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SUZYMOBILE
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11/6/12 8:18 A

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emoticon Brynnet! I've been maintaining for 7 years now and will have my 4th Sparkversary in a couple of weeks. Still, I think I've learned more about the science of maintenance since joining this team, a month or so ago, than I've ever known! This is definitely the right place from which to approach maintenance. You'll learn what "maintenance" means to you, among many other things. I started out "maintaining" at 111, which was much too low for me; then let it drift upward to about 117-118 (now the bottom of my "maintenance range"); and recently made up my mind to get away from the top of my range (125), because I wasn't really happy to be there.

Good luck on your own journey, and keep us posted!

"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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BRYNNET
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Thank you VERY much for your warm welcome and for sharing a piece of your stories with me.
I appreciate it very much and I consider this the most important team I joined.

One of you mentioned a bit of interesting research about women who were being monitored and that they fared better than those who didn't know upfront what to do at maintenance.
I read it as well, as I keep a keen eye out for research considering weight loss and I think that this is one thing that global obesity brought us as well: more research and more attention to this problem and how (not) to tackle it. So, a blessing in disguise, I think.
Once again, thank you all and I'll keep reading and learning from this group! emoticon


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MAUITN
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11/3/12 8:14 A

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I, too, have been at goal, below goal and often as now, above goal. I seem to "hover".

Earnie - Monteagle, TN
“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -John O'Donohue

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If something is holding us back, today is the day to begin to push back. Today is always the best day to end the fears and begin being the best you.

At the end of every road there is something worth seeing.


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LOGOULD
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11/2/12 10:59 P

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emoticon BRYNNET!!! When I first joined the team, I had made my goal and then gained some back and was trying to get back down to where I want to be. As of this morning, I am at my "goal" weight, and have been within my "range" again for the past month or so. Would I like to lose a couple more pounds....sure, but would I be content to stay at where I am and be able to sustain that for life....you betcha! With the help of this team I intend to do just that, so welcome aboard and enjoy all the wealth of information and advice that there is offered here!

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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TINAJANE76
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11/2/12 9:31 P

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Welcome to the team, BRYNNET! I know I certainly wish I had joined this team sooner--there's such a wealth of knowledge and experience to be found here that I think can be hugely beneficial to everyone working to manage their weight whether they're at goal or still in the losing phase. Have a look around our threads, check out our team links section under the team stream on the right side of the page to see the blogs and articles we've compiled connected to maintenance issues and don't be afraid to start up a new discussion thread if you have a question you'd like to ask the rest of the team. If you ever need anything, please also 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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AMARANTHA_Q
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11/2/12 6:56 P

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Hi, across the pond! I consider myself a weight loss maintainer as at one time I lost more than 100 pounds and kept it off but have been tweaking it up and down ever since. To me that is all part of maintenance, it is a journey that never ends and goals change.

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~ Harvey Fierstein

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." ~ Marianne Williamson


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KMMR87
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11/2/12 8:35 A

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Hi there you across the pond. And welcome. This is a great group. Very active and with good support. I had a difficult time maintaining my weight once reaching my goal. I kept losing. Now with our new challenge I have a visible goal: keeping up with my team over the holidays. I've maintained my weight for 6 months and finally have a healthy balance in my life.

Kathy (from VT)

People will forget what you say
People will forget what you do
But people will never forget how you made them feel

Maya Angelou


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MAUITN
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11/1/12 7:29 P

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Zennith, you had a smart Dad!

Earnie - Monteagle, TN
“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -John O'Donohue

www.flickr.com/photos/8894287@N06/

If something is holding us back, today is the day to begin to push back. Today is always the best day to end the fears and begin being the best you.

At the end of every road there is something worth seeing.


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ONEKIDSMOM
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11/1/12 7:15 P

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Maintenance is a mindset. It says "I'm committed to life in my new healthy habits"... "I'm not about the roller coaster... I'm about the glide".

So, Welcome... whatever the scale says! Welcome to learning how "not to gain"... and "how to fuel your body with enough". If we learn to "not gain"... in fact, we might just find ourselves doing what I did... drifting to where our body feels "right". And in the process, sometimes we surprise ourselves.

