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2008 Achievements - 2009 Goals

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Thinking back on 2008 I'm amazed at what I have accomplished:
I lost 60 pounds!
I started exercising 6 days a week - and I enjoy it! (And I miss it when I don't do it)
I feel better than I have in years.
People ask me for advice.
I have much more self confidence - and started a new job because of it.
I've learned how to eat healthy foods and that I don't miss junk food at all.
I can go out to dinner and make healthy choices - and still enjoy myself.
My husband and sons are proud of me.
I went parasailing for the first time!
I enjoy hiking, walking, biking, etc. with my family (without huffing and puffing).
My doctor shook my hand and congratulated me on what I have done. She even joked that she wants to use me as her poster child!
I enjoy shopping for clothes again.
I've made many new friends on Spark People - I know I'm not alone in this!
I have been able to control diabetes through diet and exercise.
The list goes on and on...... (and everything is thanks to SparkPeople!)

2009 Goals:
Lose 20-30 pounds to reach my weight loss goal.
Keep diabetes under control without medication.
Reduce (or even get rid of completely) blood pressure medications.
Try a new activity - snowshoeing comes to mind.....
Continue with SparkPeople and log food and exercise daily.
Try 1 or 2 new exercises.
Try 1 new SP recipe each week.

I have confidence that I can achieve the goals I have set for 2009! What an awesome feeling!!! emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEVANS716 1/1/2009 10:20PM

    Betsy-
congrats on the 60lbs gone!!
you've had an amazing year and are so motivated to continue on this journey.
Good luck to you and hope to see you posting again to keep ME motivated!!
Happy New Year.
Denise

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Too Comfortable with Weight Loss (so far)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I think I've figured out why I haven't been losing and keeping on track recently: I've become comfortable with my weight loss. In 9 months I've lost 57 pounds total, but very little in the last 2 months. I receive many compliments, feel great physically, wear nice new clothes, etc. and I've stopped pushing myself as hard. I haven't been this weight in 16 years and it feels good. Now I need to refocus on my ultimate goal and begin working toward it again.

It's NOT a plateau - everything I read about hitting a plateau is that you're doing everything you're supposed to do and the weight won't come off. I know I'm not doing everything I should be doing.

I keep up with exercise and water, but have not been tracking food and allowing more snacks, etc. So I've maintained my loss, but haven't lost any additional weight. I'm short (5'3") and 175 lbs is still unhealthy for me.

Has anyone else experienced this weight loss complacency? Are there any SP articles about this subject? It's been a big surprise to me! I feel like now that I've put it into words, I can put it into practice. I've proven that I CAN lose weight, now to just reach for my goal.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-CORI- 11/3/2008 2:54PM

    I am on the FFF team with you and I am in the same situation. I have been 4-6 lbs from my goal since June and although I am maintaining, I need to complete my goal. My one difference with you is that while I keep my eating under control, I have literally stopped working out. I have only worked out 3-5 times since July. I am ashamed to even admit that. I think my good eating habits are the only reason I haven't regained any weight. Although I have been able to maintain my weight, I have lost all the muscle tone that I had gained this year and I am afraid to measure because I am pretty sure that I have regained inches. I need to just get my self-discipline back and start my routine again. Thank you for having the courage to blog about this. It's comforting to know I am not alone.

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ZZYYGGY 10/24/2008 7:36PM

    I can relate too, and I've been working to get back on track as well. Good luck to you.

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SCHNAUZERS2 10/23/2008 11:15PM

  Yes, absolutely the same thing happened to me. I lost 100lbs. by myself, & loved the compliments, better feelings, clothes galore, & had learned how to not gain any wt. back, so have'nt lost anymore since '03. Got very happy with how I look & being "normal"sizes again, having happy drs., etc. So I found out about SP, & am losing 25 lbs. on it, hopefully, before my second knee replacement in Jan..If not all gone by then, the pain of the surgery & jacked up sky high BS from surgery will have me lose the last of the 25 lbs. I understand completely how you feel. It is rare that wt. losers don't gain back wt., but we learn to compensate & stay the same. I like to say,"We are riding on our laurels!!!" Kathy

