Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    CAROLISCIOUS   96,834
SparkPoints
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
 
 
A Year of 5s - Accountability and Maintenance

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Saturday, May 25, 2013

On Monday, May 27th, I will be 55 years young. This year also marks 5 years of 60 pound weight loss maintenance for me.

I found/joined SP 6 years ago this month (I had turned 49 and my dreaded 50th bday was looming), but I didn't get serious about the work until 7 months later.

At 49 and close to 200 pounds, I was very concerned about what the next 20 years would bring for me health wise. Now at 55...birthdays aren't so scary. I don't worry about the next 20 years so much. I know that any illness can sneak up on you and steal away your life, but I also know that I am doing everything I can to prevent what I can...and that feels very good.

As these milestones approach, I have been thinking a LOT about how I maintain this weight loss accountability, and mostly, what I've learned these past 5 years.

My accountability partners:
emoticon The scale - I weigh daily, accept what it is, the good and the bad...and deal with it.
emoticon My clothes - If my clothes (size 4-6) don't feel good...I know trouble is brewing...and I take action.
emoticon Leading a Spark Team - I can't fail and disappoint my local team. I never know when I might encounter one of them in public!
emoticon My Sparkfriends - So many of you support me and look up to me as a success story...and I love you for it! My plan is to NEVER let you down.
emoticon Weight maintenance challenges set by the "At Goal and Transition to Maintenance" SparkTeam - A weekly accountability weigh in that keeps me focused. I keep posting even when I am OUT.
emoticon Posting my workouts to facebook...the positive reinforcement is awesome, and I know people from my past and present are lurking and watching. Will she fail? NO...she won't!
emoticon National Weight Control Registry - I have to complete a survey every year...I NEVER want to have to admit that I have gained weight.
emoticon My co-workers and 3D friends- They have watched me lose weight and they witness my seemingly over the top behaviors every day...like bringing my own food to a catered lunch meeting, lugging around a 2.2 liter water jug, or skipping the KK doughnuts...every time. Some of them see me as an example to follow for healthy living. I must stick with this and show them that it can be done! On Thursday I was paid the highest of complements from a co-worker. "You look younger now than when you started working here 10 years ago." Who doesn't want to hear comments like that? I sure do!
emoticon My husband, children, grandchildren, and other family members- I want them to look at my life and say, " My (Wife, Mom, Ghee Ghee, Aunt, Sister) set a good example for me...she rocked it until the end!"
emoticon My Health Insurance (Employee Wellness Program) - Yup! If I don't maintain healthy habits, my monthly insurance premiums will go up...and IF I DO maintain a healthy lifestyle...my premiums COULD drop. An employee wellness health screening is mandatory every year. If your employer hasn't started this...get ready cuz it's coming.
emoticon My annual physical - My doctor was amazed at my weight loss and the change (for the good) in my lab work. Because of my success, he now tells his other patients about Sparkpeople. I must show up every year for my physical...and with good numbers...so he will remember that this is FO' REAL, baby!

emoticon Pictures! How fun it is to see myself in a photo and say, "Yowza! I look hawt!" I NEVER want to lose that good feeling!

What I've learned:
emoticon The more accountability partners I have, the better likelihood of success. Please share your accountability measures with me!
emoticon In terms of eating, I don't have to be perfect every day, but I do have to do the best I can on most days. I plan my meals and make sure I have the foodstuffs on hand so there is no excuse. We eat out very little, but when I must, I check menus online beforehand, and plan what I will have in advance.
emoticon I can enjoy a vacation or holiday break from my eating plan, but I must get right back to the plan as soon as the break is over. Letting it linger does nothing but make the inevitable weight gain harder to shed. I'm always so excited about the break...and equally (if not more) excited about getting back to the plan! LOL!
emoticon Cardio and Strength Training...you all know the reasons why this is a must. I get my cardio by interval running/walking and my ST from RIPPED classes (which also includes cardio...bonus!) I shoot for 4 days a week, but If I miss a workout...life goes on.
emoticon For a time I believed the lie that I could do this by only controlling what I eat and not exercising. It worked for a while, but eventually my slowed metabolism from not working out caught up with me, and I started to gain. I promptly flushed that lie down the toilet and got off my lazy butt.
emoticon Success is up to me. No excuses. It doesn't matter what anyone else does, I am the author of my own life story. I make the final choices, even when it feels like I have no other choice...there is always another choice.

I am grateful for another year of health and happiness. I am grateful for Sparkpeople and the tools and friends here that keep me going. I am grateful for my family and friends.

Happy Birthday to me!
emoticon
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAKAPES 6/14/2013 3:31AM

    I liked your learning a lot!
How I can take part of the weight control registry?
Oliver (from Maintenance team)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOPPY_ 6/12/2013 11:43AM

    Best blog @ SP, I've ever read!

emoticon

Lee emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THECITYMOUSE 6/10/2013 8:03PM

    I feel...so fortunate to have met you and have you in my life, to share our stories and support each other. You are....a goddess, Carol. And I adore you!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MY1FAN 6/10/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 6/10/2013 2:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNSHINE20113 6/9/2013 4:36AM

    Happy birthday!! you are an inspiration!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DSJB9999 6/9/2013 2:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABYFIDALGO 6/8/2013 2:24PM

    You've inspired me!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMONEKP 6/8/2013 12:10PM

    awesome blog, congrats

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRIKEY 6/7/2013 6:04PM

    This was full of helpful information! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NVDONNA 6/7/2013 5:31PM

    All true. Well said. I always look to you for inspiration. I love and admire you. xoxo donna

