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Easy as 1, 2, 3. . . .

Monday, April 15, 2013

Well, no it isn't. If it were that easy, somebody would have already made a magic button we could push . . .

heaven knows there are a gazillion miracle pills and diets and supplements and patches and workout dvds and surgeries and . . . .

I find that the most successful time in my journey to health and achieving weight loss was when I took advantage of SparkCoach. I'm thinking about signing up for it again . . . .

Meanwhile, I'm trying to take advantage of some of the helpful articles and blogs here on SparkPeople. This excerpt is taken from a blog about the reasons we're not losing weight, written by Coach Nichole:

The only way to do it is to track, measure and weigh your food honestly and accurately, and burn excess calories through increased physical activity.
Here are a few other common reasons you may not be losing weight despite doing everything right:

You're skimping on sleep.
You don't fit the standard formulas for calorie estimation.
Your "cheat days" are cheating you.
You're battling chronic stress.
You're eating too many or too little carbs, protein or fat.

Weight loss seems simple, but it doesn't happen easily. But many, many people just like you have fought the battle and won—and you can, too. Just be consistent. Track, track, track. Ask for help and support. And slowly but surely, you will get there.

I was so happy to be able to put in about 8 hours of hard riding this weekend. That was totally impossible before I began Sparking last October. Within 2 months, using and following the SparkCoach plan, I had nearly met my first weight loss goal, and had far surpassed all hope I had in regaining my move-ability.

I really thought I was going to be overweight, with limited mobility, aches and pains for the rest of my life!

I don't have a gym membership, so I began with Coach Nichole's seated core exercise videos (in SparkPeople's free video library) and my mobility continued to improve. Tracking everything I ate and staying in range, the weight came off nearly without effort. I was amazed!

Remembering where I've come from is helping me get re-energized and motivated to set new goals. I've been maintaining the initial weight loss since December. But I can see where I have become lax. I know bad habits are my default mode, and are so easy to fall back into.

I don't want to go backwards . . . I want to forge ahead. It's going to be a great summer and I want to be able to embrace and enjoy every bit of it and be the best that I can be!

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    Congrats on your ride. Wish our weather was better over the weekend.
    Was an indoor weekend her in MN.
    1834 days ago
    Spot on! emoticon
    1835 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    Thank you for the awesome blog! emoticon
    1835 days ago
    "I'll have what she's having"
    Seriously though... Way to go! I honestly think for me it is a matter of attitude and learning to not sweat the small stuff, which I am usually good at but sometimes backslide.
    Have a great one.
    1835 days ago
    Woo Hoo, it really is basic. Simple, but not easy! Thanks for the reminders.
    1835 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    I totally agree. It is actually fairly simple - eat healthy, track your food, stay in your caloric range, exercise daily. Why we make it so complicated is (I think) because it is difficult and everyone is looking for the magic solution.
    Congratulations on your 8 hour ride! That must have felt awesome to be doing what you love again for such a long period and being fit enough to enjoy it! It is the things we can do again that are as rewarding as seeing the weight on the scale come down. Because in the end we are all doing this to get our lives back.
    Thanks for this blog, you've captured many home truths in a few short paragraphs...
    Love the baby ducks!!! (Or are they geese?)
    Have a great week! emoticon
    1835 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 11:28:09 AM
    You are so right!

    The blogs and articles REALLY help me. one day last week I was just messin up right and left and all the blogs I had read and a couple SP articles helped me manage my day better and feel good about myself.

    Excellent blog!
    1835 days ago
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