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Fed Up!

Monday, June 16, 2014

OK, that's it. I've had it with myself. No more excuses. No more "oh I'll do better," "things will get better once I start feeling better emotionally," "I'll run tomorrow."

No. I'm done. I'm not going to make excuses anymore. I'm mad at myself for what I've let myself do after all the hard work I put in.

I got weighed at the doctor's office today - 171. I got home and weighed myself on my scale - 167.5. I've gained almost 30 lbs. And that really pisses me off. I'm going to make some immediate lifestyle changes that I know will get me back to health in the end. I'm going to be totally honest with you guys, because I probably have not been the most honest with myself.

I've had a day of reflection today after a sleepless night and I've come to the following conclusions:

1) I have to cut down on my drinking. I'm sure a lot of this weight gain has been a result of adding hundreds of calories via alcohol. I firmly believe that my last night was totally sleepless because I didn't drink anything. I have to get a grip on it and go back to running instead of alcohol when I'm feeling low.

2) Enough with the "I'll run tomorrow." No, I will run today (OK well not TODAY as I'm recovering from food poisoning but whenever I hear myself say "tomorrow" I will say "no, TODAY"). My running has to return, I can't just say "I'll run tomorrow" and expect results. It doesn't work that way. I don't care if I get home from work at 7pm and I have to be at the gym until 9pm. I don't care how tired I am. I am going to run.

3) Enough with the sweets and fried food. Fried food is absolutely my weakness, and I've been having probably a little too much fast food lately. I also accepted a piece of cake the other day at work and immediately afterward felt sick. I don't doubt I know why!

4) I have to pick my head up. I've been beating myself up and not in a constructive way, and I've allowed myself to get pushed around and pushed in the mud by people. That's not who I was when I reached goal. When I reached goal, I was strong, happy and confident. I don't feel any of those things now and it's because I'm not trying and I'm not coping in a positive way!

So maintenance has kicked my butt a bit, but I think I've pinpointed the event that caused everything to turn around for the worse. And I'm going to make that aspect of my life better as well. Because I want to be happy and fit again. I want to run this August half marathon and feel good about the way I run it. I want to turn to healthy outlets for my stress again instead of immediately turning to alcohol or food. It's a slippery slope, and I'm not going to let myself slide.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to kick my butt into getting myself together on a daily basis! I'll need it! I'm going to start weighing weekly again and keeping an accurate weight on the tracker. I have to.

  
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HOLLYL7 8/26/2014 10:23AM

    I was meant to read your blog today, as I could have said everything you listed about myself! I was feeling beat down about my backslide, but now I feel motivated to pick myself up and chase down my goals =)

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PLANNERBRANDIE 8/8/2014 8:43PM

    I've had so many thoughts like this. If you've done it before, you can do it again! Keep at it.

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M5WILLIAMS 7/28/2014 10:34AM

    Great post. Thanks for your honesty. Well said.
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KNEEMAKER 7/24/2014 7:59PM

  Believe and achieve! Then just keep on keeping on. emoticon

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BDRFLI-TREKS 7/24/2014 2:06PM

    You can do it, Lady! As your blog said "We all fall down"... As long as you get back up!!!!

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TREE57 7/24/2014 9:54AM

    I like what Watermellon said to change the "a" to "I" and become the person you know you are FITGIRLRUN.

You have it all going for you, it's good you caught up with yourself when you did. Be good to yourself and your body. Alcohol will lie and deceive....it's a sly one, be cautious.

You can do this! Now, GO RUN TODAY!



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BOOKREADER8 7/24/2014 8:39AM

  I am very happy to hear that you have shed so much unwanted weight. Well done.
But I am saddened by your attitude towards yourself ,(even your spakname is a put down).
I can see from your photograph that you are young and beautiful. Please be kinder to yourself. Love yourself enough not to be upset too much by what others say or think.
Congratulate yourself on your many achievements. Only eat wholesome, healthy foods. Exercise moderately. Do everything from love and please stop punishing yourself.
All living creatures only really respond to love.

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ROCKMAN6797 7/24/2014 8:08AM

    Maintenance is hard work. As our body adjusts to the new us it seems like if we even look at the wrong kind of food we pay. I can sympathize with your plight but it sounds like you have identified the issue now it is just a matter of putting the fix into play. You can do this!



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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/24/2014 7:44AM

    So, and Well, and ??????

