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JOANNEEMERALD
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4/18/14 8:32 A

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Thank you for that helpful message!

Today is my birthday and I am alone. It is really hard not to go into emotional eating.

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4/17/14 7:36 A

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Find the "happy medium." Don't revert back to old poor habits but incorporate some things you really like in moderation. Sounds like your body IS trying to tell you something....listen carefully! A few ideas...if you are "craving something deep fat fried you may need to add a little fat or richness to your diet. That however doesn't mean fried chicken and fast food on regular basis but perhaps an extra douse of olive or coconut oil or avacado or nuts. Maybe a little more richness or creaminess in sauces like cheese or light Alfredo. Perhaps a sweet treat to add richness to your fruit...light cream cheese filling or rich dark chocolate. Just beware not to hit a trigger for an eating frenzy and most certainly make a plan not a free- for-all. After eating really fresh and clean all day I like a hotter, richer dinner. Also after a super healthy weekdays I like a little something extra on the weekend. Even after a period of weightloss I have to sorta cycle my calorie intake to keep me satisfied. If you lost weight because you were not feeling well then I think you can expect your body to need a little gain. Trial and error! You can make this uncomfortable health issue work for you...best wishes.


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JOANNEEMERALD
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In October of 2013, I had some serious issues with GERD and now I feel much better. Besides getting my digestive health back, I have lost about 17 pounds. When I first joined Spark people, I was 5'2" and weighed 142 pounds. I wanted to get to 130 pounds and got there this January. Then the weight continued to go down. I got as low as 124. At that point, I noticed that I didn't feel quite myself. I don't know how to explain it but it seemed as though my body "wanted its fat back." I found myself shivering when it wasn't really that cold. It just felt weird.

Now I am starting to crave some of the foods I miss such as french fries and ice cream. High fat and fried foods are supposed to be bad for those with GERD and I can vouch for the pain they cause. So over the past few weeks, I've strayed a bit on the food. If I continue to do this, I know that my stomach will eventually hurt again.

I feel that I need some encouragement and support to keep on eating healthy foods even though my body seems to want something else!

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4/15/14 1:24 P

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Personally I think another part of maintenance is learning that the number on the scale can fluctuate for a number of different reasons, and learning to follow the weight trends rather than stressing over that day's particular number. After some eating challenges last week I saw the scale move up 1.7 pounds; not a huge amount but still not in the right direction. This morning it was down slightly, indicating that I'm going back in the right direction.

Lisa

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"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
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OHMEMEME
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4/13/14 8:17 A

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For many of us that is a big part of maintenance. We don't just sit idly on a number. One of my mantas on my Start goal board is " I am glad I have 10lbs to lose rather than 50!" And then reduce that number as needed. Focus and get it done! Back to basics. Same strategies that got you there in the first place. Keep in touch.

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4/11/14 3:33 P

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Well the scale went up 2 more lbs over night yesterday and that finally does it. I am disappointed with myself that I quit maintaining and have been regaining my weight. So am back to trying to lose these extra pounds. I can justify, explain away, but that doesn't change the fact that I have regained. So here I go again....


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4/11/14 6:50 A

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You sound like I do Allida, I know it is oly a few pounds I cannot lose, but I really am a goal oriented kind of person so it is important to meet or exceed the goals i have set. I am loving the things I have achieved, but know if I keep a positive attitude can maintain this new lifestyle and eventually reach my ultimate BMI goal.


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4/9/14 7:12 P

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For me, being at goal means kind of bouncing around on the scale. I weigh every morning. If I am up by so much as a tick, it means no banana in my oatmeal that morning, no cream in my coffee. If I am under I can have the banana and the teaspoon of half and half. Neither one means I can actually use the gift card for Cold Stone Creamery. My day isn't really all that different either way, banana for a few days, no banana for a few days. Either way the days don't look all that different so no angst is involved. Why beat myself up over banana/no banana? My diet at goal is so similar to the diet I ate while losing, it just isn't worth getting tangled up over. There is no ceremony for hitting goal, no one came to my door with a giant check and confetti (don't I wish!), it was just the next day. But with a big smile!

And the At Goal challenges really help keep it all in perspective. It's so nice to have a challenge to Stay The Same.

Nell

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

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4/9/14 5:35 P

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I'm not backsliding but I'm not really there yet. When I got my BMI under 25, I felt I was almost there, but looking in the mirror, I've still got quite a way to go till I get to a really healthy weight - about another 4 kilos, so lately I've been wondering whether it's a bit early to regard myself as transitioning rather than just still losing. It may sound as if I'm being too demanding of myself, but I accidentally found an awful "before" picture and compared it with now. I've only got rid of just over half of that big tum. I feel what I've done so,far is an achievement, but my work health check is coming up in about six weeks, and the better my health, the better my results will be. It will be nice to not to get the usual,warnings. emoticon


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4/8/14 9:16 A

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That's the spirit! Focusing on what we haven't achieved instead of focusing on what we HAVE can be extremely demotivating. Just think about everything you can do now that you couldn't do when you were a size 16. Sure, there's a psychological boost that comes with reaching certain goals such as having that coveted healthy BMI, but will three pounds really make that much of a difference in terms of your overall health or even how you look? Probably not so much. Celebrate all of your success and keep on doing what you've done to get where you are now.

