I am also interested in being a member of the NWCR. I want to wait until I have maintained at my goal for a year. Would I still qualify to be a member with changing my maintenance strategy midway thru the year?
I got my annual NWCR survey yesterday. It started off by congratulating me for completing four years as a member. This year's survey was quite brief compared to earlier years - it was only the front and back of a page. It asked for my current height and weight and asked what I weighed a year ago. It then had sections to complete if you were more than five pounds above or below last year's weight.
I actually weigh six pounds less than my post-surgery weight a year ago, so got to fill out the weight loss section. It asked if my weight loss was due to illness, stress, life changes, or deliberate. I checked "deliberate"!! Then it asked how I feel about my weight loss on a scale of 1 (extremely happy) to 8 (extremely upset) and of course I was a "1". The next question was if I had made any attempt to regain the weight and I checked "no" but couldn't resist writing "are you kidding?" in the margin.
The last question was if I had continued to participate in any weight loss or weight maintenance program in the past year. I said "no" because I assume they mean a structured program like Weight Watchers, not just doing my own thing.
So on to my fifth year with the NWCR! They promised to send me summaries of the data collected from the NWCR when I mail back my survey, so I'll be sure to post about the info when I receive it.
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
Size 22/size 4
After reading through this thread I've decided to apply to NWCR to see if they will have me. I've maintained a 30 pound weight loss since January 2005 so that ought to be sufficient! Wow, that's 2.5 years! My weight has gone up and down a lot during that time but I've never touched those 30 pounds, if you understand what I mean.
The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.
I had decided long ago that I would use healthy BMI anniversary (it was more than 30 lbs, but it was my first REAL goal). It just occurred to me that it must be soon. I looked it up and it was 3/15/07. Guess I should look up how to do this
A whole lot of setbacks. Starting over.
I've been a member of the NWCR for about six years. There are so few of we maintainers around, and comparatively few studies of maintenance (as compared to weight loss) I'm happy to help out.
The Registry accepts non-US members, if anyone's wondering.
I find some of the questions hard to answer though. The questionnaire assumes that you eat a lot of processed/packaged food. For example, do you eat "regular" or low-fat salad dressing? We don't buy bottled salad dressing, so whether we eat regular or low-fat depends on the recipe we're using that night.
Then there's a question about whether you eat cold cereal. (Yes) Then later on, you're asked to fill in a box from a list - Special K, Kashi Light etc. I eat either home-made muesli (no added sugar) or home-made granola (no added sugar or fat) so I just leave that box blank, thus creating a discrepancy. Once, the Registry emailed me because I forgot to answer a question, but they never got back to me about the cereal issue.
I just remembered something else about the Registry.
There's a question about how much you enjoy the simple pleasures of life (examples I remember are "reading a good book", "seeing a good movie" and "sitting in the sun") now, compared with when you were overweight.
It was sobering for me to realise that I enjoy those things far more now than I did when activities or socialising revolved around food.
Maintaining a 90-pound weight loss since 2003.