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THE most important thing to learn . . . at SparkPeople??

Friday, October 12, 2012

What's the single most important thing we can learn at SparkPeople?

How to maintain.

Yeah. Because all of us already know how to lose weight. We've done it lots of times before.

So if this is going to be the last time: we have to figure out how to maintain weight loss.

When should we start learning how to maintain? From day one.

And where can we learn most about maintaining? Join the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team. Sure we can. Even before we lose the weight. So we're planning for maintaining right from the beginning.

MAINtenance: maintaining weight loss is the MAIN thing.
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MOTIVACTION2 11/20/2012 6:03AM

    thanks for sharing!

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NANCY- 10/16/2012 8:02AM

    That's what I am doing learning how to maintain this lifestyle change. It appears that I am a slow learner... but I am making progress and still have a lot to lose. But once I get to the weight my body was meant to be... maintaining will be a lifestyle habit. Thanks to you for sharing your journey, you have inspired me to keep moving forward... and that maintaining is what is key.
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MEL_UNRAU 10/13/2012 6:52AM

    Awesome!!!

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PHEBESS 10/13/2012 1:05AM

    You've convinced me!

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46SHADOW 10/12/2012 10:31PM

    oh yeah!

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PATRISNA 10/12/2012 9:42PM

    I agree. I have not met my initial goal weight, but I have been feeling lately my body is telling me to start the maintaining part of this journey. Maybe that is what plateaus are really all about. I know SP members talk about a "weight range" they try to stay in once they reach their goal weight.

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/12/2012 8:52PM

    So very true.

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CMRAND54 10/12/2012 8:17PM

    Maintaining is harder than losing, but I'm working at it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/12/2012 7:07PM

    Absolutely! You can maintain your way to a healthy weight, but you can't lose your way to maintaining... at some point we have to stop at a "healthy lifestyle"! Nicely stated, and totally agree this is the MAIN thing! emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/12/2012 6:41PM

    Amen, sister! Amen.

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DALID414 10/12/2012 3:57PM

    Thanks for the lesson.

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_LINDA 10/12/2012 1:08PM

    emoticon You got it! And you are one of the shining examples we can follow on how to be an awesome maintainer!!!
Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2012 12:53PM

    You SO danged right!
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Maha

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SLENDERELLA61 10/12/2012 12:02PM

    You are so right! Well said!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/12/2012 10:01AM

    Love it! I found SP right at the end of my weight loss efforts. While I wish I would have discovered this site much sooner, I am so happy to have SP and especially AG&M, TM (ok, the name could use some work LOL) to help with maintenance. I feel like I have such better understanding of what I need to do this time.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/12/2012 9:46AM

    I think this makes so much sense but it is counter to the way most of us are taught to think about weight loss! The media tells us weight "melts" off and then you are done! Most commercial diet programs tell us that we should lose ALL the excess weight and then start a maintenance program.

I think it is a real paradigm shift to think about maintenance from day one. But even though I haven't lost all the weight I need to, I've "maintained" my nearly 30-pound weight loss for five months, and that's worth a lot.

I promise I'm going to join that team TODAY!

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DDOORN 10/12/2012 9:27AM

    Imagine the collective TONS we have all lost here within our global SparkFamily....

Well there are AT LEAST that many TONS of collective wisdom gathered together "At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team"...!!

Join in and pay your 2 cents forward! :-)

Don

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RUTHIE_UK 10/12/2012 9:26AM

    emoticon Agree with this so much!

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TXTOAD9970 10/12/2012 9:20AM

    You got that right! emoticon

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YOGAWITCH 10/12/2012 9:19AM

    I hope I get to the point I need to maintain but I notice a lot of people here do so I will definately stick around.

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