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emoticon My update for the day: 2-9-16 "MY LIFE ISN'T ABOUT MY PAST. (LIFE IS ONLY ABOUT now.)" The teachings of Abraham. Happy SAFE Mardi Gras!!!! (There is ALWAYS a party to celebrate, right? 1 conscious bite at a time, right? emoticon Today is working & Zumba! emoticon


My break-away- Jester- he's on skates- Perfect pics for Mardi Gras!!!!


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2/7/16 4:10 P
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My owl still hasn't visited our yard since I saw what I believe was an owl dead on the edge of the highway a week or so ago. I suspect it was a mate to the one who is still in the woods close to our home. I pray one owl can raise a brood as a "single parent."

Have a great day everyone. Overcast but warmish here today so I am heading outdoors for an hour or two just because!

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I cooked half of this monster squash for dinner yesterday. Yielded at least 12 cups. Yikes lots to give away and I will cut the raw half into wedges and take it to Curves tomorrow for whoever wants a chunk. I doubt it would freeze well so am not going that route altho I might make soup. Still another in the basement altho not quite as big.


1 yr old(premie)DGS by the mutant squash!!

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It's a beautiful, sunny day out there today and I am going to spend much time outdoors. The sun has removed most of the snow so snowshoeing is out but I will put on my boots and get moving. I shall take "Salty" dog with me. He makes walking a great outing. My friendly owl hasn't been in the tree for a few days now. I hope he is ok cause I saw a large bird dead on the side of the highway last Friday. There is still one nesting in the bush just a few metres from the yard. I hope her mate is still around. I have never seen 2 owls together. Two years ago there was a nest of 2 youngsters that I watched grow and finally leave the nest but I never saw more than one in the nest or on a tree branch. I must do some research on them to satisfy my curiosity.

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The amount of attention I have garnered is simply amazing and I truly thank each and everyone of you for caring.

To answer your question Jeanknee I do read blogs. As a matter of fact I subscribe to Watermellen's and your blogs as well as a few others on this team. I guess I forgot to click for an e-mail to be sent to me every time Watermellen blogs last time. Anyway, thanks for posting it, very interesting and I feel normal now!! I like the teeter totter analogy and will remember it.

Hope everyone is having a sparkling day.

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Verna,

I want to echo Poindextra. Stick around! Have you been reading blogs? Trust me. A number of us are off balance right now. So, you are not alone. Maintenance has its ups and downs and its when we're facing challenges that remaining connected can help pull us through and guide us back to a restored sense of balance.

WATERMELLEN's recent blog "Balance???"
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Poindextra thank you for the encouragement and for caring and for wanting me to stay... and so I shall. Yesterday I got busy and wrote out my goals for February (pretty much the same ones I had for January!!!) and did a checkoff chart for each day. I think that will help. For me, things have to be tangible that's a big reason why I use the Trackers.

I have been lurking on this team so this might be a good time to participate!! Thanks again for the encouragement and I am going to check out the water day maintenance challenge.

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Verna, the only requirement for membership here is a desire to maintain, or a desire to learn what works for oneself to maintain ( hence the "transition to maintenance" in our name. Maintenance isn't a lifelong perfect plateau, and all of us are constantly tweaking our programs, which includes recovering from regains small and large. I encourage you to check out the daily "check-in" thread and current "water day maintenance challenge" thread. Many of us find that daily poating helps us to stay on (or return to our) track. The challenge can also help us to get back to a "happy weight" after some scale creep. I hope to see you around the threads!

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I am having trouble maintaining lately but still have good intentions. I am seriously considering taking myself off the Maintenance Teams if I don't smarten up soon. Not sure what the rules are but I figure if I am not maintaining then I don't deserve to be on the team. If I am on a Team then I should be a good team member not a slip sliding one.

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emoticon BROOKLYN_BORN for sharing WATERMELLEN's blog. Love it! emoticon

~Learn to fly over life obstacles~
I am determined to stay motivated!
Love yourself!


