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POSITIVESPACE
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3/30/14 10:29 P

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Thank you for your kind welcome messages! I'm so glad to be here.


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3/30/14 9:51 P

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Congratulations to CRICKET and POSITIVESPACE!

Don't forget to sign up to celebrate your maintenance anniversaries!

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Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 3/30/2014 (21:51)
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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3/30/14 3:37 P

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emoticon Cricket & Positive Space! I love your names! emoticon on your weight loss! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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3/30/14 3:05 P

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Welcome CRICKET and POSITIVESPACE and congratulations on reaching your weight-loss goals. Please have a look around and feel free to start up a new thread if you have any specific questions.
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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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POSITIVESPACE
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3/29/14 1:34 P

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Hurray! I just got off of the scale and I'm at my goal weight. It took me about two years to lose seventy-six pounds to get here. Now I need to work on maintaining. I plan to keep entering my foods and exercise on SP since I have found that to be very helpful. Since I weigh myself every day, I know that my weight will fluctuate. I too have extra skin but I doubt that it will disappear since I'm 60. This post is just a celebration that I have finally made it!


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/29/14 8:26 A

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emoticon Cricket93! I feel the same way you do about maintaining my goals of keeping weight off and how difficult, but yet how rewarding it can be to be able to do this for an extended period of time. Over time I have learned to trust myself and I don't count calories with the Spark People tracker as often as I should, but over the years I've learned what foods I should eat to maintain so it becomes that lifestyle that is just like putting on your shoes every day. We all get to that point, but I feel we must never forget were we started. Have a positive day! emoticon for sharing with us! emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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3/28/14 8:11 P

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Hi, I have just reached my weight loss goal. I am intrigued at the fact of keeping the weight off for an extended period of time. I have gotten into the habit of counting calories everyday and will continue. Now it is trusting myself and still gaining confidence. Feels like a new beginning!!


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/24/14 10:10 P

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emoticon LKG9999! You can do this! Just keep believing in yourself and the support of these amazing people on this site to help you along the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: DAWNDMOORE40 at: 3/24/2014 (22:11)
"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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TINAJANE76
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3/24/14 4:18 P

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Congratulations on working your way back to goal, Lisa. This is a wonderful, supportive team, so please don't be afraid to ask for help and advice if you need it!

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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LKG9999
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3/24/14 12:40 P

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I hit my highest adult weight in 2008 when I was 230 pounds. By April 2010 I had dropped to 160-165 but struggled with maintenance, and by last fall was back to 210. I'm now down to 158 and targeting 155 as my maintenance weight.

Lisa

"Be more stubborn than the scale." - Vivian Bedoya (BEMORESTUBBORN)

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/22/14 8:11 P

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emoticon Hi! LadyRedComet! emoticon on your success with Spark People! This site is so helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle! I have been a member for four years and I am so grateful that I decided to join! Best wishes to you and I hope for continued success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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TINAJANE76
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3/21/14 5:23 P

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Congratulations on all your success and on your first posts here. You're definitely not alone here and please do let us know if you ever need anything.
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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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LADYREDCOMET
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3/21/14 5:08 P

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I've been maintaining for about six months now, and I've been a team member (lurker) for a bit longer than that, so it's probably time I introduce myself. I had a wakeup call when a doctor appointment in January of 2013 revealed my weight had crept up to around 175 pounds. I'm 5'8", so I'd just edged into an overweight BMI for the first time in my life, and I was horrified.

I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, but I set a goal to get back to my "normal" weight (around 150, right in the middle of the "healthy" BMI range) within the year. I joined a gym, with mixed results. A couple of months later I remembered SparkPeople, where I'd briefly been a member back in 2008. Suddenly everything clicked! I was able to clean up my diet, I made sure I was eating enough each day, and I learned how to make the most of my workouts. By October I'd dropped to 12 pounds lower than my initial goal weight without even trying, and I've been maintaining between 140 and 145 ever since. (Hitting the 130s kind of scared me; I can't remember ever weighing that little.)

The links from this spark team and all of the motivational blog posts I've read from the team messages have been so helpful during my maintenance! Thanks to everyone here I've learned so much about maintenance, and no longer feel so alone in my efforts. Here's to another 6+ months of success!


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/19/14 9:47 P

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emoticon Kaligirl! I am glad you are here! emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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TINAJANE76
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3/19/14 8:24 P

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Welcome back to the team and feel free to start up a new discussion thread if you want to get a conversation going about your goals and ideas. You'll be sure to get lots of feedback!

