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12/1/09 9:28 A

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Ended 2 lbs over my range... emoticon but working on a plan to get to the lower end. We'll see how December goes!

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12/1/09 7:08 A
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I made it to December at goal and maintaining. Still working on gaining strength and muscle and reducing body fat percentage.

Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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11/30/09 2:02 P

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emoticon I made it thru Thanksgiving too!!





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11/27/09 2:54 P

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I did'nt gain weight after Thanksgiving! emoticon

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

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11/27/09 7:22 A
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After Thanksgiving and it is still yes!

Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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11/25/09 12:37 P

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Thankfully...Yes!!!

"When I stumble, I make it part of my dance."


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11/24/09 10:23 P

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YES!

Losing weight is hard. Being Fat is hard. Choose your hard.


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yes

Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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11/11/09 7:07 P

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Yup, staying in range (no higher than 154, no lower than 151): would like to drop down into the 140s but despite best efforts, it isn't happening yet!

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11/11/09 7:56 A

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I'm doing well a few months after getting to my goal. My current goal is to get more exercise--I so admire all of you who are runners, but my knees prevent that. Another goal is to continue with the healthier choices I have learned to make, especially with the upcoming holidays.

"When I stumble, I make it part of my dance."


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11/10/09 11:05 A

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I'm doing pretty good for Nov.

I Exercise my butt off so I can stay within 1-2 lbs.



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11/8/09 11:05 A

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AAACK! Last month I tried to go to weekly log ins and tracking. Gained 4 pounds. (About a pound a week average) At that rate I will be back up in one year!
I am back to daily log ins and tracking this month and until I get back to goal.

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11/8/09 8:49 A

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Almost one week with no tracking and I've managed to do pretty well. If the scale is any indication, as of this morning, I've lost 1.2 lbs this past week. I'm keeping up with my exercise and using what I've learned to make healthy choices and watch my portions.

Almost to my bonus goal of 112.

STARTING WEIGHT (7/19/2009) - 131lbs
GOAL MET (10/26/2009) - 115lbs!
2nd GOAL MET - (11/09/2009) 112lbs!

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11/7/09 7:22 P

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I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU. CONGRATULATIONS.
Yes I am also maintaining. As a matter of fact, I
have probably MAINTAINED for longer than some of you
have been BORN. I have kept to 110 pounds for almost 55 years. When I tell people that EXERCISE and eating
HEALTHY as been a LIFELONG COMMITMENT, I MEAN EVERY
WORD. I WISH ALL OF YOU THE DESIRE AND STRENTGH TO
CONTINUE ON THE ROAD OF HEALTHY LIVING.

Good Luck & God Bless.
Hugs to all.

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I officially started maintenance in March 2009. I'm 77 pounds down from my all time high in 1998. I'm 40 pounds below what I was last year this time.

I have had weeks of gaining and weeks of losing in the past 8 months, but overall I have lost 19.4 pounds in that time. I am now .6 pounds above the bottom of my range. I believe that as of today I am truly starting maintenance. I commit to eating all of my calories using almost all healthy foods, with just an occasional treat.

I'm not going to let my fear of gaining make me too skinny.

Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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11/7/09 9:57 A

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I am maintaining within 3 pounds. I plan to lose another 10 pounds before I'm finished. I'm excited to be healthier !!!

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11/6/09 1:58 P

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I'm doing it, too! Still a newbie in Maintain-land, but I seem to be able to hover where I need to be.

Thinking about trying to drop a few lbs heading in to the holiday season. Thankfully, the last of the Halloween candy is out of the house! Those daily Tootsie Roll pops and hard candies over the past few weeks didn't undo me, but they weren't adding anything (except sugar) to my body. Back to the apples :)

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11/5/09 5:51 A

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Yes!!! Still maintaining 10 months later!!!


Way to go everyone!!

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"Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you are moving forward" --Sue Luke


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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,890
11/4/09 9:57 P

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Good going Sarah, that's a great idea to have your husband pack the lunch box, it does ensure you have good choices thru the day!

I'm back in range, and I was a bit surprised, since I had "peeked" at the scale yesterday and was 136.4, today I'm 134.4, so I guess it was water? who can say, but I'll take today's number!

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.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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11/3/09 5:49 P

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Still maintaining emoticon I need to get in a little more exercising or I will not be saying that next month - YIKES!!!!






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11/3/09 4:51 P

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Since I can't step on the scale, I can't say for sure (since I can't really walk at all, heck). But I like to believe I am and that this month marks the end of my THIRD year of maintaining!!!

