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I think there is always something more to learn....about diet, nutrition, exercise and ourselves and what makes us the way we are and how to make ourselves into who we want to be!
"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
Again, the warm welcome is amazing. Thank you.
Welcome, I am fairly new to this team, but have been with SP since 9/2011. It has been a great encouragement. I researched and dieted on my own over the years, but am thankful for the internet, this website and others that have helped me develop new understanding of food and how it works in and for our bodies. I love the success stories especially when I was still far away from my goal. Now, than I am at goal weight (range of 3 or 4 lbs of my target) I think I am finding even more need to stay connected. One thing I don't want to do again is lose 140 + lbs. again, so I am staying on! Possibly for good!
I believe that when we feel we can't learn anything more --- we are done. There is always room to learn. Glad to see you here and hope you enjoy 'our' team and best wishes for a successful maintenance and hope you make some new friends too!
Edited by: PAM_COOPER at: 3/3/2013 (19:32)
Wiggle room on my weight! Getting consistent with exercise tipped the scales . . . in a good way~just don't think I need to lose any more--just get firm and fit!
SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
My focus is fitness!
(I'm getting there . . . )
to a great and supportive team. I'm older than you are and still learning!
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70 lbs. done!
to the team!! It's a great place and you definitely will get the support you want and need. It sounds like you are on the right track to get rid of those last 10 lbs. You can reach the maintenance phase of your journey!!!
Hi, Congratulations on buying a scale. I only weigh myself once a week. Try to weigh yourself at the same time of day. I try it in the morning before I eat. I weigh the less in the morning. I will always be up beat and encouraging. Have a great day! Linda from bean town
Linda from bean town EST
Thanks to everyone for the words of welcome and encouragement.
I did reward myself today for joining this team. I bought a scale! Don't laugh. I am one that does not do well with a scale when I am trying to lose weight. I can't stay off of it (like an addict) and then would get stressed over every weight that didn't show a loss. I did much better with no scale in the house - and just getting monthly weight-ins at Curves. That way there was always an encouraging loss when I stepped on the scale.
But now that I am ready to slow the loss as I approach goal I decided it was time to use the scale to keep me honest on a daily basis. I won't be expecting losses (so wont get upset when the number doesn't show a big loss) and will take any small 1/2 pound lower as a bonus.
Welcome aboard! Many of the people here have struggled with similar issues, myself included. I was on the dreaded yo-yo merry-go-round of weight loss and regain for many years before reaching goal last year. This team has been a huge support for me in maintenance and has helped to take the yo-yo out of my maintenance. I'm still not perfect and I realize that maintenance doesn't mean that I have to be within a pound or two of my goal weight, but I have made significant improvement in my ups and downs. Previously, I would have lost all the weight and start gaining it back almost immediately. Staying engaged here and engaged in the process of my maintenance has helped me to catch small gains before they become big ones and to understand that it's okay to not aspire to lose more weight. Making the transition from diet mode to maintenance mode has not been easy nor was it instantaneous, but after a year I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with my identity as a maintainer. I've also found participating in the maintenance challenges here to be very helpful in keeping focused on where I want to be and in embedding the idea that staying the same is a good thing that's worthy of celebration. Good luck with your maintenance and please make some noise in these threads if you need help.
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
Welcome!! I've been at goal for a long time, but I sure do like the support here at Spark!! Maintaining takes more vigilance for me (over 60 but ELDERLY?) and Spark sure does help!!
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
to the team! Maintenance is a whole new experience for me, too. I'm just learning, for instance, that maintenance isn't a single weight, but a range to stay within--a much smaller range than that described by yo-yoing!
Glad you're here! (And 61 is hardly elderly, girl!)
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to the team it is a first for many of us here on the team Wishing you much success
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Good morning all! I just joined this team today. At 61 (after a birthday last week), I find myself once again in a normal BMI category and within 10 pounds of my goal weight.
It seems like my entire adult life I have either been gaining or losing weight. But never, EVER maintaining. Not even for 5 minutes! Sigh....... Yo-yo does not even begin to describe my habit.
But this is the first time I have lost while being involved with a site like SP. And I am recognizing (yes, even the "elderly" can still learn) the importance of having support and keeping focus into transition and maintanance.
So I am going to try to be active here. And learn from the ideas and experiences of others. So I will thank you all in advance for your support, experience, and pearls of wisdom as I travel down this new road called real life change.
Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 3/3/2013 (11:21)
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