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11/23/13 1:26 P

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I am now at 8 months. I put on 3 kilos in a month on holiday, of which I seem to have shed 2 in the 2 weeks since I have been home. 1.5 to go to get back to my new goal weight, where I was in March. Hope to be there by Christmas, and to shed some more of my spare tyre! Tracking is a bore, but putting weight back on is a bigger bore, so I choose to track!

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10/3/13 9:34 A

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Yes there is an article here on Spark that suggests diverting your interest for a bit to see if that helps. I think not expecting it to be easy is maybe #1. Then #2 is forgiving yourself and getting right back on when you fall off, instead of getting into the "I am bad" zone and giving up.

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10/2/13 8:23 P

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Oooh, I know it. I'm proud of myself for putting on the brakes last night. Logging on here was a good move. When I'm that tired, I rieally have trouble managing my feelings of "I deserve it," and "it will make me feel better."

I have to take those thoughts and stall them -- If I still want to eat after I've read the SparkPeople site for 20 minutes, maybe, or If I still want to eat after I take a 30 minute walk, maybe, or If I still want to eat it tomorrow, maybe....

This is the part that's hard. But I'm not expecting it to be easy, so that's something.

And today is a much better day.

Have a great evening!

~Jennie ~

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
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Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!
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10/2/13 6:54 A

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EEK Jenny! Watch out beautiful lady. That is when they get you :)

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10/1/13 11:15 P

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I really enjoyed reading this thread tonight. Today marks exactly one month on maintenance for me. I am at goal, but I find myself thinking "what the heck" kind of thoughts when I'm blasted exhausted, as I am tonight, after a 12 hour work day. Reading this was just what I needed to stay focused. Drinking water, taking a shower and going to bed early.



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You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-- J. London

Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!
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9/21/13 7:12 A

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Hey Barb, I really tell myself that about the 2 pounds is no big deal, and truly it is not. There is a hook on that though. It never stays 2. If the trend is up, and I don't do something, or if I get in that mode of oh what the heck I won't get on the scale today... My past history is to let it slide until it takes a few months to take it off. I am not doing that again. Ever. I really love waking up like I did today, and seeing a body I just love.

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9/21/13 5:23 A

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Nell, I do, too. Daily marked on the calendar, and at the beginning of the year I write last year's first of the month weights on my new calendar. It's a good "snap-shot" of trends... and you are so right about that slow slip/slide... it's easy to think "2 pounds, no big deal"... but if it's the wrong kind of 2 pounds, and it's a trend? For long-term success? It really IS a big deal.



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

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Moved maintenance center to 120 on December 21, 2014


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9/20/13 1:59 P

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Nell yes I do :) and glad of it when I find myself needing to adjust. I personally believe that those of us who lose over 100 pounds may be more at risk than the general population of the NWCR. I have a fairly wide range of weight where I look really great to myself and feel well. That said the range where I am in the best health and can really do all I want physically is much narrower. There is a permanent inclination to drift out of that.

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9/20/13 11:44 A

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Does anyone keep track of year over year? That to me is the most interesting. If you gain one measly pound a year, that's 10 pounds in 10 years, and 20 pounds in 20 years. Who ever notices the day by day or month by month with that? That's what "middle aged spread" used to be, the slow and inexorable gain over time. I note my weight in my regular calendar every day so I can look back for many years.

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9/20/13 11:25 A

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It is interesting to look back.

I also continued losing weight after I reached a healthy BMI. I'm learning to appreciate the value of record keeping. I wasn't very diligent in my early years on SparkPeople, but even those incomplete records are useful. At 5 months after reaching what I thought was my goal, I was still maintaining the same nutrition and exercise patterns. I remember that at the time several of my co-workers were launching into a pre-holiday Cabbage Soup diet program. I'm guessing those same people will try that again this year....

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9/19/13 10:48 A

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Wow this is interesting as I was considering individuals and statistics this morning. I highly recommend keeping good records so you can look back when you need to. I even have a couple of years of written food journals that I can use like cookbooks if I need to. That said. 5 months. The first time I got to a normal BMI I continued to lose slowly for the first ten months after reaching goal. I remember being in a blissful state having finally reached that goal that I had believed was forever out of my reach. I can see that the months and years after that were a sort of battle to stay at goal, as my weight pops up near "overweight" again then goes back down, but never as far down as it was at the 5 month point. I did gain some after a bad bicycle accident, but it is entirely off again now, and at the 5 month point this trip I was again a few pounds below goal. For me the struggle has begun when I begin to resent my record keeping. So I have decided to NOT resent my record keeping :). Simple problem, simple solution. It can be like that. I get to decide.

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9/19/13 10:23 A

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I don't remember the 5 month mark it was so long ago. I do think, however, that it was easier to lose weight back then because weight loss was exclusively about calorie restriction. Exercise was fine, but not part of the loss, so no one ate more expecting exercise to burn it off. Food planning takes no more time to do it On Plan than off, and exercise fits in as best as it can. I've had to cut back on my food intake as I have aged, but never had to balance it with calorie expenditure. My activity level is based on time availability on any given day. My food intake is based on my Plan. It's kept me at goal for nearly 43 years.

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9/19/13 10:09 A

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Here's mine, it mentions me delving into other people's 5 month blogs, and that's kind of where this project started.
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"Last week I delved into the blogs of several of my maintenance mentors to see what you had to say at 5 months. Most said it was harder than expected. Many said it was harder than weight loss. Sometimes I've been inclined to argue that, but I realize that it's less hard for me because you are cutting the path ahead of me. And I have your observations to map the obstacles. "

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9/19/13 10:04 A

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The blog featured at At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance this week is from Kimberly_Y and talks about some of her thoughts looking at 5 months maintaining.
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"The fact is that I like my new healthy life-style and I use my free time to keep up with it. So, when my free time begins to dwindle, I wonder if I can stay with my maintenance. I know we all struggle with this worry at different times and in different ways. And I do not dwell on these questions for long. The only reason these worries are rearing their heads is because school starts on Monday for my girls. This means I will be working more hours. The transition takes time to get used to again. "

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