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Not starting over just continuing in the journey of weight loss

Friday, August 31, 2012

I posted yesterday about recovering from a weight gain and someone commented on the blog about not starting over, just continuing the journey and that struck a note with me. I think when we spend years of our lives trying to lose weight on different diets and programs we get into the mindset of "OK, I'll start over with this method since the last one didn't work". Or "I'll start over tomorrow since I messed up today".
Sparkpeople really isn't a stop and start program, it's a continuing effort of changing our lifestyle and I need to try and change my mindset of starting over every time I make a bad choice or backslide. We don't get to start life over every time we make a mistake, we make the best of the situation or just get through it and continue on. So that is what I'm going to try and do, accept the weight gain, not dwell on it and move on to making the changes that I need to make to get back into a healthy routine. The one different thing I'm going to do is take my one day at a time mindset and apply it not only to food, but to behavior changes. This week I'm focusing on logging all my food, no matter how much or what I've eaten. Being honest with myself is the first step in getting back in step with positive changes. You can't argue or hide your choices in food when they're right there on the screen.
Another comment on yesterday's blog was taking care of myself. How many mother's and wives and daughters are so focused on their family responsibilities that they fool themselves into thinking that everyone else's needs are more important than their own? My doctor looked at me earlier this year and said "If you don't start taking care of yourself, you won't be around to take care of everyone else." I had forgotten that until I read the blog comment, and for that I'm am eternally grateful to the person who reminded me of it yesterday. I think that's a comment that most of us need to remember and use it to justify time for us to workout, change eating habits or de-stress and exercise when family or friends or our own minds question our activities or use of time. We do matter, I matter, and I need to take care of myself for myself first, then for everyone else. Thank you Sparkfriends for reminding me of so many important things to help me focus my efforts and encourage me on my life journey!
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    When we are young and healthy, we don't take the time to keep up with the fitness. Now--we have to work harder to be fit--and we need to do that to be around for our families!! You are right about the life time lifestyle!
    1994 days ago
    We all need reminders to take care of ourselves while taking care of all our other responsibilities. I love that Spark Guy is promoting a lifestyle and not a diet--it's not a temporary thing; rather, a lifelong journey. Once we are able to get our minds around that, things do seem to fall into place a little better.

    I think I will spend the rest of my "journey" trying to develop good habits, though~
    1998 days ago
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