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5 Years at Goal Today !!! I can't believe it !

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Major Milestone ! 5 Years at Goal !!!
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Iíve never maintained a weight loss for so long ! I am so proud of me ! Iíve made changes in my lifestyle that I know will be with me for the rest of my life.


Weight Loss Anniversary Notes

I donít stay on track 100% of the time, allowing myself the occasional sweet treat or pizza for dinner. Those are the most tempting off program foods for me. No problem, as long as itís ďoccasionalĒ. I have had times when Iíve gone completely off track and overindulged in sweet treats. Still working on getting that in control. And Iím also working on losing an additional 10 pounds. I think that will be a healthier weight for me.
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Eating Habits Ė

I now eat a mostly healthy diet, lots of veggies, fruits, chicken and turkey on occasion & beans in place of beef, which Iíve eliminated. Iím still working on putting fish in my diet. Other than tuna salad, salmon salad, and breaded fish, I just donít like the taste.

I eat whole grain breads and cereals, and Iím always looking for healthy snacks.

Iím lactose intolerant so I drink almond milk, and recently switched from the sweetened vanilla to unsweetened vanilla, to cut down on the sugar in my diet.

Areas I still need to work on are sweets and portions, especially when I have sweets. I know that what I really need to do is remove tempting goodies from the house, but thatís hard to do since my hubby loves those goodies and I donít want to deprive him. Iím focusing on not having the goodies that I like in the house. That is helping. The biggest temptation is when we shop at our local grocery store. They have the best bakery section and I have a hard time avoiding it, especially since you have to pass thru it on the way to produce. SO not fair !

Exercise Ė

I always enjoyed exercising and staying active, however I fell into a sedentary lifestyle about 20 years ago after a severe flare of arthritis of the spine that forced me to quit working. I was depressed and in pain. I ate for comfort. Just about anything I did increased my pain level, so I did nothing. Needless to say I gained weight. When I found Spark the fall of 2006 I spent a few months exploring the site, reading articles, visiting teams and reading posts. I began to feel that I could try harder, that any activity would be better than nothing at all. I began my Spark program in January of 2007 and am so glad I did.

I donít think that exercise has helped with my weight loss/maintenance efforts. The reason being that I cannot exercise long or hard due to chronic pain. When I first got serious in my Spark journey, 6 years ago, I could only exercise for 5 minutes at a time. Gradually I increased that, to 7Ē, then 10Ē. Then I added a second daily exercise session. I bought an elliptical and gradually increased my time to 10Ē, but have not been able to increase that time without increasing my pain level.

Even now, after exercising regularly for the past 6 years, Iím limited to 10Ē on the elliptical. Recently I added the gazelle to my workout and have been able to add 5Ē to my time by alternating between the two.

I canít do any exercise that requires running, jogging, jumping, hopping, or sitting.
I do best with walking exercises Ė Leslie Sansone, elliptical, gazelle, Walk It Out Wii video, a George Foreman video, my ďABBAĒ walk (walking around the house to an ABBA cd), Wii tennis, and some strength exercises, all with modifications.

Why I keep exercising Ė
I believe that doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing, even if the way I exercise is not helping with my maintenance efforts.
Exercise gives me a sense of accomplishment, a feeling that Iím doing something positive for my health.
Helps ease some stiffness, as long as I donít push it too much.
Makes me feel stronger.
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I often feel I ďmustĒ exercise and force myself to do it, even if Iím having an off day. If I skip a scheduled exercise day for any reason, even pain, I feel like I have to make up for it.

New Exercise Maintenance Plan Ė

Iím going to change the way I think, from I ďmustĒ exercise to I ďwantĒ to exercise.
Iím going to do exercises I enjoy, not ones I feel I have to do.
Iím going to continue with my exercise schedule but if I miss a day for any reason I will not feel that I have to make it up.


I promise myself to continue this healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life.

Motivation got me started, habit keeps me going.
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WATERDIAMONDS 3/27/2013 5:55AM

    Congratulations, not just for the weight loss but also for having changed your entire mindset about life.

GREAT job!

