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11/1/13 1:52 P

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Hi. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight and welcome to the team.

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11/1/13 11:22 A

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emoticon Welcome NANADEE44. Congratulations on your weight loss success and here's to many happy years of maintenance. I'm sure you come to LOVE this team - there is so much to learn and so much work left to do in maintenance and lots and lots or wisdom and guidance here to help you down that path!

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

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10/31/13 9:03 P

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Welcome! I'm fairly new to this team also - a couple months now. I give myself a range - maybe 2 pounds under my goal and 2 pounds above. I change what I'm eating and my exercise routine if I go above or below those 2-pound limits. It's been working so far. I don't want to lose anymore because I don't think it would be healthy for me at my age. Maybe when I was 20 but not now.

Best of luck and enjoy the support of this group.

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10/31/13 8:00 P

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Thank you all for your kind comments and encouragement. I loved the lurking comment, which my BFF sometimes calls stalking. I stalked a little, but I was anxious to find the secrets to maintenance, so I didn't stalk long. I jumped in with both feet and am so glad I did. I have sent "friend requests" to all of you. I cherish every little tidbit of information that you share and I am equally as happy to share anything I have learned as helpful to me, when working to keep my weight off.

Thanks again...Happy Halloween! By the way, special Halloween treat? Apples with fat free caramel, YUM!

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10/31/13 11:03 A

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Welcome to the team, NANADEE44! This team has made all the difference for me. I, too, have lost and regained several times over my life. Joining this team with 5 pounds still to go gave me time to research and plan for maintenance. This time my weight is staying within a range because I am engaged here with teammates and they constantly remind me of various things that I wouldn't remember (or could ignore) on my own. The community really does make a difference!

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10/31/13 9:41 A

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Welcome! I just hit maintenance, but I started looking into strategies for maintenance before I hit it, and joined the team months ago. I mostly lurked (that's what I do anyway) and researched the page of links about maintenance, but am becoming more active on this team since hitting maintenance because I feel weird. Hopefully at some point I can use more words to describe how I feel. emoticon emoticon it's mostly good, tho. I'm really glad this team is here.

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10/31/13 8:57 A

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Welcome to the Team!

There is MUCH wisdom, heart and SPARK among our members. Looking forward to having you share YOURS! :-)

Don

Co-Team Leader for All Health Pros, Binghamton Area Losers & Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams

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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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10/31/13 8:39 A

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Welcome, NANADEE44! I love this team. I started at 216, and now I move between 136-139. I agree that maintenance is scary at first, because you have to find continued motivation and it's more internal than changing drastic clothing sizes and obvious physical changes. I'm starting to believe the advice that five years is the magic time that your long-term success percentage is more permanent, but I have to take care of the "monkey" every day. Sometimes, the monkey is screaming at me, and sometimes, the monkey is sleeping. He is sleeping more and more every day.
My family loves me, but they seem to think that active weight loss automatically creates a healthy, intuitive, moderate eater. Losing weight is an endeavor in imbalance, because you're asking your body to do something new! I just celebrating my one year maintenance, but I am keeping working for another five pounds. Like you mentioned, I just want to clarify where I am happiest in my body and mind with healthy amounts of food and exercise. It has really been a struggle the last few months, so I wonder if my body is telling me I might be done, and that's ok. I'm glad I joined this team "early" so I could talk to other people about my fear of life "after" weight loss. This team is so supportive-they help me get through my family telling me that keeping track of numbers is unhealthy. Welcome-we're here for you!!!

I was 219 in August 2011. I am now 145-135 lbs and seeing if I can go any farther without feeling deprived. As of March, I went from 37% to 19% body fat, dropped from a size 18/20 to a 6/8, lost 38.25 inches all over, and love getting fired up for exercise goals!


Just keep swimming...

You only regret the workouts you didn't do.


