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Not dramatic, just consistant

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I realized I am a boring Sparker.
I'm not losing a dramatic amount of weight every week, shoot is taken me about two years to lose these 40 pounds! Its not that I keep "going off my diet", its not because I'm "cheating". I'm just not living my diet to lose weight.
I'm not on a diet, I'm not training for a race and I'm not eating Organic, Vegan or Raw.
I'm just trying to learn how to eat healthy while shopping & cooking for a family of four who all have different tastes and I'm trying to do it without spending a huge amount of money.

I mentioned not "Living for my diet". Its my way of saying that while I am trying to lose weight, it's not my daily focus. My focus is to eat healthy foods in the correct portion size and making sure I get in at LEAST one mile a day of walking. Its mostly 2 miles a day and a couple times a week its over 3.

I cannot maintain the intensity of burning 500 calories a day, measuring and weighing and tracking my foods. It was needed in the beginning, but after two years I know what my serving sizes look like and I know what combination of foods add up to what calories.

There are days when I do track what I'm eating but its usually days when I am eating out or trying new foods. Like I said, its been over two years I'm pretty much eating the same foods, not much to track!

I could probably lose faster if I upped the intensity on my walking, added in weights and machines at the gym, but that stuff does not work for me. I've tried it in the past, never stuck with it and a lot of it is difficult to do with the disabilities I have from the strokes.

So like I said, boring. My exercise is walking. Sounds boring but I enjoy the time alone with my music, and I like the walking I do with dh when we do out 6 mile treks.

Boring as it all sounds, its working. My body shape's changing, sizes keep dropping and I'm feeling pretty good about my progress. Slow and steady wins the race, its working for me!
I am losing weight because I'm learning to eat healthy and am consistently walking every day. emoticon
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LUMETH 6/18/2012 9:25AM

    This isn't a race... it's an attempt to learn to live a healthy life! Some people want to drop as fast as they can, but the problem is, it'll only sneak back up on them when they falter. If you can learn to live a healthy life every day without having think about it... then you will lose gradually, and keep it off. We are learning to create Healthy Habits that will hopefully last us a lifetime.

That said... emoticon !! It sounds like you are on a slow, steady path towards a healthy future. I should learn from you! A daily walk is a great habit to have, and I'm sure my pup would agree.

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/17/2012 5:53PM

    Speed is overrated. Biggest-loser style dramatic weight losses are impressive, sure... but realistically, they're not sustainable. The slow-and-steady is what wins this "race" - not crossing the finish line first. That's because there is no finish line.

Healthy living isn't a race. There's no end to it. It's not something you do and then stop when you're done. You are in it for the long run, and my friend, that's more inspiring to me than any "I lost 30 lbs in 6 months!" success stories.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/17/2012 2:02PM

    It's not about how fast you can lose it - it's about being healthy - you're absolutely right! I have recently started a long distance walking program and it is working much better than doing a high intensity exercise 6 days a week. Today was 8.73 miles! Keep on going friend!

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SLUNDQUIS 6/17/2012 11:33AM

    Every little bit does help. It's the small changes you can maintain that contribute to a life style change. Keep it up.
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