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Turning point

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Have you ever looked back and wondered how a small or relatively benign occurrence or point in time can inspire great change? For me, it was waking up one day and just saying to myself, you deserve better and you can't ask your daughter to watch her diet without doing the same, that's hypocritical. After all, she's just a child and I should be able to practice what I preach.

I haven't been feeling my best this week, some sort of bug, it's that TOM, and my work-out buddy is really sick and haven't been able to work out this week. Every morning when the alarms goes off all I want to do is turn over and snuggle deeper into my covers; however, I've faithfully gotten up and worked out. I've also been using my stationary bike for 30-45 minutes at night even though it's the last thing I really feel like doing. It's just been that kind of week. I've also been craving sweet and salty snacks because of TOM. I've manage to hold fast, eating some trail mix when what I really want is cake.

I say all this to say, two months ago I would have eaten all the snacks I wanted and wild horses couldn't drag me out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to work out. I have a long way to go but I've also come a long way in a short time. Now, instead of looking for reasons to skip workouts (my MO in the past), I look for ways to make sure I get my workouts in when I have an out-of-the-norm day. I know this time it's different from all the other times I've tried.

I know a few of my spark friends are having a rough time this week, maybe it's the weather, but a lot of people are having the blah blahs. I want to say to you guys, you inspire me even when you struggle. Please press on, no one expects perfection, just progress, however defined. Think back, what was inspiration point? What was the turning point, the so called straw that broke the camel's back? Share it here today, it may renew your zest for the journey and you may just spark a fire in someone else who's not doing too great.
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    You are doing great and have made great progress take pride in that!
    1855 days ago
    Around this time last year, I was just so sick of feeling like crud all the time. I hated how I looked and felt. I only had 2 pairs of pants and 3 shirts that fit...and two of those shirts were from the Big Men's department!

    A Spark friend mentioned that she wanted to go vegan, and she asked me about it since I was once a vegan. As I was answering her questions, I started remembering how GOOD I felt when I was really eating healthy and eating REAL food, not processed junk. So I decided to start a streak of eating as healthy as I could. I gave myself a start date of March 1, 2012. I was just going to try for 30 days, but after the first week I felt so much better, and I could tell I was already starting to lose weight. So I just stuck with it.

    Its been about HEALTH for me ever since, and now my one year Healthy anniversary is coming up!
    1855 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I have been away from my workout buddy for almost a month now (vacation) and it is so hard. The first thing I did when we got here was go to the local gym and sign up for a month I know myself and if I have to pay out of pocket for something like this I am going to stick to it and I have but, it has really been hard to talk myself into walking the mile there and back everyday. Soon we will be home and I can hardly wait to see my workout buddy again. emoticon
    1855 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    I made a promise to my mother before she passed away that I would do something about my weight. I tried somethings for a week or so and quit. It took me over 2 years, before I found sp and stayed with it. But I think a big motivator was,when my hubby's nephew got married, they were married outside and everyone was taking pictures, including my hubby. He took one of me walking down the hill and I was in a sun dress, I looked like the good year blimp . That was when I said this is it I am going to lose weight. I am slowly losing . I wished it was faster, but I know it is the right way, the way I will keep it off. I stumble and I fall, but I get back up and back on track, instead of quitting. emoticon Have a great day.
    1855 days ago
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