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Reflecting on week one

Monday, June 17, 2013

Well, I've been using SparkPeople for just over a week. I'm down 10 pounds! Kind of. It feels a little like cheating since my first official weigh-in was at night, and SP rounded up. But I can definitely say that I legitimately lost 3.8 pounds since last Monday morning, and that feels great! My husband lost 14 pounds! So we're feeling pretty good.

The problem is that the newness of the program is starting to wear off, and of course we're not going to keep losing weight at this rate. So how do we keep motivated after the honeymoon period? I'm not sure, but I appreciate that SP gives us so many different tools for tracking our goals. If one thing is starting to feel stale, I can explore some other aspect of the program. So I just have to keep going.

And I think setting mini-goals will really be a big help, too. My first mini-goal is two full weeks on the program, which I will hit next weekend. My reward is a new pair of shoes! So I have that to look forward to at the very least.

I really hope we stick with it this time. It's hard to be too confident when I have tried and failed and tried and failed over and over and over again for the last 15 years! I've felt this excited about an exercise and nutrition plan before, but it's never lasted more than a couple weeks. This time feels different, but I've said that before, too. So be it. The only other alternative is to give up entirely, and I refuse to do that. So I'll just keep taking this one day at a time, one hour at a time if need be, and I'll keep hoping that this is the time I really turn my life around.

Today's going to be great.
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    I know for me, there were days when I felt like I was one weigh-in from stuffing my face with all the things I shouldn't be eating. I felt like I wasn't seeing enough progress for all the hard work and sacrifice (what, no chocolate!?!) that I was putting in. My husband reminded me that giving in would just make it that much harder to my goal, and take back a little of what I'd already achieved. I had to push through it--keep doing it when the newness wore off. You can do that too! And if you have days--or weeks--that you stumble a bit, use those as stepping stones instead. Learn from them.

    Also, the closer I get to my goals (long and short term) the more excited I get...I use that to keep pushing ahead!
    1709 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2013 4:15:43 PM
    Congrats on the weight loss it has taken me about 12 weeks to loose 13 lbs. The most important thing you have to keep in mind is that we are all here for you. That is I think the most valuable thing about sp that has helped me keep going all these people her working towards the same goal. We have like minds in what we want to acheive so you have lots to help encourage. Use sp to it's fullest. I use it for receipes ALOT, for tracking everything from weight to food, support we are here for you, and education. The best way to set yourself up for success is to remember this isn't a diet this is a new way of life. You not going to stop once you hit your goal weight or you will be right back here. You have to see that your changing not only your weight, but the rest of your life. That is what has helped me. My success have been very small about 2 lbs a week and some weeks none. OMG have I wanted to quit, but my SP won't let me. I blog when I am feel good and when I am feeling bad both help encourage. When your down people are there to help pick you up and say keep going. When you celebrate we are here to say awesome job and give you a high five. Just remember you are not alone! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1712 days ago
    Spark People is awesome if you use. Good luck.
    1712 days ago
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