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    4A-HEALTHY-BMI   41,814
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
We’ve kept off 6.5 tons for 629 years!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

While there are 17,156 members in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team ( teams.sparkpeople.com/ma
intaining
),
215 of them have joined a list to celebrate their maintenance anniversaries:
docs.google.com/forms/d/
1eQoYlctQfXArCGv3qKYX8rW6o
-ODNA2eLr4YVeFtUwc/viewform


This same list also provides data for our Hall of Fame.
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/pub?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
E9wMW5wZ2M5MWphUXBGNFJQUEx
sakE&single=true&gid=1&output=html


There is a whole lot of experience there, to learn from. Cumulatively we’ve kept off 12,983 lbs (6.5 tons) for 629 years!

Let’s put that into perspective.

What 6.5 tons looks like:



- a medium-sized Tyrannosaurus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty
ranosaurus_Rex

- a 40-ft whale shark www.theage.com.au/enviro
nment/conservation/sevento
nne-fish-pulled-from-water
-20120208-1razs.html

- 531 elephant tusks conservationbiology.net/
research-programs/tracking
-poached-ivory-2/

- a very large armored vehicle www.spacewar.com/reports
/Smiles_and_frowns_over_de
fense_deals_999.html


630 years is a pretty long time. 629 years ago the year was 1383. Here are some of the things that were going on 630 years ago:



- Europe looked something like this: www.euratlas.net/history
/europe/1400/index.html

- Edward III (1327–1377) of England had just died. His claim to the throne of France resulted in the Hundred Years' War.
- Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400?) had just written Canterbury Tales.
- Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian author (1313–1375) had just died.
- Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet and writer (1304–1374) had just died.
- Muslim world traveler Ibn Battuta (1304–1368/1377) had just died.
- Charles V (1338–1380) of France had just died.
- The Ottoman Empire hadn’t yet been formed (Constantinople wasn’t taken until 1453).
- Dominoes had just been invented in China.
- Löwenbräu brewery was founded in Munich
- Construction of the Bastille was completed in Paris.

Those 215 people employ a broad range of strategies and techniques for maintenance. The one thing we all have in common is that we’ve all had to figure out for ourselves how to balance managing our health and fitness with living our individual lives.

Among those 215 there are some folks who never track their food or weigh themselves, and there are people who log everything they eat and weigh themselves every day. There are people who exercise two hours every single day and others who don’t do exercise outside of their usual daily activities. We’ve got people who eat low-carb, or gluten-free, or on a paleo plan, or lots of complex carbs, or simply eat sensible portions of “normal” healthy foods.

What I love about this team is the sheer variety of perspectives and ways of managing to keep the weight off. And the affirmation that sometimes it just takes persistence to figure it out. Life throws everyone curve balls and there are lots of coping options to choose from. If you don’t know what to do, just ask, and you’ll end up with a thread with many different ideas and suggestions. Everyone is very generous and kind with their input around here.

Here is our Hall of Fame, in order of how long everyone has maintained. These data are current. In order to stay on this list folks have to check in once a year to verify and update their information.
docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/pub?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
E9wMW5wZ2M5MWphUXBGNFJQUEx
sakE&single=true&gid=1&output=html

I sometimes browse this list, just to see what people who have been managing this longer than I have are up to - how do they do it? Can I get a helpful idea, or inspiration or a needed dose of reality from their Spark Pages?

And now, I present to you a group of folks who collectively lost an entire Tyrannosaurus and have kept it off since 1383
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43 years
NELLJONES

28 years
IMAFIT1

26 years
KAYOTIC

14 years
SPARKRADIOLILY

12 years
JOHN__

10 years
POINDEXTRA
BETH7CAM
LESLIE871948

9 years
ZUCCHINIQUEEN
MEXGAL1

8 years
SUZYMOBILE
HAPPYSOUL91
JCORYCMA
BRIGHTANGEL

7 years
LESLIESENIOR
CAROLJEAN64
DIDMIS

6 years
PEGGYT3
MONGO2TEN
KSIGMA1222

5 years
FELINA
NEW-CAZ
VANANDEL
NKAUFMANN
ISHIIGIRL
ERPARA
DUBINJL
ZIRCADIA
MOOSLADY
MOM5INFL
CAROLISCIOUS
KNH771
SPARKARINO
OZONE3

