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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I survived my finals, and I'm back! I'm getting an A and a B for my classes, and I can't complain too much about that. I have a short break until I start the summer sessions next week. I'll be taking philosophy and global economics courses.

I have to admit that I didn't do so great sticking to my routine in the past few weeks. My eating is the same as always, but I fell off the wagon with my exercise. I've been feeling like a blob. Yesterday I got into my workout clothes and took a bike ride. I felt energized and my spirits lifted almost immediately. So I'm back in the saddle again!

I've been doing some introspect regarding why diet and exercise blogging seems to keep me on track with my goals. I have not followed the Spark nutrition plan in over two years, but my writing keeps me on the straight and narrow when it comes to fitness. I think it's because if I put it out there, then I feel some obligation to follow through. Although I've never met any of you, I don't want to let anyone down. I really want my message to be, "Hey, I lost 40lbs and kept it off! And you can do it too!"

But in a less infomercial kind of way. emoticon

I have lost and kept it off, though. I really dislike how the media seems to portray weight rebound as inevitable. I don't think there is anything special or different about me compared to anyone else. I have failed as much as I have succeeded in trying to get here. But every positive change I made I have carried forward with me.

Reading blogs from other Spark members also seems to build enthusiasm. For those who are succeeding, it makes me want to join them. For those who are struggling, I want to encourage them. Though I'm going to practice more thinking before writing as I suffer from chronic foot-in-mouth disease.

Starting this week, I'm back on track with food and fitness. I have a few topics that I've been itching to write about.

Let's go Summer!
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    There just ain't NOTHING that can compare to the boost I get from getting back on the bike!

    Kudos & keep those wheels turnin'! :-)

    1799 days ago
    I know the feeling! I love writing but fitting it in can be a challenge. Healthy living is a full time job sometimes and when I sit down I feel guilty now!


    1799 days ago
    Don't know why but it is very true. The writing helps to keep it on track.
    1799 days ago
    That's so true isn't it? I have found the blogging to be a good tool for me to try and stay on track -- if only because I've already professed, hey, this is my plan -- then like you said, it's out there and people are reading it. So it helps me stay accountable too. Way more than if I weren't blogging. Whatever works.. right?
    Have a great day!
    1801 days ago

    Great job on those grades. That's excellent. You're magna cum laude so far !! The philosophy and economics classes over the summer will be an interesting match up. Feel free to consult me. I always got As in philosophy. go figure. ;)

    Now that I'm back to working full time, my fitness schedule is going to be changed too. On the plus side, I'm working out less so an injury I've had is feeling much better. However, like you, I need to figure out how I'm going to juggle my schedule since I sit at a desk for 8 hours. This is another reason I haven't given up the gym jobs. they're keeping me active ! LOL !!!

    Glad to see you back.

    1801 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head with the reason for your success! I've had similar results, by following new practices, not "dieting" and then going back to the old way of eating. Being active, cooking healthy foods, and making health a lifestyle not a temporary scheme is the key.
    1801 days ago
    Congrats on the finals and welcome back!

    Glad the bike ride kicked you back in gear....now back to the New Rules of Lifting routine!
    1802 days ago
    Missed you! Glad you did so well in your classes!

    Sometimes I feel a little guilty for spending so much time on SP, but it truly does do wonders for keeping me focused and aware of what I'm doing.
    1802 days ago
    I think weight rebound IS inevitable... IF one reverts back to their former BAD habits/ terrible lifestyle!!! You can't just diet for 3 months and maintain a healthy fit body for life!!! (I think that's the better message!)

    I agree, Blogging and 'putting it out there' keeps me honest and motivated too. I (like you) am driven by my "I say what I mean, and DO what I say!" attitude! It has taken me very far in life!!!

    Keep writing, Val!
    1802 days ago
    Glad to see you back.
    1802 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2013 5:00:18 PM
    You made it! Happy you're back and in the saddle!
    1802 days ago
    i start summer classes today.great job on your finals! &here is to year round school! hahah

    1802 days ago
    Glad to have you back! I also find blogging and reading blogs to be very motivating. I don't plan to stop any time soon.
    1802 days ago
    Welcome back! Glad you survived finals! :)
    1802 days ago
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