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emoticon for doing this. It was interesting reading. I think it gives a good perspective on the individuals on our team. Let's keep pushing!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,954
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You can see the aggregate results for our survey here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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Automatically generated by Google. If anyone wants to do more detailed analyses, just let us know!

(just reposting so newcomers to the thread will be able to find the link)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,954
3/30/14 9:59 P

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Thanks for the tip - I've added that link to the "Resources for issues with bingeing" section of the Big Page of Links tinyurl.com/maintenance-links



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3/30/14 9:48 P

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I recently found this blog/podcast lead by a man that might help the guys out there. PLUS I find he has done a lot of research and compiled the information in a way that builds a toolkit of tactics to deal with binging/overeating. Here is a link to one of his posts: quitbingeeating.com/tower-defense-st
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tegy-to-stop-binge-eating/


...I just followed a link some place here and see this link is already in your list of resources. Wish I knew what I hit to see it, because I wanted to keep reading.

Edited by: GORIANA at: 3/30/2014 (22:21)
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You can see the aggregate results Google generated, here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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(just reposting so newcomers to the thread will be able to find the link)

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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Media
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Weight chart
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Blogs
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3/30/14 2:34 P

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I agree that there seems to be more women on Spark People then men, but I don't think it's because men don't work out or eat right. I think it's because men don't always want to talk about their feelings and tend to keep stuff hidden away. I think women are generally more emotional and we tend to look to other for support! Also, I was surprised to see that self-directed diet and eating right was the biggest resource that people used to get healthy.

Edited by: DAWNDMOORE40 at: 3/30/2014 (14:36)
"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 think there are more women than men on sparkpeople generally, and I think women tend to engage more with support than men. My husband is always trying to lose weight, but won't even think about sparkpeople or touch OA with a 10 foot pole. He's almost that bad about medical checkups.

It was interesting to look back over some of the answers.

Edited by: VTRICIA at: 9/9/2013 (11:25)
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MJREIMERS's Photo MJREIMERS Posts: 3,902
9/8/13 7:10 P

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The ages are pretty much where I thought they would be, but wow, we have a lot more ladies. Maybe it's because woman seek others for support? We are more "giving?" (No offense to the men.) Maybe we ask for help more?

We need to make sure and let the men know that we are here for them, too!

~Mako~


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,954
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You can see the aggregate results Google generated, here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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(just reposting so newcomers to the thread will be able to find the link)

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/8/2013 (09:47)
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From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

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Weight chart
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Blogs
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Maintenance Info
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7/8/13 8:58 A

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I keep posting here for support. I quit smoking and have quit other things, and once finally quit, I'm quit. However, FOOD is a totally different animal and honestly, I NEVER EVER want to have to lose 50 lbs EVER EVER again!

There are things on this website that didn't work for me...like the calorie ranges for losing weight and the suggest daily carb intake...so, yes, I had to work some stuff out for myself. But really, I NEED to see the people who have kept their weight off for longer periods of time than myself...so I can go on and be part of the 5% too.

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I noticed that drop off after two years. There are less than 30 percent of the people who are here who have kept on for over two years. It could have to do with people not needing to post or going off track. I think the stats get even lower as the years get longer. I thought I heard that onbly 5% of people keep their weight off after 8 years.

I also thought that it was interesting that most people lost by self directed plans, but right behind that was many people placing the importance of an online community. Yes to the online support. Yay for Spark.

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5/30/13 12:57 P

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I see! It was just so professional, it could have been done by SP itself! :-)

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


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TINAJANE76 and I are both users. There was no involvement from the official staff at SparkPeople.com.

You can see the aggregate results Google generated, here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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If you would like access to the data to do other analysis, let us know and we can make it available to you.

We are both a bit swamped at the moment but plan on using this information to help improve the team. Which, incidentally, is user-run and user-managed, and we would love any kind of ideas and help you have, to make it better!

