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In It for the Long Haul

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Over 4 years ago goal was declared. It was June 2014.

Where I thought my body would maintain wasn't even close!

The journey I have experienced since actively engaging the Spark Program in late December 2013, is the only weight loss and weight maintenance experience I have had. I have never dieted.

Dieting is simply not a part of my mindset.

Living a healthy life? Yes! The Spark Program has helped support a healthy lifestyle.

Since declaring goal I have sought to determine a 3.0% range within which my body will sustain its weight fluctuations. To date, I have not been successful.

The longest period of time the body has sustained weight fluctuations within 3.0% is 11 consecutive months. Ironically, that period was the time I spent *on the bench* sidelined by the pelvic fracture admonished NOT TO MOVE! Yes.That means NO WALKS! Gentle walks okay? NO! For a person that likes to move … it was rough.

I worried that I would quickly regain the weight lost, since the pelvic injury emerged just shy of 9 months following the goal declaration and the pelvic fracture diagnosis came just shy of the 1-year maintenance mark. Nope. Did not happen. Easiest period of weight maintenance I have experienced … by far!

In retrospect, dealing with the pelvic fracture has been far easier than addressing chronic underlying inflammation, food intolerances and the yet-to-be identified underlying cause of the ongoing challenge with my blood.

So, is the goal simply unattainable, given my body and the lifelong health challenges experienced?

I don't know.

What I do know is that I am not yet ready or willing to abandon the goal.

This journey has been about establishing and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It has absolutely not been … goal and done and back to unhealthy living. Nope!

I am in it for the long haul.

P.S. In case you're wondering where we came up with +/- 3%, it is a big enough range to account for most normal water fluctuation, and small enough to not affect health.


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    154 days ago
    I totally agree, Jeanne. I'm in it for the long haul because I don't want to go back to old, bad habits. Maintenance has been hard for me, especially as my new job requires many hours in the car and a lot of hours at home doing work tasks that can't get finished at the office. But I'm committed to keeping my weight in the healthy range and doing all I can to be successful in maintenance! Thanks for being such a great coach and mentor! Big hugs.
    158 days ago
  • LSIG14
    It still amazes me how well you have done at getting to a comfortable place with your eating. In spite of all your health issues you have been able to analyze what your body needs, and even though it's outside the "normal" it works for you. I continue to pray that you will get answers to set your mind at rest about your health. Yes, we're in it for the long haul but together, we can do it!
    159 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I am STILL amazed at your blogs or more likely you BRAIN! WOW, I can't wait to talk to you soon! And of course we are praying for you as always!

    I learn so much about food and dieting from you and that is priceless in my book!

    159 days ago
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  • PHOENIX1949
    159 days ago
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    159 days ago
    I admire your persistence, your analysis, your being in it for that long haul. Help me keep my own motivation to stay in it for the long haul, too! Because... after all... what other choice is there!?

    Blessings to you and yours.
    159 days ago
    You are living the healthiest life possible for YOU: and that's the "ultimate goal" for sure. I am filled with admiration for your persistence and "body wisdom"!!
    159 days ago
    For sure, my body had different ideas than me about the weight it would sustain! But listening to my body is the best thing I have done for it. AND mentally, diet is not the way I think of things @ all . . . it's all about healthy lifestyle, as you say.

    159 days ago
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