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Happily Maintaining 1 year 7 months: Ordering Tortilla Soup without Tortillas!


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today I am happy. I am celebrating one year and seven months of maintenance. AND I am actually enjoying my life of maintenance! I will keep these 112 pounds off for good.

I really had to smile at my poor co-workers who still consider me crazy for the way that I eat. So in front of 25 people at a Mexican restaurant I ordered Tortilla Soup without the tortillas and cheese. Who orders tortilla soup without the tortillas? I do as it gives me a lovely chicken soup with avocados and cilantro.

I am still marching to my own tune and often alone in my actions. This is simply who I am now and what I do to stay healthy.

I re-read my one year maintenance blog. Am I using the same tools to maintain?
1.Yes I am still wearing my neon pink workout shoes and have added another bright pair..and plan on getting a new bright pair for my two year anniversary.

2. I continue to drink my favorite flavored coffee as a treat after exercising.

3.i don't need my coal miner light to walk as thank goodness spring is here.

4.I continue to make lunches ahead for the week in my flowered bag.

5.My rainbow closet of clothes still fit me. However, I have ended my wild clothes buying spree that I initially went on a year ago.

6. I still love my laptop and Spark..still track food and fitness.

7.My recipe files keep growing and I have continued to find wonderful new meals.

8.I am a daily weigher and still do so.

9.I still have water bottles and workout clothes in the back of my car!

10. I was accepted by the National Weight Control Registry and was posted as a success story.

In the last 7 months I am proud of continuing my developed habits of maintenance.
I have not binged in 2 years and 7 months.
I have not gone more than one day without exercise.
I have toned my arms so that now I will wear short sleeve shirts, something I could not do a year ago.

The things that I have learned in the last seven months of maintenance:
You will have times when your scale will go up, even if you are eating healthfully. You might go up from sodium retention or higher fat foods or muscle gain. or the unknown reason. As noted in previous blogs, this can be uncomfortable and you can slip into irrational fears of feeling fat..despite your clothes fitting you. You might even go through what Annieoii calls a cycle of complacency where you know you should work on up pounds, but might not do so immediately.
This is the time when support is critical. Although I do not like these periods, posting about them really helped me get back to figuring out solutions. This is a time when you also need to be very compassionate towards yourself and to be resilient.

I found myself in these last 7 months staying in the upper range of my goal. I knew that I have steadily been increasing weights and levels for two years in cardio and in strength training.
I decided to have the trainer at my gym do a pinch test for my BMI.

In the last two years(including my year and one half of maintenance) I have lost 6 pounds of fat. My lean body mass decreased to 21 percent which is optimal for a woman my age. My BMI dropped a percent to 23 percent which is in the normal category. My trainer said I have definitely gained muscle.

So I decided to increase my goal weight by two pounds and continue to strength train and workout. I was great helped in this decision by a blog by Mandelovich who introduced me to the concept of achievable weight and maintainable weight by Beck.

There is a side fo me that liked being in the low twenties and even fitting size 4. However, wearing size 6 is fine and I think the value of exercise and strength training is important.

The other thing I have really learned in these last months is the value of support. Many many thanks to Spark friends, old and new who have supported me. It has helped me stabilize emotionally on this journey. I learn from all of you.

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MONTREAL12 8/19/2013 7:45PM

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SUPERSYLPH 8/5/2013 12:32PM

    Great blog!!!

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TERRIJ7 7/11/2013 11:41PM

    Thank you for the very encouraging blog!

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WOMANWITHGRIT 6/9/2013 10:29AM

    Thank you for your blog and for sharing your story. I have lost 8 pound so far and I have about 110 to go. You inspire me!

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/26/2013 9:57AM

    Congratulations on your continued success!

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SUSANNAH31 5/22/2013 12:38PM

    I am happy to consider myself one of your new friends here on Spark.
You are a real inspiration for all of us. Congratulations on your great success!



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GEORGE815 5/21/2013 7:40PM

    Great post. Thanks!

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RUSSELL1960 5/19/2013 8:40AM

    This is really amazing - you are such an inspiration! Thanks for the example you are setting for us. I like your list of daily habits that have worked for you ... it would be good for me to make a list like this. I'll just do that. thanks!

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222NICHOLE 5/14/2013 12:48AM

    I love your attitude - that you know what you want and are confident enough in it that you aren't swayed by the opinions of others. Good job! And good for you for being willing to gain some weight to have more muscle. Your maintenance is inspiring! Keep it up!

