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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Losing weight feels like it has been a lifetime endeavor for me but I feel like the past two years on SP are the years that have really counted.

This is where I learned its never really "over", the road to weight loss and better health does not end, it gets somewhat easier as the healthier habits become "normal" but its supper easy to slip back into the bad ones because its easier to eat fast food and prepackaged meals then it is to eat healthy. It just is. Its easy to keep saying "I'll exercise tomorrow", and never do.

I see so many "I'm back" or "I'm taking a break" posts and blogs and its made me realize that there is really no finish line, no magical "happy ending", all the platitudes and promises of "This time I really mean it", they really don't mean much unless we change how we do things when it comes to eating & exercise.

Every single day, starting with your first meal, you have to CHOOSE to eat healthy foods, or at least choose to eat in your calorie range. You have to CHOOSE to get in some sort of physical exercise.

As I've experienced and seen from others, some days its difficult to manage this, be it due to circumstances, obligations, lack of money, whatever. I wish I was one of those people who can focus all their power and will on eating right and working out and just power through and loose the next 50 pounds. But that's not me. So instead I will turtle along, eating less, eating better, moving more. Its slow, sometimes I have roadblocks, detours, stupidity, but I'm still plodding along.

Coming to SP every day keeps me centered, keeps my goals out on the table, keeps , me honest with myself and reminds me that my goals are possible I just need to keep CHOOSING the good stuff more then the bad stuff!

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    Great blog!! I too love the term "turtling along" - and after all, that's supposed to be the most successful and sustainable way to do it. Great job!
    2127 days ago
    "Turtling along." I love that! What an apt description for slow and steady winning the race!
    2127 days ago
  • SARAHG831
    Making a choice is the first and most important step in all things. When I first started running. I hated it and I actually said over and over in my head " I can quit but I choose to be healthy" It helped me be realistic and stick to my goals. (too bad it didn't really making the running easier) I eventually learned to enjoy jogging and glad I pushed myself.
    Good luck with your journey!

    And thank you for commenting on my blog! I appreciate it, all the support is helpful!
    2128 days ago
    Amen friend! That's exactly it - we all make choices and have to learn from our mistakes.
    2128 days ago
  • 1954MARG
    Thank you. Hearing someone else's good news is a boon when you are going through a hard patch.
    2128 days ago
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