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1/4/21 10:42 A

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My post from the past still applies. Reading and rereading this thread is always inspiring. All the collective wisdom and encouragement here sums up Linda's key phrase that speaks loudly to meand keeps me coming back, helping me to continue to meet my goals of living a fit and healthy lifestyle:

"They kept working at it, learning, focusing and moving forward with their goals-not just for a few days or weeks, but for months and even years..."



What I continue to learn is that I have done it, I am doing it but it is so DARN hard sometimes and I have to stay vigilant every day. Recently I let up and now I have to work hard to get back to my happy weight.

20 20 Lessons for me:

** Weigh at least weekly. I skipped during this for several weeks. emoticon

** Drink at least 6 cups water daily. Energy was low, appetite wasn't..

** Slow down my eating, eat to satiated.

** NEVER quit! Keep doing what I know works and finding ways to tweak and challenge my efforts. emoticon emoticon emoticon




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Okay, YES! Others have done it and so can I. I must admit that 2020 was a wash as far as my weight goes. A bit up, a bit down....repeat the sequence over and over and over ad nauseam.

Now for 2021 -

I am going to remind myself that I HAVE reached my goal before.
I'm going to push myself harder with exercise.
I'm going to stop letting Myasthenia Gravis be an excuse.
I'm going to solely get back to No S instead of making it an every other day thing!

What works for me? Some consistent exercise every day; lower carbs and a bit more protein than I needed when I was younger. Nothing extreme, just healthy food.
Now I have to go check out June's link! I'm ready to be inspired!

I can do this and so can you!

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Thank you for that link - what an amazing story - she's incredible!

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an inspirational story by one of the others who have done it


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Quotes from the above blog

Having lost weight a few times before with SP, I knew how, it was the ‘sticking to it now matter what’ mentality that I needed to maintain. I was determined this year to learn from my previous mistakes (losing focus, turning to food for emotional support in difficult moments, going into denial and the ‘I will start again tomorrow’ mindset, etc.)

. This time it will be different I promised myself! ‘ No matter what’ became my mantra.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/3/2021 (22:49)
June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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1/2/21 10:36 A

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Day 1 - Others have done it

1) Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight.
My husband - he limited food intake, nothing fancy, and he exercises daily.
My friend Anna F. - She got serious about carb counting and she walks an hour each day.

2) From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts
Exercise some every day - I'm convinced that it helps me mentally to stay on track along with the obvious calorie burning and increasing metabolism.
Food journalling - It's easy to say, "I'm doing everything right, I don't know why I'm not losing weight."


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Day 1 Others have done it
From all the success stories I've read, it all boils down to: Eat less and exercise more in whatever way that's sustainable for you to stick with. Over the past years, that has been attacked by gurus claiming it's false and that it's hormones and gut health to be the blame, but that's false. It's a calorie deficit in order to lose weight.

People have found success by
1) Tracking food by keeping a log
2) Burning calories thru cardio
3) Resistance training to feed muscles
4) Burning more calories than you eat
5) Being consistent, daily discipline
6) Doing the hard work, daily

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OTHERS HAVE DONE IT -

So have I! This year I reached the goal weight that I had set for myself years ago when I first joined SP. Unfortunately, the moment was fleeting. And here is why -

What do others do to make it work?
1. Consistency in eating healthy every day.
2. Mindfulness in what they put in their mouth.
3. Willingness to do the hard work
4. Accepting the reality that you must limit the calories you eat for the rest of your life

Those are just a few of the things thin people do.

What can I do?
1. Have a healthy meal plan
2. Monitor/weigh/measure the amount of food I eat
3. Adapt a new way of thinking about how I view food
4. Do not slide back into old, unhealthy habits

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Day 1 - Others have done it

I am thinking of people who maintain their goal weight - maintenance is hard - never getting obese in one's life - what do these people do, how do they do it?
my sister
3 of 4 grandparents
my youngest daughter

I want to be one of those people like my sister and daughter who have a groove going and don't seem to make an extra effort to lose weight, just eat normally and are balanced. Not extreme. Not critical of what others are doing. Not obsessing over food. Maybe I need to be a bit obsessive in the beginning to establish good habits, after that I want my habits to carry me, not be so hyper engaged over food.


2. From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts.

1. Eat healthy food.
2. Don't overeat or binge
3 Eat for nutrition and fuel, not for emotional comfort
4 Have a regular schedule for sleep, meals, exercise, everyday activities.
5 Be mindful of what you eat.

My sister is a natural, she has gained weight due to pregnancy and then returned to form by eating healthy, and having consistent meal times, and not having any attraction to over-eating.

My grand-parents
One grand father didn't like over eating and watched his portions. He was known to eat half a cookie, and eat the other half the next day He died at 89
The other grand father used to say you should be slightly hungry when you stop eating at a meal. He died at 84
My slim grandmother watched what she ate and exercised regularly (calisthenics and walks).
She died at 98.
My obese grandmother took care of her family in a very dedicated way and put them first and didn't practice self-care. She was much beloved by all who knew her. She died at 52.
My parents were slightly overweight. They overate their favourite foods sometimes. The slim grandparents were slim without a hint of overweight. And judgemental about non-slim people. My mom and dad died at 93 and 82.

All three slim grandparents had regular lifestyles - meals, sleep, schedules.


3. Make a sign that says, “Others have done it and so can I.”

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/19/2021 (14:30)
June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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1/1/21 11:30 A

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Day 1: Others have done it
Heck there have been times when I’ve done it, however it’s been a while since I’ve gotten to goal and maintained.
At this point I want to write my own success story and join the “maintenance” group here on Spark.
Personally I have a daughter-in-law and a niece who have lost weight and kept it off. They both inspire me because they both pay attention to their food and exercise plans to keep the weight off.
My sign with their names, Michelle & Marcie is on my computer under Day #1.
I’ve also decided to add the sign “Maintenance” to the vision board I’m working on for January.

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1/1/21 10:43 A

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I have "Others have done it, so can I" on my vision board - I did that when we went through this book last time - I wrote it in bold letters and cut it out and stuck it on my vision board. I do still see it every morning when I'm getting dressed.

I am inspired by others, but not always motivated by that inspiration to work as hard at it myself! I am not overweight, but I'm also not as trim as I'd like to be. I know that people who are leaner, work harder at it than I do. I'm trying to correct that by doing different kinds of exercise - particularly The Body Project. There are endless examples on their facebook page of people who have transformed themselves from obese to slim. I want to go from OK to slim.

Three things I can apply to my own efforts are:

1. perseverance - work out properly at 6 days a week

2. increase my weights and resistance bands - don't always take the easier options

3. enjoy being a person who keeps fit and works out - celebrate it



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Three things for me:
Track my foods
Morning exercise (this worked for me previously)
Make half my plate be non-starchy veggies

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Day 1 - Others Have Done It emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon tip ~ ~ ~ Drink water all day ~ ~ ~ emoticon emoticon u.nu/3o4cx


1st glass right out of bed, one hour before meals to keep hunger in check, carry water while exercising, sip tea or hot water before bed (avoid munchies)

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My bil has health issues so has been very diligent to lose weight and keep it off. A friend at church has also lost weight and kept it off

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest unto your soul.


