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I could not have made the move 100 pounds ago; 2 years of maintenance!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Last summer I helped two sons move into new apartments,. This involved walking up two flights of stairs carrying heavy boxes. I realized that 3 years ago when I weighed 100 plus more pounds, I could not have made it up those stairs nor could I have kept up with my sons. Now I have energy and muscle strength from exercising and strength training. I am a fast walker, I often have to slow myself down when I am leading lines of kids to class.

October is my two year celebration of maintenance and my three year mark of being binge free.
The longer I maintain, the more I am convinced that making your health a priority in your life is important. This means you have to make hard choices.

I am running late from work, Either, I stop at the gym and work out..which means dinner will be late and rushed..or I skip working out. I choose to workout.

My husband is home for the day on the weekend. Either I spend time with him or leave for an hour to workout. I workout..I did invite him to join me.

I have tons of things to catch up on my job. I could easily spend the entire day working. Either I head straight to work or I stop and workout. I workout.

In the State of Thin recommended by Watermelon, the authors demonstrated the importance of exercise ..6 days a week for 70 minutes a day. Exercise increases your metabolism which is vital to maintenance. I am trying to work up to 70 minutes.

I am happy in maintenance. I am getting to know my body. I know what meals will cause a 2 pound gain the next day..not from bingeing but from being higher calories or higher fat. ..like Indian curries. I enjoy those meals and have the confidence to know those up pounds will go down.

I know I have changed when I go to Costco and am excited about new winter workout clothes, I love my new bright tennis shoes.

Thanks Spark Friends for your support. Spark People is a huge factor in my journey.





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LOSINGLISA 11/2/2013 6:54AM

    Wow! Very inspiring! It's so great how you are making those good choices. I know at times I feel selfish for making them, but it's just a bit of time to do something good for myself. And like you said, it's only a short time away from those other responsibilities, and then we can come back re-energized and with a better attitude from working out! Congrats to you! That is so amazing! emoticon

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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/26/2013 10:14AM

    What an awesome blog! Congratulations on your achievements and many best wishes for your maintenance journey ahead!
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I'm going to add you as a friend since I'm at the beginning of my journey and have about 100 pounds to lose.

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BRADMILL2922 10/22/2013 1:20AM

    So awesome and inspiring! Congrats on your loss and for your 2 years of keeping it off! Great blog!

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BOSS61 10/21/2013 8:07PM

    Well, the burden of too many Spark friends and not enough time has caught up to me.

Um, 100 lbs?!?!?! Whoa - and yay! Good for you!!!

I realize this is months / years late. Still!!!

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IMEMINE1 10/21/2013 8:51AM

    Great Blog. You are truly an inspiration. emoticon and keep up the good work.
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SONGBIRDPAULA 10/21/2013 6:55AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! From the DFW area of Texas!

CONGRATULATIONS! On all of the successes that you have had thus far on your journey to the new you.Your story is amazing and an encouragement to me. emoticon emoticon

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LYNNWANNABE 10/21/2013 5:00AM

    I loved this, what a motivational blog.. not only because you kept it off, but the determination to take care of yourself before all else. I need that to be my focus and goal too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 10/18/2013 5:03PM

    emoticon to 2 years of maintenance and being binge free for 3 years - a wonderful accomplishment!
I totally agree, making your health top priority is the most positive decision.
Amazingly, the more time I dedicate to keeping my body and mind healthy, the more time I have to spend with my family and to rest... after doing all my work as usual...
I guess the extra time comes from not having negative thoughts : ))

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ROCKINMOM776 10/17/2013 10:19PM

    So proud of you!!

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GEORGE815 10/17/2013 6:50PM

    Wow. 70 minutes of exercise a day, 6 days a week. Would sure take care of whatever ails you.

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GINA180847 10/16/2013 10:05PM

    So glad you are out front showing a lot of us the way and how good it is.

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MLLEMINOU 10/15/2013 12:39AM

    Wow!! So inspiring!!! I have added you as a friend; I hope I will one day experience the success you have!! Congratulations on the maintenance!! Thanks for "sparking" me!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 10/14/2013 5:49PM

    emoticon You are inspiring Thanks

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WHYTEBROWN 10/14/2013 3:37PM

    Wow!! emoticon . You are truly inspirational!! I want to say I'm three years binge free. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/14/2013 12:01PM

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MOTHEPRO 10/14/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon You're so inspiring!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/14/2013 9:31AM

    A standing ovation! Congratulations on all of your successes! You made it all happen.

You are a great role model for your sons!

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CHERYL_ANNE 10/14/2013 7:18AM

    Congratulations your Anniversary.

Thank you for sharing what works for you!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/13/2013 10:17PM

    Congratulations! You are so very-very inspiring! Thank you for sharing with all of us!
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LESLIESENIOR 10/13/2013 10:11PM

    What a wonderful testimonial. You demonstrate everything that is good about being healthier and more fit as we move down the road of life.
Thank you!

