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Exercise is another word for being good to yourself

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's been a long time since I've blogged on SparkPeople, but trust me, it hasn't been a long time since I've Sparked. Some days I feel like keeping my weight off is a second job. Watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise.,,,

BUT - sometimes I think that the payoff is worth more than the money I earn at my real job.

Being thin doesn't guarantee that you'll never have health concerns as evidenced by my history over the last four years. I was plagued with sinus and upper respiratory infections. Severe allergic reactions to antibiotics. Perpetual GI distress. Severe fatigue. Hip and leg pain that just never let up.

YET - I kept watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise...

I saw the ENT and had sinus surgery. CHECK
I saw the GI doctor and found out that I have celiac disease and am now healed on a gluten free diet. CHECK
I saw the physical medicine doctor and found that I have bulging disks in my back and had an epidural injection and hours of physical therapy. CHECK

AND - I kept watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise...

Doctor after doctor told me that those were the smartest things that I could do for myself. Recovery time was cut in half. I wasn't at risk for all the complications that accompany obesity like hypertension and diabetes that make you a poor anesthesia risk. They praised me for being thin like I'd been that way all my life.

SO - I had to tell them about my weight loss story and the wonderful power of sparking with others who are struggling down the same path....

One asked me to sum up in one sentence why I lost weight, what made me stay the course and get to goal.

I REPLIED - Because I love myself...

Next time you climb on the bike, treadmill, elliptical, or cut that baked potato in half and wrap up the rest, tell yourself:

THAT'S -- why I watch every bite that I put in my mouth, track my food on SP, exercise every day...

Happy Sparking!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOWCARBRENEE 10/14/2013 7:28AM

    So agree!

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SUSIEMT 9/20/2013 11:58PM

    What a wonderful blog! I so agree!

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GRANDMABABA 9/17/2013 11:58AM

    Continued great success to you!

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DEBSZOO74 9/17/2013 12:49AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 9/15/2013 9:49PM

Self love is vital. We women forget to treat ourselves like we treat our best friends.
Thank you for your beautiful reminder!!!

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_CYNDY55_ 9/15/2013 4:57PM

emoticon emoticon Blog!

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SUNSHINE20113 9/15/2013 1:44PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 9/14/2013 11:38PM


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-SHOREIDO- 9/14/2013 9:50AM

    Great blog!! Thanks for sharing and loving yourself.

One less person to worry about! emoticon


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ROCKLAND2010 9/14/2013 8:33AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing!

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CARRAND 9/13/2013 8:57PM

    Wonderful blog! You are so right - loving yourself enough to make the effort is what it's all about.

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FELINA 9/13/2013 10:12AM

    Thank you for a wonderful blog ! What a great reminder to keep doing this for ourselves first and foremost. Fantastic attitude and motivation !

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CELIAMINER 9/13/2013 9:20AM

    Very inspirational! You lost the weight for YOU, not for anyone else!

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NUOVAELLE 9/13/2013 1:39AM

    Great message! Congratulations on having changed your life and thank you for spreading the spark!

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JSTETSER 9/12/2013 9:17PM

    So true! Thanks for the post.

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WATERMELLEN 9/12/2013 9:02PM

    What a brilliant blog -- we all have to love ourselves enough to do the hard work you've done and keep on doing.

And yup: keeping the weight off is my "second job" too, and harder than my main job, and more satisfying in terms of the payoff also!!

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    That is an awesome answer! Love yourself enough to put you first! Way to go!

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MEXGAL1 9/12/2013 7:41PM

    Amen sister!

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MOMMY445 9/12/2013 7:21PM

    i fully agree! have a fabulous day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/12/2013 6:42PM

    Absolutely the reason to keep up the habits... because you're worth loving! And you're stepping up to the plate and loving yourself every time you exercise your choice to eat right, get your sleep or follow medical advice. Well stated and well lived!

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_LINDA 9/12/2013 5:55PM

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That is fantastic you persevered over such serious health issues and came out on top! One of the first things I learned on Spark People is if you don't love yourself you will never lose the weight because you won't feel the effort is worth it, Way to hammer home the message!
Keep on being your amazing self!

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DELLMEL 9/12/2013 5:35PM

  I try to keep exercising and cutting back on my food so that I can feel better. I love me and I am going to do what's right for me. Thanks.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/12/2013 4:37PM

    I'm so glad you are doing so well and checked all these things off of your list. When you love yourself, anything is possible!


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VTRICIA 9/12/2013 4:03PM

    What a marvelous blog! I am really glad you took the time to write this down and share it. And that's great to hear that they recognized your healthiness without knowing you had lost a lot of weight!

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MOBYCARP 9/12/2013 3:43PM

    "Because I love myself."

That's a good sound bite. It's better than the sound bites I've used. It can play into ethics, because "love your neighbor as yourself" isn't much good if you don't love yourself.

Thank you for this blog.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2013 3:26PM

    You brought tears to my eyes! I never thought of it that way, but my heart said yes. I did it and I do it because I love myself.

Congrats on all your success. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Great blog! -Marsha

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/12/2013 3:18PM

    What a great blog, I really enjoyed reading it. Woo hoo, you sure ARE taking care of yourself

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DSJB9999 9/12/2013 2:46PM


emoticon for sharing

You are inspirational, I agree 100% with your plans and activities.

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KIMBERLY_Y 9/12/2013 2:01PM

    So true!!! Congratulations! You have an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/23/2013 8:27AM

    Missed your blogs. This is a wonderful mantra...."because I love myself"

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PMRUNNER 8/23/2013 6:17AM

    Affirmation is a much stronger and longer lasting motivator than guilt! Sounds like you have made great progress and have a great attitude too. Keep up the spark!

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WISLNDR 8/23/2013 6:12AM

    Such good news!!

The other day I was feeling extremely stressed by on overly busy schedule and decided to ride my bike to one of my stops. All I had to do was sit on the bike and I felt my whole body go AHHHHHHHHHHH. (Imagine how awesome it was once I actually started riding!!)

Thanks for posting this and getting us all caught up on the good things that are happening in your life!!

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DDOORN 8/22/2013 10:27PM

    How wonderful to hear from you Joanne!

Even MORE wonderful to hear how well you are doing!

Been there with the bulging discs...PT worked wonders, I still do those pelvic tilts for preventative purposes.

VERY cool to hear again from you...! Made my day!


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BESTSUSIEYET 8/22/2013 9:25PM

    Ah, Joanne -- so good to hear you are doing so well! I love this post!! Thanks for the reminder that a healthy lifestyle can minimize the problems that are NOT related to unhealthy choices. Many things are out of our control ... but that doesn't mean EVERYTHING is out of our control! Keep up the good work -- and keep challenging us to ACT like we love and appreciate our bodies! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/22/2013 8:24PM

    Absolutely agree 100%.

And I'm kind of embarassed to admit how long it has taken me to grasp this!

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NVR2LATE2BFIT 8/22/2013 8:21PM

    Good for you!!!! I was very inspired by what you wrote. I am a fitness instructor at Anytime Fitness and I am constantly trying to motivate members to do exactly what you wrote about! I am very proud of you!!!!

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