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Lifeline to Maintaining.

Happy is the person who learns to wait as he prays and never loses his patience, for God's time is the best time.


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I'm with Honey. It's succinct and captures the most important group: those wanting to move forward and wanting to know how.

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Russ Lane

-- Lost 200 pounds while food writing, and maintained it 10 years
-- Went from pizza-guzzling wallflower in rock clubs to (very) aspiring boxer and artist in his spare time
-- Hit goal and felt a little thrown to the wolves. Dedicated his life to increasing support for those at or nearing goal and eeking every possible amazing thing out of it.

Limits? Pah.

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I'm also loving the
"Maintenance: Transition and Long Term" (by MOBYCARP)

But am also happy with the old name too "At Goal and Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance"

It will be neat to see what the outcome of the voting turns out to be!

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Favorite Success "Secret": Enjoyment!!! Focus on, Do, and Eat what you ENJOY that supports a healthy weight and life!


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Gaye / Michigan

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I will put this poll up in general discussion so it is more visible.

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I'm putting together some google forms as we speak emoticon
Thanks for the working link, JeanKnee. I have done a little with google forms, but I get tripped up on making functional links. Is there a secret?

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How do we vote?

I love SparkPeople

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie I live in CT, EST.

I lost 122 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

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How about Maintenance Rocks!

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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Perhaps this link will work for those of you experiencing difficulty opening the previous links listed ...

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KBK7
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Bp2s86ircpx4KURFivHIsYYJlcrh1ZwaUKT5R>E/edit#gid=0


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I was unable to open the link also for the choice of names. Is there another link available?

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

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I personally liked the name the way it is!

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.


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I like Maintenance: Transition and Long term

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Excellent posts here ALL

Gaye / Michigan

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I like the current name, but if I had to change I'd vote for Maintenance Central from the list.

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Old long name is fine with me. Interesting thread

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There are some good names in that list. Looking forward to the voting. :) And yes, I thought I was around here when they added on the transition part of the name.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
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10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
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2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50
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MAINtenance; the Journey Continues

Now what? A group of post-weight men and women mobilized to ensure weight loss is the least of our successes. Those Transitioning to Maintence are encouraged to join and learn what's ahead.

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I'd like Transitioning in the title. That's how I found it originally. I liked the old title, but I am open to whatever everyone else wants.

My name is Nola
I live in Chiefland, FL - EST
I am on the Determined Daisy Team.

God Bless America
Pray Hard, Work Hard, Track Everything, and Keep Moving.

We can do it!!! Go Daisies! Let's keep it moving!!!!


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I can't open it either, even copy and pasting it?

Gaye / Michigan

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It's a member run team, which I think is one of our strengths. But it does mean we're only human, too. I am hopeful we are over the summit on this course correction.

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Glad we are voting on the name. I hope that all this negativity hasn't hurt what our original goal was to reach goal and keep it off. I joined when I was near goal to receive encouragement from those who had reached goal and see that there was hope to get there. There certainly isn't a one size fits all for everyone. I have never found any negativity on this team until now. I am so disappointed. Is this team approved by Spark People management?

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Some suggestions are coming in by Sparkmail. I don't think we will include who suggested what in the voting process anyway, so I will just and any further nominations here:
WORKING TOWARDS MAINTENANCE
transitioning to Goal and Maintaining
Lost in Maintenance

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We are taking any further suggestions over the weekend and starting a vote on Monday. There will be two rounds of voting, each lasting a week. My google form skills may not be quite what we're used to with 4A-Healthy-BMI, but I think I have the technology.

Since strange votes can result from how options are structured, I will say now that the semifinal round will be an evenly distributed number of options x the number of rounds. I will take the list of team names in alphabetical order and distribute them across the heats. So all the A's will not be together, nor the M's. In the final round we hope to have a write in option in case there was a close semifinal round or something weird like that.

Thanks!

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Oh, I didn't compile it, Anja did back when this thread was originally percolating. Here is a PDF link for people who don't have google docs:
The sparkpeople link thing is being persnickety. I don't know if it will let me paste the address. But I will look into tinyURL.
tinyurl.com/o4tdeuv

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For some reason, when I click on the link, it doesn't work. If I copy and paste the address instead, it works just fine.
Silly internet. emoticon

Thanks for compiling this list, Tricia!

