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Six Years of Sparking.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My weight was on the way up when I joined SparkPeople six years ago today. It continued climbing for a few more years before I really made the choice to keep trying, no matter what. Now, I am less than ten pounds from goal. I’ve lost about thirty pounds. It has not been an easy road. Since 2010, I’ve only gone down or maintained. That is a big accomplishment, for me. I haven’t figured out any secret, but I have learned that the most important thing is to just keep going.

Before joining SparkPeople, I had lost about forty pounds on my own. I learned some about good eating, but my main weigh loss tool was massive, intense workouts. That’s not sustainable. I’ve learned that this kind of ‘binge’ workout is not too much better than binge eating. When life became too hectic for two hour a day workouts, I started gaining back the forty pounds, little by little. It took about ten years to gain most of it back. That is about how long it took to gain it the first time too.

This time I’ve made small changes since 2010. After three years of focused attention, I’m still not exactly where I want to be, but I’m closer. I feel this will happen, but I need to take it easy and listen to my body’s needs. It knows what I need, if I only listen. I exercise for about an hour a day. Sometimes, the only workout I can get is a twenty minute walk. I’ve learned that nutrition needs closer vigilance than fitness minutes, but they are both necessary. The main difference is that I am more aware of how this or that tweak works for me. I am more active on the SparkPeople boards and I’ve also joined a group called (Take off Pounds Sensibly) TOPS. With a support system that keeps me pushing even when I trip, I can continue moving forward to find the strategies that get me where I want to go.

One thing I know that I need to keep working on is the mental and emotional game. I’ve only recently become aware of how important that is. There is the concept of eating mindfully and not eating my emotions. There is also the idea of shaping my body from a belief in what I know it to be. That kind of talk used to sound like mumbo jumbo, but I understand it some and hope to understand it better in the future.

Anyway, I had to mark today and if you got this far, thanks for reading!
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