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A new month begins, and a New Year of Maintenace


Thursday, August 01, 2013

In August, 2010, I declared myself "done" losing at my JC center, and entered "official" maintenance. I weighed about 2 pounds more than I do right now at that time. My weight over the intervening years has been as much as 7 pounds less than it is now... and it has drifted up to 4 or 5 pounds over at times... but in about a week, I'll be entering what I will consider YEAR 4 of the current maintenance.

What is the hardest thing to maintain in living a healthy lifestyle? Hands down, for ME, it's motivation. I fight the battle of motivation on a regular basis. I'm sure I'm not the only one. That's why we Spark! When one is down, another is "up" to offer a hand, or vice versa.

What am I proudest of in this maintenance, as opposed to previous attempts as "staying there"? That I have not allowed things happening around me or in other areas of my life to overwhelm my determination to keep healthy habits in my life "at some level". I have drawn that "line in the sand" I've blogged about. I haven't just wished... I've acted.

What keeps me going, when the going gets tough? The knowledge, gained the hard way, that not everyone HAS a choice. But that I do. I would be dishonoring those who have no choice if I chose to do nothing to help myself live healthier!

I am thinking of my sister in law, who succumbed to ALS in the past year. I am thinking of service men and women and first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty. I am thinking of those with debilitating illnesses that prevent them from exercising.

My own obesity was behavioral, and yes, I used food as my drug of choice, as a compulsion / addiction. It got in the way of living the life I envied others for having: an active life.

While I've been battling the number on the scale for my entire adult life (started the last year in high school trying to control that number)... I have learned things THIS time that just didn't stick before. I have learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that makes me happy. It is the sticking up for myself, it is the behavior that takes care of ME. It is a HEALTHY form of selfishness. It is that I am worth not MORE nor LESS than another human being, but worth AS MUCH.

And it is the behavior that drives my health. The number on the scale is not my grade. The time across the finish line is not my grade. But they are milestones, like a point on a GPS, that tell me where I am.

And know what? Right now? Today... I'm in a good place. I am living!

To dos for today:
* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Prioritize what you work on.
* Remember to go to recess.
* And respect yourself. YOU are a valued member of the human race!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 8/1/2013 10:07PM

    congrats

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2013 9:22PM

    Great blog, Barb.

To be worth 'as much" is enough, isn't it?

And when you are enough, and have enough -- it helps not to eat too much!!

Congrats on moving fourwards!!

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DLDMIL 8/1/2013 1:57PM

    Hoorah!!!!

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LJCANNON 8/1/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary, AND Thank You for the Motivation, Encouragement and Support that you so Generously hand out every day!! It is Appreciated More Than I Can Say!!

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DALID414 8/1/2013 11:13AM

    Namaste

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 8/1/2013 10:00AM

    Love the HEALTHY form of selfishness! Thanks for an inspiring blog, and emoticon on your upcoming maintenance emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/1/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon 4 years is great!

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LEWILL1982 8/1/2013 9:37AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing! As I've struggled to maintain in the past, I agree, it was the motivation that I lacked at times, that, and having a conscious goal to work towards. I love the reference about doing this because we CAN and there are so many who CAN'T. Congratulations on your maintenance and all the things you've learned along the way. You are an inspiration to me!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2013 9:18AM

    Congratulations Barb! It is a real achievement. HUGS

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2013 8:25AM

    " I have learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that makes me happy. "
Here's to the day we all realize the same - the day we realize our health and what we can do with these marvelous machines called our bodies make us happy.
Namaste my friend and congrats on emoticon in maintenance.

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GABY1948 8/1/2013 8:20AM

    emoticon and inspiring for sure!

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MIRAGE727 8/1/2013 7:38AM

    Yeah, Baby!
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Thank you for sharing! You own your life, Barb! You walk the walk! Stay strong, my friend!
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MSLZZY 8/1/2013 7:23AM

    emoticon In the end, it is what makes and keeps you happy that matters the most-not the scale, not what others think but just YOU. HUGS!

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CANADIANFROG09 8/1/2013 7:18AM

    Your Do's all Doable! emoticon emoticon

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