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Transitioning to Maintenance


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Monday, June 02, 2014

Well, I am ready to declare that I am transitioning to maintenance. I say this with some trepidation. Thank you for the resources shared in the Big Page of Links* and to those members that have responded to my questions. You know who you are.
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A year ago I began walking with a co-worker to reduce my stress levels. My focus was not weight reduction. I knew that I needed to reduce my stress to improve both my mental outlook and improve my physical health. I had allowed myself to gain 70+ pounds over the course of 25 - 30 years and I was close to an obese BMI. Mentally, I was a wreck.

For 6 months I focused on establishing and maintaining a regular walking routine. Near the end of that 6 month period I took a Health Assessment provided by my health provider and decided it was time to address my nutrition. It was at that time that I returned to SparkPeople. I had been introduced to the site in 2010, spent a brief time here and then allowed life events to derail my attempts at improved health.

I have made great strides in improving my nutrition over the past 5 months, have continued a regular walking routine and added strength training. During the past year I have experienced challenging life events that would have derailed my efforts in the past. Not this time.

Yesterday, I started using some of the tools shared (weighted averages, trend lines, etc.) to explore my past and current progress as I transition to maintenance and establish a goal weight. Honestly, I don't know what that number is going to be which makes me nervous. But, I realize determining that number will be a process of discovery for me and I am on my way.

Upon reflection in recent days, it seems to me that I never traveled this road before because I believed that it wasn't possible. I knew no successful maintainers in my life until coming across this site and team of people. So, I figured why bother. People lose weight all the time; but, they never keep it off. I trust that you are "real" people sharing "real" experiences and are not "virtual" creations. You have given me hope and provided inspiration.

I cannot say "THANK YOU!" enough to my co-worker and friend and those of you that have supported me in my journey.

Looking forward to joining the ranks of the maintainers...


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*I am referring to a link shared by the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team here at SparkPeople. I attempted to embed the link, but was unsuccessful. So, if you're interested in learning more, take a look for the team's logo on my SparkPage and click through to the team from there.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRACED777 9/22/2014 1:43AM

    Congratulations for your hard work leading you to this point. You will continue the victory as you continue working and tweaking things. I've maintained 2 years up and down within my healthy range-not without struggle, but each year my healthy range seems more solid as skills I've learned become best friends. Enjoy and tweak away! emoticon

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ANNIE1114 9/18/2014 5:40PM

  Congratulations!

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 10:31PM

    emoticon emoticon You have done it and I know you will continue to be successful at maintenance! All of us on the Maintenance team will be here to help.

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PHATNOMO11 7/21/2014 11:02PM

    Way to go!!! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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HOLLYM48 7/19/2014 7:58PM

    Great job once again and congrats on being the featured blog this week! Keep up the excellent work!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/18/2014 11:17AM

    Congrats! Maintenance is a wonderful thing. It is always a challenge, but that is what keeps us on our toes.

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MEXGAL1 7/18/2014 10:32AM

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SKIRNIR 7/18/2014 10:18AM

    Yes, maintainers do exist. So far I lost 50 to 70 pounds about 2.5 years ago and have gained about 7 pounds of them back, so back to working to get those off again. But we are maintainers and we are real people, living a real life weight struggle and living productive lives.

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WENDYANNE61 7/18/2014 4:13AM

    Yep, we are real people doing what it takes to get to our goals and enjoy our lives! The team is a great place to be - lots of interesting members who are very supportive! You look great and your weight loss is brillant!

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PEGGYT3 7/17/2014 5:41PM

    It's great that you have reached maintenance and are ready to make the healthy habits you've formed (walking, watching your calories,getting rid of stress, etc.) your permanent lifestyle. It's a wonderful way to live and staying with this team will keep you focused. It has helped me stay at my goal weight for 7 years and I feel better than ever. Congratulations and keep on keeping on!

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TORTISE110 7/17/2014 2:26PM

    Congratulations and welcome to Maintenance again. It is a new land for most of us and what a fine place it is! I look forward to walking with you and celebrating as you accumulate time "maintaining." It's the best!!

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MOMMY445 7/17/2014 2:03PM

    congratulations! have a fabulous day!

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KATIE3908 7/17/2014 1:51PM

    We are real people out here maintaining. It's not always easy but it can be done. Congratulations on your weight loss!!

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SUSIEMT 7/17/2014 11:48AM

    Thank you for your congrats on my Maintenance anniversary and I want to congratulate you on a job well started!!!! Isn't it amazing what leads us back to where we belong and feel comfortable. If it wasn't for all the support I receive here on sparkpeople I can't imagine what shape I would be in today. I had to laugh to myself about your comment on virtual beings. WOW! I never would have thought of that but we are definitely real people with real problems finding real solutions! Keep up the great job Jeanknee!! Woo Hoo to you!


