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1/9/10 2:27 P

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1/8/10 12:07 P

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Cassandra, hello and welcome to the team. I also kept losing even when I reached my goal weight, so I lowered my goal by 5 lbs. and then 5 lbs. more because it seemed like a natural loss and not my trying hard. Now I am a bit above and as you said, i don't want to yo-yo. I've done that most of my adult life.
My son lives in Syracuse NY, which is near you. Best of luck to you!

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1/6/10 3:14 P

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Welcome to our TEAM. We are soooo happy you chose us.
Congratulation on your weight loss. If we can help?
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1/5/10 9:36 A

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Congratulations and Welcome!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (196,151)
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1/4/10 6:51 P
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Welcome Cassandra! Of course you are welcome to belong to our team!

Congrats on reaching your goal weight! Since we are supposed to have a 5 lb range, to me you have already reached it!

We have quite a few members that are well-trained in weight maintenance and they are willing to share their expertise with us! We are blessed!

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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BAILEYS7OF9's Photo BAILEYS7OF9 SparkPoints: (126,694)
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1/4/10 4:11 P

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1/4/10 3:28 P

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Welcome - I'm still trying to figure this maintenance stuff out and have only been modestly successful. but I wish you well and a great 2010.

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1/4/10 10:56 A

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emoticon Cassandra.
I too am a newbie - Today is my 22nd day in maintenance & it took me a while to figure out new calorie range. If you haven't yet, you might want to read www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
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1/4/10 9:30 A

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Cassandra, I agree that it can be hard to stop losing. I was just talking on another topic about that. When you are losing, weight loss becomes the centerpiece of your life, and watching numbers go down affirms that core activity and belief. Some people lose weight so they can then "eat they way they think normal people eat", which never works out well, but some lose weight because the discipline of dieting becomes a secondary reward alongside the weight loss. When I reached goal (long ago to be sure) I had to find something else to take its place while not going back to old eating habits.

Once you reach goal you celebrate.....then what? You would never have believed it when you started your weight loss journey, but it's possible to miss discipline and reward of dieting.

I lost weight on the old WW Plan, then switched to exchanges 30 some years ago. I still to this day count exchanges, and weigh every day--not recommended during the downward journey. I allow myself more exchanges than when losing, but the discipline and feeling of control I get from weighing and counting keeps me with a daily and weekly goal. Limiting food defined my life then, and defines my life now. Like you said, it's second nature and I actually enjoy it. I reached goal 39 years ago, and by enjoying and continuing the process I've kept it off.

You can too. Congratulations! You have gotten to your first destination. Now every day is an adventure in exploring maintenance.

Nell
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1/4/10 8:14 A

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Welcome to a select group of great people, maintaining is different but just keep doing what you did on Ole Sparkie! Much good luck luck!
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1/4/10 7:52 A

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emoticon and congratulations on your weight loss!

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

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1/4/10 6:38 A

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1/4/10 1:44 A

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Hello
I'm cassandra. I've been on my healthy journey since Feb 2009 officially, but it began with physical therapy and getting other health issues in order a couple years before that. As of today, I am only 5 pounds away from my Goal weight, which I set arbitrarily (just seemed so far away, it wasn't real) when I joined Spark last July.

In my journey, I've lost over 140 lbs and am back to the old life I remember, dancing, hiking, being active, healthy and happy. Well, mostly happy. :)

I still officially have 5 lbs to reach the goal I set, but honestly, the last 10-20 lbs have been gravy already. I only want to reach the goal at this point because I set it, but I'd be quite happy and content at the weight I am now, too. So hopefully, I'm not out of line joining your group.

I do hope to find ways to maintain, that is a new skill. Losing has become so, well, thoughtless and simple that honestly, I've partly been trying to sloooooow down or even pause losing weight so my skin can catch up, but it just keeps coming off. I know that many of you may wonder why I complain about that, but it's kind of scary when you try to stop and find that it just keeps going. So I'd like to learn how to maintain my weight, without going up or down, because all this working to be healthier is going to be defeated if I fall into a yo-yo pattern, right?

So looking forward to learning and sharing. And if any of you are local to Rochester NY area, please feel welcome to email me, maybe we can get together! :)


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