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8/17/07 11:13 A

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emoticon Laurie. Glad to have you among us. You will get support here, believe me! emoticon

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8/17/07 11:02 A

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Thank you all so much for the awesome responses. I truly feel this may be my most valuble Spark team. Nice to meet all of you!

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8/17/07 10:52 A

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I think the difference with Spark is that it's a system for meeting all kinds of goals, not just weight. By the time we reach goal here, we realize that the number on the scale is not the end of the line. We move on to helping other people reach their goals and working toward new things we never imagined before.

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8/17/07 9:19 A

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I have been down in my weight 4 times in 40 years, and one time kept it off of 2 years. I think it is a day to day struggle because of all the high sugary food, large meat choices, and less time to enjoy some sort of exercise. This time, I have devoted 1 hour 5 days a week to exercise (at a gym), and hope that will be the answer to keeping it off this time. You are like a car, you have to maintain it well to keep it looking nice and running smooth.

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"WOO HOO what a ride!"

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8/17/07 8:18 A

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I agree - this can be the toughest part but while I have not had the yoyoing that some of you have experienced, it has still been an everyday challenge. Coming back here to this team really helps to keep the SPARK alive and keep me on track!


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SW: 139 Aug 06
GW: 125 Oct 06
MW: 121 - 124

I love this quote from Master and Commander, "Name a shrub after me, Be sure it's something prickly and hard to eradicate." Determination will win the day!

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8/17/07 7:04 A

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This is a great topic. I am a lifer nad went back as one. But I was here for 4 months before turning to WW because there is no support group for lifers and it really is different. I also didn't own a scale and it was convenient to go once a week to watch myself. But I turn here every day for support and to keep myself in line.

I have actually started to work for WW as a clerk and have expressed the concern of lifers just hanging out there alone with so many worries and pitfalls. Most centers in my area have tried to do lifer only meetings and can not get the attendance. Of course they were in the middle of the day too.

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8/17/07 6:18 A

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What an excellent topic! I feel similar in that I look around at my Weight Watcher meetings and most of the ones who have made it to their lifetime are struggling to stay there. It is rather scarey for me who hopefully will be made lifetime next Saturday. I have just finished my 5th week of maintaining.
I struggled to lose the weight and now I thinking I am going to have to struggle to maintain it. I don't get it. Why is that?? And I must also add I am fortunate in that I belong to a wonderful WW group who is very supportive to each other and we all interact with each other still some are struggling. To me if we have to work so hard to get to lifetime, shouldn't it be a little easier to stay there once we get there???


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8/17/07 5:02 A

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Laurie - I'm a WW Lifetime member also and what you feel about their lack of support for maintainers was one of my primary reasons for joining SP, and for starting this team! Even after almost two years I need more to keep me focused. SP has also helped me tweak my healthy habits into better choices and better nutrition. Practice makes perfect when it comes to maintaining---new habits need to be reinforced until they become second took a lifetime to learn the bad ones too. It gets easier every day so hang in there!!

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

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8/17/07 12:58 A

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SP is pretty much just what we make it -- and we make it great!! I'm 100% with you on supporting each other in maintaining.

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue

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8/16/07 9:58 P

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Now for the hard part...maintaining. This is what I screw up, but perhaps its different this time. I feel different. How can this website really work since its free? Somehow its does. I have been a Weight Watchers Lifetime member forever and did not have the best support system for maintainers. In my gut, I feel that Spark does. I just feel different this time.

Edited by: LAURIE5658 at: 8/16/2007 (22:00)
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