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Thanks Tina for featuring KELLIEBEAN.
I liked her blog a lot, and voted for her, hope she gets the award soon!

Edited by: HAKAPES at: 3/6/2013 (13:57)
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Wow! I love this thread! I am new to this team! This is so awesome! Often times I've noticed a lot of people have amazing stories but aren't being recognized for them! I love this idea! I will be "liking" and clicking motivator for these people!

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ PEGGYT3’s recent blog, which is now among the “Featured Blog Posts” and will have wider readership on the site. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we’d like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by one of our newer maintainers, KELLIEBEAN. Having been all over the scale in the past 20 years, KELLIEBEAN has lost significant weight a number of times, which she admits isn’t so hard--maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is her struggle. She first joined SparkPeople in 2009 and came back in August 2012 to lose the last ten pounds she had been trying to lose all year, reaching goal in November 2012.

“In 2010, I participated in the Warrior Dash 5K obstacle course race because some pictures I saw looked fun,” said KELLIEBEAN. “Afterwards, I couldn’t move right for five days. Everything hurt. That was my moment. I decided I want to be able to run and be strong. So I need to stay committed to the healthy lifestyle I have developed in large part to SparkPeople and the maintainer team!”

In her blog, KELLIEBEAN highlights the many things she has to celebrate as part of her maintenance lifestyle:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261611


We encourage you to read KELLIEBEAN’s blog and if you agree that its message about celebrating the many positive aspects of a maintenance lifestyle is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KE
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IEBEAN


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

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=
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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.

Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 3/6/2013 (04:35)
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Thanks so much to everyone who read and ‘liked’ KRICKET4’s recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story.

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. She has stayed at goal for almost six years by logging on every day and keeping track of her weight and exercise.

“I'll be 82 in March and feel much younger, helped by SparkPeople, Jazzercise and yoga,” said PEGGYT3.

In her blog, PEGGYT3 highlights the importance of how subtle changes can help us to stay successful on maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251741


We encourage you to read PEGGYT3s blog and if you agree that its message about making small tweaks to your maintenance plan to stay on track is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

PEGGYT3 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PE
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YT3


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

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find especially insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future and can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

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



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A big thanks goes out to everyone who read and ‘liked’ JESSIHOVER2’s recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. Thanks also to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member and further increased the visibility of her success story.

This week, we’d like to turn attention to a recent blog written by KRICKET4. Having lost 40 pounds about nine years ago, she’s managed to keep it off with a +5 leeway. Her biggest challenge initially was binge eating, and it took her several years to kick that habit. She also credits exercise with helping her in weight maintenance, not only for the obvious reason of more calories burned, but also as a stress buster and mood enhancer, which in turn has helped with impulse control. Though she doesn't practice it any more, she holds a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. These days, she kickboxes, does zumba and practices yoga and pilates.

“My greatest passion, which I re-discovered about a year ago, is hiking,” said KRICKET4. “You will find me out on the trail every weekend, often both on Saturday and Sunday. I feel like I've finally come full circle.”

In her blog, KRICKET4 highlights the idea that there’s always room for improvement in a maintenance lifestyle:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240997


We encourage you to read KRICKET4’s blog and if you agree that its message about constantly striving for improvement in maintenance is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

KRICKET4 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of everything she’s achieved. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KR
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KET4


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

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but 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



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With so many blogs out there, emoticon for pointing out the ones that are recommended reading. They are emoticon !

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Thank you all so much for all the support! It feels great to be recognized.

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Check out this inspiring blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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celebrating a 5th year Sparkiversary and 150 pounds lost. Current weight: 120. Never goes over her calorie range!! If she's not on our team, she ought to be! Thanks for considering it!!

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and 'liked' WALKINGMAMMA’s recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

We’d like to turn your focus this week to a recent blog written by JESSIHOVER2 in celebration of her one-year maintenance anniversary. A 29-year-old mother of one, she realized that she needed to take action when her daughter was getting ready to start kindergarten. At the time, she felt that she didn’t want to be the heaviest mommy in her school and decided to make some changes. She started slowly working out and using SparkPeople, doing just 10 minutes of exercise three times a week, and slowly progressed. She made gradual changes to her diet by eating less and cutting way back on eating out.

At her heaviest known weight, she weighed 293 (but she says she’s positive that she broke the 300-pound mark--she just didn't weigh herself often). Her maintenance journey has included learning where her sustainable range should be.

“At my lowest weight I got down to 132, but I realized that wasn't "MY" healthy weight so I have regained some of it,” said JESSIHOVER2. “Right now I am maintaining between 145-160; 160 was my final goal weight and a weight that I am okay with being at or under. So, in total I have successfully lost and maintained a 140-ish pound weight loss.”

