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This is the Part Where I Used to Give Up

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Hereís the deal--I CAN multitask, but I do better if I focus on one big thing at a time. Sometimes, that slows things down a little, but it works for me. Iíve turned into a slow and steady kind of gal, as far as goals go. Lately, Iíve focused on tracking my food, every day. Iím getting into the habit of pre-tracking in the morning. I like that. You know I love streaking; this is Day 26 of tracking my food (Day 691 of my exercise streak). So, Iíve been tracking and exercising.

I should mention that Iíve been in between my 5% Challenge Team challenges. We take a couple of breaks during the year. I decided not to weigh in, during my break this time. Um, yeah--that may not have been such a great idea... I kinda thought, with all the tracking and everything, that I wouldnít have to worry about it. Not so much a guarantee. The new challenge starts tomorrow, so I weighed in the other day, just to see where I was. Hereís the thing--I had a few red flags, beforehand. My jeans were starting to get tight again. Hmmm. I just felt, well--bigger. When I stepped on the scale, I had a significant gain. Significant. Like, undo a whole yearís worth of work significant. No joke.

This is the part where I used to give up. This is the part where I used to be so disappointed in myself, decide it wasnít worth it, it was impossible, and Iíd quit. But that was before I discovered my secret power of awesome. Iím not gonna lie, Iím bummed that I had a significant gain. But now, I can step back and see more clearly. ďGood job on tracking, Shelli. Good job! Now, letís start tweaking a few things and see if we can stay on the lower end of your calorie range, instead of high or over.Ē See how that thought process recognizes what needs to be changed, without totally eliminating the accomplishment? Thatís a HUGE step for me! Thatís forward thinking and forward is where I want to go.

I can also see other things in my life that are pretty amazing right now. Iím getting stronger. Iíve been using a 100 Pushups Coach app on my phone for several weeks now. I can do 100 pushups, on my knees, in one session, with tiny breaks in between sets. Itís hard, but I can do it. Yes, I will toot my own horn a little, thank you very much. Iím pretty proud of that. Iíve also been using the heck out of my FitBit. I catch myself doing all kinds of things, to try to get in extra steps. I even have a little dance that I do while chanting, ďEvery step counts, every step counts, every step.Ē Hey, whatever works, right? Iím active; Iím moving. Recently, Iíve had several people misjudge and think I was at least 20 years younger than I am. I donít know that thatís necessarily an accomplishment. I think I chalk that up to attitude and a round face, but hey, Iíll take it.

And itís not just all physical. Weíre going through some really tough parenting stuff with our son right now. Letís just say itís called tough love for a reason. Itís hard! Take the regular teen stuff, amplify it with special needs, and you have a parenting workout on your hands. But, weíre doing it and thatís an accomplishment too, that weíre not giving up, that weíre willing to do the hard stuff.

Iím working on a creative project with a local artist right now and it has me SO fired up! Weíre having so much fun, putting all these pieces together and making something really special. Itís stretching and challenging my creative muscle and that kind of work is good for my soul. If I could weigh that stuff? Well, the scale would be TONS lighter!! Letís do that--letís have an imaginary scale that weighs our non-scale victories. I would be way beyond goal right now. Iíd be a Non-Scale Supermodel. LOL

My point is, this is the part where I used to give up, but not this time. Yes, tomorrow, when I weigh in, I have to register a much higher weight on my SparkPage. The little duck on my ticker is going to take a pretty big swim backwards. But, heís still swimming. He hasnít drowned and Iím not going to shoot him!! Heís still smiling and so am I. Because this is real life and weight is only one part of it. So, if youíve had a setback, even a significant one--take a step back. Recognize what needs to change, but give yourself credit for what you HAVE accomplished. Donít shoot the duck. Keep swimming!

Me and Houdini, the lil rubber duck that my buddy SNOWANGELDIVA sent me. Donít worry, Liz; heís still alive!!


Side note: This lil sock snake was a recent entry in my Daily Creativity Journal. Isnít he cute?

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!
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JAMER123 2/23/2013 11:32PM

    No, the snake isn't cute (but the sock is:):):)) emoticon
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CATLOVER110 2/23/2013 11:28PM

    Good for you for not giving up! emoticon

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ICANDOIT1220 2/23/2013 10:10PM

    The duck is still swimming --- he hasn't drowned & I'm not going to shoot him! I love it. You are so motivating. I can always use some good humor and a great reminder that set-backs are part of life, but the direction is what matters. I was just listening to a lecture on YouTube and heard this quote, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." We are all gaining a lot of EXPERIENCE through our work to exercise, eat healthy, take care of our minds and bodies, raise children, and the list goes on.

Thanks for your motivating blog post!

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KRYSTALLA 2/23/2013 10:02PM

    emoticon blog.

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KARENLEIGH32 2/23/2013 9:51PM

    Good for you, taking the steps forward even though you have gained is in it self a victory!

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JULESJET 2/23/2013 9:46PM

    That is an awesome way to look at things!
Your Secret Power of Awesome is an amazing thing!
You can do it!
and I love your sock snake, so cute!

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GOING-STRONG 2/23/2013 9:17PM

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PENOWOK 2/23/2013 9:13PM

    Nice honesty!! I am with you...jumped up about 8 pounds from my SP lowest. I have to reset my scale and my thinking...back on track!! Thanks for the push..er shove...whathaveyou!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/23/2013 8:56PM

  You are emoticon and I KNOW that you will get rid of the unwanted pounds soon!!! I am the mother of a special needs boy too and you reminded me of what we went through when he was in High School. It isn't easy, but Tough Love is necessary in so many ways. Good Luck.

