SparkPeople Losers Keepers Team Messageboard Maintenance is a journey and the sooner you begin the better your odds! We equip you with motivation and information to boost your success. Knowledge is power! SparkPeople Losers Keepers Team Messageboard How long you seriously working on weight control? I have been conscious of my expanding waste since college days. I used to kid myself that I could jog it off anytime I wanted to. In middle age -40ish I moved from working actively with kids to being an administrator. Then I started to put it on from 180 to 232 when I retired. Then down to 187 for a day or two. Then gradually back up to 217 while on vacation now back down to 207.7 or so. <BR> Hope to be leveling out at 197 or in the overweight category. This is my goal to be over... Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:20:36 EST Does maintenance have a definition This is an old question in the maintainer community, an in a certain sense I think most people come to their own definition. But this last week I've been thinking about whether maintenance is different from weight loss. <BR> And the answer I've come to for now is that weightloss is an outside in process, while maintenance is an inside out process. <BR> Weight loss is about the scale, and while that is not unimportant in maintenance, the calendar is what I'm watching. <BR> Weight loss is ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 11:01:54 EST Positive Health: researched based health promotion Last fall I found myself in an abnormal psychology class. I had been wondering for a couple years if there is such a thing as "normal" psychology and how could this help the issues facing maintainers. As we reviewed the grand theories of psychology and covered humanism (Rogers and Maslow) the professor said humanism has somewhat gotten watered down into self help, though there is a research focused arm called Positive Psychology that looks at what makes functional people heal.hier. Well th... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:09:50 EST Why I added Transition to Maintenance The main reason is that the team formerly known as At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance has been rebranded SteadySpark: At Goal + Maintaining. <BR> <BR> At the time I was envisioning this team, I had a lengthy dialogue with 4A-Healthy-BMI and TinaJane76 about the possibility of adding more psychological content to AGAM+TTM. They had thought at various times about changing their team name so it was less focused on being at goal. There had been prior discussions about it, and ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:48:19 EST Fed up challenge Hi, Leslie in South Texas. Been quite a while since I have posted and I am out of the loop. I need to get *social* again because I got down during the last few months and I am UP with the weight. Really wanting to keep my dietary choices quality, Along with that I am taking the Fed up challenge in order to try and finally ditch the added sugar in my diet. So far the history of this is Leslie 0 sugar 100. Has anyone seen this, and is anyone trying this? Would ... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:34:31 EST Book Corner: Mindset by Caroline Dweck The most important thing I've learned about maintenance is trusting that change is possible. This is particularly important in the face of that 5% success statistic. The maintenance marathon is not about seeing who survives the attrition, or at least it shouldn't be. Maintenance is not a matter of luck or inherent qualities. It is skill development. <BR> <BR> As I was thinking about this today the connection between this and incremental ability popped up and I decided to look more into... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:39:33 EST Levels of Depression Prevention This came to me because I needed to share something inspirational or motivational for the Panthers Pride (at Biggest Loser Challenge) and I thought it was pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> Attitude and motivation are really key in maintenance. The NWCR has found the two reasons people relapse are depression and disinhibited eating. I used to be chronically depressed and then after some recovery work for codependency and anxiety I found I was no longer depressed for no good reason. I still had fe... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:18:39 EST Attitude:Motivatio ::Strength:Cardio. Discuss. This means "Attitude is to motivation as strength is to cardio." <BR> First off, by attitude I mean mood, or how you feel about life in general. Are you up or down? Blue or shiny? <BR> Motivation is it's own complex of issues surrounding organization, consistency, boredom and so forth. It involves feelings but they are more specific in scope. You might feel too good to exercise, if you follow me. <BR> <BR> So I feel like attitude is like strength training in that in takes effort to... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:29:17 EST Hi Everyone, my name is Deborah Hi Everyone, <BR> I read the why- of -it -all for this group and I must say I am thrilled. <BR> My stats are I am forty I began at age 36 and five feet , seven inches tall fighting for my life and I survived obesity. I had been an obese child, teen, and young adult. By age 12 I tipped the scale at over 200 lbs. <BR> As of today I have gotten rid of 120 lbs. I have maintained that for two years and 7 months. <BR> I am not at my goal weight. I decided I want to lose 14 more pounds and reside t... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:04:50 EST Success at maintenance Hi Everyone, <BR> I read the why- of -it -all for this group and I must say I am thrilled. <BR> My stats are I am forty I began at age 36 and five feet , seven inches tall fighting for my life and I survived obesity. I had been an obese child, teen, and young adult. By age 12 I tipped the scale at over 200 lbs. <BR> As of today I have gotten rid of 120 lbs. I have maintained that for two years and 7 months. <BR> I am not at my goal weight. I decided I want to lose 14 more pounds and reside ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:03:39 EST is your spouse part of the solution or ? My wife and I have similar struggles with weight. The one thing she does that drives me nuts is buy bags of pretzels or some kind of bean chip, and eat and leave the bag out and open. It calls my name. I am down to the last 15 pounds to my personal goal for the next 12 years. <BR> <BR> How about you folks? We are together on most nutrition stuff and she follows my lead, without me telling her what to do etc. We avoid food fights that way. It has worked for the last 40 years or so anyw... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:39:00 EST Emotional Sabotage in the Overeating Cycle This is something that has occured to me as I'm reading The End of Overeating. He may wind up going here, but I don't think he will because he stays firmly in the science and has steered around words like addiction. Emotional eating has only been mentioned once. And I think it's right because it's not the case that eating is like drug use. Drug use capitalizes on the reward pathways nature established for eating (and reproduction). <BR> <BR> But I think that when we eat to escape pain,... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:08:42 EST Book Corner: The End of Overeating The overriding message of this book seems to be how excessive sugar, fat and salt cause people to respond to them the same way we respond to drugs. So overeating is not a matter of what we commonly call willpower, but of the reward center in the brain. I've just started reading it for my nutrition class. It's by Dr. David Kessler who once headed the FDA and lead the fight against tobacco. <BR> <BR> I'm not thrilled with his classing starches (including potatoes) as simple carbs and sugars... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:31:16 EST National Weight Loss Registry> new goal By next summer I will be eligible.July 7th,2014. I learned about it from you all. Probably Vtricia. Learned a lot from her already. <BR> <BR> I like this group! However can't get fitness minutes at a keyboard! <BR> <BR> You all are into it! <BR> <BR> Keep up the pace! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:15:14 EST New Goal Weight For most of my 20s, some of my 30s and some of my 40s I kept my weight at about 140 pounds. However, being the yo-yo dieter that I used to be, I would eventually put the weight back on. I am not a yo-yo dieter anymore. I plan to keep this weight off this time around. I have made lifestyle changes and I have a great support system and I can keep it off. When I started SparkPeople this time around, I set my goal at 145 pounds. It was just a random number based on history. I reached this ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:42:40 EST Oxidation types I was just commenting on someone else's blog and wanted to copy it down over here.: <BR> <BR> "I would say my emotional eating strategy is comprised of 3 things: <BR> <BR> The right food plan: For me this means a plant based diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables. I had always tried low carb in the past and couldn't stick with it beyond a short period of time. I recently came across the term "slow oxidizer" characterizing emotional eating, tolerance for skipping breakfast, failure... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:33:03 EST In what ways do you find maintenance different? I think the strangest part is that people who meet me now have no idea I used to be obese. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:02:01 EST The 5 month mark The blog featured at At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance this week is from Kimberly_Y and talks about some of her thoughts looking at 5 months maintaining. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478727 </link> <BR> <BR> "The fact is that I like my new healthy life-style and I use my free time to keep up with it. So, when my free time begins to dwindle, I wonder if I can stay with my maintenance. I know we all struggle with this ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:04:35 EST First Anniversary I'm going to collect some links to blogs for people's first anniversaries of maintenance here. Eventually I will have a team link to a googledoc with the different landmarks and anniversaries collected. I'll start off with Tinajane76's anniversary blog: <BR> "Tomorrow I'll celebrate a major personal milestone--one year of successful maintenance! After nearly 30 years as a yo-yo dieter, I feel as though I've finally discovered the keys to lasting success. To celebrate this feat, I've compile... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:13:12 EST Health in the News Timely look into a seasonal past time: <BR> <link><BR>en-teams-lose-fans-tackle-fatty-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> I imagine it applies as well to other entertainments. I've often wondered if the benefit to NWCR maintainers of watching less TV included less emotional roller coasters as well as less time sitting and less time exposed to advertising. