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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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EJOY-EVELYN 12/30/2012 10:22PM

    You have a terrific attitude. What a great gift to be an encourager . . . you can do this while remaining honest. Christ was able to confront people, yet he did it with with love and integrity, while showing kindness and gentleness. Keep up the great work!

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NPA4LOSS 12/30/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon emoticon Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

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DESERTJULZ 12/30/2012 6:54PM

    Congrats on hitting day 15 of your new streak!

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KIPPER15 12/30/2012 10:29AM

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LINDAK25 12/29/2012 11:42PM

    You're in a good place to start the new year with! Keep it up.

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EATVEGAN 12/29/2012 3:08AM

    Both your blog and the comments on it are inspiring. You're doing great! Keep it up. I will have to consider not lurking and hiding. It sure isn't causing me to get back on track. Love ya, Mom

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JINLYNN 12/28/2012 3:39PM

    Wonderful blog Susan - you are so right about how our attitude affects our journey. The tendency for me was to be an all or nothing person - if at first I don't succeed, give up. But as you said there are so many positive alternatives to running away and giving up. Spark People and my dear Spark Friends (like you) have been the best support on my journey to a healthier lifestyle, and I am so thankful for all your blogs and the insights and wisdom you share.
I believe 2013 is going to be our best year ever!
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JUDY106 12/28/2012 12:08PM

    so glad to read your blog. it helps so much to read your blogs. You were one of the first people that I started out with when i came to SP. I really miss it when you don't blog. i always gleam something for your blogs or Vblogs. I got off track for a few days during Christmas and a few lbs jumped on me. Now, today it showed that they were off. That was encouraging. Like you said don't wait for the New Year. I could of gained so much more if I had done that. You are giving some very good advice. There are three days left and in three days I could really do some damage in weight gain. So, I got back on track right after I saw the weight gain. It doesn't happen like that all the time, but it did this time. I am so glad I read your blog and it will keep me on the right track now. Thanks so much. I am so happy for you . I see you are right back in business of taking care of yourself. Good for you!!! Hugs, Judy

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ANNIEMAE56 12/28/2012 10:35AM

  loved your blog. sounds just like me. i have started so many times and failed. seems like when i get started something is always there to knock me back. i so want to do this just don;t know if i am strong enough.

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I'm glad you're back!

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STRUDGEJ 12/28/2012 8:22AM

    Loved your blog! I can relate to so much of what you have said. Despite lurking on SP and reading everything I can get my hands on I have gained weight. Ugh! Back to basics starting TODAY! If I wait til the first I will gain more and be miserable. Great job on getting back to basics! emoticon

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EUEK098 12/28/2012 7:55AM

    December has being the same way for me. emoticon seems to me you're doing good.

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KITT52 12/28/2012 7:44AM

    good blog....stick with your plan and you will do great...this is a journey so learn along the way....it always takes longer than we think....but it is worth it...

have a healthy day and Happy New Year....

I love your orange background.....

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AMARILYNH 12/28/2012 7:31AM

    Great blog - I identify so much with what you have said!! So I vote we go back to the basics TODAY and JUST DO IT!! On that note I'm off to walk (and saying a prayer of gratitude that I live in the south so even on a 'cold' day - its 35 degrees outside - I CAN walk outside - no snow or ice to contend with!!) emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/28/2012 6:24AM

    Very good motivational blog. Thank you.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/28/2012 6:24AM

    Very good motivational blog. Thank you.

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