Wednesday, November 09, 2011
As a former team leader, I often wondered how & why people drifted away from Spark-after all, I was 'on fire' for nearly 2 years here. Now, my light is fading and I know how it can and does happen...never say never and always stay vigilant and true to your goals...
1) Life can and does get in the way of our goals, especially when our shortcomings come rushing back to the surface when we thought we'd overcome and beaten them-once and for all...I'm not sure for people like me who use food as an emotional crutch if there's EVER a once and for all-it's always going to be with me-recognizing and acting on that the instant it becomes an issue is crucial...
2) Routines can and do change, especially with family and careers...exercise and nutrition logging are key to getting and keeping things off...veering away for a day or two is OK, but once you hit that week or two mark, all bets are off-the slippery slope you soon find yourself is often all too familiar, yet almost impossible to climb
3) Goals can and will vary-setting mini goals is great and attainable-you can see nearly immediate results-it's those long-term ones that can get cause one to feel defeated before you take one step in their direction...listen to yourself-don't let others tell you that 'you're looking great'...why do you want to lose more? Or...won't you just have a little piece of this or that??? Staying vigilant and excited about what you're doing is key to moving forward...
4) Finally, I really don't have any/or all the answers-I look at people who have been 'successful' and know that there is so much more than what we see in black and what...it took me a little over a year to lose 100# and I kept it off successfully for over 2 years...but little by little, my motivation waned-I was restless and dissatisfied with who I was...my 'old battles' with my self-worth kept creeping into the corners and eventually I've found that I no longer even know how or where to start...BUT, it's the first step that counts, and then 2 and then 3, so, if I must climb back up that dark, slippery slope again, then so be it-I felt so in control when I was exercising and eating healthy-it WILL be me again-I HOPE...Don't YOU???!!!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
There really is no end of this road, it's always meandering on, and there are many crossroads, forks and detours! So much depends on attitude, and there is always room to back off, and just cruise, and then there are those times to really go full throttle! Maybe you're coming out of a cruise mode, and ready to pick up speed again, in any case that's what it sounds like to me!
2264 days ago
Wow, this came at a great time. I've been sick for about 3 weeks now and got on some antibiotics. Feeling better but now getting migraines from a stiff neck. I get into the bad habit of eating what ever when the migraines come. I think we even talked about that. Anyway, I know what to do and that I can do it. I haven't gained any weight back, but just haven't exercised. I am going to my husband's family's this weekend and some of you know how that will be....no good foods and only walking in polluted airs. I am really looking forward to next week to get back to my routines, but am worried about being off of it so long.
Thanks for this blog and reminder of being determined. I'm not a quitter, not for myself and my family.
2264 days ago
Good to see you blogging again! It really helps to get it all written out and to read it again once in a while. I've recently gone back to read some of my earlier blogs to help get me back on track. It's so easy to slip and slide! I love your DETERMINATION sign and page background! It speaks volumes ~
2264 days ago
I am with you 100%. Been there, done that, except you are realizing it a lot sooner than I did on the backslide!
For me, #2 is the most important. It's so easy to get in the groove and think "I've got this thing, I don't need to log it anymore, it's habit!" Like you said, for a short while, that's true, but the OLD habits are still there too and after awhile they can so easily come to the fore.
It doesn't help that your body is working against you. Recent studies show that once you reach a peak weight, your body will ALWAYS gravitate towards it again (and even a little past it!). It's scientific fact that if you've been heavy, it will always take more exercise and less calories for you to maintain a lower weight than someone who has always been at that lower weight. The new habits are essential, and must be forever!
You've done it once, and I'm confident you (and I) can do it again!
2264 days ago
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