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/23/2013 8:52PM

  well, i could be rather disgusting to have the numbers go up, frustrating and maddening.
the age comment has significance, because besides genes, we look better when we have energy and passion.That inspires us to continue, and gets others excited too.
Your working hard and will to adjust things, isn't that what counts... and the NSV too emoticon emoticon ?

And no stuffing your face ad going on binges with stress means alot also, in my book. emoticon emoticon

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CHRISBEM 2/23/2013 5:01PM

    so cool you have made it to 100 push ups!

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REEBADABEEBOOS 2/23/2013 3:53PM

    Way to stay positive, Shelli! We all have set backs. The important part is how you react to them.

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LSPIZZA 2/23/2013 3:40PM

    You are not alone. I've had a significant gain too. But this time I haven't thrown in the towel either. I logged it and I am working on losing again. We all have lots of tough challenges in our lives and its nice to see someone else remind me me that tackling all these things matter. Keep smiling!

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MANDELOVICH 2/23/2013 3:25PM

    What a great outlook you have! I love it! I've had a significant gain myself and I'm doing my best to focus on the good and get right back on track.

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LIVEDAILY 2/23/2013 3:22PM

    You mean you aren't 32 years old???
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It's not just "your round face". It's your outlook, your enthusiasm, and your determination.

WORK IT !!

Life is all about what you do once you've been knocked down. You pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and get right back into the swing of things.

I really want to get a Creativity Notebook!!

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NEWTINK 2/23/2013 2:38PM

    I love how you focused on positives instead of the negatives. Isn't that a life change so that is a NSV emoticon

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GETTINGTHINNER2 2/23/2013 12:56PM

    emoticon You and your writing is awesome!
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DIANNEMT 2/23/2013 12:42PM

    I am also "up" as we start the challenge. I figure ti makes it easier to lose it! It is "loose" having been lost recently. (This doesn't seem to be the case but I WISH it was!)

Good luck!!

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KRISTINSGOALS 2/23/2013 12:20PM

    This is an incredible post that many, many people will relate to today. Thank you for posting this, Shelli, and YAYAYYAYAYAYAY for you being on our Awesome A's team!!!!

Kristin

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GOSPARK45 2/23/2013 11:57AM

    So glad you're staying with it. That's the hardest part, I think. Good for you!
I know they say to weigh only so often, but I need to see when I'm beginning to gain
again, so I can figure out what I'm doing wrong. I have discovered that I have to keep under the calories or at the very low end to lose any weight. The tracker seems to give you permission to eat more. But I know that's a lie. I've been on a long plateau, but I need to cut the calories a little more and no wine with dinner, sob sob.
SPark on! We're doing this. One step at a time. And the little duckie thanks you for hanging in there!


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GALINAZ 2/23/2013 11:27AM

    Parenting is the hardest job in the world!

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NEWMOM20121 2/23/2013 11:26AM

    Winter was not kind to me either. Keep your eye on the ball.

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ALIHIKES 2/23/2013 11:25AM

    Thanks for writing this blog. You are not the only one who has had to roll back the ticker or had a regain! I am so pleased and grateful for Spark, because it encourages us to accept setbacks and challenges, in weight and in real life, and to keep moving forward. Let's keep Sparking! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 2/23/2013 11:20AM

    Your blog is wonderful - you work so hard, I know that you will be successful in the end. emoticon

Good luck in the 5% challenge - emoticon

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VAL_LYNNE 2/23/2013 11:13AM

    I also have had a significant gain, so I totally understand. But remember, you are better off than when you started. One step at a time! and keep smiling! emoticon We can do this!

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123ELAINE456 2/23/2013 11:12AM

  AWESOME BLOG!!! I love the Duck, Snake and Your very Positive Attitude. You Can Do It. We are here for You. You are Amazing. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day and Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TERMITEMOM 2/23/2013 10:58AM

    Thanks for being so positive! i needed this today, emoticon

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SHERIO5 2/23/2013 10:15AM

    Awesome blog, Shelli!
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CICELY360 2/23/2013 9:57AM

  good blog

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MOMMY445 2/23/2013 9:29AM

    what a great blog! never,ever give up!

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RITAROSE 2/23/2013 9:07AM

  You are so creative! Love reading your blogs! Congrats on a job well done!!

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MIMIDOT 2/23/2013 8:41AM

    Your blog gave me heart. I, too, have to weigh in heavier than the last few 5% Challenges. But I'm determined to get back down to where I was, and lower. This is the challenge that I finally loose the 5%.

We can do it! Thanks for the great blog! It was a big help to me.

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JIBBIE49 2/23/2013 8:37AM

    emoticon Glad to see you featured again in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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JANEMARIE77 2/23/2013 8:02AM

    Isn't it just wonderful how we change and grow. Thank you for your awesomeness and for sharing it with us. Best of hard love for your son I feel you and you will be in my thoughts as I deal with mine own son. YOU are awesome and you are doing this one day at a time
Though it may be hard right now, let's not wish any of it away but live each day fully. We are the only ones who can write our story. Mark Allen Zabawa






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MICHIGANLORI 2/23/2013 7:45AM

    "Don't shoot the duck" has become my new mantra! emoticon

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GANGANDI 2/23/2013 7:28AM

    Your post here is sooo awesome and encouraging. I'm just now coming back to spark people and I used to follow you last yr, I'm so happy you are still at it and still funny as all heck! Keep goin girl, I'm trailing behind you! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 2/23/2013 6:03AM

    go for it emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/23/2013 5:25AM

    Never, never give up!

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NCSUE0514 2/23/2013 4:55AM

    Love the snake!!!

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