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Old 01-07-2004, 03:01 PM   #1
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Old 01-15-2004, 09:00 AM   #2
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I sent off for the packet and have received it. With the repost, Meg, I've got the nudge to finish the survey and add my 'before' picture from October 2000.

I was very focused over the holidays and didn't gain - actually lost a bit. I ate what I chose to eat - I was just careful with my choices!
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Old 06-15-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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Somewhere in the vast piles of paper in my house, there's the initial packet from the registry. Filling it out looked harder than losing the weight. Since we are embarking on a "get rid of the clutter" journey, I will fill it out when it surfaces. Interesting that you did the survey with dh and the answers were so different! I'm sure the same thing would happen here.

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Old 06-17-2004, 12:57 PM   #4
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So, Meg, whatever happened with the rest of the survey parts??
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Old 06-18-2004, 11:34 AM   #5
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Ah yes, part three of the holiday survey! It came in March and was identical to part two -- same format and questions. I guess the idea was to see if the study group gained weight over the holidays and if so, whether they got it off by mid-March.

I stayed in the same five pound range that I've maintained for the past two years, probably because I didn't change anything that I do (eating and exercise) over the holidays. On the other hand, DH put on five pounds due to eating MUCH more than usual (it would have put 25 pounds on me, easy ) and had it all off by the last survey. He did it effortlessly, by just going back to his everyday eating habits. We're wired completely differently, I'm convinced! Case in point: we went out to dinner last Saturday night and on the way there, I asked him if he was hungry (I was famished). His response? No, he really never gets hungry!
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FYI - Thin for Life was revised in 2003, and I highly recommend the new edition.

Eating Thin for Life is also available, just as excellent as Thin For Life was!

Another excellent book that preceded Thin for Life was written in the 80's called "Keeping It Off" by Colvin. You can purchase it used from amazon.com (it's out of print), and I believe it was the original springing board for Thin for Life. It's filled with stories of weight loss maintainers and how they do it.

All three books are truly excellent and compliment each other.
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Old 07-03-2004, 02:36 PM   #7
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Thank you for the recommendations, Joycelyn! I didn't realize that Thin For Life had been revised and am interested in the updates. I'll be sure to check the others out too -- thanks for giving us the heads up ...
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:16 AM   #8
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I sent off my paperwork to the registry a few weeks ago. I sent my story into Prevention and the editor called me. She's going to try and get my story in the mag. But she's the one pointed me to the registry.
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Old 08-15-2004, 01:19 PM   #9
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Congratulations, almost heaven -- that's really cool about Prevention! If you make it in, be sure to let us know so we can read the article. In the meantime, want to share your story with us? We'd love to hear about what you did to lose the weight and what you do now and how life has changed for you. There's nothing more motivating than a good success story!!
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Sure Meg. I've posted the story I sent to Prevention below. However, to add to it something the editor asked me...what motivated me to start. For me, it was the area I live in to some degree. I was cursed with a family that pretty much always kept me down, down about myself, down about life in general. And lived in an area that has a general mindset of the couch potato. I learned from my own dad how to sit on the couch with my face in the TV and my hand in the Ruffles bag.

And in childhood, with my mother who was afraid to let me do too much, as I was born with heart problems and had open heart surgery at age 12. If my face got too red, she made me sit down and stop having fun with the other kids. So exercise wasn't big on the list of learn to dos.

I actually met my hubby on the internet and moved 1,000 miles from family in order to give our relationship a chance. It was the scariest move I've ever made. I've never been this far from home. That was in 1997. And we married in 2000. He's a great self-esteem builder, and being so far away from the claws and clutches of the clan, there were no setbacks.

And the area we live in is big on exercise, organics and just all over fitness. I'd never seen so many joggers in one area before. And all the offices have showers because people jog for lunch. At some point, with my esteem ever higher, I decided I could do this.

I got stuck at the 150 mark since June until I talked to the doctor. She suggested I add some of the saturated fats back into my diet and eat more foods with protein, since I was trying to wipe out sat. fats altogether. So for the last week, I've had eggs every morning, instead of my multi-grain cereal, and I've had lots of fish, and I've dropped to 146 and a size 8 ladies/9 juniors.


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Prevention story - 5/31/04:

It seems like I was always on “a diet”. I’ve gone through phases of eating salads and vegetables and depriving myself of everything I ever enjoyed to the point of feeling as if I was starving. And they’d work. I’d lose weight. But the moment I stopped “dieting”, all the weight would come back. Worse. It would bring a friend along. I ended up gaining more weight than I’d lost after each and every diet. At one point in life, I decided that if I dieted again, I’d eventually reach a point of not being able to fit through a doorway.

I was constantly upset with clothing manufacturers making what I thought of as “fat people clothes”. The shorts legs looked like they were designed for elephants. I felt like I was wearing a skirt rather than a pair of shorts. And tank tops? Tanks were fine, if you didn’t mind showing your 42D bra through the three sizes too large armpit holes. Then it hit me, it wasn’t the clothing manufacturers I should be concerned with. I could lose the weight and be wearing those junior sized hip huggers I always imagined myself in, until I looked in a mirror. But it couldn’t be another diet. And it wasn’t.

