500,000-749,999 SparkPoints 550,351

Spark Level 25

Sunday, December 03, 2017

WooHoo! Today I reached Spark's highest level for overall points of 350,000. It only took me 6 years and 4 months.

I'm pleased to have done it, as it means I have tried to learn all I can in pursuit of good health and maintained weight loss, and have encouraged others. But after 2 recent vacations, I am once again fighting the battle to get back to goal weight. Wouldn't you think that after all this time and effort, I would have found something that works for me for maintenance? I know we are all different, but I can't help looking at my primary maintenance role model, Adrienaline, and wondering... Why can't I stay in a 2-lb range like she does? My maintenance is good when I'm at home, preparing all my meals, but when I'm away, I sample all the local goodies, gain 5-10 pounds, and return home vowing to just get it back off again as quickly as possible.

Since I'm now in retirement and love to travel, this has become a too-often routine, and if I'm blessed enough to do even more travel, I could lose the "home time" needed to re-boot. I've got to find a better system. Any suggestions?

I just bought a new Fitbit -- wore the last one out. Maybe I can challenge myself a bit more with it, especially on vacations!

Oh well, Back to congratulating myself on sticking with it! emoticon

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    Thanks, Guys. You guys are always so supportive. It's what spurs me on! I will maintain, I WILL!
    474 days ago
    Congratulations my friend on reaching this awesome milestone!! You have always been so committed and in everything you do! I know you will find your balance and you need to feel great with all you have accomplished. We started this journey about the same time and you have always been there cheering me and anyone else that might need it. So don't beat yourself up and see what works. Once again, congratulation on your level 25. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    474 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching that many points! I think all of our bodies are so different. I cheat pretty regularly but I track everything and pinch out enough calories for allow for the cheating. I think you do a lot than me when it comes to strength training. I can't find a regular routine that I like yet and boy have i tried,
    474 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on reaching such an outstanding milestone. That's awesome. I've been maintaining since February within +/-5 pounds of my goal weight. For me, it not a simple affair but one of constant vigilance. Maintenance, at least at this point, is more difficult than losing the weight. But like you I keep my eye on the prize! Keep on Sparking
    475 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Jonnie, there are so many things I could write in response to this blog but I want to start by saying how much I admire you! You have inspired me beyond measure and you have always reached out to me when I have need help or support.

    To have reached that many Spark points is simply amazing! I have been a member of Spark for 7+ years and my SparkPoints are around 70,000. As for wearing out a FitBit!!! Mine sits gathering dust in a drawer (although I do use Map My Walk app on my phone for when I am going for a deliberate walk) and there you are on your second one!

    But I guess what I really want to say is this journey is YOURS. You are blessed that you are retired and can enjoy travel and I think most of us agree that travelling does pose particular challenges to our weight. I do not have the answers you are looking for but what I do know is that you are doing amazing and serve as an inspiration to many.

    476 days ago
    I'm not the best to suggest weight control..ha..ha! Although I did manage to lose 12 pounds during our last challenge which I'm DARN proud of. This was extraordinarily easy with my HFLC method. For one thing, all of those foods are foods I really love...CHEESE...did I mention CHEESE???? emoticon

    I find out that carbs trigger me to eat more and staying away from sugar is the best way to avoid over-eating. The HFLC actually keeps you full sooooo much longer so you are not always craving the next big thing. I start my day with a teaspoon up to a Tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee...sometimes butter...sounds awful but is really quite yummy and VERY filling.

    I'd suggest in your travels to try HFLC and do that as your primary...then just do an up to 3 taste limit (spoonful) for things that you really want to try as a part of the enjoyment of the culture where you are.

    We all know that after that first taste or two the flavor is just mundane and the calories are wasted.

    Then pump up that exercise girl...you'll figure it out! I'm cheering you on!

    Miss your blogs by the way. emoticon
    476 days ago
    WOW, that is my goal and it seems so far off. I'm learning maintaining is much harder than losing it. Keep up the good work
    476 days ago
    Wow six years !!
    476 days ago
    You will figure it out.
    476 days ago
  • LINDA058
    What an accomplishment!
    476 days ago
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