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The Benefit of Maintenance for Me

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I belong to a SparkTeam called Maintenance & Transitioning to Maintenance. I joined that Team when I was in sight of my original weight goal of 130. Now, four years later, I have "maintained my new goal of 115 for six months and have more energy and healthier living has become a priority to the point that I hardly have to think about it..

Recently, the Team Leader sent us a message asking us what Maintenance meant to us. SO, I've been pondering the question.

Four years ago, I had more than 45 pounds to lose, was feeling my loss of mobility and feeling depressed and low energy most of the time. I found Spark and fell in love with it. The great community support and SO many Spark tools to help us lose that weight and get fit at the same time continue to amaze me!

These days I love my life. I've lost the weight and kept it off for 3+ years now. I still get onto Spark everyday, log my food and exercise, and check out my Teams. Most of my focus, though, is on being with other people and trying to help. For me, the best dividend of being in Maintenance, is the extra energy,and zest for life it gives me. This new daily "inspiration" makes my heart sing and my limbs move in almost effortless ways to touch lives constantly.

The newest aspect of this is Better Balance. I've volunteered at the local Senior Center for 12 years and love the people there. It's my second home. Since I'm hoping to live to 90 like my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, I started taking a Better Balance Class as a student in September. My instructor asked me to take the training to become an Instructor in December, so now I'm a fledgling Tai Ji Quan Teacher. It's so rewarding to see these people who normally use walkers, etc., challenging their balance and standing to do the Tai Chi. Four days a week I'm now teaching Tai Ji Quan for Better Balance.

Yes, walking is my favorite form of exercise. If I don't exercise, my body tells me. I do vary my forms of exercise for exertion and relaxation, but almost always move my body beyond daily activities. I love to walk wherever I'm going within my town. When our rainy northwest Washington weather is really pouring it down, I pull out my DVDs and walk indoors. I also strength train several times a week at home and do the Tai Chi routine daily. That really is for the flexibility (and balance using Dr. Li's program. (You can look it up at tjqmbb.org.)

I'm cheering each of you on for success. It really IS WORTH IT. You are worth it. Start out slowly and read all the great articles that appeal to you. Use the built-in support system here. I'd love to hear about your progress and the milestones you hit on this journey toward health.
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