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Actually -- I've been successful with my weight loss. This was not true for much of my life, but by keeping on trying even after re-gaining what I'd lost (many times), I finally started learning what I had to do to maintain. Yes...I still go up sometimes. But I'm talking 5 pounds where before it was 10-20 pounds. There are a couple people at the Y who have lost and maintained. One is a super-fit lady who became a personal trainer. There's also a woman in my lunch group who used to be about 30 pounds heavier when I first met her many years ago. She has maintained that loss for over 20 years.

3 things - (for me) daily tracking, daily exercise, daily weighing. Yeah...sometimes I don't end up doing a workout, or tracking. But that is a rare occasion. The weighing always happens. An upward trend over several days puts me on alert, and I can catch it before I get too far up.

Others have done it, and so have I! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAY 1 ---100 MORE DWL

Others have done and so can I!
Yes, I have seen other people do, lose the weight and keep it off. For one, my best friend and my one person to whom I look up to for inspiration here on Spark and in life in general, MAWMAW101, aka Phyllis emoticon (thank you Phyllis!!)
The other people in my life who have lost weight and kept it off are my son Kevin and his awesome wife, Sara.


Three things about them that I can apply #1 Have patience
#2 Apply good sense to all meals (well, most all)
#3 Be determined, know what you want.


WAKE UP HAPPY, SPREAD THAT HAPPINESS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR WORLD......ME


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1/6/20 5:32 P

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Day 1 - Others have done it



Me - I used to be 20 pounds heavier in high school, now I am within 10 pounds of goal weight and mostly living there the last 5 years.

Our local 10k race 2019 winner with a time of 37:59 in the 40-49 age category
He used to be an obese school teacher and he took up running, got slimmer, trimmer and fitter and runs race-winning times. He slimmed down about 10 years ago.

On Spark, several of the active Beck Diet Solution Spark team members have lost significant weight and kept it off, OneKidsMom, Slenderella61, Watermellen to name a few.

Three things about them that I can apply to my own efforts.

#1 They fight to stay at goal weight, it isn't easy, but they put the effort in. It takes a lot of effort to maintain a healthy weight, to make good eating choices, to resist eating too much.

#2 They all exercise as well as watch what they eat.

#3 They embrace support to help them and they support others as well.


I know 3 IRL people who went from chubby to svelte who don't the usual profile in more than one way. Males who didn't lose weight, but were chubby kids and slimmed down as teens and stayed slim 15 to 40 years later. My DS, my cousin, and a boy I went to school with. They didn't like being chubby as kids and they paid attention to what they ate once they lost the chub. My son, who I know best, eats until he feels full, often leaves food on his plate. He likes good food. He also makes an effort to eat healthy, he has chia pudding in almond milk for breakfast and he is careful about carbs, he substitutes chick peas for the carb portion of a meal. One thing about people who are careful, they can sound obsessive, but he is not anorexic and doesn't have an eating disorder, he does pay attention to what he eats. The other two of my examples, my cousin liked to look good and dress well, my friend likes to be trim, he has a physical job (owner-operator farmer) and that helps him stay trim. I notice they all put effort and attention into staying slim through how they eat, they are active but don't do cardio or strength training work outs . That points to once chubby, then ever more vigilant. My sister, who is naturally slim and always has been, doesn't really pay as close attention to what she eats, she just doesn't have a sweet tooth or any inclination to binge, she is naturally moderate and she eats healthy. Conclusion, most people have to put effort into getting to or staying right-sized. A few outliers are just naturally doing the right things.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/7/2020 (11:45)
June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Jumping back in after what has been a difficult year health-wise. Days after my last optimistic post here last April, I experienced a lumbar fracture and slippage, trapping nerves to my right leg and life has needed some adaptations since then.

On a positive note, my weight has only fluctuated by a couple of pounds despite having to re-think exercise methods and I will benefit if I keep it that way.

Support has come from home (Hubby is finally on board with sugary things not being a suitable treat.); my kids acting as walking companions and here at SP, where I have held myself accountable via Team Challenges.

My next points are practically mantras in our household; Put healthy food in the fridge; prep lots of raw veg; make lots of home-cooked soup; keep topping up the fruit bowl. Drink your water!

I battle with the temptation to nibble snacks in the evening when I'm tired after work, so my kitchen has a home made sign up that says, 'When you are having a bad day, reach for a good apple.'

Dr. Gregor is now a favourite, Gill, and tonight my physiotherapist cleared me to re-start Tai Chi. Good to be back.

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Day 1 - Others have done it and so can I!

I too love reading the success stories of ordinary people here on SparkPeople, in my TOPS Club magazines and this week I bought a People magazine. Generally I consider People one of those celebrity rags but annually they do a weight loss success issue. In this issue they have stories of several people who have lost over 1/2 their size - one of the ladies lost over 300 lbs and looks marvelous...that is without surgery too. The issue also has an article about people who lost and have kept it off for years. One person in that article has lost 130 lbs and kept it off for 17 years! Maintenance is possible!

Others really have done it....and so can I. I truly know that and I'm back for one more shot at 100 More Days. Right now I am about 10 lbs above goal so I'm struggling but...I know I can!

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I love reading the success stories on SP. Definitely plenty of inspiration right here.

1. I can make 'mini' goals for myself
2. Keep a positive outlook
3. Focus on myself
4. Do things that make me happy (Happy means less stress)
5. Reward myself - if I choose to do so
6. Continue to journal
7. Get plenty of rest and drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily

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My book and Journal arrived today. The Journal is really nice - bigger than A5 and not quite as large as A4 - a nice size for journaling.

I don't know anyone in real life who has lost weight and maintained it. I know of people who are still struggling, who knock back liquid replacement meals from time-to-time, or come to work with cottage cheese and salad - but who never seem to change shape really. Sorry, but it's true.

The slimmest people in my life are those who eat 'normally' by using fresh ingredients, cooking at home, eating well but moderately. I went out today with my bestie who is slim - over the years that I've been working through Linda Spangle's books, I've moved my eating habits closer to my friends in terms of eating more moderate amounts/watching portion sizes.

I think this is the biggest thing I've learned - it's about portion control mostly.

I know myself that cutting out snacks, sweets, seconds and using a smaller plate has been critical in me being able to control my weight.

I know that there are people at Slimming World who maintain their weight - but it's basically a low-fat diet, and includes potatoes, breads, pastas, rice, sweeteners, low-fat products etc - and I know that my body doesn't work well with that regime - any carbs make me crave more carbs - even potato and rice does that to me. I've learnt this over time. So although they are sometimes successful, it's not for me.

I have the sign up on my vision board "Others have done it! So can I"

I look to other fit women as role models for body-size - runners in particular.

Three things I can do:

1. run
2. No S diet
3. Try not to eat after 6 pm
[and weigh every morning for the reality check!]

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 1/6/2020 (13:58)
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DAY 1 OTHERS HAVE DONE IT

Like Gill, I don't know of any personal friends who have needed to lose weight, done so, and then kept it off. As we all know, it is a difficult road and requires an attitude and lifestyle change.

3 Things I Can Do:

1. I started using Linda's DOT Calendar on January 1
2. I have eliminated all alcohol intake for the first 2 weeks of January
3. I decided to follow the No S Plan

I also am going to try and put together a vision board. I saw one that a Sparker did for January. It was simple and darn cute.

