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Friday, November 08, 2013

Happy Friday! Today is my last kickboxing class of the online deal I bought. I can't believe it has been 10 weeks since I started the class! I really enjoy the class, but I can't afford to keep going. I would have to pay almost $200 up front for 3 months of classes. If I had more money, I would definitely continue with that location! Unfortunately, I can't afford it. Oh well! I am going start doing yoga for 10 classes. I bought an online deal - 10 classes for $19. Moving around from location to location makes me feel bad, but I can't beat the price!

So... I feel like I have been in a boring routine lately. Maybe it is the dark sky now when I leave work? Maybe the cooler weather? Maybe the stress of money and credit issues? The combination of everything seems to be the most logical answer. I am pretty happy overall, but I feel like something may be missing or lacking from my life. I am still sparking & tracking... but I haven't been excited about what I am doing. It seems like I am just in a normal routine now with my eating and the rest of my life. The only time I have strong feelings about what I am doing is if I am out somewhere and I am having trouble finding something to eat. Then I just have anxiety & some stress about what I can eat! I haven't been as grumpy lately because I have been making sure I eat ON TIME! As long as I don't get hungry, I am good! At least I am not giving up or not caring about what I am eating/not eating. I am just afraid that this lack of excitement about my lifestyle may keep going downhill!

Usually when I am feeling a bit down, I like to browse the blogs of my Sparkfriends. Other times I like to look at the success stories here on Spark. It is amazing to see how much dedication and determination other members have! If you get a chance to look at some of the success stories, do it! I used to read the stories and think "One day I hope I can lose a lot of weight". Now, I DID lose a lot of weight! But I still don't feel as happy as I thought I would at this point! I was even invited by Spark to fill out their success story survey, but I still don't feel like "I DID IT". I do try to remind myself of all of the non-scale victories I have encountered like no longer being Plus-Sized and finishing ten 5K races!

I have been looking at the Secrets of Success today. I haven't read too many of them before. They have a lot of categories! I was reading through, and I actually got a few tips on aspects of life outside of weight loss! There are tips about saving money, cooking, breaking plateaus, exercise, organization, and many other things! Once again, I have found another part of this website that keeps me positive that I can make better choices and changes.

When I feel the lack of motivation to be content with my healthy lifestyle, I like to remind myself of how much I have done so far. Seeing the progress of You awesome members really helps me too! Not only did I lose over 90 pounds, but I have kept it off. I think that is the toughest part! Even though the scale can sometimes be evil, I miss the times when I would lose 2 or 3 or 4 pounds a week! People ask me if I am going to start eating junk food again since I am "skinny now"...... My SparkFriends know how hard it is to say NO to the unhealthy food! I can't start eating the way I used to just because I lost weight! This is a lifestyle I will have to continue to stick with Forever! The success stories and secrets of success and the members of this site have really helped me stick with my program! Even though I make a few changes here and there and also take a few steps back sometimes... I am still on the right path!

Once again I am giving my Thanks to this amazing website! We all have our own success story - our stories continue to grow every day! Our stories are not over, they are continuous! This website and members have helped me become who I am today. I need to continue to remember that I am the one who has followed through with all of the advice, ideas, suggestions, and support!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. Spark if you can! If you can't, don't beat yourself up too much. Keep moving forward and work towards all of your goals! If you feel like you won't reach your goals - you can change the goal date or even change the whole goal! Even though you can't change what happens to you, you can do your best to be in control of what you do and how you react! Thanks for being so great & for being you!

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GRAMPIAN 1/16/2014 6:10AM

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145HEALTHY 1/6/2014 1:53PM

    Thanks for sharing. Came across your blog while cleaning out my email. The timing was perfect since I could totally identify with your blog. Thanks for the motivation and hope.
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WHITEANGEL4 12/10/2013 10:30PM

    A very honest blog. Maybe you do need the change from kick boxing to yoga to give you a new prospective and outlook on things.

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SCARJOWANNABE 11/19/2013 10:25PM

    emoticon I've started using SparkPeople again after an almost-year hiatus. I remember reading your blogs back then and being inspired. It's great to see you succeed, since getting back I've lost 10 pounds and hope to keep going!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/17/2013 1:49PM

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GEORGE815 11/16/2013 7:32PM

    Thanks!

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JERICHO1991 11/16/2013 7:57AM

    Back to sparking after a week off. Thanks for your blog.

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INKSVAL 11/15/2013 10:45AM

  I found some GREAT workouts on Youtube. My favorite page is FITNESSBLENDER. There are all kinds of videos: short ones, long ones, cardio, toning, high impact, low impact, etc. AND IT'S FREE! Some of the sites on Youtube have dance videos, pilates, or yoga. There's a lot out there. Good luck and have fun!

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SBARGANZ 11/15/2013 9:13AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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LEANMEAN2 11/14/2013 5:46AM

    Thanks for sharing

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/13/2013 4:21PM

    When I first joined Spark People in June, I stumbled on their success stories page, and immediately friended as many of those inspiring people as I could. Seeing their success drove me on in such amazing ways. Just stumbled on your page the other day, you definitely spark it up with inspiration as well, you've accomplished so much!! :D Great job.

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VERO_DEN 11/13/2013 8:38AM

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/12/2013 2:35PM

    You have come a long way! You are healthy now! I am so proud of you and...you are an inspiration to me! I always try harder after have been on your Spark page! thank you Kimpy!
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SAMMI-SAM 11/11/2013 10:06PM

    great blog gf.....

