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2 years in maintenance - I love it!


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

This week I reached 2 years in maintenance.
Thank you At Goal and Maintaining / Transitioning to Maintenance Team leaders and members for cheering me on!

Maintenance is a great place for me to be.
Working out everyday is now routine for me, and I feel uncomfortable if I have to miss a morning walk or run outside. Morning is my favorite part of the day, and the best thing to do with it is walking or running in the neighborhood or in the forests nearby.
During the walks I practice walking meditation and it fills me with peace and happiness for the day.
I do weight lifting as well, 2 sessions with barbells and one with light dumbbells, the latter is very easy and relaxing.

I maintained my weight with some fluctuations upward without tracking food from January to August, but then the weight seemed to settle 2-4 pounds above my goal. So I went back to tracking all my food - amazing effect, within 3 weeks my weight went back to goal and below.
In the first weeks I ate in lower half of range (1750-1900 calories), this week I ate in the upper half (1900-2100) and weight seems to settle.
This is my standard SP maintenance range - again it proved to be quite accurate.

I love my life, my body, my food, my workouts. I'm happier than ever.
This is interesting, my mood keeps improving over time.
When I joined SP in June 2011, I felt OK and content with my life, compared to the previous years when I was often depressed and tearful.
After reading The Spark I started to eat well and starting easy workouts, which improved my mood immediately - I felt happier than ever.
I believe this is why my lifestyle change became permanent.
And this is not the end of it!
Since then I made many more healthy choices that added more and more to my well being.
-5K training and running regularly
-going to bed in time
-walking meditation
-practicing ways of positive thinking
-opening my mind to the goodness and love inside me and in people in my life

My SP Friend MANDELOVICH once posted this quote "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". I love this quote because it really reflects what happened to me.
The first healthy choice prepared me for the next one which I couldn't have made before the first one. And once a healthy choice became a habit, somehow I always read or heard about something new that now I was ready to do.
This is how I started running, weight lifting and meditation.
Without the first weeks of stationary biking, walking and easy strength training, I would never had the strength or motivation to start any of these.
And now they are all part of my everyday life, and contribute to my physical and mental well being.
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LOGOULD 11/2/2013 11:21AM

    Congratulations on finding your sweet spot in life and settling in. I am still working on it, maintenance is a continuing learning experience, but day by day, I learn more about how important it is to take care of me and how much better I can take care of everything else when I eat, move and sleep properly FIRST!

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SHELL1400_85 10/23/2013 2:36PM

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing. You have had an awesome journey and it sounds like you have the right mindset to stick with it for good!

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HAKAPES 10/23/2013 11:21AM

    Hajrá Kriszta!

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/22/2013 10:33AM

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ROXYCARIN 10/21/2013 2:11AM

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MOONCHILD8 10/18/2013 2:58PM

    Wow! You go girl! You are awesome! Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/17/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon Tracking keeps me honest

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SWEET_CAROLYN 10/17/2013 12:04PM

    Thank you for your inspirational story!! And congrats on 2 years in maintenance!!

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THOMASINA57 10/17/2013 10:58AM

    Congratulations on your amazing journey. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 10/17/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon on your maintenance emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/17/2013 9:33AM

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing an inspirational blog with us!
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FELINA 10/17/2013 9:25AM

    Congratulations on two years maintaining and for such a fantastic healthy transformation!
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PEZMOM1 10/17/2013 9:11AM

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BOOERDEM 10/17/2013 8:51AM

    What a wonderful life & outlook you have created for yourself!!! Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 10/17/2013 8:46AM

    Totally awesome. So encouraging to read your story.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Have a terrific day!

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MOMMY445 10/17/2013 8:25AM

    congratulations!

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STAY39 10/17/2013 7:53AM

    This is awesome! Good for you! emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 10/17/2013 7:27AM

    Congrats on your maintenance! I love the quote "when the student is ready the teacher will appear". So, so, true. I have a friend that said she wanted to lose weight and she wanted to know how I lost mine. In different words, I basically told her the same thing. I told her she needs to be ready to make a permanent change or you won't stick with it. Permanent change is the only way you won't gain it back and be able to stay on maintenance. I look forward to the day when I can maintain. friend adding you!
Well done!!!

