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Celebrating 1 Year of Maintenance!

Monday, November 04, 2013




Wow! Has it already been a year? Time flew by fast! emoticon Last November, I reached my weight loss goal, and I've maintained my goal range for a year! Feels like I'm riding the crest of a wave. . .living in the NOW!







I looked up the definition of maintenance out of interest. . .

Maintenance: the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained.
Synonyms: preservation, conservation, keeping, prolongation, perpetuation, carrying on, continuation, continuance. . .







Some of those synonyms hit home with me during this first year such as: "Preserving". I wanted to preserve my health...:::to prolong good health for a lifetime. There were other times, I just "carried on" . . . emoticon . . .you know the times I'm talking about, . . .the trying days when circumstances creep up, and become quite challenging? I've learned not to sweat it, but to take pride in doing MY best....whatever that might be at the time. I've lowered lofty self-expectations and found a nice Balance. emoticon I've learned to let go & have FUN!






I learned a few tricks though too - sweating small things wastes energy.
Focusing on that old pal, mr. scales wasn't smart either. It's quite true that I began my journey with him, but lots of other "ways to measure my progress" took his place...I must admit. emoticon He's been taken down a few notches in my pattern of celebrating progress. emoticon I love that Sparkling Progress!







I am at my emoticon when I'm calm, adjusting easily to life, and any type of change. As much as I thrive on my own well-worn fitness and nutrition patterns, I have learned this year that adjusting wears many faces and I'm on a learning curve.
I've learned to bounce back after surgery, a car wreck, a simple cold virus, and when family simply comes - first.
It IS Progress when my running plan one day takes a backseat to a child's event:::....as long as I carve out a piece of time to run later. That carving bit is something I'm in the process of developing. Lol. You DO make time for what you LOVE to do - so far, I've always found a way to enjoy fitness no matter what.

Here's a great "20 minutes or less" way to embrace fitness if you don't have lots of time....but if you find you DO have more time, then of course (r-e-p-e-a-t).
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TINAJANE76 11/17/2013 6:43PM

    I know I'm a bit late to the party, but many congratulations on one year of maintenance! Keep up the great work!
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ZELLAZM 11/16/2013 5:57PM

    You continue to be an inspiration, Laura! I'm late in congratulations but they are heartfelt nonetheless!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/13/2013 10:47AM

    you are right time does flyby.i am so proud of you love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon keep pushing you are one of my heroes. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 11/10/2013 9:34PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! A year of maintaining your weight regardless of your circumstances is quite an accomplishment.
You should be very prod of what you are doing.
Keep up the great work.
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ABETTERSOUL 11/6/2013 4:32PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/5/2013 6:13PM

    Wonderful! emoticon emoticon

So happy you're celebrating emoticon of maintenance! That's a great accomplishment!

Looking at all you've learned along the way that is fantastic~! emoticon

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MWWENSIN 11/5/2013 6:12PM

    Bend don't break is the best way to be flexible. Congrats on your year of successful maintenance..

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LILYGAL 11/5/2013 11:52AM

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/5/2013 9:09AM

    Great insight and tips to healthy living! May the calm continue as you live life to the fullest. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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DESERT_BIRD 11/5/2013 8:42AM

    Great job, Laura!!

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MTNGRL 11/5/2013 6:38AM

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Very proud of you!! And thanks for the list of exercises, I printed that out!

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PMRUNNER 11/5/2013 5:39AM

    Yay! What a great way to celebrate your first year in maintenance. You are doing awesome!

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5BADDOGS 11/4/2013 11:09PM

    Congrats on your First Maintenance Sparkaversary - and many happy returns!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/4/2013 10:59PM

    Congrats! Nov 15 is coming up, in less than 2 weeks!!!

Looking forward to celebrating your SECOND year of maintenance, too!

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/4/2013 10:11PM

    Wonderful! You continue to inspire me! That workout sounds intense -- maybe I'll give it a try!! :-)

God Bless You, my friend! Keep making those Healthy Choices!

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NATPLUMMER 11/4/2013 9:59PM

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TEKRU1 11/4/2013 9:34PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your first year of maintenance! emoticon Keep going strong!

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JODIRICHARDS 11/4/2013 8:25PM

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Congrats, you give me hope and motivation to stick with it until one day I'll have a similar celebration! Keep shining for HIM!! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/4/2013 8:18PM

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ELSAT137 11/4/2013 8:15PM

    So emoticon . Way to go! Great job on finding what works for you and sticking to it! Keep pushing!

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MICHIGANLORI 11/4/2013 7:06PM

    emoticon on your year of maintenance. I hope to be starting maintenance shorty.

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