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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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FAVORITEAUNT84 1/18/2013 12:08PM

    Thank you for being so honest!

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LINDABATOR 1/18/2013 12:00PM

  You are right - ANY move forward is the right move - so stop looking behind, and just keep your eyes looking forward - and congratulations!!!!

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TRAILRUNR 1/18/2013 11:49AM

  Thank you for sharing your story. I love hearing about the lessons you learned along the journey to a healthier you. It is a good reminder to all that reaching a goal doesn't mean arriving, and that we will need to keep pressing forward to maintain the healthy lifestyle that we have worked so hard to achieve. You are a wonderful example and I wish you all the best in 2013 and always!

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YICAN2 1/18/2013 11:42AM

  There is no doubt in my mind that you will reach your goal-- the exact date won't matter. Thanks so much for sharing. You reminded me of the right way to fight this battle. You see, I stood in the kitchen this morning (eating a couple of cookies) thinking "I have to go on a diet starting today. No more cookies. (etc.)."
After I read your article on my E-mail, I opened up my new SparkPeople account and set my initial goals. Maybe I will really succeed this time. Thank you. emoticon

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CMINDYC 1/18/2013 11:24AM

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SHORTBREAD34 1/18/2013 11:23AM

    Amazing!!! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 1/18/2013 11:18AM

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SFSU-GRAD 1/18/2013 11:02AM

    It's all in the perspective, isn't it? Nice job at getting it in-line with reality and choosing a happy, healthy, sustainable path.

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BEINTHELIGHT 1/18/2013 11:01AM

  To cheer you on .... oh yes! I must thank you for helping me today. I have been over-weight my whole life and now that I am in my senior years I finally realize what being healthy is all about. I want to be alive a few more years and your blog has helped me to see the right way of taking care of oneself. Thank you ever so much. It is always "one step at a time."

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NEWTINK 1/18/2013 10:59AM

    Congratulations on your success and many happy wishes for the future emoticon emoticon

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PDANNYK 1/18/2013 10:48AM

    Jenayj you need to learn from this. One thing, diets do not work. It takes a lifestyle change to lose AND keep yourself healthy. Diets do not work because as soon as you stop dieting you go back to eating and/or exercising like old times and soon, you are again unhealthy. Got to quit the lifestyle that got you unhealthy in the first place. Make yourself realize this and good luck! Make this change and you will be happier and healthier.

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MDS22000 1/18/2013 10:38AM

    Great to hear this type of post. We should seek to enjoy life, not to be a slave to diet and fashion.

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3LITTLEEGGS 1/18/2013 10:19AM

  You go girl, you have learned a important lesson going slowly to improve yourself.

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AHFITNESS 1/18/2013 9:59AM

  You have accomplished some amazing things!! Congratulations on your weight loss AND your new found goal to be HEALTHY!
I am very happy for you!!

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EBURGITE 1/18/2013 9:36AM

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H43N15 1/18/2013 9:24AM

    been there; 180 to 135 to 150. back at around 130 and staying here. returning to 130 made me really appreciate and realize it is easier to stay at the top of the mountain than try to reclimb it

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KKMCLAUGHLIN2 1/18/2013 9:22AM

  Thanks for sharing. I am at the very beginning of my journey and have a long way to go. Reading your story was very inspirational. Thanks for that.

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HAPPYONENOW 1/18/2013 9:11AM

  Good job!!! Keep up the good work, your doing great!

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LLF1020 1/18/2013 9:06AM

    I needed this! I lost 40 lbs. & regained 20 due to having home renovations & just being tired from doing as you said 2 hours of cardio, weights etc & counting every calorie. Now I am back on track remembering healthy & happy and your email was perfect timing! Thank you & excellent job you are fabulous.

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CR8822 1/18/2013 8:53AM

    Awesome job , keep it up . emoticon emoticon

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CAROLQUILTS70 1/18/2013 8:52AM

  This makes me believe that in spite of the "oopses" it is still possible to get right back to thr proper attitude and stick with it. Way to go!