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SANDICANE 10/13/2013 9:37PM

    You are an amazing inspiration!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/13/2013 9:25PM

    You have managed to take the emotion out of the equation and now this is just what you do to look and feel that way you want. Good for you! Once we get past the "It's not fair" there is a whole world for us to explore. Congrats on your anniversaries!

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MATTEROFHEART 10/13/2013 8:07PM

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom! You give me hope that I will one day get to maintenance and be able to stay there!
Thank you!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/13/2013 8:02PM

    And you are a huge factor in my journey, too! Your gracious sharing of your experiences and giving encouragement to newer maintainers is a very positive influence. Thanks for your support, and congratulations on 2 years of maintenance (and 3 being binge-free!)

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WOMANWITHGRIT 10/13/2013 7:41PM

    Thank you for this entry. You make very clear what you do and how you prioritize exercise. I really took notice as you discussed now you help your sons move and how you walk fast. I have hope! emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/13/2013 6:57PM

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LUANN7 10/13/2013 6:49PM

    congratulations you are an inspiration to me emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/13/2013 1:09PM

    It is always so encouraging to read what you have to say. Especially from those of us who got close to what you achieved but blew it somewhere. I learned long ago that exercise would be a huge part of the formula for me, in addition to eating right. I am determined to find my way like you have. I know it won't be easy but I just have to keep trying.

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SHERYLDS 10/13/2013 12:52PM

    CONGRATS ....you inspire me...I want to be just like you...
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“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ~Nelson Mandela

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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 11:29AM

    Good for you, increasing your fitness to 70 minutes a day 6 days a week as recommended in State of Slim: I need to emulate this!!

And huge congrats on your two year maintenance, three year binge free anniversary. Also thanks for your presence here at Spark People! You are a wonderful inspiration to me and support to me in this journey.

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MANDELOVICH 10/13/2013 11:21AM

    You inspire me! What amazing milestones! I hope to tell you soon that I'm 30 days into seated mindful eating, then 90, then a year and so on!

Day 2 is feeling great for now!

Bravo and congrats!

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_LINDA 10/13/2013 11:15AM

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I know I don't feel good if I don't get my daily exercise in. It makes a difference! Good on you for giving it the priority it deserves!
Happy Maintaining and keep up the fantabulous work!!


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SEEINGCLEARLY53 10/13/2013 10:51AM

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MILLEDGE2 10/13/2013 10:21AM

    You are not inly climbing stairs, you are inspiring the rest of us to follow you up! emoticon

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/13/2013 10:15AM

    Maintenance is the hard part, I ve regained so many times so congratulations. emoticon

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AUNTB63 10/13/2013 10:14AM

    Congrats on your two years of maintenance. Your blog gives me hope that I too will make it maintaining my weight loss. You are certainly an inspiration to many. Here's wishing you another year of success. I know you will do it. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/13/2013 9:51AM

    Mega-congrats! Fabulous!

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ISHIIGIRL 10/13/2013 9:50AM

    Congrats on your 2yrs of maintenance! It sounds like you understand the importance of putting yourself first.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/13/2013 9:44AM

    I am so happy for you!

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MADEIT3 10/13/2013 9:19AM

    Great blog and great inspiration for all of us! Congratulations on your anniversaries and on demonstrating that making those difficult choices for health is possible!

I'm so glad we're friends!



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CELIAMINER 10/13/2013 9:12AM

    I like your choices! emoticon on two years maintaining!

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STEVEN_D 10/13/2013 8:56AM

    Yes, you are doing what most of us are aspiring to do. Get to that maintanence phase and keep it. Good for you and giving credit to help from Sparkpeople. This is such a great site because of people like you!

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REGILIEH 10/13/2013 8:55AM

    emoticon blog! emoticon

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TORTISE110 10/13/2013 8:45AM

    I hear so much daily satisfaction coming from the kind of consistency you describe here. I love the thoughts of your strong body being able to help your sons too. Isn't it great to be so alive and engaged? emoticon

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CHRISTASP 10/13/2013 8:31AM

    It's just so great to read your blogs! Thank you!

I am thinking that in the long run, you may get more done if you do stop to workout instead of working all day long. I get so much benefit from going outside and walking or biking in the fresh air.

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TINAJANE76 10/13/2013 8:31AM

    What an inspiring blog! There are so many situations in life where things are beyond our control, but choosing to make exercise and eating right is totally within our hands. Congratulations on two years of maintenance and of truly living the good life!

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GOANNA2 10/13/2013 8:26AM

    I admire your Spark. Good on you for giving it your all.
It is a choice to exercise and you are living proof that
good choices will give good results. Well done on the
maintenance. You are great. emoticon
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