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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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DIANNEMT 12/25/2012 9:07PM

    I am so ready to maintain--but Christmas will require a little more weight loss!! I know it is going to be hard--but it won't be as hard as losing the weight if I screw up! So--I will keep working it!!

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NELLJONES 12/25/2012 9:27AM

    Maintenance IS forever. That's why the more you can enjoy your life when losing, the more reliable your maintenance will be.

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BOOKWORM27S 12/21/2012 8:53AM

    So very true! Maintenance is the MOST difficult part of the weight loss journey.

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SCHECK5 12/16/2012 8:07AM

    Great job on your one year of maintance....it's a hard job, but so well worth it...keep up all your very very hard work!!

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TEXASFILLY 12/15/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon on your year of successful maintenance, Trish. emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 12/14/2012 8:36PM

    A year of maintenance is AMAZING. I am so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights about maintenance. For those of us who are on their way there, it's nice to hear about what is behind the black curtain...before we get there...so we can prepare and be successful there. Thanks so much! Hope you had a great week! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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OUT-OF-ASHES 12/14/2012 10:26AM

    Great! Thank you for that! I really needed to hear that this morning. I'm not yet at maintenance, but you painted a pretty clear picture of what I can expect.

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LOPEYP 12/13/2012 3:13PM

    It's all about keeping your eye on the prize and priorities. You are doing emoticon ! Why would you want to drop your guard when you're doing fabulous! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 12/13/2012 2:59PM

    Thank you so much for speaking the truth! Maintenance is hard and it never ends. I can't tell you the number of times I have been told to just give in a little, take a break. NO CAN DO! That type of thinking is what brought on my obesity issues in the first place, I refuse to ever go back!
Some might think we are being somewhat militaristic with our regiment but it helped me lose my weight and continues to allow me to enjoy this healthier lifestyle.

SO KEEP SPEAKING THE TRUTH!!!

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DMITCH1256 12/13/2012 1:08PM

  Love this! emoticon
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JOANNEPERRY 12/13/2012 1:06PM

  Awesome! I love your blogs! emoticon emoticon

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TGSM64 12/13/2012 1:04PM

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CARDAMOMMA 12/13/2012 11:59AM

    Congratulations Trish! You keep inspiring me. Thanks!!!

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KAYOTIC 12/13/2012 9:53AM

   
Congrats on the year of maintenance! emoticon

And you are right, it is hard, and so very rewarding! And it's for life!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/12/2012 8:33PM

  Thanks for the post on this important issue.

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11PJLV 12/12/2012 4:38PM

  Congrats emoticon

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NUMD97 12/12/2012 3:53PM

    I am delighted that SP created a two-tiered program. Losing weight, albeit difficult, is the easier part of this battle, no question about it. The more I see, the more I am convinced that the successful maintainers are the ones who are still here.

It's just like AA for alcoholics, we will always need a program like SP. And the sooner we come to that realization, the greater the chance we will have of success, once the weight is lost, hopefully for good.

Thanks for sharing your insight with us, and congrats on your first anniversary of maintenance! emoticon emoticon May many more follow.

All the best,

Nu

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DSJB9999 12/12/2012 3:39PM

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KANSASROSE67 12/12/2012 3:03PM

    You are so right! I've been in the "normal" BMI range for more than 2 years now and hit my low-weight goal this year. Other than spending less time on Spark blogging and such, nothing has changed. "Constant vigilence," as Mad-Eye Moody would say!

Great blog!

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TINAJANE76 12/12/2012 2:51PM

    I'm right there with you! After years and years of constant yo-yo dieting, I've finally had enough. I made the decision to chose maintenance hard long before I reached my goal and have been doing it for nine months and counting now. You're totally right, it's not for sissy-dawgs, but it's one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done!

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123ELAINE456 12/12/2012 2:43PM

  Awesome!!! You Can Do It. You are doing Great. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Super Happy Day. Take Care.

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WALLAHALLA 12/12/2012 1:53PM

    Amen...we have not "arrived" until we enter heaven! The journey goes on.

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GOING-STRONG 12/12/2012 1:28PM

    I pick maintenance hard too! No sissy-dawgs here!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/12/2012 12:54PM

    Nice blog, my friend! Such wisdom! I am really looking forward to the maintenance phase with all it's new learning curves!! You sure are right about how few will actually lose their 5% in our challenges, but at least it keeps up trying, right? Be well, my friend! That 5 pound fluctuation is really not too bad considering the strides you've made to get here! A very small price to pay, but keeping an eye that it stays small.......that's the goal for you now, right?! You dan do it!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/12/2012 12:28PM

    Awesome work!!

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LOGCABINMAN 12/12/2012 10:54AM

  Congrats! Way to go on being the 5%! Keep up the good work!
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MOOSEMUFFIN 12/12/2012 10:51AM

  Well said! emoticon

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GLASSART43 12/12/2012 10:13AM

    So true! Maintenance, for me, is all about plodding onward :)

I've been maintaining for 8 months and find myself re-reading Spark articles, answering Trivia questions, and taking quizzes too. Constant vigilance keeps me in smaller clothes.
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DAS92687 12/12/2012 10:06AM

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/12/2012 10:06AM

    thanks for sharing this. It must be amazing to know you are in the elite 5% because you have done the work it requires. If it were easy none of us would have needed Sparkpeople and all it's resources. I'm proud to know you.

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AMARILYNH 12/12/2012 9:56AM

    Very, very true!! And like you said, so worth it!!

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LEB0401 12/12/2012 9:56AM

    Ahhh... so true!

This summer when I still had about 5lbs left to lose, I remember blogging that I was "getting sad that this will all be over soon". Boy, was I wrong! After a few months maintaining, I've learned that you've still got to be on your game. What used to be my normal is now my unhealthy. What used to be healthy is now my normal.

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JODROX 12/12/2012 9:15AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! I've been maintaining for about a year and a half... but wanting to lose another 10-15. You are so right -- it's going to be a constant effort to maintain, just like it was a constant effort to lose! Congrats to you!

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