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12/14/14 6:22 P

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

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

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by KELLIEBEAN. “When I came home from my honeymoon in 2006, I was 172 pounds,” said KELLIEBEAN. ”A new all-time high. I'm not sure how much more I went up after that because I stopped weighing myself. I didn't want to see those kinds of numbers anymore. So I kept eating and sitting. I would get so upset when a big event came up like a reunion, wedding or family event. People I hadn't seen in a long time always saw me overweight and unhealthy. I would weep on the inside wishing I had maintained the last weight loss I had achieved.”

“What occurred to me this year is I have FINALLY maintained a healthy lifestyle,” said KELLIEBEAN. “Forget the fact that I am keeping my weight at or just below 140 pounds these days but I have muscles, I can run up three or four flights of stairs, I have stamina, I can run 5Ks. I could never run five blocks before, nor did I want to. It brought tears to my eyes recently when DH and I started planning a trip to Mexico in March next year. I realized that I do not have to start restricting my diet and working out like crazy to get ready for the trip. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing, living my healthy lifestyle. When we leave for Mexico, I will not be weeping on the inside that I didn't maintain yet again.”

In her blog, KELLIEBEAN reflects on important historical events in history on the day she wrote her blog, including her maintenance anniversary and how SparkPeople has helped her reach that important milestone:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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We encourage you to read KELLIEBEAN’s blog and if you think the confidence she has that she’ll continue to keep her weight off is inspiring, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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







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12/4/14 5:44 A

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

We hope all of our American members had a lovely Thanksgiving and that everyone is ready for the rest of the holiday season.

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ PMRUNNER’s blog, which will further increase its visibility and hiswonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by TUTUNAN. “My story is similar to so many others,” said TUTUNAN. “I have spent a lifetime dieting with only fleeting successes. I hated myself, and could not understand why I was so obsessive over food.”

“Early in 2010 I saw a short article in Good Housekeeping magazine about SparkPeople, so after a dressing down by my doctor--he was stunned that I had gained five pounds in three months--I decided to give it a try,” said TUTUNAN. “In the beginning I was very strict. I kept my food at 1,200-1,300 calories and walked two miles a day. I logged and followed my program to the best of my ability. I have learned so much from the SparkPeople articles, as well as from member blogs. Just this week as I was reading a blog about snacking, a bell went off and I figured out (finally) that I can control a certain salty cracker just by not eating the first one! It works.”

“I am getting more comfortable with maintenance, said TUTUNAN. “I weigh every day, and adjust my food accordingly. I avoid my trigger foods, and I have a running calorie count in my head. I eat and drink everything in moderation. I tend to make my food choices by their satiety factor. Trust me, it is never too late to lose weight. I am 81 years old, and am in great shape. I am healthy and I walk two to three miles or play golf nearly every day. My doctor is happy, and so am I!”

In her blog, TUTUNAN addresses the fear of regain that many maintainers experience at one point or another:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=58
15597


We encourage you to read TUTUNAN’s blog and if you find her determination to keep her weight off inspiring, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=TUTU
NAN


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her inspiring journey and success story.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
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

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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11/26/14 7:04 P

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

We hope everyone is geared up for the Thanksgiving weekend and that you’re able to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KRISZTA11’s blog, which will further increase its visibility and her wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by PMRUNNER. Having been on maintenance for just over two years so far, he says that after his last deployment, where he had limited exercise and did not eat well for 12 months, he found himself the heaviest he had ever been. “I was frustrated and wanted change,” said PMRUNNER. “While I lost some weight on my own, I started to gain it back and was looking for a better long-term solution. I stumbled upon SparkPeople and have been using it since, initially to lose weight and then to maintain the loss. I have learned a lot about myself and a lot from the others in the community.”

Although he says he initially focused on weight loss and fitness, he has recently been noticing and appreciating other health benefits as well. “I have had reductions in resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and have had positive checkups,” said PMRUNNER. “At my last check up, after the nurse took my vitals, he said, ‘You must be a runner’ and I replied, ‘Yes, I am!’ I want to be a positive role model for my kids, and want to be around for them. That means taking care of my health and lowering risk factors. Seeing the seemingly healthy tree in my yard that was hollow and rotten inside really resonated with me and my journey.”

In his blog, PMRUNNER writes about that tree in his yard and how it inspired him to continue on his journey of working to be healthy inside and out:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=58
21470


We encourage you to read PMRUNNER’s blog and if you find his message about good health being more than skin deep, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

PMRUNNER has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of everything he’s achieved, so please also consider stopping by his main page and nominating him as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible one here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=PMRU
NNER


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

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


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

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


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

All the best,

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

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: -2.0  under
 
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11/20/14 10:53 A

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ PATTI_PAL1’s blog and nominated her as a SparkPeople Motivator, 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 KRISZTA11. “I always sign up for the maintenance challenges organized by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI,and before signing up for these I noticed that I can guess my weight quite well, based on how I was doing in the past few weeks,” said KRISZTA11. ”I don't mean predicting the weight accurately, but knowing that eating well equals being on target or below and overeating equals being above target. This gave me the idea to see if I could go nine weeks without weighing in.”

“Not tracking my food and not weighing in was possible for me because I did track all my food for the weight loss phase and more than a year in maintenance, and learned what is the right amount of food for me,” said KRISZTA11. “I also adhered to my exercise plan just like before. Now I'm going to weigh myself every week or every month, I haven't decided yet.”

In her blog, KRISZTA11 writes about the results of her nine-week maintenance experiment of forgoing tracking and weighing herself:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810514


We encourage you to read KRISZTA11’s blog and if you find the details of her maintenance experiment helpful, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
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

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: -2.0  under
 
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11/12/14 6:13 P

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ ISHIIGIRL’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 PATTI_PAL1. “My story with SparkPeople started in 2012,” said PATTI_PAL1. “It was after the worst two years of my life when I was seriously depressed. I had been told by my doctors that I was into the obese category. In 2013, my back started hurting all the time. After a trip back to Pennsylvania (from Washington State), I couldn’t walk! The blood supply to both hips was ‘dying’. So, last November and December I had total hip replacement.

