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Starting over, yet again!!


Saturday, September 07, 2013

I have no one to blame but me *shakes finger at self*. On the other hand, after falling down the mountain for the umpteenth time, I am determined to climb back up again. I started Spark almost a year ago, and then really got down to business about 6 months ago and made some great progress with my fitness level and my overall health. I learned to run - my cardio fitness vastly improved, I learned how to plan ahead and put together a healthy meal plan each week - and make healthy choices and serving sizes when I wasn't cooking for myself, and I learned to incorporate fitness into my life on a regular basis. I was getting the hang of it, and then... well... not so much.

Some of the old unhealthy habits managed to sneak in here and there, but I ignored them for the most part. After all, look at all the progress I had made. But then a few other things happened, injuries, major job stress and some new unexpected life stresses -- and WHAM, I seemed to slip right off that slippery slope and while enjoying the ride down the mountainside, I didn't think to look back until only recently.

Which brings me to today. That wild ride has brought me right back to where I started, and now I am looking back up the mountain where I was, and even further up the mountain to where I want to be. It seems a little overwhelming from this vantage point, especially knowing how easily (and quickly) I managed to fall back to square one. But I am going to do it. There are some awesome things at the top of this mountain, and I look forward to placing my two feet on that uppermost peak. In the meantime though, there are many other beautiful things to see along the way. And this time, I will have to remind myself to look back down the mountain from time to time, to remind myself of where I started and to appreciate how my progress adds up - one step at a time.

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BRADMILL2922 9/12/2013 2:07AM

    The best thing is that you know how to do it already! You know you can do it! You know where you made mistakes and you know how to fix them! I lost 121 lbs and gained back 78 before I got back on track! Now I have lost 215...so trust me, I know you can do it!

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GREGGWEISBROD 9/11/2013 11:27AM

    The beauty of the climb is that every step is the same, you just have to have the courage to place on foot in front of the other and start again. I let my mountain slide last for close to six years to the tune of 65 pounds. But, there's always a new day, where we can stand back up and fight back. The most important fight we'll ever be in, that's how I look at it. Good luck, I'm so cheering for you. :-)

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JUMPINJULIE 9/9/2013 12:35AM

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/8/2013 8:54PM

    My friend, you are NOT in the same place you were before this "fall" because you are not the same person. You have similar challenges but you have also grown and learned from your mistakes. A lot of people give up after only ONE fall but you keep on going. emoticon There is a Japanese saying something like "I fell 7 times and got up 8". That's you!! emoticon

Love, Chelsea

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67YKCEB 9/8/2013 10:06AM

    You are so not alone. ... I've been up and down that mountain quite a few times. I hope that this will be your last trip down. emoticon emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/8/2013 7:56AM

    You got back up, that's whats important!

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 9/7/2013 7:31PM

  You are not alone. I am right there with you. It's like your inside my head. BUT emoticon and we will do it!

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JACKIE542 9/7/2013 6:21PM

    One step at a time is right, gald to see you back!! emoticon emoticon

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JESSICABOOTY 9/7/2013 5:58PM

    It's not how many times you fall, it's the number of times you get right back up and try again. You are so perceptive in discovering where you took the wrong turn and then looking for ways to overcome them. emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 9/7/2013 4:32PM

    Welcome back! You can do it!!!!

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JOANNKW 9/7/2013 4:18PM

    Dang, I think I lost my comment. I've BTDT way too many times. I joined the BLC challenge to see if I could get into it with my mind. The spark wide challenges don't do it for me. How is your kitty doing?

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JOANNKW 9/7/2013 4:17PM

    I've been there, am only a little way back up the mountain in fact. In my ongoing search for motivation and so on, I have joined the BLC23 challenge. We are 'training' right now, but it is still open for joining now. We are already working on good habits, practice challenges, and weighing in. It looks fun, and I hope will help me get my mind in the game! How is your kitty?

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