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10/14/12 9:08 A

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Welcome, BETHEFLAME. You've definitely come to the right place. It took me a long time to find it. Your FIRST race was a 10K? Way to challenge yourself! Very impressive.

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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10/12/12 1:57 P

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Welcome to the team, BROWNCOFIDDLER! These pages are generally pretty active and there's lots that can learned from our experienced maintainers. There are a few things that we've got going now that might interest you:

-Every day, one of our members starts up a Daily Check-in Thread under the General Team Discussion Forum. This is for people who want the extra accountability of reporting their daily progress and/or challenges to their teammates.

-We've got a library of useful blogs and articles in the Team Links section, which you can find by clicking on the 'Links' button on the right of the page under the Team Stream.

-We've got a new maintenance challenge that will be starting up on October 22. The deadline to register is October 15 and you can find all the details about it here:
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Have a look around and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders. If you have a question you'd like to put out to the team, don't be afraid to start up a new thread. Congratulations on all of your success and welcome 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.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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BROWNCOFIDDLER's Photo BROWNCOFIDDLER Posts: 3,831
10/12/12 9:03 A

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I'm new here today too. It took 292 days, but today is the day I reached my goal weight....even 1/2 pound below it actually. It's been a long, wonderful road, but I'm so glad to finally be here in maintenance. The journey has been amazing and now I'm looking forward to a whole new adventure in continuing my healthy lifestyle and weight loss. So glad to be on this team!! emoticon

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SKIRNIR's Photo SKIRNIR Posts: 5,247
10/11/12 8:51 P

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Welcome to the team. I have been at goal weight for almost 2 years now, so it can be done and there are others here who have been at goal weight much longer. So again, welcome to a great team. Hope it will help you to see how possible it is to get that weight off, and to keep it off.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
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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WILLOWBROOK5's Photo WILLOWBROOK5 SparkPoints: (10,797)
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10/11/12 8:40 P

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Welcome! I am fairly new here but have found so much support and really helpful information. It's never too early to think about maintenance. :-)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 6,036
10/11/12 8:27 P

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It's never to early to think about your eventual home...MAINTENANCE!

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Of course you're welcome!

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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MJREIMERS's Photo MJREIMERS Posts: 4,663
10/11/12 6:30 P

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emoticon to the team. It's a great place full of support to help you on your journey! I'm glad you are here. emoticon

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10/11/12 3:35 P

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Welcome to the team, BETHEFLAME! You're most welcome here and I hope that you'll be able to take advantage of the wisdom, generosity and support of our members. Many of us have been up and down and everywhere in between over the course of our lives, so you'll find lots of people who can relate to your story. Although our members have used different strategies to get and stay at goal, I think the level of commitment among our maintainers is absolutely amazing and there's so much that can be learned from their different perspectives and experiences. I didn't join this team until I reached goal but I really wish I had started to think about what maintenance would be like for me sooner. Maybe it wouldn't have taken me six times to finally get to and stay at goal if I had started planning for it sooner, lol!

I wish you the best of luck in reaching your goal and in staying there once you do. Please take a look around and if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders.
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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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SUZYMOBILE's Photo SUZYMOBILE Posts: 9,912
10/11/12 3:05 P

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emoticon Beth! emoticon

I haven't been on this team long myself, but I'm very impressed with the level of support, information sharing, and downright SUCCESS among its members. You could do far worse!

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Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 10/11/2012 (15:05)
"Awareness is all."

"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
—SUZYMOBILE

"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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ZENNITH's Photo ZENNITH SparkPoints: (28,152)
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10/11/12 2:55 P

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This is a great team, I haven't been a member for long, but there's always the support you need around. I'm transitioning to maintenance and I spent a long time thinking about maintenance before I considered myself to be transitioning. Maybe you are transitioning to transition?! emoticon

Anyway, Welcome and I hope you enjoy the team.

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I don't have time is the grown up version of the dog ate my homework

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62NVON's Photo 62NVON SparkPoints: (47,529)
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10/11/12 2:35 P

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Welcome to the team! There is so much support, information and motivation with the members.

Best of luck to you and feel free to ask anything!

~Christie in NC

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Highest weight: 251
Maintenance weight: 138
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10/11/12 1:52 P

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After reading several blogs by SP members of this team, I've decided to bite the bullet and join as a birthday gift to myself.

I'm still a long ways from my goal weight. I'm not even in transition to maintenance yet because I'm still very much in the weight loss phase of this lifetime journey. I'm here because 1) I need to prepare myself mentally for the transition to maintenance long before I get there and 2) because the lived wisdom and practical experience of (most) of the people on this team are unlike almost anywhere else on SP. I appreciate the level of honesty and support here, along with the open acknowledgment of the unique challenges of maintaining lifelong weight loss.

i've gotten to my goal weight only once before in my life. I maintained it, barely, for more than a year and then major stress hit. It wasn't long until I returned to my familiar coping friend, food, and my familiar coping habit, overeating. I'm determined to do things differently this time, but I know I can't do it alone.

My weight goal is to reach a normal BMI. Over the summer, I started running as a way to manage anxiety. I just finished my first race event, a 10K. It won't be my last. Thinking of myself as a runner is almost as unimaginable as being a normal BMI for the rest of my life. I'm out to prove to myself that anything is possible.

~Linda
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Highest weight: 232
Goal weight: 144

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
" ~Arthur Ashe

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Winston Churchill

"The momentum of one step leading to another is more important than pace." Jeff Galloway


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