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8/20/12 11:06 A

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Thanks!

"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." anonymous

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"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." John Dewey

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8/20/12 10:11 A

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So glad to see you here. Welcome and let us know if you need anything!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/20/12 10:08 A

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I just joined at the suggestion of TinaJane76. I am not quite at goal, I have 9 more pounds to go, but I have been losing weight over the last 3.5 years and hope to reach my goal weight by mid November. Weight loss has definitely slowed down and I usually only lose about 3 pounds a month now. I have been on SP for just over a year and lost 65 pounds din that time. Looking forward to getting to know you all. emoticon

"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." anonymous

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8/20/12 8:57 A

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Welcome ZUCCHINIQUEEN! I'm really thrilled to have another real long-term maintainer on the team. We look forward to learning from your experiences and hope that you'll be an active member of the team.
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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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8/20/12 8:16 A

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Welcome!

@ ZUCCHINIQUEEN
Your entry in the Maintenance Anniversaries is over a year old. Everyone needs to update once a year so we can stay current. I've tried contacting you via Spark Mail and it must not have been working. Maybe I can reach you this way.

Here is the link for updating your entry (just make a new entry and I'll take out the old one)
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Thanks!

And thanks for reminding us that we need to stay on track even after 9 years of maintenance. Few studies track people beyond 5 years, but the ones that do say our chances of regain never go below 20% or so, after 15-20 years.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 8/20/2012 (08:19)
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8/20/12 8:02 A

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Hello! I'm joining because of Nell's recent blog. I have been maintaining for 9 years. Recently finding it a little more difficult to stay focused. I know from heart tests that my metabolism has slowed down. My appetite did not slow down with it, however. Probably most of my problem is in my head. I cannot use the metabolism as an excuse. I never want to gain the weight back, so I need to get my thoughts arranged in the right direction.

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8/20/12 7:50 A

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Welcome SHAWFAN! Looking forward to hearing more from you and how you've successfully managed your weight in maintenance.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/20/12 12:37 A

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emoticon everyone!

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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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tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
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tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

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tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
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8/19/12 8:40 P

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Hi all. I'm new to the team. Found the team through a friend's blog and thought that I'd check it out. I hit my goal weight about a year ago and have been maintaining pretty well since. It's been easy since learning that this is not a diet, but a life style change. I do fluctuate, like I'm sure everyone does, but never more than a few lbs. I just know that I never want to be obese ever again and am happy with where I am now. Hope to get to know a lot of you and fit in well. Have a great new week!

Julie
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8/19/12 6:34 P

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Welcome to the team, ladies! We're so happy to have you here and hope that we can help ease your transition to maintenance. Please let us know if you have any questions!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/19/12 5:33 P

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Welcome, Phebess and Mrs. Carly... it's so great to see new people embracing the idea of maintaining / transition to maintenance BEFORE reaching a number on the scale. Because the mindset is something to be encouraged and embraced.

Congratulations on your journeys so far. What I've seen several times here is that people come in thinking they are going to maintain, and find they continue to lose for a while before their bodies settle in at a "home range" a little lower than originally anticipated. That happened to me, but the most important lesson was learning what it means to me to maintain (even the experts don't agree on what that means).

So the more the merrier, and may we have many years of healthy living ahead!

- Barb

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

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8/19/12 5:24 P

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Hi everyone! I joined because my friend Watermellen has been recommending/suggesting this team.

I'm not at goal, but I've lost 40-45 lbs and maintained that loss for about 4 years. I'd like to lose another 30-40 lbs, but life has been in major transition - now that I'm retired and we're taking off travelling, it will still be in transition but at least I'll be getting a bunch more cardio!

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8/19/12 3:11 P

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Hi all! I feel pretty darn good at maintaining. I maintained a 60 pound weight loss for 5 years, broke up with a crazy boyfriend, moved to a new state where I knew no one and didn't have a job, and gained 25 pounds! Since that 25 pound gain, I lost it within a few months and have maintained that weight loss for the past few years. I am SO good at maintaining that I have yet to reach my ultimate weight loss goal. In the past year it has started up again because:

Found out about several food allergies/intolerances

and that I'm hypothyroid

That has helped with a LOT of health issues that I was dealing with over the years. I'm hoping that over the next 6 months I can reach goal weight and MAINTAIN FOR GOOD!!!

