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The Danger Zone!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hi Nena here,

OK fellow Sparkers first let me say that I really like this program, I have been on here for about 6 weeks now. I have been losing weight at a healthy rate since I have been on here. I have met some great people and found a lot of support. This has the easiest food tracker I have ever used. There are great recipes, workout videos, and challenges. In short I can not find the downside here. So where is the danger? It is historic.

I have lost count of the gym memberships I have had only to start out great going multiple times a week then just stopping for whatever reason (read excuse) about 6 weeks - 2 months into it. How many diets? (Again all records of the count were destroyed in a freak hot air balloon accident.) But they all worked, the Michael Thurman Diet (6 week body makeover) for example worked wonders, the weight melted off. Of course it was so complicated that my enthusiasm (attitude, motivation, desire) melted away also in 6 weeks - 2 months. So many memberships, diets, fads, groups you name it I have tried it all for 6 weeks - 2 months. Anyone see a pattern here?

So here I am approximately 6 weeks in and going strong, but scared. I want to continue here. I have taken steps to help that happen, I joined an 8 week diabetic challenge. Maybe I can trick myself (is easily distrac,,,, ooo string!) into believing it is a new program! I feel that Spark is something I should continue for life even after reaching my goal weight. (For the first time in years I feel confident using the phrase "after reaching my goal weight".)

6 weeks and scared! They say that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. This has been my own little study in history.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

OKIEGIRL561 2/17/2013 10:59PM

    It's good you have figured out your pattern and are brave enough to blog about it. Your medical condition won't get better if you repeat your past pattern. You are right, SP has lots to offer, so hang in there.

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YENGLISH100 1/11/2013 11:03PM


I totally understand where you are with fear of quitting. I was the same way. In 5 months I lost 30 pounds, and in between went on vacation. I now exercise regularly and log my food. After 5 months I had surgery. For a month I monitored my food, but found myself extremely hungry. But now I am back on track, thanks to Spark.

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I like your snack.

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 8:31PM

    This time will be different! SP offers a ton of great information and education. And there are so many wonderful, supportive, encouraging and helpful people here. Wishing you continued success and continued Sparking in 2013!

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ITSMATT 1/1/2013 7:43PM

    Focus on the process of becoming a healthier you and focus on good, daily decisions.

Do this and you'll be successful.

Make it a great day!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/1/2013 6:47PM

    Hi Nena,

Just keep reminding yourself: THIS IS NOT A DIET! It's a wonderful new direction for your life.

We make changes in life all the time. First we just lay around drinking milk, then we learn to sit, stand, eat solid food, walk, run. If we are scared to try something new, we'll never get anywhere. This is just another change you'll make to make your life better.

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SPIETZY1960 1/1/2013 4:18PM

    Hi Nena,

You will succeed this time. You have learned what doesn't work for you and found SP which actually does work. You have friends here who will work with you through the tough times and get you back on track. Let go of the past diet programs. Today is a new day, embrace it and think positive thoughts. Remember, this time we are making life changes. Just take one small step and soon the steps will add up. You can do it!

Best Regards,

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DEBGIL 1/1/2013 10:03AM

    My experience has shown for me I need to have a partner in crime when I work out and someone to be accountable to besides myself for what goes into my mouth. Plus I need motivation and a fun component. Spark people really helps because there is always someone here no matter what time of day or night and if you keep both hands on the keyboard it is a little more difficult for me to shovel food into my mouth!

I look at Sparking as more lifestyle changes than dieting. Dieting makes it naturally something you do or don't do (hence the yoyo weight loss and gain back more). But if you look at it as LIFEstyle changes...take those baby steps that lead to the biggies..
it changes your whole mindset to reduce the chance of failure.

Take one bad habit or one thing you eat or binge on and try to find baby steps to reducing that. Like not buying it and having it in the house (for me it was potatoes, ugh, I am such a carb-o-haulic!) After a while you realize you don't miss it quite as much. Be sure to find something healthy you DO like to replace.

'Keep on S*P*A*R*K*ing!

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EWL978 1/1/2013 6:24AM

    Sounds like a plan...and nothing to be scared about!! We're all in this together, you know!!

Just keep on keeping on!! emoticon

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I'm A Weeble

Friday, November 30, 2012

That's right I wobbled but I didn't fall down!

