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3/24/09 7:38 A

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Only if my metabolism doesn't downshift again! Maintenance was never a problem until my body decided to make changes in the way it functioned!

The only restrictions any of us have in life are those we place on ourselves.

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the time. George S. Patton

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3/22/09 3:28 A

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Never tried maintenance before, but efter 2 years I feel peachy and am getting just as many results if not more with my body building than the young chickies..
Only difference is I have the patience and know efter my journey that started back in week 46 2004, it has to be for the long haul. It has to be a balance also switching on in food situations and switching off without getting fantatic...

"I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsbility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
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8/1/08 8:53 A

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By now, healthier habits are pretty much engrained. I always choose foods more wisely; like at restaurants and grocery stores. Exercise is part of my life for sure. I guess the problem is that we need fewer calories with each passing decade, we are pressed for time from teens, our parents getting older, our jobs. I actually feel better in my 40's than I did in high school. That's a plus.

If at first you don't succeed...try...try again!

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7/29/08 10:14 A

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I don't have a straightforward answer either.

I had no trouble maintaining my weight WITHOUT dieting or thinking until I had a thyroid problem. Then it was a struggle until I joined Spark and slowly increased my activity, my strength training and increased awareness of my eating.

Now what effort it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle is MORE than offset by how fantastic I feel and how I approach life now!

"If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?" -Basil S. Walsh

I believe anything is possible - so decide, define and achieve!

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7/21/08 9:51 A

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I don't know if it's age or what, but I'm having no trouble at all maintaining. My mindset has totally switched to a healthy lifestyle, and I can't imagine going back to existing in mac & cheese and not being active. Besides the health benefits of being active, the new healthy lifestyle I've adopted has tremendously boosted my relationship with my husband. We are taking time to enjoy things together, and it's made a HUGE difference!

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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7/18/08 9:54 A

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Here's a funny thing. I find that I am much more active now at 44 than I've ever been in my life. let's face it, when I was in high school, I was usually the last kid picked for teams.

That situation would be totally reversed today. LOL !

But, as I mentioned earlier, I've lost weight before and I'd always seemed to regain it. This time I really do believe that being better educated has made a world of difference.

Otherwise, I should have started to regain over 3 years ago.

Another thing is that I do have more resolve now. I can't bear the thought of regaining. I worked hard to take the weight off. I don't want everything to unravel and see myself regain.

I like having arms that defy gravity. Mind you, nothing else defies gravity, but the arms do.

Go figure ! ;)

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7/18/08 9:42 A

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I find it easier to keep off once the weight is off, but once the weight was on it was much more difficult to take off than when I was 20.

Life is to lived and the people you love enjoyed, you never know how long you have.

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7/17/08 9:37 P

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I guess with age comes wisdom, but only if you apply yourself, and actively take an interest and learn things. This site is really wonderful, and has really focused my energies as far as losing and maintaining go. I lost most of my bulk 20 years ago, but like many, have been battling 15-20+ lbs for years and years. I really feel like this time, something has clickes, so whether it's the fact that I'm older and wiser, found Spark, workout more consistently, or whatever combination it is, I am truely grateful for it!

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7/17/08 5:35 P

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Yes and no. Yes, for the reasons you mentioned. I'm older and wiser. No, because I've found as I get older it takes a lot more effort to remain active! I'm not sure why. I have to be intentional about it and that's where the older and wiser comes in again. I make a lot better choices overall.

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
Philippians 1:21

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7/17/08 9:24 A

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Thank you all for your replies ! I know that I am better educated now (about nutrition, health and fitness) than I have ever been and I do feel that education is the big difference.

I'd like to think that I've finally learned the habits I need to keep from regaining the weight I lost. At least, I've just about made 4 years in maint. So, I must be doing something right. ;)

However, I will say that staying healthy doesn't come cheap. My 6-9 servings of fruits and veggies each day adds up.

Considering the high cost of quality food, I'm not surprized that many folks turn to low cost highly processed foods as a lower cost option.