In her blog, JESSIHOVER2 spells out the many lessons she’s learned in her first year on maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240681


We encourage you to read JESSIHOVER2’s blog and if you agree that its message about her progress and persistence in her first year of maintenance is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

JESSIHOVER2 has also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her fantastic accomplishments. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JE
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IHOVER2


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

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but 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.


Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 2/13/2013 (17:21)
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emoticon emoticon emoticon for all of the wonderful support!!!!! After almost 4yrs. on SP, I am soooooo excited to have been chosen as a motivator!!! This team is soooo wonderful and supportive! Together we can tackle the maintenance beast!!!! emoticon emoticon

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A big “thank you” goes out to everyone who read and 'liked' VTRICIA’s recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. Thanks as well to everyone who nominated her as a Motivational Member--now even more people can read about her inspiring story.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by WALKINGMAMMA. Having been active here on SparkPeople for almost four years, it took her two years to get to her goal weight. A self-proclaimed “very slow loser,” she averaged about four pounds a month. During this time, she fell in love with running. Following the example of many SparkFriends, she began the Couch to 5K program.

“I recall being concerned that I would drop dead of a heart attack, since I had NEVER run before,” joked WALKINGMAMMA. “Still, I ventured forward, following the program to the letter, wearing a heart rate monitor to ensure my heart didn't go crazy. I continued to run after completing my first 5K, until I injured myself training for a half marathon. Missing running so much, I decided, when cleared by a doctor, to run using the Galloway method of run/walking, which is what I do to this day...I love it! I am able to run faster and farther than I ever would have imagined.”

WALKINGMAMMA has been at or below goal weight for 81 weeks. She finds that the keys for her are continuing to track her food and exercise every day and weighing herself regularly, which enables her to catch any weight gains that occur before they snowball.

In her blog, WALKINGMAMMA hashes out the conflicting emotions she has felt as a successful loser and maintainer who hopes to be recognized as a success story and the contentment she has achieved in learning to be happy with her healthy lifestyle and relative anonymity of her maintenance:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211471


We encourage you to read WALKINGMAMMA’s blog and if you agree that its message about finding contentment in the plain and simple joy of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but 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.


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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Recommend this fabulous blog for recognition. Please check it out!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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Thanks to everyone who voted for me as a motivational member! That was something I always thought would be cool and it is a great feeling!

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Thanks to everyone who read and 'liked' POPSY190s blog in celebration of our maintenance team. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. A big thanks to everyone who also nominated POPSY190 as a Motivational Member so that even more people can read about her inspiring story.

This week, we'd like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by VTRICIA. Like many of us, she has seen a few people close to her lose a lot of weight only to falter in the maintenance area. In her view, these were very intelligent, capable people, so she admits she was a little scared approaching maintenance. She knew there would be challenges she could not account for that were perhaps not rational. But she also couldn't really believe what she kept hearing that maintenance is harder than losing weight. “How could being able to eat 500 more calories a day be harder?,” she thought. “Yet, apparently, it is.” She describes herself as generally laid back and tries to take a zen approach to life. She loves how SparkPeople encourages small, achievable goals to get you used to the pattern of success.

“I think the thing about the mystery of maintenance is to let the fear ‘pass over me and through me’ as Frank Herbert wrote, and in the end only I will remain,” said VTRICIA. “I can't avoid the changes or resist them. I have to let them happen and reach out for support or I risk relapse.”

In her blog, VTRICIA reflects on her first month of maintenance and looks forward to continuing to make her lifestyle changes permanent:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198733


We encourage you to read VTRICIAs blog and if you agree that its message about finding excitement in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com. VTRICIA has written a number of excellent blogs on her maintenance journey recently, so we also encourage you to stop by her page and have a look at some of her other blogs. She’s also yet to be named a SparkMotivator in spite of her achievements, so please consider visiting her main page as well and voting her a Motivational Member in the Weight Loss category, the most visible one here on SparkPeople.com:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=VT
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CIA#motivation


It may only take a few more votes for her to be named a Motivational Member, so please don’t be discouraged if she’s already received this honor by the time you look at her page.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but 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.


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 to everyone who read and 'liked' JMERLAU's video blog in celebration of his two-year maintenance anniversary. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to focus your attention on a recent blog written by POPSY190. Like many others, she's experienced great fluctuations in her weight for many years. At 67, she finally truly believes it's within her grasp to stay at a healthy weight. On closer reflection, she says she doesn't think weight loss has much to do with will-power and everything to do with awareness of the causes behind weight gain. In the past, she used food to deal with work stresses and the emotional pressure of caring for a very difficult and demanding close relative. Counselling helped her to identify the underlying issues and to start to come to terms with them, which she describes as an on-going process that was something else she had to accept rather than pushing it all into the background. This time, she lost weight with a commercial weight loss organisation and kept it off for some time but ultimately it returned--something she attributes to having to follow a prescribed system rather than one which suited her personal circumstances, in addition to the emphasis the organisation placed on competition to lose weight rather than on maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

"The difference now is that I am not depending on some outside agency to tell me what to do: SparkPeople.com gives me the tools to choose for myself as far as eating and excercising go," said POPSY190. "I'm not perceived as a cash cow for any commercial organisation which has no interest in maintenance! Instead there's this huge community of interest, support, empathy and encouragement to help ourselves. I think that's what this team, in particular, is all about. There's a gap in knowledge and research about maintenance and the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team is OUR attempt to fill it."

