsider looking in "At Goal" is my desire, I admire all those on the team that have reached goal.

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/18/2012 10:47AM

    Ms. Mellen . . . I love what you say here. You always have such smart and useful things to say. I bet there's a wild side in there somewhere . . but you keep it pretty well hidden (me too . . . ha!) . . no really, it's a whole different way of thinking to maintain. I want to be part of the 5% but it's hard. What do you do when it's time to eat and you go to a new restaurant and all they have on the menu are things you shouldn't eat? Leave? When you are with others is a social setting that is tough. That happened just the other night. At this rate, I'm going to end up starting over ever week, but in reality, my determination to keep going has to be there everyday. That's the key for me. Now with my DH's renewed focus on his diet, we'll do this together.

This is our plan, we're going to plan a "baseline" meal menu that is within his ranges for type 2 and high cholesterol. Stick to that regimen and add things now and then that we know are good choices. Since he can't take "statin" drugs because his liver doesn't tolerate them, natural alternatives must be found. In the hospital this week, the docs are all concerned about that. It's funny, since they can't prescribe a pill, they can't tell him what to do. He's tried about everything. His liver is like a spoiled willful child. It says "I'm going to produce all of this cholesterol no matter what you put me through." Family history plays a big part . . . can't do anything about that.

Loved the post, hope you have a great weekend . . . as always, Jan

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2012 9:52AM

    Did you notice the name *has* been changed? It's now "At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance"!

Defining what "goal" means is pretty individual, and it, too, changes. But I'm kind of happy with the name change! emoticon

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