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Going Down This Road Again


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sometimes I guess you have to move backward a bit in order to truly move forward for good. In 2007-2008 I finally decided to do something about my weight. I had been overweight for most of life and at 24 I was being told my blood pressure was creeping up, I had high cholesterol, and I would almost certainly be diabetic before long. I joined a gym and started monitoring my food intake. I joined Sparkpeople and started learning about nutrition and fitness. By 2008 I had lost 80 pounds and I was pretty healthy and active. I got engaged and in preparing for me wedding I stepped up my exercise and started becoming preoccupied with exactly how many calories I ate. I lost another 25+ pounds, but I was pretty miserable. I worked out constantly, ate too little, and was generally unhappy. Soon after I got sick and ended up putting about 40 pounds back on. That was my wake up call. I realized that being healthy was much more important than what size pants I wore.

So, I started using my old Sparkpeople account as a reminder of how far I came the first time-around and how to re-lose in a healthy, sustainable way. No more 2 hour cardio session, but yes to running and weights. No more barring myself from any treats, only to binge and eat as many as I could before getting sick. Moderation is key.

Initially it was really hard to see myself regain weight. I would get depressed and think about how I had "let myself go". However, now that I'm healthy again I have a new perspective. Going through such a dark period, and yes re-gaining some weight, was necessary to fully appreciate my health and a reminder to always focus on wellness first. I'm almost in better shape now than I've ever been, and that is entirely due to my outlook.

I only have about 10 pounds left until I hit my "goal weight", and I'd love to get there by my 30th birthday in February. If I do, wonderful, but if not I'm still a better place than I was a year ago, and probably than I've ever been. And that is something I can celebrate.
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BOGARD11 2/8/2014 8:54PM

  Thank you for sharing your story! So happy for you that you are moving forward!

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SUPERSYLPH 6/24/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon You'll get there in no time!

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ELIZABETH5268 5/3/2013 12:18PM

    Great blog! I hope you met your goal and had a great 30th!

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MISSCALFO 4/18/2013 12:05PM

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ELAINE725 4/16/2013 12:18PM

    Way to go! Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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LOGOULD 4/8/2013 11:35AM

    Your story sounds so much like mine. I am barely under the goal that Sparkpeople set for me, but 10-15 pounds over my lowest weight. I am trying to loose about half of the 10-15, but am starting to reconsider if it is worth all the hours of fitness etc. I know that I am not getting enough fitness nowk but am still looking for that sustainable balancing point.

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LALALOVELY76 3/27/2013 1:12PM

    You can do it!!! I've gone back and forth and I too realize it's more about health than anything...lost inches and pounds are a bonus!!!

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MONTHONY 3/8/2013 12:43AM

    You are inspiring! emoticon

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BERTEEW 2/27/2013 9:20PM

  Go Jenay! I could have written this myself, it really hit home, but like you said it takes commitment. And I have found that you cannot ease up on the weighing and measurements. This is my third time trying and I am more determined than ever to stick it out. Thanks for your sharing and encouragement to keep trying till you reach your goal. Good luck and GOD Bless You in reaching your goal.

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CHERYLSBUTT 2/19/2013 4:32PM

    Congratulations on moving forward!

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CHIPPEE 2/9/2013 10:54AM

    I, too, am beginning to get back on track again. You have no idea how helpful you have been to me.
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BIGAPPLE16 2/6/2013 10:48AM

    Thanks for sharing! I too am starting again but this time will include exercise along with good food choices. I had lost 30, gained back 10 (emotional eating) and am ready to loss another 30. Slowly and healthily :)

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GRACE923 2/2/2013 12:39PM

  Congratulations on a great job and encouraging those of us who have "fallen behind" and need to start again. Thanks!!

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CHLOE044 1/29/2013 8:29PM

    You are doing an awesome job with your weight! Enjoyed reading your blog! emoticon

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ZZWILK 1/27/2013 6:55PM

  Thanks for your message! It really helped me to remember that I, too, can start over!

