Starting Over Again!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'll be celebrating my 1 year anniversary with Spark on Sept. 1. How have I progressed in the last year??? Well, it started out pretty slowly trying to learn how to navigate the site and use all the wonderful things it has to offer. I'm not much of a computer whiz so it was very confusing at first, but with perseverance and the help of my daughter(ThinkthinB) I eventually figured it all out. I started out just focusing on my calorie intake . Learning what I should and shouldn't be eating and what the correct portion size is. I faithfully logged everything I ate and was amazed at how the weight started coming off ! Portion size really does make a difference! Then I gradually started adding my exercising. I've always enjoyed going for walks, so I started with that. Then I dug out all the exercise videos that had been gathering dust for years and started adding one of those to my routine every day. My hubby gave me a treadmill and I love it!! I crank up the stereo and away I go! With all my steps in place I was slowly but steadily losing weight. It all sounds familiar, right?? You've all done exactly the same things I have. We're trying to be the best and healthiest we can be. So....if everythings going great what is this blog about???? Well, it's about how easy it is to let yourself fall back into your bad habits that got you overweight to start with.
The end of July I made the decision to only work part-time now. So for the first time in almost 30 years I'm not having to get up and go off to work every morning. I'm not sure that was such a good decision! I had my routine everyday of what time I got up, when I would fit in my exercise, and always had all my meals planned out ahead of time. It all worked out great. But now, I guess since I think I have all the time in the world, I have no routine at all!! I'm still getting my exercise in every day, but my eating has been horrible. I haven't planned out a single meal this entire month!! I decided I would allow myself to eat whatever I wanted for the first couple of days to celebrate my new freedom and then I'd get myself back on track. Here it is 4 weeks later and I'm still eating whatever I want!! I'm shocked at the end of the day when I realize how many calories I've eaten, but the next day I do it again. I've already gained back several pounds that I worked so hard to lose. I can't believe how easy it was to let myself slip back into all my bad habits that got me here in the first place. So here I am almost a year later starting from the beginning again. *sigh* I know all the right things to do and it's up to me to do them. There are no vacations from a healthy lifestyle. It's a lifelong commitment. Today is day #1.
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    Thank you for sharing your story. You have motivated me to stay focused. I too was doing well... then my children went to stay with their father for 5 weeks and I forgot everything!!!! Congrats on your 1 year and sticking with it.
    3187 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    Four weeks is not enough to judge your retirement journey yet. You still think you are just on vacation. LOL You will work out a new routine and be back on the downside again in now time. emoticon
    3211 days ago
    You will cross the finish line a winner!
    3211 days ago
    First of all, congrats on all the accomplishments that you have made so far. It takes a lot of work to make changes to our lifestyles. And now it is time to readjust the schedule and get a new one that works for you. Hope you can enjoy working part-time and finding new things to do with your life.
    3218 days ago

    As the saying goes, fall down seven times, get up eight. Congratulations on your re-dedication!
    3218 days ago
    You are not alone! Between the stress from Dad's passing, and the neck/back problems I was a bit lax on the eating, and just couldn't do all the exercising. But I'm determined to get back to a routine. We will succeed!
    3218 days ago
  • LUVDANCE6803
    Jannie, First of all, congrats on your 1 year anniversary!!!! I think most of us have now, or have had the same problem you are having. We started out on SP with a lot of ambition and the lbs and inches came off. Over the course of time things seemed to change, and maybe we weren't as ambitious as we were, and maybe our eating and exercising habits weren't as good as they were.....the important thing is that we realize our "mistakes" and that we correct them. I don't think your not working and having that routine is a mistake. I think you just need to get into a different routine and eating pattern again. I know for myself that once I "fall off the wagon" I keep doing it, figuring....ok, I screwed up, so I might as well eat this piece of chocolate, or these chips, or whatever it is I crave. Now I know you my friend, and I know that you did it in the past and that you so want to do it again, so I know that you will stop giving into these cravings and overeating and get back on track. I've told myself time and again, I'm starting over. I've been on SP since Jan of 2008, and in the beginning I lost a lot of weight... 40 lbs altogether. But from October until now, my weight has either gone up or stayed the same. The weight is just now starting to come off slowly again...and I know that you will do it too. Try changing up your exercise a little bit too. That seems to help. Just know one thing.....we are all in this together, and we are here for each keep the faith my friend, and lean on us anytime you need to. We will all get to our goals eventually. The weight didn't get on us overnite, so it's not gonna get off us overnite either!!!

    Huge hugs to you!
    3218 days ago
    Me too! Starting over today because I totally fell off of the wagon a few months ago and haven;t been able to get myslef on track. Why? When I find something that works, why do I drop the ball. Well, here's to US. . .making it stick!!!
    3218 days ago
    A healthy lifestyle is a full time commitement. You will do it.
    3218 days ago
    The good news is that you haven't gained all of it back, my friend ! You have the exercise part down really well, now all you have to do is get it together with your eating plan ! How hard is that ? lol Tell me about it, right ? You have done it before, so it is not like a new idea or anything, right ? You can do just have to make your mind up to carry it out one day at a time. We have faith in you, kiddo !!

    emoticon on your 1 year anniversary....and you're not really starting over again, you're starting up where you left off !! lol emoticon emoticon
    3218 days ago
    Good for you ! No matter how many times you start over it is alright you are still here and each time you will learn something else "Never give up"
    I am so PROUD of you!

    Hugs Debbie
    3218 days ago
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