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8/30/09 4:05 P

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Oh, and by the way --

I'm taking a big chance here and I hope you realize I say this with the deepest love and compassion. "I'm a consumer not a creator" is hogwash. I call BS.

The heavens didn't open up and proclaim me a writer, reporter, commentator, comic book writer, web site owner, etc. I got no silver star of David or kissed a blarney stone or what have you.

I'm all those things -- including foodie and "weight loss success story" -- because I *chose* them. No one gave me permission. In fact, people went out of their way to discourage me from all these things.

In that sense exercise and art are no different: they begin with a choice, a created act. Taking action. Giving yourself the permission to just go for it regardless of what others -- and especially yourself -- think of its quality. And having people to support you through that.

That's the real beauty of this process. That's why I care so much about the lives people build for themselves after a weight loss. It's not just keeping it off or losing more -- it's encouraging people to do for their lives what they already did for their bodies.

To keep expanding their lives, circumstances be damned. We already made that choice once when we decided to lose weight; it's simply a matter of making that decision again. And again. Next thing you know you have a life beyond your wildest imagination.

Whether it's a walk or a painting, take what you learned and give it voice -- and by that I mean give it voice through your actions.

Whatever it is, you can do it, darlin'. You rock Claudia. I really hope this is of use to you!


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8/30/09 3:48 P

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I use the "Now What" thing all the time, because when you're bored with your fitness but don't want to regain, it's like a turning point of sorts. Which way do you want your life to go? Will my goals require me to expand my ideas of myself and the world around me? Who am I going to be now?

There's nothing mundane about those questions -- they fuel literature, spirituality, psychology, art. The only difference are those esoteric questions have very practical consequences on weight loss. Will I get my workout in? Will I ask that guy out? Will I pitch that story to Saveur? All the mind/body element to all this endlessly fascinates me. I like "Now what?" because it's as figurative a question as it is literal.

We're a lot a like in our interest department. I'm a very conceptual thinker, and my brain's always in 10 directions at once. That's the way it's always been. And one of the things I enjoyed most about working out (gym, outside, whatever), is it gives my brain a chance to catch its breath so I can think clearly and see what's going on in my life or the things I'm passionate about.

The neck/back thing could be any number of things (your muscles are undeveloped, spinal trouble, etc. I'm no doc so I won't try to guess).

The good news is there's an easy way to sidestep those, like non impact work (swimming or aquatic classes, elliptical work are a few). Those are just a few ideas.

But I'm with Kay on this one; atmosphere sounds like it would make a huge difference for you. Having an environment that can keep your mind occupied while you're getting some cardio in at a decent pace sounds like a winning strategy.

The other idea was grabbing some books-on-tape (such an antiquated term now, books-on-iPod?) while you're in the gym.

It's like sleight of hand: keep you brain occupied so you don't even realize you're working your body. There are all sorts of ways to go about that.

But I know for myself that I'm a much better thinker now that I'm a much better doer. It just required expanding my own definitions and thinking that were limiting me.

Which sounds like a hell of an intellectual pursuit to me.



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Claudia, this really strikes me, I recall your previous success, but didn't realize you were struggling with the exercise being "boring". I'm with you on the treadmill, if that is your main thing, that bores me to tears! The only ones I can stand are the super inclines and just to see how high I can get it as a warm up...

I was wondering if you just need to find the "thing" that really sparks your plug, and maybe a change of scenery would help. Can you go outside for a walk? It's more interesting than a treadmill, you can see different areas (or if you go a distance find a hiking trail, then you really see new scenery...this is my passion) but even just around the neighborhood I like to see what the neighbors are planting, what's in bloom...

If that doesn't do it, can you find a machine that you can read on? Maybe that is the treadmill, but I find the time goes faster on whatever equipment I'm on if I'm reading a good book.

Hope you can find something to spark your interest, since you are doing really well!

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8/30/09 3:30 A

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Hi Russ and thank you for following up on me. I value your interest.
Yes it is a bit what you say, but mainly the fact that I always had a life and never was overweight in a way that stopped me from doing the things I was interested in. So when I lost the 30 pounds this time around (I must admit it was the heaviest I've been and the hardest to loose ) I didn't have to say so now what. I also lived a fairly healthy life once I stopped abusing my body in the 60's, so that wasn't a novelty either.

