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Learn About Maintenance Before Losing Weight

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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That's the headline on a terrific blog by CATS_MEOW which further links to recent research in a CNN article and a previous blog from a year ago.

Maintenance first indeed: otherwise weight loss will be a continuing cycle with success and failure and starting over again . . . and defeat in so many instances.

And of course the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team is a wonderful resource open to everyone from the very first day of the weight loss journey. You don't have to be At Goal or close to benefit from the community of wisdom available: AGAM:TTMT!!

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 11/7/2012 5:07AM

    Maintenance is what we all want to achieve ultimately and definitely knowing before starting weight loss about maintenance helps to prepare the brain for what is required. Thanks Ellen.

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DALID414 11/6/2012 10:29PM

    Thanks for the info

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ID_VANDAL 11/6/2012 1:14PM

    Thanks for that link. Good information and right in tune with the current book I'm reading!

Been down that path of losing and then gaining it all back! I need to get it right and you're a big help with these blogs and you're own success!!

Keep up the good work!

Vandal

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TRAVELGRRL 11/6/2012 1:09PM

    I love that you keep sharing maintenance resources; they are so helpful for me. I always think of weight loss in two parts: losing (very restrictive) and maintaining (start the party!). I am slowly learning to change this perspective.

I'm beginning to TRULY understand and accept that it's just one long journey--the exercise, food restrictions, water intake, sleep, etc. will be basically the same at maintenance with an occasional treat thrown in. I'm learning from At Goal team that it's going to be OK! What everyone's gained is worth so much more than eating endless fast food or munching mindlessly in front of the TV.

I especially appreciated Cat Meow's assertion that a few months at the same weight isn't a plateau to be whined about, it's an exercise in maintaining the weight she's lost so far! That's how I'm thinking about May-October, but I'm definitely ready to start the downward move again.

Thank you again for the thoughtful articles and blogs you share!

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SWAZY33 11/6/2012 10:52AM

    A few years back when my husband and I started on the weight loss journey. He dropped 40 pounds in about a month. It took me almost a year to lose my 60 and guess what...he gained it all back and I've been basically the same for three years. I would love to lose more but am happy that for once I didn't lose and gain it all back...so yes understating maintenance...even when we are NOT at goal yet is so important

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/6/2012 9:54AM

  Great article on some really interesting new science.

I think people approaching weight loss, especially when they have tried and re-gained before, are frightened not only of the deprivations but of the outcome. Going into the experience with the whole package in place is akin to a hiker going into the wilderness with an extra pair of shoes. Advance knowledge of maintenance can also help those skid times in a diet when, whether it's because of holidays, a vacation or ongoing celebration, a the weight loser falls off her eating plan. S/he might crash -- but s/he doesn't have to burn!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/6/2012 9:15AM

    The article and blogs were excellent reading. It just makes sense. I especially thought there was value in the idea of forming the right habits before you even focus on the actual weight loss. Great food for thought here. Thanks.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/6/2012 8:09AM

    Such good advice!

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NANCY- 11/6/2012 8:02AM

    Maintenance is key. As time goes on our needs do change, so we need to make sustainable adjustments.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/6/2012 7:59AM

    Good thoughts!

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    Great blog!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/6/2012 7:54AM

    You can maintain your way to a good weight, but you can't really "lose" your way to maintenance! So yes, the skills to maintain are vital! Learn as we go!

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SERENE_ME 11/6/2012 7:51AM

    You start maintenance the week you first lose a couple of pounds. Good advice - join a maintenance team first!


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MIRAGE727 11/6/2012 7:47AM

    I've always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle while on the journey to reaching goals. That is major in maintaining. Patience and focus on the way leads to the changing of an unhealthy paradigm. Great blog! Thanks for sharing. Stay strong, focused, and be well.
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Food Addiction: F.L.A.B. to FLAB

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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I liked this You Docs article in the Toronto Star today about battling food addiction. Five signals of food addiction; tips on combating food addiction.

Probably nothing "new" here for most of us: but useful summary and refresher.

