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Looking Back & Looking Ahead to Year 2.

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

A while ago, I set one of my goals here on SP as “Maintain to May 3, 2014, my one year maintenance anniversary”. Every day that message scrolled across the goal board on my SP start page and I used it (among lots of other motivations) to focus on making it through THAT DAY still at GW. For me, it’s a daily thing so I’m thrilled that my anniversary day has arrived and I’m still here.

It’s hard to believe that a few years ago, I felt so depressed that honestly a few days I didn’t bother getting up. It was becoming a struggle to find motivation to do anything. I was middle-aged, entering menopause, at my highest weight and at my lowest level of fitness ever in my life. And it was getting worse. At some point, not sure how, I finally decided I had to do something before it was too late. I visited the community here and now log in almost every day. My current login streak is at 259 days so that should tell you how important all you SparkFriends and this community are to me!

It really was small steps and it took awhile with great support all the way. I guess it’s better than any quick fix since the healthy changes have become my routine now. It was gradual but now I have energy to spare and my family is so happy to have the ‘old me’ back. People are always telling me I look great (OK I admit I really love that). Certainly far from perfect, but I’m happy with myself, extra-skin and all. Battle scars.

But I know from statistics I’ve read that a scary amount of people will regain some of what they were able to lose (if not all & more). Facts listed on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team page:

- The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.

- When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*.

- When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*.

So the longer I’m able to KEEP it off, the better my odds get. I’ve never been much of a gambler and I really am afraid to go back to where I was a few years back. I can’t let up or slack off because I don’t have much room for error.

Some other hard cold facts---not only am I in my mid-fifties, but I’m also on the short side. My recommended daily calorie range to maintain is 1320 calories a day if I’m not active. And as I continue to age, that’s going to get even lower. 1320 is really not a lot when you consider in some restaurants, the “low-cal” meal choice on the menu would put me over for that day. Another fact is that I love food and love to cook & eat (which is what got me into trouble in the first place). I live in a house with 3 adult males who aren’t trying to lose, and they eat some foods that I should try to avoid. Also they can eat quantities of food that I will never be able to. But at least with exercise, I have a more reasonable calorie range and by searching for healthier foods that still taste good, I think I’ve reached a place where I don’t feel deprived. I just need to suck it up that it’s going to take as much work to stay here as it took me to get here.

Basically, doing all the *RIGHT* stuff just about all the time. I will fall down a lot and there will be those bad days, but I am going to try REALLY HARD to make sure those are the exceptions and not the rule. And otherwise, don’t beat myself up. I’m in this for the long run, and today I set my new goal--“Maintain to May 3, 2015, my 2 year maintenance anniversary. “

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    It sounds to me that the three male friends live with someone who is living healthy... imagine the daily challenge for them that you represent with your presence! All the things that you model for them...

    Otherwise, what do you think, what was the 1-3 key factors that helped you stay on track during the last year? I'd be interested, maybe there's some tips that I can use from you, too.

    Keep up the good work!
    1389 days ago
    Well done! You are motivated and doing great! Congratulations on your success! Best wishes as you continue on your journey in health!
    1394 days ago
    Wow, your story sounds just like mine. Congrats on making it to that magic one-year maintenance anniversary. I look forward to hearing about your next maintenance Sparkversary!
    1394 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    emoticon Very well done for one year maintaining

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    1397 days ago
    I see a HAPPY ending coming!! And lots of motivation for your new NOVEL : )

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    1398 days ago
    This is a fine blog. Your focus sets a healthy example for the rest of us. We all have our ups and downs in maintenance, and yes, WE CAN DO IT!

    1398 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Congrats to you! That is an awesome achievement. This is not an easy journey but with the support of our spark friends, it is so much easier than going it alone! Best of luck on your continued journey! Keep up the great work. You can do this for life!
    1398 days ago
    emoticon and emoticon job of maintaining. Isn't it emoticon ? Success had many forms. Much of the success we experience is about the weight loss and the maintenance. However, I believe even more of the success is the relationships we create and keep through Spark. I never thought I'd feel so close to so many that I've never met face-to-face, but I do! emoticon together emoticon and will continue to do so!
    1399 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Way to work your program, a recipe for success!
    Happy Maintaining for many more years to come!
    1399 days ago
    Congrats to you on your first year maintenance anniversary. Here's to the next. I agree you know what it took to lose and it's pretty much the same for Maintaining! Keep up the good work!
    1400 days ago
  • KATIE3908
    It does take as much work to maintain as it did to lose but it's so worth it.

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!

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    1400 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    congratulations! woo hoo!
    1400 days ago
    Congratulations on one year maintenance!
    Here's to continuing on toward two years!