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KRISKAY1962 5/11/2013 10:03PM

    I MOVED LAST WEEK AND DIDN'T HAVE COMPUTER ACCESS, SO I DIDN'T TRACK MY FOOD. NOW THAT I AM TRACKING AGAIN I'VE NOTICED I AM OVEREATING, NOT WATCHING WHAT I EAT AND PORTION SIZE. SO YOUR BLOG HAS HELPED ME REALIZE I CAN'T LET ANY THING GET IN MY WAY TO A BETTER ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDPANDA10 5/8/2013 1:08AM

    What an inspirational read! I have lost weight several times in my life and always put the weight back on because I never gave a thought to maintenance. When I reach goal this time I will definitely have a maintenance plan in place. Great blog! Congrtulations on your achievements!

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MAPLECANDY3 5/7/2013 7:40PM

    I love hearing when people are successful at maintaining, it seems like it would be harder than losing. great Job!!!!!!

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LINDAF49 5/7/2013 12:23PM

    WOW - what an uplifting of my heart it is to read this blog...An ever present reminder of "It Is Do-able" Thank you for your inspiration. God bless.


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SLIMLEAF 5/7/2013 10:39AM

    Well done!

and it was helpful too. Thanks.

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NHEMBERGER 5/3/2013 12:51PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing! I'm still trying to figure out my goal weight. Guess I'll know when I get there!

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MRSTABER 5/3/2013 9:55AM

    You are awesome and an inspiration!!

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REGILIEH 5/3/2013 8:09AM

    This was a FABULOUS blog! I am maintaining and it gave me some more ideas. emoticon

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MANDAMYMANDA 5/2/2013 11:21PM

    Thank you for sharing your life. What an inspiration!

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-LORI-B 5/2/2013 3:01PM

    I ahve a long way to go before Im maintaining anything, but reading this, I know it is possible. Thanks for sharing

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MBECKER1975 5/2/2013 10:46AM

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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SNOWYOGA 5/2/2013 10:22AM

    I also like the waterfalls, but sounds like you have done a great job, and know how this is going to go, (no matter what some things about how we order our food), well it is our food! So again emoticon emoticon emoticon And you keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/2/2013 9:18AM

    Love the waterfall.

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    Thank-you so much for sharing your story. emoticon

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LOGOULD 5/2/2013 7:48AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your success and proving to us and being such a great example of how to really keep it off. You let us know that there is hope and that it CAN be done!

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CHERYLHURT 5/2/2013 7:41AM

  Way to go!

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CAMAEL100 5/2/2013 7:31AM

    Having the strength to follow our own road is what makes us stand out from the crowd! Following the crowd just leads to more of the same.

I suppose they donít realise that we now think their eating is crazy! I am sure you are, without even knowing it, an inspiration to someone there who desperately wants to change.

How can they not see how happy you seem from reading your blog. Losing weight is not about deprivation but about gaining so much more from life.

I have funny moments where I look at my wardrobe and am afraid to put on something as I think it wonít fit me as I remember the times when it was tight on me. I have to convince myself that I havenít put on weight and I eventually put it on only to find it fits perfectly or sometimes even loose. I have being doing this for awhile now but have just become aware of it in the last few days!!

I am only a few pounds from maintenance but like you I will stay on Spark forever for the support.

I totally agree with you as well that health is more important than a clothes size. Muscle is so important as we get older. It canít be neglected!

And it is amazing that just like you I have grown so much emotionally on this journey. It certainly is not just a weight loss exercise!!

It is great having inspirations like you on Spark. I am glad that maintainers stay on Spark. They show us what life after the weight loss is like!!

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DAILYSMALLSTEPS 5/2/2013 7:04AM

  Awesome.

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THEIS58 5/2/2013 6:41AM

    wonderfully inspiring!

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    You have a wonderful outlook and are certainly a success at maintaining. Thanks for all your tips and sharing your story. emoticon

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LAURAKOHORST 5/2/2013 2:52AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us. The tips are very useful.

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CORNERKICK 5/1/2013 7:04PM

  WOW...Way to go!!

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MOMOSG 5/1/2013 10:13AM

    Fabulous job! Congratulations.

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    Thank you...thank you.....thank you.

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Thanks for sharing - I needed to hear what you had to say :)

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Keep rockin' it!



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SUZE2014 4/30/2013 9:48PM

    Woo Hoo!! You are doing great. I am on the journey and no where near maintenance, but I do feel better even though I haven't lost even 15 lbs yet. I appreciate you sharing your ups and downs. It helps me - thanks.
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