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Just because I wander ... doesn't mean I'm lost!

Friday, November 09, 2012

I saw this on a bump sticker this morning! I found it very meaningful and thought provoking.

I've done weight loss before. Several times -- and successful in taking the pounds off at times. But never in keeping it off.

As soon as I read that line this morning --- Just because I wander doesn't mean I'm lost: I realized that yes in the last several years I've wandered around with the weight loss -- gained and regained but maintaining at this time about 70 pounds. So in 5 years here at Sparkpeople -- I haven't been lost -- it may have looked like I took some wrong paths. Fell over some rocky roads. But I'm learning, I'm maintaining. I'm not lost -- I haven't failed.

Which brings to my next important line:

"There's no doubt about it: Trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There's nothing like trying to stick to an eating and exercise program for bringing you face-to-face with true frustration. " SparkCoach

Several of you probably "sensed" my frustration yesterday. But while walking down this path on my journey a few of the things I've learned are:
1. Stay on track as close to plan of eating as possible - it causes me more frustration when I lose that footing.

2. Reach out to others - I'm someone that tends to hide, or isolate ... disappear when things feel tough or frustrating. My first thought yesterday was reach out with a thread and share.

3. Exercise -- another part of my plan that I didn't let go by the wayside -- I got out and walked for 10-15 minutes during my major frustration and then back out at lunch for another walk.

4. Kept my streak going with the diet pop --- 35 days (oct 4th last one) --- yesterday diet pop for me would have been like alcohol to some -- I would have lost myself in that and continued and then what .... more frustration .... because I'm very please with my progress at this time.

So ... JUST BECAUSE I WANDER ... I'm not lost --- I'm just finding the right path. At times the right path probably will not feel the smoothest and may not be the most level ground. And as I wander -- I will find the path that I continue on for the rest of my life -- much more healthy and at a healthier weight for me.

emoticon emoticon emoticon s for reaching back out to me with some wonderful thoughts, tips and feelings. Some are still taped to the bottem of my computer monitor -- and ALL are in my heart this morning.

I was going to explain some of the frustration --- but thought -- don't go there --- it's the wrong fork in the road at this time.

Reminded myself of another favorite quote.

My mind is like a bad neighborhood --- I shouldn't go there alone!

Have a wonderful day everyone. Wonderful weekend.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LARSIL 11/15/2012 1:38PM

    It reminds me of J.R.R. Tolkien - and Bilbo's poem about Aragorn ("Strider") -

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Verses of HOPE for the future! Keep on wandering, Randy -- we're on the road together!

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OKBACK2ME 11/10/2012 11:35AM

    Excellent keeping it off is a problem. When we are down to where we want to be we will support each other to solve and defeat the problem!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 11/10/2012 8:45AM

    Good stuff!

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DEEGIRL50 11/10/2012 7:55AM

    I think the path changes from time to time. It depends where you are at the moment. Sometimes a tree pops up and we need to find a way around it.
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You haven't gone back to the beginning. You've come along way baby! Keep traveling.

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WINNINGBATTLE 11/10/2012 7:01AM


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P316LEIA 11/9/2012 3:39PM

    emoticon wander away! You are doing great!! emoticon

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MOMOFBOYS 11/9/2012 1:40PM

    You've come so far! Look at all the positive changes you've made! You are truly an inspiration! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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GETSALONG 11/9/2012 1:33PM

  Happy Wanderings! (luv the analogy :) emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 11/9/2012 10:38AM

    I think the wandering moments are actually good for you. It gives you a sense of how far you've come and what you really own by now. You obviously have made some serious progress. You just regrouped for a little while and now you've off on another leg of the journey! Congrats! and God bless!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/9/2012 10:13AM

    I am so glad you chose to come connect with your SparkFriends instead of isolating. I know it helped you, but it helped US, too!

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LILLYBY50 11/9/2012 9:51AM

    same reason that I say this is a JOURNEY and not a race. We all meander , take a side path, as long as we don't get off the road and PARK, we are doing the right thing!

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POSITIVELY_EB 11/9/2012 9:09AM

    emoticon Great job!!! HUGS!

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VEUVEGIRL 11/9/2012 8:38AM

    Love it!

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2BDYNAMIC 11/9/2012 8:37AM

    emoticon ...... I love all that you said ....... and your tips! very good and inspirational to all, I am sure ........... (we prolly have all taken some 'side trips' thru the woods) ........ But we get back and have the support of one another!! Keep goin! ........... emoticon

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