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In six months of Sparking I've changed!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've noticed lots of changes in the last six months of Sparking. I eat better. I exercise. Clothes that didn't fit before, do now. My blood pressure is normal. My depression has gotten better and I'm more positive now. The big thing: the way I see myself is changing, too.

I was cold last night. Well, I'm cold whenever the temperature goes below 73 degrees in the house. It's getting colder and we keep the heat on 68 degrees so I know I'm going to just have to get used to it. Anyway, I put on my Columbia polar fleece jacket. It fits now. It used to be too small. I was standing there putting dinner together and thinking, when this gets bigger I'll be able to wrap it around me even more!

It doesn't sound like much does it? But this was a BIG THING.

This morning I was reading the Daily Spark "Stay Motivated When The Scale Isn't Moving" and I saw this quote: "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." David Viscott

Every time I weigh myself, I'm amazed that I lose weight. Why should I be amazed? I've been working hard, eating right and exercising. But I was still seeing myself in the same light. You know, that person who just can't lose weight, who sits around and moans and groans about how hard it is.

Last night I didn't say to myself, "IF this get bigger." I thought, "WHEN this gets bigger." I've finally begun to see myself in a different light. I can be successful living my healthy new lifestyle because I am doing just that. My lifestyle is healthy. Mind you, I didn't say perfect. I believe I need to be flexible, not restrictive, in order to succeed. I'm working at it.

My husband is Sparking with me. I know how lucky I am to have his support. He has no exercise issues, unlike me. He's very active, but when he started SP at the beginning of September he was 32 pounds overweight. Last year at this time he was 50 to 55 pounds overweight. Now he has 17 more pounds to go! He told me he'd wanted to lose more weight before his physical last week! (Geesh, I'm losing weight so much more slowly!) He claims that when he sees his weight loss he feels like it's magic. He just follows the nutrition tracker guide and exercises and loses weight. I told him when he started SP to make sure he ate enough so he wasn't hungry. Yes, you lose more slowly, but you feel so much better! He says eating a well balanced diet makes him feel great and is the key to success.

He told me the other day that he could do this forever. I think I could do this forever, too.
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EABL81 11/5/2012 9:36PM

    It is amazing to me, too, how well this works. Who knew?
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EZRIN101 10/24/2012 8:28PM

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-J-E-N- 10/24/2012 3:13PM

  How wonderful for you to really feel all your hard work paying off.

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SENATOR9 10/24/2012 8:42AM

    Great Blog. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/24/2012 12:02AM

    I love this, Linda. Especially the closing lines, "we could do this forever..." SP gives us so much positivity in our lives!

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MJ7DM33 10/23/2012 10:01PM

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KATYDID412 10/23/2012 7:38PM

    I'm surprised by the weight loss too. I have tried losing weight so many times before, sometimes successfully, or successfully for a while, only to have all of it and more come back. This time feels different and I still can't pinpoint why.

I'm so pleased for you and your husband, and your successes!



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PURPLE180 10/23/2012 5:29PM

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/23/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon I am happy for the both of you. All that hard work pays off. It works better to be flexable and not restrictive. If you restrict too much it leads to binging or over eating.
Congrats on getting the blood pressure in line and coping with your depression.Congrats especially on the attitude change. that is what lead you towards this path of change.Bravo! emoticon

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