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4 weeks at maintenance

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Today I realized my procrastination of blogging could be a sign of flagging energy in my program. Kind of like I don't feel what I am doing is exciting or important. So I am going to write my thoughts here today.

It is good to mark 4 weeks of maintenance. It's especially good when those 4 weeks have encompassed as many major holidays, parties, and other celebrations as they have. I continue to track, workout, read labels, check in with my active teams, and all the other sparkin' goodness.

Something I was trying to articulate the other day related to a realization I once had about the million word rule in writing. They say you have to write a million words before you are any good. And a lot of people quibble with this (I used to be one of them). Do blog and forum posts count toward the million? Aren't there exceptions? Is there a way to get around this principle? And one day I realized that if you are cut out to be a writer, writing a million words shouldn't scare you, it should excite you. And it's the same with a healthy lifestyle.

I once read an article that said it's almost better for people not try to lose weight because so many fail to maintain it and most wind up heavier, and those rare individuals who keep it off have to continue eating right and exercising for the rest of their lives. It's possible I misconstrued what they were trying to say, because I was back in that mindset that living healthy sounds so hard, and isn't there some way to just skip the unpleasantness and still get the reward? And now I see that if you're healthy, doing the healthy stuff is not a chore, it's who you are.

So yeah, I still track my food and work out every day, and I don't look forward to a time I wouldn't need to anymore. It helps a bit to have some fitness goals I am still working toward. I'm not looking for a way out of what I've gotten myself into.
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OHMEMEME 2/18/2013 4:13PM

    WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN MAINTENANCE MAY NOT SEEM EXCITING OR IMPORTANT BUT IT IS MOTIVATING AND INSPIRING TO ALL OF US FELLOW SPARKERS WHO NEED TO KEEP HEARING AND SEEING THAT SUCCESS SUCH AS YOURS IS REALLY POSSIBLE AND THAT IT IS REAL PEOPLE LIKE YOU WITH COMMON STRUGGLES WHO ARE ACTUALLY DOING IT! By all means, keep Sparking!

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HAPPYFREEME 2/8/2013 8:55PM

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BANDMOM2012 2/8/2013 10:02AM

    Congrats on maintaining!

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-SHOREIDO- 2/7/2013 8:51AM

    Good job!! Sounds like you got yourself the message and or meaning of it all !!

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MANILUS 2/6/2013 11:36PM

    Great work, keep it up! You have come full circle in your thinking, staying in maintenance is what you worked so hard for!

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PEACEHOPE1 2/4/2013 8:43PM

    Wow - 4 weeks! - you're doing so well! I really like the approach you're taking toward your future, and what being on maintenance means for you. Best wishes!

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SUSIEMT 2/2/2013 11:42PM

    Hear Hear! or is that Here Here! Does that count toward my million? Keep up the good work!

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SWEDE_SU 2/2/2013 10:22AM

    you've made it through the hardest month of the year for maintenance - after that, it's all ... well, maybe not downhill, but when you're in it for the long haul - we can do it! it's the lifestyle choice that works - it's a choice. and every month is a victory. congratulations!

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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2013 8:13PM

    Maintining is the most exciting and important activity we can do; it's what makes that hard won weight loss permanent. Great blog!

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MARCOSMASTER 2/1/2013 7:20PM

    I loved your blog and yes being healthy is who we become!! I am new to maintaince and needed your thoughts, Thanks!!! emoticon

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MY1FAN 2/1/2013 10:53AM

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MANDELOVICH 1/31/2013 11:22PM

    I love how you say, "I see that if you're healthy, doing the healthy stuff is not a chore, it's who you are." That's it - it's just who you are! Fantastic!

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MAUREENV2 1/31/2013 1:41PM

    thank you for your inspiring message. I have maintained my 30+ lb. loss for over a year, but recently found myself not doing the things I need to for maintenance, like tracking and reading other success story blogs. Thank you for the reminder that maintenance is not something to be feared.

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MILLIE5522 1/31/2013 12:34PM

    emoticon Tracking works for me and if that is what it takes then I am 100% committed to doing it. The good, the bad and the ugly are all recorded and accounted for. When I over indulge ( which I definitely did over Xmas ) I record every bite and then I balance out the calories over a few weeks. So far so good! 4 months at maintenance and feeling great!

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PRESBESS 1/31/2013 11:56AM

    I agree with you, it's our "lifestyle"! Good blog!
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FOOFIE17 1/31/2013 9:53AM

    Thank you! Yes! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/31/2013 9:47AM

    wonderful. thanks for sharing your thoughts.
we can do it!

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NELLJONES 1/31/2013 8:05AM

    It's not just words for writing, but hitting balls for baseball and practicing an instrument. But unlike a sport or playing an instrument, you can be just as good at maintenance in a few years as someone who has been doing it for decades.

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MOMMY445 1/31/2013 7:56AM

    what a great blog! have a fantastic day!

