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Going Public

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A while back I set my Spark page to private due to all that is happening in my personal life and my alleged desire to blog about it. After going private, I realized that, in general, I don't want to blog about it. I will give occasional updates for those of you who are interested, but I don't really want to share all of the details of what is happening in my life. Living it is enough.

What I do want to do is everything in my power to get back on track and stay there. I have started a number of times only to be derailed by some new setback in my husband's health. I finally realized that even if I continue to have derailments, it is better than never being on track - so here I go again.

Several weeks ago, I was very motivated. I exercised daily and increased the level of exercise that I was doing. I ate what I thought was an appropriate amount, but I did not count my calories. I was so eager to get on the scale after a week, but found that I had gained 2 pounds. I was incredibly discouraged. All my efforts fell to pieces at that point. I just gave up.

After having some time to think about it, I realized that I know how to do this. I have done it successfully and I can do it again. In order to succeed previously I always tracked my food, and I need to do it now. I can't take shortcuts and expect to win. So I am back on track. This time I am going to take the approach that I took last year when I had gained weight over the holidays. In addition to tracking my calories, I will not eat anywhere except at the table and I will not get on the scale until I can tell in my clothing that I have lost weight.

I will keep this train on track as long as is humanly possible and if a derailment occurs, I will get back on and keep chugging along.
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    i keep a private journal of things i don't want public and blog about ideas id like to share or get input about,
    1697 days ago
    I'm proud of you Jen for realizing what you have to do and doing it. Hang in there.
    1698 days ago
    That's a difficult ride - but you can do it. And as you say, it is always better to sometimes miss it than to never try it. I need to hear that too!
    Best wishes!
    1700 days ago
    I have found too, that for right now, I simply need to track my food, or I overeat. I don't always track it in the nutrition tracker on SP, but I have to use some form of tracking, or it is a recipe for disaster.

    Thinking of you often. So glad you are seeking to take care of yourself too during this difficult time.
    1700 days ago
    Way to go, Jen. Keep things on your terms and continue taking care of yourself. You know I'm here for you, always!
    1700 days ago
    WTGJen - A key reason why many succeed on SparkPeople is community. Some share every little detail of their real world, finding solace in sharing and hearing advice; and others create a place apart from their real world here where they can catch a little respite and not have to talk about reality. Whichever way you choose to go, your friends are here to cheer you on and send prayers and blessings your way.

    You're a winner, girl. That's one thing your Spark friends have learned from your posts and blogs, so settle back in and let's get busy getting healthy!

    emoticon Cindy
    1700 days ago
    Good to see you back on track and chugging along. I know you can do it. Please do keep us updated as you feel the need. We are here for you.
    1700 days ago
    Jen yes you do know how ot do this and you know what from time time we do get "derailed" then have ot get back on track you are a winner in more ways then you realize at this time! The courage & strength you show us all here is amazing. The scale may not cooperate for us but that thing is not what makes us a winner or successful. As long as you never give up you are winning this battle emoticon emoticon
    1700 days ago
    You can do this lifestyle change, for yourself . We all get off track frome time to time just get back up and move . You have a plan and are so emoticon emoticon
    1700 days ago
    Excellent plan Jen. It may seems daunting in the beginning but as you persist you will succeed.
    1700 days ago
    Jen, I still think you are one of the strongest women I know! Keep at it. This too shall pass and you will be back on the losing streak!!
    1700 days ago
    Tracking is what keeps me where I need to be. I can't keep a whole day's worth of choices in my head and know how many calories have been consumed. That is really the key for me. (besides exercise!)
    1700 days ago
    One of my favorite quotes, pinned on my bulletin board comes from Winston Churchill. He once said "If you're going through hell, keep going."

    I am always much more impressed with the folks who struggle, fail and struggle again. I hazard a guess there are more of us here that follow that pattern than you might imagine.

    You are still here. That speaks volumes

    Much Love

    1701 days ago
    emoticon on working to take care of yourself, Jen, in spite of everything that 'life' is throwing at you right now! I empathize with your frustration at doing everything "right", only to see a gain on the scale...but, we both know that scale can be an evil, rotten liar at times! You're right, you DO know how to do this: one baby step, one good choice, at a time.

    Remember that we're always here for you when you're feeling defeated. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1701 days ago
    Glad to see you keeping your health as a priority while in the midst of "life". Sending you hugs and power. I do better if I track and I do better if I get more food in early in the day rather than leaving ending up having a bigger, heavier evening meal. And water! I never seem to be able to get down as much water as I should. emoticon
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    1701 days ago
    You can do this...I hope that whatever you are dealing with gets better. This sounds just like me. You can do it.
    1701 days ago
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