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSTETSER 6/7/2013 4:02PM

    Go girl, GO!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KICKINGKILOS 6/7/2013 10:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOELEVENACIOUS 6/7/2013 9:47AM

    very cool blog I will be back! You have a well thought out plan and reflected on your striving and success with some good insight.
If you think the 50's are great wait till you can retire and focus on healthy living and enjoy it. I love it so far, It is my new job!
The best is yet to come!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNCHER 6/7/2013 9:06AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! Hugs! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CYND59 6/7/2013 8:17AM

    You are one of the reasons I have kept going. So inspiring. Awesome job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
-SHOREIDO- 6/7/2013 8:15AM

    Love "I never want to lose yhat good feeling" !!!! You go girl! Keep on movin on!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
QUEENOTHEFOREST 6/7/2013 7:58AM

    What a wonderful story of success and I am so grateful that you shared this and that every day you share your strength and wisdom. I can't tell you how often your modeling has given me courage and determination when failure seemed like a huge stone in my path. I feel lucky to have met you here.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 6/6/2013 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Lots to celebrate here! Keep up the fantabulous work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNIEONLI 6/6/2013 5:32PM

    WONDERFUL!!!

I couldn't agree more with all that you said!!!

So...I liked this blog and I hope others do to so it can be a featured blog post...it surely is worthy of it being one!

Keep being emoticon
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEMT 6/6/2013 5:16PM

    Happy Birthday to you! What a wonderful blog! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOGOULD 6/6/2013 4:48PM

    emoticon WOOHOO emoticon WOOHOO emoticon and thanks for sharing with us all! I don't know what I would do with all my mentors (you included) on this team. I know I wouldn't still me maintaining and even though it is still a struggle to stay there, I know that with role models and examples and accountability partners like you, my odds are 1000X better!!! Thanks for being such a great example!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELIZABETH5268 6/6/2013 2:51PM

    Great blog! I hope this will be spotlighted in an email so others can see it too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVERLEARNING 6/6/2013 2:36PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY728 6/6/2013 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELIAMINER 6/6/2013 12:38PM

    A belated happy birthday to you! Enjoy these no-calorie virtual cupcakes :-)
emoticon

And a very happy FIVE-year maintenance anniversary!
emoticon

You are definitely an inspiration!


Comment edited on: 6/6/2013 12:39:05 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
FELINA 6/6/2013 11:23AM

    emoticon
Happy Birthday and Congratulations on 5 years maintenance, the best birthday present !
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOONCHILD8 6/6/2013 10:28AM

    Happy Birthday to you! Congratulations on maintaining for five years! Best wishes for many more B-days and years of maintaining. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 6/6/2013 8:26AM

    I love the way inspiring others is important to you. You are helping others be healthy.
Great job. Great blog.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLJONES 6/6/2013 8:13AM

    I am one of those people who can control my weight with watching my food only, but we are all so different. I'm glad you found something that works, and 5 years is great confirmation!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLEDGE2 6/6/2013 8:01AM

    You've done us all a great motivational service! Thank you! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 6/6/2013 2:40AM

    emoticon you have an inspiring journey, thank you for sharing it emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 6/5/2013 11:52PM

    Happy birthday, and congratulations on 5 years of maintenance! Very well done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KEEPITSIMPLE_ 6/5/2013 10:52PM

    Congrats to you on all of your successes! You are such an inspiration to us all, and I love your accountability partners!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMPRIDER 6/5/2013 10:37PM

    You are impressive as well as inspiring! Thanks for sharing this and Happy birthday!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANILUS 6/5/2013 10:28PM

    Congratulations, keep up the great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LRSILVER 6/5/2013 10:03PM

    Happy belated bithday. What an inspiring stpry. thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMY445 6/5/2013 9:57PM

    happy belated birthday and happy reinvention day! have a great day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RX_2_RV 6/5/2013 9:41PM

    Congrats and thanks for taking the time to share what worked for you. I've been on the yo-yo dieting roller coaster for decades and I want off! Your tips are valuable and appreciated!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 6/5/2013 9:33PM

    Fantastic blog, fantastic success story and you look -- yup! -- fantastic!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BESSHAILE 6/5/2013 9:04PM

    You really are an inspiration. I look forward to my turn writing about being at maintenance for 5 years. You've shown me lots of ways to get there. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORTISE110 6/5/2013 9:02PM

    Your blog rocks, but YOU really rock. emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/5/2013 9:02:43 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANDELOVICH 6/5/2013 8:32PM

    You are an amazing inspiration and what a wonderful list of great tools/strategies/teachings. Thank you!! Congratulations and happy anniversary!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESERTJULZ 6/5/2013 8:20PM

    First, congratulations on your long-lived maintenance. Second, thank you for all the accountability tips! I'm onto 8 months now and need all those tips you longer-term maintainers are handing out. Thank goodness for maintainers SparkTeam!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KELLIEBEAN 6/5/2013 8:11PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! You have a great attitude and we can all learn a lot from you.

Continued success and happiness to you!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 6/5/2013 7:36PM

    Happiness to you! You certainly have it all together. Great job.
Congrats on your success.
What a terrific role model you are for everyone.
Keep on keeping on!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEANNIENOKLA 5/29/2013 2:36PM

    emoticon You have given yourself the BEST Gift of all -- Health!!

Happy Birthday!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKNPROGRESS49 5/29/2013 11:44AM

    emoticon May 27th!!! Hope you had a great birthday!! You are an inspiration.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 5/29/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon What an INCREDIBLE Story!! It is Truly Inspiring and Thank You for taking the time to share it!!
emoticon Congratulations on all you have Achieved so far. I am sure that The BEST is yet to come!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLIE5522 5/28/2013 5:55PM

    Happy Birthday! You are a real inspiration! I hope that in 5 years time, when I reach 60, I will be able to write a 5 year maintenance blog. I shall be looking to you to keep me on course emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (55 total):  1 2 Next >