Somehow that surgery and recovery from it made me have a great desire to change my life. When the doctor told me I could finally exercise again, I got a personal trainer,” said PATTI_PAL1. “I really started tracking in earnest every day. I joined a few SparkTeams that reflected my interests. It became fun to learn what was happening with others on this SparkPeople journey.

“Around the same time that I joined SparkPeople, I also learned to spin yarn with a spindle,” said PATTI_PAL1. “Somehow the process of spinning with my hands soothes me. Now I'm also learning to weave. My life has been about crafting since I was nine years old. Crafting is my passion and I love to teach the crafts I know. So, it was a natural extension for me to join the ‘Spin Me a Yarn’ Team. Now I'm the leader of the team.”

In her blog, PATTI_PAL1 writes about her plan for navigating her early days of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810697


We encourage you to read PATTI_PAL1’s blog and if you find her tips on getting acclimated to maintenance helpful, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

PATTI_PAL1 has also yet to be nominated as a Motivational Member in spite of her wonderful accomplishments, so also please consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a SparkPeople Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible one here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PA
TT
I_PAL1


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her page and inspiring story.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
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

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: -2.0  under
 
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My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
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11/5/14 7:29 P

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MJREIMERS' 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 blog written by ISHIIGIRL last month. Having lost 60 lbs with Weight Watchers, she says she turned to SparkPeople to help her lose the last 10 and to help keep it all off. "For me, weight loss has always been about the journey," said ISHIIGIRL. "My motto is slow and steady wins the race and that's why it took me over three years to reach my goal weight. It's not a dash, it's a marathon. For long term success to last, the blocks we use as our foundation are paramount. I keep coming back time and time again to the basics of weight loss, tracking food, watching portion sizes, exercising and making this journey about living a balanced healthy life and not about being skinny."

In her blog, ISHIIGIRL writes about the struggles of long-term maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796742


We encourage you to read ISHIIGIRL’s blog and if you find its message about reconnecting with the reasons we want to stay at goal to help keep us motivated in the long term helpful, please 'like' it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,

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: docs.google.com/document/d/1AkUBsUAC
T7
rZ5GsdF7jT9YcD1Xa80VFGiJ5JeUkur8A/pub



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: -2.0  under
 
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MJZHERE’s recent blog and 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 turn your attention to a recent blog written by MJREIMERS. Having originally lost her weight by warhcing what she ate and walking ever day as part of a Biggest Loser Contest at work (which she won!), she lost 40 pounds in a quarter, which is about 45 days on the school calendar. "I have now maintained it for over three years with the help of At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team and from others that I have met on SparkPeople," said MJREIMERS. "The best part is I have had to opportunity to meet some of my 'supporters' in person, including ONEKIDSMOM, KALIGIRL and SPINNINGJW. SparkPeople is such a supportive place and I am so glad that I found this community. Thank you SparkFriends--if I can do it, EVERYONE can!"

In her blog, MJREIMERS writes about experimenting with her goal range in maintenance and how adjusting that range upwards can be a good thing:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787867


We encourage you to read MJREIMERS’s blog and if you find its message about reassessing our goal range from time to time in maintenance 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 email or on this thread:

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


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

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


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

All the best,
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


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: -2.0  under
 
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Tina has patchy internet access while she moves from Italy to Germany, so I'll post a few of these for her while she's away :-)

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ POSITIVEHOPE’s recent blog and 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 MJZHERE. Having started this particular journey a little over two years ago, initially with a weight loss goal, MJZHERE says she soon realized her goal was really to maintain the weight once she reached her goal and stop her lifetime of yoyoing. Surprisingly, she says, she had never addressed this issue of yoyoing before, even though it is now clear that had been the issue all along.

“Losing the weight was more difficult this time,” said MJZHERE. “I was older and we all know what that means. Once I reached my goal, I was undereating and that took a period of adjustment. It was only recently that I finally decided on a number on the scale that I plan on having be my high--that number that tells me I need to adjust what I am doing food and exercise-wise before I go any higher. I will have to lose a few of my regained pounds to get there, but this time I am a little older, a little more experienced, and hopefully, a little bit wiser.”

In her blog, MJZHERE reflects on her experiences as a maintainer and writes about the progress and doubts she’s encountered over her past two years as a maintainer:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
91746


We encourage you to read MJZHERE’s blog and if you find her reflections on maintenance helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

MJZHERE 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 in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible one here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=MJZH
ERE


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her wonderful and inspiring story.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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



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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
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Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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I see there are SPARK PEOPLE event around the nation! My comment to that page:
Come to Las Vegas! Come to Sedona Arizona! Come to Hollywood, CA How do we 'find' this list, again? I want to keep checking back! I'm on a team " Las Vegas Santa 5K Run/walk " This year is Dec. 6, 2014 morning on the Freemont experience. We have won the Ginnis record 4 years in a row for most Santa's walking. (London & Japan included) I represent Spark People there! There are only a few of us on the team, but would LOVE to see the numbers GROW from the Spark Community! Not sure how to let everyone know, any ideas???? emoticon

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Tina has patchy internet access while she moves from Italy to Germany, so I'll post a few of these for her while she's away :-)

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MAGGIEROSEBOWL’s recent 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 one of our members who is in the ‘transition to maintenance’ phase, POSITIVEHOPE. “I started this journey to lead a happy life without the restrictions of being overweight and feeling deprived,” said POSITIVEHOPE. “I call that life ‘Physical Freedom’. Physical Freedom is where I can do exactly what I want without physical limitations. Where there are no situations where my size affects my memories of the day. Where I can be relaxed and at peace with all of me.

