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Lessons Learned

Monday, October 06, 2014

emoticon I am coming up on my 6 year anniversary of joining Spark People and I am sad to say that during those 6 years I gained 10 pounds every year for a total of 60 pounds. Wow what an accomplishment! Am I mad at myself, yes I am. Am I going to let this keep me from reaching my goal. No, I am not. The lessons I've learned far out weigh my weight gain. I have learned why I gained weight instead of loosing it. I've realized that yes, I can loose this weight. I can do the things required to loose weight, but more importantly, I am ready to do them and I WILL DO THEM! I have learned what my eating triggers are. I've realized I didn't treat myself very nicely by the things I said to myself. I've learned which foods to eat so my body can run at optimal efficiency. I've come to understand why eating right, daily tracking, daily consistent exercise, weekly goal setting, weekly evaluations and the importance of constantly reviewing my goals and changing them when needed. Without these key factors, you are setting yourself up for failure like I did. The most important thing I have learned is to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for my actions. I am the reason why I gained the weight instead of loosing it. I thought I knew more than the experts so I made changes to their program. Boy was I WRONG, DEAD WRONG! I have now taken full responsibility for my actions. I will have to say that my 6 years on Spark People were not a total loss. Granted, I have only lost 13 pounds so far, but the lessons I've learned far out weigh the pounds I didn't loose. I now KNOW the formula for loosing weight and keeping it off for good. I am DETERMINED! I am RESPONSIBLE! I am SUCCESSFUL. I am ME!

  
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DEEGIRL50 11/6/2014 7:47AM

    emoticon You have learned a lot and you're putting the lessons into actions!!
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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/6/2014 10:03PM

    emoticon YES!!!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/6/2014 7:06PM

    Hooray and amen to all you said. The past is never coming back so look at what you can do today and get to it. I am in the same boat as you as far as not loosing much weight in 6 years BUT that is me before and this is me now. I am ready to fight with you for our goals. Let's get this done, my friend.


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FORZACHANDMATT 10/6/2014 3:02PM

    Great blog!

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STEVEN_D 10/6/2014 2:00PM

    I noticed that when I do not spend time here everyday, I gain weight. It helps me when I track food and exercise and read blogs.

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EDEACONTX 10/6/2014 1:50PM

    Thank you for sharing. I am in the SAME boat...I've gained instead of lost. yes, I have lost here and there but I gained it back. I'm now at my highest weight ever. I'm ashamed and embarrassed but it's nice to know that I'm not alone in this. It's all about taking personal resposibilty. This is all about taking the first step and starting over. AND we're NOT failures because we continue to try. I know for myself..its not going to be easy...I'm going to follow the steps, the right way. I just signed up for sparkcoach again....
we can do it!!
GOOD LUCK

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Need I Say More?

Monday, August 11, 2014



Do I need to say why I have a new determination to get my weight off once and for all? These 2 little moppets and soon to be 3 are my new motivators.

  
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HEALTHY4ME 8/18/2014 4:47PM

    So when is the 3rd one arriving? I think that is such a great idea! Hope all goes well with mummy and baby.
Take care to you too. We will do well on the challenge!!!

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DEEGIRL50 8/11/2014 10:25PM

    Clever!! Love the signs and beautiful messengers!
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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/11/2014 10:20PM

    So cute!!! Congrats! emoticon

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5 G's a Day Keeps Sidelining Away

Monday, June 23, 2014

emoticon We had my husband's family reunion this past weekend in Star Valley, Wyoming and as usual I watched 90% of the action instead of participating in it. As I watched my sister-in-law who is very active, eats healthy and exercises daily, I realized I want to be active just like her. I want to be the one who goes on the river run, goes on the hikes, goes swimming and plays with her grand kids in the pool. It's ridiculous to sit on the sideline instead of doing something so I can join in the action. I had my personal epiphany this weekend. I have 53 weeks to get myself into shape so that next year it will be me, joining with her, in all the activities. I have a new goal to work towards. I have pictures to help me visualize my goal and to keep me motivated. It's time to quit sitting around feeling sorry for myself. It's time to implement the five G's. They are: 1. get off the couch 2. get active & move more 3. get exercising daily 4. get eating right and 5. get more sleep. With these five G's, I will reach my goal!