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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4/8/14 8:51 A

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I am almost at goal and have been almost at goal for about 5 months now. frustrating. I am not quite at my healthy BMI and that is the hard part. I am 51 and need to have another 3 pounds gone for a healthy BMI which is my goal. After reading a lot of these posts I am happier with my results. I need to focus o the fact that I am now a size 4 instead of a 16 and not on the fact that I have not been able to take off the last 3 pounds.


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OHMEMEME
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4/7/14 11:05 P

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Great thread everyone! Congrats on all maintenance stories and techniques. We are all so unique yet uncommonly common! Goals can be ever-changing but yes we are all maintaining. I am just so excited to check in here tonight. I am only now calling myself a maintainer since getting encouragement from others here about reaching or not quite reaching and changing or resetting goal higher or lower etc... I have lost 50 lbs over the last 3 yrs and maintained anywhere from 35 to presently back to -50 lbs for two years so I am MAINTAINING! How hard could I possibly make it on myself to finally say that!?!? Keep sparking!


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I've been maintaining for almost a year. When I hit my goal (162) I was happy to have a BMI of 23 and kept up with the way I was eating and exercising. Probably started moving even more. I've continued to lose weight and now consider a range of weight from 143 - 147 to be where I want to land. But, getting close to 162 would be a danger sign for me.


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4/4/14 6:43 P

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Lisa--if I was still making headway, I'd keep going! I wouldn't let my BMI goe too low--but 23 would still be okay for an adult woman! Just don't go TOO low--we need a little fat on the bones as we get older! (I'm 57 so can say that!)

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Dianne - I am having a similar dilemma. I am 5'8" and my original goal was 155, which according to this morning's weigh-in I am .9 lbs away from achieving. I'm very, very happy about that, but wondering if I should continue working on losing another 5-10 pounds.

A big part of the motivation for me to keep going is that even though I am at a healthy weight and BMI for my height, I still feel like I have rubber tires around my middle. Smaller tires, but there nonetheless. I am aware that the tires may be due to age (I'm 52) and loose skin, so fat may not be the culprit and losing weight will not help all that much. I've also had a history of never feeling like I had arrived at a good weight and always feeling I needed to lose more. OTOH I am losing weight much more easily than I ever have before, so if I can reduce or eliminate the spare tires I think I'll appreciate taking the time to do so.

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Lisa

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4/3/14 7:00 P

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Julie and Tina--thanks. I am healthy, able to do what I want, fit into a size 10 (will be more comfortable when I get back to 147 but still fit now) so I guess I should just aim for the 146-147 even though my HEAD wants 145! Thank you for saying what I sort of suspected but didn't want to quite face. I look pretty good, can do what I want/need to do and can exercise enough to really feel a good sweat.

I will aim to maintain at 147 for this challenge. Thanks for "permission" to celebrate 1 year of maintaining!!

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Great advice from Julie and, yes, you can ABSOLUTELY say that you are still maintaining. I think most of us bounce around and bounce a bit higher than we'd like to from time to time. As for the 5% challenge, I'm with Julie. How do you feel at your current weight? Are you satisfied with your energy levels, nutrition and activity? If the answer is "yes", why not just aim to stay put? If you feel like you'd still like to drop a few pounds, why not consider a more modest goal of, say, three pounds? You can tell the challenge leader that you're just three pounds away from your goal, so that's what you hope to achieve in the challenge instead of the usual 5%. i used to be a leader on one of the 5% challenge teams, so I know that would be okay if you communicate it to your leader in advance.

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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4/3/14 6:14 P

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dianne, i certainly don't think you SHOULD lose 5%; the question is whether you WANT to. without focusing on the scale number for a moment, i would consider these questions: do you FEEL good? do you feel healthy? do you feel comfortable in your body? are you getting the right (amount and kinds of) nutrients? are you able to do those things that you want to do? if you are feeling well, healthy, energized, comfortable, if you are intaking the right nutrients, then i think the scale number is less important unless you WANT to hit a lower goal. check what your intentions and motivations are and if they are constructive or ultimately unhelpful for your well-being. i would definitely say you are maintaining. congratulations for approaching your one-year anniversary. whatever you decide, i wish you continued success.

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Looking for advice from folks. I have been maintaining--well, supposedly--I want to be at 145-147 but crept up to 152. I'm back to 150--and about to start the 5% challenge. 5% would be 7.5 pounds and I don't think I can get to 142.5--those last couple of pounds just do NOT want to come off. Not sure what I'll be at by Saturday morning when we begin.

Can I say I am still maintaining? My 1 year anniversary is May 1--I declared that I was in maintenance as of that day cause I was "stuck" right around 146-145--and that is healthy BMI and goal.

Should I try to drop 5%? I am 57, have been running and have a 5K in May so I am training for that. Advice being sought!