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Here is a spreadsheet of the name suggestions, which I have updated to include Russ' s proposed team name and that the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance was on for 2012 to 2015. (I think... not sure on when transition was added.) I hope this link works. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets
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It is open to commenting by anyone who comes here from the link. You might need to have google drive to view it. I guess I can also save it as a PDF.

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SteadySpark doesn't really mean anything to me. Maintenance or Maintaining is the most important word to me.

Sunny in Southern California PST

Challenges are what make life full of stress and anxiety and overcoming them is what can wear you out. Stay stong.

Don't stay down, every storm runs out of rain. Just like every night runs out of dark and turns into day.

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Thanks for resurrecting this discussion. My favorites are:

1. At (or Near) Goal and Maintaining
2. Maintenance: Transition and Long Term (by MOBYCARP)

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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MINE too

Maintenance: Transition and Long Term by MOBYCARP it includes the "TRANSITIONING" that is SO important...that is when I joined transitioning and that is HOW I GOT TO MAINTENANCE was seeing so many on here that have MAINTAINED for YEARS...and came to BELIEVE THAT I COULD DO IT TOO...I tell EVERYONE to join it EARLY...would LOVE others to benefit the same way!

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My favorite is
Maintenance: Transition and Long Term (by MOBYCARP)

But I'm happy with the long old name too (At Goal and Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance - long it is but accurate



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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I have thought about the name from time to time, but it sure is hard to come up with a short name that says it all! hehe

Still, accuracy and inclusiveness are more important to me than snappiness. :)

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This is the old thread from a discussion that happened in 2012. I thought we might as well have it to look at in the current discussion on the team name.

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I like "At Goal & Maintaining" I don't think the rest is necessary.
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"Screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail."
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Welcome Barb! This should be the biggest team on Spark and get bigger over time.

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I just joined this team and I have to say the name (long or not) is what caught my eye and interest. I reached goal not too long ago and just couldn't find the right "fit" from other teams. For now I think this team is where I would like to be.

Barb
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New name for the team:

KEEP-IT

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Just step-by-step. It goes a long way!


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Maintaining Maintenance or Lifelong Maintainers

After all the the goal is to keep it off for a lifetime...

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I like your thinking behind the terminology. I do believe you are correct that many think of maintenance as another level of weight loss etc. When put that way, it gives me a new perspective on the process. emoticon

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How about "Losers, keepers" - a pun from the phrase Finders, keepers.
Also, "From goal weight to lifetime weight".
As I've stated before, I believe that the word "maintenance" is a little tricky because people who are new to weight loss subjects are sometimes led to believe that maintenance is another period in the weight loss process and not something that you will have to learn to do for the rest of your life. On the other hand, it's a widely used term and people could easily find the team among thousands of others. We just have to find a way to stress the difference.

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From Goal to Maintenance

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Weight Maintenance

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I like "Close to goal" because it implies that we have reached goal weight but are still trying to change body composition. It also would encourage people to join who need to start thinking about maintenance.

Birgit

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We have had a lot of visibility on Spark lately with the current (new) name so changing it now would be counterproductive.

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I have not been a team member for long but at maintenance for some time. I finally found this team because of the name description. The title described how the team would fit my needs for a community. If it read something else I probably would not have noticed it distinct difference/knowledge it offered. The members here offer A Lot of experience that I have not seen on other teams.

My vote- keep the name.

Holly/Texas. Time Zone: CST; Don't do anything today you can't maintain for the rest of your life; Studies show a mere 11 minutes of weight training 3 times a week is enough to reduce your body fat and raise your metabolism.


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Simple is always good:

Maintain!

Works for both those who aspire and those who are already there.

Sue, on Florida's Gulf Coast

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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next." --Gilda Radner

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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Maintaining and Approaching


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I like these two names the best so far:
At (or Near) Goal and Maintaining
Maintenance: Transition and Long Term

However, I do see 4A's point about wanting to continue to be searchable.

For me personally, this team has been a GREAT help. Maintaining really is a whole different animal.

I'd hate to see the team become a "catch-all", but I am also glad to see people who are transitioning/losing coming in to get a head start. I am also glad to see folks staying on the team to try to *stop* that regain cycle. After all, modern humans have figured out ways to lose weight; it is the maintaining that isn't happening.

