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7/23/13 12:28 P

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I am a very active gma at 63. Just finished a 11 day cruise to Alaska where everyday was packed with activities! We had to come home to rest! Born and raised in central valley California. In the past, being over weight was an issue. Since I was seven I have had my diet modified, monitored or restricted have always been self-conscious of my body. now that I am very close to goal weight, I don't want to lose it. I have been faithfully going to the gym all summer, except when we were on the cruise. We walked, and did many stairs there. Each step on the journey is challenging, weight loss, realigning my way I think about food and myself and the big one maintenance. I want this badly to be the final time I have to loss it. I want to be like others and stay in the final stage of maintenance.

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7/18/13 2:34 P

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Am in Newmarket Ontario. My wife and I saw an article on Sparkpeople in Toronto Star newspaper Jan 1, 2013 about a guy that lost 90lbs. We started that day. The biggest thing is getting into the habit (requiring 21 consistent days) of keying in our food and exercise. I was 214lbs and am now 172lbs and feeling really fit. Its nothing to get on my bike and ride 2 hours even with hills or to swim for a full hour freestyle non stop. Goal achieved now trying to stop the slide and maintain. My wife has also lost 30lbs and is almost at goal too. We are very thankful we found Sparkpeople as we had no idea at all how to lose weight.
Thanks for making it easy.

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I've been a member of SparkPeople for years (since 2009, I believe) and lost a few pounds in my first few months of joining. But the creep of life caught up to me, and I slacked off SP and my diet. I gained back all the weight I had lost previously and ballooned up to 268 pounds.

November 16, 2012, I started back on my weightloss journey and today, I weight 168 pounds. I still have about 25 pounds or so to go before I will officially transition to maintenance, but these past few months, I have been gathering my sources and begun planning for transition and maintenance.

I am so excited to be nearing the point of maintenance - I've always been a "big girl" and have never been within a healthy weight range, so to have come so far and be almost there is a dream come true!

Thank you for the team and can't wait to check out the tips and share my journey!!

"The best diet is the one you don't know you're on."

"Remember: YOU ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE HEALTHY. You DESERVE good health!" (Me, back in March 26, 2013 - and I get it, totally sounds narcissistic to quote my old self)


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7/8/13 9:12 A

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7/8/13 12:57 A

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Hi all. I joined SP last year and got serious about losing weight in September of 2012, because I did not want to see the scales tip to 180. (I am 5'6") Shortly after I jumped in, we vacationed with friends and I experienced "food pushing" when they wanted to eat up everything in the fridge before we left so it wouldn't go to waste. I feel off track completely for a couple of months, but re-resolved the week before Thanksgiving. My goal was to lose 39#s, which I reached on May 6, 2013 with Spark People's awesome articles and encouragement! Along the way I bought a Withings scale and monitored my progress through SP, I counted calories with the SP Droid app, I learned what proportions were, how much some foods "cost" me in calories and so much more in SP articles and blog, and I started running in December with the SP Rookie 5K your way program after looking at another SP article that showed relative differences in calories burned from different kinds of exercise. I ran my first 5K in March. There hasn't been a step of the way that SP hasn't played a major role in my success. Thank you!!!

Now I am still running two to three times a week and learning how to add calories to maintain. I found that the original goal of weighing 140lbs was not quite low enough, and I've dropped a little more since then. I want to see how my body feels and looks at 130 - 135. I am taking up weight training next to tone things up and to allow me to burn more calories with my BMR as I adjust back to eating a little more food daily.

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7/4/13 9:28 A

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Oh boy, the LEARNING CURVE sure is HUGE!!!

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7/4/13 8:55 A

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I started at 217.7 in 2009. After nearly 18 months, I got down to what I thought was my goal weight: 112. I couldn't maintain that, and thru a lot of things, started to gain back slowly, then more quickly after surgery left me in a wheelchair for 3 months,

When that ended, I was at 174 and started the journey back to what I now think might be my goal weight - 120. At any rate, I'm happy I kept off 45 pounds and am now working on the rest. So far, over the last 5 weeks as I ramped up my exercise, the weight stated to come down.

It's a slow process, but I feel in control again.