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:52:05 EST Nine months till maintenan ce....... PLAN A HEAD! Hey I like the idea of being ahead of the game! I have lost pretty sensibly over the months and I am not doing anything to lose weight I can not maintain. I am retired so it has been easier than before. My time is mine. ( at least the time my wife doesn't have scheduled). I got a fitbit and love it as a tool to track exercise and motivate me to stay on track. I have incorporated a lot of items I have stolen from others already. So I am always open to learn from others experience. I ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:07:41 EST Mood and Cognitive Behavior Modification Several people claim to have invented varieties of Cognitive Behavior modification. I think it kind of arose as a reaction between Freudian and behaviorist models, and what distinguishes it, for me, is a focus on efficacy rather than purity of theory. <BR> <BR> The Beck Diet Solution is a work that applies Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques to weight management, but it is couched in the terms of weight loss. I have started reading it to see where it goes since ongoing maintenance is o... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:18:14 EST Step Trackers I was answering a question for someone about my fitbit and decided it was a pretty good summary and I would copy it over here. So many people wonder if they're eating the right calories and it takes all that into account. Or if you have a high NEAT* expenditure one day you might feel extra hungry, and without a tracker you wouldn't know why. So a step tracker is a major part of my maintenance strategy. <BR> <BR> Like I walked a 5k yesterday, which I would expect to put me up to 10,000 step... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:11:25 EST Tolstoy meets Star Trek (Diversity of motivation) Anna Karenina begins that all happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. <BR> <BR> I wrote a blog the other day about what might quantify motivation, and one of my friends commented : <BR> "Maybe I don't understand what motivation means. I've read posts here on SparkPeople where someone will say something like, "I hate being overweight. I need motivation to change." I think hating being overweight is motivation. Motivation isn't enough. Developing healthy ha... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:22:22 EST Book Corner: The Spark Solution The Spark Solution is probably the only diet (oops, I mean) healthy lifestyle book I ever planned to buy months before it was published. I wondered what would be in it. I worried they would tell everyone to not weigh themselves and eat intuitively since those topics would come up on spark coach from time to time as the ideal of lifestyle vs. diet. So that's what was bracing myself for when it came out. So I was relieved it didn't go that far. They kind of stumbled between trying to provi... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:03:09 EST Emotional Eating vs. Uncontrolled Eating Something I just learned a last spring is that Emotional Eating is not necessarily the same as Uncontrolled Eating, or bingeing. Here's the blog I wrote about it at the time: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310909 </link> <BR> <BR> "Earlier today I posted a status that it seemed like emotional eaters start eating for non physical reasons, and uncontrolled eaters keep eating for non physical reasons. That's not entirely the case. I was able... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:06:58 EST Diet Book Roundup Weight loss is different from weight maintenance, but this is a group where we hope to motivate people to lose with maintenance in mind. So this is a thread for reviews on various diet books. <BR> <BR> A kind of extreme example is J. Kroupa's 52 Diets, where he follows a different diet each week for a year. Some were crazy diets, some were pretty reasonable (he even did DASH, my preferred "diet" for a week.) The book winds up being a very revealing look into the psyche of dieters, how w... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:45:21 EST Book Corner: Refuse To Regain Refuse to Regain is a book dedicated to weight maintenance by weight loss physician Barbara Berkely. I did a series of blogs while I was reading this book. I've since learned that some of the book's attitude was the result of editorial choices. They wanted to differentiate the book from other maintenance books (such as Thin for Life) so they played up the tough, aggressive aspects. It also came to make sense to me that as a weight loss physician, she wouldn't know people who had lost or m... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:23:06 EST 9 months of Maintenance I had an idea with this that I could collect and link blogs that are from this timeframe, kind of a snapshot of what maintenance looks like as it goes along. People could add theirs or just make a little celebratory post. Here's mine, to start with: <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484178 <BR> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:50:17 EST Motivating Movies A quick list of some of my favorites: <BR> <BR> 1. Groundhog Day <BR> "I can't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter." <BR> 2. Chicken Run <BR> "The chances of our getting out of here are a million to one. <BR> -- Then there's still a chance." <BR> 3. Galaxy Quest <BR> "The show must go on." <BR> 4. Stranger than Fiction <BR> "So go make it the life you've always wanted." <BR> also <BR> "A tree doesn't think it's a tree, it is a tree." <BR> 5. (Is a TV show) Firefly <BR... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:40:09 EST What is a Maintenance Predictor? These are the behaviors identified by the National Weight Control Registry that show up in successful maintainers. I started working on these when I was around my midpoint in weight loss, when I first became aware of the bleak statistics on maintenance (only 5-20% succeed). <BR> <BR> The main ones they list on their website are: <BR> 1. Continued modification of food intake <BR> 2. Daily fitness <BR> 3. Eat breakfast <BR> 4. Self monitoring (understand weight, fitness and food interactions) ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:58:32 EST