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I don't have a crystal ball, but I don't see myself ever going back to where I started. I expect to have some work to do after I have kids, of course, and I expect that it will be harder to lose weight as I get older, but I don't see myself as big as I was a year ago... I've developed too many good habits! :D

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I can't see myself ever going back. EVER! If I do then something has gone seriously wrong. Something completely out of my control.

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Wow, Gemstone1952, that's some pretty good motivation to not let the weight creep back. I'm glad to hear that diet/exercise along have been enough to control many of your health issues. My cholesterol came down when I lost my weight, but not enough. Doctor is still monitoring my situation, though.

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8/15/07 10:02 A

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I am pretty confident that I will never go back. I do have a compelling reason not to do so. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and a whole bunch of other related health problems back in January. With diet and exercise alone I managed to get my Blood pressure, lipids, cholesterol etc. into a healthy range. I also am able to manage my diabetes without medication-for now. It is in my genes and I know if I lose control this time, there are serious ramifications and I may not be so lucky next time. I have been donating my larger clothing all along as I lose weight. It did help solidify for me that I was really never planning to wear them again.

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop" (Confucius)

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5/31/07 8:03 P

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I am trying to be realistic. I run about 30 miles per week and ST 3x per week. I am 37 now. Can I do this forever? Probably not. Will I be 107 when I am 50? Probably not. But I will still be fit, healthy and happy and will find a weight at that age that suits my lifestyle at that time. I look at my mother who has had a hip replacement and was back at life and working 8 weeks later and quicker after her very mild heart attack. She just got shots done in her spine for arthritis and will be exercising next week and has kept off 70 off the 100+ pounds she lost when I was a kid. I can assume that if her drive to be fit and healthy was passed onto me, and it was, that my goals are attainable. Does that all make sense???

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-Rest...then figure out more
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5/31/07 7:46 P

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I like what Lori (SAUCY_ONE) wrote...

In my mind, I look at it this way:


I may not always maintain 130-ish pounds.

But I do not have to be 195 pounds, either.


I feel like I have a decent shape (and the ability to have decent physical fitness --- like running 10k's, etc.) at 150 - 155.

After that, I lose shape AND fitness.

So I have made it a goal in my mind never to weigh more than 155 ever again.

If I weigh 145, I will be happy and fine with tnat. If I weigh 150, I will still be happy, but I will be mindful of what is going on... If I weigh 155, I will CLOSELY watch my nutrition and fitness, and make sure everything's OK on the inside. Because a great percentage of the REAL problem was within, not outward, anyway!

I am also careful to not feel TOO cocky... Because it's when we think we're invincible that we have the greatest chance of falling flat on our face!

I will always have to be mindful and practice self-control. Always.

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OMG! I started on my closet last night and have 2 giant glad bags full fo clothes that also, literally, slide down my hips. Why can't I get rid of them? THey don't fit. But I have this voice. Why? Can I harm it in some way without doing harm to myself because let me tell ya, i would do some damage to it in a dark alley with some of the things it has said to me over the last few months...lol.

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--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

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4/27/07 8:17 A

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I've been thinking a lot about this the last few days while digging out my summer clothes. 3 of 4 pairs of capris won't even stay on my hips, most of my shorts don't fit, etc. It's frustrating, but there's also that voice in the back of my head saying, "Don't get rid of those, you'll want them." Which is crazy of course, I won't be regaining the weight. I know the lessons I've learned at SparkPeople have sunk in, that I'm using all my great new habits, and that I'm very closely monitoring how I look and feel. I think paranoia alone will keep me from regaining. But there's still that nagging voice sometimes.

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4/26/07 6:19 P

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I'm doubting myself BIG TIME! I also just went thru the "which size pants" decision...and second-guessing my choice. I'm eating like a horse (a healthy horse, but nonetheless) and maintaining b/c of the running, but IS it a lifestyle? or "just a phase"? my fat self is like a shadow right behind me...how do i shake her for good? or is it the fear that keeps me going?

thanks for letting me vent, this thread really came at a good time for me...

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4/26/07 2:22 P

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I have the same doubts. Lately I haven't felt like going to the gym, but I tell myself that if I stop, I won't be able to eat as much as I do now. I am basically afraid to stop exercising so much because I am afraid that if I do, I won't be able to stop eating so much. I still have trouble seeing myself as a smaller size. I think a lot of it is mental. Maybe it will just take longer to find the balance.

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4/24/07 7:16 A

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HOw od you get you mind wrapped around it? I am still thinking I should have went bigger. I just wonder lately how long I can keep up this pace of running and working out. Is this just a mental stage to go through? I am 8-9 monhts in and have been maintaining officially since January. I am at 107 and my range is 110-115. I am not struggling to stay here, but I am certainly running a lot and doing the ellipt on my ST days to finish out an hour if I am short.

