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This time is different

Friday, July 26, 2013

Throughout my adult life my weight has seesawed. When I was feeling "good" it was down when my stress levels were up so was my weight. I am a nurse practitioner and have always advised healthy eating and exercise to my patients. That old adage, "do as I say not as I do", was really in play a lot of the time. Do not get me wrong there were times when I would exercise regularly but something always seemed to derail my exercise routine (baby, school,....) and it seemed it took forever to get back to my routine. I always told myself how can I ask people to do what I am not doing consistently?! I have known about spark people for at least 3-4 years and would tell my patients seeking weight loss tips about spark people.com. Well two months ago after months of contemplating the need to become a great example to my patients I again started tracking my foods and exercising regularly again. What has been different about it this time is I am no longer 'manic' about my weight loss and depriving myself of foods that I love and will always love. I know I am going to reach my weight-loss goals and so the pressure is off. I have an inner confidence that I will get to my goal weight for the first time in my life, and I think that is why the pressure is no longer present. I relate to the turtle in a spiritual way as I have always been slow to blossom or accomplish something, but like the turtle I keep moving forward one step and one day at a time. I am excited about the future and know that I will be a better healthcare provider because my patients know I have faced my eating and weight problems head on and have overcome them. I will be the example they need and the understanding ear when they momentarily fail. WOOHOO for me and my patients.

  
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ALLIE_L 8/1/2013 8:44PM

  Hey Melinda,

Your blog caught my eye because the title read "This time is different." Me too. :) This time it's for me, just me. My kids will be out of the nest soon and I will be doing what I want to do. What I don't want to do is sit around wishing I was having fun but not doing such because I don't have the energy. So, I'm with ya, girl! :)

Thanks for the blog.

Allie

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ADAPTOR 7/26/2013 12:53PM

    You have got it now. Depriving yourself is not sustainable, slow and steady will get you there. Take little steps and set your goals as daily goals that are achievable and your big goals will take care of themselves. And keep in touch with your support group. We are always out here for you as support too - don't forget that. emoticon

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GLUECIPHER 7/26/2013 12:23PM

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