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  • v JAVA286
    Thank you for your comment. I am not sure where to post my reply so I will put it on the blog and your page, sorry! I am new to the blogging part!

    I have made a TON of changes, I was only whining because I needed to get it out and that's what blogs are for! There more details on my intro on my spark page about how far I have come. I have been through quite a lot and used drinking to get through it. I have been to therapy and she said I was making amazing progress considering everything that has happened. I am doing my best, if it was easy then I wouldn't need to write about it.

    I have also cut all processed foods, sugar, and bread out of my diet and kept it up for over a year (two years on the sugar). I have been working out pretty intensely since last November and this is the first time I have kept it up.

    Sorry, I felt I had to defend myself a little. I am proud of the progress I have made and I just need a little support with the drinking.
    1572 days ago
    I wanted to offer a few pointers to help you as you begin the new you.

    First, start small. Make a few changes at a time. Sometimes people get excited, change a lot of things, get frustrated and quit. By changing a few habits at time you build in successes and less frustrations.

    It is important to have ways to measure success that don't involve the scale (NSV-non scale victories). The scale is one small part of the equation and is very inaccurate at measuring success. Our bodies are complicated and don't always follow the rules. There will be times when you have eaten right and exercised and the scale won't move as much as you think it should. Look at your mood, healthy habits you are forming, how your clothes fit, your exercise as other ways of measuring success.

    Also, don't look at this as all or nothing. We are human and we are not perfect. There will be days when you eat horribly or don't exercise. When this happens, forgive yourself and move on. One less than ideal meal (or a few days worth) or few off days of exercise is not going to matter over a lifetime. What matters is you keep moving toward your goal. Progress not perfection.

    Eat less, move more! You CAN do it!
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    1573 days ago
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