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11/17/13 1:01 P

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emoticon article! emoticon for sharing it! I totally agree with what was written!

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11/13/13 7:17 P

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Oh, the good ol' days weren't always so good.

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11/12/13 10:29 A

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I'm just grateful that those leafy greens are available in winter. I remember when it was just root vegetables, winter squash and iceburg lettuce in the produce section. Back then we were grateful for frozen vegetables, something my grandparents didn't have.

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11/12/13 10:09 A

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I agree with you all. I have to work at maintaining my weight. I have to push myself to exercise because of the colder weather. I have my little dog to take outside after every meal and he helps me keep going. I like to eat comfort foods in the colder weather and remind myself I have to eat the leafy green stuff too. I can get full on that leafy green salad and it has fiber. I like to use the slow cooker. I made a chicken vegetable soup this week. I only have one comfort food a week. I freeze entries of comfort food then heat up for after work. Linda from bean town

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11/12/13 9:10 A

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Good article. Thanks for sharing. I need to keep on top of my food logging and exercising. Right now down with a cold and I have to push to exercise. I also tend to reach for comfort foods when I'm down. Need to control that without banning them completely.

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11/11/13 6:43 P

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Congratulations Peggy - to you AND your husband! Now you two are what I would call inspiration.......I'm only 53 and I want to be like you two when (if) I grow up! emoticon

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

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11/11/13 6:28 P

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Wow! You are an inspiration! I bow to you!


We can do it!


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11/11/13 6:12 P

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I've lost weight many times during my adult life, but it wasn't until I found Sparkpeople that I
learned about maintenance and making healthy habits that last a lifetime, not just until I reach a goal on the scale. My husband and I both weigh and measure our portions of food and both love to cook, so we're keeping things interesting by finding new healthy, low-fat, low-calorie, low sugar recipes and enjoying them together. We both like to walk, so work in a brisk, short walk every day. We also have a chair-dancing dvd we like to do together in the evenings. We're both in our 80's and feel great since we've adopted this new lifestyle. emoticon

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11/11/13 6:01 P

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I had to actively work to give up the magical thinking in order to lose the weight. There were (and still are) a lot of people who sell magic and I had to stop buying into it. The other things were more the result of the work I was doing. I just ended up with different friends, anxiety eased as I found myself actually accomplishing a difficult job, I learned many things about myself, some good, some not so good, and moved on. Weight control went from being an obsession to just something else I do every day without fretting.

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11/11/13 4:59 P

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I've definitely found all of the things that are mentioned in the article to be important in maintenance. For me, it's really been a matter of ALL of those things coming together at the same time, coupled with keeping up the healthy habits I've developed and being prepared for the physical and mental stamina that maintenance requires. You can't just hold onto your good habits in the short-term and revert back to your old ways once you get to your goal. And, unlike weight loss, there's no endpoint for maintenance. Sure, you can set little goals and challenges for yourself, but ultimately you need to become more and more satisfied with the idea that not seeing changes is a good thing. That can be a hard concept to wrap your head around when you've previously been motivated by downward trends on the scale or in body fat percentage and better, faster running times, etc. At a certain point, things will and should level off and we need to learn to be content with that instead of always feeling like there's some carrot to be chased. Once we reach our goals, we've got the carrot. We just have to learn how to hold on to it, which is a different game.

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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11/11/13 1:38 P

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This was a good article.

I'm happy for your success!

For me an important thing to remember is that my health and fitness goals are ongoing. Yes, I have a goal...a "magical" number on the scales. But I'm discovering that there is NO MAGIC! I have started a new lifestyle that I need to hold on to. Every day I remind myself that I've made some great strides...I'm proud of myself. But I can't stop. It's just a daily thing...a new part of who I am...

Eating healthy...moving...patting myself on the back.

Just keep on keepin' on!

We can do it!


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11/11/13 12:00 P

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Despite yet achieving what I would regard as my goal weight I've joined this SparkTeam because I have come a long way and have maintained a much lower weight than my highs. But more importantly I know there is still some "inner" work I need to accomplish before I can make it possible for me to reach and maintain a more acceptable goal weight.

Today's Huffington Post had some suggestions, but I figure there is such a wealth of wisdom here I hoped you all might add to HuffPo's list:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/we
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ht-loss-stories_n_4228649.html


Thanks bunches in advance!

Don

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"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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