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10/5/13 11:03 A

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Such a rational approach! I'm slowly getting there myself--not starving or being deprived, checking appearance rather than the scale (though I still do weigh every day because I can't help it!).

"Awareness is all."

"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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10/3/13 4:28 P

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We're all here for each other - one of the reasons this works!

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10/1/13 8:21 P

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Thanks for all the encouragement! You guys are great. I like the suggestion of weighing every 28 days. Ive been doing that to make sure I'm staying on track and that seems to be working well.

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9/22/13 11:34 P

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emoticon and emoticon BACK.

The only thing that is important is you made your way back. The second time, or third or more, is harder than before. It is my second time on maintenance too, although the first time for me was with weight watchers. Five years I maintained. Life just got in the way, but shame on me, excuses are not allowed.

It is different for me this time, now that I have a great fitness plan.

Good Luck and keep on doing what works for you.

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9/21/13 5:36 P

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emoticon back to the group! I've been here for 2 1/2 years and I love the support! I'm sure you will be successful now that you are back on Spark. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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9/17/13 9:21 A

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I have to say I still take pleasure in eating but no overeating. I'm much better at portion control these days. And he real issue is how your clothes fit. So I think I can lesson the weigh-ins if I feel good in my clothes and don't go back to my fat clothes (gave them away to Salvation Army so I can't go back to them).

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9/16/13 7:52 P

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Sparkbjok, I weighed daily for years, on diets and off, and averaged once a week, though I would go through periods of not weighing because it was so discouraging to be gaining. It's really more accurate to weigh often and have a running average, but that is just too weight focused for me. I had too great a problem with body image for years, and just don't want to fight with the issue with the scale. People in slim cultures don't know how much they weigh nor the calories in food, but they are very interested in pleasure without overeating. In fact they don't think overeating is pleasurable, so there's not much value in it. That's the attitude I cultivate.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
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9/16/13 11:26 A

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OOLALA - I'm so addicted to hopping on the scale each morning, I don't know if I could just do it 4 times a year for a week. But I really like that plan. I think I'll give it a shot. Maybe I'll start monthly and graduate to seasonal.

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9/16/13 11:17 A

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Welcome back to the team! I think you have things figured out. The team is here to give you support any time. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/15/13 11:18 P

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I weigh only 28 days a year, at the turn of each season, a week at a time, then average the 7 days. However, I am quite committed to being hungry for my meals on a consistent basis. I want to enjoy my food and that's a big part of it for me. That won't happen if I overeat often. I've been using the same tactics and increasing my compliance for 43 months. I never swore off any foods, and even overate binge foods at various times, but over the course of time, my old binge foods have lost a lot of their pull. I actually continue to lose weight, but because I didn't really choose a goal weight besides getting into my "normal" BMI range, and my habits have always been more important to me than the scale, I think of myself as being in maintenance. This certainly feels like a lifestyle now. I don't long to go back to overeating. Life feels too good this way.

You will find over time how you need to adjust to find your happy balance between intake and size.

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*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
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9/15/13 9:02 P

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Welcome back and congrats on being back at your goal weight. I reached goal weight June 15, 2011, using the Dukan diet, also a high protein, low carb diet. I continued to lose on the 3rd and 4th phase of that diet which were designed to help you maintain. I didn't know about the maintainer team and the key concepts maintainers found important to keeping weight off, and from about October to January I didn't step on the scale--content to rely on how my clothes fit, and I found myself gravitating to the styles that had more give, stretchy fabrics and you guessed it, when I finally did step on the scale, I had gained about 10 lbs--way more than my happy range. Now I do not go more than 7 days without having that tool let me know if I'm staying on track. I agree with Nell--I don't let it judge me, I tell myself "it's just a tool." I have a pair of skinny jeans, the kind where the fabric doesn't stretch like most of them do nowadays, and my goal is to put them on once a week. Another team leader tells the story that when you lose weight, it's like moving to a new house. You can't go back to the old house (old habits), you have to make that new house (new healthy lifestyle) your new home and get just as comfy there as you were in the old home.

But, my friend, you can read all the others' stories and use what you think is right for you. Everyone's journey is unique and the key is finding "your" way! Best wishes to you in maintaining!

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9/15/13 8:58 P

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I just reached my weight goal and now have to make sure I maintain it. So here goes - continue food journaling and aim for 10K steps a day.

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9/15/13 7:39 P

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Congratulations on reaching goal and welcome back to the team. Good for you for enjoying the process of losing weight more this time around--it certainly does make things a lot easier once you get to the maintenance phase. I've found staying connected here to be really useful in helping me to keep my head in the game and focused on my long term goals of holding my weight reasonably steady and staying healthy. 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.

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9/15/13 7:15 P

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Welcome back to maintenance! If you were able to enjoy the process of losing you'll be able to enjoy the process of maintaining.

I weight every morning, but the scale isn't my judge but my guide. It tells me what I need to do today, not how well I did or didn't do yesterday (I don't need a scale to tell me that). I see the scale more like the guy who guides a plane into the gate: "a little to the right, little to the left". He isn't there to tell the pilot how good he is at parking, he's just a guide.

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9/15/13 7:06 P

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Hello Everyone! I've been a part of this group in the past but unfortunately gained my weight back. I have recently hit my goal again and really hope to be more successful with maintenance this time. I actually don't weight myself anymore. I got tired of letting a number rule my success. This time around I let the way my clothes fit and the way I feel be the indicators of success. I feel that I am at a healthy place right now. I feel good, my clothes are fitting and my muscles are toned.

I follow the South Beach Diet eating plan, I work out with weights 2-3 times per week, and I walk/run on the treadmill for 30 minutes 6 days per week. This time around I haven't starved myself. I eat 3 meals a day plus two snacks with consist of a fruit and a protein. It has taken me longer to lose the weight this time but I enjoyed the process more, probably because I wasn't hungry all the time.

I'm looking forward to being a part of this team again. My goal is to check in at least once a week to get the motivation I need to succeed at maintenance and also to be an encouragement to others who are also trying to maintain.

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