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Celebrating 1 year of Maintenance: This is who I was meant to be.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Last Oct. 10 I weighed 142..down from 242. This October 10 I weighed 128. I am officially celebrating one year of maintenance.
This healthy thin person is the person I was meant to be. I am done being the fat girl.

As many people have said here, losing weight is not just the scale..it affects your whole life. It is a daily commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

My personal symbols of healthy maintenance:

1. Neon pink orange workout shoes: These make me smile when I put them on. I exercise 6-7 days a week. These were also my gift to myself when I reached my goal.

2. Flavored coffee: my treat after my workout.

3. A coal miner's light for my dark early morning walks. I feel like a coal miner. LOL.

4. My Hawaiian lunch bag. I used to buy fast food or eat frozen meals. Now I make my lunch the night before with 4 cups of vegetables!

5. A rainbow assortment of clothes in my closet..I used to just wear dark colors.

6. My laptop and Ipad. I daily track food, fitness, and use Spark People for support.

7.My bulging recipe folder and rows of spices!! I love experimenting with spicy new low carb recipes.

8. My scale: I weigh myself daily and adjust my eating depending on the scale.

9. Water bottles: I have water bottles in my car, at work, and drink water at home.

10. Workout clothes in my car. I keep an extra set of workout clothes for the days that I do not exercise in the mornng..so I can hit it on the way home.

11. National weight control registry: I have applied and am joining the maintenance study.

12. My husband: After two years my husband now eats low carb with me as well as does my son.

13, Cheese less pizza and cheese less omelettes: These are symbols that one I will order something that other people think is crazy, and two that I can enjoy a new type of eating.

14. Level buttons and weights: I am increasing these and losing inches.
My stumbling blocks

1. Tinasweep from the At Goal and Maintenaning plus Transition to Maintenance team, wrote an excellent blog. She pointed out that you need to be consistent to be successful. This is very true. However, she also noted that you must also redefine your rules and make new ones as time goes on.

90 percent of the time maintenance is easy for me. It works. I stay within a 3 pound range up or down. If i go up the weight goes back down fairly quickly.

About a week ago, I hit a plateau..My up weight was not going down..This lasted a week. I decided to lengthen my exercise, change my exercise routine, increase my levels. Now I am back down and maintaining easily again.

2. My other stumbling block was in the early part of the year, I had to deal with social pressure of insecure people telling me what I should weigh or questioning me about what I should eat. I learned to stand up to these people. For the most part people do not talk to me about weight anymore. ..except positively.

Maintenance is like a muscle: The more you use it ..the stronger it gets. The longer I practice the life of maintenance, the stronger I am feel and know I will continue it.
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    CONGRATULATIONS. I am into maintenance for about 6 months now and I only hope that I can duplicate your success.
    1910 days ago
    Congratulations on being in maintenance for a year now !!

    That's Sparktastic !!

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    1970 days ago
    This is an awesome blog! Congratulations on your continued success. I am nearing my goal weight and am interested in learning more about how others handle being on maintenance. I know better than to return to the bad habits that put on the weight, but I do fear relapsing. I love the things you listed about what it takes for you to stay focused and on track. I need to find my anchor--something tangible that I can wear, hold or look at that reminds me daily of how far I've come. Thank you for that valuable tip. Many blessings!
    1970 days ago
    Thank you for sharing those pointers. Great encouragement to those of us who are on our way.

    Yesterday, I made an appointment at a Spa . . . . not for a spa treatment, but to talk with them about the spa package that I will have as a REWARD when I reach my goal.

    Now all I have to do is get there . . . and make the call for an appointment.

    And like you, another of my goals is to change my wardrobe . . . from black Tshirts and stretch jeans . . . to the closet full of classy Chico items that I haven't been able to wear for several years!! and I'm getting closer every day.

    Once again, thank you for sharing with us!
    1973 days ago
    So insightful and useful. I'm SO proud of you!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Great post that I'm sure will help many people. I missed it while I was in New York. Glad I caught it since I've been home. You are an inspiration to so many. I love the part about the muscle of maintenance. I have maintained for 6 years and it is true that it takes continued practice of lifestyle changes to reinforce healthy behavior.
    1975 days ago
  • CARM1401
    emoticon , Loved your blog.
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  • CATDUG19
    Fantastic blog, simple straightforward and direct. What a huge accomplishment you have earned evry bit of.
    1976 days ago
    1978 days ago
    very inspirational- i'm looking forward to maintenance
    1979 days ago
    This may sound negative but it is really to help in the future.
    To be considered a 'success' in weight lose you will have to keep it of for at least 5 years--the got the first year out of the way! Great
    As people become more and more use to your weight there will be less compliments and remarks consequently less attention for what you have accomplished--there is a trap ahead--what is better than no attention at all? Negative attention--how do you go about getting that? Start regaining weight.
    Friends, yes friends, will be tired of YOU getting all the attention, of you always talking about weight, food, all the things you can do that you couldn't do, etc. They will--yes your friends--sabotage you.
    Don't get complacent--don't get use to how you look and how much you have changed--and, seriously, get rid of anyone be negative about your weight loss even in the form of 'humor!
    Hopefully we will all be here in 2016 when you hit that 5 year point!
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  • THOMS1
    emoticon blog. You are right consistency is key. emoticon
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  • SHARA53
    Great blog and I love your idea of having real things as symbols for healthy maintenance. I've a long way to go but I'm learning that it's all about consistency and understanding that when you have a little fall off the wagon, it doesn't mean your "diet" is "over." I'm not on a diet. I'm living a healthy life!

