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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Okay, so today is weigh-in day for keeping track on SparkPeople. I do it daily, which maybe I shouldn't, but I'm curious to know if I'm losing. Total weight loss today, 7.2lbs. I am super excited.


I have to admit, this last week was really hard. I was and still am not feeling well. I've given up Mt. Dew and McDonald's Sweet Tea and have been drinking water. That wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. But, perhaps giving up those drinks served to contribute to this past week being truly difficult in all aspects.

As I stepped on the scale to see the amount, the thought running through my head was, can I keep this routine up for the long haul? Am I strong enough to succeed in this, my life-changing journey? Granted, rereading my own blog posts, I can see that I know what needs to be done and how to do it. Plus, reading other's blogs gives me such hope.


I'm scared. Having struggled so much this past week, I want this week to be less struggle, more enjoyment, less focused on weight loss, more focused on healthy choices and decisions, less fear of eating too much on one day, and more satisfied with what I am eating.

This really is hard work. And so, for motivation, and because if I quit, I'll have failed at yet another thing, my Mother has decided to buy me a new fancy-schmancy diamond and pink sapphire ring. If I want it, and I do, then I have to make and sustain this life change.

And, I hope everyone has lost or maintained their weight loss this past week. You all really are simply the greatest. And if this blog doesn't make sense, I apologize. I'm so tired that my eyes keep crossing but when I lay down, my eyes pop open. Oh well, I'll post another blog later today, after I've (hopefully) gotten some sleep, and while watching the play-offs.

Everyone have a GREAT and WONDERFUL day.
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    If it was easy, everyone would be succeeding and we wouldn't need Sparkpeople. You can do it. It's very very tough to start new habits, but over time you'll get used to these new healthy habits.
    2155 days ago
    Way to go! I have used little packets of True Lemon, True Orange and True Grapefruit to flavor my water. Natural, tastes great. Do you really need to use the scales every day? Maybe once a week would be better...
    2155 days ago
    Ooo diamonds. Shiny. I have an opal ring waiting on my weight loss :)
    have you tried chamomile tea? it has been helping me sleep better and is an innocuous change of taste from water.

    To make this week more about enjoyment, put your scale away for the week. I know you're curious to see the numbers, but out of sight, out of mind.
    Find a new healthy recipe or two to try. Make it fun instead of just counting calories.
    and remember. you were strong enough to start, and that is one of the hardest parts. You're strong enough to keep it going.
    2155 days ago
    I resisted the suggestion to get in adequate water and for the longest time I used Crystal light and called it water. One thing about drinking water all the time, you will save money! You don't have to keep all those drinks in stock around your house! I still drink a cup of hot tea now and then or sugar-free cocoa when I need a snack in the evening, but I have given up on the Crystal light. I might drink those again when it gets hot outside. I chug my water down and consider it a health tonic or medicine. I am not good at tracking my foods these days, but I always track my water and fitness minutes. I am doing much better at getting in 8 or more glasses of water than ever before.
    2155 days ago
    You're doing great! Keep up the wonderful work! It IS scary! It's scary because we have all lived a certain way of life most of our lives and by being here, we are taking steps towards changing it all. Anytime we step out of our comfort zone, it is scary. But change drives the world and we have to change, too.

    We all stumble, though. Don't let fear of stumbling keep you down. I had a terrible week this week. I went over my calories almost everyday this week and only exercised once. I felt icky and awful. I felt guilty. But I had to remind myself to not beat myself up for it this time. In the past, I always did, and when I let guilt eat away at me, I would fall off the wagon.

    That's why you CANNOT let fear and guilt keep you down. You will have bad days, we all do. It sucks, but you know what? Everyday is a new day. You can't let yourself get discouraged. You have to be willing to make mistakes. But if you have the willpower, if you want that ring bad enough (and I think you do!), then you can do this! Just be stubborn and keep up with it!

    And congrats on the water! Way to go!! It's the small victories that add up!!

    2155 days ago
  • MAGA99
    wtg w the water

    in the past I had lost a large some of weight n kept it off till I dealt w some health issues n 4 me I had 2 find a balance so as to not deny myself n this helped me to not get craving

    u will find u balance emoticon

    I have come to love water n green tea I make a gallon up @ a time
    2155 days ago
    That is great Dawn! I understand how you feel. I found that letting of expectations helped me alot. It may sound negative to some, but expectations are not the same thing as hope. Expectations set us up for disappointments...and it is a daily thing to battle because most of us have formed this habit over our life.

    I too loved Mt. Dew. Every once in a great while, I do drink a diet one just to change up flavors for me. I am not big on water, but i count the tea I drink because after all, it is water.

    I don't worry about how often I weigh, I do it when I feel like it and sometimes it is daily and sometimes not. It lets me know when I am on target with how/what I am eating too, but I don't depend upon that solely. I also am mindful of how I feel and how my clothes fit.

    Long term changes comes from within such as eliminating habits/beliefs/lifestyles that no longer suit us or that has led us to being unhealthy. I still have vices to conquer, one at a time.

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    2155 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/20/2013 9:13:55 AM

    This is a piece of advice I give to all new members and those looking for motivation,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time, that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

    Every little bit really does make a difference. It took me years to finally ween myself off of Diet Coke. So, if you're bored with water, try flavored sparkling waters if you need a fizzy fix. I like Poland Spring, Adirondak, Whole Foods mineral water, etc. There are also organic sodas you could have if you're worried about chemicals and preservatives. I do like a root beer float once in a while.

    As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the POSITIVE things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

    2155 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    Just take one day at a time. You are doing great and congratulations on the weight loss!! Make that ring your gift for reaching a goal. :) Changing habits takes a little time and I know you can do this! Be patient and you WILL get there!
    2156 days ago
    Congratulations on the steps you've taken nutritionally to make your body healthier! Each step adds up. I just blogged about it. =)
    2156 days ago
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