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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ FAIRHAVENQUEEN’s blog and nominated her as a Motivator, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a blog written by one of our maintenance veterans, SLENDERELLA61, to commemorate her five-year maintenance anniversary last month. Five years is a significant landmark as, according to the National Weight Control Registry, the likelihood of regain drops to 27%. Regarding her weight loss and maintenance journey, SLENDERELLA61 said the following:

"All of us on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team know those statistics that say only 5-20% of people who lose weight keep it off. But all of us are supporting each other to beat those odds. We prove that it is, indeed, possible.

Although I want to eat smart every day, I'm not there yet. Occasionally I indulge and then need to cut back my calories to compensate. Although a weight gain would not be good for my running, running on reduced calories does not result in my best performance either. It helps me to think through what I am truly trying to achieve.

Another long shot is becoming a runner late in life. Runners World magazine reports that less than 3% of runners start after the age of 60. I never would have even tried to run if I hadn't met people my age, 61 at the time, on SparkPeople who were running successfully in order to maintain weight loss.

I have now run 24 races, including four half marathons, three 10Ks, and 17 5Ks, and have won 18 running awards. If I hadn't won that 3rd place medal in my first race I probably would have crossed racing off my bucket list and gone on. Just like SparkPeople trophies, I found the award very motivating! But it is important for me to remember as I pass my fifth anniversary of losing 80+ pounds and achieving a healthy weight, my goal is not medals or one fast race, it is a long and healthy life!"

In her blog, SLENDERELLA61 writes about the five surprises she’s encountered during her five years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5645281


We encourage you to read SLENDERELLA61’s blog and if you think her thoughts about successful long-term maintenance are helpful and 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ PUPPYWHISPERS’ blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by FAIRHAVENQUEEN. Having been on the weight roller coaster since high school, she says she's tried all kinds of diets over the years. "Once in a while I'd get down to a goal weight and feel really good about myself, but then I'd always gain it back right away," said FAIRHAVENQUEEN. "In 2008, I weighed 213 pounds, had plantar fascia troubles that made it so I could hardly walk, and I also discovered I had lost the ability to suck in my tummy. I couldn't find my ab muscles at all! So the beginning of this successful journey really began back then, when I went to PT, and learned some Pilates and started doing lots of cardio on a stationary bike. I lost over 50 pounds, and felt much better."

Over the next few years, she says she continued with some exercising and eating fairly healthily, but 25 pounds crept back on. "I kept trying to lose, but with no luck," said FAIRHAVENQUEEN. "I really began to think that, since I was in menopause, I was past the point of being able to lose weight. One day I randomly clicked on one of those 'Don't eat these 5 foods' ads that pop up on my computer screen, and was tempted to pay the money and get the eating plan they were advertising. However, I decided to research the company a bit first, and found a comment about SparkPeople being way better and free. I'd never heard of SP before. I checked it out, immediately signed up (this was in May of 2013), and have been addicted ever since. I've gotten to my goal of 135 pounds and have been maintaining for over three months so far. I am involved in so much more and varied exercise than ever before and am loving all of it. My son (age 22) signed up right after I did, and he has lost about 70 pounds! I've gotten several people at work to sign up as well. It has been the MOST helpful thing I've ever found for weight loss, motivation, goal setting and support."

In her blog, FAIRHAVENQUEEN elaborates on how the support she's found here on SparkPeople, and in particular on our team, has helped her on maintenance journey:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5653593


We encourage you to read FAIRHAVENQUEEN’s blog and if you find her message about the importance of a strong maintenance support system useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

FAIRHAVENQUEEN has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a Motivator for ‘Weight Loss,’ the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FAIRHAVE
NQUEEN


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful!

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

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

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by PUPPYWHISPERS. Having started her journey at 197 pounds, her goal was 144 and she is currently at 141, but she says that she no longer focuses on the scale. “I love that I wear a size 4 and it's loose--even jeans!,” exclaimed PUPPYWHISPERS. “Really my biggest success has been that I am proud of myself and I have learned that I'm tough and a survivor. Last year, I learned a lot about myself when I had to give up on the half marathon I was registered for. I could have thrown it all in, and stopped trying when the doctor said I might not run again. But I didn't. And I've learned that when I'm stressed out, I no longer want to reach for food--I want to exercise. When did THAT happen?!?! I've learned I like me, both who I was before and the person I've become. So, yes, I'm proud.“

“If I could talk to my 18-year-old competitive figure skater self, I would love to tell her that as I'm approaching 50 (yikes!), I am still skating, able to run nine miles, and am the same size I was in high school,” said PUPPYWHISPERS. “The real message is that weight loss is a mindset. It's not an end date or a finish line. It's a choice I make when I wake up and when I go to bed...every day. And once I realized that, it actually did become easier.”

In her blog, PUPPYWHISPERS writes about how the commitment she’s made to her health and fitness has paid dividends in many ways:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5651620


We encourage you to read PUPPYWHISPERS’ blog and if you find her message about the rewards of keeping up a maintenance lifestyle inspirational, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

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

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by UNSWEETMAMA. “I am very new to maintenance and have a lot to learn,” said UNSWEETMAMA. “I tend to learn best through trial and error, but I know there is also a lot of really good information available through the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I had a feeling that maintenance would be challenging. I tried to prepare myself mentally as I got closer to my goal weight over the last few months, but making the transition is turning out to be harder than I expected.”

In her blog, UNSWEETMAMA describes the struggles she’s experienced in trying to find a balance between restriction and indulgence as well as with her growing weariness with feeling as if she’s obsessed with food:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5638746


We encourage you to read UNSWEETMAMA’s blog and if you can identify with the struggles she describes, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

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

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by SWEET_CAROLYN. Having started her journey in 2012, SWEET_CAROLYN says she had had it with her lifestyle--never knowing what to eat, never feeling good about herself, always being tired (she had been diagnosed with sleep apnea), never getting to be active or feel sexy in her own skin. “So I started on Take Shape for Life and went from approximately 268 pounds to about 155 pounds,” said SWEET_CAROLYN. “It was a drastic change, but my health, my life needed it. Shedding those pounds gave me confidence, taught me to love my body as it was, and showed me that I loved to run--something that I would NEVER have been able to do previously.”

Although she says losing the weight has been great, the really tough part has been maintenance. Since injuring her knee in December while ice skating, another activity that losing weight opened up to her, she’s gained about 25 pounds. “Not being able to exercise as much along with constantly being around holiday food made it REALLY challenging to keep off the weight,” said SWEET_CAROLYN. “Even now that my knee is greatly improved, it's still really hard. My knee hurts some days, so I choose to stay off it rather than exercise. And making proper food choices is tough, when every item on a restaurant menu is fattening. Oh, and have I mentioned I've been traveling much of these past two months?”

“But I knew maintenance wasn't a destination--it was a journey,” said SWEETCAROLYN. “And it's not going to be easy, but just knowing that today, I made a healthy choice, today I kept off all that weight, today I am a better, healthier person than I was two years ago, helps.”

In her blog, SWEET_CAROLYN describes the struggles she’s experiencing in maintenance and with feeling as though she has to live up to the image of a perfect maintainer:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5640391


We encourage you to read SWEET_CAROLYN’s blog and if you can identify with the struggles with perfectionism she describes, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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



Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Congratulations on holding on, even through all of DH's health scares!

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I think I'm in the wrong 'thread', but here's my update with Spark People!
I joined 3-16-12 over the year I released 51 pounds, hitting my goal 3-16-13!

NOW, the past year I have maintained by ALMOST 3# over or under for the entire time! (I was higher at Christmas time) BUT feeling SO great about myself! THIS IS HUGE FOR ME!!!!! So happy to be Sparking! SO much healthier! The stress of my DH being in the hospital since 12-31-13, he is still there, has been the highest stress of my most recent years. He almost passed over! Doing tiny bit better, now. My commitment to myself to stay as healthy as I can during this extreme time, would have been impossible, with out spark people!

Iam/we are ALL blessed for this life saving program!!!!!! Thanks for this team!



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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A great big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ OHMEMEME’s blog and also nominated her as a Motivational Member, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by DDOORN. After reaching his highest weight of 450 pounds in the late 80s/early 90s and receiving a wake-up call in the form of congestive heart failure, DDOORN agreed to undergo a gastroplasty, a stomach-stapling procedure that shrunk his stomach and size to around 280 pounds. In spite of this, he says he didn’t learn very much, quickly reverted to his old habits and found himself back at 350 pounds.

“A nasty gastrointestinal bug which caused me to drop a lot of weight convinced me to take advantage of my head start and I got serious about losing weight the old fashioned way: healthy food and exercise,” said DDOORN. “On the way down, around 320, I joined SparkPeople to reinforce my momentum. I reached my goal weight of 200 in 2010 by finally sticking with the nutrition tracker and regular weigh-ins. In February 2010 I had the honor of making it onto Dr. Oz's 100th episode featuring 100 people who lost 100 pounds and kept it off. Since then I have slowly backslid, falling into the mistaken, but deeply rooted myth (for myself, that is) that I know enough about what foods work for me and what foods don't that I could eat ‘intuitively’ without tracking or paying attention to calories.”

“And the truth was that I could do pretty well at this and maintain,” said DDOORN. “However, my maintenance hovered mostly around 240, which was considerably lower than my high of 450, yet a good step above what I feel my goal weight of 200 to be. I wrestled a bit over accepting the 240 range, but really wasn't happy with myself: how I felt, how I looked, how clothes fit, etc. Like many others on this journey, I can be incredibly harsh and judgmental when it comes to my body. So when I found my weight creeping up into the 250s I made up my mind that it was time to nail my goal and MAINTAIN it!”

DDOORN says he is extremely grateful for the knowledge and experience he’s picked up along the way through some serious trial and error, which has brought him an approach that now feels intuitive. He also says that, through the shared knowledge and wisdom of many here at SparkPeople, he’s learned to give up his stubborn notion that he could succeed and be happy with his results without tracking, portion control and calorie counting.

“I have been consistently blown away by the kindnesses and positive energy shown by so many here among our SparkFamily and do my best to pay it forward, backward...every which way!,” said DDOORN.