Maintenance is the big fear especially because I can't get interested in physical activity. I get frustrated because I don't eat a lot, but 2000 cals a day is enough to make me gain a pound a week (my father's side is all like that) and I'd like to be able to maintain without being so focused on what I eat and how much I move. It's a childish thing this kind of rebellion, the reality is that I need to be vigilant and that is that.
I do treadmill almost every day even if it's 15 minutes, longer bouts seem to affect my back and neck more and until a couple of months ago I was doing weights, I stopped because I was a wreck and I have a difficult trip coming to visit my family and I though I might feel a bit better physically if I did that but not, so I'm planning to go back as soon I return in October. If anyone would have said I'd be doing weights starting at 55 I would have laughed but it was good and I didn't feel so feeble.
There isn't much there for maintaining and the qualms of everyday life, you either get the weight loss thing or people that are totally taken by running, cycling, climbing etc. Once they get the hi they're hooked.
I'm an introvert and a bit intellectual and I'm interested in literature, thinking movies, computers, arts, psychology etc: things that get me off the flat level of everyday life and the lower register I have to be in to function in the world. I need more depth.If I'd been lucky enough to have a creative talent, life would have been better, but I'm a consumer not a creator
Well that's my novel for today. I'm off to have a look at your website.
Claudia




Edited by: CTEMPLE at: 8/30/2009 (03:35)
Claudia

Pounds originally lost 29. Maintain weight between 73Kg (161lb) and 75Kg (167lb): ongoing.
My current goal is 75kg (167lb)

Cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
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8/29/09 11:00 A

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Ah, gotcha. Makes sense why you're not motivated -- it kind of sounds like the process itself just bores the hell out of you. What has motivated you in the past then?

I'm asking this not to be your armchair shrink *laugh*. But given your journaling/logs ... you keep track records fine. And I'm real clear you know the basics of what you need to do, so that really doesn't seem to be an issue for you, either.

This is just purely reading from a post or two, so please correct me if I'm wrong. But it sounds like finding a way to approach maintenance in a way that doesn't bore you to tears is the support you're looking for? Turn the "weaknesses" into strengths, as it were.

Whether it's food, exercise or something else, the whole point of losing weight is for a better quality of life, right? If all this just seems tortuous and uninteresting, that kind of defeats the purpose of all this. and it's important for me that everyone not only loses their weight, but finds some joy out of the whole thing. I didn't get that sense reading your posts -- only that you're frustrated that you still have to deal with it.

Please, correct me if I'm offbase. But what lights you up (weight loss related or no) and your motor running?

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Hi Russ high because I have a tummy and I feel heavy.Also I feel that if I accept this weight it will keep increasing. Just fear.
I hate exercise and I've tried a lot of different things since my 20s(I'm 56) so no way of sprucing it up. It's a chore.
Food and fitness: the most uninteresting subjects in my world.
Thanks for answering!
Claudia

Edited by: CTEMPLE at: 8/29/2009 (01:19)
Claudia

Pounds originally lost 29. Maintain weight between 73Kg (161lb) and 75Kg (167lb): ongoing.
My current goal is 75kg (167lb)

Cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
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Hi there Claudia,

Welcome! Yeah, a lot of folks don't realize losing weight and keeping it off are two different, but necessary skillsets.

Been a long day and I'm a bit winded, but a couple of quick questions:

-- When you say "I feel this is too high," do you mean you feel that emotionally or is your body telling you that? You know what I mean? I can't tell which from your post, and in maintenance that's a very, very important question.

-- It's worth looking at what's got you so blah about weight maintenance. For me, usually it's boredom; to alleviate it, I usually pick up a new exercise routine or run more and do the elliptical less, or try some different healthy recipes, or switch up my pattern of fiber-protein-veggie meals. Just do something to liven things up.

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Hi I've been in maintenance for more than a year but i've gone up a pound above my maintenance range and I'm trying to loose 4lbs to get to the middle of it again. Still logging food and exercise but less motivated.Thought I'd check in to see if being more active in this team helps. Most teams I browse seem not to be worried about weight and fitness maintenance.
I calculated my happy weight and it says 161 lbs and that is v close to what I am now, but I feel this is too high and doesn't give me any slack.
Claudia

Edited by: CTEMPLE at: 8/29/2009 (00:00)
Claudia

Pounds originally lost 29. Maintain weight between 73Kg (161lb) and 75Kg (167lb): ongoing.
My current goal is 75kg (167lb)

Cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
Mindfulness meditation 6 times a week at least.