Prior to joining SparkPeople, my comfort zone was ignoring my weight. In 2009, I lost 80 pounds with SparkPeople, but faltered and regained 60 pounds. Reflecting back, I was too focused on losing weight and not focused enough on learning the tools, techniques and behavior changes for a lifestyle change. I bravely restarted my journey in December 2013. I let fear keep me from even trying for years. It was scary to make this decision but I promised myself, I will be fearless just for today.

I've lost 50 pounds since December 2013, and I have another 50 pounds to lose. I joined the At Goal & Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance Team several months ago when SparkPeople temporarily dropped links to members blogs. I hurriedly joined this team and subscribed to as many blogs as I could because I want what these people have.

I lurked on the team just reading blogs for a while because I thought it was odd for someone so far from goal to be on that team. I was wrong. They welcomed me and when I have a question, they are there for me. People on that team are my personal heroes. I am learning from people who have been successful what changes are necessary and how to focus on tools and self care. Most importantly, how to make those lifestyle changes permanent.”

In her blog, POSITIVEHOPE summarizes the lessons she’s learned from other members of the team as someone who is working on her maintenance mindset. A few years ago, we added ‘Transition to Maintenance’ to the team name to encourage people just like POSITIVEHOPE to begin thinking about maintenance and the permanent lifestyle changes that go along with it BEFORE they reach goal. We think that POSITIVEHOPE’s blog beautifully spells out why that’s so very important and why we work to create a welcoming environment on the team for all people who are interested in preparing for and living a maintenance lifestyle, regardless of what phase of their journey they happen to be in:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
93743


We encourage you to read POSITIVEHOPE’s blog and if you find her message about learning from the experience of successful maintainers so that we can chart our own courses to success helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

POSITIVEHOPE 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 in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible one here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=POSI
TIVEHOPE


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her wonderful and inspiring story.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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


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
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ PEGGYT3’s recent 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 MAGGIEROSEBOWL. Having lost 178 pounds which enabled her to reclaim her life, MAGGIEROSEBOWL began to struggle at the end of 2013, resulting in some regain. In mid-June this year, she joined a Diet Bet after many failed attempts to get back on track. “I was dismayed to see my starting point--182.6 pounds--well over the 160-lb goal I had maintained for over two years,” said MAGGIEROSEBOWL. “The Diet Bet motivated me and got me back on track. I am currently finishing (and winning) my third consecutive Diet Bet and am once again below that magic 160-pound mark, having re-lost 24 pounds so far. Betting that little amount of money ($25) somehow made the difference in getting my mojo back. Of course I continue to Spark every day. I got more involved in the Maintenance Team too. I take inspiration and motivation in this struggle anywhere I can. Once again, I feel like a success story!”

In her blog, MAGGIEROSEBOWL writes about the challenges and frustrations that come with not receiving the recognition and accolades in maintenance that are often abundantly doled out during the weight loss phase:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
75929


We encourage you to read MAGGIEROSEBOWL’s blog and if you find her message about proudly soldiering on in maintenance in spite of the absence of many external motivators helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com. MAGGIEROSEBOWL has also written a number of blogs recently connected to the idea of staying motivated in maintenance, so we also suggest perusing her recent blogs for more interesting ideas.

We would also like to point out here, that acknowledging maintenance success is exactly why the AG&M+TM team keeps track of maintenance anniversaries and celebrates them. If you’d like to get onto the list to celebrate YOUR maintenance anniversary, fill out this form here: tinyurl.com/My-Maintenance-An
niversary
. Because even if the outside world doesn’t notice, WE sure do!

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

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


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

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


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’ SUSANNAH31’s recent 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 PEGGYT3. Having begun her weight-conscious journey as a teenager living in Germany where her father was in the military, she says that chocolate bars and German pastry were two of her favorite things. Just before she got married, she lost weight to fit into her wedding dress and continued a cycle of yo-yo dieting throughout her married life until she found SparkPeople. At 83, she has stayed at goal for more than seven years by logging on every day and keeping track of her weight and exercise.

PEGGYT3 recently went on a weekend women's retreat and says she was so happy to find she hadn't gained any weight despite having different food from what she has at home. “I did quite a bit of walking so that helped me use any extra calories, said PEGGYT3. “I was also very selective, passing by the dessert table and getting lots of vegetables and had scrambled eggs, strawberries and yogurt for breakfast. When I got home at the end of the retreat, my husband and I had our usual strawberries, blueberries and yogurt for supper. Some people might say we're in a rut as far as our way of eating is concerned, but we think of it as a very pleasurable, inexpensive and nutritious way of eating. It has now become a way of life for us and we don't spend as much time as we used to when we were younger on ‘what will we have for supper tonight?’ It's very freeing and fun. We're both slim, trim, healthy and happy.”

In her blog, PEGGYT3 writes about how “getting her head on straight” has helped her to maintain a healthy weight for more than seven years:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
86185


We encourage you to read PEGGYT3’s blog and if you find her message about connecting all of the pieces of our healthy lifestyles 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 email or on this thread:

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


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

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



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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My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Enjoy the extra support and thank YOU for writing such a helpful blog!
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To my team AT GOAL & MAINTAINING & TRANSITION TO MAINTENANCE:
Thank you so much for featuring my blog... "How I eat in restaurants & maintain (August 26, 2014) it is very humbling & supportive! I've had about 60 responses & everyone seems to be helped by my tips! They sure help me! I'm so glad they can help others, too! I love Spark People!
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My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ BROOKLYN_BORN’s recent 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 SPARKLINGME176. Having gone on her first diet at 13, she says her weight yo-yo’d for many years after that. A few years ago, she decided to get healthy along with her husband when she attended a weight-loss program the VA has for vets. During their first meeting, one of the teachers suggested SparkPeople as a way of tracking food and since then, she says she started learning everything she could about healthy living around the site and has been hooked ever since.

