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Climbing out of the pickle jar....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Five weeks ago today, my husband and I started on SparkPeople for real (I made an earlier short-lived attempt in January by myself, but I was overscheduled at the time and didn't really have the mental bandwidth to learn what I needed to do and then do it).

I think it may have been the best thing we've done for ourselves and our family in a long, long time. I'm a big believer in what we're doing, and I hope that everyone who wants to become healthy and live a more fulfilling life can find out about this amazing resource.

I feel like I have been living in the pickle jar (as in, I had gotten myself into a pickle, healthwise) for the past couple of decades. Things were not going in the right direction, and my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers have crept upward, along with my weight. I felt lousy, with low energy, and I wasn't getting enough sleep. We ate good, homecooked meals most of the time, but I cooked with too much red meat and our portions were WAY out of whack.

Now, five weeks into sparking, I feel such a sense of commitment to what we're doing. We're tracking our food and exercising, and the weight is going down generally between a pound or two per week. My energy level is much better, and I'm more intentional about getting sleep. Our meals have become more varied, and I'm cooking with less oil, less beef, and more fruits and vegetables. I'm trying new ingredients, too, and our snacks of cheese and crackers have been replaced by tasty, yet lower-caloried choices. We're hardly ever drinking alcohol, and we measure it and track it when we do.

I guess that I'm just really happy with the way it's going. Would I love for the weight to come off instantly? Sure, but I feel the confidence that this time - with slow and steady work - it will come off and STAY OFF. If that takes a year, or even a year and a half, so be it. At least I'm making progress! I also want to get off the blood pressure and cholesterol pills forever.

So while I have a long way to go to fully climb out of my personal pickle jar, I will make it. I'm absolutely confident that I'm on my way out!

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NHES220 4/29/2013 2:44PM

    It's great that you are making the change together. The way to do it is slowly and then you are more likely to make changes that you can live with and keep the weight off. My doctor encouraged me to lose it slowly. Congratulations on making smart choices!
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LEWILL1982 4/29/2013 2:39PM

    Way to go! I think it's great that you are doing it together. Accountability and the buddy system work wonders!

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AKATHLEEN54 4/29/2013 1:52PM

    I love blogs that have titles such as yours, but I equally loved what you had to say. Spark people is such a great resource and if you have the patience and dedication in works!! No magic here.... hard work, perseverance, effort , no quick fix but guaranteed success!! I agree that the weight does not come off quickly (don't we all wish that it would), but I believe while it comes off slowly we are learning how to maintain this lifestyle as something we can do forever; therefore pretty much giving ourselves a guarantee that the weight is going to stay off for good this time. emoticon Here's to no more pickles... we'll just have to stick with the fresh cucumbers!! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 4/29/2013 1:27PM

    It is so cool that your family is getting healthy TOGETHER!!! It usually took us awhile to get into our personal pickle jars, which means it takes time to climb out and continuing work to STAY out. The nice thing about this site is that it gives us tools to help make that happen without feeling like we're eating grass and twigs for the rest of our lives!

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