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Finding my Balancing Point in Search of Maintenance

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm still learning, but I can feel myself getting closer. A BIG step for me is learning to set aside my all or nothing mentality and being content with doing my best everyday. Some days are better than others, but, thank God, each and every day is a new day to start fresh and most days I can see the successes and can build upon the healthy habits that I have been practicing.

I do so want to get to the point where I can say that I am happy with my weight and officially begin maintenance, but since the full onset of menopause, every ounce is a struggle, and where my hips and thighs ...and abs, of course, were previously always my hardest areas, that region has now spread to include my waist.

That's why I'm loving the At Goal & Maintaining + Tansistion to Maintenance Team here on Spark. I had lost 45 lbs with Spark, and then after fracturing my wrist, and without the motivation of consistently losing etc etc etc, I started to slide back into old habits and gained back nearly twenty pounds! Over half of that is gone and I may never see the lowest weight that I reached the first time, but I am learning to set goals that are not only acheivable, but that are MAINTAINABLE. Like we always say, this is a LIFESTYLE and I want to be able to keep it up for LIFE. With the help of all of you Sparkfriends and this ever improving program, I will!!!

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    Great attitude! Congratulations on your continued journey of success! It is a journey and everyday is different. We all have our bumps along the way and learning from them is the best thing we can do. Many good wishes in health.
    2804 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    emoticon emoticon Blog!!
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  • HOLLYM48
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    Every day is a new day to make great choices and it sounds like you are making great choices! Keep up the great work. It is not easy, but we are worth the extra work!
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    2813 days ago
    Thanks for showing that health setbacks don't HAVE to result in weight gains!
    2813 days ago
    Two difficult things: losing the thrill of a scale number moving down, and the hormonal upheaval of menopause. No matter what I do, my post-menopausal body will never again look like my previous body. I have accepted that (though I don't like it). I was told long ago in WW to see each day as a separate and discrete achievement, that the losses on the scale were just indicators that my days were working. I just concentrate on keeping to my Food Plan, the rest sort of fills in around it. Or on some days, doesn't. I have found that if I stick to my Food Plan no matter what, the scale will comply. Menopause was tough; I was living inside a body I no longer knew, but it's past now and I feel like myself again. And thanks to that wonderful WW leader of long ago, I am maintaining my loss One Day At A Time. So can you!!
    2814 days ago
    It is a struggle keep pushing.
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    Absolutely right...lifestyle!!! There are plenty of things to struggle with in maintenance...it's really nice to have a good group here to bounce our ideas off and to learn from.

    2814 days ago
    Maintainable is the goal for maintenance: congrats to you!
    2814 days ago
    It's a learning experience for all of us. I embrace it. Way to GO!!! You've done a great job - it's SO worth it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2814 days ago
    Congratulations on losing and maintaining your weight lose. Thank you for sharing your story. Your story is definitely inspiring. I do not have a hurt foot or a hectic life. I am working to maintain also. Kudos and best wishes to keep up the great work. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2814 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I believe you will get to that lowest weight! I know that once you have been successful, you are empowered to achieve your goals again, both mentally and physically! Go for it!

    2814 days ago
    Kicking the 'all or nothing' attitude to the curb is a HUGE step!! A little is always better than none when it comes to exercise, a little is better than too much when it comes to food!! Its all about balance!!

    I soooo understand how much harder weight loss gets as we get older, but I'm proof it CAN be done!! And in the process I feel better than I did 30 years ago!! THAT I'll take!! emoticon emoticon
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  • MOMMY445
    congratulations! woo hoo!
    2814 days ago
    I'm loving our At Goal & Maintaining team, toO!
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    2814 days ago
    Congrats to you on all of your successes. Balance has been key for me to maintain, and you hit the nail on the head setting goals that are ACHIEVABLE and MAINTAINABLE. Also eliminating the all or nothing attitude, really helps.

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  • THOMS1
    Great Blog!
    2815 days ago
    Great blog! Thanks for some good sense and for sharing your inspiring story!!
    2815 days ago
    You can always learn something new on any given day, right?? Thanks for sharing! emoticon
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    Losing and maintaining when post-menopausal is not easy, I know, I'm there and have been for quite a few years. I agree with you to do the best you can daily. Great attitude and doing the best you can daily is being successful !
    2815 days ago
    Great Blog! Keep up the good job! I so agree with you! It is a lifestyle and once we get our heads wrapped around that idea it makes it so much easier. Like I said before GREAT BLOG!!
    2815 days ago
    You said it all with the statement "learning to set goals that are not only acheivable, but that are MAINTAINABLE.". This is how we can stay successful
    2815 days ago
    Great blog and so true. I'm with you in "post menopausal" bliss! The bliss is being able to feel strong, even though some would say our age is against us.

    Keep Sparkin!!
    2815 days ago
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    2878 days ago
    Excellent to set realistic goals that are realistic and can be maintained! You are so right! Congrats on your achievements!
    3025 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Thank you so much for gaining some weight back. Now isn't that mean? LOL Just kidding. But I do appreciate knowing that someone else back slid a little and is now on the forward movement again. I don't feel so alone. And I am encouraged by your courage and determination to get the rest of the weight off. I hope I can reach goal. I was so close before I took a nosedive back into my old habits. I allowed my own personal trials to detract me from my goals. But I am back on track now and I will remember you and your strength and it will help me. Thank you for being you. I had decided you were flawless and I would never measure up. Now I can relate because I know you are human too. LOL Love you dearly,
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    3099 days ago
    You are right..it is a lifestyle...Your whole life changes. I also struggled with that all or nothing attitude..but try to tell myself..focus on progress ..not perfection. As you say there is always a new day to stay on track. I think you h ave done a great job of losing and will continue to do so.

    great blog.
    3121 days ago
    I think the mind set thing is the hardest, too, but the most important. We have to keep hanging on to keep motivated. You are doing great. I see you ran the Morton Arboretum 5k yesterday. I ran the Brooks has running on the Brain in Aurora ( for traumatic brain injuries charity) Are you running any more races this year? I'm doing the Fox and Turkey on Thanksgiving for sure. Will probably do one in October. I run early in the AM, usually in the neighborhood or on the treadmill at USA gym. You're on the west side, right? Maybe we could run on the Gilman trail one of these days.
    3140 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Fantastic!! Hopefully one day it will be my turn to try that team!
    3142 days ago
    You definitely capitalized the right keywords! Maintainable, lifestyle, for life. You know what it's all about and I'm sure you can do it!
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