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There's more to lose than pounds.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I joined SP shortly after Christmas last year, and I've only lost nine pounds. I could throw up my hands and give up like before, but I choose to keep going because those pounds aren't all that I've lost.
I've lost or overcome a lot of bad habits too. Sometimes I think they've been harder to lose than the pounds. Some of these habits began long before I became overweight! Childhood habits like "clean your plate, or no dessert." Cultural habits like serving mashed potatoes, bread filling and corn with turkey and gravy on top and not a bit of the dinner plate showing. Learned habits like calming myself with food to relieve stress or anxiety. Or associating a Sunday drive with a stop for ice cream, because that's what my family did. Or not exercising because no one in my family ever did. Work was always more important.
These habits can reappear at any time, just like unwanted pounds. Replacing them with new and better choices is a constant work in progress, but I choose to keep working on it.
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    Change is good. Keep pushing.
    1763 days ago
    Great blog!!! I can so relate to your blog post... emoticon emoticon
    1764 days ago
    After losing 110 lbs I still have those issues, believe me it is a lifelong battle but well worth it! Keep going!!!
    1764 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Great blog! I still battle with my bad habit of eating too quickly which I learned to do as a child.( Those who finished first got second helpings....I come from a large family!) So yes I may have lost nearly 40 lbs but I still have bad habits to lose! Work in progress emoticon
    1764 days ago
    Well said. I can relate to all those habits. My dad is the skinny one, but loves to treat with food. It's encouraging to hear a similar story.
    1765 days ago
    Progress not perfection...one day at a time...one choice at a time.... emoticon
    1765 days ago
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