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Transforming within

Monday, January 30, 2012

I can't even count the times I have lost weight and looked transformed. Yes, probably from the outside. I am good at dieting and I like to exercise; I guess I always was thinking short term, or "until I lost so many pounds" or until a certain piece of clothing fit again. I would get down to goal and stay a while and then begin relaxing and eating a bit more and when the scale didn't immediately go up I thought I could keep eating just a little more, and the dial on the scale would steadily go up just a little at a time until I would start the whole yo-yo thing over again.

In 2008, I found the Flat Belly Diet (Prevention Magazine) and really liked the plan -- following this and exercising, I was down again almost to my goal weight. Then I found SparkPeople and reached my goal weight and have been maintaining since. I am still cautious, remembering how it is much easier to gain weight than to lose it, but I am confident I can maintain with the help of family, SparkFriends, SparkTeams and the site itself with all the information and tips on it.

The reason why I have been able to maintain and have positive feelings about continuing to maintain is that I feel I am transforming within. I like this new lifestyle and my healthful food choices. Most days I really enjoy exercising and even the days I have to make myself get up and move, I am glad for it. I do not feel deprived if I decline a sweet, nor guilty if I eat it. I am not totally transformed yet; it is a process, but on a day-to-day basis, I feel I am on my way.
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  • LJR4HEALTH
    Great post Anne I agree with you 100% transformation from within is a key part to this journey Thanks for sharing
    2330 days ago
  • GERMANIRISHGIRL
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    2331 days ago
  • TRYINGHARD1948
    Anne, great blog and you definitely have found the key to maintaining. emoticon
    2331 days ago
  • MGJARVI
    A *complete* transformation :-) I like that you say you have Positive Feelings about your journey, "Positive" is a great adjective for YOU. You're a great Panther sister and I love the energy and caring attitude that you bring with you.
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    2332 days ago
  • RHONDALYN10
    Great blog! Thank you for sharing.
    I agree - amazing how we can gain 5lb in a couple of days but it takes so long to move it off!!!
    2332 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You are on your way..keeping your weight off since 2008. That is wonderful. That is the point of your transformation. You like your new lifestyle. You do not feel deprived.

    But yes, it is a day to day process.

    You are doing it! You are a good inspiration for me. emoticon emoticon
    2332 days ago
  • JMCADE
    I like how you say that transforming within. I am so glad you are writing this because it makes so much sense and may be what I am missing. Thanks for a really great blog.
    2332 days ago
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