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1-8-2016 Update: emoticon weight emoticon 2# emoticon ! Happy Friday! Been working at computer all morning & now time to MOVE!!!!! emoticon emoticon BUSY WEEK! emoticon

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Oops, I forgot to make the link "live." I edited my previous post so it works now.



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I'll check it out! Couldn't open this link! Happy New Year!

emoticon emoticon 1-3-2016 Tidings from my day: "EMPTY YOURSELF & LET THE UNIVERSE FILL YOU" Yogi tea. Filling with love, rather than food! Right? Share your good ((((((((vibes))))))))! AND I will too! Blessed Sunday!
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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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LV Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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I think this blog by Watermellen deserves a wider audience.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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Maintainers are the MAINSTAY of SP and Watermellen is one of the best!



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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ TORTISE110’s blog. It became a featured blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and the importance of self care in maintenance.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by HOLLYM48.

HOLLY M48 says:
Having been in maintenance for a little over 2 years, it is a daily checkin that has worked for me.. My success this time around is definitely due to staying active on this site, and feeling like I am accountable. I still track my calories daily, weigh weekly, track exercise every day and do my best to get some sort of workout in daily, even if it is a peaceful walk. The maintenance weigh in challenges have really helped me this past year as well.Staying at a certain number vs losing is a big adjustment when you get to maintenance and it isn't as rewarding as seeing the scale drop every few weigh in's so that is an adjustment. Spark people is just as valuable during the maintenance phase as during the losing, and actually might be even more so in maintenance. SP and the great people here keep me motivated and inspired every single day.

We encourage you to read HOLLYM48’s blog and if you find its message on keeping flexible in maintenance helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020271

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread.

It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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emoticon 10-21-2015 Many things of fun today! Work; shopping for veggies; walking Lucy; Sheppard Pilates DVD &&&&& Let's try to BE the health you want & I will do the same! emoticon

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KANOE10’s blog. It became a featured blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and the maintenance life. .

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by TORTISE110.

“I just celebrated my third year of maintenance and continue to be amazed at how checking into Spark has changed my life in, little and big ways. Turning my attention to health and weight loss seemed like a no brainer when I started. My blood pressure was rising, I felt sluggish and I didn't like the way I looked in my clothes. But I wrote a lot of it off to aging and didn't know where Spark would take me. I thought it was worth a try.

The biggest surprise is that the more consistently I eat well and exercise the more energy I have. As a result I have been more willing to go after what I like to do in life. Having fun physically--kayaking, yoga, swimming--is one set of things. Another set is both working and writing. At 68 I still like to be engaged and involved in my life in ways that surprise me. None of us control aging completely, and no one is immune from sickness or health problems in life. But I know I'm doing my part to live the best life I can and that brings me peace. I am so very grateful to Spark and my Sparking friends. ”

We encourage you to read TORTISE110’s blog and if you find its message on the the necessity of self care helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091

It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured: docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ GRACED777’s blog. It became a featured blog, and she was voted a motivational member which will further increase the visibility of her blog and inspiring story.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by KANOE10. Where many of us have let go of a set of fat pants, KANOE10 relates what happened with her larger wedding ring.

“In October I will reach my 4th year of maintenance and my 5th year of being binge free, Although this has been a particularly difficult year concerning work and family, I have continued to keep my healthy Spark Habits..healthy eating, yoga, and exercise. I continue to Spark daily even if my time is limited and I cannot keep up with all of my friends as I wish to.

The good news is that I am still wearing my wedding ring and it still fits. I am also continuing to wear sleeveless workout outfits to the gym. I am at peace with maintenance.

