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A couple things I learned in the last two weeks...

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

I try to find a lesson in everything or at least learn something new often. The last two weeks I have learned a couple different things and I wanted to share them with you.

1. ALWAYS be honest with YOURSELF! Really, who are you fooling? You step on the scale and it has a gain, record it. Weigh in and be accountable. I used to get sad and not log my weight that week because who likes to see the line on our graphs go in the apposite direction?? Sure, your going to feel like crap but your also bringing an awareness to it. Why did you gain that week. Your thinking you logged all your food, your workouts and you should have lost. First things first, that doesn't mean you didn't make progress that week. You have other victories than what the scale shows. Give yourself a break for being consistent that week and living healthy.

2. Log EVERYTHING- Sure you had a great week logging. You logged all your meals and your workouts. Be honest with your logging. I found that when I reviewed my week and my notes after I weighted in that I wasn't logging everything or I was rounding too much (both down and Up). I logged all my meals but what about the 2 cookies I ate at work from a co-worker..they were only two cookies how much damage could it be....Oh, wait! I also didn't log the piece of candy I had when I went into the store. Hmmm. I worked out...I did 20 minutes everyday. I liked the calorie number I saw when I logged it at 30 instead so I did that. Well, going back to number 1, being honest with yourself. When I made the edits to my log, I found out why I didn't lose anything that week.

3. Surround yourself with people that have the same goals. In the beginning, this is very important. It's also very important to me when I go off track. I have some friends that don't really watch what they eat and just not at the point in their lives where they want to. When I with them, I find as it as excuse to eat that way. An excuse to go off track. When I am around people that do share the same goals, I don't mind ordering something grilled or a fresh salad because that is what they are eating. And, I actually enjoy eating that way. A couple weeks back on track, I can go out with my other friends again but I am so excited to see the weight coming off, I am encouraged to keep eating that way.

4. Love yourself. This is so important. I realized this during the last couple of weeks. I kept dodging pictures with my kids. Now I get in them anyway. Who cares! It's not like it's news to everyone else. Look how big Shannon got. They have seen this all along, it didn't happen overnight. Now, I get in the pictures and think, wow, how awesome is it going to be to compare pictures from six months ago and see the progress I have made. How proud are my kids going to be of me?

5. Reach out for support when you need it. I found a couple buddies on SP that I email a couple times a week. We check in with one other and are starting to get to know about our healthy habits and our families etc. It's really nice to have people that understand what you are going through.

I hope you find some motivation in this post. I feel motivated just for writing it :)

Stay healthy!

Shannon
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NICKLESPICKLES 10/7/2013 4:10PM

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/6/2013 12:40AM

    I agree with all.

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ILOVELUCY35 9/20/2013 8:00AM

    Thank you so much for this post. I am guilty of lying on my food tracker too. I can honestly relate to each and every point that you have made and they are so very important. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts.

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DUCKIJO 9/12/2013 1:38PM

    great! I think that the one thing you need to do, Forgive yourself! If you make a bad decision, forgive yourself and move on@

You are doing a great job!



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TIME-4-TINA 9/12/2013 8:33AM

    I agree with all that you've said. I track every morsel of food. I have a friend who's complaining that she can't lose weight. I, of course, turned her on to spark and encouraged her to use the trackers. It was a real eye-opener for her. The hardest part about my journey is the fact that I don't have friends at home that share my ideas of fitness and nutrition. I wish I did. I do have friends that live far away and we do email like you do and share what works for us. But I wish I had at least one friend that I could go to the gym with or walk with that is also trying to lose weight and make a lifestyle change. Not sure how to find this person. I meet people casually at the gym or in zumba class, but no one that I would want to team up with. I am, however, very glad that I have the support here on sparkpeople! Have a great day!

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FIRECOM 9/11/2013 1:00PM

    If a day passes without learning something. it is a day lost. Thanks for a very good blog.

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JRRING 9/10/2013 9:22PM

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CPIFER2 9/10/2013 5:40PM

  Great advise. I love learning new things, even when the lessons are tough.

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EJB2801 9/9/2013 10:06PM

    True, true, true. I'm going to be careful with measuring what I eat, even when it's inconvenient. Out come the food scales! I'm glad you posted this.

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NANA-B-FITZ 9/9/2013 9:56PM

    Well said and yes you have motivated me. I can feel the honesty in your words. emoticon

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VELVETDRAGONFLY 9/9/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon Now this is something I need to remind myself everyday. Thank you for such an awesome blog.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/8/2013 7:10PM

    Great post

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  Great blog

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TRYINGHARD54 9/8/2013 7:32AM

    thank you.. this is great info.

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KICKINGKILOS 9/8/2013 1:38AM

    what a great post. Thx

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RENATA144 9/7/2013 10:17AM

  Beautiful life lessons for us all ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASMARTERWAY 9/5/2013 4:26PM

    I'm tempted to shirk on the tracking sometimes but then, again like you, I think, who am I really kidding!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 9/5/2013 3:46PM

    Way to go! I love your observations.
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