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Challenge Blog - Struggles and Successes

Friday, October 11, 2013

I don't blog all that often (as you can see); but, now two in one day?!? I'm in a challenge and picked up this assignment:

"What steps do you regularly take to achieve your health goals? Post a blog that gives us a before and after idea of your struggles and successes since finding Sparkpeople. "

Here goes:

Before: Maybe I had good metabolism and decent eating habits, plus was sort of active in terms of yardwork, gardening, keeping up with a young son, etc. All that kept me slim until I was maybe in my 40s. Weight then piled on. I now realize it was tied heavily to stress; but, I didn't realize that at the time. I traveled and wined and dined a lot for work and found less and less time to exercise (not that I tried very hard).

After: Now comes 2008. I found SparkPeople and bought a Wii system and Wii Fit. Put those all together and I started a Wii-based exercise routine and began tracking calories in and calories out thanks to SP's fabulous resources, advice, trackers, and community. Soon I began incorporating other types exercise into my program, mainly doing SPs videos, then started walking more. By the end of 2008, I'd lost 60 pounds. emoticon

Fast forward to 2013. I put some of that lost weight back on, although not rolling all the way back to my former largeness. Why? Because I stopped tracking and started falling back to some poor eating habits primarily while eating out much more frequently. I also have some poor sleep habits and late night snacking was the cause for much of my new weight. I am working hard to get back to my goal weight again. Team challenges here on SP have always helped motivate me and I am participating in two right now that are great. They help keep me focused. I know once I've lost the weight (I have no doubt that I will succeed), this time I will be smarter about dealing with struggles and stress before things get out of hand so that I can have a successful maintenance going forward. I'm tracking, using my new Spark Activity Tracker, checking restaurant menus in advance, and trying to work on my sleep although that remains my biggest struggle.

I'm happy with how I am progressing these days and thrilled that I have my SP friends motivating and inspiring me.


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