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Take Two

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Okay, here I am back Sparkin' after over a year's break. I became very busy and stressed over business, family, and other problems and realized that I was spending an inordinate amount of time gathering Spark points and other Spark activities.

Or so I thought. Perhaps I was just looking for a reason to slip back into my old sedentary potato-chip and deep-fried food lifestyle. Regardless, I was very close to my weight loss goal, my heart and breathing problems were virtually gone, and my confidence and energy levels were high so I was sure that I could get by just fine without the tools, advice, and support of Spark.

Months rolled by and the benefits eroded. I rationalized the extra weight, tight fitting clothes, low energy level, and huffing and puffing away. Glimmers of the old Spark ways would occasionally peek through ("Do I really need to eat this when I'm not really hungry?" or "Maybe I should have some fruit instead of a candy bar.") but I ignored them.

But one thing that is really hard to ignore is the sharp clutching heart-pain of angina attacks--something that the healthy lifestyle habits I had learned from SparkPeople had driven away. That was a true wake-up call.

I'm back in the swing of things and it feels like putting on that old comfortable pair of tennis shoes. I reset my goals and plans as if I was a brand new member but I have the advantage of already knowing that Spark really works, the value of interaction with fellow Sparkers and I already know how to use the many tools Spark offers. Regarding the fact that I spent too much time on the computer, that--like eating--requires moderation. Lesson learned.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAUAI-CAROLANN 2/10/2013 12:58AM

    It's so great to have you back!! You have been missed!

Sounds like you are right on track and the second time around will be great..

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MARTY624 2/9/2013 5:12PM

    I also left for quite awhile, and just got back. Let's see if we can hang in there! Good luck!

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LIVING-BETTER 2/8/2013 9:35AM

    Happy to have you back where i have just came back too myself..
You are speaking my very words dear friend. We were not yet ready to walk without the SP aid to recovery. Maybe one of these days we will do it better.For the moment i feel grateful to Sp that exists and to all of you that are around. emoticon

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GRIMMIE2 2/8/2013 7:31AM

    Yep--as Andy Richter would say, been there, done that, bought the tee-shirt. Except I left for two years. Welcome back. SP can be time consuming at times, but sometimes it's time on SP or time spent "sparking (exercising, tracking food,etc) instead of time spent eating, or so I'm finding out. I wish you much good luck with your journey.

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BYEFATNANNY 2/7/2013 3:29PM

    Sounds like we've been on a similar path. I did so good and then let it slide. I'm spending more time here (without overdoing) and hopefully my weight and healthier habits will reflect it. Welcome back.

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RUN4FOOD 2/6/2013 8:52PM

    Welcome back. Glad the shoe fits.
You can have too much of a good thing.
I agree, I have to watch how much time I spend on SP too.

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GREENGENES 2/6/2013 7:45PM

    Welcome back!

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PLMITCH 2/6/2013 4:38PM

    Welcome back! I know what you are feeling all too well -- went through the same trial back in 2008.

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