“My start date was March 16, 2012. I joined teams, 'met' new friends and spent several hours a day tracking and exercising while eating less,” said SPARKLINGME176. “I have always been a healthy eater, I just ate too much. I remember the day I measured out two tablespoons of peanut butter--I was shocked to learn I had been eating four or five times the as much as a standard serving. I have Sparked every day since that day. I aim for 100 SparkPoints daily and 100 exercise minutes a day, too.”

She says that she also uses other SparkPeople resources such as Chris Downie's “THE SPARK” book on CD, which she listens to three or four times a week. “I have ‘released’ 51 pounds--I don't like the lost idea, I am very good at finding everything I lose, really, not just weight--and am now maintaining,” said SPARKLINGME176. I have gained and lost as much as 100 pounds three or four times in my life, and this time, I know I can do it. I know how to release weight, but maintaining is harder for me.”

In her blog, SPARKLINGME176 writes about something many people struggle with in their efforts to manage their weight--eating out:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
67449


We encourage you to read SPARKLINGME176’s blog and if you find her tips for managing maintenance when we’re out of our comfort zone 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 email or on this thread:

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


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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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30 months with SparkPeople! The changes in me emoticon ;
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my spiritual life is worth all the effort emoticon !
I am a beloved fan of this amazing website! emoticon

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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2 years 6 months with Spark People! 30 months of health! WOW! emoticon
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My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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YES! Brooklyn's mini-maintenance is fabulous!

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Love BROOKLYN_BORN's plateaus as mini-maintenance blog!

I found this one from KANOE10 to be insightful, too:

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A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ NUOVAELLE’s recent blog, 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 recent blog written by BROOKLYN_BORN. BROOKLYN_BORN says that she had been in denial about her weight for 25 years. She believed that her weight gain was an inevitable part of getting older and blamed her age, job stress and hormones. She ignored it since she was healthy and quite fit "for her age". She ran 20 miles per week, drank only water and, thanks to sizing-creep and forgiving fabric, was still wearing the same size. When she retired and two of her three excuses disappeared, she started to face reality. She discovered SparkPeople and the truth: she was eating enormous quantities of food. As a math/computer science teacher she loves numbers and the tracker put the numbers front and center; numbers that she didn’t love so much. It took BROOKLYN_BORN almost a year to lose 25 pounds, not a pace that gets much attention. However, as she says, "I believe in gradualism, baby steps, as long as they were moving in the right direction.”

“The longer I stay in maintenance--Thanksgiving will mark five years--the more I need and want to participate with SparkPeople,” said BROOKLYN_BORN. “I know that my chances of regaining are dropping significantly with the passage of time and it’s so motivating to stay on track by staying connected to this community. I’m amazed that there’s always something new to learn, from the articles, the videos and the blogs of Sparkers who post their own stories and links to other information they have discovered. I start each day with a cup of coffee and logging in to SparkPeople.”

She also says she recently passed a bit of a personal milestone that demonstrates how important SparkPeople has been in her life--she purchased a SparkPeople T-shirt. “I began this journey as a SparkHermit--successful, but alone,” said BROOKLYN_BORN. “My only friend was SparkGuy whose job it was to be my friend. Now I’m going to be a walking advertisement. I don’t share my journey unless asked. Maybe when I wear my shirt, people will ask.”

In her blog, BROOKLYN_BORN writes about her unique perspective on those dreaded “plateaus” most people experience from time to time:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
73099


We encourage you to read BROOKLYN_BORN’s blog and if you find its message about viewing plateaus as useful practice for maintenance 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 email or on this thread:

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


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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



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’ ALIIDA’s recent blog and nominated her as a SparkMotivator, 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 NUOVAELLE. Having maintained her weight loss for more than two years, she has experienced her share of ups and downs along the way. “I've noticed a tendency of regaining while reading other people's blogs and that's the reason I decided to write mine,” said NUOVAELLE. “I've been there before, experiencing all the negative feelings of full regaining, the back-to-square-one type, and I know how frustrating it can be. I'd hate to see anyone quitting because of a few returning pounds. But I also wanted to stress the importance of acting immediately as soon as the weight starts coming back. For me, this time the regain came in an unexpectedly sneaky way. Those seven extra pounds crept on over a one-year period and the difference they made between months was negligible. That's why we should never underestimate the power of returning pounds.”

In her blog, NUOVAELLE talks about how she plans to deal with her small regain before it turns into a larger one:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
69201


We encourage you to read NUOVAELLE’s blog and if you find its message about periodically reexamining our maintenance strategies so that we can more easily tackle small gains before they spiral out of control 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 email or on this thread:

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


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

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´ SWEDE_SU´s blog and who nominated her as a SparkMotivator, 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 recent blog written by ALIIDA. Having joined SparkPeople in October 2013 on recommendation from someone on another website, she says she had just started tackling a big rise in weight for a third time. Until middle age, she was average weight, but between 40 and 50 her BMI went from about 22 to over 30. “I actually didn't know that you need to eat less in middle age just to stay the same weight,” said ALIIDA. “Since joining the Maintainers team, I've learned that you can't just diet the extra weight off and then forget about it. I'll have to keep going with the same tactics forever to keep it off. These are: lots of exercise, portion control, infrequent desserts or snacking, drinking lots of water, and the constant and warm support of other people on SparkPeople.

In her blog, ALIIDA writes about selecting her goal weight as she transitions to maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759164


We encourage you to read ALIIDA’s blog and if you find its message about finding our goal weight in maintenance helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AL
II
DA


If you see the SparkMotivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her wonderful story.

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

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


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

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


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’ WATERMELLEN’s 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 SWEDE_SU. She says although she never had weight issues growing up or after her first two pregnancies, after her third pregnancy her weight was a bit more stubborn and she had to actively get out and do something about it for the first time. This wasn’t a big issue until she started a sedentary job at the computer in the 90s and that's when, she says, “the roller coaster began.”

