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8/4/13 3:36 P

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I started overweight and I have shrink. It has not been the first time in my life either. I now care about my health and wellness. I am caring for my Mom and need to be healthy to care for her. I try to track my exercise and nutrition. Linda from bean town

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8/3/13 10:22 P

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I started out as morbidly obese also. I now eat healthy and love it. I am new to maintenance but part of what got me here was a change in my outlook towards food and exercise. I never called it a diet. Calling it a diet infers that it will end. I was never restrictive. If I really wanted something that I would not normally eat then I would eat it on Friday night at dinner. I didn't beat myself up when I slipped because it would be different tomorrow. I honestly believe the biggest change was not being so strict that I could not be successful and taking my time. I especially love maintenance because I also used to think exercise was torture and now I love it. I'm so much happier. emoticon

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8/3/13 5:15 P

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I have gone from being "the girl who always ate relatively healthy food choices, but hated to exercise," to being the "woman who loves both healthy foods and exercise."

Julia
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Happily vegetarian for 40 years.

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8/3/13 11:57 A

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NELLJONES, that's an awesome analogy! I dislike the "battleground" image because it seems so bleak and all-consuming, but I really like the idea of that teeny nudge of control "turn around, don't drown"...how one "minor" decision can keep me safe and happy.

After 6 months of it, maintenance is like that for me...there's a small effort to make my daily actions match my commitment to keep a healthy lifestyle, but I try to enjoy it and remain aware that I *could* be getting swept away.
Naomi

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

- Anonymous


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8/3/13 11:13 A

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To a large extent we can pick our battlegrounds. You know that after a heavy rain, some roads are washed, and we know to "turn around, don't drown". That night we see on the news that some moron has driven in and been swept into the creek. Yet we see a buffet and think "I can manage this." There are many food situations where I "turn around, don't drown". It's not worth being swept away.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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8/3/13 10:30 A

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i agree with all that has been said especially about the battleground idea. I now try to think of the new enjoyable me and the things that i can do and not all the things i can't have or miss which is very few. I allow myself the treats but have learned to enjoy them in moderation and not as a necessatie. I have also come to enjoy exercising instead of thinking it as torture or a punishment. Its amazing how our mindset can change our outlook.

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


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8/3/13 10:12 A

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Well stated, NELLJONES! I know you've been loving this life for years, but I believe that truly is the secret to maintenance... to stop looking at it as a battleground and start embracing healthy habits as just plain "how we live". Loving life puts so much joy into maintaining!

- Barb

Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!

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8/3/13 9:54 A

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There was a woman who used to be on Spark, started out as morbidly obese. Again. The usual story of weight lost and gained, then WW and Spark, and she got to goal again. She used to say that this time she learned to love the new life she was living and building, loved every corner of it. She loved her new food and her new activity level. And she said that she couldn't believe she was a person who was willing to live with the misery and restrictions of being so overweight. She loved the person she had become and the new life that came along with it. She became a WW leader and immersed herself in WW, and had to leave Spark because she didn't want to have to navigate that fine line of not giving WW advice to people in another program. I understand but I miss her.

I love the way she saw her process of losing so much weight: she had a lot of time to learn to love it. The more you learn to love your life while losing, the more you'll love staying at goal.

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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8/3/13 9:01 A

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Hello all maintainers!! I can happily say I have been in maintenance range now for nearly 2 years-a FIRST for me in my lifelong quest for health and "normal weight" (I started at the "morbidly obese range".)
I read others fears of failure or slipping back into old habits that did not serve us well-
can we share little tips for successful healthy living?
Some of the things that I think are different for me this time around is actually enjoying being active, eating good tasting, good portions of healthy food, and trusting myself!! But, it does take a while to get here!!!
Congrats to everyone-I keep saying, it is so worth it!!!!!!!

Katie


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