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11/18/12 6:17 P

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Welcome to the team, Sandi! Please have a look around our threads and links, which you can find under the Team Stream on the right side of the page, and feel free to start up a new discussion thread if you have any questions that you'd like to put out to the team. We're a pretty active bunch here, so you'll be bound to get a range of people chiming in with lots of helpful advice. If you ever need anything, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders.

Welcome again and congratulations on all your success!

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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11/17/12 7:07 P

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Hello everyone. I'm new. I'm a pound ahead of the game...just one more pound to reach my goal, however, I'm going to lose another 3 pounds after that so I have some leeway. A leader suggested I join this team because you're active and it pertains to the stage I'm at...and I am OH SO GRATEFUL to be here! I know I'll need support to maintain. I know I'll have to work at it for a long, long time...the rest of my life actually. However, this time I'm looking forward to it.

Cheers, Sandi

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11/14/12 7:32 P

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11/13/12 3:46 P

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Hello and emoticon to a wonderful, supportive team. I agree that careful tracking is the key to maintenance. With food, when I'm sticking to my Eat to Live plan it's less crucial because I know the total I eat is within my range, but whenever I go off it (when away from home, for instance, I know I need to track or I'll put on weight (nearly 3kg this last time away). I have a fitbit which I have synced to SP - there's no way I can deceive myself about what I have or have not done with that monitoring me! And if I can't track or forget it's there on my computer when I log on. Good luck with your maintenance journey!

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11/13/12 1:54 P

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Hi Kim and welcome to the team! I personally find tracking my food very useful because I don't have a built in portion control mechanism and like having lots of variety, including some of the unhealthy stuff, in my diet. After years of wild swings up and down (with a high of 260), this is the first time I've been able to lose the weight and keep it off long term. It's also the first time I've consistently tracked my food, so I'm sure there's a connection.

If you're interested in more accountability, there's a daily check-in thread that you can post your day-to-day progress in along with a relatively small but very active group of our members:

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We also run maintenance challenges where the goal is to stay within a 3% range of your goal. We're in the final weeks of one now, so I imagine we'll be starting another one up soon. 4A-HEALTHY-BMI runs these and will be the one who will send out more information on the next one when the time comes.

If you'd like some personal accountability, you can also post a message requesting a maintenance buddy here:

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Have a look around and please don't be afraid to start up a new discussion thread if you have a question that you'd like to put out to the team. We've also compiled lots of interesting blogs and articles connected to maintenance if you have a look in the Team Links section under the Team Stream on the right side of the page. If you ever need anything or have any questions, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders. Welcome again to the team!
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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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11/13/12 12:53 P

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Hi Kim, and welcome! Congratulations...the long slow way really is a great way to learn maintenance for life!
I think you hit the nail on the head with logging food. That is how I stay on track. I take short breaks- some longer, but always come back to tracking...it really seems to be the key to long term success.

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11/13/12 12:29 P

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I reached my goal weight of 130 on July 4, 2012. I maintained 130 for about a week and then watched the scale bounce between 133 and 135. And that's where you find me today.

I lost my weight (65 pounds) over a 3 year period. Nice and slow. I never expect to lose any weight about a week before Halloween until about a week after Super Bowl Sunday. I relax, live, and enjoy for a 4 month period. I know it sounds crazy... that's 25% of the year. The catch is that I do expect my fitness level to improve. I do expect to NOT gain any weight. I do expect to make healthy choices at meal and snack times.

The problem is that I've never been in maintenance mode during this self-defined 4-month period. The other problem is that I've become lax about logging meals, logging fitness, and frankly... my pants are tight today.

Even though I've kept up with fitness, logging it must be a key to owning it. And owning it must be a key to owning and maintaining my success. At least for now.

So, Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to being accountable to this team.
Kim

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