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One year maintenance anniversary today!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

emoticon I'm overjoyed!!
I decided I needed to lose weight two days before this photo:

Every time I look at this photo I remember how awful I was feeling about myself. My desire to change was extremely strong - strong enough to join spark people!!

My first goal was to fit into my wedding dress again:

That was achieved about two months after I started sparkpeople. The dress looks better on me in that photo than it ever did on my wedding day!

Then I hit my goal weight just before Christmas:

And then became a serious runner (still surprises both me and my family!)

I have gone on to lose more weight and I think my body and my mind has finally settled at 54kg (119lbs):

I know there are those who feel maintenance begins when you stop losing weight, but I definitely went through a transition period, where I was figuring out just how many calories I needed to eat to maintain my weight and also, the more emotional acceptance that I had reached my goal and it was okay to eat more food. I did suffer with the worry that I would end up gaining all the weight I had lost back again. I'm feeling much more confident now about my ability to stick with it!! I feel that it is important for me to acknowledge achieving my initial goal weight because that had been my dream weight for my entire adult life. The fact that I have surpassed that, is simply the cherry on top!!

All I did was track my calories and exercise - every day! The trick is consistency with those two things. Using the options such as blogging, spark teams, and spark articles adds the external motivation when things are hard.

Now, I know statistically, I have a while to go before I can feel totally secure in my weight loss, which is why I'm still on sparkpeople. The need for support doubles after maintenance because 'living skinny' was definitely a mental adjustment for me (still is, sometimes!). But, the joy at reaching my goal is indescribable!! I'm very glad I made the change a year ago, and extremely grateful to be where I am now.

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    emoticon emoticon on one year of maintenance! what a fantastic feeling and wonderful accomplishment!
    2794 days ago
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    That is fantastic, you have done so very well! I too used Sparks only for tracking food and fitness, but gradually, ending up 'meeting' people through comments on their blogs, and made too many friends now to leave Sparks.
    Happy Maintaining!
    2795 days ago
    I know EXACTLY how you feel! I'm nine months into maintenance and am still adjusting to "living skinny". Staying active here on SparkPeople as a maintainer has been even more important to me than when I was losing weight and it's paying off. I'm holding steady for the first time ever!

    Many, many congratulations on all your success and on one year of maintenance. I look forward to congratulating you again this time next year when you reach year two!
    2795 days ago
    Congratulations! Maintenance, in my opinion, is so much harder than losing! Going one year is emoticon emoticon
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    Congratulations and Thank You for the explanations I reached my goal weight, anf could not maintain, I gained 10 pound back in a heart beat, so, I am slowly working on it again, and it is not coming off as easy as it did the first time, I am sure I was more dedicated the first time around, so it will happen this year, and then I will have learned how to do it.
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    2795 days ago
    emoticon on both losing weight and maintaining emoticon
    2795 days ago
    I could not agree with you more...tracking is still the thing that keeps me honest! When I don't track, like when I'm on vacation, I find myself creeping up. I have always been successful in getting back down to goal, but it still scares me. So far I'm at 20 months but it is something that I will always have to do if I am to be successful. Good luck to both of us!
    2795 days ago
    Congrats to your first year of maintenance,
    may there be many more!
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    Thanks for telling your story, especially about the worry of gaining the weight back. I still wake up in a panic sometimes convinced I've gained back every one of the 80 pounds I worked so hard to lose. Congratulations on your continued success!
    2795 days ago
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    Congratulations! Yay! emoticon
    2795 days ago

    What a fantastic blog !! Being in maintenance really is all about finding the right balance of exercise and nutrition. Good health really does come in many different shapes and sizes.


    2795 days ago
    One year down! A lifetime to go! emoticon
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