“From the low 100s, I managed to hit 160 (I'm 5'2"), and then it was up and down through the years, though I never made it below the 120s,” said SWEDE_SU. “I joined SparkPeople somewhere along the way, but never really learned what it could do for me. Then the year I hit 60, a good friend who was the same age and height managed to get down from about 160 to under 110, and I thought ‘If she could do it, so could I.’ As I learned to use the Spark tools--most importantly, nutrition tracking, 20 pounds came off from late-March to August 2012, and I was once again at my twenty-year-old wedding weight. After that, I maintained well under 110 until this past spring when life got in the way and coincidentally I had also faded away from SparkPeople. In May, I made up my mind that it was time to get back on track and back to Spark--and with a streak of more than 90 days here I managed to get down to the same weight for my two-year maintenance anniversary as on my one-year anniversary.”

“What I've learned in this journey is that I have to remain vigilant, that while certain things have become lifestyle, other triggers can't be ignored, and life will always throw curveballs,” said SWEDE_SU. “So I am back here Sparking away as best I can, and working on year three.”

In her blog, SWEDE_SU writes about her imperfect maintenance in honor of her recent two-year anniversary:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759951


We encourage you to read SWEDE_SU’s blog and if you find its message about staying connected and focusing on the strategies we know work for us in maintenance through all of its ups and downs helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

SWEDE_SU has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of all of her wonderful achievements. Please consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a motivator in the area of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible category here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SW
ED
E%5FSU


If you see the SparkPeople Motivator button on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and more people will have access to her inspiring story.

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

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


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

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



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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My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Doing great, SPARKLINGME!

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is down 2 pounds today :-) , FOCUSING on every bite in, REALLY helping! We travel tomorrow, I'm bringing veggies with us, HEALTH is our only emoticon wealth!

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Our world IS so different because of SP! I've been maintaining for 18 months of my 30 months with SP. The first 12months I released 52 pounds.

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ NANCYANNE55’s blog, 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 one of our long-term maintenance superstars, WATERMELLEN, who recently wrote a blog commemorating her fifth maintenance anniversary. After losing 80 pounds and going from 230 to 150 in 2001-2002, WATERMELLEN maintained her losses for several years. In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently gained 22 pounds. While undergoing radiation therapy, she found SparkPeople.com and was able to get comfortably back into her size 8s once again. Initially frustrated by her ups and downs on maintenance, she credits her discovery of Judith S. Beck's Beck Diet Solution in January 2011 with helping her to take off another 10 pounds and teaching her how to take the yo-yoing out of her maintenance range.

In her blog, WATERMELLEN writes about the lessons she’s learned during her five years of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
39857


We encourage you to read WATERMELLEN’s blog and if you find its message about the importance of a sustained, realistic effort and a strong support system in maintenance helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ ONEKIDSMOM’s recent 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 blog written by NANCYANNE55 about two months ago. “I'm a certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer who has been on the roller coaster of weight loss and maintenance my entire adult life,” said NANCYANNE55. “Consequently, I have had people tell me that I am pretty good at being informed and sympathetic to the struggles others have with their weight loss and fitness.”

“Additionally, I am NOT someone who is naturally athletic--I always say that if it weren't for lack of speed, agility, coordination, and talent, I'd of made a great athlete--so I understand the struggles of the ‘regular person’ to get and stay fit,” said NANCYANNE55. “Over the course of many years, I have also come up with a TON of healthy recipes that actually taste good. I'm really proud of my collection and plan to publish them into an on-line cookbook in the not-so-distant future. Additionally, I run a very active fitness board on Facebook that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for my personal struggles in getting and staying fit. It has been extremely rewarding to see my journey benefit others!”

In her blog, NANCYANNE55 writes about the importance of developing habits that we can sustain in the long term:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
11458


We encourage you to read NANCYANNE55’s blog and if you find its message about building healthy lifestyles we can live with helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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


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
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
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’ FIT4MEIN2013’s recent blog, 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 ONEKIDSMOM earlier this month. As she winds down 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 writes about an interesting challenge maintainers sometimes face--the idea of intentionally gaining weight:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
32909


“This whole deal of having to focus on gaining...but not too much, really has been an eye-opener for me, and I'll bet it has been or will be for others, too,” said ONEKIDSMOM. We encourage you to read ONEKIDSMOM’s blog and if you find her musings on the idea of a controlled gain helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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


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
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ JEANKNEE’s recent 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 blog written by FIT4MEIN2013 in commemoration of her first maintenance anniversary. She says that she has long since 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 the many changes she’s made in her life have all added up to her great success:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
36750


We encourage you to read FIT4MEIN2013’s blog and if you find the lessons she’s learned and the changes she’s made inspiring, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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


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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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




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
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ AMARILYNH’s recent blog, 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 JEANKNEE last month. “When I began walking last June with my friend, who is also my co-worker and fitness buddy, weight loss was not our focus,” said JEANKNEE. “We both knew we enjoyed walking and being outdoors and I was not handling the stressors in my life well. I knew walking would help me. One thing led to another and here I am one year later, far less stressed, healthier, stronger and 65 pounds lighter. It has been an amazing journey and continues to unfold in new and unexpected ways.”

In her blog, JEANKNEE writes about the many ways that SparkPeople and our team have helped her not only to lose weight, but also as she begins her transition to maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
08975

We encourage you to read JEANKNEE’s blog and if you agree that the support available on SparPeople and our team is invaluable for successful maintenance, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

JEANKNEE has also yet to be named a SparkPeople Motivator in spite of everything she’s accomplished, so please also consider stopping by her page and nominating her as a Motivator in the category of ‘Weight Loss’, the most visible on SparkPeople:

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

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

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

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49482091

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=
0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZ
XI1bGc

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

All the best,
Tina

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


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
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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This is a great team!!

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Love these great maintainers' blogs. This is another powerful statement. I just love this team!! and all the great Sparkers here!!

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


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Congrats. Hi Amarilyn I did not know we were in this group together too!

