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Lessons learned

Monday, April 29, 2013

As written in my last blog entry, I have a history of losing/regaining the same 10 pounds. Since Christmas, I have lost 17 pounds. That's the 10 pounds I gained, plus 7 more.
One lesson I've learned is that SparkPeople really works if you stick with the trackers. I didn't realize how much I was eating until I started keeping track of my calories. I learned if I stop tracking, I gain weight. I've found foods that are lower in calories that keep me full longer. I've learned to drink lots of water. Exercise is now a priority instead of optional.
I've learned that I can go on a 5 day vacation at an all inclusive resort and gain 3 pounds from atypical eating/drinking. Some people would think that's something negative. What makes it a positive experience for me, is that I learned I can still have fun and take off the weight again within 2 weeks. I used to give up after a weight gain, but not this time.
I've learned what a good support group will do for weight loss. I belong to a group that cheers me on in good and not so good weeks. They really help keep me accountable and motivate me to keep going after reading about their successes/struggles.
I've learned so many things since Christmas and I hope to keep learning so that I do not regain back those pesky 10+ pounds! I think the third time is the charm for me! emoticon
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    Tracking food daily is definitely the #1 key to weight loss. I also keep a daily hand-written food journal.
    1853 days ago
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