4 years
CHELISMOMMY
SLENDERELLA61
GOLIONS
GOING-STRONG
BESTSUSIEYET
WATERMELLEN
TIAGAYEPFA
BAILEYS7OF9
CAROLZ1967
LOLA_98CHIC
ANNIEONLI
BROOKLYN_BORN
LAURIE5658
KIM--POSSIBLE
4A-HEALTHY-BMI
DENISEFULLER
GOING4MUSCLE
KATHYPULLIN
BREWMASTERBILL

3 years
DAWNFIRE72
SUEINTHEPARK
FITTOBE2
NANCYANNE55
ANNANN63
LOGOULD
ELYMWX
MAYFLOWERCHICK
ONEKIDSMOM
ROSEWAND
62NVON
DAISYBELL6
ONEWEIGH
CHERRYALLIE
BRONWATER
ELLEKTRA
SKIRNIR
DAKOTACAT
TINASWEEP
MRSJERRYBUSH
BDFOWKES
KFH3107

2 years
COACHMOMMY
WESTCOASTKID
MARYELLEN301
ELECTRALYTE
NORTHWOODSMOM8
MJREIMERS
MAGGIEROSEBOWL
J.MARCHESANI
GODDESSELLIE07
MARTHAWILL
HEALTHYCALM
MIRAGE727
LJR4HEALTH
STARDUSTD
MLB570
JACKIERN
MAREE1953
NEWNANCY2012
WALKINGMAMMA
SUSIEMT
SHAWFAN
NAVYMOM133
TUBLADY
SOSAYSTARA
LYNNE118
EMEXROSE
2010_IS_MY_YEAR
KRISZTA11
XRAYLADY65
UPTOIT59
CIRANDELLA
LISSOME
MOBYCARP
KANOE10
RED_RAN_AMBER
HOPEWELLNESS
TANYAP71
DEBBYFROMMT
RESPCHRIS
ROOSTER72
AMARILYNH
PRESBESS
THETURTLEBEAR
GEE-KNEE
MI-ELLKAYBEE
SUNSHINE20113
JEWELY_ROADS
DEBORAH-SIMS
GERMANIRISHGIRL
_JODI404
NIKKIJ55
LGREEN521
STRIVER57
MELFOUCH
FIRECOM
JESSIHOVER2
LORILEEPAGE

1 year
MKELLY72
TINAJANE76
ADRIENNIE
OOLALA53
NEVERGIVEUP
PCASEY7
JERSYGRL
MERRY_XMAS
ANNE403
GLASSART43
MARIO432
LISAW/3
EPONABLACKHORSE
CELIAMINER
CSHULLCSHELLS
FROGGGY13
PETITGABRIELLE
POPSY190
FOXYPHAEDRA
MISSIFISH
JSTETSER
BEC5060
LIVIN2LOVE1
PEZMOM1
1LADYMYSTIC
MRSRACHELS
GETFIT2LIVE
-AMANDA79-
SWEDE_SU
JAZZKATO
STITCHINGNAN
CHELSEAUS17
KANSASROSE67
PERIWINKLE88
TRACYNOTGIVINUP
TORTISE110
MISSB8604
MILLIE5522
PRESSINGON3:14
BROWNCOFIDDLER
PROUDLILMOM
DESERTJULZ
BIGPAWSUP
ICELAND_LOVER
NJ5050
VISUALLYRICS
SONIA260
THOMASINA57
DAHLIA444444
KELLIEBEAN
PAM_COOPER
VTRICIA
MARCOSMASTER
MY1FAN
MOONCHILD8
IAMAGEMLOVER
MOMMY445
GREENGENES
CHRISTIECAT
STORYCRAFTER
POOKASLUAGH