I so appreciate the many warm people at Spark who continue to offer support and caring even if people go through busy times. Thanks to all of you. ”

We encourage you to read KANOE10’s blog and if you find its message on letting go of the past and embracing the present helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091

It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ CAROLICIOUS’ blog. It became a featured blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by GRACED777. GRACED777 has an amazing backstory:

“I had a serious stroke on both sides of my brain just after my 58th birthday at the end of July 2008. I was worried about how I was going to get better and some friends I knew from church stepped up and loved me and took me in for the first six weeks. I started relearning to speak and do very rudimentary self-care, and my children took me in for a week till the apartment they helped me rent was ready. I had a couple months of speech therapy and slowly began trying to exercise my weak side. Got a gym membership a year ago to supplement my walking, and have continued to work with my weight. I got down to 135 after the stroke, stayed there (too low) for almost four years; then because I had no energy worked to gain weight. Got back some energy and decided to try and see if I could lose and keep the energy. I started sparkpeople and weight watchers in spring 2012, and have been helped by both since.

My motivators are health for myself, my guys, and my grandchildren, and loving and serving my Lord, Jesus Christ.”

We encourage you to read GRACED777’ blog and if you find its message on problem solving in maintenance helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.
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Also consider nominating GRACED777 as a motivation member on her sparkpage. The weight loss category gives the most visibility on Sparkpeople.
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ED777

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread.

It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah4Kr
A4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI1bGc

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Congrats and best wishes.

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

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If you haven't read it already, do take a look at ON2VICTORY's featured blog - What did I give up?

I found it to be priceless! He did an incredible job of giving voice to the joy that many of us have experienced after "giving up" what so many deem "normal."

Do give it a read, I trust that you'll be glad you did ... www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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And CAROLISCIOUS's blog is now voted Featured Blog Post!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LESLIELENORE’s recent blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by CAROLICIOUS:

I started my SP journey in May 2007 after my doctor diagnosed me as obese and pre-diabetic. I was headed for my 50th birthday, pushing 200 pounds, and miserable. I lost 20 pounds by the end of September. I was faithfully logging my food and exercising. I was very pleased with the weight loss and the progress I had made, but then things began to slip. I had several business trips and a long vacation, and the holidays followed. I stopped doing all the things that had been working to help me lose weight. By the time January 2008 rolled around, I had gained all the weight back, plus some. So I sucked it up, and started over...yet again.

Starting over was really tough. I struggled with self-doubt, but I pressed on. From January to August 2008, I lost 60 pounds and dropped from a size 14/16 to a size 6. I am happy to report that I am no longer pre-diabetic and my doctor removed the word obesity from my record. I have kept the weight off for almost 7 years. My lifestyle change has rubbed off on my family and friends in a positive way. I love spin, and RIPPED, and running! My favorite race length is 10K, but I've done two15Ks and two half marathons.

I am always looking for more ways to stay committed to this journey. I recently learned about the book "The Beck Diet Solution." The book is helping me learn practical ways to change my brain and my thinking about being on a "diet."

In her blog, CAROLISCIOUS write about Dr. Judith Beck’s principle of giving yourself credit.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988364


We encourage you to read CAROLICIOUS’ blog and if you find its message on positivity in maintenance inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091


It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/
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b?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVR>UJSMVlqZXI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Resuming our blog spotlights, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog by LESLIELENORE. She has maintained her weight loss for 2 years and says “The growth I have managed in other areas may be even more important, but the ability and self confidence happened because I was successful at losing weight. Success begets success.”

“I find challenging my fears is a new and entertaining avenue of growth for me. From white water kayaking to rock climbing, I have been able to try new experiences that my fears and weight once kept me from attempting. I have no desire to be "skinny", but rather "functionally fit". There are still more adventures in my future because I am not done facing the challenges of this journey.”

In her blog, LESLIELENORE writes about how eating healthy and moving more has made a difference in her outlook, making her mentally and emotionally healthier in addition to physically healthier.:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983393


We encourage you to read LESLIELENORE’s blog and if you find her path to greater balance in maintenance inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091


It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best!

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

P.S. I realize the sparkmail edition of this note had some broken links; sorry about that. I did send myself a test edition but it makes you put the links in fresh each time.

