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    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog "16-minute Mile." You said that you can't even come close to that speed; that's OK!! The important thing is to start where you are, and then slowly build up from that. Another SP member named ~INDYGIRL was so heavy and out of shape that the only thing she could do to exercise was lay in bed and lift shampoo bottles to try to strengthen her arms and get in some cardio. But now she can walk for miles and has lost over 100 pounds.

    Like I said in my blog, when I started walking on a regular basis, I was only doing a 25-minute mile, and I had to take 2 rests to stretch because my lower back hurt so much. That was when I weighed 334. Since I have been walking and making healthier food choices (not dieting), I have lost 47 pounds, so now I can walk faster.

    I read in your profile that you have been really struggling in your weight loss journey. My encouragement to you is to keep trying different techniques and don't give up; eventually you will find methods that work for you. For me, the key has been increasing my activity, but I also do my best to choose healthy foods and to cut back my portions. But I don't deny myself anything; if I want something I eat it, but I eat LESS of it.

    For example, if I'm hungry for some Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream I'll get some, but instead of eating the whole pint in one sitting like I used to do I now eat 4-6 spoonfuls, and then I put the rest in the freezer for another time. I don't want to deny myself because I think when you deny yourself the things you want you feel like you're punishing yourself, and exercising/eating right is not a punishment; it is your way of rewarding yourself with a healthy body.

    I will paraphrase a quote from Martin Luther King, Junior: “The ultimate measure of a woman is not where she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Another quote that goes along with this one is the old Japanese proverb that says, "Fall down seven times; get up eight." It doesn't matter if you stumble once in awhile. All that matters is that you keep getting back up. Never give up...no matter what! emoticon
    1821 days ago
    Thank you for your post on my blog. So far, you're so right. I'm not missing soda. The only downside is the withdrawal headaches. Once that's over, I think it'll be great. Hope you're doing well. Have a great day!
    1823 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragaing comment on my sparkpage! You are right--we just have to be persistant. Im sure you will reach your goals too! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1824 days ago
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    Hello and welcome to the Alabama SP Team!!! I am ALMOST 50+ and also live on the the Alabama Gulf Coast! SP changed my life and I hope it will help you too!! Please stop by the Alabama SP Team page when you get the chance!!!
    Good Luck
    1859 days ago
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