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    1982 days ago
    WooHoo! Great blog! Wonderful tips. Keep up the good work!
    1982 days ago
    This is emoticon . Congrats on your emoticon and may you enjoy many more!
    1982 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your maintenance. You are an inspiration to me. emoticon
    1982 days ago
    Great job! My key to maintaining is tracking, tracking, tracking! It works if you work it, but it won't if you don't! emoticon
    1982 days ago
    Congratulations on your full year! I'm so proud of you. You are a wonderful encouragement :)

    And way to go, it's very hard to influence the men-folk to get on board with healthy eating... especially the younger ones!
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  • JAMER123
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    1982 days ago
    Love your blog and your symbols of healthy maintenance!

    I'm not in maintenace yet, but I'm preparing my mind for that stage and your blog and others like it are very inspiring!

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    1982 days ago
    What a great blog, and what a great story! I love your symbols of maintenance . . . reminders that you are doing the right things and intend to keep on doing the right things.

    And I love your identification of the stumbling blocks . . . particularly the pressures to abandon your healthy weight and healthy eating habits. This is definitely an issue: and sometimes the "fat friends" no longer want to be our friends once we've lost the weight. Their loss, actually.

    Well done. You're going to maintain for life, it's clear. You've made the transition to a permanently healthy lifestyle.
    1982 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the wisdom of your experience. I love your list of symbols. My favorite might be the pink orange neon shoes. I'm smiling just thinking about them. The courage and determination to change your life is no small achievement. The way you beat back the comments from others is awesome. Wonder why it is that people feel like they're entitled to have a say in what other people eat or weigh?
    1982 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    emoticon blog. You know what you needed to do and you did it and still know what you need to keep your weight where you want it. This is a lifetime commitment!
    You are very inspiring to me. emoticon emoticon June
    1982 days ago
    Terrific! Thanks for sharing!
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    1982 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon KANOE10!! YOU ARE emoticon
    I so enjoy our friendship, my most excellent Maintainer friend! You have accomplished a great feat for your health and overall well being! And! You are spreading the SPARK!

    Bless you my friend and of course, we'll keep up the great work together!
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    Comment edited on: 10/18/2012 5:02:00 PM
    Great Blog! Some great ideas to gift one's self in maintenance. Very helpful
    1982 days ago

    What an inspiration you are!
    1982 days ago
    Great blog.
    You laid it out in very simple terms.
    i am doing most of these too. But you are better at the no cheese than me. I still love my cheese.
    I am 14 months on maintenance. I went from 335 to 135. Readjusted to 145 as a permanent my ideal weight. I stay between 140 and 145.
    I do agree consistency is the key . I never miss a day of logging in and tracking my food and exercise.
    The only change I made from working to lose weight and being on maintenance was adding a little more calories to my daily food plan.
    I always knew this was a life time commintment. There was no goal reached, then quit. The journey continues for the rest of my life. Being 70 almost 71, I am looking for a long journey.
    Be strong, stay positive.
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    1982 days ago
    This is a very positive blog. Thanks and congratulations!

    1982 days ago
    What a great blog! Congrats on your first year of maintenance, it sounds like you'll have many more. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that has people telling them not to lose any more weight...I'm not alone and I just ignore them! I also particularly liked your analogy of maintenance being like a muscle: The more you use it ..the stronger it gets. I'm 7 months into maintenance and hope to reach my 1st year by end of March 2013.

    1983 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Well done! emoticon
    I really like the muscle analogy! "Maintenance is like a muscle: The more you use it ..the stronger it gets."
    That's been one of my goals: to be stronger. I like how you connect the two!
    1983 days ago
    I love this blog! Your rules are terrific and I follow many of them. I also have experienced a plateau, and I've adjusted to push through it by increasing my exercise and cutting back a little on foods that I won't miss in slightly smaller portions.

    Interestingly, people have been giving me a hard time too about my weight loss, saying I'm too skinny and need to eat more. I have been ignoring them and feel it's a good problem to have!
    1983 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    I love that many of your "rules" are ones that I have implemented for myself! Makes me feel positive about the choices I make for myself by getting that reinforcement from another successful maintainer who has been at this longer than I!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    1983 days ago
    Very good blog, and I say AMEN to every point you make about maintenance.
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    Thanks for Sharing!!!
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  • JENNYR0506
    emoticon and emoticon , Jenny
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  • _LINDA
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    That is fantastic! It is also wonderful your loved ones are onside.
    Keep up the great work!
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    1983 days ago
    Good for you! Congrats on a year of maintenance and many more!
    1983 days ago
    What great ideas you have gifted us with!!! I just reached maintenance and really need to read the advice of others who have gone before me. I love this blog and will refer to it to guide my path. Thank you so much and a BIG congrats to you for reaching your 1 year maintenance anniversary!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1983 days ago
    Wow - this is awesome! I'm hoping a year from now I can be writing something similar! Thanks for showing it can be done!

    1983 days ago
    Congrats on maintaining (and even losing more) this past year. Consisstency IS the key, but I also especially love the rewards you have given yourself - ie, the shoes and the lunch bag. I always hesitate to spend money on me unless absolutely necessary, but what price can I put on motivation. Need to get back on track and reward myself from time to time with things other than food.
    1983 days ago
    As a newbie at maintaining, this is very inspiring. Thank you for your wisdom and your shining example!

    1983 days ago
    emoticon emoticon thank you for this great blog. You have excellent points and I needed to read them this morning.

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