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7/17/08 8:12 A

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I definitely have more self control in my 40's, but I still struggle with snacking when I'm stressed out. I'm more in tuned to my body and trying to eat consciously. At least now, I have a limit when I'm stress eating. Before, it used to be with abandonment. SMILE

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison. Quote by Francis Bacon
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7/16/08 11:06 P

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no I don't think its easy at any age. I have been up and down the scales all my life.

the only difference not is I have more self control and I'm better educated about healthy lifestyles.

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7/16/08 8:55 P

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I never dieted before, or exercised for that matter up until last year. That being said, to a degree it is was easy to lose and will be easier to maintain because my kids are old enough to look after themselves. I needed to be kind of selfish to lose the weight. For a lot of months, it was "all about me". I'm in a routine now and the family accepts that I will walk and/or workout every night and if they want something it will have to wait. They've gotten used to my saying if Momma ain't happy, ain't no one gonna be happy! I would have had a lot more excuses if my kids were smaller.

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7/16/08 5:34 P

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I was big on crash diets. Every 10-15 pounds I dieted it away UNTIL I hit my 40's. By then I was tired of the diets and tired of the gym and so I decided that I would just be plump and happy. Unfortunately my eating habits were so bad that plump turned into fat and then fat turned into obese. Since I knew that I was far beyond a two week meal replacement shake-down (pun intended) I HAD to take a different approach to lose the weight. It was the best thing in the world for me. I finally got it. Diets only work as long as you stay on them and you can't stay on them forever. But this healthy eating everyday and never being hungry, THAT I can live with for the rest of my life.

"I'll have what she's having."

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7/16/08 4:15 P

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I totally agree that as my kids got older it became easier to find the time to do what was right for me.

I no longer had the excuse of needing a babysitter to go to the gym or eating on the go.

I also think that I became more focused in my forties.



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Without sacrafice there is no victory!!!

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MARYRAM's Photo MARYRAM Posts: 626
7/16/08 3:04 P

I think you are right! Once we are mature enough to pay closer attention to nutrition information, it becomes like second nature to take better care on oneself.

I also think that if you are a parent, maintaining becomes easier after they have grown up because you have more time for yourself... not always hauling kids from games to music competitions, or to the mall, etc. Therefore, it becomes harder to make excuses for not exercising.


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7/16/08 1:31 P

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Hello fellow 40 something maintainers ! I guess I'm the new kid on the block. LOL !

I have a question for you. After losing the weight, do you feel it has been easier or harder since you hit your 40s ?

I've found that once I hit my 40s, while losing weight is hard, keeping it off has been easier. Not that keeping weight off is easy by any means.

What I believe is that because I now have more life experience as well as more knowledge about nutrition and fitness, I'm better prepared to keep the weight off.

Twice in my life I've weighed over 200 pounds. However, when I finally decided it was time to lose weight, I knew that I didn't want to regain it.

I've been a yo-yo dieter for far too many years.

What's different ? Well, I think the big difference for me is that this time around, I really wanted to learn about good health. That's instead of just losing weight.

Over six years ago, I fell in love with kickboxing. I was offerred a chance to teach a class and I jumped at it. The problem ? I weighed over 200 pounds. I was one of those fit, but fat people you read about.

Well, I decided that in order to be a better kickboxer, I needed to lose weight and take better care of myself. I was one of those folks who thought that as long as I exercised, I could eat whatever I wanted and that was a big mistake.

Anyway, I paid closer attention to my nutrition, started cross training along with the kickboxing and before long, the weight started coming off.

Long story short, I took off approximately 55 pounds in a year and in Sept, I'll have kept it off for 4 years.

Things that I learned along the way included portion control, learning to eat organic, avoiding highly processed foods, moderation in my exercise habits, etc...

I think the reason I've been able to keep the weight off is that I learned good habits and they've stuck with me.

Maybe it's because I'm more patient these days. I don't know. But, it seemed that when I was younger, I wanted everything immediately and if I didn't get instant results I would end up frustrated.

So, I ask my fellow maintainers... what are your thoughts. Do you think it's easier at 40 ?

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