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Seize that downward spiral before it gets momentum!


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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yes, that is another great lesson I've learned here a the Spark. I've had at least a half dozen different times when I felt my grip on control slipping away...You know what I mean. You can just feel your resolve slipping away along with your eating habits, and your mental state right along with it. In times past, those days became weeks, and the weeks, became months and the months...sadly...became years of being off track. I began to see those days as very important pivotal moments on which my life was being built, whether I knew it or not. It was like a snow ball at the top of a mountain, teetering close to the precipice, slowly starting to roll down the hill, each day bringing greater and faster momentum...but if I could stop it at the top, before it gained strength and momentum, I could not only save myself maybe days, weeks, months or even years of more grief, not only that..but maybe I could build off of that pivotal moment and spring board to a knew level of commitment and change.
That's what you helped me do yesterday. I was at a low and I could have began a long negative streak, one poor decision at a time. I knew I had to seize that day...before the snow ball got too big and too fast to stop. With your help I did! I changed up my breakfasts and snacks, pulling out some of the calorie dense foods I had been eating and came in under my calorie goal for the day. I'm back down to my lowest today and ready to burn off the remaining 4 pounds to get me to the 40's....and then it's gonna be party time... Celeblogging my way along with YOU!
Love you for blogging me!
BFN

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Friends, I feel like this is a message A LOT of us need to hear right now, so if you think so too...hit the I like button and also share this with some on your friend list....let's spread this Spark around a bit!
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TIPTOPWANNABE 10/30/2010 10:41PM

    It's time to stop my snowball. Thanks! I needed that.

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MOMOF2RUNSAGAIN 10/2/2010 6:15PM

    Awesome blog! I too have ridden that roller coaster of doing really well, slipping up for a few days and then beginning the downward spiral. Thanks for this blog, I needed to be reminded to get myself going back in the right direction...not on monday or at a more convenient moment...but right now!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/1/2010 7:01PM

    Excellent read

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LETITIA22 9/30/2010 7:56PM

    Nicely worded! emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/30/2010 12:43PM

    love the snow ball analogy. Wish you had written this in the Spring before my snowball grew.
:)Jeanne

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WILSLM70 9/28/2010 8:14PM

    Great blog .. thanks

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TRACEYMOMOF3 9/28/2010 6:38PM

    This is a great blog. You are doing awesome! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 9/28/2010 5:16PM

    I've been feeling a similar slippage lately, and Spark has been a great tool, not only in teaching us healthy habits about what to eat and fitness techniques, but how to tackle the downward spiral and pull yourself back out. Everybody falls! (To err is humane, to forgive is divine!) It's all about who gets back up again and how long it takes them to realize the need to do so. Thanks for this today!

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LINDATHOME 9/28/2010 1:56PM

    victim of downward spirals here ... and you're right, you have to STOP them before they happen

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2BEATIT1 9/28/2010 12:48PM

    Great blog. Keep them coming.

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GREENSCRAPCAT 9/28/2010 12:44PM

    I so needed this right now, thanks for sharing this blog!

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BRINA421 9/28/2010 11:53AM

    Wow, I needed this right about now.

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56_PICKLES 9/28/2010 11:50AM

    Staying in touch with our emotions and knowing our signals can help in stopping before losing complete control. Good blog!

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BETHKK 9/28/2010 11:03AM

    Yep, that has always been my problem. I let that spiral just keep on spiraling down. But not this time! I agree, the support here is what is stopping the spiral in its tracks. I felt myself slipping after the weekend, but just being here and talking about it and getting responses from my Sparkfriends turned it completely around. Let's help other people like we've been helped!!

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PROPMAN1 9/28/2010 10:47AM

  Thanks for sharing your feelings/thoughts. Am in the same frame of mind right now. Weather today really shouldn't play a part (exercise indoors) but....I'm s-l-i-p-i-n-g. Hopefully your words can slow or stop this now that i know there's company in my situation. emoticon

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PAVLEJOBY 9/28/2010 9:20AM

  Right on girlie! I needed a dose of this today! Thanks for posting! Keep up the great work-you will be in the 40s in no time with your attitude!

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GRATEFUL111 9/28/2010 8:24AM

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MEANCARLEEN 9/28/2010 7:03AM

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LEAURIY 9/27/2010 11:40PM

    Great reminder! thanks

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POLARBEARSCAT 9/27/2010 9:23PM

    So true! I know that you can either be in an upward spiral or downward .. that one decision leads to another. But this is a great lesson in how to stop that momentum when you're headed in the wrong direction. Thanks!

