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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I received a bunch of congratulations at the end of March for "maintaining" for 2 years. Technically I was still maintaining, but I was still 3 lbs. over goal. At the end of January I was about 11 lbs over goal, so I started an aggressive campaign to get "Back to Goal".

I'm happy to say I've achieved that goal! I still want to loose 2 more lbs. for that "wiggle room", but I'm ecstatic.

Since I was feeling a little bogus about maintenance back in March, I never really commented or gave my "words of wisdom" blog. I'm really not that wise about all of this, I do seem to obsess about it though. But I'll write down what "works" for me.

My History - I was a slightly overweight child and teen (surrounded by a skinny family!). I was a very athletic, so that kept things a little under control. Back in the late 70's, no one really worried about "obesity"! My first year out of high school I was working full time and going to college at night, so I put on about 20 additional lbs. that fall & winter. Because of a psychology project (rewarding my self a $1 for each pound I lost and the outcome would be a new bathing suit), I lost 50 lbs.! I managed to maintain that until I got married and started having children in my early 30's.

After baby #3, I found myself about 60 lbs. overweight and now in the "obesity" category. I mentioned before, I also got a diagnosis for Insulin Resistance. That scared me and I lost about 40 lbs. I yo-yoed for a while and when I hit 50 (and after seeing a very unflattering vacation picture), I was determined to get to goal (hopefully setting a healthy example for my 3 daughters).

Because I'm competitive and Weight Watchers worked in the past, I joined and lost 46 lbs. and finally reached my goal weight!

Maintenance - I'd like to give all kinds of tips and suggestions, but I truly believe weight loss & maintenance is a individual journey. You got to find what works! Weight Watchers worked for me for loosing the weight, but I let my "snacking" spiral out of control and ended up 11 lbs. over goal.

I started tracking points again online back in January and lost 5 lbs. (but would go up and down - still snacking!). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go "low carb" again to loose those final 6 lbs.! It seems to work for me because it keeps me away from the chips, crackers & sweets.

Maintenance is not easy. In fact for me, it was harder because I didn't have that "gratification" of loosing weight. Like many people, I was extremely disappointed in myself for gaining those 11 lbs. and "destroying" all of my hard work. I tried to keep in perspective that I was still exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating 7-9 servings of freggies, but the portion control & snacking needed to get back in control.

A couple of motivators for me:

Embarrassment - I was such a "inspiration" to friends & family and I didn't want to be embarrassed by gaining everything back.

Clothes Size - the clothes I bought after loosing the weight were starting to get tight and I didn't have the funds or desire to get new clothes. I would rather spend the money on buying cute things for my teenage daughters. I had plenty of nice stuff, it was just getting tight!

Age - I'm 52, I can't keep doing this yo-yoing and since I'm an "older" mom, I want to be healthy and active for my girls and potential grandchildren. I get so much pleasure now being able to "play" with my great nephew.

So those are my "words of wisdom" and what works for me. My goal for May is:

Loose final "wiggle room" 2 lbs.


Increase running distance and be ready for 5/18 5K.

Improve 5K running time (under 38 mins.)

Strength Train (yeah right)

I walked with my sister on Monday on the hilly trail for about 45 mins. and ran yesterday with DD#3. I increased my distance to 2.5 miles, so I'm on my way back to 5K!
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    Thank you for sharing. I find in maintenance that it is harder to stay steady with exercise for the very reason you said- no reward of losing more weight. As i get older (58) I find strength training even more important than cardio, and when I do it, I always see the results. Keep up the good work
    1851 days ago
    Thanks for sharing with us your journey. I particularly found interesting to read about your motivators. You could share about these more, like one blog post about each. Happy to have you in the Maintenance team!
    1851 days ago
    Thanks for your candid honesty. It's good to know that all of us have our struggles and that this journey will continue for about as long as we live. Some parts will be prettier than others, but at least we are headed in the right direction!
    1851 days ago
    I think this post is helpful to many because after reaching goal weight sometimes its hard to stay in range. So maintenance requires thought put into it so gaining can be nipped before it becomes a major issue! emoticon emoticon
    1852 days ago
  • MARTY728
    1852 days ago
    You are such a great maintenance model, Tina! This is great. Thank you for the post.
    1855 days ago
    Well done! Thanks for sharing your ups and downs! I have only been on maintenance for two months. At first I was neurotic, terrified of putting the weight back on. When I kept losing a little, I at last dared to intuitive eat, and that is working. I have only been doing it for about a week. I jump on the scales every morning, so I can nip any weight gain in the bud, but record my weight only once a week. I am so grateful to SP, and SC, at $28 for a year with DVDs etc thrown in, is such value for money that its virtually free.

