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I'm back AND motivated - whaaat?

Friday, January 17, 2014


Well, hello there SparkPeople! I've been gone for forever, but I'm back - ain't ya thrilled?

The necessary background issues:
I've been overweight all my teen years and up to now (I'm 24), though I remember being a skinny 9 year old thinking I was fatter than every other girl - where does that come from?!

In March of 2010 I found SP and started C25K. The running was the most motivational thing I'd ever experienced. Such noticeable change week to week was so fulfilling. I ate healthier, but never REALLY tracked everything for an extended period of time. Even so, I lost 30 pounds with SP.

I started my first job and college that fall - and fell off the wagon. But it was a slow fall. The biggest change was my motivation to lose weight. It was gone. And the weight came back...plus a little more...

Since then I've half tried, on and off. Last year I bought a cheap elliptical and a heart rate monitor, hoping to give myself that drive. But it wasn't there, and it's something I haven't learned how to fake.

Then, wonderfully, it came back! I don't know how to explain it - it's like something finally clicked back into place. That SP time back in 2010 is still teaching me SO MUCH. Back then I was never satisfied with my weight loss because it was so slow, like a pound a week. Today I look at a pound a week and think - WOW, OMYGOSH, AMAZING!!! - because it really is! This time around I will appreciate the journey, and not obsess over the finish line. This time it's really not just about weight, it's about improving the health of my mind, body, and spirit.

What I'm doing NOW:
I just "started" this week, and have already seen success that I've never seen before! I've tracked my food for 5 days straight! (And stayed in range too!)
I haven't done much exercising yet, but I am planning to start C25K next week. Or tomorrow. I can't decide what works better with my schedule.

So, though I'm heavier now and I have new challenges and stresses, I am back. That's the hard part, right? emoticon


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HEALTH-WARRIOR 1/18/2014 7:49PM

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it is great that you came back... I haven't been on SP long, but so far it seems like a pretty good place to stay and be motivated.

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MAUREENREDUX 1/18/2014 8:04AM

    I started going to the gym and it has made such a difference in my motivation Do you have access to a gym at school?

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DWROBERGE 1/18/2014 1:37AM

    Welcome back. Keep focused for success.

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TXPATRIOT 1/17/2014 11:25PM

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NETGYRL 1/17/2014 10:57PM

    Being in "the zone" is the BEST! Congratz on getting your mojo back. I totally understand what you are saying. I managed to lose 80 lbs while in the zone and using C25k! :) When it leaves its really hard to keep doing what you should be doing. Sad to say I gained 60lbs lost in the wilderness. I just got back into the swing of things this week. I too managed to log my food all week and stay in range. I am trying to decide if I want to do C25K again or try something different. Running just isnt sounding as fun - but i'm twice your age too. :) anyway - good luck to you, may your make your goal!

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MELYMOUSE3 1/17/2014 8:51PM

    The hardest part is always making the commitment and sticking to it! I read in an article that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit! Give yourself 30 days! If you stick to the C25K training its an 8 week program anyway. After that I doubt you'll even look back. Praying that you find that motivation in running again! I was just talking to someone and telling them that running is like no other exercise. I feel so accomplished when I am done, like I KNOW I worked hard! I want to love running too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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