    1400 days ago
    Your story is so much like mine it gave me chill bumps when I read it. I've been on my current weight loss journey for over six years now, and reached my goal weight in November 2011. I'm 66 years old and I'm here to tell you that with the help of this wonderful SparkPeople community (and specifically the 'At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team) it CAN be done, advancing age allowed for!! This is the first time in my adult life I TRULY can say that and believe it! SparkPeople and our SparkFriends make ALL the difference!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1400 days ago
    Woo hoo, one year maintenance, way to go! I love the idea you gave for putting that on your goal board - I need to do that too!

    And I have to say, I can soooo relate to this! I am at almost nine months maintenance. And I have gained and lost a lot of times. I just don't want to go through this again but I know that the odds are against me. My DH keeps saying he knows I won't gain it back because I have developed new healthy HABITS that are ingrained...but until I reach the five year mark, I ma not going to feel comfortable. Maybe that discomfort is a good thing. It keeps me motivated!
    1400 days ago
  • THOMS1
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    1400 days ago
    Congratulations on losing the weight, achieving fitness, and keeping that weight off for a year!! Weigh to go. You truly have changed your life. Life at goal weight may not be perfect, but it is a whole lot better than living unfit. Thanks for a great, inspiring blog. It helps me to remember the contrast before and after. Yes, I'm also looking forward to my next maintenance anniversary. The daily commitment it takes to maintain and the effort it takes to stay active and eat smart is definitely worth it!!
    1400 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Congratulations to you! You did it! I think it's all a matter of believing in what you can do and that you can accomplish anything! God gives us this wonderful body and he wants us to be healthy! There are good days and bad, but you have overcome and you will continue to be wonderful! It's people like you that motivate those who are just starting this journey! I have been with Spark People for four years and 4 months and to think it all started because I wanted to fit into my wedding dress! The neatest thing about this journey is Spark People is so supportive and I know you mentioned that too! So again emoticon to you! Together we can make this world a better place one helping hand at a time! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1400 days ago
    We could be twins! I can relate to everything you said here! Congratulations on the positive changes in your life, and attaining and maintaining your goals!
    1400 days ago
    I'm in my mid-60s and "on the short side", and I just can't eat as much as I could a few short decades ago. As long as I eat my own food at home and stay away from restaurants I'm OK. You got this!
    1400 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is a great blog. You have successfully maintained for a year and have developed healthy habits. I also like your attitude that you know there will be hard days, but they are small exceptions and not the daily routine of staying on track.

    I know you will reach your second year anniversary successfully.

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    1400 days ago
    Well done! Goals to maintain are subtler, but once it clicks that it's the behavior and consistency, not perfection that lead to us feeling GREAT! emoticon emoticon
    1400 days ago
    Fantastic! Such an inspiring story, and you're in the right place to get the support needed to continue maintaining . . . MAINtenance is the main thing!
    1400 days ago
    what everyone else here has said. Congratulations. Amazing. You can do it. 2015 - here she comes!
    1400 days ago
    Way to go!! You are doing it and it's so impressive!!
    1400 days ago
    Congratulations! I am almost to my one year anniversary, and I also no longer feel deprived when I have to refuse an unhealthy food. I know how much better I feel without it.

    Very motivational blog! Thank you!

    1400 days ago
    congrats, Jancard. Happy SP anniversary and may you enjoy many more!
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    1400 days ago
    emoticon You did it and will continue your successful living!

    My calorie range must be similar to yours and I totally agree that it's not easy when eating out! I always have to preplan the entire day of eating when we go out. However, you can do it!

    Keep sparking, keep eating right and keep moving! Together we will maintain!
    1415 days ago
    I am super proud of you. You inspire me more often than you know. emoticon Hugz, Candy
    1417 days ago
    YOU ROCK JAN and I am just like you, in almost every way and I am using you as motivation for me to be where you are right now, a year from now! Thanks sweetie!
    1418 days ago
    Congratulations again! I personally found my first year of maintenance to be the hardest, both in terms of keeping my motivation up and in actually complying with what I needed to do to keep the weight off. I wouldn't say it's easy now, but it does feel doable in the long term. Looks like you've found a nice balance for yourself, which will serve you well as you forge on. Good luck and let us know if you need a helping hand!
    1418 days ago
    Way to go Jan.! emoticon emoticon ! We're here for u to help u meet that new goal. I'm proud of u. I know its not easy but ur doing it. Great job for u. Lot's of emoticon for u.
    Ur friend, Theresa
    1418 days ago
    emoticon Being at goal for one year is a-MAZ-ing.

    Those are some scary statistics, but we can be the change. emoticon
    1418 days ago
    Congrats on your maintenance! What a great accomplishment!
    1419 days ago
    A big congratulations and looking forward to celebrating your second anniversary! :-)
    1419 days ago
    emoticon congrats for maintaining one year. emoticon emoticon
    1419 days ago
    YAY! Congratulations!
    1419 days ago
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