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JUSTTRIING 10/23/2008 9:38PM

    Yes, when I first hit my goal weight a couple months ago, I just lost all control. I I was still exercising but did not track my food. I knew I was eating more but I really didn't care. I could not get motivated. I worked with some team mates and came up with an accountabliity plan to help get me back on track.
I am okay with my weight flucuating by a few pounds but I definitely don't want to go back over 130 which is still lower than my initial goal of 135. ( I am also short at 5'3'' if I stretch).
I occasionally still have some bad times where I just am comfortable where I am and I go for a couple days without really watching what I am doing but I find by keeping up with my spark friends, I usually can get myself back on track.
It is just trying to keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change. I do feel and look better but I must work at that. It will probably never be second nature to me but I am learning that it is worth it. I know I will probably have to always be "checking" myself because it is too easy to let yourself slip and before you know it, the weight is coming back on. I know I was in denial when I initially started this journey. I just didn't want to accept the fact that I was gaining weight and that I needed to stop it from getting too far out of control (my mother is overweight). I don't want to be in denial again.

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SPARKER59 10/23/2008 8:34PM

    YES!! I have been feeling that way for a couple of months. Getting compliments, wearing new clothes, etc. Very slowly moving in the right direction, but skipping my daily walks, "forgetting" my strength training, going over my calories by just a little - but every day!! So yes I can totally relate. I still have MANY MANY pounds to lose, but seem to be coasting right now and I am not sure why. I know we can do this though. And just tonight I did an entire workout that I had scheduled. So maybe give yourself a goal reward that you are really psyched about - - for me it would be some new books or a mani/pedi. Find something you really really want (that is not chocolate cake!! lol) and promise it to yourself.

We are worth it. We can do it.

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Interesting Dream About Desserts

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Last night I had a dream that we were at an amazing dessert buffet. All of my favorites were there - cheesecakes, ooey-gooey chocolate things, ice cream sundaes - you get the picture. There was also a platter of Granny Smith apples - the apples were arranged beautifully in a pyramid shape and each apple had an elaborate design carved into its skin. My mouth was absolutely watering - for the apple!!!! Yes I chose the apple over all of my favorite desserts. I thought this dream had a lot of significance regarding the way I now look at food.

  


Less Than 6 Months on SP

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I began SP on 1/24/08 after an eye-opening doctor visit. In less than 6 months I have lost 48 pounds, over 25 inches and reversed my diabetes. All of my other bloodwork is now normal - I just need to work on my blood pressure. It's the first time I actually feel confident that I will reach my goal and stick with a program. I feel better than I've felt in years!

In the past 2 months I've become more involved with the SP community (teams, message boards, etc.) and decided it's finally time to begin blogging. We'll see how it goes.....

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STRILLO 7/6/2008 8:12PM

    That is so inspiring! My family has a history of Diabeties and so that is good news to hear. One of the reason (one of many) that I decided to change my ways of eating and exercising is because I did not want to become Diabetic. Great job to you!

Syl


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RAVON27 7/5/2008 2:29PM

    emoticon emoticon that is awesome to have so many wonderful changes in 6 months. I find that staying involved helps with everything. Keep up the blogging! emoticon

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ELVIRAKITTIES 7/5/2008 1:54PM

    Congratulations hun, I am so happy for you. That is so great that you have done all that in just 6 months. Great job and HUGS HUGS HUGS. The Rural Living Team is so proud of you. Excellent job and you can do the blog thing it's not that hard :)

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BARBARADELFA 7/5/2008 1:38PM

    Congratulations! I too joined in January (19th) and have lost 45 pounds since then (71.5 total). I too started this journey after a visit to the doctor found my fasting blood sugar to be borderline high (not a diabetic) and my weight to be at an all time high (261). Blood sugar is now fine, cut my cholesterol medicaiton in half and am totally off blood pressure medication. It can happen. Good luck on your journey!

Barbara

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CITABRIA 7/5/2008 12:19PM

    Wow, congratulations!

I'm glad you're getting more involved -- hearing your story is a great inspiration to me, and I suspect it will be to others, too!

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