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2/7/20 7:07 P

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I appreciate all your advise, truly! I am a retired rehab nurse. Trust me, I will not go against my doctors advise. I want to talk to her about resuming exercise and see what she says. I saw her last month and she said no Zumba for another month. The next week she changed her mind and told me Zumba was okay after seeing how fast my incision healed. Some people heal faster than others. She admitted she has doesn’t have experience with patients my age who practice martial arts. I know how to modify my form so as not to undo my surgery. My issue is the more sedentary I am the more debilitated I become. Plus I’m beginning to feel cooped up. It’s affected my disposition. Just another negative in terms of healthy healing. I believe it is counterproductive to active tissue healing. I have a feeling she may agree. I’ll see next week when I see her. But thank you for sharing your advise!



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2/7/20 6:38 P

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If your doctor has you on a weight restriction or has you limiting your activity it is only in your best interest. They go to school for a loooooong time to make sure the information they are giving you is accurate can be trusted, and their job is to basically 'look out for you' --- My co-workers and I work in healthcare because we enjoy helping people. Trust me, it isn't the pay most of us are getting that keeps us around!!! So yes, your doctor isn't lying or trying to keep you down in bed forever - they only want to help.

"Rather safe than sorry" comes to mind. Your healthcare team has safety as their #1 rule. "Do no harm" - the surgeon spent time and effort during your procedure, the last thing they want is to see that procedure fail.

Remember - this is only temporary, but injuring yourself further might have even longer lasting effects or issues. I hope this finds you well, and that you have a quick recovery so you can get back to doing the things you love.

Edited by: DAJODU at: 2/7/2020 (18:42)
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Welcome back, Miami. I can completely relate about not being active! I'm glad you're on the mend.

I had gyn surgery (single incision robotic surgery through the navel) and my doc didn't give clear instructions about how much to do or not do as I healed. I believe I cause a hernia to.develop at the incision site because I returned to my yoga and bicycling too soon, and required a surgery to repair that later the same year. So, I'd advise erring on the side of caution, as it takes the body time to heal even from minimally invasive surgery.

That said, is walking off limits? Perhaps you could simply be more active that way without lifting heavy things or doing "real" exercise. I've used my fitbit to very gradually ramp my activity level up after surgeries and illness, and that works well for me.

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Hi! emoticon

I am returning to the team after being away for a few months.

I had abdominal surgery in December and am still in the last month or so of my convalescence. My doc and I disagree on how long my recovery should last. I'm a quick healer and am antsy to get back to my regular routine. I'm going to see her next week to discuss this issue. I feel the more I lay around the less I will heal due to poor muscle and tissue tone. Her argument is she doesn't want the operative site to stretch out. Already, I've become intensely bored and become more and more depressed as the days go by. I'm not the idle type. I feel between my poor mood and sedentary state it is counterproductive to healthy healing.

In the meantime, I am happy to say I've been maintaining a healthy weight. The only deficit I have is muscle tone. That I definitely need to work on.

Thanks for having me!

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Welcome Dajodu!

Well, I'm smiling because I share your tendency toward hanging out in 'underweight' territory.

However, I did have a period of roughly 20 years where my weight rose and I eventually entered the obese category. Learning which foods did and did not support my body led my body to re-enter that underweight category and I have been there since January 2015.

I detest the feeling of being stuffed. I tend to under eat when overly stressed. That being said, I have never consciously calorie restricted. I defer to the body. There have been times that my weight has been so low that it psychologically messes with my mind (although my doctors were not at all concerned about it) and during those times I tend to push nutritional intake a bit.

I do not have any eating disorders. And, many folks in real life are astounded by how much I eat given how thin I am. I do, however, have other health challenges and am dogged by numerous allergies / intolerances / sensitivities.

For reference: What messes with my mind psychologically is seeing scale weights that put my BMI below 17.0

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome, Dajodu!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hello! Sweetenufgill told me about this group so I thought I'd drop by!

I'm currently trying to gain a bit of weight and work on overall health, wellness, and bettering myself.

I had been cleaning out an e-mail inbox when I noticed an e-mail from SparkPeople after not having used this site for many years. The last couple years I have not been taking the greatest care of myself, and towards the end of last year specifically I knew I had not been eating the way I ought to be. After seeing the e-mail, I decided to hop back on SparkPeople and get myself to a better place.

