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9/14/12 9:55 P

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Yea! I found the maintenance ticker! And I've been reading about all you folks for so long this evening, I didn't even think about a snack LOL.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


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9/14/12 7:17 P

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Oh, yes, you belong! emoticon

- Barb

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

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Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
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9/14/12 6:08 P

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No question about it, you belong here! emoticon to a great team.

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The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better.


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BROOKLYN_BORN's Photo BROOKLYN_BORN Posts: 2,704
9/14/12 4:35 P

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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I just noticed a typo in my introduction. My first post when I joined SP was June 2010 not 2012, but I've spent all that time mostly lurking quietly. I hope to find my voice now.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


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TINAJANE76's Photo TINAJANE76 SparkPoints: (65,284)
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9/14/12 11:18 A

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Welcome, BROOKLYN_BORN! Nice to see another native New Yorker here. You've definitely come to the right place. We've got an active and very supportive team of maintainers and near maintainers here. Take a look around and feel free to start up a new thread if you've got any questions. 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, who's away this weekend, is a scientist and responsible for most of the charts and data you'll find around here. She'd be a great person for you to connect with and I'd suggest having a look at the blogs you can find on her SparkPage in the meantime:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4A
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Please let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions and welcome once again!
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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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AMARILYNH's Photo AMARILYNH SparkPoints: (177,418)
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9/14/12 9:51 A

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Welcome, Brooklyn! My story is very similar to yours, only I still had 15 pounds to go when I found SP. That last 15 was a struggle and I still struggle with taking off the 2 or 3 I sometimes gain back. Like you I'm staying active here so I'll be sure not to let it get out of hand!!

I'll be 65 in January and am a retired accountant so we really do have a lot in common. Except location that is - I'm a Texan who has been residing in Georgia for almost 30 years. Isn't retirement grand?? We LOVE it!!

Have a blessed day!! Marilyn

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62NVON's Photo 62NVON SparkPoints: (47,529)
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9/14/12 9:00 A

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Welcome home! You will love it here!

~Christie in NC

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9/14/12 8:49 A

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Welcome to the team! I hope you have found a home here!

Tracking really does make a difference. Having other's that share the same issues you have also helps.

Good Luck!

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BROOKLYN_BORN's Photo BROOKLYN_BORN Posts: 2,704
9/14/12 8:40 A

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Maybe I’ve finally found a place to belong? I was already on maintenance when I joined SP.

THIS was my original entry in JUNE 2012:
“I've carried an extra 25 lbs for 25 years. In the era of the "Biggest Loser" that may not seem like a big deal. I've always been told by family and friends that I could "carry it." The photo of me finishing a half marathon back in 2006 attests to that. Finally, on Jan 1, 2009 I decided that I just didn't want to "carry it" anymore, not for 13.1 miles, not up and down stairs, nowhere. Now, 22 lbs lighter, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my plan and now maintenance is my goal.”

I was successful because my running forum began a “healthy eating and living” thread where we supported each other much as happens here and tracked our food and workouts on another less comprehensive site than SP. I lurked on SP to read the articles which arrived in my email, so SP was also responsible for my success. I finally registered in June 2010 after reading “The Secrets of the 5%” and introduced myself as wanting to be part of the 5% who successfully keep the weight off for 3 years.

However, although I was inspired by the stories of others who lost incredible amounts of weight, I never felt comfortable writing about my own journey or struggles because I figured who would really care about a 65 year old 5’6 woman maintaining at 132-135 lbs. I never had a “tracker” because what would I track?

My 3 year anniversary of maintenance will be Thanksgiving Day. After my month long European vacation this spring I gained 4 lbs, not a big deal but I didn't want it to turn into 8 or 12 or worse. So I began actively participating in SP tracking and as expected, it WORKS. Calories in, calories out! As a retired math/computer science teacher, I love numbers and data and now I even find it fun to get Sparkpoints. I hope that means I’m here to stay.


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