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30 Day Gym Streak COMPLETED!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

On March 8 I decided to do a 30 day gym streak as I would be leaving for a NYC trip in 31 days. I thought it would kick things up a bit. Today was Day 30 and I went to the gym every single day since March 8 (even though we left for NYC on Day 30, not after I'd finished my streak as I had originally planned.)

I went to the gym every day, no matter what: When I didn't feel well, when I was exhausted, when I had to leave town unexpectedly for a funeral, when I had to attend the funeral (hope that doesn't sound uncaring & callous), when I had to get up early to get to the gym at 5 a.m. today to catch an early flight.

I am really proud of myself for achieving this goal. And after 30 days of going to the gym every day, it now is just another part of my healthy lifestyle. I don't even think about it anymore, I just go. Working out is simply a part of my life. I'm not sure if I'll continue to go to the gym every day. I don't have access to a gym while I'm in NYC but I have Jillian Michaels' DVDs that I intend to do and a resistance bar I brought as well. But I know that I'll make an effort to be more active every day.

Thanks so much to my SparkFriends for cheering me on along the way. It made a big difference to me in pushing myself some days. I'm now thinking about what streak to do next because I know I'll push myself to do something.

So today I got a new haircut to celebrate the new me. I'm almost 1/2way to goal and I know that I'll get there. Here's a couple of photos from today. I'll post some of what I looked like before I embarked on my journey at SP. Today I noticed that my jeans are swimming on me so I think I'll treat myself to a new pair. I can take them off without undoing them and that's great progress, no matter what the scale says on any given day.



  
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TERESA159 4/7/2011 10:37AM

    Nice haircut and yes, buy some jeans! Love that you can slide them right off, that's great. But really, think how good you'll look in jeans that fit. Have fun in NYC, am jealous!

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MISSY455 4/7/2011 1:20AM

    emoticon on completing your 30 day gym streak!!! You are doing an amazing job! Enjoy your NYC trip!

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TALLGUY42 4/7/2011 12:07AM

    Your 30-Day Streak is incredible, inspiring, motivating and captivating!
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Thank you so much for sharing it with in your daily status updates.

With that kind of commitment and drive, I think that a terrific new haircut is just the beginning of several rewards in your future.

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CHAR1970 4/7/2011 12:06AM

    Congrats on completing your gym streak. You are an inspiration to me! And you look great!

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100LBLIGHTER 4/6/2011 11:30PM

    Wow that is impressive....love your picture...you are beautiful. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 4/6/2011 11:25PM

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REYVE01 4/6/2011 11:23PM

    Great Job... you refused to find any excuse. That is impressive. emoticon

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BECCAJ98 4/6/2011 11:01PM

    Awesome job!! And the pictures are beautiful!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/6/2011 10:55PM

    That is fantastic! AND YOU HAVE A FACE TO GO WITH THE NAME! WOO HOO!! I am so impressed with your gym streak. My goal has been to hit the new gym for swimming on M-W-F. I'm not sure if I'll add in more days; other days I'm still exercising at home. If I go to the gym more days it will be to use other equipment, not swim, since I want to keep it fresh.

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Not giving up, no matter what!

Friday, April 01, 2011

I'm up 1.2 lbs today. No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. I'm not discouraged, hopeless, or frustrated. I did Level 1 of Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred" 3 days ago. Today I can almost walk normally. The past 2 days I was limping around, groaning when I stood up or sat down; it was comical.

I know sometimes people won't change their weight tickers if the weight is up. I did it for a reason. I'm hoping to inspire others to not give up! In my posts I often write about how the scale can fluctuate. I have been tracking my food & eating within my calories this week. So how can the scale be up? Well, it happens sometimes. I think it's because my muscles are healing. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? But, for whatever reason, my weight is up 1.2 lbs. And I'm not worried because I know it will go back down.

When I joined SP 12+ weeks ago I made a commitment to myself that I would NEVER GIVE UP, no matter what! That means, no matter what! That means I am not quitting because the scale didn't give me the number I wanted. I am not quitting because I re-gained 1.2 lbs. I read so many posts & blogs from members who are ready to give up if they "only" lost .5 lb that week or if the scale isn't moving. It is normal for weight loss to vary; it happens even when we're doing everything right. I'm here to show you that I am not going to beat myself up or stop my healthy lifestyle changes just because the scale is up this week.

