Progress . . . Plateau . . . Regress.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I stayed away from Spark for about a week, logging on only to update my status and create my food plans which I didn't always follow. Occasionally I would scan the blogs or messages from my Spark friends. It seemed as if I was on my way out and was risking all the progress I had made. Somehow I maintained my weight and would congratulate myself for not gaining what I had lost. I was truly busy, but that should not be an excuse. With my lack of participation in Spark, I started eating mindlessly, grabbing what was available when I felt hungry.

Last Tuesday was one of the busiest days I had in a long time. As I hustled from one appointment to the other I managed to eat 2 donuts, 3 slices of pizza and a Wendy's fish sandwich. Although I did not log my meals that day, I have not forgotten my transgression, and by the next day I was aware that I was out of control. It has been said that it takes 21 days to create a habit, well it takes one meal to break it, because suddenly I began to crave the fish sandwich, and it took eating 2 more, with 2 orders of french fries for me to realize that I must regain control of myself and I better do so quickly.

As time went by I recognized that my clothes were getting tighter. With more hope than fear I stepped on the scale and noticed that I had gained 4 pounds since Tuesday. Although I was not surprised, I was disappointed and decided that it was time to return to Spark in earnest. I had made great progress, then plateaued and I was beginning to regress. I felt sad that I had let myself down. I knew better. At the same time I was grateful that it was not too late. Everyday brings with it a chance to begin again, and I am taking advantage of that chance. I refuse to succumb to defeat and I have no intention of regaining the weight I had lost. God has planted a desire for dramatic change deep inside my spirit, and I will achieve my goals. I know that it may sometimes seem difficult, and there are times when it may even seem impossible, but achieving my weight loss goals and living a healthy lifestyle is worth the effort. I'm back and ready to win.
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    I understand. I have started and stopped so many times (this is before Spark). Since I have joined, I have just been taking very small steps before I made a huge commitment to myself on February 15 of this year to lose 30 pounds by August '10 for a special event and another 20 pounds by the end of the year. Basically, I hope to drop 50 pounds by December of this year. I understand it is not totally unreasonable but I must stick with it the entire year. So, let's get with it, shall we. We have nothing to lose but unwanted weight and we certainly will learn much about ourselves throughout this journey. rustyshaw1 emoticon
    3365 days ago
  • NANDE77
    New day .. New goals... No worries sounds like packing some food in a lunch box may help when you have to travel so much.
    Hang in there!!
    3370 days ago
    we all can jump on the train,bus and car to out of control. This is the beginning of the new year and new month emoticon
    3373 days ago
  • CARMEL466
    I'm so happy you are back and I know God is going to keep planting that seed in you as He have in me. Praying for you and knowing you can do this. We will do this! Have a beautiful day. emoticon
    3374 days ago
    3374 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Don't worry my friend. I am on the same boat as you! I gained back about 10-12 over this past month, but we are going into a new month I plan to rectify that problem! Let's forget about last week and focus on the new month together! Can't wait to see how much we lose! Woo Hoo!
    In Jesus Name
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    3374 days ago
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