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8/24/12 7:22 A

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Glad you're here!

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A quick glance at my recent blog posts will show you that I've been down that regain road too. And when I hit goal 2.5 years ago I was nervous too, because I'd never managed to stay there.

It's been a bumpy road since then but with the support I've found here and grit, I've managed to make it work, and learn along the way.

There are a lot of facets to maintenance, from figuring out what goal weight or size or % body fat you want, to adjusting your calories and exercise, and most especially wrapping your mind around the concept of a new "normal" as NELLJONES put it.

Be patient with yourself. Continue to monitor and if you see a slide, adjust appropriately. Try a whole lot of different strategies to find the ones that work best for you.

And remind yourself of WHY you want to stay at goal weight - make a list, a new vision collage, write a blog post, something that celebrates how it feels to be at your "happy" size. So when things get tough, you can revisit that reminder and push through.

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

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8/23/12 5:59 A

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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the encouragement!

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8/23/12 3:26 A

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Welcome! I'm new to the team, too and I can understand all the reasons for you being nervous. But I think we're at the right place and that community support can really do the trick!
Good luck to both of us!
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8/22/12 9:40 P

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8/22/12 7:17 P

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Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )

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8/22/12 7:11 P

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Welcome to the team. I agree with what others have already said. Maintenance is a process and we get better at it as we go. We all need slightly different tools to make it happen and it's ok to go through some trial and error, we all have in different ways.
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8/22/12 7:01 P

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Welcome NJ5050! I've been at goal long enough that it is familiar and not scary at all. Give it time. It will become your new "normal", especially if you stay here on Spark and never ever forget. You had enough faith in yourself to get to goal. Now have faith that you can stay where you worked so hard to be. Faith not fear.

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8/22/12 5:12 P

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I'm new here too and trying to adjust to the difference between weight loss and maintenance. I'm not finding it easy! But as I have lost only to gain again in the past I'm determined to get it right this time. This team is proving a great help!

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8/22/12 7:44 A

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I'm new here, too, and have had many of the same concerns as you over the years.

One thing I have noticed is that my internal dialogue tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If I say to myself "I'm afraid I will gain the weight back!", the I start to get puffy again. If I tell myself "I've got this. I'll be Okay.", I stay lean.

Nancy Anne

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8/22/12 7:15 A

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Welcome to the team, NJ5050! Like ONEKIDSMOM said, we've got a wonderful and supportive community of maintainers here. Please take a look around our team threads and, if you have any questions, please don't be afraid to start up a new discussion thread or to ask me or one of the other leaders. We have lots of experienced maintainers here and if you're having a problem, chances are one, if not MANY, of us have been through what you're going through and can give you some 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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8/22/12 7:11 A

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Welcome, NJ! You have come to the right place, and for the right reason.

Congratulations on your success in losing! I am 59, and came over here two and a half years ago when I was four pounds above my initial goal. I adjusted my goal downwards a bit. And I was totally afraid of maintenance, since I'd failed at it so many times in the past.

Now, entering my third year of it, not so scary any more. Community is GREAT support in maintenance, especially, as none of us is perfect, and hanging out with one another reminds us that it's still important to take care of ourselves, even if we are not actively trying to *lose* weight. emoticon emoticon

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8/22/12 6:58 A

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Hi, I'm new to this team. I'm 52 years old and have lost 40 pounds. I am/was excited to reach my goal, but now a bunch of new issues have cropped up: am I really done or do I want to lose a few more pounds? Why am I suddenly backsliding and how can I stop that? How can I be part of the 5% that doesn't gain back the weight? Honestly, I haven't taken advantage of the community part of SP much in the past, but I have a feeling I need it now more than ever. I'm looking forward to the help! --NJ

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