In her blog, POPSY190 both comically and seriously reflects on the lack of resources and support available to maintainers and champions the supportive environment she's found on our team:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5209301


We encourage you to read POPSY190's blog and if you agree that its message about the support you can find on our team is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

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


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


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

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Hi fellow maintainers ~

I just want to thank everyone for giving me such a nice maintenance anniversary, with all the wonderful posts & goodies, on my Page! I truly do appreciate it.

Thank You!! emoticon

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Maintenance: 7 years, June 2014

















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I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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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Check out this brilliant blog about loss and maintenance:

Ooops! I can't get the link to work. It's "What I've learned in three years of Sparking" by GETFIT2LIVE.

This link worked and it gets you to a link to the above blog!
Thanks for all you do for maintainers.

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A big "thanks" goes out to everyone who read and 'liked' CATS_MEOW_0911's blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a video blog created by JMERLAU in celebration of his two-year maintenance anniversary last month. A self-described "band geek" as a kid, JMERLAU didn't grow up an athlete but managed to stay in shape as a result of the physical demands of participating in band and Drum Corps. In 1998, he got a desk job and grew accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle. In 2001, he lost his mother, which triggered bouts of emotional eating. As time went by, his weight continued to increase until he reached 264 pounds. Unable to climb a flight of stairs without getting winded and with poor eating habits and no energy, he longed to feel strong and healthy, and to be a more supportive husband and positive role model for his daughters. On December 28th, 2009, he made one of the most important decisions of his life.

"That decision was to SAVE MY LIFE!," said JMERLAU about beginning his journey to better health. "I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I changed everything about me, the way I ate, the way I worked out, everything! Having lost 100 pounds and maintained that for two years, my PASSION is helping others. I love to show and help other people learn to eat better. I love to help people get past the mental block that they can't change. Teaching others how to make small changes that add up to HUGE differences is what I enjoy the most!"

In his video blog, JMERLAU chronicles his weight loss and maintenance journey:

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We encourage you to watch JMERLAU's video blog and if you agree that its message is hugely inspirational, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

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


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

P.S.--JMERLAU is a former blogger for the dailySpark. You can read more about his inspirational story here:

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

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and 'liked' MERETONI's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Blog Post and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a blog that was written more than a year and a half ago by one of our members who has not yet reached her goal but is focusing a great deal of effort on preparing for maintenance. CATS_MEOW_0911 has been in "weight loss mode" since February 2011. Since then, she has lost nearly 70 pounds and is a little over halfway to her goal weight. Her journey has included a lot of soul-searching and changing her relationship with herself and with food.

“I wanted to make sure I altered my mindset and appetite so that I could maintain my weight loss in the long run,” said CATS_MEOW_0911. “Weight loss has been fairly painless for me in that I have never focused on restricting myself. Instead, I have focused on what causes strong cravings in the first place and started to address them. Slowly, my appetite has changed and I don't binge or overeat nearly as often any more. I also love to exercise and am an avid practitioner of Jiu Jitsu. Besides Jiu Jitsu training four to five days per week, I do a lot of Pilates, yoga, and body weight exercises.”

In her blog, "Getting Ready to Stay the Same: Considering Maintenance While Losing," CATS_MEOW_0911 talks about the strategies she has learned to incorporate into her daily routine to ensure her losses will be permanent:

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We encourage you to read CATS_MEOW_0911’s blog and if you agree that its message about getting yourself ready for the maintenance mindset long before reaching goal is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily. In case you’d like to see them, here are the blog posts we’ve already featured:

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Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 1/9/2013 (09:36)
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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Happy New Year, everyone! We hope your year is off to a wonderful start and that your holidays were happy, healthy and memorable. Thanks to everyone who read and 'liked' GERMANIRISHGIRL's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent inspirational blog written by one of our newer maintainers. Although she has only been maintaining for a few months, MERETONI says that she has learned so much in that time. Having grown accustomed to her intense exercise routine and staying on top of her eating, she found she had to retrain herself in order to not continue to lose weight when she began her transition to maintenance. A devotee of food and exercise tracking during her weight loss journey, she continues to find SparkPeople's tracking tools useful as she works to maintain. As she was losing weight, she learned a lot about her body and how it lost weight and continued to use that awareness of how her body works as she transitioned to maintenance.