Sue

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Others have done it, so can I! Absolutely!

Actually, I've done it before, just didn't maintain and gained it all back, unfortunately.

I've done it before I can do it again!

By getting back to basics... good foods, water, and exercise.



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Day 1 - 100 MDWL

People who have lost weight and kept it off - My husband has lost 30 pounds and kept it off for 4 years. Several of you Sparkfriends have.

3 Things I can apply to my own efforts:
(1) Stop taking small bites of things that aren't part of my plan.
(2) Exercise at least 10 minutes a day, try to do more on days I don't go to work.
(3) Don't give up!

I'm getting back to what I was doing in 2019: Journalling food eaten, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, eating healthy, avoiding processed foods, prayer, fruits and veggies, doing my lessons with this group.

Janet in Georgia

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Day #1 Others have done it

People who have kept the weight off:
There are people on Spark who have been in maintenance for years. If you are on this site long enough you will cross paths with them.
People I know from my old Weight Watcher and Take Off Pounds Sensibly Days have done it.
They all will say that to stay in maintenance means to continue doing what you do to lose weight, it really is a lifestyle change!
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sneak preview - we'll start here on Monday, 6th January 2020

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Wow! That IS a plan!
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My Day 1 - Others have done it

I’m curious to see where this 100-day journey will take me. I started with SparkPeople in 2007 and have come and gone many times over the years. I’ve met many SparkFriends over these years and learned from them. I’ve lost weight and gained weight. In October 2016 I came back and started again. This time I told myself I needed to get serious and stick with my plan. I weighed 240 pounds and started my new diet of eating less and exercising more. I started losing 1-2 pounds a week and lost 90 pounds. My weekly weigh-in weight began to stay the same in June 2018 and in October 2018 I officially told myself I was in maintenance, expected my weight would fluctuate +/- 3%, and I would probably not lose any more weight.

So, why am I doing “100 Days of Weight Loss”? Yes, the physical pounds are gone from my body, but I have always struggled with emotional eating and I need to work on that. When I heard about Linda’s books, I decided to give this a try. Today, on Day 1, it’s a little scary about committing to this for 100 days. But, you know what they say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Since I’m an optimist, I’m hoping for the best!

Here are my 3 Questions and Answers:

1. Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight. Ask them what they did and how they made it work. Write their comments in the space below.

I have gotten a lot of information about successes and failures over the years from many SparkFriends. Things that worked well and some that did not. I’ve learned so much from the teams and 5% challenges I joined. The leaders of the teams have motivated and inspired me to keeping moving ahead on my journey. Most recently I thank all the SparkFriends on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team Message Boards and their Spark blogs. The posted information on their insights and knowledge gained over the years from their experiences live on and are available to help other members like me.

Some of the SparkFriends who have helped me are:
HARROWJET (way back in July 2007), BODYLICIOUS, KRYS210, NHES220, JEANKNEE, RETIREDSUE, 1CRAZYDOG, LPORTER2015, DEBTEVELDAHL, A-HEALTHY-BMI, KRISZTA11, MOBYCARP, BESSHAILE, NELLJONES, BROOKLYN_BORN, ONEKIDSMOM, OOLALA53, SLENDERELLA61, and many, many more.

2. From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts.

Stop thinking about being on a diet. I’m on a journey and living a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t worry about the future. Focus on today and the next 24 hours and what I need to do to reach my goals.

Make a plan for nutrition and exercise and follow it. See my detailed plan below that I’ve written and revised over the years as I’ve lived with my ups and downs.

3. Make a sign that says, “Others have done it and so can I.” Place it where you can read it often and let it inspire you to reach your goals.

Done. Sign is on my refrigerator.

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The following is my Plan (taken from my blog Oct 2018 when I declared to myself I had entered the maintenance stage after losing weight). For most of the items on my plan, I learned them from SparkFriends and SparkArticles. My plan is now my roadmap to keep me on course and stay on track.


MY “NOW” PLAN FOR MAINTAINING WEIGHT

NUTRITION:
-Continue menu plans that have become consistent and routine for me day to day, eat predictable food I know I can count on for both calories and nutrients, eat food that I like and savor the food’s familiar taste that I like and enjoy, be mindful and aware of what I am eating, stay in tune with the energy and calorie needs of my body to adjust calories up or down as needed
-Track all food eaten in nutrition tracker
-Consistently eat breakfast
-Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fish, poultry, other lean meats, and dairy foods in my meal plans
-Keep portion sizes small and check food labels to track the right serving size numbers
-Keep healthy foods in refrigerator and pantry
-Keep daily calories to the 1000-1200 range
-Limit red meat (once a week or not at all!)
-Take multi-vitamin, vitamin C, omega-3 daily
-Measure food servings with measuring cups and food scale
-Keep meals simple
-No fried foods
-No fast food or carryout meals
-Use George Foreman grill for meats
-No sugar (use Stevia)
-No soft drinks
-No candy, cookies, donuts, chips
-Add olive oil, lemon, cinnamon, and ginger daily
-No late night eating...the kitchen is “closed” except for a snack and tea
-Go to bed feeling a little hungry and know my stomach is not stuffed full

KEEP DOING LTGL (Leading the Good Life) Habits:
-8 cups of water daily
-Nutrition Tracking
-Fiber Intake (at least 35 grams per day)
-Awesome (OSOM) (keep naughty foods out of sight out of mind)
-Use 9 inch plate
-20 minute meal (slow down eating for “eating awareness”)
-Get to Bed on Time
-Healthy Snack (under 200 calories) or No Snack

FITNESS/EXERCISE:
-Track all exercise minutes in the fitness tracker
-Walk 60-120 minutes daily (treadmill and dog walking)
-Resistance band exercises/strength training 30-50 minutes 3 times a week
-Callanetics muscle toning exercises 40 minutes 3-5 times a week
-Bat wing exercises 20 minutes 3-5 times a week

DAILY WEIGH IN:
-Weigh myself daily to track and find my daily weight fluctuations and learn from this
-Monitor weight and don’t allow more than 4 pounds (+/- 3% of my weight) of weight gain to occur without taking corrective action by reducing food intake and/or increasing my exercise level.

HANDLING SETBACKS:
-Be prepared to handle unexpected weight gain, missed exercise sessions, sudden cravings
-Don’t get frustrated, feel guilty, and forget my plan and goals
-Take corrective action and make better choices to get back on track
-Plan ahead for special occasions that could be a problem

SPARK SUPPORT:
-Stay active with Spark
-Log in every day
-Blog
-Read member’s blogs
-Continue with groups and challenges
-Support teams and members
-Continue Spark education by reading articles
-Try new Spark exercise videos
-Continue finding and trying new Spark recipes

HAPPINESS:
-Spend more time doing the things I truly love and make me happy
-Be with the people I cherish
-Value the moments of my life and enjoy and savor the present
-Do not allow worrying about the future

That’s it...my detailed plan for maintaining my weight.