In his blog, DDOORN writes about how changing his perspective is helping him to lose his last bit of weight and better prepare for maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5636066


We encourage you to read DDOORN’s blog and if you think the way he’s described the mindset shift that's occurred in him is helpful, 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 SparkMail or on this thread:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SEMISWEETCHICK’s blog and also nominated her as a Motivational Member, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by OHMEMEME. When she joined SparkPeople back in July 2011, OHMEMEME’s goal was to lose about 50 pounds in six months. Although she hasn’t reached her original goal of 175 pounds, she has maintained a 40-45 pound loss for the past two years--the longest stretch of maintenance in her life.

“I call this my success story!,” said OHMEMEME. “It's now 2014 and I am still working towards that goal of 175 lbs. I never could say that before my experience with SparkPeople. There’s so much new knowledge, inspiration, and motivation to be found here. The journey continues!”

In her blog, OHMEMEME writes about the confidence she’s gained over the past two and a half years, including how it's made her more determined to continue to put in the efforts that are needed to sustain her success:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5623487


We encourage you to read OHMEMEME’s blog and if you think her physical and emotional transformation is inspiring, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

OHMEMEME has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her wonderful accomplishments, so please also consider visiting her main page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5623487


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and many people will be able to learn more about her inspirational efforts.

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/mypage.asp?id=OHMEMEME



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,
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’ KANSASROSE’s blog and also nominated her as a Motivational Member, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by SEMISWEETCHICK. Regarding her journey to better health, SEMISWEETCHICK says she’s learned that everything in life cannot be her "number one" priority--because only ONE thing can be in that spot at a time and trying to please many masters only leads to frustration and sorrow. So these days, she says she prioritizes the truly important things in life, and she writes those priorities down. Writing them down invites her to reflect on them and revisit them because life's priorities are always changing. When they change, she re-writes the list.

“Diet and fitness are always on my list of life priorities,” said SEMISWEETCHICK. “However, their relative importance bounces up and down the list as circumstances warrant. When I was in serious weight-loss mode, diet and fitness were near the very top of my priority list. When I hit my ‘first’ goal weight and then reset my goal to be 10 pounds lower, my life was very stable. I was working, albeit slowly, toward that new goal. Then life threw me a curveball. My husband suddenly got transferred across the country, and we not only had to move but also move my mother in with us. This series of life events--combining households AND moving at the same time--took an enormous amount of emotional stamina. The guilt of not counting calories and exercising every day in order to lose more weight only added to my stress level. And I realized that was stupid, because I didn't need to lose any additional weight to be healthy. I'd only reset my goal weight for the sake of vanity!”

As a result, she de-prioritized calorie counting and daily fitness on her life list. She says she had confidence in her ability to maintain through simple portion control and good eating habits. “In the past, I would not have had such confidence,” said SEMISWEETCHICK. “I'm one of those people who has lost weight, then gained it back--more than once. But participating in SparkPeople for several years gave me the confidence I needed to temporarily push calorie counting and daily fitness lower on my priority list. Yes, I ended up gaining five pounds over the course of the past four months. But you know what? It doesn't bother me. In fact, I think it's fantastic I gained ONLY five pounds!”

In her blog, SEMISWEETCHICK writes about how resetting her goal weight lifted the burden she felt was weighing her down through her recent stressful period:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5601118


We encourage you to read SEMISWEETCHICK’s blog and if you think it’s message about resetting our goals in less-than-ideal times is useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

SEMISWEETCHICK has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her wonderful accomplishments, so please also consider visiting her main page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SEMISWEE
TCHICK


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and many people will be able to learn more about her inspirational efforts.

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ ELLEKTRA’s blog and also nominated her as a Motivational Member, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by KANSASROSE67. Having felt overweight ever since she was a teenager (even though she admits she wasn't then), KANSASROSE67 says she flirted with disordered eating in high school, skipping lunches at school but then secretly binging on sweets at home. She gained the typical "freshman fifteen" in college and then married and had a couple of babies, gaining more weight with each one. Over the years, she’s used food as comfort, as a reward and as a way to nurture herself when she was a stressed-out working wife and mother.

“As I said in my blog, I knew in my head everything I needed to know about nutrition and exercise, but I just wasn't putting it into practice consistently until I found the SparkPeople community,” said KANSASROSE67. “I lost weight slowly, and in a very up-and-down fashion, and maintenance has been the same. For now, and probably for always, I need to track my food, I need to record my fitness, and I need the support of others, as well as the abundance of wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm to be found in the Spark community.

In her blog, KANSASROSE67 describes how the support she’s found here on SparkPeople has helped her through the past four years, which has included three years on maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5607178


We encourage you to read KANSASROSE67’s and if you think it’s message about hope, support, accountability and persistence is useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

KANSASROSE67 has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her wonderful accomplishments, so please also consider visiting her main page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KANSASRO
SE67


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and many people will be able to learn more about her inspirational efforts.

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ POOKASLUAGH’s blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

We’d now like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by ELLEKTRA. Having started her weight loss efforts just under 10 years ago, she began her journey at a starting weight of 330 pounds. Although she got down to about 200 pounds within her first three years by mainly exercising and eating less, she plateaued there for a few years and then gained five pounds when she quit smoking. “It scared me and then everything just kind of fell into place,” said ELLEKTRA. “I started running, calorie counting, joined a gym and the rest of the weight came off in a year.” She reached her goal weight of 145 three years ago.

“Once I reached my goal weight, I started adding strength training to my fitness, which I had not done any of during my whole weight loss,” said ELLEKTRA. “I also ride my bike to and from work every day. So, because of those two things, I have watched my weight creep back up slowly. It's been slightly stressful, even though I know it’s muscle gain, but now I am maintaining at around 160. I am continuously reading and educating myself.”

“Maintenance is not 'one size fits all' and can be hard to get a hold on at times, but as I said, it's just my way of life now,” said ELLEKTRA. “It's a choice you make and stick with. Nothing will change that and any hardship I face with maintenance, or the after effects of such a large weight loss, like loose skin, is nothing compared to the hardship I faced being unhealthy, so that makes it simple.”

In her blog, ELLEKTRA writes about how the simple act of refusing a 150-calorie McDonald’s coffee made her realize just how ingrained her healthy choices have become:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
15584

Although she’s been active on SparkPeople for many years, this is ELLEKTRA’s very first blog. We encourage you to read it and if you think it’s message about her dedication to her healthy lifestyle is useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

ELLEKTRA has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her wonderful accomplishments, so please also consider visiting her main page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=ELLEKTRA

If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and many people will be able to learn more about her inspirational efforts.

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
sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948
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=
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,
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’ NELLJONES’ blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful long-term maintenance success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by POOKASLUAGH. Having lost 100 pounds over the course of more than three years, POOKASLUAGH says she found weight loss very difficult--that it was a struggle to take off every pound. In hindsight, she thinks it was better for her journey to go so slowly, because it gave her time to adjust to her new body and allowed her to become much more body-aware. “As I went along, I slowly came to accept things like all my stretch marks, to accept them as part of my new self, and also to appreciate some things about my body that I never even noticed when I was young and thin, like my collarbones,” said POOKASLUAGH.

The one thing she says she could never accept, no matter how hard she tried, was her abdomen, which was severely damaged by her three pregnancies between 2000 and 2004. Last month, she underwent surgery to repair the muscles and remove the extra skin, which she says has done amazing things for her self-esteem. “I still have tons of stretch marks in that area, but I don't mind them, and honestly, I can even say that I've come to love them, these reminders that my belly once carried my three sons,” said POOKASLUAGH. “These days, I am very happy with my body, and glad to say that I no longer suffer the shame that I'd felt about my body that had been persistently with me since long before I actually started losing weight. I look and feel like myself again, which is all I ever wanted.”

In her blog, POOKASLUAGH celebrates the confidence she’s gained from her recent surgery and the sense of peace and acceptance she finally feels with her body:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5611883


We encourage you to read POOKASLUAGH’s blog and if you think her story and soaring confidence are 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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




Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ HAKAPES’ blog and also to everyone who nominated him as a SparkPeople Motivator, which will further increase the visibility of his blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

We’d now like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by NELLJONES. As our longest known maintainer, NELLJONES initially lost 33 pounds on Weight Watchers in 1970. In spite of a few blips up (due to the onset of menopause) and down (initially due to illness and later to resetting her goal weight), she has successfully managed her weight loss for more than 43 years. She still follows the Weight Watchers exchange program, saying, “Why fix what worked?,” and is an important force and role model for successful long-term maintenance here on SparkPeople.

In her blog, NELLJONES writes about coming to terms with her attitude towards food and continuing to practice the discipline she needs to successfully maintain her weight:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5605151


We encourage you to read NELLJONES’ blog and if you think her message about self-acceptance and staying mindful in maintenance is useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SUNSHINE20113’s blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by HAKAPES. Upon reflection of the lessons he’s learned in his first two years of maintenance, he says that he feels as if he shouldn't have focused so much on reaching a weight goal, but instead on reaching a healthy lifestyle goal. “I look at my weight as a metric that shows whether or not I'm going in the right direction,” said HAKAPES. “This seems self-evident now, but I had no intention of changing my life when I first got started--I just wanted to look lean. This understanding and the wish to change my life and live healthily developed over time.”

Along the way, HAKAPES said that he’s also learned a lot about his body and has discovered that his body type responds well to all kinds of training. As a result, he intentionally tries different types of sports. Last year, for example, he started Contact Dance Improvisation and next year, he hopes to experiment with boxing. He says he’s also learned that he can put on and lose weight easily, so he doesn't focus so much on his actual weight, but on overall trends. What’s more, he also understands that his previous excess weight was the result of the way he used to live and that if he wanted to stabilize at a lower weight, he had to change his lifestyle.

“I also notice now how many people around me I influence with my lifestyle,” said HAKAPES. “If I live healthily, I encourage them to live healthily, and if I'm a couch-potato, I model that behaviour for them. I recently met up with a former colleague of mine who was eager to share that he had run 8K the previous day, which he hadn't done for a long time. When we were on business trips some years ago, I used to invite him to go for runs with me and now, when we meet, I still trigger thoughts about running.”

In his blog, HAKAPES writes about the healthy living accomplishments he’s experienced during his first two years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5580385


We encourage you to read HAKAPES’s blog and if you think his tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle are useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

HAKAPES has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of everything he’s accomplished. Please consider stopping by his main page and nominating him as a motivator in the category of “Weight Loss”, which will give his story the greatest visibility:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HAKAPES

If you see the SparkPeople Motivator icon on his page, this means our efforts have already been successful.