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our self-fulfilling phophecy. - Brian Tracy


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ GREGGWEISBROD’s recent 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 blog written AMARILYNH last month. 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," said AMARILYNH. "I got to goal weight in November 2011 and stayed between 145 and 153 until the summer of 2013. During 2013 I began really been studying nutrition and slowly got to 144--my lowest weight in probably at least 35 years. Then in late December another Sparker mentioned the book 'The Plan' to me and I purchased it. I began following this plan in January 2014 and in March got to a new low weight of 140. Since then I'm maintaining between 140 and 143--today I'm at 140.6 and my weight fluctuates less than ever before. I'm 66 years old and have never been happier! What more could one ask?"

“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, AMARILIYNH writes about the resilience that’s necessary to develop for successful weight loss and maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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We encourage you to read AMARILYNH’s blog and if you find his message about how to exercise our resiliency muscle helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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


Never, ever, EVER give up!

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I AM the righteousness of GOD IN JESUS CHRIST! (2 Cor 5:21)


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A great big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ _KRISZTA’s recent blog, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople. We’d also like to wish our North American team members a festive week as our American members prepare for their Independence Day festivities this weekend and our Canadian friends just celebrated Canada Day.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by one of our Canadians, GREGGWEISBROD. Back when he first embarked on this journey in June 2013, he found himself facing the reality that he needed to take control of his life and lose a lot of weight. He says that he found the emotional burden of being heavy was equal to that of the physical one, and that he was determined to bring that chapter in his life to a close and begin a new one. Within seven months, equipped with an incredible amount of determination, he reached his goal weight of 185 pounds, and experienced a renewal of spirit unlike anything he’s ever known. “Since hitting my goal weight, I've run and set personal bests in a 10K race, as well as a half marathon that I trained for throughout the winter months,” said GREGGWEISBROD. “I've maintained my weight successfully since then, even shedding a few more pounds slowly along the way. A year later, I find life is suddenly full of opportunities that I'd ignored or simply never thought of before, and I'm enjoying every moment I have in this new body, and with this new self-esteem.”

In his blog, GREGGWEISBROD writes about the changes he made in his habits and perspective that have enabled him to lose weight and successfully maintain his healthy lifestyle and outlook, as well as the surprised reactions he sometimes receives when people learn that he’s achieved his success the old-fashioned way--by eating better and less and exercising:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read GREGGWEISBROD’s blog and if you find his message about the changes that are possible to achieve inspiring and helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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

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


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

All the best,
Tina

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





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’ _LINDA’s recent blog, which provided a much-needed boost as she works to get back on track.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by KRISZTA11. 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 reasons why I was able to maintain my weight loss of 20 pounds for the first time ever in my life.”

In the past year, KRISZTA11 has made two important changes to increase her overall sense of well-being. She started practicing mindfulness and meditation and, in the past few months, has been doing yoga as well. “These all help me stay connected with my own body and with people and all living things around me,” said KRISZTA11. ”And this feels good!”

In her blog, KRISZTA11 shares the secrets of her success that have enabled her to maintain her weight loss:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read KRISZTA11’s blog and if you find her secrets helpful, please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople.

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

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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Blogs
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ NUOVAELLE’s recent 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 blog written by a member of the team who’s been struggling recently, _LINDA. Her story and success are particularly notable because she lives with the severe chronic pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. At one point bound to a wheelchair, _LINDA has battled to regain her health and live her life to the fullest in spite of joint replacements, countless rounds of surgery and still-daily pain. In her quest to do that, she has taken from two to as many as four fitness classes a day plus speed walking to and from her gym and also loves hiking, reading and movies. She plays and manages a busy bridge club, is a member of the Probus Club and enjoys social activities with them. _LINDA says she is fortunate to have a very supportive mom who has helped her get through all her surgeries.

As she expands upon in her blog, an injury, followed by several months of being shut inside during one of the worst winters in on record, took a strong toll on _LINDA and she found herself up 22 pounds at the end of her recovery period. In spite of her setbacks, _LINDA is more determined than ever to slowly get back on track and begin living her life to the fullest again:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read _LINDA’s blog, to offer your support and, if you find her inspirational message of not letting her recent setbacks keep her down, to please ‘like’ it so it can be seen by a wider audience here on SparkPeople. As many of our veteran maintainers have pointed out, setbacks happen. What matters is what you do about them.

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

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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Weight chart
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Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ BESSHAILE’s recent 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 NUOVAELLE. “I have maintained a healthy BMI for almost two years and even though I’ve had my ups and downs, I feel it’s a great accomplishment not to have re-entered the overweight range, considering that when I started my journey I was officially obese,” said NUOVAELLE. “Maintenance is a riddle, unique for each one of us, and you have to try hard in order to decipher it. With this blog, I just wanted to let everyone know how the maintenance struggles have changed me. How they have turned me into a much stronger person and, most importantly, how all this reflects on other areas of my life as well.”

In her blog, NUOVAELLE expands upon this idea of how the lessons she’s learned in maintenance have helped her to develop greater resilience and confidence in other areas of her life:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read NUOVAELLE’s blog and if you find its message about maintenance being a wonderful life coach 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 email or on this thread:

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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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’ MOBYCARP’s recent blog, which will further increase the visibility of his blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople.

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by BESSHAILE, which follows up on some of the points made in MOBYCARP’s blog. 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!

“Drawing from each other's experiences is truly the best part of SparkPeople,” said BESSHAILE. “Beyond the trackers and the professional articles are the tender truths people share, even when it's hard. When someone admits her weight gain--when someone confesses his fear, when a Not-At-Goal Mr. or Ms. Perfect has a triumph and shares it with us, man oh man, that's what keeps me coming back.”

“The things we enjoy are the things we excel at and we can flip it around and say the things we excel at are those things we love doing,” said BESSHAILE. “So it behoves us all to make our weight/fitness/health journey something so much fun to do we can't help but excel at it. Hearing how others are making this a priority is the number one way I can do it too.”

