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HEART-FELT THANKS

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The response to my blog called 'Restart Revelations' has been huge and I wanted to thank everyone who responded. I did reply to a few personally and accepted lots of very kind friend requests but it got to a point where it was difficult to reply because of numbers. So, I have opted for an easier way and am writing a blog response. I hope some of the same people see this.

So, without further ado: Thank you so much. It made me feel so supported and that my journey is one that many people are with me on. I welcome all my new friends and like them I hope we can be of mutual support. I should also confess at this point (because I wish to be totally honest with myself and any reader) that I did go to Zumba when I wanted but haven't made it back since. However, this has NOT been because of laziness but because I've been working late a lot and kept hitting rush hour traffic. However, YOUR kind encouragement has made me commit to another plan. I have looked at what other classes there are in my area and found Zumba classes at a local school which start much later. I plan to start going in the New Year and hope you will keep me accountable!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
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PEGPENGUIN 12/14/2014 4:48PM

    emoticon emoticon You are certainly an inspiration to others with your "Where there is a will, there is a way" attitude. Exercise hasn't been always easy for me either, but I have made it a habit by going directly to the gym after I drop the kids off at school - no excuses. And on Sat. I get up early to be at the gym when it opens at 7am (thanks to my husband who actually sets the alarm and makes sure I get up).
Also, I love your owl icon, I love birds and owls are one of my favorites.

Best of luck to you in the New Year - we will do this!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/10/2014 4:45PM

    emoticon I knew there was an answer out there for you! I know it's required that you work late hours, as some employers need that extra time from us for some reason or another. You're taking your baby steps and it's coming together by HIS GRACE!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, to you also!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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Writer's Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2014

What happens when you write a blog that gets a 'Popular blog post' award? Firstly, you get lots of lovely comments from other Sparkers. Secondly, you (or I really) feel a bit embarrassed and self conscious - as if you went looking for people to say nice things when in fact you just wrote how you felt. And thirdly, you feel a bit pressured. As if EVERY blog from now on until eternity has to get 'Popular' status or you are somehow failing.

Lastly (phew, I hear you say), you get over yourself and all the daftness in your wee head and you just blog.

On the weight front I have been doing well on calories some days and not so well on some others. I seem to be losing weight but not very fast. I have to double -check my weight anyway as my parents' scales may well be lying (in a generous way - I'm not fooling myself here but being cynical). I have reviewed my goals this morning and made some changes that I hope will inspire more success.

  
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KLONG8 12/4/2014 10:21AM

    Sounds like you are truly back! I particularly like your mention that you've reviewed your goals and made some changes. That's powerful stuff. Finish your week strong (and just between you and me? I've had one popular post in my 4 years of blogging here - what a pleasant surprise but not something to expect of yourself on a regular basis, obviously. So enjoy the support and comments - I'll bet you have another popular post happen sometime but who knows when. Sometimes what you write just resonates & is found by SP world!)

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NHES220 12/4/2014 9:58AM

    Well, hang in there. Some days are always going to be easier than others. Don't always count on the scale - no pun intended. See how your clothes feel - getting looser? Just keep trying to hit your goals and you will get there!

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Restart Revelations

Monday, November 03, 2014

I haven't been on SparkPeople for a while. I let things slide and have gone back to my heaviest weight for a long time. However, I'm back and ready to shift the weight once more and this time I have had a good think about why I gave up before.

One of my main problems had become motivation. I felt like I worked really hard but the weight didn't shift. However, I wasn't really being honest with myself about how hard I was really trying. I often went over my calories and pretended to myself it didn't matter, but obviously it does.

Another personal issue was fitting in exercise. I was going to Zumba once a week but missed a couple of classes because of bad traffic and then with being away on trips. I need to restart this tomorrow. Yes, I'm scared of going, but I also know I've no reason to be. I actually really enjoyed it before and no one is there to judge me.

Lastly, I'd begun to think this was just an endless problem: I put weight on easily. I just don't have an athletic build. I don't like sport. I love food. I felt depressed at the thought of always having to watch what I ate.

