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Overcoming Hurdles (A&I Roses, Week 3)

Friday, February 15, 2013

The assignment: Write about overcoming a personal hurdle. What did you learn about yourself during the process? What advice would you give someone facing a similar “hurdle?”

I would say for me, the biggest hurdle I've had to overcome was actually starting this process. It took me many, many starts and stops, and many failures before I finally got serious about this journey. I joined Sparkpeople several years ago. I would be extremely active for a few weeks, then drop out. I would diet hardcore, exercise to the point of exhaustion, and be hungry all the time, then I would quit.

I learned I had to make a lifestyle change, not just go on a diet. I had to relearn my eating habits. I had to add exercise that was not only good for me, but was something I would stick with. I learned I could do this, it would just take an honest effort on my part. I also learned that it's ok to fall, as long as you pick yourself back up.

For anyone in a similar situation, I would offer this advice. Find what works for YOU. What works for me, your best friend, your neighbor, or a stranger on Sparkpeople, might not work for you. Make changes in small steps. Start swapping out water for soda, add veggies to your omelet, cut out the butter. Get up and move, even if it's only for a few minutes at first. Slowly build your time and your tolerance. If you try to make monster changes all at once, you will most likely become frustrated and quit. Even in weight loss, moderation is key. There is no quick fix when it comes to losing weight. It's a process, and sometimes it's a long one. Trust me, the journey is worth it.
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LINZEE118 2/20/2013 8:52AM

    emoticon this blog. You really touched me with the last two sentences." there's no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. It's a process & it's sometimes a long one." Those words are so, so true. emoticon for inspiring me! Linda

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/19/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon blog and emoticon advice! I think that is a lesson that all of us have to learn. This isn't a diet, this isn't something you do just to lose weight and then go back to the way you were eating and such. Also, the part about what works for you may not work for me is so true! It took me a long time to stop comparing myself and my journey to everyone else around me. Every once in a while I catch myself doing that; old habits die hard. emoticon

You are doing fantastic!

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DBELLE39 2/16/2013 5:47PM

    Excellent advice & wll put! We are each so different & need to realize that our needs are different than others. Finding our own pathway & following it will get us on our successful way!

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LH-CRYSTALSTAIR 2/16/2013 8:58AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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OJ_2_OK 2/15/2013 5:48PM

    Great blog!

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KARENLEIGH32 2/15/2013 4:06PM

    You are so right, we are not all cut from the same pattern, therefore we all need to find what works for each of us on the journey to health. Thanks for reiterating this, can't do that too much!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/15/2013 10:21AM

    I so need to hear this, thanks for sharing. I joined Spark in 2006 and haven't made much progress. I'm still trying to figure out what will work for me. I will not give up!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/15/2013 8:21AM

    You get it. It is not about dieting rather it is a lifestyle change that need to be approached slowly but with a purpose.
Great blog!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/15/2013 7:46AM

    Wonderful blog. I 'm voting for it as well.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/15/2013 5:28AM

    you said it so well I hit i like this blog button everyone should read and learn from this

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