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Six Month Sparkaversary & Three months maintaining


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

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On August 24, 2012, I got back on SparkPeople for the second time. I hit my goal weight on November 24, 2012. Maybe my lucky number should be 24!

It's a small victory but I'll take it. I have lost weight several times over the last 20 years but the minute I was able to buy smaller sized clothes or someone complimented me, BAM! The scale inched up again. So keeping my weight down for three months is a bit of an achievement for me!

Thanks to my spark friend Sususuzzi, I joined the group At Goal And Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintanance. They are a great group of people that really keep me focused. I also belong to the 1 Day Challenge team. Mkate88 is great at leading a challenge each day. Today I joined the SparkPeople Four Week Stress Busting Challenge. I've come a long way but still need to get a handle on managing stress.

It seems that there are so many gizmos and plans on the market to help you lose weight but not so much in the area of maintainance. So many ads out there.... "look at me in my bikini or size four jeans after two months." so much focus on getting skinny, not so much on overall health and wellness.

On SparkPeople, there is so much education and support AND IT'S FREE. It's not just about a number on a scale. I am constantly inspired by the blogs I read. There are so many people out there facing more difficult challenges than I do and they are making themselves healthy and changing their mindsets.

It's nice being more slender than I used to be but what I love more....

I can run up the 40+ stairs to my car every day after work and feel ok emoticon

I can run 5Ks when I never used to be able to run half a block emoticon

I can do 20 push-ups on my toes when 10 used to be a struggle on my knees emoticon

I can do a full plank for 60 seconds emoticon

I am beginning to see muscle definition in my arms emoticon

Making healthy food choices, eating smaller portions has become easier emoticon

This is the stuff that really makes me feel good about myself, more so than my size. I want to have strong muscles as I age and I want to live life as I age instead of living from one doctor's appointment or hospital visit to the next.

Here's to three more months of maintenance!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/14/2013 10:05PM

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Totally agree. Health is much more important than clothing size.

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MANILUS 3/12/2013 4:15PM

    Congrats and happy to hear you are looking for health, not just a size!!

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PAM_COOPER 3/12/2013 1:22PM

    Congratulations!!!! I am at 3 months maintenance too---BUT probably can't do all the exercise feats you mention--still, I am happy with my accomplishment.

I am very excited that you have done SO well----keep up the momentum and one day it will be a 'natural'. (That's what I am telling myself!)

Looking forward to reading more of your posts AND being motivated by your insights.

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MY1FAN 3/12/2013 12:02PM

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PATIENTSAM 3/11/2013 4:40PM

    Congrats on reaching your goal and staying there! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 3/8/2013 6:19PM

    :)

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ANDSHEEWAS 3/8/2013 10:02AM

    As it is my birthday, August 24 is a great milestone day! Keep up the good work!

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LOGOULD 3/8/2013 8:59AM

    Thanks for the rminder of how precious those gift of health are. Part of that slippery slope to regaining weight for me has always been taking for granted the wonderful advances I had made and then letting the behaviors that got me there fall to the wayside. With the support and encouragement of the At Goal & Maintaining or Transitioning to Maintenance Team, maybe I can minimize my time on the slope and continue the climb to the pinnacle of success.

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JOANNEHOLL1 3/8/2013 12:21AM

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This is an exciting time of your life. Live it with all gusto. Those of us who are part way "over the hill" are your greatest cheerleaders!

Here's to the Sparkers! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/7/2013 10:04PM

    You are awesome! Keep up the good work!

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-SHOREIDO- 3/7/2013 9:20PM

    To the "Bean"
Loved the blog! Well written! A "feel good" shared is what it is and I'm so glad you shared with all of us.
I lknow I related to it and I'm sure lots of othere Sparkers did too!!
Isn't Sparkpeople such a great place to motivate and learn. Show and tell etc etc.
Enjoy it all!!
ginny (GMondello) emoticon Keep sharing!!

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SCOUTMOM715 3/7/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon emoticon I love your Non-Scale victories!!! emoticon

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STORYCRAFTER 3/7/2013 7:38PM

    Way to go, Kellie! Thanks for the inspiring post!

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DESERTJULZ 3/7/2013 3:21PM

    And now, you can maintain forever, which is ever so much more impressive than losing in the first place emoticon

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DIANNEMT 3/7/2013 1:23PM

    WooHoo!!

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POPSY190 3/7/2013 1:11PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Health and well being are truly the bottom line! Well done!

