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BAILEYS7OF9
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4/25/11 12:07 P

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emoticonemoticonemoticonto the Team!

I did not increase my calories when I hit goal. Only when the exercise demand called for it. Focus on part of your body to really tone??





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NELLJONES
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4/23/11 5:44 P

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Maggie, that is so wonderful!! I don't even like whole milk anymore. Greasy food, the stuff I used to love, makes me feel queasy. Who knew that healthy food could taste so good?

My husband is diabetic and had a stroke on Dec 1. Then he broke his ankle on Christmas Day, and is still healing. The process has been very long because of diabetic damage, and he was told in no uncertain terms to eat better, watch his carb and fat intake. Since then, he has been eating the way I have eaten for years. And a couple of nights ago he grudgingly told me that he never would have thought he could eat so well on what he thought would be a deprivation routine. Healthy food is scrumtious!!

And now we all know it! Goal is great, and knowing that it is yummy to maintain is even better. Congratulations!

Nell

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

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL
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4/23/11 5:17 P

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I just got here a week ago (at goal). In that week, I celebrated just once..at a Mexican restaurant...and I did practice restraint. Other than that, I did nothing different all week from what I have been doing to lose these 170 lbs. And the scale rewarded me this morning with a 1.8 pound loss. YES--that's 1.8 pounds from my weight last week, which was .4 pounds BELOW my goal. So now I'm 2.2 pounds BELOW my goal. I have been below goal for a whole week. This is HUGE for me! Yes, I set my goal high, but when you start at 328, even 160 seemed pretty unattainable. But I DONE attained it! WOOHOO!

I am so glad that I enjoy healthy food now. I LIKE chicken without skin, grilled, on salad, fixed a myriad of ways, but NEVER fried! I like diet pop and splenda. Before I said if I had to drink DIET pop, I would just as soon drink water. Now a diet Squirt is a nice treat! I LOVE grapes and all fruit, and 93% lean hamburger (which I used to think was TOO DRY), and lots of lots of FISH! I LOVE veggies and stir fries. Even my husband is eating this stuff, and he is a meat and potatoes kinda guy. It helps that 25-year old son who lives at home, joined me in my losing weight, getting healthy journey at the first of the year. He embraces all the cutting calorie things I am doing and all the healthy food I am feeding him.

Because I know I can't go back to eating potato chips, and candy, cake and FRIED chicken, I'm pretty sure I can make it this time. Maybe sure enough that I can throw away all those FAT clothes Monday. Or at least SOME of them. That is going to take some courage, some chutzpah, to be able to look my FAT past in the face and say, "No, I am NOT going back there, and I will NEVER need these clothes again." But I think I'm ready. I'll let you know if I can actually have the nerve to do it.

One Step at a Time....But Always Forward!


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KHAYNES72
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4/22/11 8:23 P

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Congratulations on making your goal! I just reached my goal weight about three weeks ago so I know what you're going through. I agree with a lot of the comments that the key to maintenance is to keep doing what you did to lose the weight. When I hit my goal I added a couple of snacks to increase my calorie count for the day. I also let myself have a treat now and then. I weigh in twice a week to make sure i'm staying on track rather than the once a week weigh in i did while losing the weight.

i have to admit i don't journal what i eat. i pretty much allow myself a certain amount of calories for each meal and snack and eat according to that. i have journaled in the past and i just found it too tedious, but i know it works for a lot of people. i'd say if you were journaling while losing weight you should continue since it obviously worked for you.

Good luck on the maintenance journey!


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NELLJONES
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4/22/11 4:49 P

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Congrats on reaching goal and welcome to maintenance! It's a whole new phase, but one that will look pretty much like the losing phase. For me the only big difference was learning how to stay focused without the thrill of watching a scale go down.

Too many people "go on a diet" trying to gut it out until they can, they think, go back to living the way they used to. That will never happen if you want to stay at goal. While I was busy losing weight, I learned a whole new way to live, and it took long enough for me to learn to love my new way of eating. I didn't feel deprived when I turned down dessert. I didn't feel angry or lonely when I couldn't hit the buffet with friends every week. I preferred my new food. I still, after all these years, keep a journal. Since I have been an exchange counter rather than a calorie counter, it's much easier, but whatever you did while losing, keep it up.

Keep trying new recipes, new activities, stay close to Spark, and you'll stay at goal!!