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OHMEMEME
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3/12/14 9:51 P

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I like my Spark tracker. On a scale of 1-10 probably a 6/7. It's not all I thought it would be but have no regrets buying it. It is another tool that motivates me to log on to Spark and check out my data. I'm not vigilant about tracking my fitness as I am my nutrition. I exercise consistently always doing something but I do not base my eating on calories burned. I borrowed a friends fitbit for a couple of days about a year ago andDid not love it enough to buy one. That was before it was synced to this site. I liked some of its features more than the Spark gadget. The Spark tracker I think cost a little less and I figured if Spark put it out it would have less problems syncing and tracking and such. I also am a Sparker at heart and felt more compelled to try their product. There is a team or support of some kind here on Spark that I have visited and reviews are mixed. You might want to check it out and base your decision on people who sound the most like you. Best wishes and keep in touch.


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OHMEMEME: I've considered ordering the Spark Activity Tracker. Just curious as to how you like it. Do you feel it's worth they money you spent on it? Has it simplified tracking on SP fitness portion of the website? What pros and cons can you share with me?
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Maintaining 19 weeks emoticon

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ravelgirly, there has been so much compassion and wisdom disseminated here, there is not much for me to add, except my wishes for you to find a balance that supports you body AND mind, and this: do not let yourself become b-12 (or ferritin) deficient! that could be very, very serious. please do what you need to do to get your levels up now, as the lower they fall, the harder it is for your body to function optimally and the harder to get those levels back up. tracking that number (i would repeat your blood work after you have made some changes), in my opinion, is as important right now as tracking food and fitness. emoticon as a matter of fact, you ARE doing it! and you are right--this team IS indeed a lifesaver! emoticon to all.

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Thank you SO MUCH for the support, encouragement, and advice. I can't put into words just how much it means to me. I was really in despair, feeling lost and alone. This team is a lifeline!

I realize from reading TINAJANE's blog and some of the team members' comments that daily weight fluctuations are really part of my stress. So I joined Weightgrapher and I'm going to use that to follow the trend. I think that will help reassure me as I try really hard not to be too strict with my food or exercise. Maybe this urge to binge (something I've never done in my life) will go away if I allow myself a treat once a week.

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These situations are really tough But with determination can be overcome. Remember a lot of this is a mind game. Theoretically it takes 3500 calories to make one pound and we also know there are other factors that can contribute to weight gain. One of my mantras is to eat logically. When I start obsessing too much over eating, losing, exercising, gaining...I remind myself to think logically. Consider all the variables. Adjust what I can, a sensible number of calories, best choices in a given situation, my feelings, desires...sometimes we have valid reasons for eating for comfort but cannot allow it to be an excuse to return to old habits. Each one of us has a different situation and approach. Just for myself my strategies change regularly. Some days focus is the most important component and others it's way too stressful inducing stress eating! Lol but really it's true! It was setting small goals and a learning process to stay on track to shed the weight and it is the same with maintenance. This is a great place to be for information, motivation, and inspiration.


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That makes perfect sense and is often where people have to evaluate what's worth it to them. Is staying the size you were in high school worth the potential stress of having to have a perfect diet and fitness routine or can you live with a few extra pounds if it means you can loosen up a bit? This is an important question that wlll help guide you towards what your long-term goal range should be and the level of restriction you're willing to live with. If you feel like you're starting to buckle under the pressure of having to be perfect, then maybe a slightly higher goal range is the better choice.

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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OHMEME, thank you for letting me know I'm not alone in the runaway train style cravings during PMS.

PAMAPPLE, I don't know that I'm low on anything because I've been working hard to hit my macronutrient/micronutrient goals every single day. Plus I started taking a good multivitamin two weeks ago. Perhaps there's something to that though because I've been craving a hamburger like crazy (haven't had one for at least 9 months) and my doctor did say I'm a bit low on B-12 and ferritin (can be a early warning sign of iron deficiency).

TINAJANE, your advice sounds very reasonable and wise. Thanks for sharing what works for you. I have been maintaining for just under 3 months so it's still new to me.

Maybe I do need to just have one meal where I don't try to make perfect nutritional choices. I've been trying so hard to make sure that every single thing I put in my mouth is nutritionally perfect. I've been super strict with myself since bumping my calories up to the 1400-1450 zone. I keep accidentally ending up below my calorie goal. But I worry that staying this weight - the size I was in high school- will take perfection, both nutritionally and fitness-wise. Does that make sense?

My husband bought me a small package of M &Ms (package is 2 servings of 220 cal each) last week because I was craving them. It's still in the pantry because I'm scared that if I open that bag, I will eat 440 calories of M & Ms in less than five minutes.

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Sometimes, when I am still having a craving, and I am trying to limit or abstain from sugar or other junk food, I think back to see if I have had enough nutrients like calcium. If I haven't, then I will have something like plain greek yogurt with a little stevia and cinnamon, which will stop the craving for sugar. Sometimes, I will check my nutrition tracker to see if I have enough nutrients, and eat or drink something containing the nutrient I am low in, and it usually satisfies a craving. Hang in there and experiment, and use your conscience to guide you along the way.

