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What changed the most is that I didn't go on a diet. I decided to eat heatlhy, track my food and watch my portions. I also had some sessions with a hypnotist to help me (and that worked!). Over time I slowly changed my eating and now eat exactly what I want; I just want different things and more often than not I choose real foods, lots of plants and pay attention to my hunger level. Oh! And I also love to move every day.

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don't ya just love it! i have her book, "the call," which i have not yet read, but look forward to picking up soon. happy wednesday to all!

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Yes, absolutely crucial to gain MAXIMUM self-acceptance on this journey, even to kick it up a notch and move toward self-CELEBRATION!

Thx for the new reference to check out JULIEABIGAIL! I found an excerpt which I'll share back and pay it forward!

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and that feeling, tina, is what life is all about, from my perspective. you got it! that's it. and that is my big take-away from "the dance," a book by oriah mountain dreamer, which i highly recommend. what would it be like to live believing that you are enough, embracing yourself fully as you are, in this moment? i have gotten glimpses of living from a place like that, and there is a balance and peace that washes over me. i don't think it is a place one STRIVES to reach, but an awareness that that place is available for each of us, RIGHT now, if we choose it.for me, it is not a place of stagnation, but it is a place of stillness, of acceptance (not resignation, mind you), of presence. it does not mean we cannot change. but choosing to change from a place of feeling enough and honoring who and where we are right now is a far different experience from changing because one feels deficient and has to keep striving to be better. may the wisdom of your realization bring you lasting peace.

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Great comments--thanks so much, everyone! I've been thinking a lot more about this and from a mental point of view, I can also say that, probably for the first time, I've come to accept that I'm good enough as is. It's still nice to make and achieve additional goals, but they're really just gravy at this point and I'm actually content to stay where I am. I don't think I've ever been able to say that in the past.
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Loved reading all your answers.

I'm still discovering new stuff along this journey but the biggest change this time around was a more intimate relationship with nutrition. Mind now - I still like cheetoes and blueberry donuts and stuff - and even now and then incorporate them into my life. But these days when I look at them - I don't see food. I see ... well ... something else. They look like water slides or movie tickets. They're something I could do for an afternoon, but not a life. and when I see them, my eating responses send the message to my brain ... or maybe the brain sends the message to my eyes, nose and mouth - that there's NO nutrition in that stuff. somehow, the moment I gasp the emptiness of junk food - the less interested I am in it.

I will always be an emotional eater. I see that now. and the funny thing about that I seldom recognize the emotions because the cause - the situation - is in my way. So I might be stressed about something at work and overeat - but the next time something different comes up at work I'll still want to overeat. I'm hoping that soon I'll be able to react to emotional stresses the same way I react to food temptations. I'll have a food craving and I'll say "nope. That's emotions calling".

Work in progress - that's me.

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I forgot what I was going to reply (too young to call it a senior moment!) but I'm glad I started 'early' enough!!
I'd like to live to see 100, so I feel I'm on the right track now!

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Yes, agreed...age and the ticking of the clock is a big factor here too...sheesh, what TOOK me so long...?!? :-)

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Great topic.

Having failed so many times before, especially spectacularly in my 20s when I lost 100 lbs and then regained almost twice that, I am much more aware of how easily regain happens.

Also, I credit simple age for some of the discipline I have now that I did not have in my 20s. There's something about having gone almost 50 times around the sun that makes me take my life more seriously. Perhaps it's partly the idea that the next 50 years will be much harder if I DON'T take care of myself...



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I think the biggest, most effective change for me was switching my mindset so that this journey wasn't about weight loss, but about good health. That has really motivated me and encouraged me to stick with the changes I've made over the last year or so.

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My biggest change that came with the weight loss is feeling much better about myself, although the good cholestrol and blood pressure were wonderful, too. The biggest change that came with SparkPeople is feeling like maybe, just maybe, I really can keep it off!!!


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I've been maintaining for over 6 years, but I still find myself being surprised that my ankles don't swell now that I eat less salt and I actually enjoy trying on clothes in the store with those 3 way mirrors because I'm not longer ashamed to see myself from all sides. What great changes Sparkpeople has helped me to make. emoticon

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I lost 17 pounds so not in your category but it was a tough 17, especially since I started right after a hip replacement last year. I found I lost it slowly but it did come off eventually. I've been in maintenance now for almost 7 months. Maintaining has been fairly easy since I was able to lose it so slowly - not much difference. I do feel the weight loss has given me so much more self-esteem and confidence. I love SP!

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I am so close to maintenance. I've lost 50 pounds over the years, most of it with Spark these last few. I'm 4 pounds from my goal. What I've learned most over the last year is that I've been living a maintenance lifestyle, which is both good and bad -- good because I'm not putting on weight, and bad because it's been tough getting these last few pounds off. So, I hope that once I get off the Final Four, I can maintain it by simply doing what I've been doing so "well" this last year.