You haven't updated, how's that BUTT kicking? I do hope you are moving in the right direction... Saying it first always helps!

GO GET 'M....

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BAHAMAMARG 7/24/2014 7:36AM

    Good job in getting it down in print! I was terrified writing my first blog posts - worried about judgement from others!

But you don't find that here - only good thoughts and wishes from everyone!

Alcohol is also my biggest problem and it's a HARD habit to break. I've manged to cut out at least 5,000 cals a week minimum - just in alcohol alone by changing my habits but feel it's always there hovering and it won't take much to send me back there!

You are clearly not alone!

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DIETCOLALOLA 7/24/2014 5:39AM

    I wish I knew your name because I certainly don't want to call you FatGirl... Anyway, I am going through EXACTLY the same challenges at the moment. I lost about 17 Kilos (about 37 pounds) and kept it off for more than a year. Recently, I also started slipping with sweets, alcohol and slacking on my walking routine and big surprise... I have started gaining weight back. I have gained back 4 Kilos (about 10 pounds) and I am also totally pissed about it. I actually read your post because I hoped it would inspire me to get back on program. It DID! And thanks for that!

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You know that you can do it because you have already done it. What is important now is to keep yourself honest and go back to what you did to lose the weight in the first place. Try to find that same mind set for now. You were DETERMINED, you didn't ignore the alcoholic drinks you had back then, you logged them in your nutrition counter. And like you said, you didn't think "Tomorrow" when the thought of running crossed your mind, you laced up your shoes and went. And let's face it, you ALWAYS feel better afterwards!

I can so totally relate to this post, I feel like I wrote it myself! You are not alone! I'm pulling for you every bit of the way!!

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SHELTER-PETS 7/24/2014 5:38AM

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LADYOLIVER 7/7/2014 4:56PM

    emoticon hope as of today things have began to change for you. Keep making it a deliberate act to change.

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CARINEVE 6/28/2014 4:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this honest blog, this just shows we can not slack after we reach our goals and it shows how easy it is to fall back to old habits.
But acknowledging what is going on seems like a very good first step.
And perhaps going public with it might help you in getting back on track with the running, as this keeps you accountable.
Perhaps you can sign up for a race to have a short term goal again?
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GREGGWEISBROD 6/25/2014 10:40AM

    Fan-freaking-tastic gameplan. Go get some, girl, and don't stop till you drop!!!! :D

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_LINDA 6/19/2014 12:11AM

    Like Watermellen said changing one letter in your name -love it! Those calories pack on so very quick! But you got this! Being able to run is golden, its a mega calorie burner and its also very psychologically motivating from what I hear. The first thing I noticed when I came to your page was the happy profile photo of a runner, and yes, the background saying it all too! This is a gal that Loves. To. Run! Lace 'em up and get out there! Nirvanna awaits! Leave the garbage behind! Run in a quiet wooded place if you can, really nothing like greenery to lift the mood! So you lost touch with who you are for awhile. You can find her again!
Go, girl GO!
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TINAJANE76 6/18/2014 10:59PM

    And you're already well on your way! You've already identified the issues that led to your gain and have a plan to get yourself back on track--now you just need to execute to reclaim your fitness and happiness. It's also great that you've pinpointed what set your off track in the first place so you can right yourself in that area of your life as well. It often just takes one triggering event to start a domino effect, but that doesn't mean you can't combat that and learn to cope in more constructive ways.

You can do this, girl, and we've got your backs!

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ABISMITHY 6/17/2014 2:58PM

    Great honesty and reflection. I have slipped a little in the past week and am getting myself back on track... Reading about your "no, run today" program has inspired me to get moving again. I have a half marathon in November and I want to get my best ever time and I think I can do that if I continue to lose weight - as I was before the past week.

Thank you for writing this! I am inspired and your blog reminded me how good it feels to run... I hope it reminded you too!
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BABY_GIRL69 6/17/2014 1:18PM

    This is who we have to be totally honest with ourselves... I think our family & friends some times down play us while all the while looking kinda of shocked that we've gained weight. So it starts & ends with us! emoticon emoticon

God bless & thanks for the motivation for me as well.

Dee

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GONABFITCOWGIRL 6/17/2014 9:40AM

    its great that you're being honest with yourself. i feel the same way you do, been lots of sleepless nights because i'm so fed up with myself. Sometimes you really need to just talk yourself into things. When i have a hard time with working out or i ate something bad, i treat myself like a child and keep it simple... dont beat yourself up too bad, we are all too judgmental towards ourselves, yet we would never be so harsh on others.