~ Pam from Michigan~

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That same PMS monster visits me too! I too am better off without sugar most of the time. As for sweets and desserts...however, if I don't occasionally include them, it in turn leads to a binge. PLAN it. Even if it's two pieces. But I try to eat it after my meal. That way the protein helps balance the blood sugar and I am not so hungry that I want the whole **** thing. It's a slippery surface...even so.


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Deep breath. Okay, I understand where you're coming from. I was in a total panic when I first reached goal and it took me several months before I was able to loosen up even just a bit. And it does get tiring to have to worry about every bite that we put in our mouths and always being so disciplined and restrictive. Some people can do it long term, even happily, but if I had to constantly live in a state of total restriction, I'd go mad. Everyone is different and what's worked for me so far may not work for you, but I can suggest a few things.

The first step I would suggest is trying to add those extra 100 calories. If you can't stomach that, start with 50. Give it a few weeks and don't panic if you see a slight blip. I can say with almost absolute certainty that 50 extra calories a day is not going to make you gain all of your weight back, so be patient with the process.

The second thing you might want to consider--and I know this doesn't work for everyone--is giving yourself permission to have one meal a week where you don't have to worry about measuring, tracking or the quality of what you're eating. I've been doing this pretty much since I started losing weight and I still managed to get off everything I wanted to. I've done it all through maintenance and I'm still within range. It took me a while to get those meals under control so they were reasonable and not total free for alls, but eventually was able to. I also initially struggled with being able to get myself back on track the next day, but am now much better at that as well. These meals give me something nice to look forward to every week and planning them makes me really happy. I choose things that I really love and are special and don't waste the calories on things that are silly to me like Cheetos or candy bars. It also gives me just enough of a break from my usual vigilance to make being vigilant the rest of the time worth it. Yeah, maybe I'm bribing myself with food, but it works for me.

Good luck and stay strong. This process is worth it and there are ways that we can make things more manageable and pleasurable for ourselves without wrecking all of our progress.

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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I need some words of wisdom please. I'm feeling like I am going to do something dumb. I am so tired of just a bite of my husband's dessert now and then. Tired of constantly tracking and measuring and restricting. I restrict sugar because I honestly feel better without the inflammatory effects and it's also a trigger food for me. I can't have just one cookie so it's easier to have none. But lately I've been feeling like I'm going to lose control and have a big time sugar binge. I am PMSing which makes it harder but I'm so afraid if I lose control even once that it will be the beginning of the end.

I'm scared. Scared to relax even enough to add 100 calories to get to the 1500 calories my doctor wants me to eat.

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@DAWNDMOORE40, I think that's one of the big "secrets" of long-term maintenance. We all slip from our healthy behaviors from time to time, but the difference is that we try not let one or even a few bad eating sessions totally derail our efforts.

@SUNNYBEACHGIRL, stay strong, do the best you can given your circumstances and let us know if you need anything else!

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I just have to confess that I ended up letting chocolate get the best of me last night. I have learned that when you "go off the wagon" so to speak, that you are't a failure. I got right back on track today and I feel great! I plan on getting about 40 minutes of cardio this morning and eating right so that I can feel better about my body. I hope everyone has had a great week! Keep up the good work and let's stay strong together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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Sometimes I don't realize how big an impact physical exercise has on me psychologically until I slack off doing it. I am an outdoor walker. I get an overall feeling of well being when I can do it regularly. That may be part of what you are feeling about not being able to follow your normal routine. Just remember that this too shall come to pass, and when it does you want to embrace every moment. Here's to your speedy recovery! emoticon


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Tina and Ohmememe I find it helpful to read your words of encouragement. At least I cannot drive to the store to get food and prepping food has been very simple because I cannot use a knife very easily. Vegetables have been my friend. I did not realize how much I moved during the day and how much it helped me to feel good.

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My experiences have told me to "grieve" the change as needed. Acknowledge and absorb all the feelings you are going through. THEN, make a plan...accept what you cannot do and move on. Eating right can be done with one hand. Lol Make a plan to make healthy choices...remember that recuperation period will be different but not a free-for-all of bad choices. emoticon


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I don't mean to downplay the numerous benefits of exercise, but I think it can be a good idea for us to practice maintaining without being overly reliant on it in case illness, injury or an extremely stressful period comes along where our opportunities to fit it in are minimal. There were times in the past few months where it was a struggle for me to get to the gym even once or twice a week so I really had to focus on what I was eating to avoid a backslide. It was hard, because in addition to the calorie burn, I was also missing out on the psychological benefits of exercise. But I slogged through it and I think I added some extra resilience points to my coffers.

Hang in there and stay connected to what you know works for you as best you can.

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With right hand in a cast, I Have been limited in how much time I can put in on the computer. And I have been restricted to no ST or strenuous exercise. Cast is off and the PT is going well but I am still not able to post much. I find myself not logging my food and I am concerned about drifting off program. I have seen this happen before where the weight comes off, I go along quite nicely and then life hits. Posting my thoughts here to just keep reminding myself that this is a life choice.

