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Thanks to the Brave Ones!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I want to thank all my SparkFriends who are brave enough to detail their food struggles in their blogs. You know who you are! And I love those "back on track" blogs. It really helps me understand that I am not alone, helps me accept who I am, and helps me accept that after living overweight for decades it is not surprising that occasionally I slip. Accepting and forgiving is an important part of my maintenance.

Right now I'm feeling strong, physically and mentally, including dealing with food. Yesterday was an excellent eating day and my scale showed the lowest weight I've had in 10 days. I am very thankful for the strength I feel right now.

I try to focus on "progress, not perfection." I'm sure you've heard that saying over and over again, but it is one that truly speaks to me. After years of binge eating, my "binges" are now much smaller, much healthier, and much, much less frequent.

I am still 3.4 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight. I believe if I could give up my occasional unplanned eating I would weigh exactly what I want to weigh. I believe I will get there.

I don't always biog it when I slip. Sometimes it seems to help to confess and sometimes it seems better to focus on non-eating areas in which I am succeeding. But again let me say a BIG thanks to you who are willing to face the food issues head on!
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    I really liked your blog. Maintenance is about being consistent and one of those ways is being accountable. Sparkpeople makes maintenance so much easier because you feel you have to be accountable to your sparkbuddies.
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    I will NEVER get complacent about weight loss maintenance . . . certainly have "bad days" and "better days" but it's never automatic or instinctive!!
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    That is why almost all of us are here.
    To come face to face with all that drives us to eat for comfort, out of nervousness, and just for enjoyment.
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    As you know, Marsha, I am one that isn't shy about "putting it all out there". I try hard to be upfront with not only my sucess but my binges and splurges as well. I think blogging about it for me helps me stay strong with getting right back on track after a splurge. I guess I want others to know the truth in that we all go overboard sometimes, but it's how you get back on the track that counts.
    Here's to all of us finding what works for us.
    Have a terrific evening.
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    I love the idea of progress not perfection! I tend to set the bar a tad too high and I will keep the saying in mind. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha!
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  • MIRAGE727
    I appreciate the honesty I've found in your blogs, Marsha! You are one of my go-to SparkFriends for inspiration! Stay strong, Girl!
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  • GABY1948
    You and I come from very similar eating histories! I totally understand and agree with what you say here! emoticon emoticon
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    If only I had just 3 lbs to worry about. Sigh I applaud your getting to this terrific point in your healthier living journey. Maintaining under 5 pounds is an achievement worth being proud of!
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    Wow, I look at your pictures and think, "this woman's got it all going on! She's perfection in skinny bike shorts!" Glad to know you put them on one leg at a time like the rest of us!! emoticon

    About 15 years ago a shrink I know told me that "everything is always less harmful if it's brought out in the light." At the time it was very power and I've never forgotten it. I know it to be true: whatever we hide has the most power over us. When we speak about it, it loses its negative hold over us.

    I know that blogging about my lapses removes the silent shame and allows me to wipe the slate clean and start again.

    Thanks for your blog on this topic, and congrats on your weight loss efforts and success!
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    Comment edited on: 11/8/2012 1:00:07 PM
  • _LINDA
    I dare say food IS the be all and end all to getting where you are going. As someone said you can't out train a bad diet. There was a recent Spark article on whether one should have a 'cheat' night and if it would hamper your progress. Very interesting topic as a lot of people feel they have been deprived too long and will go all out on a eating out binge meal. They advocate, of course, cheating in moderation like all things. Careful tracking so it will fit into your total calories for the week without going over. I still can't get over the maintainer who lets herself go on weekends, eats what ever she feels like, but keeps a strict regimen during the week, but apparently, it works for her as her ripped photo attests to. If only I could be so lucky, she must have great metabolism :P One just has to find that careful balance that actually works for you Its a huge trial & error process which will probably take me a life time to get right.
    Food issues are the monkey on everyone's back, no exceptions..
    2533 days ago
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