While there are 17,156 members in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team ( teams.sparkpeople.com/ma
215 of them have joined a list to celebrate their maintenance anniversaries:
This same list also provides data for our Hall of Fame.
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
- a 40-ft whale shark www.theage.com.au/enviro
- 531 elephant tusks conservationbiology.net/
- a very large armored vehicle www.spacewar.com/reports
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
- 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.
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
Less than a year
If YOU would like to be on the list, just fill out this form, here: