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Tis the Season


Friday, January 11, 2013

Today is my 9th day on SparkPeople. Today I am also suffering from some major winter blues. I have been living in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the past six months. It rains more often than not and the sun has peeped out of the clouds twice in the past two weeks. The sun rises at 8:46am which makes getting out of bed an unwanted task. All of these combined make me want to huddle up in bed for days on end.

This also gets me down about my weight loss. So far I have been sticking to one of my goals, tracking my food. I have not been as good about the exercise. Usually I would deal with this failure by avoiding it. I would stop tracking, stop posting, and by all means I would stop going to the gym. Yesterday I read a great blog post about failure. On2victory made some excellent points that in order to succeed we need to fail. But how many of us are able to move past that point of failure?

This is why I am grateful to SparkPeople. I chose this site because it matched my needs, a large community providing support to losing weight the healthy way. I am particularly enjoying the daily emails providing inspiration and helpful tips. I am also grateful for my accountable buddy KAOC27 for cheering me on!

Rather than getting down about myself for not going to the gym I'm going to be proud of what I've accomplished over the past week. And I'm going to keep looking to this community for inspiration.
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MICHIGANLORI 1/11/2013 1:27PM

    You got this! emoticon

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KAO_27 1/11/2013 12:24PM

    You've been doing great, SCOHANATOR! We've both been tracking our food consistently, and for me anyway, that's an accomplishment in itself. We're still in the beginning phases, getting a baseline of where we are and what small changes we can make to create sustainable lifestyle changes that are in line with our goals.

I loved the article about success and embracing failures as a part of the journey of keeping on going. I think it's so great that you're able to see the success you've already had in just this short time. I know what you mean about wanting to avoid any feelings of failure by stepping away from it (I take it you're one of those over-achieving, perfectionist types too?) but I'm so glad you're coming here instead, 1. because it's so great for you (success is continuing on the road despite setbacks!) and 2. because I need you as my accountability buddy! :D

So much motivation and inspiration all over this community. Thanks for being one of mine! emoticon

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DWROBERGE 1/11/2013 6:14AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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KASEYCOFF 1/11/2013 5:26AM

    Re the lingering darkness - oh, I hear that. I live in Manchester, England.

Hang in there, kiddo - summer's on its way, lol!
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