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One Year of Maintenance

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I have been up and down the scale for the past 20-some years. I'd be lying if I said loosing weight was easy but it seemed easier than holding on to it. As soon as I received compliments, or hear someone say something like "must be nice to have time to work out" I'd feel like a showoff and slip back into old habits. Or when I fit into a smaller size, I'd say "yahoo, I can take a little break." Famous last words.

My "Aha!" moment was when I did the warrior dash in 2011. I was working out here and there at that time. I saw some pictures of it and thought it looked like something fun to do with my kids. Little did I know how hard it was. I was sore, like traffic-accident sore, for a full five days afterward.

I decided then to work harder, get stronger and really improve my running. My mom is always in the back of my mind too. Her sedentary lifestyle has made her old before her time. I don't want to age like that.

I downloaded the Get Running app once the Warrior Dash soreness subsided. That was tough but I kept going and was almost able to run a full 30 minutes by the end of the nine weeks.

Then winter set in and I slacked off but still worked out here and there, then life got in the way, then I switched jobs. I used to be able to walk or bike ride to work but now I have a 40 minute drive each way. The pounds crept back in no time. As you can see, consistency was never my thing!

In August 2012 I got back on SparkPeople for the second time and really used it this time. I finally lost the last 10 pounds I wanted to loose by that November. I had set that weight as a goal because I hadn't been able to get back to that number in a long time.

Going under that goal a couple weeks later was amazing to me. Even more amazing, here I am a year later, still under that goal weight and with a little muscle definition to boot!

My spark friends are a constant source of inspiration. There are so many people out there dealing with more difficult challenges than I face and they make things happen. How can I come up with an excuse not to take care of myself? I work out when I'm inspired by other 's success and I work out when I read about someone loosing their motivation.

Oh there have been bad days/weeks. Some I have blogged about, some I don't. It's okay to have bad days/weeks, it's just not okay to continue to justify them. I have learned it is not okay to not take care of myself.

It's not about being skinny, in fact I do not like that word. Sounds unhealthy to me. I want to be strong, capable, a little driven and I want to take care of MYSELF in my old age!

I never ever thought I would enjoy running. I never used to be able to run two blocks. This year I did six 5Ks, one 10K and an indoor mini triathlon. I can't even believe that! I have plantar fasciitis so for a little while, I have to adjust to other activities. Life is all about change!

I enjoy strength training. Pushing myself past my limits feels amazing! I'm also educating myself every day. I know I can't just go out there and do this stuff without preparation.

I know to be healthy, just like achieving any goal in life, I have to work at it every day. One day at a time. If I slip, I start over again right away, I don't wait for tomorrow, or next week.

Thank you to all of you! You all have played a role in my lifestyle change.

If you are a regular visitor to my blogs, you know how important music is to me. I leave you with the theme from one of my favorite tv shows as a kid. I hear this in my head to this day...

One Day At A Time

"This is it, this is it
This is life, the one you get so go and have a ball
This is it, this is it
Straight ahead and rest assured you can't be sure at all

So while you're here enjoy the view
Keep on doin whacha do
Hold on tight we'll muddle through
One day at a time

So up on your feet, up on your feet
somewhere there's music playin
Don't you worry none, just take it like it comes
One day at a time"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOSINGLISA 12/6/2013 9:29AM

    Congratulations!! Great blog and great accomplishments! As a novice runner, I'm so impressed by your races! I've been thinking about a mini-tri also, just to have a goal to work towards. I also have Plantar's Fasciitis. Not fun but I work around it, too!
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KALISWALKER 11/26/2013 10:56PM

    I really enjoyed your blog, very motivating.

plantar fasciitis - hubby and I cured ours with $20 plantar fasciitis shoe inserts from the Walmart pharmacy. took about 3 weeks

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SYDLETZIII 11/25/2013 11:44PM

    Congratulation, the journey was not easy, but it was worth it. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2013 7:32PM

    Congratulations! It really is a humbling journey, isn't it?

You are awesome and such an inspiration. Keep it up!

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NICKYCRANE 11/25/2013 2:22PM

    Congratulations and thanks for the blog! I am now at 8 months, back at my original goal and 2 kilos over my revised goal. But thats after a holiday, so thats OK.

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/25/2013 12:19PM

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You are such an inspiration to so many of us!

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FUNLOVEN 11/25/2013 8:20AM


Way to go Kellie! We all find inspiration in each other and you are a big inspiration to me! It just wouldn't be the same here on SP without you.

Here is to another year of success emoticon

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KANOE10 11/25/2013 7:56AM

    What a great celebration. One year and under goal is wonderful. You have become a runner and are taking great care of yourself.

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SEAGLASS1215 11/25/2013 4:35AM

    Very inspiring - thank you!

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NUOVAELLE 11/25/2013 1:32AM

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with us. It has lots of good lessons and tips to offer. Congratulations!
Keep on sparking and taking it one day at a time!
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GLORIAMAJDI 11/25/2013 12:28AM

    Congrats on the year! You are an inspiration! And hearing about your running helps motivate me - I am a runner in training - it is so hard and is taking me a long time, but you help me see it can be done!

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_LINDA 11/24/2013 10:23PM

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Fantastic work maintaining! I don't think I could workout without music! Thanks for the trip down memory lane there!
Keep up the great work!

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MERRYMARY42 11/24/2013 9:18PM

    1 year of maintenance, that is great,
and I am with you, I could never be skinny, unless I was sick, I want to be able to take care of myself and my DH, so very important to me, I still want to lose a few pounds, but not nearly as much as I set out to do. emoticon

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THOMASINA57 11/24/2013 8:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Isn't it a great feeling!!!! Our maintenance aniversaries are only 2 days apart, so lets hope we are both here next year to celebrate year 2.

You have done an amazing job at getting fit and healthier too!!!

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FITFOODIE806 11/24/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon What a great blog. I am so happy for you.

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MNNICE 11/24/2013 8:04PM

    Congratulations on your 1-year of maintenance. Here's to many more years to come emoticon

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STRONGDAWG 11/24/2013 7:47PM

    I dream of maintenance. I can so identify with your journey. The circumstances may be different, but the on again, off again, life getting in the way again is all too familiar.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/24/2013 7:18PM

    Congrats on your 1 year of maintenance! emoticon

Wishing you a lifetime of being the "strong, capable...driven" woman you are!

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WATERMELLEN 11/24/2013 6:58PM

    Good for you! How satisfying to stick it out one day at a time . . . for a whole year of maintenance!! And here's to the next year, coming right up!!


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KIMBERLY_Y 11/24/2013 5:30PM

    Loved this blog. And I love that song. I chuckled when I started singing it to myself.
Best wishes on your maintenance anniversary! Congratulations! You did it and you will keep doing what you're doing! It's working. Best wishes for another successful year.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2013 5:17PM

    Congratulations! It's surprising how many of us have a maintenance anniversary near the national holiday known for overeating. Keep your focus and I'll meet you here for a maintenance reunion next year.

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LORILEEPAGE 11/24/2013 4:41PM

    Congrats! I'm so happy to hear you're celebrating your anniversary! I enjoyed reading your reflections. I feel blessed to know are an inspiration!

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MICHIGANLORI 11/24/2013 4:35PM

    emoticon Oh man...a flashback to the 70s!! emoticon

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MILLIE5522 11/24/2013 4:12PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your anniversary! So inspiring emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/24/2013 4:00PM

    what a wonderful blog! thank you for sharing! have a fabulous day!

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