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CELIAMINER 7/17/2014 11:18AM

    Congrats on your wonderful accomplishment, and here's to your continued success!
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DIANNEMT 7/17/2014 10:35AM

    Great!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/17/2014 1:04AM

    emoticon on not allowing events in your life to put an road block in your progress! Being healthy and having a positive attitude in itself puts less stress on your life! Best wishes for continued success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/17/2014 1:02AM

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Welcome to the world of maintaining! Although you have already been in training for it -taking steps to reduce stress and not let it lead to poor choices, watching your nutrition, having a regular exercise buddy. You have done so many things right which lead to your weight loss. It will also determine what the final range of goal weight number that will be on your scale. Whatever weight you are at when leading a reasonable, healthy life and feel the best at, that is when you have arrived..
Enjoy!

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DALID414 7/17/2014 12:39AM

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AALLEY2 7/16/2014 10:41PM

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WIFE49 7/16/2014 7:06PM

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AMARILYNH 7/16/2014 6:56PM

    LOL I have met a number of my SparkFriends IRL so I can tell you they are definitely NOT 'virtual creations'! They are people just like me and you who have struggled (or are still struggling) with weight issues. But with SparkPeople and especially with the maintainers team we CAN do and ARE doing what once seemed impossible - not only lose weight but keep it off! Life is GOOD!!

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JANCARD 7/16/2014 6:24PM

    Congratulations! Good health and reduction in stress are certainly worthy goals. Getting to a reasonable healthy weight for maintenance is also important and you are SO right---the At Goal + Transitioning to Maintenance Team has great resources and information...not to mention fantastic support (I know first hand about that)! Continued good luck to you on your journey!

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 6:20PM

    What a great blog!! Great that you started by dealing with stress through exercise -- and look how far you've come!! Well done, and welcome to maintenance: the AGAM:TM team has outstanding resources!!

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GREENHOME1 7/16/2014 6:00PM

    Hip, hip, hurray!

I can tell you how I set my own goal weight: I looked at old photos of myself. I noticed that there were long periods of time (several years) that I had kept a healthy weight, and I know that it had been easy (i.e., no dieting), so I took that weight and added 5 lbs because I'm older now. It worked!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2014 5:57PM

    Great blog! Great accomplishment!! I want to assure you that I am totally real and I can attest that ONEKIDSMOM is, too, amazingly so. Yes, there is a whole community of people here on SP who have succeeded with weight loss and maintenance. Never thought I could do it after more than 50 years of obesity. Actually, I no longer call it maintenance, I call it what it is, relentless determination! I didn't create that phrase but when I read it on a SparkFriend's site, I had to own it. It truly is possible. Life isn't necessarily perfect at goal weight, but it is a whole lot better than at the alternative. Again, congrats! Hope to see you around participating in our team!! -Marsha

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/16/2014 5:49PM

    Yes, this team is the place to be for resources, support and encouragement.
"Virtual Creations" LOL DH calls my online friends my "imaginary" friends.
Even if I never meet any of them in person, they are vital to my continued maintenance.

Nice blog!



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PEZMOM1 7/16/2014 5:42PM

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KANOE10 7/9/2014 8:05AM

    That is a great inspirational blog. I also have not known a team of maintainers before and had severe doubts that I could keep my weight off. The tools at the team and the support at Spark have been invaluable.

You have steadily developed a healthy life with exercise and nutrition. You have kept on track despite events encountered in your life.

You are a success story!

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SWFL2020 6/21/2014 12:46PM

    Your success is so inspiring to me. Congratulations on all your determination and hard work. I am determined as well. Thanks for sharing your story to help the rest of us "out here".
Best wishes for this new chapter you are entering. I know that you will succeed - just keep exercising and eating healthy. That's all we have to do. It works!!!

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SUBMOM2 6/4/2014 1:05AM

    Congratulations on reaching maintenance. Not quite there myself, but I will push on. Walking has been great for me on so many levels; glad to hear it's been good for you, too!

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FLAMENM 6/2/2014 8:24PM

    Transition on!

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HOLLYM48 6/2/2014 5:47PM

    awesome job and congrats to getting where you are. That is not an easy thing but with the help of this awesome site and all the great people here, we can be successful for life! Keep up the great work!

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TINAJANE76 6/2/2014 4:22PM

    Congratulations again and thanks for the shout out to the team!
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