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MELFOUCH's blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts, and also to everyone who voted for her as a Motivational Member, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by SUNSHINE20113. Having just celebrated her two-year maintenance anniversary, she and her husband recently moved to Ireland, which has meant a great change and has required a lot of work for her to stay focused on her goals in a new environment. “This is where SparkPeople is so useful to me,” said SUNSHINE20113. “I stay accountable by joining team challenges and by signing up for racing events. I also rely heavily on tracking my food. That helps me stay conscious of what I eat.”

In her blog, SUNSHINE20113 writes about the importance of putting in the sustained effort to protect and honor her health and fitness achievements in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5578924


We encourage you to read SUNSHINE20113’s blog and if you think her message about refusing to regain is useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ VTRICIA's blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to highlight a recent blog written by MELFOUCH. Upon reflection, MELFOUCH says she thinks that the most useful lesson she’s learned from losing weight and then working on maintaining it is the importance of being honest with and accountable to herself using SparkPeople’s trackers, while, at the same time, not being overly harsh she inevitably slips every now and then. She says she tries to work out exactly what went wrong and why, learn any lessons she can from the experience and then refuse to dwell on it. Her key word is "try" as, like a lot of people, she says she’s often her own harshest critic.

“Realistically I am always going to be a bit on the lazy side and someone who tends to put things off,” said MELFOUCH. “But this whole experience has definitely given me more confidence in my ability to sort out aspects of my life that need attention because I feel that I've got the tools to help me when I really need to get something done.”

In her blog, MELFOUCH writes about how an accident a few years back set a whole chain of events in motion that led to her getting serious about tackling her weight and improving her health:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5572024


We encourage you to read MELFOUCH’s blog and if you think its message about her “lucky break” is useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

MELFOUCH has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her fantastic achievements. Please also consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of “Weight Loss” so that even more people can see and be inspired by her success:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MELFOUCH


If you already see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful!

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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!

Happy New Year! We hope that its first days are off to a great start for you and that you’re ready for the trials and triumphs that lie ahead.

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ AMARILYNH's blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site, and to everyone who voted her as a Motivator so more and more people can be inspired by her success.

We’d now like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by one of our leaders VTRICIA in celebration of her one-year maintenance anniversary. With that first year of maintenance under her belt she says she likes to think of herself as a journeyman maintainer. “I know my stuff, and I've been able to work it over the ups and downs a year brings, but the research shows that I'm no less likely to relapse than on the day I reached goal,” says VTRICIA. “It's a balance between remaining necessarily vigilant vs. being hypervigilant on a level that I would burn out on. I'm nearer the top of my maintenance range, and I will take advantage of the New Year's bandwagon to eat more vegetables and fewer empty calories.”

“It's amazing to think that when I reached goal, I still thought weight management was 90% what you eat,” said VTRICIA. “I learned within my first few months how important fitness is, and when I weaned my toddler about six months in I found it was really, really important. I love circuit training. I really work on keeping my attitude in a good place. The reasons people relapse are depression and disinhibited eating (emotional and/or binge). I just can't emphasize that enough. That's the focus of my Losers Keepers team.”

In her blog, VTRICIA writes about how she’s managed her first year of maintenance and how the experiences she’s had have left her better equipped for long-term success:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5562661


We encourage you to read VTRICIA’s blog and if you think her reflections on the different aspects of our maintenance journeys are useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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!

Merry Christmas to all our members who celebrate the holiday and Happy Boxing Day! We hope that you were able to spend a wonderful day with family and friends and that you’re feeling ready to take on the new year.

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SLENDERELLA61's blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by AMARILYNH. Like many people here, until recently she had had a checkered history managing her weight and has been on and off diets for most of her adult life. Having reached goal several times over the years, but never managing to stay there for more than a year, she says the thing that was always missing was the maintenance component.

Her current and final journey began in April 2008. “I recall that weigh in well--192 was my highest weight ever!,” she exclaimed. “We had been to Texas on vacation and it was on Saturday morning after our return. Usually I waited until Monday to start a diet but not that time--I started right then! In the next nine months I went from 192 to 155. That's where I got stuck. I wasn't unhappy with my body at 155. I fit in almost all my clothes, but I wasn't quite satisfied--I still had more fat around my middle than I was completely happy with. It was after joining SparkPeople and then the BLC Challenge that I gradually began losing those last pounds. I got to goal weight in November 2011 and have stayed between 145 and 153 since then. This past year I have really been studying nutrition and slowly got to 144--my lowest weight in probably at least 35 years.”

“The biggest difference in this journey and all the ones before 2008?,” AMARILYNH asked. “It is my complete confidence that I can STAY in goal range! That confidence comes from SparkPeople--because no way will I disappoint my SparkFriends by gaining weight. That is a GOOD feeling to have!”

In her blog, AMARILYNH writes about managing the many challenges the holiday season presents and moving on from any mistakes we might make:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5568046


We encourage you to read AMARILYNH’s blog and if you think its message about self-forgiveness and resiliency in the holiday season is useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

AMARILYNH has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all her fantastic achievements. Please also consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of “Weight Loss” so that even more people can see and be inspired by her success:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AMARILYN
H


If you already see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful!

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ BESSHAILE's blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by SLENDERELLA61, who offers her perspective on her maintenance journey in the following paragraphs:

"All of us on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team know those statistics that say only 5-20% of people who lose weight keep it off. But all of us are supporting each other to beat those odds. We prove that it is, indeed, possible.

Although I want to eat smart every day, I'm not there yet. Occasionally I indulge and then need to cut back my calories to compensate. Although a weight gain would not be good for my running, running on reduced calories does not result in my best performance either. It helps me to think through what I am truly trying to achieve.

Another long shot is becoming a runner late in life. Runners World magazine reports that less than 3% of runners start after the age of 60. I never would have even tried to run if I hadn't met people my age, 61 at the time, on SparkPeople who were running successfully in order to maintain weight loss.

I have now run 21 races, including three half marathons, three 10Ks, and 15 5Ks, and have won 15 running awards. If I hadn't won that 3rd place medal in my first race I probably would have crossed racing off my bucket list and gone on. Just like SparkPeople trophies, I found the award very motivating! But it is important for me to remember as I approach my fifth anniversary of losing 80+ pounds and achieving a healthy weight, my goal is not medals or one fast race, it is a long and healthy life!"

In her blog, SLENDERELLA61 writes about the balance she's achieved between her running goals and her maintenance goals:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5565819


We encourage you to read SLENDERELLA61’s blog and if you think her message about balancing her priorities in maintenance is useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ MEXGAL1’s blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by BESSHAILE. Having lost large amounts of weight multiple times, she says that this is the first time she has believed she will keep the weight off. So what’s different? She credits the difference with her relationship with time. Because it took her so long to lose the weight this time, averaging only three ounces a week, she had time to really feel the changes in her body. “I had time to feel the sensation of a craving for Brussels sprouts,” said BESSHAILE. “Not broccoli or spinach or any other green vegetable--but Brussels sprouts. This craving for nutrition is both new and fun and it also helps me when shopping because I will look at a product and its lack of nutrition or overload of preservatives sort of makes my tummy flip over. Ugh. No, thanks. But that sensation is fleeting. If you are in too big a hurry, it will fly away and you'll miss one of the most delicious foodie experiences ever. So SLOW down to savor the delight of a nutritious craving.”

She says that going slowly also helps with mindless eating, which she admits to still engaging in from time to time. A third delight of the slow and steady pace is that when she does overindulge, she is going slowly enough to notice it. When she’s up a few pounds, she enlists the help of her buddy “time” and makes that day a lean and nutritious one. “It's only one day or maybe one week and then I'm back into those skinny jeans again,” says BESSHAILE. “It's almost like having a teenager's body again because with only a few pounds to lose, it comes off fast. It's as if my new friendship with time has helped me get to know my self right now, this very moment, as the cookie enters my mouth. And I have time to tell myself that I really don't want any more cookies, thank you, so I can put it down and walk away.”

“Would I have rather just tapped my head with the magic skinny wand three years ago?,” she asks. “Well, duh--is chocolate one of the four food groups? But do I care now? Do I care that it took me two years to lose 24 lbs? Heck no. The cool thing about going slowly is that getting there and staying there aren't all that different. That's why I'm so confident I can keep this weight off.”

In her blog, BESSHAILE writes about how she’s feeling more and more optimistic that she can keep up her healthy lifestyle permanently:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5556586


We encourage you to read BESSHAILE’s blog and if you think her message about maintenance and motivation is useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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’ FIT4MEIN2013’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to an older blog written by MEXGAL1 last year. A follow-up to her Featured Blog Post “A ‘Tail’ of Two ‘Butts’”, her blog gives a history of her weight struggles, along with how she successfully lost and has kept the weight off:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5047345


We encourage you to read MEXGAL1’s blog and if you think her story is inspirational and her tips for managing maintenance are useful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

In addition to the wonderful strategies she shared in her blog, MEXGAL1 has also compiled a ‘Top Ten’ list of maintenance tips, which you can find below:

“MEXGAL1’s Top Ten Tips for Managing Maintenance:

1) This is by far my first and most important tip for maintaining. Staying away from packaged processed foods with fat, sugar and salt. To me they are like drugs and once I start I can't stop. When I eat clean, fresh fruits, veggies and such I don't crave the junk as my body knows that it has received good nutrition and it lessens my hunger and when I do crave something it's the good foods. I went "cold turkey" to get the junk out of my system and it took about a week for me to not crave it...but now I have a total sense of freedom not craving it anymore.

2) Eating at specific times. I eat at the same time every day, which really works for me. My body is trained to expect food at breakfast, lunch and dinner and when it isn't time to eat my trick is to look at the clock and realize it isn't time to eat just yet. I really don't snack, but if I do it's veggies or fruit.

3) I have a big appetite for such a small frame. To satisfy it I eat large portions of good clean healthy foods. I can have more volume and get plenty of nutrition and feel full.

4) Broken record, I know, but I track everything! I use the tracker here at SparkPeople and have populated my "favorites" list, which makes tracking easy.

5) I also track my water, which is vital for me. I find that when I get dehydrated I do not have nearly the energy I do when I keep up with my water. I start my day first thing in the morning with a full bottle of water. I find it gives me energy right away.