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6/29/13 4:12 P

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I joined SP back in 2009 when My Points gave points for joining. Then I found a dress for my DD1's wedding that was too tight and my FIL died of a heart attack and I realized my DH could do that, too. DD1 pushed me back to Spark to lose the 10 pounds or so, DH joined a gym and I did too and I have lost over 35 pounds--my high was 186.

I am now trying to get to 145 and my body seems to like 149 so I'm not sure who will "win". I enjoy exercising, have learned to control my portions--at least, most of the time, and have been told I am a role model for several other mid-50s ladies! But--hubby isn't losing and I still worry about him.

I know what to do to lose some weight but now it is REALLY tough cause I am so close to goal. I keep doing the same things I did to lose and seem to be maintaining. So--this isn't too bad.

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6/20/13 10:30 A

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I joined SP in 2006 to learn how to lose weight after hitting my high weight of 135+ (I'm 5'3" and very small-boned). It took me a little over a year but I dropped to 110# and maintained that for about a year. Over 5 years I let inattention bring 10# back so about this time last year I re-dedicated myself to Spark and weight control. I used training for a HM to kick start my program and hit my new goal weight in Feb...been tenuously maintaining ever since.

I feel like I have seen every trick, evasion and self-delusion, but I'm finding that I can invent even more excuses to fall off my exercise program and eat more. Spark helps with that!

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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6/15/13 4:45 A

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My all time high weight was 306#. I started SP at 276# on July 26, 2012. I now weigh 170.6.

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6/9/13 11:21 A

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I was a thin child and never had a problem with my weight. I could eat what I wanted and not give it a thought. I even had four kids and gained 65, 45, 65, and 60 lbs. in that order. I always lost the weight.

Then the 40's hit. Slowly I put on extra weight. Looking back I realize that I was eating as much as my husband did and he's 6' 3" tall and overweight. If he cooked, he'd give me the same amount that he had on his plate.

I was unhappy and unhealthy. My work had a biggest loser contest and since I'm pretty competitive, ok very competitive, I joined. I lost 40 lbs and won over $350.00. I had a slight bump in the road about a year ago and gained 10 lbs. back. I'm currently at the lower end of my weight range. I've kept the same goal weight of 140 lbs., but my range is 135-140 since that is where my body seems to be comfortable at. My exercise was only walking 40 minutes a day 5-7 days a week.

Over the past winter I did Insanity and kept the same weight, but really toned up. When that was done I didn't want to lose the muscle and fitness that I had gained so I started running. I hate to admit it, but I do like running. Now if my knee would cooperate, I'd be much happier.

Today is my "baby's" 13th birthday so l'll be eating pizza and ice cream cake. I believe in moderation. I think that is why I've maintained my weight loss for over two years now.

I have to thank all of you for being with me on this journey to better health! The support is amazing!



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6/7/13 1:16 P

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Four years ago this week I weighed 206 pounds; This morning I weighed in at my goal weight of 150. There have been many bumps along the road as I have stated on my spark page and on my blog from this morning about reaching my goal. The Spark method of small steps, tracking, and community support has helped me greatly in reaching this point. Thank you Spark People!

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2010 - 222 August 2013 148 now at Christmas 2013 - 158 - gained 10 lbs this past 6 months.

Weight has been a concern as far back as I remember. My mother was very heavy and as a child I remember the neighbor kids always cracking jokes about her. I pretended not to hear the hurtful words. I felt embarrassed and hurt. Coming home from school I remember being very hungry and making peanut butter sandwiches. My mother would say, "ya know, if you keep eating that way, you're going to look like me!" I'd say, sure, mom, I'm a kid and get mad at her and stomp away with my sandwich. I just want to find a plan that works for me and not have to worry about gaining weight. Well, on the other hand, I need to accept the fact that if I don't watch what I put in my mouth I will gain back every ounce I have lost. Stay accountable for emotional eating is going to be hard, but all your support helps a lot! My mom was smart, she just didn't know how to teach me the right way to eat when she didn't know herself what was eating her. I don't blame my mother for me having the exact problem she had, I could use that excuse though. But I won't. Everyone is responsible for their own weight and putting the food or junk in our own mouths. Keep trying is all I can do. I have kept off at least 50 lbs for 3 yrs. I am a success with failures. emoticon

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5/29/13 8:17 P

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Thanks for the welcome! Still figuring out the site, but I love the idea of a blog-will have to look into this option more :)

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5/29/13 1:45 P

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Hi SMOOTHIEGIRL1, welvcome to SP, and welcome to the maintenance group! You landed in a great place for sure!

