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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Here you are. Losing it in Wyoming folks (and of course everyone else who wants to read). Well here I am finally on my maintenance program and for the challenge, I thought it would be good for us to blog about obstacles that we either have encountered during our weight loss journey or are currently dealing with. I guess for my biggest obstacle that I encountered would be my massive plateau that I suffered through literally from January until about July. Looking back, I still am not quite sure the culprit of my plateau because I was VERY consistent with my exercise and ate good. The only thing that I can see that kept me hung up for so long was STRESS. We had a lot of stuff going on during those months primarily the change over in insurance at my husband's work. I took it very hard and it was a difficult thing to deal with. I seemed to take everything very personally in those months and was highly sensitive. Why? I don't know. Those were a rough few months for me. We all have our ups and downs and that was one of my downs.

How I overcame them... well now that one is a no-brainer for me. I joined SP in January (the end of Jan '07) but didn't use it to its full capacity. I would use it as a food and exercise tracker and liked it for the articles that would come to me in my inbox. I did not use the message boards or blog. I started doing that in June and that is when I started slowly getting over my plateau. I was able to lose 20 pounds on my own before joining SP and that was great but I stumbled upon SP by total accident when I was looking to join an online weight loss plan due to my total frustration at my plateau. I was going to either join eDiets or Weight Watcher Online... you know those ones that you have to PAY for? I saw that Spark People was an online FREE weight loss support and though, "yeah, what the heck, I will give it a shot". I am so glad that I did. I have found so much here at SP and I totally have to thank everyone here for the support and inspiration that I get. I love it here and give credit to everyone here (yes. myself too) for me being able to reach my goal weight. I got pointed to CC's Calorie Cycling team and I think that was a HUGE part of my plateau buster there. I learned a lot on that team. I started a team of my own -- Natural Healing -- because of my desire to learn more about natural remedies and took over the slowly dying Losing it in Wyoming team that was not active AT ALL. Now I have gotten to know the greatest bunch of people on both teams and we have a thriving team for our Wyoming group and help and support each other there constantly. I don't know what would have happened to my weight loss if I hadn't found SP. I might very easily have gotten back into my old habits and gone back to eating my old way and giving up on exercise. Since I joined SP, I have turned my old habits into new and good habits. Soda is no more for me! I still allow myself treats, but in moderation. I have found a new way to lead my life.

So I guess to sum up I have two words for my "overcoming obstacles" challenge. Spark People. If it wasn't for this site and the help, support and inspiration that I get here, I truly think I would have given up without it. But here I am over a year later, at my goal weight and not slowing down anytime soon. I want to be here to give back and help and support (and hopefully inspire) the way that I was helped, supported and inspired.
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    Thank you, thank you. What an inspiring story. I too plateaued but starting to lose again, slowly. So appreciate your sharing. emoticon
    4213 days ago
    You're an inspiration to us too team leader!
    4218 days ago
    Couldn't have said it better myself. I didn't realize our stories are so similar! WOW! I too had lost most of my weight b4 coming here. I too was @ a stand still, but was able to lose 20#s once I came to SP. Now I'm stuck again with 20 more to go. I don't think it's stress, but maybe it is. We will see now that my book work is FINALLY done. Very inspiring, thank U for being here & blogging 2day. My mantra didn't work. this was just what I needed to see &/or hear.
    Many hugs, Ruth
    4219 days ago
  • VICKI103
    I'm sure glad you and I both stumbled across SPARK. Definitely you do make a DIFFERENCE!
    4220 days ago
    Very inspiring and you have done great. Stress can affect so many things in our lives, and glad you have worked with everything and overcome both the stress and the plateau, your determination was definitely inspiring!
    4220 days ago
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