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3/9/13 4:32 P

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emoticon all for the welcome. I weighed myself this morning for the 5% challenge and gained 2 pounds. I am not exercising this past week because of the weather.

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Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie






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3/8/13 11:21 P

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I haven't been here long enough to feel 'at home' yet, but thinking I'll be staying awhile here.
It is a wonderful thing to have a place to come for support, encouragement and accountability.

We are at a very similar stage of our journey. I'm in my 50's and have lost over 140 lbs.
and have been maintaining for 3 months. For me, maintaining was just a continuation of everything I had been doing. When I stopped losing I just maintained the calories that I was taking in when I stopped losing, and so far my weight has been fairly stable. I have days where I eat out or eat the wrong thing or just too much, but I cut back a few days after (or before) a slip and all seems to be coming out in the balance. I have noticed when I haven't had a high calorie day in a while, I have lost another pound or two---but as long as I am in 'my' range (130-140) I am OK with that because it won't be long before temptation shows up and throws a few extra calories my way.

Oh, and by the way . . . My family told me at 190, at 180, at 170, at 150 that I had lost enough. Could it be they just aren't used to a skinnier you? What does your body tell you? What do the health charts say you should weigh? How tall are you? Maybe 128+/- IS an ideal weight for you!

Good luck on your maintenance, if you made it this far . . . you'll eventually find a healthy place to maintain.






Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
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3/8/13 11:07 P

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Welcome!

Adjusting little by little is a sound policy.

I always seem to get myself in trouble when I try to adjust a LOT all at once! LOL

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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3/8/13 8:25 P

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Congratulations and emoticon . Come on in and stay - a long, long while. The two things that I have learned since hitting my goal weight range are that (#1) maintenance is not the destination.....just another phase in the journey and (#2) that there is still a lot to learn. Like where my goal weight should be, how to keep it there, how to balance nutrients, that there are NO bad foods, that some fats can actually be my friends and much, much more. This is a fine group of Sparkers to learn from. Glad you could join us!

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3/8/13 4:25 P

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Congratulations again and welcome to the team! As a general point of advice, I found it really helpful to make very gradual changes in maintenance. It took me about three months to transition to a point where I wasn't losing weight anymore and nearly a year to truly feel comfortable with my maintenance lifestyle. I still make small tweaks from time to time, but am committed to focusing on sustainability, moderation and enjoyment. Please let us know if you have any specific questions or worries. There are lots of supportive people here, so you'll be sure to get some great 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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3/8/13 1:57 P

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Welcome to this lifelong journey called maintenance. You'll find lots of support on this team. Gee, not reaching my range is not a problem I have:) I wonder if you could start using a little more oil in cooking or salads to add some flavor and calories to your diet without the carbs. Good luck!

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3/8/13 1:02 P

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Hi. My name is Bonnie. I have gone from 248 pounds to 128.4. My original goal was 115 pounds but at Christmas my family told me to stop, enough was enough. I am going to maintain my weight until I see my PCP in August for my annual physical. I started my journey on my own in February of 2011 when I couldn't keep up with my then 85 year old mother shopping. I was taking her to PA Dutch Country for her 85th birthday present and we were looking for new clothes. I was tired and wanted to go home, she wanted to shop shop and shop some more. Plus I was depressed because everything I wanted wasn't fitting. Something has to be done.

I joined SP on December 11, 2011 and lost the rest of my weight. I had already lost 60 pounds on my own but was getting tired and wasn't doing it that healthy.

I am finding it difficult to reach my new calorie range. I find that when I do reach it my carbohydrates make up 56-61% of my diet. I entered maintenance at 132 pounds and I am currently 128.4 I am adjusting little by little. I welcome any advice.

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I love SparkPeople

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie






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