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9/15/12 7:13 A

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emoticon Hi Tracy
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9/14/12 10:17 P

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Hi Tracy- great to see you on this team. I know your fear. I know your concerns. One of the awesome things about SparkPeople is having access 24 hrs a day to someone travelling the same journey who understands. This time WILL be different for you!
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9/14/12 8:56 P

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You can do it - I agree with everyone's suggestions about raising the calories slowly, especially if there's a little more weight that you'd like to lose. Nuts (I like sliced almonds) are a good way to sneak in some extra calories - I sprinkle them in my oatmeal and on my afternoon fruit and greek yogurt snack.

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9/14/12 7:49 P

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I gradually upped my calories, too, when I got to maintenance. I was losing on 1500 - 1700, as I was pretty active, even at 5' 3". What happened is that over time I continued to lose but I was happy with the calorie range and the activity level... turned out my final "home weight range" was lower than my original goal... but I changed my focus to maintenance, and started practicing the maintainer's mind-set when I reached the original goal.

Take your time. Keep the faith. You will get there and start to feel at home in your new body! It's an experiment, and your maintenance will look like your own.

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

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9/14/12 6:03 P

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HelloTracy. Great to see you here.

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9/14/12 5:57 P

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Glad you came on board Tracy emoticon emoticon

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

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP's Photo TRACYNOTGIVINUP SparkPoints: (32,947)
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9/14/12 5:22 P

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Thanks everyone for the welcome and reassuring words. As soon as I read about taking the calorie upping slowly, it made perfect sense. I can't really judge what is going on with my body week to week right now, so I will aim for a month at a time. This will actually be beneficial to me since I really have a hard time eating all my calories, and this will have a better effect if I am struggling at the beginning of a new range. thanks again.


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Change forever."
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9/14/12 4:41 P

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emoticon Great job! Good for you! Glad you are here.

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9/14/12 4:13 P

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Welcome to the team, Tracy! Many on the team have lost and regained multiple times. I've done it six times myself and had almost completely undone a 115 pound loss before I buckled down this past time. Good news is that I'm six months into maintenance now. It's hard work but it can be done. I'm well on my way and there are lots of others here who are finally enjoying long-term success after several unsuccessful attempts.

I agree with SKIRNIR that it can be a good idea to up your calories more slowly. I used a similar strategy and it was a very comfortable way to ease into maintenance while slowly losing just a little more weight. At a certain point, my weight leveled off and I stopped upping my calories.

Please take a look around, especially our 'links' section which has references to lots of handy articles and blogs, and let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions. Also please feel free to start up a new thread any time you have a question you'd like to put out to the team. There's lots of wisdom here to take advantage of!
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9/14/12 3:39 P

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I might suggest uping your calories a tad slower. I upped mine about 100 calories and kept it there for a month, as I wanted to take it slow so I wouldn't start gaining. As long as I was still loosing, I raised my calories a tad more then, but only made changes once a month to give it time to see what happens.

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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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9/14/12 2:04 P

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Wow. Great for you! I am overwhelmed by life, generally, and am having problems getting these last few pounds off -- if you can do it, I can do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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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TRACYNOTGIVINUP's Photo TRACYNOTGIVINUP SparkPoints: (32,947)
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9/14/12 1:44 P

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Hi, my name is Tracy. I am really excited about finding this team through my sp friend! I think it will be just what I need to keep me on track and will give me the support I will need for who knows how long.

I just hit my goal weight and am already self doubting myself. I am still not in the healthy BMI range, wouldn't be there until I lose another 12 pounds and I am not sure I am up for that really. I feel really good about myself and how I look. I am running 4 times a week for a total of about 18 miles each week, then I am doing walking, ST, Zumba and anything else that catches my whim for the week. I am also making myself do stretching after my runs. I am a cardio junkie so I need to make myself do the ST and the stretching.

I just posted my journey story on my sparkpage if anyone would like to read it. Basically I just lost 123 pounds in the past 14 months. I have already lost this weight once before and over the past 11 years it came back, hence the overwhelmed. I DO NOT want to do that again. I am not losing this weight for a third time. This is it for me. I do feel better about lots of things this time around compared to when I lost the first time, so that gives me hope.

My goal right now is to slowly increase my calories. I have been losing weight around 1200-1300 calories, though my range was 1300-1600. I am going to slowly increase it by 100 each week, since I seem to have a hard time making my calories into the ranges needed. I also figure that from there, if I continue to lose weight, it was meant to be. I stopped focussing on the number on the scale when I started running and setting goals for myself there, things just seemed to fall into place.

Sorry I went on so long, I look forward to getting to know everyone here and giving and receiving the support we all need.


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Change forever."
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