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Two years later....

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I began this week getting back on the horse, so to speak, with the Spark Plan. Today I decided to begin posting to this blog again. Imagine my dismay when I discovered my last post was made exactly two years ago today. I obviously DID NOT stick to the plan back then and am wondering if I will be able to lose the weight this go round. Only time will tell! I've had a good week so far. I see that in 2009 I had just made it through a 6 week stretch and managed NOT to gain any weight over the holidays. I have no idea how long the streak continued after that. Here I am 2 years later and I have gained back almost all of the weight I had lost between 2005 and the beginning of 2009. (I was 9 pounds shy of being back at the weight I was at when I joined Spark).

I refuse to allow myself to be discouraged. Yes, if I had continued all of the good habits I would probably be at my goal weight by now. Okay, I'm not--so I have to deal with it. Whining about what could have been will not help.

The lessons here are:
1) I can lose weight! I've done it before and I can do it again!
2) Persistence pays off. I lost almost 75 pounds in that 2005-2009 period.
3) The changes that I am making must be LIFE LONG changes. If not, my life will be cut short.

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CHRISTINA222 2/2/2011 3:56PM

    Hi Beth,

I too am giving this weight loss thing another go. You are not alone. We can and will do it. I look forward to watching us both progress as we fight the good fight! emoticon

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    Hi Beth! I am not really part of the GOG team anymore but For some reason I wanted to come by and see if everyone was still here. I have always been concerned about you and wondered if you were ok. By the end of the year I was the highest weight I have ever been in my life and I have been down almost 50 lbs from that. This is my year also. Right now I am doing a Daniel Fast and found a team for that. I am eating only fruits, vegetables, grain and beans and drinking only water. Basically just food from seed like Daniel in the Bible. Blessings to you and your effort for this year!
Faith Slusher

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Another step toward my goal

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I am pleased to report that I met my goal of not gaining any weight during the holiday season. In fact, I ended up losing two pounds. Around Christmas I wasn't sure that I would make it, but somehow managed to renew my resolve and make it through the month in a good place. I know, I know, a mere two pounds lost over six weeks isn't much to brag about, but for me this is he first time in my life that I didn't GAIN any weight during the holidays.

Now my challenge is not to become complacent and allow myself indulgences in the weeks forward. I know that I have to continue eating properly and exercising self-control or I could easily gain weight in January or February just as easily as I use to in November and December.

Finally, and it really should have been said up front--all credit for this accomplishment goes to Jesus Christ. I am so humbled to know that He is mindful of me.

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COODLEBUG 1/10/2009 9:04AM

That is awesome!! Much congratlulations is in order for your sucess!!! Praise the Lord!! I am so happy for you!!! It is a big deal to come out of the holidays and have loss! YOU ROCK!! By the way I love your new pics on your sparkpage!!! You look great!!


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New Day, New Month, New Year

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I'm not one that is inclined to set New Year's resolutions. With my personality type I find them too confining and that they tend to set me up for failure. I long ago realized that my resolutions tend to be too unrealistic. I think that I put too much pressure on myself to be successful and just end up setting myself up for failure. I finally came up with one I could keep. For several years now my resolution has been, "No more New Year's resolutions!"

Seriously, I don't set New Year resolutions anymore, but throughout the year I do try to renew my commitment to learn and grow so I can fulfill my potential and become the person God created me to be. That is my overarching goal and during the year it manifests itself in different ways. For example, maybe something reminds me that I need to continually be gracious and show compassion to those around me. Or, I have trouble putting on my favorite pair of jeans and I am reminded that I am not at my best if I am not eating healthy and exercising. Perhaps, a friend mentions something that prods me to dig deeper into a particular subject and learn all that I can about the topic. It could be a bill from the electric company that reminds me to be a responsible citizen and conserve energy or renew my efforts to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle....etc...

So what does this all mean in terms of my efforts to lose weight? It means that I just continue to take one day at a time. I've lost about 60 pounds so far--and I need to celebrate that accomplishment. I have about 125 pounds to go--and I can't allow myself to be overwhelmed by that number. If I think of how far I still have to go I might get overwhelmed--I have to focus on short-term goals, like the next five pounds. That is manageable. I cab do that!

So for this new day, new month, new year--welcome 2009, I'll face you on one day at a time.

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COODLEBUG 1/1/2009 11:58PM

You are so right... Baby steps! Moment by moment! We will shine in 2009 and taking small steps and goals will get us there!!! I am so happy to see you! I hope you have a wonderful New Year!! Blessings to you!

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One holiday to go

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I weighed in last night and found that I have only gained one pound so far this month. The bulk of our family holiday happens prior to and including Christmas day. The foods we welcome the new year with are much more healthy--steamed cabbage and black-eyed peas. Now with Christmas behind me and only the New Year celebration to go I hope I can safely say that I have had a successful holiday season. Perhaps by next Monday I will have even re-lost that extra pound that found it's way to my hips earlier this month.


Mr Bingle

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Christmas season has me waxing nostalgic for family members no longer with us, for home, for childhood. I use to gain 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. If I close my eyes I can imagine my Mom in the kitchen and smell all of the wonderful aromas of the special holiday dishes she was so well known for--her special fruitcake, the cornbread stuffing, fudge and divinity--she spent days and days preparing for the family feast. It was an act of love.

Why do we connect so many special memories too food?

This image is Mr Bingle--a favorite holiday icon from New Orleans. So much has changed. You knew it was Christmas when the old Maison Blanche store on Canal Street raised their annual Mr Bingle Christmas display. The building still stands, but the store no longer exists--like so many other New Orleans symbols and landmarks. Even Mr Bingle represented food--his hat was made of an ice cream cone and he always had a candy cane in his hand.

I want to change the image that is in my mind. I'm trying to replace the food related memories with visions of the people I was with and the good times that we shared.

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COODLEBUG 12/22/2008 3:40PM

    Oh Beth, It is so good to see you! I can so relate to your statement how my past Holidays I can so only think it is Christmas with my Grandmothers divinity, or that it is only Thanksgiving with my Grandpa's pea salad.... I too have worked very hard at making new traditions this year that are not related to food.... Thank you for sharing. It helps to know that others are dealing with some of the same issues. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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