I take my healthy habits with me, as I'm recovering from surgery. Since I'm on crutches and completely non-weight bearing with my right leg, my husband has to get everything ready for me, before he leaves for work. I have him pack a cooler for lunch... and in it goes the baby carrots, the honeycrisp apple, and the banana (in addition to the rest of lunch). Thus, the only food I can easily access is the healthy stuff... and I eat it before I consider anything less healthy, if I have the room. :)

Hooray for healthy habits, from maintaining!

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11/3/09 2:05 P

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At goal and maintaining for 6 months now!

It's a celebration, but lately I've recently been trying to regain control over my eating habits and feelings. I'm looking to set specific goals and maybe even start a journal.

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11/3/09 9:48 A

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First weigh in of the month found me .4 above the top of my range, but I'm working on new challenges to work on the snacking problem I have (it's mostly successful!) and actually my measurements were down.

So I feel good! and maintaining!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

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

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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11/3/09 6:04 A

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emoticon Yes I am...13 months and counting!!

Amy ; )

Maintenance Range 140 -145

137lbs - Goal Met 10/5/08

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”


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11/2/09 7:06 P

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Maintenance since July and have actually lost a few more. Way to work it team. Success is the best!

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.


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11/2/09 6:35 P

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Maintaining indeed! Sixteen months! I'm actually more towards the middle of my range now... I'd been trending towards the top. I think my careful avoidance of falling into some of the fall diet traps paid off well!

Congrats to everybody here on the maintainance boards!

Edited by: BRAVE_NEW_ME at: 11/2/2009 (18:35)
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...

Maintaining, healthily pregnant, or healthily breastfeeding since


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11/2/09 2:32 P

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emoticon ZUCCHINIQUEEN!! That is great!

I am one month into maintenance! I dropped most of the weight power walking during the day. I am going to have to switch this to something else as I live in the midwest and my power walking ability last month was damped by emoticon and the emoticon is soon to follow!

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I'm officially starting WEEK 2 of maintaining and I lost another .4lbs this week. So far so good.

I've started running and am training for my first 5K, so that I'm sure will help keep me in shape.

I'm braving a new challenge to myself. I want to go at least 1-2 weeks of not tracking every single thing I eat, but just watch my portions and use what I've learned over the past several months. I'm going to keep running and keep up my strength plan as well.

Let's see how I do. I weigh myself every morning, just to keep myself in check. But I managed to maintain for several years simply by eating less (portion control!), so I am challenging myself to do it again.

Maintaining without tracking. Can I do it? I'm confident I can, as long as I keep up my more active lifestyle and watch how much I eat.

I didn't think I'd get to goal this quickly, so I want to end the year on a good note. My first full month maintaining and just living my life healthier and happier!

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STARTING WEIGHT (7/19/2009) - 131lbs
GOAL MET (10/26/2009) - 115lbs!
2nd GOAL MET - (11/09/2009) 112lbs!

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11/2/09 10:43 A

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Congrats to everyone maintaining successfully! And pat on the back to those who are 'working on it'. Let's party! I am at 8 months maintaining now. As other have said, it's not always easy but very satisfying to be at a healthy weight.
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If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
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11/2/09 9:17 A

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Thanks for the reality check longtimers! 16 months of maintenance. It's a party!

"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological."
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11/2/09 9:09 A

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN
I so agree with you. I'm in my 6th year of maintainance and although I've changed so many old habits to healthy ones, it's still NOT easy to maintain my goal weight.
The benefits are wonderful. I just thought that it will become easier and easier in time. In some ways it does, and other ways it doesn't.

Congratulations to all the maintainers and to those who're still working on reaching their goal weight!




Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 11/3/2009 (07:45)
I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!

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11/2/09 7:01 A

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I'm almost to my 6th year of maintenance (end of Nov.) It is a priority in my life to stay where I am. I wish I could say I've been at it so long that it is easy now, but it is not ever going to be easy I guess. It is satisfying to stay at a healthy weight, though.

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Yes I am. I've been with Sparks two years on the eleventh of this month and been within goal range for fifteen months.

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Completed my first month in maintenance mode (blogged about it the other day) and ready to party into month 2!
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~ Tanya ~

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emoticon to all of us maintainers! I will be getting on the scale sometime this week. My clothes are still fitting pretty good though.

Let's keep on rockin it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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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 NOVEMBER 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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DECEMBER 2009! Here we come!

ONE MONTH AT A TIME! emoticon

MAINTENANCE FOR LIFETIME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 12/1/2009 (07:44)
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