Now I need to focus on the emotional issues and emotional eating.

~~~MARILYN ~~~
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The worst thing to be without--hope.
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I personally know people who have lost weight and kept it off, but can't think of any right now.
I am going to think about it and return to this thread
Haha, myself, I was about 20 pounds heavier in high school, every once in a while I run into an old classmate and they are surprised.
But there are more people in my life, including a few that went from non-active to athletic along with losing a lot of weight. I will return when I remember.

On Spark, several of the active Beck Diet Solution Spark team members have lost significant weight and kept it off, OneKidsMom, Slenderella61, Watermellen to name a few.

Three things about them that I can apply to my own efforts.

They fight to stay at goal weight, it isn't easy, but they put the effort in. It takes a lot of effort to maintain a healthy weight, to make good eating choices, to resist eating too much.

They all exercise as well as watch what they eat.

They embrace support to help them and they support others as well.



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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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I am excited to be here and grateful for all the insights and ideas from today's posts. I am very good at planning. I am not very good at follow through. Working on establishing a consistent exercise routine is an ongoing struggle for me. I have made lots of changes with regard to what I eat in the last few years but I am still working on the "why, when and how much" I eat.

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Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight. Ask them what they did and how they made it work.

I don't know anyone personally that was successful with losing and maintaining a weight loss, so I went looking online and found this article.

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From their comments, write three things that you can apply to your own efforts.

1. Using a vision board to "see" your goal.
2. 10000 steps, exercise 5-6 days a week
3. Mindful eating. Stopping when you are satisfied not "full". Learning the difference.

Make a sign that says "Others have done it and so can I." Place where you will see it often.

I printed 3 of the signs from the free materials and have one on my monitor (to remind me to move), one on my bathroom mirror and one on my refrigerator.


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Day 1 - Others Have Done It

Identify at least one person who has been successful at losing and then maintaining a healthy weight. If you can’t recall any friends or family members who’ve done this, have a chat with a weight-loss coach or program leader.

Today
Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight. Ask them what they did and how they made it work.

My son (lost 55 and kept it off)

From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts.

Balance out any unhealthy choices with better choices at the next several meals.
Add in strength training
Daily walks, if haven't got to step goal walk at end of day until steps met.

Make a sign that says, “Others have done it and so can I.” Place it where you can read it often and let it inspire you to reach your goals.
(You can also print out this sign from the free materials and resources for this book.)

Charlotte
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Others Have Done It, and so can I!

Others have done it. Heck, I've done it... I've lost 80 lbs, and it's time to buckle down and lose 80 more....

FatGirlFedUp has done it... she embraces her journey, and reminds us that you choose how you feel, not by how you look for hte number on the scale.

PeaceLoveWindmills has done it... she is a daily grinder... working out at 5 am, and meal prepping each week.

IndyGirl has done it... she has stayed connected to SparkPeople for her support system, and she has read books to help her grow on this journey.

I CAN DO IT! emoticon

Above all else, I choose HAPPINESS! emoticon emoticon

I will do the leg work DAILY! emoticon

I will stay connected with my main support systems on Spark: The Weight Warriors team, Move It, Lose It, Love It, and the No-S Diet page... along with accountability with my feed posts and blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 1: Others have done it

I know a couple people who have lost weight and have maintained the loss. I count myself in addition. It hasn't been easy at times, and every now and then I have to give myself a reality check and become super vigilant about what and how much I'm eating day after day. The maintenance process seems to go in cycles of it being pretty easy, to more challenging stretches.

There is also a friend in my monthly lunch group who lost about 20 pounds years back and has maintained that loss. I'm talking like 25 years ago she lost that weight...lol. Most of the ladies in my lunch group started an aerobics class nearly 35 years ago. Yeah...I'm talking lycra tights and leg warmers. emoticon Anyway - this lady always stood on the front row and she was never really overly heavy - just a bit more padding than she probably wanted. She must have been in her 40's when she lost down to being thin. It was never mentioned, but when someone stands in front of you in tights for 60 minutes 3 times a week, you can kind of keep track. The aerobic dance class has been long gone, but I see this lady (now in her 70's) once a month, and she has maintained that loss through all these years. She never talks about being on a diet, but I notice she orders selections that are lighter every time. Sometimes she orders a la carte instead of one of the lunch special groupings. She usually has tea with her meal. She always looks stylish!

I printed this coloring page
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from this website:
colormandala.com/

and I have a new package of markers from the .99 store that I'm going to color it with in a few minutes. I'm going to artistically write this statement around it;
"Others have done it, and so can I"
My goal is to keep getting better at this maintenance thing!

Paula -- Waco, TX area
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I started my serious journey in January of 2015 with Spark people. I had been on Spark for a long time before that. Most of my forays were into ridiculous fad diets that just ended up losing and putting back on. I had an emotional breakthrough in October of 2014 and started up seriously in Jan of 2015. I took off all of my weight in one year. I have maintained that since Jan of 2016. You may not know me in real life but I am real! emoticon
Maintenance is not easy. I used to look at skinny people and just hate them. I thought yeah look at them they are skinny and don't have to do anything. Not true. After I lost the weight I started talking to people who maintained a healthy weight. Guess what, they count calories, they track their exercise. For the most part they eat healthy. That's what it takes. Determination, staying with good food plans, and picking a fitness routine that you can maintain regularly.
When things change such as age you may have to change your plans especially the exercise part of it. When I turned 58 that happened. I had to choose either cutting calories or doing more exercise. I chose more exercise.
Maintaining a healthy weight is a choice but not always easy.

This time is THE time!


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This is a new experience for me. I love Spark People and being on a team that is being motivated by Linda Spangle who is a successful author is a true blessing.
Having 3 steps of being successful in losing weight.
1. To make it a daily priority to exercise 10 minutes with enthusiasm.
2. To eat with small portions and putting fruit and vegetables first in nutrition.
3.Start each day drinking water.

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Day 1 - Others Have Done It - 3/4/19

1. Identify at least one person who has been successful at losing and then maintaining a healthy weight. If you can’t recall any friends or family members who’ve done this, have a chat with a weight-loss coach or program leader.

Nope, don't know anyone personally who has achieved this. I myself have been successful at losing weight, it's the maintaining thing that slips my grip. :/

2. Today
Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight. Ask them what they did and how they made it work.

I've read several stories of successful weight loss on this site and others and there have been lots of good ideas.

3. From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts.

Don't expect it to be perfect. Loss will not happen at a perfect 1-2 lbs per week. There will be days you'll "trip" don't stay down, get up and keep going. Positive self talk is necessary and not to be overlooked or thought of as unimportant... no one wants this more than you do, so be your own best cheerleader, especially with that quiet voice in your head.



4. Make a sign that says, “Others have done it and so can I.” Place it where you can read it often and let it inspire you to reach your goals.
(You can also print out this sign from the free materials and resources for this book.)

“Others have done it and so can I!”

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Day 1 - Others have done it and so can I !!!

This is my second time through the book, okay so I plan this to be the first time I complete it, even if it isn't done every day! I will play catch up if I need to emoticon

