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Spark Community Support Rocks!


Monday, April 29, 2013

I keep changing my mind about the best thing about Spark People. And since reading this featured blog today,

http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
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my current best thing is people like the author, Kanoe10, who have reached maintenance, maintained and lived to tell about it, to share with us. Because I know I need to wrap maintenance ideas around my head and understand it this time.

With 54.5 pounds gone, and 30 - 50 more to go (still pondering that issue), I'm way past the point where I would have quit in the past. I'm way past the point where I would have said, "ENOUGH!" and then started putting the pounds back on, because I know the G-BALAM syndrome well. (Gained back all lost and more).

Now, don't get me wrong. I manage to push past those thoughts of quitting. Mainly because of friends here. But the science fiction qualities of maintenance for me have caused a few nightmares and sleepless nights.

So, I am very grateful for the bloggers on Spark People who have helped me to chill out, and just keep on keeping on with the plan. I can rest easy with the knowledge that it is possible to reach my goal, whatever it turns out to be; that I WILL be able to maintain my weight loss; and that all of this effort won't be wasted once again. I had enviisoned that I'd lose the weight and be outta here! But not these people. They stick around and continue to support us, to lift the fog from that unknown wasteland known as MAINTENANCE.

And there have been blogs like this on every stage of my journey so far.

The most memorable:

the one that told me about the Full Plate Diet when I was so hungry, ready to eat the door on the refrigerator.

the one that told me about the fitness resources for those with limited mobility

the one that reminded me that I needed to have fun while working out, while living

the one that shared the idea of the New Years Eve jar (kind of like MostMom1's WooHoo jar) where you write milestones on slips of paper, store in a jar through the year, and then read them on New Year's Eve.

and all of the others that shared the learned knowledge and their ups and downs that showed me that I was not alone.

So I say Spark Community Support Rocks!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MATTEROFHEART 4/30/2013 10:03PM

    I agree wholeheartedly! You are one of the ones who have inspired me! Thank you!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/29/2013 11:41PM

    Thank you for bring that blog to my attention. I've been seeking out the people I need to listen to and learn from (you are one of them) and making them a part of my healthy way of living. I too want to understand maintanence and I know it will be a part of my future. I know I can't ever let this healthy way of living go because I just go back to my unhealthy ways.

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PATRICIAAK 4/29/2013 8:28PM

    I agree

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LESLIELENORE 4/29/2013 5:19PM

    You are so right. The support is phenomenal!

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DWSCHUYLER 4/29/2013 3:50PM

    You've hit the nail on the head. All the support, no matter where you are in your journey! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/29/2013 3:48PM

    Spark people community is so very helpful! Maintenance, like getting the healthy lifestyle going, has its ups and downs, yet we all go forward together, lending bits and pieces as we each glean them. Two things make a big difference...we are not in competition with one another and we care that the ones walking this journey with us make it to the finish.

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ANGEL1066 4/29/2013 3:44PM

    It can be a life saver! I've been blessed by the exercise for limited mobility tips also, and the many people who have conquered very difficult circumstances to reclaim life and health, including you. You are right about needing to get the right mindset for maintenance. That is a separate and unique challenge. I lost 100 lbs some 30 years ago, went off the plan I did it on, gained back 150 lbs. plus numerous medical challenges before attempting weight control again and finding Spark. I'm wrestling to maintain right where I am right now, for the 2nd time this time down, before I attempt another 50lb drop. I know I need the drop for health, but getting comfortable with my changing body is unexpectedly difficult, more than just resisting temptations. Spark has more help for that than anywhere else I have seen. Hopefully, it will be enough.

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L*I*T*A* 4/29/2013 2:44PM

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CHRISTINASP 4/29/2013 2:44PM

    Hear, hear. Thank YOU for all the tips and support you've offered me.

I am laughing about you nearly eating the door of the refrigerator! Ha, ha. I remember a teacher at high school talking about her diet, she said that the night before she got so hungry that even the cat food looked attractive to her! LOL.

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