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3/13/08 9:34 P

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That is one reason I constantly change my goals and set new goals. If I'm not working on something I forget why I started in the first place, and the program becomes stale, if I set a new goal I have something to work for. It motivates me to continue in my healthy lifestyle.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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3/11/08 6:35 P

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Dawn- you are right about the tangible goals and tracking progress- never thought of it like that before!

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3/11/08 12:50 P

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John, I just joined Sparkpeople and found this group. I've been back at my goal for about 2 months after yo-yoing for about 7 years with 25 lbs. I saw that you were going to step up your cardio, you should also step up your strength training, if you do weights, try tweaking that. Or doing interval training on your cardio, tweaking that too. When I start going up, I'll adjust my food choices, maybe adding more protein to my breakfast, making sure to eat lean protein and complex carbs at each meal, along with healthy fats. I wouldn't leave this group, you know what you need to do and it seems like a very supportive group and they're here for you. Maintenance is harder than losing, I believe. When you're losing, you have tangible goals that can be set, you see progress. When you're maintaining, you don't have that, you look the same, never change. It's so hard when we are a society that likes rewards and to see our successes. Maintenance is not easy......

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3/2/08 1:38 P

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John- stay and motivate the rest of us!! I hit my goal (148) and decided to shave off a few extra pounds cuz I am on a weight-loss roll and TERRIFIED of being at "maintainance" for all the reasons listed on this thread........but, we CAN do this, right???
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This sounds like me today. Seems like I just can't get it together lately and feel like a human vacume cleaner

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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11/6/07 1:57 P

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Donnnika,
at 5'6" 130 lbs you have a bmi of 21, right in the middle of the healthy bmi range -- In our culture right now where such a huge percentage of people are obese, you would definitely look "Thin"!

Just love these people! They are trying to be friendly, think of it as 'small talk' like "How are you doing?" nobody really wants to know, it is just part of the social ritual. Just like an appropriate answer to "How are you" is "Fine, and you" maybe you could invent you own ritual answer, like "Thanks, I'm a runner" said with a big smile. Follow up without a pause with a question that brings the conversation back to the business at hand.

Good luck,
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CALI-LILY Posts: 350
11/6/07 12:49 P

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I love this team, and am glad I found it!! I started Spark being at maintainence, looking for support to stay there. I am trying to keep around 130, and have basically been there for 4 years. I am 5'6", so this is a good weight for me. I tend to relax on the weekends, and am very strict during the week. This seems to work for me, but sometimes I over indulge and have to adjust my diet. I love to run, and so with the bad weather, I am on the treadmill every morning. I work in a physician's office & deal with lots of elderly patients who constantly say I am too thin, and should "fatten up", and eat more dessert. I have to very diligent with diet & exercise to stay the same weight, and it is very hard to deal with these comments. I have to be friendly (it's my job!), but would welcome any suggestions on a good reply?

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11/4/07 1:40 P

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I agree that this is a good topic for this forum, as it shows the struggles of maintenance and that most of us fall off the wagon from time to time. The part that makes us maintainers is recognizing the problem and makeing the changes needed to get back to goal. Or possibly being realistic about what the goal is. I'm picking health over a particular weight, and had some mental back and forth over changing my goal weight range. But now I'm really sure that the new (slightly higher) range is really working for me. I still fit in my clothes, and though I'd like to lose some body fat, I think my weight is fine for me.

I say good for all of you who strayed off the maintenance path, but then found your way back, you can't fix a problem you don't see.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

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11/4/07 8:44 A

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*whew* I too felt guilty about staying here, because it appears on my weight chart that I haven't met any goal and sometimes creep up a couple of lbs. and then lose it..I put myself back at stage 3 because I realized from my inability to automatically know what to eat that I needed to track more and needed a large dose of self-motivation.

I have seen my doctor's...one said nothing about the weight loss, but my oncologist says he wouldn't lose any more weight if he was me.

My counselor says that I should follow the oncologist's recomendation.

I, too have a fat-Pat pic on my website and also one of me at a more reasonable weight and I've kept my size 16 pants...great motivation! emoticon

By the way. it wouldn't bother me if I dropped s few more pounds! : ) Good thread, John!

