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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Good morning Spark Friends,
It's been another successful week! My weight is down, my energy is up, I'm on vacation and doing major fall cleaning. Hows that for oppposites?!
As I read other peoples blogs about how they have a hard time with their weight/exercising goals, I just want to let you know not to give up. It can be done. I know how hard it is because I have started and failed so many times I can't keep track. And yes, it is soooo discouraging to work hard all week, only to have gained a pound. When that would happen to me, it would just throw me off the track, and I would tell myself,"what's the use?", and dive into the ice cream and brownies. And then the pounds would really start packing on. I mean, c'mon, if I'm gonna gain weight while I'm on a diet, then what's the point of denying myself of my treats for the rest of my life? And then, one day when I weighed myself, (like I really wanted to KNOW what I weighed), I saw that I weighed as much as I did when I was about to give birth, and I had gained 60 lbs with that pregnancy! OK! Reality check here. That day was the day I decided, for real, no more of this. I'm 30 years older than when that pregnancy happened, and I knew that things were serious. My blood pressure was elevated, I had no energy, I was getting depressed and the list goes on. I got out my health/diet/exercise books and started a plan. Got back to SparkPeople, and started being dedicated to doing what I was supposed to do. Day by day, sometimes even hour by hour, I told myself that I could do this. I also had to admit that I was a food addict. No rhyme or reason as to why I ate the way I did, I would start eating and just keep on going. I wasn't happy about it, but did it anyway.
I'm not saying this to blow my horn, I'm saying this because I am totally aware how hard it is to shed these unhealthy pounds. I know it's not easy. And there have been days that I did go over my guidelines, but instead of trashing all the work I had done, I just restarted on the next meal to eat correctly. One meal is not going to derail me anymore. I make myself chart everything, right down to the the 1/4 serving of whatever it is I'm having. My kitchen scale and I are best friends. I bring it with me and weigh everything I can. Yeah, I think I am becoming obbsessive. But until I learn how to "eyeball" the correct serving sizes, then thats what I will do. For me, eating out is not something that I do frequently right now. And when I do, it's healthier choices. And then I come home and "guesstimate" what my portion size was. And I write it all down. And sometimes I STILL come in within my guidelines, and then I am happy for the choices I made.
So don't be discouraged...We will see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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