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Weight Management Superstars! 14 THOUSAND pounds, kept off for almost 800 years!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

None of us here want to lose the weight only to turn around and gain it back. So just getting it off is only part of the battle. KEEPING it off is the real thing, if we really want to reclaim our health and all the other things that come along with weight loss.

So, while it can be really inspirational to see a recent transformation, there are always those depressing statistics looming in the background. Depending on the way a study is done and how maintenance is defined, the statistics look something like this:

- 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%*!

+ various studies
* clinical.diabetes
journals.org/content/26/3/
100.full


With odds like that, itís almost surprising anyone would attempt to lose weight! However, the magic of SparkPeople is that it helps us find others who share the same concerns and experiences. The At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team
( teams.sparkpeople
.com/maintaining
)
is all about grappling with what it means to maintain a weight loss, how to prepare for it, and how to manage with the inevitable curveballs life throws at us.

For several years now weíve kept a list of people who volunteer information about their maintenance. This list serves two purposes. First, it lets us know when to acknowledge maintenance anniversaries, and as you can see from the stats above, each year of maintenance signals increased likelihood of continued maintenance. Itís important to celebrate these milestones!

Second, it gives us a list of people we can look to for inspiration and guidance for our own maintenance. All of these folks are actively maintaining and on the site (they have to update their information every year to stay on the list), and they are incredibly generous with advice and support. Just knowing they exist bolsters my confidence that I can stick with it. And their blog posts can be very helpful. Sometimes I really need to hear NELLJONESí no-nonsense advice about how to cope without self-pity, for example.

Collectively this group have lost 14,417 lbs and kept it off for 777 years. There are almost 240 people on this list now - we started three years ago in 2011 with only 71 people. Only 119 folks have dropped by the wayside over the past three years by failing to check in or asking to be removed from the list. (Two of them are having babies!)

So Iíd say that we are doing a pretty good job of beating the odds, right here at SparkPeople with our home-grown tools and mutual support on the team.

Each of these folks is grappling with what maintenance means individually to him or her, and is committed to continuing to refine the skills, tools, and attitude necessary to keep the weight off. One of the best things about the team is that among the 235 folks listed, there are probably 235 individual maintenance strategies. So if you have a problem, chances are that someone in the team has figured out a way around it. All you have to do is ask!



And now having said that, Iíd like to present you with the current list of Weight Management Superstars:

43+ years
NELLJONES (33 lbs)

28+ years
IMAFIT1 (20 lbs)

26+ years
KAYOTIC (65 lbs)

17+ years
VANANDEL (35 lbs)

14+ years
LGREEN521 (18 lbs)

13+ years
JOHN__ (115 lbs)

11+ years
POINDEXTRA (55 lbs)
BETH7CAM (34 lbs)

10+ years
LESLIE871948 (200 lbs)
PERSISTENCEMIMI (50 lbs)

9+ years
HMMILLER007 (40 lbs)
HAPPYSOUL91 (100 lbs)
SUZYMOBILE (50 lbs)

8+ years
BRIGHTANGEL (? lbs)
LESLIESENIOR (60 lbs)

7+ years
JCORYCMA (70 lbs)
GOING4MUSCLE (75 lbs)

6+ years
PEGGYT3 (10 lbs)
KSIGMA1222 (155 lbs)
MYSTERYROSE74 (35 lbs)
FELINA (33 lbs)
NEW-CAZ (34 lbs)
GOLIONS (41 lbs)
DUBINJL (41 lbs)

5+ years
MOOSLADY (59 lbs)
AEHEGE (50 lbs)
CAROLISCIOUS (60 lbs)
MOM5INFL (141 lbs)
SPARKARINO (? lbs)
KNH771 (130 lbs)
SLENDERELLA61 (82 lbs)
KATIE3908 (30 lbs)
GOING-STRONG (75 lbs)
WATERMELLEN (80 lbs)

