2007 was my first full year maintaining so I'm excited (though, I'll be honest - it's been a couple of weeks since I stepped on the scale). I'm pleased with how well I'm doing, in general. Could I be better? Undoubtedly. I'm certainly not perfect.
The big HUGE mark for me is that I'm still exercising. I knew that would be most important to me and I started, slow, as soon as I could after my knee surgery in 2005. 2007 marked my second FULL year of regular exercise. I've also discovered (and I think my DH has, as well) that we definitely enjoy vacations that involving hiking/walking/exploring and that we're not totally relaxing on the beach for a week people.
My clothing size has dropped a bit again, though my weight is holding steady. My coworkers still remind me how good I look and, when I catch my profile in a mirror, I tend to agree with them. I do look good - I look healthy and I feel healthy.
I want to keep all of this up for 2008. I want to see if I can find more foods that my DH and I will both eat. I want a better job, too.
Exactly! I even find that when I eat unhealthy 'whites' and refined sugar my mental outlook changes and I am much less optimistic and more easily discouraged. Must be the chemical breakdown of these things in our bodies opposes doing and being the best we can be.
This year has been somewhat of a rollercoaster for me maintenance-wise. I started a new job right at the beginning of the year, and it was much more stressful than I imagined it would be, and I imagined that it would be pretty stressful! That lead to my nighttime feeding frenzies that I did not really get under control until mid-year.
I think coming to Spark and getting back into tracking, and raising my goal weight range all helped me get back into control of my health and fitness plan, and I'm happy to report that December has been my best month of the year as far as maintaing and feeling in control and making good choices goes.
The workouts were always good, but this coming year I'd like to try to drop some bodyfat, so I'm planning on increasing the ST to 3 days a week, and continuing the cardio, as well as making good, healthy food choices.
Here's to a great year to come!
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
H: 5''4" 53 y.o.
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current weight: -0.2 under
Fitness Minutes: (106,302) Posts: 13,152 1/1/08 1:24 P
2007 was great. I reached my original goal the week before Thanksgiving and have been maintaining 2-3 pounds below that ever since. I did well over the holidays, putting on 2-3 pounds so that now I'm back at that original goal. For the new year I plan to take off another ten pounds to get to my final goal. I'm back on maintenance as of today and will switch to my weight loss plan the end of next week.
476 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (110,042) Posts: 880 1/1/08 10:35 A
I have been maintaining weight-wise since early 2005 - the challenge this year has been to maintain regular exercise - up until this summer I had been consistently using the elliptical/jogging at least 6 days a week - then my husband's grandfather had a major health problem that landed the poor guy in the intensive care unit for more than 4 weeks, then to a rehab facility for another couple of weeks - thankfully he is home and just fine now - the reason it threw me off was that we went to visit him every day after work so sometimes I didn't get home until 9pm and was just too tired to exercise, so at most during that period I only worked out 3x a week; right after that, I was involved in a big project at work that often consumed 7 days a week for more than 12 hours a day, so I was exhausted and often didn't exercise more than 2 or 3x a week again for months - the last few weeks I have been back to about 4x a week, but it's still not where I was and I am troubled by the fact that I don't feel the 'need' to get back to 6x a week - that's where I should, and need, to be in order to be able to maintain my weight while still having treats occasionally sooooo, my challenge for 2008 is to get back to truly regular exercise!
Weird thing is, with all the extra white flour things, more meat, more sugar, and more fat of various kinds, my body is taking on a sluggish feel, like a clogged drain. That must be how I felt *all* the time before! Good motivation to get back on the program!
I met my goal in November, then let a couple of pounds slip back in. I lowered my goal weight by 5 lbs. so I have maybe 8 to lose. But all the while I eat, even when it's out, I keep reminding myself of the healthy living aspect....so I expect in 2008 to hopefully get a firmer grasp on it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
Belle- 5ft 3 in.
Pace e Bene!
Personal goal - Go From 162 to 145
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current weight: 162.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,974) Posts: 2,147 12/31/07 7:48 P
I met my goal in September...I have gone down a few extra and then put them back on. I have let some old habits sneak there way back in...now that it's the NY and all of the holidays are over it's time to get rid of the junk again and become more consistant with exercise. It was easy when weight loss was the motivation, since maintaining it's been too easy for me to add something here and skip a workout there.
2007 was awesome though, it was the year I strived to reach my goals and I am feeling really good about myself and that I can keep up the healthy lifestyle in 2008!! It's made me strive for more in other areas of my life.
3/12 years into maintenance and it's stil hard work! (...smile...) There is no magic! Actually 2007 was the hardest year to maintain. I'm willing to do all the hard work it takes to maintain because it's so worth it! What helps me the most is consistenly building up my healthy habits.
To a wonderful year, 2008!
Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 1/1/2008 (00:13)
I'll celebrate 13 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2017!
Great elation at meeting my goal, then while increasing to maintenance calorie leve, I let old habits slowly creep back in... My challenge for 2008 is finding the *right* foods to add, and maintaining a healthy exercise routine.
I reached my goal on Thanksgiving Day -- and managed to maintain my loss, believe it or not, for the most part through the holidays. I am expecting to start the New Year a little higher than usual, because of this week's eating, but that's part of life.
It hasn't always been easy, but the main thing is to never lose sight of your goal and to get right back on the elliptical, er, wagon the next day.
current weight: 140.5
Fitness Minutes: (82,652) Posts: 3,565 12/31/07 6:01 P
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