Having lost 38 pounds altogether, she's compiled a few helpful hints that help keep her on track and that she shares with others when asked about how she lost her weight:

1. Don't beat yourself up over missed workouts or eating too much or the 'wrong thing' (which there is no such thing). One day or one meal will not undo all your hard work.
2. If you are sick, REST. I am bad for still doing errands or attempting exercise while sick. It only made it worse and prolonged it. I now take a day or however many I need to get well so I can give it my all when I get better.
3. Don't cut food out. It will only lead to bad things. I still eat chocolate, have my s'mores at camp, but I limit myself. Moderation and portion control were very hard lessons to learn but needed and worth it.
4. Find what you love for working out, and change it up. I lucked out in that most of my workouts throughout my journey I loved. I also changed my workouts every month no matter what. I ended up stopping my running program because I was losing interest and didn't workout for nearly a week due to not wanting to hop on the treadmill. I would like to run but it's just not my time yet. So I changed it up and am loving working out again.

In her blog, "YOU are STRONG," MERETONI talks about forgiving ourselves as we recover from our slips and slides, a particularly timely message for those of us who are recovering from the challenges that were presented by the holidays’ many food-centered events and often hectic pace:

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We encourage you to read MERETONI's blog and if you agree that its message about picking ourselves up from life's challenges is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

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

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.

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


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

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Just in case anyone finds this helpful, we have a list of all the blog posts spotlighted so far:
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Enjoy!

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12/24/12 8:57 A

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We hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season and is gearing up for another fantastic year. A big "thanks" to everyone who read and 'liked' ANNIEONLI's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by GERMANIRISHGIRL. As she approaches her one-year maintenance anniversary, she says she feels like she has finally arrived at a lifestyle that includes a routine she can live with the rest of her life. She did this by staying consistent with all the little things that add up, until they became healthy habits and now feel like regular ways of doing things. She admits that maintenance often doesn't seem as fun or glamorous or popular as losing was and that it was easier to stay focused while she was losing.

“It was fun writing blogs about my dysfunctional family, and the Tiara, and the Twinkies, and my uneducated co-workers, and then I fired Sparkguy...I think he is still mad about that,” said GERMANIRISHGIRL. “It was tough when I got distracted and discouraged along the way. At times, I was desperately searching for one single reason to put down the food or get on the treadmill. Something...anything...to just get through the day. If I could just harness the enthusiasm and momentum I had when I was in losing mode, the temptation to throw in the towel would not be a problem. I have to remind myself daily of what I need to do and why. Every day I have the choice to focus or be a slacker. Every day I must decide to make the right decisions. Every day I must feel good about the choices I made that day. Eventually if you have enough every days added together it equals one year.”

In her blog, GERMANIRISHGIRL focuses on the idea that although maintenance is often hard, it is something that is possible if we make the right choices:

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We encourage you to read GERMANIRISHGIRL’s blog and if you agree that its message about choosing the hard with worthwhile road to successful maintenance is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

As she mentions in her blog, GERMANIRISHGIRL will be celebrating her one-year maintenance anniversary on December 31. If you have a moment, please consider stopping by her page and wishing her well:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE
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If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.

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.

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

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks for sharing this very inspirational blog/video. I've added it to our list of possible blogs to be highlighted in the future.
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Thank you!

My WILL is stronger than my urges....

Pain don't hurt......

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I commit to developing myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that will impair my mental growth or physical health.


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Please, everyone view and "Like" JMERLAU's 2 year maintenance video. Wow!

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Thanks to everyone who read and 'liked' FITFOODIE806's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. We hope that you've all been able to develop your own personal strategies to help you stay on track during this food-centric time of year and that you've been able to balance that with enjoying lots of quality time with family and friends.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a blog written by ANNIEONLI about a month ago in celebration of her three-year maintenance anniversary. ANNIEONLI used and continues to use all of the tools on SparkPeople to lose and maintain a 50+ pound weight loss. Having tried every single diet out there, she credits her discovery of SparkPeople’s website diet, tools and community, in addition to relearning HOW to eat and what to eat, with leading to the moment when everything finally ‘clicked’ for her. Among the things that have helped her most have been educating herself, drinking water, eating more whole grains and freggies, moving her body, using the tracking tools, eating in moderation, blogging to vent things out and leaning on a community that is always there for her when things get tough. She cites her most important lessons as being learning to forgive the bumps that happen along the way and having patience because things really do take time to change. She also has a SparkMaintenance buddy named OAKBORN, who she describes as "awesome" and works together with to cheer each other on.

"Believe it or not, my SparkPage has my whole journey in a month-by-month format written on it. I don’t know why I started it when I did, but it helped with my accountability for some reason. After a while, it became a habit and I’m glad I did it because it really is a great reference tool for myself now as to what happened when it did…and for others to see what happened as well," said ANNIEONLI.

