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It sneaked upon me!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

What did! A year of maintaining weight!
I had no idea until I started to receive many congratulation messages via sparks members. What! How did that happen.! I really had not noticed a year had gone by. I have kept within .3 lbs of what I was a year ago.
It's habit now to eat how i like to eat, and exercise most days.
But I am being asked to say more on it to encourage others.
I am working on an alphabet of words and phrases that helped me.

A. Acceptance, it's not just going to happen by wishing it so I accepted that and worked out what would help me., I had to make a plan , I listed foods I could eat freely , yes there are some! I planned daily exercise. I am not young or very fit but I started with few minutes each day and worked up to 30 mins gradually .

B, Battle, Yes it is a battle and like all battles don't just happen but usually have a plan of campaign with a few contingency plans . I could enlist allies on my battle, a slimming group is one good supporter . Sparks teams are another great ally. For me writing things in a weight loss diary was another helper. We are all different so we all have to work at what will help us .

C. Calories, checks clubs, there are many Cs there to help, there is no one way that works for everyone. I have my own way , you can find yours .

I will work now on the next letters of the alphabet . We can't eat and write or type at the same time. Thank you to all who took time to offer congratulations , some say I am inspiring them , wow that is an ego boost. Thanks Irene
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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/23/2014 12:15PM

    Great job Irene. So proud of you.

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CRAFTSFAN1 9/14/2013 5:35PM

    Congratulations! I like your inspiring blog, thanks.

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CAKAROO 9/7/2013 8:18AM

    Good for you!

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IMAVISION 9/6/2013 9:21PM

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GREYGRANNIE 9/4/2013 5:21PM

    Congratulations! Maintaining is not easy and you've managed it well. emoticon

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8HABIT 9/4/2013 3:09PM

    Ree - I did not realize that it had been a year! That is so great!!

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LYNCHD05 9/4/2013 2:21PM

    Ree, I am so proud of you. I am just starting maintenance and it is not easy finding that balance. You have done awesome and thanks for sharing the ABC's of maintenance.

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TEALHAWK 9/4/2013 7:37AM

  Great job Ree! Thanks for sharing. Lorie

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1CRAZYDOG 9/4/2013 7:17AM

    Excellent blog! It is ideed a testament to

D determination! I am in maintenance as well and it is not as easy as one might imagine for sure! Still have to "mind the p's and q's" to maintain those healthy habits!

Excellent job. Proud of your accomplishment.

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REDFEATHERBOA 9/4/2013 4:32AM

  emoticon on a great success story and blog..... emoticon
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WEEDERGOOSE 9/4/2013 1:45AM

    Wow, Ree! What a blog. I sat and read it and felt like someone really had put together a great plan. Don't accept the weight, accept that I need a plan for changing my habits. And turn it into a battle that requires a plan. you have really helped me to focus on this struggle in a much more positive fashion! THANK YOU!
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on maintaining your weight for a year! That is a real cause for celebration!
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FITANDFIFTY2 9/4/2013 1:35AM

    emoticon You are truly an inspiration to us all!! Thank you for sharing your success tips with us! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 9/4/2013 12:09AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon sorry i missed your big day don't know what happened but missed it sorry. I like you idea of the ABC approach . the one saying we can eat and write made me smile as i was was eating and reading blogs . thanks for reminding me we don't eat at the computer no sticky key no crumbs on our computer table are all good reason but most of all we don't enjoy what we are eating and eat way to much. thanks for the reminder going to clean up around the computer and put my sign back up No Eating at the computer emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon at emoticon .

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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/3/2013 11:11PM

    Great job Ree. That is awesome to keep it off for a whole year.
You just keep on going with that alphabet. Have a great evening .Pam emoticon

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You are encouraging. emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/3/2013 9:34PM

    Congratulations! You've done a fantastic job! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/3/2013 3:26PM

    Three cheers for you. A year of maintaining is super. emoticon emoticon

I like your way with the alphabet. I may just have to borrow a few letters. emoticon

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FLASUN 9/3/2013 2:54PM

    emoticon Ree!!! emoticon I LOVE your A -B- C so far!!!!! Continue your GREAT work you are doing!!! Glad to have ya on our team!!!! emoticon Janice

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HAPPYMOM8 9/3/2013 1:34PM

    WOW! WHAT A WONDERFUL TESTIMONIAL!
YOU ARE EXHIBITING TRUE LEADERSHIP.
AND THAT--IS "FOOD FOR THOUGHT"
THANK YOU, REE!
PAT

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DSJB9999 9/3/2013 12:05PM

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I really look forward to reading more and agree with A to C ideas so far!

emoticon Ree and emoticon for maintaining your weight

Donna x

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DIDMIS 9/3/2013 11:51AM

    I liked that and knowing you will find someting for every letter of the alphabet.
Everyone should read this.
Irene

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JULIA_211 9/3/2013 9:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Very inspiring! Thank you!

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MOM2GEO_JR 9/3/2013 9:46AM

    Congratulations, you have done a wonderful job, and keeping it off for a year is wonderful. You are an inspiration.

Marsha
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