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What A Ride! Training Camp - Days 5 & 6

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank you for coming along for the ride. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. Please make sure that your seat belt is securely fastened. Hold on tight because it is going to be a bumpy ride!

December has been a bumpy month. My weight for instance has been up and down. Sometimes way up and sometimes only down a few partial pounds.

I started out the month at 321.8 and went down to 319.6 and then up to 328.8 (on Dec. 22) and the finally down to 324.2 today. I don't like roller coasters! How did I miss the sign that said roller coaster this way and why oh why did I get on?

Although I haven't made the progress that I hoped to make, I am happy to see that I am getting some of the FUNDAMENTALS back in place. I am seeing progress and that is fantastic.

I feel like I am going to be ready for the new year because I got started now instead of putting things off until January to get started. I don't make resolutions as I never stick with them. I have set goals for myself and broken them down but I am going to stick with my weekly goals and my daily focus. This seems to be working well for me.

I am really going to work on my attitude. I need to keep a positive attitude. I need to tell myself the things I tell my Spark friends. I would never tell my friends that they are fat and ugly (don't freak out folks, I haven't told myself that in a very long time - just an example). I always try to motivate and offer encouragement where I can so why wouldn't I do the same for myself? That is just what I am doing. I love reading the positive, motivational quotes that I have on my wall. I read them as often as I can and that helps keep my positive and motivated. Oh, don't get me wrong, I have my moments (as we all do) but when I read those quotes, I perk up and see that I can turn it all around. When I am positive, my outlook is positive and I get motivated to keep pushing.

Stop beating yourself up! If you gained over Christmas, let it go. You can't go back and change it. You can only move forward and make the changes necessary to get you through the next holiday or whatever hurdle comes up (and they will come up).

One huge thing that I learned during my...running and hiding (okay my shenanigans) is that instead of facing the problems I was having with the eating and not exercising and just generally being off track, I ran. I ran instead of doing what I would have told others to do. I ran and hid and ate my way to gaining 20 pounds back. I should have immediately reached out to all the Spark friends that have always been there for me. I should have said HELP! I've fallen and I can't get up! I should have recorded a vlog that simply said, I am struggling and I need someone to help me get back on track. I should have journaled or blogged what was going on instead of lurking around SP, hiding. I should have been more involved in my SparkTeams.

So I have said all that to say this, if you are struggling, have gotten off track a bit or you have totally blown up the track...DON'T RUN AWAY! There are so many people here that will reach out to encourage you. We all struggle from time to time. Hey I have struggled lots. The worst thing you can do is run away from the one place that you can find support, encouragement, motivation, inspiration, tips and ticks for getting back on track and lots of people that will totally understand what you are going through because they have been there and are willing to help you get it all back on track! Don't be embarrassed just reach out to your Spark friends and get the help and support you need to turn it around! Oh, and don't wait until January to get started! START TODAY!!

Update on my exercise streak...I am on day 15 (as of Thursday Dec. 27).

All in all Training Camp is tough but it is going well!

Much love
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