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Thank you for 5 months

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last week I delved into the blogs of several of my maintenance mentors to see what you had to say at 5 months. Most said it was harder than expected. Many said it was harder than weight loss. Sometimes I've been inclined to argue that, but I realize that it's less hard for me because you are cutting the path ahead of me. And I have your observations to map the obstacles.

Yesterday at church we were talking about how sometimes you're excited to do the right thing and sometimes it's hard. Sometimes you don't want to do the right thing but you're grateful you did. I thought of the widow's mite and how sometimes the greater gift is the one that hurts to give.

Something that was hard for me was becoming willing to track my food. It took my four years to come around to. Since I overcame that, everything has seemed easier. Fitness has grown on me gradually, it's that middle area that I may not think I like but winds up lifting me. Motivation was hard for me 9 years ago. It's not always easy to remember how it used to be.
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    1857 days ago
    It can be hard to look back and realize just how far we've come--that things that were once a huge effort are now a normal part of our routines. There are lots of things that still require work and effort on my part even with 14+ months of maintenance under my belt, but there are also many things that are just second nature to me now. Hopefully, everything will feel that way eventually. I can't wait for the day that exercising doesn't feel like a chore (I just don't have a passion for it apart from dancing) and that I REALLY don't want to eat unhealthy food so often, lol!
    1860 days ago
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    1861 days ago
    Most of the time, my eating is about nutrition and energy, not about maintaining my weight. Exercise is about feeling fit and challenging myself, not about burning calories. I still weigh myself every day, but I don't let the scale dictate my mood or behavior. I guess right now, I've found a pretty good balance in that respect.
    1861 days ago
    Great blog. I too am finding it very hard to maintain. I feel like now that I am thinner, I should be able to do what I want. But it never worked before so why should it work now?

    1861 days ago
    Well said! I'm still not hot on exercising, but I go through spurts when I want to try something new, even if it's just a new walking route.
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  • NEEDBU66
    Fitness grows on me slowly, too. I'm glad we're both coming around. Learning to give the widow's mite.
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