Thinking about people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off!
I have met a few at my Slimming Club who have done this, they follow the plan, keep drinking lots of calorie free fluid, plan their food and enjoy the team support and the improvements it has made to their life and wouldn't want to go back to how they were before!
I have still lost 3 stones myself and NEVER put back more than I lost thankfully!

Lots of comments today have stuck in my mind,
- I agree progress not perfection
- I too will NEVER QUIT
- I will try to stick to my food plan, stick to my exercise plan, keep an eye on the scale weekly and stay strong, determined and kind to myself!

'Others have done it and do can I', i must try to use this as a MANTRA to read it and repeat every day! emoticon

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I love reading the success stories right here on SP! So inspiring. Yes, I can do it just like others have done it. -

1. Plan ahead. Be prepared.
2. Continue to work on increasing my exercise time.
3. Journal and post.

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Others Have Done It

In my “real life” I don’t know many people who have successfully kept off a lot of weight. I mostly find my inspiration on SparkPeople, in particular a SparkFriend who I have known since 2011-she lost 75 pounds and has been in maintenance for six years! I have yo-yoed so many times over the years, and now I am on the right road again with 22 pounds down since July and 10 to go to get to my goal weight. The frustrating part is it’s harder to lose right now, so I have to figure out what to change, since I have been up and down the same two pounds for over a month. I would love to join the Maintenance Team - until I join, I will read posts there to get extra inspiration.

Three things I will do that work for me:

~limit sugar and "bad carbs" as much as possible
~work on moderation, portion control, and mindful eating
~exercise every day (walking, strength training, stretching)

I will write the quote in my bullet journal for this month and look at it daily!

**~Amy~**

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Day #1 OTHERS HAVE DONE IT - ROUND 2

I am so grateful that I discovered how to use the Report forum so I can review where I have been, how far I have come, and where I am headed! This is a difficult time for me to start because we are on vacation and my boundaries are wider.

Last review I underlined the things that stuck out to me in each lesson using blue/black ink. When I read today's lesson something new stuck out to me and I underlined it in red ink:

"they keep working at it, learning, focusing, and moving forward with their goals - NOT JUST FOR A FEW DAYS OR WEEKS, BUT FOR MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS!"

It looks like this stuck out with a lot of you also. That is why we are here. WE NEVER GIVE UP emoticon

Here is the list of things I wrote last round:

1. Stick to your food plan - calorie count, low carb, WW points - I stopped going to WW because my focus was spread too thin. Currently I am doing Bright Line Eating based on the book written by Susan Pearce Thomas. It has removed a lot of the chaos from my brain.

2. Stick to you fitness schedule- if you don't have one, develop one & add it to your calendar - last year I struggled with my fitness consistency even though I had a plan on my calendar and personal trainer. Currently I am doing better and following Spark Guy's 10 minute motto at a minimum. I no longer need my schedule on my calendar - the habit is committed to my brain!

3. Portion control - measure & weigh everything. I have discovered that I need to keep a tight lid of this skill or my eating gets out of control. I gained and lost the same 10# in 2018. Currently B.L.E. the guidelines I use are very clear and precise for portion control so there is no wiggle room.

4. Track, track, track. - I sporadically used SP tracking and, although it has gotten easier, I fall away from it after a while. Currently I pre-plan my meals 24 hours in advance and commit them to paper for easy visuals.

5. Set your intention at the start of very day - My focus today is _________. During 2018 I gave up on this also, unfortunately. Currently I have been working of setting a daily intention, but I can do better at remembering it throughout my day.

6. Remind yourself frequently - OTHERS HAVE DONE IT AND SO CAN I ! !



Assignment - List 3 things you can apply to your own efforts.

1. Keep up with my fitness streak.
2. Keep indulgences to a minimum while on vacation - stick to daily food plan and plan for restaurant outings.
3. Reduce Happy Hour drinks back to zero by the end of this first week.


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Several people in my life are consistent in staying at a good weight and being active and healthy.

1. I will track calories and nutrients important to me every day.
2. I will get some form of exercise daily.
3. I will not let age or health issues get in the way of my progress and commitment.

“Others have done it and so can I.”
This is now on a sticky note on my mirror to inspire me to reach my goals.


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From last June when I said I would:
1. Make small changes and get comfortable with them before adding on too many more.
2. Eat three meals a day
3. Exercise daily even if it is just 10 minutes of extra walking

I've done pretty good at each of those although exercise continues to be a problem. I reached my maintenance goal in September of 2018. My plan through 2019 will remain the same.

Ruth, You may not know anyone in "real life" who has taken weight off and kept it off but you will meet some of those folks here. Spark friends and team mates are very real to me. It is nice to have someone you can see and work with in person; that is why I belong to TOPS. Even so, Spark has provided more education, motivation, goals and support than anything else I have tried in my many efforts to lose weight. You will find that Linda's books and the support of this team are so helpful! I wouldn't be on maintenance without them!


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Day 1: Others have done it and emoticon emoticon Top 3
1. Research and experiment to learn what to eat and how often
2. Cardio and ST can be done at home when I can't drive to the gym
3. Healthy routines take time and tenacity


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I'll ditto on "my last post still applies". I do not know anyone in "real life" who has lost the weight AND kept it off. Plenty of folks who've lost weight, though-- and then gained it all back. Closest I've got is my Spark accountability buddy, who has been there since way back when we both first lost the weight-- and now, years later, we're still Spark mailing each other through maintenance.

It's really helpful (motivating, inspiring, keeping me on track) to read books like 100 DWL and 100 More. Keeps me working at it, learning, and moving forward with my goals.

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I agree with Maria......my last post still applies. I love the inspiration I get from 100 days....the people here are great and Gill is amazing! I took a break last round and gained a few pounds. I’m back to become healthier and enjoy every day. Glad to see we have new friends! Gloria emoticon

One day at a time!


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My last post still applies. Reading and rereading this thread is so inspiring. All the collective wisdom and encouragement here sums up Linda's key phrase that once again speaks loudly to me. It keeps me coming back and helping me to continue to meet my goals of living a fit and healthy lifestyle:

"They kept working at it, learning, focusing and moving forward with their goals-not just for a few days or weeks, but for months and even years...



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The main point I have learnt from others.... and something I struggle with... is consistency. My road starts beautifully paved with good intentions, earnest checklists and research and then disappears into the undergrowth of 'life' at week 2. What I truly need to do is stop over-planning and simplify to 3 sensible changes I can stick with.

Secondly, it helps tremendously if you can get accountability and support from somewhere. It has taken the best part of 40 years to get my hubby on board with this one, basically because his family equated whopping great portions of food and sweet treats with affection. Luckily our children, now with their own families, are onside. I'm hoping healthy changes will benefit all of us.

This next point is directly from a previous post and needs no changes! Put healthy food in the fridge; prep your raw veg; keep topping up the fruit bowl. I'm a self-confessed emotional eater and it has been a battle to give up chewing on junk food when I'm down. I have a home made sign up that says, 'When you are having a bad day, reach for a good apple.'

Oh and there's the thorny little matter of REGULAR exercise...... hmmm.
You know it makes sense. Working on this one.....

I'll have a look for Dr. Gregor, Gill. I'm reading Dr. Sara Gottfried at the mo. Very interesting.



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I still rather like the answers I gave back in June last year........... but I'm going to do the exercise a-new, because I really DO want to get results from this. Step 1 of the 7 Keys to Success is "Keep moving forwards"! So, here goes:

