Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    MKELLY72   30,275
SparkPoints
30,000-39,999 SparkPoints
 
 
Beginning Year Two of Maintenance

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

-On to year two of maintenance!! How excited am I about hitting that one year milestone?? More than I could have ever imagined! I think it’s super fun that my maintenance anniversary comes at time of year when I get my tax refund back, so it’s not a burden to reward myself nicely :)
-Last year, when I reached my goal, I gave myself a Pandora bracelet with a gold star charm--then added one with a key when I got my key charm for becoming a Lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I’ve been looking forward to giving myself the next star charm for my bracelet since then...and I am now waiting for it to arrive from my Amazon account!
-I have to say that rewards are so important to a maintenance journey--just like they are during the loss phase. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but they can really help to keep you focused and motivated to reach your goals/maintain them. Some of my rewards have been things like jewelry...I do like the bling--but I don’t have expensive taste generally, so it’s not a huge expense. I recently got myself a digital food scale to celebrate my eleventh month of maintenance. I make a trip to Goodwill to refresh my wardrobe about once a month too-after I weed out some things from my closet that I’ve not worn in a while--am bored with--whatever, and I take them with me to donate. It makes me feel good to give back too, and the prices at Goodwill make it sos easy to have some fun -new- things :) without overspending.
-Another thing I give myself is just plain old me-time. Time curled up with a book (which I have given myself as rewards as well) is something I enjoy a great deal, and I don’t have to spend money to read a book.
-For the most part, the past year of maintenance has been pretty uneventful for me, until I started HRT medication--that was an adjustment, but I worked through it, and I feel like I have that tackled now too. Having taken this whole journey the slow way and as a lifestyle change rather than a radical diet better prepared me for these kinds of adjustments. After all, life happens, and I know this won’t be the only potential obstacle that will cross my path for the rest of my life having the potential to derail me if I allow it. I just don’t plan to allow it--I will continue to take each day, week, month, year at a time--I will lean on God, my family, friends, and fellow sparkers as needed along the way, and I will continue to look forward to creative ways to reward myself for maintaining my goals. When I’m really struggling, sometimes the rewards need to be smaller and more frequent (daily if needed :) I think that this year, in addition to my star charm to add to my bracelet, I’m thinking of getting myself a pair of girly western boots. I haven’t had a good pair of those since 1991, and I was never able to wear them again after I got pregnant in 1992 and gave birth to my first child--who knew then that your feet get bigger when you have babies??
-I really feel like I have done something amazing!
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VTRICIA 4/12/2013 12:38PM

    I've been thinking about making a necklace, with beads for weeks, months and someday years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MY1FAN 3/21/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_CYNDY55_ 3/20/2013 11:45PM

    emoticon Blog emoticon
emoticon Congratulations!!
Maintenance emoticon Rocks!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARCOSMASTER 3/17/2013 7:46AM

    Thanks for the inspiration, I am in maintance too and it does seem to require a bit of extra attention to the reward system. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FISHER011 3/16/2013 7:05PM

    emoticon You are an Inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEMT 3/15/2013 11:03PM

    Congrats! Well Done you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY728 3/15/2013 1:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GATORJOY 3/15/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HHB4181 3/15/2013 11:29AM

    emoticon You have done something amazing! Congrats!


Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 3/15/2013 10:30AM

    Totally awesome!!!
Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESERTJULZ 3/15/2013 9:22AM

    Congratulations on passing the one year mark!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHAREBEAR1963 3/15/2013 9:04AM

    You are such an inspiration. Well done!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLJONES 3/15/2013 8:18AM

    Congrats on your year and your rewards!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 3/15/2013 7:55AM

    I love your idea of celebrating tiny milestones in maintenance. That keeps you on track and focused. Great blog and congratulations!


emoticon




Report Inappropriate Comment
CELIAMINER 3/15/2013 12:12AM

    Congrats! Looking forward to reaching my one-year milestone, so I can join you in the 5%.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/14/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And you DID do something amazing, really amazing!!! A huge congrats to you. I like your idea of rewards too. You're living proof that once a person decides to maintain goal weight...it's a done deal. It does take commitment tho, and you have plenty of that!! Great job!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LRSILVER 3/14/2013 9:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great accomplishments!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 3/14/2013 9:25PM

    You HAVE done something amazing! You are a real encouragement to me! I'm less than a pound from my goal and will be beginning the maintenance phase soon. I'm so glad to get the "continue the rewards" tip! Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 3/14/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog, great success, thanks for reminding us about the importance of rewards.

Rewards remind us of all the non-food pleasures in life! And that sure helps with maintenance.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAREE1953 3/14/2013 8:21PM

    Yaaay! I love celebrating with one of my daily check-in buddies. Thanks for the "reward" reminder--and that there are a lot of choices for rewards other than unhealthy food choices.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT4MEIN2013 3/14/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon Looking forward to getting to maintenance and joining you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 3/14/2013 7:46PM

    Congratulations on your 1 year of maintenance!
emoticon

You HAVE done something very amazing so soak it up and enjoy it and use it to fuel your forever maintenance!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROOKLYN_BORN 3/14/2013 7:38PM

    Congratulations. You deserve to be very proud of yourself.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANDELOVICH 3/14/2013 7:15PM

    Congratulations!! Two years!! Amazing and it means your loss is truly integrated!! I'm in awe!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARHAAS 3/14/2013 6:27PM

    Congratulations MKELLY72!!! Your story is an inspiration to us all. I cannot imagine what hitting goal weight would/will be like, much less maintaining it for a year! It is so positive to think of this. Thank you for giving us hope that reaching and maintaining our goals is possible--along with your good common sense responses to life's inevitable experiences. You rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/14/2013 6:28:46 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNIEONLI 3/14/2013 5:53PM

    emoticon emoticon

emoticon on Maintenance...hey, may the should make some emoticons for Maintainers!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYL_ANNE 3/14/2013 5:39PM

    ... -I really feel like I have done something amazing! ...

That's because you have!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
POPSY190 3/14/2013 5:32PM

    Great blog with sensible and inspiring ideas to help all weight losers and maintainers!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORTISE110 3/14/2013 5:27PM

    You are so right! Congratulations and wishing you another rewarding year ahead.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 3/14/2013 5:26PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEZMOM1 3/14/2013 5:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYSIDE20 3/5/2013 8:57PM

    What a great way to keep yourself going! Wonderful! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAYOTIC 2/28/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon Milestones are important to observe and reward! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GORIANA 2/28/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKINGMAMMA 2/28/2013 12:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon One year!!!!!! Wonderful!!!!!!!! I also think rewards are important in maintenance....Thrift stores are wonderful!!!! I never cared much for them when I was obese, because the selection was pretty pathetic. Now, though, I LOVE them! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_JODI404 2/27/2013 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! on reaching your one year Maintenance anniversary!!

You have done something very amazing, and I love the way that you reward yourself!

emoticon Cheers to another successful year of maintenance ahead!!





Report Inappropriate Comment
KENDRACARROLL 2/27/2013 12:37PM

    Awesome! Congratulation on your mile stone.
Yes on those girlie western boots. I'm in the marke t for some as well :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 2/27/2013 12:33PM

    Amazing accomplishment!! Great attitude! So glad you posted. It makes me just a touch jealous, if I admit it. I'm approaching 4 years at goal, but it has never been "uneventful" and I still don't have the confidence in maintaining that I want. So glad you've been able to achieve it. Take care and keep up the awesome work!! If you can handle HRT, I'm betting you can handle just about anything and maintain your weight!! -Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 2/27/2013 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm two months into mine also - Its been a great journey, Earl emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
 


Other Entries by MKELLY72