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How Trying to Control Your Weight is Like Running Down the Up escalator


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dr.Sharma wrote an interesting article about how controlling your weight is like running down an up escalator.
He commented that as a child he used to run down the up escalator. At the top of the escalator, it is relatively easy to get down the first steps as the escalator is moving slower.
However, the further down, you get the faster the escalator moves, It gets harder.
To keep at the half way level, you need to keep moving at the speed of the escalator. If you slow down you will head back up.
I am not going to post the link to the article as I think his attitude is too negative in terms of staying healthy.

However, I find it amusing to use this visual tool of me being on as escalator that is moving upward, This is realistic. If I stop my successful habits for maintenance I definitely will head back up to the top of the escalator where I started.

Maintenance is not static. It is an active journey!


On a positive note..I used my own blog for inspiration. I was having an off day..did not make my morning workout, Work was too busy and stayed late, As I headed to the gym, my college son called with a crisis, so instead of going to the gym I talked to him for an hour. I came home and cooked dinner. I thought of my blog and of making good choices and of keeping myself a priority I made myself do a dance dvd after dinner. This was a good victory .

Have a great day Spark Friends. Thanks for your continued support.
2 years one month..here I come!



PS: I found a quote by Albert Einstein: " Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." This applies to maintenance as well!!!!
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LOGOULD 11/20/2013 9:44PM

    So true! Even when life doesn't go exactly as planned, we still need to keep moving, even if it means adjusting or plans.

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LORILEEPAGE 11/13/2013 5:37PM

    You have shared something with a really good visual. Very helpful!

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ISHIIGIRL 11/13/2013 8:00AM

    wow, very good observations and I like the analogy!

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NUOVAELLE 11/13/2013 2:56AM

    Indeed, maintenance is an active journey. And it becomes a little bit easier when we have the insight of the people who have been there for a while and have already got the right pace of running down the up escalator. Like you!
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MJREIMERS 11/12/2013 9:56PM

    emoticon and keep it up!

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KIN59VARA 11/11/2013 4:25PM

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_CYNDY55_ 11/11/2013 12:19AM

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CAROLISCIOUS 11/10/2013 9:43PM

    Great blog!

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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/10/2013 1:37PM

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-SHOREIDO- 11/10/2013 9:13AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing!! Keep racking up those years and your new habit will be one you'll never get rid of : ) emoticon

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KAB7801 11/9/2013 7:43PM

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Keeping moving is the answer!

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KIMBERLY_Y 11/8/2013 9:41PM

    Thank you. Life is life and it goes on around us. We are the ones that choose to participate in a healthy way and sometimes we have to run to keep up. Excellent analogy!

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DIANNEMT 11/8/2013 2:27PM

    This analogy is EXCELLENT. Trouble is--you need to exercise harder, too--I do wish I could "stop" awhile but I don't want to get back to the place I started--so this is my life for the rest of my lift!

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PATTIEMCD 11/8/2013 2:06PM

    Everyone can relate to the escalator.... Good one !

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MOONCHILD8 11/8/2013 10:35AM

    Wow! Congratulations on maintaining for over two years! You are an inspiration to me. You are doing the right things. Keep up the great job! Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 11/8/2013 6:42AM

    Exactly!!! Keeping up the balance and staying in the middle is doable though - with correct choices and/or altered plans! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/8/2013 6:34AM

    You've really nailed this maintenance thing. I'm going to keep both images in my head.

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HAKAPES 11/8/2013 1:12AM

    Way to go!

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SANDICANE 11/7/2013 7:27PM

    You've always been so inspiring! Onward we go...

Sandi

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THOMS1 11/7/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon for this blog. I am about to enter maintenance and I see my sister working hard to keep maintaining her new lifestyle change. I see that it is just as much work if not even harder to maintain than lose. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 11/7/2013 3:24PM

    Great comparison! It will help me keep focused, and to stay in the place I want to be.
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SUSIEMT 11/7/2013 2:45PM

    What a great blog! I know that I seem to work just as hard at maintenance as I did at losing a majority of my weight. Fortunately for me I finally grasped the idea that this is truly a lifestyle change not just a "change of diet"! Albert sure had it right!
Thank you for your thoughts!

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BABARR67 11/7/2013 9:58AM

    Read the article from OH newsletter. I thought it was harsh too, however it is reality. It really does come down to choosing a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. Making those positive choices at least 80% of the time. BTW I totally think talking to your son was wayyy more important than getting the exercise in right then. Last night was a beautiful warm night but I promised my stepdaughter I'd make mini meatloafs and pasta for dinner. When I got home a bit late, I had to rush to get it done. I did not make my run. (too full after dinner, too tired after that) I did get to bed at 8:15. Have been tired all week.

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CELIAMINER 11/7/2013 9:45AM

    The escalator comparison really creates a good mental image of the struggle. Thanks! Hope today is a great one for you!

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SMILINGEYES2 11/7/2013 9:01AM

    I appreciate so much the illusion and your spin and application showing how one can just do it. Thanks.