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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3/19/14 12:53 P

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I am 're-joining' this team after a couple years away. I've maintained my 'home range' weight for 4 years, but want to concentrate on fat/lean body composition and figure this is the place to do it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/10/14 9:57 P

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emoticon LoraC67 on maintaining your weight! You should be proud of everything you have accomplished! emoticon for sharing your story with us! emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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LORAC67
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3/10/14 11:43 A

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I have weighed 150 twice in my life when I delivered and a few years ago (about 3). I was 135-138 last year around Jan to May, after being 127 in the fall.

I am now in running between 116-120 and want to stay closer to 116 and love being back here. I was this weight in my 20's and early 30's. I am 46 now.

Congrats to everyone with anniversaries!

Edited by: LORAC67 at: 3/10/2014 (11:44)
Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our self-fulfilling phophecy. - Brian Tracy


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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/10/14 8:53 A

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emoticon on what you have achieved! I just passed my 3 year anniversary mark and I am so blessed to have this site and the friends on it! I pray for each and every one of you and that you continue down the road to emoticon health! We all learn a little bit from each other every day! emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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TINAJANE76
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3/10/14 7:45 A

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Hi Erika and congratulations on everything you've achieved. You're in good company here! And hooray for your upcoming maintenance anniversary--I just passed the two year mark a few days ago and know how meaningful these milestones are!

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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3/9/14 11:08 P

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Hi! I'm Erika from Chicago and I at one time weighed as much as 230 lbs. I reached my goal weight (lost 90 lbs) on April 16, 2013 (I'm rounding in on my one year maintenance anniversary). I did it by major lifestyle changes in the form of a total diet overhaul and also running (hence the username).

I've kept it off by continuing on with those food and exercise habits. I'm much happier and more confident now as a fitter person and I'm super enthusiastic about spreading the word about how I lost and how it is totally achievable!

Formerly 230 lbs, now 90 lbs lighter. Runner, sub-27 5K finisher, sub-58 10K finisher, sub-95 15K finisher, half marathon finisher, survival and success story.
www.fatgirlrunn.com

5K PR: 26:23.5
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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/9/14 10:41 P

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emoticon Hang in there! We all have trouble from time to time with maintaining. I think that is the hardest part about deciding to live a healthier life! Once you reach some of your goals, then you have to come up with other reasons to maintain those goals! You can do this! We are always here to help you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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TINAJANE76
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3/9/14 9:42 A

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Congratulations on all your success and on how far you've come! I think most of us struggle the way you are from time to time, so keep at it and you're sure to get back to where you're happiest.

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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CRAFTERPAULA
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3/8/14 5:59 P

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hi everyone! well this is my story 'i have try a million diets for 29 yrs then 4 yrs ago i founnd my way with diet and alot of exersize and lost 108 pounds ! i became the mass state queen for 2011 with tops {to diet sensibly] which was amazing ! kept the weight off for 2 yrs and working on three ! i have been having alot of trouble since dec. 2013 and jan gained alittle weight but still in lee way i want to get back to where i was so far ive been doing real good but starving and not because i am not eating but because i have a bottomless pit for a stomach! so far i got 4 off ! its a start!

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Welcome, Donde! You've come to the right place and your sentiments are ones that you'll often hear from others here. There's tons of support and great advice here, so don't be afraid to speak up and ask if you ever need anything. Also check out the maintenance resources we've got in our Big Page of Links, which is in the threads here and, if you feel like you need some extra accountability, join our Daily Check-in thread discussions or one of our maintenance challenges.


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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DAWNDMOORE40
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3/3/14 8:58 P

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emoticon Hi team! My name is Donde and I am glad to be a part of this group because I am now at the stage where I have achieved the weight I want to be, but now I just want to maintain or maybe even lose another 10 lbs. I have been struggling with the last 10 lbs and people tell me I look great. I feel great and I know I have come a long ways since I joined Spark People 3 years ago, but I feel you can always improve somehow. emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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Hi,
I joined SparkPeople in November after changing my eating habits starting back in October 2011. Over the years I've lost about 75 pounds and have been at maintenance since April, 2013. I am finding that reading about nutrition and other people's experiences is very helpful to me on my maintenance journey.

This weight loss journey has been very different in that I didn't "go on a diet," rather I decided to change my eating to focus on eating heathier. I posted an intro if anyone wants to read it.

Feeling great and loving it!


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Welcome to the team, Pam, and please let us know if you ever need anything!

