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Friday, September 16, 2011

About one year ago I started changing my lifestyle towards a clean and healthy diet combined with regular exercise. I learned a lot about nutrition and training and created new healthy habits for myself. I got a lot happier and stronger and although I was facing 6 months without my husband by my side for support, I managed to not fall of the wagon too often. I lost weight and kept it off. Well....I gained a little bit back but not all of it as I have not gone back to my old ways. Sometimes I just happen to enjoy a few treats to many here and there....
I also managed to start my own business at the time which was challenging without my husband around for encouragement.

I joined Sparkpeople in the new year and found the extra support I needed to stick to my diet, exercise and positive attitude to create my best self I can for the return of my husband and make him proud. He loved the results I greeted him with when he got back from Afganistan. We went on an amazing holiday of a lifetime and while on vacation and after the trip, we stuck to our (I got him inspired too) healthy ways. Throughout the summer I got better and better at running, finished a half marathon and then wanted more and more and more.......... which in the end was too much too soon and I got burned out.

I lost the spark for running, comforted myself with chocolate and as you know, the downward spiral began. I managed to catch myself before falling too deep and had to realise that I am a work in progress and that means I have to keep working on myself. ALWAYS! I am so much an ALL-OR-NOTHING person which explains why I tend to give up when I hit a wall.

There is no reason I can not take it easy for a while. I don't need to improve ALL THE TIME, especially not the way I was going. It's just not possible. The important thing is to stick with it, try again, accept a bad day, a bad run and a desert too many. And then move on and be proud of what I achieved so far, not what I haven't achieved yet. I can still beat my personal best next month, run a marathon next year or the year after.... it doesn't have to happen right now. Setting goals is great but I need to learn to not overdue it.

This is why I am back, ready to go again. Moving on.......... tracking food again, tracking exercise again and asking for support. Progress not perfection! I am ready to progress again. Please catch me when I stumble before I fall again.
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    I'm still running, but yet comforting myself with chocolate and all sorts of things... I'm still active and I am spiraling downward.... =( But I am ready to make some changes too!! Let's do this, Beatrice!! We can make some progress once again!
    3460 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6141008
    You have achieved some amazing things x
    3460 days ago
    I am also an all or nothing person and I always expect too much too soon!

    You have already proved that you can do it though so there is no reason you can't do it all, and more, again! Best of luck emoticon
    3460 days ago
  • HOAGIE22
    Git Er Done!!!
    3461 days ago
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