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Thank you for this thread, there are so many inspiring stories here. It is just what I need at this time.

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I often forget which blogs I happened upon vs. which I read via maintenance spotlight. emoticon

Kanoe10 has a nice blog about her pre-maintenance/larger wedding ring:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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I am working on developing the blog spotlights again. I encourage people to nominate blogs, both on this thread or through sparkmail. Don't hesitate to nominate yourself! We like anniversary blogs, but any blog that speaks to the heart of maintenance for you is great. It doesn't need to be recent. I will be putting together a list of the blogs that have already been highlighted.

P.S. I found a spreadsheet with a lot of the spotlight history on it, so that's good.

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How many of you realize that our own SLENDERELLA61, GABY1948, and WATERMELLEN have initiated a trek with a group of nearly 70 Beck Trekkers?

Well, this trek is quite something! If you’re interested in following the trekkers …

Beck Diet Solution team link:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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The Beck Diet Solution Reboot of August 2015 thread link:
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There are some absolutely fabulous blogs and posts of experience with Beck’s work – worked based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Although I have not read Beck’s books, I worked with a cognitive behavioral therapist for years and can speak to the profound, personal nature of this work. It changed my life for the better and the skills acquired have been applied to other aspects of my life.

Another has found these skills highly transferrable. For her account, see WATERMELLEN’s blog, “ Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 4, How to Use the Beck Diet Solution” www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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It would be wonderful to see this trek get more exposure on SparkPeople. Please consider giving their blogs a look and “liking” them.


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Ill read ASAP!
8-14-15 Released 2# emoticon during the week wedding! emoticon 5 more to goal! I WORKED & PLAYED allot! It was SO fun & loving! emoticon Catching up with bills, travel emoticon things & HUGE RAIN storms! emoticon How are YOU? emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Losing It For The
LV Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon for sharing Bonnie! Inspiring read.

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emoticon I read it! Lovely!

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Losing It For The
LV Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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I have a sparkfriend named Bonnie who has lost 106lbs already in the last year and though she's still not at goal I think that this achievement is huge! She overcomes so much on a daily basis and recently she has the dream to do the Tinkerbell Half Marathon but she would need help to make the dream a reality. I think it would be really neat to get her blog post about her dream featured and I know if anyone can do it it's this team! She's so giving and selfless and it took a lot of courage for her to share this and create a GoFundMe. I'd love to see her be able to live her dream she's a huge inspiration to me and I know would be to so many. If anyone can do this it's her! I believe in her so much! So I thought I'd recommend it for shining the spotlight on her. Here's her blog post about it.

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Continued Maintenance Goal: Target 129(+5 to 10 max)
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Favorite Success "Secret": Enjoyment!!! Focus on, Do, and Eat what you ENJOY that supports a healthy weight and life!


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Maintaning is harder than losing the weight.

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I've been maintaining for 9 years! It is harder than weight loss in so many ways, but so worth the process. Other maintainers on Sparkpeople have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for all the support!


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GREAT BLOG!

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6-13-15 This is what I am up to: Today is the day for the event of this trip! Disney Legend roast. Ive been hiking hills, daily, feeling GREAT! Home Monday! Be the health you want to be & I will too! emoticon emoticon

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Losing It For The
LV Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked´ NUOVAELLE’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by HONEYBEESBLISS. “The heart of why I shared the photos in my blog is that I want each person to know they are completely normal and beautiful just as they are and if they see someone who seems to look perfect on the outside it could be that they are dressing their body very well, you aren't looking close enough, or they are enjoying good genetics for the time being,” said HONEYBEESBLISS. “The truth is we all will get some sort of saggy skin eventually even if it is simply from aging over time. It's simply a part of life and just like our weight doesn't affect our beauty, and our skin being perfect doesn't affect our beauty either. It's freeing to know that and it's a good feeling to look at old photos or current photos and see that truth. It didn't happen overnight for me I had to work on that mental part, and still do. Just like with weight loss, we don't stop all our good habits but keep them ongoing. It helped to share this common experience with others and blog it out and come to realizations during the process. But the benefits of putting in the effort and work is worth it. Part of that work was starting to look at and treat myself just like I would anyone else. I see the beauty in others no matter what and it's nice to turn that around and see yourself that way too. It takes practice, willingness and determination to be kind to myself. And it's worth it! Each one of us is worth the effort and we deserve to enjoy our life just as we are.”

