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Day 229- Progress Photo and a few thoughts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

74.5 pounds down in one of my thrift shop $1 shirts...this gal loves a bargain LOL!

This is not my first trip down the scales, and I am hopeful it will be my last. I've learned a lot on previous journeys:

1998/1999 Lost 92 pounds following exchange program with TOPS, Then, went to Vegas in May 1999 to renew our vows for our 25 anniversary, started a new position with our company the following week, which led to eating out more, or eating more fast foods, stress eating, guilt over modest weight gain, led to eating away the guilt (DOH!) and of course more weight gain until it all came back and more.

2003/2006 Lost 167 pounds with Weight Watchers, reached goal and lifetime! I was on top of the world, until I got cocky. With WW lifetime members are only "required" to weigh in once a month, and I started skipping meetings, which led to eating more things than I should, and then practically starving myself the week before weigh in.....not the habits I had learned in the 18 months it took to lose it for sure! Within 5 months I was ten pounds over goal, mad at myself and determined to lose it. That was the toughest ten pounds in my life! Geez, the first ten came off in a week, right? I hovered ten to fifteen over goal for about a year, and then in September 2006, my boss "was allowed to retire", my best friend walked out over a petty argument (the argument was my fault), would NOT accept my apology and it was almost two years before we finally reconciled, October 2006 my husband's health reached a point he could no longer work.

I found my old "friends" Little Debbie and her evil twin Lofthouse! Before you knew it, 40 pounds were back on, then 50, and then to heck with it I gave up!
I had lost it. The “it” you cannot find on E-bay!
My husband needs me to be alive and be his caregiver. On November 25, 2013 returned home after 18 months in a nursing home. He will always need help with walking, or wheelchair mobility. I need to be able to take care of myself too.

So I started again on November 25, 2013, and this time I was at an all time high of 338 pounds!

Lessons I have learned:

1. Sparkpeople is now my daily meeting---no skipping! Being active in my Spark Teams and acting as a Team Leader for the SP Class of June 8-14,2014 and the 100 Days – Linda Spangle teams gives me the focus I need to stay on track despite life’s many healthy challenges.

2. Be a positive participant—not a spectator! Read your Spark Friends blogs and leave positive encouragement. Develop lasting friendships that will carry you through all the days to come. Be the friend you want your Spark Friend to be.

3. I used to have Perfectionist thinking and if I went "off" plan or ate a "bad" food that was the turning point that led to a binge that lasted for days/months/years and a lot of weight regained, but now I realize I need to focus on being about 90% perfect and let the rest take care of itself. If I do eat something slightly off plan, I get back on at the next meal or the next day and continue on my path to goal.

4. Skips lead to slips! Slips lead to landslides, not just off the wagon, but under the wagon that is rolling over me crashing and burning! It's OK to have a bad meal occasionally; it doesn't have to turn into a bad day, let alone a bad week, month, year, lifetime!

5. The more active I become, the more my body not only performs better, but also craves fitness activity. In January I joined a Facebook challenge to have 40 hours of fitness within the first 40 days. On July 5, 2014 I passed 201 hours for the first 186 days of this year.

6. It's better to relose a pound than almost 200 of them!
Thanks for reading this. I hope at least one person who is in the same shoes as mine is inspired or motivated to walk this journey with me.

Onward & Downward!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CALLIECURTIS5 7/17/2014 8:34AM

    You are such an inspiration to me and a constant encouragement. emoticon (wish they had a "You WILL Do IT". ) Love your strength to your commitments. emoticon look wonderful..Dahling!!!! emoticon

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THINTASTICME 7/16/2014 9:14AM

    You look great! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 7/16/2014 6:33AM

    you are doing excellent - thanks for sharing your experience.

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STEPH-KNEE 7/16/2014 12:58AM

    You look fantastic!! What I like is everything you have listed under your current journey... it seems like you have so many more tools and ways to deal with things. I really do believe this will be your "last trip down the scale", you got this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/15/2014 4:44PM

    This is such great advice!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us :)

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AUNTALICE2 7/15/2014 4:43PM

    I am so proud you never gave up! I feel about SparkPeople like you. I come here to get a dose of positivity. It is so easy to fall into the negative hole. Thanks so much for sharing!! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 7/15/2014 4:28PM

    Very illuminating story and you look great!!!!

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KAREN608 7/15/2014 3:39PM

    Very helpful and inspiring blog!
Good common sense advice which I will take to heart!!!

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JUNEAU2010 7/15/2014 3:28PM

    Hmmm. Food for thought that I need to turn into action. I slip up and then I stop participating in SP. I need to turn things around!

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MOM2ACAT 7/15/2014 2:00PM

    You are looking great! Even though they are not full body pics, I can see a difference, way to go!

I kind of think of Spark in the same way, as a daily meeting. It has certainly helped me stick with my goal of a 14 day exercise streak. (I'm on day 13 today); I had a few days where I was tempted to skip my workout, but knowing that I already told everybody I was going to do it, and not wanting to come back and admit I failed, has kept me on track for that goal.

My friends here are the biggest reason I have stuck with Spark after 8 years, so I make sure I reach out to at least a few of my friends, team mates, and new people every day.

I always love your blogs, but today's was especially inspiring!

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GRANJERRY1 7/15/2014 1:07PM


Susan....It was a brilliantly inspiring lead.... what progress and what determination.... so proud to be your friend

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WHYNOTJ1 7/15/2014 12:38PM

    You are awesome! You managed to keep going, even when times were rough. You got this!

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SPATTEN2001 7/15/2014 11:21AM

    Thank you for sharing this blog .... I was inspired by your words ... we can do this!!!

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