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Diet Dishin' #9 - Where Have You Been?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I was looking through my SparkPeople page today and I actually was honest and tracked all of the calories that I ate. For me, this was a big accomplishment. Sure, I have logged in pretty regularly and I have huddled with the teams that I'm in and I've read the articles. However, I haven't been honest with myself. Why am I not posting the foods that I eat and the things that I do? I was looking over some articles on SparkPeople when I realized that the reason that I have not been fully present is because I am not fully committed. I knew that the moment I truly sat down and posted everything that I ate, I would see how truly absent I am from my journey. I could attempt to justify it by saying things like, "Well, I have been busy at work," or "I did just move across the country." I could and I have. I've used the aforementioned to excuse myself from not pursuing my weight loss goals. Just this last week, I boasted to my future-in-laws that starting January 1, 2014, I am going to start a diet. I am going to exercise and diet so that when I get married, I'll look my very best. However, I thought about it long and hard and realized that for me to truly get the most out of it, not only do I have to be honest, I have to be willing to let it change my life entirely. I can't just do it temporarily. I've done it before and I've had decent results. Much like an addict, I've relapsed back into bad eating habits and lack of exercise. I realize now that that's just simply not going to cut it anymore. I have to fully commit and not look at it as a diet, but as a way of improving my way of life. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I see everyone be so active and what's crazy is that I long to be a part of that community. What's stopping me now? I type before you today with an increased resolve to really take matters into my own hands. Part of that includes being a more present member and really connecting with other members. I've seen the amazing results that a lot of you have experienced and how it has truly changed your lives. Look out SparkUniverse, because soon enough, I'll be joining you!

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    Oh, I know that feeling! Coming back to tracking is such a big wake-up! I can't NOT want to moderate my eating when I know I'll have to stare down those stats. Take it slow, jumping in with both feet leaves you more likely to hop right back "out" with both feet too! Making gradual changes really builds up those healthy habits and makes it easier in the long run to keep it up! You can do it!!!
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    HOTPINKCAMARO49, thank you so much for the encouragement. I feel like this is the umpteenth time that I'm starting over, but I have to tell you, there's something different about this time. There's a higher level of want, of desire, to really succeed. Thanks again for the encouragement!
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