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“NO”vember…

Friday, November 30, 2012



In keeping with my status for November…” SPEEDY143 welcomed NOvember with No excuses, No regrets… a new month, new chapter, new page, new wishes, new ME!!!!”



I've been half way to goal for almost a year now, blew my mind when I went back and looked at my weight chart. In the interim I've gained and lost the same 5-6 pounds monthly... by mid summer I was up 10 pounds. I knew from experience where this was going. So I got back to basics and whittled it back down to those 5 to 6 pounds that just don’t seem to want to come off.



My nemesis has become my weight tracker. I was so pleased to reach 253.3 I recorded it. Honestly I think I weighed that for all of 10 minutes on December 10, 2011, because I haven’t been below 255 since then…. but there my ticker sits.... mocking me FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW *ouch* I some times feel like a liar and a sham, yet I let it roost mid-page for everyone to see……



Many times I sit and stare at “My-Ticker” and think about all the things I could put up there instead.

100 Days until…. Whatever?!?

X number of exercise minutes completed for the month of...

SparkPoints Level 18 60,000 - 79,999 points

Busting Bad Habits.

Inches Lost… blah, blah, blah

The reality is I want to lose more weight so the weight ticker stands, stuck in time, in hopes that it will once again move towards my goal because there’s no way in Hell I’m going to raise it to reflect what I really weigh.



Then it dawned on me one day when I was reading those inspiring Sparkpeople’s blogs who’ve reached their goals and are maintaining. “Hey, I’ve been maintaining my 70 pound weight loss for a year now and you know what??? That’s awesome!!!!”



A couple days after Thanksgiving I dreamed I had gained all my weight back… some of my Sparkfriends corrected me and said that’s no dream, that’s a nightmare!!! In the dream I remember looking down at my legs and seeing the extra weight. Actually I wasn’t surprised. But I did think OK I can take this off again, time to get started. When I awoke it was such a pleasure to find that I’m still the new me… what a wake-up call to realize I haven’t failed. I’m still on this wonderful Sparkpeople journey. And this year I’ve proven to myself I can maintain a 70 pound weight loss without dieting and very little exercise…. A pox on you chronic back, knee & hip pain!!!! I’ve maintained because my eating habits have changed drastically thanks to Sparkpeople and I rarely think about what I’m doing… I just do it. Good habits have taken over the old bad habits… I think differently about food and rewarding myself. It didn’t happen over night. It took a long time and now I am benefiting from all those articles and blogs and videos and trivia questions. From logging on every day and using the nutrition tracker. From the 12 glasses of water I drink daily to walking with purpose on those less painful days. I may not have been a looser this year but I’ve become a winner in soooooooo many ways.



2012 is rapidly coming to an end. My plan for the year was to be in a better place at the end of each month than I was at the beginning. Looking back that’s exactly what I’ve done. My weight loss has evolved into a lifestyle of healthy food choices and that’s exactly where my Spark journey was headed.



I want to make 2013 more about exercise. I must find alternate ways of achieving this goal since my arthritis is very restricting. I know that losing weight depends on being more active. Time to change gears and take that next exit so I can get My-Ticker moving in the right direction again…



If you are struggling Sparkfriends look at the big picture. If you haven’t quit then YOU are winning. If you are tracking your nutrition, drinking 8 glasses of water a day and learning to love yourself more than food then YOU are a winner. Keep adding keys to your success and one day you’ll wake up and know that you have NOT failed emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 12/5/2012 9:38AM

  words from a woman of wisdom . thank you .

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FRANCO1230 12/2/2012 11:17PM

    I LOVE your blogs!!! You are definitely a winner in my book, lady emoticon Cheers to "Bring It...2013!"

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SKEPCHICK 12/1/2012 10:39AM

  You can do this. Don't beat yourself up. It's only too late when you're dead.

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TRIKERBON 12/1/2012 10:25AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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ESILBO 12/1/2012 9:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon LINDA, BEAUTIFUL BLOG, EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO READ TODAY. I WENT TO LOOK AT MY STATS AND I AM 13 POUNDS LIGHTER THAN LAST DECEMBER. I JUST FINISHED THE FALL CHALLENGE NOT LOSING AN OZ, I WAS VERY DISCOURAGE. YOU HELPED ME PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE.
emoticon TO YOU ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENT AND emoticon FOR BEING THERE

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LISE emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 12/1/2012 7:36AM

    Linda, Thanks for the awesome and thought-provoking blog. I've lost and regained so many times that I truly feel like a failure, but you made me realize that if I'm still trying, then I'm a winner. Thank you!! Congratulations on maintaining your WL for a year. That in itself is a win. Keep up the good work and I'm sure the pounds will start coming off again very soon. Hugz, Sharon

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123ELAINE456 12/1/2012 6:45AM

  Aweasome Blog. Congratulation on your Successful Weight Maintenance of a Year. Yor are doing Great. You Are Very Inspiring to many People. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 5:46AM

    And you can do it!

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LEXIE63 12/1/2012 4:34AM

    Excellent blog! Very inspiring! :-) You've made me think much more positively about my own journey.
Thankyou.
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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2012 3:15AM

    Wonderful blog Linda

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Happy December! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 12/1/2012 12:36AM

    What an awesome blog. Congratulations on the original weight loss. You are right, you are a winner. You have no reason to get down on yourself. I know that ticker will start going down, down, down very soon. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 12/1/2012 12:09AM

    Linda, You did it again, writing such a great blog that I can certainly relate to. I haven't been losing the weight recently and will not meet my Goal of getting into the lbelow the 240s again. I'm going to rework my goals and focus better on what I need to do to realize my dream in 2013 of being into Onderland. I haven't been there in many years. Like you I know this lingering weight is hard on my joints and everything else. I've also formed new habits but still working on a few of them. I love how you look at everything so positive. We Can Do This!! We'll have more WL in 2013 that we dream of.

Love You,

Jill

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