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A Year of 5s - Accountability and Maintenance

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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!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MALCONTENTION 5/28/2013 6:54AM

    You're a goddess, Carol! Belated happy birthday!!!!!!!

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CYND59 5/27/2013 8:31PM

    Great blog. I enjoyed reading every word of it. You are one of my greatest inspirations. I will loose the weight I have set as my goal and keep it off just like you. I am determined!

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SANDICANE 5/27/2013 5:40AM

    Hey, this blog is good enough to be FEATURED!!! How wonderful to hear the "hows" of how you have maintained for 5 years! It is one thing to get the weight off, and another to keep it off.

Cheers to you for your successes and for sharing your successes!

Happy Birthday to you!

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Cheers,
Sandi

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KANOE10 5/26/2013 8:41AM

    You are such a success story. I loved reading about your steps in keeping your weight off for 5 years. I agree with you about the importance of exercise and the importance of success.

Have a wonderful birthday. You deserve the best!

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JESPAH 5/25/2013 7:42PM

    YES - Happy birthday - and happy reinvention day.

Love you and not just for what you've done but for who you ARE.

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