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I think lots of people here are in the same boat as you and working hard to get back to where they want to be. Great job meeting your goals the past three days. Keep up the good work!

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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congratulations for being back on track and for not lingering over the scale number! tracking your food again is a great idea. i'm sure you know about the leslie sansone walk-at-home videos, but if you have not checked them out, i highly recommend your doing so via youtube. off to do one now! emoticon

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I am back reading this topic after realizing that my lack of outdoor exercise due to this long cold winter and my being more casual about tracking food has lead to me being 8 pounds over my goal. Wow, that just snuck up on me! I am 5 foot 2 inches and got up to 150. However, I and to remind myself not to feel bad about that. Two years ago when I started SparkPeople I never thought I could get down to 150! So, still a great achievement. But now, I am back to track daily food for at least one full week to remind myself of what is manageable, and pushing to do more intense indoor exercise while the temp is still below freezing. I have met exercise and nutrition goals for three days in a row, hooray!

Thanks for all of the supportive messages. Even when other people's issues are somewhat different, the friendly and specific comments inspire.



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I've had a little setback by having a couple of handful of chocolate chips before making chocolate-covered strawberries for the Valentines Day weekend but now that the chocolate chips are gone, just plan on having a couple of chocolate-covered strawberries a day along with my daughter until they are gone.

TinaJane, I like the idea of having vegetables after dinner if I feel like snacking, since it helps me feel better (probably balances my blood sugar) than if I just have fruit for dessert.

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Ohmememe, that sounds yummy. Right now I am trying blackberries and yogurt. And we have pomelo too. I like grapefruit and that kind sounds exciting. I am trying to make it awesome so my mind can start to crave and look forward to the tasty fruit.

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Way to go! You are the only one who can decide for you...be tough yet forgiving.

My tip: I like "cooked" fruit especially during winter. I use frozen berries with a little crushed pineapple or canned peaches + a couple of TBSP of water and a dab of cornstarch so it's like eating pie...top with toasted oats and/or yogurt depending on cal budget.


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I did it. No grazing last night. How many nights can I go?

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Today I plan to have berries and yogurt and tea at night when I get home then I will brush and put on my night guard.

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If I really can't resist the urge to snack in the evening, I try to stick to lower-calorie crunchy foods (they seem to satisfy my urges better for some reason) like raw vegetables. Carrots, celery, red peppers and cucumber slices are my favorites. I generally try to stay away from anything sweet after dinner because I often have a harder time stopping with a reasonable portion than I do when I treat myself to something sweet earlier in the day.

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PLAN the evening snack into your routine. I try to keep my regular routine on the low end of calorie range so that that I know I always have up to 200-300 for that evening snack. I try to keep it healthy because the sugary stuff follows me to the next day but I do indulge sometimes but try to make it very thought out. If I tell myself I will not eat in the evening it just makes me want it more so I work it in. I like sugar free fat free cook and serve hot jello pudding double serving about 150cals (sometimes topped with choc chips or coconut if I have enough cals to spare), Edy's slow churned ice cream in a mini wafer cone about 250 cals, 100 cal protein snack bar with milk or Greek yogurt, dark chocolate chips 1-2 TBSP to savor for some hand-to-mouth therapy (lol), 100 cal kettle corn, bake DH and I exactly 2-4 fresh baked precut cookie dough...


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I am backsliding a bit. I am eating too much in the evening. It is mostely baked goods. I think I need to find a plan for the evening and sticking to the plan. I will plan a 200 C calorie snack at night. I'll focus on whole foods and lest of the fatty and sugary stuff.

Have any of you got other ideas for getting evening snacking under control?

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Thought to ponder...
I read this today (Seibold) - Weight maintenance is organized, healthy eating for the rest of your life.


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Tuna jane you expressed any of my own thoughts about the problem of being able to stay at a certain weight without becoming obsessive. The after getting to goal weight need as much support as losing weight process. I have limits on how much time I give to SP because I found myself losing balance. SP and maintaining my weight is just a part of my life. I always find comfort in your posts

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I apologize for the big "rebound" question mark. I really cannot fully clarify but I don't remember the whole context of where I heard it, but I do think it could be those "lbs" that show up quickly when someone increases cals for maintenance. The literature that I got the list from, Leigh Peele, uses alternate cycle eating I think for people who do weightlifting training....? And reduce or diet up or down for training purposes. I don't do any cycle dieting nor truly weight train but liked Peele advice in many other areas. Sorry for the confusion.

Best wishes...as we all keep learning.


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@RAVELYGIRLY, I'm not exactly sure what "not going low enough for rebound" means either, so hopefully OHMEMEME can clarify that for you. I've always thought a rebound is a rebound regardless of whether or not you're at goal, but maybe I'm misunderstanding what that phrase means. Many people prefer to have a maintenance range of a few pounds as opposed to a specific weight so you have a little bit of flexibility and so you can take your body's natural fluctuations into account. Some people also find that they're able to get down to a certain weight, but are not necessarily able to stay there easily. I'd call that settling into your maintenance range as opposed to a rebound, though.

