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Being honest with myself. Evaluating what worked and getting back to it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

When I began this journey last year to become healthy, I lost 40 pounds in 8 months. I felt good and was ready to quit smoking. The final step to really lead the healthy lifestyle that I wanted.

For 6 months I maintained my weight loss, then I gained 19 pounds back in 6 months. Time to evaluate what was working for me and what changes I made that headed me in the opposite direction.

What was working.
Tracking my food honestly. Every bite
Going for walks on the weekends with hubby.
Doing strength training at least 3 days a week.
Not eating out very often, and when I did I was careful about what I ordered.
Walking at least 10,000 steps every day. Average was actually closer to 12,000.

What I began doing differently.
Did not track what I ate for 3 months.
Stopped going for walks on the weekends.
Stopped doing strength training.
Began eating out every weekend and not being careful about what I ordered.
Daily average of steps dropped to barely 10,000 a day on work days and only 1/2 that on weekends.

I know what was working. So the only thing stopping me is getting real with myself and putting in the work I know I need to do. This cannot be UNTIL I reach goal. This has to be for the rest of my life.

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  • DEBBYFROMMT
    Ah Barb, I went through that too. It really does help to track, although sometime SP takes too much time, but it does help. Some of the articles are good too - not all of them may be relevant to you, but some are certainly worth reading. Keep it up, it does get easier (well, at least for me after almost 3 years of it)
    1694 days ago
  • STEPH-KNEE
    I love the honesty, I also love the comparison of what worked before and what isn't working now. Mine is so simple and I keep screwing it up, it is called eating in your calorie range. emoticon What a concept, eating 3000 calories a day because I am eating JUNK and too much of it is not doing me any favors, but I keep doing it, WHY is that? LOL! It's like my daily dog walks and getting in my water are ingrained in me, I do it without even thinking about it, but yet the MOST important piece of the puzzle in the weight loss game is nutrition and that is where I'm failing miserable.

    I already know I can't hit the 10 pounds lost by the end of the year, but I will tell you this one... the last number I saw on the scale is 193... I would like to weigh that or less on January 1st when I weigh in. I know I shouldn't be "happy" with maintaining during the next month, BUT with all this unforeseen bumps in the road I think that would be pretty good don't you think? So let's make a pact, whatever we weigh right now (or recently) we will weigh that or less on January 1st, deal? Preferably less but same-sies doesn't sound to shabby during this horrible holiday season LOL. emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • HAPPYMENOW58
    Great blog! Sooo true...I know...been there..done that! Etc..... I think I have finally realized that this is a LIFESYLE.....not a diet! Best wishes on your continued healthy journey... emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    You can do it!!!
    1695 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    You can do it!!
    1695 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    WHen we go back to eating SUGAR/STARCHES we will regain the weight. A good BBC Documentary is "THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT". It tells how they got us to eat five or six times per day with SNACKS and how that extra food is JUNK but they add LOTS of flavor enhancers and get us addicted to it and so we CRAVE it.

    I know I just have to STOP eating it and stay away permanently.
    1695 days ago
  • SUSANBEAMON
    you can do it. keep it up. you know what you have to do.
    1695 days ago
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