How did you find about sparkpeople, and this group?
How's been your time here so far?

So we can connect with you, I suggest:
- enable your spark page (even if you don't put much details for now), this enables leaving a message, getting spark goodies from others, etc.
- how about writing a blog? that's a great way to get feedback! you can look on others' blogs to have an idea.
- put your time zone and first name in your signature (available via your "sparkpage"), if you are comfortable with it!

Have a great Thursday!
Oliver

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5/29/13 8:56 A

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Hi everyone-I'm new to the site and to the group :)

I'm very happy to find a maintenance group, since so many other sites focus on the weight loss aspect, but nothing about maintenance?!

I've lost 40lbs doing alternate day intermittent fasting since last October, after having a diabetes scare. Got the extra weight off and new blood work in April showed my fasting glucose number is now 89 :)

I started transitioning to maintenance in March. Since then I've lost another 5lbs as I tried to figure out my maintenance sweet spot, and started walking and doing strength training. Right now I'm experimenting with different calorie numbers, to see how high I can get, while still maintaining in my goal range (124-126lbs). I'm also trying 8/16 IF and that's going well :)



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5/27/13 12:07 A

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I just realized I've been 3 months at my maintenance weight, woo hoo!! :)

I started Sparking as my 2006 resolution, it was my first serious attempt to lose the pre-menopause weight that I had let creep on through the previous decade. I was in denial when I started but I believe that first campaign shed 15% of my body weight (135+ to 115#) by early 2007. I was able to maintain for about a 18 months, until mid-2008. After about 6 more months of falling off the wagon and struggling to get back on, I spent the majority of 2009 slipping before I "recommitted" to Spark in 2010, but struggled for another year until 2012.

That's the year I decided to train for a Half Marathon as a way to kickstart my program; from Aug 2012 I focused on Spark and my HM program. These two brought me back to my goal weight in March. Now I'm going to make my second attempt at maintaining this weight.

Since I haven't figured out why I failed the last time this isn't a plan, it's a hope unless I can. This group should help.

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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5/20/13 4:00 P

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Hi,

I'm Jan and reached my GW earlier this month after joining SP in January of 2012. I've lost 74 pounds and do NOT want to gain an ounce of it back !! More important, however, is that I feel better now (at 53 years old) than I felt 10 or even 15 years ago. I know I need to keep the momentum up and this team looks perfect for that. Need challenges to keep the motivation up! I'm also happy to provide anyone else with any motivation I can!

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Hi, I'm Kriszta, I'm 45 years old.
Thanks to SP, I developed a healthy lifestyle, lost 25 pounds and maintained for 20 months.

I was 160 pounds 2 years ago when I came across book The Spark on the internet.
I didn't have weight loss in my mind, because I was way below my highest (174 pounds), and compared to that I looked and felt OK.
But the book sounded interesting... A lifestyle change and permanent weight loss in 28 days?
I checked out the website, and entered my data - it told me I could get loose 20 pounds in 3 months. It was so temping I gave it a try.
And it worked! I started to use the Nutrition Tracker, added strength trainings from SP exercise demos, added more stationary biking and walks.
My weight dropped, exactly as the Weight Report predicted, and I reached my goal.
And I felt stronger and happier than ever.
I gave up smoking, because it didn't feel right.
The workouts I did were not enough, I wanted something more, so and I started the 5K Your Way running program. And this worked too! At week 5 I ran my first 5K, and I run 4 times a week ever since.
I have maintained my weigh for 20 months, usually 4-5 pounds below my original goal.
I'm very grateful for this, because I never maintained my weight loss for more than a couple of weeks before. Also, my mood is better than ever.