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HANSBRINK 3/26/2013 1:23PM

  Congratulations!

Great mind set:
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Iím going to change the way I think, from I ďmustĒ exercise to I ďwantĒ to exercise.


I've been exercising consistently for four years now. There are days that I just don't want to start. Yet when I'm finished, I feel good. I'll keep your thoughts in mind on the days when I have trouble starting.

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STARLIGHT22146 3/25/2013 1:27PM

    Way to go!! 5 years is awesome, good luck at finding more exercise that isn't painful for you and that you enjoy!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2013 12:37PM

   
CONGRATS!! Way to recognize your success and set goals for further improvement! 5 years is an AMAZING accomplishment. WooHoo! So glad you got a Popular Blog Award. Well deserved!!

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SCRAPBECCA 3/24/2013 10:29PM

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MJREIMERS 3/23/2013 9:34PM

    emoticon job! You are such a testimonial to healthy eating and exercising! You should be so proud of yourself! I really admire your determination even with the exercise limitations that you endure. Good for you! emoticon on 5 years of maintenance and here's to 5 more!!

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MANILUS 3/23/2013 10:08AM

    Congratulations on a job well done! The exercise does help your effort, keep pushing!!!

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MILLIE5522 3/23/2013 5:19AM

    Congratulations on 5 years! I am only on 6 months and its not easy! Like you I am allowing for treats on the occasional days. My difficult part is when the scale goes up 2/3 pounds without any apparent reason other than an increase in carbs ( but not an increase in my daily calories)! It goes down again within a week but not knowing if that is going to happen does play mind games with my motivation! emoticon

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MAREE1953 3/23/2013 4:36AM

    Congratulations! Remarkable accomplishment, very deserving of being proud! Best wishes for continued health and success!Q

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SUSIEMT 3/22/2013 4:33PM

    Great Job on your 5 years maintenance! Way to go!! Keep it up!

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KANOE10 3/22/2013 7:04AM

    Great accomplishment on 5 years. Your exercise is excellent. You are very inspirational.

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_LINDA 3/21/2013 9:47PM

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Fantastic!! That is just incredible to have maintained so long and especially with having to put up with temptations in the house! Why, why, why do men always get away with eating anything they like??? So not fair!!
So sorry to hear you have to deal with such chronic pain :( I do as well and I love to exercise so its frustrating not to be able to do all that I want to. Moving does make me feel better though.
Keep up the great work!!!


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POPSY190 3/21/2013 9:45PM

    Great blog. I too struggle with exercise motivation, even though I know how essential it is to keep moving. You have done brilliantly to keep it up despite the pain. The smell in the bakery section can be very tempting! But I read the labels and there's often milk in them so I put myself off that way as I have less than 10% absorption and it's just not worth it! All the best for the next five maintenance years!

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2013 8:35PM

    Five years is a terrific accomplishment, and you've got many good ideas here to help the rest of us sustain weight loss.



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MARTHAWILL 3/21/2013 6:57PM

    That's so fantastic! You are an inspiration and a great example. Love your attitude.
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ADRIENALINE 3/21/2013 6:39PM

    emoticon I really like your style. You must be intensely proud of your accomplishment. You know that you are a very rare bird. I have been a successful maintainer for one year tomorrow. I personally think that weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise and if you have an enormous amount of will power you can lose weight without any change to your exercise regimen. So you must have an enormous amount of will power to be able to maintain so successfully. Atta girl! I do exercise though because it keeps me healthy, walking briskly for at least 3 miles every day

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EGGBASKET1 3/21/2013 4:52PM

    I LIKE THAT...MOTIVATION GOT YOU GOING AND HABIT KEPT YOU GOING !!!! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION !!!! THANKS FOR SHARING. HUGS...EGG

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SANDICANE 3/21/2013 3:23PM

    That is so fabulous that you've been at goal for 5 years! Thanks for sharing your "steps along the way".

