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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 6: Hardest Part of Maintenance

Monday, September 17, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


*What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?*

I'd have to say it boils down to feeling like I was left high and dry:
1. Weight loss failed to meet my expectations. Bigtime disappointment.
2. Once I reached my goal weight, the 3D support I'd' to Sparkpeople. [I happily feel like part of the community once again; however, obstructive mindsets festered and grew during my hiatus.]
3. Weight loss basically comes with a built-in instruction manual, whereas maintenance couldn't be further from clear-cut.

  
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CHRISTINASP 9/17/2012 3:01PM

    Insightful.


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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 5: My Weight (Loss) History

Sunday, September 16, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


*What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?*

I was first put on a diet when I was 8.

I've lost/regained a number of times, most often in adolescence, always regaining more than I'd lost so that I reached a new HW following each loss.

This is the first time I went about weight loss in a consistently healthy manner. Most of the other attempts were through eating disorder behavior. The few attempts at healthy weight loss never made it to the 2-week mark. This time around, it was like a light bulb clicked in my head: I accepted that I had to change my lifestyle, and I committed to doing so.

  
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MIRAGE727 9/17/2012 12:03PM

    I'm lovin' it for ya! Stay strong and rock on, Warrior!
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ANDASI 9/17/2012 7:44AM

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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 4: Weight Loss Fears

Saturday, September 15, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


*What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?*

WERE:
- loose skin

ARE:
- male attention
- the need to now address my life's struggles directly instead of focusing on an easily addressed goal, containing step-by-step directions, which acted as a blanket for a lot of other issues
- people's acceptance of me based on my appearance
- regain
- loss of lifelong identity/roles

  
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LIBELULITA 9/16/2012 9:49AM

    Yes. I can relate to it all. I completely understand. Infact it gets on my nerves that men now open the door for me, or let me go first in a queue or pull out in front of them in the car when only 6 months ago it was like I was invisible. What? Now it's OK to be kind to me because I'm more visually acceptable to you? I had thought that people had become more selfish in general but now I know it not to be true...it's only to larger people and that sucks.

By the way....you asked me about the supplements I take? Well, I take cinnamon, chromium picolinate, sea kelp and choline inositol which are all supposed to help with blood sugar levels and cravings. I have to say from recent experience that I think they work, especially cinnamon and chromim picolinate. emoticon emoticon

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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 3: Goal Sharing

Friday, September 14, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


*Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?*

SP and my family, although I don't remember if I shared my specific weight goals with my family initially. They know now, along with pretty almost anyone hazarding to comment on my weight.

Sharing my goals has been great because it's opened me to encouragement, support, feedback, troubleshooting ideas, and different perspective. It's also helped me make strides in reaching out to others with recognition that asking for help isn't synonymous with weakness or failure.

  
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KANOE10 9/15/2012 8:43AM

    Great blog. I shared my goals with my family..not friends. Sp has been my biggest support.

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LIBELULITA 9/15/2012 3:53AM

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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 2: Goal Setting

Thursday, September 13, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


*How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way? *

I picked my lowest adult weight (155 lbs) and knew I definitely wanted to weigh less than that, although I didn't know by how much initially.

Starting out, I toyed with the idea of 135 lbs, until I found out that one of the trainers at my gym, who is very muscular, very thin, and about 4 inches shorter than I, weighed 137. At that point, I decided to keep my goal weight open ended and reevaluate as I progressed. A weight in the 140s sounded good to me, because I'd never been below 150 at this height.

I definitely set smaller goals as I lost weight! I think that was a huge contributor to making this venture manageable. The idea of losing 100+ lbs was daunting. While keeping my end goal in sight, I very much developed tunnel vision to keep myself from becoming overwhelmed. Focusing on losing 5% of my starting weight (13 lbs) and hitting major weight milestones made weight loss feel so much more achievable.

  
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LIBELULITA 9/14/2012 11:16AM

    This is what I did too. I had a goal weight I'd be thrilled to get to never really believing I'd get there, but when I did then I made another....and another.Small managable amounts. Well done for all you've achieved emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2012 9:00PM

    You definitely aced goal setting!!

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