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A Month In...

Monday, August 05, 2013

I realize that I have been Sparking for a month now. For me, that's an incredible achievement. I've always looked for the quick fix, immediate results. So far I have lost three pounds, with a weigh-in on Wednesday. At another time, I would have been upset not to lose three pounds in a week, never mind a month.

But I'm really focusing on the big picture this time. If I lose a pound a week, in a year? Fifty two pounds gone. I need to ignore the instant gratification side of me that wants what I want, RIGHT NOW. The sad truth is that I ate every extra pound that I'm carrying. I didn't gain it all overnight (though it sure feels that way!) and I'm not going to lose it overnight.

The past five days or so were very stressful for me. I was upset and I wanted to eat. But I didn't. I went to the gym for the first time in over a year and used the elliptical machine. I like it better than the treadmill but for now, since it's right in my garage, the treadmill is what I'm going to focus on until I get the exercising into a daily (or almost daily) routine. I'm not working right now so I have the luxury of using it whenever it's convenient. I do like working out first thing if possible, since it gives me energy for my day.

I think that Spark People is playing a huge part in helping me to stay motivated. I can't do this on my own. I need support and encouragement, and through SP, I have found it.

I can do this.
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  • JUNESHOPE
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    I agree with you.. 3 pounds is great. It really adds up. With time going sooooo fast, we'll be amazed how quickly it adds up in just a little while.
    I've often thought of that 52 lbs lost within a year, too... It's a great calculation. If I had accepted that 1 pound a week would be just fine, years ago, I would be well to my goal by now.

    But like you, if I didn't get that instant gratification, I would always fall off the program and indulge. It's not going to happen this time, because I've accepted that any loss, is a good loss.

    emoticon on your weight loss...
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    1931 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2013 3:27:58 PM
  • KG4PVOWIFE
    You are doing all the right things! You are right that slow and steady is progress, but I believe you will also gain momentum as you go. I wish I had your drive to get up and get my workout in first thing in the morning!
    1932 days ago
  • PEZCATHY
    That is so awesome! Three pounds is a great start! At least the scale didn't go the other way right?! It is a real struggle daily, isn't it?! But it sounds as though you really have the determination to do it this time. I believe in you! Let's do it!
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    1932 days ago
  • WATREKKIE
    Happy one-month anniversary!!! Sounds like you're doing well - got a plan, supportive teams/SparkFriends, and you didn't eat as a reaction to stress - that's a HUGE one, sweetie!!!

    Keep goin'...babysteps will get you there!! emoticon emoticon

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    1933 days ago
  • PENNYPEARLS
    Sounds like you have the right attitude. You did good not giving in to the stress with food. You can do this! emoticon emoticon
    1933 days ago
  • SKILPAT1
    That's the way to do it. My coach says to commit to what you know you can or will do. You want to set yourself up for success. Best wishes!
    1933 days ago
  • REEDWEEB
    You are doing great! One step at a time is a great way to start. emoticon
    1933 days ago
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