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Rockstars of Maintenance, Revisited


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just about a year ago I wrote a blog post about a list of successful maintainers we’ve been compiling in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team.
www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage_public_journal_i
ndividual.asp?blog_id=4512102


One of our team leaders, TINAJANE76, suggested that I do a new blog post about this list, as a reminder to all of us that not only can maintenance be accomplished, but that we’ve got a list of people doing it, right here on Sparkpeople.com. Last year there were 71 people on the list. Now there are nearly twice that number!

It all started in an attempt to celebrate maintenance anniversaries. According to the scientific literature, the rates of regain follow a pattern like other forms of rehabilitation such as addiction treatment. In such cases, the length of time someone has already “stayed clean” is one of the best predictors of them being able to make the change stick in the future. The same is true in maintaining a weight loss:

- 80% - 95% of people who reach goal weight regain.
- After 2 years of maintenance the frequency of regain drops to 50%.
- After 5 years the frequency of regain drops to 27%!
(see this paper, for example: clinical.diabetesjournal
s.org/content/26/3/100.full
)

So the point was to keep us focused on those anniversaries - looking ahead to the next one, and then the one after that. Because figuring out maintenance can be challenging. And contemplating doing all this work FOREVER, for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, can be overwhelming.

It’s much more manageable to think about doing it for a week, or another month. Or just another year. And in the process of making it work in these smaller steps, you start to implement the mental shifts and accept the lifestyle changes over longer time periods. And slowly, almost without even realizing it, you reprogram your habits, and over time it actually becomes less of a struggle. It’s the same principle as a Spark streak, but on a scale of years.

In the process of collecting dates to celebrate those anniversaries we ended up with a list that can be sorted in terms of how long people have maintained. You can see it here:
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=6


Years Spark ID

41.72 NELLJONES
24.87 KAYOTIC
24.04 SHIRLEYD1959
10.2 ELYMWX
9.53 POINDEXTRA
9.26 BETH7CAM
8.20 PERSISTENCEMIMI
8.12 RLC6765
7.80 ZUCCHINIQUEEN
6.09 CAROLJEAN64
5.84 POTRIDGE
5.29 PEGGYT3
4.84 DIDMIS
4.61 ZIRCADIA
4.38 MADJIK
4.23 MOMMYFITNESS
4.19 ERPARA
4.13 DUBINJL
4.03 AEHEGE
4.01 MOM5INFL
3.88 CAROLISCIOUS
3.70 BORN2BLOSSOM
3.51 SLENDERELLA61
3.16 BESTSUSIEYET
3.12 WATERMELLEN
3.03 TIAGAYEPFA
2.93 BAILEYS7OF9
2.91 CAROLZ1967
2.81 GOLIONS
2.78 LAURIE5658
2.76 DONNAEDA
2.73 KIM--POSSIBLE
2.68 4A-HEALTHY-BMI
2.68 MEXGAL1
2.62 BREWMASTERBILL
2.51 DAWNFIRE72
2.45 SUEINTHEPARK
2.39 FITTOBE2
2.37 LISAW/3
2.33 GOING4HEALTHY
2.24 LEVERB66
2.20 DAWNDMOORE40
2.20 MAYFLOWERCHICK
2.11 ONEKIDSMOM
2.08 PROSPERITY2010
2.03 ROSEWAND
1.98 GUITARWOMAN
1.98 62NVON
1.89 ONEWEIGH
1.81 CLARKBAR01
1.75 GISSELLET
1.70 SKIRNIR
1.70 HAPPYSOUL91
1.66 DENISEFULLER
1.56 BDFOWKES
1.56 KATEANDDRACO
1.56 SHELBSYD
1.45 GERMANIRISHGIRL
1.45 COACHMOMMY
1.45 WESTCOASTKID
1.45 DAKOTACAT
1.41 MAGGIEROSEBOWL
1.40 CIRANDELLA
1.40 G1NNY7
1.37 GODDESSELLIE07
1.35 MAARTJEBOL
1.34 HEALTHYCALM
1.33 MJREIMERS
1.33 MIRAGE727
1.32 LJR4HEALTH
1.30 LOVINGIT7
1.26 STARDUSTD
1.25 MLB570
1.24 JACKIERN
1.20 LOGOULD
1.19 SUSIEMT
1.14 THECRAZYMANGO
1.13 CHRISTIECAT
1.13 NAVYMOM133
1.08 LYNNE118
1.03 EMEXROSE
1.03 JENNYR0506
0.99 2010_IS_MY_YEAR
0.97 KRISZTA11
0.95 LISSOME
0.94 BARB_48
0.93 MOBYCARP
0.93 LJBRANDOK
0.89 TANYAP71
0.89 CRYSMYS
0.88 KANOE10
0.87 AILEEN5K145
0.87 CONRADBURK
0.82 VADAVICTORIA
0.78 LOVEUNDERLINED
0.78 PRESBESS
0.78 THETURTLEBEAR
0.75 MI-ELLKAYBEE
0.74 SUNSHINE20113
0.74 JULIA-JULIE
0.66 MELFOUCH
0.65 NICOLEVAR5886
0.62 LISEIGHT
0.56 MKELLY72
0.52 TINAJANE76
0.50 NANCYLRAGS
0.48 ADRIENNIE
0.47 NEVERGIVEUP
0.45 PCASEY7
0.41 GLASSART43
0.33 ABBETG22
0.32 CELIAMINER
0.29 LIBELULITA
0.28 FROGGGY13
0.28 CSHULLCSHELLS
0.28 MATHGURL
0.27 THE1ANDONLYRM
0.24 PETITGABRIELLE
0.23 CHICA_BORICUA
0.22 MISSIFISH
0.20 LITTLEBO
0.18 HOLLY255255
0.16 1LADYMYSTIC
0.16 MRSRACHELS
0.13 GETFIT2LIVE
0.12 EATNBOOGERS
0.08 SWEDE_SU
0.05 GINARIGDON
0.03 KANSASROSE67
0.00 PERIWINKLE88