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Met my goal in Jan. of 140 and was doing pretty well down to 132,but didn't make any progress over summer.Due to just life in general ended up back to 138,but am getting back on track

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Yeah, finding the happy medium definitely sucks.

Me? I'm getting very low -- nearing 160 and feeling it -- I call it "the poverty diet."

I've intentionally been eating a lot of whole-grain pasta to keep my calories up. I don't feel so hot any more below 165.

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POXYFAIRYPLUME,

I can completely relate to what you are going through! I reached my goal weight last fall, and for months after that I started really slacking with exercise, being much less strict with my food, and stopped weighing myself.

But the thing was that I "got away with it" and maintained my weight, which was surprising. I avoided the scale out of guilt, but knew that my clothes still fit and that was good enough for me. Eventually, my clothes started getting tight again, and when I weighed myself I was barely within my maintenance range, and I could see that I was starting to lose the muscle tone that I had worked so hard for.

I am still trying to find balance and moderation with exercise and nutrition and stop myself from getting stuck in the all-or-nothing mindset.

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Oh man, is there ever more than just the number on the scale. I wish it were that easy, ha!

Good job in getting back into your goal range :)


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Good for you for facing the music, and for it's not being so bad! There is more to maintenance than just the number on the scale, so hope you get back to feeling toned and healthy too!

I made it back into my goal range at Sunday's weigh in, and feel good about that, now I just want to get to my "happy weight", feel it coming on!

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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I reached my goal a few months ago, and ever since have just eaten anything and everything that I wanted, and quit exercising. I've felt lately that I've packed on what I would guess to be an extra 2lbs. I can feel the flab has come back when I walk, and that's the grosses feeling! I hadn't weighed myself in a couple months, because I've been too scared to. I weighed myself tonight since I wanted to see the damage at my heaviest time of day, and it's TOM. I was 2 less lbs than I thought I was, and have successfully maintained my weight since I reached my goal!! I don't know how in the world I've done that... but I do eat significantly less at one time than I used to. I do need to tone up, but definitely am still at where I want to be weight-wise. And I suppose I have gained 2lbs from where I was at my lowest, but that's fine by me.. I think I needed it.

I haven't been active on the site for months, so I am trying to reconnect with everything.

Congrats to all of us maintainers!! emoticon emoticon

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Not yet, but getting closer!

One more pound to go...

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Holding steady... I'm relived. The past 3 weeks I've been dealing with various health issues that have inhibited my exercise habits, so it's a relief to know that the scale hasn't gone up. emoticon

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Way to go everyone for your successes. I reached goal in the spring. I forget the date. I am having a successful summer in maintenance. I look for new activities so I don't fall back into old habits.

Visit my team "Vacation / Travel Support Team

It's set up for people who need support while away from home, whether it business or pleasure.



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I agree Susie, dropping 2 medications is what I call real motivation!

WTG Strawberry_kiwi!!

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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BESTSUSIEYET - Congratulations on being able to drop 2 of your blood pressure medications! That is a huge accomplishment! emoticon Since getting back to a healthy weight, my doctor told me that I no longer have high cholesterol and have greatly reduced my risk of heart disease. Seeing the impact living a healthy lifestyle has on your health is a powerful motivator to keep it up!

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Linda - you're right -- I am now just under my Happy Weight according to the SELF test ... and I'd like to stay here. I think what I missed before is your height -- I was thinking you were tall, like me, so 117 sounded really low. But, for your height, it sounds good. The important thing is being healthy, and I'm so much better than I was! Have dropped 2 blood pressure meds (w/ Dr. OK) and may get off another before long. THAT is a biggie for me! I like the way I feel and the way I look = success! Time to call it a night. Sweet dreams!

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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Thank you Susie!

This is the first time ever that I have been this low. The lowest weight I can really remember is 150.

But I am feeling great so I am just going with it right now.

It sounds like you prefer your "happy weight"
www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/cal
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I just wanted to see if I could get lower and I have. But I am still flexible about the maintenance weight.

Thank you again for caring!
Hugs,
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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

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Welcome & Congrats, Belle!
Raylin - I checked out that website, and their recommendation for my ideal is what I got to when I was 30 and teaching aerobics 5x/week ... I really don't think that's a realistic weight for me to try to stay at as a 57 yr old. Yes, I'm active again, but not to the same extent. I also have an office job. So, I am very happy with 10 lbs more than the 'ideal' - but still 10 lbs below the top of the range. Please consider personal factors and don't just let someone's chart tell you you should strive for something that doesn't feel right to you.


