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    MARJIMAC63   17,900
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Progress: Not too shabby


Saturday, April 06, 2013

[I wrote most of this entry in mid-March. Now that's it's the beginning of April, let us return to the thrilling days of yesterweek....]

March 16, 2013 marks the six months Iíve been on SparkPeople. With a few exceptions, itís been a positive experience. Itís also been exhausting, having not only to pay attention to food consumption and energy expenditure, but also to make sure that it gets recorded on my trackers and challenge boards. Both the increased exercise and SP computer work take time away from the time I would otherwise spend with my family. I warn my daughter on those evenings when she is going to be a ďSparkPeople widowĒóyep, just like football widows, for the amount of attention I pay to my family when Iím on the SparkPeople site, I might as well be dead.

Iíve lost 32 pounds so far, which is pretty good, but not as good as either I or the SP progress calculator had hoped. According to the ďWeight Over TimeĒ report, I ought to weigh 248 on 3-16-2013. I weigh 255, so Iím seven pounds behind. The difference is not insurmountable, but itís a point of pride thing. I committed myself to losing 1.5 lbs every week, but I havenít done it. Iím used to being the A student, the super achiever, able to accomplish whatever I set out to do, so Iím annoyed with myself that I havenít turned in a better performance. Like everyone with a genuine heartfelt commitment to ďIím changing X for me, not because my family, friends, or doctor are telling me to but because I feel unhappy/ scared/ [insert negative emotion here] when I think about the consequences of not changing X.Ē, I started with a great deal of enthusiasm and early weight loss (I was ahead of the WOT report estimate from September 22 until January 1*), creating a positive feedback loop that was sustained and supported by joining the Fall 5% Challenge.

During the eight weeks of the Fall 5% from Oct 6 to Nov 30, I lost more than 5% of my weight and came in third place on my team. For joining a team and starting a challenge without having a clue about what I was doing in terms of posting to boards, following directions that use SP jargon, et cetera, I enjoyed the process and was thrilled with the results. My team and its leaders were supportive and encouraging, so it seemed fitting to turn the favor. After posting my weigh-in on Saturday morning, I would scroll through the results board, looking for team mates who posted a loss in order to congratulate them on their wall (Facebook could sue, but what do you call it?). I didnít start out with the mission of being the Encouragement Fairy, it just turned out that way, provided that you appreciate encouragement that can be silly like this one:
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We are doing The Wave to honor your weight loss this week, Butterfly! YEAHHHH!!
Or corny and topical like these recent posts:
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You lost weight and an hour this week. What's next? Losing more weight and your keys?

With best wishes that only one of those things comes true,
Marjimac
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This weekís post:
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I could make some corn(beef)y jokes about Saint Patrick's Day, but...

You worked hard and lost weight this week, Firecracker, which is worth celebrating every day!

Here's to celebrating with boiled cabbage, carrots, and potatoes with a smidgeon of corned beef on the side and skipping the green beer.
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I joined the Winter into Spring 5% challenge that started in February because I enjoy the support and encouragement of my teammates and I enjoy being the Encouragement Fairy.

*Dec 8-Jan 16: I flat-line at 263, which is the WOT report goal weight on Jan 1. There was no amazing New Yearís Eve party where I gave myself permission to eat and drink with abandon. Given the coincidence that January 1 was the day that I moved from being ahead of the curve to behind it; I kinda wish there had been. And for those of you thinking that I was eating stuff during the holidays that would make the line on the graph not so flat if I was really, really honest, well maybe, but I recovered. No harm, no foul. After all, Iím only hurting myself, yadda, yadda, yadda.
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TWNOMWE 6/9/2013 8:48PM

    You just keep up the good life style you a building and those pound will fall off. celebrate NSV which are many. By Dec you find that you way ahead of the game. emoticon emoticon

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TANYA602 5/11/2013 2:56PM

    Thank you for friending me, and I look forward to being a Butterfly in this next Challenge with you, as well as supporting you in this journey. Congratulations on your weight loss, and know that you WILL get over this plateau. I joined SP in the end of January 2012 and it has taken me 15 months to lose 50 lbs. I had thought I would easily lose the weight once I had set my mind to it, but it has been a longer time coming, and now, in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it any other way. I honestly appreciate the hard work that goes into tracking and working out and eating right. My husband is also an SP widow! But the return is worth it.
Have a fabulous weekend, and Happy Mother's Day!

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MARMAERT 5/8/2013 11:55PM

    like you, I too have "flat-lined" since the beginning of March. 38 lbs. and stuck! that is why we are both part of the Beautiful Butterflies 5% challenge. I have added a new goal - 5% increase in muscletone. of course, I think of this goal and the sciatica nerve says, "LOL!" and begins screaming at me the next day and every day (3) since then... but I WILL walk and I WILL strength train anyway, and so will you. Check all the areas on your body that are different than when you began this plateau. You will notice that little space in your neck that you can now see, or the firmness of your upper thighs from walking, or the old pictures you have of yourself when you were larger and how different you look now. These are the things that help us. (btw - I have a group photo - a close-up - on my computer desktop with me in it from 3 years ago. looking at that reminds me how far I've come!) emoticon

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EBURGITE 4/10/2013 3:42PM

    keep working it. you'll get there. you've done an emoticon job.

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MSILVER94 4/8/2013 10:35PM

    At the end of the day, you deserve a congrats for the steady, consistent loss!!! That is what matters! Congrats!!!

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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 10:13PM

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JSPIN74 4/8/2013 9:16AM

    i have hit those plateaus before too...sometimes they bother more then the slight up of weight on the scale. It always seems I'm trying to find a new burst of energy & drive to rev my progress back up......but it's all part of the journey. It doesn't always have to be X amount of lbs lost a week for us to learn & improve ourselves.

Celebrate the progress you've made so far...celebrate it daily! You are doing fantastic for yourself & as a Spark cheerleader emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 4/7/2013 11:21AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss journey! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 4/6/2013 12:56PM

    emoticon on your 32 pound loss! It might not be the exact place you wanted the scale to be, but it's quite an accomplishment! Keep focused on your goal and you will get there before you know it!
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GAILRUU 4/6/2013 12:43PM

    I have noticed that sometimes it takes a while to get over those periods when the scale does not show any loss even though I am doing everything right. It is frustrating but the option to not keep trying is not acceptable for me.

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DR1939 4/6/2013 12:37PM

    It is not unusual to flatline weight loss. Your body is catching up to itself. Remember your main goal is a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss is a side-effect. emoticon

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