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Motivation to stay on track

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Someone asked me how I stay on track...which by the time I got to answering was asking me how I stay motivated. I really had to think about this. My answer to her really is my overall motivation...and I still need to examine what works to "stay on track" at a daily level.

I have been on SP for a good while now...about a yr and a half. I actually did budge a few pounds, then gained five and couldn't shake it. THAT is finally back off. Several things work here...I am diabetic and in the beginning of this adventure, my sugars just kept climbing...I NEEDED that to stop. It has. Then, last September, someone suggested a mile a day walking challenge...so I finally got moving again. (long story about that, too) Then I had a scare with my heart...thought I had had a heart attack...appears to have been angina. THAT took from Mid Sept to mid Nov. to get taken care of and THAT was a huge motivator to get me more active and more diet conscious.

Another personal factor is that we have no health insurance. I MUST get and stay healthy.

Since I have been on SP I have found motivation in some of the challenges offered. Also, since the SP site began the "streak" thing, I find I am determined to log in (no problem there) and to WALK daily and record it. The walking is mostly for my heart, of course, but maintaining the streak is fun. I missed recording one day though I had walked and had logged in..but it broke the streak and that continues to aggravate me.

I will gladly partner with others for mutual encouragement...and perhaps we can challenge one another somehow. I want to get and stay healthy and I want to get and keep my blood sugars under control.

Years ago, my first success with weight loss was through Weight Watchers..I got to goal and became a free lifetime member. THERE it was not the diet but the process of having our leader lady, Barbara, checking on you and speaking to you about how you were doing. I was highly motivated by HER. Later efforts with WW were not as successful with other leaders. I learned from that, that having someone else keeping an eye on your efforts and progress is good stimulus.

With the start of the new service year....I would like to get things MOVING again on the scale. I want to get the next five pounds OFF again...and keep them off. I think it is ridiculous that others on here lose hundreds of pounds and I can't get 25 off!!

Now, how about you?

THANK YOU for the question that brought on this long epistle..but you got me thinking about this...and that is good.

  
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CHEACATT 9/3/2008 12:48PM

    I would love to partner with you...I really feel having "friends" that keep tabs on each other will really help me :)

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How can so much time go by?

Sunday, May 04, 2008


I have been an SP member for over a year now. It took nearly nine months to really get myself MOVING...which finally happened thanks to a challenge back in Sept of last yr. I feel really good about that.

On the flip side though, I have managed to GAIN weight over this yr. Some of that may be attributed to the hormonal changes that take place at this point in a woman's life...BUT, that is no excuse. I tried to recommit last Sept. but some medical issues got in the way. That is under control now, I think, so I need to start again. I don't want the pounds to be edging up as I get older as I hear that they can/do.

For right now, I would like to get ten pounds off and/or get down one dress size so I can wear clothing I have in my closet.

  
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SUNNI2DAY 5/11/2008 11:59AM

    Taking a detour is a really good way of looking at it.

I think we've failed when we stop thinking about it and accepting it as 'just the way we are'. Becoming apathetic to our bodies is dangerous territory. You my friend are conscious each day that you need to do something for you... .for your health and you're doing it. Kuddos to you.

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ARIZONAROSE 5/4/2008 10:45PM

    "'We can do anything we want to as long as we stick to it long enough." Helen Keller

Your still sticking to it thats part of the battle!! We all have detours in life because of so many things and most of the time beyond our control. You haven't given up or anything just took a little detour! emoticon

YOU can do it!

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New service year...recommit time for me.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Today I am trying to relaunch my efforts to lose this excess weight and get moving again physically. I NEED to be exercising. I am starting off with a very sore ankle from a fall a week ago (and some other sore areas also). Thanks to new meds for me, my blood sugars are down from where they have been..though it is not even like it should be...lower and too low and back again. Getting down to a normal weight will help fix that issue. So...Forward GO! As an army let us go...let us fight that old FAT foe! Getting us slim and trim is the goal for us!

  
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CELEST 4/30/2008 3:20PM

    emoticon to hear you had a fall....ugh! I've just completed auxiliary pioneering last month so that was quite a bit of exercise for me. Ended up doing 55 hrs to help a young brother get his time in. Was wonderful experience....much better than yrs.lol

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Now I know!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

For a long time I have wondered how I managed to stay at the "plateau" I had reached...I felt I was eating fairly well and maybe it was just not enough exercise. Now that I am trying to record all my food AND seeing the caloric totals! I am shocked. I do still need to adjust my exercise levels..but now I also see how I am unconsciously sabotaging myself. Time to get going now and buckle down to some positive adjustments.

  
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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 5/2/2007 6:31AM

    Thinking of you too! Isn't is just amazing the things we can learn when we just stop to take notice?

Tracking every bite or sip I swallowed really opened my eyes! As long as I keep it up I know I can meet my goal - and you will too! Plateaus are so challenging - it really helps to see the little successes - to look at everything in a positive light!

I'm so glad you're here to help remind me!!!

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Attitude adjustments?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I am not yet following any diet as such, but in just the few days I have been exploring here, I am increasing my awareness of how my diet is sabotaged in many little ways...nibbles, munchies and though choices are not always bad, quantify of those choices can get me in trouble. This will take some figuring to adjust...but I am finding the ability to track food on here and then see the totals very enlightening!

  


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