It was no surprise to me when I stepped on the scale that I've been hovering between 124 / 125. Being just shy of 5'10, this puts my BMI into the 'underweight' category, but most of my life I weighed between 130 and 132, so I'm pretty familiar with hovering around that category anyway.

The one time I felt like I successfully put on weight was using this site so I'm back to make a lifestyle change and keep it

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Welcome MaryAnn!

If challenges support you, take a look at our upcoming maintenance challenge that begins Wednesday, November 6th.

Here's the link to the thread:

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Feel free to open new threads and ask questions or SparkMail me directly.

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hello. I'm MaryAnn. I am now in the normal BMI range but think I want to lose a little more (less than 10). I seem to go between mid 120's and mid 130's. I'm trying to maintain my weight in the 120's. I'm only 5'1" so my normal BMI is from 132 to 98 lbs. I'm 56 so I'm not interested in going below 120. Joining this group to hopefully be able to stay at mid 120's.

Edited by: MEMEQ2 at: 11/2/2019 (16:27)
love the life you live, live the life you love. - Bob Marley

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Welcome!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Welcome Suseee!

Congratulations on your return to Spark, the 58 lb. loss and loss of inches. Hope that has helped manage the diabetes.

Finding this team has really helped support both my weight and health maintenance. Happy to have you join us!

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Hello everyone--

I am within 4 pounds of my goal weight. I started on Spark the first time in 2007. I lost 34 pounds and by 2015, I'd put it all back on and then some. I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2015 and that was a wake up call. So--back to Sparking and four years later, I've lost 58 pounds and several inches. I want to keep the weight off this time-long term.

I am 62, a retired nurse, married with one adult son. I live in a semi-rural area where we have lots of wildlife--including bears, cougars, coyotes, rabbits, deer, and the usual forest animals. I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, traveling and love watching football and baseball.

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8/7/19 6:07 P

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Welcome Liz!

We have another maintainer teaching in Japan. Her SparkID is DESIREE672. There are other teachers, retired teachers and education employees among us too.

I share your love of the outdoors and coffee and find pastels beautiful; although, I do appreciate deep pops of color too.

Enjoy your summer holiday and family visit!

Again, emoticon

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Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome Eliz!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hello! I'm just beginning to transition into maintenance - I wouldn't mind losing some more weight, but I'm starting to feel happy with my weight and how I look and feel. I've lost 30 lbs this year and I need to keep it off. I regained the last time I lost, and it was really hard! So this time, I'm determined to put in the work to keep it off.

A little about me: I teach English at a girls' elementary school in Japan. I love being outdoors. I love anything pastel, and I love coffee. I'm in the US for a few weeks of visiting family during the summer holiday.

Nice to meet you all! I look forward to learning lots from everyone here!

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Thanks so much everybody for the warm welcome! Appreciate all of the information and suggestions.

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Welcome Stephanie! Happy to have you join us.

I am another with hypothyroidism that also joined this team as I transitioned to maintenance.

Do take a look around. Following blogs of maintainers and their day-to-day has supported my process as have the maintenance challenges. Feel free to ask questions and open new threads.

You can click on the team logo and it will bring up the team's Big Page of Links built by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI and others. BAPEARMAN and I organize and facilitate the weight maintenance challenges. We roll a new one out every 9 weeks. Another will be starting the Wednesday following Labor Day here in the U.S. MAREE1953 oversees a daily discussion thread. KRISZTA11 is happy to field questions and provide feedback (as are many other maintainers) and LAURIE5658 facilitates celebrations of members maintenance anniversaries.

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcone, Stephanie!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hi everybody! My name is Stephanie. I've been on SparkPeople for many years (since late 2005, if I remember right) and just love it and the people. Due to hypothyroidism and a love of sugar, I've carried that last pesky 15-20 pounds around for too many years. No longer.

I'm very near (3 pounds) transitioning to maintenance so I wanted to work toward setting myself up for success in that realm. So here I am.

I'm looking forward to checking out all the resources you have listed. I really appreciate everybody who's done all that work! As soon as I hit goal, I'll be tapping into my maintenance anniversary and moving forward from there.

I like that this team is very active and I plan to become much more active over the next several weeks.

Thanks for being here!

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7/8/19 12:13 P

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emoticon Larissa and 20k!

