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Just updating my Spark Page intro. Keeping the old as a record.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

OLD****
And it goes on and on...

Hello old and new Sparkers alike. And welcome to my page.

I've been a Spark user and spreader for a year and a half now. I'm not at my lowest weight (but who is between Thanksgiving and New Years???) but I'm darn happy about how far I have come.

Highest weight ever was about 206 pounds in 2004. Lowest weight ever 165 in Oct 2011. Right now I'm hanging out around 170ish, which is what I consider my "RED ALERT" weight. Get your act in gear girl, this is not the direction you should be going.

So I've tried a lot of different thing to lose the weight and keep it off. And honestly, it all comes down to what you eat. You got to find what works for you. It will take time, but it is worth it. The right nutrition goes so far. What works for me is 1500 calories a day and pushing myself to get over 100g of protein.

Even after 40 pounds lost I still struggle. I like to work out, but struggle to make the time. I have issues in the winter with seasonal depression and emotion eating. My biggest obstacle has been rewiring my brain to stop telling me I actually enjoy overeating. 'Cause I don't!!!! Seriously!!!

But this a journey of a lifetime. That takes a lifetime. Just take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can each day. Don't give up!!!

I have faith that all of you Sparkers can do it too. Keep trying to find what is right for you. Love yourself. So much of this is an emotional journey so be true to it.

Hugs!!!
Mandy Seestars

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Yo Yo Me

Hello old and new Sparkers alike. And welcome to my page.

I've been a Spark user for about 2.5 year now. But I took a break starting at the beginning of 2012. By August 2012 I was in trouble. The pounds crept back and I was in denial about it. Such a bad combination. Because than the pounds piled on between August and October.

So now I find myself back at my original starting weight.... again.

My highest weight ever was about 206 pounds in 2004 as I finished up my undergrad degree. I remember telling my mom how unhappy I was with the way my body felt and it was time to change. I did really well for about a year. I took up running and Bando in grad school. Entering the desk jockey work force really changed the whole game. I yo-yoed between 178 and 195 two or three times. And hung out around 185 the most. I started at Spark weighing 196 pounds in early 2010. I remember telling people "this job is killing me". My lowest weight ever was 165 in Oct 2011. At which point I burned out.

Moving into the future I really need to decide what I can manage on a lifelong scale. I have two major problems with long term change. One, I lose interest if I don't keep things fresh and keep learning. Two, I burn out because I have the habit of setting overly aggressive goals. I'll reach the goal, and then have nothing left to take care of myself afterwards. This goes for exercise, food choices, and personal projects (like quilting).

For my future I need to focus on a balance, not a scale.

I need to find the right mix to make my life both happy and healthy.

This is a journey of a lifetime. That takes a lifetime. Just take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can each day. Don't give up!!!

I have faith that all of you Sparkers can do it too. Keep trying to find what is right for you. Love yourself. So much of this is an emotional journey so be true to it.

Hugs!!!
Mandy Seestars
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LADYJ6942 11/21/2012 10:24AM

    Way to go, keep at it.

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