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A Touch of Honesty.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I do not change my weight ticker anymore. Yes, I will if I get to 115.0 but not after that.

Why? Because I want people to see this can be done. I want people to know that no dream is impossible. 95 lbs gone forever.

I will tell anyone, anytime, what I weigh that morning because yes, I weigh every day. But maintenance means fluctuation and I don't feel the need to keep changing the ticker.

This is what SP is all about, helping one another to reach previously thought impossible dreams! The Spark Program works! Start with Stage One and do the steps no matter how silly they seem. I only missed the collage but I might just make one this year for getting me to follow through with exercising!

Hang clothes on the closet door so you can try them on whenever you start to get discouraged! That really works!! Even if they still don't fit, you will know if you are getting closer!

Eat the calories SP tells you to eat! Do not be afraid! Concentrate on your Cardio and you will be burning calories!

Call on me if you need me! That is why I am still here. We all need each other to make this happen!

I love you!
Linda
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**When I first heard people asking for a special maintenance ticker I didn't understand. Now that I am maintaining, I can really see the need.
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FIT-AT-50 10/1/2010 6:06PM

    Great blog, Linda. I can relate to every single point. Maintenance is possible and wonderful and I'm completely convinced that it can last a lifetime! I do believe that at some point, I won't think of myself as being "in maintenance." Having been "in maintenance" for a little over a year, I rarely think of maintenance eating anymore. Healthy eating, which includes proper calories for my current weight, has become my normal, and it is obvious that it is your new normal, too!

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HERE2PERSEVERE 9/30/2010 6:53PM

    You are doing emoticon emoticon
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Take care & SPaRk On!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 2:34PM

    I really think there should be a special ticker for maintenance. When I got to goal last year, it was one of the things that threw me off that there wasn't one. It should be a special color and clearly designated.

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SOPHIADARE 9/28/2010 10:28AM

    It really helps, too, that you make this statement about fluctuation at maintenance from having arrived at maintenance and having stayed there.

You have the credibility to say that and we can understand that you have arrived at a lifestyle change, and that you keep checking to make sure you're maintaining the changed attitude, but you're also not getting overly worried about every little thing.

Thank you and good for you!

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TUDI4480 9/27/2010 11:17PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for all you do. You make a difference for so many, including me! Keep on keeping on. And, always enjoy the journey.

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GRALLEN 9/27/2010 9:00PM

    Boy, I needed this blog. I'm not really putting in the effort to lose the weight and this week I've decided to re-focus my attentions. Some of that re-focus is relinquishing some of my team leader duties. I've already put some feelers on some of the teams. I'm glad you are here and keep writing these blogs. They really encourage me.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/27/2010 7:57PM

    Another great blog, Linda! I think you are right. Changing your weight ticker daily or probably even monthly is too much when you are maintaining. I'm grateful that you are here for all of us.

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REBECCAMA 9/27/2010 9:33AM

  Thanks for this. I've been wondering about some people's tickers. I suppose another option would be just not to share your ticker at all. Leave it hidden.

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ASTORRES1 9/27/2010 8:36AM

    I agree...I stopped changing mine for every lb or two I yo-you with.....



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MSLZZY 9/27/2010 6:49AM

    I don't change but ticker anymore either. Maintenance means being ever vigilant with my daily choices and activity. It's great to know you are still there for all of us. HUGS!

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SHERRY257 9/26/2010 7:54PM

    Linda, thanks! I just love your inspiration and encouragement. 95# Wow! emoticon

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MERRY40 9/26/2010 7:27PM

    Way to go, Linda! Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment! I hope that within the next year, I will be able to have had the great accomplishment that you have had. I've been at a standstill for awhile now and I need to get motivated to cut back even more and eat healthier. I hope that I can learn what you now know. God bless.
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TRYINGHARD1948 9/26/2010 4:06PM

    Linda, you are inspirational. Thank you for being you.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/26/2010 1:47PM

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NHGRL68 9/26/2010 12:38PM

    emoticon on all you have accomplished. 95 lbs is AMAZING! You're an inspiration to us all. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MIMICOTO 9/26/2010 10:49AM

    Great blog and great advice! Well said!\\ emoticon

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KELLEEH 9/26/2010 10:22AM

    Good advice. Thanks!

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JENNY888 9/26/2010 10:21AM

    I can see your point but at the same time I also think everyone needs to know that weight does fluctuate even on maintenance so they do not think they are different.

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JLWOF1 9/26/2010 10:14AM

    Thanks for the words of inspiration! You are a true leader! Thanks for all you do and say!

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LOPEYP 9/26/2010 10:12AM

    Anything is attainable with a little effort and perseverance!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/26/2010 9:47AM

    Thanks for the words of support! emoticon

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CINDBABE 9/26/2010 9:43AM

    Thanks for the blog, and your inspiration. It is important to have people like you for support!

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CATHEITE 9/26/2010 9:29AM

    I weigh myself every day too. I think that's important; also important to accept that minor weight fluctuations are a normal part of life. Thanks for doing what you do, Linda. You're terrific!


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MARTY19 9/26/2010 9:13AM

    Thank you my friend for posting this blog. It is something we all need to read. And having you for a friend makes this journey so much better.

Love you,
Marty

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MEADSBAY 9/26/2010 9:00AM

    Love you, too!

You always know exactly the right thing to say.

The scale can run your life- a range and some fluctuation is normal!

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_VALEO_ 9/26/2010 8:16AM

    And never ever quit your goals nor quit on you! That is why I am still here! emoticon

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 9/26/2010 8:12AM

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2010 7:58AM

    Another sensible and motivating blog, Linda!

I'm kind of with you about the ticker. One thing I have never done with mine is acknowledge how far I am from my lifetime highest weight. It dawned on me just this week, that at one point in my life (1989, and again in 2005) I tipped the scale at 224 pounds. Lately, the scale is hovering around the 125 point, and showed me 124 one day... and the number "100 pounds"... "Barb, you have discarded 100 pounds since 1989... not all at once, but over time!"

So, yes, people, if you keep working at it, maybe even over decades with slips, falls and backslides, it is possible! We CAN do this, and we're worth it!

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RIMAJO 9/26/2010 7:53AM

    A great blog Raylin, lots of good input. Like Dawn, I too see you as an inspiration - you've accomplished something I'm working hard to achieve. If only I could get there quicker..


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/26/2010 7:25AM

    You're right... we all need one another! You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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