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    ANNIEONLI   42,944
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3 Years on Maintenance... and I forgot!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yup...I completely forgot and here I come on Spark to log-in, get some points, check in... and I have an email and goodie and a few page comments (which I will get to return visits in a wee bit to say thanks to) ... and I see that I was lovingly reminded of the fact that I hit 137 on 11/18/2009....and I am glad to say that I have only seen that number once while on maintenance since I am maintaining in the 130-135 range.

But even so, the 137 was a HUGE thing because that was 50 pounds gone.

50 pounds.

FIVE -- ZERO.

Really??? I did that? and I am keeping it off? Yes, I guess I am...and it's a habit to keep my head in the game now because it HAS been so long...who knew.

People from my past always say that it's nice to see and are somewhat surprised that I have kept it off, and sometimes, I am surprised myself....especially when I am down on myself....and clothes are a little tight and I have had a bad eating & low exercise day/week/month that I am not really 157, 167, 177 or 187 because sometimes, it feels like that. (LoL - yes Virginia, there is such a thing as bad days on maintenance).

Anyway...the big secret of this (get ready to hold on to your hats folks!) well, it is to track my food, drink my water, keep my body moving... and never give up on the bigger picture of things... and when I see that upper number on the range, reign in the bad habits and bump up the good habits... and forgive myself when I slip up.

Are there bad times and slip ups? yup, more emotional than calendar influenced (holidays are manageable now). Exercise helps out with those emotional bad times most of the time and talking helps with the rest...talking/blogging ...same difference. emoticon

Things that also help....my Maintenance Buddy OAKBORN and I are in touch every day either here or on FB (ahem, more on FB really - LOL) and she really is awesome and you should check out her page. I know she is a ready ear to listen to anything at all... and that is a big help. One day, we will meet face to face, but in the meantime...we have the internet and that is cool and good enough for now.

And the other thing that really really helps....is Sparkpeople... the site, the tools, the community, and the articles. If this wasn't here, I don't know if I would have ever achieved any of this. Why do I know that? Because I tried everything out there over the years (i.e. Slim fast, Weight Watchers, eDiets, and yes, even the drug phen-phen for a few months) and nothing seemed to stick. Spark taught me to re-learn how I ate...and that knowledge is my power now.

OK - Didn't mean to go on a side bar there...I think I wrote about it a while back in my journal and it just popped out again now! LoL But it's true.

Thanks, Sparkers, for being there (and also for reminding me that it has actually been 3 years on Maintenance on Spark!)

Love and Sparks,
Annie
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FLGIRL1234 1/5/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats on your continued success! That's awesome!

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LOGOULD 1/5/2013 10:16AM

    CONGRATS! on three years of maintenance!!! Thanks so much for the honest and insightful blog and for blazing the trail head for those of us who are newer to the maintenance path.

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SIMPLYDALENA 1/1/2013 7:43PM

    Just joined SP today and this is my 1st blog to read. Congratulations! Thanks for writing and inspirational blog. emoticon

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MANILUS 12/27/2012 7:56PM

    Great job on maintaining the lifestyle, keep it up!!

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FIRECOM 12/27/2012 11:04AM

    I have been in maintenance for only 3 or 4 months now and I agree. It is TOUGH, but worth it. I just with I was able to do rigorous workouts like jogging or even aggressive walks. it would take some of the frustration out of the process.

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SWEDE_SU 12/27/2012 4:40AM

    thanks for your blog - it's maintainers like you who inspire the rest of us to stick to it!

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MAEBEAR26 12/26/2012 5:41PM

    Congrats! Keeping it off is so hard, well done.

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ADRIENALINE 12/25/2012 5:42PM

    I'm only at one year maintenance. Your progress helps me tremendously! Thanks for blogging.

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DESERTFLOWERG 12/25/2012 12:44AM

    Yessss!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/24/2012 10:17PM

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POPSY190 12/24/2012 1:47AM

    Great blog.

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ANITA50 12/23/2012 11:25AM

  congratulations! that is fantastic news!

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-SHOREIDO- 12/23/2012 9:13AM

    Congratulations!!! *50* is a big accomplishment in any way shape or form or POUNDS : )

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SUECHRIS50 12/23/2012 12:15AM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/22/2012 8:22AM

    great job

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/21/2012 9:30PM

    Thanks for writing this great blog and a big emoticon for 3 years in maintenance. I recently entered maintenance and lost the big FIVE OHHHH too - so can really identify with what you're saying. It's great to read the experiences in maintenance that other SP have had. It's awesome you've done so well!!!

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MARCOSMASTER 12/21/2012 7:59PM

    Congrats, It is truly a process and a jouney, thanks for the wit and wisdom. Just getting to the spot where I shall stay long term, its good to know that maintance isn't the bad word that I had previously thought it was!! I am still pondering the value of a checkin buddy or mentor, that may help. Thanks!! emoticon

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PCASEY7 12/21/2012 4:26PM

    Congrats on achieving 3 years of maintenance! I'm getting closer to a full year but not there yet. Like you, I need to maintain my food & exercise tracking, drink my water and get my exercise in. I think it puts me in a good routine and helps me to maintain. I do slip up particularly at this time of year but know that I can refocus as necessary and drop any extra weight gained. Keep up the great work and keep blogging!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/21/2012 10:08AM

    Great blog!! I'm so glad you got a popular blog award for this effort. What you say is 100% in keeping with my experience. So glad to have you and other maintainers here on SparkPeople. No one else in my life understands that there can be bad days on maintenance and that it take effort -- everyday commitment and effort -- to maintain!!

