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Sunday, February 03, 2013

This might be a premature blog, but I think I've found my enthusiasm for healthy living again! It's only been about 2 weeks, and I've only been using SP for about three days this time, but I'm feeling good about logging on and participating again!

To state it simply, I burned out on using this website AND the healthy lifestyle back in April, but kept trying to drag myself along any way. It didn't work. Without the enjoyment, it was just a chore, and I tend to invent excuses to get out of chores. I'm busy, I have to {insert nonsense here}, etc. So I took a nice long break.

I did really well over the first few months, which led me to believe I had the healthy living thing licked. Big lie to myself. All it took to send me back over the brink was a new job and some new "Food Pusher" friends. I can't blame anyone but myself for the 20lb. regain I experienced last fall. At some point, I convinced myself that as long as I was still working out like crazy, I could eat anything that I wanted. That the weight gain was muscle tone. Then, that skipping weigh ins all together was a good idea, because it's just muscle and water weight anyway. Shame on me for being a dingus.

Last month, when all of my smaller clothing became tight, I started doing a mental gear up to relaunch my fitness journey. I've always found that information and education are the best tools to beating any problem, so I started reading like a son-of-a-gun...and I read a few things that I'm using as my side-plan for now. I've also reflected over a lot of the things I've learned since I started this journey in May of '11 that seem to work/not work for me personally...and I came up with the following:

1. Weight loss is very different for people with large amounts of weight to lose. (large=more than 50 lbs.) There are a lot more highs and lows, a lot more reboots, and a lot of the "common sense" things that work for others just doesn't work for us.

I've taken from this-- It doesn't mean that you should give up, it just means that you have to try to take advice from people with a grain of salt. Find what works for you, and ignore advice coming from people who are on a different journey than you are on.

2. "Serious" weight training (using heavy weights, not doing a lot of light weight ST) is actually counter productive to dropping weight.

I've taken from this--Stop trying to outlift 20 year old dudes at the gym. Yes, it is a huge pat on the back to myself, but I need to remember my #1 goal...get this weight off of my body. There will be time to pick up the serious strength training when I'm closer to goal.

3. Weight loss seems to be about 80% diet, and 20% exercise. Exercise still has to be done (regularly), but your diet plays a slightly larger role in the process.

I've taken from this--I need to worry about eating to lose weight, not eating to perform, impress, distract right now.

These are all going to be unpopular statements with some SP users out there, but I JUST DON'T CARE. I hit a point in late 2011 when I stopped listening to myself, stopped doing the things that were 100% working for me, and started to let other people dictate my diet and fitness needs...and this was also (coincidentally) the point where I stopped losing weight. In the end, this is about my journey...not anyone else's.

In all, I think that a lot of my burnout came from spreading myself too thin over this project. So my plan for the forseeable future:

1. Make all plans/eating/exercise revolve around getting this weight off of my frame.
2. When closer to goal, start reinvestigating more serious training, orgainic foods, tricks of the trade, etc.
3. When at a weight I'm comfortable with, shift the "diet" ideals from weight loss, to the 90% rule. (Eat well/train 90% of the time, let it go the other 10%).

Keeping it simple...because it's what works for me!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    This whole thing is a journey, ups and downs included. lots of learning going on.

    Do what YOU need to do to be healthy. When other people tell me about their plan , I listen and use what I can. Often they are at a different stage --or age--than I am. In my 20's I could 'give it my all' and lose weight. Now, life is just too darn hard to be sacrificing to lose weight . Exercise needs to be fit into my daily life as does the food planning and preparation.

    Live and learn. Glad you're back! Chris emoticon
    2295 days ago
    I'm super psyched your back...missed talking with you soooo much!!! I too get the burn out...the tracking gets tedious...but that's the way it

    would love to know everything as I am a snoop... ;)

    Simple is definitely the key!!!
    2297 days ago
    Good for you! It is hard to know what to do with all of the competing information out there. Glad you're concentrating on what's working for you.

    2299 days ago
  • THOMS1
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  • JASI27
    Awesome blog! You seem to have your head right where it needs to be. Love the reading and educating yourself, I am a big fan of that! A great book I always recommend is 100 ways to motivate yourself by steve chandler! Awesome book and easy read. Good Luck and God Speed!!
    2299 days ago
  • no profile photo PAT4PROG
    emoticon on your rededication to become a more healthy you!!!
    I have found that not making it all about weight, but more about becomeing
    a better me to be very helpful. It takes time to develop habits-both bad and good ones. Give yourself time to develop habits what will remain and make you the best you that anyone could ever imagine.
    2299 days ago
  • LEEANNZ_85
    I totally understand the reboot mode. I stopped SP about the same time as you because life got too crazy and then I got pregnant and healthy lifestyle went out the window (too tired, nauseous, you name it). Now I weigh 25 lbs more than when I started SP the first time. I am ready to get back into, but it really is tough somedays to psyched up push yourself and stay on track.

    Hopefully we will both be successful! Good Luck!
    2299 days ago
    Good for you! So glad to see you back! I had wondered over the months how you were. I knew you had some tough personal times so wasn't sure if that was what was keeping you away or if you had burned out. I have been feeling the same way, but logging in everyday.

    I haven't tracked my food in months and months. I can't seem to get off my duff to exercise, no matter what I plan or tell myself needs to happen. Luckily I have continued to lose weight. Not as fast or as consistently as in the past but I have used it as an excuse not to try harder. So, I hear ya!

    2300 days ago
    Sounds like a plan you can live with! emoticon emoticon
    2300 days ago
  • JOYTI0424
    sounds like you're on your way to success ... keep up the good work.
    2300 days ago
    Congrats! Good luck in your weight loss journey!
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