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"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order."

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser."

I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After the past two weeks, I am SOOO convinced that it is true. Let me explain...

I was really on track with my diet and exercise up until Thanksgiving. After losing over 40 pounds and doing a lot of emotional and mental work since I started SparkPeople last March, I felt like my head was really on straight; I was very proud of myself. Then stressors from various sources threw me off my new-found mental balance. I started emotional eating again. Next, my exercise took a fall. Finally, I just sort of gave up and ate whatever I wanted, without paying too much attention to portion control. Good thing I tended towards more nutritious foods as a result of my changed tastes. Even so, I ended up gaining eight pounds.

I struggled until a few weeks ago, when I realized that I did not want to finish this new year anywhere near where I started it. I was seriously ready to do something about my current circumstances.

So what did I do? I applied the tools I had learned since joining SparkPeople, namely focus, set goals, make a plan including small and do-able steps. My first baby step was to start tracking my food again, without worrying too much about changing what I ate. Within a few days I was wanting to eat better and stay within my calorie range. I was rewarded with a pound loss. Then, I decided to up my exercise. It felt good, making me want to continue. I was rewarded with a 1.5-lb loss this week. All this is great, but even more importantly is that I have not been compelled to eat for emotional reasons. A change in perspective or focus is sometimes all that is needed to allow everything else to fall into place.

I am thankful for the attitude adjustment--remembering what this is really all about (not diet or exercise, but being healthy and happy).

Did anyone see last night's "The Biggest Loser"? I thought it was chock full of lessons on what to do and what not to do in order to succeed. What inspired you?
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    I probably did see this one, but my memory fails me. But your recap and experience sure says it truly does start with our thoughts. When the stinking thinkin comes in, then the food fails, and at the end so does exercise. I'll keep this in mind..thanks.
    1816 days ago
    Yeah! Keep up the great work! You have the power, strength within you to be the person you want to become, a healthy, strong, emotionally vibrant person! I'm your biggest cheerleader, Rah! Rah! Rah! You can do it, yes, you can! If anyone can do it, Sherryl CAn! Three cheers for Sherryl...Hip, hip, hoooray! Hip, hip, Hooray! Hip, hip, Hooray!!!

    You go girl!

    P.S. We have been having so much fun w/the Wii!
    2571 days ago
  • LEASIM1231
    For some reason, your blog posts weren't showing up in my feed :S I wanted to congratulate you on PERFECT attendance! Wohoo! AND on the A trivia thing. Do you look up your answers, before you guess? How do you earn it?
    2571 days ago
  • J9LOVE
    you are inspiring! thanks for blogging. it helps me. not alone sparkers are a tenacious bunch! emoticon
    2572 days ago
  • JAYJO64
    I didn't see it but I'd like to congratulate YOU for getting back on track! I wish everyone who has struggling to get back on the wagon would read this! Good for you and congrats on the successes!!
    2572 days ago
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