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    GORIANA   65,088
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Six Years of Sparking.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My weight was on the way up when I joined SparkPeople six years ago today. It continued climbing for a few more years before I really made the choice to keep trying, no matter what. Now, I am less than ten pounds from goal. Iíve lost about thirty pounds. It has not been an easy road. Since 2010, Iíve only gone down or maintained. That is a big accomplishment, for me. I havenít figured out any secret, but I have learned that the most important thing is to just keep going.

Before joining SparkPeople, I had lost about forty pounds on my own. I learned some about good eating, but my main weigh loss tool was massive, intense workouts. Thatís not sustainable. Iíve learned that this kind of Ďbingeí workout is not too much better than binge eating. When life became too hectic for two hour a day workouts, I started gaining back the forty pounds, little by little. It took about ten years to gain most of it back. That is about how long it took to gain it the first time too.

This time Iíve made small changes since 2010. After three years of focused attention, Iím still not exactly where I want to be, but Iím closer. I feel this will happen, but I need to take it easy and listen to my bodyís needs. It knows what I need, if I only listen. I exercise for about an hour a day. Sometimes, the only workout I can get is a twenty minute walk. Iíve learned that nutrition needs closer vigilance than fitness minutes, but they are both necessary. The main difference is that I am more aware of how this or that tweak works for me. I am more active on the SparkPeople boards and Iíve also joined a group called (Take off Pounds Sensibly) TOPS. With a support system that keeps me pushing even when I trip, I can continue moving forward to find the strategies that get me where I want to go.

One thing I know that I need to keep working on is the mental and emotional game. Iíve only recently become aware of how important that is. There is the concept of eating mindfully and not eating my emotions. There is also the idea of shaping my body from a belief in what I know it to be. That kind of talk used to sound like mumbo jumbo, but I understand it some and hope to understand it better in the future.

Anyway, I had to mark today and if you got this far, thanks for reading!
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RUDITUDI2000 8/26/2013 2:00PM

    Thanks for encouraging me on my journey! I love the wisdom you share. I am learning and appreciate you taking the time to share what is working, how to make this a lifestyle vs a diet. The part about binge exercising really makes sense. emoticon On 6 years of sparking! emoticon

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LIZZIECA55 8/26/2013 12:07PM

    Congratulations on your six year anniversary and thanks for such a well thought out and written blog. Keep up the good work!

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CALGALFOX 8/23/2013 10:26AM

    Woo hoo - happy Spark anniversary!

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LRSILVER 8/23/2013 7:02AM

    Keep it up.

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JMOUSE99 8/22/2013 3:47PM

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JAHINTZY 8/22/2013 3:17PM

    well done and congratulations on marking 6 years! I like the comparison between binge workouts and binge eating... I hadn't thought about it that way but you're definitely right.

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MOTHEPRO 8/22/2013 2:53PM

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LMB-ESQ 8/22/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon 6 years! Great job!

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CHANGELIFE2016 8/22/2013 1:57PM

    Congratulations on maintaining and losing for that long! not an easy feat! i agree on the two hour workouts. hard to maintain unless you are training for a race of some kind. My goal is an hour 5 to 6 days a week. You are doing great and i love your balanced goals!

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UPBEAT551 8/22/2013 1:45PM

  Congratulations

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UNSWEETMAMA 8/22/2013 1:44PM

    I agree with so much of what you said... to keep going, nutrition and fitness are both important, and not eating our emotions.
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