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Action Changes Things

Friday, January 24, 2014

I took action when I joined SparkPeople on 1 September 2012.

I committed to my program of:

- Healthy fuel for my body.
- Low sodium.
- Portion control with digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons.
- Drink at least 64 ounces water daily.
- Nutrition and Water Tracker each day.
- Move my body.
- Be consistent.
- Focus on solutions instead of problems.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Treat my body with respect.
- Express my feelings as opposed to eating them.
- Support and encourage others.

Has it worked?


312 days after joining SparkPeople, I reached my first goal with
50.6 pounds and 21.75 inches lost (10 July 2013) .

About an hour after reaching my first goal I decided on the second one: losing 20 additional pounds.

198 days later, I am 3.4 pounds away from my second goal, having also lost an additional 6.75 inches.

Is it still working?



Because I am as committed today as I was when I began.

Even though the weight is taking longer to come off because I am closer to goal, I still do what it is I need to do every single day because that is what works for me.

My goal is to become the healthiest I can be as opposed to a number on the scale or a clothing size.

Believe me, even though I am aware of the hard work and dedication required to achieve my goal(s), there is still a part of me that marvels at the lower number on the scale each morning when I weigh myself, or catch my reflection, or see the smaller clothing I now wear.

510 days into my journey... (24 January 2014).

Action Changes Things

What about you?

What kind of changes are you making on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAILATN 1/25/2014 11:10AM

    I love this!! Congrats!!


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VELVET_01 1/24/2014 11:38PM

    Thank you. emoticon
I was just telling my husband today that I realized I got myself way too focused lately on my numbers. Both my weight, and my losses and gains. I too want to focus on my health. He reminded me of all the health improvements I've had this past year and that is something to truly celebrate!

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PATRICE_E 1/24/2014 9:51PM

    So proud of you, girl. :) Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm actually finding maintenance to be more challenging than the loss. This is a great reminder... it's a practice of living healthy choices every day!

Big hugs to you for staying with it.

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FOREVER27 1/24/2014 6:30PM

Thank you for sharing! I needed that!

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KOHINOOR2 1/24/2014 5:47PM

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AJDOVER1 1/24/2014 5:32PM

    A SparkFriend was just asking today, "why do people stick around here after they've reached their goal weight?"

Being healthy is about more than the number on the scale. It's so much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle with like-minded friends.

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REGILIEH 1/24/2014 12:07PM


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NHES220 1/24/2014 11:49AM

    My sister and I were talking about SP and she asked me what I was doing. I explained what I do every day and she said "basically it takes commitment." I had not thought about it until then as it became just what I do every day and I said, "yes, I guess it does." Now that I read your blog, it reinforces it. There is no magic pill, but living proof that this can be done.

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GAILANN48 1/24/2014 9:36AM

    I'm still learning, and I learned from you today. I hear the message of simplicity and consistency...again. Today I copied your list and have posted it on my desktop. I think it's exactly what I need in order to get moving in the right direction again. Simple and consistent. Thank you, Friend.

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JOYSEEKER24 1/24/2014 9:33AM

You are an inspiration!

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PEGGY11 1/24/2014 9:20AM

    Good for you. emoticon To get to goal we really need that never give up attitude. emoticon No one said it would be easy, but definitely worth it. emoticon You will get to goal yet. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/24/2014 9:13AM

    emoticon message!!! emoticon for being an inspiration!!! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 1/24/2014 8:29AM

    You are a role model!

I take advantage of unexpected free time to squeeze in activity. Just this morning, I got in a little earlier than usual and found I was the first one in the office for a change. I walked laps around the room for 15 minutes.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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NELLJONES 1/24/2014 8:20AM


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BIGPAWSUP 1/24/2014 8:12AM

    You are an inspiration! Congrats, you've got this.

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DRLMAZ 1/24/2014 8:00AM

  Good for you

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