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3/23/12 8:50 P

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MARIPOSAGALAXIA, what an interesting story and question you've raised.

I've gotten married too, but since my husband is way more disciplined than I am, he has been a good example and I've been working hard to try and keep up with him. I'm still learning what works for me.

In my late 20's/early 30's I lost 40 pounds because I became a gym rat. Unfortunately, I didn't really learn how to eat. So, when I got busy and stopped working out, I found much of what I had lost. I just couldn't get back into the routine that had gotten me down so many pounds, and I found SparkPeople while at the gym trying to get back into my gym habits. But, it still didn't click that I needed to address my grazing habits. I got frustrated and went away for a while. Then I got back some more of what I had lost and I felt really uncomfortable.

I worked out like a fiend, with a friend that liked to work out hard. I did lose about half of what I need to lose before we stopped going to the gym together. I must have learned something, though because I've maintained this weight for a year now. I've finally realized I need to address the habits that end up causing my extra 20 pounds to stay on.

I've learned that I can stick to a fitness routine best if I have a class or partner and a regular schedule for workouts. I'm learning that I eat too much of my calories at the end of the day. I'm learning that I usually do that because I'm not paying attention and I want to cut loose after a hard day.

My goals were to look hot five years ago. I still want to look hot, because I want my husband to stay happy, but I also want to learn how to eat for the rest of my life. I've realized that it's true: There are no quick tricks that will undo a lifetime of habits. I have to be aware of what I'm doing. Now, I want to learn the most I can about what will motivate me to stay the course. That's my goal for life.

Edited by: GORIANA at: 3/23/2012 (20:52)
Goriana, So Cal, USA
Tried going sweets free and only got to four days. Not ready yet.
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3/23/12 5:11 P

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So, 5 years we have been on this website. Many of our compatriots have stopped logging on, stopped sparking, or are on a hiatus. But many of us are continuing the journey, and continuing to spark.

How have your goals changed in the last 5 years?

When I first started on Sparkpeople, I had started to get bogged down by school, stress, and a lack of exercise and self-care. I wanted once and for all to establish a healthy lifestyle, and be able to wear what I wanted and feel good. I got down as low as 127 lbs at my smallest, which was like a miracle. I was exercising frequently and eating less and working hard to keep from becoming overweight. I knew I needed to change the way I was living, and the system worked.

Then, I got married. Oh, how happiness adds on the pounds. I was not a good sparker after I got married, because I really lacked clarity and focus. I didn't really know what I was trying to accomplish, other than not wanting to be fat. I knew weighing under 130 was unsustainable and not really desirable for my shape and size. Having gotten there, I learned I didn't really need to stay there, nor could I. The 130s range seems to be the sweet spot for my height and build.

And of course, life got busy. Really busy. I was able to keep exercising semi-regularly and would hop on Sparkpeople sometimes, but for the most part my body was maintaining and I stopped tracking my calories. Then, I stopped exercising and started going on youth group trips and there wasn't much money to eat healthy foods, so I ate a lot of snacks and didn't really know how much I was eating, but I was pretty sure it was in the 1800-2500 calorie range. For my size, if I eat more that 1800 calories a day, I start to gain weight. I have a sloth-like metabolism, apparently.

And, eventually, in the summer of 2011, 4 years after I started sparking, I was back up to my pre spark weight in the 140-145 range. Thankfully, this was a wake up call for me, and I quickly lost 7 lbs using spark people methods. But... then the licensing exam and teaching classes hit and suddenly there just didn't seem to be room for exercise. I'm still in the 136-138 range, so I am still in a healthy range, but I know what is coming next if I don't make some changes soon.

But I don't want to be 128lbs anymore, the way I did when I started sparking. Is that okay, you think? To not want to be as small as I thought I wanted to be? I guess it is.
My real goal is a sustainable lifestyle, keeping my body in the 133-135 range. I know that doesn't seem that different than where I am now, but it feels like the difference between being just perfect and being a little chubby. My clothes just fit better having 3 lbs less on me. And I want to be able to keep exercising consistently and really go with it.

Also, my husband and I want to start a family soon, preferably before this year ends. So I may not even to stay there long before I am putting on baby pounds. My goal then will be to return to the 130's range after pregnancy, and continue to make sensible exercise and nutrition choices while pregnant.

So, my goals have changed. The new ones are built from the old ones, and if I hadn't met the old ones I wouldn't have been able to let them go.

What about you? How have your goals changed since you started Sparking in 2007?

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