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10/16/11 8:50 P

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Welcom Megan. MAARTJEBOL & Barb! We are all in the same place for the same reason. Good luck to us all!

Susie South Central WI
“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
Kenneth Blanchard

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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!

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10/16/11 12:00 A

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Welcome Megan!

Congratulations on maintaining for over a year! That in itself is an accomplishment. And recognizing what's going on when the weight starts creeping back on, and being determined to be one of the 5% are also praiseworthy. Joining this team will help you maintain the motivation to keep going in the face of all the temptations in your way. Best of luck to you!

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.

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10/13/11 9:10 A

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Hi! I'm new to SP, but I'm a struggling maintainer. I reached my WW goal on August 24, 2011, and I received 6 extra daily points. I struggled to stay on target, but on October 5, 2011, I managed to weigh in within my goal range and became a Lifetime member. I'm still battling small gains and can't seem to get things under control. I'm hoping that I will be able to get some motivation and inspiration to get back on track. I've worked too hard for too long to let it all go down the drain! Does anyone have any words of wisdom to get me going back in the right direction?

Temptation is temporary....The choices you make can last a LIFETIME!

November, 2000...232.5
November, 2001...191.5
November, 2002...176.6
November, 2003...195.5
November, 2004...198.0
November, 2005...207.0
November, 2096...176.6
November, 2007...181.4
November, 2008...200.0
November, 2009...191.2
November, 2010...156.6
November, 2011...134.4

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10/12/11 2:51 P

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Welcome, you've come to the right place for maintenance! I'm going on six months and everyone is very supportive. I love the challenges that help keep me "on the straight and narrow" instead of the "big and wide."

Post often and it's good to have you here.


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10/11/11 7:18 P

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Hi and welcome. I'm a maintainer for about 5 mos. Most of the time it hasn't been difficult but I admit on Thanksgiving weekend at a cottage, I let loose. Thankfully I walked or ran a fair bit and kept the damage to a minimum. You certainly are among people who have "been there" and "done that". Together, we can support each other and make that 5% a part of our being. I plan to! There is NO GOING BACK!
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If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. ~Anonymous

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10/7/11 10:43 P

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You will succeed because you are catching it at five pounds. I used to yo-yo all the time because I let it go too long and then I would have to work so hard to get down again. Believe me, if you exercise and track your food and eat mindfully, you will drop the five pounds. Best of luck to you and welcome to this group! We all love SP too.

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10/7/11 3:47 P

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You've come to the right group to learn about maintaining that wonderful weight loss. Each of us has to find the delicate balance between calorie intake and calorie output for our own body.
I've managed to stay at or near goal for 4 years now by eating smaller portions and upping my exercise whenever a pound or two manages to sneak back onto my hips (that's where it always lands). We'll all be behind you cheering you on. Glad to have you with us!

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10/7/11 1:27 P

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Welcome, Megan. If you got rid of 50 pounds, you can get rid of 5 pounds, right? And you know how to do it. We're all pulling for you.

Started at 138, aiming for 125. Got there, and 120 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 118 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 115 seemed possible. And that's where I want to stay. Maintain, maintain, maintain.

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10/7/11 10:11 A

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hello and welcome to the team

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10/7/11 8:55 A

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Welcome Megan. And Bonita, isn't it a surprise how small that extra to maintain is? We dream of so much while losing, and it turns out to be so little.

But it is doable and the challenge is actually invigorating. Maintenance is a continuing challenge to my creativity, and with support we can all rise to the task.

Reston, Virginia

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

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10/7/11 7:52 A

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Hello Megan,


I am in my second year of maintenance (and below my original goal of 112) and have learned that maintaining is just like losing, do all the same things escept eat a bit more to maintain the weight. Sadly, it is not a lot more.

As we all learn, this is a lifestyle change, not a diet.

I too am an emotional eater. I have recently found the "Binge Free Living" team and I think it may be of value for you to check them out!

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10/7/11 7:39 A

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Hello All! My name is Megan and i have been maintaining over a year now. I have noticed over the past 2-3 months that i have slowly gained about 5 pounds but am getting serious about getting it off now. Spark people like all of you know is sooo amazing and helpfull. I lost a total of 50 pounds at first. But like I'm sure all of you have known i backslid a little bit. I started slacking on exercise and eating right and thats when the weight started to creep back on. I SO SO SO want to be one of the 5% that keeps it off. I'm just trying to figure out how to do that. I'm an emotional eater and also just like to eat. That is my biggest problem. I like to exercise and sweat on a regular basis but that doesn't help as much when i feed my face full of junk food. I've gotten back to tracking my food and trying not to impulse eat. This is such a challenge at times. I love this site because everyone knows what i am going through and supoprts us. I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!!!

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