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MOONCHILD8
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11/22/13 10:16 A

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Congratulations and welcome to the team! I am so glad you are with us. I agree with 4A-HEALTHY-BMI. Keep active on the Spark people pages. Track your food and activities. We can do this. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI
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11/22/13 7:25 A

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@CARRIENIGN

First of all, congratulations! Well done. :-)

Your concern is real and valid.

A lot of us join the maintenance challenges for continued accountability, stay active on the message threads, etc.

There area bunch more suggestions in the "Keep on maintaining" section in here:

tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

The main thing is to stay engaged with the process and work your way through the phases you find yourself going through.

See the recent blog posts by ONEKIDSMOM about her inner rebel, for example.

And mark your maintenance anniversary to start ticking down the days and months until you've got a year under your belt. If you want us to celebrate with you, sign up on the link in my previous post.

Whatever you do, don't give up. The first couple of years are full of scary potholes and to get past them it will help an awful lot to stay engaged.

:-)

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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CARRIENIGN
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11/22/13 3:51 A

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I'm in the same boat! I've continued to do what I'm doing and have been maintaining for a few months. I'm using the number on the scale to gauge that I'm staying where I want to be, but I'm worried about losing motivation, too. What do you all use to keep motivation? Do you just continue to watch the number on the scale, or something else?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI
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11/22/13 12:13 A

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Also, don't forget to sign up to celebrate your maintenance anniversary with us!
tinyurl.com/My-Maintenance-Anniversary

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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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MOONCHILD8
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10/30/13 9:36 P

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Congratulations! You did the work and now to keep it off. It is work and watching the scale. I weigh myself every week If I go up then I eat a little less and exercise a little more. If I am down a few pounds then I eat a little more and exercise less. Best wishes on this journey. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/30/13 5:20 P

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Hi ROBBIEY! Congratulations on reaching your goal..... you are so right..... now is where the work begins. I have learned just add much, if not more since reaching goal, than I did while losing. Face it, I knew how to lose weight. I did it many times before. Learning to keep it off for life, now that's the challenge, but it is SO worth it!

"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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IAMAGEMLOVER
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10/27/13 4:22 P

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emoticon emoticon At the end of a meal I always get you lost the weight, you can have dessert now. Like all of a sudden the calories of that dessert don't count because I am at the weight I want to be. If I kept eating those desserts, my weight would not be where I want it to be. emoticon

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I am responsible for my own happiness.

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10/26/13 4:24 P

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Reaching a weight goal isn't like graduating from school. That diploma is yours forever even if you never use anything you learned (when was the last time you solved a differential equation?) Even if you never crack another book or write another paper, you still have that diploma hanging on the wall. I think secretly, in the back of my mind, I thought that was what happened after I hit my number on the scale. Intellectually I knew I'd have to keep it all up, but somewhere I wondered when I wouldn't have to try so hard. But over the years of planning meals and checking it all off each day, that part became second nature. As the rest of life rolled by, it became the one thing that didn't change, and therefore became comforting. I still have my good old WW cookbooks from 10, 20, 30 years ago and they are old friends. I had been all alone in the maintaining world until I found this team on Spark, and found out that there are a LOT of people out there just like me. I keep on keeping on, but now I have the company of people who KNOW. The people physically around me think I am naturally thin, don't give my weight a second thought, but here on this team I can share the things that would cause my neighbors to look at me strangely. It is so GOOD to have the company of fellow travelers!!

Nell

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

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IAMAGEMLOVER
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10/26/13 3:52 P

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Hi. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight and welcome to the team. This team makes it doable. Have a look around and ask questions.

I love SparkPeople

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

I am responsible for my own happiness.

I am Bonnie






 
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI
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10/26/13 2:11 P

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Congratulations, and welcome!

I second what Tina suggested.

We've spent a lot of time trying to make the Big Page of Links a comprehensive and helpful resource for maintenance.
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links
The "Transitioning to Maintenance" section is geared especially toward folks grappling with the whole concept of maintenance and how to ease into it.

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Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/26/2013 (14:12)
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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MJREIMERS
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10/26/13 10:41 A

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emoticon on being in maintenance! You are on this group and it's a great first step to keeping your weight off. This team is so supportive and willing to give advice.

What I've found helpful in maintaining my weight loss is to simply continue doing what got me here in the first place. I log my food and exercise, I blog, I huddle and get involved with my teams, I read the articles, get involved with the challenges, friend people that you find supportive, etc.

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TINAJANE76
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First of all, congratulations on reaching goal!

You've asked a REALLY broad question, so maybe a good start would be to take a look at our Big Page of Links document:

tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

The 'Transitioning to Maintenance' section would probably be most helpful to you at this point and would help focus you on the things that are good to think about as you begin to wrap your head around the idea of how to keep up your healthy habits and motivation for good.

Maintenance is not a one-size-fits-all thing for everyone so some ideas may resonate with you more than others. Let us know if you have any more specific questions. There are lots of people with different experiences and perspectives here who are always willing to lend a helping 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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BOOKAPHILE
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10/25/13 1:57 P

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Hi Robbiey! Congratulations on achieving your goal! I know you're a member of the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team, so I suggest you go to the team page and look through the big page of links. There is more information there than you can probably get through at one time. Lots of motivation, statistics, and information on what has worked for others. Transitioning to maintenance can be harder than the loss itself, and it's good to know what to expect. Best wishes on this new phase in your life!



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ROBBIEY
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I have lost all the weight and then some that I wanted. The hard part has begun. How do I maintain what I have accomplished and stay motivated to keep doing the healthy things?


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