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Back in the saddle again...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wow, time flies! I can't believe it's been about 5 months since I last Sparked. I started a new job, then transferred to the night shift, plus it's a very physically demanding job. Which I'm actually grateful for because it's probably the main reason I've lost more weight but needless to say it has taken some time to get adjusted. I would just come home and pour myself into bed, take care of the main stuff and everything else fell by the wayside. I'm also dealing with some medical issues that have surfaced because of the physical aspect of my job. But you know what, I'm grateful because had I not started this position I would have never known and it would have gone undetected. So really it was a blessing in disguise.

I'm going to be starting on a new plan. My plan is to get 95% of my calorie intake from nutrient rich foods. I haven't been eating healthy all the time and I'm feeling it. I am always telling myself that I'll just work it off at work. But the truth is I just feel more worn out, tired and sick when I eat crappy. I'm not doing myself any favors. I can either be my best friend or my worst enemy, the choice is mine. I don't think I'll be counting calories anymore. It didn't help me. I always felt like there is just too much left to chance when calorie counting. For example, did I get the correct calorie count or did I measure it correctly. Also, sometimes when I would have calories left I would force myself to eat when I wasn't hungry. This would often actually start a binge or I would use it as an excuse to binge because I had eaten so few calories the day/s before. Not that I'm knocking anyone for doing it, ESPECIALLY if it's working. It just doesn't work for me.

So for now, I'm focusing on eating healthy food and I want to add walking 6 days out of the week but I'm going to build up to that. Right now I'm going to add it as often as I can but keep my focus on getting nutrients into my body. This always works best because the healthier I eat, the better I feel and then I'll automatically have more energy for walking.

I'm so excited to get back into the swing of things again. I really missed this. I hope every one is doing amazing! Have a blessed day, week, month, etc.... LOL :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIVESTRONG2010 7/15/2014 2:28PM

    Best of luck to you on your lifestyle journey! I'm so wanting to get started again!


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LACEYKYLE 7/15/2014 1:59PM

    So glad work is going well as weight loss. That's great you've found something that works for you. It makes sense that what works for someone else doesn't work for you cause we're all different like God made us!

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LECATES 7/15/2014 11:45AM

    So glad you are back---awesome that the new job helped you lose some weight--and yes, eating healthier will give you better energy. I agree with you on the calorie counting--if you are full, you should not eat more to reach that number---but you don't want to go too low every day---but a day where you eat soup or salad often is low on numbers but not on nutrients.

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Struggles and triumphs

Monday, February 10, 2014

This blog was inspired by someone else who was honest with their weight loss journey which helped others. I figured maybe what I have to say might help someone else too. I don't know if I'm going to consistently blog or if this will be the first and last time but I thought I'd share my own struggles and triumphs with losing weight so far, since I got serious in October of 2013.

I am discovering what works for me and what doesn't. I have learned that if I take every piece of advice to heart I will be one miserable person and I won't make any progress. I have learned to go at my own pace as long as I'm challenging myself and moving forward, which I know I am. I remember when I could not keep my calorie intake under control for one week let alone add exercise to my daily schedule. I now can keep my calorie intake within range as well as meet carb, fat, protein, fiber, sodium and vitamin c levels on most days. I still binge but it is getting farther and farther apart. I now realize that I can't completely cut out the junk or I binge which has changed from the beginning of my journey. In the beginning I couldn't eat any junk because I couldn't control myself once I started.

For me it has been a roller coaster ride. I would do really well then something would upset me and I would turn to food for comfort. When I got to the place where I started being more honest with myself and my feelings, it got easier to turn to other things for relief. Like exercising to distress, writing in a journal or talking to someone about the tough stuff when it came up, instead of stuffing those feelings down like I had learned to do for so long. Don't get me wrong I still have bad habits but they have gotten WAY better and I know that I am going to conquer them one by one, if I just keep going. Even if my progress is painfully slow sometimes.

I'm also exercising WAY more. I went from hardly getting any exercise to last months total being 1350 minutes. This month Iím aiming for 1500. It used to be so hard and I didn't enjoy it. My body was working so hard to get rid of all the toxins I had fed it for so long that I didn't have any energy. Once I started eating more fruits, veggies and foods that were loaded with nutrients, I noticed I actually felt better after I worked out and I had more energy to do it.

Another thing I have discovered about myself along this journey is for every 3 steps I take forward, I take 2 steps back. So now that I know that about myself I have decided to do everything I can to make those 3 steps forward 10 times better than the 2 I take back. Hopefully that will work but if not Iíll just have to adjust my plan again until I find something that does work.

I know I still have a long way to go and sometimes I want to give up because my progress is so SLOW but then I look for motivation here and find it every time. And who knows, maybe someone might find my experience just the motivation they need. Even if it's just to make someone feel better about their own progress by comparing it to mine. emoticon

Wishing all a blessed and joyous journey!

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2015TODAY 2/18/2014 2:38AM

    A wonderful blog to read. I hope you will post entries more often.

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RELISA4HEALTH 2/15/2014 11:28AM

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I can relate to a lot of what you have shared. I agree with you about how everyone's journey is different, so one needs to learn what is best for herself or himself as they travel along. I too have been tackling my weight issue the same way.
I hope you continue to share. I know that your words will help others as they travel along.

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IGNITEME101 2/13/2014 12:10AM

    I enjoyed the blog. It says something when you say if plan a doesn't work..... lol

we need to keep on trying!!

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GARDENQE2 2/12/2014 11:17AM

    Thanks for blogging!
"Know thyself" is the biggest lesson we will ever learn.
Best wishes on your journey to health!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/11/2014 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing. These are important lessons for all of us to learn. I hope you do decide to share more of your journey. I think you can teach us all a hing or two.

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LADYSTARWIND 2/11/2014 12:57AM

    Lovely, inspiring blog! Will look forward to reading more of your musings in the future!

(And I love the Alphabet post!!)

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