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My Journey, Revisited September 28, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I just had some one comment on a blog post I made on October 28, 2010 - ELEVEN Months ago. I had to re-read it to see why anyone would care to read it.
It has helped me this morning to realize WHY I am doing this...

*Since I started SparkPeople I am 58 pounds thinner & 9 pounds below my Spark People goal...trying to make maintenance my new way of life!

Here's that Post...

Thursday, October 28, 2010
My Story: How did I End Up at Spark People Anyway???

I had a new Spark Friend ask me to tell her more about myself and my journey.
As I wrote my reply to her, I had to sit back and just go through in my mind when and how this Journey all got started.
I will share those thoughts here today, as they have helped me understand and put it all into better perspective.
It’s a journal entry that is shedding some light on various issues for me.

Here’s a bit about me & my journey. I’m married (22 years), a Mom to one daughter in college (20). I worked in business for 31 years (28+ in banking) left my job at the end of last year and gained 27 pounds from January to June, 2010 on an already overweight body. I like to cook and bake and want to find a way to continue to do so but in a healthier manner.

I have struggled with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I went on my first diet when I was 16. I weighed 150 pounds (5’6”) and thought I was overweight – based on all my shorter, skinny friends. I thought 125 sounded like what I should weigh – so I went on a diet that summer. I lost 15 pounds – not 25 and thought I was a failure…can you see how we get sucked into believing there’s something wrong with us at such a young age and we can’t shake loose of it? From that point on, I gained weight. I sure wish I weighed 150 right now! LOL!

My Mom was a chronic dieter. She belonged to TOPS and Weight Watchers…so that’s where I got the idea I needed to diet and that 125 should be my goal…because that was her goal (she’s only 5’2”). How unrealistic was that?

Yes, Weight Watchers was a good program. I lost 80 pounds on it when I was 19 -21 years old. It was a diet. I thought I had to diet to lose weight. I have thought that most of my adult life.

Until I got to age 45. I said to myself “enough dieting, I’m not doing this anymore!” “If dieting doesn’t work? What does?” I always thought if I could just eat like a thin person I’d get thin.

I started by walking…I bought a pedometer (Digi Walker SW-200) that just counts steps. I really researched which one to buy. I wanted a simple step counter that was VERY accurate. I started using it and discovered that I was walking 4,000 to 4,500 steps a day (real shocker!).

My goal was to get to 10,000 steps a day. I had read that people who count steps move more than people who exercise for 30 minutes a day. I since have determined that is true! 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles.

As I focused more on increasing my steps…I found I was eating less, making better choice in foods. The weight started to drop. I went from 200 pounds to 155 in about a year. And I wasn’t dieting. I thought this was the way to go! I felt so good!

Then for whatever reason…I wasn’t walking as much, I started eating more and not focusing on my choices. I lost the magic! I realize now there is no magic. I need to stay aware of what I am doing.

So here I am, using those tools that helped me on that leg of my journey.
But I also realizing after talking to my doctor that I need a program that helps keep me more accountable.
He suggested Weight Watchers…I told him that I think DIET when I hear Weight Watchers.

I had read about Spark People. So I came to the website on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. I had been to the doctor on Friday, June 11th – had a nephew’s wedding on the 12th – started to be aware of what I was eating and started walking again on Monday, June 14th. I also weighed myself that day. Since that day I have lost about 25 pounds.

I eat healthy foods that I want to eat. I use the calorie range Spark People has given me. But I choose the foods.
Do I eat perfectly? No – there’s no such thing. I do eat better and well.

I exercise almost (I schedule 6 days a week with Sunday off – but still want to reach 10,000 steps) everyday for about 60 minutes. I walked outdoors during the summer.
Some days for 60 minutes at a time, other days 20 minutes 3 times a day… I tend to break it up.
I live in Minnesota so I needed to find a plan I could use indoors for the winter months. I am using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim and right now am using 3 Fast Miles. It’s 45 minutes. I add additional walking or yoga to it.

I’m not breaking any records here, but I am moving forward slowly and surely. It doesn’t feel like a diet. I do have to motivate myself to exercise. But I am always glad when I do because I do feel good. I’m trying to take it a day at a time.

And, yes, I pray about it – everyday.

And my Spark Friends are an awesome help to me!

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    We have so much in common- a lifetime of 'dieting' and getting fater and fatter (just like our moms).
    I'm focusing on getting/ staying/being healthy now.
    2374 days ago
    Perfect/healthy sense to me :)

    I missed this blog cuz I was gone on my birthday until evening...glad I stopped by and got to read it.

    My Mom also belonged to Weight Watchers (got me to join at a very young age) and was CONSTANTLY dieting. What is it with dairy farmer wives, tee hee! Just kidding of course.

    You have come so far in such a short time proud of you!

    2396 days ago
    So inspiring! No wonder it is till worth reading again! I remember this blog! emoticon
    2398 days ago
    You are a very inspiring SPF! You have come a long way with your changes to your life in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and staying away from the diets! Yes, we have to make it an everyday routine, no matter what! Whether it is for 20 min or 60-always do something to keep us motivated and feel like we are doing something to improve our lives. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2398 days ago
    Maria, you're a JOY! You've always inspired me to keep moving forward & strive to be better & work harder! You've done an awesome job & I know you'll continue to practice the healthy lifestyle you've worked so hard to maintain! I have no doubt you'll succeed! You're a winner!

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    2398 days ago
    Maria, I loved reading your blog from last October! You've done such a fabulous job of changing your lifestyle to a healthy one you can stick with. I'm so inspired by your success!! You've accomplished so much in such a short time. Maintenance is just another step along the way. Congratulations, and thanks for being my Spark friend.

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    2398 days ago
    Love this blog Marie. Thanks for sharing a part of your journey with us. I really appreciate that you are still here and have reached and surpassed your goals only one year later.Great job!
    2398 days ago
    Maria you aree such an inspiration to me. You are so busy on the farm some days that that gives you the exercise you need. I love the idea of the walking dvd's when it is not nice out. Snow is coming and you have a great plan in place.
    2398 days ago
    Maria, you are so good at expressing yourself and sharing your perspective. You really motivate me! I've slacked off on exercise for the past couple of weeks because I'm so wrapped up in working on our remodeling project and I'm sore and tired much of the time. I'm going to turn the corner on that soon and get back in the groove! Thanks for your friendship. You rock!
    2398 days ago
    Oh wow, I AM so PROUD of you! It's little things all along the way that help us to really know how to take care of ourselves better. I'm right in the middle of that these days. I'm loving the feeling of feeling better and stronger. I just need to keep going with this feeling. It's people like you that help people like me! Thanks a million! emoticon
    2398 days ago
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