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I am like most of you. I have lost 75 pounds and regained some of it back. When I reached my WW goal I stopped going to meetings and watching what I ate and tracking what I ate. What changed the most for me now...........I set a realistic healthy weight which I can maintain, I still weigh in weekly at WW and I set up a website www.donnainthekitchen.com and blog and share recipes with others. I have committed to being active on SparkPeople which I didn't do when I regained 35 pounds. Now I check my weight daily and continue tracking my daily points. I keep on top of any any changes in my weight and correct any mishaps immediately. I am definitely more aware now.


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I'll echo that this time feels different. I went slower, had different goals, ate way more than I had when I first purposely lost weight, etc. What I am doing now is much more sustainable. Fitness was always easier for me, but my focus has changed a bit to having goals more than just working out. Have built more of a routine and am less easily sidetracked.

My attitude toward food has changed the most. I'm more conscious of what I eat and am working hard (and mostly succeeding) in breaking the guilt/reward/comfort relationship with food. If I want something, I work it in, but I usually want it to be worth my time - some something really high quality, unique, a treat that I can't get at home, etc. I ate only one piece of Halloween candy and my holiday indulgences were less than usual.

Right now, I'm working out the kinks of balancing a serious relationship with working out and finding my maintenance balance as well as work and other stressors, but I'm still exercising 4-5 times per week, cooking for the week and making mostly healthy choices. I've had to compromise more than my control everything personality usually allows, but I think it's been a good thing. I'm below the bottom of my range, and doing a running training program mostly successfully (though I've had to repeat weeks).

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My biggest change began when I was let go of a job I loved. I was told my job did not exist anymore and I was being retired. I sat at a desk most of the day full of stress and ate candy through out the day. My only exercise was going outside for lunch or to deliver papers. I only managed to find a part-time 2 days a week job for a lot less money. I walk my dog three to four times a day. I buy only healthy snack and no candy. I stand up at my new job for four to eight hours. If I go out I order only healthy food and skip dessert. I would rather have a fruit. Linda from bean town

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This time it really feels differently for me, as though I've flipped an internal switch and realized: this is IT! If I'm going to live a life that feels like the real deal there can be no return to the living death of roller coaster-ing the weight up only to be like Sisyphus, rolling that rock up the hill to lose that weight only to allow it to fall back again.

My greatest challenge now I think will be learning to be kinder toward myself and more accepting and loving toward my flaws. The most obvious way that this challenge presents itself is regarding my saggie-baggies, owning them, being proud of them and not allowing them to hold me back from those occasional moments of shirtlessness, (don't worry, highly doubtful it'll EVER become a regular happening...lol!) i.e. swimming in public, etc. That's the more outward, apparent struggle...but there is an inward component too of learning to simply be good enough, special enough as I am.

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What has changed for me is that no longer view that number on the scale as my goal. My goal is a day to day way of life and every day is a new day to give it my best. I have a goal weight range, and due to many life circumstances (injury) that I could have handled better, I have about eight pounds to lose to get to the center of my range, but, viewing this as a journey without an end and making it sustainable on a day to basis has been key.

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Tina, pretty much everything you said applies to my situation. I've been recently re-reading some old diaries from when I was in my 20's, and have been appalled at the torture I was putting myself through, eating less than 1000 calories sometimes! No wonder I could never keep the weight off! Logging in to this site first thing every morning, setting goals and challenging myself, having exercise become my new hobby, learning that more protein and fruits and vegetables are key factors, and the support, advice and example all of you maintenance team members are...all that is what is making the difference for me.

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Your blog is exactly what brought this idea to the forefront of my mind, Barb, LOL!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since. Had a baby at the end of April 2016 and am working to get back to my pre baby form, or at least as close to it as I realistically can!

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My "bonus blog" from yesterday pretty much spun around this issue: what changed... and for me it was a mental shift, and it happened gradually, over time, too. One of the best things I did to support this change was to join this team, when I was four pounds over my initial goal, and start to THINK like a maintainer. Think as though this is "for a lifetime". You are so right about sustainable lifestyle... when I found my basic "home" in terms of level of eating, that supported my natural body weight, and my "happy place" in terms of activity level? And stuck with it, pretty much... that's what has made the difference.

Every time I've drifted (and I have), I've realized THIS time, that I don't want to drift... I want to live this way. For the rest of my life.

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As someone who had been on the weight-loss roller coaster for years prior to my most recent efforts, I often think about why I've been able to maintain my losses this time whereas, in the past, I always regained any weight I had lost. Although there are many different facets to the issue for me, I think sustainability has probably been my biggest factor--choosing a goal range that was healthy, but allowed me some flexibility in terms of eating and exercise. Looking back on my past efforts, it's clear to me now that many of the things I had done in the past were not things I could keep up in the long term, so it's no wonder I always failed. Having specific support for maintenance and a safe place to air my thoughts here has also been very big for me.

I'm curious about what everyone else here feels has been their biggest change--whether it's in terms of habits or a mental shift. Why do you think you're successful now if you haven't been in the past? If you're not at goal yet or are still wrapping your head around the idea of maintenance, what do you think is/will be your biggest challenge?

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since. Had a baby at the end of April 2016 and am working to get back to my pre baby form, or at least as close to it as I realistically can!

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