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FOODNWINEXPERT 1/18/2013 8:42AM

    You go gurl!!!! You've inspired me to keep pushing towards my goal, believing in myself, and "let myself go" of all the negativity that tries to keep me from moving forward! emoticon

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CJYOUCANDOIT 1/18/2013 8:38AM

    Feeling Good is most important. You have done very well and you can go the rest of the way!
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HOHGREFE 1/18/2013 8:09AM

    You inspired me to keep pushing, thank you!

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GINGER5-9 1/18/2013 8:08AM

    You are amazing!

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MAMAHOYT 1/18/2013 7:57AM

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AERIAL47_10 1/18/2013 7:54AM

  You can do it. I am in the same boat. Lost 42 lbs and gained 26 of it back. I have made up my mind I am going to lose it just as you have. Hang in there we can make it.

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SANDYCRANE 1/18/2013 7:09AM

    That had to be really hard to go thru that a second time but the lessons you learned will help the rest of us. I like your last sentence about wanting to get to goal by your 30th birthday, and that it won't bother you if it takes longer. Thanks for your insight.

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HARSHES 1/18/2013 7:05AM

    Great job and thanks for sharing.

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BAMOM19 1/18/2013 6:57AM

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing this with us. I, like you lost 145 lbs in 2006-2007, but over the past two years regained about 40 of that, but thanks to returning daily to SP, I've lost almost 20 of that weight. It's always good to know there are others who have had the same struggles! Keep up the good work!

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CPATRICK9 1/18/2013 6:46AM

    You definitely have the right idea! emoticon

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CHRISFROMCT 1/18/2013 6:12AM

    Here's to your health!

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TERRYDALE1 1/18/2013 5:31AM

  You are an inspiration emoticon

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LILORITA 1/18/2013 5:11AM

    emoticon for sharing. I like your spirit.


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FAITHERSANNE 1/18/2013 5:08AM

  I can relate to your story. Seeking health and balance with you!!

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MAREE1953 1/18/2013 4:50AM

    Those "ah ha" moments in life, aren't they wonderful! Congratulations on finding what works for you to find health and happiness and your resolve to stay there! The At Goal & Maintaining SP team has been a wonderful resource for me in maintaining my weight loss. I highly recommend it if you aren't already a member. Thanks for a great blog!

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LADYJAY714 1/18/2013 2:32AM

    Thanks for sharing! You can do it! You have such a wonderful outlook; good luck to your last 10lbs and Happy early Bithday! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 1/18/2013 2:26AM

    What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing!

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LADYABIGAIL627 1/18/2013 12:40AM

    Your path and outlook is inspiring! I too, have come back to SparkPeople after some time away. They're always here, like a good friend, full of encouragement. Happy (early) Birthday! I wish you the healthiest year of your life emoticon

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FLEMIDG 1/17/2013 11:54PM

    emoticon we're celebrating with you. Congratulations on your weight loss and on getting healthy. Sorry you had to re-gain those pounds to learn a lesson, but I'm so glad things are going so much better for you. You are an inspiration. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGISLANDWOW 1/17/2013 11:48PM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing the encouragement...but mostly, cannot wait to hear the celebration post when you reach goal. I am certain it will come soon! emoticon

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OSEGUEDA 1/17/2013 11:46PM

    Well done you are an inspiration that's what I did to myself and now I'm trying to do
the same keep up the good work!God bess..

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/17/2013 11:41PM

    Way to be kind to yourself!

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MPALMER15 1/17/2013 11:15PM

    Thank you for writing just what I needed to hear this week. I, too, have come back to Spark to re-lose what I worked so hard to lose a few years ago. This blog reminds me how important it is to not beat yourself up, and to keep a positive outlook. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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CYPATAYLOR2 1/17/2013 11:03PM

  Thank you for your inspiring story. Four years ago I too lost weight (even won a contest) but then gained it all back again. I am working on getting it back off. It is going to go more slowly and I am going to be more wiser doing it. Thank you for giving me the confidence to continue. Good luck in reaching your goal!!

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LADYBUGOF14 1/17/2013 11:02PM

  You are a true inspiration. Keep your wonderful attitude in all you do and you will succeed in whatever goals you set for yourself! emoticon

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ICANDOIT1220 1/17/2013 10:20PM

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Your insightful advice and positive attitude really give me confidence to keep pushing forward. Just when I think "I've arrived," I realize that I never will ----- and I can either have a positive attitude or a negative one through the process. emoticon

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