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A year in maintenance

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In some ways, I still can't believe it.
If you had told me in May 2011 that I would lose weight gradually over 6 months - to a weight I had not been for about 15 years, and then maintain that weight loss for 12 months (which includes 6 months with little cardio due to a persistent cough). . I don't think I would have believed you.

I joined SP, and straight away went on an educational journey. I followed the stages, sometimes suspending my disbelief - and read the articles religiously.

It is this knowledge which has helped me the most. I believe that I know too much to ever go back to how I lived before.

I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good. Plenty of fruit and veges, lean protein, quality carbs, water, exercise & sleep.

Writing the first paragraph of this blog showed me something I had never realised before. I was plagued by mild depression for about 15 years - which is the same 15 years that saw my weight creep up from about 59kg (130lbs) to 75kg (165lbs). I don't know if it was a sedentary lifestyle and less than nutritious diet that caused the depression, or vice versa. What I do know, is that now I have changed my eating habits and made regular exercise a part of life, the depression has evaporated. And I am back around the weight I was before.

Another thing I know is that I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I am able. It is worth it.
I am worth it.

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EMILYDOODLE 12/20/2012 3:49PM

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ADRIENALINE 12/17/2012 5:43PM

    Congratulations! What a great blog!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/13/2012 11:56PM

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome!! You should be SO proud of yourself! :-)

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HAKAPES 12/11/2012 3:14AM

    Great blog, and congratulations for maintaining!

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LIBBYL1 12/10/2012 11:40PM

  wow.... not much more to say

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/10/2012 8:32PM

    Congratulations!

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TIAGAYEPFA 12/9/2012 6:06PM

    Congrats to you on your year of maintenance, that's a BIG deal!!! Also, great job on all you've accomplished!

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ANITA50 12/7/2012 1:53PM

  you are soo worth it! congrats on your successes!

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PRESBESS 12/7/2012 12:20PM

    You are sooo worth it! Keep up the awesome work! You've done what so many people strive to accomplish.
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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/6/2012 9:16PM

    emoticon on your 1 year anniversary of maintenance and now having such a healthy, good lifestyle. It's a wonderful thing. Love your blog and wish you the very best. The SP journey has been nothing but great for me and I'm so very glad I'm here too. All the best. emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 12/6/2012 4:54PM

    Congrats. You are definitely on the right track.
Depression can certainly cause weight gain. plus a lot more if not treated. It's like a merry go round, you don't treat the depression, gain weight feel worse and eat more. Round and round you go.
That is what happened to me plus disability I gained 200 lbs. Thank goodness I got both under control.
Keep up the good work.
Be strong, stay positive.
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SUSIEMT 12/6/2012 4:43PM

    I can't agree with you more! I had bouts of depression myself and no longer have to deal with them. Whew! Spark has made such a difference in my life as well!

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Very well done! Keep up the awesome work!

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DOUBLEMME 12/6/2012 2:43PM

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A very positive change!
Regularly, step by step, like climbing a mountain.
In particular I appreciate your comment: "I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good".

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/6/2012 2:12PM

    Well done--congratulations on a year of maintenance and on the discoveries you've made along the way!

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POPSY190 12/6/2012 1:48PM

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MILLIE5522 12/6/2012 1:41PM

    emoticon for maintaining a whole year! I have only been maintaining for just about 2 months now so I still have a lot to learn!

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LOISDESK 12/6/2012 12:33PM

    Congrats on maintaining!! You really seem to have a grasp on things now!
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MIDROAD 12/6/2012 10:06AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, it gives me hope that I too can get to goal and maintain it!

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NEVERGIVEUP 12/6/2012 9:56AM

    Congratulations on achieving your one year anniversary! I hope to celebrate my own one year anniversary this spring.

I, like you, don't think I will ever go back, because I've learned so much through Sparkpeople.

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LAURIE5658 12/6/2012 9:47AM

    Congratulations! You are well on your way to a successful life of maintaining your healthy lifestyle!!!

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MEXGAL1 12/6/2012 8:55AM

    Congrats to you on reaching and maintaining your goal weight. You are right it feels good and we are worth it!
Have a terrific day.!

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MOBYCARP 12/6/2012 8:28AM

    Your experience is similar to mine. With exercise alone, I bounced off a weight just above the top of the healthy BMI range. Found SP, started tracking the food, and the weight just melted off. Weight maintenance is now a matter of paying attention to what my body is doing and adjusting what I eat accordingly. Fitness maintenance is a harder puzzle, but I'm working on that.

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62NVON 12/6/2012 8:02AM

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Congrats on your maintenance!

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KANOE10 12/6/2012 7:51AM

    Great job on your one year. I also spent many years being depressed because of food. That was a great blog..very inspirational.

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FITFOODIE806 12/6/2012 7:38AM

    Congrats!! Healthy lifestyles are for mental and physical health, that's for sure!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 7:03AM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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SANDICANE 12/6/2012 6:46AM

    That is fabulous...one year of maintenance!

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NUOVAELLE 12/6/2012 5:48AM

    Congratulations on your success and your maintenance!
Symptoms of depression are hard to fight and exercise is scientifically proven to be a key factor in dealing with them. I'm glad you found the way to make it work for you.
Enjoy your new life! You are definitely a great example for your children and for all of us!
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TORTISE110 12/6/2012 5:42AM

    I love your story because it shows how complicated real change is.great job and thank you for your post.

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ELLEKTRA 12/6/2012 5:23AM

    GREAT ACHIEVEMENT! Well done and what a motivator! Thanks for sharing.

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SWEDE_SU 12/6/2012 5:13AM

    congratulations - what a success story! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/5/2012 8:08AM

    Happy Maintenance Sparkversary! We SO need icons for these very special milestones!

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Happy 1 year Maintenance Anniversary!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/16/2012 8:44AM

    Congratulations!!! :) What you wrote expresses exactly how I feel - I know too much to go back to my old way of eating and (not really) exercising, and my depression is gone and my anxiety problems are vastly improved. I'm looking forward to my own first anniversary next spring! Happy anniversary to you!

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2012 9:48PM

    emoticon and happy first anniversary. May there be many more to celebrate!

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FITTEREVERYDAY 11/14/2012 4:52PM

    Awesome!!! That's where I'd like to be as well.

Also, your background picture makes me want it to snow, bad.

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KANSASROSE67 11/14/2012 3:53PM

    Congratulations on your year of maintenance! I've followed a similar path of weight loss. You are right about the intertwining of emotion and weight issues.

Best wishes!

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ZENNITH 11/14/2012 9:33AM

    Congrats on maintaining for a year! It sounds like you've found your way :-)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/14/2012 7:29AM

    Good for you! This is a great place to turn your life around. I love the articles too.

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PATTYKLAVER 11/14/2012 7:21AM

    You are a success! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/14/2012 3:05AM

    Happy Anniversary!
Well done

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/13/2012 9:14PM

    Amazing, amazing work!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2012 7:18PM

    You have to be so proud of your success . . . maintenance for a year is a huge accomplishment, and it's wonderful that improved fitness has been associated with elimination of depression.

Yay you!!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/13/2012 7:10PM

    Happy Anniversary!! Great blog! So glad you beat depression -- what a victory!!

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