Most helpful tip to me: Is F.L.A.B triggering a craving? Am I eating because I'm Frustrated, Lonely, Anxious or Bored? All right then, I need to find another way of dealing with those emotions . . . something more effective than food that turns to flab!!

Am I food addicted? Not so much any more: but eternal vigilance is required. And diligent resistance, too!!

  
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PHOENIX1949 11/18/2012 4:11PM

    Enjoyed this article. Mindless emotional eating a BIG issue for me.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/5/2012 8:42PM

    Good article. Love the "pamper yourself with sleep and exercise" -- that's great advice. The FLAB stuff is good, too, as you rightly point out. Thanks for posting. Another significant blog!!

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/5/2012 11:21AM

  A very important article -- thank you for sharing it.

I love the FLAB reminder. It's like the 12-step HALT: hungry, angry, lonely tired.

One thing addicts might find useful is that it is anticipation more than consumption that gets those dopamine receptors active. And while highly palatable foods damage the brain, foods high in B6 and other activities can mend the same pleasure/impulse control areas that are decimated by pizza. The bad news on food addiction is very bad indeed, but the good news is that, with daily maintenance of the right food plan and plan of action, it is an addiction that can be lived with in a certain amount of peace.

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LILISUPERHERO 11/5/2012 9:35AM

    Nice article! Thanks for sharing!

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NUOVAELLE 11/5/2012 2:11AM

    A great article, thank you for sharing! F.L.A.B. has always been a big cravings' trigger for me in the past - it's now more manageable - and I like the way they put it together. The strategies mentioned were good, too, but the keywords of vigilance and diligence you gave are equally important.
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SLIMMERJESSE 11/4/2012 6:55PM

    Great reminder blog. Thank you!

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NANCY- 11/4/2012 4:16PM

    Great article. I am still working on ridding myself of my addictions so this was very helpful.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/4/2012 4:07PM

    I hear what you are saying. So very true! Diligence is always the key!

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DALID414 11/4/2012 1:57AM

    Thanks for the refresher.

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 1:44AM

    Ah, interesting take on emotional eating! I'll have to remember that!


Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Canada? We're gearing up for major fireworks tomorrow - though I was hoping for bonfires and burning effigies!!!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/3/2012 11:13PM

    Very interesting article. FLAB is definitely a great way to think about before eating. Salty and cheese along with pop are my main triggers but I am learning to manage them much better. It's about being willing to learn new ways to get that long term satisfaction.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/3/2012 8:44PM

    Good article. I can always use the reminder, and I like the catchy "FLAB!"

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CARRAND 11/3/2012 8:40PM

    Great article! I like the F.L.A.B. thought. I think I do eat when i get anxious.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 8:03PM

    That was a good article. Yes, much of that is on Spark's advice too, but its nice to get that catching summary phrase of flab! Very well put. I can see why Dr. Oz is so popular. I too, don't struggle with it nearly so much as I used to, but it can easily creep back in if I am not careful.
Here is enjoying healthy alternatives to junk! Mini Babybels low fat with applesauce is proving to be a delicious snack!!! Who would have thought? I get my cheese fix and its only 50 calories!! My days of eating old cheddar in the large package once a week are long over. Its a toss up what gained my weight -the salty snacks or the cheese.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/3/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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American Election Time: MMOB

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I'm just a Canadian.

Often I'm very conscious that as a Canadian I'm essentially a "guest" in our SparkPeople community -- which was founded in America and in many ways (despite the worldwide membership) remains overwhelmingly American. (Not that that's a bad thing . . . not at all).

Canada shares a long border with the USA. And lots more: intertwined economies, popular culture including TV shows and magazines and music and sports, and many similar attitudes. But not all. Sometimes I can't help but be conscious of the differences between American and Canadian culture.

Of course I follow American news, politically and otherwise. And one of the notable differences between Canada and the US is our media. Canadian reporting of news events has quite a different slant than the majority of American media outlets seem to provide. That's never been more apparent than in the last few days with the coverage of Sandy in the context of the upcoming American election.

Canadians don't get a vote in the upcoming American election. Of course they don't! But believe me, we can't help but care about the outcome.