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GLORIAMAJDI 6/17/2014 9:07AM

    Being honest with yourself is the first step and you have done that. Doing something about it is the hard part but you are on your way. Most people can't wait to get to maintenance because they think that everything is going to be easy then. But it is even harder because the incentives aren't there anymore. That is why most people gain the weight back. But you can do this. You have your mind set, you have the tools and you have the support. You will make it happen!

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MAGNOLIA416 6/17/2014 9:02AM

    My weight and my resolve yo-yo, too! Try to forgive yourself and make today a better day. Have you thought about making a vision board? Or writing a personal goal statement and reading it a couple times a day?

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/17/2014 7:47AM

    Thanks for the friend add!! We are very close in weight now and while I have been on SP for almost 8 years - I've been 'stuck' in this weight range and haven't budged and I know for me - the BIGGEST reason is the alcohol which leads to craving the bad foods too (fried, sweet, salty, etc).

I'd love to buddy up and keep in touch more as we both turn things around. I'm FED UP too... tired of the yo-yo (I was at 173 this morning - and have been in the range from this to 166 for some time - striving to reach 159.5 by my SP anniversary).

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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2014 9:37PM

    How about changing your name to FITGIRLRUN? Just one letter -- but it's an "I" and you can tell yourself "I"' am making this happen!!

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OOLALA53 6/16/2014 9:09PM

    We have to be sure what we choose to do is something we can actually sustain through work and its food availablity, love life troubles, etc. If we try to stay at a weight that demands too much vigilance, we will be grappling for a long time. This doesn't mean we give up and succumb to constant overeating! But it has to work for the long run. If you don't think you can be doing it five years from now,

I haven't had the usual issues with maintenance, except for one big fall a few years ago, because I've made my changes more slowly this time. (I lost at your age and at later ages and thought I would live under quite strict circumstances that felt easy at the time forever. I was wrong.) And because I've learned more about how to make sure I enjoy the food I do have and not feel I'm sacrificing too much. And a few more decades of having food not really help make things better has its benefits, too!

You'll be so lucky to get this down now. You still likely have marriage and children and years of working ahead of you. You deserve to feel that it can all fit at least reasonably!

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DETERMINEDDE 6/16/2014 8:19PM

    You and me BOTH, BUT WE CAN DO THIS! Just recovering from a hip injury and some continuing female issues, but I have been back on the road 3 weeks and feel better than I have since December. Keep posting and share your journey!! Let's do this together!!!

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DETERMINEDDE 6/16/2014 8:19PM

    You and me BOTH, BUT WE CAN DO THIS! Just recovering from a hip injury and some continuing female issues, but I have been back on the road 3 weeks and feel better than I have since December. Keep posting and share your journey!! Let's do this together!!!

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STEVEN_D 6/16/2014 7:49PM

    I wouldn't say you need your butt kicked anymore. The scales at the doctor's office did that. And I can relate to #'s 1,2,3 and 4, especially 1. And 2. Yea, 3 and until recently, 4. But what I learn from are moments. Like the one you pin-pointed as the reason for your turn for the worse. Share if you want, I have a guess in mind. The thing is now you are ready to go and have a plan and a goal. How about a new SP name change, I bet you're past first three letters.

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HOLLYM48 6/16/2014 7:43PM

    emoticon emoticon Hop back on the spark wagon, it is always here just waiting for you! Best of luck to you.

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MOM4HOCKEY 6/16/2014 7:33PM

    I like this blog,,I like your honesty with yourself. You don't need anyone kicking your butt you did a good job of kicking it yourself ha ha Realizing what your issues are and doing something positive about it is half the battle!! You've got this!! emoticon emoticon

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An Everlasting Work in Progress: Reflections on a Year of Maintenance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

(from www.fatgirlrunn.com/2/post/2014/04/a
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One year ago today, on April 16, 2013, I stepped onto the scale in the morning and saw 139.5 -- 0.5 pounds below my goal weight of 140 lbs. One year ago today, I reached goal.

Today, I'm not 139.5 lbs. To be completely honest, I've probably gained 15-20 pounds in the past six months. Because what no one tells you after losing so much weight is that it's not only the weight loss that is hard: the maintenance is hard too.

