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Things ARE different this time!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I was one of 8 kids growing up. You ate quickly because otherwise the food was all gone. We had to eat whatever was on our plate, even if we were full. As a consequence, I have been dieting a long time - ever since high school. Although back in high school, I was able to lose weight very easily just by exercising and eating healthier - no calorie counting back then.

I have lost excess weight and achieved a healthy weight 2 times in my life. The rest of the time I have been overweight or obese. those two times, I didn't have any plan for maintaining. I just let life happen and let emotions and boredom dictate what I ate.

I feel like one year on Sparkpeople.com has really made a difference for me. I still have about 50 lbs to lose, but last year I had 93 lbs left to lose. I still have bad days where I overeat, but this time I have the tools to quickly get back on track. So maybe I don't lose weight for a particular week when I overeat, but I have the knowledge to push forward and to get back on track.

It is a little harder this time because I have a family to cook for and who enjoy eating dinner out. Last two times I was single and it is so much easier when you don't have all these tempting things even in your house. In some respects, it is a little easier too, because I have all of you to cheer me on and support me. You listen to me whine or rant and you help to keep me honest.

A year later, I have learned to put ME first. I need to be healthy to be around as long as possible for my kids. I need to be at a healthy weight to help my knee replacement last as long as possible. I need to exercise and eat right to set a good example for my kids and even my husband. When I make the time for ME, I see results. After a year of doing it, my kids have learned to accept that as normal.

I have learned in this year that carbs are healthy to eat, but in moderation. Too many carbs make me feel sluggish and also eat up my calories. It is important to try to balance and eat the recommended percentage of carbs, protein, fat and also fiber in what you eat each day.

I don't expect things to go perfectly all the time. I expect there will be times where life really throws me for a loop. But the biggest thing that is different this time is that I am not going to give up. Whatever setback happens to me is just that - a setback. It is not an excuse to give up. I will keep trying until I succeed. Then I will keep trying because this is a lifelong thing, not a one-time thing.
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  • ANGELN325
    I hear that! When I was in my 20's so much easier for me to lose any amount of weight and now, I feel like the Mission Impossible music should be playing, but actually my challenges for losing weight actually coincided with me developing asthma. I'm not sure why but I'm thinking it has to do with my inefficient use of getting rid of carbon dioxide.
    1078 days ago
  • WORKNPROGRESS49
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  • CAT-IN-CJ
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    Great blog! Isn't it wonderful realizing that we CAN make good decisions
    and that we can make a difference in our life and be a good influence on those we care about.

    You're a real blessing to all of us! We are in this journey together!!!

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    1081 days ago
  • BATCHICK
    great blog, sounds liek you've made a lot of great progress.

    Never give up on yourself!
    1082 days ago
  • RASPBERRY56
    Keep up the great work! Attitude and self-awareness are so, *so* crucial to success!
    1082 days ago
  • JAYDEE1211
    Thanks for a great blog. You have a fantastic attitude! emoticon
    1082 days ago
  • THE_SHAKESHAFT
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  • INNERJETTIC
    Inspiring blog. You have made great progress. Just think about all the times you've been disappointed with not having made a decision to improve your health with thoughts like " . . . if I had started losing weight a year ago, I could already be much closer to my goal . . . " Well, last year, you made that decision and have steadily been moving in a healthier direction. Good for you!
    1083 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Good lessons learned! HUGS And prioritizing ourselves . . . really important to succeed!
    1083 days ago
  • THOMASINA57
    Well Said! I always say I eat fast because I had to if I wanted more as the bigger kids always gobbled everything up.. great memories though.. did you get the speech about all the starving kids in the world if you didn't feel like eating all that was on your plate? We sure did!

    You made me smile.. AND.. great job this past year and also for learning to put yourself first!
    1083 days ago
  • AWESOMECHELZ
    I think that for me too, the greatest gift I have learned here too is to pick up and keep going!! What a great blog. emoticon And emoticon In time, your family will be in your journey too. Keep up the great work, my friend! emoticon
    LOVE, CHELSEA
    1083 days ago
  • RDEE22
    You are doing well! Keep it up. You are No. 1.
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    1083 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    I just read an article in a magazine stating how futile it is to try to lose weight, but your blog demonstrates the difference between thinking it's a "once and done" thing and KNOWING it's a lifelong thing. Thanks for your blog, it is wonderful to see how different you are from a year ago.
    1083 days ago
  • NIGHTASBYDAY
    emoticon great blog ,
    I know how it was in those days with large families, lol I too am from a big bunch,
    it was always eat, everything on your dish we can not afford to waste it,
    then now it leaves you feeling guilty just for couple bites or so left on dish emoticon ,
    1083 days ago
  • MATTEROFHEART
    Yay! Great job! You are doing it, and this time for life! I am so proud of you!
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    1083 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1083 days ago
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