For 'several people who have been successful' I look mostly to Sparkers on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance team
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this is the only place on Spark where I see people maintaining lower weight numbers and it motivates me.
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In my everyday life, I look to work colleagues and friends who maintain a healthy weight, and share tips with them.
I also follow my personal 'champions' on social media - one who stands out is Dr Michael Greger; he is such an uplifting person - so witty, knowledgeable, good example.
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I have his book "How Not to Die" and the accompanying recipe book - I noticed it was available in the local bookstore in paperback now - with the best-sellers! I follow him on Twitter where there is something helpful and inspirational every single day. I also have his Daily Dozen app on my phone. Well - you can tell, I'm quite a fan of his!
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Three things I can apply to my own efforts?
- choose plant-based foods
- do some exercise every day
- stop eating at 6pm most days

OTHERS HAVE DONE IT AND SO CAN I
I will write this on my Vision Board I think............... I'll take a photo and add it in when I've done it.
Here you are a


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day 6 - weekend revival. I wrote parts of weekends where I need nurturing. . . there are more than I realized. I decided my heart needs a vase of flowers in the house, clear furniture tops, good coffee, losing weight, a viable financial plan with goal of no more credit card debt. Hmm, satisfying my heart is as hard as staying on my eating plan. !! staying on my plan is also one of my heart needs.

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I'm catching up to y'all.

I love, love, love reading success stories. It gives me such motivation.

My three:

Remember why you want this … healthy.
Move your body daily … just do it.
Change your mind … and the rest WILL follow.
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**Others have done this AND so have I.
I write very little most daily lesson posts … so I am adding to mine. I have successfully lost weight a kajillion times. I WILL lose down to my goal weight AND maintain. I have what it takes and I know what to do. Just do it NOW.

I am FIERCELY determined to get to 145!!! But more important ... to have a healthy relationship with food and MYSELF.


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anything you can do, I can do better. Lost a 4th visiting pound.

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Others Have Done It

I have a sister who has worked very hard to lose weight the past year using a keto diet. I am inspired by her. She is very consistent , no excuses, with sticking to her keto diet, and to exercising daily.

Here are 3 things I can apply to my own efforts:

1. Stick to my food diet daily, no excuses.
2. Meet my exercise goal daily. My goal is to try to get at least 30 minutes per day of active minutes on my Fitbit.
3. I can do it, don't give up! Consistent effort daily. But if I mess up for a day, just keep going the next day.

Patty
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It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
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OTHERS HAVE DONE IT

Yep I ve done it before actually several times, but now I am close to losing my KOPS status if I dont nip it in the but.

TOPS have several success stories and videos about the exchange I may need to listen to some of them. I know that journaling most of them talk about and exercising, movement. and being a KOPS I want to continue to be an inspiration to other members.

This time I am working on consistency and constant of journaling and exercising. No more turning around. I will succeed at KEEPING OFF POUNDS SENISIBLY! No more Red marks on my weight sheets.

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I'm another one who's done it before and know I can do it again. I do think it will be slower this time due to my bum knee and my desire to be less obsessive than I was.
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I got up this morning, filled the kettle, checked my menu plan
"Others have done it, and so can I!" was looking at me!
This had a more powerful effect than I'd anticipated as I made breakfast and packed my lunch.
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100 More DWL - Day 1 - Others Have Done It - June 18, 2018

I am so happy to have her new book. I LOVED 100 Days of Weight Loss and did it twice, one day at a time. Now I have the new book and look forward to more motivation and weight loss ideas.

There are times I have felt weight loss was impossible. I have watched my 600 Pound Life and thought I would never get that big, then realized I have eating issues too, just not as extreme. I realize I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am happy, sad, bored, or need to self sooth when I have pain, or can’t sleep. Can I stop emotional eating?

I know others have been successful at weight loss including close family members and many Spark friends.

I can successfully manage my weight. I need to focus on what works for me to lose weight and exercise to be healthy and happy. Others have done it, I can too!

Stick with it. Do it every day!
Intentional Daily Exercise
Drinking 8 glasses of wate, drink water with meals, before dinner
Nutrition Tracking
Menu Planning – aim for 15 vegan meals per week
Breakfast
Freggies/Fiber
Sleep aim for 8 hours

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Achievers! Not for the powerful and famous, but for regular people who set goals and achieve them by their own determination,

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100 More DWL - Day 1 - Others Have Done It - June 18, 2018

Identifying someone who has been successful at losing and then maintaining a healthy weight does not help me. The fact that I did it before does help me. I maintained it through making wise food choices and lots of walking until I developed bone disease and had to have bi-lateral total knee replacements. Since then, I've had seven more surgeries on my left leg and have 16 inches of titanium in that leg. Sadly, I can no longer kneel to do some of my favorite exercises. I've learned to modify those.

I also moved away from my adult children and grandchildren. I did not allow myself to grieve appropriately and "stuffed those feelings" for too many years. Since then, I've learned appropriate coping skills and have been taking care of business.

I kept the weight off for three years by walking 3-5 miles daily and 7-10 miles on each weekend day. I now am using a rolling walker with a seat so if I must, I can sit and catch my breath. I'm starting on June 30th (a Challenge date) by walking 5 minutes a day and increasing it by 100 steps a day, if I can keep my pedometer from jumping off my waistband. I also have other exercise plans and am writing them on my daily planning calendar.

I've visited several Spark People who have been successful. Their plans are basic healthy nutrition, proper hydration, rest and exercise. That's what worked for me before and it's what has been working since last November when I made up my mind to change my lifestyle.

Things I can do today:

Use my nutritional planner at least a day in advance.
Stay within my calorie allotment.
Keep my water bottles refrigerated and ready to drink.
Exercise daily but get enough rest.

My sign will say: "I've done it before and I'm doing it now.” I will place that on my Vision Board and on top of each calendar month.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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I did it before, and I'm ready to do it again. I regained 4 pounds, but I'll have them back off quickly. They were just visiting.

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Day 1--Others have done it and so can I. Tublady, Trisha, started at 345lbs and now maintains a weight of 145. She amazes me. When I started Sparks in 2010 she always posted on my friend feed with encouragement and support. All these years later I am back at Spark and she was one of the first to welcome me back.

Three actions
1) use spark nutritional tracker

2) plan meals

3) Do an activity every day!

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Day 1 - Others have done it, and so can I. There is a Y member who lost about 60 pounds several years back and has kept it off, and is now a personal trainer at the Y. There are many I've come across here on Sparkpeople as well. I've also managed to keep on plugging through the years, and have maintained fairly close to goal.

3 actions I apply are

emoticon Keeping track of my calories and nutrients. As I've gotten older, the nutrients are as important (if not more so) than the calories.

emoticon Consistent exercise aiming for every day of the week -- sometimes missing, but not very often.

emoticon Staying active on Sparkpeople --interacting and participating here (like this challenge!) and using the nutrition and fitness trackers.



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100 More Days Day 1 ; I have talked with people, And Doctor Gina said she and her family eat a lot of vegy's (and lots of watermelon in the summer) My neighbor Ellen said portion control. And my aunt only eats two meals a day.My mother in law eats lots of carrots.

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Day 1 - Others Have Done It - June 18, 2018

