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4/20/10 3:25 P

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Hi! Welcome! Your weight loss story is amazing! Congrats on all the hard work! I too gained a few pounds back once I reached my goal so good luck on rediscovering your motivation and healthy mindset! I know you can do it!

"The real person you are is revealed in the moments when you're certain no other person is watching. When no one is watching, you are driven by what you expect of yourself."


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BAILEYS7OF9's Photo BAILEYS7OF9 SparkPoints: (121,104)
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4/19/10 2:14 P

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emoticon emoticon to the Team! I have been maintaining since October. I am really just doing what I have been doing. Nothing different.

I am working on getting ride of that last bit of belly fat and hoping to find some six pack abs!





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4/19/10 11:55 A

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We are in the same boat! I've lost and regained a bit and have been trying to get back on track since Jan. I think your words "accountable to myself" captures what maintenance is really all about. Good luck to you on your journey!

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

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4/19/10 3:50 A

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Hi there. Your earlier accomplishments are tremendous.
You can do it again.

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MARIEFUNFIT Posts: 102
4/18/10 10:20 P

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Congratulations on a job well done! It is quite an achievement to do what you did. You are now on a new journey of maintenance. It is finding out how many calories you personally need. It just takes time.

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4/17/10 6:13 P

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Welcome to the team and warm congratulations on your weight loss. I've found a lot of support from members of this team since I started maintaining last September.

I've found that maintenance is a slightly different process after the weight loss and my past experience has been of yo-yo dieting so keeping the weight off is a bigger challenge for me than losing it was.

I've learnt a lot from team members and hope that you do to.

Good luck with keeping slim forever.



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Reached goal weight in September 2009

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4/17/10 5:48 P

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Welcome. I think you are wise to find ways of making yourself accountable. Another thing I have found useful is to remember that maintaining is a lifestyle which includes nutrition, exercise and having a goal that keeps you heading in the right direction.

Sandy



"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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4/17/10 3:54 P

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Welcome!! So glad you have joined our team. Having a trainer for accountability makes a whole lot of sense to me.

I've been at/below a healthy BMI (which was my original goal) for 13 months now, but I have lost at least a tenth of a pound every month since. Think I've about evened out now. We'll see.

So far it seems to me that maintenance takes knowledge, and much of that we learned by losing. Then it takes consistency. SparkPeople has great info and rewards for consistency.

Best wishes for this next phase of your weight loss and maintenance journey.



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4/17/10 3:13 P

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I reached goal in December 2009 and have maintain my goal for four months now. Weight Watchers defines maintence as staying within 2 pounds either way of your goal weight. This is a trial and error process and you have to find out what works for you. Naturally we can't go back to eating the way we used to so it still weighing and measuring portions, exercising drinking our water and tracking our food. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet which is temporary. Congratulations on losing 105 pounds what a wonderful achievement.

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4/17/10 2:21 P

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I have only maintained since last July but I did pretty well over this awful winter; I managed to stay within 4 lbs of my goal weight and am back down again today.

For me it is a case of doing the cardio so I have the freedom of a few more calories (oh! I mean so I will be healthier!).

You just have to learn how many calories you have to spend each day on yourself and learn to budget them wisely. This is where calories in vs. calories out comes into play.

You can do it!

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

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



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ALLELUIA525's Photo ALLELUIA525 Posts: 18,425
4/17/10 10:14 A

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I agree that figuring out maintenance is hard...but if we figured out how to lose 100+ pounds, we can certainly figure this part out. I think the key is not giving up!

~ Tanya ~

"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward..."

"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."

(quotes: Walter Elias Disney)


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4/17/10 10:11 A

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Welcome to the team! emoticon

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

Romans 14:20a (NIV)







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4/17/10 9:06 A

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I have been in maintenance mode since December and I am trying to get it figured out also. Its hard! Trying to find that happy medium can be so frustrating but I try and be patient with myself and also try not to be too hard on myself.

I also have an all or nothing mentality and that seriously makes it tough at times. I think of this as a work in progress and I am constantly learning to tricks so I can leave the weight off.

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4/17/10 9:04 A

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emoticon on your tremendous weight loss. Maintenance is a matter of finding the right calorie range for you, track you your food always, exercise, and watch you portions. If you are exercising regularly, you can add more calories a little at a time and see how you do. I allow myself a 4 pound range. My Weight Watchers goal is 125, so I have a set amount of points I am allowed rather than calories. My weight range is 121 to 125. If I go over 125, it's back to basics until I'm under again. I prefer to stay around 123-124.

I wish you all the best. Maintenance is sometimes harder than losing the initial wt. I will have maintained two years in June. emoticon

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4/17/10 8:44 A

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emoticon Congrats on your great weight loss achievement!

I've been on this team a couple or three months so far and I think it's so important to keep up cheerleading for maintaining. I, too, am trying to learn the ropes of maintenance, and get some of that much needed moral support.

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4/17/10 8:19 A

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Hi! I have been on Sparkpeople for over two years, and have lost 105#, and am trying to maintain. I gained back about 15 of it over the last year, and am trying to refocus and find a way to do this without an "all or nothing" mentality. I am trying to run again, I am sore, but getting in the groove. I also have found a new trainer that is working with me a couple days a week. I need that accountability, because, even after 2+ years...I can't always be accountable to me. I look forward to being a part of this team and learnign from others, how they make it all work.

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