I don't track my food since January, but I spin the wheel and track my fitness minutes every day.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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5/19/13 3:51 P

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My name is Kim. I am 39 years old and reached my goal weight of 133lbs at the end of April. I would like to stay in the range of 128 to 133 so shedding a few more pounds as I adjust to maintenance is ok with me. After reaching my goal, my weight increased by 1lb but I have kept my calorie range in check and it has gone back down. So I am joining this team because I need help with maintenance. I am struggling to figure out how I increase my calories but I am afraid since my weight increase once already. I have kept my calorie range the same for now and will slowly tweak as I learn how my body reacts to the changes. This is my second week of consistent tracking through the weekends too. Looking forward to learning more on this journey to health.

-Kim

"Be what you want, but always be you!"

"Enjoy each moment because it is a gift."

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5/14/13 11:25 A

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Hi...!
When I was married 12 years and 2 kids ago, I weighed in mid 130s.
add the usual culprits: time, stress, boredom eating and not taking notice and I weighed in at 178 post children.
Now I'm back to the mid 130s for the first and only time since. I plan on maintaining it, though am not entirely sure how.... enter "At Goal & Maintaining" group.


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5/13/13 2:44 P

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emoticon Hi Everyone! I started my journey July 2011 at 232. I rejoined SPARK people and started working out. My original goal was to be get under 200 but once I reached this goal I know I could do more. My lowest weight was 174 and right now I am round 176 which is fine with me. My goal is more of a range of 172-177 emoticon

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5/11/13 8:53 A

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My highest weight was 298 pounds. I had RNY gastric bypass 09/18/2006. I reached 155 pounds and maintained between 150-158 pounds for years. As my marriage was ending and I went through a divorce in 2011 my weight went up to 180 pounds. When I joined Sparkpeople in November 2012 I weighed 167 pounds I am now 1 pound from my goal weight of 155 pounds and working towards maintenance. I believe that all of the support , knowledge I have received at Sparkpeople has helped in getting there. I am looking forward to being a part of this team. emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 Like you I'm not at goal. As a matter of fact, I'm a long way from goal, but I love the encouragement I get from reading the posts from this team. One day I'm going to sign up as a maintainer, and hopefully one day celebrate those anniversaries. Welcome. I look forward to seeing you post.

Starting weight 1st Challenge 3/29 221.0
Final Weight 7/4--203.5 Total Loss 17.5 lbs.
7/5--205.0 Starting weight 2nd Challenge.
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Trying to be free of diabetic complications.

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5/8/13 10:27 A

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Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I am not yet at goal but this team was suggested to me by several other members who have been maintaining. They thought it would be helpful to me as a struggle to stay motivated enough to lose those last ten pounds. My main issue is that I have been close to or at goal many times in the past only to regain what I worked so hard to achieve and I have promised myself that I will not go down that road again. I feel that the Spark site has given me good tools and friends to help me get to goal this time and maintain it, and I hope by joining this team that I will be able to pick up more tips and ideas from other members who are able to maintain successfully.



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5/3/13 1:28 P

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Well -- this morning's loss of some monthly water weight put me below 155 pounds, or within five pounds of my SP-designated goal weight. (Still the only goal I've ever set or had set for me.) Which technically puts me within my maintenance range, right? Even though I expect I may lose more than that along the way as I work out exactly how and how much I want to be eating for maintenance, as my exercise routines shift, and so on. It sort of feels like I'm in the neighborhood of "there", even if the scale does keep moving a bit. At least, I don't feel anymore like I have an burden of extra weight that needs to be gone. I'm just working on living my life.

It feels -- strange. I never expected to be here. When I started changing things back in December I never let myself think about losing real amounts of weight. I guess I'm probably one of the few here who didn't have that as a goal at all. It just sort of evolved over time as I started to see the results and the benefits of my changes, especially after I joined this site. I don't think I could ever have succeeded at a goal to "lose 35-40 pounds", but as a side effect of the goals I did have and have been able to meet, it's quite welcome.

I think I'll do OK at maintenance. I feel like my mind is already there, at least in terms of diet. I haven't had any real "backsliding" (not the right word, but can't think of what I want to say) at all and I've been able to keep my real goals and needs in mind pretty well all this time. Though I don't track and never want to, I'm doing very well at keeping my portions and total amount of food eaten where it needs to be; even my attempt the past few weeks to slow down the weight loss a little bit seems to have been effective (2.5 pounds in the past three weeks to today including an "up" week and a "down" week in terms of the usual water weight swings -- compared to about 2 pounds per week previously). So I'm gaining confidence in my judgment.