In her blog, ANNIEONLI talks about the strategies that have helped her remain a successful maintainer these past three years and how she's managed her inevitable ups and downs:

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We encourage you to read ANNIEONLI's blog and if you agree that its positive message about long-term maintenance is useful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.


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

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thank YOU for getting and staying involved here. I think an active community of maintainers inspires more people to reach and stay at goal and we're definitely growing!

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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Thank you!!! The support and comments and goodies have been overwhelming. This is such an important team on spark. I'm so glad I found it and that you all have welcomed me so warmly.

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Great choice! I absolutely loved FitFoodie's blog!!

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Thanks to everyone who read and 'liked' ROOSTER72's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. It's so nice to see the uptick in activity and sense of camaraderie among our maintainers and hope that this will help support everyone's continued success and inspire others to strive for the same.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a recent blog written by FITFOODIE806. After having two kids in two years and gaining nearly 50 pounds both times, she had weight to lose and eating habits to change. Although she had been fairly active and had an average diet most of her life, she found she could no longer spend hours in the gym. In April 2011, she started running with her kids in a jogger and, thanks to spark blogs, mustered up the courage to sign up for a 5K. She stopped eating processed foods and finally realized that weight loss is 20-30% fitness and 70-80% nutrition. She stopped giving herself cheat days and practiced appropriate moderation without depriving herself. She ran her first 5K in June 2011 and ran her first full marathon exactly one year later. She says that running has changed her life and in addition to being a stress reliever, it's also given her confidence and joy.

"Eighteen months of maintenance have not only been about the love of running, but also about mindful eating every single day," said FITFOODIE806. "I weigh eight pounds less than I did before I had kids. Beyond the pounds, I look and feel better than I ever have. Isn't it fun to surprise yourself?"

In her blog, "why I weigh everyday," FITFOODIE806 talks about how the scale has helped her to lose weight and stay on track in maintenance. Although many successful maintainers don't rely on daily weigh ins as a maintenance tool, her blog presents a compelling argument about how it can be used by some to help keep your head in the game:

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We encourage you to read FITFOODIE806's blog and if you agree that its message about understanding the strategies that work best for us to ensure we stay on track is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

FITFOODIE806 has also yet to be named a Motivational Member in spite of all her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.


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Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


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Thanks to everyone who read and 'liked' WILLOWBROOK5's recent blog, "Not Gonna Relax -- Gonna Beat the Odds". As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. It's fantastic to see our maintainers get more of the attention they deserve for their efforts and to read the thought-provoking discussions that are circulating among our team members.

This week, we'd like to shine the spotlight on a recent blog written by ROOSTER72 in celebration of her one-year maintenance anniversary. ROOSTER72 is a 40-year-old stay-at-home mother of two young children. She started her journey towards a healthier lifestyle about two years ago when she began to become concerned about mild depressive feelings that were becoming more severe and weren't helped by the fact that she was still carrying about six extra kilos (15 lbs) of baby weight. She entered a 50K mountain bike race, and started a regular exercise program. Although she felt a bit better, she didn't lose any weight until she learned that weight loss is 80% food and only 20% exercise. Then she found SparkPeople, which helped her lose weight, reduce sugar mood swings and develop sustainable food habits.

"I am so excited about life now," said ROOSTER72. "I am setting a good example for my children about healthy food and active living. I have entered the mountain bike race for the third time, and hope to record a significant personal best time in February.”

In her blog, "A year in maintenance,” ROOSTER72 touches upon some of the changes she has experienced since she began her journey to better health, most notably the disappearance of her symptoms of mild depression:

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We encourage you to read ROOSTER72's blog and if you agree that its message concerning the positive psychological changes successful weight loss and management can bring about is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

ROOSTER72 has also yet to be named a Motivational Member in spite of all her success. Please also consider stopping by her main page and nominating her as a Motivational Member for Weight Loss, the most visible category here on SparkPeople.com, so that more people can learn about and be inspired by her story:

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

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.


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We'd like to give a great big 'thanks' to everyone who read and 'liked' MAGGIEROSEBOWL's recent blog about her appearance on the TODAY Show's Joy Fit Club. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com. It's so wonderful to see one of our very own getting some great publicity on a larger scale and we hope that her story will inspire many others to get on the right track to living healthier lives.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to one of the newer members of our maintenance club. WILLOWBROOK5 started her weight loss journey in early March 2011 when she became very concerned about her health. She started with one small goal: eat less. Although she wasn't even weighing herself at the time, her last visit to the doctor had her at 300 lbs. From that first goal, she added small incremental changes to her eating and exercise habits, which always included small steps and were always very attainable. She jokingly called it her "Slacker Approach to Goal Setting" because she increased her goals so gradually. Since getting started, she has enjoyed a great deal of success and on September 1, 2012 reached her original goal weight of 147. She is still getting the hang of maintenance and has revised her weight range a few times (it's currently 130-135 but she's thinking of revising the lower end to 127 or 128).

