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A New Milestone

Sunday, May 12, 2013

There isn't really a way to track hesitant change. I really admire people who can jump into things wholeheartedly and doggedly make changes consistently from the beginning. When it comes to physical fitness and weight loss I am a hesitant participant. Slow change is my game. I try something and stop, think about for awhile, "awhile" being several weeks, and get convinced of its value and try again.
For instance, drinking 8 glasses of water.This seemed excessive to me. But after working up to 8 glasses I seemed to feel better. So I stopped. And sure enough, it was true, I felt better drinking more water and 4 glasses a day was not enough. So I've done 6 for the last week and am starting on 8 today. I also found a pretty cup that holds 16 oz. so I only have to drink 4.
I was thinking that this is a success, a change in thinking. Difficult to track other than in the stark black and white of yes or no. It doesn't reflect the change of years of quitting, of not coming back to something you know can make you feel better.
Secondly, I am proud the I have stayed with Sparkpeople. Being around so many high achievers is a little intimidating. I'm learning I don't have do be the best. Persistence is enough. Like the lady who can do five minutes on her treadmill and that's all, I want to be like her, getting up everyday and moving as much as I can with what I have. This attitude is another big milestone.

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LM.JACKSON 5/24/2013 10:14AM

    I love the way you think ... I have found that rushing into something often times gets you into trouble ... or if nothing else ... can be very frustrating if it isn't working the way you hoped.
I take baby steps in weight loss ... as long as I am not gaining ... and losing once in a while I'm happy. In my youth I tried just about every diet that was offered out there, only to end up losing a lot of weight, and then when the diet was over I gained it all back, and sometimes even more.
Starting Sp in 2008 really changed my thinking. Now I work on being fit, making healthy food choices and slow loss. Even during my time away from SP I only gained back a few pounds of what I lost, and since coming back in January I have reached my old SP weight and lost several more pounds.
I am glad you are finding out what works for you ...
Keep up the good work!
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ROSCOEKR 5/13/2013 9:18AM

    Everything starts somewhere. emoticon

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BIXASTARR 5/12/2013 4:09PM

    Fantastic attitude!

I agree that it can be intimidating being around all these high achievers. However, it's important to remember that they were just like us. They had to work hard and it took time, and they had setbacks and slip ups along the way too. I'm fairly certain nobody here lost their weight overnight.

I like that you're not holding yourself to impossible standards! You know yourself and your body better than anyone else, and you know what works for you! The fact that you're putting in the effort to make the change is the most important thing! That and your positive attitude will help you reach your goals!

Good luck to you!

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LILYDOG11 5/12/2013 3:46PM

    You have a great attitude!! With the summer challenge just starting yesterday I am more mindful of water intake since we get credit for that. I think I do better with weight loss drinking more water that is how it worked b4 with me. emoticon emoticon

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