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9/8/08 4:43 P

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Hi everyone. I'm back. I'm just 10.8 away from maintenance and there's much I need to learn from all of you. I think the most important is to eat just a little at every meal and not go over 1200-1400 calories. Hope I get much advice

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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 current weight: 121.2 
9/3/08 3:06 P

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emoticon Maintenance is definitely tricky! I still workout like I did when I was losing, so my thing is trying to find the right calorie range. Once I am stable for a while I will all of a sudden go up or down. Just keep on top of things and the weight will stay off.

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

Romans 14:20a (NIV)

 current weight: 130.0 
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9/3/08 11:56 A

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Welcome! :D

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9/3/08 10:32 A

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Hi and welcome to the greatest team!!

Like many of us, I'm still experimenting with calories to find the right amount. I didn't want to change my cardio or strength training, though, because cardio is needed for heart/lung health and strength training will keep the muscle rather than letting it turn to fat. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so that allows one to enjoy more food without gaining.

You'll do just great here....congratulations for making your goal!!

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like)

Take a sad song and make it better!!
We're on this earth to give glory to God.

5'4", 77 years old. High weight 161. Reached 125 lb. goal on 7/25/08.
Adjusted to 130 8/9/15

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9/3/08 7:14 A

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TERRIEJO, it's so nice to see you here! I just joined yesterday, so I'm still new...but like you, was at a point in my journey where I really needed a group like this. Up until recently, all my motivation was coming from waiting to see how much the numbers on the scale would move, and of course now, the change is only one or two pounds at most. And that's not very exciting.

You've done amazingly with your weight loss and I can see why your fellow SParkers look to you for inspiration (I certainly do!).

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9/3/08 6:22 A

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Welcome to the team! Congrats on your great success in your weight loss journey.. Maintenance can be a bit tricky at first but you'll find lots of help and support here while you get comfortable with it.

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

"The road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where. Who knows where?"

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GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved October 2005

 Pounds lost: 32.5 
TRYINGHARD1948's Photo TRYINGHARD1948 Posts: 19,906
9/3/08 5:58 A

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Hi and Welcome, I think Beejay has said it all, adjust a little at a time until you don't lose and then just make minor adjustments depending on your exercise and calorie needs from week to week. Weigh in at least once a week to make sure you know where you are.


"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."
Saint Francis de Sales

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9/3/08 3:40 A

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Hi and welcome to the team! I just had to keep adjusting my calories and exercise minutes to stop from losing, and it does take a little time, but you'll be fine. :)

God Bless and Hugs!
Ohio, the Buckeye State

Hang in there!
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9/3/08 1:02 A

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Hello fellow Maintainers ... I'm so glad I found this team ... thank you SSUESM, I found the team through your SparkPage.

My name is TerrieJo, and I've lost 93 pounds through a combination of Nutrisystem foods, Leslie Sansone in home walking (for cardio) and Spark People exercises (for strength training). After investing 18 months of time and effort in losing weight I'm at a loss as to how to maintain my loss without continuing to lose.

I plan to continue to eat the NS foods. I work the evening shift (3-11) as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, so the NS foods work well for me; they are perfectly portioned for someone who eats alone and are portable so easy to pack for my dinners at work. We only get a 30 minute dinner break so we all eat at work. Depending on how busy it is on any given night we frequently eat right at the console, talking small bites so people can understand us as we continue to take calls while eating.

I'm not sure how to get settled into a maintenance plan and look forward to learning from all of you who are ahead of me on the trail. As much as I love my other teams, most of the people on them are still in the losing mode and all their talk and challenges are geared around continuing to lose that next pound. They tell me what an inspiration I am to them and seem to think I've got it made because I got to my goal weight. They have no idea what a struggle it is to find the right combination of eating and exercising to maintain a goal rather than working to reach that goal.

May you always have
Love to Share, Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

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Don't let the fear of failure get in the way of your success!

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please feel free to stand in front of them!

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