Even though she came across SparkPeople.com late in her weight loss journey (July 2012), she is so happy to have found such great support, encouragement and helpful information, especially from our team. "I have so much more knowledge and understanding of what is needed for maintenance plus the support of so many wonderful Sparkers that I am determined to beat the odds," said WILLOWBROOK5 about her maintenance journey this time around.

In her blog, "Not Gonna Relax -- Gonna Beat the Odds," she talks about how she plans to continue to put her plan to beat those odds into action:

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We encourage you to read WILLOWBROOK5's blog and if you agree that its message about staying on track and beating the odds in spite of the many challenges presented by the holiday season is helpful, please 'like' so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.

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.

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Thanks, STARDUSTD! KANOE's blog is great and I'd definitely recommend everyone check it out and 'like' it!

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Please check out KANOE's blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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We'd like to thank everyone who read and 'liked' our BROOKLYN_BORN's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Popular Member Blog and is now available for a wider audience to see here on SparkPeople.com.

This week we'd like to turn your attention to one of our very own biggest losers. MAGGIEROSEBOWL began her journey in July 2009 at 328 pounds. Motivated by the desire to get healthy and see her grandchildren grow up, she has lost an astonishing 178 pounds and has been maintaining since April 2011. Her story is so amazing that it was recently featured on Joy Bauer's 'Joy Fit Club' on the TODAY Show:

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You can read about MAGGIEROSEBOWL’s preparations for her big trip to New York City in her recent blog here:

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We encourage you to read MAGGIEROSEBOWL's blog and if you agree that her wonderful story is inspirational, please 'like' so that it can become more visible to a wider audience here on SparkPeople.com.

Two other people from our team have been featured on the Joy Fit Club, so please feel free to stop by the TODAY Show web site and watch their clips as well.

Team leader RUSSLANE:
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If you come across a blog post from a member of our team that deals with issues connected to maintenance that you find particularly insightful and think would be useful to highlight, please let us know! It doesn’t have to be recent if the message is still relevant. We’re continuing to compile a list of blogs that we’d like to use at some point in the future but can always use a few extra pairs of eyes to help us navigate the many blogs that are posted daily.


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Congratulations again and thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us through your blogs and activity on the team. Motivation seems to spread like wildfire here!
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I want to thank everyone who commented and voted for my blog. I am so honored to have been highlighted and thrilled when I saw that “motivational member” icon appear on my page. This team has been MY motivation. It’s so important to have company on this journey.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


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We'd like to thank everyone who read and 'liked' our leader 4A-HEALTHYBMI's blog, "Get off the merry-go-round". As we hoped, it was named a Featured Member Blog Post and has continued our efforts to highlight our maintainers and the issues surrounding maintenance in general.

This week, we'd like to shine the spotlight on one of our members who has been maintaining her losses for three years but only recently became more active here on SparkPeople.com and our team. 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. Finally, in my goal range SparkPeople taught me another lesson as I read the stories of those who had made this journey many times before. Maintenance would be a journey in itself – a long-distance journey. I compared it to my 45-year marriage. It takes maintenance too. One bad day can be overcome and I’m in this for the long haul."

In her blog, "How to celebrate an anniversary? - 3 yrs of maintenance", BROOKLYN_BORN expands upon her comparison between maintaining successful long-term weight loss and maintaining a happy marriage:

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We encourage you to read BROOKLYN_BORN's blog and if you think its message about remaining committed to long-term maintenance through good times and bad is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.

Also feel free to head to her page and congratulate her on reaching this milestone. The actual date will be November 25! And if you find her motivating, you can vote for her as a motivational member for weight loss (the most visible category).

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

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Thanks, Marsha! I'll go and check it out.

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Please consider spotlighting this great blog from Rooster72:
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Thanks, Marsha

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


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We'd like to thank everyone who read and 'liked' NUOVAELLE's recent blogs. As we hoped, they were named Featured Member Blog Posts and have continued our efforts to highlight our maintainers and the issues surrounding maintenance in general. In addition, thanks to your efforts, NUOVAELLE was also named a Motivational Member and now her story and success will be visible to many other people here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to focus your attention on an older blog written by one of our leaders. 4A-HEALTHY-BMI admits that it's been a long strange road from super morbidly obese to extreme athlete. "If you'd told me four years ago, when I weighed 336 lbs, that in 2012 I would weigh 150 and be white water kayaking all over the world, I would have laughed and asked what kind of drugs you were on. Then I would probably have waited until I was alone and cried because something like that would have sounded so cool, but so unattainable. And yet, here I am. And I've kept the weight off for nearly three years," she said.

