I read Boss61's blog today about how 90% quit Sparkpeople in 3 years or less.
I was going to comment on his blog, but my thoughts were a bit long and not restricted to the statistics, so I decided to make my own related blog today.
His statistics, observed from his own Sparkfriends, are that 9 in 10 Sparkpeople are gone within 3 years. The National Weight Loss Registry reports that weight losers "in general" overwhelmingly don't continue to keep the weight off. They say that only 5-15 % of those who reach their goals initially will keep the weight off. If someone has kept the weight off for 2 years, they are 50% likely to keep the weight off. It takes 5 years before they are 73% likely to keep it off. Sigh. There's never a 100% certainty to keeping weight off.
This is my 2nd time losing the weight with Sparkpeople - the 4th time in my life. Each other time, I'd get to my goal and think I could manage from there, so I'd quit the diet or system I was using. Eventually I'd gain most or all of it back. For most of my life my "scream weight" was about 5 pounds lower than my highest ever weight. It was the weight at which "I have to DO something!"
I lost weight with Sparkpeople in 2009, reached my goal in 2010 and left soon after. I came back to Sparkpeople in 2012, embarrassed by having regained, but determined to lose again with a different result. I reached my goal in March 2013, and
1. I don't plan to quit Sparkpeople.
2. I don't plan to quit tracking food.
3. I don't plan to quit exercising.
4. I don't plan to allow my weight to creep up above my MUCH LOWER "scream weight."
I have hit that scream weight once since March, and it was successfully repelled much less painfully than waiting for another 30+ pounds to respond!
Back to thinking about another part of Boss61's blog: I was culled from many of my first Sparkfriends lists by the time I returned. Some of them have graciously added me back and continue to be an appreciated encouragement to me. Others have disappeared themselves. Of course I've added new ones! I do miss some of the friends who are gone. I would definitely miss those who are still here if they disappeared.
When I left before, I was only thinking of myself... gaining time to do other things. (Like eat, it turned out.) In staying, I help myself stay on track, but I also have a bit of an effect on others. I hope it is a positive one!