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Great plan and advice 20k!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Life is a roller coaster ride filled w/ups and downs can make it hard to control your Weight. Weight problems are my Family DNA. I have Neuropathy Nerve damage in both feet. Was at 260lb wear42 pants in 2015. 2016 lost 70lb. to 185-190 lb. size 36 pants Weight issues will always be w/ me but workable When you make a goal reward yourself w/ a new outfit, give your self credit pat yourself on back... We all need some kind of hobbies. I like writing to fill in time. Find something to do that you will enjoy doing. Getting outdoors in nature if can is 90% of the battle in feeling better. Life keeps getting better w/family and friend supporting your Weight goals. ..... NEVER BE ALONE

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Welcome, Larissa! You've come to a great place to get the support you need. We've got lots of helpful links and resources, and share our experiences in different ways. Some (like me) prefer the daily thread and maintenance challenges. Others post to the team wall. Whatever works for you is fine, and it's perectly OK to experiment to figure out what works. One of our mantras here is that we're each an experiment of one (who first said that?!), so we're constantly tweaking to figure out what does (or doesn't!) Work for us.

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hi all! I hope it's okay for me to be here. I got down to about 174.6 in April, which is pretty close to where I wanted to be. I was 34% body fat, which is also close to my goal. Then, I got really sick with a heavy metal allergy and started gaining like crazy. Last time I weighed in (this past Saturday), I was 196.4 I need a healthy way to lose and maintain my weight, and so I joined this group. I don't want to go back to my high weight of 285! I worked really hard to get where I was, and even where I am now. I would love any advice, and I'm going to check out this group to see what I can do as well.

I'm a nurse, so when I work I get in tons of exercise. I walk about 4 miles a night (graveyard shift), and do lots of lifting. I just need motivation to get to the gym or use my weights at home, control my eating now that I'm off Keto, and support from people who know what it's like. Nobody else I know, knows what it's like to lose 100 pounds! I feel strange in this body now. I'm a size 14 and still feel like people see me as a size 30 still.

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Welcome Bea!

We are happy to have you join us. Congratulations on your accomplishments. If you click on the team icon on our team page a document containing links to maintenance related information will appear. There's much there to support us in our maintenance efforts.

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome, Bea!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Welcome to the team, Bea, I'm glad you are here with us!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Good Morning!

My name is Bea and I live in western Montana. Today (June 26) is our 48th anniversary and we have 5 grown sons and 7 grandkids. A lot of my weight loss battle is on my Spark Page. The scary things is 95% of those who lose weight, gain it back. Christmas is difficult for me and I'm still working on getting rid of those Christmas pounds. For now, I have a good support system in place. On line support is Spark People. Face to face support is TOPS. Both support a Healthy Lifestyle.


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Thanks Jean,
It's a process for sure. SP has been such a big help to me.

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Thank you! I'll take the cuter clothes! emoticon

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Welcome Roselynund!

I can SO relate to being so close one can taste it. I, joined this team as I transitioned to maintenance so I could learn. Been here 5 years and still learning.


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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome, Rose!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hello all,
It's been quite a trip but I'm so close to maintenance I can taste it! I'm here to learn emoticon

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Welcome, Mia! And, congratulations!

POINDEXTRA has far more maintenance experience than I do; but, I'm with her maintenance is like weight loss with a little greater food budget.

Yes, do poke around the team threads, read some team blogs, start a thread yourself. Make yourself at home.

It is great to hear that you are doing better with the Central Sensitivity Syndrome.

I've recently been diagnosed with two rare conditions. Both of which I've not specifically shared for reasons that are unimportant to this discussion. I'm hoping in the coming months that I'll feel free to speak more freely about them. Now, is not the time.

I don't know anything about Central Sensitivity Syndrome. The conditions I'm dealing with appear to have complex endocrine, immunological, and neurological dysfunction associated with them.


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SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome, Mia!
My take on maintenance is that it's doint the same stuff as for weight loss, just with a little more food in the budget. Check out our varuous boards and join the conversation! We like to say we're each an experiment of one; we experiment to see what works for us and tweak as we go. Hope to see you around!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hiii!