In her blog, HONEYBEESBLISS shares photos of her pre-weight loss body in all its beauty:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=59
34307


We encourage you to read HONEYBEESBLISS and if you find her photos and perspective inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links
Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked´ JEANKNEE’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by NUOVAELLE. “I had originally lost 42 pounds in 2012 by sticking to a rule that I learned on SparkPeople: We want this to be a change that will last for a lifetime so we only make changes that we know we can maintain,” said NUOVAELLE. “I managed to maintain this weight loss with slight ups and downs for two years. Healthy eating and exercise had become a habit. There was only one thing remaining that was capable of setting me back: emotional eating.

“The last months of 2014 and 2015 so far have almost wrecked me,” said NUOVAELLE. “I've always been a person who absorbed emotions like a sponge. Once felt, they only grew bigger. And if you have turned to food for comfort once, you are prone to do it again. But I'm sure that the habits I learned on SparkPeople and the mindset that has been carved these past five years that I've been here, helped to minimize the damage. This is what I describe in my blog and this is what led me back on the right track where I hope to stay!”

In her blog, NUOVAELLE writes about how she’s managed to hold on to many of her healthy habits in spite of the challenging times she’s experienced recently:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=59
31265


We encourage you to read NUOVAELLE’s blog and if you find her message about holding fast to our healthy habits in tough times inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links


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5-26-15 Happy B'Day Sara!!!! emoticon Back to work; walking Lucy; emoticon starting new project Flowers emoticon , more later as it develops! Love ALL of you! emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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LV Of Performing"~Co Leader
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked´ ADARKARA’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by JEANKNEE. “The improved health and well-being I’ve gained over the last 23 months have been hard earned and well worth the effort,” said JEANKNEE. “Despite the life challenges experienced during this time, I have managed to ‘keep on keepin’ on.’”

“Movement is where my journey began,” said JEANKNEE. “Movement has not only supported my physical health, it has also kept me mentally and emotionally sane. Getting out for a walk, hike, or run does wonders for my soul. Nine weeks ago that would change. An injury became painfully apparent following a morning run. Following a visit to my doctor I learned that it would likely be 12 weeks before a return to running could be considered. Walking and hiking would also be a ‘no go’ for some time.”

“Grateful for what I have learned over the course of this journey, I knew what I had to do,” said JEANKNEE. “My nutritional intake had to be reduced SIGNIFICANTLY and NOW, if the improvements gained were to be maintained and expected setbacks during recovery were to be minimized. I’m nine weeks into recovery and so far, so good. My weight is essentially holding steady with, perhaps, a slight downward trend and I am exploring other ways to maintain my mental and emotional health given my continued physical limitations.”

In her blog, JEANKNEE writes about how the team’s maintenance challenges first helped her to find her way in her early days of maintenance and how they’ve also helped her navigate the challenging waters of coping with an injury and continuing to stay on track:

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We encourage you to read JEANKNEE’s blog and if you find her methodologies for staying on track in maintenance useful and inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

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It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

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Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked´ GABY1948’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by ADARKARA. “As someone who really likes logic and math, the hardest parts of dealing with maintenance are the unknown variables: sodium, muscle gain, hormonal water retention, etc.,” said ADARKARA. “I love to know the reasons why things happen, and coming to SparkPeople every day has really helped me discover my own personal biological ‘patterns’, which does often help me navigate the illogical emotional reaction to weight gain on the scale. When I hit goal, the first thing I did was start a decent strength training routine using my favorite tool: kettlebells! I learned I LOVED strength training, but trying to figure out all the variables of maintenance while adding in muscle building turned out to complicate the equation. Add to that a severe bout of anxiety and depression that lasted all winter and BAM! Weight regain!”

