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9/17/12 8:50 A

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Wow! The comments here are so helpful! Whether at goal or not, we have to adjust our minds to a healthy lifestyle.

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9/17/12 7:10 A

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I have both Vlogged and blogged about this. I've found maintenance to be very much like losing- I do all the same stuff with the exception that I can either eat a couple of hundred more calories each day (not much at all- you will find as you get closer to goal that your volume of food has to go down quite a bit to keep losing), or keep eating like I am losing and then splurge once during the week. Any more and I start gaining.

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BJPENNY70's Photo BJPENNY70 SparkPoints: (71,695)
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9/17/12 12:55 A

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I really appreciate all of you pitching in to welcome me and give me advice. I am so glad. I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing by wanting to start now learning about maintaining. But now I see that I have a great group to work with. I know more success is to come. Thank you all so very much. I will be visiting you often. emoticon

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9/17/12 12:24 A

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I highly recommend the book "Thin for Life." In it, Anne Fletcher outlines what the key behaviors are of successful maintainers. Since so few people actually keep off lost weight, I think it makes a lot of sense to see what those that do have been doing.

Congratulations on your loss so far and on thinking ahead!

Peri

Lost 65 pounds just in time for my 40th birthday. Now maintaining my weight loss, training for a half marathon and lifting weights seriously. Love my body and love my life. It was all worth it!


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9/16/12 10:10 P

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I say that the way to prepare for maintenance is to live the way you are willing to live forever right now. Because everyone keeps saying it's about a lifestyle, and it is. The goal weight is not really the point. I really think that's where the struggle comes. People think life is going to be different or they are going to be much different than they were while they were losing. This especially happens when people are doing something rather heroic or drastic to get there. If you aren't doing pretty much what you're going to do forever, transitioning to maintenance might be hard. But if you have been learning to find foods that you enjoy and eat them in moderate quantities, to move consistently in way that you can sustain through most life situations, maintenance is pretty easy. The advantage someone has when it takes a long time to get there is that she has a long time to get used to the habits. They really need to be habits. I'm never going to get less "strict' than I am right now. If anything, I might get stricter about exercise. But I'm not doing anything for the short run to lose weight. I might do something for an event, like more workouts before I went to dance camp this year, but that was for the event, not for weight loss. Make the lifestyle the real goal. Then as long as you do what you set out to do, you're always there.

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9/16/12 8:38 P

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What a smart thing to do! Wish I learned about lessons of maintenance sooner! Welcome!!

-Savannah

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NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (215,222)
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9/16/12 6:46 P

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What an amazing accomplishment! Welcome!

Nell
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9/16/12 6:23 P

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Welcome!! And congratulations on your amazing weight loss!

Holly/Texas. Time Zone: CST; Don't do anything today you can't maintain for the rest of your life; Studies show a mere 11 minutes of weight training 3 times a week is enough to reduce your body fat and raise your metabolism.


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9/16/12 5:55 P

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emoticon . I think the earlier you start to think about maintenance the better, as it is a mind set that needs to be adjusted. It also keeps you focussed on your immediate goals and being in this team will reinforce that you can do it!

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TINAJANE76's Photo TINAJANE76 SparkPoints: (64,786)
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9/16/12 5:16 P

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First of all, congratulations on the success you've had so far. Ninety-seven pounds is a HUGE accomplishment! Feel free to sit in and chime in whenever you'd like. Have a look around and if you have any questions, please ask me or one of the other leaders. Also, if you look under the scrolling Team Stream on the right side of the page, there are several different buttons you can click on. The 'Links' section might be of particular interest to you because there are many articles about making the transition to maintenance that could be a big help.
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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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9/16/12 5:04 P

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I am only half way to my weight loss goal. I have lost 97 pounds. I have 92 more to lose. I feel like I need to start now learning about maintaining my weight once I get there. I have never learned to maintain. I want to learn about transition, problems other are facing and how to deal with those problems. I want the ends and outs of maintaining. So if you don't mind I want to sit in and learn. Learning about and planning for my weight loss has brought me success. I feel I need to do the same for the future of maintaining. emoticon

Edited by: BJPENNY70 at: 9/16/2012 (17:06)
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