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The light has come on . . .

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I can hardly believe it but after a really rocky start here back in August it all seems to be coming good. Certainly no fireworks but very gentle weight loss through reasonable eating and just about enough exercise - cardio and strength. I am amazed!! Normally I follow diets that give instant results - big weight loss very quickly through eating all sorts of bizarre food combinations. Inevitably this has been followed by the return of every last ounce. Further, I ALWAYS avoided exercise like the plague. I'm sure you get the picture

I love this site and have spent more time in front of my laptop than I ever did on the PC in my office before I retired. I have given myself so many stringent pep talks thanks to what I have read in articles or on the message boards. I have learned so much about lifestyle changes that somehow I have been sparked - for the first time in my life - into taking gradual changes on board helped by the motivation of all the great people I am finding here. You know who you are and I thank you.

It's going to be so very slo-ow and I don't doubt there'll be hiccups, but with perseverance and patience on my part - very very hard for me - and the great resources, experts and wonderful Sparkers, I finally have some hope that I will become a reasonable size again, regain some muscle strength and find the stamina to run around after my grandchildren on a regular basis.

I am at the beginning of the journey and I know so little, but to any struggling Sparkers I want to say its certainly not easy but 'keep the faith' - 'have hope' - it seems to me that it really can be done.

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BIRDLEGS29 11/12/2009 11:53AM

    You definitely have the attitude for success. One little meal, one bite, one step at a time. We can't change our lifestyle overnight - after all, it took us years to get here. You can do this!


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Sticking with it

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

When I signed up for Spark People at the beginning of August this year I was determined to lose weight and I did, indeed, lose 6lbs in the first few weeks.

Subsequently for no reason that I could really see I put back 5 of them. I had not, of course, done everything perfectly - too many temptations in my life - but I thought it was OK. Food consumption seemed more or less good on the tracker (what a great tool that is!).

I had had to spend a lot of time talking myself into exercising because I have become horribly idle and getting away from that seemed hard. However - I started doing what I guess was the minimum thanks to advice on the blogs. I built it up a bit and felt quite good about that.

Still the regained lbs stuck to me - horribly discouraging. I stopped weighing myself but I stuck to my guns sheerly because of all the great info and the wonderful inspiring people I found. Truly there is so much good here.

Suddenly - for no reason that I can see (again!) 4lbs have gone this morning.

So - I am surprised and delighted this morning and really hoping that the loss will continue - at least for a while until the next plateau.

At least I now have faith that I can deal with that thanks to everything and everyone here.

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SHCUTTER 11/4/2009 6:43PM

    Nice job on the perseverance!

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TANITHSTILES 11/4/2009 9:24AM

  Just want to say well done! And all the best on your wellness journey.

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ANNIENTX 11/4/2009 8:04AM

    Maybe you shouldn't be weighing so often. The best advice is to weigh once a week. Hide the scales from yourself until the same day of the week comes up... then weigh.... The body is a strange contraption... holding fluids; letting go of fluids; etc etc.

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I talk about determination . . .

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

. . . but there are many days when I wonder how determined I really am. I lost a few pounds and have let them return and have not really done anything about that.

I have just returned from a birthday party in London - an 80th birthday. She is a long standing friend who is still attractive and witty and an inspiration to all of her friends. She lost her partner last year which was devastating for her. She is truly sad but somehow she has carried on with her social life and the occasional cruise and she smiles - mostly. I wish I had half of her determination for this journey I have committed to - or so I thought. Each time I slip I will think of her. I know she has her bad moments - some very bad - but she doesn't allow them to stop her in her tracks. I intend to make her my example.


I love Spark Healthy Reflections

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

They are always inspiring to a greater or lesser degree.
Today's was excellent for me and really made me think.

Find the joy in life. Don't let a day go to waste

Both are so apt for me at the moment.

I realise that if I would just 'go for it' like I used to, the joy in life would return. I would have more fun, my house would be cleaner, people around me would be happier because I would be happier, more fulfilled, less ashamed, more energetic and THINNER!

So I will remember this Reflection as a turning point. I intend to use it as the basis of daily inspiration or as a mantra.


Giving myself a good talking to

Monday, October 26, 2009

Today I am kind of starting over - and with attitude! I have done all the exercise I planned, had a careful breakfast and am about to leave the house with my pedometer.

All of this makes me feel more positive and so much better in myself. It's madness to sit about feeling miserable and cross because I haven't made the effort to do what I should - and indeed want to - do - for myself and for my health.

I have re-read all the start-up material and some of the blogs on this great website for encouragement and inspiration and have told myself that I won't give up because I really CAN do this. I have had so much worse to deal with in my life and that should make me stronger for this challenge I have set myself - if I will only allow it.

So - new week - new start . . .


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