Edited by: FRAN3ORD at: 11/4/2007 (08:47)
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Naomi - Thanks! I do find it a lot of work to keep track of what I eat and can't seem to keep it up for a long time. This time I am making up my menu a day in advance. This evening I will make up tomorrow's meal plan. I find there are advantages to that, not only for me but for my family. Like this evening, for example, the kids will have a great supper soon after they come home from school, so they will not hit the junk.

I find myself many times late in the afternoon with still no clue as to what I will be cooking. Those days always lead to bad choices.

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10/29/07 2:27 P

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Congratulations John & Gail on your tracking streak! I'm pretty good about exercise--I need the stress relief!--but tracking was the hardest thing for me to learn. I'm quite creative and invented all kinds of cheats: "forgetting" some high-cal nosh, only tracking "good days", tracking "in my head", you name it, I've done it! So I know how hard it is to be honest & consistent, as you guys have been...my hat's off to you!!
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Hello everyone, I just joined this forum a few days ago.

I am pretty much at goal. My goal has been to stay between 130 and 135. today I weighed in at 132. Earlier this spring i decided lose a few pounds and maintain between 125 and 130. Well I got there but never stayed there.

I want to try again.

Even though I am pretty much at goal my eating habits are really bad, and if it wasn't for the running that I do, I would be much heavier.

so I started charting again. I started charting nutrition. I am on day 5. so far so good.

I don't chart exercise because it's very much in me and I haven't missed a planner workout in a long time.

gail

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With all of this support and encouragement, how could I think of leaving. It would be ludicrous. Friday, I tracked all my food. I didn’t log it until the end of the day and that was the big surprise. I figured I was on the low end for sure but I ended up 260 calories over. Yesterday, I totally lost control and fell to temptation. But the scale God was kind to me on both yesterday and today. Don't get me wrong I don't bow to the scale God but the numbers he gives me are an important for tracking my progress.

KAYOTIC – emoticon to see that you are back in your goal range. The goal range is a good concept. It gives some flexibility for those little excursions we all have. I need that flexibility.

SHRLZI – Good idea to check with a professional. I haven’t seen my doctor since I started this journey. But I will definitely bring it up at my next physical.

AMY – My current profile image is my “fat-John” picture. And you are right. It gives motivation. Sometimes I forget that I don’t currently look like that.

Denise – I have started using the Nutrition and Exercise trackers once again. I guess I need to resolve myself to the fact that this is part of my new lifestyle, at least until I can internalize the calorie tracking.

Mimi – Thanks for appreciating my humor. Not everyone does. My program is as follows:
Target to eat at the low end of my calorie range and strive to do more cardio than my program calls for.
Eat 10 fruits and vegetables each day and drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Grace and Peace,
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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,888
10/27/07 7:52 P

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I agree w/ everyone here, no need to leave the team, just recognize the issue and get bac to it. I have also been in your shoes, just recently got back into my goal range after what seemed like months floating in and out of it. I know my problem was stress night eating, just mindless munching because it just seemed like too much trouble to do what I knew I needed to do. I had to start tracking my food again, and got back into the habit of stopping eating when I hit my calorie range.

You did it before, you can do it again, and we're all here to support you in meeting your goal again!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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10/23/07 8:45 P

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I am also struggling to maintain now. Emotional eating is a real problem, but I have no intention of leaving the team or giving up. Hang in there - you can do it!



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John, Please don't leave this team. I have struggled off and on as well. It is hard to maintain all the time. We all have fallen off the wagon at one time or another. I too have just recently. Going back to stage one as a review is a good idea. Who knows, I may join you there! You can do this..we all can do this together.
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I don't think you need to leave the team or start over at Stage 1. You still remember how to do this. You just need to decide right now to start doing it again. Set some goals for yourself and get back to it!

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You are starting to learn the true meaning of, "It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle" - just like I am learning it! Went up 5 pounds in one week after meeting goal, and I'm still trying to get it off again. I know I could do it if I went back to Phase One but I want to try it by keeping to the low end of my maintenance calorie range and stepping up the exercise. Having somebody near and dear tell you that you are 'too thin' when you know you are at a good weight is disheartening... What does your doctor say? Good to bring in a scientific perspective sometimes. It's really a challenge to find that groove where food and exercise are at a good balance.