My problem was a steep drop in motivation to exercise, to the point where I basically didn't run a single mile for about three months. Largely, it was because the last six or so months have been extremely difficult for me personally. Emotionally, I was going through a very low point and during it, the activity that sounded least fun to me was running. At the same time, I was doing a pretty terrible job of resisting temptations: if someone had a birthday at work, I accepted that giant slab of cake. Then I would have another piece after lunch the day following. I'd reverted to the way I had previously dealt with stress: eating instead of exercising.

I think my wake-up call came when I realized that even after going back up a pants size, I'm showing off some serious love handles. I recently ran my local runners club race, which I PRed last year, and ran it nearly 10 minutes slower. I've bought clothes that I say will "fit better when I lose my slump weight." Except I still wasn't doing anything.

Now, I kind of hate to say that my life turned around because of a guy, but it sort of did. My dating life had been pretty terrible since my last boyfriend, but I recently met a guy with whom I've really connected. He has been fully supportive of my weight-consciousness and my running, and even said he wanted to train with me. For some reason, I have the motivation to train again partially because of him. Not to mention I have a half marathon at the end of August and dammit I'm going to run it!

All doom and gloom and gushiness aside, I think about the past year and all the adversity I've faced, and I think that I would have handled every tough situation so differently if I were still obese. I've learned how to handle myself confidently and assertively, and I don't stand for people who don't treat me with respect.

Though I've had my slip-ups, for the most part, I continue to eat the usual healthy stuff that I have been, and I still haven't set foot near a Chipotle or Five Guys in over two years.

I remember all that I accomplished and on this day, my "goaliversary" I've dubbed it, I've re-committed myself. I made a promise to my dying grandfather that I'd keep running, and I'm going to keep that promise and get back to training for my August half. I'm going to resist temptation for the sweet things at the office, because sure, I'd like that slice of cake, but I won't like the guilt I'm going to feel after I eat it.

I ran in my neighborhood this evening, my first non-race run outside of the season. Mile 1 was a toughie with some shin tenderness, but after I hit that one mile mark, a good song came on my running playlist, and I felt positively jubilant, despite the strong winds blowing directly in my face and fogging up sunglasses from the low-50s temperatures and my sweaty face. I remember how good 140 lbs felt, and I'm going to go back to that. I've learned my lesson, and I know full well how I can maintain. And now, I'm going to do it.

  
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DDOORN 6/9/2014 9:12PM

    Such an awesome maintenance story! I'm honored by your "add" as a SparkFriend and only too pleased to return the favor! :-)

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CARINEVE 5/15/2014 9:29AM

    I am so happy that you were willing to tell your story about having trouble to maintain, but finally finding the focus again to lose the weight and start maintaining now.

I read your story before, ending with you reaching your goal weight last year, which was a great motivation for me to keep working on losing the weight and getting more healthy.

But this new blog is just as helpful and inspirational, as it shows it will not be easy for any of us, we might slip up, but we have it in us to find that focus again.

I had slipped up "food wise" the last couple of weeks, but are trying to find my focus again, just doing one day at a time. And seeing that others are struggling but they can find the motivation and focus back means so can I!
We know what to do right? We just need to do it.

By the way good work signing up for the half marathon in August, that will make sure you need to get your weekly runs in!
I will have my second HM ten days from now, and that helped me through my rut the last couple of months.
Good luck, you can do it!!


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LAWANDMUSIC 4/30/2014 12:51PM

    Keep the faith! You can do it!

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HEALTHYCALM 4/28/2014 9:36AM

    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing this! It's not actually that weird of a coincidence that I have just confronted the very same issues (and even used the same phrase "wake up call" in my blog) and I swear I wasn't copying you! emoticon (After I wrote my blog last night I went to the At Goal and Maintaining Team for motivation, and started working my way through all the recent spotlighters, where I got pointed to your excellent and thoughtful entry).

We did it before, we can do it again. It really is hard work though, isn't it.

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KIMBERLY_Y 4/27/2014 10:37PM

    Good for you! Congratulations on a terrific blog! You can do it!

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JSTETSER 4/26/2014 7:40PM

    Amazing! emoticon emoticon
You motivate me to keep moving forward!

