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One Year Anniversary With Spark People!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today, May 15th, is my One Year Anniversary with Spark people.com! emoticon It has been an interesting and challenging journey and I especially want to say emoticon to all my emoticons who have written on my blogs and or given me feedback during this past year!

Originally, I set my goal for a loss of 70 pounds, which would have moved me from my start of 211 to 141. Since reaching that emoticon, I have reset my goal in terms of a healthy BMI of 23 point something. Today, I'm aiming for a weight of about 136 pounds, with the aim of never going above 140 longer term.

I find I am in a different stage now in terms of trying to be a bit more balanced with living life. I feel very fit, but the psychology of maintaining a healthy weight is as yet unknown to me emoticonand a bit scary! Let me explain... Like any one of us who have worked so hard to "get here" , I don't want to regain any weight or loose my current level of fitness. At the same time I am fully aware that the eating monster is alive and well within me! My need to always be alert to it can be very tiring. So if any of you reading this have any ideas about how to manage this next stage I'd really appreciate hearing from you!

I will keep you posted. If you have reached your goal and maintained it for some time, I'd like to know how you did it. There are days, more frequently now than in my earlier part of this journey, where I just want to hang my hat up, so to speak, and go on holiday!

I thought I would be "over the top" today.. but instead, I feel a bit subdued and quiet... knowing that the journey is never really to end. Any thoughts dear readers?

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HILLRUNNER 5/18/2012 9:41PM

    Congrats Bud!!
So proud of you and a Happy Anniversary!!
I don't know what it's like to be where you are...I hope some day to find out what that is like.
I'm thrilled to know you and thank you for all you inspire me with.


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LUVS2BIKE101 5/15/2012 8:45PM

    Congratulations! You inspire me!
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CROWLEY123 5/15/2012 6:58PM

    Way to go! That is awesome. I look forward to a similar success story and reaching 1 year anniversary, with my goals still firmly intact and in sight!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/15/2012 2:29PM

    HAPPY emoticon !

I don't know if you've looked into the SparkTeams for maintainers, but if not that may be a good place to start.

One of the things that can happen on reaching goal is you lose that big thing to work for that was your focus for months (even years, really). You know the current is there ready to push you back the way you came if you stop paddling, but you don't have a destination to paddle toward. Figuring out new, non-weight goals can help some.

What things in your life often came with a "when I'm thinner I will ..." tag? We don't magically get new jobs, tidier houses, more time, more money, muscle tone, or other things just because the scale shows us a number we like. So any of those can become our new focus, a focus that can also keep staying healthy and fit in mind.

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KATHIERAE 5/15/2012 2:24PM

    The journey to anywhere begins with a single step... or something like that. What I am saying is we just do the best we can and don't ever quit. Keep doing what works and try not to over-think. You got yourself to this point, you will be able to handle staying here! Have faith in yourself!

Happy Sparkversary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHEYNKLAW 5/15/2012 2:10PM

    You are amazing!

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