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Great insights from Healthy Holiday Challenge; Why Wait 'til January?

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Gosh I haven't blogged in so long!

I have been honestly too busy - work has kept me from Spark. But I have flu, and I am trying to do some reading since I can't work out (seriously - it's all in my lungs), and I joined this challenge because frankly the holidays do me in every year :)

Here's a link to the challenge in case you're interested (hope it works, not super tech savvy - if not, the name is in the blog title):

http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
yspark/groups_individual.a
sp?gid=61516

Here's my reply to a great set of questions posted on the challenge - really useful insights for me!

Were you overweight as a child? If not, when did you first begin to struggle with your weight?

Not overweight at all as a child. In my teens I got a bit chubby, maybe an extra 10 lbs from normal skinny me. Then I started smoking, which pretty much kept me thin. Not the reason I started, but definitely contributed to not having a healthy relationship with food.

When I quit smoking, I felt it was acceptable to eat so long as I didn't smoke. I did absolutely nothing to control it, considering it the lesser of two evils. Hello 50 lbs later, 14 years later.

2. Does being overweight run in your family?

Yes. Mom is overweight, so is my aunt. My other aunt is not - she has a healthy diet and walks a lot. We're all very small boned but get round - we like our desserts.

3. Have you ever lost a significant amount of weight (either to the point of reaching your goal, or getting very close to it) only to have gained the weight back?

Yes. In 2008 I started on Spark. I got down below where I am now. But I wasn't doing it right - I was exercising so much I didn't have time for the kids, and I was depriving myself - never ate anything of the foods I love, always said no to treats.

Halloween did me in last time. Once I fell over the candy edge, I just stopped trying.

4. Are you doing anything this time with your weight loss journey that is different from previous attempts? If so, what?

So much!! I really feel like this is a lifestyle now. I log my food, and really pay attention to getitng the right amounts of water, fiber, protein, carbs, etc - on the days I hit it, I feel amazing.

But I allow myself the treats I crave - just every once in a while, and small portions, not every day and the whole box of cookies :)

Having the food in the house is still the biggest problem - today I am going to figure out what to do about the kids' candy for example :) I have had too much of it the last couple of days. Not as much as previous years, but it's clear I still have no self control around the stuff!

I also have found ways to enjoy exercise. And I mix it up - I do a lot of walking, I am teaching myself to run, I go to the gym, I make opportunities for exercise with the family...it makes such a difference.

5. Do you believe you will reach your goal?

I do. I don't think I will hit it on the date it's set for. Getting sick seems to be the setback for me - every time I get flu, and am just too sick to exercise, it's a couple of weeks to get back into it. But I WILL get back into it. And that is the difference - it's not a goal where I will stop the changes I have made when I reach it. It's a new lifestyle, and I love it.

6. As of today there are 59 days until New Years Day. Are you committed to doing your best to make as much progress as you can in that time?

Yes!!! So frustrated right now because I have flu. The darn thing is in my chest and I can't do any working out. I am trying hard to carefully log my food, and avoid too many mini chocolate bars. I am focused on coming on Spark and participating, to keep myself motivated for when I can get back out there.

I will get there. I am determined. Thanks for this challenge!
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JILL4KELLY 11/4/2013 1:16PM

    So nice to read one of your blogs again! I do enjoy your writing :)

I went on vacation a couple weeks ago and just blew my eating, gained 3 pounds and now feel that I might as well just relax until January. But I know that's not the right answer! The tug and struggle is sooo hard. And it rained on Halloween, so we got about 3/4 of the kids we usually do and have too much left over - it is so tempted, it is so small! I'm glad you posted, I want to join this group also to keep me on track until January with help. I will be writing to PIXIE-LICIOUS. No need to edit your post, the comments tell how to join.

Thanks!

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TRACYDH 11/2/2013 4:35PM

    oh good to know! so they won't find it by searching - should I edit my post to direct people to you?

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/2/2013 4:08PM

    So sorry that you are sick! emoticon

I enjoyed your blog and getting to know more about you! Best wishes on making progress during the challenge. Our team is private though, but anyone who wants to join is welcome. All they need to do is Sparkmail me to let me know!

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