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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Most of my adult life, I was 5'3' and weighed 115 pounds, and never had any issues with overeating. However, I developed some food allergies, and had to go on a strict diet with no white sugar, flour, preservatives, and eliminating and rotating allergic foods back into my diet. During that time of about 10 years, I got down to 107 but mostly maintaining at 112. When my allergy shots started working, I started enjoying food and eating whatever I wanted and binge eating at times. My highest weight was about 2 years ago, where I got up to 145 pounds. I stopped eating so many of my chocolates used for rewards for my students, and was maintaining an overweight BMI of 141 pounds for another year. This year, I have been eating mostly clean and unprocessed foods due to having some food sensitivities come back, and slowly lost 4 pounds since Jan. 1st. I am trying to eat about 90% clean with 10% treats, which has been working since I eat moderate portions. I need to lose about 10 pounds to get to my happy weight and joined the team since there seems to be helpful topics, supportive people and challenges that will spur me on to my goal.

~ Pam from Michigan~

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Nine hundred calories a day! That just breaks my heart. Thank goodness you've found a healthier and more balanced way and thank you for being such a beacon of inspiration for our maintainers here!

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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Back in 1966, my 5'2" frame had 150 lbs. hanging on it. One day my husband read an article about a weight-loss group in our town and suggested I go to it. I did and in a year managed to get off 40 lbs. by living on 900 calories a day. As you can imagine, I was hungry all the time and slowly but surely I gained back 10 lbs. I spent the next several years on the usual yo-yo, until I found Sparkpeople in 2007 and learned about changing my lifestyle completely to a more healthy attitude toward food and exercise. I've stayed at my goal weight for 6 years now by keeping records of my food, exercise, water, sleep and energy level on the Sparkpeople trackers. Being part of this team has really encouraged me. Thanks to all you maintainers! emoticon

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Congratulations on your success, Esther. Slow and steady sure does seem to win the race. That's what maintenance is all about! Really glad you like and find our Big Page of Links helpful too.
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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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2/12/14 6:59 P

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Hi, Everyone!
I started to gain weight after I retired.
I had only 30 pounds to lose, but it has been a L---O---N---G, S--L--O--W learning process.
I joined this team because your big page of links is an awsome tool.
The team members are pretty amazing as well.
Go, Team! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Esther!
Slow and steady wins the race!


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Welcome, BANANAMAG and ALIIDA and congratulations on all your success! Everyone's experience with maintenance is a little different, but if there's a particular area you're struggling with, please don't be afraid to start up a new discussion thread asking for suggestions. This is a pretty active team, so you'll be sure to get lots of helpful responses. Please also feel free to reach out to me or one of the other leaders if there's ever anything we can help you with and be sure to check out our maintenance resource center, our Big Page of Links, which has tons of useful articles, blogs and other resources that all revolve around the issue of maintenance:

tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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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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Hi! I'm jumping in here a bit early. My first and main goal is to get my BMI under 25. At yesterday's weigh-in, at 70.7, I have one kilo to go. I want to get a bit lower than that to give myself some wiggle room.

Until about 40, I was average weight for my height - about 63 kilos and 5' 6". I went up to a high of 86 by 50. My mother had a stroke, which was a wakeup call, and I went down to 76. Three years later, I was back up to 83. Then my husband had a stroke. Another wakeup call. This time I got down to 69 in two years and stayed there for two years. I was back at 76 last summer. I didn't want to re-visit the 80s, and I joined Spark in October. I'm 63 years old and I want to get my weight under 70 kilos and stay there.
Watermellen recommends this as a great group. emoticon

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Hi, my name is Margaret, and I'm just transitioning to maintenance. I started when I joined Sparkpeople almost a year ago because I got sick of feeling fat and unhealthy. Since then, my goal has been to lose at 1-2 pounds a week. Even though there were weeks that I didn't reach that goal, I've lost 50 pounds since then! I use Sparkpeople to track my food and balance my fat, carbs, and protein, and I use a Fitbit to track my workouts and how many calories I should eat in a day.

When I first bought my Fitbit, my goal was to eat 1,000 calories less than my anticipated burn, but never less than 1,200. The Fitbit predicted a 2 lb loss a week at that rate. I've now set it to lose 1.5 lbs a week, which gives me 250 more calories to eat a day. Right now, I'm just trying to figure out how to balance fats, carbs, and protein within that range. Once I'm used to that, my plan is to gradually reduce it to 1 lb, then .5 lbs.

Anyway, my hope for this group is to get more support from people who are maintaining and to share my struggles and successes with people who understand!

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Welcome to the team, Judy. It's nice to have another seasoned veteran join our ranks. Hope that you'll enjoy spending time here and that you'll find our discussions and challenges useful.
Please let me know if you ever need anything.
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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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Hello all, my name is Judy. I joined Sparkpeople in January, 2008, reached my goal weight in April, 2009 and have kept the weight off ever since. I never could have done it without Sparkpeople. I still track everything I put in my mouth every day and track every workout. I saw this team on another Sparker's page and thought I would join.