To help keep her focused these days 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's goals are all about athletic performance. She's going to Argentina and Chile at the end of the month for white water kayakIng, paddled in Costa Rica in January and also likes trail riding Arabian horses with her sister in the desert. In addition to navigating her kayak, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI also does a stellar job steering our team behind the scenes working to keep our members active and engaged with maintenance-oriented challenges and our Hall of Fame / Maintenance Anniversaries. A scientist by trade, she organizes the wealth of research and resources that are available on our team links and focuses on evidence-based ways to keep herself and everyone else maintaining. Nothing makes her happier than seeing those dots in the Hall of Fame graph march off to the right, as people succeed in staying just exactly right where they want to be:

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In her blog, "Get off the merry-go-round", 4A-HEALTHY-BMI talks about how she has finally put an end to her frustrating cycle of yo-yo dieting, an issue that many of our members have dealt with:

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We encourage you to read 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog and if you think its message about breaking this negative cycle and getting off the weight loss/regain merry-go-round is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.

P.S.--Besides working to ensure the team's success, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's own inspirational story was featured on the Today Show a few months ago. You can check it out here:
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I'm going to remember
what I do in November
I've set new goals
Change my life-new woods on the coals
of my life!

Run at least 2 week days per week
Hike every weekend
Follow the "one bite rule" when it comes to holiday treats-
I can have one bite of one goodle per holiday party.
Apply for new jobs once a week.
Encourage at least one person every day.
Read my Bible and "A Deeper Life" every morning.



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Before I introduce the member blog we'd like to highlight this week, I'd just like to say that I hope everyone who was in Hurricane Sandy's path has weathered the storm without any injuries or major mishaps. The majority of my family lives on the northeast coast of the United States and, although they were thankfully out of harm's way, I know that there has been a lot of devastation. If you or your family and friends were affected by Sandy, I send you my condolences and wish you all the best for a quick recovery as you work to mend any damage that was caused.

On a more positive note, we'd like to send out a great big "thank you" to everyone who read and 'liked' MOBYCARP's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Member Blog Post and this has continued our efforts to highlight our maintainers and the issues surrounding maintenance in general.

This week, we'd like focus your attention on an older, but still quite relevant, blog written by NUOVAELLE. Having tried many different diets in her life since she was a teenager and having experienced the disappointment of regaining many times, she knew she had to do something different to end the battle with her weight once and for all. When she found SparkPeople, the words "lifestyle change" seemed like the solution she had long been searching for. She set out to start changing her habits gradually and managed to lose 19 kilograms (42 pounds) in total, reaching her all-time adult low weight of 68 kilograms (almost 150 pounds) last summer.

For NUOVAELLE, the most difficult part of her journey was getting rid of the diet mentality. As she explains in her blog, "The ugly truth about maintenance", maintenance had always been synonymous with freedom--freedom to eat whatever she wanted again. However, she now believes that her maintenance success depends on the strategies she used to lose weight and on the attitudes she adopted towards food and exercise while she was still losing. Moreover, she's also come to realize that weight management requires life-long vigilance and represents a new beginning, not an end-point in our journeys:

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We encourage you to read NUOVAELLE's blog and if you think its message about preparing for maintenance while you're still losing weight is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.


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The Spark Coach Community Activity of the day is to visit this team!

Join the thousands of SparkPeople members who have reached their weight-loss goal and are supporting each other to keep it off. Check out the "At Goal & Maintaining" SparkTeam today!

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A great big "thank you" to everyone who read and 'liked' KANOE10's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Member Blog Post and has continued draw attention to both the individual triumphs of our maintainers as well as the struggles and positive aspects of maintenance in general.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to an interesting blog written about a month ago by another one of our guys, MOBYCARP. As a 55-year-old divorced empty nester, MOBYCARP found, or as he says "was pushed" into joining, SparkPeople after years of limited success as a result of focusing more heavily on exercise rather than a combination of exercise and nutrition. After joining SparkPeople, he likened his weight loss journey to becoming a country music star--he became an instant success after years of mixed results and obscurity. Although his living situation was conducive to weight-loss success in that he was able to control what food was in his house, it took him a long time to realize that the old weight lifting mantra "you can't out-train a crappy diet" was really true.

Although admittedly skeptical, MOBYCARP set out in July 2011 to record what he ate on SparkPeople and had no great expectation that this would work better than other things he had tried in the past. What he found was a system that exceeded his expectations. He achieved his initial goal weight in 12 weeks, just over a year ago. Along the way, strange things happened: he learned to buy, and like, foods that he had avoided before. Things like fresh fruits, salads, and even salad dressing. Other foods got crowded out because they were too expensive in terms of calories. Although he finds he doesn't need to eat low carb, getting enough protein has been a key component of his plan. He thought he was pretty fit before he started with SparkPeople but found that he was able to accomplish new feats as his weight dropped. He became a runner and, during his first year of maintenance, achieved the ability to do pull-ups at the age of 56. While he was at a similar weight in high school and as a younger adult, until 2012 doing 10 pull-ups was only a fantasy.

