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Day 912... Why I do it

Monday, March 24, 2014

I ran into my brother while I was out walking this afternoon, and he decided to join me fir part of my walk. We chatted and caught up on what is going on in each other's lives, One of the things we talked about was motivation. One of his daughters is a real self starter while the other requires guidance, This conversation got me thinking about my motivation for pursuing this lifestyle change, and how it has evolved over the past three years. When I started I just wanted to lose weight. At 325 pounds everything was difficult, and I didn't want to do anything on a daily basis. As I started dropping pounds it became more about getting healthy and fit. I wanted to feel good and energetic, and be able to fun things... for the rest of my life. Now I do the things that keep me healthy and fit out of habit, and a determination that I will beat the odds and keep the weight off. In some ways maintenance is actually pretty easy, but in other ways it is a constant struggle. It is easy because I know what I need to do and I do those things habitually, but it is also a struggle because I have to stay vigilant. It would be easy to regain the weight. All I would need to do is go back to living the way I used to live and the pounds would pack on again. I REALLY don't want to go back there though. So when I have days like yesterday when I want to do nothing, I just remind myself of how miserable I used to be, and get off my butt and go outside for a walk. Why do I do it? Because it feels good to be healthy and fit. I do it, because this is my new normal and I like it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MBTEPP 4/26/2014 3:40PM

    It is a journey.


You're doing great!

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CRAFTSFAN1 3/26/2014 4:49PM

    Very good insights. Thank you for remind me that I have to keep in mind that I don't want to get back the pounds that cost so much effort to loose.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/26/2014 12:17PM

    So inspiring!

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RACEWELLWON 3/25/2014 9:45PM


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BONNIEMARGAY 3/25/2014 4:20PM

    This hard work is exactly what success feels like! You are a champion!

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    You are amazing!

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    HI Chandra !! WOOHOO GAL !!! LOVE it ! !NOW I kow where you STARTED FROM !! I hadn't realize where ur weight was at,,, I do now of course being the CL,, and having you in maint. That's GREAT how you have done this !! WOOHOOO YOU GO KIDDO !!!

I HOPE you ALWAYS remember how EASY it is to "GO BACK" To where it was we were at !! I was at 288,, had gone to 174, but I HATED the compliments I was getting,, moved to CO,, stayed in bed,, mostly out of the reaction of living with fam,, who turned out to be NUTO's !! And also using my chair A LOT out there,, when I MAY of been able to walk some. WAHHHHH I WENT BACK to 220 !!! I am STRUGGLING with this ,, but, NOW I have my eating MUCH better,, and my MOJO is BACK ! I am now DETERMINED to get down to the teens,, than down to 199 again. I am giving myself the TIME to NOT RUSH so it's REAL !! I've learned this from MANY OF YOU !! SO TY !!

Hon,, have you tried anything new for exercise lately? I am now doing yoga and swimming,, along with walking,, and today added in,,, trying to do a SPLIT !! it's GREAT FUN to try nnew things ! WOOHOOO !

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KALISWALKER 3/25/2014 12:00AM

    You worked hard to get your new normal.


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GOING-STRONG 3/24/2014 11:37PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/24/2014 11:05PM

    You do an amazing job Chandra !

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 3/24/2014 11:03PM

    What a wonderful blog. I always read your blogs and enjoy keeping up with your walking and family adventures. But your genuine evaluation of how hard it is but how important it is to keep healthy was really great.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 3/24/2014 9:51PM

    Way to go! emoticon
I've uncoupled exercise from weight loss efforts. Exercise is more for elevating my energy & mood. Eating right is has far more effect on weight loss.

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STRONGDAWG 3/24/2014 8:59PM

    I definitely feels much better to be healthy and fit. Even with my sore back, I know I feel better when I exercise and eat well.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/24/2014 8:32PM

    What you are doing is amazing!

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CINDHOLM 3/24/2014 8:31PM

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ANNIE1114 3/24/2014 8:28PM

    Congratulations on getting it off and keeping it off!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/24/2014 8:01PM

    You have come a long way baby. You are fantastic.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/24/2014 7:46PM

    Yay for the new normal!


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