Still working on exercise. Not being able to run or walk consistently has put a real damper on my motivation and enthusiasm, as those are the two things I can reliably get excited about doing. Everything else feels like work, and I struggle with it most days. I haven't lost the thread entirely, but it's something I have to keep fighting with.

Anyway -- glad to be here in earnest now!

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Just passed 1 year in my healthy range. My biggest lesson this year has been I don't have to be *super skinny*, I am in the lower -mid range and don't have to starve to stay there:) I do weigh in daily and have gone back to tracking my food.




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I am 1 pound from goal, but someone mentioned joining a maintenance team ahead of time, so here I am. I am not a yo-yo dieter, so much as a I have a circle I travel yearly. I start the year eating healthier. It isn't a New Year's resolution thing. There just aren't any good food holidays in January. I lose weight, the weather gets warmer and the gardens start producing great fruit and veggies that can be meals by themselves.

And then October comes along... Halloween is a big one in my family with food and parties, and more food. Thanksgiving, and then the whole food fest that is the winter holiday season kicks in.

This year, I did actually make an effort to more healthy and exercise more because as I'm getting older (44 now), it is taking longer to lose that 10 pounds I gain every year. And then there was the fact that this year, it wasn't 10 pounds gained, but 22. So losing and now maintaining, has become a conscious effort.

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I wasn't ever a yo-yo dieter type. I always had good self esteem, I always had lots of people telling me I looked good. I lived in delusion :) In high school I played soccer, did track and field and was in a competition marching band, so I always stayed at a healthy weight. I gained some the last semester of my senior year when I was going through some depression issues, but it just came off after I resolved those issues. Throughout my 20s I was up and down. I was in a sorority in college and I lived in the house for one year, I gained a decent amount there because they served very rich heavy food and we would often do late night runs to Dairy Queen. But then I moved to Chicago when I was 21.

In Chicago I lost a lot of weight, probably about 30 pounds, just because I didn't have a car and I walked everywhere. I was also too broke to eat out a lot. I still didn't have healthy eating habits though... lots of cheap pizza and peanut butter. I didn't try to lose the weight, it just came off. But after awhile I got a more sedentary job, which turned out to be a very stressful job, and I slowly put weight back on. My income went up, and so did my eating out. I ate at most of Chicago's top restaurants, that was my hobby. Great food, not so great for the waistline. Over the course of 5ish years, I gained around 50lbs, which put me at what I'm guessing was over 200 pounds, I didn't own a scale. I'm 5'3". It was a slow gain, but I didn't think anything of it, even after a doctor told me I had borderline high blood pressure and I needed to lose at least 20 pounds. I just blamed the job. I did have a short stint with trainer and I lost 10lbs, but then work got busy and I quit going and gained it all back and then some. I finally quit the uber-stressful job, and moved back home to CA. I didn't try to lose weight my first year there but I lost around 15lbs just because I was broke again and wasn't eating out as much.

There were a few events that caused me to want to lose weight. I saw a few photos from the time right when I left Chicago, and I was shocked at how I looked. Since I had gained the weight so slowly, I guess I didn't notice how I really looked, even though I was having to buy bigger sizes. One of those photos is on my Spark Page. Also, my mom told me that my aunt, who hadn't seen me in awhile, was "shocked" at how big I had gotten. Also, towards the end of 2011 and start of 2012, I started actively dating, and it wasn't going well. I got the same thing from almost every guy I went out with... "You're an awesome girl, I'm just not attracted to you". Then, my biggest kickstart, was meeting my SO in January of 2012. He thought I was attractive as I was, but he is a thinner guy, and I didn't want people to look at us and say "Look at that guy with the big fat girlfriend". So, I started working on it.

It was easy at first to lose weight for me. I didn't have much going on in my life so I could focus all my free time on weight loss... I worked full time, went to school at night. My relationship was long distance. Then, in May I moved to be with my SO in Colorado. I struggled at first, it was hard to adjust to living with someone who had very different eating habits, and figuring out how to put dinner on the table every night when I didn't even get home from work til 7pm. I joined SP in July, and it helped me get my weight loss jumpstarted... starting with a suggestion that I should eat MORE. I found a lot of valuable information in the threads, and I learned how to meal plan.

