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Just Do It! Again!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Just Do It! Again!

October, 2012 ~
It's time to re-focus! I am 16 pounds above my goal.

I haven't been faithfully logging my food & exercise. Eating what I want in larger portions than I need.

I have gained this weight since January, 2012 and it's time to lose it once more!

I have been logging in each day, eating a healthy breakfast, exercising some days - but not consistently. Consistency is a KEY for me. I need to get and use that KEY again.

I had reached my SparkPeople weight loss goal on May 21, 2011. But, like I have done too many times in the past...I got sloppy, lazy, tired, bored, *(fill in any excuse) and gained some of the weight back. The good news, if there is good news - is that I didn't gain it all back. But it still tells me that I haven't been 'in this to win it' and paying the amount attention I need to be paying to maintain my weight. I've been 'asleep at the wheel.' It's time to wake up and get moving again.

It's been a stressful year...but life will always be stressful. I need to find ways to deal with the stresses that will always be a part of my life - WITHOUT reaching for food for comfort.

I also need to 'take it, a day at a time.' That has been the best way for me. Slow and steady. I just have to get my head back into this game and JUST DO IT!

My SparkFriend, ROSEWCI has a simple, but effective goal list that I have been implementing too:

"These are the KEYS"
1. Keep Tracking: Food and Exercise
2. Be Mindful while Eating
3. Stay in Calorie Range
4. Drink Water

Simple? Yes, but if done consistently over time will yield the results I am looking for:

Healthier food choices.
Regular, consistent exercise.
Just the right amount of fuel for my body each day to operate and lose weight at a healthy, steady pace.
Water to stay hydrated, healthy and happy.

These are great building blocks...that will help me re-create a solid foundation to move forward on being that healthier and happier me.

Oh, and while exercise helps with stress for me, I do need to add some other steps to help with stress. So I will explore that topic too.

"Slow and Steady" will get me to my goals.

I want to be healthy & happy not just for today, but for the rest of my life!

A long time goal of mine has been to find balance and moderation in ALL areas of my life. The adventure continues.

Thank you, SparkFriends for your encouragement and support!
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    Oh Maria, it seems that I've lost track of you over the course of a year plus. You were one of my very first friends and you encouraged and supported me so much in those first months when I needed help to get started. Since I've grown some wings and have flown I guess. I was looking through my list of friends and thought that I sure could check up on you. So I did and saw and read this blog of you going at it from the beginning again. That's about what we have to do, isn't? Just to get right back down to the basics! I've lost about 60# now altogether and I feel that I've come to a halt. I haven't been able to exercise like I'd like for a while and that kind've through me off. And now it seems that it's getting back into the exercising but not the eating like I should. Errr! So I know that I have to go back to the basics too. So here I am, back to the beginning. and I found you again! I know that you can do all that you need to do to get those nasty pounds off again and I know that I can get my nasty pounds off for the first time in a long, long time. I'm seeing numbers that I haven't seen for at least 20 years! Now that should encourage me enough, shouldn't it? You can concentrate on how goooood you felt those days you met your goal and how you savored those days of feeling so good. You can do it, Maria! I know you! Hugs, Karen
    1799 days ago
    Thank you Maria, for all your love & encouragement! You've always been an inspiration for me! And I have no doubt you will reach your goals...slow & steady! It's the way to do it! One day at a time!!!

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    1807 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/9/2012 12:00:27 PM
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    Great plan!
    I just posted on our team 25 ways to get back on track - please check it out.

    I know you can do this!
    Best of luck!
    1809 days ago
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    1811 days ago
    You know exactly what you need to do!
    1812 days ago
    Good for you! That is hard for all of us to not slip back into bad habits! It isn't easy, especially when you seek food for comfort during stressful times! I know all about that to well! I know that is why I haven't lost more weight by now, to be honest. I keep slipping week after week and it is always on the weekends, where I succumb to the good foods at the restaurants or on the grocery sweets isle! But, just like you we never really give up! I really need to get these pounds off to help with my cholesterol-that is why what the scale does is important to me. I don't want to use Statins since I am so close to 200, so I think the weight is keeping me from going lower. You have stuck with SP and your SPF's giving encouragement all this time-which has been appreciated very much! We will help you stick with it and together we will beat this! One day at a time--Slow and steady- I live by that too!
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    1812 days ago
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