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3/5/13 10:26 A

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Strangely enough, this whole process this time has been one of discovery and awe. I went into it with the idea of listening to my body. God created our bodies to tell us what it needed. I have focused on listening for those signals and it has been VERY comfortable and, dare I say it?, easy. There has been no pressure, only consistency. If I am hungrier, I eat more. If I am not hungry, I don't eat. The calorie range has had little hold over me, though I track every thing that enters my mouth.

My focus was on strengthening my leg muscles as I was anticipating surgery. Now I exercise almost daily (at least 5 days/week) because I crave the exercise. Even on my 'no gym' days, I add extra movement into my days.



Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss

Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!



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3/5/13 5:47 A

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Be sure you are living with limits that you can accept, with a few chosen small extras per week, forever. Eat at the highest limit allowed and do the minimum exercise for a week at a time. What happens? Can you enjoy your food and your life like that? It took awhile for me to realize that I didn't really want to be eating big portions of fried chicken and lasagna anymore and I preferred meals with more freggies. I just don't like feeling stuffed anymore and I do like getting hungry for my meals. I have to eat less than I used to to get those good feelings, and it's actually fine. But I've lost my weight gradually, so each stage has felt relatively comfortable.

It doesn't take all day to plan some food and get in some exercise. Take care of that and get on with the rest of life. It will become (almost) second nature but it takes a few YEARS. Consider yourself on the five-year plan to mastery.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
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3/4/13 5:46 P

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Sorry no magic only more tracking, weighing and watching the scale. I too wanted a magic pill but even those people have to watch what they eat. You need to move everyday. Walk, run, jog, dance, play, bowl, exercise, make funny faces, climb, and feel good. Best wishes, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNEHOLL1's Photo JOANNEHOLL1 Posts: 548
3/4/13 11:18 A

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I've been out here listening in a couple of months. What am I looking for? The future magic way to never gain it back.

I was talking to my son last evening on Skype. Told him I was getting thinner and feeling good. He asked me if I remembered back when he was in college and I was attending WW and slimmed down to where I modeled my wedding dress. I told him I had it on a padded hanger on the back of an upstairs closet door and occasionally I looked at it and planned to model it on my next birthday. . . . . .We laughed and I suggested maybe he could have me buried in it. Ha!

Seriously, I have been on every diet method that was popular and seemed to make sense in the last 50 years. I've more or less ruined my body's signals to my brain (yo yo). SparkPeople.com is leading the way to saving my system. I'm nutrition tracking and learning healthy foods & I'm on the right path to healthy/happy living.

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3/4/13 4:16 A

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You're TOTALLY welcome here and please don't feel like you have to stay silent until you actually reach goal. I personally wish that I had thought about maintenance more before I reached goal rather than waiting until I got there and then feeling panicked and unsure about what to do. Planning for what your maintenance life will be like before reaching goal is a smart strategy and this is a great place to get support and encouragement. Please feel free to chime in if you need help. You'll receive lots of fantastic advice!

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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PAM_COOPER's Photo PAM_COOPER SparkPoints: (14,929)
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3/4/13 3:24 A

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I started planning for maintenance almost from day one. I knew that I didn't want to do this again. And, I realized what I had never realized before, was that when I reached my goal it wasn't over! That THIS is the way I should eat the rest of my life. This is how it is!!!!!!

I had told myself that on previous diets, but this time I believe I am a little wiser. This time I know that I will ALWAYS need to monitor my food and exercise in some manner and commit to it.
I have also learned (from the past) ---not to let exercise be totally responsible for your weight maintenance. I exercised so much(on a prior diet) that I became burned out and decided I wanted to do other things in life besides work and exercise, then I got sick and couldn't exercise for a while and eventually I returned to old eating habits with little exercise and the weight piled back on in a flash. Another thing, is not to let a day or two of digression become weeks or months, forgive yourself and get back on track.

The wiser part . . . Staying MINDFUL of what I am eating. Staying active. Learning flexibility and moderation in all things. Taking time to feel good about myself and learning self-forgiveness when I need to let it go and get back on track fast.

I am not out of the woods yet having just completed my 3rd month of maintenance, but hopeful I am wiser not to get complacent. That's why I am still here.


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)
CW: 124.7
My focus is fitness!
(I'm getting there . . . )


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BOOKAPHILE's Photo BOOKAPHILE Posts: 981
3/4/13 12:08 A

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We don't want to ignore you. You are very welcome here!
Planning for transition now and not waiting until the last minute is wise. Don't panic, just hang out and learn from those who are keeping it off. The longer we maintain, the more likely we are to be successful at keeping it off for good.

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3/3/13 8:32 P

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Like Martha, my weight has fluctuated up a couple of times since I reached my goal in 2011. For me, I eat and exercise very much as I did when I was losing weight. When I 'relax' much at all I gain weight - so I can't relax. I still track my food every day and exercise a lot. The mistake I made in the past was going on a diet, then once I got to goal gradually (or sometimes NOT so gradually) going back to my old habits. Not now - now once I get over goal weight I tighten things up again. The trick is doing it over a 3 pound weight gain rather than a 15 pound gain like in the past!!

Marilyn in LaGrange, GA (EST)
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3/3/13 8:23 P

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Congratulations on your success so far and welcome to Maintenance. Most of us can identify with your story. The difference between before and now is that you now have SparkPeople to help you along in the journey. Accessible 24 hrs a day and full of others who understand.

I am battling some pounds above my goal weight but am finding my way back. Have experienced the "panic" mode a few times so I definitely "get it".


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3/3/13 7:41 P

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Welcome! For me, the key to maintaining my weight (just made my 10th anniversary!) has been continuing to track and use my support system. That was Weight Watchers when I first reached my goal, and is now Sparky. Don't worry - there's plenty of support to be found in this team - and remember those dreaded plateaus when losing? Well, that's the objective in maintance, so any plateaus you may have had will just be considered much needed practice!

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FIT4MEIN2013's Photo FIT4MEIN2013 Posts: 4,422
3/3/13 7:35 P

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I have another 17# to lose before I get to maintenance, but am panicking already. I don't plan on making any diet or exercise changes yet, but need to give myself time to wrap my head around transitioning.

I have lost 75-100# several times, hence the need to understand and figure out the maintenance thing this time! So, here I am, Ignore me for a while... but I am not going away!

Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss

Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!



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