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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The end of the BLC 25 round comes at an already reflective time for me. Yesterday, 7/19 was my 5 year spark anniversary. So over the past few weeks, with that date looming in the future, I have been thinking about my progress, my accomplishments, my set backs and wondering why I am still in the process of trying to lose weight.
Five years is a long time to be dieting. I think Spark’s slowest loser was able to reach his goal in less than two years, and that was intentional. www.sparkpeople.com/mysp

When I first started Spark, it was about getting into a routine of exercising, eating within a calorie range and connecting with similar people. The Done Girls Team was a life line for me. I was able to do the workout challenges and watch what I ate and feel like part of a community.
As I began increasing my exercise options, one of my friends introduced me to a group of running buddies, who were out running @ 5:15 AM. Sometimes the weather was brutal, but they would be out there and I would feel the pull. We signed up for races, including 10 milers and emoticon and trained together and I began to really enjoy running with these wonderful women.
On the days I didn’t run, I focused on cross training using DVDs, a stationary bike, and whenever we went away, I used the gym which hopefully had an elliptical trainer. Then I started noticing how some days my running went really well, while others I felt like my legs were cement. I started taking stock of my nutrition. Spent more time on Spark, educating myself about not just being within a calorie range, but needing to fuel my body so it could run most efficiently.
It was around that time one of my sparker friends told me about the Biggest Loser team. I was already a fan of the TV show, watched the contestants as they overcame HUGE obstacles and watched the show evolve into what it is now. Anyway, my stay on the Waves DONE girl team had ended so the timing was right.
I got an invite for round 15 and have been in the BLC ever since. So, then I ask myself, “Why has it taken me eleven rounds to realize what I need to do in order to live up to my moniker, Health4Lyfe?” Because although in the beginning of this blog I stated it was a long time to be on a diet, the light bulb emoticon has finally stayed on! It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. I have had some events recently that I have wanted to look my best, so while I have not deprived myself of tempting treats emoticon emoticon emoticon , I have been able to allow a taste here or there, but not given in to a previous “all or none” attitude which has been pervasive in these 5 years.
This past silver round of the BLC-25 coincided well with goals I have set for myself and my decisions to keep my long term goals more firmly in my view, so I don’t lose sight of what I really want by confusing it with what I want NOW. I am better able to read signals from my body about being hungry versus being bored or dehydrated or emotional. I have learned to stop and think and act less impulsively. I have learned to eat more raw food and reap the benefits of preparing many foods for myself. I am eating more vegetables than ever before and they have SO many benefits!
Thankfully some of the challenges our team has put forth included eating more veggies and trying new recipes, which, because I can be somewhat competitive at times, has motivated me to meet those goals as well. It’s been such a win win situation! I could not have done it without the support of my team, the Navy Ninjas! Each and every one of the team mates, between their victories, their joys, their struggles, their setbacks, their competitive spirits, and their sharing have inspired me this round. Yes, and even our dreaded jumping jacks~ Thanks Grace!
I wish for all of you that the light bulb may stay on for you, especially during this time in-between rounds. Please don’t make the same mistake I have repeatedly made and go on a break from your health. emoticon emoticon and You Are Worth It!
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    Snow again last night wonderful,
    1189 days ago
    Mo - such a great blog to read! And so inspirational for those who haven't had their "light bulb" moment yet! That moment is the key!! The "AHA!!! By Jove, I've got it!" moment!

    Patience & persistence! emoticon
    1957 days ago
    I know the feeling, I've already been a spark member since Jan 2011, over 3 years now, going on 4. I've taken a break a few times during that time. I've lost, then gained then lost, then gained again. Realizing that what you need to acheive is a healthy lifestyle instead of going on a "diet" is an important step. It sounds like you have learned a lot through your journey and even if there are a lot of bumps in the road, we usually seem to end up wiser for it. Keep up the good work!
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    1967 days ago
    Keep it up and keep going. I love seeing and reading your blogs. You are an inspiration to me.
    1969 days ago
    Wow, out running by 5:15 am?! You guys are inspiring! Happy Sparkerversary!

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    1970 days ago
  • 4EVER21B
    emoticon I love what you said about lifestyle. Instead of dieting. I still suffer from the all or nothing mentality. It occurs less frequently now. emoticon
    1970 days ago
    Very well said! I know that you are going to get there. Thanks for always supporting and pushing me to do and be my best! You are awesome!!!!
    1970 days ago
    Maureen you have been a great inspiration to our team.
    Looks like your determination has paid off.
    Hope some day we all get the bulb to click and stay one...

    emoticon Happy 5th spark Anniversary!!!!

    Stay strong and health & live well...
    1970 days ago
    I too have been actively trying to lose for years. I got my lightbulb too! We can do this.
    1970 days ago
    Well said Maureen! I believe you will reach your intended goal soon and stick with it. You've been a great member on the team, so supportive and inspirational!
    1970 days ago
    Remarkable journey! You have been an inspiration to all! I know that you will reach your goals and continue on your healthy lifestyle!
    1970 days ago
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