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Reversing the Backwards Trend

Sunday, September 08, 2013

So, there I was, popping along with my weight loss and seeing steady progress. Then, around five months ago, I got some bad news. A favorite uncle had passed away unexpectedly. It REALLY hit me hard.

I stayed on track all through the trip back to Britain for the funeral - exercising and eating reasonably - but, since I've been back, it's as though I've completely lost all of the good habits I had built. I am still walking regularly (thank heaven for dogs who don't understand excuses), but I stopped working on on the eliptical machine, stopped lifting weights, stopped even reading my SparkPeople team posts, stopped eating fruits and vegetables regularly, stopped religiously counting calories, and started eating complete junk (e.g. chocolate candies, potato chips, etc.).

First my weight just sat at the same number for weeks and weeks (which was disheartening, since I was used to seeing it go down for so long). Then, it started moving up! emoticon At first, I was in denial; so, I didn't even record the new weights. I was sure it was just a blip that would go away as quickly as it came. I have now gained back 10 lbs.!

A number of times, I tried to restart my good habits; but I wouldn't last a day or two before falling back into the bad ones.


Today, I am taking back my life. I walked four miles this morning, despite a migraine; and right now I am going to make a crockpot dinner so that I have no excuse to eat rubbish when I get hungry later on. I have faithfully measured and recorded everything that went into my mouth so far today and pledge to continue doing that. I also switched my SparkCoach program to the Plateau Buster's plan (although I wonder if it's really called a "plateau" if you're actually climbing back up?). I am absolutely committed to following it faithfully for the next 28 days.

If any of my SP friends read this - I'm sorry to have neglected you (and myself) for so long.

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PATJ7084 9/9/2013 5:58PM

    a new start is good emoticon

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Long-term Goals (June/13)

Sunday, June 09, 2013

SparkCoach asked me to give some thought to some long-term goals for myself today. Here's what I came up with (in no particular order of importance):

[I edited this blog on Oct. 11/14. Had to move a couple of items from "Within the Coming Year" to "Within Five Years," but I was also able to move one item from "Within Ten Years" to "Within Five Years."]

Within the Coming Year:

emoticon Run a 5K. (ACCOMPLISHED - May 24, 2014 - Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women)
emoticon Bucket List Item: Go to a Formula One race. (ACCOMPLISHED - Nov. 2013 - Austin, TX. Best of all, we met one of my cousins from the UK and his wife for it. FABULOUS time!!)

Within Five Years:

emoticon Reach my goal weight. (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Pay off the mortgage. (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Finish the basement & landscaping (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Visit my family in the UK again (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Run a 10K (ACCOMPLISHED - Sept. 27, 2014 - Grand Forks Wild Hog, Subway Restaurants 10K race)
emoticon Run a half-marathon (Registered for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 1/2 Marathon on Jan. 10/15.)
emoticon Bucket List Item: Become fluent in Welsh (Reachable with work.)

Within Ten Years:

emoticon Save enough money to retire comfortably (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Sell our business (Reachable with work.)
emoticon Bucket List Item: Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru (Reachable with work as long as I maintain my fitness goals)

OK, I think these are good goals - tough, but achievable if I really work at them. ...and, let's face it, where's the fun in achieving a goal you didn't work for?!

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SUNSTITCHES 7/8/2013 9:27AM

    Nice long term goals. I miss hearing from you on the thread. emoticon

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SCUBAMUM 7/7/2013 12:31PM

    Hi Lisa:

I've stalled over the past couple of months, but I can still do it this year. I've been spotty with my program, but am ready to pick up again.

Thanks for the encouragement!


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LISA4137 7/7/2013 2:05AM

    How are you doing on your first goal: reach goal weight within the coming year?

I loved watching you lose weight consistently. Are you still following your program? emoticon This is the beginning of the next 6 months.

