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Am I doing this right?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Can you believe I have been with Sparkpeople for 7 months and never blogged?

I read them all the time and have truly been inspired. There have been those that have encouraged me by their success, impressed me by their ability to come back from many setbacks, and comforted me with their mutual feelings and frustrations. So why haven't I reciprocated?

To be honest, I guess I was a little scared. What if I don't do it right?

Then I got to thinking about this weight loss thing I have been trying for the last 30 years. I have seen success and failure. Frankly I am quite an authority on many aspects of dieting and weight loss. I can count calories, explain the benefits of exercise and water, create and cook a pretty good healthy lowfat menu. So why haven't I achieved and maintained that elusive goal weight in all these years? Maybe its because I get a little scared about that too.

When I get scared I fall back into old habits. Those habits are comfortable and easy. Unfortunately, they are not healthy. Maybe I need to be a little uncomfortable to truly change my life.

I am the one who always tells my husband and children...

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

So here's an attempt to do something different than I have ever done (even if it is out of my comfort zone.) Hopefully this will help me get something that I have never gotten (but have always wanted.)

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    1991 days ago
  • SISU1971
    Great first blog! You did it EXACTLY right.

    Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    2342 days ago
    Being the not-so-proud owner of a big, big, BIG perfectionist gene, emoticon I so relate to what you say!! I was sweatin' bullets when I wrote my first blog emoticon - which I wrote mainly to "satisfy" my sister, who wanted me to try it. At least, that's what I told myself.

    And I was BLOWN AWAY by the support I got - from STRANGERS, no less!! That's when I began to see how I wasn't alone. emoticon And that even people who don't know me could wish me well and offer suggestions. And now I find the same thing - I read blogs that my 3Bs comment on (that I see in my Friend Feed) to offer support to people *I* don't know.

    Now I even occasionally share not-so-positive things in blogs emoticon emoticon - and once again, I get lots of support. Just blog when you want to, and like one of the other comments says...Whatever you blog is right for YOU!

    And I too, am a self-admitted emoticon addict emoticon , like my sister. I even find myself at work wanting to add just the perfect face to that email. Maybe we need to start a 12-step program... emoticon

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    2347 days ago
    I was on SP for at least a year before I ever even posted on the team pages, and probably 2 years before I posted a blog. What I needed first was to track my food and exercise, learn from the articles, and get motivation from reading the blogs of others. Some people have joined and been totally overwhelmed trying to do every right off the bat, so we each need to do what works for us on our own time schedule. Those words of advice to your family are good ones for me to remember!
    2348 days ago
    I'm really proud of you for putting this out there! You're off to a great blogging start ... thanks for taking the risk and for doing this!
    2348 days ago
    Great first blog! I LOVE that phrase you stated that you always tell your husband and children. How true that is. It's so hard to come out of our comfort zone (I struggle with it greatly), but it's such an awesome feeling when we do! emoticon
    2348 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    I was afraid when I wrote my first blog too but once I did the first one it became easier. I htink you did a great job.
    2348 days ago
  • ROSENJ1965
    It's YOUR blog so it's ALWAYS "just right!" That said, I enjoyed reading your first post. You make some excellent points that ring very true in my own experience (falling into old habits because they are comfortable, needing to shake things up and maybe even be a bit uncomfortable to get results, etc.). Sounds like you have a lot of wisdom and motivation to share with the community; glad you're blogging!
    2348 days ago
    You guys are great! THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT!! It's kinda cool to know I have friends out there who share similar problems and interests. I do want to caution you, though. Once you get me going, I may never shut up. LOL
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    2348 days ago
    Yay You! emoticon (Another great reason to blog is it gives the rest of us a good reason to indulge our emoticon addiction emoticon Me! Me!)

    Some blogs have touched me deeply. I recently put a link to a great blog in one of mine, in order to make it easy for my friends to read it, and I discussed what it meant for me.

    And occasionally I've been so passionate and eloquent in a blog comment, that I've realized "ooh! I want to remember that" and I've learned to copy and paste those tidbits of wisdom onto a Word document for future use! emoticon

    Anyway, emoticon from me, also, on your first post. Keep cultivating courage and a willingness to do what you haven't done as a means to accomplish what you haven't accomplished--yet! This is a emoticon beginning!
    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2348 days ago
  • GABBY308
    You go girl!! That's a great first blog! emoticon
    2348 days ago
    Congrats on your first blog. It is great that you stepped outside your comfort zone. There is no wrong way to blog. Short and sweet, long and informative, wordy, succinct, emoticons, pics, or a quote. Just about anything is fine. My favorite blogs are the one that I vent about something, it has saved me from shoving food in my mouth many time.
    Sometimes the comments are just the thing you need to see in order to help you on your journey or you will see that it has helped someone else.

    If you really want to go outside the box try a Vblog! It isn't as hard as it sounds. emoticon emoticon
    2348 days ago
    Overcoming your fear is a great first step!! emoticon
    Just as a suggestion, decide and form your plan. Share it in a blog & you will find so much Moitivation and Support, you'll have to reach the goal! emoticon

    You Can Do It!! and with SP, you can enjoy doing it! ~ Laura
    2348 days ago
    Well, howdy! I'm glad you overcame that fear and just did it - great for your first post and like another poster said, there really isn't a right or wrong way to do it. A post can be just like a status report, or you can post a photo, or comment on something you've read here on Spark or elsewhere, or...

    I know that you've been a great encourager to me by just cheering me on via status updates and such - so thanks for that, too!

    2348 days ago
    emoticon emoticon for pushing yourself! I, too, haven't blogged yet and it will be 2 yrs for me. You took the words right out of my mouth. Maybe I'll give it a go! I'm glad you posted!!! Thanks!
    2348 days ago
    Awesome job on your first blog!!! emoticon It will be interesting to see if your feelings change about it as the week goes on. Sometimes I go long periods of time without blogging anything, then do several in a short time span. I think of it as just another tool in the toolbox for when I am trying to figure out how to keep making healthy decisions. Keep up the great work!
    2349 days ago
    Congratulations for pushing yourself out of your "comfort zone". Now, there wasn't really anything to be afraid of!
    2349 days ago
    emoticon to blogging.

    Honestly? There is no right or wrong way to blog. It is completely usable in the way that becomes most effective to you.

    Some use it for keeping track of goals, particularly ones with a daily or weekly component. Some summarize their day as a way to see how food, activity, and stresses correlate. Some are long (*raises hand* guilty) and some are short. Some have cute titles, some have pictures, some have only a few words and abbreviated titles.

    ALL are worth something to those who write them.

    2349 days ago
    It's great to see a blog post from ya, no matter what the subject! There's no right or wrong way to do it; I mostly use it for venting/cheap therapy.

    2349 days ago
  • RAINA413
    My best advice for you would be to set a goal for each day. It really helps me. I find it gives me focus and a sense of accomplishment. Also, I have to say I never used to be much for exercising, but it really is key! I find that if you use both your nutrition tracker and fitness tracker properly and accurately and you are guaranteed results!!

    I started off slow. Best advice I can give you is to buy a decent pedometer. If you can reach 10,000 steps a day then you are considered to have a very active lifestyle. That is one big step towards a healthier you and it is an attainable fitness goal you can reach every day! From there walk on the treadmill or in your neighborhood. This is how I started off. Just walking. Slowly I began to go a bit faster then a bit faster. Before I knew it I was walking one minute jogging the next. This "break" between jogs soon became shorter and shorter the more often I trained. Now I am running 5 miles a day! Just take it slow. Baby steps. Focus on one goal at a time and before you know it you will be well on your way!!
    2349 days ago
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