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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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ASLINGSPRITE 1/17/2013 7:13AM

  Thank you for motivating me and congratulations on realizing what is truly important.


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PENOWOK 1/17/2013 7:06AM

    Congratulations on recognizing the true priorities!! Hang in there! BTW, it's a wonderful milestone, that 30th birthday!!That was a big one for me-lost 30 pounds, went back to school and got braces! You kinda see where you've been and get some ideas about where you are going. Keep up the great work!!

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LAURANCE 1/17/2013 7:02AM

  Glad to hear that you are valuing your health and are getting yourself back on track!

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AMARILYNH 1/17/2013 7:02AM

    There is nothing like a health scare to wake us up to the value and importance of good health!! Yay you for learning this lesson at such a young age!! You ROCK!! emoticon

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KATHIC2 1/17/2013 7:00AM

  You are so balalnced!!! Many kudos to you!!!

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TREE57 1/17/2013 6:58AM

    Very well said! This is a story we all can relate to. Thank you for sharing! Good luck and have fun on your journey!

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CLWALDRO 1/17/2013 6:56AM

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Learning that being healthy is more important than what size pants you wear is HUGE.
Keep working and your body will tell you when you are at the right place.

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GEOJEANIE 1/17/2013 6:54AM

    You go chick! Life is a journey along a windy road, sometimes it doubles back! Just keep you eyes on the road and keep driving! emoticon

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AIRHEAD48 1/17/2013 6:50AM

    Way to go! I have been looking at just pounds. Thanks for encouraging me to look at my health improvements.

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SHERI46 1/17/2013 6:48AM

  Congrats. great job!!

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ANDREWBADERA 1/17/2013 6:46AM

    Thanks for your post, I need some similar motivation myself. I dropped from 305ish to 240ish over about a year back in 2009 or so. Held it off for a few months, then started working long hours with a bunch of hungry, grease-loving, high-metabolism younger guys at a startup, started creeping back up. Then moved to Chicago, a city that loves food. Hovering around 258 now, I need to buckle down and get back on it, so thanks for your reminder+inspirational post.

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REEDBUTLER 1/17/2013 6:43AM

  I'm so proud of you! Through the last couple articles I have seen that failure,so to speak, if we allow it to can enpower us. For the first time in my life I'm actually thin but I'm not healthy. being healthy is the most important thing the rest will come. Keep up the great work!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 1/17/2013 6:41AM

    What a great perspective. Good luck in meeting your goal.

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SHERYLP461 1/17/2013 6:40AM

    Way to go!

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SASSY220888 1/17/2013 6:39AM

    You have done a great job. I think we all lose the fact that getting healthy is the first priority.

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QHAMOM 1/17/2013 6:36AM

    Moderation is definitely helpful!

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CINDYS513 1/17/2013 6:31AM

  Great job!!!


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MILLEDGE2 1/17/2013 6:31AM

    It's a journey, isn't it? I am much older than you and I have just had to accept that this isn't a problem I will ever solve "once and for all." Careful (but not obsessive) monitoring keeps me healthy and distractions lead me down the path to regain and to sedentary "I'll start exercising again...TOMORROW" habits. But so many of my peers have such serious health issues that my new motto is " I WILL exercise simply because I CAN!"

Many wishes for continued success!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 1/17/2013 6:20AM

    You are doing it right this time but setting goals but not being unrealistic. Good for you!!! Keep it up, we are cheering for you!

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KIMBERLYAYN 1/17/2013 6:17AM

  Great work!! Wonderful attitude!

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SARA.SUNHOUSE 1/17/2013 6:12AM

    Sometimes going down the wrong road for a while can help you see why the right road is worth the effort. Good for you for figuring this out while you're still young! At my age (66) I'm still working on healthy habits. Your good work now will pay off later!

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MARYRUN1 1/17/2013 6:10AM

    Great job!! Thank you for sharing ! I too have lost and now gained weight. Reading this is such an inspiration !!! Keep up the great work !!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/17/2013 6:02AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog.
It gives encouragement to those who have lost and regained weight, myself included.

Awesome job and much continued success!

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STALEYK 1/17/2013 5:59AM

    You should celebrate! Wow! What an inspiration you are to me! We can do this...one step at a time. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 1/17/2013 5:56AM

    I like your upbeat attitude. I am sure you'll hit your goal weight very soon. emoticon emoticon

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MSGLOW 1/17/2013 5:56AM

    congradulations. this is very motivating i just started back on my weight loss journey your story makes me realize i can do this.

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LINDABURG 1/17/2013 5:44AM

  So happy for you that you have come to realize the most important part of weight loss are the health benefits, the rest is a delightful bonus! Keep on going, you are in the right place, look forward to the day you post that you have reached your goal, whatever that may be!

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HAMADAK 1/17/2013 5:37AM

    How True!! Congrats. Best of luck on your continued Journey.

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THEIS58 1/17/2013 5:30AM

    Wonderful results!

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Congrats on all your successes! Your story was great to read.

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SPARKGUY 12/19/2012 12:41PM

    Woohoo -- thanks for sharing your great post. These are great realizations about life and now will help you reach more goals than you even realize in all areas of life if you keep up this path.

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BARBANNA 12/18/2012 1:33PM

    We all can rebound and it's even better the second time as you make important discoveries. You look great and sound like your head is in the right direction. I have spent much of my life trying to be a skinny person and I know from SP that I need to be real and accept me as who I am at this time. You have many great years ahead!

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CHENZI2 12/18/2012 12:44PM

    This is motivation for me! I have been going through similiar problems. I lost 85lbs a year ago and then lost focus and gained 35 back. I am trying to get back on track and it can be overwhelming to know what you could do a year ago that you cant now. I look forward to seeing you reach your goal!

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