SparkPeople 30-40 Something Maintainers Team Messageboard This team is for all members in their 30s and 40s trying to maintain their weight and be healthy. Welcome! SparkPeople 30-40 Something Maintainers Team Messageboard do you set a maintenance weight range? H Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:52:53 EST Maintaining during the holidays This will be my first year trying to maintain weight loss during the holidays and I already feel myself starting to struggle a bit more. The constant visitors and the frequent food events at work have been making the challenge of eating healthy a lot more difficult. I know I can do this though; best wishes for a happy holiday season with the joys of maintaining without the guilt. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:13:27 EST Jackie 1137 Im please to be here and im looking forward to loosing weight and having fun doing it. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:21:42 EST Try Something New 30 Day Challenge-July 2011 Pick a new fitness activity and commit to performing this activity for at least 30 minutes three times per week for the next 30 days. Sign it with describing your new activity. Swimming, tennis, yoga, pilates, zumba, weights, etc. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:19:04 EST New Team Leader Hello, my name is Lovonne. I went from 156 to my college weight 125 Jan 6, 2011 and am currently in maintenance phase. Let's motivate each other and keep it off. I'm here for you and with you. Let's do this!! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:11:02 EST love your body i think that no matter your body size or shape you can only be motivated positively to improve on it when you love it. if on the other hand you despise it, you may not be bothered about how it looks or feels. i say learn to love your body. it is unique. there is only one of you. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:27:04 EST Staying The Course After Falling Off The Wagon Hi All! <BR> <BR> I hope all of your are doing well. What a wonderful Friday this is. It's sunny where I am (but chilly). Things always seem that much more wonderful when the sun is shining. <BR> <BR> So, I wanted to post a topic related to staying the course after falling off of the proverbial wagon. No matter how dedicated, committed and hardworking we are about the maintenance journey, every now and then we'll all come against "slacker" days...or worse yet "slacker" weeks! <BR> <BR> R... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:41:59 EST Maintain after weight loss or always maintain? How many people here are coming here after weight loss and are changing gears? How many people have found SparkPeople with the goal of making maintenance easier to keep up with? <BR> <BR> I'm a maintainer after weight loss. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:30:14 EST How's this week going? Hi All! <BR> <BR> Just checking in with all of your fellow maintainers. How have the last 7 days been treating you? Have you been sticking to your fitness and nutrition goals? I'd love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> On this end, I just returned from a business trip. The gym in the hotel was being renovated so I jogged a bit while I was there but wasn't as judicious as I wanted to be where my eating was concerned. Now that I'm back home, it's all about getting back into the groove of healthy ea... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:16:53 EST Healthy Sweet Snacks For many people, the hardest part about sticking to a nutritious diet is snack time. While we all KNOW the "right" snacks we should be eating, every now and then we want to indulge with cookies and other treats. What are some examples of some more "healthful" snacks you munch on that aren't as high in fat or calories as more mainstream sweets? <BR> <BR> Bree Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:11:19 EST Has maintaining become easier over time? Hi All! <BR> <BR> We have such a diverse group of maintainers here and we love it! Some of us have only been maintaining for a few months while others of us have been doing so for several years. As you continue along your maintenance journey, has it become easier over time? What are some things that you do to maintain your weight and how have those techniques evolved since you first reached your goal weight? <BR> <BR> I can't wait to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> Bree Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:50:52 EST 2011 Introductions Hi All! <BR> <BR> We haven't had many intros in the new year. We'd love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Bree Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:47:42 EST help with the team Anyone is welcome to help get this team moving. Post daily discussion, games, or questions! Tue, 2 Nov 2010 18:50:07 EST Excited to find this team! My name is Connie, and I am 37 years old. I joined Sparkpeople in January and lost over 55 pounds. I now want to maintain this weight and tone a few areas of my body that need work. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:17:40 EST Oops! Oops, sorry, I wasn't paying attention and thought this was a team for those who had lost 30 something pounds. I'm nowhere near 30 something years! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:42:10 EST Newbie to Maintenance This is day one for me at my maintain weight (age 38) and I am terrified! My calories have increased and I am worried I will gain. Just going to take it one day at a time and will probably weigh daily for the next 4 weeks until I see proof of consistency. It only took 3 months to lose 30 pounds I am currently at a 31 pound loss but it took me years to get to the point where I stayed disciplined and actually met goal. It was hard so I don't want to go backwards and start that process all over ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:44:25 EST how is everyone? I know this team hasn't been very active, but we can change that if anyone wants to start posting regularly! Let us know how you're doing and how we can support you. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:56:19 EST New and Improved! Hi everyone! I am close to my goal now and I am thinking of just maintaining this weight rather than continue to the goal I originally set for myself. It's hard to decide when to stop dieting and when to just maintain, I think. It's easy to say "just a few more pounds" but when do you stop? My clothes fit perfectly and I feel more confident and my body has more shape. I have realised that looking back to what was a perfect weight for me in the past doesn't do me any favours. I'm no longer 18,... Mon, 10 May 2010 08:00:05 EST New to team (and maintaining) Hi! I am 33 years old and have three children; 4.5 year old daughter and 20 month old boy/girl twins. I also work full time outside the home. <BR> <BR> I recently reached my goal weight about a month ago. While I am happy with my weight, I still want to improve my fitness level and body shape. I just celebrated my one year Spark-iversary and have lost 60 pounds and 18% body fat. <BR> <BR> I have found it challenging to move out of the "lose weight" mentality, but I don't want to become ... Thu, 6 May 2010 18:15:52 EST new here too Hey all <BR> I am really excited to have found this site. I am 36 yrs old, mother of 3 beautiful bables, and married for 13 yrs to a wonderful man! <BR> <BR> After the birth of my third baby, I began to really focus on weight loss and living healthy. <BR> I lost 100Lbs and felt fantastic and really good about myself. <BR> But I knew maintaining is the hardest part. i told myself if I could keep the weight off for 5 yrs I would consider myself a success. <BR> Well I am approaching 4yrs and ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:27:32 EST Secrets What is your secret to maintaining? Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:04:25 EST January's challenge Happy New Year everybody! Anyone want to join me in a challenge this month? I've let myself go a little bit these past few months, I don't need to waste your time with the excuses (which seem to be pretty darn good), but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> This months challenge is to forego something that is your weakness for one week. For example, I'm going without sweets starting today for 7 days. <BR> <BR> Also, track your fitness minutes and reply to this post. Let's see how many minutes ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 13:09:55 EST new here yes, I am am new to Sparks. I am 37 and wishing I was 30 again. But since that is not going to happen, I have to get my butt in gear. I am about at the maintaining stage. I don't want things to get out of control seeing that I feel as if I am on top of the hill looking down. I live in Illinois, anyone else? Thu, 31 Dec 2009 16:53:59 EST October team challenge- everyone welcome! Here is the challenge issued by Greg(ksigma1222) for the month of October: <BR> <BR> The challenge is to do the 15-Minute Ball Workout Video ( <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=704 </link> ) 3 times a week by the last week of October <BR> <BR> If you can do this no sweat, work towards doing the video 2 or 3 times or increasing resistance as Nicole suggests <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> The challenge is to do the 20-Minute Resistance Band Workout Video <BR> ( <l... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 18:24:08 EST About Me I'm 37 years old, I have three children. I have RA & OA, The RA is in my hands and elbows. The OA is in my right knee. Sometime all the joints in my body hurt. I been deal with OA since 2004 and RA for about 8 months now still trying to find the right medicine's to control the pain. I quit smoking back in my and do not drink alcohol any more, I'm trying to live a more Healthier life style. I try to watch out every other day but my joints will not let me so I walk everyday and I go to the gym ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 23:59:52 EST September Challenge 1882 miles exercising! From Reno, NV to Cincinnati, OH for Michelle(OUTOFCONTROL) our leader is 1882 by flight and 2165 by car. So let us try and fly her to the convention by exercising her there. <BR> <BR> Simple challenge is for every 10 minutes of exercise you add 1 mile, running and biking or whatever you use the miles you completed as the miles you add. Shannon and I did 700 miles in a month last time we did this type of challenge, so we will need everyone on board to get Michelle to the conference! <BR> ... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 01:35:53 EST Everybody against Greg! :) OK, so I didn't hear from all of you wanting to do the teams and we can't really do teams with just 3, so let's gang up on Greg! Greg loves a good challenge, as do I. So this challenge is to keep track of our calories burned vs. Greg's calories burned. Seriously, though, Greg has the potential of kicking our butts if we don't get in gear. He seriously burns calories faster than anyone I've ever seen in my entire life! And it has to be intentional exercise. So it's Greg vs. us, can we do... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 01:52:50 EST This is my first time so be gentle but This is my first time doing this so I'm not sure how it works. I'm 39 and it seems like I'm always trying to slim down. I lose the weight then get lazy and lose track of my easting habbits and up, up, up it goes again. I've lost 16 lbs in two months and have about another 20 to go. Wish me luck. Sat, 25 Jul 2009 00:45:40 EST how are you feeling today, use an emoticon!!! <em>15</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 22:00:07 EST July's OVERTIME CHALLENGE 1500 minutes Ok July's Challenge is to count and get creative doing overtime in our workouts, new exercises and races! For say if your normal workout for cardio is 60 minutes and so you push yourself and go longer than normal and record those minutes? Also doing races and other things would count the whole time since it is outside your norm. <BR> <BR> Something like Sunday 75 minutes running =15 overtime <BR> Monday 65 minutes running = 5 overtime <BR> Tuesday 70 minutes running=10 overtime <BR> 65 w... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 17:16:02 EST Showing progress How do you measure progress now that you aren't looking for the scale to move? Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:11:16 EST 5500 minutes of intentional exercise We'll start this May 1st!! Good luck everyone and let's do it this time! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 00:01:15 EST Real world tips for maintaining? I've been maintaining for about 3.5 months and I've been lurking in this team. <BR> <BR> I've had fun with SP and using the daily nutritional tracker keeps me honest. <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to share with me their personal tips for maintenance? <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 6 days a week - 4 cardio sessions and 3 strength. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness goals such as playing soccer or running races. <BR> <BR> 3. Daily tracking of my nutrition. <BR> <BR> 4. Weekly 'health che... Wed, 27 May 2009 22:37:51 EST 8000 minutes of pure exercise Post your minutes of only time you are actually intentionally exercising. <BR> <BR> Team total: 145 Tue, 5 May 2009 01:55:18 EST Pre-empting! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not quite at the maintaining stage, but very nearly there - about 2 pounds to go. But I decided to go with the positive thinking and start looking at what I need to do soon. <BR> I was 30 in January, and think that I'm probably the fittest and healthiest I've ever been. I feel I have a great outlook on life, and although I have set backs (like a double hen do weekend so way tooooo much eating and drinking!)I now know that I can get back on track and not get swamped. <BR> Wi... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 09:36:14 EST 3500 Miles in April!!! Ok so I thought a lot about what I wanted to accomplish this month, and hopefully you'll help me with it! :) I would like to complete 3500 miles this month. Any form of exercise will do. Running, Walking, Biking, Elliptical, swimming, etc. Just complete your miles and then add it to the total on this thread! <BR> <BR> This morning I ran 3 miles <BR> <BR> Team total: 3 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:49:52 EST SP conference? Anyone going? I am thinking of going and was jut wondering if anyone else thinking about it or planning to go? Sun, 29 Mar 2009 12:47:06 EST Just joined! I hope that is cool :) Hi! I am new to the team, fairly new to spark people, pretty new to maintaining, and I have been 30 for almost a year. So kinda new at that, too. <BR> <BR> I have been at goal for 7 weeks now. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with maintenance in the past, so I am really, really, really committed to avoiding the 3-5 pound a year creep that forces me every three years to lose the same darn 12-15 pounds. No more! I am sick of having three sizes in my closet :P. <BR> <BR> I noticed in a previous ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:36:08 EST Just wanted to say Hi..... I'm 34 years old, I have 2 kids, son and daughter been married for 13 years. I have been into Nutrition since 11th grade,thanks to my mother. My mother started to watch what she ate when I was in 11th grade and she had lost about 20 pounds,as for me..... I had followed my mothers healthy eating habits and I just remember losing a couple sizes,I never weighed myself back then. I have been consistant ever since!! For Fitness I love Running! I have been running for more then 14 years! I also li... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:05:37 EST 100,000 calories in February challenge! Ok everyone, our team goal is to burn 100,000 this month. Let's get on board and get this done! <BR> <BR> To date: 6009 calories <BR> My workout this morning: <BR> Bike: 200 calories <BR> strength training 75 calories <BR> <BR> Team total: 6285 <BR> <BR> Let's do this everyone!!! Thu, 5 Feb 2009 09:48:29 EST February Weekly Challeng e-anyone want to join me? The only way I can keep the 40 pounds off that I have lost is to have something to work towards. So I'd like to issue a challenge for this week. And if anyone else wants to jump on board and issue some challenges, I'm all for it! <BR> <BR> 1. Eat within your calorie range 5 of the 7 days this week (or however else you track your food intake) <BR> 2. Workout at least half-hour 6 days out of 7. <BR> 3. Drink 10 cups of water each and every day <BR> 4. Set one personal goal and achieve it... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:11:14 EST Hi! I'm new to the team. I'm pretty new to sparkpeople ~ just joined a few days before the 1st of the year. I joined as a way to get me back on track with healthy lifestyle choices. I'm only 29 right now, but with my 30th b-day looming in a few months I thought it'd be a bit dishonest to join the 20-something group. I hope no one minds! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:46:35 EST I'm new to the team! Hello there and Merry Christmas! I have been maintaining my weight for about 6 months. But I have found that it's harder for me to maintain than it was for me to lose the 40 pounds. I'm the only one in my family that is at a healthy weight and I get zero support. I wake up early every morning and work out for an hour, then I eat mostly healthy throughout the day. Then I give myself one free day a week. I've been feeling a little lonely because when I do discuss challenges, everyone just ... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:22:54 EST Winter goals? Does anyone have any specific goals for this winter besides maintaining? I would love to get this injury healed and start running again! Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:29:46 EST Hi I'm new and celebrating! I just hit my goal weight today, so I thought it would be a great time to join this group. <BR> <BR> Five months ago, I was looking at a picture of my son at the beach and saw my legs in the background. They looked awful! I was motivated to make a change in my life and my health. So now, today, I am 17 pounds lighter, and much more muscular and fit to boot! I'm back to my weight from six years ago, before I had my two children and was in very good shape! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to ke... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:55:14 EST Hi New member Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am Heather and I've now lost 40lbs!!! Although my goal is only 2lbs away, I think I'm pretty much maintaining now. I have promised myself to have lost that extra 2lbs by Christmas. Perhaps next year I may decide to lose another 7lbs, but pretty happy with my progress just now. <BR> <BR> I have been following the weight watchers diet, so it is quite hard now get myself out of that frame of mind. I walk at least 2 miles a day and go to 'curves' 3 times a week, so... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:04:10 EST Have Been Maintaining Since January 2008 And I'm just now joining this team, lol. I didn't even think to do a search for a maintaining team. Well, here I am. I'm glad to be here and look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 12:47:32 EST goals for the summer? Any maintainers out there have specific diet or fitness goals for the summer? My plan is to continue strength training with The New Rules of Lifting for Women and get strong and ready to run when my IT Band is healed. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:12:31 EST where is everyone? I see new members joining, but no one ever huddles or posts in the forum! Come out, come out, wherever you are! Fri, 30 May 2008 11:42:12 EST What would you do? When I started SP, I set my goal weight at 120, but I didn't take into account that I would be building muscle during the weight loss process. So now I'm 124, but I'm already a size 0-2 and have size-wise surpassed pre-pregnancy me. <BR> <BR> So I really hesitate to lose any more weight. I'm 5'7". Should I change my goal weight to what it is now or see what happens during maintenance? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:01:44 EST Hi, fellow 30SMs! I've actually been at goal since the end of January, but I didn't know you guys were here! Look forward to meeting you! Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:55:42 EST How to be happy where I'm at? I hit my goal a month ago and have been maintaining the weight, but my biggest worry is that I am unable to be happy with this accomplishment. Since it was so "easy", I'm already thinking how I could lose another 10 pounds to get to what I was in college (15 years ago) or that one summer in college where I was at my thinnest (20 pounds from here)...but I don't want to obsess on where I could go. I want to be proud of what I've accomplished, and the compliments I get, and hold on to that fee... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:44:20 EST No time for exercise Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hit my goal about 2 months ago...70 lbs gone in a little over a year. <BR> <BR> Usually I go to the gym 5-6 times a week but due to a schedule change earlier this month I just can't fit it in right now. Basically I'm working 2 jobs, 8:30-5:30 then 6:30-11. The hour in between I need to get from one to the other. This is just a short term change (1 more week, thank goodness), but I'm worried that I'm going to gain some weight. I haven't weighed myself, but I ha... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 13:05:21 EST Also new to team and to maintenance, hello! Reached my target goal, yay! But I haven't developed a good maintenance routine (mix of nutrition/ exercise)yet - using the on-line tools so I'm sure I'll get there - but would love to hear how other people made the switch - any tips/lessons learned? Thanks! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 19:50:56 EST New to the team! 32 yr old female trying to maintain my weight loss. So far I have gained back 3 lbs from over the holidays, but plan on getting them back off and maybe some more. Hello to everyone - and good luck. <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 20:49:52 EST New and Wishing us a Happy & Skinny New Year!! I have finally met my goal (150-155).I didn't think Maintaining was so hard!! The last couple of weeks I don't have the motivation to work out...Eating is not an issue for me its just getting my work out in..lately feels like a chore!! Does anyone else feel or have felt this way after goal? Any suggestions?! Looking forward to meeting all of you. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 09:14:23 EST I'm new and looking for support! Hello all! I am new to this team and my goal is to STOP losing weight. I had RNY gastric bypass a year and a half ago and have since lost over 200-lbs. Unfortunately, I am one of the "lucky" ones with the surgery who is having a hard time stopping the losing. <BR> <BR> My lowest ideal weight is 140-lbs and I am at 120-lbs right now (give or take a pound or two any given day, of course). I still do not get hungry and am so worried about sabatoging the surgery that I am afraid to eat som... Wed, 26 Dec 2007 23:53:00 EST what are your post-weight loss goals? Now that you have reached your goal weight and entered maintenance, have you set new goals? My next goal is the marathon, and it's coming up very soon- December 2! Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:34:41 EST How long have you been maintaining? Hi everyone! I am 35 (soon to be 36!) and have maintained my 20-25 pound weight loss for about 8 months now. Thu, 1 Nov 2007 13:42:28 EST Welcome! Just a quick note to say welcome to our new members, on behalf of OutofControl and myself! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the 30 somethings maintainer group - we're glad to have you here! The more, the merrier! Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:48:37 EST