Wishing you all best.

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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I agree with everyone; you can do this. Think about things in a smaller goal setting and you'll see it as very manageable! Good luck and use all of us as your support.

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10/22/07 4:07 P

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Hi John! You know what worked for you when you lost SO MUCH weight. Give yourself a "do-over" and get back on track. You have an advantage... you've done it before and you what works for you! Get out one of your "fat-John" pictures to remind yourself that you never, ever want to meet him again! That's what I do! I have my "fat-Amy" picture on my fridge (and on my Sparkpage, ick!!!). Sparkmail me if you want. Don't leave this group. You'll find inspiration here. ...amy

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how about a new mind-set to just eat healthier and not over-eat? One small step at a time to get back with it! Every Monday morning, it is "get back with it" time for me!


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You definitely don't need to leave this team. Just take some time and re-focus yourself. You know how to take the weight off..just take it one day at a time. Maybe you could start using the Nutrition and Exercise trackers again, set some goals and do some journaling. Maintaining is difficult and we all have our ups and downs..YOU CAN AND WILL DO THIS!

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From your topic title...You have a great sense of humor!

Small steps:
You can exercise only 5 minutes a day.
Usually once you start, you can do at least 10 minutes and build it up from there, one day at a time.
Focus on eating your vegetables and fruits....etc...

You've lost 41.25 pounds. Great accomplishment!!!
You're only 1.6 pounds from changing your middle number from 9 to 8. That sounds very achivable.

Try to remember how you felt at your highest weight.
Do you really want to get there again and start all over from the beginning when now you have a great chance with only 14 pounds to lose.
Slow and steady wins the race. There is no need to lose weight quickly.

Please come up with a specific and managable plan that fits you the best.
Please share your plan with us (if you wish), on this team, of course!
The first step is the hardest. Once you start, it will become easier.

Is maintenance easy? Definetely NOT! (at least for me), but it's so worth it.

Good luck

Mimi

Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 10/22/2007 (11:50)
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You don't need to leave this team.

I think starting at Stage 1, though, is a good idea. It's a refresher, if nothing else, of what you should be doing. It'll help remind you and get you back into the swing of things.

But focus on the good, each day, rather than the negative. You did something right, you'll do it again!

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Thanks everyone for the timely encouragement. It is good to know of others going through the same struggles.

Grace and Peace,
John


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Hi John, I know how you feel. In the past I have gained and lost the same weight three times now. I always hope this will be the last time, but life is not that simple.

Like Irish said, you have recognized that you need to make changes. Do it now, today, before it get's out of hand. Log all your food and exercise. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by it. You're not setting out to lose 14 lbs this week. You're setting out to lose one or two pounds. And keep going from there.

I know you can do this. We are here for you, so please think twice about leaving this team. After all, if we were all perfect, we wouldn't need a team like this.

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I feel what you are gong through. I think is it relatively easy to lose weight but keepng it off is really hard. I just keep on making resolutions to eat healthier and exercise as much as possible. I am much better off than when I started because I know so much more about nutrition and fitness, I just need to suck it up and do it better. I am with you on getting on the the right track again today.

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You definitely don't need to leave this team. This team isn't about always being at your exact goal weight forever and ever from now on. We all understand that maintaining can be a struggle sometimes, and that slip-ups happen. You recognized that you're starting to fall back into old habits, now you just have to get back on the wagon. Take it one step at a time, start keeping an eye on your calories again and find time to fit working out into your schedule. If thinking of it as "back to square one" will help, then do that, but it doesn't mean you can't stick around here as well. You CAN get back to your goal. Good luck!

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Maybe I should leave this team.
The subject describes me. I have put on 14 pounds since I reached my goal weight in August. At first, I used the excuse that people (and in particular my wife) felt I had lost too much but then I got in the habit of eating more and exercising less so that pounds are continuing to creep back on.
I am thinking of taking myself back to stage one.
Thoughts?

Grace and Peace,
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