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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Media
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Weight chart
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Blogs
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5/29/13 10:41 A

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I was very happy to complete the survey. I think it is a great initiative, and am curious where it goes. If there will be any action spinning out of it, I definitely would like to take part of it.

Is it something that users organize it, or was it originated by the sparkpeople team?

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


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5/12/13 3:09 P

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I completed the survey - late mind you, but hopefully my comments still make it - and found it really helpful to help me understand where I'm at and how I got here.

One thing that just occurred to me now regarding the question of 'where do people go' (I am, for better or for worse, one of those people): in my case, after nearly 4 years my new, lower weight has become the new 'normal' and has been (lucky for me) easy to maintain. So the excitement and novelty of losing, being newly thin and amazed by accomplishing something I never imagined has kind of worn off. Granted, my loss was small (about 10-15 lbs), and admittedly was / is a vanity thing. Blessedly, I never had any big food 'issues' and the changes to my habits were fairly minor (I learned a LOT about how many calories I REALLY consumed and how much I actually needed!). Perhaps that plays a role as well.

Further, the 'weight loss journey' took up a lot of time and energy. As a busy mom with 2 young kids and a job, I have now turned that focus to pursuing other goals....it was a long and somewhat wrenching process to pull back from SP, but it was necessary for me to develop a life that was more balanced, healthy and well rounded.

Thank you for creating this survey!

Edited by: MIMICOTO at: 5/12/2013 (15:10)
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I found the survey and the raw aggregate results interesting, and I'm looking forward to see the results!
Thanks so much for organizing it.
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I'm afraid the statistics make it unlikely that people who have disappeared have just gotten too busy. And something I noticed about maintainers in 4-a healthy-BMI's blog about Biggest Loser: where are they now is that many of the successful maintainers are involved in education and support of some kind.
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I just thought of a new entry for my top 10 spark addict list, you use spark search to find your own blog entries. I didn't actually look for my own, I just realized I could...

Edited by: VTRICIA at: 5/4/2013 (15:42)
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Okay, took the survey. Some interesting questions... I believe it will help this team become even better than it already is!

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I did the survey, but it didn't really cover how different maintenance becomes over the decades. I weigh much less now than my original goal, because age dictated a lower weight for the appearance I want.

I went several decades of maintaining without talking about it to anyone; who would be interested? While losing there were a million people who shared that interest, my WW group especially. After I lost it I kept up the basic habits: measuring, weighing myself, keeping my planner, but it became a subliminal habit, like brushing my teeth (which I don't write down in my calendar every day). Menopause called me up short because suddenly everything changed. I fled back to WW, but they were talking about these point things, and I couldn't translate that into reality. I needed people and I found eDiets, and we all came over here to Spark, where I found this team.

You'll answer questions differently in the morning when you are fresh and upbeat, than when you are gasping for time, or in the crush of a craving. At those times, the answers are the same when you are at goal or still losing. How do you condense that to a survey?

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I started the survey, and will probably go back to it, but I was pulled up short by that question. I've been consistently at this weight off and on over a period of years, and I hate to say, um, a month. I'll go back to it, though.

To Moby's point re/ the dropoff after two years of maintaining: I think it's the extremely rare person who can maintain for that long. It takes discipline and a total overhaul of mindset, like Moby has and like Nell Jones has. And even fewer of the successful are inclined to keep talking about it. When I get busy, which I have been lately, I don't talk about it as much, though my maintenance behaviors and tracking continue.

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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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Done! I thought the questions were well thought out. I know everyone interprets things a bit differently. I forgot about the hall of fame, so I'm glad that was included!

Thanks for doing this. I'll be interested to see the results.

~Mako~


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"How long have you been consistently at or below your current weight?"

I thought this was a poorly worded question, but I'm not sure how to improve on it. I chose to interpret "at or below your current weight" to mean "in or below your current target range," which puts me at just over a year. It was a bit over a half year from attaining my initial goal weight to stabilizing at my current maintenance range.

