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4/23/14 8:34 A

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I'm still struggling with wanting to lose weight. I need to stay on the higher side of maintenance for a couple of months at least because I'm having jaw surgery in the summer and the DR actually wouldn't mind seeing me pack on an extra few pounds before then. I am number obsessed because it is something concrete. How I feel, changes drasticlly in a matter of hours, but that number... it's something I can focus on.

The other thing is that I am still tweaking the calories-workout ratio. At first, I was eating too little and was losing. Stress was a factor too. Now I seem to be taking in a bit more than I'd like to, so I'll have to dial it down a bit. It's work and it's work without the incentives losing was.

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1/21/14 11:11 A

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My biggest issue about maintaining is trying not to obsess about the scale. I know my weight will vary alittle bit. I need to measure my maintenance on how my clothes fit.

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10/6/13 10:34 P

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Wow, that is so profound -- not having the burden of the unfinished task.

I am newly in maintenance (5 weeks today), and I'm really enjoying all your thoughts. So far, I'm finding it to be pretty much the same as weight loss -- I definitely know that to keep the weight off, I have to keep tracking and keep exercising. So I will, I do.

I'm working on finding incentives other than the number on the scale to keep the fun in the process. Training for a 5K obstacle course race is one.

~Jennie ~

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
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Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!


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9/30/13 12:34 A

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I think my mind still wants to be in weight loss mode, but my body knows it is time to maintain.

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9/29/13 5:59 P

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Amen, Nell!

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Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!

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9/29/13 4:58 P

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"the desire to weigh a certain amount is no longer a nagging unfinished task".

I remember an ad for Jenny Craig with Valerie Bertinelli. It was January, and she got all teary saying that for the first time in more years than she could remember, losing weight wasn't a New Year's resolution because she'd already lost it. I got teary eyed myself because I know that feeling. Yes I have to eat a certain way to keep my weight off, but the burden of the unfinished, seemingly impossible task is gone. That burden weighed more than the extra weight I carried.

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9/29/13 4:36 P

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Something popped into my head recently that I thought "that belongs in the how is maintenance different" topic! What was it? Ads for weight loss programs? Are no longer speaking to me! I also received an invitation to a challenge to lose 5% of my body weight... I no longer join those kinds of challenges... because I do not need nor desire to lose another 5%!

So, along with the acceptance of what I have to do the STAY here (great observation, team mates)... comes an acceptance that I no longer need to lose pounds. And it wasn't until I spotted that ad and remembered this thread... that I realized I've been at that point for over three years now. My mind isn't even tempted... "the desire to weigh a certain amount is no longer a nagging unfinished task".

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- Barb

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9/29/13 10:19 A

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I started with the same general habits I have now, though I have shifted the ratio of my meals as my appetite decreased. I don't actually find it hard now and I have not tracked for 44 months, but I'm also not trying to be very thin. I stick to three meals a day, 5 days a week, and sweets on weekends and in company only. Most people have no idea I am using any strategy to manage my eating. I cultivate eating so that I will be hungry for the next meal. If I'm not, that meal is very freggie-heavy, OR a very small portion of denser foods. I enjoy every bite and acknowledge that I'm not really hungry anymore after finishing. If I feel a little peckish, I have a hot beverage and take my time. Then I move on to other things and ACCEPT that I will be fine until my next meal. And I am.

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9/29/13 9:40 A
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Amen to that! Acceptance has been a huge part of the difference for me in maintenance too and I also learned how to embrace the weight-loss process much more this time around, so maintenance hasn't been as much of a strain. I'd say it's more like minor tweaks and periodic tune-ups.

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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9/29/13 8:36 A

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Leslie, you said the key word: acceptance. Most people think "Just get me to my magic goal number and I'll be able to eat whatever I want". That's why everyone wants it FAST, so they can get it over with and get back to the doughnuts. That's why magic weight loss schemes make so much money: that's what they promise and that's what people want to believe. The struggle wasn't so much the grapefruit or cabbage or whatever the magic substance was, but in the idea that I could never ever eat the way I used to eat without looking the way I used to look. It wasn't FAIR! But WW taught me how to enjoy the losing part: the food was as good as I made it, the people I met were mostly wonderful. I figured out that living that way for the rest of my life was as good as I decided it would be; it was completely within my control. The struggle such as it was, was more about wanting what I wanted when I wanted it (an almost universal lament), and I finally understood that if I wanted thin more than I wanted Cheetos, I could do it. A major attitude adjustment, but it could be done and I did it. So far. It's always going to be One Day At A Time, but isn't that how we live anyway?

Nell

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


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9/29/13 8:00 A

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what she said. Mostly not different. I think I may be finally in a place where I accept that most days instead of struggling with it.

