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3/10/13 6:22 P

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Congratulations on your success. I just recently reached my goal. It took me 2 years to lose 120 pounds. I believe it is harder to maintain than it was to lose. I am looking forward to taking this part of the journey with the team.

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3/10/13 8:25 A

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Congratulations on all your success and welcome to the team! I think it's great that you've joined a few pounds ahead of reaching goal. Those last pounds can be tricky and the hardest to take off and I think that the sooner you can begin transitioning to a maintenance mentality, the better.

I put myself on maintenance as soon as I reached a BMI of 25 and went on to lose another ten pounds. Interestingly enough, once I took the focus off weight loss and started thinking like a maintainer, the weight seemed to come off more quickly then when I was obsessed about the number on the scale continuing to go down. For me, it wasn't the last 10 pounds I really struggled with, but the 15-20 pounds before I got down to a healthy BMI. I was so frustrated with my pattern of losing and regain that I was really willing to maintain at a weight that was significantly above a healthy one for me. I just didn't think that sustainable weight loss and reaching a healthy weight were possible for me. Turns out it was more of a mental thing for me and once I shifted my focus more away from a specific number on the scale to a general idea of being healthy and fit, the weight came off more easily. I now realize that I CAN sustain a weight that is accepted as "healthy" and that I can do it without agonizing over every food and exercise choice I make.

I wish you all the best in finding your way in maintenance and please let us know if you need a hand!

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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3/9/13 2:41 P

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I am cheering you on! You can do it! Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon

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3/9/13 12:59 P

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maintaining between 141 and 145 with a 100# loss

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April 20th Cadillac Young Life Spring thaw in Lake City time 34:40
April 27th Harrison 5k time 31:21
May 30 Memorial Day Cadillac Rotary time 36:54 for 3.7 miles
June 8th Cadillac Diaper Dash 30:37

July 4th Lake city 5k
July 6th Festival of races 5k in Traverse City
August 3rd Marion 5

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3/9/13 12:53 P

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Yep, those last 10 lbs are the hardest to lose, but the really hard work comes in KEEPING it off. That's what is so great about this team. It really reinforces the message that this is a journey for life!

"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

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3/9/13 11:49 A

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My highest weight was 147 when I joined WW at age 21. I haven't lost the huge amounts of weight that some others have lost, but I have a very low tolerance for pain. A cut on my finger or a sore throat has me whining like I am dying. The misery I felt at that weight was the same misery heavier people have. Back in 1970, the goal range for 5'4" small framed women under age 25 was 108-116. Age 25 and older was 116-125. Popular expectations may have changed but mine haven't. The fear is built in at 108 now. I keep my weight off to stay away from that terrible fear, the misery I remember as if it were yesterday. It's the length of time we are willing to stick to our Plan, whatever it is. The journey is forever, one day at a time, part losing, the rest maintaining. We are ALL miracles!


No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.

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3/9/13 11:21 A

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Never underestimate what an achievement it is to keep off that last 20, 10, or 5 lbs.

Having lost over 180 this time around, I can tell you for a fact that it's those last 5 that are the very hardest to keep a handle on!

While losing 100+ can be tedious in that it just takes so VERY LONG (It took me a year to remove the first 160), it's rewarding in the sense that weight loss is continuous as long as you do everything mostly "right."

It wasn't until I got closer to goal that slip-ups really made a difference in my progress.

So you know what? I'm happy to celebrate ANYONE'S maintenance, no matter how much they lost. Because staying at a goal weight is the same challenge everyone faces.


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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3/9/13 11:09 A

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Welcome to this great team. You'll find lots of support here.

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3/9/13 10:38 A

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Thank you for the invite!

I always feel a little foolish when I tell others about my "weight loss journey," because it certainly pales in comparison to what many other Sparkers have achieved.

In 2008, I went from 202 pounds to 170 (just on my own; I hadn't heard of SP yet). Over the ensuing years, my weight crept back up, and when it hit 182 I knew I needed to take drastic action or I'd be right back at 202 lickety-split.

That's when I joined SP (last February). My goal weight is 160. I'm currently at 168. I hadn't made much significant progress on my own with SP, even though I used the trackers, so I joined Spark Coach, and that has made a world of difference!

I feel humbled to be in the company of all of you who have lost 50, 100, or even more pounds. You truly are an inspiration, and I'm honored to be in your company.

Looking forward to participating in this group and becoming a "maintainer" for life!!


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