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JOANNHUNT 11/11/2013 8:54PM

    THANK YOU FOR THAT AMAZING BLOG. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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LADYSHERRY 11/11/2013 5:37PM

    Thank you for the blog. I have not even come close to reaching my goal. I'm happy you have. It's ok to feel the way you do. This is an ending, a good one but an ending. Everything is different now. You look different, you feel different and you have people paying attention to you in a more positive way. Try not to be hard on yourself for having trouble feeling the way you do about your new self. Celebration is at hand. When you are ready you will allow yourself to pat yourself on your back and say I DID IT and I FEEL GOOD!!!! emoticon

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BANNERMAN 11/11/2013 3:07PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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FUNZ81 11/11/2013 11:04AM

    Congratulations on reaching and maintaining your wt. goal. emoticon I sounds like yoga may be just what you need. emoticon For so long your whole focus has been on loosing wt. and then maintaining it. Now, you need to set new, and perhaps different, goals. Perhaps starting an advice blog for beginners, or important truths you have learned on your wt. loss journey. Is there some other aspect of you life that could use improving. A savings program, extending your social life activities, Learning a new skill. Approach this new change the same way you did your wt. loss: make goals, list steps you will take to attain these new goals, keep an activity log, and find others pursuing similar goals. Most of all, continue writing here and keep us informed about you choices and successes! Good luck! emoticon

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FRABBIT 11/11/2013 10:34AM

  Thanks for the encouraging words and kudos on sustaining your major weight loss!

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JEANNINEMM68 11/10/2013 8:33PM

    I feel the same as you but instead of losing your enthusiasm I am trying to find mine. Yes I do want to lose weight but i just can't find the kick that I need. I will look through the things you did and see what I can find.

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SOULFISH80 11/10/2013 2:52PM

    Beautiful perspective. So proud of you for your succes, and your committment to move forward and keep the spark bright by finding new goals and new ways to stay motivated. Hope your yoga class is great. And thanks for your support, your are wonderful!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/10/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon emoticon I am not as enthusiastic about tracking and planning out the menu for the week. I don't look forward to going to the pool like I use to but I think that is because it has become routine. It took me 23 months to lose 120+ pounds and I have kept it off for over 42 weeks. It has become a habit now. The honeymoon is over, so to speak. It is like a marriage, you have to keep everything fresh. I am going through the same thing now. In fact I put 2 pounds back on in the last month. I will be changing up my work out routine and making some new dishes.

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JUDYAMK 11/10/2013 10:01AM

    I am a carb eater my worse time is in the evening. I am tying different things to satisfy me. I was at my health store on Friday & spoke to the store associate about my cravings. She told me this helps her. One cup of almond milk ( right then I began to shutter never had it & sounded disgusting to drink but I politely listened ) 2 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds ( heah I eat them in foods they swell up & make you feel full okay maybe I will listen a little more closer ) then she said one banana ( now we are talking I love bananas ) Then you put this in a blender & whirl away . Let it set in fridge for several hours. That gives the chia seeds a chance to swell & t to set into a pudding. Wow I had this Friday night & let me say I had no wanting of the usual carb's I crave I was satisfied!!! Have a great week
Judy

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/10/2013 9:49AM

    Great blog!

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FIRECOM 11/10/2013 9:29AM

    Written from the heart and it was great. Thank You.

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SUZIPAM1 11/10/2013 6:56AM

    you know when you start losing it is the challenge and its new and fun. then it become how you are and it is normal. you have to adapt to being the new thin person and not having the goal - you have to strive for a new challenge and that can be studying something or just seeing things differently. i can let you in on a little secret - id been married for 15 years when i embarked on a weightloss challenge for me and he was so supportive (as he had been the other 400 odd times i had tried to lose weight) but then when it seemed like i was succeeding he decided he was not so happy and when i lost the 48 kgs he left me and said i had changed. my whole life changed. i was a single mom and although i had lost all this weight and felt so good about that everything else was a challenge and i moved towns - started studying and my whole life was different - so sometimes it can start a whole new life with loads of new challenges haha - so now ive put on a bit again im determed to keep it off as i worked hard for this and i lost a lot more then just fat to get her :)

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WENDYANNE61 11/10/2013 2:21AM

    Spark Browsing has helped me numerous times as well as checking my Spark friends latest blogs! Such a diversity of excellent ideas on how to approach different problems, to find encouragement and to observe how others deal with their daily lives!

emoticon Your blogs for example, have got me through a number of phases when I felt like throwing my running shoes in the bin and eating a packet of biscuits instead of working out - you just keep on going, drag yourself out of the doldrums and get back on track! I love the suggestions you have made for wallet-friendly activities! THANK You!

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MARYJEANSL 11/9/2013 11:09PM

  It's always nice to hear about a success story - even if you don't fill out the SP form!

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AJB121299 11/9/2013 10:14PM

    nice

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/9/2013 10:06PM

    I always enjoy your blogs, Kimpy!

Spark on!

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PENOWOK 11/9/2013 9:47PM

    Love your honesty... and super congratulations on all you have accomplished and being able to maintain so well! YOU are an inspiration!!

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MSROZZIE 11/9/2013 8:13PM

    Very good blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon on your phenomenal weight loss and many accomplishments. Keep the FAITH! You ROCK! emoticon emoticon SparkPeople has excellent exercise videos, give them a try with Coach Nicole! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAYDEE1211 11/9/2013 8:10PM

    You are a success! You have made positive changes to your life and, let's face it, change is not always easy. Well done!

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