I have a really close friend that lost weight a few years ago using weight watchers and running. In the past few years she has had many life changes including an unexpected pregnancy and birth of her third child. She no longer has time for running due to a very stressful job in addition to ball games and family activities but she has managed to keep the weight off.

My main focus needs to be my diet. I am trying to eliminate foods that are bad (processed, chemically induced, etc.) I have failed at many diets in the past so I refuse to start a plan that I do not want to do for the rest of my life. Clean eating is my plan, though I know there will be times when I stray, I will do my best to stay on track.

I had ACL replacement surgery almost six weeks ago so exercise is limited but I will incorporate all that I can.

I want to live happily, healthy and give all I can to others.

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Sounds like a great plan!

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Forgive as soon as possible.
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Day 1 Others have done it

Yes they have....and I can too! I'm reading another book called Thin for Life (the newest edition)by Anne M. Fletcher. It is based on a long term study of people who have lost large amounts of weight and kept it off. The author refers to them as the 'Masters" and she tells lots of individual stories and how people chose to lose weight; she also talks about the things that the Masters have in common. I do not know any of these people personally but their stories resonate with me as do many of Sparks success stories.

Three things I have done and will continue to apply to my efforts are:

1. Make small changes and get comfortable with them before adding on too many more.
2. Eat three meals a day
3. Exercise daily even if it is just 10 minutes of extra walking

I'm making a sign and It will be on my bedroom mirror AND on my vision board, which I have yet to finish! It will be done this week.


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I immediately thought of various SP members who have inspired me with their stories/blogs. Numerous members have lost weight and kept it off.

1. Going back to 100 DWL I still focus on remaining 'committed vs interested.'
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare
3. Checking in on SP as often as possible - I usually check in daily
4. Surround myself with healthy foods and reading material.

Yes, Others Have Done It and I can do it too.

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There are many inspirational stories here at SP and the key seems to be persistence through the ups and downs and valuing oneself sufficiently to persist.

My top three ideas, adapted from what I have learnt from others, would be:
emoticon That planning is very helpful. However, unless you have mega-willpower, a file-folder full of plans, good intentions and checkboxes won't do it alone. You need accountability and support from somewhere. Get the family onside or join a support team or challenge.
emoticon Put healthy food in the fridge; prep your raw veg; keep topping up the fruit bowl. I'm a self-confessed emotional eater and it has been a battle to give up chewing on junk food when I'm down. I have a home made sign up that says, 'When you are having a bad day, reach for a good apple.'
emoticon Nurture yourself and look for the beauty around you. I've learned that here from someone at 100 Days. Take joy from small things. There will be something if you keep your eyes and mind open.




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Day 1 - Others have done it and so can I !!!

Thinking about people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off! I have met a few at my Slimming Club who have done this, they follow the plan, keep drinking lots of calorie free fluid, plan their food and enjoy the team support and the improvements it has made to their life and wouldn't want to go back to how they were before!

Lots of comments today have stuck in my mind,
- I agree progress not perfection
- I too will NEVER QUIT
- I will try to stick to my food plan, stick to my exercise plan, keep an eye on the scale weekly and stay strong, determined and kind to myself!

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My best friend has lost 70 pounds over a period of several years. She has made many permanent lifestyle changes. That is the only way to go if you want to keep it off.

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My friend Beth has lost over 60 pounds in about a year, she did great at first and got off track, but shes now best on track and has lost over 20 pounds in 6 weeks on the keto diet. Other than her, I don't know anyone else in real life who has lost weight and kept it off. I was one of those who lost over 80 pounds and ganined it all back plus more.

There are a couple people I have kept in touch with that I met on SP when i first started on SP years ago who have kept most of their weight off. A couple I have become good friends with and have even met one and visited her and her family for a week a few years ago.

~Amanda~ .

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I don't know anybody in "real life" who's lost the weight AND kept it off.

There are plenty of folks on Spark, though, who have lost the weight and have been maintaining for years. All of them have made lifestyle changes. And even when faced with a setback-- they dusted themselves off, got back on track as soon as possible, and kept going.

My Spark buddy and I have been friends for over 5 years, and we've lost the weight and kept it off. Through all of this, we've shared (through Spark mail) what Linda talks about -- "working at it, learning, focusing and moving forward" with our goals.

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


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I don't know anyone in real life who has lost a lot of weight and maintained it. I think one of my best influences has been a slim friend who has always eaten moderate amounts. I've now managed to get my portions down to moderate sizes!

I am encouraged by all the successful maintainers in the Maintenance team I belong to - joining that team has really helped me keep on track, and keep my weight down.

Reinhardt Engels of No S Diet - habit formation!

Three things I can apply
1. Never, ever, give up!
2. Weigh daily if poss - keep an eye on the scale
3. Three meals a day, most days

I will write this on my menu planner which I look at every day “Others have done it and so can I.”


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People I've known in my life and here on Spark that have done it - lost their weight and maintained it - seem to share some key components for their success: they had a specific eating plan to follow or changed their whole approach to eating (as in eating for fuel and health focus), they exercised reasonably, they practiced accountability, they worked on making it a lifestyle change/not a temporary "fix" and they found ways to enjoy the process!

The 3 Things I'll Apply:

1) I will stay inspired to be my best/do my best by relying on spiritual strength/guidance to keep me going and I'll continue to read about other Spark members' experiences to reinforce knowing others have done it and I can too!

2) I'll focus on starting/developing a lifestyle change in regard to exercise (my weakest area). I'll start off slowly with 3x week/10-15 minutes minimum building up to 5-6x week/45 minutes-1 hour+. My focus will be doing exercise I ENJOY and "exercising" a "no excuses" approach while slowly developing it into a habit...not something I have to "force" myself to do.

3) I'll ask my husband to help me with accountability on this. The plan: I will ask him to check in with me on Thursday evenings - if I haven't done my exercise sufficiently by then to meet or be able to meet my weekly goal (3x weekly to start) it will be my wake-up call that I still have Fri-Sat-Sun left to "just do it" and "no matter what"...BUT enjoyably!


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100 More DWL Day #1 Others Have Done It!

I don't have any close friends who have been successful at losing weight and then keeping it off, unfortunately. I do have a couple of thin friends who I can look to for good examples. For now it is my SP and WW friends that I watch and listen to.

It looks like NEVER QUIT is the common theme today! I actually worked on this lesson yesterday because in the past I have found that it all gets covered very quickly and I don't have enough to time really give good thought and application to the lesson. I'm also going to start a new Report page for these lessons so I can measure my progress in the future - I'm sure we will revisit it again just as we do the 100 DWL book.

Here are some tips I came up with when I thought about people who have been successful:

1. Stick to your food plan - calorie count, low carb, WW points
2. Stick to you fitness schedule- if you don't have one, develop one & add it to your calendar
3. Portion control - measure & weigh everything
4. Track, track, track
5. Set your intention at the start of very day - My focus today is _________.
6. Remind yourself frequently - OTHERS HAVE DONE IT AND SO CAN I ! !

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 6/18/2018 (10:36)
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Key phrase from Linda, "They kept working at it, learning, focusing and moving forward with their goals-not just for a few days or weeks, but for months and even years...