6) To keep me from snacking mindlessly in the evenings, which used to be a problem for me, I brush my teeth right away after dinner. This is an old tip but it really works for me.

7) I weigh myself daily. This works well for me as I know that weight can fluctuate 2-3 pounds per day and that doesn't bother me. But it keeps me focused on my goal of maintaining. And if I am up a bit, it's usually due to too much salt or that I have eaten out. So for me being up a bit on the scale motivates me to be careful. I don't let the number set my mood for the day it just gives me guidance and motivation.

8) I get plenty of sleep. I believe in routine and to me it is important to get plenty of sleep so that you aren't tired the next day which leads to bad decisions foodwise. So for me I go to bed early and read my Kindle, which relaxes me, and I fall asleep at a reasonable hour.

9) I exercise daily. Again this is a routine that I started and is important to me. I adopted two street dogs here in Mexico and I walk them up and down the mountain we live on. We do about four miles every day on the cobblestone streets here. And they don't let me forget that they want their walk everyday!

10) And finally, I practice something I call "positive self talk"--you know, that little voice in your head. I work hard to try and see the glass half full instead of half empty. When things go wrong I do work hard to count my blessings. I have a lot to be thankful for and I will focus on the good and not the bad.”

If you’d also like to read the “Tail of Two Butts” post, it is here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5040990


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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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,
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!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American members! We hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones and, if your celebrations take you away from home, that you have a safe and easy trip.

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ NUOVAELLE’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by FIT4MEIN2013. As a 56-year-old post-menopausal woman, she says she has put the "I can't lose weight because I am over 50" excuse to bed. “At different times of our lives, we will face different challenges with our exercise and health plans, but the bottom line stays the same; if we want it badly enough to do what it takes to get it, we will succeed,” said FIT4MEIN2013. “It takes tweaking to find the right calorie in/calorie out balance and that will not remain stable. I think the secret is really in listening to our bodies. We have to retrain ourselves to hear what our bodies need because we have ignored them for so long. The same diet plan does not work for everyone. There are no 'bad' foods, only bad amounts. There are so many 'sound bites' that it is hard to find any one thing to focus on.”

FIT4MEIN2013 enjoys motivating others and often shares her four-step plan for weight loss which includes defining one’s goals, determining whether the desire to reach your goal is worth the effort needed to get there, deciding on a plan and setting realistic and achievable goals. “My concise advice to members is ‘Exercise, eat, track, repeat’,” said FIT4MEIN2013. “The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.”

In her blog, FIT4MEIN2013 writes about how she’s learned to navigate maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5544253


We encourage you to read FIT4MEIN2013’s blog and if you think the tips she’s shared for how she’s learned to manage her weight and maintenance are useful, 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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

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A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ ONEKIDSMOM’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by NUOVAELLE. “I never reached my ultimate weight goal, which may sound like a bad thing, but it was also a good motivator because it kept me alert and vigilant through one and a half years of maintaining a weight at a healthy BMI, something I had never done before in my life,” said NUOVAELLE. In the past few months, she has come to face serious life problems and found that she turned to food for comfort again. In spite of this, she says that exercise was her biggest ally through these difficult times as it not only kept the damage to a minimum, but also it helped her fight feelings of depression.

“This period made me realize many things about maintenance and I think I redefined ‘difficult’ in my mind,” said NUOVAELLE. “I've always believed, and I still do, that maintenance is the most difficult part in the weight loss journey, but for different reasons. Sometimes, it helps to realize how difficult something is if we compare it to its opposite. Does it look easy? And in what ways? That's what I did and realized that the healthy, moderate life I was leading all this time was much easier than the uncomfortable and fearful life all the eating indulgence had led me to.”

In her blog, NUOVAELLE writes about why she finds being off track much more difficult than staying on track and renews her commitment to putting in the work to stay as happy and healthy as possible in spite of the personal issues she’s been facing:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5541589


Although her blog has already been named a Featured Blog Post on SparkPeople, we still think it is well worth drawing your attention to in case you missed it. We encourage you to read it and to lend your support either by commenting directly on it or on NUOVAELLE’s main page, which you can find here:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NUOVAELL
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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_messagebo
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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.

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11/13/13 8:42 P

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KANOE10’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

We’d now like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by ONEKIDSMOM. Beginning her fourth year of maintenance, she finds that she has to reinvent her self-image from time to time, and one of the most important elements of remaining motivated is feeling that the motivation is, in fact, "true to herself.”

“Depending on how loudly one has trumpeted recent activities, there could be an expectation on the part of others--or even oneself--to take things farther, become more extreme,” said ONEKIDSMOM. “But, in fact, finding the way of maintenance is a matter of finding balance in life, and determining what's important right now as opposed to what WAS important last month or might be important next year.”

In her blog, ONEKIDSMOM recasts herself as a teenage rebel and reflects on how the lessons she learned during that time in her life have helped her to find her way in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5533608


“Once, when I was having trouble with a teenage child, a wise person said to me, ‘Oh, he's a bright kid. He'll figure it out.’ Letting myself be the ‘bright kid’ who will figure out the puzzle of motivation and maintenance is even harder than parenting that teenager at times!”

We encourage you to read ONEKIDSMOM’s blog and if you agree that its message about embracing the whole of our personalities to help ensure our success in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

SparkPeople.com’s system for nominating popular blogs can sometimes take quite a while to respond to votes. If you particularly like a blog post and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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_messagebo
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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.

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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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MOBYCARP’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by ANNIEONLI. Having just celebrated her third maintenance anniversary, she says that her body has normalized in a range of 130-135 pounds. She listens to her body more than ever and when it feels "funky" she tries her best to get it back to feeling better and normal. Although she sometimes struggles to fit in exercise, she does her best by taking an extra walk from a further parking space, going for a quick walk around the block or doing yoga and crunches while listening to her class lectures after work. “It all matters and if I look closely, I can find the time if I really want to,” said ANNIEONLI. “Being active is the key, even if it is in just our daily activities!”

Food-wise, she says that it’s sometimes easy to make excuses for not eating healthily--a hectic work schedule, complacency, being away from home--but she knows that those are only excuses and that she can always pre-cook and freeze meals or bring leftovers to work in a glass container. “The excuse thing comes from being overworked, lazy and wanting an easy way out,” said ANNIEONLI. “And these are all things that I recognize as being the ‘evil path’ back to where I was before...and I vowed to never go back down that path! I am constantly reevaluating my path, my plan, my passion and my persistence and patience. I think this reevaluation keeps me on my toes maintenance-wise.”

In her blog, ANNIEONLI writes about reconnecting with herself and the things she loves after more than three years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5516875


We encourage you to read ANNIEONLI’s blog and if you agree that its message about finding and reconnecting with our joy on maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

SparkPeople.com’s system for nominating popular blogs can sometimes take quite a while to respond to votes. If you particularly like a blog post and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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10/23/13 10:56 P

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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KRISZTA11’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks as well to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her fabulous success story.

We aren’t sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve managed to spotlight a different maintenance blog author for 62 straight weeks! That just goes to show how many of us there are and how many different perspectives our community represents.

For the first time since starting this, we are going to repeat an author. We’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by MOBYCARP. Having been pushed into SparkPeople by his sister ONEKIDSMOM at the tender age of 55, he grudgingly admitted that he needed to track what he ate, without admitting that he needed to change the kinds of things he ate.

Tracking calories and macronutrients forced MOBYCARP to modify the kinds of things he ate in order to be satisfied while losing weight. Over the course of his first year on SparkPeople, his diet was totally transformed. Fresh produce was gradually introduced, one item at a time. Packaged convenience foods were crowded out as too calorie-expensive. Getting enough protein became a key thing to watch. Low-fat cottage cheese, baked chicken breast, and tuna became go-to sources of lean protein. Much to his surprise, food tracking became a way of life that doesn't require much attention.

Changes in fitness activities accompanied the nutrition changes. MOBYCARP had always enjoyed walking, but wearing a pedometer made him more consistent. The 10K steps per day goal isn't important for him in terms of pushing for high exercise days; it's important for eliminating sedentary days. Somewhat surprising developments during MOBYCARP's first year of maintenance were becoming a runner and developing the ability to do pullups for the first time in his life. Now, he loves running. He currently devotes a lot of attention to recovering from a foot injury, and is happy to be back to running three days a week. He hopes to run a half marathon next spring.

In his blog, MOBYCARP reflects on both his overall journey to better health and fitness and on his first two years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5507368


We encourage you to read MOBYCARP’s blog and if you agree that its message about how his perspective and goals have evolved over the course of his time in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

SparkPeople.com’s system for nominating popular blogs can sometimes take quite a while to respond to votes. If you particularly like a blog post and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x49482091


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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ HMAZIS’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks as well to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her fabulous success story.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by KRISZTA11 in celebration of her two-year maintenance anniversary. Having followed the classic yo-yo pattern all her adult life, she’d drop a few pounds while doing one diet or another, then lose motivation and gain it back again and then some. She credits reading The Spark with making a big difference for her. Taking what she had learned from the book, she began to use SparkPeople’s nutrition tracker, become physically active, sleep enough and drink more water. These things made her feel better immediately, even before she lost the first pound.

“I made my first blog entry when I reached my goal weight,” said KRISZTA11. “I was impressed when I saw some people actually read it and left encouraging comments! The SparkPeople community is exceptionally positive and supportive. I think these are the reason why I was able to maintain my weight loss of 20 pounds for the first time ever in my life.”

In her blog, KRISZTA11 describes the many changes she’s experienced now that she’s got two years of maintenance under her belt :

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5498260


We encourage you to read KRISZTA11’s blog and if you agree that there are many things to love about a maintenance lifestyle and that its message is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

KRISZTA11 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KRISZTA1
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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SUNNYBEACHGIRL’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by HMAZIS. In June of last year, she returned home from a trip to Paris and was at an all time high of approximately 186 pounds. It was then she decided that it had to end and that she had to find a weight loss solution. Surfing the web brought her to SparkPeople and as soon as she joined, she was hooked. Having lost 44 pounds to date, she started maintenance in July of this year. She says that she finds exercise to be a great stress reducer, so she exercises pretty much every single day for about an hour. Sometimes it’s as simple as walking outside or on her treadmill, but she also uses the elliptical, runs, and has even participated in a few races.