So: I take seriously the duty of Canadians to mind our own business. I AM MMOB, really. Not expressing an opinion.

Just hoping that lots and lots of Americans who do have a vote which inevitably will affect so many of us will get out and vote. Wisely. Well.

Thanks.


P.S. In response to TRAVELGIRL (and I'm pretty sure she was being ironic):

"But freedom means you can vote however you wish, no matter how ignorant you are!"; thanks for your comments on my MMOB blog . . .

May I gently (while still MMOB!!) suggest that perhaps this isn't so? Freedom comes with responsibility, just as every right has reciprocal responsibilities . . . and rights without reciprocal responsibilities are morally vacuous. We need a concept of "citizenship" rather than a concept of "customers of political services" . . . and democracy will founder north and south of our border if we fail to exercise freedom with responsibility. Which means with information . . . digging for something beyond the paid advertisements.

(Or at least that's what I think . . . . ).


PS #2 In response to TIFFN108's inquiry about differences between American and Canadian media . . . .

Thanks for commenting on my MMOB blog: really appreciate it.

It's my perception that Canadian media are more "neutral news reporters" rather than advocates for one position over the other -- and perhaps take a less local, more international/global perspective on more issues. There are going to be exceptions north and south of our border, of course . . . but in the Canadian constitution there are no "absolute rights" and always a requirement that rights be balanced in the context of a "free and democratic society", plus no "right to property": and these differences do colour our political discourse.

I'm thinking about our CBC, for example, or the Globe and Mail . . . readily available on line if you feel like taking a look! Today's Globe editorial looks at the Obama/Romney option and does come to an opinion as to which candidate it endorses: but it's pretty balanced and thoughtful too.

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/11
/01/f-canadian-issues-us-election.html




www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/e
ditorials/despite-flaws-obama-is-the-b
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HFAYE81 11/6/2012 1:01PM

    I regularly read a Canadian woman's knitting blog...I absolutely love seeing her POV on this kind of stuff. You're right though, we have a responsibility when it comes to voting, and how we vote!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/6/2012 12:04PM

    You are a wise woman.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/4/2012 4:15PM

    Wow, you really stirred up some opinions, as this topic should. I totally agree with you. If we fail to exercise our right to vote, we won't have one. So, as is always, I will exercise my right to vote( I have not missed one election since I became old enough to vote). After all, my sisters of ages past suffered greatly with Woman's Sufferage to give me that right and I will not disappoint. I hope all US citizens use that right and do some research and vote accordingly.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 3:13PM

    Fascinating, well-crafted and impartial blog.

If American media did half the job you have in this blog, we might have "real" news on the news every now and then - and I might actually watch. As it stands now, I abhor the "news," the propaganda, the constant advertising of one side over another, which all amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

As you can see I am not impartial and will be voting, as you so astutely suggested.

You are quite fabulous. That is off-topic, but still true.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 8:26PM

    I don't generally watch news or read papers or listen to the radio. Gave all that up with TV watching. So it would make me one of the ignorant ones if I was an American. But I did vote in my recent civic election as I liked how the mayor was getting our city moving forward, and getting long stagnant projects finally worked on and finished off. The long, long sought new south bridge is finally nearing completion and should help greatly with traffic flow in this congested city of cars. The old dangerous traffic bridge is finally being torn down piece by piece. I wanted to do my part to make sure the guy in there was thinking of our future and where we would be. A person only need pay attention to their surroundings to get a good view of whether a government's policies are really working or not. The downtown core area was stagnant and now its getting improved year by year.
It was good to read those articles to see whats important to us as Canadians and hope whoever is elected in America will work favorably with us on them. I did know about the controversy over the pipeline though so that wasn't news to me. The detractors do have the point it can be a danger to the enviroment whatever land it goes over, and the ever present terrorist threat can't be ignored.
That is really conscientous of you to be on top of what is happening south of the border Ellen. I do love that Spark is really apolitical, with everyone here for only one purpose and that is to improve their lives. Makes it such a pleasant place to hang out when everyone checks their biasis at the door :)

