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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my weight loss journey lately. I believe that when you get stuck, you need to look at where you have been, what you are currently doing, and what needs to be changed.

You know that saying, Failure is not an option? I have decided that Failure IS an option, if that is what you choose! I joined Sparkpeople in March 2008, and I was a sparkpeople success story in September 2009, but in March 2012, I felt like a failure. Why? Because I had stopped doing everything that had given me Success in the first place. I stopped logging in my weight here at SP because I didn't like seeing the number go up. I was embarrased so I hid from my sparkfriends. I found it hard to spark. I randomly logged in, then disappeared again. I was on a path to destroy my success. I was choosing Failure. This Spring I decided this had to stop. Hiding wasn't solving anything. So I starting sparking consistently in March 2012. I am proud to say that I am now back on track. I have gradually increased my fitness to my successful levels of 2008. I am Sparking. I am doing challenges, I am tracking my food and fitness. I am working out consistently. I am choosing Success!

I originally lost 100 pounds, kept it off for 1 year, then slowly gained back 25 pounds by not sparking.

Here is where I am starting as of May 1st, 2012, at the beginning of the SP Spring Challenge. I am posting this so I have a comparison in 4 to 6 weeks.

Weight: 185 Clothing Size: 12 Waist: 34 Hips: 46
Energy Level: Average

Before starting this challenge, Strength Training was non-existent! Cardio was 15-30 minutes of walking the dog and random exercise videos.

Current Plan for Exercise:
ST: Just started a new program at the gym for upper and lower body. At home, crunches for my core.
Cardio: Mile Challenge, 10 minute SP videos, Cycling, Elliptical.
Goal: 60 minutes exercise daily.

Here are my current pictures taken several days ago.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MGARREN 5/3/2012 1:19AM

    Good Luck

We all hit bumps from time to time, but as you are already discovering whether we stay down or get back up is up to us.

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KRAZYKIKI 5/2/2012 8:59PM

    I love this post!!! Best of luck with all of your goals and congrats for how far you've already might have hit a rough patch, but don't let that obscure how much you've done! Keep up the great work!!!! :D

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NEILITHICMAN 5/2/2012 6:11PM

    good luck.

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KRISLEEB 5/2/2012 3:19PM

    look at you brushing the dust off!!! Welcome back!!!!

You can TOTALLY do this!

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TEMPENATIVE 5/2/2012 1:25PM

    you look good honey, still rockin in-dont forget your before photo! welcome back emoticon see you on the 2012 Mile team :)

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STILLFLYIN 5/2/2012 8:26AM

    You've heard it and maybe even said it before - get back on that horse one more time than you get thrown.

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MERRYMO1961 5/1/2012 11:24PM

    I understand this all too well. But today is success for you! We can do this--get back on track and do what we know to do and feel better ! emoticon

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MINDY41479 5/1/2012 11:00PM

    You are going to do great! emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/1/2012 11:01:56 PM

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SFREY217 5/1/2012 10:56PM

    Keep up the good work.


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DEBULACLARK 5/1/2012 10:52PM

    Jen you are off and running....reading this I think you figured out my problem too....thanks!!

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AUDISP 5/1/2012 10:49PM

    You didn't choose to fail, you just took a brief detour and now you're back and going to be just fine!

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Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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