I began researching online, asking my doctors, saw a dietician even. I started eating right and exercising. In the past year, I’ve gone from feeling like I was going to pass out after a quarter mile jog, to running 5K local races. The best part is coming in with ten-minute miles to show for my efforts. Next year I intend to drop that down to nine.

I first changed my diet. Not that nasty word “diet”, which means you eat like a rabbit, give up anything and everything sinful, and pretend you don’t want it when you know you do. No, I changed my daily diet. I started eating natural sugars found in fruit and cut out the artificial sugars. I began watching the sodium content and looking for high fiber content. Most of all, I started avoiding saturated fats in everything.

I looked for alternatives. I didn’t give up the cheeseburger. I gave up the “daily” cheeseburger. I realized that I could treat myself and not eat it as a regular staple of my daily diet. And even further, I could substitute that hamburger with turkey burger, or the cheese with a soy-based cheese substitute. I’ve experimented with hundreds of brands and recipes until I’ve found the ones that work for me.

I was somewhere around 240, although I couldn’t say for sure as I never bothered to look at a scale at that point. But once I began my diet, I purchased a scale. The weight started dropping, and I was soon at 230, then 220. Eventually, I was 210, but it just wasn’t fast enough to suit me of course. So a little under a year ago, I decided that I had to exercise. For this, I began with a morning walk before work. I thought about a morning jog, but the first tenth of a mile left me feeling that it was the stupidest idea I’d ever had. So I cut it down to a walk and built up to a run. However, I found myself in an internal debate every morning…Is it too dark? Is it raining? Am I too sleepy?

As I began seeing my exercising slacking off, I decided I had to keep it going, but how? I changed my time. Instead of each morning “before” work, I went each evening “after” work. Before I’d go home, before I’d sit down, before dinner, before anything to take my mind off the task at hand, I would head straight to the gym and the treadmill. No rain, no sleepiness, no darkness to keep me from my goal. As that began to get boring, I added a CD player with my favorite music to run to. The faster the beat, the faster I ran. As I got better at it, I began going back outside to run. No longer ashamed to “jiggle” at the passersby.

I’m now 151, have bought my first two-pieced bathing suit since high school, am wearing those junior sizes, and I’m in a size ten as opposed to a size twenty-four. The added bonus is people say I look ten years younger. I was in my twenties at one point feeling like I was forty. Now I’m almost forty, feeling like I’m twenty. Feeling so great in fact, that I’ve started taking night classes in addition to a full-time job. It’s as if I’ve discovered a huge reservoir of energy that was just hiding.
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Old 10-15-2004, 11:14 PM   #11
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I'm going to look for "Thin for Life". It seems like there is all kinds of advice for losing, but not much for keeping it off, and keeping motivated! Help!
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Old 10-16-2004, 11:15 AM   #12
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A quick followup...

Prevention didn't go with my article afterall. Ahh well, I'll have to send it off to some other mags. But the registry has accepted my entrance, I'm now an official registry member.
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Old 10-17-2004, 02:28 PM   #13
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Congrats on being part of the NWCR! I'm just finishing my second annual survey and want to post about that before I mail it back. I can't believe Prevention didn't use your story! Maybe they're looking for stories involving "name" diets or something trendy? The funny thing is that a lot of us here at Maintainers did it "our way" -- came up with our own customized diet and exercise plans that fit the way we live our lives. Exactly like you describe!

LBS -- you are SO right that hardly anyone talks about or writes about maintenance. It doesn't make sense because, even though it might take us a year or two to lose the weight, we want to keep it off for a lot longer than that!! But what gets all the attention? How to LOSE weight, not how to keep it off. I've lost literally hundreds and hundreds of pounds in my life, so I can do that part just fine -- the hard part is keeping the weight off.

Stick around here with us and we'll all help each other stay motivated to keep it off for life.
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Old 10-17-2004, 05:15 PM   #14
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Meg, I have noticed that all the Prevention weight loss articles so far have been either WW, Jenny Craig or bypass surgery. Maybe you're onto something there.
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Old 10-19-2004, 11:18 AM   #15
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Recently I received my second annual questionnaire from the NWCR and they included a fact sheet in the packet that I thought was interesting:

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  • 80% of the Registry participants are women and 20% are men
  • the average woman is 45 years old and currently weighs 145 pounds, while the average man is 49 years old and currently weighs 190 pounds
  • Registry members have lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for 5.5 years
  • these averages, however, hide a lot of diversity:
    • weight losses have ranged from 30 - 300 pounds
    • duration of successful weight loss has ranged from 1 year to 66 years!
    • some have lost the weight rapidly, while others have lost the weight very slowly -- over as many as 14 years
  • we have also started to learn how the weight loss was accomplished: 45% of the Registry participants lost the weight on their own and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program
  • 98% of Registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight
  • 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking
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