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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/
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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
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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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DIDMIS 9/13/2014 8:05PM

    DIDMIS you said I am working on my first year. In February of 2006 I weighed 204 pounds after losing 28 pounds before starting Spark and Tops. By November of 2006 Lost 52 pounds reaching my goal weight and becoming district queen thus my crown picture. My last weigh in I weighed 149
Irene

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MARYJEANSL 8/27/2014 11:58PM

  Wow! What a great list - awesome!

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MRSRIGS1 8/26/2014 10:58PM

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TUBLADY 8/22/2014 10:29AM

    Awesome!!!
Thank you for listing this fantastic group who are working hard to stay healthy and fit.
I say working for it is work. I am one of these who has lost and am working every day to maintain, and still live a full happy normal life.
There's no magic pills, formula to make living a healthy, fit life a reality.
Just you and the choices you make daily.
Congratulations to all.
Besides the fantastic amount of weight lost and maintained. it's fun to see the most unusual names people use.
Keep on Sparking,
Stay positive, never give up.
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KATIE3908 8/21/2014 12:27PM

    Good job all you superstars out there!!!!

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 8/20/2014 4:49PM

    I'm so inspired by the ones who've been maintaining for many years! I hope to see my name higher up on the list each year. For now, I'm happy to be included in the "working on my first year" list.

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BOPPY_ 8/20/2014 12:28AM

    It's nice to be recognized.

And, the folks listed above deserve the recognition.

Thank you, Anja!

But as all of us SHOULD know, your body and life give you the best recognition.

Congratulations to all,

Lee

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HMMILLER007 8/19/2014 10:22PM

    This is awesome! I'm so proud to be on the list! Only, I should be at about 6 years maintenance - I redid the form, so hopefully it will be right in the future!

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DAWNDMOORE40 8/19/2014 9:51PM

    emoticon Seeing my name on the list only inspires me to keep going each and every day, and to inspire others who are just starting out on this journey! emoticon for sharing your story! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fabulous work everyone! Nice to see many of my friends on the list who have inspired and supported me on my journey!


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MOMMY445 8/19/2014 12:54PM

    congratulations,everyone!

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DDOORN 8/19/2014 11:24AM

    Amazing accomplishments! The best part has been hearing about everyone's new & improved lifestyles which have been maintained as well. Lives which are truly lived to the FULLEST!

Viva la SPARK!

Don

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PCASEY7 8/18/2014 6:08PM

    Terrific blog and indicates that anything is possible with a lot of hard work!

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BLONDBIKEGIRL 8/18/2014 2:29PM

    I've been out on vacation and finally have seen this post. I'm in tears I'm so grateful to have this really be my truth. Thank you for honoring my journey time and again... it's absolutely precious to be acknowledged for what I have to do to stay here day in and day out. Sparkpeople is amazeballs. :)

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SUEARNOLD1 8/17/2014 2:01PM

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I hope to be on that list next year!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/15/2014 10:22PM

    So proud to be on your list. I'm a little embarrassed however since I recently gained back 32 of those 178 pounds I had kept off for over 2 years. But I'm feeling better since I've lost 14 of those pounds in the last 60 days and am on my way to losing the last 18 pounds to get back to my 150. Happy to have gotten my mojo back and want to be at my goal before the anniversary of the day I started my journey to get healthy--12/14/09.

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STILLMENEWBODY 8/15/2014 10:04PM

    Very inspiring indeed! Thank you for keeping us excited about SP! emoticon

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EMMACORY 8/15/2014 6:57PM

    That is very inspiring. Than you! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 8/15/2014 11:39AM

    Onwards and upwards, Ladies and Gentlemen, I say! We are in this together!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/15/2014 2:01AM

    Wow! Lots of Super Stars! emoticon

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MNABOY 8/15/2014 12:12AM

    Way to go!!!!!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/14/2014 11:53PM

    So sorry for the double post.

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/14/2014 11:21PM

    This is so cool!!! Thanks for sharing. Special kudos to Nell. 43 years? Many of us aren't even that old (I am, though. LOL).

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SWEDE_SU 8/14/2014 11:14PM

    thank you for this wonderful blog - as of yesterday, i moved up to the two years and the 50% risk. it is so important to have this support on the At Goal and Maintaining team!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/14/2014 10:20PM

    Great post

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CICELY360 8/14/2014 9:24PM

  Good blog.

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GRANDMABABA 8/14/2014 4:45PM

    Wow! So inspirational!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2014 2:40PM

    Wonderful! We have our own group of experts right here at Spark People! Thanks for sharing!

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AUNTALICE2 8/14/2014 9:51AM

    I hope to someday be on your list of maintainers! I have a lot of work ahead of but these lists do give me hope!! emoticon

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ATGOALWT 8/14/2014 9:33AM

  What a great message this blog gives. So encouraging to see all the maintainers. I would really like to read more blogs from people who are at maintenance. Thanks for the list. It would be nice if statistically one day the majority of the Spark members are at maintenance and that became the norm around here. Maybe with Spark help we will all beat the odds.

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 8/14/2014 8:38AM

    Great blog! It is comforting to know there are support systems in place for maintenance.

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CARRIE1948 8/14/2014 7:58AM

    Someday soon my name will make this list

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TORTISE110 8/14/2014 6:04AM

    Fun! Thank you!

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JIBBIE49 8/14/2014 1:16AM

    Hugs

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