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2/19/13 6:50 P

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All good policies from my point of view, Linda. I think fiber is very important. Both soluble and insoluble. Always weight my carb choices towards the lower glycemic like beans. Getting a handle on the caloric density of meals and shunning the calorie bombs was critical for me.

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2/19/13 3:05 P

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I have learned to eat high fiber food because it is more filling. I drink a glass of water before a meal. Eat slowly and chew the food. I try to enjoy the taste of the food. I try not to eat sweets or fatty foods. I lose more weight by eating healthy carbohydrates. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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2/19/13 5:32 A

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Oh yeah, I still have some blacklisted foods as well--the ones that I just seem to lose all control with whenever they're around like any kind of chips. My treat meals are usually very special and are almost always ones I cook myself. They're just not as healthy as the meals I make the rest of the week and often involve alcohol and a sweet dessert, both of which I normally lay off of the rest of the time. I was a decent cook before I lost the weight, but I had hardly any healthy meals in my lineup. Learning how to lighten up my favorites and eat well without all the calories has been a huge help. I've also learned to make sensible choices about when to go for regular versions of food (like whole-fat dairy products--I generally can't stand the low-fat versions) and how to balance those with a high volume of lower-calorie and lower-fat foods like vegetables (I just may turn into a green bean one day because I eat so many of them!). I've learned that my body craves both flavor AND volume, so all those things working together seem to do the trick for me.

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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2/19/13 2:39 A

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Tina,

Finding out what combinations worked to sustain me the longest was very important to me as well. I pretty much had to learn to cook!

I take a different approach to treats. I still have lots of my old indulgences blacklisted. I prefer to make lower caloric density versions that taste good, but meet my new dietary criteria. Or in some cases, just develop new favorites. I know that doesn't work for everybody, but it's been the best plan for me. Always keep some "safety food" around in case I just have to have something extra, I don't do a lot of damage.

Daily exercise too is a part of my routine that I can't afford to ignore. We've mostly hiked, but lately I've been enjoying biking.

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2/19/13 1:34 A

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I'd say that learning what combination of food keeps me the most satisfied and least likely to binge has been a huge factor in my successs. I had to learn how I could adequately balance healthy eating with moderate amounts of unhealthy food. Since I prefer to have one big meal a week rather than spreading my treats out, I had to learn how much I needed to scale back the rest of the week in order not to see gains as a result of my treat meals. I also learned that I couldn't be too restrictive the other days of the week because that set me up for bingeing.

Other important factors for me have been making regular exercise a normal part of my life and a priority, meal planning, continued tracking of my food, developing a binge-control plan, near-daily weigh ins (which keep me honest and help me self-correct when needed) and staying active and connected to my support systems here.

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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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2/18/13 8:13 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. Best wishes on your journey. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/18/13 5:15 P

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Thanks, Becky, Bill.

I think the biggest factor has been a solid rationalization that my lifestyle has a profound effect on my health and quality of life. A thought that I've shunted into most daily decisions since embarking on the big change. Also, arranging my life in a way that supports fitness. Putting a large emphasis on satiety when considering food choices. And paying close attention to myself, making small corrections when I need to.

I'd like to hear other's perspectives on what keeps them on track.

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2/18/13 9:02 A

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Welcome John and congratulations on your success. Can you identify a factor or factors that contributed to your success the most?

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2/18/13 7:45 A

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Welcome to the team!

Way to Go on Maintaining!

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2/16/13 10:35 P

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Thanks for the welcome everyone!

Just logged my approximate maintenance anniversary, 4A. Thanks for letting me know about that feature.

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2/16/13 9:37 P

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emoticon to the team. Take the time to look around at the threads. We have challenges, daily check-ins, lots of support, and just plan good people! I've found a great community! I'm glad you are here!

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2/16/13 11:47 A

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Welcome!

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2/16/13 9:49 A

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Hi John and welcome to a great team! We have a lot going on here, including a new maintenance challenge that will be starting up in a few days if you're interested. There's also a Daily Check-in Thread, a recipe challenge (if you're into cooking) and constant discussions. I find it useful to browse our members' blogs to see what successes and challenges everyone is dealing with. Have a look around and please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.
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emoticon to SP and to a great team. I'm sure you will find lots of interest for you on this team's message boards and its members blogs. emoticon

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2/15/13 8:20 P

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Hi!

Long-haul maintainer here. 115 lbs over 11+ years. New to Sparkpeople. Just set up a page. Always happy to share my experiences. I like to see what others are doing in their maintenance regimens.

Good to meet you all!

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