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I am finally getting it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yesterday, I checked in with the team that joined SP the same time I did, the Class of April 15-21, 2012. Responding to question, "How is everyone doing?" I had the epiphany that my biggest change has been on the inside. Yes, I have lost 16 pounds so far (almost half way), I have done this before...unfortunately, many, many, times before. Something is different this time. Something good.

Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers helped me lose a lot of weight in my 30's and 40's. But I ended up back in the same place...overweight, stressed out, and out of shape. I turned 50 in December. I was starting to feel the effects of age and weight creeping in and I did not like it. I can't do anything about getting older except enjoy the time I have left, however long that is. I CAN do something about the weight. In November, I recommitted to lose the weight, the same way that I had done before....lose it and then you can do what you want. I was setting myself up for another struggle with weight in my 60's. NO NO NO!!!!! I won't do this AGAIN! It has to be different this time because it isn't getting any easier!

By reading the articles on SP and involving myself with the community of AWESOME, supportive people, something clicked. This is my life, not a diet. It's that simple. It is not easy, but it is simple. Making healthy choices, making the choices that will get me the results I want doesn't stop once the scale hits that magic number.

Looking back at my patterns, I now know that stress and lack of activity are my two most formidable foes. Stress leads to emotional eating and to hormonal changes that make it very difficult for me to keep the weight off. I now make a habit of asking myself, in the face of a terrible craving, which I want more...the junk food or a body that I can be proud of and feel good in? Most of the time, I choose health over a splurge item. I also know that it's not all about making the "perfect" choices. In fact, I don't see having a splurge now and then as unhealthy. It only becomes unhealthy when it occurs too often and keeps me from achieving/maintaining my ultimate goal of being healthy, fit, and meeting my nutritional goals.

Thanks to the 10 minute daily fitness challenge, I have established a healthy habit and very much look forward to my walks. It relieves stress, gives me alone time I cherish as an introvert, and burns calories! Win-win-win!

So, thank you to all of you who have supported me in this journey. Without your WooHoos, your supportive and thoughtful feedback, and your empathy, I don't think I would have changed on the inside, where I really needed the change.


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    1777 days ago
    Oh Jane, WELL DONE! That epiphany is exactly what you need, and people can tell you until you're blue, it's getting that little, dare I say SPARK? to ignite inside you that makes all the difference.

    Like I said, maintenance has its own tricks, but remembering your life is more like a marathon than a sprint can help!

    1787 days ago
    You are so right that this is a lifestyle, and we are in it for the long haul. Great realizations!
    1791 days ago
    It's amazing when you first realize that this is NOT a football game and once you cross the goal line and do the touchdown dance that you're "done", isn't it? I had that revelation and once it finally REALLY sank in I realized that the rest of my life is what I am looking at here. There is no good and bad, no win or fail. It's just a lifetime of being AWARE. No matter what your choices are in any given day, you will always remember what you are doing is for the rest of your life. You can't "unlearn" that now! Goooood for you!!!
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    1791 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2013 2:52:09 PM
    It sounds like you have turned a corner and come to some valuable revelations. Congratulations! Keep all those thoughts in mind and your life will become better and better. Enjoy life and stay mindful of all you eat and do. emoticon emoticon
    1791 days ago
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    1791 days ago
    You can do it. I have faith in you.
    1791 days ago
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