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WooHoo! WTG Belle!!

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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Just made it to goal Aug 3 and I'm now officially in maintenance!!!

Life is short. Be sexy for it!


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I wanted to know what my Ideal Goal Weight would be so I googled for a weight chart and I found that for my height and build I am supposed to be 117.


I sure hope that is barefoot. But I am not going to go any lower than 115 because I donate platelets and they will not take them if I am below 110. I think the extra 5-7 lbs is for safety.

here it is:
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anyway, if I make it, great. if not, great.



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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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What 'charts' Raylin? Looks like you're doing great -- so keep up the good work!

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1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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The SELF Happy Weight tool put my Happy Weight at 129. So yes, I have been maintaining in August!

But the charts put me at 117 so I am still 3 lbs away.

But I am doing great and still going strong.

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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SELF Happy Weight tool gave me the exact weight I've been holding at for about a month! I'll take it.
Hard to stay active on SP the past few days; need to get back to logging in food -- and can't wait to get some exercise tomorrow morning! 2-day conference followed by full day with grandchildren have not left much time for being active. Walks during breaks Th/F helped, but I'm itching to MOVE!

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I liked the Self Happy Weight tool but -- for me it produced a weight that is a bit heavier than I'm happy weighing!

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Brave_New_Me - let me know how the Royal Victoria marathon is when you run it! My husband and I are considering it for him, next fall. :)

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July was a crazy month, full of lots of long nights (one all night) dealing with some family stuff and ending with a set of "side effects" from a vaccine that took me more or less out of commission exercise wise for the better part of a week. Between my eating being a bit off and the lack of exercise, I've seen the scale creep up a bit...

But I'm sliding in under the wire. Still in my maintenance range. =D

Since I'm in marathon training at the moment, I'm deciding not to worry about getting off the couple of extra pounds. Rather, I'm focusing on getting back on track food and exercise wise and not gaining any more. If the numbers go down a bit with the crazy mileage, all the better. If not, I'll focus on getting them off post-marathon. =D

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

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I just realized this starts my twelfth month of being at a healthy BMI -- still doesn't feel real but I'll take it!
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My "goal" is simply to be at a healthy BMI -- so party on!!!!
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August is my month to kick it in gear and get back down into my happy-body range - more fit, toned and 5-8#s less than what I am now...

Finding the "right weight" is interesting indeed! Other people looking at us don't see the inner feelings of what "fits" us -- I'm the skinniest, fittest adult in my family and so everyone says "you don't need to lose anymore" - but I still feel flabby and I *do* need to lose a bit, and focus on healthy eating habits - which everyone teases me about "still dieting" - I need this for *me* - and at the end of the day, I'm the only one that has to live in my body...

Russ -- love the "post fat-pants" to describe where we are --
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Mimi - thanks for such an encouraging kickoff for the August party!!
YOU ROCK!

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My ticker represents 6 years of learning and losing (and regaining a bit) - I'm NOT going back! I *AM* fit 4 life!!


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I like the shoe size vs pant size calculation, how simple is that! And by that criteria, I'm definitely there, but I have a size 7.5-8 shoe...

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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Hungrywoman - Deciding on a healthy weight for you can definitely be a challenge! To give you some ideas, here are some factors I considered:

- The amount of weight that my doctor recommended that I lose to get out of potential heart disease territory, or "the bare minimum" amount I should lose for the sake of my health.

- The healthy range on the Body Mass Index chart for my height (taken with a grain of salt, as it does not take your body composition into account - I expected to be on the higher side of the healthy range because I have a large frame, and want to maintain a strong and athletic body rather than just be "skinny").

- How much I weighed and what clothing size I previously wore at my lowest weight (in my adult life) when I considered myself in shape, as a guideline for a weight that is realistic for me and that I can be happy with.

- Finding a balance between having the body that I think is "optimal" and the amount of work I am willing to put in to maintain my weight.

- I also decided to set a 5 lb range for my maintenance goal, as body weight can easily fluctuate a few pounds due to water retention, etc. It also allows me to be less obsessive about a single number on the scale.

There is an interesting calculator for women from Self Magazine that helps you figure out your "happy weight". Check it out: www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/cal
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. It takes into account your height, frame size, age, family history of obesity, whether or not you have had children or have recently quit smoking, how often you exercise, and if you allow yourself a treat once in a while.