So happy to be here! I was hoping to find a team for maintenance and here it is! emoticon

After six SP years, I finally made it to maintenance! I am excited to start my new path in my lifestyle journey. I know maintenance is different and I know I must be focused and conscientious. What I don't know is how to do it. As always, I will learn little by little. I have read some articles on maintenance. It seems foreign, but not unattainable. I'm confident with time and practice, it will become natural for me. I am ready, willing and able. emoticon

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A little history. Until I began to have chronic back pain I was a skinny mini. The typical problems developed, emotional eating (ice cream! Lol), larger portions, illnesses related to high weight and a sedentary lifestyle. To add injury to insult I developed a neurological chronic pain syndrome "Central Sensitivity Syndrome". I was in a treatment program for it at the Mayo clinic. It worked a miracle. Needless to say I must continue home therapy (Cognitive Behavior, PT and OT home program for the rest of my life. I am doing so remarkably better!

I have always been high energy and hyperactive. I was anorexic (not "Anorexia Nervosa") my whole young life. I learned to eat healthily after an alarming bout with a stomach problem at age 18. I remained thin, but healthy. I was raised with homemade food and continue to eat that way. My meal plan is modified Mediterranean Diet (low animal fat, moderate carbs). It has worked my whole life (before they had a name for it. Lol.) and plan to continue it. My one downfall, lack of exercise. I thought my very active nursing profession was exercise. I came to learn it was certainly not! Today, Today, I exercise six days weekIy. I also am a children's swim instructor. Being a swim instructor has been a terrific asset to my health. Not only is it hugely gratifying it is so much FUN! emoticon

So, there you have it!

Thank you so much for reading my bio.

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Rose, I follow the WW freestyle program too. I like the tracking aspect of it and find it kinda fun. Is that lame?! Lol.

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Thanks! So good to be here! Looking for support & accountability. I currently am still following the freestyle program with WWs. I find it easy to follow. I still track, focus on healthy options, drink my water, & exercise. I am taking it one day at a time...

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Thank you for sharing advice, ladies!

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Welcome to both Rose and Colleen. And, CONGRATULATIONS ladies!!!

Colleen, It was very challenging for me to stop the weight loss when I initially entered maintenance. Being in maintenance for nearly 5 years now, in retrospect, it appears that I simply chose a goal weight that was higher than where my body wanted to be.

I've been focused on health and well-being and allowing my body to guide me. I have health conditions that are impacting my weight and I can see very pronounced swings in short periods of time. As I continue working to address the underlying health issues, I hope to smooth those swings out.

For me, the maintenance challenges have been a huge help in sorting out what the maintenance experience means to me. We are each unique and what supports one may not support another. It is not unusual to see many of us remark that we are "an experiment of one".

However, we do not need to go it alone. I have found much support in this maintenance community. Take a look at the various team threads. Many here have been at this for decades and I do mean DECADES. There's a wealth of wisdom and experience present among this group of people.

Another thing that has supported my process is blogging and reading the blogs of others.

Again, welcome to you both!


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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome Colleen - I think you'll find, at least in the early stages, that maintenance is as much work as weight loss - for you're still trying to find what makes you feel good all the time and our emotions, the thrill of LOSING WEIGHT, is very addictive. Once you get used to the idea of being NORMAL - then you have to keep an eye on the little bites, licks and tastes that put the weight back on again.

Still and all - I'd rather work at maintenance than at weight loss.

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Colleen, I dont think there are any tricks to this Maintenance lifestyle. We just have to keep plugging away doing what we know we have to do. Our Maintenance team is wonderful as everyone is in the same space. Stick with these ladies and they will certainly keep you focused.

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From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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Thank you for the welcome message, Donna! Weight loss has been a long journey but I finally made it. Maintenance has proven to be slightly difficult. For some reason, my body is still in "weight loss mode" even though I'm eating a little more trying to maintain. It's quite a balancing act. Do you have any tricks of the trade you can share with me, lol? TIA!

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Welcome Colleen. You really have done awesome with your weight loss. Good for you!

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It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along. Gail Lynne Goodwin
From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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Thank you, Poindextra! Nice to be here.

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Welcome, Colleen!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hello, it's Colleen here. I have recently reached my goal weight using a variety of methods. I lost most of my weight following a vegan diet but now I'm vegetarian. I track my meals through the iTrackBites app on my iPhone. It uses the Weight Watchers plans except the membership is either free or the "Pro" plan is much less than WW membership cost. Not trying to sell anyone on it, just explaining what works for me.