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DREMARGRL 11/3/2012 1:12PM

    Thanks for your input. I will vote according to my knowledge of information gathered over a long span of time....not just on recent news coverage. Stay interested, stay plugged in. Too many are resorting to the "I'm sick of" syndrome.......instead of trying to, unfortunately, sift through the mess and do your best to stay true to your own opinions instead of those of others. Enjoyed your viewpoint. Thanks and have a great day!
MaryAnn

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NANCY- 11/3/2012 8:54AM

    What you think is excellent.
What happens in one's home does impact others. I have truly become disappointed by the amount of nonsense instead of focusing on the issues, And we in the US do have issues to be addressed and it does impact other countries in the Americas and globally.
During US History classes this should be stressed ... that we have that civic responsibility.
Many here are apathetic, and think that their vote doesn't matter.
I see a correlation with our health and our political system. It seems that many are not taking responsibility and addressing what needs to be addressed. With a "what's in it for me" opposed to what is good for us. the focus seems to be on the almighty dollar. (Which I think is a bit looney.) We are a global village.

Oops I'll get off my soapbox now... and I've got to say we do have lovely neighbors to our North.

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VALERIEMAHA 11/2/2012 3:14PM

    Well stated, counsel.

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TIFFANIE150 11/2/2012 10:33AM

    I was hoping you would explain how your media is different than ours and what you've been seeing. Totally got my curiosity up.

Yep, I'll be voting.

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PHEBESS 11/1/2012 9:35PM

    Thank you for that. And I've already cast my vote, prior to leaving the country. Cast it wisely. And well. And for the first time in 25 years, since I am now re-registered to vote in the US, rather than it's protectorates.

I can't get over the news of the US election here in NZ - I mean, I have zero idea who is the current president or PM or whatever they have here - and that's how myopic US citizens are, we don't even know what kind of governmental structure or positions they have in NZ. Sad, isn't it?

But my vote is cast, and from what I've seen regarding the storm damage and aftermath, I believe it is well cast.

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CARRAND 11/1/2012 9:06PM

    I am working on a get-out-the-vote drive at a local community college. I go there almost every day and encourage the students, first to register to vote, then to actually vote. Many of them qualify for early voting, others need to be reminded to vote on election day.

I am concerned by the students who are just indifferent to the upcoming election - have no opinion - don't plan to vote. Others have no idea of the election date. Don't these young people care about their own future? Others are very thoughtful and well informed, and that encourages me even when they are not supporting the same candidate I am. At least they are thinking.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/1/2012 8:54PM

    Every American, no matter which candidate they vote for, believes they are the only ones voting "wisely" and "well."

It's always disheartening to see how many Americans actually get their political viewpoints from political commercials or talk radio. But freedom means you can vote however you wish, no matter how ignorant you are!

I have not really picked up on the media politicizing the storm...I guess I missed that!?



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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2012 8:24PM

    I get so totally tired of the election / politicizing of EVERY news story. It's like they are covering a sporting event. For that matter, the entire STORM coverage was like a sporting event in the Media.

I, too, am MMOB. I'm not a Canadian. I am a US Citizen who has voted in every single election since I turned 18. Do you know how hard it is to find what candidates really stand for in the midst of the HORRIBLE advertising? I'm as tired of "Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney" as the 4 year old who went viral on FaceBook. I'm sick of marketing and polling and news coverage.

At this point? My message to the media and the robo-callers: "Leave me alone. Let me cast my vote. And stop trying to second guess what I will do. It's MY vote and it's supposed to be private and confidential. You'll find out the results when they count 'em up. OK?"

Vent ended. We now return you to safe and sane Sparking!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/1/2012 8:09PM

    Well said. Agree completely.

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Starting with Maintenance: One Approach to Weight Loss

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How many calories a day can I eat and maintain my weight at around 142?

About 10 calories per pound. That's all.

Seriously.

About 1400 calories a day was my weight loss range; now it's my maintenance range.

Does it matter whether I exercise or not? Not much, actually, with respect to weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Exercise matters, for sure. It matters for cardio and strength and toning and balance and flexibility and above all for mood and general well-being and optimism.

