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Time for a Check-Up

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

September is the month I celebrate my maintenance anniversary on SparkPeople. It was in September of 2010 that I first made it down into my goal weight range, and it was in September a few years later that I reached my actual goal weight.

So every September I update my SparkPage and take stock a bit. As I read my update from last September, I realized that nothing much has changed. A whole year has gone by and I am forced to admit I haven't met my goal. Not only am I not back to my goal weight range, but I have been hovering a little higher still, around 155 pounds, for several months. Next September will be my 10-year anniversary of reaching my weight-loss goal on Spark, and I really do intend to celebrate that milestone by being back in my goal range.

I am not going to bore you or myself by once again writing down my plan. It's the same plan that worked nine years ago and I know perfectly well what it is. I just need to DO it! But I am going to re-post these crucial reminders to myself from my SparkPage:

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy.

~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating.

~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food.

~Progress, not perfection!
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    I like all your reminders - especially the one about venting - in fact, sometimes I find it good to just state, as calmly as I can, what my problem is - to the person who's behavior is causing it. He can't change if he doesn't know it's a problem.

    Workin' my plan too - with 5 lbs that must go and 10 more that ought to
    339 days ago
    Is there anything we can do to help? For awhile, a couple of other sparkers and I sent weekly or monthly checkins via email to each other, and my daughter and I text each other our nutrition numbers most days. Would something like that be helpful for you as you push toward your goals?

    340 days ago
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    340 days ago
    Wonderful you can do it :)
    340 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Nine years is amazing! And those goals you've set will get you to exactly where you want to be as you celebrate TEN years of maintenance.
    340 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    You are doing great. Goal weight has eluded me for the last 2 years as well but I do my best every day and keep on working out daily and I may decide to stay here where my body seems happy! Keep on keeping on!
    341 days ago
    Excellent plan!!
    341 days ago
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