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DELLMEL
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9/19/13 6:26 P

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Working to get there and keep it off.

GOING FOR THE NEW AND FITTED ME


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9/16/13 11:43 P

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I really appreciate the comments in this thread. I have been struggling with the maintenance and really trying to figure out how to keep the weight off. So far so good but the “Fat Fairy” lurks around.

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.

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MOONCHILD8
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9/16/13 11:36 A

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I am up a couple of pounds because of birthday cake on my birthday. It will go down again this week. I will be doing some fall cleaning. Linda from bean town

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SPARKBJOK
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9/16/13 11:34 A

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I already went up a pound but I know that doesn't mean a thing. I was up and down a couple pounds for quite awhile before I hit my goal for real. I'll keep journaling and exercising.


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DELLMEL
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9/15/13 10:57 P

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I agree with everything you said. So true.

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9/15/13 1:37 P

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It's natural to be worried, but try not to let it ruin your day. Just like financial goals, or learning to play a sport or musical instrument, there is only so much you can do on any one day. The bottom line is that you can still be succeeding overall even when you have bad days. It sounds like the what-the-hell effect has derailed you for long periods of time. As someone else said, the real difference between long-term maintainers and others is that they let slip ups derail them less and less. And it doesn't have to happen in a linear way. Even a year in, you can have a rocky days, weeks, or even months, and still recover. (I hope you don't have to take nearly four decades, as I did, to see this! I heard it forever; it finally sank in.)

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
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GLORIAMAJDI
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9/15/13 1:23 P

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Thank you so much everyone for the words of encouragement and the reminders that this IS a lifestyle change. I know that all too well having done this a few times. My problem is that I will maintain for a good long while and then I will suddenly get bored or overwhelmed with life and just go to the other extreme - and start gaining. I have learned from all of this and hope to keep things in perspective this time....and with the support of SparkPeople, I know that I can do it. But I still have apprehension and a bit of worry!

Gloria

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." Rudyard Kipling

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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9/15/13 1:02 P

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Hi. I have maintained for over 30 weeks now and I still go up and down. I think you always have a little trepidation.

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

I am responsible for my own happiness.

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DELLMEL
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9/15/13 12:24 A

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emoticon . I still haven't met my goal yet. So I don't understand how you are feeling. But good luck.

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MOONCHILD8
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9/14/13 6:18 P

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Ditto! Kuddos to you! Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/14/13 3:34 P

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I've been maintaining over 6 years and I can only say "Amen" to what was just said. I'm enjoying my present lifestyle of eating less and staying more active much more than the lifestyle I left of paying no attention to my health. Whenever I go to the doctor, he says, "You're in much better shape than most women your age." That makes me feel great, so I keep on keeping track of both my food and my exercise on Sparkpeople. Hurray for Sparkpeople! emoticon emoticon

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Like some of the others have said here, keeping your weight off permanently involves sticking to your lifestyle changes. If you continue doing what you needed to do to lose the weight most of the time while you're in maintenance, you'll find that you'll be able to maintain by only having to make minor adjustments. Many of us falter from time to time in maintenance, but I think the difference between those of us who regain all the weight and those of us who stay close to or within our goal ranges is how quickly we're able to pick ourselves up again. I've found that maintenance has gotten easier for me with time, mostly because I feel more confident that I can really keep my lifestyle up. Yes, I have to be careful, but I enjoy a range of foods and have a very full and active life--and those were my real goals when I set out to lose the weight in the first place.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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NELLJONES
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9/14/13 11:32 A

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I've been at goal for a long time, and the panic feeling is long behind me. I know exactly what to do now. I weigh every day and if the scale is up a tad, I just wind it back for a day or two. I don't agonize over whether it's water weight or anything else. I know what works and I know that is is 100% within my power to do it. I can choose the weight I want to be. Right now I a choose to be very thin, but I can change my mind at any time. The point it, that it is always and every day my choice to make.

Nell

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Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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SUZYMOBILE
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9/14/13 11:16 A

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I understand that feeling really well, and I've been maintaining for 8 years now! Every once in a while, the weight starts creeping up, and there's always a reason for it: letting go of control of eating a little bit.My problem is that I'm happiest when I'm on the scrawny side, 2-3 lbs below target weight. Right now I'm a pound and a half over. But, still, maintenance is maintenance, and a 4-lb range isn't as huge as it used to be!

"Awareness is all."

"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
—SUZYMOBILE

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“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

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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OOLALA53
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9/14/13 11:03 A

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I've found that concentrating on the benefits of how I feel most of the time and sometimes consciously remembering (or even experiencing) how cruddy it feels to overeat have taken over, so the fear of the scale going up is rare now. But I have to be honest with myself. (I don't count or measure anymore, unless it's using my palm, fist, or thumb. Heresy, I know. But my commitment to sane eating is very strong, and I know that random eating and portions that leave me too full for hours are not sane.) Also, I had practiced my lifestyle for so long before I met my goal that it wasn't really in jeopardy. I eat all the foods I still enjoy. I just don't want them as often as I used to.

You are not on a diet. You have begun the lifestyle that statistically takes 2-5 years to solidify. So what if it's a long haul? The time will pass anyway and a lot of it will be absolutely delightful! Concentrate on making your meals delightful as often as possible. Slim cultures love food; they just don't overeat it.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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9/14/13 9:22 A

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I know exactly what you are feeling. I have been on maintenance for 6 weeks. I started out in a "panic" mode, but soon calmed down and realized that this phase of the journey will not be any easier than the losing phase. I just have to continue with what I have been doing (tracking etc.) and ease into this. I weigh myself twice a week (Wednesday and Sunday) and am confidant that this is doable.....one day at a time. Good luck with your journey and congrats on meeting your goal.

Barb
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SPARKBJOK
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9/14/13 8:15 A

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I also just reached my goal of 150. Happy but nervous. Will continue journaling and using my Fitbit.


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LOGOULD
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I KNOW she is, but she is scared of my scale, food tracker, water bottle, running shoes and Spark. I always keep them close by to prevent her from sneaking up on me!

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

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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ONEWEIGH
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9/13/13 11:01 P

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Yes, I still feel like the fat fairy is always lurking nearby! emoticon emoticon


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Hi Gloria,

The paranoia feeling is very normal. I've been at my goal weight for 7 months now, and I STILL get nervous when I step on the scale, like in the last week I've balooned up! But I have to admit it has gotten better as time progresses, so just stick with what got you to this point and you'll do fine!

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GLORIAMAJDI
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9/13/13 10:36 P

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I reached my goal weight of 145 (I was actually at 144.8 that day) on August 30th. Since I have lost/gained so many times I am quite paranoid about gaining it back, but so far so good. I weigh in on Fridays and on September 6th I was at 145.4. Today I am at 144.8. I must be doing something right but I am still paranoid! I have been trying to add some calories, though I have some medical issues and it is hard for me to eat much (I eat several small meals each day so that I get in enough calories and I have successfully added enough in on at least half the days). I also have felt like I am not exercising enough. I finally realized this morning that I am probably exercising the same amount of time as before, but skinny people don't burn as many calories...and I have changed the type of exercise that I do. I used to do a lot of cardio - over time I have transitioned to doing about half cardio and about half strength training. So for now, I am still watching how my clothing fits, and I am weighing in once a week. I am tracking my food each and every day, and I am getting my exercise in. I I just need to keep on doing these things and not quit - that is where I get in trouble!

Gloria

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." Rudyard Kipling

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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