“I feel great, and my energy level is unbelievable, not to mention that I went from 15 or so migraines a month to less than five because of exercise and sleeping better and just all-around feeling better,” said HMAZIS. “Maintaining for me is pretty much the same as when I was losing except for a few more calories thrown in per day. The same dedication and discipline goes into it. I never changed what we ate at home, just changed how much because this is a lifelong thing. The only thing I did give up was fast food and I don't even miss that anymore!”

In her blog, HMAZIS writes about the lessons she’s learned in her first three months of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5499447


We encourage you to read HMAZIS’s blog and if you agree that its message about the effort it takes to keep up our healthy lifestyles in maintenance being worthwhile is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

HMAZIS has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HMAZIS

It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LESLIE871948’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks as well to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her fabulous success story.

We’d now like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by SUNNYBEACHGIRL. Until reaching menopause, she had always been within a healthy BMI and had a waist of about 31 inches. She says she had been blessed with great health but didn't watch her weight or do enough exercise as she moved into her 50s and 60s. Two years ago, at 64, with her weight back at 185 and her cholesterol numbers too high, her doctor suggested medication. She decided to try to stay off the medication and move to a healthy lifestyle. With her first grandchild on the way, she also wanted to be able to help her daughter.

“I was looking around for an online program and found SparkPeople,” said SUNNYBEACHGIRL. “I use the Heart Healthy menu plan and increased my exercise. Then I hit a plateau and joined SparkCoach. Sometimes I don’t like their answers to my questions, but it has helped me get to a healthy BMI, drop into a lower clothing size and hit my goal weight of 157. I am confident that SparkPeople is going to help me keep it off because the program continues to provide maintenance tools in a very caring environment. SparkPeople are the best. Now I can get up and down off the floor and chase a toddler across the park, something I couldn't do before losing the weight.”

In her blog, SUNNYBEACHGIRL addresses the ways maintenance is more challenging for her now that she’s in her 60s:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5489797


We encourage you to read SUNNYBEACHGIRL’s blog and if you think its message about adjusting our goals in maintenance as we age is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

SUNNYBEACHGIRL has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SUNNYBEA
CHGIRL


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KIMBERLY_Y’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her wonderful success story.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by LESLIE871948. Having begun her struggle with her weight at the age of 11, she took comfort in food and began a long cycle of weight loss, regain and shame that would continue for many years. Reaching a high of more than 360 pounds in 1981, she successfully lost weight several times through Weight Watchers, in spite of fluctuating somewhat over the years. After rejoining Weight Watchers one last time in 2002, she reached goal in 2003 and considers that year to mark the real beginning of maintenance for her. She currently maintains around 166 pounds.

“It is not easy for me to stay at my goal weight, but it is incredibly difficult to stand in one place at ANY weight,” said LESLIE871948. “I believe that the keys are exercise, and feeding the body enough high quality food to nourish it so I don't get in that place where all food looks wonderful. I can run today. I started out jogging a bit, but I can trot for two miles now without losing my breath, and I generally walk or run six days a week and do weights three. Exercise keeps me calm enough to make the correct food choices.”

In her blog, LESLIE871948 addresses the issue of going from someone who resented having to log their food to someone who embraces it as a useful tool in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5486216


We encourage you to read LESLIE871948’s blog and if you find her thoughts on the mental shift she’s made in this area of maintenance useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

LESLIE871948 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LESLIE87
1948


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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,
Tina
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ JCORYCMA’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

We’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by KIMBERLY_Y this week. After being laid up in bed for four days straight back in April 2011 at the age of 37 with severe pain because of a herniated disc in her lower back, KIMBERLY_Y realized she needed to change her lifestyle. Her back pain was a chronic issue and she couldn’t lay her baby down in the crib or hold her for any length of time because her core was so weak. Her physical therapist told her that she needed to strengthen her core and that meant she had to exercise.

“At that moment, my lowest physical point, I promised myself that I would never be in that situation again,” said KIMBERLY_Y. “I committed to exercising at the gym three times per week and started making healthier food choices. I began buying organic foods, reading articles for healthier recipes and changed the way that I cooked food. Less sauteing and frying and more grilling, baking and broiling. Since that moment of clarity in my life, I lost 30 pounds, 22 of which were with SparkPeople. Now, exercise is a significant part of my life at the gym and at home. My husband and I bought bikes and we take our two daughters biking every weekend. I am so pleased to have brought my family into my healthy lifestyle.”

In spite of the many strides she’s made in developing and living a healthier lifestyle, KIMBERLY_Y admits that she sometimes doubts whether she can keep it up, especially when stress creeps into her life. In her blog, she addresses her fear of falling into a maintenance “funk” and how she’s managed to avoid it so far:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5478727


We encourage you to read KIMBERLY_Y’s blog and if you can identify with her fears and agree that its message is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

KIMBERLY_Y has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KIMBERLY
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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.


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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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ GETFIT2LIVE’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by JCORYCMA. A self-described “typical yo-yo dieter” until age 49 when she made a New Year's resolution not to turn 50 overweight and unhealthy, JCORYCMA lost 78 pounds over nine months. “That was seven and a half years ago and I've kept the weight off,” she said. “Although steadily maintaining, it initially took me several years to start feeling like I was a thin person. I would look in mirrors and ask, ‘Who is that woman?’ I'm comfortable with my size now and can never imagine being overweight again.”

A few key lifestyle changes helped her lose weight and maintain it as well. First, she made exercise a habit. “It was a struggle at first, but now I look forward to working out,” JCORYCMA said. “I eat six times a day usually--three healthy meals and three healthy snacks. I choose foods that are low fat, low sugar and higher in fiber. I don't eat mindlessly, like in front of the TV. I sit at the table where I’m aware of what and how much I'm eating. I learned the difference between a treat that's occasional and a snack which is healthy food that tides me over until a meal. When I mess up and eat something or some portion that isn't the best choice, I forgive myself. I own up to it and start back on track with THE VERY NEXT BITE!”

In her blog, JCORYCMA writes about the many ways keeping up a healthy lifestyle can pay off:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5463419


We encourage you to read JCORYCMA’s blog and if you agree that its message about the many benefits of diligently keeping up our healthy lifestyles is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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We hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer and is looking forward to a wonderful autumn. Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LESLIELENORE’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

We’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by GETFIT2LIVE this week. GETFIT2LIVE was inspired to start her journey to better health when she watched her grandson being born. “It hit me like a ton of bricks that if I didn't want him remembering me like I remember my grandmothers--lovely people but very overweight and inactive--I needed to make some changes,” she said. “I read something in The Spark that resonated with me: ‘the choice is mine to make’. I wrote that on a sticky note and posted it on my computer at work; it stayed there for the entire time I was losing weight and reminded me that it's all about choices, and making the best (or at least better) choice at the time.”

Since getting started, GETFIT2LIVE has lost more than 100 pounds and continues to actively working on doing what it takes to keep the weight off for life. “My life is so radically different now than when I started with SparkPeople,” said GETFIT2LIVE. “I'm a regular at my gym, I'm active and running 15-25 miles or more a week, and I'm thoroughly enjoying trying new things and ways of being active.”

With more than a year of maintenance firmly under her belt, GETFIT2LIVE writes about how she’s managed to stay in her goal range throughout that time:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5462170


We encourage you to read GETFIT2LIVE’s blog and if you agree that her tips for managing maintenance are useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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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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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A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LOGOULD’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

We’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by LESLIELENORE this week. Having lost 165 pounds, she’s actually found herself in the position of trying to regain about five pounds. “It is difficult to go from a mindset of calorie deficit to calorie balance, but I think I am starting to get a feel for it,” said LESLIELENORE. “I guess what I am learning is that this a journey of discovery even in maintenance. I am still learning and growing. I have discovered that I need goals to strive for besides weight loss. Weight is just one component of my life, and not even the most important!”

In her blog, LESLIELENORE writes about some of the questions we need to ask ourselves to help sustain our motivation over the long term as maintainers:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5457577


We encourage you to read LESLIELENORE’s blog and if you agree that its message about defining the future of our maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ 11TERRY20’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a blog written by LOGOULD almost a year ago. With the help of the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team, she is 37 pounds lower than when she first joined SparkPeople and 41 pounds down from her highest weight. She believes that is no small accomplishment since she is making the adjustment into the post-menopausal stage of life and is being treated for a foot issue that has put her preferred form of cardio, running, on the back burner for a season.

“Now I look at the fact that I am maintaining in my goal weight range despite those issues on top of an already hectic life to be as great an achievement as seeing a three-pound drop on the scale” said LOGOULD. “I continue to learn more and more everyday. I would like to think that one day maintaining will be easy, and I guess it does get easier, but that is mostly because I make myself get on the scale everyday. I record my weight. I weigh and measure nearly everything that goes in my mouth and if I don't, I do my best to make the most honest estimation so that I remain aware of what I am doing. Every day bring its new challenges and opportunities. With the help of all my friends on the AGAM+TM team, I will continue to turn those former demons into tools to make me a stronger maintainer!”

In her blog, LOGOULD writes about finding her balance point in maintenance, something many of us struggle with as we transition from weight loss to weight-maintenance mode:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5077722


We encourage you to read LOGOULD’s blog and if you agree that its message about finding a variety of ways to overcome and deal with the challenges we face in maintenance without turning to too much food is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ -AMANDA79’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

The blog post we’re featuring this time marks a WHOLE YEAR of featuring a new, different author every single week. 53 different maintainers, without ever repeating! That right there shows what an amazing group of folks we have on this Team.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by 11TERRY20. Having had a double mastectomy in 2006, weight loss and maintenance are just a foundation to her overall health journey. “It's really all about feeling good,” said 11TERRY20. “I am addicted to feeling good and that includes exercise and learning from my mistakes, taking risks and trying new things. The most important things I have gained from SparkPeople and all the members here is that we are all on our own personal health journeys. I am learning from all of you--your struggles and your triumphs! What works for you and what hasn't worked? More importantly, what are the take-away life lessons? So, please continue to share how you are doing with me and all our members. You will probably will never know how much you have helped. Even if you don't get immediate feedback or any feedback at all, you are helping more than you could ever know.”