4+ years
BAILEYS7OF9 (23 lbs)
JAN8573 (65 lbs)
LOLA_98CHIC (50 lbs)
ISHIIGIRL (70 lbs)
_LINDA (67 lbs)
BROOKLYN_BORN (25 lbs)
LAURIE5658 (25 lbs)
KIM--POSSIBLE (40 lbs)
4A-HEALTHY-BMI (164.1 lbs)
BREWMASTERBILL (70 lbs)
MEXGAL1 (? lbs)
DAWNFIRE72 (30 lbs)
NANCYANNE55 (44 lbs)
CHANGINGHORSES (60 lbs)
KEEPITSIMPLE_ (52 lbs)
LOGOULD (38 lbs)
DAWNDMOORE40 (56 lbs)
SUSIEMT (150 lbs)
PROSPERITY2010 (60 lbs)
ONEKIDSMOM (75 lbs)
AALLEY2 (76 lbs)

3+ years
ROSEWAND (60 lbs)
ANNIEONLI (55 lbs)
ONEWEIGH (37 lbs)
ELLEKTRA (175 lbs)
GISSELLET (70 lbs)
SKIRNIR (55 lbs)
DAKOTACAT (150 lbs)
HAKAPES (50 lbs)
DENISEFULLER (13 lbs)
TINASWEEP (95 lbs)
MRSJERRYBUSH (33 lbs)
MARYELLEN301 (60 lbs)
MJREIMERS (40 lbs)
WESTCOASTKID (11 lbs)
UPTOIT59 (15 lbs)
MAGGIEROSEBOWL (178 lbs)
G1NNY7 (30 lbs)
SHAWFAN (130 lbs)
HEALTHYCALM (7 lbs)
DAISYBELL6 (90 lbs)
MIRAGE727 (100 lbs)
LISAW/3 (55 lbs)
MAREE1953 (25 lbs)
MLB570 (50 lbs)
NAVYMOM133 (55 lbs)
KFH3107 (65 lbs)
HOLLY255255 (35 lbs)
NEWNANCY2012 (70 lbs)
XRAYLADY65 (100 lbs)
JACKIERN (25 lbs)
CRAFTERPAULA (108 lbs)
TUBLADY (190 lbs)
LJBRANDOK (75 lbs)

2+ years
LYNNE114 (20 lbs)
KRISZTA11 (25 lbs)
MAMABUGAZ (60 lbs)
CRYSMYS (50 lbs)
MOBYCARP (59 lbs)
FRENCHTOSD (130 lbs)
AMARILYNH (52 lbs)
KANOE10 (110 lbs)
DEBBYFROMMT (25 lbs)
PRESBESS (51 lbs)
THETURTLEBEAR (75 lbs)
SUNSHINE20113 (33 lbs)
JEWELY_ROADS (? lbs)
GERMANIRISHGIRL (61 lbs)
HONEYCAT22000 (60 lbs)
SCOUTMOM715 (100 lbs)
_JODI404 (27 lbs)
MELFOUCH (? lbs)
JESSIHOVER2 (140 lbs)
ANNE403 (? lbs)
LORILEEPAGE (? lbs)
MKELLY72 (100 lbs)
DIVIERO968 (168 lbs)
TINAJANE76 (91 lbs)
OOLALA53 (40 lbs)
NEVERGIVEUP (60 lbs)
PCASEY7 (50 lbs)
GLASSART43 (57 lbs)
BLONDBIKEGIRL (110 lbs)
MARIO432 (101 lbs)
CELIAMINER (75 lbs)
BABARR67 (161 lbs)
LIVIN2LOVE1 (65 lbs)
BEC5060 (100 lbs)
PEZMOM1 (40 lbs)
1LADYMYSTIC (62 lbs)
GETFIT2LIVE (110 lbs)