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MOONCHILD8 4/26/2014 1:50PM

    Great job running and losing the weight. You know now how important it is to continue to watch yourself. Eating less of the sweets and eat more of the good stuff. Running and exercise even when you do not want to but make yourself do it for your own good. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 4/26/2014 11:45AM

    You are emoticon . Maintenance it's been the hardest part for me. I've never been able to stay stable. emoticon and emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 4/26/2014 9:56AM

    Did I tell you how great I think this blog is?? : )
You are the REAL deal when it comes to being a team member.
Thanks for sharing and all the best to you.
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MJREIMERS 4/25/2014 10:41PM

    Way to stay true to yourself and your grandfather! Keep it up! emoticon on your anniversary!

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SUSIEMT 4/25/2014 1:38PM

    Glad to see you are back on track! Been there myself! Doesn't it feel good to be back!
Woo Hoo you!

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HOLLYM48 4/25/2014 1:37PM

    Great blog full of honesty! Thanks for sharing it with all of us. It is just as hard to maintain as to lose, you have to do the same things on both sides! Glad to hear that you have found your focus again and know what you want to do and how to do it. Best of luck on running and wow my hats off to you for running a 1/2 marathon coming up in Aug. 5K is as good as it will get for me!
Kudos and congrats on all that you have accomlplished!

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CREATIVEHEART5 4/25/2014 10:35AM

    You have a great attitude! I am sure you will do amazing in August.
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CREATIVEHEART5 4/25/2014 10:35AM

    You have a great attitude! I am sure you will do amazing in August.
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DEBBYFROMMT 4/25/2014 9:53AM

    I can see why this was voted favorite blog! You speak to so many people, including me! I did not run mostly because I am a fair weather runner (wogger) and did not want to run in the snow or cold, which is pretty much all winter. I have accumulated a little weight and love handles too. UGGGHHHH. At least the weather is nicer to get out! Good luck with your half marathon in August!!!

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CELIAMINER 4/25/2014 9:01AM

    I really needed to read your blog. I'm still struggling with motivation and the 5 pounds I gained over the winter that won't budge and show in my poochie belly the larger pants size. I have no clothes larger than what I'm wearing now, so I'm going to keep working at the extra pounds. I'm only 3 pounds above my goal on a normal day now, but salt can send me sailing 5-6 pounds above goal and over my scream weight. Need to get back down to the lower end of my range.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 4/24/2014 10:41PM

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Learning from our mis-steps only makes us stronger, knowledgeable, and more determined. Congrats on all of your successes so far. Great job!

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MOMMY445 4/24/2014 9:34PM

    thanks for sharing and please hang in there!

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BLONDBIKEGIRL 4/24/2014 6:07PM

    I can't even begin to tell you how petrified I was of maintenance. I only knew how to lose weight and had zero concept of how to maintain it. I even felt a little sad that I didn't have a goal to work furiously toward for about five minutes until I figured out a new goal to put in place. I'm proud of you for getting back on that wagon and loving yourself enough to make yourself a priority and sticking to your guns. Maybe for your two year goaliversary you might say this year it was easy for you to maintain! Baby steps, right?

PS... This all started partly because the man of my dreams walked in my door and I knew if I gained weight he'd walk away. If I wanted him, I had to be the BEST version of myself. I don't think it matters what really sparks you as long as something does!

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SWEET_CAROLYN 4/24/2014 4:53PM

    I am here too!! And I am struggling to get myself back to goal weight - THANK YOU for your inspiration and uplifting post!!

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KATIE3908 4/24/2014 2:43PM

    I totally agree maintaining is just as hard if not harder than losing. I have mornings I really don't want to get up and exercise but I so love being thin and refuse to put the weight back on and that's my motivation. Plus I can't afford to buy all new clothes again. :)

Keep up the good work!!

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MAREE1953 4/24/2014 2:11PM

    Great perspectives! I agree that the winter of 2014 will go down in history as one of the worst. So glad you survived and are committed to thrive!! Thanks for sharing!

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VTRICIA 4/24/2014 12:49PM

    Woohoo! I am so glad I heard that maintenance was hard before I got there. I got my tools lined up in advance.

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GEMLADYONE 4/24/2014 12:01PM

    Great blog! You're right...goal doesn't mean it's over and we have to continue with the changes in lifestyle we made to get there, only with some leeway. emoticon

The trick is to know when the leeway has been passed and we're off the track entirely. Learning it is never a waste.