I'm not even upset about it in the least. Really! Because every day I feel better & better. Because I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in a very long time. Because I have more energy. Because I'm eating healthy and my skin looks great. Because I no longer make excuses why I can't go to the gym. Because I want to be an example to my SparkFriends & teammates.

If you read my last blog about "putting it in writing" (or if you didn't, read it now!) I wanted to put this in writing: I will never give up. I will keep working towards my goals and then I will maintain my healthy lifestyle. I will be here to support & encourage all my SparkFriends and then to work together to keep the weight off.

So don't beat yourself up and don't give in. We will all reach our goals, eventually. There will be ups & downs, just like in life. Simply make a commitment that you will never give up, no matter what!

  
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VISUALLYRICS 3/24/2012 10:55PM

    Did you say, glowing skin, loose clothes, inches lost, & EnErGy ???? ((( wow! )))

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Those are such rewarding results!! You are Blessed!

Rock on....I'm done with number games too....def with you!! ~ Laura

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/24/2012 10:47PM

    Great attitude! This is why you are the motivation leader for the Teddy Bears, way to set the example! This is also why it is important for our team to celebrate NSV's and our inching to it thread! It's not always about what the scale says, but rather how we are feeling, or how our bodies are changing, how our clothes are fitting! Thanks for sharing this blog, I am sure it will inspire many who weren't impressed with their first weigh in for the 5% challenge. We have 7 more weeks to make the scale move. Keep it up with Jillian's DVD's, she is amazing and you'll get amazing results. If you like 30 day shred, you should work up to her Ripped in 30! Killer, but worth it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/24/2012 9:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! It takes a while to learn this, but I don't allow the scale to have the power over me that it might have when I was relatively early to the weight-loss process. As fickle as feelings can be, so can the scale. Staying the course -- with plenty of built-in flexibility -- or getting back on course as soon as possible has been crucial to my success!

You are most wise!

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/3/2011 3:53PM

    Thank you dear friend for posting this great and encouraging blog. I sure needed the push also to keep on keeping on! My weight goes up and down depending on the sodium and other factors and it is easy to get discouraged!! You are doing great and I'm so proud of you!!

Hugs,
Sandi

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CANDOIT54 4/3/2011 12:40PM

    Thanks for this blog I needed it because I think about giving up so often lately and sometimes havent changed ticker because of weight gain. So thanks I actually gained 4 pounds this week and wasnt going to change ticker but now I am.
Also I am not giving up because I can do it and so can you.

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REYVE01 4/2/2011 12:10AM

    You are so right... don't give up. It was hard for me to raise my weight too... even though I know my 7 pounds of weight gain in one day was due to surgery, it HURT SOOOOO BAD. I did not want to hear it... I want my 7 pounds back. I did lose 2.5 already, but I feel like a whole month of hard work was gone in an instance. PLUS.... it put me back in the two hundreds.

Even though you know your weight gain is muscle or temporary water retention, it still hurts. But you are right, keep doing the right thing because you said you want to be healthy... as long as you work towards healthy, skinny will come. emoticon stay educated on the importance of health not the scale. You are very wise....

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CHAR1970 4/1/2011 11:31PM

    Well said! I've heard that runners will often keep water for a few days after a race. This is probably the same idea. Congrats on your gym streak!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/1/2011 10:35PM

    emoticon What a emoticon attitude!!!
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KRISTI2661 4/1/2011 3:54PM

    Congrats on finding such a positive attitude. Your perspective is so right on. We all need to realize these things and NEVER GIVE UP! Thank you my dear Spark Friend, thank you!

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AAEEFDCA 4/1/2011 2:35PM

    You always make me feel good and encouraged. We all know it's more than numbers on the scale, it's about health, mind and body. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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TERESA159 4/1/2011 2:26PM

    Right on!!!! Scale's just one measure and we know it's got a mind of its own. Keep on Sparking!

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SHRINK71 4/1/2011 2:15PM

    SUCH a fantastic attitude! Awesome! All those NSVs, both ohysical & psychological, speak so much more to your progress & successes than a number on the scale. Yay you!!!

