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4 month progress photos!

Monday, January 20, 2014

This week I celebrate 4 months on Sparks! Is that all it's been because it feels like so much longer!

I'm still super happy with my overall progress HOWEVER this is the first month where my statistics have gone backwards. All up I am 2kgs heavier than last month and I gained back 1cm overall on my body since last month. I gained 1cm back each on thigh and upper arm and lost 1cm on hip. My waist is the same.

All in all I'm pleased with the results and the fact I have gone slightly backwards only just makes me now want to STRONGLY recommit to my health and weightloss program. It's time to start taking some of my own advice again and doing what works for me.

The one biggest lesson I have learned during the last month is that the moment I stopped tracking food I stopped losing consistent weight. I had tracked my food for a good part of 2-3 months initially and then had a rest from it, thinking that I am wise enough now to estimate portions sizes and calories. The short answer to that is I didn't do too bad - it could have been worse, but it definitely could have been better.

So with that said I am recommitting to tracking and measuring food again!

I also went off my fitness program during the course of the month - it's been all over the place since before Christmas. The festive season wrecked havoc with my healthy eating and time is flying by so fast I haven't even gone to do my laps in the swimming pool this month!

As we are in another heat wave streak here in Australia I am planning on visiting the public pool to do laps and with the air conditioner going at home I can do my treadmill workouts.


These next two images are not going to be me!!

Have a great day/night everyone and thanks for your ongoing encouragement and support.

I can't do this without the help of my sparkfriends!


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GENRE009 1/27/2014 11:19AM

    great job! wonder pic! Good motivation. eva emoticon

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MOMMY7903 1/21/2014 10:09PM

    Wow, those are some AWESOME progress photos! I can tell there is such a difference than when you started! How inspiring!! I love the motivational quotes! Way to jump back into things and not let a slip-up be a long-term thing. I am learning the same lesson, too!


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GYPSIE420 1/21/2014 8:24PM

It means nothing!!
I gained a few pounds back and a ton more motivation than when I started

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2BDYNAMIC 1/21/2014 7:12PM

    emoticon Karen .......... Proud of you! Great photos!

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GODSCHILDAMYB 1/21/2014 6:38PM

    I am with you sister. I had to recommit myself, I was going in the wrong direction!!!

We have to do this!! The fat had us once before, but we are the boss of our bodies and I am taking my back!!!!!!! You can do this, you got this, your body belongs to God!! This is our victory!!!!!

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HEISTHEANSWER 1/21/2014 6:19PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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JAYDEE1211 1/21/2014 5:38PM

    Loved this post. It is so true that the discomfort of 30-60 minutes exercise does not come close to living life carrying 50 excess kilograms. Slow and steady loses the weight and gains health and fitness.

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BOLDLYVENTURE 1/21/2014 9:27AM

    emoticon You are making emoticon progress! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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RDEE22 1/21/2014 6:30AM

    You look amazing. You have come on so well!! I think we all gain a bit over Christmas.

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BUNNYCATS 1/21/2014 5:11AM

    emoticon Wonderful!!! emoticon emoticon

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CERTHIA 1/21/2014 2:33AM

    I'm in the same boat. The snack-goblin nested in my kitchen over the holidays. I'm am doing my best to evict him using my kitchen scales and vegetables. (Now if hubby would get on board and stop requesting I buy chocolates and potato-chips, this would be a lot easier..)

Yay, tracking!
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JYGETSFIT 1/21/2014 1:03AM

    Regardless, you still look great! You inspired me to take a before pic, I am just waiting to make some progress before I post anything.

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PURPLEPEONY 1/20/2014 11:47PM

    Tracking is a MUST for me!

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MYAKAYAH 1/20/2014 11:38PM

    Looks like you know what to do to get back on track, tracking food and exercise are the 2 most important areas to be successful on the journey. Of course sleep, water and maintaining good habits are the other components.
I've been watching The Australian Open on TV and I was glad I wasn't there during your heat wave but I live in a desert so in the summer from May-the beginning of September we can get as high as 117 degrees so I'm careful during those months.
Its true excuses are for people who don't want to have a little discomfort in the present for big rewards down the line. It took time to become out of shape and it takes time to get back to a reasonable degree of fitness. Everyone wants a quick fix, there is no quick fix even with surgery. Now I have a little more exercise to do :)~

P.S. thanks for the shades I use some every day here since we have sun pretty much all the time~

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COMIC_BOOK_MAMA 1/20/2014 11:26PM

    Amazing job!! Keep up the great work! You're definitely an inspiration to those of us who in the past have seen negative results and given up! emoticon

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RELISA4HEALTH 1/20/2014 11:17PM

    You can do it. What you have taken from this experience is seeing the importance of tracking food. This is an area we all can learn from. It does matter what we put into our mouths. I know this is an area that has gotten me in trouble many times.

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BEEBEA 1/20/2014 10:34PM

    Love to see posts like this!!! Congrats!!

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IGNITEME101 1/20/2014 8:57PM

    Great job, Karen! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/20/2014 8:09PM

    You should be so very proud of yourself .. You have done so well .. I keep a journel .. I find that also keeps me mostly on track ..
I enter all my food and exercise and it makes it so much easier to count all my statistics ..
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KKLENNERT809 1/20/2014 7:49PM

    I enjoyed your blog and keep up the great work!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/20/2014 7:33PM

    You are really brave and amazing. Someday i will take the after pictures but not today.

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WENDYJM4 1/20/2014 7:29PM

    you look amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 1/20/2014 7:25PM

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    Well my friend there is truly no reason you can't do all you want and need to do. For someone to say differently is insane!

As to measuring/weighing/tracking to me it is like breathing. I don't mind knowing what is going on. I sure as hell can't guess!

Never forget the tools or your friends.

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ARTJAC 1/20/2014 7:14PM

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DOVESEYES 1/20/2014 6:55PM

    Hey :0 you do know muscle weighs more than fat looks like you have added a lot of muscle. Your photos show it.
Don't change things too much you are doing great.


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SYDLETZIII 1/20/2014 6:48PM

    Look at your successes and continue to move forward

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SUNNYPINK 1/20/2014 6:37PM

    Awesome job, you look amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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