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4/28/11 11:51 A

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Well, wasn't it Winston Churchill who said, "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom?" I agree with that! My worry, if anything, is falling off the wagon & not being able to get back on. I think I fell off over Easter, but am determined that if my weight went over the acceptable BMI, I will get it back together in short order!!! In other words, I am willing to be eternally vigilant!

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4/27/11 12:00 P

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welcome!! You still need to keep it movin.......especially away from the kitchen!! BELIEVE.......YOU CAN KEEP IT OFF!!

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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4/27/11 10:50 A

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Congratulations and welcome to the group! I think the important thing with exercise is finding something you like to do. I found I like walking. My husband and I bought a treadmill last fall mainly for my husband to use so he could give up his gym membership. I'm the one, however, who ended up loving it. I'm not saying that everyday I can't wait to get on it to exercise. There are days when I'm tired or just plain feeling lazy that I have to make myself exercise. Like the others have said, I don't want to go back to the way I was!

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4/26/11 5:39 P

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I agree that it's "great being small." I refuse to go back. Drink lots of water, keep walking.

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4/25/11 1:55 P

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Jennifer,
I do agree with Bailey, it could be too few calories, esp. if it is under 1800. How many calories roughly do you eat, what are percentages of protein, fat and carbs, number of hours of sleep. All those could make a difference.

Birgit

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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4/25/11 12:53 P

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Hi Bailey,

Huh, never thought of it that way! Well I do love to eat!! So maybe I'll have more energy to workout!! The suns coming out, maybe I'll go for that walk? Or do some strength training, I do enjoy that!

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4/25/11 12:08 P

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If you are too tired to work out, it sounds like you might not be consuming enough calories for the work out demands on your body?





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4/25/11 10:06 A

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Thanks everyone! I am really glad I joined this group. I will definitely start walking again, I do wear my pedometer everyday so it encourages me to get more steps in, plus my dog could stand to lose a few pounds! I'm going to take it one step at a time, and enjoy the lifestyle I have chosen. Honestly I can't believe I made! I am in the best shape of my life, and I don't want to lose it!!

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4/25/11 9:39 A

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Congratulations Jennifer and Welcome to Goal!!

I have been at goal for a long time. Back when I lost my weight, exercise wasn't even discussed as a component of weight loss. Which is a good thing because I HATE exercise. What I DO like is walking, and it's amazing how much you can walk in a day. Park in the back of the lot and walk in. Park at one end of the mall and walk the whole thing. Take a walk after dinner, something that is a real pleasure now that the days are longer and warmer. If you find you can't carry everything in from the car in one load, no problem, it's more walking. I never walked so that I could eat more, just so that I could walk.

I weigh every day and write it down. I only do it to remember why I live the way I live. The actual dailly weight doesn't matter, just the graph over time. It will go up and down, but as the days go by and the graph gets tighter, my weight looks like a flat line.

Since you took a long time to lose the weight, you had time to develop all the habits you'll need to stay at goal, and you've had time to learn to enjoy all the new foods and activities. That's the biggest "secret" to maintaining: loving the new lifestyle.

There isn't anything you can't do for One Day. Concentrate on the opportunities of Today. And all the Todays will accumulate into a glorious Maintenance!

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4/25/11 7:09 A

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Try walking every day for a while. If you want to add other exercises, that's fine, but try to keep the walking consistent. It becomes a habit after a while.
Accept that you may go "up" a little, but stay strictly OP for a few days and it comes right back off. Just don't give up!

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4/25/11 7:04 A

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Congratulations on making it to your goal! Feels great, doesn't it? This team is terrific for celebrating STAYING HERE!

I don't know if I'm qualified to give advice, but I'll give you a little of my own experience: when I'm feeling really burnt out on exercise, I have found that just taking a couple of days to concentrate on another area that might need shoring up helps. Example: sleep! I take a week and focus on sleeping my full 7 hours a night, and maybe just do my three 10-minute walks a day (I refuse to give up my breaks from a sedentary job... ever!)

I totally agree with what the others have said, too. The important bit is none of us want to go back where we were! It's great being "small"... there are a lot of options that I didn't have 100 or even 75 or even 30 pounds heavier!

Good luck!

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4/25/11 2:01 A

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Hi Jennifer,
I agree that worrying is going to make it harder. Stress messes with your hormones and makes it harder to lose or maintain weight. Sounds like your body needs relaxation a little more. It may be beneficial to take at least two days off a week from serious exercise. Also, consider trying completely different forms of exercise than you have done before. It will keep you physically and mentally fresh. Just think of the many olympic events there are for ideas of what might be fun to try. You have so many more options now that you are at your goal weight. You don't have to worry about doing exercise that burns tons of calories and monitor, just stay active and find a sport that's a lot of fun, maybe even take some lessons.
You worked hard for your healthy body, now enjoy what you can do with it. emoticon

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4/24/11 11:59 P

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Welcome, Jennifer! And congratulations on reaching your goal! Remember, the Real goal is a healthy lifestyle. I'm trying to build habits that I can sustain for life, and little bits here & there are more sustainable for me than saying I MUST go to the gym for an hour a day. Walks are my favorite exercise. Not killer runs, but enjoying the beauty around the neighborhood. I have found that I can get a quick 10 minute workout each morning. Wall push ups, squats, crunches, alternate toe touches, just basic stuff ... But it strengthens me and starts my day off on a healthy note. Keep your eye on more than the scale and enjoy the fun of being fit! You can do it!

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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4/24/11 10:34 P

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Hi Jennifer - first, congratulations on your great accomplishment! It's possible that you got burnt out on exercise because you were doing too much. You might want to just do some easy/nurturing exercise for a while, like a walk (and I mean stroll, not a power walk) outside on a beautiful day. I've found (after 7 years of maintenance) that I still don't feel like I've got it all figured out. It's really a process of experimentation and tweaking. Track for a week at a certain intake level, and see what the scale says next week (I'm a firm believer in weighing in only once a week). Then, if the scale goes up, decrease intake by 50 - 100 calories a day, or if it goes down, increase by 50. The main part is to not worry, and consider it all a grand experiment and learning experience. I've discovered that with hardly any exercise due to a back injury, I was still losing weight at 1400 calories a day. So, this week, I've tried to average 1450 - we'll see what the scale says tomorrow:). Good luck, keep posting, and just keep tweaking until you're comfortable.

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4/24/11 10:26 P

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Hi,

I have finally made my goal, I love almost 40lbs in about a year and half. I went slowly, made good choices and exercise almost everyday. Now that I am at maintenance my eating has gotten so much better. I calculate all of my foods, and I make healthier ones at that, I'm really proud of that. I have stayed away from chocolate and soda. But my real issue is exercise. It seems I got burn out. My body is tired and I am lacking energy. Allot of times I push myself to exercise, but I don't even enjoy it as I once did. What do I do to get the mojo back? I'm afraid with lack of exercise my weight will come back, even though I am eating so good!

I don't even know how much exercise I should do? I was at 2200 calories burn a week, then I kept lowering it, now I am at 1700, and that seems hard to reach.

What do I do?

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