@JULIEABIGAIL, I've "dieted" on and off since I was eight years old and was very familiar with my own personal phenomenon of pulling away from my support systems whenever I struggled. It wasn't until I joined SparkPeople that I saw just how common a behavior that is. The funny thing is that support systems are there to help us both through our highs and our lows--not just cheer us on when we're doing really well--so I think we need to learn to stay connected ESPECIALLY when times are tough to help minimize our backslides before they start to feel insurmountable. And yes, many of us have behaviors that I think could be described as addictive and I've personally felt worried about some of the "behavior swaps" I've done. Just as comforting ourselves with food can be destructive to our physical and mental health, so can becoming obsessive about every morsel of food we put in our mouths and aiming for weights that are far too low to sustain healthily and happily. This process should be about finding good health and joy, not about sucking all the pleasure out of our lives. If we're just swapping one type of negative coping mechanism for another, then we haven't really resolved the issues that lie beneath our weight management troubles--at least that's what I think.

Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 1/18/2014 (11:22)
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it has been a few days since i checked this thread (i just subscribed to the discussion so that lapse should not happen again), and i have to say i am uber-impressed with the sharing, the openness, and the time and energy people have spent to give such wonderful, useful advice, encouragement, and wisdom. tinajane, i was especially moved by your mentioning that it is sometimes difficult to read about others' successes when we are experiencing lows. it is VERY true for me, but i would not have been brave enough to admit it (i sometimes binge WHILE READING SP BLOGS!). it is not that i wish others ill, it just sometimes sends me to the victim place, where i feel everyone is strong enough to have triumphs except poor ol' me! i am way over my comfy range, so i am focusing now on overcoming my main challenge of middle-of-the-night eating and on just stopping the upward trend. i sometimes wonder if my addiction to SP is in itself harmful, but i just love and admire you all and you are my main support, and i have begun to participate more in the past few months, hoping to provide support for this team and the sp community in general. one of my motivators on my goal board: show up, move on. many thanks for all the great work all of you do--you are all successes in my book.

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OHMEMEME, I have a question about your post. Maintenance is still new for me and I'm not sure I understand all the tips in your post.

"not going low enough for rebound"

What does this mean? Does it mean that I should lose below my goal because regain is inevitable? If so, how much below does one need to aim?

Thanks

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Maintainance Tips to remember:

Hang in MARF226!
Consider just maintaining where you are by incorporating a few small basic habits. Remember not so much about what you should not eat today but getting in fruits and veggies and water...
Work on the mind game of why you want this and what it takes to have it...

Here's a few basic notes I refer back to about maintenance:
(All credit to leighpeele.com)

You are not either on a diet or off a diet.

ďI say fear because so many of my folks lose a significant amount of weight and then fear a slight shift upward means the boat is sinking. I think (the study authors) contended with the emotional impacts associated with the scale


Peopleís Biggest Mistakes With Maintenance

1. Thinking maintenance is a free-for-all.
2. Thinking it is time to eat crap again.
3. Not accounting for activity changes.
4. Not taking into account weight regain.
5. Not going low enough for rebound
6. Not choosing a realistic maintenance
7. Not having the goods in the first place.
8. Not remembering how hard the deficit was/is.
9. Expecting the weight loss to fix everything.

3 Simple Techniques For An (almost) Full-Proof Maintenance

1. Weigh or take pictures of yourself at the end of the month for three days in a row.
2. Consider allowing for a fast or deficit day a week.
3. Donít turn a blind eye or rationalize


Also credit to spark friend Nancyann who says the only difference really between losing weight and maintenance is about 300 calories.

This is not a diet but a lifestyle.
It's a lifetime of tweaking and finding a sweet spot.


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I understand EXACTLY what you're going through. I think there are probably a few different schools of thought on what you should do, but I'll share what's personally been helpful for me. Depending on my frame of mind, there have been two different approaches that have helped me.

If I'm really determined to put the brakes on a backslide and lose the extra weight, I'll go back to the basics of what helped me to lose the weight in the first place. I've definitely loosened up in several areas since I've been on maintenance and often all I need to do is tighten things up a bit to drop a few pounds. That might mean cutting 200-300 calories from my typical daily average, cleaning up my diet by including more whole foods and minimizing the empty calories I consume, trying to limit my treats a bit more or adding a bit more activity.

If I'm not in the best place mentally, I'll try to just focus on doing what I need to do to maintain without any specific weight-loss goals. Sometimes going for losses and mustering up the discipline that's required is just too much when everything else in our lives is really crazy, so I think these are the times when aiming to stay the same is a worthy goal--even if we're not exactly where we want to be. It's much better than gaining weight and when you're feeling more motivated, you can begin to tackle the extra pounds.

In both cases, I find it very helpful to try to reconnect with the reasons why I want to keep off the weight. I'll do this by looking back over old pictures and blogs to remind myself of how far I've come and why it's worth continuing to put in the effort to maintain my healthy lifestyle. Staying connected here by blogging, reading other people's blogs and continuing my other usual activities here is also a big help because it keeps my head in the game even when I'm not on my best behavior.

