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Looking back, moving forward

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I took some time last night to look back over the last 2 1/2 months. I started with Spark in December and was highly motivated and successful. Then it happened. Work got busy, the weather was too bad to walk outside, and I got sick. My motivation slowly was wearing away and I could feel myself getting sucked back into bad habits. I'd have glimmers of motivation again, and would do well for a day or two until things got busy again.

So last night i reflected. What worked when I was motivated and what happened to lose it? What did I really want? After all, if I don't really want to be healthy and invest in my future, then why am I trying? I really let myself just sit in the quiet and think.

I came to the realization that I do want to be healthy and that I was going about it all wrong. I was focused only on the scale and losing weight and on meeting unrealistic goals. WHen the scale didn't move (or moved in the wrong direction) or I didn't meet my goals, I allowed myself to say, "See, you can't do it. It's impossible."

Then I thought about all I had done over the last 2 1/2 months. I am walking and exercising more that I ever have. I am cooking at home more and eating healthier. I am getting support from Spark and from friends here at home. Overall, I've made positive changes. So maybe my goal isn't to lose weight (that is still a good thing) but is to live healthy.

It will still be a challenge as I make changes, but if I focus on being healthy overall, I can't let myself give up when some aspects aren't perfect. I realize that I won't get to my goal weight as quickly as I wanted (which was unrealistic anyway) and I won't be running a marathon soon, but I am on my way to getting there!

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SISSIE21 3/6/2013 1:05PM

    You know what really helps me when I'm not losing weight? Instead of concentrating on that as my success marker, I concentrate on my healthy behaviors. So, I have eating 3 healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks a day, exercising or walking 45-50 minutes a day and a few more. These behaviors are things I can control, the weight doesn't always come off the way we want it to. If I follow them most of the time, I am being successful.
And to stay focused, I track everything good or bad, healthy or not. And connect a lot with spark friends. So it sounds like you are doing all of those things, so you are successful! I promise you, if you continue the weight will come off. Just keep going. And believe me, you are talking to someone who thought it was impossible. But day by day, I am seeing that it is possible to do this. Together we can do this! Just hang in there! Don't give up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/6/2013 8:21AM

    You've hit on the magic answer. I don't know what your original weight goal was, but sometimes I read them on other Sparkers' pages and think to myself about how unrealistic they are and that the person is focusing on the wrong thing.
It's all about living a healthy life. The weight will reach an appropriate level as an outcome. Glad you took the time to reflect and blog about this - a good reminder for us all.

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/6/2013 7:07AM

    It sounds like your reflecting time was well spent! Now you're ready to proceed on your journey! March on!!!!

Keep on keeping on!

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    Thanks for reminding me about this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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