In her blog, BESSHAILE writes about some of her fears in maintenance while celebrating all of the wonderful things she’s accomplished and managed to hold onto in spite of what she views as her less-than-perfect maintenance journey:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read BESSHAILE’s blog and if you think its message about how invaluable the support we can find here at SparkPeople can be for maintainers when our perfectionism gets the better of us is 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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Weight chart
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Blogs
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dex


Maintenance Info
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ to everyone who read and ‘liked’ JANCARD’s recent 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 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. That's a good thing, because he says that his appetite meter appears to be permanently broken.

Changes in fitness activities accompanied the nutrition changes. MOBYCARP had always enjoyed walking, but wearing a pedometer made him more consistent. He says that 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 achieved a long-held goal of running a half marathon in late April 2014. Two and a half weeks later, an old foot injury was aggravated during a routine tempo run. That ‘Life Happens’ event prompted his latest blog on adjusting nutrition levels.

In his blog, MOBYCARP expands upon how and why he is making adjustments in light of his recent injury:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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We encourage you to read MOBYCARP’s blog and if you think its message about adapting our habits in maintenance 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 email or on this thread:

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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ TANYA602’s recent 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 shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by JANCARD. Like many women, JANCARD says that after she started a family, she placed less emphasis on diet and exercise and turned her focus to her kids and family activities, a demanding full-time job with a long commute, and just trying to keep up with all the day-to-day stuff. Although she initially lost her pregnancy weight after having children, she gradually let her good habits fade away and eventually abandoned exercise completely. “It showed as I gradually gained it all back,” said JANCARD “While I did try to watch what I ate, and on occasion, I’d try to diet, nothing was ever really successful. Over time, I grew increasingly out of shape so that finally entering my early fifties and menopause, I was at my heaviest weight ever--203 pounds--and lowest level of fitness. I could not walk up a few flights of stairs without being completely out of breath. I remember my son’s college graduation was an outdoor event with a long walk across campus from parking. I was sweating and barely able to keep up with the rest of my family who were purposely walking slow because of me.”

“Even though I knew I needed to change, I felt completely overwhelmed,” said JANCARD “It took exercise before, but how can you work out when you can barely breathe after a little exertion? I grew increasingly unhappy with myself and depressed. Around New Year’s of 2012, I heard about SparkPeople in some piece about New Year’s resolutions and suggestions for weight loss programs. I logged on--skeptical that it could actually be ‘free’, and was so impressed with what I found here. Not only the resources, but this amazing community! For me, the focus on ‘if you could do just 10 minutes a day’ was the advice that I desperately needed to start me on my path back to fitness.”

She says she focused on small changes and made improvement in her life one at a time--first a short daily walk, and then building on it, to longer walks. She quit diet soda and switched to sparkling water, started out just reading labels and making healthier choices, and then tried tracking foods just one day. “Now I still track almost every day and I’m now eating healthy 90%+ of the time,” she said. “The changes were so gradual, but if you look at the ‘old me’ compared to how I live now---it’s night and day.”

Having reached her initial goal weight of 129 pounds in May of 2013, she now weighs 118, belongs to a gym, runs, bikes and has energy to spare. She wears a SparkPeople tracker and tries to reach her step goal every day. By keeping up the good habits she’s developed, she’s been able to maintain for a year. “I’ve realized this can’t be the same as my early thirties when I just reached my goal and said ‘OK, on to other priorities.’ In order to stay at my goal, I have to accept that this is my way of life,” said JANCARD. “But that’s OK because living healthy and having all this energy and fitness is SO worth the effort it takes,” said JANCARD. “My family is proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’m happy that with everything I’ve learned here and I now make healthy choices that affect my family. I’m no longer unhappy with myself or depressed, and I'm more productive at my job. People ask me all the time how I changed and for those who are really interested, I tell about SparkPeople and this incredible supportive community. I’m not sure you realize how much you’ve helped me, but believe me, I’m grateful for all of you every day.”

In her blog, JANCARD describes how far she’s come since she got started on her weight-loss journey a few years ago and what she’s looking forward to in year two of maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
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We encourage you to read JANCARD’s blog and if you find its message about keeping our eyes on the maintenance prize helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

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

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=JANC
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If you see the SparkPeople Motivator badge on her page, this means our efforts have already been successful and many more people will be able to read about and be inspired by her wonderful achievements.

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

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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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’ HOLLYM48’s recent blog, 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 recent blog written by TANYA602. Having initially struggled with getting on the right track to lose weight, TANYA602 says she’d been kidding herself for a while that she was doing something towards getting fit. She made a casual venture into very light yoga and embarked on the occasional Standup Paddleboarding adventure. “Deep down, I knew I had weight to lose,” said TANYA602. “But in my late 40s, I'd gotten to where I was accepting that it likely wouldn't happen--or I wasn't willing to MAKE it happen.”
Two and a half years ago[a], TANYA602 and her husband bought an elliptical machine. Initially, she says that even doing two minutes was a chore. Together, they gave up bread, ice cream, and more. She made reading SparkPeople articles a part of her daily routine, learned how to eat better and found a new love for veggies and fruit. She tracked everything she did, was on the elliptical every single day, she blogged, cheered on friends and very slowly the weight started coming off. She says it took about four months before she joined her first challenge--the Official Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge, and she discovered the videos on SparkPeople were actually a nice alternative to the elliptical. She says she’s been a challenge junkie ever since.
“It took 16 months to lose the weight before I considered myself to be ready to call it ‘maintenance,’” said TANYA602. “I don't stress about it. I walk everywhere, lift weights on our Hoist 6 station home gym, workout to Jillian Michaels DVDs and SparkPeople videos. We eat smart throughout the week and enjoy our Friday date nights. My overall goal is to keep moving--to keep up with my husband, maybe having him be the one who is finally chasing me!”
In her blog, TANYA602 describes the "whys" of her maintenance journey and why it continues to be worth the daily effort:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
77262

We encourage you to read TANYA602’s blog and if you find its message about staying focused and overcoming obstacles that may come our way in maintenance 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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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482091