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10/31/13 8:17 A

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I was long at goal when I found Spark and the At Goal team, and it was like coming home. I finally found people who KNEW. Losing weight doesn't make me "naturally thin", just thin, and the outside world has no idea. They see me as thin, but they don't see me hustle past the snack aisle for a reason. Here we all know what that is like. I have found my tribe, even if it is all in cyberspace. It has made my journey not just comfortable but enjoyable. Welcome!

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

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10/31/13 6:58 A

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I do find this team rather supportive in our maintenance journey. When you are loosing weight friends and family seem to somewhat understand. Now that we want to keep the weight off, it is like they have amnesia and sometimes nit pick at us for our stricter diet. But we know we can't go back to our old way of eating or we will gain it back. Maintenance is hard, as we don't have an end date or a dropping scale to encourage us or friends who remark on our weight loss, etc. We need whatever support we can get. This team focuses on a blog of one of our maintainers about every week. We have topics of discussion that so fit what we all are going through. There is a post of all the maintainers who have been on spark radio, or some other publication or features on spark with links. Spark itself seems to be mostly for loosers, not maintainers. So we need the extra support, in my book.

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4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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10/31/13 6:56 A

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Congratulations on your weight loss and on being at (or near) your goal. You're absolutely not jumping the gun by joining--everyone is welcome here and we encourage people to join the team before actually reaching goal because, like you, many of us have struggled with maintenance in the past and we know that the more you can plan and prepare for it in advance, the less daunting it is. Like you, I personally also continued to lose weight after I reached my initial goal. It was actually a full ten pounds before the dust settled. So welcome!

We have a thread where you can introduce yourself if you're interested in sharing more details about yourself and your journey. You can find it here:

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Please also feel free to start up a new thread any time you have a question or an idea that you'd like some feedback from other members of the team. The support from other maintainers here is really what I find to be the best feature of our team. Any time you need a helping hand, just ask either by posting in the threads here or by reaching out to me or one of the other leaders.

Other things that we've got going on that many people find helpful are the Daily Check-in threads, our +/3% maintenance challenges--we've got a new one starting up soon and the registration deadline is just a few days away so do check it out if you think you might be interested and, yes, you can also join this challenge even if you want to lose a bit more weight--recipe challenges, other discussions. I send out weekly messages featuring a different team member's blog and I think it's a great way to learn about where other people are in their maintenance journeys and to get to know other people on the team. If you're interested in those, be sure your settings allow you to receive messages from the team.

We've also compiled a huge resource bank dedicated to maintenance issues called our "Big Page of Links". It was created entirely by our leader 4A-HEALTHY-BMI with input from a few other leaders here and includes tons of useful articles, blogs and other links. You can find it here:

tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

So, once again, welcome to the team and congratulations! Please feel free to reach out to me or one of the other leaders if you ever need anything.
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10/31/13 12:56 A

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I think the greatest thing about the team is the team members that understand exactly what we are going through. I am relatively new to the group (about 3 months). Whether you are jumping the gun is up to you to decide. I know I plan to lose up to 5 more pounds but I still consider myself to be maintaining because if I lose the weight it will be through exercise and my change in life naturally. I'm not going to work really hard at it. I'm basically happy where I am and my doctor and my DH think I'm good where I am.

The challenges that are set up are very helpful. This will be my second one. We post our weight once a week and we have to stay +/- 3%. I really like that. During the first challenge I never went over (or under) the limit. I'm really proud about that. I lost just over 100 pounds and I never want to go back. emoticon

Pam: The Weekly Challenge Team Leader. I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs.


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10/31/13 12:25 A

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I have a few questions about this team.
First, let me say that the word, maintenance scares the bejeebers our of me, since I have tried many time in the past to maintain my weight and failed miserably.

My first question is, that since reaching my goal, I really would like to lose a little more, just as an "insurance policy" to stay at what I consider to be my "ideal weight". By joining this team, am I jumping the gun or should I truly consider myself at my "goal weight". I changed my goal weight on my ticker to the lower number, should I change it back to my current weight.

I didn't see anywhere on here where people new to the team could introduce themselves, so tell me a little about the team and how you support each other in this endeavor to keep the weight off now that it's finally gone.

Diane from Illinois

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