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    NELLJONES   186,696
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I reached goal weight 42 years ago!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

I am not quite sure of the exact date, it was really a long time ago, but it was about Christmastime 1970. My goal has dropped since then; as I've gotten older I can't carry the same amount of weight. I weigh about 10 pounds less now than my original 21 year old goal. I sure can't eat as much as I did back then. If I ate today what I ate to lose when I was 21, I'd GAIN weight. I remember gaining 10 pounds over menopause, but that was about accepting a radical change in how my body worked, and once I accepted the new limitations (arrgghh!) that weight came off.

Is it easy? Well, it's easy-ER, but not always easy. A goal doesn't need to be easy in order to be achieved. I remember the events of the last 42 years vividly, but not so much the food that accompanied them. There's a lesson in that. I eat to my Plan and enjoy the events. That's how I have a life worth remembering.

Some people tell me that I must be very strong to be able to stay at goal weight, but it isn't true. People with physical limitations learn to live with them because they have no choice and it's obvious. I have food limitations and I DO have a choice, but I accept them and live within them. It's not always easy, but limitations are limitations even when they are invisible to others.

And today I will be prepping the big dinner here tomorrow. I am now Grandma. The big dinners we had every year at my mother's are now here. Most of the older generation is gone, just Mom now, but lots of new family members in the newest generation. I get to feed them, which gives me the opportunity to cook mounds of food. They are all of normal weight, so they'll eat and drink moderately (how did I manage to have moderate kids???) and they take all the rest home. I'll be left with a safe, warm house with lots of happy memories in the very air. Memories are calorie free and I feast on them.

Have a glorious Christmas everyone!!
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YA_YAYA 12/26/2012 3:07PM

    Great post. Thank you for sharing and happy holidays. emoticon

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MNNICE 12/26/2012 2:52PM

    I can relate to the 10-pound menopause gain, but after a year mine is now starting to come off again at last! Yes, maintenance is truly a very long and winding road! As for moderation, I'm still working on that!

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LETHANIA 12/26/2012 2:50PM

    Love your post!

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MSGO72 12/26/2012 2:28PM

  Fantastic post!

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AJB121299 12/26/2012 2:02PM

    nice

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SPEEDY143 12/26/2012 1:59PM

    What a beautiful blog... just like YOU emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/26/2012 12:57PM

  Sounds like, It's a Wonderful Life". I don't mean it rosy and simple; I mean you are living in the blessing of a quality life surrounded by those who love and support you.

great blog!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/26/2012 11:52AM

    You are truly an inspiration to the entire Spark community. When we read about you, we realize it CAN be done--long-term maintenance and a healthy lifestyle is possible, even after we have been heavy in our lives and let's face it, all of us have food addicts.

I hope in 40 years I can look back on all my years of maintenance, but I doubt it, since I am almost 62. emoticon

Like you, I am grandma now too, all the older generation are gone, except my father-in-law, so I am responsible for making the holiday meals. But also like you, I try to send most of the leftovers home with the kids. It's a lifestyle!

Right now, I'm looking forward to a new phase in my life--retirement, and in April I will celebrate TWO years of maintenance. It might not be your 42 years, but I am very proud of it, and will celebrate my anniversary in a healthy way!

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ADELCASALE 12/26/2012 11:45AM

    Nice write up and nice perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/26/2012 11:45AM

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/26/2012 11:41AM

    "Three meals a day with LIFE in between." I grew up with a family that planned outings and vacations around what we would eat and where. Many times spent with family are rather blurry, but I can tell you what we ate!

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LJOYCE55 12/26/2012 11:30AM

  Thank you for giving us the food limitations saying. Looks like many will be using that.

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SWEETNEEY 12/26/2012 11:21AM

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MARYJEANSL 12/26/2012 11:17AM

  What you wrote is one of the wisest things I have read. You really understand what is important. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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MARYELLEN301 12/26/2012 11:05AM

    Feasting on memories! I love it!

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MARITIMER3 12/26/2012 10:54AM

    Love the way you compared physical limitations to food limitations... I'd never thought of it that way. I'm going to make signs for my fridge and cupboards, "I have food limitations". That's all it needs to say... just something to remind me, when otherwise I would stand there, mindlessly deciding what to eat next.

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/26/2012 10:38AM

    "Memories are calorie free and I feast on them." I LOVE it!

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ME_B4_INSANITY 12/26/2012 10:34AM

    Extrememly inspiring and a great lesson that nothing is worth more than the memories we make.

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IS1GAR 12/26/2012 10:16AM

    Great Blog, thank you!
I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year!

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MISSANGELFACE 12/26/2012 10:04AM

  Thank you for the Inspiration and wonderful words to live by!


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HHB4181 12/26/2012 10:03AM

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BANDMOM2012 12/26/2012 9:38AM

    I am so looking forward to being able to write this blog in the future. Way to go for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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HLOCHRIDGE 12/26/2012 9:21AM

    I hope your Christmas was terrific!!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog!

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JANEMARIE77 12/26/2012 8:42AM

    emoticon hope you enjoyed your day

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AMANDACOETZER 12/26/2012 6:57AM

    Thanks!

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LEANMEAN2 12/26/2012 6:53AM

    Thanks for sharing! (and reminding us)

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CAMAEL100 12/26/2012 6:16AM

    Very true - memories are not made of food but laughter and fun!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/26/2012 2:39AM

    Lovely blog!

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HYATTI1 12/26/2012 1:34AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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PCASEY7 12/26/2012 12:15AM

    Great blog and hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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ROCKYCPA 12/26/2012 12:09AM

    Happy Holidays!

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PMFISH 12/25/2012 11:44PM

    emoticon Merry Christmas!

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PRIM121 12/25/2012 11:34PM

  Such and wonderful and meaningful blog. emoticon

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JAMER123 12/25/2012 11:01PM

    i enjoyed the blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/25/2012 9:23PM

    I went to a TOPS CLUB for several years and there were several women there who had been KOPS (Kept Off Pounds Sensible) and had been at GOAL for many years, but they came to the meetings weekly to stay at GOAL and to encourage others. I look at people like Denise Austin whose stil 5'4" and 112# and Priscilla Patrick who is 5'6" and 110#. Denise is 57 now, and Priscilla is 70. I love Priscilla's YOGA work outs.

Merry Christmas. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 12/25/2012 9:07PM

    The memories are the most delicious part of a big family meal and get-together.

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KIMBOLEAN 12/25/2012 8:45PM

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LIFETIMER54 12/25/2012 8:43PM

  Your truly an inspiration, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.... emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 12/25/2012 8:36PM

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L1ZB3TH354 12/25/2012 8:33PM

    Merry Christmas! Keep on feasting on those memories!

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GOD BLESS YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
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ALLENJOSEPH 12/25/2012 8:16PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog NELLJONES. I just started my 9th week of maintenance today. A number of people told me it is easier to be on a diet than maintaining your goal. I have found it easier maintaining my goal so far, than working to reach goal. Congratulations on being so successful. Maybe I will be reading some strong points you share about staying at goal.
A Merry & Blessed Christmas to you. emoticon

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NEWTINK 12/25/2012 8:12PM

    Merry Christmas sounds like a wonderful day was planned . emoticon

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DIANNEMT 12/25/2012 8:03PM

    How wonderful!!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/25/2012 7:57PM

  What a great blog!!!!! emoticon and Merry Christmas!!!

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PEGGYO 12/25/2012 7:53PM

    hope you had a great day

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