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

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.
All the best,
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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Blogs
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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!
Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ MICKEYH’s blog and nominated her as a SparkPeople Motivator, which will further increase the visibility of her blog and wonderful success story around SparkPeople. In case you missed our message about her blog with all of the messages we’ve been sending out about the recent changes to our Team Pages, you can find it here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
43192

This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by HOLLYM48 that focuses on how important the SparkPeople community is to her maintenance efforts.
HOLLYM48 says she lost weight by tracking food and being honest about what she ate every single day. She accomplished this by reading labels at the grocery store and really thinking about whether her choices were worth the calories. She says she’s learned to love exercise and just ran her third 5K, something she never thought she would be able to do. “But maintenance needs as much thought as losing and, more than that, it needs my Village,” said HOLLYM48. “The support on this site is astounding, between our team leaders cheering us on and sending goodies to our friends checking in or posting on our daily posts and our blogs, it all lets us know we are valued and wanted in the Village!”
“I learned so much from reading other people’s blogs and how people have lost so much weight on SparkPeople,” said HOLLYM48. “At various points, I’ve left SparkPeople for a while and it was always so heartwarming when I returned to see everyone say, ‘Welcome back, we are so glad to see you are here again.’ No questions asked, no we told you so, just big welcomes all around.”
HOLLYM48 is about two months away from a full year on maintenance and less than that from her two-year anniversary on SparkPeople. “I cannot imagine a life without SparkPeople, said HOLLYM48. “I am here for the rest of my life because I don't plan on ever leaving my Village!”
In her blog, HOLLYM48 elaborates on how important the community we've got here on SparkPeople has been for her maintenance efforts:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
86305

We encourage you to read HOLLYM48’s blog and if you agree with its message about the importance of our “maintenance village”, 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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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482091

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

Thank you again for your continued support of our members and efforts to highlight the challenges and rewards of maintenance from a broad variety of perspectives. As always, please feel free to ask me or one of the other leaders if you have any questions.
All the best,
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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Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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That is so exciting.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!

A big ‘thanks’ goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ FATGIRLRUNN’s recent blog, 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 MICKEYH about two months ago. Although she says she’s been a yo-yo dieter most of her adult life, MICKEYH says that her issues deepened when she arrived in the United States from Japan more than 20 years ago and very quickly got used to the Standard American Diet, i.e., junk food. “I tried all kinds of unhealthy, yummy foods I hadn't seen or eaten in Japan. It all tasted so good. And before I knew it, all the foods I consumed went from ‘lip to the hip’ and I entered the circle of yo-yo dieting. Some part of me also became really numb about gaining weight--or maybe it was just avoidance. I didn't recognize that I had gained so much (about 65 lbs.) One day, I realized my weight problem was beginning to threaten my overall health. Then I looked at the mirror and saw my true reflection. It was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment--finally!”

After that moment two years ago, MICKEYH’s weight-loss and health journey began. Since then, she’s been working towards regaining her health and losing weight and reached her goal weight last November. She’s had a few struggles since then, but says that she’s very excited to be in her ‘happy weight range’. “I’m so glad that I found the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. Since joining, I've already learned so much and it's so helpful for my maintenance. ‘Thank you team!’ I have a much better idea of what it takes to maintain now and I am working on the following two statements that I want to really take to heart and master for my lifelong journey:

1. Living healthy is about balance and moderation, not deprivation.
2. Food is fuel, not the enemy, nor the therapist. I eat to live, not live to eat.

In her blog, MICKEYH describes the ways she’s trying to come to a place of balance and acceptance in maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
43192


We encourage you to read MICKEYH’s blog and if you think her goals concerning balance, moderation and self-acceptance are helpful, please ‘like’ it so that it can have a wider readership here on SparkPeople.com.

MICKEYH 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 in the category of ‘Weight Loss,” the most visible one here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=MICK
EYH


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

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

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


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Congrats to Fattgirlrunn. And a great blog.

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Hello maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance!
Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ SLENDERELLA61’s five-year maintenance anniversary 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 FATGIRLRUNN. Before moving back home to the Chicago area over two years ago, she was at her heaviest--about 230 pounds. She says she started losing weight because she began to cook more and, after a few months of losing 50 pounds simply through diet changes, she started running to take care of the remainder of her 90-pound weight loss. She began racing monthly, culminating in a half marathon in October 2013, and reached goal just over a year ago, on April 16, 2013.
“My first six months of maintenance went quite smoothly,” said FATGIRLRUNN. “Then, Chicago went through one of its roughest winters on record, and additionally, I went into a depressive stage and stopped running. I've gained some weight back, but I am largely out of my depressive stage now, and I have a half marathon to train for in August. I'm back to running and working out, and I'm eager to lose the few pounds I've put on recently. I'm looking forward to regaining control and also to spring!”
In her blog, FATGIRLRUNN describes the struggles she’d experienced in the past several months and writes about why getting back on track and back down to goal is important to her:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
73887

We encourage you to read FATGIRLRUNN’s blog and if you can relate to her struggles and think her thoughts about reclaiming the sense of wellbeing she had when she was at goal 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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091

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

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

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Happy Easter to those who observe and have a great day to you all.

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Thanks to all of our team leaders for keeping our spark team so positive and supportive!

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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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
45281


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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
53593


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.as
p?id=FAIR
HAVENQUEEN


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Maintenance Info
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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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
51620


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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
38746


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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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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Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
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’ 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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
40391


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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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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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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
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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_jo
ur
nal_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/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x49
482091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
23487


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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
23487


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.as
p?id=OHME
MEME



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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
01118


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.as
p?id=SEMI
SWEETCHICK


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
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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_pu
blic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
07178


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.as
p?id=KANS
ASROSE67


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
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x4948R>2091


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

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
0A
h4KrA4GkhKgdEl1dmNKcExpRk5CVUJSMVlqZXI
1bGc


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

All the best,
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.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


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

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


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