With more than a year of maintenance under his belt, MOBYCARP now finds himself trying to reconcile the conflicting ideas of striving for continual fitness improvements and focusing on the challenge of maintaining his fitness gains. In his blog, "Fitness Maintenance Musings", he offers his insight on this topic and offers some interesting food for thought on the idea of developing a truly sustainable maintenance fitness plan:

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We encourage you to read MOBYCARP's blog and if you think its message about finding the right exercise balance for healthy and sustainable maintenance is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.


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Thanks so much to everyone who wrote and supported my blog. The warm response was very wonderful and made my day a very happy one in maitenance. I appreciate everyone who took the time to encourage me!!! What a wonderful group.

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Thanks so much to everyone who read and 'liked' TINASWEEP's recent blog, "Maintaining Strategems". As we hoped, it was named a Featured Member Blog Post and has continued our efforts not only to highlight the strides the maintainers on our team have made, but also to draw more attention to maintenance issues in general around SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to suggest a recent celebratory blog written by KANOE10. Having been a yo-yo dieter all of her life since her teens, she was also was a binge eater and sought out carbs and sugar. She reached her highest weight of 242 two years ago and then had a lab result of pre-diabetes and high cholesterol. In January 2010, she joined a Pre-Diabetes Education/Boot Camp, which consisted of learning how to prevent the disease, daily exercise, and weigh ins. After the six-week program, she continued the exercise part and low-carb dieting.

KANOE10 credits consistency in exercise, in low-carb and no-sugar eating, tracking, and posting on Spark People with making maintenance a permanent part of her life. She doesn't feel deprived, is happy with her healthy life and wakes up looking forward to each day. As she said about her journey and success, "I discovered that you must develop a strong belief in yourself and in your current life. You will have insecure people attempting to question how much you weigh or what you are eating. You also may feel very much alone as many people around you are not eating healthfully or exercising. I have lost 114 pounds and am in my twelfth month of maintenance. Exercise, planning, and healthy eating have become a way of life for two years. I can do this. I can keep this weight off! It is time to say I am going to make it this time and keep up my health. I am not returning to sugar, emotional eating, and refined carbs. Bingeing is no longer part of my life. I am Done Being the Fat Girl. I am happy to be at goal weight and staying within my range. I love SparkPeople and love all of the support!"

Having just reached her one-year anniversary on maintenance, KANOE10's blog focuses on her personal symbols of healthy maintenance, as well as a few of her ongoing stumbling blocks and how she's continued to work to overcome them:

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We encourage you to read KANOE10's blog and if you think its message about celebrating your own personal symbols of maintenance and good health is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.

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 took the time to read and 'like' BREWMASTERBILL's recent blog. As we hoped, it was named a Featured Member Blog Post and not only drew attention to a different take on maintenance, but also continued our efforts to keep maintainers and the issues we face in the spotlight here on SparkPeople.com.

This week, we'd like to draw your attention to a blog that was written by one of our members last month. TINASWEEP has lost a total of 95 pounds and will reach a huge maintenance milestone, two years, in January. As someone who's struggled with food addiction, TINASWEEP believes that her weight loss and maintenance journey has been a continuing process of educating herself about food, nutrition, recipes, eating habits. More than bringing about mere physical change, she believes that her quest for personal improvement has also extended into other areas of her life such as her financial, mental and physical health, as well as her self confidence.

Although she admits that she still finds change scary and sometimes finds it difficult to take the initiative to begin something new, TINASWEEP has made outstanding progress and aims to take an educated approach to setting and reaching her goals. As she said herself, "It takes a lot of time, focus, and energy, but when I am educated I feel more confident and I can trust my choices. The physical appearance I attained certainly plays a role in boosting my self-esteem, but it's more than that, it's about the knowledge I've gained provided mainly through SparkPeople and the practical application of said knowledge with the SparkPeople tools with successful outcomes which have gifted me with the self-assurance I sought in many facets of my life. I know now beyond why I want to be thin, I know how to be thin, but also how to be happy and healthy."

In her blog, "Maintaining Strategems", TINASWEEP outlines some of the strategies she's developed along her journey as a maintainer that have allowed her to prevent stagnation and enjoy continued success:

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We encourage you to read TINASWEEP's blog and if you agree that her message about taking an educated and open-minded approach to developing maintenance strategies is helpful, please 'like' it so that it can become more visible to other people here on SparkPeople.com.


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Love this blog from SHELLSBROOD

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