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Time to Relight the Fire

Sunday, March 11, 2012

During my four years on SPARK, I have made a lot of changes in terms of my exercise and eating. At one point, I was on fire and lost some significant weight – 50 pounds – in a reasonable amount of time. Then I slowed down. I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds for pretty much the last six months. You would think that such success earlier would have spurred me on, but I got distracted. I looked so much better, I felt so much better, I could do more. However, I wasn’t anywhere near my goal weight. Why on earth have I let myself be satisfied with stopping here and not be as focused on my goals as I once was?

It makes no sense to me. Perhaps I have forgotten WHY I want to continue to lose weight. Let me remind myself WHY.

I want to change my yo-yo dieting and settle into a pattern of making healthy choices more consistently. I want to be healthier, have more energy, and live a long, active life.

I want to stop avoiding the camera and actually be in pictures with my family and friends and not cringe when I do show up in a picture. I want to have more confidence in myself than that!

I want to be a few sizes smaller so that I can buy and wear more stylish clothes.

I want to lose weight so I can comfortably travel on airplanes and be able to walk the longer distances when exploring new places.

I have developed a lot of healthy habits over the last four years while being active on SP. I have increased my exercise from barely 30 minutes a week to 45-60 minutes a day. I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day no matter what kind of day I am having. I eat at least five fruits and vegetable a day even when the rest of my choices may not be healthy. I track what I eat most days and stay within my calorie range more often than not. This is how I have managed not to gain back all fifty pounds and then some, but this is NOT going to get me to goal. It is not rocket science. The missing piece for me is tracking what I eat EVERY day and staying within my calorie range EVERY day with very few exceptions.

If it is important enough to me, I will find a way. I am tired of making excuses. It IS important enough to me, so I am recommitting myself and pressing the reset button. I know what I need to do and I am going to do it. It starts now. Consider my fire relit!
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    You go!!!! :) I have been on a plateau since summer. I had lost 127 pounds. I found out I was pregnant in August, gained 20 pounds almost overnight, and miscarried and then carried that 20 pounds around for months. It was like literally carrying the baggage of a baby I could never have. It was very emotional. I have managed to shed 12 pounds of it, but still... I am not where I was before. And it seems like no matter what I do, I cannot lose it and then some. I am still a good 40 pounds from goal weight! I workout like a crazy woman every day, but I don't track any more. My excuse is no time. It's time for no more excuses!

    Thank you for the kick in the pants! WE can do this!!! :)
    2018 days ago
    emoticon You have made great progress! I know you can do this!!
    2018 days ago
    I hear ya! Let's keep stoking that Very Important Fire!

    emoticon (closest things SP's emoticons give me to a fire) emoticon
    2021 days ago
    I know how you feel! MY excuse right now is taking care of my mom and stepdad. I really want to get home so I can take care of ME!!!!
    2022 days ago
    I know where you're at. I have to keep telling myself that it's for my health too. The older I get everything physically is more important; strength, flexibility, balance, weight. My health is becoming a full time job.
    Come on we just HAVE to do it!
    2022 days ago
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