Nell

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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PEGGYT3
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4/22/11 2:08 P

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Congratulations on reaching your goal! Maintenance is even more exciting than losing weight because you gradually realize all the side benefits of having the trim, fit body you've always wanted. Find activities you really enjoy that burn calories. My favorites are yoga and Jazzercize. Find low-fat, low-salt meals you like. My favorite is fruit salad and yogurt. When I need a snack I like a mini-bagel with a thin layer of low-fat cream cheese and lemon curd with a cup of tea. Whatever turns you on and keeps you within the nutrients you need each day.
I still log in to SP every day because it keeps me focused on what I'm doing for myself. Seeing my points go up an winning trophies helps me feel I'm accomplishing something. Going for a 30 min. walk with my husband each day has been another great benefit for both of us. After maintaining my weight for 4 years, I intend to live this way the rest of my life. I just had a massage recently and the masseuse commented on what great muscle tone I have. Compliments like that really make me feel good. You'll be getting all those compliments now. Keep up the good work!emoticon

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN
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4/22/11 1:55 P

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Maybe some do, but I've been at goal for 7 1/2 years, and still find it necessary to track. Small price to pay for staying slim and healthy!


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DAHLFAN
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4/22/11 12:06 P

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Thank you, everyone, for your sound advice and input!

Since starting SP, I have faithfully logged my food down to the bite 24-7, with the exception of 2 weeks when I was out of town. I have always stayed on the low range of my calorie intake, so I will inch up 100-200 cal at a time, paying attention to how this affects me. I've been weighing in every 2 weeks, but will probably increase that now. It just seems like that's so much more food...on top of how much I've already been able to eat!

I am wondering, though...do people eventually wean themselves off from tracking 24-7?


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AGILLASPIE60
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4/22/11 9:49 A

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I agree! Stay vigilant! It is so easy to slip back in to old patterns! Keep on exercising and logging your calories! I'm in this for life! I really don't want to go back to that old life again!


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ZUCCHINIQUEEN
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Add your extra points very carefully and slowly. The tendency is to think you can eat more than you will be able to. It will require vigilance and continued tracking, but you can do it!


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BELLACUDDLES
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4/21/11 9:54 P

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For me, it is about choices....made daily, hey even hourly!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the assurance of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1

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4/21/11 9:29 P

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I haven't quite made it but the turnaround for me came when I realized that since I didn't want to be on a diet, I still had to choose what to eat. I wasn't going to eat fried chicken every day just because I refused to "diet," and it was okay to choose light, delicious foods even if I wasn't "on a diet." For the rest of my life, I will eat three meals a day, with a balance of calorie-light and calorie dense foods, plus a few extras on the weekends, because that is the way I've discovered I am satisfied with my meals and I get hungry enough to enjoy them. You'll find your balance, too, but it's not going to look that different from what you had been doing, most likely.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
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ONEKIDSMOM
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4/21/11 9:09 P

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emoticon on reaching your goal and emoticon to the team of people who are in your shoes. I joined here when I was still 4 pounds away from my initial goal, knowing that maintenance is a different animal, and scared of it... as I've always found it more challenging than losing.

Others will no doubt chime in, but seriously, maintaining takes the same diligence, tracking, and being active that losing did. You add some calories to what you were using to lose, a little at a time, but by all means keep on eating nutritious, balanced foods. Continue being active. Find other kinds of goals and rewards... that are not related to the scale.

One thing I did as I got close to goal was define some "fun" active things and made them my goals / rewards: go ice skating, ride a horse, wear an official bib and complete a 5K for the first time in 20 years... etc. In nine days I'm about to walk my first half-marathon. And then as a reward, I'm plotting horseback riding with my work mates.

I have to remember to reward myself for maintaining... same as those intermediate rewards for intermediate goals while losing. I continued to drift downward on the scale after I reached my initial goal, but I've been "home" since last August... and quite happy to say the journey continues.

Welcome... to the next chapter. You can do this, even though you're a little scared now... and you are soooo worth it!

Edited by: ONEKIDSMOM at: 4/21/2011 (21:36)
- Barb

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

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Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010


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DAHLFAN
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4/21/11 8:59 P

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Hiya, team! So happy to finally be at a place where I am happy, and it feels to good to reach such an incredible goal! Getting to my goal weight has been challenging, but oh so rewarding...

...but I'm afraid of losing the spark. I haven't been able to come up with any really concrete goals, other than "keep at this weight" and "pass my physical fitness test for the military" in June.

I guess I just feel a little overwhelmed by meeting my goal...increased calories (what in the world am I supposed to eat now?) and lack of a vision. I have focused on increasing my meditation practice the last few weeks, so that's something.

Hmmmmm. Vision board time? Helpful advice from others who have been there, done that? Was anyone else kinda scared and a little let-down when they reached their goal weight?

Long introduction, haha. Glad this team is here!


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