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''I'm Beginning a New Journey Now''

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This is highly motivating. Thanks for sharing it with us. Report
Great testimony and more moving on a second reading! Report
Congratulations on your weight loss. I feel that maintaining is harder than losing. We need to find that balance that will keep us where we want to be for the rest of our lives. Report
Great story Report
thanks for sharing Report
A good simple article that can easily motivate others. For me, I need to stay faithful to my commitment to succeed in achieving my goals. I set realistic goals that I can achieve without putting myself in stressful situations. Stress will most likely result in giving up. Making it a habit to log in everyday, participate in teams and using the tools provided by SP helps me as well.

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We each begin a new journey each morning! Report
Congratulations on your weight loss success! Report
Thanks for sharing Report
Congratulation. Report
Congratulations, Christina! You look great, very inspirational. Report
Love your Testimony - thanks for the encouragement! Report
I love the last line where you indicated that you're never really "finished" with your journey, it just transitions into a new phase. Yup! So true but I must say, it caught me by surprise.

When I entered maintenance, I was thinking... "maintenance = done". So not true. My personal reference to what is known as "maintenance" is "maintenance/lose", not just maintenance. Being in maintenance has been a real doozy on my mind. You lose, lose, lose and feel so rewarded when the scale/inches are decreasing and then when you enter maintenance, nothing. On top of all that... after getting so use to seeing the scale go down, down, down, you start to see it go up again. "What the heck is going on here" is what I thought. Even though I read that in maintenenance, it's common for the scale to bounce up and down by a couple of pounds, to reach maintenance and then experience this is no fun. But... it's just how our bodies function. However, it really takes some getting use to. I'm learning how to not panic.

I know my comment is long but there is one other thing I must mention that no one talks about regarding maintenance. I call it "maintenance plateau". Hello! I really did not expect it at all. Okay, so I'm up by 2.4 pounds and trying to get it off but the scale hasn't moved in 3 weeks and I've actually been exercising a little more than the norm and eating within my old "lose weight range". I think I've lost the 2 pounds gained but the problem is that I'm experiencing "maintenance plateau". Yea - another thing that is no fun. However, the biggest thing is that I am getting use the new world of maintenance and all that comes along with it.

Knowlege is power!

I'm gaining knowledge and the power to succeed through the various maintenance challenges. Woo-Hoo! Report
u look great. stay motivated to continue on your healthy journey! Report
Fantastic Job Christina - what a great inspiration and role model you are. Thank you for sharing your success. Report

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