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Halfway there!


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Yesterday, I entered my most recent weight, and I realized that I am halfway to my goal. I can't believe how far I've come using SparkPeople. I'm down two sizes and fifteen pounds, which, compared to how much some of the amazing people on here have lost, may not sound like a lot. But it's huge to me! It's ten percent of my body weight - well, my current body weight at least.

This weekend, my kids, mother, and I went on a trip to the Smokie Mouuntains. I knew I was going to eat badly, and I did. But I also found myself making smart decisions as well: when we stopped at the gas station for a snack and bathroom break, instead of picking up a bag of Corn Nuts - one of my traveling faves - I picked up a bag of microwavable popcorn instead. Rather than gorge on the hotel buffet, I had an egg white vegetable omelet for breakfast. And, rather than the Mexican restaurant, I had Subway for lunch.

I'm not saying I was perfect; I ate fudge, nachos, and countless apple fritters. But, I had the tools to make smart decisions most of the time and even managed to sneak in a work out. Perhaps even more important, Spark People gave me the motivation: I knew I'd have to go face my team members if I didn't meet my challenge goals.

Fifteen pounds still seems like a lot of weight to lose, but I'm determined to make it happen. I'd love for it all to be gone tomorrow, yet I also know that nothing worth having is that easy. It's a process, a slow process. A marathon, not a sprint. A journey, not a quick trip. A life-style change, not a diet.

Being halfway there means if I quit now, I have as much to lose as if I have to gain by sticking it out and reaching my goal. It's not worth it to give up now. I've come too far.
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RUNNINGITOFF 1/10/2011 4:49PM

  Congratulations! I think 15 lbs is a lot of weight to lose and I have 4x that to lose now. I was within 19 lbs of my goal weight once. YOu can do it! Yay for making and sticking to healthy habits. :)

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DNS9264 12/13/2010 4:21PM

    Thanks, ya'll! I can only do it with the encouragement from SparkFriends like you!

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BRGREER 12/10/2010 11:30AM

    Great message and how true! 10% of your weight is a GREAT accomplishment! Vacations or any kind of travel for that matter can make it really easy to slip into old habits. It's good that you can see you have now created some new habits!

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MCLAFLIN 12/9/2010 2:14PM

    Fifteen pounds is a lot! But you have proven you can do it, so why stop now!!! I LOVED the 4th paragraph in your blog.

How awesome that you took your trip, and made some wiser choices. You don't have to be perfect all the time! Just better most of the time. One day, one weekend, one vacation does not have to ruin all your hard work!

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