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THOMS1 4/24/2014 11:55AM

    emoticon you are back on the right path. Speaking of five guys, while we were on vacation in Fl. this past winter we discovered five guys. Gained 10 lbs and am still trying to get it off. I won't make that mistake again. There sure are a lot of them in Fl. I wish you success. emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/24/2014 10:51AM

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Great blog and it is good some tell the truth and face it.
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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 4/24/2014 10:18AM

    Congratulations on getting back on track! Going down a pant size will be so much easier than going down several pant sizes! Checking in daily with the maintenance team has been a big help for me, and also participating in weight maintenance challenges. I wish you all the best!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/24/2014 10:08AM

    Maintenance is hard... It takes constant monitoring and adjustment. It is so very worth doing! Congratulations on your goaliversary, your motivation recovery, and your determination to get back down to your goal weight. You are not the only one who has had to cover that same stretch of territory more than once.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/24/2014 9:18AM

    Glad to see you back on track. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other keeping the goal in sight, You can do it.

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FELINA 4/24/2014 9:17AM

    Congratulations on your Goalaversary and many more to come!

You've discovered the awful truth, that the job isn't done when you reach goal. Your struggles sound a lot like mine. But, you're turning things around and getting your motivation back. You'll be back where you want to be in no time!
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BESSHAILE 4/24/2014 9:09AM

    Girlfriend - last winter was about the hardest winter everyone I know has had to face - including me! What's great is that you got back out there again. And do NOT feel funny about love being a great motivator. Take every helping hand ... and heart ... that's offered! That's what Lifestyle means.

I'm glad you're running again. I'm glad you stayed here with us. I gained weight and left what I'd call my maintenance range in December. It took me till April to get back just inside the magic number. Everyone had to plow through the winter of 2014!!

Never quit. That's all you have to do.

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DSJB9999 4/24/2014 8:31AM

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/24/2014 8:28AM

    emoticon Glad to see you are back on track! Hey if this guy is what it took to get you motivated, then I say there is nothing wrong with that! He sounds like he treats you with respect and wants to support your goals! That sounds like a healthy relationship to me! Take everything one day at a time, becuase as you know, you will be better able to handle the day to day stresses that life puts on us! If you have Faith in God, then I say pray everything about what you need and the Lord will hear you! Have a blessed day! Best wishes with your new relationship and your half marathon in August! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 4/24/2014 8:14AM

    I suspect that ALL of us on the "At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" team can identify with your experience - maintenance is NOT for sissies!! But it can be done - you just have to stay accountable for your weight, just as you did on your original weight loss journey. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but I weigh every and and record my weight. When I stop weighing I start gaining - that is just my truth and I have to live with it. Is it worth it? Oh YES its worth it!! emoticon emoticon

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JANCARD 4/24/2014 8:02AM

    Congratulations on reaching the one-year mark! Mine is coming up next week. Maintenance IS hard and there isn't that *instant gratification* of seeing the scale go down like there was during weight loss phase. Just keep on track and keep fighting the good fight. And keep running!

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MOBYCARP 4/24/2014 7:50AM

    Maintaining is tough, but an upcoming half marathon is a great motivator. I know, my half on Sunday got me to run at new personal records for low temperatures, snow on the ground, and blowing snow this past winter. Those are probably more important than any speed records, or even completing the half.

Here's to running regularly, for the rest of our lives!

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MEXGAL1 4/24/2014 7:48AM

    Awesome! You have done a fantastic job.....yep, they forgot to tell us about the ongoing battle of maintenance. It is a daily effort for all of us.
But we can do it. You look wonderful.
Happy Day!
Sallie

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/24/2014 7:38AM

    Happy Goaliversary. 140lbs sure does sound good, doesn't it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2014 7:23AM

    Keeping promises is a powerful thing... I'm sure your grandfather is smiling in heaven! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2014 7:20AM

    MAINtaining is tough: but it's the main thing for sure . . . and you're going to get back to a sustainable goal weight and maintain it!!

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OHMEMEME 4/23/2014 4:23PM

    Welcome back to the fit life and congrats on the Goalaversary! I finally hit goal this spring after 3 years of teetering on the edge. One of my new mantras is "I am happy to have 5 lbs to lose rather than 50!" I hope you can stay in this "happy" place no matter what life brings your way. We can deal so much better with the crap when we feel good and positive. That is what goal weight and consistent exercise does for me. Find your sweet spot and continue working to stay there. emoticon

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NICKYCRANE 4/18/2014 4:03PM

    Congratulations on getting back on track, both literally and metaphorically. I, too, put on half of whatnI had lost lastnyear, mostly in one month abroad, and took about 4 months to shed it again. Back to goal now, or rather up a kilo after a wedding party!
What a blessing thatnyounhave a helpful, supportive, encouraging boyfriend!

