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Happy Maintainversary!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A year ago today I reached goal! I have gained a few pounds since returning to school, but I'm still down six from back then and my B M I is 24.5. The research shows that I still have the same risk of regain (80-95%) until 2 years (when it becomes 50%), but it's still a big landmark.

I arrived at goal very wary of regain, and I dove into the literature with the belief that knowledge is power. After several weeks of calorie cycling, I had a crisis about whether I was eating disordered, an old demon that I figured I'd have to face eventually and I got through it.

In the spring I lost my fear that I didn't know how to maintain. I had a handle on the N W C R predictors. happilyeverafter212.word
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I just needed to keep up my motivation and endure through rough patches. At the same time I got a little squirrelly about my way being the only way.

In the summer I read Refuse to Regain, and I think that helped me loosen up a bit, ironically. I also went through the decision to go back to school. I had juggled ideas of becoming a trainer, a public health researcher, or what have you. On my birthday I saw a bumper sticker, "Remember who you wanted to be." It got me thinking about going further with Linguistics. But once I got registered for school other ideas winkled their way into my plans.

One of the maintenance predictors Sparkpeople does well with is defining triggering events, or the reason you decided to change your lifestyle. It could be an unflattering picture or a recalcitrant seatbelt, but the NWCR found it was often a conversation with a medical provider or the illness of a loved one. And yet many providers feel their counsel would fall on deaf ears or in some cases ignite rebellion.

I think thatís one reason I would like to become a primary care provider. Not so I can tell everyone I meet they need to lose weight, but to be willing to turn conversations toward long term health. They say doctors cure the disease and nurses care for the patient. I hope to inspire people to care for themselves more, on every level.

Maintenance is a journey of the heart, of self acceptance and nurturing and building up this amazing body. Life, from a biological standpoint, is breathtakingly complex. Inhabiting our bodies in a respectful way, like indigenous people respect the Earth, and not exploiting our resources for passing indulgence, that's my vision.
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CRUISEBOUND2014 2/28/2014 8:18AM

    Thank you for sharing! You are a true inspiration! :)

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NELLJONES 1/7/2014 6:28AM

    Good luck with school. You have a lot going on in your life right now. Please enjoy the fact that you have achieved one goal while yet pursuing the next one.

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NESHAMA123 1/4/2014 9:30AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and for giving yourself the time and space to really decide what you want to do in your life!

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DANIELLE2013 1/3/2014 8:21PM

    Congratulations, that is amazing!

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JSTETSER 1/3/2014 5:02PM

    Primary Care Provider?
My son and daughter-in-law are both in med school right now!
Congrats on your amazing accomplishment!
Jackie

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HAKAPES 1/3/2014 6:47AM

    Congratulations!
How do you like the book, Refuse to Regain? I also bought it, based on the recommendation in this book.

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HOLLYM48 1/2/2014 7:52PM

    Happy 1 yr Maintenance Anniversary!
Congrats to you and best of luck on your journey on going back to school. What an awesome goal. I am 6 months into Maintenance today and your blog gives me confidence that I will be where you are in 6 more months and loving the way I feel and look!
Great going and keep up the great work!

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MOONCHILD8 1/2/2014 6:58PM

    Wow! Congratulations on reaching your maintenance anniversary. I reached mine on January 1st this year also. I could not write about it like you. My mom passed away in October 2013 and I did not gain weight. It is so brave of you to go back to school and try this new life of care giving. I took of my Mom for a couple of years before she passed away. It was a very hard job but I am glad I stayed home with her. Congratulations on your success. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 1/2/2014 5:43PM

    Happy Anniversary! Very insightful blog and I emoticon

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SUSIEMT 1/2/2014 4:50PM

    Congratulations on your maintenance! WooHoo to you! For me your last two paragraphs are very inspiring! I actually had one cardiologist that listened and actually learned from me. That was a thrill! I hope you are able to realize your ambition you would add so much to the medical community!

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MJREIMERS 1/2/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon on your accomplishments and all those yet to come!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/2/2014 3:46PM

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MEXGAL1 1/2/2014 3:13PM

    I sure hope you reach your goal of becoming a doctor. we need more doctors willing to take the time to educate and talk about preventive medicine and one most importantly weight control.
congrats to you and keep up the good work.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/2/2014 1:27PM

    You rock, Vtricia! Congratulations on your one year maintenance anniversary. Best wishes to you as your continue on your journey in health and with your career! Thank you for all the information you give us on Losers Keepers page and beyond. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 1/2/2014 10:44AM

    Congrats on your maintenance emoticon You are one of the best-informed maintainers out there. Keep up the fantastic work, and thanks for the leads on information!

