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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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GARDENSFORLIFE 1/17/2013 10:18PM

    Great Blog!
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CAROLTTG 1/17/2013 10:09PM

    Sounds like you are back on the right track!! Keep up the good work!!

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TERI1372 1/17/2013 9:57PM

    Thanks for sharing I needed to read that. I hope you reach your goal.

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ANGELN325 1/17/2013 9:36PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes I think about greatly restricting my calories, but you are right. It's better to be healthy then sickly and thin.

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You are doing GREAT!
It's brave to share, thank you! :)

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 1/17/2013 9:04PM

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4KWALK 1/17/2013 9:04PM

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MARYJEANSL 1/17/2013 8:29PM

  Well said - you have truly discovered what is most important. Best wishes to you for continuing the journey.

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IMKFOX 1/17/2013 8:26PM

    You're so right - healthy is so much more important then what size you wear or what the scale says. Enjoy your life and be healthy while doing it. That will keep you going!
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TWEETY491 1/17/2013 8:24PM

  You go Girl! I am rooting for you!

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TEXAN-IN-NYC 1/17/2013 8:17PM

  Thanks for the motivation! Congratulations on all of your progress. I know how proud you must be.

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CLAUD1313 1/17/2013 8:17PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Happy Birthday a little early.

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PRETTYGIRLWELCH 1/17/2013 8:14PM

    That story was exactly where I am! Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good health and hard work! emoticon

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    Stay strong emoticon

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FRABBIT 1/17/2013 7:07PM

  Wow! What a great blog and Happy Birthday a little early.

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CHERIONE 1/17/2013 6:57PM

    Inspiring! Yay you!

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    Week of 01/17/2013 - Featured Blog Post

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SHAZMOLA 1/17/2013 6:42PM

  keep up the good work, it is so nice to read stories like yours and really encouraging..

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POUNDSAWAY13 1/17/2013 6:27PM

    emoticon You are doing such a great job! i am proud of you. You're story is such an inspiration to me and very encouraging. emoticon You can lose those last 10 pounds. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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SEAWORLD4 1/17/2013 6:04PM

  I is nice to see that you have learned so much and such a young age. Remember all that you have learned and teach it to your children. Keep up the attitude!!


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SIMOFDIM 1/17/2013 5:51PM

    Good for you! You have gained wisdom and a healthy perspective!

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MISTYKJ 1/17/2013 5:40PM

  Been there! Yes to thin is not healthy. I understand where you are coming from. Keep up the moderation by exercising like you are doing and eating much better and no deprivation is the key.
Congrats!!!

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TAYGRL 1/17/2013 5:22PM

    Thank you for reminding us what getting healthy actually means.



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CAROLJ35 1/17/2013 5:17PM

    You've got it right, girl. Great blog and congrats on your common sense!!!

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GAYLESTORM 1/17/2013 5:13PM

  Great perspective! Go girl!!

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READY4CHANGE81 1/17/2013 5:10PM

    wow, your blog echoes one that I recently wrote! Way to go for being 10 LBS away from goal weight! Can't wait to read the blog you post when you reach it!

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SPARKLINGME176 1/17/2013 5:10PM

    Delightful!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/17/2013 4:58PM

    Celebrating with you!!!
Your story is one many of us,me included, can relate to. Thanks for being an encouragement today.


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DUSTEDTWIN 1/17/2013 4:32PM

    Thank you for putting this out for all of us! I'm definitely there too - you're not alone!!! Keep up the positivity!

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    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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SJKENT1 1/17/2013 4:25PM

    thank you

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LAINEY1351 1/17/2013 4:17PM

  It makes much more sense to be healthy and happy than worrying about your ant size. Best of luck on your healthy, happy goals.

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BPOPE20101 1/17/2013 4:06PM

  Good health is one of the most important things in life.Some times our plans don't always go our way.But settingnew goals everyday will alway make the differance.

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HELENWLMS 1/17/2013 4:05PM

    You are great! Keep up the good work.

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B-NANA 1/17/2013 3:56PM

    Having the right attitude and persistance will always create a winner.
Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

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CLAYLADY001 1/17/2013 3:37PM

  So you will be 30 in Feb.I will be 70in Feb.also.I have a long ways to go with my weight loss program but have lost almost 20lbs so far.I decided to go very slowly this time and not push calorie counting to far in fact I don't count calories at all but am aware of them and try to keep an "even keel"when I eat.Try fixing your favorite light soups for lunch.I just fixed the best soup and will enjoy it more in the next few days.I am a soup lover along with every other kind of food.Protein is important so I fix soups with lots of that in it.
Sounds like you have a good plan and I hope it works for you.Good Luck,CLinOregon
PS Don't forget to exercise,find something you like to do and do it everyday.

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ANDYLIN90 1/17/2013 3:09PM

    Great blog and the exactly right attitude to maintain your weight loss. Congratulations!

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HAPPLYEVERAFTER 1/17/2013 3:06PM

    Great story! Love your new attitude!



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AGIGS22 1/17/2013 2:59PM

    awesome blog, love your lessons learned and your attitude toward it all :) thanks for sharing!!

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