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201 Day Spark Streak ... But What Do I Have To Show For It?

Friday, September 20, 2013

This morning, after 3.5 miles on the treadmill, I logged into SparkPeople for the 201st consecutive day. This is my longest login streak since I joined this site in 2008. (2008?! WOW!)


In the nearly 7 months, have I lost any weight? Well, sort of. I continue to fluctuate the same ~6 pounds. Up, down, up, down, up, down ...

This seesaw is making me seasick.

In about November of last year, I was at my lowest weight in a long time. I was a comfortable size 12, with one pair of size 10 jeans in the closet and a couple of size 10 dresses.

Then some mixture of emotional eating, winter blues, complacency, and laziness kicked in and I found myself back up almost 20 pounds. Now I'm down 10 from there, but I'm stuck. I want to see that lower number back on the scale. I want to get back into those size 10 jeans. (The size 10 dresses still fit. The jeans don't. Funny how unforgiving denim is.)

What am I doing about it now? What good is logging into Spark if I'm not actively living a Sparkified lifestyle?

The past ~3 weeks have been good. I've upped my exercise minutes, to a goal of about 270. This week I'll probably end at more like 240, but still. 240 exercise minutes a week is a hell of a lot better than 120-150.

I am eating fairly well, but not tracking. I KNOW tracking makes me more accountable. I KNOW I see more progress when I'm tracking my food. The Oreos and the nibbles add up, and fast. I can do better here.

Next week begins another somewhat crazy travel phase, continuing through November. I harbor no illusions that I'm going to drop the other 10 pounds between now and Thanksgiving, but my goal is to stay where I am. To continue my new increased exercise streak, even if it's in a crappy hotel gym in a foreign country. (I kinda like running on a European treadmill. Running at 9.0 makes me feel like a badass.)

OK, rambling over.

SPARKIFY. Got it. Done.
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    Me too. I just celebrated a year on SP and my weight is exactly the same. I have changed my habits for the healthier and I feel better as a result, but.......weight loss? Nope. I'm a 12/10 also with a size 8 pair of jeans waiting for me in my closet. Elusive still.
    What do we do? I don't know, but if you figure out the secret, please tell me. emoticon
    2127 days ago
    Try not to be too hard on yourself. If you weren't sparking, perhaps you would have gained more! I like your plans to turn it around. emoticon
    2128 days ago
  • KAT321123
    I think it's really normal to go through phases of commitment to a healthy lifestyle over time. I've been very committed, for the most part, for the last year, probably logging into SP 90% of those days...but there are definitely times in which I slack a bit and the scale shows it. You'll get back on track and be less apathetic when you're ready.

    Envious of your exotic travel! =)
    2128 days ago
    Yeah kudos to you for getting this done. You dont have an active food tracker, because you said you dont track your food anymore. Thing is, to stop a plateau and get thing moving downward again, you need to change things if you've been eating pasta, try eating brown rice...switch up potato for sweet meat for white etc. Usually those changes get the body confused and going again. But hey, you have done so well to get down to a fabulous size probably know exactly what to do. Well done.
    2128 days ago
    Sometimes maintenance is all we can hope for, and it's actually probably a good thing, right? Your body is learning to live happily at that lower weight for a while before you push it to lose more. At least that's what I tell myself when the scale doesn't move.

    I think having logged on for 200+ days deserves some praise; there is no telling what your weight would be at now if you had not taken the time and effort to check.
    2128 days ago
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