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Relocating my Spark

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Yes, Sparkfriends, I've been around Sparkworld, but doing more lurking than posting these days.

Like many of you, I've thoughtfully reviewed 2014 to see what I did right BUT even more importantly I'm looking ahead to 2015 to set new goals. I've been reading lots of blogs which have helped me gather information to make the necessary course correction in my own journey.

What did I do right in 2014? NOT gain more weight than I did! emoticon

What I did wrong was to let external events determine what and how much I would eat. (In other words, emotional eating and being away from my home environment where I can easily control food and exercise.)

Like most of us, I had some knocks in 2014. I mean, that's life, right?

*My mother was diagnosed with incurable, inoperable lung cancer in May, just one year after my father passed away. (She is doing OK now but will have another scan in February to determine if the tumor is growing.)

*We took a 3-month trip in our trailer from May-July. Even in a trailer with a tiny kitchen, things are different: more hiking but no strength training, travel days with no exercise at all, more eating out, more packaged foods.

* In August I fell off an 8-foot ladder onto concrete which sidelined any exercise for nearly two months while I healed and underwent PT.

*In Oct/Nov we took a month-long trip to Nepal and India which was wicked fun, but still stressful! I was not in control of most of the meals we had, although breakfast was always a buffet and I usually made good choices.

*December saw a trip home to Michigan where we ate out 14 times in 10 days visiting family and friends.

So...was it acceptable to gain 10 pounds because of these curveballs? No, it is not, but there it is! And here I am!

My main goal in 2015 is to lose the 10 pounds, maybe a few more, but more importantly, learn to make my peace with food! Learn it's NEVER all-or-nothing. I can't sustain the mindset that I'm either 100% on my plan or I'm entitled to be 100% off. I want to learn to manage eating when I'm away from home and/or not in control of the food.

TINAJANE wrote a great blog about this yesterday, as she celebrates her THIRD year of holiday maintenance of a 100+ pound weight loss. Check it out:

Her blogs are always very insightful and if you aren't familiar with her I recommend you pop over there to read some of her popular blogs and check out her page.

So what am I doing, in January 2015 to work towards my goals? I'm on a Sparkteam, doing SparkCoach, and reading my Beck cards daily. I'll plan to get back to the Beck book but now I'm focusing on other resources. I've subscribed to some excellent blogs that emphasize the mind-body connection, and I think these will really help me stay focused and keep my head in the game.

So that's where I am, Sparkfriends! I'll keep you updated as to what I am learning and how I'm doing. Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    This is a great blog! But then your blogs usually are so I expect nothing less from you!

    You've given me some great things to think about and more importantly IMPLEMENT!

    Thanks for being out here and being my friend.

    Here's to a great 2015 for you - you deserve it after your 2014!!


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  • NANCY-
    Wow , Nanette! What a busy and stressful year. Can you imagine what would have happened if you didn't have what you had in place. 2015 will bring more challenges and all we can do is be prepared for them,
    1568 days ago
    Life happens ... And being accepting of ourselves, knowing that this too shall pass and making a Plan B for your future challenges are all good things. Wishing you a very healthy, happy 2015, my friend!
    1568 days ago
    Let's make 2015 a great year!
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  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon I did great in 2014 to have only gained 10lbs!! 2015 will be a great year! emoticon
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    Here's hoping we all have a better new year & a positive 2015!
    1568 days ago
    I admire your tenacity and willingness to make the course correction. I also want to make peace with food and I think I will this year.
    1569 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    In my opinion..With every thing that happened to you last year...I think you did great.

    For your 2015 sounds like you have all your tools in place & ready to go!! You got this & I can't wait to see how it all goes :)
    1569 days ago
  • GABY1948
    GREAT blog! I agree that all or nothing is definitely NOT the way to go! You have a great plan! I saw Tina's blog yesterday and it hit me the same way! It was AWESOME!
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  • HOLLYM48
    Each day is a new day to start again! You have a great plan in place! Sometimes life happens and things don't go quite as we planned but SP has taught us well and we just hop right back on the wagon again!
    All the best to you in 2015!
    1569 days ago
    Yup, moderation is key for sustainability -- instead of "all or nothing".

    You've had a pretty tough year and like you say, deserve credit for holding weight at bay where you did!!

    All best as we travel forward together in 2015!
    1569 days ago
    Thanks so very much for the shout out! Here's to 2015., the year of making peace with food!
    1569 days ago
    WTG, Nanette! You have a good plan and you will conquer!
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  • TIME4ME2BE2015
    1569 days ago
    Great blog. It is great to catch up with you.

    Sending hugs and hopes for a 2015 filled with healthy choices! (for both of us!)
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    Life surely is full of ups and downs and we women need to learn to get through all of it in healthy and self-nurturing ways.
    1569 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks for your honesty. Yes, this has been another year of challenges and ups and downs! That's life, as I know it. But, the learning and growing has been immense.
    I love TinaJane too. The only thing I would say about her wonderful blog is that the word "survive" is a word I try not to use any more. I don't want to be just surviving any more. I prefer to take on life's challenges and "thrive" through them. It's semantics, I know, but words have taken on a more important meaning in my self talk these past few years.
    God bless you! Happy New Year. You are always an inspiration to me!!!
    1569 days ago
    I had a lot of the same issues this year - except without the travel part! I think you did great under the circumstances and great blog - I loved TINAJANE's too
    1569 days ago
    Awesome blog! "I can't sustain the mindset that I'm either 100% on my plan or I'm entitled to be 100% off. I want to learn to manage eating when I'm away from home and/or not in control of the food." We are SO on the same page! emoticon There needs to be an emoticon that says "We WILL do it!!!" emoticon
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