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I Refuse to Give up Now


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I am not going to let this weight loss stagnancy thing get me down. I have come too far. Thank you all so much for your encouraging words, helpful tips/advice, and just being there for me. I have to say, if it were not for spark friends, I think I would have jumped off the healthy boat a long time ago.

I have some plans in mind that I would like to share here. I have found that making healthy changes requires careful planning and attentiveness. Some of these are things that I have already been doing already, but I can still find ways to improve.

emoticon I'm going to continue to make sleeping better my goal. Even if I have to take herbal sleep aids, I am going to make sure I get rest.
emoticon Swimming will forever be a part of my weekly exercise routine. It's the only exercise that has ever kept my interest sparked for fitness.
emoticon I am going to get my water consumption pumped WAY up. I already know this has been a deficiency on my part.
emoticon I'm going to make sure I am eating enough to burn the calories. Through this process, I have learned from many of you that I may not be consuming enough to make my body work the way it is supposed to. I will track, track, track. I will learn to listen to my body's hunger signals.
emoticon As much as I hate the thought, I am going to phase out sodas from my life. This has been my biggest most horrible battle. I honestly think it was easier for me to give up smoking! Maybe because cokes are everywhere and cheap??! I don't think I will go the rest of my life without a coke. But, I'm going to treat it like cheesecake. It should be one of those things you have once in a while, not every other day.
emoticon I'm not going to let the fear of the scale overtake me anymore. I have no intention of weighing everyday, but I'm not going to let an inanimate object rule over me. Most importantly, I'm going to enjoy the NSV's along the way. Fitting into clothes more comfortably, FEELING better, etc.
emoticon I'm going to love who I am and be thankful for the blessings I do have instead of wanting what I think would be so much better. It's always good to strive for better, but it's also important to remember the good things we do have. I have an awesome life! So what if it takes me a long time to shed these pounds. I can enjoy the journey along the way and be thankful that I have the motivation, knowledge, moral support, time, and physical capability to make these changes before it's too late!
emoticon I'm going to do another weight loss challenge. I enjoy the positive community that these challenges bring; I feel that learning from others, encouraging those around you, and receiving the encouragement in return is priceless. Let's face it...no one wants to do this alone!
emoticon I'm going to stay on track during the holidays, even if it is difficult. If that means playing with my nieces and nephews for staying active, all the better to gain the experience of being carefree and endlessly energetic from children! I will eat the "yummy goodies" in moderation. I will take every opportunity to drink water. And, I'm quite certain the weather will permit for me to take a nice long walk with my sweetie in the beautiful country scenery where my in laws live. emoticon

Thanks for the reminders, encouragement, advice, etc. I'm sure that my blog from last week won't be my last spark tantrum, but at least I can rest in the fact that I have such an awesome support system here. In the mean time, let us spark on!
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RIDMYCOCOON 12/19/2012 12:16AM

    Your plans are solid, attainable and very positive! Three Cheers for You!!!!! Hip-Hip! Hooray!

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DATMAMA4 12/18/2012 11:10PM

    I think you're still doing great! Your goals sound well thought-out, and I think the sleep will help the most of all. When I get the right amount of sleep, it seems easier to eat right, to exercise, to be happy, to be motivated, etc.

As far as the pop goes (we don't say soda where I live, lol), a friend's hubby lost over 25 pounds a few years ago simply from giving up his pop habit. And it was DIET pop he was drinking, too, so he couldn't blame the sugar. I think you'll find it helps in other ways, too -- carbonated drinks have been linked to leeching calcium from your bones, so your bones should be stronger if you quit or cut down.

We'll be sure to keep cheering you on, just like you keep cheering for us!!

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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 12/18/2012 10:17PM

    Love, love, love your plan!!! Looks like you have all the bases covered--from the food, to the movement to the motivation. You're right--if it weren't for Spark and the wonderful support from fellow Sparkers, this would feel impossible. Knowing that you are not alone makes a big difference!

Happy Sparking!!!

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_LINDA 12/18/2012 8:35PM

    Great plans! Those challenges are very motivating to make you pay attention to your goals..
Good luck with it all!
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POOKASLUAGH 12/18/2012 6:51PM

    I'm glad to have been any help! I will email you back soon. Today's been kinda crazy so it might not be until tomorrow, but I promise I'll get back at some point. :)

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CHANGINGSAM 12/18/2012 3:35PM

    You can do this. Try your best to reach your goals every day. As for sodas, I used to drink 4-5 of them a day. I've gone a month and a half without them. I took them completely out of my life (for now) until I could learn to have one and be done. They are addicting.

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DAWNESS0404 12/18/2012 1:24PM

    This is a hard time of year for a lot of people, especially me! I kept thinking oh it will only be bad for the 2 Thanksgiving dinners I have to go and then the 2 Christmas dinners. WRONG! If I only had to worry about that this would have been so easy and it hasnt been at all. I am with you on the water. I know I need to drink a lot more water but I rarely do it. I also have had sleep problems. I never had insomnia until I started working from home. Do the herbal sleep aids work for you? I might give those a shot. I refuse to ask for a prescription!! It sounds like you have some good ideas on here! You can do it!!

Dawn

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