Then it hit me: LOADS of people have to do this! Actresses and pop stars have personal trainers and chefs for goodness sake! Think of all the lovely people on SparkPeople who have been here for years. Its not a case of 'poor little me, I'm special, I'll always find this hard and its not fair'. Its a case of 'Lots of people find this difficult, but they stay on it and keep trying. You are not alone. You have lots of people with you here. Keep trying and, if it is a case of trying all your life, well - it just is. You will be healthier for it. You will be happier for it.'

Right, time to get serious!

  
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LYNMEINDERS 12/26/2014 11:58PM

    Thankyou.....Have printed you blog so I can reread it....Thankyou

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SABLENESS 12/22/2014 8:08AM

    Ditto, friend...

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MCJULIEO 12/18/2014 12:36PM

    emoticon We CAN!

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MRSRIGS1 12/16/2014 8:45PM

    You are SO right! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 12/16/2014 7:42PM

    You've got it right! Most of us struggle. emoticon

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CHERIE682 12/14/2014 4:19PM

    I could have written this post! I am up and down and then down down down! I am trying yet again to get on the wagon to lose the 100lbs I lost once and gained back.
As the saying goes, fall down 7 times get up !
Good luck to you and keep going even it is just little bits at a time!!

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DIANMARY 12/12/2014 8:53AM

    Hi,

Its the same story with me. You are inspiring. You are not a quitter and that is an encouragement.

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LOVEXAVIE 12/11/2014 9:23AM

  Just caught this post: LOVE IT!!
Thank you so much for a great, motivating post.
You sound like you were inside my head!
I will use what you wrote to fuel me through the next few crazy holiday weeks.
Good luck to you, me and everybody!


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CLOCKSMITH 12/10/2014 11:58AM

  I'm not sure how long you thought about your remarks, but honestly, books have been written about success that take many pages to state what you wrote in a few words! The process seems universal, working in (almost) every area of life. Thanks for summarizing it so well.

I tried to make a formula to remember . . . . .

Natural Tendencies + Lack of Motivation + Personal Dishonesty (denial and lies) + Real Life Interruptions / Distractions + Lack of Clarity of Purpose / Understanding the Process / Accepting Reality + Failure to Stay Connected = Letting things Slide + Going Back = FAILURE.

And, conversely, Clarity of Purpose/Understanding the Process/Accepting Reality + Staying Connected (helps with motivation) + Personal Honesty + Patience/Perseverance + Restarting = SUCCESS.

. . . . but, I like your description better.



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SPARKCHANTAL 12/10/2014 5:40AM

    killing me softly....



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KIMBALLITE 12/9/2014 9:29PM

  One step at a time you can do it! emoticon

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TKLUTHER 12/9/2014 11:07AM

  Wow, thank you SO much for sharing this!!! I felt like I was reading EXACTLY my story! This is exactly what I have been struggling with for years, especially lately with the holidays too. I just "ignore" and pretend it doesn't matter when I eat over my calorie allotted amount, which is almost everyday. And I am doing a hard workout 3 times a week (strength training including bootcamp videos, and 30 minutes of high intensity interval training/cardio), but my weight is not changing, in fact, is increasing. It is so discouraging, but your blog really helped me a lot!! Thank you again so much! emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 12/8/2014 10:55PM

  There's no time like the present! Be present and accountable. Remember your goals or set some new ones and go for it. emoticon

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GOSPARK45 12/8/2014 10:31PM

    There are many people on here who have gone away and come back to it. Probably most of them. It's a battle, but with each setback we learn something more about ourselves.

It's all a journey. You're still fighting, so you'll make it. Keep it up.

Spark on! We're in this fight together.


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DERAIL1 12/8/2014 9:17PM

  welcome back to you and congrats on overcoming that image. now if you can tell me how to do it i would be forever in debted to you. it has been over a years since i weighed in or it seems and i have slipped bad. i am slowly climbing in weight and clothes are not fitting as nice. i am getting depressed . especially since it is now the holidays. my motivation partner moved away and i have no one to cheer me on or help me stand when i stumble. our finances are just starting to pick up so i can get into the gym. i just hope its not too late. any tips or assistance would be great


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FAIRVIEW28730 12/8/2014 7:29PM

  If it was easy every one would be thin. I had surgery in Oct. and was taken off my diet and now I have to get started again. I hate to start and stop, it is hard to do. emoticon

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SPINSTER321 12/8/2014 1:29PM

    I definitely understand. emoticon

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ROXYHON 12/8/2014 1:21PM

    Welcome back! You can do it!! You sound like you have a pretty good handle on the reasons you took a break from things. You will succeed, and if you have little stumbles along the way it just means you are human like the rest of us. Every healthy choice you make brings you closer to your goals! Be proud you started back on SparkPeople, and when you're smiling and sweating in your first return Zumba class know you've given yourself a wonderful gift...health.
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ELIZACG9 12/8/2014 10:44AM

    emoticon get serious for a while..... emoticon emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 12/8/2014 7:06AM

    So true!

