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3 Years on Maintenance... and I forgot!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yup...I completely forgot and here I come on Spark to log-in, get some points, check in... and I have an email and goodie and a few page comments (which I will get to return visits in a wee bit to say thanks to) ... and I see that I was lovingly reminded of the fact that I hit 137 on 11/18/2009....and I am glad to say that I have only seen that number once while on maintenance since I am maintaining in the 130-135 range.

But even so, the 137 was a HUGE thing because that was 50 pounds gone.

50 pounds.


Really??? I did that? and I am keeping it off? Yes, I guess I am...and it's a habit to keep my head in the game now because it HAS been so long...who knew.

People from my past always say that it's nice to see and are somewhat surprised that I have kept it off, and sometimes, I am surprised myself....especially when I am down on myself....and clothes are a little tight and I have had a bad eating & low exercise day/week/month that I am not really 157, 167, 177 or 187 because sometimes, it feels like that. (LoL - yes Virginia, there is such a thing as bad days on maintenance).

Anyway...the big secret of this (get ready to hold on to your hats folks!) well, it is to track my food, drink my water, keep my body moving... and never give up on the bigger picture of things... and when I see that upper number on the range, reign in the bad habits and bump up the good habits... and forgive myself when I slip up.

Are there bad times and slip ups? yup, more emotional than calendar influenced (holidays are manageable now). Exercise helps out with those emotional bad times most of the time and talking helps with the rest...talking/blogging ...same difference. emoticon

Things that also Maintenance Buddy OAKBORN and I are in touch every day either here or on FB (ahem, more on FB really - LOL) and she really is awesome and you should check out her page. I know she is a ready ear to listen to anything at all... and that is a big help. One day, we will meet face to face, but in the meantime...we have the internet and that is cool and good enough for now.

And the other thing that really really Sparkpeople... the site, the tools, the community, and the articles. If this wasn't here, I don't know if I would have ever achieved any of this. Why do I know that? Because I tried everything out there over the years (i.e. Slim fast, Weight Watchers, eDiets, and yes, even the drug phen-phen for a few months) and nothing seemed to stick. Spark taught me to re-learn how I ate...and that knowledge is my power now.

OK - Didn't mean to go on a side bar there...I think I wrote about it a while back in my journal and it just popped out again now! LoL But it's true.

Thanks, Sparkers, for being there (and also for reminding me that it has actually been 3 years on Maintenance on Spark!)

Love and Sparks,
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  • NUMD97
    Interesting to see that although you are in maintenance mode, you are still treating it as if you were still losing, with the blogs and tracking. I'll file that away for when I join you, many months from now. Apparently, the key is to keep up with the habits continually, but noting them as well. And that appears to be where the majority fall down.

    Thanks for the blog and congrats on all your hard-won success,

    1958 days ago
  • 1STMOMMY1991
    Thanks for your's really what I needed to hear today.
    1970 days ago
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    1976 days ago
    I needed your blog today. I needed to be reminded that even successful maintainers for many years can slip up.
    Congratulations Annie! 3 years is a long time and you must be proud of yourself for something that very few people succeed in.
    You are an inspiration!
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    1977 days ago
    Totally game! emoticon Spark-lifers gotta stick together!
    1977 days ago
    emoticon It makes sense. It's almost like getting rid of your "fat" clothes. Once you donate, if you regain the weight, you will have to replace. Kudos and Happy Anniversary to you. And you are right, emoticon , I am working toward reaching my goal, doing well thus far, but will require some expertise and insight from other sources once I get there. Are you game?
    1977 days ago
    Mo - It took me a while, but I DID sign up at the NWCR 2 months ago and I just did my first "yearly" questionnaire!!!...and boy, did I go on a tangent about sparkpeople and the community support in my essay!!! LOL

    I can't lie, but it was scary to sign up and basically say "yeah, I got this" because it seems like such a fragile thing to keep up and sometimes it seems it can blow up right in the blink of an eye if you aren't diligent all the time...but that's not always the case either, because the body is an amazing thing and can actually remember things, like how to maintain itself, even when you are not paying as close attention as one would like. Does that even make sense? LOL

    1977 days ago
    emoticon I think you can contact the National Weight Control Registry, a Brown Univ. study exclusively for people who have maintained at least a 30 lb. weight loss for one more way to keep you motivated! emoticon
    Just a thought since you are truly so motivating, and positive, and witty, and encouraging... should I go on?
    1977 days ago
    emoticon on your three years of maintenance!! I like how you reflected your success and "the bumps" so that others may learn from you. Maintenance isn't easy, but it is possible!! emoticon emoticon
    1977 days ago
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