But for me at least, exercise doesn't seem to affect weight much -- except to remind me, as I see the calories ticking away on the elliptical or the rowing machine, how much effort it takes to burn even 10 calories.

Sure, I know weight loss is supposed to be about "calorie deficit", burning 3500 calories for every pound. But awareness of the energy expenditure linked to calorie burn is for me mostly an incentive not to load calories into my mouth mindlessly! And while I'm at the gym, I'm not eating: another good thing.

If I'd decided from the beginning at 230 pounds that I wanted to weigh about 140 and adopted the attitude that a sustained weight of 140 means 1400 calories for life, would that have helped?

I think so.

One thing I know for sure: my former assumption that once the weight was lost, I could revert to former levels of eating (all that pent-up demand for french fries and potato chips and chocolate chip cookies) resulted only in yo-yoing,

If I had it to do over again, I'd start with maintaining my way to permanent weight loss.

And of course I do have it to do over again: starting every day. That's maintenance.

  
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KANSASROSE67 11/5/2012 3:32PM

    I think you are absolutely right. 1400 seems to be my magic maintenance number too, though I'm still working on defining my maintenance life.

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SWEDE_SU 11/5/2012 3:43AM

    great blog! recognizing the maintenance mindset has been such an "aha" this time around, and tracking the calories and the fitness minutes keeps us honest. i think it comes as a surprise to many people, just how few calories we really need to stay healthy, with the right nutrients. and it takes learning how to eat at that calorie level to reach the goal, and to stay there - a lifestyle change for many.

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TINAJANE76 11/5/2012 3:33AM

    This is part of the reason why I often stayed on the lower end of my range while I was losing weight. The idea of having to cut back calories even more as I got closer to goal or in maintenance would have been totally demoralizing for me. Knowing that I can eat a bit more (and it's really just a bit!) in maintenance has been a big boost for me. I think that's something to consider as you're losing weight and another reason why planning for maintenance while you're still losing is key!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/2/2012 3:19PM

    You're just so damned smart!

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TIFFANIE150 11/2/2012 11:02AM

    What a novel concept. Thanks for sharing!

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JULIA1154 10/31/2012 5:23PM

  I've had to learn to value exercise for it's other benefits rather than huge numbers of calories burned because that's just not my reality.

I do find that the stress reduction from a good, consistent workout pattern translates into less 'stress snacking' as well as better sleep and value these benefits ALMOST as much as I would a huge calorie burn.

Thanks for a terrifically worthwhile and thought-provoking blog.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/31/2012 10:33AM

    Very good! Very, very good! Every day, every day... well said!

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BRIAN36 10/31/2012 10:28AM

    Lucky for me I'd read two things early on that would shape my journey and lead me to achieving and maintaining my loss for 5 years now. #1 don't do something to lose weight that you aren't willing to do forever. #2 Act as if. If you want to weigh 129 pounds, act as if you already do. Eat that way, workout that way, walk that way, think that way, LIVE that way.




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TEENY_BIKINI 10/31/2012 7:48AM

    THIS. is an amazing blog. Thank you for demystifying something so many people worry about by using "plain talk." It just makes making a plan easier.

I commend your great work!!!!

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NANCY- 10/31/2012 7:40AM

    Interesting approach. The good news is that we can still have volume if we are smart and consume veggies. As for exercise, For me it is more about therapy, stretching, swimming, keeps my body from getting still and moving without pain is heavenly.

Thanks for sharing your insight it really helps.

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KANOE10 10/31/2012 7:13AM

    Great blog. It is a daily effort..and no we can't go back to old ways of eating!

Great job on figuring out maintenance.

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PHEBESS 10/31/2012 4:39AM

    I have to keep reminding myself of that, day after day!

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DALID414 10/30/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for letting me into the mind of maintaining. I can't wait to get there!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/30/2012 8:35PM

    Great blog! I am still figuring out my maintenance range, but it was a real ah-ha moment for me as I was nearing my original goal that maintenance is a lot like losing weight, except more challenging in some ways. But knowing that (finally!) is helpful as is knowing we are well worth taking good care of ourselves.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/30/2012 6:46PM

    Totally on board with this. In fact, I found my target eating level before I found my goal weight. I just kept eating at the range that was "enough" and my body found where it wanted to maintain.

