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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (186,109)
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7/1/10 6:04 A

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Welcome to the team Annie!

If you can lose it, you can maintain 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!)

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

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



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6/30/10 11:29 P

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Congratulations and welcome to the team. emoticon emoticon

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6/30/10 2:50 P

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Thanks everyone, you really make me feel welcome.

Annie
Central Florida-EST


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6/30/10 1:49 P

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Welcome, AnnAnn, to the At Goal and Maintaining Team!! The advice that helped me most starting out maintenance was to keep doing what I was doing (tracking, exercising, portion control, wise food decisions, getting support, etc.) only gradually adding a little more food until your weight stabilizes.

You can see that it is a split decision about weighing daily or weekly. When my mom did maintenance her plan was to eat whatever she wanted, weigh daily and go back on losing calories/points when she was up. It worked for her for several years.

However, I think it is better to plan healthy meals and eat healthy meals. As long as you are eating right and staying active, you will maintain. The scale can then confirm your actions. I use the nutrition tracker with 75 nutrients to try and continue to improve what I eat. However, I do remember the 80/20 rule. If you eat healthy 80% of the time, it is okay to splurge up to 20%.

I must admit I weigh more than once a week, but my plan is to get to the point that once a week or less is enough. I tend to want to weigh when I feel skinny!! Love seeing that low number.

Again, Welcome to the team, AnnAnn!



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Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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6/30/10 11:51 A

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Welcome to the team. Maintaining is certainly different than during the losing phase. It is harder for me to be excited about it day to day. I do weigh every morning, trying not to gasp if up a bit. I am struggling now as I am a few pounds over my goal, so weighing everyday keeps me on track.--Anne

--Anne from Idaho
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BAILEYS7OF9's Photo BAILEYS7OF9 SparkPoints: (123,710)
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6/30/10 10:59 A

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emoticon emoticon to the Team!

I am still one of those emoticon addicts and jump on everyday. NEVER at night though! First thing in the morning.

I have been bouncing from 105 to 107 for months. So don't worry if you fluctuate.





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SULLIS's Photo SULLIS SparkPoints: (29,234)
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6/30/10 10:32 A

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Welcome to the team. and congrats on reaching your goal.

Maintenance is a whole new adventure. It sure makes me feel like a beginner all over again!

~Shirley~




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6/30/10 10:31 A

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Congrats on making goal and welcome to the team!

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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6/30/10 8:19 A

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Congratulations on finally getting to your goal after all these years! We're so glad you found the team and look forward to getting to know you better! The team is a great resource for maintenance information and motivation. It's what keeps me in line! My advice:

1- eat well MOSt of the time
2- never skip breakfast
3- find activity everyday
4- keep setting new goals
5- don't weigh yourself everyday!

Good luck and we're glad you've made it this far!

Currently maintaining 120 to 125 pounds for nearly a year!


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6/30/10 8:18 A

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Thank for the welcomes. I really feel different. I have changed. In the past, I never reached goal and when I started eating, I didn't stop. I have enjoyed a few things since I hit goal but non of them were really high in calories or fat. I just no longer can justify hundreds of calories for one indulgence. I just don't have a list of foods that I "missed" and want to eat. emoticon

Annie
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6/30/10 7:43 A

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Glad to have you along. I've been with this team about six months and let me tell you, it helps to have others who understand that just because you cross that line called "goal" doesn't mean the game is over!

It's not really about the number on the scale for many of us, it's about quality of life. But the numbers kept us going during loss, and now we need a different, more subtle form of motivation. So, here's to a great maintenance cheer leading team... At goal and Maintaining! emoticon

- Barb

Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!

Max lifetime weight 224.5

Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010


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ALLELUIA525's Photo ALLELUIA525 Posts: 18,446
6/29/10 10:31 P

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emoticon to the team!

~ 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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NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (216,242)
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6/29/10 10:12 P

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Congratulations and welcome to the adventure of Maintenance!! I no longer call it dieting, but rather "watching what I eat". Sounds so much more civilized.

Sparkpeople is more important now than ever! Keep coming back and welcome!

Nell
Reston, Virginia

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 
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6/29/10 10:08 P

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Welcome to the team and congratulations on getting to your goal weight. I think I understand how you feel. After dieting most of my life, I have to switch gears. It is taking some getting used to, but we can do it.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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6/29/10 10:05 P

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Congratulations. You have joined a team that is always ready to help new members. A couple suggestions: Don't get tied to your scale. Our weight varies a lb. or more a day... so weigh once a week and count on your clothes and physical feelings telling you if you've gone off the deep end.
I love using the nutrition and fitness tracker to keep me honest. After all eating healthy food in the reasonable portions and regular activity got me to goal.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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ANNANN63's Photo ANNANN63 Posts: 2,241
6/29/10 9:59 P

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I am 63, have been heavy since I was about 7 or 8 years old, been on many a diet and this is the FIRST time ever I reached my goal weight. I am thrilled and at the same time a little "off balance." Maintenance is a totally new and unknown thing.

I just today thought that there must be teams for those maintaining. I hope to learn a lot here about how to be successful in this new experience.



Annie
Central Florida-EST


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