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1 year of maintenance

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Today I celebrate 1 year of maintenance! I was re-reading some of my posts and blogs and found some that bear repeating. I think this is one of them.

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It's funny how subtle changes happen and we don't really notice it.

When I started Sparkpeople in August 2012, I weighed nearly 300#. I barely had the energy to walk to the bathroom and my knees hurt so bad, I could hardly walk and any stairs was really scary because I was afraid that my knees would give out.

I ate. A lot. Massive amounts. Frequently. Wake up in the middle of the night? Grab a sleeve of crackers and a couple of hotdogs or half a package of bologna. Of course, I couldn't eat that without half a (large) bag of chips. Oreos? Yeah you know the drill....if the package is opened, it's a serving, right?

And then there's the exercise, er um, I mean *lack* of exercise. I tried consolidating as many trips as possible. No sense in over-working my body, right? Take several loads of laundry at a time. Use grocery bags with handles so you can carry 100# of groceries at a time. Ask other family members to wait on you hand and foot.

When I started the Poundage Plan, I started working out first. I needed to strengthen my ancillary muscles so that recovery would be faster and easier when I had knee surgery. I went every day because I had an investment in the outcome. Within days, my knee pain decreased. Immediately I had better sleep. Within a week or so. I noticed that my diet was changing. I was craving healthier foods.

The first conscious decision I made regarding diet was to listen to my body. Before I could eat, I had to determine whether or not I was truly STOMACH hungry as opposed to 'head' hungry. If I was 'stomach' hungry, I would think about it for a few minutes to determine what my body was hungry for. Then I ate it without guilt, while gauging every bite as to how much I was enjoying it. If the taste went from 'delicious' to 'good', I stopped eating. When I was no longer hungry, I stopped eating.

Re-read that last sentence. "When I was no longer hungry, I stopped eating." Not when I was full; when I was no longer hungry. That is key. We have gotten so accustomed to eating until we can't breathe that we think it is normal!

More changes happened, a little at a time. I got sick and could hardly make it through my workout. Then I was in bed for 3 days. I could hardly wait to get back to the gym, but for the first week had to work up from 10 minutes to 30. It took 3 weeks to get back to my hour long workout and I was terrified that I would get out of the habit!

I also listened to my body about exercise. I knew that if I was going to continue, I had to have fun. If I started to dread going, I had to change it up, because I would quit. I took several classes and did cardio and the weight room. The first time I used the elliptical trainer, I *forced* myself to do 1 minute. I didn't try again for a month, then got through a tortuous 10 minutes. Over the next couple of weeks, I alternated the bike and elliptical and got up to half an hour. Before I knew it I was doing an hour. Yesterday, I was not ready for my hour to be up; I could have gone another 30-60 minutes! Some days, dd Molly and I play at racquetball. Some days, when it is warm enough (I am always cold!) Molly and I walk. In the summer we walk in to church, 6 miles over the mountain. This summer we plan on walking to and from for the fun of it!

I find now that I try to find ways to ADD steps to my day rather than save them. I will walk down stairs at work to check the mail, then up the back stairs. I leave my lunch or something in the car that I will need later in the day to force myself to get that extra walk in. I don't even THINK of driving to the corner store anymore!

This am I slept in (I have had a few late nights and no 'sleep in' days for 2 weeks. Sleeping in now means 5am. I thought about skipping my workout because it doesn't hurt to miss a day or two occasionally. Oddly enough, the thought of missing my workout disturbed me. I feel better physically when I work out. I sleep better. I am more stable emotionally because I feel happier with myself. I am healthier. Needless to say, I did my workout and just worked a little later today. It was worth it!

Yes, the changes are subtle, but the impact is dramatic. All these little steps added up to big changes.
I once weighed almost 300#. I now weigh about 155.
I wore a size 24, and some of those were pretty snug. I now wear a size 8.
I once looked for ways to save steps, but now I look for ways to add them.
I once lived to eat, I now eat to live.
I once was insecure and self-conscious about my appearance, I now speak comfortably in front of groups and cameras.
I once HID from cameras, I now occasionally take 'selfies'!
I once felt like a complete failure, I now *know* that I am a success!
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MAREE1953 7/25/2014 1:22PM

    Yaaaay for you!! Congrats on a great blog and an even greater accomplishment!

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LOGOULD 7/25/2014 8:37AM

    Congrats on all you have accomplished!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/25/2014 12:34AM

    emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration to yourself and to others! You are right when you say maintenance is about healthy changes and what works best for you doesn't always work for others. You have to listen with your heart!
I have been on Spark People for a little over 4 years and I have learned so much a long the way! It's people like you that helped to motivate and help keep us accountable to the changes we need to strive for every day! emoticon for sharing your story! Keep up the positive attitude and the great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOONCHILD8 7/24/2014 9:34PM

    emoticon and wishing you many more. Move more and eat less but enjoy more. You are so right exercise, track, eat and repeat. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon

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WIFE48 7/24/2014 8:39PM

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. emoticon emoticon

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GRACED777 7/24/2014 7:01PM

    Congrats in your first maintenance anniversary! You have a lot to share and you share it well. Thanks!

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2014 6:25PM

    Super super blog: congrats to you on your achievements, and thanks for sharing what you've learned with people here!!