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8/19/12 1:27 P

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Welcome to the team! What you do once you get there, is pretty much the same as what you do *to* get there. You find the comfortable level of caloric intake / expenditure that balances "staying here". Gradually. And you adjust to your new size, beyond the excitement of getting here.

This is a great place to hang out and find the tips to keep on keeping on after your body has decided it is "home".

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- Barb

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

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8/19/12 1:10 P

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I just joined after reading a pal's blog. I am 2 1/2 pounds from my current goal and 7 1/2 pounds from my "final" goal (subject to revision. What if I decide to lose another few pounds?) and am having trouble getting there. Part of the issue for me is that I don't know what to do once I get there, so this team will be great.

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find that you get what you need. -- Stones, claro


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8/16/12 6:51 P

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Welcome to the team, LOGOULD! Please take a look around and let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions.
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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/16/12 6:48 P

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Welcome, Logould! You can "maintain" your way to where your body is happiest, and this is a great team to give you the tips to stay in that happy place. Welcome to the rest of your life, and life is good! emoticon

- Barb

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

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8/16/12 12:14 P

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Hi, I'm new to this team. Lost 45 lbs with Spark, then after running mysecond half-marathon last year, fell and broke my wrist this past winter and I haven't been able to get the "old" Spark back fully. I am getting back on track, but I want this to be my new lifestyle and not just another phase, so this team is perfect. Hoping you will all keep me accountable to getting back to goal and STAYING THERE!

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

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8/16/12 10:21 A

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RONIE11 and LVMAMAW, Welcome!

I'm new to this team, I just joined this month, but everyone has been so lovely. I just know we'll all do great if we work together!

"This kind of situation does not call for freaking out!"
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8/16/12 5:14 A

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Welcome LVMAMAW! Please take a look around and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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emoticon RONIE11 and LVMAMAW. There is a lot of support and information here. It is a great team. Welcome!


Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

Healthy eating is the end goal. Losing weight is a bi-product of it.
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8/15/12 10:17 P

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Welcome, RONIE11 and LVMAMAW!
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The folks on this team are some of the wisest, most generous people I've ever "met." (online OR in real life!)

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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

Media
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Weight chart
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8/15/12 8:13 P

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emoticon You know how to do it, maintain your way back to your range! This is a great team to keep us grounded in that home range, too.

- Barb

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

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emoticon RONIE, it's great having you on the team!

This is a VERY supportive group of people, here. Someone is always around, in no time flat, to answer questions, offer advice, or even toss out a few swift emoticon if it's so needed! emoticon

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8/15/12 7:40 P

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Oh My Goodness!! I have needed this team!! I am Elaine from "Vegas, Baby"!! emoticon
I have been at my goal and have edged up a few. I am so glad I am not alone! Thank you so much to Pat for blogging about this team. I sure can use your input, at least I am only playing with 4lbs. I am so excited to have found you!! emoticon emoticon

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8/15/12 6:29 P

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I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.


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Hi and welcome to the team! I've just become a new leader and we're working on ways that we can help offer more resources and support to all of our maintainers (I'll be sending a message with more about this to the team tomorrow). Have a look around our threads and please let me know if you have any specific questions. There's lots of great information here about strategies our maintainers use to stay at goal and what they do when they start to backslide. The 'Maintenance Strategies' thread might be of particular interest to you as you begin maintenance. You can find it here:

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Again, please let me know if you ever need anything or have any questions!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/15/12 5:59 P

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Hi I just joined this team. I read about it in a blog that was suggested to me by someone else. I feel that with some well planned effort on my part I will be back at my maintenance weight in a few months. I want to learn what to do once I am at my goal weight. This team was praised for being friendly and supportive. I really could use all of your advice and knowledge. I look forward to getting to know everyone and in putting myself first again..
My downside is I have a high stress job that requires very little cardio burn, but my legs and arms need to be strong. I care for a elderly lady that needs me to transfer her completly several times a day. I have pulled a muscle in my stomach and that stopped me from exerciseing for a while and I never got back to it.. Well nows the time.. no more putting ME off ... I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and are right on track ... emoticon

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