My highest weight ever was 245 lbs and my current weight is 115.6. It might not seem like I weigh much, but this weight suits my small frame. I'm 5'6 so my BMI is normal but barely, lol.

I'm looking for a support system to help me maintain my weight and I'm looking to encourage others too. Happy to join you all if you'll have me. TIA.

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Hi Rose! Glad you've joined us. Even after umpteen years of maintaining, this group helps me to stay on track.

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Hello all! My name is Rose & I have recently achieved lifetime status for the second time with WWs. I have lost 67 lbs. Ive had a one month weigh in since & have maintained my status. This month after weigh in, Ive been inching up a few ounces a week & need support to maintain. I am still attending weekly workshops for the accountability factor. Looking for additional accountability now.

I am a retired RN living in Naples, Florida with my husband & have been a Spark member since 2010. I look forward to meeting you all & looking forward to becoming a participating member of the group!

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Welcome!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hi Leigh. Welcome!

Don't know if a weight maintenance challenge is of interest to you or not. If so, let me know. We launch challenges every 9 weeks and have just started the May Day Maintenance Challenge on Wednesday, May 1.

If you would like to join us, let me know. For more information, here's the challenge thread link:

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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i Leigh, welcome to the team,
and congrats to your weight loss and maintenance success!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Good Morning. I have recently come OUT of maintenance, after having successfully maintained for 9 months, to lose five more pounds (done), and to get right where I want to be size wise. This time around I am taking the advice of many Sparkers I respect to join a maintenance team. I also posted the over and under ticker this month to keep me accountable. I look forward to finding ways to keep maintenance fun and engaging.

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Welcome back, Mica,
thank you for re-joining the team!
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I'm sorry for your loss, and the difficult times you went through.


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Honestly, no need to leave the team with weight regain. Although, we all need to do what supports us. So, if stepping away from the team supports one then, by all means, do it.

I am sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Happy to hear you are taking care of yourself.

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome back!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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I'm not new to the team. I left the team when I started to regain weight. I was caregiver for my dad and his care became much more involved after he reached 90 y/o. He passed away in December 2017, and I was very depressed for nearly a year. I kept exercising, but I wasn't eating right and was not losing any weight. Finally in October of 2018, I got serious about my eating and began the tough journey of losing the weight again. I'm nearly back to my goal weight of 130. I've rejoined the team.

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Hi LALA226, welcome to the team,
I'm glad you are here with us!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hello LUVTODANCE1 and LALA2226 and welcome to the team

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Hello. I am happy to join your team because I expect/intend to BE one of you. It is inspiring to see how you're doing it. I am done done done with going up and down--I want to stick. And mean it. You are my role models. Thank you for being open to those of us not quite there yet.

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Hello BettyJoh and welcome to the team.


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Welcome!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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New to team..
Scared to regain the 83 pounds I have lost, need to lose 5 more.
Have always regained pounds lost, need to make this loss the last.
Scared and happy at the same time.

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You're very welcome, BettyJoh.

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Thank you for all the good information on taste etc. I will certainly try some of the suggestions.

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emoticon BettyJoh2!

I do better with cooked veggies myself. Both of my parents experienced a diminished sense of smell and taste as they aged and it did impact their appetite and food choices.

My senses of smell and taste appear to remain intact; although, I have reached the age that women typically begin to notice diminished taste in their 40s to 50s. Reportedly, for men diminished taste often comes in their 50s to 60s.

Here are a few of links to articles that may interest you:

www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/
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www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/bo
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"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I have been in maintenance for several years. I really do not want to lose more weight. I am 87yrs old, 5'3" and weight 115. Have been a Spark Member for about 7 years or more. Problem is nothing tastes good anymore. would just like to be in a healthy status. Can't tolerate large meals or fatty ones. I seem to do better eating about 6 times a day, small meals(not always the healthy ones) I don't drink soda, eat a lot of sweets or high fat foods, Don't like to cook much anymore, so tend to eat a lot of soups, fresh veggies seem to be a no-no for digestion. Also am a vegetarian for over 50 years. Followed McDougall for a long time, but can only eat so many potatoes. Biggest downfall is dark chocolate. Don't really like the protean drinks. So ideas or help will be welcome. Thanks for listening.