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WEMINICH 9/27/2010 8:57PM

  Great lesson!

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JNPRGR8T 9/27/2010 8:01PM

  thanks!

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ROSEWCI 9/27/2010 7:35PM

    I was MEANT to read this blog today! It's EXACTLY how I'm feeling! I feel like I'm slipping, oh, ever so slightly, but I can feel it! The weather here in Ohio is turning cold & dreary. It's raining. We have no sun, & I feel blah. I just want to hibernate. I've been feeling cold all day. And I'm not looking forward to spending another winter FREEZING in Ohio. (sighing...)

Thanks for your insight. At least now I'm aware of what's happening & I can intervene before I fall too far. Thanks for sharing!



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KNITNYAK 9/27/2010 5:16PM

    The journey is so hard...it really is work, but it is good work! It is so easy to stop and give up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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GAILA88 9/27/2010 4:32PM

    I just wrote a post about the same thing on my Blogger blog. I lost my job a few weeks back and feel myself getting pulled down in many ways, not just weight wise.
www.irritatinglyoptimistic
.blogspot.com if you would like to visit.

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KLONG8 9/27/2010 4:26PM

    I was just going to sit down and write about the same thing and then found you. Absolutely what I'm going through. Thanks!

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PURLSOFWISDUM 9/27/2010 4:18PM

    Thank you for this timely blog. I have been struggling the last few weeks with maintaining momentum, and reading this is certainly going to help with my resolve.
Again, thank you!
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NOVELAFAN 9/27/2010 4:09PM

    Thanks for writing... that's right where I am today. Needed to see someone else point out the obvious.

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SAMMY0328 9/27/2010 3:23PM

    Thank you for putting into words what I have been going through recently. I have been teetering on the brink of a downward spiral for the last several months. On any given day, I'm up between 5 & 8 pounds from my goal weight and I know I need to re-focus my efforts before things get completely out of control. I hope this will be my pivotal moment that turns me back in the right direction towards my healthy habits.

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TAKINGBACKLIFE 9/27/2010 2:41PM

    Thank you for this. I have been until recently going through this exact same situation and am trying to undo the momentum that I was in going down.

I printed this out as a reminder to never let myself start rolling down hill again.

Thank you so much!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 9/27/2010 2:22PM

    It is so true. Regaining control is necessary to this lifestyle change.

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10TOES 9/27/2010 2:07PM

    Thank you. I didn't feel like working out at all to day but now I am running to my elliptical!

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VANILLAMAMA 9/27/2010 1:55PM

    thank you for this blog.

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NATARSHAD 9/27/2010 1:48PM

    I know exactly what you mean. I even blogged about how I was on the verge of giving up on weight loss just last week. Yet, there is something inside of me that keeps telling me to keep at it. I tell my daughter to practice, practice, practice all the time. Now, I realize that I need to take my own advice. So, I started today off bad as I had the last week, but it will be a good ending, I promise! emoticon

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GOLIGHTLY344 9/27/2010 11:13AM

    Enjoyed reading this blog. Connecting in this way is an amazing thing. We've all thought a lot about how to handle the moments when we lose momentum and have to trigger our enthusiasm.

I read a few of your older blogs as well. The one about your almost grown son brings back the years of concern over my young son's health thru elementary school, high school, college and now as a married father himself. Whew! Am I glad that he's now in charge of his health with his wife's support and her worrying. Our son is now responsible for his health, but it's a major comfort to know that family is there to help with meals or other little things that ease the burden.

Illness is so exhausting for the whole family. We didn't realize how it affected/touched everyone in the family. Your son, as well as the rest of the family, needs to have someone to vent to, even if it's only the dog!

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STIPER23 9/27/2010 11:00AM

    You're right. I needed to hear this. I felt myself slipping this weekend.

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SKINNYROBIN100 9/27/2010 10:50AM

    Great advice...Great blog...Great attitude...Great sharing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MTTOP37 9/27/2010 9:42AM

    Thank you for posting things that you have learned, now you are helping others. emoticon emoticon

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HORSEMAD27 9/27/2010 8:23AM

    Thanks!

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SHERRYJVP 9/27/2010 8:11AM

    I am there RIGHT NOW and your blog hit at the right time. Thank you.

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JPRICE217 9/27/2010 8:06AM

    emoticon great blog I have been ther and done that and do not want to go ther again

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HEIDE69 9/27/2010 7:57AM

    THANKS!

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 9/27/2010 7:36AM

    Great timing for me! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 9/27/2010 12:25AM

    That was something I needed to hear too! Thanks!
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