  
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DEEGIRL50 6/23/2014 2:50PM

    emoticon Goal.
That sounds like so much fun. You do realize that all the things you mentioned are "exercise." You can find very fun ways to move more! Sideline Sitting is not for you!!
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BLT's Are Detrimental to Weight Loss

Thursday, June 19, 2014

emoticon So I learned about BLT's at my WW meeting today. I now know why I don't loose weight every week. The BLT's are killing me! emoticon What are BLT's? I'll tell you right now it isn't a sandwich. emoticon B stands for bite, L stands for licks and T stands for tastes. How many times a day do you have BLT's? Think about all the calories you are getting that you aren't keeping track of. We learned that all those BLT's could add up to more than 8 extra points. Think about it! I had a major AHA moment today. We were challenged to keep track of all our BLT's for 2 days. It was amazing how aware I was today about having any BLT's. I actually made it through Costco without sampling anything! Major accomplishment there. BLT's are an everyday occurrence for me. I bet I have more than 10 a day. Think of all the extra calories I've been eating. YIKES! So my challenge for you is to track your BLT's for 2 days. I guarantee it will totally amaze you how many extra calories you are eating. Hopefully the only BLT's I'll be eating in the future will be he sandwich only.

  
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JULINC 6/21/2014 3:13PM

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DEEGIRL50 6/20/2014 8:38AM

    Thanks for the WW tip! Keep them coming. I think one of the best things about SparkPeople is learning from our friends. I've started tracking again and it was in my mind "how accurate am I being?" I really need to measure everything instead of estimating and as you say watch out for BLT's. (I love the sandwich by the way. Also, you can make a BLT salad and skip the bread.)

emoticon Walking around Costco is good exercise. WooHoo on skipping the samples!

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GIVEMEFRIES 6/20/2014 1:18AM

    Gotta track everythiiiiiiiiiiing. :D

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ALICIA214 6/20/2014 12:17AM

 

An eye opener isn't it. ?We had a few laughs at our meeting when members revealed
what their BLT's were.

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  Thanks for the tip

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It's All in the DOING

Sunday, May 04, 2014

emoticon I've been in the self destruct mode these past 5 months. I realized that it was senseless to be on this site and not do the things that needed to be done. I was very good at thinking, and planning, but I was horrible at the Doing. The truth is out, I do not want to DO everything it takes to loose weight. I was picking and choosing which steps of the Spark Solution I would DO. I thought I knew more than the experts. Wrong! It's no wonder I weigh more today than when I started. Facing this truth about myself is actually less painful than my avoidance of the truth. I am now willing to DO and to follow the Spark Solution as written. Monday is my official start day. I have learned all to well, you don't get anywhere by just planning, it takes DOING.

emoticon Truth #2, I am a perfectionist. If I can't do something perfect then I don't want to do it. I want it to be easy, I want it to be quick and I want it to be perfect. Talk about debilitating! I want to go from zero to 100 in 2 seconds. This thought process is why I don't DO. By starting out small, becoming consistent with the small steps, I will be able to be consistent when my steps become larger. I want to become one of the successful weight loss members of Spark People. To be that, I need to DO the Spark Solution as written and without any modification to it. The truths have been faced, it's now time to start DOING. My new motto is, Don't think, don't question, just DO IT!

  
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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 5/4/2014 10:47AM

    You must be reading my mind, Marly!!! I have the same EXACT problems - and want the same EXACT things! LOL! I'm laughing - but it's not so funny! I'm trying to make small changes - but definitely working on the doing more than the planning now!!!
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DEEGIRL50 5/4/2014 10:01AM

    I'm glad you didn't go away to do your thinking! emoticon

It was a very tough winter on me too. Gained back 10 pounds. I worked really hard to get rid of those pounds and wham bam, let yourself go, and they're back.
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Nice weather. Better frame of mind. Renewed resolve. Heads on straight. Ready... Set... Go!!
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TRYAGIN 5/4/2014 1:13AM

    Good luck to you, you will do it! emoticon

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