I think I am at a mental spot? ANyone else been here or have suggestions? Don't get me wrong. I am happy with my size, my healthy lifestyle, energy and new clothes, but just wonder has anyone else doubted at this point?

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--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

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4/21/07 10:57 P

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I did the same thing Laura. I bought the smaller size even though they fit snug. I think I'm so used to wearing slightly baggy pants because I have been losing for so long now.

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4/21/07 6:58 P

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Good for you Laura! You didn't pick the "easy way out!"

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I want to say no, but my actions speak for me. I went shopping and teetered between 2 sizes. One fit perfectly and the next one up gave me a bit of room. I just kept thinking I should get the bigger one in case I gain some back then I won't have to stop wearing them. In the end I did get the smaller of the two.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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4/20/07 9:02 P

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I agree with Lori on this one . . . I'd like to think that I won't ever go back. But if I do I think it would probably be a sign of a deeper emotional issue that I need to deal with.

The last time I lost weight it didn't stick, but I didn't know then what I know now--that maintainance is not something that just happens. Now I have more knowledge about what it's going to take to keep walking down this path, so I'm more hopeful that I can stick with it.

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4/4/07 2:36 P

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I'd like to think that 'NO!' I'd never go back, but I know that circumstances and life changes. I will work hard to make sure that it doesn't happen though and will try to adjust to whatever life throws out there to deal with that might interfere. I know what this feels like though, and I like the way it feels and don't ever want to feel again like what I felt before - heavy and tired all the time!

Happiness is within us all, it's up to us to find our joy - we can't expect others to find it or provide it for us.

The only 'real' thing in our lives thats an absolute constant is CHANGE...and somehow, someway, me must be willing to except and adapt.


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thanks everyone, for your input. I really need the feeling that "we are all on the same boat" now that I am in maintenance. After all of the talking to my friends about healthy eating I would be embarrassed to go back (good thing that I can't keep my big mouth shut). Anyways, I may gain a few pounds but I can't imagine gaining 10, 20 or 30...and I now know how to take it off. My way of thinking about food has changed and although it is tempting it just doesn't have the same addictive lure that it did before.

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4/4/07 7:27 A

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I think it is too soon for me to say. Running started with this lifestyle change so as long as I can keep going with all of it...

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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4/3/07 8:23 P

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I've thought about it... they are looking for leaders and receptionists at our location, but I have no idea how I'd fit it in timewise. LOL... But yeah, definite accountability! I don't follow points anymore and figured that could get in the way. ;)

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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I don't know how many of you lost your weight by doing Weight Watchers, but for those of you who have - I suggest becoming a Staff Member. Anyone who is a Lifetime member w/in 3 pounds of their Weight Goal qualifies.

Every month we have to mail in our weight. It's a fantastic way to stay accountable!



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4/3/07 6:30 P

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I am doing very well actually and find that I need to overcome each little setback ONE AT A TIME - don't eat donuts two days in a row; if I forget the fruit one day, make sure I don't the next; if I have a few bad calorie days, don't throw in the towel, but get back on track and hit it hard to reestablish the NEW HABITS! I don't think I will ever go back!

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4/3/07 5:54 P

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I hope not. Earlier after hitting goal I would have said absolutely not, but the further away I get, the easier it is to eat foods that are not as healthy and to increase portion sizes so I think it is a possibility. But I hope not!

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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Never! I just feel different this time around. I knew I had to make a lifestyle change and give up dieting. Once that idea was ingrained, it was easier somehow.

I just tell myself that there are certain things I just don't do anymore like going out for fast food, eating in front of the TV, and sitting on my butt all day. It has essentailly been a life or death decision to get healthy.

About weight loss and babies: I just read an article about Americans gaining too much weight during pregnancy and doctors are beginning to back off on what were considered healthy amounts to gain. Also, I lost a lot of weight while I was breastfeeding and staying home with my daughter. I took great delight in having the time to keep the house clean, the shopping done, and being able to leisurely cook and bake. I packed that kid around with me everywhere. It was a wonderful time in my life!

 
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4/3/07 12:22 P

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I don't think I will ever go back because things are different now. I don't think I will ever give up running. Now that I know I can do this, I don't see myself ever giving it up. The only problem would be if I ever couldn't track my calories for some reason, I might start slipping and eating too much.

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4/3/07 12:12 P

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I am confident that I will not gain that weight back again. It was too hard to lose it, and I don't want to go back and do it all over again.