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KAILYNSTAR 4/1/2011 1:40PM

    You have been doing so well. There are so many things that you have accomplished and just because the scale fluctuated, never makes you a failure!

Keep on going!

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/1/2011 10:12AM

    Yay you! I think you must have stolen those pounds from me, because I was down 1.5 this morning after a little "resting period" of ten days. You are right - I don't stress about it either. I've had two of those "rests" in the (almost) three months we've been doing this, and I figure they are just periods where your body is adjusting before moving to the next phase. They were evenly spaced out too - about six weeks apart - so there is obviously some grand scheme by my body. That's why you never see it mentioned because it's incidental. I think you and I and our other buddies from our "class of" are doing great!!
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BKNITNWW 4/1/2011 10:12AM

    We can both do this...my weight is up another 1.7 lbs in just the past 10 days. Today is the first day of a brand new month...another chance to start fresh. Together we can do this together!!!

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LINDAJ0621 4/1/2011 9:52AM

    Great attitude and good advice for us all to follow..thank you! Your encouragement and advice help keep me going!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2011 9:43AM

    I just love your attitude!!! I am so glad you did not let this get you down because you are right you will be below that in no time!! Thank you for being an inspiration!!

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ROSIE777 4/1/2011 9:19AM

    You are so right my sweet friend. . .in a couple of days you will drop down again. Thank you so much for encouraging myself & others to keep going. You ROCK my sweet friend. emoticon
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Put it in writing!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

25 days ago I noticed my dear friend SUGARBEHONEYPIE write "Day 1 of my 27 day 'Boot it into Spring' Bootcamp Challenge". Of course I wondered what that was and asked her about it as I'm sure other friends did. And every day since then there's a new status with the days advancing. She's now at 25 Days. Am I excited for her? You bet! Am I proud of her? You better believe it!

I was also impressed, and more than that, I was inspired. She sparked me to start my own streak. I would be leaving for a trip to NYC in 31 days so I'd step it up by doing a 30 Day Gym Streak.

But I didn't just keep this to myself. Nope. I put it as my status. It's out there, in writing, in black & white (or light purple & dark purple.) Today was to be Day 10, a third of the way there! So I'm sitting at my daughter's rehearsal & my nose starts running. By the time I get home I'm sneezing my head off & have a headache. What to do, what to do? My DD says, "guess that's the end of your gym streak."

But I put it in writing! My friends are cheering me on; I can't stop now. So I put on my workout clothes & decide I'll go do 20 minutes. I end up doing 65. My heart rate is in the target zone. I work up a sweat. I continued my streak.

So here's the point. Decide to do something to move yourself along your journey but PUT IT IN WRITING. Put it out there for your friends to see. Don't keep it to yourself. Because words have power and sharing your intentions makes you want to stick to them. Write that you'll reduce your soda intake each day or you'll walk for 15 minutes or you'll track your food. Don't write about losing a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time because that's outside your control. Pick something you can control. Who knows? It might become a permanent change or a permanent habit. At the end of the 30 days will I be more inclined to go to the gym every day? Probably because it will be a part of my routine.

I've also put in writing that this is the last time I'm losing this weight. I'm committed to SP & my SparkFriends for the long haul. I'm here to support them as they're here to support me in working towards goals. Some friends will reach their goals before I do and I will reach my goals before some other friends but that doesn't matter. I'm committed to staying here through maintenance; my friends and my own. And you can see that it writing!

And who knows who you'll "spark" to make a change that could be meaningful to them?

  
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DOREEN957 3/21/2011 11:00PM

    Wonderful!!! You are so right about putting it in writing. The written word is a very powerful thing. You go girl and keep your streak going. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/19/2011 9:39PM

    You are doing an AWESOME job...Keep it up!!
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KAILYNSTAR 3/18/2011 9:56PM

    Good idea! Now...where's my pen?
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REYVE01 3/18/2011 6:34PM

    Your right... it is better not to say I'll lose this weight by this time, because there is no guarentee... it is better to start a streak of a good habit... now you have inspired me... I'll will think about my upcoming streak.

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BLESSED2BEME 3/18/2011 12:59PM

    Very inspiring blog! Love this idea:)

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TERESA159 3/18/2011 10:57AM

    Well said. I put in writing today that I am going to quit my job. It's like crossing the Rubicon!

