Those who maintain their weight, health and fitness see things through a focused lens. Studies say only 6% graduate from the how-to lose level to the how-to maintain level.
So when maintainers go looking for information to support their new life, guess what?
The vast majority of information is still about losing weight. There isn’t much about maintaining. This leaves a gap, a void and this blog has been created to fill that gap. Articles posted come from all over the world. Some articles will be the latest and greatest while others will be oldies but goodies.
I’m Timothy Kirk, I am happily married over 40 years, have 3 grown sons and two funny doggies. I live in Oklahoma City and I like to play golf, work out, ride my electric bicycle around the local lake bike trails, travel and help my wife out in her garden along with keeping my journal and blog.
Years ago, I had a triggering event and made changes. Lost some weight, made healthier choices, got more fit. I learned how to keep a journal to track and provide feedback for what worked and what didn’t. I experienced a transformation in mind, body, mindset and world view.
I started looking around for information to support my new, “maintain mindset” . Something to just kick-back and read, to study, to absorb. But it became clear, articles on how-to “maintain” were sparse, scattered and hard-to-find.
But drilling down on the searches paid-off. Started finding articles, books, blog posts and so on that focused on “maintain”. Over time I’ve saved 1000’s of them in assorted files and folders from which to open and share with you here. Note: I’ll weed out the poorer articles and post the best ones so you won’t have to.
In my initial searches, The National Weight Control Registry became a cornerstone when it comes to maintaining. From their website: “The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), established in 1994 by Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance.
Given the prevailing belief that few individuals succeed at long-term weight loss, the NWCR was developed to identify and investigate the characteristics of individuals who have succeeded at long-term weight loss. The NWCR is tracking over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time.
Detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys are used to examine the behavioral and psychological characteristics of “weight maintainers”, as well as the strategies they use to maintaining their weight losses.”
“Weight maintainers”, I like that. The Registry is a highly-respected, primal information source for all sorts of media. And the 10,000 members have a lot in common when it comes to maintaining weight, health and fitness.
I have identified many attributes of those who maintain, some from the NWCR and many others from other sources. I would like to share them with you. Currently I am putting together a pdf I can send to you, if you would like a copy, please drop me a line on my contact page.
Also please feel free to use contact page with any other questions you have. Best, Tim.
Photos taken Sep 2019, Yountville, CA, Avila Beach, CA, Lake Hefner-Oklahoma City, OK.