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How about:

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I'm happy with the name long name. I like things to be spelled out for me and this name does just that!

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I know I'm neither at goal or as near as most pondering the transition, but I actually liked one of MOBYCARP's suggestions:

Maintenance: Transition and Long Term

I joined this team for hints, tips, and success stories on :

1) Making the transition as smooth as possible from running a calorie deficit to running close to a zero balance (averaging out surplus and deficit between food and fitness).

2) Figuring out the long-term lifestyle once a successful transition has been made.

I know that past the weight goal is the body composition goal. But neither has a cold hard absolute number, so I'm also interested in seeing the sorts of goals that keep people maintaining without making food and fitness an obsession or the overwhelming focus of their life.

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I like At (or Near) Goal and Maintaining. I also like Linda's, but this one gives a bit more detail and it seems a few more people like it. I agree the current one is a bit long, but I'm game for whatever others want!

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scale for me - if I don't get on it, then my weight doesn't exist until I am in trouble.

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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Indeed, I personally will be using the scale. It works well for me!

I've occasionally heard people claim using other methods to check their status, and if it works for them, then I'm happy for them. I can't imagine either, but there it is. LOL

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4AHealthy, I think of goal as a number with a range, too. Earlier here someone had mentioned that some people measure their goal by body fat percentage or dress size. I can't imagine but if it works for them, who am I to question. I still step on that scale first thing every morning, have for most of my life. Before loss it caused me to panic and eat. Now it just tells me what my day should look like foodwise. The plans and programs I know about all use weight as a goal because it's easily and cheaply measured. I'm all about easy and cheap. And effective.

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@NELLJONES

I don't think the common concept of a goal as a weight range is going away. It's just too functional and useful for too many people. And I certainly plan on continuing the maintenance challenges, which are completely scale-based - they work too well for ME to drop them!
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I'm enjoying reading everyone's thoughts about the team and its identity. Although I think the scale is an important tool, I think there can be a place for other definitions of goals and maintenance here, too. RUSSLANE and HOUNDLOVER1 both have run non-scale challenges in the past.

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I got a giggle from the "Maintainers and Wannabees" title. Thanks. Laughter is always a welcome addition to my day!
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I don't have any brilliant ideas for a shorter team name, but the discussion has got me thinking.

I joined SP at 196.6 pounds, with an initial goal of 175. I got automagically slotted into the team "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose." That was a fine team for where I started; then I lost weight to where the title didn't fit; then I reached goal and the idea of trying to lose more weight didn't fit.

Today, more than a year later, some of the same people are still posting in that team. I don't know whether they haven't lost the weight they want to lose, or they simply found a community that they're comfortable in and want to keep a stable online community. The idea of teams targeted to how much the members need/want to lose doesn't address the question of what people do when they succeed beyond the lower limit of the team's mission.

This team is a bit different. It's focused on maintenance, which is a different puzzle than weight loss. I like the way the current name, as long and clumsy as it is, describes this team's mission: We're here to support each other in maintaining a goal weight, and in transitioning from weight loss mode to maintenance mode. Unlike the X Pounds to Lose type of teams, this team has a mission that is conducive to building a stable, longer term community. Any revised name should capture the essence of that mission.

Unfortunately, I can't think of a short name that captures that essence. Everything I think of is just as clumsy as the current name, without the advantage of matching all those existing message board posts:

Maintenance: Transition and Long Term
Stop Losing, Start Maintaining
Finding Your Goal and Maintaining It
Maintainers and Wannabe Maintainers

I don't expect any of the above to make the cut; I'm not terribly happy with any of them myself. I hope that any changed name we settle on does somehow capture the essence of this team's mission: We're here to support each other in maintaining a stable weight for the long term, and to help people manage the transition from losing weight to keeping it off.


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I appreciate 4A's explanation. Keep the (new) name, I say.

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I'm happy as long as the people on the board have a primary interest in weight control, however it's measured. There are people out there who have never dealt with crazy, inappropriate food cravings, but have, say, Crohn's disease. They might find Spark to keep track of gluten, but don't know what it's like to wrestle with weight. Their goals are different than ours, though for them it could certainly be described as seeking a "healthy lifestyle".

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Thanks for the input! I agree the current name is long.