Exercise? I've often said that it is my stress management plan. And it is. But it also helps my knees and back not hurt, and all that good stuff.

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CARRAND 10/30/2012 5:36PM

    Sad, but true. Maintenance is just as hard (if not harder) than losing the weight to begin with.

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ROOSTER72 10/30/2012 4:53PM

    Interesting thoughts.
And yes, if we want to succeed we have to practice good habits every day.

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_LINDA 10/30/2012 3:23PM

    That is interesting so many people are in the same boat. With my current level of exercise, my calorie range is 2100, but if I put in no exercise (like when I recover from surgery) it goes down to my weight loss range of 1200-1400. Once you have lost the weight and are fit, it does take way more intense and tougher exercise to burn any significant calories. But for me, the more I exercise, the more I can eat, which is my bonus for all my hard work. The key is spacing it out through the day, like they say you should eat little meals several times a day to keep the metabolism burning.
Good luck with 1400, that seems low to me.. As long as you can get all your proper nutrients in..

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TRAVELGRRL 10/30/2012 1:30PM

    I'm disappointed to hear that exercise really doesn't allow you to eat more, and from the rest of the comments below it seems like that's pretty much the case for everyone.

This is when we need to use the Judith Beck, "Oh well." It just "is what it is."

I don't know how many calories I need to maintain my goal weight of 135-140, but if I did know it, I would probably start eating at that level right now. I'd lose slowly and be prepared for what I would be eating in maintenance.

Thanks for your blog today. I am realizing I have to give up my ideas about the way I WANT things and start to deal realistically with the way THEY ARE. Not always easy!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/30/2012 10:17AM

    Thank you. Your story and those of others describing their past yoyo dieting have been an eye opener for me. I don't care if I have to weigh, measure and track forever. I made this journey once and I do not want to retrace my steps. As you know, you can eat of lot of food for 1400 calories as long as they are the right choices. Hang in there. It's worth it and so are you.

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MJZHERE 10/30/2012 9:51AM

  My maintenance is just about 1200 - maybe I messed up my metabolism by a lifetime of yoyoing and dieting by undereating. Yet for me this really isn't a negative thing because if I eat foods that my body thrives on - lots of vegetables, some fruits, chicken/turkey, yogurt it actuallly takes me effort to get to 1200. The "convenience" foods, snacks out of a bag, etc. quickly add up to 1200 and I feel lousy after eating them. 1200 is helping me to do what is best and feels best for me.

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STONECOT 10/30/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon this might explain my frustration. Although I stay within my allowance, I'm certainly not loosing anything, even though I exercise a lot. At that calculation, I'm only just in deficit! No wonder nothings coming off! Even to maintain requires only 1700 calories at the moment. If I ever reach my proper weight of about 135, I'll only average 1350 calories a day.

That needs some thinking about.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/30/2012 9:27AM

    Yes! We do it everyday. And even when I'm burning big calories on a 13 mile run, I'm told (and believe - although I've never tried a long run without eating) I need to fuel with Gu or other electrolytes and carbs and I end up with not a huge net calorie burn. So, I agree with you. Eating is the big part of maintenance, but exercise is for fitness and that matters, too.

Great blog! I also wish I had started knowing what my maintenance range is. I am shorter and weigh a little less than you, but I can eat just a bit more, around 1500 calories. I always thought I couldn't eat as much as others my size, but your blog helps me not feel sorry for myself. It isn't fair. I'd give you 50 calories a day if I could, --- or would I?? Well, I'll never have to pass that test! So glad you can live on 1400. I know it isn't easy. It isn't easy for me to live on 1500, but know without a doubt it is worth it. Take care.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 10/30/2012 9:23AM

    I completely agree! Like you, I find that even when I exercise, if I eat more than I will still put on weight. Exercise is very good for me, but it doesn't allow me to eat more, unfortunately.
I don't desire, in any way, the amount of calories I consumed when I was morbidly obese because I was a binge-eater. But I do find that in order to maintain a loss, it requires about 1500 or so calories per day.

