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Another Celebration Of 5 Years of Maintenance!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

NOW I'm officially at 5 years of maintenance! I've gotten wonderful applause and congrats from the At Goal & Maintaining Plus Transition to Maintenance Team. And, although that title is a mouthful, it is a fantastic team!! Their research says (I'm pretty sure it is based on the National Weight Control Registry) that chance of regain drops to 27% after 5 years of maintenance from 80-95% at the time of goal achievement. And that is great news. Statistically I have a 73% chance of maintaining my weight loss now. However, I know that does not mean I can give up my healthy eating and my activity. I am still just one binge from a 10 pound gain that can mushroom to 40 pounds or more in no time. So I make a commitment to healthy eating every day!!

I have already been celebrating 5 years maintenance since March 9th. March 9, 2009, is when I got back to my Weight Watcher free lifetime. I think the difference between what I reported to the team is the 2 pound leeway WW allows or maybe it is that WW consider a healthy BMI to be 20-25 whereas SparkPeople considers it 18.5-24.9. Whatever the discrepancy, it's okay! I've maintained FIVE full years. WooHoo!!

PS If you didn't read my blog of March 11th, 5 Surprises after 5 Years of Maintenance, I'm twisting your arm to please do. I think it is my best blog this year:

Wishing you success in all areas of your life!! -Marsha

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MBTEPP 3/25/2014 3:10PM

    Marsha, you are a super motivator and very supportive. I have to imagine that you live what you support. The previous blog is a gem.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2014 1:36PM

    You're right, that was a fantastic blog from a fantastic lady, I might add. I need to work on enduring hunger. Thank you for talking about that. Thank you for continuing to share all the work and attention you give to your maintenance. It's so rewarding to all of us!
Excellent job, Marsha!

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GABY1948 3/22/2014 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a TRUE inspiration for MANY!

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POSITIVE41 3/22/2014 8:24AM

    Big woo hoo for you!
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TRAVELGRRL 3/22/2014 8:20AM

    Thanks for sharing your blog links -- really, they are a roadmap for the rest of us still struggling! I need to stop quitting myself. One meal OFF PLAN is enough, no need to make it a full day or a week! Thanks again for all you do for the Sparkpeople community.

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MJREIMERS 3/21/2014 11:17PM

    You have, are and will remain a successful loser of weigh. emoticon emoticon The statistics are indeed on your side. However, you don't need them because you are living proof and you know that success comes from within. You are strong and the best part, you are HEALTHY! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/21/2014 9:03PM

    To fellow travelers on the great journey... you're about a year ahead of me, I just hit the four year mark from my JC original goal, aiming towards four years "Home on the Range" in August. I like the idea of making the celebration a long one, don't you?


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BLUENOSE63 3/21/2014 8:44PM


Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration!

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MEXGAL1 3/21/2014 8:32PM

    This is totally awesome...I love that we have a better chance of keeping the weight off the longer we keep it off.....but from what I know of you I believe you have this concurred. You got this.
But it is good for us to remember how quickly we can fall back into old habits.
So let's never forget.
Have a terrific evening.

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_LINDA 3/21/2014 7:39PM

    emoticon Yes you certainly have done well and are way too careful to let it ever come back! Look forward to celebrating many many more years of maintenance with you!
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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2014 6:41PM

    I think your "surprises" blog is one of the very best I've seen here ever!! And I congratulate you and celebrate with you!! There is NO chance (forget statistics) that you will EVER regain the weight you've lost. You are determined and ever vigilant, and that's what it takes!! Plus: joy and pleasure in your good health: that's the bonus!!

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FOCUSONME57 3/21/2014 4:45PM

    emoticon Looking forward to celebrating your 6th, 7th and more!~

Have you joined the National Weight Control Registry? The paperwork is a bit much, but it is so important for them to have great data on folks that have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for over a year.

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MANDELOVICH 3/21/2014 3:31PM

    Wow! What an amazingly wonderful milestone! Congratulations and thank you for all the inspiration!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/21/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon We're happy for you and also happy for us, because you are proof that we can do it, too and you share what you've learned in a very thoughtful way.

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COOP9002 3/21/2014 1:11PM

    Great job!

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NEW-CAZ 3/21/2014 12:50PM

    emoticon emoticon so proud of you emoticon

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COASTAL6 3/21/2014 12:27PM

I'm so proud of you!
Your doing a great job!

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HARROWJET 3/21/2014 12:04PM

    It is wonderful to read success stories like yours. Five years of maintenance is to be celebrated. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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