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Maintaining our new weight takes the same dedication as losing weight does.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hi Spark friends,
It has been a long time since I have last blogged about anything. To be honest, it has been way to long since I have even signed on here to do anything. I say this with regret because I learned so very much from this site and from all the wonderful friends I have made here. So then, why would I take it off of my "to do list"? Well, initially I was sick and going thru a lot of medical stuff. Then from there I got out of my routine of sparking. Finally, I have a friend who is terminally ill and am spending as much time with her as I can.

Today, I realized just how much I need to find the time to get back here and at the very minimum log in my food intake. I worked really hard losing the weight I needed to be healthy. Now, I find myself slowly slipping into old bad habits and I want to STOP before it gets out of control for me. So I am thinking about what really helped me and it was ALL of you and this site! SO, if something worked so well then why stop it? I still have limited time to be on here for now but am making a promise to myself to begin logging in my food everyday once again.

It is so very clear to me that we need to put in the same commitment and dedication in maintaining our goal weight as we did to lose the weight initially. I think I was losing sight of this. I am beginning to indulge a bit to often and in the back of my head, I hear myself asking what are you doing? I also hear my subconscious saying you know you should NOT be doing this. All the life lessons and healthy changes I incorporated into my life to drop my weight are in me and screaming in my head to get it back together. SO, here I am taking the first step to do this. I have put on 6 pounds and it stops here!!!! I will NOT go back to old BAD habits and gain weight!

We cannot just forget all the VALUABLE changes we incorporated into our lives when we lost the weight. We need to utilize them EVERYDAY!! I was really good about that until the last few months. I am the only one who can change my thinking and behavior and I do that today with my first blog in way to long! I am committing to myself in from of all my spark friends to get my self back on track and STAY there!!!! I have missed all of my friends here and even if I do not have tons of time to spend here daily, I will be logging in my food and just know I appreciate you all and respect you all for the commitments you make to yourself everyday! Bottom line is we have to do this ourselves for ourselves!!! It cannot be done for us!!! When we cheat, we cheat no one but ourselves!! So no more "I don't need to" or "I don't wanna" or "I don't feel like it", I am worth the effort and so are ALL of you! So, keep moving forward to your goals my friends, you WILL succeed! If you are a maintainer, then keep the healthy changes in your daily lives and you will be just fine!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day everyone!
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  • PRESHA911
    Thanks for enlightening those of us who haven't quite made it to our goals yet. This is just reaffirming that this is a lifestyle change and not a diet. I have to keep thinking to myself that losing the weight is one goal, but maintaining it for life is another. Thanks!
    4020 days ago
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    Your blog brought tears to my eyes..
    You have a way with words.
    I'm sorry to hear about your friend emoticon ..Seems as though you are pretty great to her.I will keep her in my prayers .

    I too have been guilty of forgetting ALL the basics that Spark has taught me in the past..It just happens..
    BUT one thing for sure is Spark also taught us to pick ourselves up!! And get right back on that healthy journey!! Now that is something we have NOT forgot!!
    God Bless~Christina

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    4020 days ago
    I've been at my goal weight for a year. I tried "doing it on my own" and found I was slowly slipping into my old habits. I decided I'm going to have to be a 'Sparkie' the rest of my life if I'm going to stay healthy. This is not a bad thing. I enjoy my time with on this web site.
    4020 days ago
    You sound much like me these days. I've gotten out of my sparking routine. I miss it like crazy but my life has been so busy that some how SP seemed to have been taken off my priority list, and I'm not even sure how it happened. But I'm determined to get it back high on my priority list! Don't give up!

    4028 days ago
    So glad you are remembering how important you are. This is a life long journey. I think sometimes it gets overwhelming to think about logging food everyday and keeping track of fitness minutes, etc.

    It is true though, it takes just as much to maintain as it does to lose. Sometimes, the motivation is gone because you aren't trying to lose. It becomes easy to indulge here and there. The next thing you know, you are GAINING weight again. Lots of people ask me why I still spark. The easiest answer is I HAVE to.

    So glad to have you back. Sorry that your life has been so hectic. I hope from a medical standpoint, you are back to health. Best of luck to you in all areas of your life.

    4037 days ago
    Welcome back bestest Spark Mentor ever! This is our summer of the 'no-creep'. No pounds or bad habits creeping back to rob us of our better selves. Love your attitude and learning from it as always.
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    4037 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4228914
    Wow...reading this, I had a Deja Vu. Had a situation with an injury that shot me into depression and I abandoned everything healthy I knew. Had I been logging and checking in, perhaps the slide may have not been so far...but I'm up again and I'm swinging! Hopefully it goes well for you too!

    4037 days ago
    You are so right! You have to stay focused or slipping back into old habits can happen fast! emoticon
    4038 days ago
    thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. i am close to goal and maintenance scares me! i like your words in regards to cheating ourselves. i am doing this for me and i am in control of the outcome. next weekend we have 5 or 6 graduation parties and i am mentally planning ahead for them now.

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    4038 days ago
    emoticon back, my dear spark friend!
    What a wonderful positive uplifting blog and attitude.
    I am soooooooooooo sure:
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1345136
    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure all the time you are spending with her is a great comfort.

    You're so right...the same habits that it took to lose the weight are exactly the same ones that will keep the weight off. There is no finish line - no "going off" the plan. That's the key to successful maintenance. Once you take your eyes off the ball, it's easy for old habits to sneak back in.

    Congratulations to you for realizing this right away and getting back to the basics. Welcome back!
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CHANGE4FREEDOM
    Hi Donna!!!!!! WooHoo!!!!! We've all missed you so much and thought you were gone for good. It is so good to see you here!
    Congrats on deciding to track again and stay maintained!
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    4038 days ago
    Donna, it is so good to see you here, you are missed!
    4038 days ago
    Welcome back! I hope you are able to stay. This site has been immensely helpful in helping me lose weight and get healthier. I also do WW. I know so many people on maintenance and they said it is just as hard, if not harder to maintain. Wishing you the best. I'm sorry to hear about your friend but glad you are able to spend time with her.
    4038 days ago
    emoticon emoticon First of all I am so so so so so so so so so happy happy happy you are back, and hope you are back to stay, I miss you.

    I have been wondering how your maintaining has been doing, I really am happy you blogged today Donna, We all need each other, weather it is for support to lose weight or support to maintain weight, we can do this when we do it together.

    Love ya!
    4038 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    I think it takes more dedication. Because we eleviate the fear and guilt associated with our being over weight and unfit. When we resolve those issues we are not much motivated to stay there.

    Also, there is another issue at hand. It's one thing to lose the weight and get fitter. If you do not change yourself, your inner-self, then you will indeed regain the weight and bad habits will come back.

    Hope to see you here often.

    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6550047
    this is valuable information I too was wondering what maitenence will be like... wtg on getting back on track ssoner than later.
    4038 days ago
    By the way~~~~~~~~welcome back. You were very much missed!!

    4038 days ago
    Thanks. I needed to hear that. I am within about 4 pounds of my goal so I will soon be having to maintain. And I was just telling myself "Hey, maybe I won't have to track every bite anymore". But you are telling me otherwise. Glad I heard it before damage was done. Thanks again.
    4038 days ago
    Great Job!
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