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KANOE10 10/17/2013 7:16AM

    That is a great success story. There are so many benefits to a healthy life style. I am so much happier maintaining. I am curious about the walking meditation and will investigate this. Thanks for sharing your great journey into heath,


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CHANGINGHORSES 10/17/2013 7:10AM

    Way to go! 2 years maintenance is awesome!
It can be done!

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HOLLYM48 10/17/2013 7:06AM

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GREENHOME1 10/17/2013 6:47AM

    Congratulations, and thank you for the inspiration!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/17/2013 6:44AM

    Congratulations! Being aware of weight creeping up, even a few pounds, is SO smart. Catch it before it becomes a BIG problem. That's the key. Good for you.

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CRUISEBOUND2014 10/17/2013 5:01AM

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NIKIZAHA 10/17/2013 4:41AM

    Wonderful! So inspiring!

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DSJB9999 10/17/2013 2:04AM

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Congratulations on your emoticon of maintaining

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NUOVAELLE 10/17/2013 1:34AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Congratulations on your maintenance!
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_LINDA 10/17/2013 1:13AM

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You have such a great positive outlook on life and yourself which no doubt helped lead to your success.
May you enjoy many more years of maintaining!
Keep up the great work!

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BRADMILL2922 10/16/2013 11:21PM

    Happy anniversary! You have some great insights on maintenance. Thank you for sharing!

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DEBSZOO74 10/16/2013 8:57PM

    Great blog! emoticon I'm getting ready to transition to maintenance. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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KIMBERLY_Y 10/16/2013 8:47PM

    Well done! You seemed to have figured yourself out as you continue on your journey. I love how you have changed mind, body and soul with your lifestyle change. These are things we all strive to achieve everyday. Best wishes as you continue on your journey toward health! emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 10/16/2013 8:40PM

    Love this write!! It reflects so much the many things Sparkpeople and all its members have put out there for us to make a better life.
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/16/2013 8:24PM

    OK, let's get this one boosted... great thoughts on the process of maintenance... it's a different beastie... and you are DOING it! Woo-hoo! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2013 8:09PM

    Well done. Your sensible and sequential approach, adding one new technique after another, has resulted in sustainable weight maintenance. Just the message everyone needs to hear!

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MANDELOVICH 10/16/2013 7:58PM

    OK, amazing blog. Amazing accomplishment! I'm so happy for you and so impressed. And I'm honored to appear in your blog! I feel so touched, inspired, and moved. And all this after a terrible binge tonight!

Congrats and thank you!!

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DEB9021 9/29/2013 10:22PM

    Great blog! I agree that once you make a decision to do something, the what and the how usually falls into place easily. And the SparkPeople philosophy of focusing on the small steps and a few at a time, reveling in the progress along the way rather than obsessing over how far you still might be from the ultimate end goal, is a great way to be successful immediately. And that motivates you to keep going, to set new and bigger goals that feel attainable because they are built on your earlier successes. It's a great site full of good information and positive, encouraging people. And you are one of them! Having attained your goal, you are now reaching out to others to provide encouragement, motivation and support. Thanks for staying active on the site and continuing to use it in maintenance mode!

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ROXYZMOM 9/29/2013 8:59AM

    In love this blog! Congratulations!!

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MOBYCARP 9/28/2013 6:20PM

    Good retrospective! While the details of my journey are different, the theme of earlier healthy changes preparing me for later healthy changes is very much as you describe.

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LESLIESENIOR 9/28/2013 4:40PM

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful accomplishment and you have expressed your joy so well. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work.

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MRS.DOYLE 9/28/2013 1:40PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration.

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SUNSHINE20113 9/28/2013 10:29AM

    Yay!! Congratulations and what a wonderful and uplifting blog!!

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OWL_20 9/28/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon You've done excellent--and I can tell by your blog that you really feel comfortable with what you're doing, enough to make it a lifetime habit of health. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing the good news ;-).

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2013 8:17AM

    What an impressive journey! Congrats on this milestone anniversary, and may there be many more to follow! emoticon emoticon m emoticon

Maybe we need a Spark - Maintaversary icon?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/28/2013 8:11AM

    Way to go! Looking forward to celebrating your 3rd, 4th, 5th, and subsequent anniversaries!!!

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NELLJONES 9/28/2013 7:36AM

    Congrats!

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