1+ years
SWEDE_SU (20 lbs)
LCERVERA (34 lbs)
STITCHINGNAN (35 lbs)
KANSASROSE67 (40 lbs)
TORTISE110 (30 lbs)
MISSB8604 (75 lbs)
MILLIE5522 (37 lbs)
BIGPAWSUP (54 lbs)
FIRECOM (65 lbs)
PRESSINGON3:14 (? lbs)
DESERTJULZ (25 lbs)
ASCHU2 (50 lbs)
BROWNCOFIDDLER (52 lbs)
ICELAND_LOVER (125 lbs)
VISUALLYRICS (65 lbs)
WANDERINGDOC (102 lbs)
DAHLIA444444 (? lbs)
THOMASINA57 (20 lbs)
KELLIEBEAN (36 lbs)
DEADCENTER (50 lbs)
PAM_COOPER (150 lbs)
MARCOSMASTER (90 lbs)
DALID414 (26 lbs)
LARRI2010 (? lbs)
MOONCHILD8 (43 lbs)
GREENGENES (40 lbs)
SHERRYLHBB (77.5 lbs)
CHRISTIECAT (102 lbs)
STORYCRAFTER (30 lbs)
PLMITCH (92 lbs)
POOKASLUAGH (100 lbs)
JSTETSER (5 lbs)
SKYVALLEYGAL (35 lbs)
KSCHRAUT (85 lbs)
EMARTIN1974 (? lbs)
BESSHAILE (25 lbs)
LRSILVER (27 lbs)
SPARKLINGME176 (51 lbs)
JENNILACEY (58 lbs)
BOOKAPHILE (35 lbs)
MARF226 (47 lbs)
ELIZABETH5268 (30 lbs)
CHEESER22 (62 lbs)
KIMBERLY_Y (25 lbs)
MARTHA324 (80 lbs)
WENDYANNE61 (20 lbs)
FATGIRLRUNN (90 lbs)
DIANNEMT (40 lbs)
JULENA1 (80 lbs)
JANCARD (85 lbs)
NICKYCRANE (22 lbs)
TANYA602 (76 lbs)
CDCSMITH2013 (22 lbs)
KATHIEEM22 (45 lbs)
LESLIELENORE (160 lbs)
RENATARUNS (45 lbs)
CRUISEBOUND2014 (50 lbs)
BOPPY_ (126 lbs)
CROSSLITES (17 lbs)
MOMMY445 (30 lbs)
LYNCHD05 (35 lbs)
ALISONCHRISTIAN (35 lbs)
HOLLYM48 (45 lbs)
FIT4MEIN2013 (138 lbs)
AUNTB63 (60 lbs)
CARRIENIGN (35 lbs)
REDCATWHITE45 (18 lbs)
RPCLEM2000 (103 lbs)

Working on the first year
LADYREDCOMET (35 lbs)
KERIVSMITH (90 lbs)
ANGELCITYGAL (35 lbs)
GLORIAMAJDI (90 lbs)
SPARKBJOK (14 lbs)
STR458 (52 lbs)
SWEET_CAROLYN (115 lbs)
LGIOWA (50 lbs)
RESTORETOSANITY (120 lbs)
NANADEE44 (35 lbs)
MICHIGANLORI (62 lbs)
DIDMIS (? lbs)
ABYSTAR (38 lbs)
NANCIER (41 lbs)
PASTAFARIAN (50 lbs)
MICKEYH (65 lbs)
GEMLADYONE (70 lbs)
RAVELGIRLY (100 lbs)
FAIRHAVENQUEEN (78 lbs)
PENNYLANE15 (138 lbs)
KIMPY225 (95 lbs)
SINGINGLADY47 (239 lbs)
RENTSERENITY (40 lbs)
IAMAGEMLOVER (120 lbs)
MAMMAC66 (127 lbs)
ECCOVISION1 (? lbs)
ELIZADUCK (57 lbs)
LORAC67 (21 lbs)
LLTHOMAS1117 (56 lbs)
BANANAMAG (51 lbs)
JAMIRBLAZE (55 lbs)
DONNAEDA (75 lbs)
JOANNEEMERALD (20 lbs)
DDOORN (92 lbs)
ICEDEMETER (85 lbs)
MEADOWBUTTERFLY (10 lbs)
POSITIVESPACE (76 lbs)
LKG9999 (54 lbs)
OHMEMEME (55 lbs)
JEANKNEE (? lbs)
WIFE48 (67 lbs)

You can see more statistics about our maintainers at our teamís Big Page of Links:
docs.google.com/document
/d/1AkUBsUACT7rZ5GsdF7jT9Y
cD1Xa80VFGiJ5JeUkur8A/pub#
h.krxi6hq2gq2y


If you'd like to join the list, fill in your information here!
docs.google.com/forms/d/
1eQoYlctQfXArCGv3qKYX8rW6o
-ODNA2eLr4YVeFtUwc/viewform


Way to go, Team! Hereís to many more years of mutual support in maintenance!

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