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What I learned on the school bus on the way to MAINTENANCE


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

They say the REAL education takes place on the bus on the WAY TO school. The education about real life. emoticon

Perhaps the same goes for the weight maintenance education. I haven't learned much new information since making it to maintenance.


On 12/31/12 it will be one year of maintaining for me. emoticon


Most of what I learned about maintenance, I learned right here, on SparkPeople, before I actually got to maintenance. It's not that different from losing weight. Education is key...I read and re-read articles on Spark frequently. I play trivia and take quizzes for reminders to stay on track. I have backed off from blogging just because of time restrictions. I'd rather work-out or take a hike than blog about it. emoticon




Maintenance requires an independent spirit. Maintainers are in the minority...always. The 5% everyone refers to. . . most people will fail, mmkay... sorry, just the way it is. There is no safety in numbers here. In some situations it may not be the popular choice either. Maintenance is not as glamorous and exciting as weight-loss. Fewer compliments and less attention. If you are in weight-loss mode and that motivates you, find something a substitute now.



The closest thing to an ah-ha moment for me was realizing that there is no end to maintenance. emoticon

It is FOREVER. The end is just...death. That's all.





Not gonna lie...

Maintenance is not for sissy-dawgs.

Maintenance is hard!

I have learned to accept the fact that I will go up and down constantly in my 5 pound goal weight range.

The sacrifices don't stop, but they are so worth it.

It is hard, just like losing weight was hard. It is a different kind of hard though.

Just like being fat was hard. There are different varieties of hard.

Simply pick the kind of hard you want.

I pick the maintenance hard.

You can too! Spark on!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSIE505 2/25/2014 8:35PM

    GOOD BLOG

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ADELCASALE 1/26/2013 9:13AM

    Great blog girlfriend! Congrats!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/10/2013 6:16PM

    Just saw this blog, which is a great one. I am no where near maintenance, but I hope what you have written sticks with me when I get there.

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MOSTMOM1 1/5/2013 9:46PM

    Brilliant!

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ONEWEIGH 1/5/2013 12:52PM

    This blog should be required reading. You put it really well!

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LOGOULD 1/5/2013 10:11AM

    CONGRATS on your first year of maintenance. It IS hard, and it IS an ongoing learning experience. There are still ups and downs and slips and victories, but over time, a LONG time, it gets easier and with consistency, the hills and valleys even out.


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PSFITMOMMY413 1/4/2013 2:03PM

    Congrats! I'm on the road to maintenance...4 lbs to goal and I can't wait to be there and write my blog like yours!

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MISSFORTE 1/4/2013 7:21AM

    Congrats to your success! thank you for sharing, you are so right, weight/health never ends until we cross over! emoticon

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ELIZINJAPAN 1/3/2013 11:20PM

    Love this! Congrats on a year of maintenance!

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FARFROMASAINT 1/3/2013 10:58PM

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FIRECOM 1/3/2013 7:07AM

    I am only 4 months into maintenance and you have given me hope and inspiration. Thanks

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/2/2013 3:32PM

    Awesome blog!!

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ROMEOSMOM27 1/2/2013 11:22AM

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/31/2012 6:41PM

    Congratulation on reaching maintance. I hope to join you someday.

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PEACEHOPE1 12/28/2012 8:55PM

    Congrats on your maintenance success!

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WATERMELLEN 12/28/2012 5:51PM

    So true: maintenance is NOT for "sissy dawgs"! And wow do I love that expression.

But gotta say, even though it's hard, it beats the alternative for me which is getting fat all over again.

Great blog!!

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MONANISA 12/28/2012 12:51PM

    I totally agree ! Thanks for you honesty Maintenance is hard some times we go up a little bit as I have but I know by following your path re-reading the motivation page storeys and staying active here and in real life I can do this Maintenance thing
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JAGRIF 12/28/2012 8:50AM

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MISSY455 12/28/2012 1:37AM

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Super congrats on your one year of maintenance!!! You rock!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/27/2012 9:10PM

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A BIG congrats to you for reaching your 1 yr. maintenance anniversary. I just started maintenance within the past month and am only beginning to see what this brand of 'hard' is. Love your attitude and appreciate your thoughts & experience on this phase of the journey. Thanks. emoticon

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OOLALA53 12/27/2012 7:31PM

    Congrats on a year of maintaining, but at some point, the new lifestyle either becomes reinforcing or it doesn't. I would live the way I live now whether it had brought me weight loss or not. I just like living without overeating the way I used to. That is its own reward.

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SUSIEMT 12/27/2012 5:24PM

    WooHoo! You got it girl! Congrats on your hard!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/27/2012 5:21PM

    Bless you! You speak the truth. Thanks for the blog.

