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3/20/09 8:13 A

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Rachel - I know what you mean about feeling like you have to semi-deprive yourself for fear of the scale -- but that is not the case. You can fuel your body, fuel your workouts and your mind and you'll find that maintain becomes a whole lot easier. I generally cycle out my calories as of late but for months I was trying to eat around 1100-1200 calories -- but it is all about where those calories are coming from in your foods that make the difference. I can not get through powerful workouts with out fueling the body and I eat 1400 calories on a low day to 1800calories on a high day fueled with complex carbs -- I even enjoy a couple of piece of fruit. Train your mind and the body will follow. Good luck sweetie

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9/22/08 11:33 A

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My goal is 135. Actually I have set up what my husband (who lost 55 pounds 4 years ago and has kept it off) calls at weight box. It is a 3 poound range to stay inside. My weight box is 135-138. I am 137. Still,though, I am having a tough time with maintaining. I added in just a few extra calories, maybe 200-300 and went from 136 to 137. I am worried that I have screwed myself and won't be able to escape eating like a bird the rest of my life. Any tips?


"Never say trapped. Just...incoveniently circumstanced."
~The Doctor~

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9/16/08 1:09 P

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Hi everybody!! I just joined this team today because I just reached my goal today!!! I joined SP in April, 2008 at 145 lbs & wanted to lose 25 lbs. Well, I just weighed myself this morning and I am at 120 lbs!! I am so excited.....I just can't believe I really did it. emoticon

Now.....I have to KEEP IT OFF!!

Hope to get to know all of you guys better!! emoticon

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A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."
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9/9/08 9:39 A

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Congratulations on you success and for maintaining! Although there are always surprises along the way, it *does* get easier to maintain (practice makes perfect, as they say!). Welcome!

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

- Anonymous

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9/8/08 5:42 P

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Hi and welcome to the team! You've done a wonderful job!

God Bless and Hugs!
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Hang in there!
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9/8/08 1:00 P

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Welcome and congrats!

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9/8/08 9:57 A

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Congrats on your weight loss. You have done an excellent job. Welcome to at goal & maintaining. I am sure you will receive the support from people who have been where you are at now. You will do great in maintenance. You just have to tweak your calories & exercise amounts and give your body a chance to adjust to the changes.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

If it is meant to be, it is up to me.

Original goal reached June 2008. Now I am trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained.

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9/7/08 8:29 P

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Congratulations on an amazing weight loss journey so far, NAUSIKAA!!! You have definitely come to the right place to help you along as you continue on the path you started 100 pounds ago! emoticon emoticon

"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." H.G. Wells

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9/7/08 7:43 P

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I read your story on your Spark page. It IS hard to lose weight, and maintenance is not an easy walk in the park. So I am glad that you have joined this team for support and input. You are not alone in your struggle.


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What people say about you is more a reflection of what is in their hearts than what is in yours. --- Lady Donkey

Success is the best revenge. --- Lady Donkey

Unhappy women do dangerous things. --- Desperate Housewives

 current weight: 183.0 
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9/7/08 7:24 P

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emoticon and welcome. Congratulations on reaching your goal. It truly is a lifestyle change but for me it is a new lifestyle and the old one keeps popping its head up just when I am at my weakest. It takes a bit of time to undo all those years. Know that you are not alone and always remember that losing one battle does not lose a war. It would have taken you some time to lose all that weight and it won't go back on in a day. All the very best.


"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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9/7/08 6:35 P

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Hi and emoticon to the team! emoticon on losing all that weight! I know that some days can definitely be a struggle! I still track my calories as well. I also weigh in at least once a week. Glad to have you here!

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

Romans 14:20a (NIV)

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9/7/08 6:30 P

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Hi everyone, I just joined this team. I've been trying to maintain my weight of 145 lbs since April 11, 2008. That was the day that I officially lost 100 lbs. It has definitely not been easy and I can honestly say that I still track my food every day, weigh everything, etc. Even so it is a real struggle. I am hoping that being on this team I will get support from folks like me!!

I love being this weight, I truly do, but after an entire lifetime being overweight/obese, my body just doesn't know how to stay here I think!

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