Less than a year
MOM2OR
RJSCHWEITZER
KSCHRAUT
NICKYCRANE
EMARTIN1974
LRSILVER
MARF226
BOOKAPHILE
FATGIRLRUNN
KIMBERLY_Y
JULENA1
FITMOMINNJ
JANCARD
LESLIELENORE
RENATARUNS
ALISONCHRISTIAN
BAMAGRAMA2
HMAZIS
RPCLEM2000
ASHLEYGILLE
AUNTB63
SINGER73

If YOU would like to be on the list, just fill out this form, here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/
1eQoYlctQfXArCGv3qKYX8rW6o
-ODNA2eLr4YVeFtUwc/viewform
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TUBLADY 8/31/2013 8:06PM

    Thank you for this fantastic blog.
The list is amazing. happy to be on it.
The facts and the time you put into posting this is amazing.
You are one fantastic lady.
And congrats to all those who have maintained.
congrats to all those who are working at being fit and healthy.
Every little bit in the right direction helps. just keep on the journey.
Be strong, stay positive.
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COOKINGSTARS 8/29/2013 4:05PM

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HAKAPES 8/28/2013 4:31PM

    Great blog!

This group grew really big! This is even better!

Let's keep it off!

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ANNIEONLI 8/25/2013 8:59PM

    Such a wonderful list to keep up..better than any other I have seen out there!! emoticon
And I am glad to be a part of it!!!
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and remember:

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GO FOR IT!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 8/25/2013 2:00AM

    Thank you for your amazing effort. This is very awe-inspiring. I will show it to my doctor who tells me "no one every loses weight and keeps it off" like I did. Ha! Spark People do it all the time.

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LRSILVER 8/24/2013 9:11PM

    Thank you.

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-SHOREIDO- 8/24/2013 3:24PM

    Great stuff here! CONGRATULATIONS Sparkfriends emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/24/2013 3:01PM

    Thanks for all you do!

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THOMASINA57 8/24/2013 10:56AM

    I too hope to be a successful maintainer. This is my favourite team!!

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CELIAMINER 8/24/2013 9:00AM

    I LOVE the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team! Thanks for the reminder that I am eligible to join the Weight Control Registry study. I signed up online today and eagerly await the registration forms in the mail.

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DSJB9999 8/24/2013 5:27AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/24/2013 1:49AM

    Love it--what a great way of putting this all into perspective! And I'm so proud to have made the list at the one-year mark. Here's to keeping it off (all of us) from now on!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2013 10:52PM

    I love it! And love being part of it! Maintaining isn't ever going to be easy for me ... But I don't want to have to lose 40-50 pounds again, so I WILL maintain this time! I am finally in sync with my hubby, and I love that we can make staying healthy a common goal. It didn't wok when I was just trying to please him. I had to get to where I could put long term goals ahead of short term satisfaction (and someone reminded me today that THAT is the key)! Let's keep showing ourselves (and those who are just beginning their journey to health) that emoticon !!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/23/2013 10:18PM

    I am so proud to have made the list (2 years!), and loved reading the great stats you gathered. What an amusing and entertaining way to present this amazing information. Anje, you are a treasure! I feel honored to be in this group of maintainers. WE RULE!!!

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LOGOULD 8/23/2013 10:11PM

    Thanks for putting together this blog. It is an honor to be counted among so many GREAT maintainers! I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!

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_JODI404 8/23/2013 9:14PM

    I emoticon emoticon emoticon this team!!

I love the cumulative view of 6.5 tons for 629 years! Super cool!

Thanks for putting together a fantastic blog!!

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OAKASHANDTHORN 8/23/2013 9:06PM

    ROCK ON, LADIES!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/23/2013 9:06PM

    This is AMAZING! The numbers are AWESOME! That's alot of weight.

I'm so proud to part of all of this and such a great team, and I am proud to be a "Hall Of Famer"!