"A woman should be two things, Who and What she wants" Coco Chanel


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9/28/13 12:20 P

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Maintenance for me isn't much different than the losing phase.

I'm only eating about 200 calories a day more than the diet phase and I still track all my food and activity. I don't eat much extra on day's when I exercise more either. I keep it the same each day.. between 1300 and 1500 calories.

I try to keep my nutrients in balance by following the spark pie chart.. 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein and this has worked for me from the very start. This is my first attempt at a formal diet and I am now at 10 months of maintenance.

I guess what I'm trying to say, is this is a lifestyle, not a diet.



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9/28/13 7:18 A

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This is great. I have in the past really wanted to be at a place where I did not need to track my food, but today I know that is just not possible for me, ergo I am happy to track. People. Most people absolutely will not believe that I used to weigh 365 pounds, but I have ample proof of it. And there are two old friends here who remember me from then. Funny thing, they Also forget how heavy I was unless I remind them, like when they are trying to get me to overeat some thing or other. So I don't get much attention for any of that. The most I ever got was this past week when my blog was featured :). It was nice.
Frankly. Maintenance is only different from the losing phase in that it is Way More Challenging. It takes a lot of work to keep the daily motivation going when the cheering stops. My weight watchers leader didn't know me at over 300 pounds, but she knew the leader who knew me? and is a cheerleader for me, but frankly she kind of embarrasses me with it. People who lose 10 to 30 pounds or so I think have a different but equal challenge to maintain. I am certain the support for them is even less than it is for me. People will get OFF my case when they are reminded that I was morbidly obese, but I have friends who worked Extremely hard to lose 10 pounds and have all kinds of feedback from the general public about how that was Not overweight so what is their deal? That, of course, is the most difficult 10. I lost 10 the first week when I was over 300, but the last ten took months. I don't know where I am going with this whole thing. So I will stop :)

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9/27/13 10:59 P

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I like what you said, Nell. I'm still keeping the same habits that I did while I was losing. I didn't move from weight-loss into a whole new set of behaviors. When I was trying to lose weight, there were weeks sometimes months when I didn't lose at all. I guess maintenance to me is like a plateau that I'm not fighting.


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I'm still shocked that after so many failed attempts, I'm finally getting it right. Not perfect, but pretty darn good! Thank goodness for the internet and this space!

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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9/27/13 7:07 P

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Nell, you said it so well! We need one another, and we need to know it's not "weird" to have to keep tracking, or "whatever it takes" just to stay in the maintenance range. emoticon

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9/27/13 6:50 P

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Alison, I came over to Spark to be with friends I had met on another site 10 years ago. Back then Spark had 5 stages of the program with Stage 5 being maintenance, but there wasn't much to it. Then I found the At Goal and Maintaining team, and the leaders there were able to get Spark's attention and give us a different tracker, and better support. Maintaining isn't like graduating from college where you go out into a totally different world with different expectations and goals, and an ever evolving life. We lose the weight, then have to keep up all the same habits with the same families, jobs and life we had before, but without the confirmation of a number on a scale going down. These at goal teams are fabulous for keeping me grateful and mindful. I am not now nor will I ever be "normal" like my sister. I will always have to track my food, something I never anticipated when I started the journey, and I love being around people just like me. Only in the internet age could we have found each other. My tribe is all over the world and they all understand. I LOVE it!!

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9/27/13 6:18 P

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I think probably the biggest challenge for me is getting used to NOT losing weight and seeing the same numbers (give or take) coming up on the scale as a victory. They say that one of the challenges with maintenance is that there isn't as much positive reinforcement because the scale isn't moving so my goal is to find other ways of relishing my "new" weight and rewarding myself for maintaining in other ways.

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9/27/13 12:04 P

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I am short and old so I have to eat less. I can only eat a little more in calories to balance and not lose any more. I go up a little and down a little. Linda from bean town

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9/26/13 9:30 P

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I am still trying to find a good balance with calories in/calories out. I find I tend to start eating more than I need to because I am not "losing weight" anymore. And I got one of those too thin comments recently.

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9/26/13 6:55 P

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It *does* take getting used to. When I first reached goal I would get those "you're not STILL dieting are you?" comments, or the "you're too thin". Now, folks around me take it in stride and accept me as I am... and I am better able to do so as well!

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9/26/13 6:49 P

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Since I've been at goal for over 40 years, there are precious few people who remember when I was fat, and a lot of them have a hard time remembering anything these days. I don't know, most people know me as the one who doesn't eat what others are eating, never eats the desserts, snacks or appetizers, and doesn't remark it any more than they remark my hair color. It would be easy to feel "normal", but I have to remember every day that I'm not like my sister, I have to track and be careful. I have to remind myself because there is no one left to remind me.

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9/26/13 5:02 P

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I think the strangest part is that people who meet me now have no idea I used to be obese.

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