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MOREPORTEIN 12/7/2014 9:54PM

  You’re right YOU ARE SPECIAL. emoticon The last paragraph is a fantastic motivator (for all of us) Keep it close by for inspiration when the going gets tough. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 12/7/2014 5:16PM

    Thanks. Time to get serious!

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SUSIEMT 12/7/2014 3:40PM

    You are right! You are not alone! Been there and done that to a tune of 166 lbs lost! You can do this! I for one am with you!

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/6/2014 10:14PM

    You got it right sister! You got to look after number one. That you! nobody else can. I really love the way you put what I've been feeling into words. Been there, doe that. m
Thanks
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J2M13PF 12/6/2014 5:34PM

    Thank you for your honesty. I have such a hard time not eating things that trigger binge eating. I am SO GLAD to know there are others for whom staying on track is really hard. I hope you achieve your goals! I'm rooting for you. emoticon

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KARIN66204 12/6/2014 3:43PM

  You go girl! I also need to get back on the horse. Or the bike. Or something. Thanks for encouraging me and I hope you're back on track.

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SHAYLA11 12/6/2014 12:03PM

  Glad to know that I'm not the only one trying to restart . I began AGAIN on Dec 1 and for the last 5 days I have been on the right track again its going to hard because I lose motivation quickly but this time I will try to no I WILL hang in there and you do too

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JWPSKINNYSKILLS 12/6/2014 11:29AM

  You are awesome! Everything you said resonates with me - the lying to myself that I've done everything I'm supposed to do, even though I've gone over on my calories, missed my planned exercise, and said, "Oh this one time won't matter". I, too, am reminded every day on this site that every day, every diet deviation matters, that exercise and eating better are as important as wearing my seatbelt and brushing my teeth - these may not be things I look forward to, but they are things I just need to do. I forgive myself and move on...I know that when I see all of the great success stories on this site I am reminded, every time, that if they can do it, I can do it. You can do it, too! Thank you for your post!

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TRAISTBJ 12/6/2014 6:52AM

    Thank you for your post! I'm restarting too, and your blog post was just what I needed for that little extra motivation.

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FLEMIDG 12/5/2014 11:42PM

    Good for you for getting yourself back on track and starting over. You can do this. Just take one day at a time. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle challenge.

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TONLIZ05 12/5/2014 10:43PM

    You are definately heading in the right direction, cuz 1 you know you have a problem and 2 you have a plan which 3 will turn into a solution..Awesome job!! Keep up the awesomenessssssss!!!!!!

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COACHSANDRAAULT 12/5/2014 9:28PM

    I can tell you there is not a person out there that has not felt the same way as you. The trouble w/most of us is nutrition. What do we eat....not eat....
I have found that when I "count" calories I get TIRED of it quick. What I found to help me was the 21 Day Fix and their little boxes. I now see what i need to eat and eat less, eating what I do what and MY BODY NEEDS. Treat are still there, just smaller, NORMAL size. I have lost 30 lbs and have kept most of it off. YES, I can get back into old habits too.
I am going to start a page........Nutrition Tips, would you like to join it?
Message me if you would like.
First I have to LEARN how to do one......hahah I don't get on here very often. I don't like the calorie counter on here. There is no where THAT I HAVE FOUND, where you can put in your own recipes and calorie count. It is all processed foods, something I NO LONGER eat.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/5/2014 8:00PM

    It''s a great hep\lp to be on Sparks, but you still need to be accountable to yourself

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STUFFY2EATT 12/5/2014 7:53PM

  Hey! I'm just starting back myself and it's going to be a long hard road, but I'm going to keep on trucking; no matter how long it takes; and you do the very same! I'm cheering us both on!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/5/2014 7:02PM

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You took the hardest step that you can ever imagine in your life! You came back to SP Land and fessed up to everybody about what really happened to you, and that takes courage, a lot of courage! Not only are you coming back to us, but your Zumba class as well! I love Zumba, but the instructor Curves had became an airline attendant and then Curves just closed down this week. I had been working my way back to getting there! I have some medical issues, that God and I were working through them to get back to Curves. Oh well, such is life and I'm delighted that He showed me what to do to workout at home.

