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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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  • v KIM53545
    Congrats to you. You sound like you are in a really good place now. I fell behind after the holidays and haven't been able to get myself going again. After reading your blog, it gave me the push I needed. Thanks
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  • v GRRRMAMA
    THANK YOU, HELPS US ALL THINK ABOUT DOING THIS THE "RIGHT WAY!"
    CONGRATS TO YOU!
    1260 days ago
  • v KARENLEIGH32
    Good for you, I hope you reach your goal! With your outlook I'm sure you will!
    1260 days ago
  • v SMACLAREN
    You have a wonderful outlook. Doing well. wishing you an early Happy Birthday!
    1260 days ago
  • v 2PINE4U
    "Sustainable way" is more than a slogan! You go girl!!! You're onto something big here. I recently regained 10 pounds due to "unsustainable" lifestyle behavior. I had been trying, without success to lose weight for years and years. Finally did something that made a difference only to pack it back on. Your story is an inspiration to me! Everything makes a difference. I'm going to loose it again....getting back on track to health! Your story makes a difference. emoticon
    1260 days ago
  • v CHRISTWOMAN51
    Congratulations! I am really striving to regain that mind set to loose the weight I gained back and the additional weight needed to come off.

    I am so excited for you and encourage you to continue the successful journey you are on.
    1260 days ago
  • v PATRICIAANN46
    What a wonderful blog. Thank you for the good advice. You are definitely an inspiration!!! emoticon
    1260 days ago
  • v PATTISTAMPS
    Excellent job, and excellent outlook!. You are going to keep it off this time because you know what you are doing! WOO HOOOO!!!
    1260 days ago
  • v YWATERS1
    I am so proud of you!! What a wonderful story! emoticon emoticon Now, if I can only get there.... emoticon
    1260 days ago
  • v AUSSIEJAN2
    Congratulations on a good job:) You have discovered what takes some people a life time.It's not a diet, it's a life style, and we all need to stay on it.I tend to lose and regain the same 10 lbs, and I know when I am doing it. I get off track. When I feel bad enough I get motivated to get back on. My plan is do-able, not too demanding, and it works for me.
    You have a plan that works for you, and even if you don't reach the goal on schedule, you surely will reach it as you stay on track.
    1260 days ago
  • v IN_MY_HEART
    emoticon You really can!!!
    1260 days ago
  • v KMF2012
    What a tremendous attitude and outlook you have for your future! Many of us can relate to experiencing some failures after making progress, and the feeling of "starting all over again", but the lessons already learned kick right back in, and it's easier the second time around (or third, or fourth)! It's all about picking ourselves back up again, and moving forward. Keep up the great work, this blog was very inspiring, very encouraging. emoticon
    1260 days ago
  • v VHLONDHE
    Congratulations! I know I have been on that roller coaster ride! It is a wonderful feeling and no easy accomplishment to reach a goal weight as well as a healthy lifestyle goal! So enjoy your success!
    1260 days ago
  • v MOMFAN
    Thanks for sharing. I am in the process of losing the 100 pounds I lost in 2009 again. You have encouraged me and I know that the goal is to be healthy. We did many things the same. emoticon
    1260 days ago
  • v PIPSANDMSMAMA79
    Your story is so inspirational because it reminds me a lot of myself and how I feel about it. Also it reminds me of a sort of motto I've taken up : Never do a diet or excersize plan that you don't intend to do for the rest of your life. Just being healthy and doing what you can will eventually take you where you need to be if you're dedicated. I really loved reading this blog and it made me feel more motivated. Good luck on the rest of your journey, and congrats on all of your hard work!
    1260 days ago
  • v SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon emoticon "I realized that being healthy was much more important than what size pants I wore." emoticon YOU have learned the all important fact that it's a life time of healthy eating and moderate exercise that makes for a happy life. And that's the best present you could possibly give yourself for your 30th birthday emoticon Smart girl emoticon

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  • v MARIFLOWER
    Hey, You are absolutely right and you are way ahead to have realized this at your age so way to go! Good luck and thanks for sharing!
    mari
    1260 days ago
  • v PEARLBLACK
    Thanks for the heartfelt words of encouragement. We all can recall loosing weight, than gaining it back. i went from a size 18women to 10. Took about 8 months. I used the Weight Watchers plan, I cut my portions and walked daily. I maintained my weight for about 2 years. It started one summer and I just kept gaining. I am presently in between a size 14-16. I want wear those clothes in my closet and not purchase larger sizes. You have given me renewed conviction to take one day at a time. A friend said just yesterday, "we do not gain weight over night, so it will take time to loose the weight". She also said setting realistic goals. I started last Thursday with a new attitude. This weekend I am going to my best not to over do the snacks. I have a taste for snacks on the weekends. Thanks again for sharing. We are all in the weight lost journey together. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 1/17/2013 1:33:41 PM
  • v NITA-BERRY
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    Great Attitude. Awesome Truth. Beautiful Heart.
    1260 days ago
  • v MIAJOEB
    Oh yes, be kind to yourself .... good message,,, thank you...
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  • v TECHMOM17
    Great blog and great lessons for us all!
    1261 days ago
  • v ALADY2BE
    Great blog...thanks for sharing!
    1261 days ago
  • v KICKINNIKKI
    Oh my gosh. I cannot express to you how much this blog post has just changed my perspective. I was quickly on my way to a unhealthy way of loosing weight, by starving myself and working out crazy hours. I need to get back on the horse of healthy and slow weight lose! Thank you so much for sharing you are such an inspiration!

