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Biggest waste of time

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I've come to the awful conclusion that my biggest waste of time is, in fact, time wasted complaining. I've started the Spark Solution program and am on Day 3. Being a yo-yo dieter for all my adult life, and zooming from physically fit to unfit, I am now a middle-aged woman who is 60 pounds overweight and sedentary.

So, after moving to the 1200-1300 calorie plan on Monday, and getting on the elliptical machine for the first time in oh, let's say two years, my system is in shock. And I have been complaining vociferously about it! Hungry! Tired! Hungry! Sore muscles! Hungry!

My husband very gently pointed out this morning, as I was complaining again, that I'm complaining a lot. I of course snapped my mouth shut for a moment, after which I claimed (in not a nice tone) that I would not complain again. He just hugged me (God bless him).

Now, a few hours later, I realize that he's right. This move to the Spark Choice program was my decision, for my own long-term benefit to be healthy, feel good and look a lot better than I do in my plus-size clothes. So time spent complaining, when in fact what I -- and all SparkPeople are doing -- are doing is investing time, care and attention in ourselves and well-being -- is a huge waste. Taking these actions is something to celebrate about, not complain about.

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MILLIFRED 5/20/2013 11:13AM

    Good job of pulling yourself back together. I just read your other blog and it was quite inspiring!

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HANSBRINK 5/15/2013 12:06PM

  I don't remember the source of this saying....

People often confuse complaining about something with doing something about it.

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NIXIEWILLOW 5/15/2013 10:40AM

    Thanks for this. I am too guilty of complaining too much about things which I have chosen to do and which are benefitting me. Thanks for reminding me that this is a waste of time and energy - I should be using my time better to reflect on all the positives in my life and to fill the world with positivity. Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/15/2013 10:25AM

    Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder for us to listen to how we sound to others. Sounding off is good if done positively. Give yourself time to adjust and it will get better.

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HM_JACKSON 5/15/2013 10:12AM

    sounds like you have a very supportive husband. And good for you for taking what he said and applying it. YOu can do it!

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