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FEARLESSNOW 4/18/2014 12:44PM

    Keep pressing on!

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DETERMINEDDE 4/18/2014 8:50AM

    You are amazing! Keep going on your journey!

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BILLSGAL 4/17/2014 11:24AM

    I've done exactly the same - lost 45 pounds 3-4 years ago, and slowly regained 35 of it. I finally found my Spark again in the last few months & have now "re-lost" 15 pounds or so. I actually found maintaining harder than losing, but this time I feel more prepared for it...and it seems you are too! emoticon

Keep up the good work & stay positive!

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KANOE10 4/17/2014 8:28AM

    Your goaliversary is worth celebrating. You are committed to running again and staying on track. All of us in maintenance have to work on up pounds which occur during periods of low maintenance.

Good for you running again..I am glad you have a supportive boyfriend.

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/17/2014 8:18AM

    Happy Goaliversary. Sounds like the past few months have been tough but it sounds like you have found your motivation again. Keep it up and you will be back where you want to be!

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NELLJONES 4/17/2014 8:12AM

    The years do go by, don't they? Some are more stress filled than others. I hope you enjoy your One Year.

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We all fall down

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Been going through a tough time but I'm here! I'm maintaining despite my lack of exercise from a big setback. By the way, watch for my success story on the SparkPeople Blog soon! Sorry about all the um's!

  
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BOPPY_ 2/23/2014 6:15PM

    Yep, ice ended my running program (forever).

Now, I wear cleats even to walk on ice or snow. It's a bummer! emoticon

Best, on your recovery,

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HOLLYM48 2/17/2014 5:34PM

    Great job on all of your success! What an inspiration you are! Best of luck on your continued journey!

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LOLA_LALA 2/17/2014 11:39AM

    You look great! Diet will keep you slender...the running is (pardon the expression) "icing on the cake".

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GOING4GOAL2014 2/17/2014 10:34AM

    We all have tought times. Keep moving forward and doing what you CAN do!

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MEXGAL1 2/17/2014 9:54AM

    sorry for your tough time...but you got this and you will return!
Have a great week
Sallie

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COASTAL6 2/16/2014 8:05PM

    WOW! Your doing great. I believe in you!
I'm rooting for you too!
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JOHN_SKIM 1/29/2014 1:23AM

  I hope you are well! Keep up the good work!

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JOJO679 1/19/2014 10:00AM

    You can persevere!! emoticon

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BJPENNY70 1/18/2014 11:24PM

    Great that you are maintaining even when you are going through a tough time. Keep up the strength.

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Half Marathon Finisher!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Quick update on me, including my half marathon finish!

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 12/6/2013 10:34AM

    I can see the absolute joy in your face at accomplishing such an incredible goal. :-) You wear it so well. I'm looking forward to my half marathon in May, the first of hopefully many more to come. Congratulations on your run, especially considering you were still recovering from an injury - that says so much about how important this was to you.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 10/26/2013 7:29PM

    WooHoo on your finish! What a wonderful accomplishment that you'll always be able to cherish for the rest of your life. Never forget that feeling of empowerment, it's very powerful!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/26/2013 10:40AM

    Congrats on your half marathon!!!! If you ever think about coming out to Montana, we have a HM in July in Missoula that is incredible. Starts high and goes downhill or flat. (Missoula does a fantastic job, piano player out in a field, cheerleaders, encouraging and funny signs, etc. really fun!) and another in Billings in Sept.

Will listen for you on Tuesday!!!

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STR458 10/26/2013 1:15AM

    emoticon emoticon you are excellent!!!!! I'll be looking for you on sparkradio! emoticon yaaa emoticon

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KRISTIN74 10/26/2013 12:39AM

  A great accomplishment! Good for you!

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SCOTTYP65 10/25/2013 10:33PM

    Woo HOO!!! Way to go!

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Putting Away the Scale

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Watch me literally put my scale out of sight and out of mind!

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 9/22/2013 8:13PM

    LOL!! Good for you!!!


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STR458 9/18/2013 5:16PM

    emoticon mine is in the cellar inside a closet with the door shut.

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FEMISLIM 9/18/2013 10:07AM

    Remain strong!!!!

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NSPIXIE 9/18/2013 5:32AM

    Nice scale but don't let it drive you crazy...

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