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Monday, July 15, 2013

Three weeks ago, sitting in my back garden, I experienced one of those rare emotions that took a short while to identify - I was happy. I felt at peace, though it was a bit worrying to have nothing to worry about. In short:

- Life was good
- My elderly parents were in great health
- My business was under control and my tumultuous relationship with my business partner was stronger than usual
- I had a lovely summer planned, visiting good friends and taking a family holiday with my parents
- I had a trip to Antarctica booked. I was going to live my dream, after 30 years of planning.

Then I looked down at my stomach. The only thing wrong - and it was a very, very big thing - was my weight (and fitness levels). Seriously wrong. I was the heaviest - and my body the largest - I had ever been. I store all my fat on my belly and I look like a butterball. No clothes fit. I'm out of breath after the slightest exertion.

My happiness dissolved.

I found Sparks People when randomly Googling, looking for... something.

I had been eating healthy for 2 weeks already, but the weight or waistline wasn't moving. I had little or no inclination to push myself to exercise and had a million excuses why not to join the gym. I was reading in Fitness magazines that it was possible to gain weight by not eating enough - a new one on me - and the whole fitness/nutrition thing didn't make sense to me anymore. I was losing direction and that meant that neither the weight nor the fitness levels were about change for the positive. It was all turning a bit bleak, after such a positive start. So, here I am.

One week on now - a week obsessed and enlightened by the nutrition planner - I have succeeded in exercising every day, as 10 minutes is so do-able, and have been enthusiastically drinking 8 glasses of water daily to maintain my streaks (I think Steaks are a fantastic idea). The weight hasn't moved at all yet, but I have more energy, look forward to my 10 minutes exercise, have peace of mind, and most importantly, I have a direction. (I think the waistline might be reducing a bit too).

Thanks, Sparks.

Now, my immediate goal is to get through Day 1 of the 28 Day Boot Camp DVD without a pause - or two - or ten. It's a way off yet - but I know will get there.
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  • 301WK1OF60
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    1352 days ago
  • STEPH24379
    Tracking food is a huge help to me. I am always so shocked at some foods.
    1712 days ago
  • TIG123GER
    You can SO do this!!!! Welcome to the family and know that we are all here to support you whenever you need it. Just don't get discouraged if the scale doesn't move quickly. You will see results in your body from the exercise and that is just as important. I'm one of those people obsessed with the scale and I get easily bummed if I don't see change so I'm trying to overcome that as my clothes all fit better, I feel better, and my hubby says I look better. Lots of luck to you on this journey and congrats about the trip!!
    1712 days ago
  • ROCKLAND2010
    You have come to the right place. Spark People will inspire, motivate and support you.
    1712 days ago
    You ar definitely on the right track! And just think how great you are going to feel when you take that trip!! You will be able to enjoy it so much more because your weight isn't going to curb what you want to do. Enjoy!!!!!!!
    1712 days ago
    Whoop! Whoop! You can do it! Don't forget to measure yourslef too!!! Where the scale might not show the measuremenets will. Measure your Neck, upper arm, chest, waist, hips, thigh and calf and re- measure yourself once a month.
    Best wishes and keep sparking daily, join teams, it really helps.
    1712 days ago
    emoticon Wishing you great success towards your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1712 days ago
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