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Nothing lost, nothing gained: A long, slow journey

Friday, April 23, 2010

When I joined Spark on March 3, I had great hopes of losing my first 10-15 pounds pretty quickly and then settling down into a more routine, gradual weight loss. I guess I figured that I had so much to lose that the first part would be pretty easy. Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of the biggest loser!

I did lose 6 pounds by March 15, but then I went on vacation and gained 2 of them back. I couldn't bear to enter the added weight into Spark in hopes that I'd get it back off the next week. That was early April. A back injury forced me to stop exercising and my workload at the office got so heavy that I was working late each night. As usual, I found myself turning to my same old vice-- overeating, especially those simple carbs. By mid-April I was afraid to step on the scale because I knew I'd gained even more of my weight back.

I got back on track this week, and stayed within my calorie limits and did at least one hour of strenuous exercise each day. I finally got the nerve to step on the scale this morning after finishing Day 50 on Spark yesterday. I'm right back where I was on March 15th.

Of course, I can't help thinking about how disappointing it is to have lost no weight in 6 weeks. On the other hand, I have had an incredible amount of support from my Spark friends, and without them, I probably would weigh more today than I did 6 weeks ago.

Right now, I am re-energized and ready to lose 2 pounds in the next week, so that I can at least feel that I made some progress towards my goal in April. We'll see.

In the meantime, thanks to all my Spark friends who are helping me work through this.
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    You're doing great! 6 lbs. in 6 weeks. Every pound gets you closer to your goal. And they say the slower you lose it, the better chance you have of keeping it off. I don't weigh myself that often but I do take my measurements every month because I see better results that way. Great job so far!

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    2885 days ago
    You may have had a couple of weeks off track, but you got back on and worked hard to lose 2 lbs. You lost 2 lbs this week and you are 6 lbs lighter than when you started. Period.

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    2886 days ago
    I read "I'm right where I was on March 15th, but not where I was on March 3rd!" That's super!! You're down 6 lbs. I know that you had wanted to be further along than that at this point, but you WILL get there. It's not a race! We didn't put this weight on overnight, so it only makes sense that we should take it off over a period of time. And while you are working on that, you'll be learning new habits and solidifying them into your lifestyle. I'm glad to see you are not beating yourself up too much for your hiatus! We just get right back on the path. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2887 days ago
  • VEMAN1
    Remember this site is devoted to a lifestyle not a diet. Numbers are just one thing not the only thing.
    2887 days ago
    I stay on the program and log all my food. Because of health issues i can't exercise and have to stay @ 1200 calories a day or i can't lose anything! I decided because of the issues with my health i would weigh in 1 time a month .Last month i lost 4 lbs and tickled pink! I get weighed Tuesday the 27th again but if i don't lose anything i'll still be here the site is great and i am eating healthy! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY AND ENJOY IT ALONG THE WAY! emoticon
    2887 days ago
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