As someone who once overtrained, 11TERRY20 writes about the exercise-nutrition balance she’s found in maintenance and how it’s contributed to a more well-rounded and satisfying lifestyle all around:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5399021


We encourage you to read 11TERRY20’s blog and if you agree that its message about the importance of developing moderate and sustainable habits in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

11TERRY20 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=11TERRY2
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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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,
Tina
(I'm posting these for her while she's on vacation)

Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
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Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

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tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-bl
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ HMMILLER007’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who voted her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

We’d now like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by one of our leaders, -AMANDA79-. Having lost and gained and lost the same weight many times over the six years she’s been active on SparkPeople, she often had a hard time finding her niche when she reached goal. “Once I lost the weight, I felt like some sort of intruder here--like I just didn't fit in. I would stop coming around SparkPeople and the weight would come back on. I always had mixed emotions when I would come back. Excited to be back with the community, but disappointed with the reason why. That was all before I found the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I finally have a permanent home here at SparkPeople!”

In her blog, -AMANDA79- writes about the need to stay conscious of our choices in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5426330


We encourage you to read -AMANDA79’s blog and if you agree that its message about continuing to focus on the quality and quantity of our food choices, as well as the importance of regular exercise, in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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,
Tina

(I’m sending these for her while she’s on vacation)


Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
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Weight chart
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Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-bl
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A big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KSIGMA1222’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by HMMILLER007. As an unhealthy teen, she ate very little to stay little and hated exercise and gym class. It wasn't until she got pregnant her junior year of high school that she gave her health a thought and realized that she needed to take care of herself and her baby, so she started trying to eat better and exercise. After she had her baby, she tried hard to lose the baby weight, but the form of birth control she was on caused weight gain, so she switched and her weight stabilized, but she was still overweight. After having her second child, she lost quite a bit of weight with breastfeeding and still trying to eat better and exercise, but she gained a lot of weight back once she quit nursing.

“When I had my third and final baby, I knew I had to get serious,” said HMMILLER007. “I had joined SparkPeople a couple years before, but hadn't used the site very seriously. But once I got serious about losing the weight once for all, I began tracking and measuring my food more consistently. I began to push my limits in exercise, and that's when I really saw results. I lost more than my goal, and got addicted to losing and keeping my weight low--so low I quit menstruating. Still, I persisted in keeping my weight low and ignored the thought that it was unhealthy. But then I started working full time out of the house (I did home daycare before) and the weight came back on. I knew that would happen, and I just went with it and continued to eat right and exercise at a high intensity. Though I sometimes felt discouraged, once I began menstruating again, I knew I was truly being healthy instead of just ‘skinny.’”

Today she says she continues to battle with overeating and self-deprecating thoughts, but she also continues to keep her chin up, think positive, and remember to keep doing her best every single day. To stay motivated, she reminds herself how much more fit she is now than when she was a “skinny high school girl”, and how she loves the high she gets from exercise, not to mention its stress management benefits.

In her blog, HMMILLER007 addresses some of the demons she faces in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5428164


We encourage you to read HMMILLER007’s blog and if you agree that its message about the importance of working though our negative self-talk in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

HMMILLER007 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HMMILLER
007


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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,
Tina
(I'm posting these for her while she's on vacation)

Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

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A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KSCHRAUT’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

As we approach our one-year anniversary of doing these featured blogs, we thought it would be a nice idea to turn your attention to an older blog written by one of our maintenance veterans and one of SparkPeople.com’s original icons, KSIGMA1222.

In November, KSIGMA1222 will reach his sixth anniversary of maintenance. He started this all back in 2007 simply because he was tired of feeling bad and realized that he needed to make some changes in his life. Halfway through that year, he became motivated to make a true commitment to these changes and reached his goal weight in November 2007, but, as he says, that was really the true start for him. As he approaches his 40th birthday, KSIGMA1222 continues to marvel at the progress he’s made.

“Now, looking back at it all, I have learned a lot and changed more on the inside than on the outside. Remembering that we are all human, we all need to love ourselves and to enjoy and live life,” said KSIGMA1222. “The most recent thing that happened was when I went to take a core/spin class I regularly attend and it had been canceled. Two other people who take the class as well saw this and I just looked at them and asked, ‘Do you still want to have class?’ and they said, ‘YES!’ so I taught it. We ended up with 15 people in attendance and I had a great time! Life is change and offers us so much in this change. We know we are living when we embrace it.”

In his blog from a few years ago, KSIGMA1222 wrote about what maintenance meant to him:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=3589501


We encourage you to read KSIGMA1222’s blog and if you agree that his message about how he defines maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

KSIGMA1222 has also been featured on SparkPeople Radio and as a DailySpark Success Story. Please consider checking out his inspirational messages in the links below as well:

tunein.com/topic/?TopicId=45500996

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=mee
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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LORILEEPAGE’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by KSCHRAUT. Feeling as though she was always the big kid in school, she says she did sports so she could hide behind the athletic clothes. In her freshman year of high school, she had her first knee surgery, due to sports, which added some more pounds. She then had another more serious knee surgery just before senior year, which led to more weight gain.

“I got to college and wanted to change but wasn't seeing many results,” said KSCHRAUT. “But one day my size 18 pants were too tight and I knew I had to change. I've been actively trying to lose weight since January 2011 and joined SparkPeople that same year. It took me two years and two months to lose the full 85 pounds. Seems like a long time, but I graduated college and moved during those two years. Life wasn't very consistent, but I always did my best.”

In her blog, KSCHRAUT writes about the importance of setting new goals for herself in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read KSCHRAUT’s blog and if you agree that its message about ongoing goal setting in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

KSCHRAUT has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KSCHRAUT


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

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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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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MILLIFRED’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by LORILEEPAGE. Before joining SparkPeople, LORILEEPAGE had lost 70 pounds on her own, only to gain 20 back after nine years of maintaining. She then came to SparkPeople, lost most of it and has been maintaining for a year and a half.

“The keys for me to initially lose weight and maintain have been tracking my food and exercise,” said LORILEEPAGE. “Once I found SparkPeople, I added in the connections made with SparkFriends, where I find support and inspiration. This site has given me education about exercise and balance in my eating and has formed my new attitude towards food and exercise. I took a few months off from SparkPeople and tried not tracking, but gained an extra five pounds, so I came back and this time I've really learned some truths about myself and how my mind works. I'm still learning, but actually putting into practice things like positive self-talk and mindful eating. I think I'm finally learning to treat food as nourishment and not just a pleasurable activity to engage in whenever I feel like it.”

Having struggled off and on as a binge eater, usually during times of stress, boredom and loneliness, she says she’s received a huge amount of help from the SparkPeople community, and has been seeing really positive results since the “Ah Ha” moment she writes about in her blog:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5402334


We encourage you to read LORILEEPAGE’s blog and if you agree that its message about identifying an unhealthy cycle she'd like to break and developing a plan to achieve that is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

LORILEEPAGE has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

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Happy Independence Day to all of our American members! We hope that you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday with friends and family and that you enjoy any celebrations you plan to take part it.

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MARF226’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by MILLIFRED, who recently met her weight-loss goal. MILLIFRED has taken a roundabout journey to reach her goal, which included a serious health scare and an inspiring journey to reclaim her health. Four years ago, at 206 pounds and in rather poor health with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, high cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis, she decided she needed to lose weight to improve her health. The first 50 pounds came off relatively easily at a rate of about a pound a week.

Then, about two years ago, she went into the hospital with severe abdominal pain. She was scheduled for kidney stone removal and what happened next changed her life forever. She woke up in Intensive care on a ventilator in multi-system failure and was totally deaf. Since then, she has gradually reclaimed her life by learning to become mobile again and to live with chronic kidney disease after spending months on dialysis. She also had a cochlear implant in one ear (the other ear improved enough that she was able to use a very strong hearing aid). After having to use prednisone to manage her arthritis, she found herself, once again, struggling with diabetes and recommitted herself to regaining control. She now uses natural remedies whenever possible to manage her pain, like physical therapy, and was able to lose the rest of her weight through diet and exercise as well as nutritional tracking.

In her blog, MILLIFRED chronicles her journey to rebuild her health and reach her goal after she was derailed by her serious health scare:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read MILLIFRED’s blog and if you agree that its message about how, when faced with a serious and potentially life-threatening challenge, she put everything she had into reclaiming her health and achieving what all of us as maintainers seek to do--get the most out of our lives given the hands we've been dealt--is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

MILLIFRED has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ LIBERTYWALK’s recent blog. It is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

We’d now like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by MARF226. As a lawyer, she put on a lot of weight in law school and as she transitioned to what she calls “the crazy lifestyle of working as an attorney.” In the last 10 years, she’s lost and regained the same 15 pounds probably a half dozen times. She hit her highest weight in early 2012 when she was in a job that required her to be on the road all the time.

“I’d literally leave Sunday and come home Thursday or Friday. I did it for about four months. I hated it and I was miserable,” said MARF226. “I fell into a habit of having a big ol’ Five Guys burger and fries every Sunday evening when I was on the road because ‘I deserved it’ since I was travelling so much. Then I saw pictures from my birthday in February 2012 and knew it was time to take control. I had a SparkPeople account that I hadn’t used but I decided to start using the trackers again. After a few months of voyeurism in the message boards and blogs, I finally jumped in. The weight came off, quickly at first and then slowed down. I’m now clawing my way through these last, stubborn five pounds.”

She says she’s amazed at the change she sees in herself sometimes. She admits that sometimes she thinks she’s learned nothing and worries the weight will all come back, like it has before. But then she realizes that she feels best when she eats right and doesn't eat too much. “Queso and chips, I’ve learned, are best enjoyed in small doses,” said MARF226. “And I really enjoy being active now. Never the athlete, I’m surprised that I really like trying new activities. I may screw up in Zumba class but it’s because I’m clumsy, not because I can’t keep up. These changes give me hope that this time the weight loss really will stick!”

MARF226’s blog deals with the issue of handling comments from friends and family members who have a hard time understanding the effort that goes into long-term maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read MARF226’s blog and if you agree that its message about staying vigilant on maintenance and not caving into societal pressure to “relax” is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

MARF226 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MARF226

It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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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It's a pleasure and I completely agree!
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emoticon for shining the light on some of our maintainers! They deserve the spotlight! emoticon

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A big ‘thanks’ everyone who read and ‘liked’ IAMAGEMLOVER’s recent blog. It is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by LIBERTYWALK.

Her story echoes that of many others who have struggled to maintain their weight loss. An overweight child and an obese teenager, her first, most significant and most lasting weight loss occurred when she began college at the age of 17. She doesn’t know exactly how much weight she lost because she was too afraid to step on a scale in the beginning. She maintained that loss for 10 years, until she got pregnant with her first child. A second child followed soon after. She lost the baby weight prior to returning to college for a doctorate in her late 30's. She gained the weight back in school and now, five years into her new career, has lost it once again.