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Three Recent Accomplishments

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SparkCoach challenged me to list at least three recent accomplishments in order to focus on positive things. This is well timed, because I've recently been struggling with motivation. So, here goes:

1. Reunited with my family in the U.K. last week. This is probably the most important accomplishment I've had in decades, as I didn't realize how much I missed them until I saw them all again. We are already staying in touch by email.

2. Climbed Yr Ardda (a mountain in Wales) for approx. 6000 metres. Could have climbed higher, but didn't want to get any further into the snow. Here's the route I took:

"The Watkin Path is the most demanding route direct to the summit of Snowdon since it starts at the lowest elevation of any of the main routes. ... The start of the Watkin Path has been described as "the prettiest beginning" of the routes up Snowdon." Read more about the path here:

3. Won a new, large client for our business this week.

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REZNUT 5/17/2013 3:11PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments!! What's cool is that they hit different areas in your life. Awesome!

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BIRDIE501 4/18/2013 10:34AM

    Excellent progress all around!
Yes you should give yourself a pat on the back!


Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

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My Favorite Motivational Techniques

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Well, I've been working at losing 50 lbs for the past four months, and have lost 30 lbs so far. Sometimes it feels like it's gone past so quickly, and other times it feels like eternity. Today, I'm thinking about what has worked for me in the past to keep me motivated. Here's a quick list (in no particular order) of my favorites:

* My absolute favorite has been setting up mini-goals with rewards. For every ten pounds I lose, I reward myself with something (NOT food); and the rewards keep getting better as I go along. The best so far was giving my son some money to go out and buy/wrap a surprise gift. I couldn't wait to open it, and it will always be extra special knowing that it marked a milestone in my life and was thoughtfully chosen by someone I love.

* One of my toughest challenges is getting myself moving to exercise. I've discovered that, if I leave it until the evening (after a long day of work), it's just too hard to push myself to do it. So, lately, I've been forcing myself to exercise as soon as I get up (even before I brush my teeth). I always feel proud of myself after I've done it, and then I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day.

* Even once I've started exercising, I sometimes just want to stop. When I start feeling that way, I chant to myself, "Pain is temporary; quitting is forever!" It may sound silly, but it works for me. I also try to break my workouts up into "chunks" in my mind (e.g. just two more sprints to go).

* Another real help has been my motivational montage. You can see a small sample of it as the background of my Spark Page, but my real one spans the two computer monitors that I use as I work all day. I chose pictures of myself when I was at my goal weight around six years ago; because I wanted to envision MYSELF as I want to look and know I can, not a model who's 30 years younger than me and has been air-brushed. I also filled it full of pictures from active vacations with the people I love - hiking up Mt. Vesuvius, kayaking in the Caribbean, scuba diving, etc. I did this to remind me of how strong I was and of the adventures to come if I can get back to that.

* I've also started telling people about my weight loss goals (including making my blogs public for the first time). I find it particularly helpful to tell people about meeting my 10 lb mini-goals; because, once I've told people I've met a goal, I don't want to slip back and have to say, "Well, I did make that goal, but I messed up and now I have to get back there again."

I hope this blog helps someone else to find motivational techniques that help them. Even if my techniques don't work for you, maybe they'll get you thinking about what you can do to keep yourself motivated.


Keeping it Fresh

Sunday, March 10, 2013

In order to ensure that I don't burn out, SparkCoach suggested that I think of two ways to add variety into my exercise routine and food. Here's what I came up with:

* Once a week, play a MS Kinnect game instead of working on the elliptical (even better, do this with DS and/or DH). Do this on weekends, when there's more time to arrange to do this with someone else.
* Once a week, work out to a video instead of the elliptical. Do this on Wednesdays, to break up the middle of the week.

* Once a week, try a new recipe from the SparkPeople collection. Do this on Fridays as a nice transition into the weekend.
* Once a week, buy a new fruit or vegetable (it may be completely new to me, or just something I haven't eaten in a long time).

Hopefully, these strategies will help to keep things fresh and avoid boredom with my program.


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