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Lessons Learned: Maintenance

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Most health improvement programs talk about "Maintenance" at the end of the journey. I can remember many times when I wondered if I would ever get to Maintenance. I am not sure I knew what I would do when I got there, but it seemed like it was the ultimate goal.

As I started with SparkPeople, I thought I would lose consistently week after week and when I didn't, I was disappointed. I was cutting back on calories and starting to exercise...The good news was: I wasn't gaining and I actually learned what Maintenance is first, for me..... By tracking my exercise and food I found out what maintained my weight and what it takes to lose. That doesn't mean it is any easier to lose, but this knowledge really helps.

So now when I am living my health improvement journey, I can say I have made it to Maintenance and my choices will determine whether I will stay there or accomplish my weight loss goals...I have a greater understanding about the gain/loss balance and all because I made it to Maintenance first...Thanks SparkPeople.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/24/2010 2:52PM

    AMEN! I am grateful to Spark as well.

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COUNTING_DOWN 8/18/2010 12:24AM

    Great summary. I know that when I finally make it to where i want to go that I will need to continue to pay attention to what I eat and how I exercie or else I will go right back up, again. Your summary is right in the mark,

To lose, we have to eat fewer calories and/or exercise more. It is that simple, but somehow we make it much more complicated.

Good job. Keep at it!

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CJJANISS 8/17/2010 8:53PM


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