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ROSIE777 1/26/2013 11:12PM

    emoticon job you are doing GREAT!

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ELIBEC 1/24/2013 11:45PM

  I think the idea of moderate, step by step, a little bit at a time change is really hard. It sounds like you have really got the idea. It is not about being desperate about reaching goals, just keeping on in the right direction over time. well done and thanks for your story.

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MRSTOY1212 1/24/2013 2:35PM

    You go girl! I can definitely relate!

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GRACED777 1/24/2013 11:52AM

    I also seem to still be going up and down--though the up isn't as bad as last time, which wasn't as bad as the time before... I guess getting healthy for some of us can take a lot of time...it's a lifetime learning...

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1954MARG 1/24/2013 8:27AM

  Well done, and thanks. It is helpful to know that someone else has faced the same difficulties and overcome them.

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RKOTTEK 1/24/2013 12:26AM

  you have the right approach :)

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SLICKEM05 1/23/2013 3:55PM

    Awesome Janay! Your blog blessed me today. It certainly is a hard road, but your consistent, can-do attitude shall determine your INEVITABLE VICTORY. GOOD FOR YOU! BRAVO!


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YICHE12 1/22/2013 11:35PM

    Good show! We all have lessons to learn in this life. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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D7TOHIM 1/22/2013 9:08PM

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EIFIRSICH 1/22/2013 1:57PM

    Great inspiration. Keep up the good work.

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NEVERMORE74 1/21/2013 9:36AM

    Very encouraging and inspiring!! Thank you for sharing!
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TODD4150 1/20/2013 7:35PM

  Thank you for the inspiration! I need all I can get to take off the weight I need to. Congratulations!

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SLIMGRAM2 1/20/2013 3:58PM

    Wow you truly are an inspiration to us all. Congrats on your achievement s thus far. Great job!

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MANILUS 1/20/2013 2:11PM

    Yes you should celebrate, great job!

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CISCOKID60 1/20/2013 10:38AM

  Jenay you are such an inspirational youngling! You are preparing yourself for a long and fulfilling healthy life! My kudo's go out to you and I know your life will be one of vigor and longevity for yourself and others! emoticon

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YOGANAN 1/20/2013 12:13AM

    Thank you for sharing your story with us here. It's real, honest, uplifting and inspiring. You are figuring out some important lessons about being healthy first. Seems I'm just now learning a lot of that. Better late than never. Thanks again!

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HEALTHYB21 1/19/2013 10:59PM

  Congratulations!!!!

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MARGEMF 1/19/2013 7:42PM

    Congratulations on what you have accomplished & learned along the way!
Continued success in keeping up with keeping your weight down & being healthy! Thank-you for sharing!

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MISS3EVA21 1/19/2013 7:19PM

    Awesome job. Thanks for the motivation for the rest of us. This is such a wonderful group of people that have encouraged you.

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BERTA6978 1/19/2013 2:53PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I can relate. Thank you for reminding me the importance of health during weight loss.

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JANIGURL 1/19/2013 2:00PM

    Fantastic story , thank you !!

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KBITZNELSON 1/19/2013 12:42PM

  This was great to read, especially since I'm on my second run as well. Thank you for sharing your story and perspective.

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WHATIF4 1/19/2013 11:20AM

  Good girl!!!!!

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DEBELING 1/19/2013 11:11AM

  Way to go I'm glad I read your post. I also have just come back to Spark People. I had lost 26lb three years ago and I got away from my Spark People program. Now I'm back and hope to stick with it this time. But way to go

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CELTICAT222 1/19/2013 10:54AM

  Jenay~

I, too, can relate. :) I was told over & over again how good I looked at my "ideal" weight. I became consumed with the minutia & wasn't really living. I am heavier now & enjoy life more but still remain steadfast to my goal of maintaining health 1st. You are amazing!

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DAWNIEJ76 1/19/2013 10:31AM

    I can relate to the "starting over." Keep up the great work!

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