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Winter Challenge Begins on 12/12/12


Sunday, December 09, 2012

If you read my Spark page information you know I have been working on losing weight since May 9, 2009. I've had a great education about changing habits in the process to improve my health. I joined Spark People August 25, 2009.

My Spark Friends have kept me on my journey to better health. This journey will last a lifetime. I have not made it to Easy Street or the magic number we call goal weight. However, I know I will never give up, never surrender or to use another word: Quit

I got frustrated during a long plateau. My plateau ended in a surge back up the scale for a few months. A struggle with emotional eating took hold and I was scared and depressed.

I decided I had to lose those pounds. I started to consider this journey is really about my self-esteem. I had to go to counseling for a while. I finally got back to feeling good about me. My counselor released me. When that happened I was scared and also relieved. This is a lifelong journey of self discovery.

Recently I seem to have broken some mental barrier and I have been losing weight. Back in 2009 I was not thinking about the maintaining part of this picture. I realize now my body has to gradually adjust to my current weight at any given time. It has been over 20 years since I weighed less than 215 pounds. I have a new attitude. I Feel Good...Isn't that the name of a James Brown song?

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JUDITHANNIE 12/17/2012 9:14AM

    Good luck on your journey, I to am at a stand still and I know it's me my Spark friends have helped a lot but I have to do the work and I'm not there.

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NICOLERZ 12/14/2012 5:28PM

    emoticon I'm right there with you. Let's do this together.

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GEORGIA_KAY 12/12/2012 8:34PM

    Love this blog, love the honesty and your generosity in sharing the pain that you went through. I'm so glad you were able to break throughall the barriers and continue on your wonderful journy to better health!! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/10/2012 12:16AM

    I'm so glad you found your way back. Light the way, sister, many of us are following the path!

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_KATHY 12/9/2012 11:56PM

    Outstanding blog. You are an excellent example of never quitting. One of taking care of yourself and knowing what to do to help yourself continue with your goals. I know you have a lot to deal with but you do it with grace and confidence. You really are making great progress!
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Kathy

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HEYITSLISA 12/9/2012 11:55PM

    emoticon You go girl! That is emoticon

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MAVERICK59 12/9/2012 7:21PM

    Pat,
I am so happy for you that you found your way back.
Fear and depression have a way of undoing our lives.

Welcome back to good health.

Belinda

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FAITHMABE 12/9/2012 4:58PM

    Happiness is about so much more than a number on the scale. It's easy for me to set the tone of my day based on what the scale reads in the morning -- but it is the journey not the pitstops that are rewarding. Just keep at it one day at a time...

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