I hit my original goal weight (150) back in October of 2012, but I still ended up losing 10 more lbs, and I hit my new goal of 140 at the beginning of March, which puts me at a "normal" BMI for the first time since high school. Now, I'm REALLY trying to maintain here :)

Food has always been my thing, and I'm so glad I was able to learn how to still eat great awesome food without it being unhealthy. I really love to cook, and now I love to use my knowledge about cooking, meal planning, and grocery shopping to help others who struggle with it.

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4/22/13 8:59 P

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Hi all - going on maintenance round #2 due to an unexpected third baby! She is five months old now and I'm back! I had been an overweight/obese child and teen - lost 80 lbs my freshman year of college with starvation and extreme exercise. NOT GOOD. My gallbladder died and had it removed....tried to stay a healthy weight but was absolutely clueless how to do that and returned to bad habits. Had no idea what fiber was - at all. Met my hubby when I was 22 and happy weight piled on due to his horrible eating influences and courtship bliss. Weighed about 160 on my wedding day (I am 5'4). Had baby #1 three years later and went from 180 to 232 the day I delivered. The scale never dipped below 190 after that.....had trouble getting pregnant with baby #2 (due to obesity I'd guess) and went from 196 to 232 (yet again) on delivery day.

My Dad was disgnosed with a brain tumor two months later and I began traveling back and forth with the kids to care for him...scale remained stuck between 200-210 that time. He passed away two months after disgnosis and my Mom is a diabetic and needed my help due to her holes in her feet from uncontrolled blood sugar issues/stress. Caring for her feet made me realize how serious type 2 diabetes is and how I never wanted it. I was then bit by a Lyme tick and got Bell's Palsy and some other permanent health issues and the scale climbed to 216. I decided it was time to change for my kids!

Aug 2010 I started at 216 - I cut down on sodium, tracked my food on spark, began to exercise again for the first time in years, fed by body protein(I'd been a vegetarian for 13 years and ate junk - still am a veg though!), and taught myself nutrition. I found out what fiber was and that entire boxes of sugar free jello was not a good snack everyday since it did nothing for me but make me hungry. I reached my goal in Sept 2011 of 116 lbs (from size 20 to size 4). I was shocked to find out I was pregnant with baby #3 on April Fool's Day 2012 and had her in Nov 2012. I gained 52 lbs (118 on the Dr scale to 170 on d day) and lost the thirty extra lbs from Nov 2012 to Feb 2013. I never though losing baby weight would be easy but going back to healthy foods, protein, exercise, and all that I learned before and it fell off and I felt less tired and great! I am here to be supportive and need support. It is a hard journey and a lifestyle change as everyone knows! I look to help others everyday to better their health(helped my sister recently lose 30 lbs and going) and inspire others. I am now a size 2 at 114 today!

216 to 114- 5 lb maintenance range for life! 102 lbs GONE and a healthy lifestyle forever....leading by example! It can be done!


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4/18/13 10:54 A

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Correction: I was 25 when I had my first child!

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4/17/13 5:09 P

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Hi guys! I am 25, just finished my journey from 200lbs to 129lbs! I had a love affair with cheesecake, peach rings, and all sorts of carbs, and ballooned within a year. I tried losing weight the first time, didn't stick with it. Last summer I got tired of being fat, and went at it full forse. It took me eight months, and I used a matrix of weight loss methods (Atkins, exercise, and detoxing) to get to my goal. Just focusing on healthy living, and maintaining now. I maintain with Power Yoga and dance six or seven days a week, and I eat really clean.

Keep pushing! YOU WILL REACH THOSE GOALS!