Listen, I'm right beside you going through each class, each message board, and each blog and I'm cheering you on! I want you to succeed! You've got this, by His Grace!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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KATYPHOENIX 12/5/2014 6:48PM

    Thank you for posting! I am cheering you on, and am inspired by you to keep it up on my end. I am grateful to be part of such a supportive community!

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AMILNEFLIP 12/5/2014 5:30PM

    I loved reading your blog. I, too, find myself in your shoes. I've lost weight, kept if off for some time and then eventually stopped working at it. I now find myself close to my heaviest weight and I just started back into really working to make this a lifestyle again. I lost motivation along the way and that was the hardest component to pick back up. I'm hoping now that I have the ball rolling that it will continue. Keep up your good efforts. We all can do this!!!!

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CATNURSE1 12/5/2014 4:37PM

    We may not all be on the same boat, but our boats are definitely floating in the same water! I had incentive to lose weight, but then that went by the wayside. I had to shake myself and say "You don't need someone to tell you to do this -- YOU need to tell YOU to do this!" So I said (excuse my language) screw my lost incentive and I became my own best cheerleader. If I'm not happy, no one else will be because I'll take it out on anyone within range.

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BLONDIE218145 12/5/2014 2:56PM

    I want to do this as well. Been away way too long! But emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANOLY 12/5/2014 1:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. We are not alone. We support each other. emoticon emoticon

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NETSUE64 12/5/2014 1:25PM

    This is a good reminder to everyone.

I LOVE your little owl picture!

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BASCHA69 12/5/2014 1:18PM

    You are right, we do all think that we are alone for a time... and then, we realise that a lot of people feel the same way and have to struggle as hard as we do! Congrats! Hold on in there, you are able to do this! emoticon

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VELAINE66 12/5/2014 1:00PM

    I recognize all of those reasons/excuses. I use them myself from time to time. I have been hit and miss on sparkpeople for month and guess what? I have gained some of the weight I lost back. It is only about 6 pounds but i know that is a slippery slope. So I am back to tracking. I wish you well and never give up on being healthy.

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MHUTTON 12/5/2014 12:47PM

    Well said. I'm sad to say I too have put off exercise and used the no time to. This semester is almost over and then I will start again on me. This gives a good 4 weeks to get in a routine. I just need to find the happy medium. 2 jobs and kids plus school's a bit but I will get it.
Good luck to you I know you'll do great!

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JAN21457 12/5/2014 12:39PM

  I have just joined Sparks so i have a lot to learn. Your Blog and the comments, are the first I have read. With all this positive support, I'm sure you will do well.
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Autumn Goal

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Inspired by a fellow sparker, I have decided to set myself some goals for Autumn:

1. to stay in calorie range for 6 days a week

This is to encourage myself to avoid being too bad at weekends and undoing all my good work during the working week. If I let myself have 1 day a week I think I'll find it easier to be good on the other 6. Will try it anyway and see.

2. to drink water at work every day

I know I never drink enough water so I'm going to carry a water bottle to work every day and every day it must return EMPTY!

  
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ROBBIEY 10/2/2014 12:27PM

  Awesome goals, a cheat or relax day is very good idea. emoticon

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Little break throughs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day Two and I am really pleased that I have managed to stay well within my calorie range! This is very good as I have not been really doing well at this for a while. Lying to myself has become a skill instead - no more! I am also very proud that although I really wanted a wee bit of cake at work today and was thinking of all the reasons why this should be allowed, when instead I stopped and thought about why it was a bad idea. This is a great break through! I thought about the knock-on affect it would have on my calories for the day. I thought about how it would mean having a smaller helping at dinner or going over my range when I have promised myself to stay in range all week. I decided it wasn't worth it and do you know, it really wasn't.

  
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PROPMAN1 9/23/2014 2:38PM

  emoticon Being 'mindful' of what we eat is a big step to winning our personal battle with food. emoticon

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