“Fortunately, losing weight has never been too difficult for me,” said LIBERTYWALK. “I've always used a combination of good nutrition and exercise that works well. On the other hand, keeping the focus required to maintain that weight loss through major life events has been a struggle. My focus this time around is on sustainability. I refuse to start anything that I can't maintain for the rest of my life. I am thrilled to have found SparkPeople. I joined mainly for the inspiration and motivation that I had hoped other people could provide, but I've discovered that the community here offers so much more. I have 30 years worth of stories about, observations of and experiences with weight loss and maintenance--or lack thereof--and if any of these stories can inspire others, it would mean the world to me.”

In her blog, LIBERTYWALK writes about how she managed to turn a health scare into something positive:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read LIBERTYWALK’s blog and if you agree that its message about reframing negative experiences into something that can actually be beneficial to our overall health is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

LIBERTYWALK has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LIBERTYW
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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ CAROLISCIOUS’s recent blog. It is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

We’d now like to focus your attention to a blog written by IAMAGEMLOVER a few weeks ago. Having started her journey in February 2011, IAMAGEMLOVER went from 248 pounds down to 125.7 pounds, reaching goal in January of 2013. Although she says that she is finding maintenance to be more challenging than actual weight loss, she also says she truly feels so much healthier. An arthritis and degenerative disc disease sufferer, losing and managing her weight has resulted in much less pain and much more energy. While her arthritis does still give her problems occasionally, it is manageable. She does water exercises in a therapy pool three times a week, which she says is very relaxing and easy on her joints. As she mentions in her blog, the shopping that she once loathed due to her size has now become a much more enjoyable experience.

In her blog, IAMAGEMLOVER writes about how she’s managed to cope with negative comments about her weight loss and has come to focus on the strides she’s made in terms of her health:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5368519


We encourage you to read IAMAGEMLOVER’s blog and if you agree that its message about continuing to focus on achieving optimal health in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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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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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SERENE_ME’s recent blog. It is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by CAROLISCIOUS in celebration of her five-year maintenance anniversary. Having started her SparkPeople journey in May 2007 after her doctor diagnosed her as obese and pre-diabetic, she was headed for her 50th birthday pushing 200 pounds and was miserable. She lost 20 pounds by the end of September that year by faithfully logging her food and exercising. She was very pleased with the weight loss and the progress she had made, but then things began to slip. “I had several business trips and a long vacation, and then the holidays followed,” said CAROLISCIOUS. “I stopped doing all the things that had been working to help me lose weight. I look back on it now and I can't figure out why I stopped. I just got lazy. 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.”

Filled with self-doubt, she found starting over to be really tough, but she pressed on. From January to August 2008, she lost 60 pounds and dropped from a size 14/16 to a size 6. She is happy to report that she is no longer pre-diabetic and that her doctor removed the word obesity from her record. She has kept the weight off for almost five years by making herself accountable, as she highlights in her recent blog.

“Nothing thrills me more than hearing someone say I have inspired them to be a better person,” said CAROLISCIOUS. “I try to be an example for healthy living wherever I go. As a result of my weight loss, my husband has lost weight, my kids have lost weight, and some of my co-workers have joined SparkPoeple and are working on losing weight and improving their health.”

In her blog, CAROLISCIOUS spells out what she’s done over the past five years to stay successful and accountable on maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read CAROLISCIOUS’s blog and if you agree that her lessons in accountability are useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ CELIAMINER’s recent blog. It is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention on a recent blog written by SERENE_ME. “I woke up at almost 44 and realized that my whole life was going to continue to be a mess if I didn't get things sorted,” said SERENE_ME. “I was miserable and sad and unhealthy and obese. I kept waiting for weight to fall away so I could find my happy self. It didn't happen. So, I decided to make it happen. I started with some slow changes to my diet; sought help for my unhappiness; started to walk. It took five years to lose 85 lbs and, by then, the changes were entrenched making it impossible to imagine ever being overweight again.”

Four years later, she’s still committed to the lifestyle that made her healthy but finds that it isn't any easier that it has ever been. She finds three components to be essential for her continued maintenance: a controlled diet; the “dreaded” exercise she writes about in her blog; and the emotional wellbeing piece. “These are all things I still work on every. single. day. Maintenance is a LOT more fun than dieting--the clothes fit better and the healthy lifestyle is a joy to live but it's as much work as losing had been,” said SERENE_ME. “I love life and living in the moment. For me it doesn't matter if I've been doing this for almost 10 years, I just have to do it today. And tomorrow, I'll get up and do it again.”

Unlike some maintainers who love the challenges and rewards of regular exercise, SERENE_ME still finds exercise to be a chore. In her blog, she writes about how pushing through her intense dislike of exercise helps keep her healthy, fit and successfully maintaining:

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We encourage you to read SERENE_ME’s blog and if you agree that its message about the rewards of regular exercise in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ COACHMOMMY’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by CELIAMINER. As a child, she always seemed to be heavier than her classmates, but never by a great deal. Still, as a pronounced pear shape, she had body issues starting in her teens that were certainly not helped by snickers and comments like "thunder thighs."

“There was even a guy who came to the deli counter where I worked and seemed on the verge of asking me out until I emerged from behind the counter and he said, ‘I didn't know you were so heavy on the bottom,’” said CELIAMINER. “That really hurt, as my weight was well within the normal range then.”

The real problems, she says, started in college, when the "Freshman 5" turned into the "Freshman 15." After college, she managed to control her weight for the next couple of decades by being in the military, where being overweight can get you invited to seek employment elsewhere. Even then, she yo-yo'd by up to 25 pounds at different times. Once she retired from the military and no longer had weight regulations to threaten her, she let go and put on 60 pounds over the next decade, again yo-yoing up and down with diets.

“My big ‘ah-ha’ moment came when someone snapped a picture of me from behind at work, and I could see the fat rolls on my back through my straining suit jacket,” said CELIAMINER. “At first I was really depressed and went through the whole self monologue rationalizing that I would always be fat because I came from a fat family, I was menopausal so I'd never be able to lose weight, etc. But one day I saw a link to SparkPeople and it caught my eye and wouldn't let go. Once I learned that SparkPeople was a ‘whole person’ program and not yet another diet, I cautiously tried it, and when the weight started coming off, I was hooked.”

Having recently celebrated her one-year maintenance anniversary, CELIAMINER’s blog deals with how she’s managed her first year, both in normal times and in more challenging periods such as vacations and holidays:

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We encourage you to read CELIAMINER’s blog and if you agree that its message about her ‘miracle’ of maintaining is useful and inspiring, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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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! It doesn’t have to be recent if the mssage 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.


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ RUSSELL1960’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated him as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of his success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a blog written by COACHMOMMY earlier this month. COACHMOMMY is a 52-year-old mother of three teenage daughters. She works full time on a different schedule from her husband (who often works two jobs), so they have a very busy life. Having struggled on and off at losing weight after she had her children in her thirties, she could never quite get back to her goal weight. Motivated by her daughters, she figured it was time to get back to a healthy weight after she turned 50.

“I didn't want to be an overweight ‘old’ mom--I wanted to be around for my children and I wanted to be a healthy role model,” said COACHMOMMY. “I lost 46 pounds two years ago with Weight Watchers over six months. I managed to keep that off for a year and half until this January when I found that I needed to lose eleven pounds. I'm back at my goal weight now! My biggest challenge is time--time to fix healthy meals and time to exercise--and also mindless snacking at night. So I try to be prepared by having healthy choices at home, packing healthy lunches and drinking lots of water. I've said it before that maintenance is more challenging to me than weight loss because I don't get that gratification of losing weight. It wasn't easy losing it and it's harder keeping it off. I always try to make a game of it to keep motivated. That works for me because I'm competitive. Just find what works for you and keep at it. It's worth it!”

In her blog, COACHMOMMY writes candidly about the ups and downs of her weight-loss history and her first two years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read COACHMOMMY’s blog and if you agree that its message about maintenance not being a stagnant journey, but one that we often need to continue to work on over time is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

COACHMOMMY has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! It doesn’t have to be recent if the mssage 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.

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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SUNSHINE20113’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

We’d like focus your attention on a blog written by RUSSELL1960 last month. Having struggled and been unhappy with his weight for decades, he knew that being overweight was a serious health risk. Coming from a family with a history of heart disease and strokes, he was taking medicine for high cholesterol and blood pressure and suffered daily from heartburn, indigestion and tiredness. He got winded doing the simplest tasks and was frightened by his physical condition, but felt powerless to do anything about it because of his past unsuccessful weight loss efforts. In April 2012, he stumbled onto SparkPeople, signed in and looked around but didn't do much with it. Months passed by and then he had a conversation with a church member who shared that she tracked her food daily to successfully maintain her weight.

“I remembered the SparkPeople tracker and thought, ‘I could do that,’” said RUSSELL1960. “ So I came back to SparkPeople and started the program in earnest. At first, doubting that I could make much progress, I set a modest goal of losing 30 pounds. I joined Spark Coach and the Ten Minute Challenge Team which got me motivated and exercising! I divided my weight loss goal into mini-goals and, with the encouragement of the SparkPeople community, started making real progress. When I realized that SparkPeople had given me the tools I needed to succeed, I decided to go for what I really wanted--to lose 50 pounds.”

RUSSELL1960 has now lost 55 pounds, going from 223 to 168, with his weight now comfortably within the “normal” BMI range according to the Centers for Disease Control standard. He also had a great medical check up recently--he no longer needs to take cholesterol medication and his blood pressure medicine has been reduced by half.

“I feel great and I am grateful for SparkPeople and my SparkFriends who have helped make this possible,” said RUSSELL1960. “I have encouraged a number of family members and friends to join SparkPeople. My brother, sister-in-law and I have, between us, lost a total of over 110 pounds. We were quite the ‘skinny’ trio at a recent family reunion!”

In his blog RUSSELL1960 talks about some of the uncertainty he is experiencing in his early days of maintenance and what he’s doing to overcome it:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read RUSSELL1960’s blog and if you agree that its message about experimentation and having patience with that process in the early days of maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

RUSSELL1960 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of his success. Please also consider stopping by his main page and nominating him as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by his story:

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It may only take a few more votes for him to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on his page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! It doesn’t have to be recent if the mssage 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.