Cheers,
Sandi

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PRESBESS 3/21/2013 12:23PM

    You rock! You really do!
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MKELLY72 3/21/2013 11:20AM

    Fantastic milestone! You seem to have a nice balance in your life too, allowing for treats--that's what I aim to do too, but I still kind of get upset with myself when my weight creeps up a little bit. I have to work on being more accepting of that without becoming to lax with it--such a delicate balance sometimes :)
Michelle

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MEXGAL1 3/21/2013 10:59AM

    Totally awesome!

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MANDELOVICH 3/21/2013 9:30AM

    Congratulations! What an achievement and milestone! Good for you! I cannot wait to get to goal and then have an anniversary!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/21/2013 9:25AM

    Congratulatons on you 5 years at goal!
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You are very inspiring!

Best wishes on another 5 years at goal and more!

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VTRICIA 3/21/2013 8:27AM

    You are an inspiration! I wouldn't discount your fitness just because it doesn't fit the 20 continuous minutes mold. It still helps!

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SWEDE_SU 3/21/2013 8:08AM

    congratulations! you are truly an inspiration!

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DESERTJULZ 3/21/2013 7:47AM

    Congratulations on 5 years! That's a great anniversary to celebrate. Kudos also for maxing out the amount of exercise your body will allow.

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LRSILVER 3/21/2013 7:46AM

    Felina that is such a great accomplishment. You are making all the right things happen. Trying to figure out what the right type of exercise is for you is a great thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 3/21/2013 7:41AM

    congratulations! happy spark anniversary! that is so inspiring and motivating! have a wonderful day!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/21/2013 7:39AM

    Congratulations! You have the right attitude - concentrate on what you CAN do and not what you can't. Good for you! 5 years is quite a milestone.

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GATORJOY 3/21/2013 6:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Your determination is inspiring!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/21/2013 6:04AM

    I am in awe of you! Five years! That is such a huge accomplishment!you definitely have the right mindset to be successful. I hope to follow in your footsteps!

I love the way you ended your blog. Keep those healthy habits!

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PMRUNNER 3/21/2013 5:56AM

    Awesome! Your story is inspirational!

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TORTISE110 3/21/2013 5:39AM

    Your blog is so real and shows so clearly how your commitment has led to fabulous success. Being a 5 year maintainer is remarkable success! Proud to know you a bit here in this blog. Thank you for sharing your story!


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I do elliptical too!

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DSJB9999 3/21/2013 4:49AM

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CELIAMINER 3/21/2013 12:34AM

    You deserve to be proud of yourself! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your inspiration!!

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MNNICE 3/20/2013 10:17PM

    Congratulations on 5 years of maintenance! I also struggle with overindulging on sweets (chocolates), although I've also been able to maintain. Exercise is not something I enjoy but I just know I HAVE to do it to stay healthy, so I force myself. Maintenance is definitely not an easy road, but in the end, it's all worth it! Keep it up!

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STORYCRAFTER 3/20/2013 6:14PM

    Congrats on your maintenance anniversary! Thanks for sharing your story to inspire others... hope I can do as well as you!

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NEW-CAZ 3/20/2013 12:56PM

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ENUFF81020 3/20/2013 10:51AM

    emoticon on such a worthy accomplishment. We both know that when activity is restricted by our health that we have to compensate in other ways. There is nothing wrong with ten minute increments of exercise--Coach Nicole has always advocated that it is perfectly healthy and helpful to exercise this way and that the sum still is what counts.

Best wishes--I hope to congratulate you on your ten year anniversary as well!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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MRSBETH99 3/11/2013 3:15PM

    Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 year thoughts!! I loved reading it.

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I also love your "something is better than nothing" attitude. You're inspirations!!

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MINDY502 3/11/2013 10:55AM

   
Way to go what an awesome accomplishment and your attitude is wonderful. Most people that have been through what you have would not do what you are doing. I think anything you are doing is great. Keep on sparking and inspiring!!

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KHFOUR 3/11/2013 9:42AM

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So impressive and very inspirational!! You should be very proud of yourself!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/11/2013 9:28AM

    You should be so very proud of yourself! Making the choices you have for the past 5 years is an incredibly difficult feat. What impresses me most is that you have been able to do so well with strict limitations on your exercise. Big Hugs!!!

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