Good luck reigning things in and, whatever you do, please don't give up. We're here to help and support you, so let us know if you need anything else!

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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Hey all. I am not *quite* in maintenance yet. Iíve still got about 8 pounds until my goal weight, but Iíve been pretty steady where I am (plus or minus a bit) for a while. So a couple months ago, I decided that to be happy where I am for right now and focus on maintaining. No sooner had I decided that then everything got crazy. While my weight hasnít changed much, I can tell Iíve gained some inches. Nothing terrible. Just enough that my bra strap creates that very attractive ďpop-n-freshĒ roll look on my back.

I knew I had to get serious for the new year. And here I am, 2 weeks in and doing no better than I was before the holidays (so much for those resolutions). Iíve been sloppy with my eating and hardly tracking. I realized late Saturday evening that I hadnít eaten any fruit all day (gasp!). Iíve been better about my exercise, but not by much.

Iím scared that my will is broken. Iím scared that itís going to be a pound here and there, until one day I wake up and with an extra 50 pounds. And as worried as I am that Iím seriously backsliding, I canít seem to get it together. Suggestions, advice and words of wisdom are welcome.




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I looked back and saw I had not been on this thread for a long time, despite struggling with inertia, the crud that doesn't seem to let go, and much holiday stress. I'm glad the holidays are over, and family stress has departed. The crud has been hanging around for a month with the lingering cough and post-nasal drip, but at least it's manageable now. And DH has gotten motivated to exercise more, including yoga, which we both NEED, so I am able to feed off some of his energy. The result is that things are finally looking up, and I'm building a little momentum.

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Thank for the kind and supportive words. There is a lot of help for losing but not a lot of support for the struggles of maintaining. It really is much more about the mind games. So I am trading the glass of wine f or more water and adding in extra vegetables, upping the exercise a little.

Thank you

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I know how tough it is when you feel like you're getting pulled in lots of different stressful directions and my sleep patterns definitely get really disrupted when I'm under a lot of stress, which often contributes to more overeating. Please do hang in there and let us know if you need extra support!

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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Oh Sunnybeachgirl! I am ready to relinquish my crown as queen of queens for emotional eating but I would dare not pass it on to anyone! Like Tinajane said, be careful of setting lofty goals under duress. Think of the basics like drinking water, getting in fruits and veggies, plenty protein, and limit processed foods. When i am in control of my eating and exercise, I tend to feel more confident in dealing with the stressful issues life hands out. However, I also have to give myself time to grieve and find comfort by not being too hard on myself when my plans are not working out. Often, food is not the issue I need to address but more the mind games. Don't let reasons become excuses for emotional eating. Deal with issues, emotions, and then work on a plan. Many of us have experienced this and overcome. You can do this! Best wishes!


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I love your phrase "clinging on for dear life" that really describes it. I had signed up as a team leader to help motivate my self while I was in the first year of maintenance. Being able to just post about the good things that are going on will help to keep me from obsessing about my problems. I can really understand how people stop when other things in their life are huge and messy. I just wanted to pull inward but it has helped to log in and read blogs.

I have joined a challenge to help motivate me to continue to exercise. I think I will set moderate goals for the next few weeks as things hopefully settle down. At least this had nothing to do with my health.

Thanks for the advice, my minimum is going to be maintenance, continuing to minimize the sugary treats

Although I am trying to maintain my sleep schedule the stress causes some wide awake hours during the night. I have a meditation tape, I'll pull out. I hadn't really thought about the fact that not getting enough sound sleep is probably part of the problem. I may try to take some short naps in the early afternoon. Then get out and do a short walk.

Thank you thank you thank you for all your advise.


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Sorry to hear that you're having some tough times. I went through a similar spell this fall and was clinging on for dear life. Although I was far from perfect and struggled with how to manage, looking back I can see that there were a few things that helped me to hang in there. After an initial freak out over being up a few pounds, I set a whole bunch of pretty lofty goals for myself to get myself back on track. I realize now that that was a mistake. I think big goals are best when you're in a good frame of mind. The most helpful things for me in the end were establishing minimums of what I wanted to accomplish that gave me a bit more leeway than normal. I focused on maintaining my weight rather than trying to lose, even if I was a bit heavier than I would have liked. So, I ate at the higher end of my maintenance range much of the time. I tried to work as much activity into each day as I could without worrying so much about how I could fit in five strenuous gym sessions. I focused on making sure I got enough sleep because when I'm stressed, being sleep-deprived on top of that makes things worse and tends to lead to binges. And, as painful as it can be to see other people doing fantastically well when you're really down on yourself, I stayed connected here. I spun my wheel every day, I blogged, I interacted with my friends, I read blogs and articles and tried to keep my head in the game as much as I could. Like you said, it was hard, but I made it through and so can you.
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Got through the holidays without any problems. Now some unexpected stresses have been added to my life and I find myself beginning to backslide a bit. I have been really good at staying away from sugary things with just a rare treat here and there. But the anxiety sends me off looking for brownies and making cookies. Not good!! I think that this is what got me off track the last time. I am just posting here to acknowledge that this is another "life situation" that need strategies like the holidays. I do know how to do this but it is hard. Thanks for listening.

