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Where do I go from here?


Saturday, February 16, 2013

First of all, thank you all SO VERY MUCH for the wonderful Birthday greetings and messages! It means so much to me! Thanks again for sharing this journey with me!

One thing I will discuss today is that I have reached the destination: I made a promise to myself that on my birthday this year, I would come to accept the weight that I am at and transition to maintenance. I weighed in at 136.2 this morning!

What does this mean?
This means that I will no longer put any extra effort into reaching a weight beyond what I am right now. I do anticipate I will likely lose a bit more because I recently switched to night shift, and every time I've done that in the past, I've lost a few lbs. Also, I'm practicing Lent this year, which eliminates the consumption of food from animals for 40 days. But any weight loss that I achieve from this point forward will be consequential. I am no longer "on a diet." I'm no longer TRYING to lose weight. My mindset is going to be one of living while maintaining.

THIS WILL BE HARD FOR ME!!!
I have never "not" been on a diet! I remember being on a diet as a wee little child! So I'm definitely going to need some continued support here on Spark to maintain my weight. Maintenance is uncharted territory for me!

From this point on:
I've learned, over the years and throughout this journey, that I simply must weigh in every day. I make an exception on days when I'm feeling particularly vulnerable or anxious- I don't want to upset my whole day by a disappointing scale reading. But for the most part, I do best when I weigh in every day. It takes all of 20 seconds... if that. And it's a useful tool to keep myself in check.
So one of my strategies for maintenance is to weigh in daily. And since I take a few minutes each day to log onto Spark, I will track my weight on Spark for accountability from day to day as well.

I'm sure I'll be sharing more maintenance tips as time goes on and as I learn them! But right now, I'm just a baby in the process.

Again, thank you all so much for your continued support and the friendship we share here on Spark! Have a great weekend!
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JENNY160 2/26/2013 11:54PM

    You've got this.

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DSJB9999 2/23/2013 6:16PM

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You are looking fantastic, take care of yourself and be kind to yourself!

love and emoticon Donna x

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KIKKI-G 2/23/2013 10:24AM

    CONGRATS!

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OOLALA53 2/22/2013 7:13PM

    You're actually not a baby at this. You have actually been "maintaining" for several years. You are not the person you once were, though vestiges of her can show up sometimes. It can be a bit of a balancing act to align yourself with you new self without becoming complacent. Get it firmly in your mind that you do actually prefer to eat reasonably of mostly unprocessed foods most of the time. It's not a diet. It's the way to feel peppy and vital, and that is its own reward. Vive la difference! emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 2/19/2013 8:01AM

    I'm so happy for you! We are both in maintenance, and learning how to navigate all the ups and downs. I still hope one day I'll feel comfortable enough to accept that I'm no longer on a diet.

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TINAJANE76 2/18/2013 3:43AM

    Happy Birthday! I also find daily weigh ins to be very helpful in maintenance. They keep me accountable and, after nearly a year on maintenance, I've finally learned to take the emotion out of my weigh ins. Here's to staying the same!

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/16/2013 9:14PM

    Maintenance is uncharted territory for most of us Sparkers. Some of us will one day get there, and have to learn as we go, like you are going to do now. But really, I think you have been at maintenance for a long time...you just haven't been calling it that, so I think you have a pretty good handle on it already.

Good luck as you continue your journey, and enjoy Elton!

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JULIERAE41 2/16/2013 6:19PM

    Welcome to maintenance. have you figured out your range, yet? Doen't everyone have a rnage their weight fluctuates in? You are prolly just moving within your range.

I am excited for you to be in new territory as frightening as it seems. Think of it as a new adventure with less unknowns. You are a strong and dedicated woman who has learned volumes about herself. You can do this!

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JADOMB 2/16/2013 5:58PM

    I'm happy for you and glad you are NOT losing anymore weight. You look very healthy now and I think that you are at an excellent weight for your height.

Since I have been struggling since I reached my goal, I do have some recommendations for you. KEEP TRACKING and stay active. That way you can make sure you are eating right and the right amount. As we know from our pasts, winging it just don't work.

I've very proud of you and pray you are able to continue on this journey and be happy with yourself for the rest of your life.

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CAMAEL100 2/16/2013 5:26PM

    Wow! you have arrived. I know it is not the end and maintenance can be hard from what I have read, but you have done amazing to get to here, and I think you have a very good attitude which will be great for you. I have no doubt that you will maintain,. It may be ups and downs but you can do it and we will be here for you!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 2/16/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon you have such a bright future ahead of you!!!

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FEARLESSNOW 2/16/2013 5:18PM

    Congratulations and a belated Happy Birthday!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/16/2013 4:13PM

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Weighing is a good tool. The other tool I need is to track my food. My "ability to know how many calories I've eaten" is broken. If I don't track my food, I gain weight. Have you joined the "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition Team?" It's a great resource! Best wishes on this new phase of your journey!

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Congratulations!!

I love your attitude and I love that idea of picking a goal weight the way you did!

You look amazing on the outside and I hope you can achieve the inner peace you deserve from this point forward.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/16/2013 3:49PM

    Great blog....you have got this!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/16/2013 2:34PM

    Happy Birthday and Happy Maintenance!

All the best to you as you embark on this new stage of your journey!!

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EILEEN828 2/16/2013 2:27PM

    Happy Birthday! You've been successful in getting to this point, and much of what you've learned along the way is still going to be working in your favor. It is a part of you now. While it is a change of mindset, of what you tell yourself, it will be important to believe that you are already in a power position. You might think you are at the beginning, or starting at baby status, but I see it a bit differently. That category implies that you don't have any prior knowledge, but you have a wealth of knowledge to draw from. Sometimes the tweak is only going to involve the label you put on what you do. Since you do want to make this a milestone change, this will be a good time to find a new look (label) for what you do. Map it out in your head, see what fits, tweak what doesn't. Every day is a success, and rejoice that you've come to this point in your life. Think this is me at my normal self and I feel great! Congratulations! You rock! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/16/2013 2:17PM

    Good luck in the transition process to maintenance! Stay strong, and stay true to yourself. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/16/2013 1:12PM

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JASONV33 2/16/2013 1:07PM

  Happy Birthday! Good luck and Congrats on transitioning to maintenance mode!
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DEVINSHIRE1 2/16/2013 12:58PM

    Happy Birthday! And good luck transitioning to maintenance. From where I'm standing, it looks like you've picked up some really healthy habits along your weight loss journey. These will become invaluable to you in maintenance. And weighing in every day is a good plan. Though you won't have the same victories of hard-earned weight loss, you will be keeping yourself accountable just as you did before. I would suggest setting a date (6 mos from now?) to give yourself some kind of reward for maintaining. It might help to keep it interesting and challenging. In the meantime, enjoy your special day! emoticon

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KERRISEYMOUR 2/16/2013 12:47PM

    Happy Birthday!!!

Secondly, I won't lie to you..maintenance is a HUGE change from weight loss! And personally, I don't think Spark People has helped me as much as I'd hoped with that! Needless to say, stick with it no matter what! Learn what your body needs! Listen to your body! And if you need anything, I'm here!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 2/16/2013 12:46PM

   

Make Today a Great Day!

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CKSCARBERRY1 2/16/2013 12:45PM

  Good job!

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