We added the "Transition to Maintenance" part recently so people who are not exactly "at goal" would feel welcome to participate - for all of the reasons many of you have suggested.

The reason we need to keep the "At Goal & Maintaining" part is that many people on this site have referred to this team as words (without a link) in blogs and message boards and if we take that part away then people reading the old name somewhere will have no way of finding the team.

Eventually if maintenance is brought to a more prominent spot on the site I think it'll be OK to change our name, but until then or at least until we've finished figuring out who we are as a team relative to the rest of the site, I think it would be safest to keep the name clunky but descriptive.

As far as the philosophical discussion about what exactly we are maintaining, and what our "goal" is, the team name does not actually refer to a weight. I think it would perfectly legitimate for someone to argue that his or her personal "goal" is a percent body fat, binge-free behavior, fitting into a favorite item of clothing, or any number of non-scale-related things.

The scale is a common and convenient shorthand way of monitoring, but it's certainly not the only one. In fact, I think it might be a neat idea for someone to start a thread about that, and ask others what they define as their "goal" and how they keep track of whether they're sticking to it.

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I'd like "At (or Near) Goal and Maintaining", as it seems to best describe what we're doing. emoticon

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Personally, I think the team name should stick with something that celebrates the achievement of reaching goal! I think we've had people coming in as they neared Goal for a long time; not sure that our name needs to reflect that it's OK to do that ...but we should include something in the team description that we are full of resources for those nearing goal and wondering about how to maintain. I agree that the current one is long, and the new suggestion seems vague.

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I liked the old name...I joined a long time before I got to goal. I think you have done a great job of getting the word out there...based on the number of new members who have joined.


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I like the At Goal (or almost) and Maintenance :) But while our name is clunky, I do like it better than the healthy maintaining, as that doesn't necessarily maintenance. All of spark is about being healthy.

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Carol yeah some times our goal changes we have had a few members who felt like they need to leave the team because they were over by 10 or more pounds and at least now will feel more comfortable here and work on losing the weight they gained or just had a change in goal weight

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Very valid points Linda, I was at goal but have just changed my mind and want to lose 8 lbs.

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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I too think the name is long, but it perfectly describes the team. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the idea behind all of Spark, and doesn't have the "I made it! " feeling that "at goal" has. Maybe just rearranging words to " At goal (or almost) and maintaining " is a bit simpler.

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I like the new name yes it is a bit long winded With the addition the team will grow Before it felt like you had to be at your goal weight to be part of the team now you are close enough to goal weight to start to think about how you will maintain once you get there and now in my case I have a new goal weight I felt like I had ot leave the team in order to work towards that new goal now I can just work my way to the new goal and not feel like I'm cheating

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I liked "At Goal and Maintaining" just fine. It seems like we could add the transition and healthy living aspects to the description portion to make things clear.
I think we stand the best chance of growing and encouraging our membership if we stay active in the larger community here and spread the word through blogging, etc.
Just my two cents!

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I don't consider "healthy lifestyle" to be a final goal, but one I started when I first walked through the doors of WW and started losing weight. Goal issues only came about when I got to goal, and was surprised that I didn't automatically revert to the "normal" I always thought that number would bestow. The team name only became unwieldy when the second half was added a couple of weeks ago, yet it was necessary for people to find us. "Living a healthy lifestyle" means different things to different people, and may not include a weight component at all. And maintaining that weight is why I'm here. What I want from Spark is a community of people who need to maintain a weight that was work to achieve. I think the long name will achieve its purpose in letting people find us. Most of us just speak of maintaining our goal.

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I like your choice of a new team name. emoticon

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Well, it sounds better, that's for sure. But the old name is more descriptive of what the team really is. The new name is vague, imprecise, ambiguous, unclear, hazy, indefinite, and some other terms under "nebulous" in my thesaurus. The old name is clunky, but makes it easier for people looking for a team like this one to find us.
So. . . it depends on what we want in a name--form or function.

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I like your choice for a new name Linda

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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What describes everyone's goal here accurately:
"Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle"
It doesn't matter if you are at goal, trying to lose, in a plateau, trying to maintain, the bottom line is to be consistent with living a healthy lifestyle -it applies to everyone at any stage of life, that is the ultimate goal, and if you follow it consistently only good things will happen.
What say you? Doesn't that sum it up?

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