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Well, It's Been a Week

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A week ago I jumped on the "getting healthy boat." I say jumped because I was really ready. Unlike times in the past when I tried losing weight when I would reluctantly "step" onto the boat, this time I felt prepared for the journey. I had read, researched, practiced imagery, etc. this time for the past 2 months in preparation for this long journey.

I have about 100 pounds to lose so it will be a long journey. I've tried a few times to lose weight and have lost only to gain it and more back, and when I made that decision this time, I thought about what had NOT worked in the past. I realized that one of the things I did wrong was not preparing myself for the journey mentally. If you were going on a long journey on a boat, you wouldn't even think to get on the boat without provisions. I mean, you'd need food, a map, fresh water, fuel, emergency kit, etc. I looked at it just like that! I needed to prepare myself for this long journey. So, after reading, researching, soul searching, etc., I finally felt REALLY ready and couldn't waitt to get on the boat. I sat a day to start my journey and waited anxiously for it to arrive.

Well, that was a week ago. Many of you may have seen my blog from yesterday. It took me 4 days, averaging 504 steps a day, 10 minutes at a time,but I finally walked a mile. I was feeling bad because I just kept thinking how in the world did I allow myself to get in this bad of shape.

Today.......I feel much better, I feel in charge, motivated and dedicated. I had my first weigh in this morning after one week. I LOST 7 LBS!!! I'm particularly proud of myself since I really didn't have the right food in the house I needed (low carb) and I had to improvise a lot. (My husband and I just get paid once a month, he will receive a check next week so I can go buy the right food then.) But, it is 7 lbs. and I'll take it!!

Many of you have sent me words of encouragement and support and I appreciate each and every one of you. Also those SP members who never even knew I read your SP page to get inspiration....a big thank you to you too. I LOVE SP!

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    Yay!!! 7 pounds is so great! emoticon emoticon too on a little bit better

    attitude. A positive attitude can make all the difference! Health wise, weight wise, in

    everything try to see the best! Your body is cooperating in helping YOU to make the

    best YOU. emoticon
    2337 days ago
    I used to walk my 50 steps then spend a day recovering in my recliner chair with ice on my knees. Then off again to walk another 50 steps. My goal seems absolutely impossible... walk the Rideau trail from Ottawa to Kingston. I had to depend on a friend or family member dropping me and then picking me up. There was no way I could do a circle... it was all one way. Then winter hit and I had a knee replacement. But as soon as I could convince someone to drive me I was back on the trail. The year I turned 50 I decided to do the insane and do a 5 k "run" which mostly I walked. I continued to do the trail when I could but it was slow. Finally 5 years later, last September, I completed the 306 km. I had added walking poles (I highly recommend them as they took weight off my knees and ankles and helped tone my arms... plus gave me confidence) as the nice paths turned into wilderness trails, swamps and rocky hills. It got harder to find rides as I got further from home so eventually it was a full day committment to take 2 cars to our starting point and then drop a car at the end point (or vice versa) and walk to the first car and then pick up the second car and come home. I am so in debt to all my "rides" and "company", some of whom were spark people. By the end I was able to walk, with only some pain, 5 km. Was it worth it? On every level. I fell in love with the trail, had adventures and realized I could ask for help. Slow but steady. You can do this and you will see the progress.
    2345 days ago
    Congratulations!! You are doing fantastic!!
    2347 days ago
  • FITB4-40
    emoticon You are off to a great start! Keep up the good work!

    2347 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    I enjoyed your blog-tomorrow is my first weigh in. I need to drop 50 pounds and I am sure that is will be slow going-but I am going to do it. Congrats of the 7 pounds!!! Spark on!
    2347 days ago
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