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DSJB9999 11/7/2013 8:56AM

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I love the escalator idea

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RUSSELL1960 11/7/2013 8:34AM

    Great blog! This actually gives me an idea for a new exercise! Wouldn't it be fun to jog down an up escalator or jog up a down escalator for some cardio workout time? You are an inspiration! Thanks!

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/7/2013 8:31AM

    Great analogies for maintenance. Maintenance is for life and it is hard work. That is why so many people fail at it (including myself in times past). Congrats to you for two years and way to go for dealing with life's challenges and keeping yourself on track!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/7/2013 8:24AM

    How did I miss this. Great read. Congrats on getting activity in that night despite plans getting messed up. That is the key to success!

I love the Albert Einstein quote! Very true!

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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DDOORN 11/7/2013 8:20AM

    Great metaphor...yes could be perceived negatively, but it sure is realistic!

Thank you for your continued inspiration!

Don

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MOMMY445 11/7/2013 8:14AM

    way to go! woo hoo!

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JANCARD 11/7/2013 7:37AM

    I enjoyed your blog and congrats on getting in some fitness even in the midst of a hectic day!!

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DESERTJULZ 11/7/2013 7:17AM

    Love the escalator analogy! I was talking with a newer local Sparker over the weekend. She's about halfway through her weight-loss and was upset that her rate of loss had slowed. We talked about how there comes a point when you have to "step it up" to keep moving. :D

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ELLEKTRA 11/7/2013 7:13AM

    It is good to see you featured my friend. You are indeed so inspiring.

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AMARILYNH 11/7/2013 6:55AM

    Great blog!! This is so true - the only way I've managed to keep my weight within 5 pounds of my goal weight is to STAY FOCUSED on my health - the minute I lose focus a bit of weight creeps back on! But by getting right back on track I've been able to take it back off!! And the rewards are SO worth it - for the first time in my adult life EVERYTHING in my closet fits!! There are no bigger sizes (just in case I gain - which before 5 years ago I always did) or smaller sizes - because I WILL get back into them 'someday'. Now those smaller sizes FIT and I plan to make sure they KEEP fitting - no more 'bigger' clothes 'just in case'. What a JOY that is!! emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 11/7/2013 5:45AM

    Excellent! Thanks for passing along the escalator metaphor! emoticon

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TORTISE110 11/7/2013 5:27AM

    Hi Kanoe, I do not know how I missed this terrific blog as I am a subscriber! This is a fine analogy. I'm glad you danced your bumpy day away (as well as talking to your son). I share your enthusiasm for the Maintenance and Transition team. It's a great place to hang out!



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EJOK170 11/5/2013 10:57PM

    I am a few months into maintenance. I like your attitude and approach! I find it inspiring to read stories of other's journeys in maintenance. Thanks for sharing.
So positive, so realistic, something I can achieve.


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TIME-4-TINA 11/2/2013 6:59AM

    Great visual! In simplest terms, we need to keep moving for the rest of our lives. No rest for the weary. I gained 30 lbs. back 5 times because I just stood there and let the escalator take me to the top. Never again. I hope your son is doing well and the crisis was averted.

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RR1_RR1 11/1/2013 12:33PM

    Oh no. Hope ypur sons ok. yeah i notice my weight starts going back up if i havent exercised in awhile.

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SNOWYOGA 10/30/2013 7:56PM

    Great blog emoticon emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/30/2013 7:39PM

    Great analogy with the escalator

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/29/2013 11:53PM

    I like the image too. For me there are people and events on the elevator, just in the way that I have to dodge. I don't want to avoid them just not get push back up by being too passive and polite.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/29/2013 11:42PM

    I like the image too. For me there are people and events on the elevator, just in the way that I have to dodge. I don't want to avoid them just not get push back up by being too passive and polite.

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TINAJANE76 10/28/2013 8:31PM

    I actually like that analogy. As a kid, I used to love trying to run down the up escalator, so it makes it seem like fun!

Yes, maintenance can sometimes seem like hard work over the long haul, but we can work to stay in the middle of that escalator!

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SAPHRAEL 10/28/2013 8:51AM

    Way to go! What a great way to end the day!

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BRADMILL2922 10/28/2013 12:37AM

    I love that visual! Getting in that dance DVD after dinner was a great victory for you! Way to go!

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MOVEITMARY 10/27/2013 11:21PM

    The analogy is very true. It was a life-changing day when I realized I could NEVER go back to the "easy life", this new life will require constant mindfulness. Well, that beats being miserable and exhausted.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/27/2013 10:04PM

    I can relate to the busy work schedule. Thank you for sharing the great visual I can use!

Good for you for doing the dance video and not letting anything get in the way of your long term goals!

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MADEIT3 10/27/2013 6:58PM

    Wow - what a great image and how true - running up a down escalator (or down an up escalator - either way I guess) takes a lot of work and concentration.

Good for you for taking time to dance!! I can't count the number of days I've simply fallen into bed exhausted without working out because I've been working.

Hugs!!

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