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ANNIEONLI 12/21/2012 8:22AM

    Hey everyone!!!

Thanks so much for visiting and reading and the continued support!!

I'm hoping to visit everyone too, once things calm down a bit here..but in the meantime: Happy Holidays!!!!! Be well! and Spark on!!!!

Big Smiles emoticon and tons of emoticon
Annie

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ROXYZMOM 12/21/2012 7:28AM

    Congratulations! You are a great inspiration!

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NELLJONES 12/21/2012 7:20AM

    Great job and it IS easy to forget as time goes by. It means that what used to be your obsession has left you. Congrats!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/20/2012 11:29PM

    Great job! Your success is inspiring!

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WOLFKITTY 12/20/2012 10:57PM

    Congrats! I especially love to see success stories from people that I remember starting on spark. You are one of the memorable ones, for sure!!

Take care,
Jocelyn

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SCOUTMOM715 12/20/2012 10:32PM

    emoticon on 3 yrs of maintaining!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/20/2012 5:53PM

    Way to go! Thank you for sharing about the realities of maintenance. I know I used to have the idea that if I could ever reach my goal weight, I'd be able to keep it off no problem. The reality is most people don't, however, because they fail to make the permanent changes needed to keep it off. Truth is, we have to continue to pay attention to things like getting enough water, watching what we eat, and moving enough to keep weight off for the long haul.

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KARRENLYNN 12/20/2012 5:37PM

    Congratulations on your success! I'm still working on getting there but as long as I see this as a lifestyle choice and not a temp project, I'll see the speedbumps as temporary and stay on track.

Have a great holiday,

Karen emoticon

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OOLALA53 12/20/2012 5:00PM

    The gold standard on maintenance is five years, but you have definitely made it into the big leagues with three. I haven't been at goal for three but I am coming up on three years of using the guidelines that have made me feel more sane. I find it is getting easier as time goes on. May sanity reign!

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THOMS1 12/20/2012 3:44PM

    emoticon on your maintenance. You are doing a great job. emoticon

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DOUBLEMME 12/20/2012 2:58PM

    Excellent!
My spark congratulations.

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SUSIEMT 12/20/2012 2:45PM

    Well said! Keep up the good maintenance!

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JSTETSER 12/20/2012 1:57PM

    Beautiful!
Congratulations

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PRESBESS 12/20/2012 12:38PM

    You are proof that it can be done, through the ups and downs, maintaining for years is very achievable. Thanks for sharing!

You Rock!
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LOISDESK 12/20/2012 12:26PM

    Congrats big time on your 3 years of maintenance!!! You are an inspiration to all of us still on the journey! Happy Holidays!!

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HANSBRINK 12/20/2012 12:05PM

  Thank you! Glad to hear a very down to earth comment:
"Are there bad times and slip ups? yup," Along with the idea of getting back into the groove of things and do what's necessary (track, eat right, exercise).

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MIDROAD 12/20/2012 8:57AM

    I still have 30 pounds to go, but I joined this team to be ready for the time I transition to maintenance. Blogs like your and others here give me hope that I too could be a successful maintainer. Thank you so much for sharing!

Happy Holidays
Jeannie

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SANDICANE 12/20/2012 7:10AM

    You are a wonderful inspiration!@ 3 years at maintenance!!! Fabulous! I've been 3 weeks at maintenance and am looking forward to walking right behind you!

Cheers to you!

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WATERMELLEN 12/20/2012 6:46AM

    Fantastic accomplishment -- and fantastic maintenance!!

You're so right about the effort it takes to keep on maintaining!!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/20/2012 6:28AM

    That is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/20/2012 6:19AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of maintenance! emoticon

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MAREE1953 12/20/2012 4:16AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts!

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MOBYCARP 12/20/2012 3:49AM

    Now that's something to aspire to . . . maintenance becoming so routine that I forget the anniversary! I'm not there yet, but I've only been in maintenance a little over a year now.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/20/2012 3:29AM

    Fantastic achievement. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/19/2012 9:23AM

    Thanks for sharing your maintenance experience! Inspiration like yours is always welcome! Today is my 7-month maintenance anniversary, and I look forward to making it to the 1-year point.


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DIANNEMT 12/19/2012 7:26AM

    I am just starting maintenance (although I had a 8 month plateau which was almost maintenance) and I am scared/worried/what do I do. Saw this post and yeah--I keep doing what I am doing! I guess I just focus on holding where I am--not trying to lose anymore (people say I will look gaunt if I lose more....)

So--thank you. This was the right thing to see this morning!! I hope I can do it--if others can--like you--then there is hope for me, too!!

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KANOE10 12/8/2012 8:39AM

    Great job on 3 years of maintenance! I like your comment..when you are in the upper range, reign in the bad habits and focus on the positive ones. I agree that support and Spark People have made me accountable and positive about maintenance for the first time in my life.


Thanks for sharing a wonderful blog. I joined NWCR also..interesting questions.

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