“Since the spring, I've managed to climb out of my emotional hole, but even so, being a woman can complicate things at certain times,” said ADARKARA. “During these times, despite feeling like I can't do anything right, I always try to keep these things in mind: I may be a similar weight to this time last year, but I'm a smaller size, I'm eating healthy and working out several days a week, and I have the support I need at SparkPeople.”

In her blog, ADARKARA writes about some of the emotional struggles she’s experienced in maintenance and how she’s tried to keep things in perspective in spite of them::

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We encourage you to read ADARKARA’s blog and if you can identify with her struggles and triumphs in maintenance, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked´ SUNNYBEACHGIRL’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by GABY1948. “‘How did I get here?’ That is the question I keep asking myself now that I have finally slain the ‘last big giant’ in my life,” said GABY1948. “A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about finally, at age 66, soon to be 67 in July, reaching goal weight for the first time in my life. This after a lifelong battle with every form of disordered eating known to man/woman. Problems in childhood, later life and all through life contributed to my erratic and disordered eating. Each step along the way through my battles I felt another layer of ‘scales’ fall away. The Lord was definitely the Leader on my journey and He didn’t take me too quickly, as is His way, so that I would truly learn. I wrote of my introduction to my ‘reaching goal’ on The Beck Diet Solution Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person. But, quite some months before that, I had first spent a lot of time trying to discover a solution of a different kind. The ‘dragon’ that had plagued me since at least nine years of age had to be slain first. It might have been even earlier, but that dragon had traveled in one form or another through my whole life with me...never leaving. That dragon was binge eating. This is my story of that part of my journey. I waited until my first anniversary of being binge-free to share that triumph because I needed to know that it was gone. I now feel certain I will never gain this weight back again, and also know that because of my discovery of coconut oil, I will never binge again. I do not even consider binge-eating over anything. These are both the keys of my healthy life. I will NEVER go back!”

In her blog, GABY1948 celebrates her first anniversary of being binge free and shares some tips on how she’s managed to ward off her binge-eating episodes::

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We encourage you to read GABY1948’s blog and if you find her binge-free status inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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482091


It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked´ JEANKNEE’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by SUNNYBEACHGIRL. “Many of the posts on maintainers and other forums are about weight creep in maintenance and the difficulty in getting back down,” said SUNNYBEACHGIRL. “I have been looking for inspiration for my own weight creep and decided to look back at some of my own strategies. The ‘track everyday, eat fewer fat calories, increase exercise minutes by a lot for a month’ strategy helped me to get over a previous plateau. So it seemed like a good tool to help get off the seven pounds I have put on since December. Not a lot of weight, but sometimes it seems that a small amount is even harder to get off. I am retired and still do some volunteering and spend a lot of time visiting and running after my three-year-old grandson. My mother is 93 and healthy, but is becoming more forgetful and frail, which has added some additional responsibility and stress in the last year. Checking in to SparkPeople every day has really helped me to keep on top of the maintenance struggle, to give me a place to be thoughtful about emotional eating and to realize I am not alone in the process. I have been maintaining for one and a half years and plan to keep it up.”

In her blog, SUNNYBEACHGIRL expands upon the reasons why she finds maintenance to be so difficult at times, but also delves into why it’s important for her to do her best to stay on track:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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We encourage you to read SUNNYBEACHGIRL’s blog and if you can identify with her struggles and motivators, please ‘like’ it so that it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know by email or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZR>XI1bGc


Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.

All the best,
Tina

P.S.--Whether you’re new to the team, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, please check out our Big Page of Links, our comprehensive treasure trove of articles, blogs and other resources on maintenance. We update this on a regular basis, so even if you’ve looked at it before, please consider revisiting it every once in a while for resources that might be new to you: tinyurl.com/maintenance-links


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