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Maybe my recent "relapse" was a GOOD thing


Saturday, January 05, 2013

On October 29, I hit my yearly goal of losing 70#. And I spent the next couple weeks just maintaining. Then the holidays hit. I basically spent 6-8 weeks slipping into some old habits. I still did a lot of strength training, but little cardio. And ate WAY too much junk. I stopped THINKING about what I ate, and fell back into the habit of eating what I wanted in the moment.

Then I gained back nearly 6#. I was a little shocked how quickly I could undo my hard work. So, I called the trainer I had been working with. I returned to the gym. I started tracking my intake. Basically.... I went back to my healthier lifestyle. And the weight came right back off. Every ounce of it is gone. Plus a bit.

And you know what? I'm kind of glad this happened. I have proved something to myself that I desperately needed to know. There is NOTHING wrong with my body that results in weight gain. My body responds to what I do to it. I overeat, I gain weight. I exercise and eat well, I lose weight. Simple math. And the one thing I have learned in the last 12 months is that I KNOW how to lose weight. I just haven't always been willing to do it.

My "relapse" into compulsive binge eating has made all this very clear to me. I have to work for what I want. And I want to be healthy. And smaller. And fitter. And it's all in my own power to achieve. No one can do it for me. And no one can keep me from it, either.
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HBURN7 1/10/2013 3:07PM

  You're awesome! Thanks for sharing so eloquently.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/9/2013 5:38PM

    I love love LOVE this blog. You are SO right!! It can seem scary to take a step back and have to work to re-lose the weight...but it just proves that it CAN be done and it's not really a big deal if you nip it in the bud and get back to healthy habits. I always freak out about weight gain surrounding special occasions, and I always have to re-learn this lesson. One of these days, it'll stick with me. :) Thank you for the reminder and the inspiration!

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VATRUCKER 1/8/2013 8:35AM

    excellent blog, enjoyed it very much. U ARTE RIGHT NO DISCIPLINE NO WEIGHT LOSS, NO DISCIPLINE NO RESULTS IN WHATEVER U ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH emoticon emoticon

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KAREN91 1/8/2013 8:29AM

    You have learned what it takes to stay at your new weight! I bet you will be sucessful at keeping the weight off. I hope I do that well when I get to maintenance. emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:37AM

    I am really glad that I found your blogs. Incredible stories and obviously written from the heart.

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2BFREE2LIVE 1/6/2013 10:11PM

    A great blog and so true your right on target with your words and what you said is so true for all of us and you are proof that we all can do anything that we put our minds and body into doing. Love the great attitude your doing so good.
I am so proud of you and the new you that your creating. Sandy

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DAYSPRING-STAR 1/6/2013 6:47PM

    Another inspiring blog, LYNN2574! I'm so glad you commented on my status (thank you BTW, I am feeling better this evening) and I visited your SparkPage.

The lesson I'm taking to heart is "There is NOTHING wrong with my body that results in weight gain. My body responds to what I do to it." That is the realization that gives us the chance, the choice, the control, and the power to make changes.

If that isn't a affirmation I need, then what is?

Keep Sparking! You're doing great!

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