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What TINAJANE76 said!

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Of course you are VERY welcome here and please don't feel for even a second like you don't belong. We added the "Transition to Maintenance" part to the team name to encourage people who are not yet at goal to join us. Many of us wish that we had begun planning for maintenance before we reached goal and understand how important it is to think about these issues to ensure our long-term success. I understand why some people are reluctant to join a team like ours before reaching or at least being very close to their goals, but I've honestly learned more as a maintainer here than I ever did when I was losing weight and am just sorry that I wasn't part of a community like this sooner. I think it would have saved me a lot of heartache from years of yo-yo dieting!

I don't think any of us here have all the answers for everyone, but it sure does help to be in the company of others who are so committed to their long-term goals and so very supportive of each other. Please always feel free to join in on our discussions and to start up a new thread if you ever have any questions or need anything.
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i really do not know how I ended up on this team. I am not even anywhere near goal or a healthy BMI.. I guess it is a way for me to walk out on faith...I know in in my heart of hearts this is my year.. I hope that it is okay for me to be here



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I listen to them when I'm walking! They'Re great!


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If you want to listen to any SparkRadio podcasts, you can go to this page:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkradio.asp


If you want to hear all of the amazing interviews from team members, you can find links to those segments specifically, on the Big Page of Links. See the section titled "Our maintainers in the news."
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

I love hearing the voices of all of our different teammates. After hearing their interviews, I kind of "hear" their message and blog posts in their own voices, which is very cool. And the things they have to say, all their different perspectives are so refreshing and motivating...

Enjoy!

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Thanks for the reminder about commitment to 10 minutes of exercise/day. With the cold, bone-chilling weather even here in AL, it dissuades me from using my treadmill. So boring! I thought it was just me. Now, how do you get connected to Spark Radio? Is there a computer link or something else?

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@SUNNYBEACHGIRL - Congratulations! It's a great feeling to finally get to that goal.


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Decided to admit that I am at goal weight of 154. Waited until after holidays to make sure I could maintain. So far so good. Do not feel need to lose more weight but going to work on losing a few inches around my waist over next few months. Going to kick up my exercise time.

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Cheers to our health!


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To our health through the next 7 days.

Sunny in Southern California PST

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Thanks SPARKBJOK.

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JULENA - I'm thinking of your mother. You hang in there.


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Thanks for the warm welcome! The rest of the cookies are going to our trash/recycle folks, and I'm already planning tomorrow's green smoothie breakfast. :)

To our health!

And JULENA1, good for you for making healthy choices today. Sending a prayer for your mother's recovery.

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@TINAJANE76- thanks for the advice. you're right my over eating is not helping me or my mother. I've done pretty good today so far.

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@JULENA1, so sorry to hear about your mom. I know that temptation to soothe your emotions with food well--my dad just had quadruple bypass surgery and I've been a wreck. It's taken every ounce of courage and will in me not to turn to food, but I know that it's not going to help my dad or make me feel better. Actually, it will only make me feel worse, so why would I want to put myself through that? It's not easy to work through, but try to find other outlets for your stress and worry--exercise, meditation, blogging, anything but eating!

@PATRICE_E, welcome to the team! There are lots of people here who've been through what you're experiencing and can offer their advice and help. Stay focused on where you want to be and how you want to feel and use that as a guide to help you resist another chocolate chip cookie breakfast in favor of a healthier choice that will give you more energy and make you feel better.

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Thank you, SPARKBJOK. :) Just the thought of checking out Spark Radio has my curiosity heading for the basement and that "blasted treadmill"!

And lucky you for living in the Poconos. Gorgeous!

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Patrice - I know what you mean about just getting out of the chair. I've taken the 10-minutes a day theory and tried to work with that. It's also cold and often icy here (mountains of PA) and with a hip replacement I don't take chances. So I force myself to at least do 10 minutes on that blasted treadmill and listen to Spark Radio while on it. I often end up doing far more than 10 - more like 20-30 minutes. It's just getting yourself started and committing to a small chunk of exercise. Good luck.


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Just joined your group, and am stepping back into SP as I feel myself slipping back into unhealthy habits. (Homemade chocolate chip cookies for breakfast two days in a row -- really?) I've always been small, 5'0" with very small bones, but menopause has shifted my metabolism, and although I'm healthiest at 108 - 110, it's SO easy for a few pounds to creep back on when I don't pay attention. A few pounds makes a big difference on my small frame.... not so much in how I look, but in my energy level and self-esteem. Squeezing into pants brings out the self-battering thoughts.

I'm a writer and English tutor, both wonderfully fulfilling, yet extremely inactive practices, and come from a sedentary family. I do love the feeling of exercising, and know that I do better with reminders of that!! It's really the BOOST out of the chair that I need. Too cold to be outside here in Ontario, but the treadmill and ex-bike are calling from the basement!

Wishing you all strength and balance this holiday season.


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