This list is tremendously helpful - it’s a way we can find members of the Sparkpeople.com community who are living proof that maintenance is achievable. People who can inspire us, and serve as role models.

These people may be a minority here on the site, but they have a huge amount to offer, because they have mastered the one thing all weight losers aspire to - KEEPING the weight off. They have life throwing them curve balls too. And they have setbacks. And they overcome them.

I think if we can figure out how to stay engaged and focused and learn from these people, we can beat those depressing published odds.

85 people on the list (65%) have maintained less than two years.

docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=9

In the outside world, only 42 of them would manage to keep the weight off. But I think we can beat those statistics, here, with the support of each other.

There are people from a wide spectrum of weight loss. From those who have shed 200 pounds, to others keeping off less than 10. People who just reached goal, and people who have kept the weight off for over 40 years!

docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=16

(hover your mouse over a dot to see more information)
I just love watching those blue dots march off to the right, one day at a time...

There are other tabs at the bottom of the screen to explore - some of us have been curious about our other stats as a group, such as waist to height ratio, for example. So we have a way for people to enter optional data about their current size and shape, for anonymous graphs.

Group BMI distribution

docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=20


Group waist to height ratios
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=21


Group waist to hip ratios
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=22


Group BMI vs % Body Fat
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=18


In order to ensure the data are current, we ask everyone to update their information once a year. Sadly, there are a few folks who have stopped checking in:

docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/ccc?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
C1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTGtzeHZ
GRmc#gid=17

Every month we email people whose entries are coming up for renewal and those whose have expired, and ask them to re-enter their data. This is an important step with maintenance, too. Because regain does happen, and we want to catch people and help them turn around the trend before it spirals out of control.

A very common response to regain is to feel shame and retreat from the community. This is the worst thing you can do, however, because you’re hiding from your friends and support network just when you need their help the most! Many who have regained according to their own definition are surprised and happy to learn that they are still successfully maintaining according to a scientific definition, “kept at least 10% of the starting weight off.” And sometimes that one piece of validation is all it takes for them to recover their confidence and pull things back together.

If you are maintaining and would like to celebrate YOUR anniversary with us, sign up here!
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/viewform?hl=en_US&form
key=dC1oVGRkVTA0bUNTZk5zTG
tzeHZGRmc6MQ#gid=0


I also encourage you to join our vibrant team of maintainers and people preparing for maintenance:
teams.sparkpeople.com/ma
intaining


And if you'd like to make maintainers more visible and celebrated, one thing you can do is "like" this post so more people will see it (and them).
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SUPERSYLPH 8/24/2013 11:56AM

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/22/2012 3:33PM

    I love the records you posted. Congratulations on your analysis, as well!

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POMELO 9/23/2012 8:23PM

  This is a list I want to be able to belong to. Bad grammar perhaps but a good plan.

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CELIAMINER 9/21/2012 7:46AM

    Loved clicking through all the tabs. Thanks for doing all the analysis...seeing the numbers in black and white (and in multi-colored charts) makes things seem more real.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/20/2012 6:24AM

    great post

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MAUREENV2 9/18/2012 10:58AM

    Wow. thanks for doing all this work. You are amazing. Between you and TinaJane76, you are motivating me to become more active in this team. Thanks again

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TRICIAE2 9/18/2012 8:20AM

    I hope to add my name to that list soon!!

