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4/3/11 10:58 A

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That's awesome power! I have been after my Mom as she is 69 and has high blood pressure. She doesn't work and has no excuse why she couldn't be working out. She has free weights, an elliptical and I gave her My Fitness Coach for Wii. Granted she is 5' and 105 lbs but she is losing her muscle mass and I suspect her body fat isn't where it should be. She thinks because she weighs 105 she doesn't need to!


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4/2/11 8:09 A

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I hear you, MADJIK! Saturday is my weighing day. I am at a healthy 23.3 Body Mass Index & logged 120 minutes of cardio last week. Not bad for my age (72, soon to be 73)! As you grow older, keeping an acceptable weight becomes very important, for reasons like blood pressure, heart. Also, those of us who have had knee or hip replacements don't want to wear them out with too much weight!!! Appearance is a wonderful goal, but health trumps it every time! emoticon

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3/31/11 4:51 P

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What is it that we are doing now? We are keeping to a specific range of weight to never be as heavy as we once were. Our goal is to do this for the rest of our lives. To do this we eat healthy and do regular exercise.
So I propose that we are At Goal Healthy Living Streakers. Our present streak is seeing how long we can keep to this weight range, eat healthy and exercise regularly :o)


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3/20/11 8:51 A
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How about Life Preserver! Too desperate? I like the "choosing" idea, too.

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3/18/11 7:21 P

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Thanks for sharing, Nell. You are an inspiration!! I'd much rather be like you than to be "normal"!

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3/16/11 5:01 P

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I know when I was losing, I first thought of it like school: just get to graduation and I'd never have to take another exam in my life. I thought that once I hit goal, I would automatically become "normal", because that's what a goal weight is, after all. Alas, I have had to work at it lo these 40 years. The work is enjoyable and creative, but I don't have the satisfaction of a grade. Or a different number on a scale. I will never be "normal" like my sister. She automatically eats exactly what she needs, no thought, no agonizing. She does make choices, though, it just doesn't seem to involve the thought my choices engender.

If I'm not "normal" after 40 years, I doubt I ever will be. But that's OK. I'm still at my chosen shape and size, chosen being the operative word.

Nell
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3/16/11 2:18 P

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Lets rename the team: The Lifestyle Preserve! emoticon

Kidding! Gives off a sort of wildlife vibe. I really loved the word maintenance when I got there, but I did end up underestimating the challenges of being at goal. One has to become more creative, adventurous, daring, open-minded and constantly learning to avoid being stuck in a rut and falling back into bad habits. I ended up gaining back some weight, selling myself short and struggled with binge eating last year. I've made a lot of progress and focusing on balanced nutriton, cleaner/scheduled eating and fitness goals has made me a lot happier. Once I stopped feeling sorry for myself about re-gaining, I became open to a new approach and I keep learning more and more about how exciting living healthy is!

I guess "maintenance" sounds boring. A little idle. Maybe it needs to something more action packed! Lifestyle Preserve! Haha.

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Main Entry: maintain
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: care for, keep up
Synonyms: advance, carry on, conserve, continue, control, cultivate, finance, go on with, guard, keep, keep going, look after, manage, nurture, perpetuate, persevere, preserve, prolong, protect, provide, renew, repair, retain, save, supply, support, sustain, take care of, uphold
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Do any of these inspire anyone?

Nurture our weight? cultivate? preserve? manage? perpetuate?

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3/15/11 4:39 P

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I frequently huddle with, "Maintaining is COOL!!" because I thought we needed to change our attitude about maintaining.To me being at goal and maintaining is the coolest thing in the whole world!! But I could go for a new and better word if someone came up with it.

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Wow do I agree with you on this subject.
I am having a great deal of difficutly staying on line here. I cannot keep from craving the chocolate With this winter it has been very hard to exercise the way I am use to and they do not have a good menu for maintaining. Help!! Please. emoticon

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I'll be watching to see if anybody comes up with a better word!

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3/14/11 12:10 A

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I love the word maintaining. It means I have reached goal and continue to stay at goal.

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3/13/11 6:18 P

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I love the first part of the title of this team: "At Goal". I've been at my goal for the last 4 years
and thank God every day that I've finally gotten rid of those pesky 10 lbs. I'd been trying to lose for years before I found Sparkpeople and had all the resources to record my food and exercise and results every day. I enjoy seeing the charts showing my progress in staying with my healthy habits like getting at least 30 min. exercise every day and drinking 8 glasses of water.
Those are two habits that have become second nature now, whereas before Sparkpeople, I exercised only 3 days a week and never thought about drinking water. We who are on this team should be very proud of reaching a goal and then "keeping on keeping on" to stay there.
Congratulations to all of us! emoticon

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If it didn't sound so painful, I'd say "en-during." Reinhard Engels, who wrote The No S Diet, says there is no such thing as before and after, just before and during. And the statistics would support that. Plenty of "afters" turn back into the look of "befores."

