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2 years of maintenance but struggling

Monday, November 11, 2019

Yesterday was my 2 year maintenance anniversary...I did it! I don't feel as excited as I want to be partly because I'm struggling. It is a wonder that I've maintained at all this year since there have been SEVEN hospitalizations in our immediate family. Plus my parents move here and my granddaughter's birth. Just today, I'm taking my 23 year old daughter to the doctor because she's recovering from pneumonia. This has been the year of the hospital and other big changes. In the midst of needing to focus on more important things, I haven't let my maintenance habits go to the wayside completely but I feel like I'm not holding on as tightly as I was the first year. I've had to stop being on Sparkpeople so much because of all the other things that were more necessary for me to do. I never stopped tracking my food because I know from experience that really is necessary for me, but I've stopped tracking it as soon as I eat it. Sometimes I have to stop at the end of the day and try to remember what I ate. That's not good for me.

I saw a statistic on spark this week that scared me...when you've maintained for 2 years (like me) you are only 50% likely to regain. Well that's better than a higher number but still scary. That means I'm at the point where I could go either way. I worked really hard to lose weight and keep it off and I'd hate to think that I'd throw that hard work away but I see how it happens...little by little over time, I am losing my focus. I eat too much and I know it. I'm still below my original goal weight of two years ago, but I'm at the top of my current goal weight range and I don't like that.

My writing this blog today is to remind myself to stop and pay attention. Good habits beget good habits and being on spark more is something I need right now because it is an inspiring, supportive community for those trying to lose, maintain or improve health. We understand each other. I'm not failing, but I am struggling and this is the best place for me to regain my footing.

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  • MARTHA324
    Sounds like you've had a tough year but you are doing it. Maybe not the way you want all the time, but you are sticking with it.
    And remember the glass is half full....if 50% keep the weigh off after two years, that is a pretty good stat and I'm betting you'll be with the 50% that goes on to 3, then 4, then forever.


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    572 days ago
    your doing so good among all the turmoil , be good to you . think of all you did right you know the way just take each small step to get there Hugs
    588 days ago

    Congrats on your 2 years of maintenance! As I’ve said before, you are my inspiration. I know that 50% maintenance number after 2 years is scary, but keep doing what you know works. We’re here for you!

    Yes, life throws us curve balls, but with God’s help, we can get through anything. I’m holding you & all my Spark teammates in prayer that we will be protected from anything that might destroy or erode our progress toward our goals of better health!
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    588 days ago
    Difficult times in your family, and you are a super hero for maintaining your healthy weight through a stressful year! I think the 50% success rate is for general population - for you, tracking your food and having online support here on SP, I believe chances are much much better!
    emoticon to your second Maintenance anniversary, may there be many more in health and happiness!


    588 days ago
    Congratulations on your 2nd maintenance anniversary!

    Life certainly has a way of dealing us challenges at times and from the sounds of it you have had challenges in abundance! So SUPER congratulations!!! You have maintained your weight while managing the challenges of life which is what it's really all about ... maintaining our health and well-being while living life, right?

    You strike me as a loving and kind woman. Remember to bestow the gifts of loving kindness that you extend to others, also, to yourself. Extending that gift to ourselves goes a long way in supporting our maintenance efforts.

    588 days ago
    Congratulations. What a great accomplishment.

    Try not to focus on the stats. I know, that's hard after you've read it got it in your head. Focus on taking good care of yourself. Healthy portions and active. Short bursts if that's all you have time for.

    You've had a lot on your plate. You are strong and you can do this. We're all here for you!

    588 days ago
  • TOWBALL4540
    I know the feeling
    588 days ago
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