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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

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