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- 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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POPSY190
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11/1/12 5:16 P

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Welcome. I think "Transitional Member" sounds better than illegal! emoticon An important part of successful maintenance is the mind preparation beforehand and joining this team early in the piece is the best thing you could have done. emoticon

Penny, Christchurch, NZDT

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Genealogists live in the past lane.
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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BLUE42DOWN
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11/1/12 4:47 P

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emoticon to the group.

I wonder just how many of us are "illegal" (aliens?) You are not at all alone in joining pre-emptively. The best time to think about what your maintenance lifestyle will be is NOW, while you're creating the habits and ways of living that will support it.

Blue, Lethie, or Jennifer May - I answer to them all
(aka Astraxialus in NaNoWriMo)
San Jose, CA
BLC#20 & BLC#21 - ONYX OUTLAW

Weight/Calorie Spreadsheet with Trends: docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
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ZENNITH
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11/1/12 3:31 P

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Welcome!

When my Dad taught me to drive the first thing he showed me was how to stop. Kind of the same thing really.

Kick off your running shoes and join us in the Runners Cafe Team www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=17562


Today's progress is determined by yesterdays choices

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

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MAUITN
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11/1/12 9:46 A

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Welcome! I'm not at my goal weight yet either. My body has seemed to settle into an "Almost There" category and is "Hovering".

Earnie - Monteagle, TN
“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -John O'Donohue

www.flickr.com/photos/8894287@N06/

If something is holding us back, today is the day to begin to push back. Today is always the best day to end the fears and begin being the best you.

At the end of every road there is something worth seeing.


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MKELLY72
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11/1/12 9:41 A

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Welcome-
I have also been reading some about learning maintenance first lately too, and I like the idea! It seems like a logical tact to combat the high rates of getting to goal weight and gaining it all back again down the road.

Michelle

Highest weight: 248 August 2010
Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012
1/29/14-Gained back 20-peeling it off!



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BIGPAWSUP
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11/1/12 9:10 A

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LOL - I promise not to report you illegal status! emoticon

Greetings and Welcome!

Warm Wags from Kitty, the Creepy Freak!
Central Time USA

Leader Club Canine Team - Please check us out!
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I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can!


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62NVON
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11/1/12 9:08 A

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All are welcome here... and recent things I've read indicate that learning to maintain should be the first step before losing weight!

Mastering Weight-Maintenance Skills Before Embarking On Diet Helps Women Avoid Backsliding: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/1210
30143027.htm


I wish you much success!

~Christie in NC

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Highest weight: 251
Maintenance weight: 138
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BRYNNET
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11/1/12 8:53 A

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Hi everyone,

I joined this wonderful group a little while ago, because I heard many good things about it.
I'm an european member, 47 years old and if you check my ticker you will notice that I'm not nearly at my end goal (hence the word 'illegal' in my intro) yet.
Still, I wanted to join for several reasons:
1. I didn't want to loose track of this group, when I will have reached my goal.
2. Because I truly believe that maintenance is still more important than loosing weight and I want to read about it, so when I reach my goal I will know how maintenance actually works. I want to familiarize myself with it, so that maintenance will feel like a normal and comfortable transition.
The thing that made me decide to embark on my very last weight loss journey, was reading the Hackers diet
www.fourmilab.ch
I read it several times and for those unfamiliar with it: it actually has very little to do with how to eat.
For me it is a logical, statistical way of keeping track of your weight, while ignoring the daily scale variants, your 'solids' and the amount of water in your body.
I've been keeping track of my weight diligently, keeping the 'trend' number as my real weight. By staying under the trendline, I know that I've lost weight, regardless of what the scale says.
It felt so logical for me that suddenly I was able to see that I can loose weight and I will be able to manage my weight when I get to the maintenance part.
And because I can modify my calorie intake daily, to speed up or slow down my weight loss a bit and record it daily, I think that it has very much to do with maintaining a healthy weight, namely for the rest of my life keeping track of what I eat and seeing exactly if and when an occasional treat is possible or not.
Already I'm very comfortable with taking notes and printing out my monthly progress and I don't mind that I need to keep doing that for the rest of my life to keep my weight steady.
So, I hope that you will have me on this group to listen and learn from you all emoticon
Have a very nice day!
Oh, one last thing: of course we in Europe hear about the Sandy disaster in the States, so I hope everyone is safe over there!

Edited by: BRYNNET at: 11/1/2012 (08:55)

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