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11 Months Down

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At the end of December, I'll have completed a year of tracking food and exercise on SparkPeople. I've learned that tracking not only helps you lose weight but it also helps you maintain that loss. It helps you maintain an exercise routine. And it can become somewhat addictive--I find that I don't want to miss a day of earning Sparkpoints.

The challenge going into the second year will be how to keep exercise fresh. I can see how I could become bored.

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JOANNA202 11/30/2011 3:23PM

    Hey fellow addict! I've tried, unsuccessfully, to break the habit before but sometimes you just have to admit it: you're locked into something which is good for you!

emoticon on the 11 month milestones. Keep on sparking!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

One of the SparkPeople articles I read this week was about living one's life with gratitude--quite appropriate for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

If gratitude was a bigger focus than the food, many of us would be less nervous about trying to get through that day with little damage to our eating goals. That first Thanksgiving was about gratitude for not starving and dying during a very difficult transition into a new world. We have reality TV shows where producers spend money to put people into challenging circumstances that they have to survive. And yet all over the world we have people who really are trying to survive and who are hungry. Wouldn't it almost be more appropriate on that day to spend more time reflecting on all that we are so lucky to have and spend less time eating to the point of being uncomfortable? And then share more with those in need.

I'll enjoy the food that day but will try to eat each bite with gratitude and will stop when I've eaten a reasonable amount. And then I'll go for a walk and be grateful for the beauty of the fall.

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TOPAZROSE 11/21/2011 6:40AM

    Thank you for the lovely thoughts.

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Hey I'm at 129.5!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

130 was my goal and the number I'm determined to maintain, but it's been exciting to get on the scale for a few days and see 129.5. Hey it's just a number, but I do find it satisfying to visualize myself in the 120s. Haven't been there for over a decade.

Like this quote that I found: "It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every day that I've exercised and every day that I've tracked my eating I feel like I've accomplished my goals. These daily goals are what will help me maintain the success I've achieved--and I got here by achieving these goals one day at a time.

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SGTSUNNY 11/18/2011 6:54PM

    Great! So proud of you!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/13/2011 7:13AM


Like the quote.

Congrats on gettting into the 120's.

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Dearly Departed DVD Player

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Dear DVD Player,

Thank you for giving your life so that I might live a healthier life. Yesterday you sputtered a bit, and I had to accept that you had played your last DVD.

I reflect back on our last 10 months together. On January 1, I stepped on the scale and made a New Year's resolution that you helped me achieve. I knew I needed to get back to exercise and had to acknowledge all of my excuses and barriers. I knew that my best strategy was to exercise first thing in the morning. I knew that I'd have a hard time walking out in the cold winter or taking the time to travel to a gym. Indoor at-home exercise was my best option for success. But getting access to the computer and TV in our family room is like getting access to the bathroom when everyone is getting ready at the same time.

And then as I was putting holiday decorations away in our basement storage room, I saw you on the shelf. You were the small combo TV/DVD player that we used to hook up in the car on long trips so that we could keep our daughter distracted from whining "How much longer to Grandma and Grandpa's house?"

I dusted you off, placed you in our bedroom armoire, and put in a Leslie Sansone walk-at-home DVD. Every morning we began to walk one, two, or three miles with Leslie. Then I'd walk a few steps down to the bathroom shower to get ready for work.

After winning my first SparkPeople bootcamp trophy, I read that I should change up my exercise routine. I bought a new DVD--but after a month, you had become loyal to Leslie, and I couldn't get you to play or recognize a different DVD. And so we kept walking with Leslie. We probably spent 250 mornings together.

I saw the signs this week that you were walking your last miles. I couldn't get you to play anything but Leslie's second mile. Yesterday was a cool crisp morning, and I was scheduled to complete my SparkPeople 5K walk. Did you know I was talking myself out of an outdoor walk? I put in the DVD, and you sputtered your last breath. And so I went outdoors and walked four miles.

Thanks for the support. With your help, I lost more than 20 pounds, achieved my weight-loss goals, and found myself at the brink of maintenance. I hope that by taking you off that storeroom shelf I gave you some productive last days. And somehow I think you knew that I needed to move on and walk without you.

Rest in peace.

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TOPAZROSE 11/7/2011 7:40AM

    I enjoyed your blog. What a supportive and loyal DVD player you had. Your team work was amazing. Congratulations.
May your DVD RIP.

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JOANNA202 11/6/2011 2:13PM

    Great blog, made my smile. I didn't know DVD players could even be selective about what they play so clearly yours had a plan in mind for you. Great that you've achieved so much already. *Whispered: any plans for a new DVD player?*

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Maintenance support

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm sure many on SparkPeople are like me--folks who have lost weight only to put it back on again. I've been taking off and putting back on anywhere from five to twenty pounds for a very long time.

In the past, I've achieved a goal only to abandon my exercise and become less mindful of my eating. I have stopped weighing and the pounds have crept back often leading me to new all-time high weights. When I began SparkPeople in earnest last January, I had reached my all-time high. Now I'm down to my goal.

The challenge now is to maintain where I am. I'm going to explore the SP site to look for people focused on maintenance. One thing that is helping me now is that I've committed to reaching my year anniversary by having racked up 1000 exercise minutes for each of 12 months.

It seems to me that the way to maintain a healthy weight is to keep settting new goals such as those related to exercise. My downfall in the past has been to reach a goal and then abandon the behaviors that got me to the goal. It's taken me a very long time to learn that permanent changes are needed and that the focus should be on the longterm.

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TOPAZROSE 10/30/2011 9:27AM

    emoticon There are maintainence teams on SP. Keep looking and you will find what you need.

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