Don't know how to solve this for you. Haven't gotten to goal yet, but basically maintaining last year's loss, which is so much better than having put the weight back on. In fact, I went to a St. Patrick's party last night--had missed last year's-- and several people asked if I had lost weight. I was surprised because it's been off for a year. But I'm still "during" because I haven't consistently applied the principles. Am today. So far. emoticon

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3/13/11 4:11 P

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there's a guy named Russ Lane, I believe, who started one of our old threads about what maintaining really is, what do we expect from it. We all know the motivation for losing, but what is the motivation for maintaining? Or rather, what is the motivation for continuing what can seem like an austere existence compared to what we were accustomed to when we were fat. When we are losing, watching that number on the scale go down each week is so envigorating that we can get hung up on making it faster, getting through plateaus, anything to get that number to go down again. Then we hit goal and.....then what? What takes the place of the thrill of watching a scale change week by week? We are so used to that change, how do we get excited about "no change". All the cheering we used to get over a loss is gone, even though we continue to journal, exercise, plan, all the usual components of a successful loss.

It's sort of like retirement: how do you continue to have an exciting life when all the old familiar expectations are gone? What do you replace them with? For those of us at goal, it's like the same old thing, but without the cheering section.

It's quite the challenge: how do you motivate yourself to keep everything the same? Somehow for me, the word "maintaining" just sounds more positive than "not gaining".

And it's an interesting problem, one that society evidently doesn't value because most successful losers do put it all back on. Companies make a lot of money selling products for weight loss, but there isn't much profit in helping maintainters.

I wish Spark had a more vibrant Stage V program. We are an afterthought. If I ever started thinking of myself and my weight as an afterthought, I'd be back to Stage I pretty fast.

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3/13/11 1:42 P

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I am laughing at myself. Those of you who like the word maintain are right, of course. I find myself shaking my head yes with you.

Those of you, who look for a better word.. label.. that seems to fit for you - I find myself saying that's what I want too.

So I have been won over .. maintainer is not a bad word; but I really would like to find one that reflects more of what I feel, but cannot seem to describe well.

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3/13/11 12:18 P

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I also don't like to think of myself as maintaining. It does not describe what goes on in my body or my mind and emotions: constant change! Even my weight does not stay the same. It has actually increased but my clothes fit the same and I'm more muscular, a healthy change. The word maintaining makes me think that there is no change. But change and the ability to change at any age is what keeps us functioning and improving.
I just ran my first half-marathon, very slowly. Soon I want to run one that's a little faster or with a few more hills, or on a trail course. I don't want to stay the same. I want to be open to new ideas all the time. I want to learn from younger people, older people, people I like, people I disagree with (but who still know some things I don't). Everything around us changes all the time. Survival depends on the ability to change and grow. So I would suggest something like "move forward".
The other thing I dislike about "maintaining" is that it artificially breaks up people into two groups, the one's who have supposedly made it, and those who are still on the way. Well, I think we are all still on the way and it's a great road to be on. Enjoy the process emoticon
And thanks for starting the topic.

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3/13/11 12:09 P

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I have been below goal for a while and within 5% of goal for well over two years. :-) I do think of it as maintaining...but I am open to the idea of a better word for it. For me, it means never losing sight of the habits that got me here. If I ate whatever I wanted without paying attention to the quantity or quality, I would be back where I was in short order.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

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I too kind of like the word maintaining. It reminds me that although I have achieved my weight loss goal I am not done. I have had issues with weight for many, many years, and I have lost the pounds before only to find them reappear. When I think of this as maintenance, it keeps my cognizant that there is work I need to do constantly to keep my body in the condition I have finally gotten it to. It is work. It will always be work to some degree, and I need to keep remembering this. Otherwise I'll creep right back on up.

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3/13/11 9:59 A

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I don't mind the word maintaining. Normal people (like my brother and sister) just automatically stay at a good weight, I have to work at it on a daily basis. It involves all the effort and diligence required by weight loss, but without the confirmation of a scale going down, just staying the same.

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3/13/11 8:52 A

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"I am fit and strong, this is just part of who I am."

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3/13/11 6:36 A

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I am maintaining.

But I am searching for a new word.

There is satisfaction in knowing I can come to this group. I am certainly not dismissing or insulting the group name!

Maintenance feels too much like an oil change in my car. Not progresses, but trying to prevent problems.

Words count. They create a sense, a feeling. They paint pictures. I want a better word or words!

I am looking for a positive, powerful word that sings of victory, reaching goals, and standing on a pedestal while the family anthem plays. (Ok, the last one is a stretch …) I want a word that speaks to more than a moment, but what is it?

Sometimes I talk about my ‘New Normal’. So far it’s my favorite term.

‘Living in victory’? Na. Just doesn’t do it.

8%er? (Approx. 8% keep it off for a year.)

I am ‘on target’? (At least it implies I am still aiming and hitting something).

After a long time of thinking of goals and moving forward, the word ‘maintaining’ feels like a struggle to hold, not a motivating goal.

I want a new word and new way to describe it! And so far, I can’t find it. Any suggestions?

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