As I think about this survey, and the questions the National Weight Control Registry asked, it strikes me that it's very hard to design a survey to capture what's important. Yeah, I can answer the questions; but the questions (particularly the NWCR questions) frequently are asking about tangential stuff rather than what's really driving the phenomenon being studied.

In the case of this particular survey, what really drives my participation in the team is available time. Time spent on the computer is time not spent running, or shopping for healthy food. Time spent on the team is time not spent on any of the other web sites I'm interested in. As maintenance becomes more routine, I would expect to naturally spend less time here because I don't need to concentrate as hard on maintenance, and spend more time on whatever issue currently needs more of my focus.

Looking at the results, I see a dropoff in numbers for people who have been maintaining more than two years. I wonder how much of this is due to general failure to maintain that long, and how much is due to graduation, i.e. longer term successful maintainers who just do it and don't need to spend as much time talking about it.


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How interesting - I enjoyed taking the survey and reflecting on some of the specifics of maintenance. The raw data was fascinating. Thanks for putting this out there.

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This team is awesome! I think it is a truly helpful component of SP and that is mostly because of the dedication of our leaders. I'm really grateful for the support of all of our team members. The efforts involved in getting maintainers noticed have been great and I think they are really good for SP as a whole.

I've been involved in the short term lose 5% of your weight challenges that run 4 times a year. I blogged about them recently www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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They are really for people who have a lot of weight to lose but there is a lot of fun activity that goes on during the 8 weeks even if you are trying to maintain. I've been trying to get them to add a maintenance component to the criteria to win but I haven't been getting much traction. There are about 6-8 maintainers that join each time so there isn't much bang for the buck but it would probably be easy to recognize consistency of weight as a good thing for some people while applauding the lbs that other people are losing.

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Thanks to both you and TinaJane for all you do! This team is awesome already and bound to get even better with this kind of survey.

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Hard to fill in survey accurately, as my history is complicated.
I'm now 2 kilos under original goal weight. Can't remember how long I've been this weight.
Also my weight loss came in 2 stages. With Slimming World I went down from 76 kg to 58 for a brief period, but soon went back up to 62-65. Around 98-99, I think. Then started with SP in June, at around 65, on New Year's Eve I was about 62.5, and reached my goal weight of 57 early March, I think. Since then I've lost a couple of kilos. I'm not so interested in losing weight at the moment. Aiming to get fitter and reduce my spare tyre, in a laid back way. It's happening. I was laid back about losing weight too, aiming at one kilo a month and in fact losing 2 or more this year. I was strict about exercise, particularly in January, when I forced myself to do it and by the end of the month was enjoying it.
I've had hiccoughs, like overexercising and having to do very little for the next 2 weeks. Now I have a double hiccough, of calorific days (wedding celebrations, not mine..., 70th birthday, mine, and Orthodox Easter coming up) plus a tummy bug, so this week I can't evaluate how my programme is going!
Anyway, very good idea to do the survey. Thanks!

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Help us figure out how to serve maintainers better!

Hi Everyone,

TINAJANE76 and I have put together an anonymous survey because we want to find out what things we’re doing in the team are helpful, what things you might like to see more of, and where we’re all coming from, in general.

docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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A friend of ours also wanted find out whether folks who have lost weight would in general be interested in coaching others for pay or not. So there are some questions about that at the end.

All of the questions are optional, and the survey is totally anonymous; we’re not asking for names anywhere.

We’ll keep the survey open for a week, and close it on May 11, 2013. After that we’ll compile what everyone said and share it with the team on a thread about it, right here in this thread.

(If you want to talk about the survey even before the results are compiled, feel free!)

If you have the time, we’d love for you to answer. Please be brutally honest. We want to make this team as strong and helpful as possible, and the best way we know how to do that is to find out what you think of it. Because you know what you want and need, and maybe the things that you want will help others, too!

The raw aggregate results can be seen here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1HzcmaS8NZIp
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We plan on connecting the dots more thoroughly once we've gathered the data.

Thanks so much,

anja

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 5/3/2013 (13:13)
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