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PRESBESS 3/7/2013 1:06PM

    I am so happy for you. Stay plugged in and keep up the good work!
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_LINDA 3/7/2013 12:23PM

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!! Way to focus on non scale victories!! That really is the key, to be able to enjoy doing physical things and not end up as a train wreck :)
Keep up the great work and enjoy many more maintenance anniversarys!
Welcome to the team!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/7/2013 11:55AM

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MILLIE5522 3/7/2013 11:32AM

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MOONCHILD8 3/7/2013 11:22AM

    Congratulations! on the three months. This is the hardest thing to do. I also have reached a goal and then could not maintain. Best wishes for many more. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon

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MKELLY72 3/7/2013 10:17AM

    Love those lists of non-scale victories! Those are the things that keep us going!
Michelle

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FITMOMINNJ 3/7/2013 10:07AM

    Congratulations:) You have every right to feel proud of yourself:) emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/7/2013 10:06AM

    great job and happy anniversary!

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MIDROAD 3/7/2013 9:28AM

    Very well put, thank you!

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OOLALA53 3/7/2013 9:26AM

    This is your new life. There will likely be bumps along the way over the years. It takes a few years for it to become the real norm. Maintenance is about just getting back to the routine as soon as possible, same day, preferably, so that you get to those benchmark years that much faster! And that way the slips are blips. That's why whatever we're doing has to fit reasonably into real life.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/7/2013 9:11AM

    You are amazing!

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KANOE10 3/7/2013 8:57AM

    Great job of maintaining your loss. You exercise and are getting fit! very inspirational. emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 3/7/2013 8:45AM

    Congratulations on getting to goal, on maintaining, and on all the wonderful NSV's! Very inspiring indeed!!

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SINGER73 3/7/2013 8:15AM

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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2013 8:04AM

    Well done on losing and maintaining! You've got it figured out!!

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MOMMY445 3/7/2013 7:59AM

    that is fabulous news! woo hoo! way to go!

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NUOVAELLE 3/7/2013 7:51AM

    Congratulations on creating a better and healthier version of yourself!
Keep it up!
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NELLJONES 3/7/2013 7:33AM

    Congrats on finding the reasons to keep on keeping on!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 3/7/2013 7:10AM

    You are inspiration to those of of us who are approaching our goal weight and are looking for Sparkers who model maintenance in a positive and realistic manner. I wish you much continued success!
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SLENDERELLA61 3/7/2013 7:00AM

    Here's to one strong woman!! Congrats. See you on the At Goal and Maintaining message boards!

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MAREE1953 3/7/2013 5:04AM

    Great blog, my friend and fellow maintainer!

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DSJB9999 3/7/2013 4:46AM

    emoticon emoticon on three months achieving, you are looking fabulous
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VTRICIA 3/6/2013 7:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this! So true how little support there is for maintaining weight loss.

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CELIAMINER 3/6/2013 12:06PM

    Happy maintenance emoticon !

Keep celebrating milestones!

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PMRUNNER 3/6/2013 5:30AM

    Awesome! thanks for sharing

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HAKAPES 3/6/2013 5:25AM

    Congratulations for the 3 months on the go!
Please continue to share your insights of the journey! :-)
You achievements sound great - even bigger then the actual weight loss.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/24/2013 12:03PM

    HAPPY HAPPY Six Months on SP and HAPPY HAPPY Three Months of Maintenance!
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WOW! An unexpected shout out! LOL!

I'm loving the AGAMTM Team even though I'm only starting to think about the transistion. I'm feeling more prepared for the next steps.

I was just thinking today about all the marketing towards weight loss compared to nothing for maintenance. Maintenance just isn't as provoking as weight loss and before and after pictures. I'm so grateful for finding the AGAMTM Team to be my positive role models and I'm glad the team is helping you as well!

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DAYHIKER 2/24/2013 10:36AM

    Awesome job!! Maintaining is, in some ways, harder than losing because there are no feel good rewards of a dropping scale or looser clothes. I'm with you on not wanting to live from doctor visit to doctor visit! emoticon

Best wishes for continued success!! emoticon
Cindy

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LORILEEPAGE 2/24/2013 8:45AM

    It is a good day for you to celebrate! I'll join in with you!
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I'm with you on not wanting to live from Drs appointment to Drs appointment or hospital visit to hospital visit!!!

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TORTISE110 2/24/2013 7:45AM

    I'm so happy for you and glad to share time on the Maintenance team with you! Love all your excitement about fitness. emoticon

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