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MAMA_CD 9/17/2012 7:30PM

    Very interesting statistics, well done!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/17/2012 2:25PM

    Wow, you guys have put so much work into this! That's amazing! I aspire to be on your list one day too...keep it going for a while, aiiight?

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MISSB8604 9/17/2012 2:08PM

    Absolutely amazing.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/17/2012 6:06AM

    so proud to be a member of At Goal and Maintaining. The team is a great source for maintenance and support. Thanks for the excellent blog! I can see there was a lot of hard work put into it. With gratitude, Pat (Self_Respect)

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JEANNIENOKLA 9/17/2012 1:33AM

    emoticon I can't imagine the work it took to compile this Blog, and the Lists that you have included!! Thank You for gathering all of the information in One Place!!
emoticon I reached my Goal Weight in October of 2010. I will be filling out the form and joining the NWCR soon. I just want to get my measurements from the records at Curves.

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CAROL494 9/16/2012 9:31PM

  Maintenance is the key for success to become life-long! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/16/2012 9:31AM

    Great post

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HILARYMM 9/16/2012 8:26AM

    I don't understand the scientific definition: what does kept at least 10% of the starting weight off mean?

Is that ten percent of your original high weight (in my case, 170 pounds) or ten percent of your weight loss, or what?

Otherwise great informational blog. I think that I need to reconnect with all of you in maintenance. I'm seven pounds from my goal (again -- I slipped up after the last time I lost all my weight.) I need to figure out how to keep maintaining.

Hmm

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MIRAGE727 9/15/2012 9:50PM

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Thank you, Anja! 69 maintenance weeks and going strong! Stay strong and keep living the dream!
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PCASEY7 9/15/2012 9:24PM

    Great blog! I'll come back to it to check out all the other links.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/15/2012 9:08PM

    So HAPPY to be on this list!

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TERID816 9/15/2012 8:19PM

    Great encouragement for those of us still trying to reach our goal weight.

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MARYJEANSL 9/15/2012 7:34PM

  Sounds like a great team! Someday...

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HYATTI1 9/15/2012 6:03PM

    That is an impressive number...great that they are able to succeed in such a way as to set an example to the rest of us.

Joanna

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PRESBESS 9/15/2012 2:29PM

    Absolutely Awesome! I love this blog! I must say... I also love seeing my name on the list as well!
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PERIWINKLE88 9/15/2012 2:10PM

    Very well deserved recognition for you this week!

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PACKERMANN 9/15/2012 1:44PM

    wow! i am impressed at the support Spark gives that other programs don't. can't wait to lose the rest of my weight and get to goal so i can join the Maintenance Team!


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60NLOVINIT2 9/15/2012 11:21AM

    just read your blog about losing so much weight... i saw that segment on the today show but did not realize you were from romulus... i grew up in waterloo.. i went to your fingerlakes team but did not see much recent activity... would love to have joined it just to stay in touch with that area... best of luck to you for keeping it off.. i am struggling with my 100# emoticon

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CICELY360 9/15/2012 11:05AM

  Good encouragement

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OHMEMEME 9/15/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing! My focus from my start has been maintainance and hope to join you soon! I appreciate all the time and effort you have put into this blog and the Spark community. I admire your weightloss and more so, your maintainance. Keep Sparking!

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MANILUS 9/15/2012 10:11AM

    Great look at success and support!

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BABYSTEPS123 9/15/2012 9:42AM

    Still losing ... but can't wait to join you! So happy to know you are out there since I fit into the "lost but regained" category. Not this time ... thank to better tools and people like you! Keep up the good work!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/15/2012 9:29AM

    This is so great it should be kept somewhere!! Like a mission statement for Sparkpeople!!
Good job!!

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PENOWOK 9/15/2012 8:53AM

    Wow! That's amazing!! Thanks for all of the work making this blog!

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    Interesting!

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    Love the maintainers group!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/14/2012 11:16PM

    Great blog! I reached my goal and maintained for 2 full years - only to have a set back (had several procedures and I wasn't able to workout for almost 3 months - well, not working out = picking up the bad eating habits) I gained about 15 pounds - and have since lost it again and now maintained the last several months!! Maintaining, in my opinion, is almost harder than loosing the weight!!

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TREYONE 9/14/2012 11:10PM

  What an inspiration! Thank you!!!

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ROCKYCPA 9/14/2012 11:04PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 9/14/2012 10:57PM

    Wow! That list is overwhelming and inspiring! I will join it one day!

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    This is great, Thank you,

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