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KANOE10 1/31/2013 7:22AM

    We are in it for the long haul. Great job staying on your healthy path of maintenance.

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CELIAMINER 1/31/2013 7:00AM

    Great blog AND great comments! I'm 8 months into maintenance and really look forward to making that 1-year point. In the meantime, I continue to track and take advantage of energy, inspiration, and advice I get on SP.

Congrats!

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MELFOUCH 1/31/2013 5:00AM

    I think you've really hit the nail on the head here.

Eating well and getting exercise don't have to be chores, they can actually be enjoyable in themselves if you approach them in the right way.

Possibly the reason such a large proportion of people struggle to keep off the weight they've lost is because they see the food they're eating and the exercise they're getting as something unpleasant to be put up with in the short term, so they don't necessarily look for things they can enjoy rather than just endure.

At the back of their minds they perhaps feel once they get the weight off they can just go back to the eating habits and level of activity they had before and still maintain that loss. I don't think it's even a conscious thought, or people would realise right away that it made no sense, it's just that people understandably get so fixated on the weight loss aspect that there isn't much room left to plan how to maintain that loss.

If you fully take on board (as you clearly have) that the changes to eating and activity are going to have to be for life if the beneficial effects are to be for life as well then there's an incentive during weight loss to find healthy foods that are genuinely enjoyable, little treats that won't break the calorie budget, and exercise that can be incorporated into a daily routine relatively easily and actually be anticipated instead of dreaded.

If you've got those then you've effectively already got your key weight maintenance strategies in place, and just as importantly the tools you need for a healthy life.

Many congratulations on the weight loss, and I've every confidence you'll be just as successful in maintenance.

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_LINDA 1/31/2013 1:01AM

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I have been on maintenance as of two years on February 1st. I love exercise so that is no problem doing that and I love tracking my food and fitness and I love my freggies so I guess I am in this for the long haul too :)
Spark on!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 1/30/2013 10:39PM

    emoticon On being 4 weeks in maintenance. I know I'll always have to track, record, workout and be active too. I love it tho. You've done a great job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 1/30/2013 9:56PM

    You are so right about the tendency of many of us to skip the "hard" bits and think we have finished the job once we reach goal. I also now enjoy tracking my food and exercise and resent it when I can't! Great blog, great attitude.

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TORTISE110 1/30/2013 9:07PM

    Starting with a commitment to the long haul is so key. We need to be different than we were when we started!

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VENISEW1 1/30/2013 9:04PM

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VENISEW1 1/30/2013 9:04PM

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SLENDERELLA61 1/30/2013 8:58PM

    Awesome blog! Yeah, this healthy lifestyle -- now, it's just who I am and I'm not looking for any other way to live!!

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ANNIEONLI 1/11/2013 6:44PM

    I still track..4 years later! LOL So keep on doing what you are doing and you will stay in maintenance for the looooong haul...for good!!
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JUMPINJULIE 1/10/2013 8:07PM

    Awesome. My diet which i don't call it that i call it the plan because in my mind that means that it is forever not for a few months and then your all good.

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KAYOTIC 1/10/2013 9:08AM

    Congrats on maintaining through the holidays, and for getting back on the blog wagon! I'm with you on the healthy habits, they are not a temporary fix, but a new lifestyle (or maybe not so new for people who have been at it a while...) Personally my journey was a gradual one of developing those habits over time, which, for me, makes it so much easier to stick with!

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DRAGONCHILDE 1/9/2013 9:20PM

    I've always figured the "million word" "rule" was about writing... not about FICTION! If you write, you are writing, regardless of what you are writing.

I don't track my words outside of fiction, but I assure you... between blog and forum posts, novels, short stories, random scribblings, journals, etc; I've written a million words. EASILY.

Do the math on that. 1,000,000 words is just 1,369 words per day over two years. A little over 2,700 for one year!

I'll tell you what you're doing, though. YOu're giving me hope. Hope that I will one day be able to post about maintenance. And the fact that you've been maintaining through what is arguably the toughest season for 99% of people losing weight, I'd say you're doing pretty damn well!


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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/9/2013 9:20PM

    Sounds like you've learned a lot. Reading how you don't find doing the healthy stuff a chore, I'd say you are in an excellent place for maintenance. Keep at it. Congratulations on maintaining during one of the most difficult seasons to do so. Great stuff.
Maria

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BLUE42DOWN 1/9/2013 7:40PM

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I'd only heard that million word thing recently and I just have to wonder where I'm at. emoticon

Healthy living (not diets and drastic amounts of exercise) is nowhere near the chore its hyped up to be when we learn how to find the healthy ways of eating and being active that we love.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/9/2013 1:47PM

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SHRINKING_SARA 1/9/2013 12:46PM

    You're doing great!

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MIDROAD 1/9/2013 12:43PM

    Great blog, thanks!

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/9/2013 12:21PM

    emoticon emoticon I figure that I will ALWAYS track! I personally enjoy it! I love the food I eat and the exercise that I do...It is so much better than life before.

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