    I know you can kick the last 10 pounds! Keep it up, you are doing amazing!
    1261 days ago
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  • v CJSKITCHEN
    Thank you so much for sharing your story! You have such a great attitude and outlook - it's really inspiring. emoticon
    1261 days ago
  • v GRACEISBEST
    Rock on girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1261 days ago
  • v MISOTU
    Really enjoyed reading your very sensible blog. I did it this way too - moderation, slow and steady and absolutely *no* torture :lol:

    Reading this, I know you will make your goal weight and, more importantly, you'll be set for the long term. Well done you emoticon
    1261 days ago
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  • v JODIANN421
    I love your attitude! THAT is what is going to make you succeed! emoticon
    1261 days ago
  • v ZIEKEPPLER
    emoticon Good job! You're a very bright young lady to have learned such an important lesson and taken it to heart. Thanks for the timely reminder of what really matters!
    1261 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    How wonderful that at such a young age, you had such an awakening.

    You are such an inspiration.

    Keep up the great work.

    Sunny
    1261 days ago
  • v CIERAPOET
    Starting Over Again And Getting You Mind In A Great Mindset Is So Wonderful! emoticon
    emoticon On Your Progress And I Pray God Give You The Strength To Lose That 10lbs If It's Not Already Gone. Many Blessings To You And Stay Strong!!! Thanks for Sharing!
    Deb
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    1261 days ago
  • v FIT_T79
    Thank you for sharing your story. An inspiration to all!
    1261 days ago
  • v KATCROX
    Way to go...positive attitude is everything!!! emoticon
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  • v LAURAGRIEBNER
    Thanks for sharing. Your words were a reminder to me of where I am today. God Bless!
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    Comment edited on: 1/17/2013 12:38:35 PM
  • v FREESIA15
    Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon
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  • v SUEBLACKBURN
    Awesome - keep up the good work!
    1261 days ago
  • v LA-LADY
    How GREAT for you to get a handle on a healthy life as such an early age. WELL DONE and have a happy, healthy birthday!!
    1261 days ago
  • v MOMS100
    Way to go! You've got the right attitude, and nothing can stop you now!
    1261 days ago
  • v MSDELISLE
    Great story! Thanks for sharing!
    1261 days ago
  • v DARE2LIVE2011
    LOVED your blog! So proud of you, not only for your progress, but the positive way you are assessing your situation. I can tell that your MINDSET is healthy too, not just your body! How can I tell? Because you're not kicking yourself for the relapse. You're changing, and you're becoming the BEST you! WOW, go girl! emoticon
    1261 days ago
  • v PLNOONAN
    What a great story and life lesson. I too lost weight (30lbs) after being sick. I was over joyed to be at my goal weight. I lost it by nibbling on a graham cracker a day, all I could keep down and some ice chips. I layed on the couch for about 3 months. I knew that when I got well again the weight would creep back on, but I vowed that wouldn't complain about a few extra pounds for the sake of good health. I have to remind myself all the time that I don't want to go back to that time when I felt horrible every day. feeling well , being able to get out for walks and other exercise and eating everything in moderation is much better. I still want to lose 20 lbs, but not at the expense of my health. You make such good sense.
    1261 days ago
  • v THESLIMMERME1
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    Small steps each day will help you reach your goal
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  • v CC3833
    Congrats! You really make the point to go slowly. And right now in my journey that is very important to hear. You're doing great keep pushing!
    1261 days ago
  • v MELP06
    Love this! Thanks so much for sharing!
    1261 days ago
  • v FAM4HEALTH
    Great story and great attitude. Keep up the great work..
    1261 days ago
  • v PUDNUKIN1
    Keep up the good work, girlie!! Losing weight is hard work, but it's really 90% mental. If you don't have the mindset to do it, you won't lose it. Sounds to me that you have the 90% covered, and are doing very well on the rest!! Great job!! emoticon
    1261 days ago
  • v DIANA3BANANA
    Thanks for sharing, what a great attitude you have!

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  • v ILIKETOZUMBA
    Thank you for posting this. I needed to read exactly this kind of message - health before weight, before pants size, before skinniness. I lost 125 pounds, which was great, but in the end I was exercising too hard and not eating nearly enough. I stopped having periods for a year. The only reason I had one recently was because I took significant hormonal medication to force one to happen. I dropped to 11% body fat without realizing it because I was fixated on the scale (118 pounds isn't underweight for a 5'4" woman, right???WRONG, for me!) and my pants size. I developed disordered eating and exercise patterns that I'm still struggling with as I attempt to regain my optimal healthy weight while undergoing fertility in order to start a family.

    Your words and perspective are inspiring and so very important and meaningful to me, and I swear I am literally about in tears right now. Thank you SO MUCH for standing as such a wonderful example of health and peace. I hope to achieve the same for myself!
    1261 days ago
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