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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I've had to re-adjust my thinking and my focus on this journey to be healthier. Even stating it that way is different for me. When I started this journey 2 years ago, I did it simply to lose weight. I was like many who started off well and then lost my way. I ignored the articles that said not to make the number on my scale the end all and be all and focused on how much my scale and I didn't speak the same language. In fact, I stopped speaking to it for a few months and it surprised me with a number I could finally accept. But that clearly didn't last long.

I even ignored the advise to set small goals and try to create streaks that I could keep up. I went it all alone and, when I would mess up, I'd just give up on the habit. I was so down that I even left sparkpeople for a couple of months. Yeah, I was logging in and getting those points but I wasn't interacting or even trying to keep the healthy habits going.

Eventually, my conscience started nagging at me and I looked at the things I had started and kept doing that were much healthier than I had realized. Most of the time I drink water now instead of diet soda and I've switched from sweet tea to brewed tea with stevia when water doesn't quench my desire for "taste". I much prefer fruits for my sweet tooth than candy, cake or cookies. Don't get me wrong, I'm still the cookie monster where cookies are concerned but, I know they are a sometimes treat and can actually eat 1 or 2 instead of the whole tray. )Provided the tray is put away somewhere out of sight.)

As for exercise, it's still a work in progress but I can say that I no longer sit on the bench while waiting for the bus. I walk around, do strength exercises or stretch. I've even started walking from the bus station to the train station instead of waiting for a ride. As soon as my knees are better, I'll even take the steps UP and down instead of just down. (I tried this the other day and it wasn't pretty.) I don't always log my exercise so spark isn't rewarding me with the spark streaks I know I have but at least I'm moving.

Tracking has been an issue for me. Most days I simply don't do it but I'm working on it. My current goal is to at least record breakfast every day. I eat it every day and most days I eat the same thing so this should be an easy goal. I might even try to pre-record it so it's done before I eat. After this is easier, I'll work on adding lunch.

I'm really taking the idea of small steps to heart. That's how I made drinking water a habit, moving while waiting a habit and taking my vitamins every day a habit. I now I can do this because I've had some success before. These non-scale victories help me to see that I am capable because my scale and I are now just acquaintances who talk about once a week. I've seen that my weight doesn't define me and I'm happy with who I am right now....someone who's smart, happy, has simple, attainable goals and is pushing to get her master's degree. I can do this.
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  • 68ANNE
    yup, small steps and keep on dancing!
    2280 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    You can do it. I've seen you accomplish your other goals like water. I'm glad to see you back with a goal in mind. I love that you can see what you have accomplished, sometimes we look and can't see the forest for the trees, but you are seeing the forest and the trees are thinning out. Good job!!
    2282 days ago
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    2282 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I will keep it in mind in these early days of my journey.

    2282 days ago
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