On Wednesday afternoon my husband and I were going to the pool to work out and I checked my blood sugar 1st, I was low, Since exercise lowers your blood sugar I stopped at a gas station on the way to get a snack. They had nothing healthy and I had to get candy. I grabbed a Chunky bar and split it with my husband. Then we went on to exercise.

That is how I would have described this situation a month ago. After spending time on this site and reading articles I now see it a little different.

On Wednesday I checked my blood sugar before exercising and saw I was low. I know I am diabetic and should be be prepared for this situation but was not. I could have stopped at Walmart and gotten an orange but I chose to go quick and easy instead. I went to a gas station and I got a candy bar and ate it before working out.

I was in control of this situation. I am not a victim of of my diabetes or of circumstances. I ate the candy bar because of choices I made. I could have made sure I had a healthy snack just in case. I could have taken a couple extra minutes to get a healthy snack. It was not the gas station's fault. It was not my disease's fault. I had the power to make the right decision. Therefore I have the power to solve this problem next time. If I don't have a healthy snack on hand I will take the extra minutes to get one.

My choices put this weight on me and only my choices will take it off. I choose what to eat. I choose when to eat it. I choose when and if I exercise. I have the choice. I have the power. I have the responsibility. I'll decide!!

Like any good Weeble I wobbled but I won't fall down!

"If you choose not to decide; you still have made a choice" Rush

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULESJET 12/21/2012 7:20PM

    Great attitude! I love it! Even just one better choice a day will help.
And I love the Weeble reference!

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TROUBLE2ME2 12/9/2012 4:47PM

    Hi there Sparky emoticon
I am just hanging out watching my football games and cruising through some spark stuff between plays. I stumbled accross this blog and just wanted to tell you that I think you have a super great attitude. Personal responsibility can be so hard to own but you seem to have a good handle on it.

You keep hanging in there and remember to come back and read this if things get to wobbley!

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I don't know what a blog is

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hi I'm Nena and I have no idea what a blog is so I guess I'll just ramble a little, First off my keyboard is messed up and the period, question mark and a few other keys don't work so please excuse the run-on sentences lol, OK I started with spark on 11-18-12 today is 11-28-12 in the first half week I lost 5 pounds in the next week I gained 1 but that's OK, I feel better, I feel thinner, less bloated, I move better, I have more energy, I'm tracking my blood sugars regularly and they aren't bad! I'm eating very tasty food and my daily cholesterol intake has dropped more than 50%, it is now under 300 some days under 200!! In short I am having trouble seeing a downside to any of this, Oh by the way any post or blog or any content on here from me may be from my husband, Mark, (He is in a similar situation weight wise but has not been diagnosed diabetic) Since we eat our meals together and eat the same things we saw no reason to track separately or to create 2 pages, if there is any difference in our daily diet or exercise mine is tracked, When we learned i was diabetic about 6 yrs ago he pledged to share my diet if I can't eat it he won't, OK enough ramble for now next time ill remember a thing called paragraphs :) emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/28/2012 11:18AM

    I'd say you now know what a blog is! Thanks for letting us get to know you : )

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RG_DFW 11/28/2012 11:10AM

    Welcome... and it was a great blog!

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1935MARY 11/28/2012 8:32AM

    Hi! I am Carol, I have been Diabetic most of my life. I didn't pay much attention to my diet for years. I eat what I wanted. The doctors I had, just didn't tell me how serious this was and would add more pills. I finally got one that fussed at me and worked with me. But still I would not eat healthy all the time. My husband is a meat and potato man. About 2 yrs ago he was diagnosis diabetic, I tried to get him to eat healthy but, he doesn't like allot of things. I have managed to change something, like mayo to one made with olive oil.etc. You are lucky your husband is with you on this. Hats off to him. I didn't really get healthy until I stated sp. May luck be with you and your husband. And a blog is about anything. Your thoughts , your day, something funny, something sad etc. Have a great day. emoticon

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KRICKET57 11/28/2012 8:16AM

    Welcome! Looks like you are on the right track, both with the program and with the blog. It helps you are both doing this together, the support from your husband will go a long way to reaching your goals. Have fun on the journey and remember "One step at a time"


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