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NUOVAELLE 12/27/2012 2:15PM

    Absolutely right! Forever! That's the duration of the maintenance stage. And it never gets easier. We just get used to fighting and striking back to the temptations that come our way.
Congratulations on your one year of maintenance! I'm sure more of them will follow and I give you my best wishes on that.
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LOISDESK 12/27/2012 12:24PM

    Congrats on your first year!!

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MPLSKEN 12/27/2012 11:43AM

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Great post, I agree 100%!
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PRESBESS 12/27/2012 11:35AM

    Congratulations! Remain focused and keep up the good work!
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MKELLY72 12/27/2012 9:56AM

    I'm creeping up on one year of maintenance myself (not til end of Feb) and you have said it so well- it's all hard- just different kinds of hard. I still have trouble accepting the weight when it's on the top end of my range- I'm working on it though :)
Michelle

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MEXGAL1 12/27/2012 9:54AM

    Congrats on the one year!
It feels so good, doesn't it!
I am maintaining as well and it's never easy but so rewarding!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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LAURIE5658 12/27/2012 9:40AM

    Maintenance is NOT for the faint of heart! Great job!!!

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PEZMOM1 12/27/2012 9:17AM

    emoticon on one year.

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VTRICIA 12/27/2012 8:31AM

    Being fat is hard, but I guess a lot of people forget! Well said!

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FITFOODIE806 12/27/2012 8:15AM

    Congrats on 1 year of maintenance! It is sure hard, but it's even more rewarding!!

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ANNIEONLI 12/27/2012 7:46AM

    emoticon I do NOT think you are a sissy-dawg! LOL But so true!!
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MARYELLEN301 12/27/2012 7:23AM

    Yes, maintenance IS hard work. I guess it just never ends. The part about not blogging as much as you'd rather work out, smacked me upside the head. I used to blog quite a bit. Mainly to earn those 3 points, but now I go to Curves almost every day and earn way more than 3 little points! I haven't blogged in months! BUT, I am now in size 8 skinny jeans, (I do believe they run big, but the tag says 8!!) and who cares what my cats are up to or what trips I've taken? I guess I've re-set my priorities so that keeping a sharp mind about weight loss and maintenance are a higher priority than composition. And right now, my priorities are losing that Holiday weight! Here's to another year of maintenance!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/27/2012 7:04AM

    Great blog! Learning is key. And then keeping with it even when the glamour and compliments are gone. Worth it! Very, very worth it!! -Marsha

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MOBYCARP 12/27/2012 6:50AM

    Yup. Up and down in the weight range, and always hunting for when the calorie range needs to shift. Maybe somewhere there are people who maintain without consciously thinking about it; but I'm not one of them.

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JMERLAU 12/27/2012 6:40AM

    Great blog!

Love that you learned to accept the ups and downs inside you 5 pound range. THAT is key I think. Great job!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/27/2012 6:23AM

    Agreed. Not glamourous... but soooo worth it! emoticon emoticon

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MARCOSMASTER 12/27/2012 5:18AM

    Thanks, maintenance is harder than the joy ride of dropping the pounds. Its gut check time daily, you do have to stay focused or you loose sight of the brass ring. A healthy body, mind, and spirit emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 12/27/2012 4:51AM

    great blog - it is seeing people like you that make it possible for new maintainers like me to stay on track! thank you for giving back to the SP community and sharing what works.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/27/2012 2:30AM

    Well said! Maintenance is different than weight loss in some ways, but in most ways it is much the same. It takes effort and being conscious about what you're doing; congrats on nearing the one year mark for maintaining!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/27/2012 2:15AM

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DOUBLEMME 12/27/2012 2:01AM

    Interesting: so the real education takes place on the bus on the way to school?
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I suppose that my weight maintenance education starts before eating, when I accept to change my real flavor for foods and I am very happy to eliminate junk foods.
I have still many kilos to loose and I hope to test your good suggestions and your satisfactory results by middle next year. For the time being let me wish happy new year on the Spark-bus to all the real maintainers and would-be.
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_LINDA 12/27/2012 1:08AM

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Yes maintenance is the most unglamorous part of the journey. People are only interested if you have lost a lot of weight or have failed spectacularly. We are the unsung workhorses. But nothing feels so good as a fit body, normal clothes and the ability to do what ever you put you mind to -lessons learned during the journey..
Happy Maintaining!

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AEHEGE 12/27/2012 12:26AM

    Congrats on maintaining and kudos for the great blog! emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/27/2012 12:10AM

    Great blog, love your realistic thoughts

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KANOE10 12/26/2012 10:19AM

    Great blog. You are so right. Maintenance is hard and it is work..and often you are alone in your journey.

Way to go on one year of maintenance. Great job of staying healthy.

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CELIAMINER 12/26/2012 8:27AM

    Early congrats on your 1-year maintenance Sparkversary (hey, SP, how about some maintenance emoticons??)

I'm where TJ is at 9 months and counting and grateful to Nell for showing that it IS possible to keep the weight off long term.

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