Congrats to all on every single pound you've lost and maintained. If your new to maintenance, you'll be a "Hall Of Famer" too!!

We ROCK!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/23/2013 9:02PM

    Very inspirational! I will be on this list where I will remain forever!

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SUNNYRUTH 8/23/2013 9:01PM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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SUSIEMT 8/23/2013 8:20PM

    You are right! We ROCK!

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MARYELLEN301 8/23/2013 8:19PM

    WooHoo for all of us!! I recognize a lot of my fellow maintainers on that list. What a great post!
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HOLLYM48 8/23/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon Thanks for the list and wow to each and every one here! Way to go and let's keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/23/2013 7:45PM

    Powerful!! Thanks so much for including me. Just love this acknowledgement. Your observations are very astute, too. Thanks for the work you do for this great team!!!

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LJCANNON 8/23/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon Congratulations to all of The Super Stars at Maintenance!! They are Truly Inspiring a Whole Flock of Us!!!

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-AMANDA79- 8/23/2013 1:41PM

    Yay!! So proud to see my name with all the other AWESOME maintainers!!

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OAKASHANDTHORN 8/23/2013 1:22AM

    How nice to have this information! Very helpful and very interesting. Great of you to put this together for us!

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/22/2013 9:47PM

    You are so amazing...thanks for putting this together and leading this team so well!
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TRAVELGRRL 8/22/2013 7:32PM

    Wow! You can't see me, but I am giving ALL of you a standing ovation!

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SPTERRIV 8/22/2013 1:57PM

    Keep up the great work everyone!
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HANSBRINK 8/22/2013 12:24PM

  An inspiring list. The stats show how difficult it can be to maintain and these people succeeded. Congrats!

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MNNICE 8/22/2013 11:51AM

    I think I'll be checking out this team!

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SWEET_CAROLYN 8/22/2013 11:47AM

    Congrats to EVERY SINGLE NAME on that list!! What you've done - to lose the weight AND keep it off - is an inspiration!!

Once I reach my final weight loss goal, my next goal will be to have my name included on that list!!

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DDOORN 8/22/2013 10:33AM

    You all ROCK THE SPARK!

Hoping to be able to join your ranks someday!

Don

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UWPALUM 8/22/2013 10:23AM

    So impressive! Thanks for celebrating these accomplishments. I know that losing the weight is hard, but maintaining it will be even harder. Now I know it can be done!

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VTRICIA 8/22/2013 10:21AM

    Dinosaur! Rawr! Let's send it back to the stone age!

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TINAJANE76 8/22/2013 9:59AM

    The real rock stars of maintenance and SparkPeople! Anyone who doubts that long-term maintenance can be done just needs to check out this list and see how many of us are still active here and doing it. These are the real-life role models people need to look to when they're searching for inspiration and motivation. We may use a lot of different strategies, but we're all getting the job done and helping each other out along the way. This is what this journey is all about.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/22/2013 9:33AM

    What a great list, shows it can be done.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/22/2013 9:26AM

    This is wonderful! And it comes just at a point when I need some inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2013 2:48AM

    WOW you've been busy sumizing the info this blog, I always said you were an inspiring team leader and I'm always proved right.

Thank you so much for this
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_LINDA 8/22/2013 12:53AM

    Thanks so much for compiling this fantastic info on our great team members! Nice to see so many of my Spark friends on those lists!

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CMCGRUN 8/21/2013 11:10PM

    Thanks for sharing this list. Congratulations everyone!!!!!

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DALID414 8/21/2013 11:03PM

    Wow! Just, wow! emoticon

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KATHIC2 8/21/2013 10:22PM

  Love your blogs!

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WOLFKITTY 8/21/2013 9:56PM

    Loooooove it!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/21/2013 9:09PM

    Yeah, I know, right?

And what did we think we were doing, carrying around a whole Tyrannosaurus in the middle ages, anyway???

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LESLIELENORE 8/21/2013 9:05PM

    That is a lot of weight and a lot of years! We are pretty awesome!

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