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1/22/12 10:34 A

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I found that the thrill of "victory", all the applause I'd gotten while losing, what actually what kept me on track while I was losing. The big transition was tracking, weighing and measuring my food, turning down all the goodies, was harder when I wasn't getting the applause and seeing a "result" on a scale. I had to find more subtle and internal motivators because the negative (not gaining) wasn't as thrilling as the positive (losing). It's just as hard to say no to Reeses now as it was then, but the outside input isn't there anymore: "you're so thin you don't need to worry about that". Having Spark has saved me because I have a place to continue to talk about it. The effort is ongoing, but totally invisible from the outside. It's truly an inside job now and I still take all the help I can get. I LOVE the maintaining challenges! I still get applause for....staying the same.

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1/22/12 1:48 A

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Once you reach your goal weight, you're going to have a hard time switching from the "weight loss" mentality to the "weight maintenance" mentality. Everyone I've spoken with has said this was true for them, and I know it's been true for me. After you've enjoyed being at goal weight for a little while, start experimenting with how many calories you can add and still maintain, because the SP diet won't change automatically. I find that I can stay within range on anything between 1200-2000 calories a day.

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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1/21/12 3:43 P

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emoticon Welcome to the team!

Maintenance is different from losing. There is less room for error. When you're losing, if you target losing a pound a week and end up averaging a half pound or a pound and a half, it doesn't matter that much. You still get where you're going. But if you're targeting no gain or loss and end up averaging a half pound per week up or down, it doesn't take many weeks before you're no longer at a healthy weight.

Maintenance is different psychologically, too. One of my Spark Teams that focuses on losing weight keeps coming up with challenges that are variation on, "What are you changing to make the weight come off?" That's fine for losing, and motivation to lose; but changing things around isn't the answer when you're already at your desired weight. Or if you're not holding that weight steady, exactly how you need to change things around might not be obvious.

One of the themes here is, one size does not fit all. Some people maintain well without tracking food, or without weighing very often. Others still need to track everything. I track food, and I weigh daily; but what works for me might not be right for you. Others might just try to eat clean, pay attention to hunger signals, and weigh monthly. You need to find what works for you.


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1/18/12 7:53 P

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emoticon never to early to start working on learning to maintain big part is attitude and this is a learning experience emoticon

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1/18/12 5:21 P

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I'm not at goal, either, but I lurk and post because I want to be in the ranks and at least maintain the weight I have lost. For myself, I realized I was not going to set out to do anything I would not do forever, so I have lost slowly and only recently incorporated some exercise. However, I'm also not waiting for this to be over so that I can go back to anything. I'd be willing to do what I'm doing forever right now. It may not get me skinny, but it is doable and enjoyable. And I'm keeping off the 24 lbs. I lost and the 12 before that. emoticon

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1/18/12 3:05 P

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Yes! When you gain even 2 or 3 lbs., get right back on program until that weight is off. It's no good saying "I'll do it next week!"

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1/18/12 11:28 A

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The reason I like the word "maintain" is that you will continue to do most of what you have doing to lose, for the rest of your life. If you learned to enjoy the losing process, you will do great in maintenance!!

Nell
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1/18/12 10:00 A

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its all in the attitude. This is a lifetime of eating healthy and in moderation.

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1/18/12 8:02 A

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You already did my suggestion: join this team! Welcome LittleBo. It is a mind-shift from "diet" to "lifestyle", and in fact, that is the same shift one makes from "lose weight" to "maintain healthy habits".

You will do great, and this team offers the extra element of cheerleaders who know what it's like, having been in your shoes (failed in past, re-lost, had to learn maintenance skills). emoticon

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1/18/12 7:15 A

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Based on my many failures with maintenance, I know I need to start preparing, so I'm joining this team a little early.
My attitude is different this time. This is NOT a diet, this is a change in attitude and habbits
I've read through some of the posts here
I have a rough estimate of what I want to weigh and how many calories that might take
I know it will take time to figure out calories
I've started reading the Healthy Lifestyles articles.

Any other suggestions?


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