Good luck! emoticon

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I stepped on the scale for the first time in months, and was happy to see that I am still within my maintenace range of 130 - 135. Yay! emoticon

Congratulations to all of you who are at your goal and maintaining! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Yes I am!!

Amy ; )

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Still maintaining - now been 5 months.

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Here I am!

Doing what I can, meeting with the surgeon for possibly more... but I'm working at it, like always!

Three months short of 3 years!

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So not even close!! I need to drop 13 lbs to be back to my goal. It is going to be a while I think.

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At original goal weight but -- found it didn't feel quite right so I've decided on a new goal of 5 pounds less! And not there yet . . .

When it comes to determining an appropriate weight for height/body type (small/medium/large "frame") -- what works for me at 5'9" is trying to keep my pants size smaller than my shoe size (shoe size being a proxy for body type): so, given my size 10 shoes, size 8 pants generally mean I'm staying in a healthy weight range; size 10 means weight is creeping up to the high end of acceptable; at size 12 I'm definitely overweight. This seems to work for other shorter/smaller frame people pretty well too.

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It sounds about the same. I am 5'1" and am at my monthly bloat. I am now 101 lbs. I range 98-102, but all those chart are saying 116 when my mind is screaming no. Before I reached 175 I always maintained 105-110. Long story as usual. Spare all that.
Anyway, I am now aiming for 100 to begin and once acceptance of that see how it goes. I am healthier and more active than I have ever been and no physician has told me to gain, only not lose more.
so... there it is.

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That's hard as hell, Hungry. Could you say more about your debate?

Technically, I'm 15-something pounds underweight.

I had so many folks look at the charts and keep saying I was in "healthy range," but it just felt off. Where I'm at presently seems about right.

I think the charts folks provide -- www.healthchecksystems.com/he
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At some point, I figured you got to trust your instincts and listen to your body.

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Trying to find and accept a weight which is healthy for me.

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Eating got sloppy for a week while I've been dealing with a huge financial crunch, more than there was already. But I'm back at range and sticking with the program. (Weight) Crisis averted.

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I'm still here!!

"Complaining isn't considered cardio!!" - CASSANDRA_WYNN

Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, walks with my feet and loves with my heart.
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3 weeks and counting emoticon even after a vacation. Congrats to all!

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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Great job everyone!

We celebrate here scale and non-scale VICTORIES.
The non-scale victories are as important as the scale victories.
Congratulations also to everyone who celebrate non-scale victories!

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"Important note!

If you're within any goals that you've set up for yourself for maintenance, it's time for a party"!

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I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!

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Since I've taken a scale break I can't say I am by the numbers, but I definitely am at goal and maintaining mentally and physically by how I feel!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

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I'm there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon all you maintainers! Keep up the great work!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

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JUst!!! But happy to be in the range. emoticon

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Not yet, however slowly but surely returning to maintenance range. I lost 3 pounds in July.

Blessings, Michelle

Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."

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13 months on maintenance....still hangin' in there, exercising and tracking daily. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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We're on this earth to give glory to God.

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Well said! NEALAGAEL
For me, it IS a celebration after a lifetime of weight issues.

Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 8/1/2009 (09:12)
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I agree - it IS a celebration after a lifetime of weight issues. Yay for us. emoticon

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I LOVE that saying, slips should TEACH you, not defeat you!!!

Sometimes admittedly, they defeat me, and I fall further off the proverbial wagon....this is so true, that a slip is just that. A slip....

Thanks for that. Needed that reminder today.

Liz

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Maintaining 5 years and one month emoticon

Yes. I'm! I'm finally within 3 pounds range of my ultimate lowest goal weight .

Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 8/1/2009 (10:47)
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How about having a fun "Staying at goal and maintaining" party during each month, right here, on this thread.
A NEW thread will start at the beginning of each month.

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If you're within your maintenance range, WONDERFUL!
Celebrate it!

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If not, ABSOLUTELY GREAT, because you cought it just in time! NOW! in AUGUST 2009.
Evaluate what caused you to slip, the situation, and where it might have occured.
See that you can learn from your slip.

REMEMBER!!!
Slips should teach you, not defeat you!

Forgive! Forget! and Move on!

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Important note!

If you're within any goals that you've set up for yourself for maintenance, it's time for a party!
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SEPTEMBER 2009! Here we come!

ONE MONTH AT A TIME! emoticon

MAINTENANCE FOR LIFE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Please add your victory EMOTICONS..... (if you wish)


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