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The Struggle Continues, But I'm Not Done

Friday, March 14, 2014

So I haven't miraculously woken up one night saying, "Eureka!" and solved all my problems, lost all the weight I regained, and am just back to being what I was. But I *AM* continuing to check into SparkPeople. And seeing all the warm thoughts and encouragements keeps me going.

The fact is, while my jeans are a bit more snug, and the scale shows I'm heavier, I am STILL below my previous lowest adult weight of approx 183 pounds. And I think of this too: the last time I lost weight, I never GOT to my goal weight. I gave up at 183 and started the abysmal climb. This time around I GOT to my goal weight, and while I have gained, I seem to have reached the peak.

And I'm making pretty good healthy choices - and I can say that with all honesty now. I eat salads for lunch, avoid french fries and chips (though I do occasionally indulge in the Lundberg rice chips which are wicked). I exercise about 3 times or more a week. And I've cut out soda from my diet.

So yeah, being 25 pounds heavier isn't ideal, but it's certainly not the weight I used to be 2 years ago.

All in all, I guess what I'm trying to say is: Maintenance is still a struggle, but I'm facing the challenge full on. And I'm not gonna fade into the background; I'm going to try to keep posting on SparkPeople and be honest about this time too.
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  • HOLLYM48
    One day at a time! It is all we can do! You are doing great.
    1249 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Good blog. I gained weight over a month long vacation and am now back on track and starting to lose it. you're right, right now my weight isn't ideal but Its better than the 350 lbs I used to weigh. emoticon and we will. emoticon
    1252 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I'm proud you for Maintaining for the most part. Keep Pushing Forward!!! You Can Do It!!! Keep Pushing!!!
    And You Will Make It. We are here for you. You are your Hero!!! You Inspire People Too. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    1257 days ago
    Atta girl! We understand- totally... You've got this! We're here for you!

    1257 days ago
    You are doing the best possible thing.
    Congrats to maintaining the major part of your weight loss and maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
    You are an inspiration!
    1257 days ago
    Well done Carolyn! I have never had the weight challenges you've had, but even so, I've gone up and down my own personal scale all my adult life. My jeans are a little more snug this week too! And all I've managed is to just about log on here and read a few blogs and stuff - it does, as you say, keep us going. I've stopped tracking, because I was getting obsessed with it - and not doing much else! But I want to start jogging/running again - so I'll be looking to you for inspiration.

    I think that maintenance is harder than losing in a lot of ways - because other people thing 'oh, you don't have to worry about your weight' etc - so we have to be much more self-motivated. Spark People is a precious commodity - and you are a precious member of the Spark tribe - love ya!

    1257 days ago
    I'm proud of you - you are facing your challenges head on and not backing down - good for you - your will be successful -nothing can stop you- if you keep posting and keep making good choices then the 25 pounds will be gone in no time.
    1257 days ago
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