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4/17/13 4:56 P

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I'm a 52 year old mom of five. I began having children at 35 and with each one, gained more and more until I weighed 200 pounds the day my fifth was born. (I'm 5' 6") I've been as low as 175 since then but for the last several years, I've been over 190 and disgusted with my body, unable to look at myself in a full length mirror.
I can't say what the turning point was that made me decide to commit to weight loss last May but I did, with all my heart, mind, body, and soul. My first goal was 175 but within days of setting that I discovered my "ideal weight" was between 130 and 144. I was astonished and decided 150 would be plenty hard enough for me to maintain.
I began working out 6 days a week with Jillian Michael's DVDs, watching portions, logging food and drinks, and tracking my weight and measurements.
I went from 191.5 to 150 in 8 months but decided to make it an even 50 pounds which would put me in the "ideal" range. I've been maintaining since January and finding it frighteningly easy, so far. I'm splurging daily on snack foods, coffee drinks and alcohol and foolishly avoiding returning to disciplined eating habits. I'm not sure if this is due to my increased metabolism but I know I need to stop this behavior before it gets out of control.
I'd appreciate encouragement and even lovingly stern warnings from those who've been through it.
Thanks,
Diana


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4/17/13 1:28 A

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hi, new to the maintaining team. i've been at goal for almost 3 months. all together depending on the day i weigh in i am between 22-25 lost.

former runner/over-eater/sugar addict to walker/mindful-clean eater (work in progress)
i used to justify my poor eating habits because i ran and would treat myself to food for a job well done. i did it for years! after a knee injury from over training i quit running and became fat and miserable.
i hit my limit on nov.1, 2012.
i got on the scale, started walking and tracking my food. i took control and did something about it. no more running.
glad to be here!
wishing you all a healthy day! tracie

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Hi! Several years ago my knees were hurting and I was told, mistakenly, that it was because I was overweight, 76 kilo. Actually I now realise it was from overexercising, but the mistake had a good spinoff. At great expense, but without going hungry, with the help of Slimming World, I got down to 65 to under 60 sometimes, and seldom went over 65. Great improvement, but still overweight and tired and unfit. Eventually I joined SP in ?June 2012, having read a recommendation for the site in a book. But didn't do much about it till December 2012. I also got a fitbit that month, and my January resolution for the New Year was to start exercising JAnuary Jumpstart. That actually got me enjoying exercise. So February I did 28 Day bootcamp. I didn't enjoy the last week, and realised later that I had been overexercising that week.
I had a very laid back weight loss schedule, aiming at 1 kilo a month. I only had about 5 to go, but the last few are the hardest, at least for me! I also aimed just to avoid putting on weight by the end of the month after Christmas, etc. To my amazement, I lost weight, even after the holidays, and by early March I had reached my goal weight, which I'd been hoping I might reach sometime during the summer!
I find maintaining far more stressful than losing. I get hungry, but think that is my body telling me I need more food. The scales seem to agree. I'm mostly a kilo below my original goal, and my present goal is to reduce my spare tyre further, which is happening gradually. I'm also aiming to increase my speed in a 20 minute jogging stint, also for 20 mins walking. SC says that should happen as I get fitter. The fact that I can now jog for 30 minutes is, in fact, amazing progress! I don't make myself do more than 20 mins, as I want my workouts to be something I can keep up, make a part of my life, and enjoy.
I live in Albania and have 2 large Albanian sheepdogs, who also think exercise outdoors is an excellent idea. No laws here about keeping dogs on a leash, so once we're out of the village, .they come off the leash. They wear electric collars so I can get them back if they go on strike, but usually they come when called, or a beep is enough to summon them. I shall now stop boring you and feed their Lordships!

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Hello everyone,

I'm Nancy, from Michigan. I lost 70 lbs on Weight Watchers, successfully maintained for 6 years, but now the pounds have started to creep back on me. I'm struggling with a lot of different things - hubby had surgery, my daughter had a baby and needed help, now hubby's back to work, I'm home from my daughter's and ready to stick to my plan and lose the extra pounds I put on while being a caretaker.

Hoping this team will help me stay on track - lots of bad habits have been creeping back up:(

~Nancy

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Last year I had a lot of upheaval and loss in my life. I also ended up without a car. Since I had to walk a lot more due to that, I started losing a little weight. Then I decided "Hey, maybe I should get back on Sparkpeople." I had tried it before but gave up relatively quickly.