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A big welcome to all of our January posters! Congratulations on all of your success. Feel free to start up a new thread if you have any questions you'd like to put out to the team and to send me a message if there's ever anything I can do for you.

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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I lost 30 pounds and hit my goal in April of last year. I have maintained a healthy lifestyle and ended up losing about 7 more pounds. I feel good and am a lot more aware of how I feel mentally and physically.


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At 145 lbs I'm still five pounds from my goal of 140. I'm also half of my former self - my highest recorded weight was 291 lbs. I joined SparkPeople in September 2012 and it has changed my life. I look forward to educating myself about maintenance here and am grateful that this team exists.


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Started a healthier lifestyle back in December 2012 (at 253) and reached my goal weight (175) a few weeks ago. Now am in maintenance mode. Hopefully this group can help me in adjusting.

I'm trying to mostly add healthy calories (fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins) to what I had been eating when I was in weight loss mode. But I am enjoying the occasional treat (keeping the portion size reasonable of course). Also keeping my exercising the same (mainly because I feel SO GOOD after an invigorzting workout!)




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1/23/14 9:10 A

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I began my journey at 317lbs and on January 2, 2013, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. One year later, I have lost 147lbs and am about 10lbs away from goal. My surgeon told me I do not need to lose any more but I ultimately would like to hit a normal BMI (even if it's only for a day).

I joined this group to get helpful tips and hints on maintenance so I am prepared. This is the scariest part of the journey for me!

"Yesterday you said tomorrow. Just do it." Nike


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1/11/14 11:44 A

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HI everyone. I lost 85 lbs and reached my goal Jan 2012. Since then I maintained for over a year, then started slipping. I remember reading about those who "fell off the wagon" and I never thought that would be me. I tried to get back on, but only half heartedly. I couldn't figure out the new motivation. So while I am not maintaining right now. I need to get back on track. I want to be better prepared to maintain. Any tips, stories to share, would be much appreciated. THanks!


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Great to see you here! It takes lots of us a while to settle into maintenance, so you'll find your sweet spot with some time, patience and experimentation. Be sure to let us know if you ever need a helping hand and don't hesitate to start up a new discussion thread if you have any questions.
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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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I recently reached my weight loss goal. With how my body is, I still feel like I have a long way to go. If I lose more weight, that would be great. I am happy with where I am at right now! I try to eat mostly healthy & workout when I can. Thanks for the invite!

Fall 5% Challenge Starfish Member!
Sparking as a Team October Challenge.

Ultimate Goal: Lose 95 lbs
Other Goal: Lose 100 lbs - no date

Best 5K Time: 33:53! I would like to get under 30 minutes eventually!


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Congratulations on reaching goal and on everything that you've gained by losing weight and reclaiming your vitality! I loved your blog and wish you all the best as you begin to navigate maintenance. Please let us know if you ever need a helping hand or have any questions. Maintenance takes a while for many to figure out and it can seem a bit daunting at first, but with time, patience, experimentation and the support you can find here, it can be done. Good luck!

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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Hi all! I transtioned to maintenance during December after a year of working to get back into shape, shed excess weight and figure out how to live healthier. I've summarized my 2013 journey in a blog so take a look if you're interested in how I got here. Here's the link:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5574967


I'm glad to be with you all learning to maintain and really looking forward to 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

Alie in Florida - Eastern Daylight Time

Challenge Leader - Awesome A Team Spring 5% Challenge

BLC24 - Powerful Prism Panthers - Epic Emerald Pride

"Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can." - Lowell Thomas.

2014 races:
1/18/14 - Race for Faith 10K (Completed)
4/16/14 - Mercedes Benz Corporate Run 5K (Completed)


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Congrats, Dawn!

Please feel free to join the list for celebrating your maintenance anniversary, if you like:
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Once you get to your happy range it's not the number on the scale but the number on the calendar that becomes your goal and your badge of honor. And as a team we like to acknowledge when folks hit their anniversary milestones.

This list also provides a group of role models for aspiring maintainers to see. I think it's so helpful, among all the depressing statistics for maintenance, to see 200+ real-life folks who are all managing, even with life throwing curve balls at them.

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Congratulations on reaching your goal and thanks so much for sharing your story, Dawn. It's truly amazing and inspiring! Hope to see you around here often and don't be afraid to give us a holler if you need any help navigating maintenance. Good luck and welcome to the team!

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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Hello Everyone! My name is Dawn and I reached my goal weight last week :) I'll apologize now for the long post haha it's basically my Goal Weight Blog from my Spark page but it tells my story.