My fear, however, is that in a couple of years, once we're married, that getting pregnant will lead to lots of extra pounds - I've heard many women say it's happened to them. I'll cross that road when I get to it, but I'm almost afraid that I won't let myself gain the necessary weight for the baby! I'll have to wrap my head around that somehow.

Working to get into the pre-baby jeans before she asks for the car keys.

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Everytime this topic is brought up, I recall some of my most humiliating & embarrassing moments. Like most everyone who is currently here and has lost significant weight, we have lost it before only to have regained it. I've done it many times. When I had my last big loss in 2005, I got a lot of reaction from people. The comments they made such as "you are smaller than the LAST TIME you lost weight" echoed in my head. Maybe I thought everyone had forgotten all of those other times???!!! It was so embarrassing to me to have to face that reality.

I had a little lapse of control and thus gain a few pounds this past Thanksgiving/Christmas season but jumped right back onto my plan on December 26 and dropped them quickly. I can say with confidence that I will never go back. Because of some serious health problems that have forced rigid dietary restrictions, it would be virtually impossible for me to return to my previous weight without endangering my life!

Edited by: SLENDERLINDER at: 4/3/2007 (10:33)
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I agree with Lori.

For me, it's more of an "...I hope not." I started this whole thing with the mindset of "must fix eating habits and keep them and lose weight in the process." I hope that I can keep that in mind as the years pass. We'll see!

My biggest change is regular exercise, which has so many health benefits that even if my weight fluctuates, I know that I do exercise and will be better for it!

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I wish I could be as positive as some of you but because I know how prone I am to feeling depressed if I let myself slip I am going to be truly honest and say there's no such thing as never and even though I feel (sitting here now) as determined as it is possible to be, that I will never go back to how I was.... I am not going to be silly and say it.

I do honestly feel though, that I will see it coming if it does, I know what I need to do and I have moved on from deluding myself with common misconceptions about food and what we do to ourselves and why, when we treat ourselves badly.

So, I'm much stronger, much more able to cope and much more knowledgeable about how to get it right, but the bottom line is that the one ingredient I will always need for success is motivation.

I'm taking one day at a time and doing my best for that day and applying all that I've learned.

I hope that when I look back in 20 yrs I'll be able to reflect on writing this and still be in fantastic shape and then I will be able to say "I never went back to how I was in 2006" ... that would make me very happy indeed.

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I'm working very hard every day in an effort to insure that never happens....But if I stop working at making good food choices and limiting my food portions, I know it WILL happen.

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Denise, doesn't that seem like an odd question for people to ask you? Nobody has ever asked me that. And if they did, my answer would be that it's not my intention. My first reaction is to say "Heck NO!!" but I have been on the weight loss roller coaster so many times during my life I guess I am still a little fearful of thinking that this time really is different. Although I do feel different this time. I feel completely, totally healthy, mentally and physically, and quite honestly, if I DID end up "going back", I know that it would be because of a lot deeper issues than just weight maintenance.

Hugs,
Lori

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"Not no way . . . not no how!!!"

Like others' have said, I worked too hard for this accomplishment. I feel great and look years younger. And at age 57 take no meds. Why would I ever choose to go back?

I guess that's what keeps me on track: knowing that what I eat, if I exercise, etc., is my choice! What freedom!

I keep this quote from "Akeela and the Bee" out where I can see it. " Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

What freedom!

Edited by: NOFAUXFOOD at: 4/3/2007 (08:44)
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NO WAY!!! I won't beable to forgive myself if I ever did. I now choose to live my life with control when it comes to food and exercise.

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Not a chance!! I worked really hard to get here and I'm still working really hard to improve now that I arrived.

I went in this time with the idea that there would be no turning back...that what I was going to do was develop life-long habits for permanent change instead of the overnight quick cure I'd been chasing for years and years.



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No way, will I go back. I've worked to hard the last year. At one point I was clearing my closet of all the cloths that were too big and my husband asked if I was going to just put them away. I looked at him kinda odd and said, "no, I'm getting rid of them. It's not like I'll ever wear them again!" He was surprised by that for some reason, but was also some what impressed.

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Never again.. A few years ago, at a very good point fitness-wise, I moved in with my boyfriend and stopped exercising, stopped counting calories. I gained 14 pounds quickly, my skin still hasn't recovered and I'm still not as toned as I was when I moved in. It's not worth it, for me...the whole time I was carrying extra weight I felt disgusted and very disappointed with myself. I will take a couple hours of exercise & eating healthy over those feelings ANY day. And as an extra bonus, I know I am less likely to develop certain health problems later in life because of the choices I make and keep making.

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Several people have asked me this question lately. The first time I surprised even myself with how quickly I answered "NO". Just wondering how everyone else feels and why...

~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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