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Finally, a loss, and new motivation

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I am so pleased with my 3.3-pound loss for this week's weigh-in that it really re-motivated me, making it easier to make good choices at dinner out for my son's 10th birthday tonight, even though we usually treat our birthdays as "no rules" days.

It has been so long since I had a good loss that I forgot how good it feels emotionally as well as physically. I am eager to see it continue so am working harder on both exercise and nutrition. As part of this week's challenge on Emerlad Team I did yoga for the first time in ages and I can tell I haven't been doing it...less flexibility and less strength. So that is back on my schedule at least twice a week, between days with water aerobics.

Over the last year, I had regained all the weight I had lost in the previous two years (20 pounds), and I really hit a low spot last week when I saw that number on the scale. In many ways it feels like I am starting over, but this time I know what to do and was able to jump-start the good habits this week and see results.

When I first joined SP...was it nearly three years ago?...I was able to dedicate a lot of time to exercise because I was a stay-at-home/self-employed mom in charge of my own schedule. I saw almost immediate results, losing most of those 20 pounds in the first six months. I don't necessarily expect that speed of loss again now when I have a full-time job and am a single parent, but I do know that if I make my health a bigger priority despite those other responsibilities, I will see the weight come off, at whatever speed I can manage.
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