This time I stuck with it -- started in October weighing 163 and now I'm down to my goal of 125. I'm not 100% sure how accurate these measurements are as I don't have a digital scale and don't really want to spend the money on one right now. But I'm pretty sure I did lose 38 pounds, because my clothes were way too big for me and people at work were asking what I used to lose all the weight. (Of course I told them about Sparkpeople!) I'm also pretty sure I'm in a healthy BMI which is nice. (I'm 5'3" so 125 is sort of in the "curvy" range rather than the "thin" range, or at least it looks like that on me, but I'm OK with that.)

I used the calorie tracker almost every day and started exercising with Walk Away the Pounds videos. And I really changed my diet -- I used to eat a bunch of junk food almost every day.

I'm really concerned about gaining the weight back since I hear such bad statistics about that. I'm going to keep using the calorie tracker indefinitely -- I'm a weird person who finds it kind of fun anyway. And I don't want to go back to eating junk and only exercising when I have to, so I'm pretty determined.

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I lost a LOT of weight in 2009, starting at 230lbs and getting as low as 155lbs. I am very tall. I got comments that I was anorexic at 155lbs. I gained some weight back due to these comments but let a little too much get back on. This morning I am about 180lbs and would like to be back in the 160 range. For my height this is normal BMI range. I am an athlete and work out ALOT. My body fat is normal even though my weight is high.
I have trouble with sugar and fall off the wagon if I start with that.


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I am Donna, I lost 140 pounds . I have been in my healthy bmi range for almost a year.



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Hello,

Just joined the ranks of "maintenance", as I finally achieved my goal of "normal" BMI in February. Happy to say that I've stayed in the normal range since then.

Looking forward to hearing from the veterans!

Patrick
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Hi! My name is Sharon and I am closing in upon my one year Spark anniversary of May 4th.

In December 2011, at my annual physical, my Dr advised me to either lose 10% of my weight with urgency or consider medication for both high cholesterol and pre-hypertension. I wisely chose the 10% and lost it fairly quickly and easily. I followed bits and pieces gathered from the Happiness Diet, the Flat Belly Diet, the DASH diet, and any diet or weight loss advice aired on the Dr. Oz Show! My husband was along for the ride as he was given the same advice by the same Dr, his physical being the same day as mine and he eating the same as I. We both liked how we felt and the results we were seeing after the 10% weight loss so we decided to continue the journey to improved health that we had begun.

In May 2012 we were getting ready to go on vacation and I was looking online for a calorie calculator/counter. I came upon SparkPeople and well you can all probably relate to the rest of the story! I found so much more than I was seeking. I found community, support, resources, tools, fitness, trackers, recipes, and friends! I found myself really. So here I am.

Where am I now? Not at maintenance, so I hope you don't kick me off your team. I am about 15 pounds from goal weight, kind of plateauing between 145 and 150 and testing not always consciously (get that?) how much play is in my calorie range. My fitness is greatly improved, I am feeling stronger and amazed at what I am able to do and mind boggled by my potential to progress more. The inches keep coming off even though the weight is more stubborn and more closely linked to my love of chocolate and evening overeating tendencies.

So why did I decide to join a maintenance team before I am at a true maintenance stage? Three reasons:
1. I am curious about maintenance
2. I am fearful I won't be able to maintain my weight loss due to past performance
3. I keep hearing and reading about this team... you know, oddly persistent coincidences?

I intend my journey to be joyful and I've come to believe this team is critical to my travelogue.

Sharon (Ohio)



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Hi my name is Donna and I have been with SpRk People for about two years. I have lost 25 lbs and now at the high end of my BMI. I am happy that I finally reached this range and would like to be a few pounds lighter but I am ok right here. Now comes the fun part.......staying here. I have done the last two challenges and will do the next one......I am a Teddy Bear. That helped me so much, being accountable to a team. Please stop by my Spark page and learn a little more about me. I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
We are travelling for the next 5 days so not sure how much you will hear from me but I will be back!!!
Donna

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a habit. - Aristotle

It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along. Gail Lynne Goodwin
From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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I have lost 50 pounds. I hope I have it right this time. I have lost this weight once before, but I think I have a better perspective this time.

do it!!


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What a great feeling - congratulations!

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Hello maintainers! I'm not there yet but have maintained my current weight (9lbs above my goal and at the top end of normal BMI) for six months, which I'm pleased about as for the last year health issues have been affecting my ability to exercise as I'd like. Looking forward to gleaning much from you all xx

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