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ISHIIGIRL 10/30/2012 8:41AM

    yes, its an eye opener to realize your maintenance calorie range. Mine is about the same as yours. The only difference for me is that when I exercise I am more hungry so staying in range is a little bit more difficult but 1400 calories is doable and you don't have to be hungry if you watch your portion sizes, get enough protein and fiber, and drink plenty of water. Great blog!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/30/2012 8:36AM

    And there is the reality of the matter. I remember a time, not really all that long ago, that I could eat pretty much anything I wanted and wouldn't gain weight. Then it came about that my eating habits added a few pounds, but all I had to do was get sick, or get a bit stressed, or have summer roll around and those pounds plus a couple of extra would melt away. And then it happened, I'd add a few pounds, and they wouldn't all melt away, and then I'd add one or two more. I'm glad it gave me the scare and dissatisfaction that it did, when it did. I could say I'm glad because it meant less weight to loose, but in reality it's because I'm not so sure that I would have had the will power and strength to succeed like so many of my spark friends have. I'm not sure I could have lost 50 or 100 or 180 or more pounds. I can't believe how hard it's been to get rid of and continue to keep off the few I've been trying to loose.

I really did think since I didn't have much to loose I'd be able to go back to my old ways, which really didn't seem all that bad, but it didn't take me long to realize that I can't. Whether it's 5 pounds or 100 pounds, if I don't stick with my good habits, the pounds come back waaaaaaay faster than they come off. Good work, my friend, and thank you for being ongoing inspiration for me to stick to what I know is working.

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BASKETLADY13 10/30/2012 8:28AM

    So true.

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Thanks for the Get Well Wishes

Monday, October 29, 2012

My second round of flu escalated sufficiently to get me to a walk-in clinic Sunday: and onto some antibiotics plus asthma inhalers (which I haven't needed for years).

Antibiotics are miraculous. For years and years I couldn't take 'em (allergies) but the new generation of antibiotics works so fast without side effects: I am stunned.

Still not operating at the top of my game, or close. No gym this morning. Not ready for work yet . . . and wouldn't want to spread whatever I've got to co-workers and clients in any event.

But I'm feeling better, thank you all! Gonna survive this, yes I will.

  
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DONNACFIT 10/29/2012 10:57PM

    Sorry to hear you've been sick! The flu is going around here too. Get well soon :)

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/29/2012 8:27PM

    It is a particularly persistent strain so do take care. Hugs.

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_LINDA 10/29/2012 7:39PM

    So glad you can take antibiotics now. That is bad when you have to go back on an inhaler :( Thank you for not going into a public place to share your bug. May it soon be trampled into little bug splats!!!
No flu shot for me -that suspension and recall of flu shots here in Saskatchewan sounded serious -parts of live vrius have been found in the shots! I know a couple of ladies who didn't feel so good after the shot. The one time procrastination actually worked for something. My Dr. requires I get a flu shot, but I am happy to wait until they clear them as being effective. I get enough pokes not to get one that would be next to useless and might even make me sick.
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Take care of you!

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DALID414 10/29/2012 7:33PM

    Cheers to modern medicine! emoticon

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CARRAND 10/29/2012 7:07PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/29/2012 6:44PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Easy does it, allow the body to fully recuperate, and you'll be yourself fully before you know it.

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PHEBESS 10/29/2012 5:10PM

    Keep up with the soup and fluids, and keep resting - you'll be better soon!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/29/2012 1:20PM

    So glad you've gotten some relief. You are wise to take it easy and you'll soon be up to speed and feeling great! Sure hope so. -Marsha

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CRYSTALJEM 10/29/2012 11:48AM

    Yuck! Glad the mess have kicked in. Take care of yourself. It's the perfect time to do so apparently. emoticon

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NANCY- 10/29/2012 10:29AM

    Glad to see you are caring for yourself and that medicine has improved.
((((Hugs)))

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TRAVELGRRL 10/29/2012 10:00AM

    Take care! You will soon be back to your feisty self! emoticon (this is supposed to be hot tea)

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