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Welcome to the team, Jen!
Your vacation sounds wonderful.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hello Jen and welcome to the team. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! I'm was like you. Scary happy but I've been maintaining for 18 months now. Keep on Sparking

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Welcome, Raven!
Enjoy your vacation, and we'll see you when you get back.

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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Hi there! I'm Jen and super excited to join you. And slightly terrified about switching to maintenance mode as I've never really done that successfully. However, this time around I lost the weight by changing habits instead of restricting food types so I'm hopeful.

I'm heading out on vacation on Saturday and won't be tracking or touching base for about 10 days. It's a yoga/hiking/cultural retreat in Ireland so I'm not too worried (with all that exercise and using my head about what goes into my mouth I should be fine if not a bit lighter). I will be back, though, and ready to participate!

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Hello Judy and welcome. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight. Wishing you a speedy recovery

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Hi Judy, welcome to the team and congrats to keeping the weight off.
It is tricky to keep the sideways weight trend during recovery after surgery,
but you know how to do it, and you may find new ideas too here in this group.
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Welcome, Judy. Glad you've joined us!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

Maintaining since March 2003
Original goal weight 133
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Hello everyone!
I have had quite a journey getting here and I still can hardly believe that I have been in a maintaining phase for about 5 months now.

I am a busy wife, mom, grandma, and caregiver to my 92 year young mother that lives with us since her health will not permit her to live alone anymore. Life is an adventure!

My computer is about to shut off. I had surgery yesterday to repair a severely torn tendon. I'm a bit nervous about maintaining since I am non weight bearing on that right foot for about a month. I have strategies in place and determined to keep up the healthy lifestyle I have worked hard for.

I'm so grateful for spark people and all my sparky friends!

Judy

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Hello Isla and welcome to the team

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Yeah. Healthy fats have supported me quite well. Years ago I remember reading a blog in which a Sparker (wish I could remember which one) mentioned setting their macronutrient percentage for fat at 40% and I thought, "What?! Are you kidding me? That's ridiculously high!"

Well, I guess the joke is on me because I have routinely consumed fat in excess of 60% for over a year now. And, the lipid panel results this summer were extremely good.

Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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JEANKNEE Your macronutrients are pretty close to what I am following, except I generally just count Net Carbs (Carbs minus fiber). I also watch the calories and try to keep the in my range. I never would have guessed that eating high fat diet would help me lose weight!!

Great job girl!! Thanks for the well wishes on my knee recovery. It sure takes a long time. :D

My name is Nola
I live in Chiefland, FL - EST

God Bless America
Pray Hard, Work Hard, Track Everything, and Keep Moving.

We can do it!!! Go Daisies! Let's keep moving!!!! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-
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Welcome ISLAORANGESTAR. I am new here too. This is a great team. You ARE in the right place. emoticon

Edited by: NOLAHORSERIDER at: 8/23/2018 (08:50)
My name is Nola
I live in Chiefland, FL - EST

God Bless America
Pray Hard, Work Hard, Track Everything, and Keep Moving.

We can do it!!! Go Daisies! Let's keep moving!!!! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-
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emoticon ISLAORANGESTAR!

Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Hi Carolyn - Welcome! We are of a similar age and I, too, am DETERMINED to make this a lifestyle change this time and KEEP the weight off. I've learned a lot by reading the info on these Maintenance Team pages. Looking forward to starting my first Maintenance Challenge on Wednesday.

Hi Isla - welcome aboard. You ARE smart to join us! :-)


Pam
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"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale


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Hi Isla, welcome to the team,
I'm glad you found us!
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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For the past few days I've been looking at new teams to join in order to refresh my sparking. I'd been clicking on posts and blogs and after awhile saw this team.

I'd gained weight during the years I was taking every community college class I could...about 50 of them. I was sitting and reading and studying and not working out. I got so smart I got up and started exercising!

Nice to meet all of you through reading your posts! emoticon

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Hello Carolyn and welcome to the team!

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Welcome, CK!
We're just about to start another maintenance challenge. They really help me to stay on track, even after 15 years of maintenance.

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

Maintaining since March 2003
Original goal weight 133
Current goal weight 120 (+/- 3% = 116.4 to 123.6)


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Hullo, I'm Carolyn from Colorado. I've been a Sparker since Jan. 2018. I'm 71 years old and have gained and lost the same pounds many times, then gained additional pounds just for "good measure." SparkPeople is the first time I have ever joined something like this and it's working! I'm very close to my center weight and have been learning about how to maintain, something I've never, ever done before. So here I am now entering what for me is the most difficult part of permanent healthy lifestyle living - keeping it up for L.I.F.E., NOT ending another D.I.E.T.

