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Hauling my (Smaller, but still Big Ol') Backside back into the Sparky Saddle

Friday, January 04, 2013

One year later... I went underground for a while, mole-style, after hitting my first Spark milestone. Off the reservation, as it were; perhaps there's a Spark term for that (de-sparked? disemSparked?) But I didn't spiral out of control, and for that, alone, I am thrilled.

I started Spark on January 1st of 2012 (I wrote "2012" on 3 checks yesterday-- bah!), and followed the plan to the letter into October. I am a true believer; in that time I lost 50 pounds. Yahooligans!

But I knew that for this to be a life-long change, maintenance had to be flexible and controlled enough to carry me through the next three decades or so. So I for the last three months tried to focus on watching portion control and making better choices, even while I let the 8 glasses of H2O and tracking fall by the weigh-side (get it-- weigh-side! I crack myself up).

I am beyond thrilled to report that I saw less than a 4 pound creep over the next 3 months before it occurred to me to get back to ALL of the basics of the Spark Plan. The New Year offered a reminder that my little vacation was over, but that I CAN get back to it, before it gets beyond my control. Wow, isn't that the key to the world! I feel like this should be written on my epitaph-- "She got back to it." That's what feels different about this time around. That's why I believe I might actually keep the (bulk of the) weight off for life, even if I will continue to battle my food demons, also for life.

Results: just re-introducing the water has taken off about a pound in the first 2 days, and I'd love to get another 15-20 lbs. off in the coming year. But I LOVE where I am now-- love shopping for clothes and how I look in stylish duds again. Tried a new hairstyle and a new color on for size-- changed my makeup. It's been a blast, and I'm looking forward to the next step, whatever it will bring. It's not a sprint, but a marathon, and I'm grateful, because I sure can't run fast at my age. This tortoise is in it for the long haul.
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    You & me both fell by the "weigh"- side this last year. I did, too, but I'm back & doing new things (such as using the food tracker for the first time ever since I joined, unjoined, joined, etc., ad nauseum SparkPeople many moons ago. We got this!
    1690 days ago
    Glad to see you back again, Susan!
    1691 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    I am thrilled to hear that you've done so well on your own. Although I do suspect there is a bigger than life presence, in the background, watching and offering, whether wanted or not, opinions.

    I wish you much success on your return here. I'm sure you'll make it all the way to your finish line.
    1691 days ago
  • BOSS61
    And guess who gets to witness the transformation from the first row?
    1691 days ago
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