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ELLEKTRA 7/24/2014 4:25PM

    What a great blog! So inspiring and so full of life!

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HOLLYM48 7/24/2014 2:51PM

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Awesome job once again! Congrats on being the featured blog this week!
What an inspiration you are!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/24/2014 2:46PM

    emoticon That first year of maintenance has many lessons! Well articulated!

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AMARILYNH 7/24/2014 12:48PM

    Love, love love this blog!! Especially not eating when you aren't STOMACH hungry and quitting when you are no longer hungry! That is still something I struggle with - the 'clean plate' thing! Thanks for the encouragement to work on it!! emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 7/24/2014 12:30PM

    Great Blog!!! and OH YES!!!! your are a success and a MOTIVATOR to boot!!

Thanks for taking the time to share it with all of us!! emoticon Way to go!!!

Ginny Healthy Hearts)come visit if you haven't!!!

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_LINDA 7/24/2014 11:35AM

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Way to turn your life around! Fabulous comeback!
Happy emoticon and many more to come.

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ANNEK913 7/24/2014 11:29AM

    What a great way to reflect on your journey!

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SUSIEMT 7/24/2014 10:45AM

    Congrats on your success! I like what you said...you eat until you are no longer hungry. WOW! I weigh and measure my food..however, I think I need to rethink this through. I have tried intuitive eating but I think I really did not understand it. I will have to leave myself notes to eat only until no longer hungry. I won't starve! If I get truly hungry I can always have a pre-planned snack. Thank you!

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KATIE3908 7/24/2014 10:40AM

    What a great story. Congratulations on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle. Keep up the good work.

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FELINA 7/24/2014 10:39AM

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Congratulations on one year maintaining and for all your awesome healthy changes!
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DIANNEMT 7/24/2014 10:26AM

    Good for you! Nice to read the back story on this!!

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SUNSHINE20113 7/24/2014 10:18AM

    Congratulations!!

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LCERVERA 7/24/2014 10:07AM

    Awesome!! Inspirational!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/24/2014 10:03AM

    Congrats on the year - you look FABULOUS! And thanks for sharing what worked for you and how you did it. Good lessons in there for us all, especially about eating until NOT HUNGRY!

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MARYBETH4884 7/24/2014 9:59AM

    Your journey is so similar to mine!! I'm 9 pounds away from my goal weight! This blog inspires me to keep pushing through even though these last pounds don't seem to want to budge!! Thank You!!!

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JANCARD 7/24/2014 9:44AM

  You are right---it was worth repeating! Thanks for sharing this blog. And Happy First Maintenance Anniversary! Keep up the great work!

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THOMS1 7/24/2014 9:22AM

    Congratulations on your one year maintenance. I have been with spark for 6 years and have tried to follow my program closely and most days I do succeed but something in your blog hit me. You said instead of eating till you're full you eat until you are no longer hungry. Makes sense to me. Usually I measure and weigh my food and it works well for me until we are out to dinner or at a gathering then it all goes by the wayside. I'm going to try eating just till I'm not hungry and see how that works. emoticon

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PEZMOM1 7/24/2014 9:12AM

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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2014 9:09AM

    What a great success story. I love the way you ended the blog! You have made great things happen for yourself. Congratulations and continued healthy days ahead!

Thanks for sharing your story!

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BABARR67 7/24/2014 9:08AM

    Love it! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/24/2014 9:05AM

    That is a wonderful success story. Your one year celebration is a true accomplishment. You have changed your life to one of health.

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MOMMY445 7/24/2014 8:46AM

    woo hoo! way to go! such an inspiring blog!

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2BSCOOBIE 7/14/2014 6:15AM

    You are awesome! Congrats on your one year anniversary. You are inpiring. I hope to be where you are and believe it is possible!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/13/2014 11:56PM

    wow! that is an amazing tale - and so many lessons to share. you have come a long way, fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 7/13/2014 9:19PM

    Congrats -- such an inspiration!

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HOLLYM48 7/13/2014 7:43PM

    Well my hat is off to you! Way to go! Kudos and congrats. You have found the right way to live and to be healthy while doing it! That is so awesome. You lost 1/2 of yourself but yet really found the real you in all of that. Job well done! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 7/13/2014 7:35PM

    Many congratulations on your first maintenance anniversary! You've sure come a long way, baby!
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ALEXSGIRL1 7/13/2014 7:45AM

    woo big changes form those small changes you did awesome what a great uplifting inspirational blog

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/12/2014 1:38AM

    emoticon Great post emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/11/2014 7:11PM

    I love this blog and your writing. Totally awesome and so inspiring. Congrats to your one year maintenance. Woo hoo!
Awesome!
Thanks so much for sharing
and have a great week end
Sallie

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TERI-RIFIC 7/11/2014 6:45PM

    I really like the part about stopping when you are no longer hungry, not when you're full. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/11/2014 2:02PM

    emoticon to your weight loss success, and to your first Maintenance Anniversary!
I loved your blog.
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JANTHEBLONDE 7/11/2014 1:30PM

    WOW! What an amazing inspirational blog! I am so proud of you! You put the Sparks in Sparks! You are what Sparks is all about! Congratulations on your 1 year of maintenance! You are such an inspiration! You rock girlfriend! I hope you have an awesome day! Hugs to you!
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