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MANDELOVICH’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention on a blog written by SUNSHINE20113 about a month ago. SUNSHINE20113 has lost 20 pounds with SparkPeople. Before getting started, she had just entered into a more serious 'overweight' phase and wanted to do something about it before she found herself with more serious health issues. She’s still amazed at how much weight she lost with SparkPeople and with how she has been able to maintain her weight for so long. She reached goal weight in December 2011 and fluctuates two to four pounds on average, so she’s been quite stable.

“I still weigh myself everyday and log my fitness minutes all the time, but I don't track my calories as much, said SUNSHINE20113. “I practice eating in moderation now--which works most of the time! I've also exchanged the chocolate box for my running shoes. I've been running regularly for a while now and I'm just starting to train for my first half marathon in October.”

In her blog, SUNSHINE20113 lays out how she is fighting against her negative voices to stay successful on maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read SUNSHINE20113’s blog and if you agree that its message about proving our inner negativity wrong to stay successful on maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

SUNSHINE20113 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! It doesn’t have to be recent if the mssage 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.

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A big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ BOOKAPHILE’s recent blog, which is now among the Featured Blog Posts and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by MANDELOVICH. Like many of us, she has struggled with settling on an ideal maintenance range, and has sometimes resorted to extreme measures to get down to her “dream weight”. Recent family health issues have given her a new perspective on accepting her current weight, which is already within a healthy range, and on turning her attention to staying healthy and embracing the many joys to be found not only in that process, but also in life in general.

“I've been on and off of diets since I was 11 years old,” said MANDELOVICH,” and for the past 30 years I've lost and regained the same 10-15 pounds, over and over again, never realizing that I was actually at the weight my body wanted to be at when I started this whole process. And during these many years, I've tortured myself--500-calorie starvation diets, binging, self-loathing, over-exercising, therapy, eating disorder groups, etc. During this long period of time, I've become an expert in nutrition, dieting and wellness, reading hundreds of books, articles, magazines, blogs, watching films, and even studying nutrition in college.

Somehow it finally hit me a few days ago that I'm actually right where I need to be. All these years I've been right where I needed to be. Am I at the weight I dream of? Perhaps not. But am I willing to continue to restrict myself for the rest of my life to get down to that dream weight? Not anymore. I've learned the hard way that it's not worth it. I'm really happy to eat well, eat reasonable portions and exercise. But I also am ready to live.

My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer a few months ago, putting everything very clearly into perspective. When I think about all the years I wasted, miserable about my weight, when I could have been living to the fullest, I feel very glad that I've finally come to my senses.”

In her blog, MANDELOVICH describes the process that led her to the realization that, after many years of struggling mightily and fighting against it, she is already at her goal weight:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read MANDELOVICH’s blog and if you agree that its message about identifying the difference between our lowest achievable and healthiest sustainable weights so we can live our lives to the fullest is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

MANDELOVICH has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.


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Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who’s remained so supportive of our efforts to highlight the challenges presented by maintenance and who read and ‘liked’ TORTISE110’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your focus to a blog written by a newer member of the maintenance club, BESSHAILE, who recently reached her personal weight loss goal. BESSHAILE hasn't been overweight all her life but the dread, the fear and the fact of being overweight has been her nemesis for 50 years. At ages 10 and 15, she escaped it by growing taller. At 22, she got away by being poor (with no money for junk food!), but having to feed children nutritious meals. In her mid-30s, she first learned about tracking, which she finds to be a great tool. At 46, a gym opened up in her little town and she wasn't so poor any more, so she learned to love fitness. At 50, she joined Weight Watchers and learned about portion control and a host of clever mental tools. At 57, she discovered SparkPeople.com with its daily communication, giving her a whole team of buddies, advisers and inspiring success stories, making the process so much fun. At 60, she finally put it all together and reached her goal--which is proof that if you want to get there, JUST DON'T QUIT!

“It probably sounds like I'm the queen of yo-yo dieters but I like to see myself more like the ocean wave, eroding the shoreline of the Island of Fat, constantly working away at it till one day there's nothing left,” remarked BESSHAILE on her ongoing journey to better health.

BESSHAILE’s blog not only celebrates her recent arrival at her weight loss goal, but also focuses on the new things she’s set out to achieve now that she’s officially "at goal":

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read BESSHAILE’s blog and if you agree that its message about continuing to set new goals for ourselves after reaching our initial ones is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

BESSHAILE has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her weight loss success and everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

To everyone who celebrated the Easter or Passover holidays last week, we hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family and that you’re feeling back on track if you chose to indulge in some holidaytime goodies. We’d like to thank everyone who read and ‘liked’ MILLIE5522’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your focus to a recent blog written by TORTISE110. Like many people here on SparkPeople.com, she’d had her ups and downs with weight and fitness over the course of her life. She learned from different diets and started to live a pretty active lifestyle in her 20s, but just wasn’t consistent. Last year at 65, she realized it was time to “get real” about a healthy weight and fitness. At 173 pounds, she was overweight and tired. She realized that if she wanted to continue doing all the things she loved--swimming, skiing, kayaking and even just walking--she would need to change her routines.

“I’d always fought weigh-ins and tracking calories, but I started to show up each day to record my weight, what I put in my mouth, and how I exercised. I started losing. My energy increased almost immediately. As the pounds left and my stamina increased, I felt great,” said TORTISE110. “My friendships with people on SparkPeople.com are helping me keep on track in maintenance. There are so many inspiring Sparkers doing what it takes and sharing their experiences. Maintaining and being at peace with my weight and fitness efforts still feel new (and exciting) to me. I’m so glad I can rely on the Spark community to help me get the hang of it. I'm in this for the long haul. I want to be a five year maintainer!”

TORTISE110’s celebratory blog marks her six-month maintenance anniversary expresses the gratitude she feels about the support she’s found within the SparkPeople community:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read TORTISE110’s blog and if you agree that its message about utilizing the support systems SparkPeople and, more specifically, our team offers to maintainers is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

TORTISE110 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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A big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ FELINA’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by MILLIE5522. Having lost weight many times before, she always put it back on--much to her frustration. As a result, when she started with SparkPeople, she wanted to learn not only how to lose weight but also how to keep it off. She soon learned where she had been going wrong. SparkPeople taught her to take the lifestyle attitude rather than diet. She learned about nutrition and the importance of not going too low in calories.

“I was inspired by the following quote, ‘Do something today that you will thank yourself for tomorrow,’” said MILLIE5522. “That helped me to keep on tracking and is helping me in maintenance. In maintenance, I have learned not to panic when the scale goes go up by two pounds. As long as I am keeping within my 1,750 calorie range (on average), the scale will go down in a couple of days. I also made a promise to myself to only eat what I truly enjoy and to include special occasions as part of my healthy lifestyle. I knew that if I didn't allow for indulgences, I would feel deprived, which has always been a trigger for me in the past.”

In her blog, MILLIE5522 addresses some of her past difficulties with maintenance and how she’s managed to overcome them and stay successful:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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We encourage you to read MILLIE5522’s blog and if you agree that its message about learning to manage life’s pitfalls to stay on track in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

MILLIE5522 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.

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Thank you for featuring my blog !

I want to thank everyone who stopped by my page and left goodies, encouraging comments, and nominating me as a SparkMotivator.

All the support and positive feedback have bolstered my determination to stay on this healthy path.

You made my day !

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MKELLY72’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

We’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by FELINA this week. Having struggled with her weight most of her adult life, she always carried an extra 10-20 pounds that she could never get rid of in spite of her many attempts. When she first started Sparking, her motivation was to lose weight and get more active to help control the pain that stems from the spinal arthritis she suffers from. Although that goal kept her going, losing the weight (which she has now maintained for five years) did not ease the pain. She was discouraged but did not want to regain the weight so she changed her focus from pain control to easing the stress on her back and joints and being healthier as she gets older.

“I log on to SparkPeople every day, reading articles and blogs, visiting my teams, huddling, posting. It's part of my morning routine and part of my healthy plan. Sparking keeps me accountable,” said FELINA. “I track my exercise every day on a dry erase calendar I keep in the basement near my elliptical. I also continue tracking my intake. I plan my meals first thing in the morning, and still use my food journal most of the time. I also keep an accountability journal that I use most days to record how I did the day before, today's plan and motivational quotes.”

In her blog, FELINA reaffirms her commitment to maintenance after reaching her five-year anniversary and talks about the many obstacles she has overcome to live a healthier lifestyle:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5282233


We encourage you to read FELINA’s blog and if you agree that its message about re-upping her commitment to maintenance and better health is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

FELINA has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FELINA

It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.


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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A great big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KELLIEBEAN’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by MKELLY72. Like many of us, MKELLY72 had yo-yo dieted for 20+ years until August 2010 when a friend introduced her to Weight Watchers. She had been semi-successful with SparkPeople alone in the three years prior to that, but had let her relationship with SparkPeople fall to the wayside. A few months after falling in love with the Weight Watchers system of tracking, she got back into SparkPeople because she loved the support and all of the great resources. She started her journey at 248 pounds, got down to 148 in February 2012, and has been maintaining within a +/-3% range for just over a year now.

“I hadn't ever really embraced the idea of rewarding myself for small successes along the way until this most recent go-round,” said MKELLY72, “ and that has really made a big difference! Before, I didn't consider myself successful unless I made it without stopping to my final weight destination. This time, I considered every tenth of a pound a success, and I was proud of myself--it kept me going, and I eventually made it to that ‘ultimate’ goal weight. It wasn't fast, but that was just the way it was supposed to be. I think that slow journey helped to prepare me for successful maintenance, and I am determined to stay here for the remainder of my life!”

In her blog, MKELLY72 talks about how continuing to reward herself for her small successes in maintenance has encouraged her to keep up her healthy habits:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5265801


We encourage you to read MKELLY72’s blog and if you agree that its message about rewarding yourself for small successes in maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

MKELLY72 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MKELLY72


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so if you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page when you visit it, that means our efforts have already been successful.

It seems as if SparkPeople.com has changed their system for nominating popular blogs--these are taking longer than before to show up. If you particularly like one and want to make extra sure that it gets broader visibility, you can forward this message to others who might be interested, or mention it in one of your own blogs.

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! 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.


My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


 current weight: -1.0  under
 
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