    1855 days ago
    Great job in getting back to goal! Keep up the hard work :)
    1856 days ago
    Great job. Great blog!!
    1857 days ago
  • MY1FAN
    1858 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Good for you to put yourself out there and share with the "world". Being an "inspiration" is one of the things that keeps me so focused on staying at goal too. When I had let a few pounds creep back on--I ended up being most successful when I amped up the protein and cut way back on carbs too--all those freggies and the protein seem to be what works for me too.
    Thanks for sharing your story of "imperfection". I think we are all pretty hard on ourselves to stay perfect from time to time at least. It is such an individual journey, but knowing that others experience hiccups along the way helps to maintain my own confidence when I struggle.
    1858 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you getting back to goal. That was a lot of work! You are focused and on track. I know you will get those last two pounds down!

    1858 days ago
    Great job getting back to goal. I have been up and down on the scale. I am taking thyroid medication. I am also my Mom's care giver. I must keep myself healthy in order to care for Mom. I was like you before Mom was sick. When my children were teens I too had two jobs. I sent them to college. They graduated one is working two jobs and other graduated without a job. Oh Well that's the way life goes I guess. Linda from bean town
    1858 days ago
    Awesome job. I wish people all over understood how tough maintenance is. You deserve all the recognition we can give you, You are emoticon !
    1858 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    such a great blog! keep it up! you are doing fantastic!
    1859 days ago
    Your blog was excellent reading as it accurately portrays the struggles of maintenance. I actually found dieting and using weight watchers easy like you. Maintenance is a whole other problem. My problem is the opposite of yours though, I am so afraid to gain weight so much so that I am 5 lbs underweight-not good at all-I am being hounded to put back the pounds but my secret fear is what if I eat and can't stop myself? Keep up your great work! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    Your words are wise to me!
    1859 days ago
    emoticon on reaching goal !
    You've got a good plan in place, I admire your determination.
    Keep up the great work !
    1859 days ago
    WW does give you the tools to maintain your goal. Getting back to the basics is always a great idea.
    1859 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    I can so relate to everything you said. Great words of wisdom that we never tire hearing! Best wishes for continued health and success with your goals!
    1859 days ago
    You're doing amazing! Keep it up.
    1859 days ago
    I relate to so much of your story. I was the one heavier kid in my family.
    1859 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Right there with you! Snacking is my main problem and still is even though I have been maintaining for two years, due to an injury on my elbow recently, my weight creeped up 3 lbs so that was the red flag warning. I love exercise and work out vigorously and that allowed me my treats, but when I can't go as hard,I can't indulge either. Sparkpeople is what works for me, never been in WW, but did try Physicians Weight Loss Center, but when it closed down after I lost the weight, I never tried one of those again, and I am cheap, like free things, so finding Sparkpeople was a Godsend.
    Here is to putting the brakes on yo yo dieting and not having to lose weight ever again. I do give myself a five pound range as weight really does fluctuate, so don't stress too much over small gains, just make sure the upward trend is nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand. No fad diets needed. Just careful tracking of calories and fitness did it for me.
    Keep up the great work! Age is just a number! You have the choice to be as fit as your body allows!
    1859 days ago
    Great work!
    1859 days ago
    Our stories are similar. Yes, maintaining certainly is harder than going up or going down! You're doing a super job! Way to go!

    1859 days ago
    Congratulations on your achievements so far. You have the determination to continue!

    I find maintaining harder than losing weight as well. I keep moving forward.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck on your 5K Saturday!

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    1859 days ago
    Wonderful story! You are persistent and you are determined!! Your techniques work for you and that's what counts!
    1859 days ago
    woo hoo and wonderful job getting back to goal.
    keep up the good work.
    1859 days ago
    Good job figuring out what works for you, which is different from what I am doing. As you note, maintenance is a very individualized journey. One size does not fit all.
    1859 days ago
    Great blog and great job! Congrats on reaching your goal weight. You are right, maintenance is more difficult, and we need to keep it challenging. My dreamboard helps me to stay challenged, as I prepare to fulfill a new dream. Especilly when I slack off a bit!

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    1859 days ago
    Great job - congrats on getting back to goal!!
    1859 days ago
    Great blog! You are really working it. It takes dedication, for sure, but you can do it! You ARE doing it! Congratulations!!
    1859 days ago
    I'm glad you got back to goal. You are right you do obsess. But that won't kill you! Keep up the great job!
    1873 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    Great Blog!
    1874 days ago
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