The Numbers
Start Weight: 293
Current: 155
Start pant size: 22
Current: 6
Age: 28




I can’t believe I’m sitting here typing out these words,” I’ve hit my goal weight”. When I stepped on the scale this morning I had to recheck it…FIVE times! Haha! I’ve been overweight since 1st grade. It was a role I felt I’d have my entire life, the fat friend. Binge eating was my…correction , IS my “illness”. I blew up to 293lbs because I’d binge on food daily. I’d eat not until I was satisfied but until I was BEYOND stuffed. And once that full feeling went away I’d eat more. I never knew what feeling hungry felt like anymore because I never gave myself the chance to be hungry. I never got any exercise--I’d go to work and then come home and take a nap. Every single day. My body ached--knees, back, feet. I had horrible stomach issues and felt tired all the time. My weight was causing physical pain but also emotional pain.

When friends and I would go to the mall it’d always bother me that they’d be able to shop anywhere and buy all these cute clothes. Then they’d swap and share outfits while I had to go to the “big girl” stores and spend twice as much on an outfit that was honestly old lady-ish. I remember when the store Torrid came to our mall-- I was so excited to have a store with adorable clothes that were more fitting for my age! But it was usually pretty costly. I just wanted to be able to go into any store and buy an outfit. I was a size 22 pants, XXL shirt, and always had to buy wide shoes. I struggled with depression for a few years and I’ll be honest--it was pretty bad. I needed a change. I wasn’t happy with where my life was going. I wasn’t healthy. Before I knew it my 22’s were starting to feel snug. No way was I going up another size. I decided this is it. I NEED to get healthy. I need
to feel good physically and emotionally.

I signed up on Sparkpeople.com and started tracking my food and exercise. I worked the fast food and soda out of my diet. Worked in more fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. I have a major sweet tooth so cutting down on chocolate, especially peanut m&ms, was difficult. I began walking around the lake near my house, starting off with 1-2miles. I tried my best to keep on track. I never took any before pictures or measurements because, honestly, I didn’t think I’d stick to it. I thought for sure I’d give up just like all the other diet plans I tried in the past. But after seeing a loss on the scale, clothes feeling loose, and just an overall better feeling--I realized this was it. I’m doing it and it’s paying off. I just needed to find a plan that worked for me. I love food, I mean who doesn’t? haha So calorie counting let me have what I wanted but taught me moderation. It helped me not to binge. Every once in awhile I’d fall off the wagon and binge like the old days.I still struggle with that but I’m nowhere near as bad as I used to be. I’ve learned that if I lose control one day then I just need to brush off and get back on track the next day. NEVER let one bad day turn into a bad week…month. Just move on from it. Learn from it.

Now here I am-- 138lbs lighter. My knees and back don’t hurt like they used to. I have more energy and I can share clothes with friends! Haha! I average about 5miles a day (5-6x a week), I RAN a 5k, & I can get through the Insanity workout dvds without having to stop because I was exhausted or because my knees were in so much pain. My body is so much stronger inside and out. I could seriously go on forever with everything that has changed in my life from the physical to the emotional to my personality and how I handle things in life. I never thought I’d be here. Never. If you want something bad enough, you will get it. You just have to keep trying, keep pushing yourself. Treat this not as a diet but a lifestyle change. A diet is temporary--138lbs is life changing. I want to maintain this healthy lifestyle forever. I never want to lose this feeling of….LIVING.
Calorie counting and exercise did it for me. So find a way that works for YOU. I know you can do it! All you have to do is take that first step!







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YES! You are a real champion, Mysteryrose. Congratulations on taking back your health and your mobility.

You're going to LOVE this group - well, as you've seen, it's very chatty and supportive. I'm glad you decided to chime in. I know that when I start to stray into the high calorie zone - it helps to know that I'm going to have to 'fess up on the daily check in the next morning so ... this forum really helps keep me on track.

Welcome.

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You're very welcome. RAVELGIRLY. Believe me, it's taken me a long time to develop the confidence to believe that I could not only lose the weight, but actually keep it off because of having failed so many times in the past. There are so many inspiring stories here and a lot to be learned from our veteran maintainers.

Welcome, Terrie, and thanks so much for sharing your story with us. You're a real testament to what leading a healthy lifestyle can do for people who face other chronic health issues and I think it's wonderful that you've seen lots of positive improvements with your CP. Congratulations on everything you've achieved and don't ever be afraid to ramble here!

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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Mysteryrose, you are courageous! You must be so proud of your successes!

TINAJANE, thanks so much for the advice. The more success stories I hear here, the more I believe I can succeed at maintenance!

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.


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