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Does it take a Village to maintain weight loss?


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Saturday, May 03, 2014

We all have heard that it takes a village to raise a child, but what about weight?
Does it take a village to lose it? Does it take a village to maintain it?
My answer is yes, absolutely. And you are my Village.
How many people here have lost weight only to leave the village and lose their focus and gain it all back?
And when they decide they have to start over, what happens? The village doesn't judge, they don't ask "how could you let this happen", they just open their arms and accept the person back
We have probably all been on that roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain.
We have felt discouraged, frustrated, disgusted. We have let ourselves down. We sometimes don't think we can ever get to the end of the journey of weight loss, and you know what, the journey never ends.
Each day you wake up, you get to make many choices for the day.
What am I going to wear? what am I going to eat? how am I going to react to my family, my coworkers, my boss. Remember that you and only you are in charge of how you react. You are not in charge of other people and what they are going to do or say, so you have to choose how you are going to feel when you react to different situations.
Don't let other people make choices for how you are going to eat. If you are upset, go for a 10 minute walk if you can. Don't walk to the kitchen and eat, we all know it won't make you feel better, it will only make you feel worse.
And when the day comes, that you have made it to goal weight, don't consider the journey over, don't leave our Village.
Stay here and be part of the Village for the rest of your life. Stay for the support and the encouragement and for the friendship.
Is it time consuming or maybe annoying to always track, maybe, but in the whole scheme of things, it is a small thing to do to stay on track and stay focused on the journey.
I am glad that this is my Village and my friends are here every day.
So enjoy your Village and if you do decide to leave because you are bored with it, you know that we will always be here if you want to come home!
Have a great weekend and thanks for being part of my Village!
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GYPSYHEART 8/12/2014 3:48PM

    I left the Village for 1,222 days....and gained over 40 pounds. Been back for 4 weeks, have lost 6lbs, and renewed a friendship with a dear lady as if I had never been gone.

I know I need this village.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/5/2014 10:59PM

  And when the prodigal child returns there is a welcome waiting. Thank you for your kindness and your insight.

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MAYBER 7/18/2014 3:25PM

    thank you for sharing your thoughts you are an inspiration
So very much appreciate my SP and TOPS friends
One day at a time
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MRSRIGS1 7/11/2014 3:01PM

    This is a GREAT blog and one I needed very much! Thank you!

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ROXYHON 7/9/2014 2:27PM

    Well put! What a great blog....you are so very right! Keep up the great work!
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CANDACE28 7/8/2014 9:07AM

    Today is my "New Start". This is so encouraging!

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EABL81 7/1/2014 7:58PM

    Wonderful post, and so true!

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ISABELLE31 6/26/2014 11:33PM

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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SCOOTERGIRL777 6/25/2014 10:55PM

    SO VERY TRUE..AND SO VERY THANKFULL THAT WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING FOR EVERYONE. A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WILL BRING SO MUCH GOOD TO ALL OF US AND WE ARE ALL WORTH IT ! ONE ROCKIN VILLAGE ! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 6/23/2014 6:56PM

    Love the blog. It does take the support of Sparks. That is why I may be away for a month or two but right back for the support I receive. I am not at the lowest weight I want to be but I am comfortable with my body where it is and I am eating healthy and my body reacts to my way of eating. There is so much I would eat in the past but would not think of putting into my body.

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LOVEXAVIE 6/22/2014 10:43PM

  Fantastic blog! I couldn't agree more.
All the best to you!
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JIBBIE49 6/21/2014 8:58PM

    Week of 06/19/2014 - Featured Blog Post

Does it Take a Village to Maintain Weight Loss?

great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

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NASFKAB 6/21/2014 11:32AM

  WOW great true blog we need each other

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 6/20/2014 9:48PM

    Amen! I so agree!
Hugs,
A Villager

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OREGON2009 6/20/2014 4:49PM

    Thank you for the encouraging reminder - I usually hate the "takes a village" line, but it was so helpful to remember we can always come back to the place that WORKS!

Great job.
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BLUETIFFANYS 6/20/2014 1:41PM

    Thank you! You are so right. emoticon

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JEWELS571 6/20/2014 1:08PM

    Nice!!

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ROBSTELLA 6/20/2014 12:46PM

  emoticon Yes this is so true. Thank you for sharing.

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IRON_RESOLVE 6/20/2014 12:11PM

    Fantastic Blog! You are so right it takes a Village. The times I've been off Spark, I have also been gaining. We need to immerse ourselves in this community of caring and committed members. I have also found that here, and I intend to stay.

Oh, and I am half way to goal now, thanks to a 5% Challenge.

Also, thank you so much for committing yourself to a 5% Challenge. You folks in Maintenance are our Thinspiration. We read your blogs, we write you letters, and we learn how to walk the walk.

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PFERG66 6/20/2014 11:41AM

    What a blessing you are to Our Village!

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MISSENG 6/20/2014 11:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational story. It's so true! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACED777 6/20/2014 11:04AM

    Absolutely true. We need each other. Iam hanging around goal weight, but I cannot maintain without continued encouragement! Thank you all. I may not speak too often, but I am often here. I appreciate the science and all you people!

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GRACED777 6/20/2014 11:03AM

    Absolutely true. We need each other. Iam hanging around goal weight, but I cannot maintain without continued encouragement! Thank you all. I may not speak too often, but I am often here. I appreciate the science and all you people!

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RYELEWIS 6/20/2014 11:01AM

    So very true.

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DARLENEK04 6/20/2014 10:54AM

  Holly you have a great grasp on this....thanks for the post. Without
support, we might falter....

You rock,
DarleneK

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MSGO72 6/20/2014 10:47AM

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DIETER27 6/20/2014 10:24AM

  emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing ! so true!

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MILPAM3 6/20/2014 10:13AM

  Always nice to have that "family" support.

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SHARONCAPPS 6/20/2014 9:42AM

  So true. Thanks for sharing

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SHERRY-LUCILLE 6/20/2014 9:31AM

  I just moved to the Village and I hope to make some life style changes while I am here. I have recently left my job for health reasons and now I am dealing with depression, pain and weight gain,,,, feels so wrong,,,,, now I am hoping I can make this my new home,,, wonderful blog I enjoyed it very much! emoticon emoticon

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WALLPER26 6/20/2014 9:16AM

    You are so right! It took me a while to GET that this would be a lifelong journey for me with no FINISH line. With the right attitude and support, and applying what I have learned here, I can make it a joyous experience even with the challenges that come with life.

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LJK091354 6/20/2014 8:13AM

    What a great blog and oh so true!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/20/2014 7:33AM

    It is a great village, isn't it? The part of the village that is in metro Detroit is giving you a standing ovation.

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MELITAG 6/20/2014 6:58AM

    Very true, you said it so well thanks for reminding us emoticon

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BABAOF4 6/20/2014 12:06AM

  Great post! Very good reminder that we ,you and I, are not alone, that there are others who care because we understand each other's struggles. We need encouragement and that's what we find with Spark People!

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FRAN0426 6/19/2014 11:55PM

    emoticon Thank you for this wonderful blog, congrats that it is a featured blog. I am so happy to be in the same village with you.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/19/2014 11:05PM

    Excellent point!! After all, we are only six degrees of separation??

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VTORIA3 6/19/2014 10:52PM

    Great blog. So very true! So tough to go it alone. This is the place for unconditional acceptance and support. Yes, you hit the nail on the head. emoticon emoticon

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