"My SP accountability buddy and I have been helping each other stay in maintenance by keeping each other in check and inspiring each other for well over five years now. This was after both of us spent WAY too many years on the roller coaster of up and down yo yo-ing weight.

At the beginning of our journey her mantra was, "Stop the Madness" and finally we did. Not easy, No magic bullet or huge secret just "keep moving forward, learning, focusing".

Maria ~ So. Cal. ~ Pacific Time Zone
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Day 1 Others Have Done It.

-Never give up, you only fail if you stop trying.
-Find what works for you, not all plans work for all people.
-Be consistent.
-Do not compare yourself to others.
-Visualize your best you.
-Practice positive self-talk.
-Practice positive self-care in all areas of your life, weight loss is not just a body thing, it's mind, body and spirit.
-Live in the NOW.

Lots of examples of successful weight loss are here and all over the internet and in many books I've read as well as what has worked for me.

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Day 1 - Others Have Done It!

The exciting thing is that there are so many SparkPeople who have done it and are still doing it.

I'll pick TIKITAMI who not only changed her weight, but her life. When she started, Tami weighed 310 pounds. She couldn't walk up stairs without getting winded, always wore slip on shoes because bending over to tie her shoes was too uncomfortable and lied to herself repeatedly that she didn't look bad for her weight.

Tami know weighs 244 pounds and lives a very active life. In January 2014, she set a goal to exercise 10 minutes a day. She slowly increased her exercise until she was able to climb the Grouse Grind, lovingly referred to as "Nature's Stair Master" with her husband. She regularly does 5K walks/runs with family and friends. She does rock wall climbing for fun with her daughter.

Three tips from Tami:
1. She'd rather eat a bowl of watermelon than a sliver of cake. In the beginning, she kept bowls of grapes throughout the house, where she could easily grab them, to help stay on track.
2. She exercises throughout the day.
3. Set a goal and work toward it everyday. She hung a chin up bar in her doorway. When she first started, she could only hang from it (not chin ups) for 10 seconds. She built up from there.

I will add "Others Have Done It!" to my journal.

Edited by: DEEGIRL50 at: 6/18/2018 (09:38)
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Day 1-others have done it

SP has provided me with many examples of people who have lost the weight and are keeping it off. Reducing carbs has been a common theme Among them. Never giving up is another.

I’ve done this before and am anxious to get started. It’s time to get the emotional eating under control, one day at a time.

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Others have done it, so I can!!!

I know several people who have lost their weight and have kept it off. They are honest with themselves and continue to live their lives. I find inspiration here at Spark with many friends who have lost and talk about the realities of weight loss and loss maintenance.

Here's to Day 1!!!

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"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.-Albert Einstein

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Day 1. Others have done it!

There was a wonderful girl who was on Spark People but unfortunately is no longer with us, but she inspired until the end. Her name is Miss- Willow. Please read some of her blogs, she is truly inspiring. Even though she’s gone, I still send her messages.

I agree, never give up. There is always a new day!

So many great friends here in Spark People to encourage you!

We are on a great journey........onward!

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People who have been successful.
Indygirl/Indybunny has lost 230 pounds and a quote i relate to from her is " Life is happening now not 10 pounds from now" which is something I really need to work on because I have hidden myself from a lot waiting until I lost weight. I really want to emerge during the weight loss journey and start living now!

Sharilynn468 lost 189 pounds and her quote that inspired me is "You are never too old or too far gone to start a life of getting healthier".

Goodfeline lost 157 pounds. I like her quote " I'm doing my best, that's good enough". It reminds me to truly ask myself every day if I'm honestly doing my best. If I can answer yes to that question than I will just keeping forward if my answer is no then I'll adjust myself so I can do my best the next day. My goal is progress and perfection but I understand perfection will always need to be worked toward.

emoticon The 3 things I will apply to my own efforts are:
1. I will try and do something outside my "comfort zone" at least once a week during this journey and record what I did and how I felt when I did it.
2. I will ask myself everyday if I really did my best and deal with the answer accordingly. Being gentle but firm with myself.
3. I won't give up!

Oops, I forgot about making my sign. I'll work on that now!

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Day #1 Others have done it and so can I
My son and daughter in law have lost a combined weight of well over 100 pounds. They each work very hard at maintaining their weights by running, and working out in their basement, their makeshift gym.
My fellow spark sister, mawmaw101, has lost and maintained her weight loss by never giving up. She has inspired me, along with my son and daughter in law, to not give up this time!!!
Their words of wisdom.....Never Quit.....work hard and then work harder...Never Quit.

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Day #1 Others have done it

1. My daughter-in-law is the person in my life who has never gained back the weight she lost. She has become a runner and is now a coach in her spare time and a lifetime WW.
2. I know never quit, pause when necessary, but just don’t quit.
3. I will add a sign to my vision board to remind myself it is possible because Michelle has done it!

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Others have done it - - SparkFriends are inspiration!
~INDYGIRL and many others bit.ly/2HJBM7a bit.ly/2LPLNSB
1. Be persistent -- Consistency Counts
2. Little slips don't matter -- Think progress, not perfection and move forward.
3. Forgive yourself and others - we are learning a new Way of Eating (WOE)
4. Learn from SP, books and articles - apply ideas - experiment daily
Melissa Rudy's Spotlights bit.ly/2y8aurp bit.ly/2JPnPcM

Day 1 - I think everyone works at being a healthy weight.
Husband grew up in India and still eats mostly vegan. After feasting celebrations, he will fast. I can balance my carb-up days with IF.

Neighbor (age 80) eats donuts for breakfast but works from sun-up to sundown - yardwork, shoveling snow. She will skip meals for balance. This woman is in perpetual motion. Her biggest challenge is the same as mine - evening eating.

Sister is thin with 4 skinny children, she eats breakfast and skips dinner. Her children do not eat everything on their plates (eat hungry - stop full). Her fridge had 1/2 glasses of milk that my nephews were too full to finish. I'll never forget this because I would get food out of the fridge and knock glass of milk on the floor and curse every time!

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We walked and talked everyday

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Others who have done it:

My best friend Joe, who is a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and like me gained it all back and more and then had to start over. After several start overs, Joe is now about 15 pounds from goal. He lives alone and seldom cooks, and has learned how to fit his daily slurpee habit in to his plan, by reducing portion size and increasing activity.

The old Joe was a couch potato. Now he is very active, goes on wilderness vacations, owns and uses his kayak every good weather weekend, and walks his dogs 2 miles a day.


Lessons learned from Joe:

Make room in your plan for what is most important to you.

Never stop starting over. The right one could be the next one.

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This is where we will begin on Monday!

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I have done it got to my goal weight of 158 pounds, now I need about 4 weeks to get back to that weight from 165. It's not the food that I eat, it's the portions and less exercise than normal. Mr. Owl
Edit 6/18/2018 I am now at 161 pounds. I talked to a coach and she convinced me that my new normal should be 160 and being between 157 and 163 should be my goal. I can do this.

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Day 1 - Others Have Done It - June 18, 2018

Identify at least one person who has been successful at losing and then maintaining a healthy weight. If you can’t recall any friends or family members who’ve done this, have a chat with a weight-loss coach or program leader.

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Find several people who have been successful with losing or maintaining their weight. Ask them what they did and how they made it work.

From their comments, write a list of three things you can apply to your own efforts.

Make a sign that says, “Others have done it and so can I.” Place it where you can read it often and let it inspire you to reach your goals.
(You can also print out this sign from the free materials and resources for this book.)

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