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What I've Learned After Losing 27 Pounds

Friday, October 04, 2019

I am now 10 pounds from goal so I figured I would take inventory of what I have learned since joining Sparkpeople in 2016.

1. Tenacity pays off.
I think I lost maybe 12 pounds my first 2 plus years here and I did a lot of staying the same weight too with some bouncing up and down. I never threw in the towel completely. I just had slips. When I used to give up completely, I gained rapidly,.

2. Maintaining any weight loss is a win!
Even when I was nowhere near goal and would go many months without losing, I realize in retrospect, I was winning because I wasn't gaining. I hadn't found the right formula for losing more yet, but I was sticking to healthy habits.

3. Morning Walks Feed my Soul and maintain my mental (and physical) health
I need to get them in as often as possible. There is something so meditative and beautiful about spending time outdoors, looking up at the vast sky and admiring the beauty around me, even if it's raining or snowing.

4. Exercise is a need, not a want
Zumba class is my happy place. Workouts are my mood boosters.I feel very fortunate that I get enough boost from exercise right now that I can feel calmer and happier afterwards.

5. Boundaries are essential.
It's OK to say "no" even when people insult you and demand you say "yes." It's OK to disappoint takers.It's OK to protect your exercise and down time (unless there is a major emergency as opposed to a supposed emergency).

6. People Pleasing should only be used in moderation.
I want to please those who are truly my support system. I have needed to let go of pleasing people who manipulate and take, take, take.

7. I can survive challenges without numbing myself with food.
In fact, eating healthy and exercising helps me face challenges, deal with difficult emotions and move through.

8. I cannot expect others to support my efforts.
I am pleasantly surprised when they do, but I encounter plenty of food pushers and rather than be indignant, I just deal with it calmly and use my words to say "no thank you."

9. Medical challenges may have a hidden gift.
Reflux forced me to stop eating 3 hours before bed. Stopping eating that soon kept me mid to bottom of my ww food points range. I finally started losing more consistently.

10. Life challenges contribute to resilience and even happiness.
I am stronger from adversity. I enjoy and savor little joys more and can experience true happiness because of the times I have suffered.

11. Sparkpeople is a wonderful place to get support.
I didn't confide in IRL friends much about my weightloss journey, but here among other warriors, I shared a lot. I got such warmth and kindness here. Thank you! You helped me lose weight. You helped prop me up.

12. Weightloss does bring me joy.
You know how people say not to expect to feel different after losing weight and don't expect it to make you happy? Well it does bring me joy, though I wasn't depressed before I lost weight. I also do feel different. I feel stronger and more powerful!
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  • SPICY23
    emoticon and emoticon aware as I am sure you are that the current stresses you are facing and managing may stall things for a while. Not forever thankfully. Your new strength and resilience will serve you well. Congratulations!

    Peace and Care
    59 days ago
    Wow.....you really lay it out.
    60 days ago
    Excellent and very wise!
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    62 days ago
    Great blog!! Keep going, girl!!
    62 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    It's good to take stock of things. You've done an awesome job. I know of some of your troubles and you've managed them. Spark is a great place for support and friends
    62 days ago
    I added you as a Spark friend. Hoping you will add me back! emoticon
    62 days ago
    I love your insights! I agree, 100%, that the support we give/receive here at Spark people is ESSENTIAL! Congratulations on your sustained weight loss, and closeness to your goal! Thanks for commenting on my self-care blog today, too! emoticon emoticon
    62 days ago
    An inventory that produced a list that has something for everyone and comes from personal experience.
    Personally, I think this should be voted A Featured Member Blog. Fingers crossed. emoticon
    Good luck.

    Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    62 days ago
    A great big congratulations to you, my friend. And I agree, we DO feel different after we lose weight. I especially like your first two items. The hanging in over the long haul, the riding out of the little ups and downs in weight, and the managing to maintain when not losing - these are such integral parts of the process. You done good!
    62 days ago
    love this thank you have a happy healthy aloha friday Hugs a great blog
    63 days ago
    What a great blog. Thank you for sharing your list with us
    63 days ago
    Love your list. Have read it twice now. Once with the weight loss in mind. Once with life in mind. Fits both. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    63 days ago
    What an excellent message, bursting with inspiration! emoticon ..I Commend you for all your hard work and tenacity and thank you for sharing with the community here in Sparks!!
    63 days ago
    You are doing awesome, and the positive changes go well beyond the scale. It's especially interesting when we see how much our boundaries with others is related to the health of our bodies. Wonderful observations!
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    Comment edited on: 10/4/2019 11:09:28 AM
    I love these! And very important for me to read today because I am going to the gym tomorrow for my final weigh-in of the 60 challenge I have been participating in. I'm quite sure I am no where near my goal weight for the challenge, nor the muscle mass. Some pretty major knee pain along with heel and hip pain and a cold for the first time in years has derailed my efforts substantially. BUT I too have learned a thing or two. First, I have made progress and right now progress is the most important thing. Second, I need to go back to the exercises that I enjoy rather than forcing my tired old body into doing things it just doesn't want to do anymore. And I, like you, have found that I must not rely on support from others around me. I have to find the will within myself to move forward. So I am taking a step back and returning to Yoga and Pilates and using the exercise equipment a couple times a month AND going back to mornings. Thank you for your thoughtful message today! It has given me things to think about!
    63 days ago
    That is awesome!!! I appreciate your sharing this, I can relate. I totally agree with you on #12. I fight with low level depression/sadness and a year ago hitting an all time high weight made me so sad and negative feelings abounded! Exercise and weight lose have helped immensely.

    63 days ago
    Oh so close. Congratulation on your successes and thank you for sharing your wisdom. Keep on sprking!
    63 days ago
    Go you! 10 lbs. from goal . . . . you can do this!

    YES to the max on #5! Boundaries . . . are . . . non-negotiable!

    So proud of your "stick-to-it'iveness" through all the stress!!!!! (((HUGS))) and you are doing well.

    63 days ago
  • BARKER_77D
    Healthy is a great feeling. Congrats!
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    63 days ago
    What a great list!

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