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Is this the honeymoon period?


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I joined Spark People November 13th and started using the food and activity tracker on the 14th. I wake up and log in, I am meticulous about tracking everything. I have been going to the gym, eating right and collecting sparkpoints with all the gusto of a newlywed trying to be a perfect spouse. I have lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks. I got a fitbit. I found workout buddies. I plan every meal and snack. I measure and weigh all my foods. These are all great things to be proud of. I have been working hard to adopt healthy habits and I can see a difference. Yet, there is this fear in the back of my mind. When will the honeymoon end? Will I lose my gusto? Will I get down the first week I don't see a smaller number on the scale? Will Christmas derail me and if so, will I get back on track the next day, week, month, or year? I have lost large amounts of weight before but something always happened. I lost my motivation, I got frustrated, I got lazy, I kept telling myself, "I'll get back on track tomorrow, next week, when this or that day is over." I am hoping that being active here and with more support in my personal life that this time I will stay on track or if I slip up, I'll get back on track the very next day. I still have hope...As long as I have hope, I have dreams. As long as I have dreams, I have a goal to work towards. As long as I have goals, I have something to keep me busy! What can I do that would give me a kick in the butt to get back on track if I fall off the health wagon? It came to me....blog! I'll put my fears, successes, and failures out here for others to read. So, when I need a cheerleader, celebration buddy, encourager, or drill sergeant, please be there for me! I'll do my best to be there for you too! Thanks Spark People! I'll just keep on enjoying my honeymoon!
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WATERDIAMONDS 11/29/2012 7:57PM

    You wrote, "I have lost large amounts of weight before but something always happened."

"Something" doesn't happen. What DOES happen is that we give ourselves permission to set aside our focus because life gets hectic or frantic or stressful or depressing, or (fill in the blank).

But the truth is, life interferes with all of us, every day. There is always a conflict, a struggle, another tug on our time, a moment of despair, whatever.

So rather than fear the end of the honeymoon period, you might consider getting proactive. Plan for how you're going to stay with what you know to be right even when life offers you the perfect out.

Here are the SP sayings I use when I catch myself looking for ways to give up. I've posted them on my mirror, my fridge, my pantry door, in my car, beside my bed. Sometimes I just read them aloud over and over and sometimes I read them silently. Either way, they work to keep me focused on what matters most--my health.

"If you want something, youíll find a way; if you donít youíll make an excuse."

"You get credit for what you finish, not what you start."

"A year from today, you will wish you had started today."

"You donít get what you want. You get what you work for."

"You never 'find' time for anything. You make time for what you value."

I hope at least one of these helps you as much as they have helped me.

Best of success to you on this journey.
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RG_DFW 11/29/2012 10:00AM

    It doesn't have to end, that's the beauty of it. It's up to you

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BROOKLEE99 11/29/2012 1:55AM

    Great blog post because this is exactly what worries me too. I am in my new honeymoon period too. I have a workout buddy which I did not have before and we are thinking of pooling our money together for a personal trainer. I am hoping that having a workout buddy will be the support system I be to keep me on track. I think it is great that you have the insight to realize that you are inthe honeymoon phase. That kind of self knowledge can only be good!

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MIRFA71 11/29/2012 1:33AM

    Enjoy!! Be happy and healthy!! emoticon

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IMREITE 11/29/2012 12:48AM

    Enjoy the honeymoon, but be prepared with plan B's when you do get fuststrated or lose motivation. There are lot of food and exercise ideas to keep you encouraged.

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KATEM325 11/28/2012 11:00PM

    This is too a fear of mine! I'm so excited about all of it now, and I'm waiting for the moment that I'm bored or worn out from it all. Blogging helps! Like the others said "one day at a time", I think we have to stop looking forward to a possible future without the "honeymoon" feeling and focus on what we are doing daily to keep it alive. Great job so far and keep it up!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/28/2012 9:43PM

    All those things may happen but they don't have to . Keep an eye on what you want from your plan and how to achieve it. Just take it one day at a time.

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CASTIRONLADY 11/28/2012 9:22PM

    Thanks for sticking around. We are there for you and you are here for us. We're all in it together trying to get healthier as we travel this road. Keep up the good work a day at a time. emoticon

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