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One Day At a Time - Part 3 *

Donna Struggles to Stay on Track

Couldn’t all of us use a little motivation from time to time? Recently, one member inspired everyone here at SparkPeople, and we think her story can help you too. Donna (DONNA999) may be several pounds away from her goal, but as a busy mother of two with a demanding job, she’s like so many of us—learning from mistakes, making gradual changes, seeing progress and facing pitfalls. We’re going to follow her as she uses SparkPeople to reach her goals. If you missed her first two entries, read "Donna's Ah-Ha Moment" and "Donna Slips into a Size 12" before you continue below and see where she is now!
I was looking through my workout log book the other day (which I would recommend to everyone because it's a great way to keep up with your progress) and was amazed at how far I have come since I started the beginning of March! In a little over 90 days:

  • I've gone from struggling to run 1 minute intervals to running 40 minutes.
  • I now have energy to play with my kids instead of just sitting on the couch, too exhausted to move.
  • I can now stand up from the floor without having to roll over or find something to pull myself up with.
  • I have the energy to try things I've wanted to try for years, like scuba diving and hiking.
  • I've gone from size 16/18 to size 12, and I don't feel as embarrassed about how I look.

The list goes on and on. The rewards of getting in better shape are so great that I could kick myself for not doing this earlier. Why have I waited so many years?

I guess I'm in a mushy mood this morning so you'll have to forgive me but I do want to say thank you to SparkPeople and to all my Spark buddies who have helped motivate me. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I know I can do it with this program and with the support of my friends.
I took off work early to take the boys to the movies. I ate popcorn and a small handful of my son's M&Ms. I planned eating popcorn as one of my snacks, but the candy was a temptation I couldn't resist. Darn, I have such a sweet tooth! I scaled back on dinner to make up the difference so I didn't go over, but I don't think choosing candy over fresh green beans and salad was a very smart trade.
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Member Comments

  • Congratulations!!
    !! Determination and hard work will win! - 8/22/2013 11:26:16 AM
  • Thank you for sharing. Don't ever give up! You are an inspiration! Keep forging ahead. You can do it! I can do it! We all can do it together! - 11/28/2012 6:26:49 PM
  • Please insist. I were here since last Sep. No any pound I lost. But I have a good habit such as eating healthier and slwer than before, walking as well as I can, read more and more article here and learn more knowledge, keep taking exercise in mind so that I plan my time efficient etc. These are all good for me so that I won't give up. When I read your sharings, I found that you got many too. So please stay with us. - 11/16/2012 11:08:11 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience, you are truly motivational. Enjoy your kids! - 9/14/2012 2:02:55 PM
  • Thank you Donna for making this feel real and do-able! You ARE an inspiration. - 10/11/2011 9:19:44 AM
  • I think you are inside my head.....what a great article! - 8/31/2010 5:43:24 AM
  • This part really struck a chord with me. It is exactly what I am going through right now. Well, not the surgery part, but I got back from an amazing vacation and coming home and dealing with a whole set of stresses blew my focus and motivation right out the window.
    I am definitely going to read this through again... - 7/12/2010 9:01:23 AM
  • Donna's journals puts everything into perspective. Such an eye-opener. Thanks so much for sharing this article. - 6/8/2010 3:19:57 PM
  • ROTY2008
    Reading this after having a discouraging week myself has helped to put things back in perspective. Thanks for sharing - 3/19/2010 12:24:43 PM
    I read this after having overindulged on Mexican food. I was really beating myself up, then saw that Donna did enough of that for both of us! I will just go forward and do better next time.
    Thanks, Donna! - 10/7/2009 6:13:25 AM
  • donnas journal gives me hope. i gained some of my weight back at my half way mark. and wanted to give up. but i can't i want those size 20 jeans to fit. thanks donna i'm going back on track. shirley aka sam5050 - 9/4/2009 6:38:55 AM
  • Reading Donna's journal was very encouraging for me. Just when I am wondering if it will be worth read the ups and downs, I know that the next day will be better and better, and to not take the long path...

    A friend asked me once..."how many times are you going to walk around that same mountain?" I am ready to go over and get past this mountain, thanks for the words of honesty and encouragement! - 8/17/2009 5:25:47 PM
    I found that it is possible to eat Tex-Mex without going over your calories. It isn't easy though.

    First off, don't eat the complimentary tortilla chips. If you want some salsa ask for corn tortillas and have some salsa with these instead of chips. Don't eat too many corn tortillas! Even before they are fried they have enough calories to really add up.

    Order wisely. My standby is Spinach enchioadas verde with no cheese. They are tasty without being too calorific. Some restaurants have enchiladas with steamed vegetables which are also good.

    If you are really careful with your entre you might even have calories left over for flan or a sopaipilla or two. - 11/22/2008 10:31:54 AM
  • This journal is going on my favorites. Just reading it made me want to get up and run! - 8/28/2008 10:20:59 AM
    Awesome story, very motivating....I wonder if she got to her goal weight by now and how long it took her? - 8/13/2008 9:47:16 AM

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