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KAYOTIC 1/2/2014 9:04AM

    What a wonderful gift you will bring to the world, great attitude! emoticon

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MOMMY445 1/2/2014 8:28AM

    congraulations! have a terrific day!

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WATERMELLEN 1/2/2014 8:09AM

    Congrats to you! And how wonderful that you have embarked upon a professional career where you'll be able to "spread the Spark"! We're learning more all the time about the links between excess weight and so many other kinds of illness . . . you'll be walking the talk.

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TERRY0217 1/2/2014 6:40AM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the great work! Happy New year

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JSTETSER 1/2/2014 6:34AM

    Contratulations!!
Go Girl, GO!

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KANOE10 1/2/2014 6:32AM

    Happy Anniversary. With all of your insights, you will continue to be successful in maintenance. Good luck with your new career.

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TORTISE110 1/2/2014 6:02AM

    Congratulations to you! You have accomplished this "complex" and "nurturing of self" task and I trust will continue on. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/2/2014 4:54AM

    first of all - Mega Congratulations on maintaining for a whole year

And second, thank you for the thoughtful insights about just what exactly IS maintenance. I was particularly interested in the phase you went through about believing that your way was the only way - and how you worked your way through that period. I've been trying to be sensitive about that as people ask me those "how did you do it" questions. It's easy for happy enthusiasm to come across as dictatorial edicts.

What an adventure you've had and what fun is up ahead!

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DSJB9999 1/2/2014 2:17AM

    emoticon for sharing your thoughts and plans

emoticon on maintaining and good luck with your schooling

2014 will be fantastic for you!

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 1/1/2014 11:22PM

  congratulations.. I hope to be a goal weight at least by next year at this time

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 1/1/2014 10:18PM

    A journey of the heart is absolutely the best way to put it.

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SANDICANE 1/1/2014 10:07PM

    Way to go!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2014 9:57PM

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your weight loss! Weigh to go!!

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AMARILYNH 1/1/2014 9:33PM

    What an awesome inspiration you are!! As we've all learned, LOSING is just half the battle - maintaining is the second half!! And it looks like you have a true handle on that half!! Congratulations!!

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LESLIESENIOR 1/1/2014 9:26PM

    Congratulations, Tricia! This truly is a very important milestone. I always appreciate your very honest sharing.

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GEMLADYONE 1/1/2014 11:47AM

    Congrats on your first (of many hopefully) year of maintenance! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/29/2013 12:59PM

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BOPPY_ 12/22/2013 1:28AM

    Congratulations!

Great work on the exercise, too!

Love the multi-jeans picture on your Sparkpage!

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JUMPINJULIE 12/20/2013 10:06PM

    Congrats I'm so happy for you.

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GK1963 12/13/2013 3:44PM

    emoticon I am at 27 weeks maintaining right now - so half way to where you are. I sure hope that I can make it there like you did.

Best wishes with your schooling and all the best this holiday season.

K.

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NICKYCRANE 12/13/2013 3:23PM

    Happy anniversary, with many more to come!

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MADEIT3 12/13/2013 1:46PM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration and a source of information for the rest of us!!

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OLDEROWL 12/13/2013 1:15PM

    Congratulations from your team leader

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AJDOVER1 12/13/2013 11:40AM

    congratulations on your anniversary!
Your input here has been very valuable to me.
Thank you!

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GLORIAMAJDI 12/12/2013 11:16PM

    So very happy for you Tricia, you rock!

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TANYA602 12/12/2013 6:05PM

    Congratulations on this anniversary. It is indeed a landmark day!

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CORKYTHEMOM1 12/12/2013 12:13PM

    emoticon emoticon Tricia!! emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 12/12/2013 8:00AM

    I share your vision. I love the way you think.

This is a great read. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments so far. I know you will do well in school and make a difference in the world!

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JAROL7 12/12/2013 7:25AM

    WOW, a year. CONGRATS!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/12/2013 7:11AM

    Maintaining is truly harder than losing in the first place! Congratulations on your "maintainaversary!" Keep up the good work!

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DMEYER4 12/12/2013 7:09AM

  congrats on maintaining. Good luck with your schooling. I know you are going to change many lives. keep up the good work

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