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What's this maintaining stuff?

Friday, June 27, 2014

A maintainer? Wow, I guess I can finally call myself that! Though it's been about 6 months since I came to within half a pound of the number on the scale that I said was my goal. But I really think what I've been doing for this past year is maintaining. So I'm making it official--I've joined a team!

I was overweight for my entire adult life until I made Spark People a part of my life three years ago.

I haven't weighed this little since I was in my early years of high school. So this maintaining thing is foreign to me. I've always been "gonna" lose weight or been "on a diet" (or not!).

Now I did it, and even though my mental image of myself is bigger than reality and I still don't always recognize myself when I glance at my reflection in a window, it really is the new me and I want to keep it!

I've become accustomed to shopping in the Misses department instead of plus sizes, and I never want to take that for granted. And some day I'll get the courage to throw away those "fat" clothes that are still lurking in the back of my closet. But for now, I'll revel in the fact that I'm maintaining, learn just exactly what that means, and set some different kinds of goals.

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  • ANYVAR54
    You have come a long way, Laurie. And you have been a great encouragement to me!
    2277 days ago
    You look GREAT!! It took me YEARS to let go of my plus sizes moved to an upstairs closet and ranged from 10-24; I'd gone down and up too many times in the past to trust it. The increase in activity I've learned here has made the difference. I got rid of all the double digit sizes at last, but only a couple of sizes a year. Now my closet is mostly 6's with a few 8's. Smalls with mediulms in workout clothes and pj's which I like looser. Life is so much more fun! Glad you are here and glad you are a MAINTAINER!!
    2532 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You look Great. Well Done. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.
    2547 days ago
  • MEME102
    Ahhh Yes I found it Laurie! Thank you for your help -- I just looked at that side as 'other stuff' I didn't usually look at! You ARE a maintainer! You have worked hard and your weight, your pictures and your time have shown that!So happy for you and yes you do look great!Hugs to you
    2548 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I am with you Laurie. This maintaining is hard work and right now I have a few pounds to lose. I would rather look at a few pounds to,handle than ten!!! So it is back to the basics and get rid of them. You are doin great and you look wonderful. Way to go girl!!!!
    2549 days ago
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