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12/27/11 4:51 P
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First, know it can be done. And you can do it. I had gained my weight back many, many times. But this time is different. I continued to track my food and increased my cardio. I learned more about nutrition and eat smarter. It is hard for me to grasp that after 5 decades of obesity, I have been a healthy weight for almost 3 years and have weighed less than I did in 7th grade for over 2 years. Don't wait until your my age to figure it out. You can do it now!!

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12/23/11 7:46 A

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I second the mindset, goals and the fact that its different for different people. I'll also add that the information for doing so is sparse. It's all about losing weight if the internet is your guide. It's hard to describe to folks, but my description is simply "letting off the gas". During weight loss, it's mostly about creating a caloric deficit. Focus on the deficit and good things will come. With maintenance, it's somewhere in the middle. You don't have to count every calorie, but you can't completely abandon what worked. So creating and focusing on goals that aren't necessarily weight related is tough for a lot of folks. What drives me to stay in shape is probably nothing near what drives you. But for losing weight, the formula is the same for both of us. I think this is why maintenance success can elude many folks.

Good luck and welcome.

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12/21/11 8:17 P

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emoticon Welcome to maintenance!

Maintenance is different than losing weight. Many of us find it harder. You do some of the same things, and some different things.

I find it's a totally different mindset to target staying in a range than it is to target achieving a goal weight. It took me about 7 weeks to get to where I wasn't just continuing to lose, and another 3 weeks to become convinced I had got there.

One of the things that makes maintenance hard to learn is that different people need to focus on different things to be successful maintainers. I need to track food and weigh myself every day. Other people may need to weigh weekly, or quarterly, while just trying to eat clean. One size does not fit all.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,967
12/21/11 9:37 A

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P.S. If you'd like to be included in celebrating your maintenance anniversary, fill out this form here: docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform
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Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 12/21/2011 (09:38)
Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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12/21/11 9:18 A

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I find it easy to maintain IF IF IF I never take it for granted and rely on my "intuition". If you can lose it, you can keep it off, but stay close to Spark!

Nell
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12/21/11 5:57 A

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It's not easy to maintain, and it's not all smooth sailing, but it is SO worth it!

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12/20/11 6:56 P

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12/20/11 5:00 P

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Congratulations on reaching your weight loss goal and welcome to the team :-)

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12/20/11 4:55 P

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emoticon and congrats on your weight loss!

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

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DEBBYFROMMT's Photo DEBBYFROMMT SparkPoints: (144,518)
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12/20/11 2:56 P

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Amy WELCOME! and Congrats for being here! I too am concerned and don't want to regain. As far as goals, a marathon is an incredible goal! What else do you want to do? The sky's the limit!

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12/20/11 10:36 A

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Do whatever works for you to stay engaged and accountable in the process of maintaining.

For some of us it's being involved in challenges (there is one going now that will finish January 2 and after that a new one will start).

Some are motivated by clothes, others by athletic or body composition goals.

One of the strongest predictors of successful maintenance is the number of years it has been going on. So we celebrate anniversaries, as well.

Just like in weight loss you need to figure out what works for you. So try things and see what resonates.

Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
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Weight chart
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Blogs
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DONNAEDA's Photo DONNAEDA SparkPoints: (103,369)
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12/20/11 9:30 A

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hello and welcome to the team

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12/20/11 8:59 A

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I have been on Spark for a few years now. I had lost about 20 lbs and then stopped blogging regularly and got away from Spark and gained it back peaking at 189.6 lbs this summer. I got mad and started tracking my food everyday and blogging at least once a week and now I am down almost 30 lbs and I am ready to maintain.

I want to do it right this time, but I am not going to lie and say that I am not concerned a little. I have so many scale goals that I have achieved in the past 4 months since I started losing weight again.

I am doing my 2nd marathon in a few weeks and will probably find another race to train for but I need some other non-scale goals.

Bring on your suggestions!

Amy "Aims "

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