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GEMINIAN1 3/18/2011 10:11AM

    I really, really, really enjoyed you sharing this.
It's very moving.
I like your insight in regards to focusing on what you can control; so important.
A big congrats to you, many hugs, and high fives my friend.
We are all very proud of you and inspired by you.
Have the best day that you can.
Thanks again. :-)
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CHAR1970 3/17/2011 11:45PM

    Good advice. Thanks for sharing and congrats on not letting your sneezing and headache stop your streak!

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SUGARBEHONEYPIE 3/17/2011 11:16PM

    You're doing so great on your challenge! It's absolutely true about putting it out there, in writing. First thing each morning, I log in and spin the wheel (LOL) then update my status. Always. So there it is, and I have the whole day, but I won't go to bed until I've fulfilled my challenge to myself. I don't want to let myself down, OR my friends. The people here have become like family. It's like having our dearest loved ones cheering us on. You are an awesome Sparkfriend and a true inspiration to me. I find that you are always thinking of others, and encouraging friends and strangers (soon to become friends) along the way. You seem to know just what to say, and that is such a gift. I'm a slow-poke loser, so it's sure great to know that you'll be waiting for me at my finish line-as we'll all be there for yours. It's in writing-we'll all see this through to the finish line-together! Spark strong, sister.


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BECCAJ98 3/17/2011 11:15PM

    Well said....I have also learned that things go better after I write them down. Congrats on your gym streak....keep it up!!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/17/2011 10:53PM

    Awesome advice!!

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SHRINK71 3/17/2011 10:33PM

    Inspiring!!! I am so on the same page as you. My whole attitude shifted as soon as I committed to myself to blog every day. Sometimes I would wonder what to blog about - but because I never wanted to miss a day, I came up with something! Putting things down on paper just makes them more real.
You are right! We ARE cheering you on!!! I am SO happy you made it to the gym - I often feel better after I exercise when I have a cold... so it was a great move as far as I'm concerned!
YAY for writing!!!

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Give Someone a Goodie!

Friday, February 25, 2011

I know that getting a goodie can really put a smile on my face. It can cheer me up when I'm having a bad day or just make me feel good when I've achieved something.

We know that to be successful in reaching our goals it's important to be active on SP & on your teams. If you're following that advice then perhaps you huddle with your teams. But do you scroll down and read the huddles? Sometimes someone posts "I reached a goal" or "I'm making progress" or "I need support." I like to click on the name and then write a comment on the person's page or give them a goodie to encourage them or to cheer them up. People are so grateful that someone has taken the time to reach out, especially if they're having a difficult time.

So make a difference in someone's day. Give someone a goodie! I'm sure you do that with your SparkFriends but how about to someone you don't know, someone on your team, someone who wrote a great blog or someone who needs some support & encouragement. You'd be surprised what a positive effect that could have, not only for the person to whom you reached out, but to you too!

  
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LYNNE311 4/17/2011 3:12PM

    Right on, Sistah! emoticon idea. I think you earned yourself a goodie for that!!

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HISHUNNIBUNNI 3/20/2011 4:55PM

    I am with you on this idea, it makes my day to see a comment on my page or my blog! Getting a goodie is even better!

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SUGARBEHONEYPIE 3/18/2011 2:06PM

    Great idea! I agree with 100LBLIGHTER it's all about the balance. Yes it's possible to sit at the computer all day long, cheering each other on. I've done it LOL! Now I give myself only 1 day a week where I spend 1/2 the day here. That's still a lot. This summer I won't be doing that, especially on the week-ends. (we go away nearly every week-end in the summer and don't take the laptop--on purpose!) So I will throw a sparkgoodie randomly when I can-and pay attention to my sparkfriends-but number one priority is getting myself to a healthy wt. and staying on track. Balance! Another blog.....

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LINDAJ0621 3/6/2011 3:24PM

    Thank you for the Goodie you sent to me! This is the end of my first week and I am finally finding my way around a bit. I appreciate you took the time to lift me up today!
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100LBLIGHTER 3/5/2011 4:12PM

    So right!!! Life is too fast....we miss out on so many opportunities then again...we can sit at this computer all day cheering each other on and not get the exercise that we promised our selves. Life is balance and that is the hardest thing. Thanks for this blog.

