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AMYMICHELLE5
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9/2/08 5:21 P

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thank you kim, i feel so much better just knowing we are all in this together, and you're right it doesn't have to be all or nothing. i would love to free myself from counting calories but its gotten to be such a part of my daily routine plus i think i would drive myself (and my family) crazy worrying that i might over do it. please do let me know how things are going with you, thanks again!!

Amy ; )

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“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”


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KIMSTHIN1
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9/2/08 1:35 P

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I tried to add 100 calories a day to my diet and I thought if I did that week by week and stabilized I would be okay. I kept losing and then I got to 139. That is too thin. Then I went out for dessert - believe it or not - with my daughter and shared fish tacos with her as well. This is after I had dinner. I couldn't keep the food down. The only reason I did it was to combat the "extra" lb that came off. This is crazy! But - under no circumstances should you or I get back into eating whatever and however we did when we decided to lose the weight. I do think concentrating on healthy food and not calories with a healthy dose of exercise would make the most sense, so I am trying that next. One week of not counting calories. Eating what I want that is healthy and in normal portions but kicking up the pilates and such. We'll see how it goes. Sooner or later I, and you will find balance. I'll let you know what works for me. This is not an all or nothing propostion. You can have it all and not be overweight. I just want you to hang in there. Good luck!


 
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AMYMICHELLE5
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9/1/08 4:44 P

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i'm really glad i found this thread....kim - you pretty much summed up exactly what i am going through right now. i've read alot about the 95% and it scares me so bad, i don't want to ever go back to the way i was. all of my friends and family are telling me not to lose anymore but i really need to reach my goal, they think i am crazy for worrying about 4 pounds but they don't understand that i need to do this for me. i have no idea where to go after i do reach my goal, all i have been doing is focusing on losing weight for the past year and i thought the hard work would be over but i am realizing now that the hardest part hasn't even started yet.

Amy ; )

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“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”


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KIMSTHIN1
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8/26/08 4:21 P

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I've been told not to lose any more weight by friends and family and I'm fearful of gaining. I know exactly how you feel right now. I kicked up my calorie intake but the weight kept coming off. I don't want to diet but I don't want to indulge. I don't want to join the 95% relapse crowd but I don't want to be OC or manic about staying thin. It is harder to maintain than to lose. When I quit smoking - I quit it was hard but I just don't do it. I can't not eat. The me that wants to eat poorly is still here, hiding inside the me that wants to stay healthy. I have no adivce but feel your pain and confusion. I was thinking maybe not counting cals. but kicking the fitness into full gear? As long as well all hang in there together, I think we'll be okay. Your weight loss is amazing! congratulations.


 
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GREGF23
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8/25/08 10:24 P

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AKRILL2002
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8/25/08 1:50 A

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I am hoping with this program I will be able to lose weight and maintain it. This program seems like a great modivation tool.


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MOMMYFITNESS
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8/24/08 3:47 P

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emoticon on reaching your goal! I feel the same way you do. I am so afraid of gaining weight back that I rarely take a day off. I agree with making new goals, that's a great idea!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

Romans 14:20a (NIV)







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MOMMA_GRIZZ
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8/24/08 1:27 P

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Thank you all for the very warm welcome and the support/tips for my 'switching gears' mode. That's a very good idea, to set a new goal to focus on (instead of losing weight) - I shall think on it today.....


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CINDILP
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8/24/08 11:07 A

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Welcome and congratulations on your weight loss.
Cindi

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN
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8/24/08 9:26 A

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What a wonderful weight loss!
We all had a hard time going into maintenance mode. The trick is to add a couple of points and see what happens. Eventually you'll find where you need to be. Then, if you indulge, and gain, get it right back off before it becomes a big amount. It will take some experimentation and some patience, but you will get there and gain confidence in listening to your body .


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LEELYNN2
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8/24/08 8:57 A

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Welcome,

What an inspiration and you did it without SP to begin with. Wow.

"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological."
Coach Dean

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VANESSAANN83
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8/24/08 8:35 A

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Welcome-and congratulations!!! Switching to maintenance mode can be a big shock...but don't worry, we've ALL been through it here :)

The first few months were really REALLY hard for me, I wanted to just keep going...like the energizer bunny ha ha, but my body hit it's low, "comfy" point and said, "No, I don't think so." Ha ha. So...I got smart, and quit trying to outsmart my body (know-it-all!!).

You'll start to feel more comfortable, and really, the diet never ends. You just add more choices to it hee hee. The most important maintenance tool for me is exercise...I'm good as long as I keep that up. I would burn 500 calories every day when I was losing, now I burn 600-750 to keep things the way they are.

Anyway, good luck, and hope to see you here often!



ZELLAZM
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8/24/08 8:02 A

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emoticon to the team!

I think most of the folks here would agree that an important key once you get to your goal weight is to set some new goals for yourself, especially fitness and health related goals. For me, I've gotten back into running after 25 years, even ran an 8K race back in May. That was a lot of fun, even though I came in not-quite-last. It was good to have a date to look forward to, and I met some really nice people at the race, got myself a new t-shirt too :)

The new goals may not all be fitness-related - Our decuttering projects are another good example - getting rid of things now that most of the "body clutter" is gone!

On this team and others, you can also get involved in challenges and streaks to help you keep motivated. Spark is a great community, as I'm sure you're finding out!
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Blessings, Michelle

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Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."

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TRYINGHARD1948
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8/24/08 1:17 A

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emoticon and emoticon we've all been or are where you are at now Momma-Grizz. You'll find that SP is one of the few sites, if not the only one, that offers support to maintain the lifestyle. I'm sure that as you explore this phenomenal site that you will find lots of information that will keep you on track and even motivated for those times when you need it. All the very best and I'll see you on the threads.

Edited by: TRYINGHARD1948 at: 8/24/2008 (01:15)
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"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew."
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MOMMA_GRIZZ
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8/24/08 1:06 A

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Let me introduce myself - I'm Momma_Grizz and I'm in the maintenance stage of my journey. I just recently found SparkPeople.com and wish I had found it earlier in my journey. After being in weight loss mode for over a year with Weight Watchers and successfully losing more than half of myself (150+ pounds in total), it is a bit of a shock to my psychie to maintain my weight rather than lose. Can one become addicted to the gratifications of losing weight - I sure hope not. I'm still struggling with the idea that I should eat a little more food so I don't lose more - it's because of the fear of gaining it back, I think. My official WW goal was to weigh 155 lbs but now that I've reached my personal goal of 145 lbs, I need to kick the maintenance into high gear. My biggest hurdle will be the fear of the unknown. I'm hoping that this team room will offer insights and tips. Thanks. Nice to meet you all.


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