Eat to live, not live to eat is my mantra.


Carolyn
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Thanks, Kriszta!
Pam

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Hi Pam, sure, please feel free to start a new topic with your question,
or you may post on this one:
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Team,
Thanks for the welcoming notes.
As a newbie to this team I'm wondering: What is the best way to ask specific questions/ask for help on this Team forum? Is there a category to post in? Or just start a new thread?
Thanks,
Pam

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Hello Pam,
Welcome and congratulations!

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Welcome, Pam!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

Maintaining since March 2003
Original goal weight 133
Current goal weight 120 (+/- 3% = 116.4 to 123.6)


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Hi Maintaining Team members!
I'm Pam, 69 years, 5'3", current weight 133. After battling excess weight for 30 years, I lost 50 pounds last year and have kept it off for 6 months so far. In the course of figuring out what this "lifestyle" vs "diet" means, I have gradually lost another 7 pounds and feel good and strong at this weight. (My "program" is: Eating whole foods, lots of produce, lean protein, healthy fat; watching carb portion sizes; avoiding processed foods and added sugars. My big problem was after-dinner/all-evening snacking, so I skip wine with dinner (that pesky "dis-inhibitor") and try to stop eating once dinner is over. Exercise: Walk almost daily, strength train 2X/week, swim laps 2X/week, vigorous hike or kayaking or snowshoeing 1X/week. I'm a numbers-oriented "list-maker", so I track and weigh daily to keep on course.)

I just found this team a couple of weeks ago. I still haven't figured out all the tools, but i'm reading the various links, posts and blogs. Thank you to all who post regularly! Many of my initial questions about how to maintain were answered by these posts & articles. I realize that I'm not alone in this journey.

I just took the plunge this weekend and donated all of my old large-size clothes. Yikes! No turning back now! For some reason, THIS step has made me more uneasy than I've felt in months! I'd love to hear from others about how to overcome the fear that those 50 pounds will come roaring back.

Thanks,
Pam

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Welcome, Nola. So glad youve found your way with weight loss. Welcome to Maintenance!

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Hello Nola and welcome to the team

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Welcome Back, Nola! Congratulations on your weight loss and success with the ketogenic diet.

Following a couple of inflammatory flares a number of foods have been removed from my diet. The manner in which I eat has been described as Paleo. My macronutrient levels tend to look roughly like this: fat 65%-70%, carb 20%-25%, protein 10%-15%.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that such a large portion of my caloric intake would be comprised of fat. I have also seen my body return to weight levels not seen since my teens and early adult life.

Wishing you a full and successful recovery following your knee surgery.


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Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Welcome, Nola!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

Maintaining since March 2003
Original goal weight 133
Current goal weight 120 (+/- 3% = 116.4 to 123.6)


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Hello, Nola here. I am 66 years old and have been married for 15 years. I have 4 dogs, a cat and an awesome horse. I used to ride and camp before retirement, but now I just ride around my neighborhood.

I left this team during the time when I was gaining the 37 pounds I had lost in 2014 back. On September 25th 2017, I discovered Ketogenics diet. I researched it for over a week and found that I could actually do this diet. I am now officially down 50 pounds since 2014 and 40 pounds down since September 2017. WooHoo. My weight hasn't been this low since I was in my mid 30's way before I became an LPN. I am planning to lose at least 5 more pounds.

I had a total knee replacement on June 21st 2018, so I am still recouping from it. I have been having a great deal of pain at night so my sleeping is very intermittent. I am going to PT twice a week. I have already gotten it to bend 108 degrees. He wants me to use the cane or walker for 3 months due to the many falls that happen during the 3 months after staples are removed.

I look forward to working hard to keep this weight off! For some reason the first go round, I fell right off the train! LOL

My motto is JUST DO IT!

SparkCheers,

Nola

My name is Nola
I live in Chiefland, FL - EST

God Bless America
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We can do it!!! Go Daisies! Let's keep moving!!!! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-
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Hello Gryzen and welcome to the team! Congratulations on your successful weight loss.

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