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SLIMMERANG 3/4/2011 2:07PM

    Great idea! I appreciated the goodie you sent me! It really did make my day!

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 3/3/2011 5:23PM

    emoticon idea. I started doing the same thing about a month ago!

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DOREEN957 3/1/2011 4:10PM

    Thank you for the great idea. emoticon

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LAFFLOTS57 2/26/2011 9:37PM

    Cool idea! Never thought to do that before...thanks for the words of wisdom emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/26/2011 3:42PM

    I try to do that but am so busy I don't always have the time or miss what is happening...
I will try to do better as time allows.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CAROL3SAN 2/26/2011 12:27PM

    Great idea...which I do from time to time but not often enought. I hope you will have a great day. emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 2/26/2011 10:16AM

    That is such a good idea. I have done things like that, but not often enough.

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AAEEFDCA 2/26/2011 10:02AM

    I know you have cheered, motivated and encouraged me, more than I can express. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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CANDACEMM 2/26/2011 6:16AM

    Goodies are awesome and always bring a smile to my face!!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 2/26/2011 2:01AM

    Okay,I shall do just that. emoticonDiana

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BLESSED2BEME 2/26/2011 12:20AM

    emoticon Idea!

And I love your new background page - very bright, colorful and uplifting! emoticon

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JODIWHITE19 2/26/2011 12:13AM

    Awesome great idea!! emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 2/26/2011 12:04AM

    I try to pick a different theme every month, "making progress", "need support", etc. and send goodies to people I don't know from my teams at least once a week. I think it helps me feel motivated too!

Enjoy your weekend!

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What I've learned in 6 weeks with SparkPeople

Monday, February 14, 2011

6 weeks ago I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle with the help of SparkPeople. I've lost almost 15 lbs and now go to the gym 5 or 6 days a week! I am so grateful that this site exists, offering so many wonderful tools to point us on our way to reaching our goals. Support is essential and I'm extremely appreciative of the encouragement I receive from my SparkFriends and from people I don't even know! The teams are excellent and I'm enjoying forming relationships and working towards my goals with others I'm meeting along the way.

So here's what I think is important as we work towards our goals:

Don't make it all about the scale!! It's amazing to me how many people are actually bummed out when they've "only lost 1/2 a pound" or "I only lost 1 lb this week." That's still a weight loss! This isn't Biggest Loser where we're going to lose 15 lbs a week! SP recommends a 1 - 2 lb weight loss per week. So does Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, etc. That's the "typical" amount. When you lose slowly you have more time to make the changes permanent. This isn't a diet, it's a new way of life! If you keep eating less, making healthy food choices, and moving more, the weight will come off.

Find other ways to see progress. Take your measurements every month. You'll start to see the inches coming off and know that you're becoming a smaller you. Notice when you're able to walk for longer periods of time or do more at the gym. That means you're getting stronger!! That's something to celebrate.

The ONLY way we won't succeed is if we quit! Make a pact with yourself that you'll keep going no matter what the scale says. Don't let it derail or discourage you because the scale will fluctuate. Find someone to make a commitment with (thank you SUGARBEHONEYPIE) so that you're accountable to someone. Sandi & I are committed to continue working towards our goals no matter how long it takes and, more importantly, to stay with SP and maintain the weight loss.

Hope this gave some food for thought (at least you won't have to write down any calories LOL.)

Take it one day at a time and we will get there, together with SP.

  
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DOREEN957 3/1/2011 4:15PM

    That is so true I started my weight loss challenge at the first of the year with my family. I was the only one to not lose in our first 2 weeks. Surprisingly this did not discourage me. I had decided that it wasn't really about the weight for me as much as just getting healthier. That decision has really helped me on this journey. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/19/2011 7:09PM

    Well put!!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/18/2011 9:02PM

    So very true!!! You are doing fantastic!! Keep up the great work!!
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CHAR1970 2/18/2011 12:01AM

    That is so very true. Words to live by. Thanks!

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NEXTDITKA 2/16/2011 8:22PM

    Good learning! I'm about 5 weeks in and I have found some of the very same things.

Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. That's what helps to inspire people!

Keep up the good work and the positive attitude!!!

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SALLIS2 2/16/2011 3:05PM

    Great Blog! Sounds like you are doing great so far, keep it up! emoticon

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AAEEFDCA 2/16/2011 3:03PM

    Great blog. Everything you said is so true, weight loss is so much more than the scales. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CAPKANDY 2/15/2011 3:41PM

  So very true. I know I'm one of those people that looks at the number as well as the next person. I only lost .4 pound this week but I have to look at the fact that at least it's a lose and I am gaining new eating habits as I go forward. Great blog emoticon

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CANDACEMM 2/15/2011 10:53AM

    Keep up the good work!!!

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HALTMAN 2/15/2011 10:38AM

    Congrats on your first blog! I need to take note and create one myself! Great job with the weight loss!

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TANYA3272 2/15/2011 10:36AM

  Great blog! Thank you for sharing it with us! You are so correct! The measurements are a great way of seeing how much you have accomplished too! I try to remind people that the weight did not show up overnight! Therefore it is not going to be gone overnight! It takes time, hard work and dedication! When someone asks wow, have you lost weight? Answer that with pride! Yes, yes I have lost weight! I have been working hard at changing my life and I am succeeding! Thank you for noticing! Keep up the good luck, and keep us posted on your success!!!

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MIRWYN 2/15/2011 8:43AM

    You are doing so amazing! We are amazing creatures that can do the most incredible and glorious things... all of us have that spark, we just need to ignite it! You have found your spark for sure! Woooooo Hoooooo!

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KIPPER_KID 2/15/2011 8:21AM

    Very true!

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MSCINNAMONIE79 2/14/2011 11:11PM

    emoticon blog!

Congrats on almost 15 lbs loss!!! emoticon

Cinnamonie :)

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MISSY455 2/14/2011 10:58PM

    emoticon blog! Great reminders for all of us! It is easy to forget that 1/2 or a pound loss is still a loss some weeks. Thanks for the reminder!
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SHRINK71 2/14/2011 10:16PM

    Awesome blog! So important to recognize non-scale successes! Sometimes I need to be reminded of that myself! Thanks for today's reminder! Congratulations on your successes so far. Here's to many more!

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TWEETIBEAR 2/14/2011 8:21PM

    Good post. Good attitude. Attitude means a LOT! I'm about where you are right now...at about 15 lbs. Feels great!!!

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VW_STEPH 2/14/2011 4:08PM

    Great first blog!!!

You are so so right - we are only losers if we QUIT!! xx

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SUGARBEHONEYPIE 2/14/2011 3:46PM

    Great blog! And not because I'm mentioned LOL!! Your words are just so encouraging and inspiring. You've worked hard for those lbs to come off, but you have worked just as hard at being a great Sparkfriend to all who cross your path. It's because of one of your Huddle comments ('send a Sparkgoodie to making progress')that I now search the Huddles and do just that, as well as stopping by to encourage 'I need Support.' Your examples of breaking down goals helped me to fine-tune my Sparkpage, and I now have 15 Mini-Goals to meet before my final number is in place. I now try to help others see that Mini-Goals add up to BIG losses over time. You've been a great role model to so many, in so many ways. Keep up the good work emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/14/2011 3:39PM

    What an awesome blog of inspiration after your first 6 weeks. Wonderful! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 2/14/2011 3:03PM

    Wow! Thanks for all the great comments. I'm blushing almost.

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TERRI77 2/14/2011 2:55PM

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KINCAISF 2/14/2011 2:42PM

  Fabulous! Thanks so much for the reminders about what's important! Good luck! I know you can do it!

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TALLGUY42 2/14/2011 2:37PM

    Excellent first blog!

Very well written and full of things to keep us motivated.

Great job!

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KRISTI2661 2/14/2011 2:30PM

    Good job. You have learned a lot. It is a process and a lifestyle. Isn't it amazing how good it feels?

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LESKASH 2/14/2011 2:30PM

    Great post. thanks for the motivation.

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BLESSED2BEME 2/14/2011 2:24PM

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You are amazing - look at what you have already learned and implemented! Plus you are inspiring to others. I'm honored to call you a sp friend!

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