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The Danger Zone!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hi Nena here,

OK fellow Sparkers first let me say that I really like this program, I have been on here for about 6 weeks now. I have been losing weight at a healthy rate since I have been on here. I have met some great people and found a lot of support. This has the easiest food tracker I have ever used. There are great recipes, workout videos, and challenges. In short I can not find the downside here. So where is the danger? It is historic.

I have lost count of the gym memberships I have had only to start out great going multiple times a week then just stopping for whatever reason (read excuse) about 6 weeks - 2 months into it. How many diets? (Again all records of the count were destroyed in a freak hot air balloon accident.) But they all worked, the Michael Thurman Diet (6 week body makeover) for example worked wonders, the weight melted off. Of course it was so complicated that my enthusiasm (attitude, motivation, desire) melted away also in 6 weeks - 2 months. So many memberships, diets, fads, groups you name it I have tried it all for 6 weeks - 2 months. Anyone see a pattern here?

So here I am approximately 6 weeks in and going strong, but scared. I want to continue here. I have taken steps to help that happen, I joined an 8 week diabetic challenge. Maybe I can trick myself (is easily distrac,,,, ooo string!) into believing it is a new program! I feel that Spark is something I should continue for life even after reaching my goal weight. (For the first time in years I feel confident using the phrase "after reaching my goal weight".)

6 weeks and scared! They say that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. This has been my own little study in history.
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OKIEGIRL561 2/17/2013 10:59PM

    It's good you have figured out your pattern and are brave enough to blog about it. Your medical condition won't get better if you repeat your past pattern. You are right, SP has lots to offer, so hang in there.

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YENGLISH100 1/11/2013 11:03PM

    Nena

I totally understand where you are with fear of quitting. I was the same way. In 5 months I lost 30 pounds, and in between went on vacation. I now exercise regularly and log my food. After 5 months I had surgery. For a month I monitored my food, but found myself extremely hungry. But now I am back on track, thanks to Spark.

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I like your snack.

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 8:31PM

    This time will be different! SP offers a ton of great information and education. And there are so many wonderful, supportive, encouraging and helpful people here. Wishing you continued success and continued Sparking in 2013!
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ITSMATT 1/1/2013 7:43PM

    Focus on the process of becoming a healthier you and focus on good, daily decisions.

Do this and you'll be successful.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/1/2013 6:47PM

    Hi Nena,

Just keep reminding yourself: THIS IS NOT A DIET! It's a wonderful new direction for your life.

We make changes in life all the time. First we just lay around drinking milk, then we learn to sit, stand, eat solid food, walk, run. If we are scared to try something new, we'll never get anywhere. This is just another change you'll make to make your life better.

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SPIETZY1960 1/1/2013 4:18PM

    Hi Nena,

You will succeed this time. You have learned what doesn't work for you and found SP which actually does work. You have friends here who will work with you through the tough times and get you back on track. Let go of the past diet programs. Today is a new day, embrace it and think positive thoughts. Remember, this time we are making life changes. Just take one small step and soon the steps will add up. You can do it!

Best Regards,
Sharon

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DEBGIL 1/1/2013 10:03AM

    My experience has shown for me I need to have a partner in crime when I work out and someone to be accountable to besides myself for what goes into my mouth. Plus I need motivation and a fun component. Spark people really helps because there is always someone here no matter what time of day or night and if you keep both hands on the keyboard it is a little more difficult for me to shovel food into my mouth!

I look at Sparking as more lifestyle changes than dieting. Dieting makes it naturally something you do or don't do (hence the yoyo weight loss and gain back more). But if you look at it as LIFEstyle changes...take those baby steps that lead to the biggies..
it changes your whole mindset to reduce the chance of failure.

Take one bad habit or one thing you eat or binge on and try to find baby steps to reducing that. Like not buying it and having it in the house (for me it was potatoes, ugh, I am such a carb-o-haulic!) After a while you realize you don't miss it quite as much. Be sure to find something healthy you DO like to replace.

'Keep on S*P*A*R*K*ing!


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EWL978 1/1/2013 6:24AM

    Sounds like a plan...and nothing to be scared about!! We're all in this together, you know!!

Just keep on keeping on!! emoticon

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