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It started out ALL about losing weight 9 months ago

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First and Foremost I am proud of where I am today. I have made less progress than I had hoped to 9 months ago, but I have a much better overall outlook today about that progress. I am a determined person so when I set a goal I want to make sure that I make that goal. That determination may get the weight off, but it will not keep it off.

When I first started this journey I was at the end of a year where I had suffered from bronchitis 5 times. I was getting very scared that there was something severely wrong with my lungs. I couldn't take a walk without coughing up a lung. Today I was walking with my co-workers and I felt like I was walking too fast for them. I thought back to those days of barely being able to keep up with them, coughing as I went. It feels Fantastic to be in better health!

I have learned that I don't need to hurry up and lose weight. We all want that, but we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight. You will be so much better off if you make smaller changes that you can live with, not drastic ones that you won't stick with. Also, be patient with yourself. None of us are perfect and we need to forgive ourselves when we don't do everything perfect. I am learning to live the life I like and want while I make healthier choices doing it. This is what has slowed down my weight loss, but this is also what will help me keep off what I've lost.

The best thing I've learned in the last 9 months is that this is about making overall changes for my life, not about losing some weight. As I make these healthy changes I will lose weight and I will gain strength, I will get better results to blood tests and blood pressure measures. I will be sick less often and have more energy. I will be happier and healthier in body and more importantly in mind.

I was told by a co-worker today that I look so much healthier than when they first met me. To think I've aged a few years since then too.
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Now I just need to work on my feelings about that Spark Wheel and why I feel bad when I get low numbers! emoticon emoticon
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    That was a fantastic and inspirational blog!
    3734 days ago
  • SUNNY2010
    Great blog! I am so happy you started your journey the same week as I did so I have you as our class Team leader! You are inspiring and very dedicated to your own journey and our team!
    Congrats on the amazing 9 months!!!!!
    Here is to the next stretch to 1 year Anniversary!
    3750 days ago
    Excellent blog... and I so agree with everything you said! Thanks for sharing and good luck as you continue on... and I'll be right along side you! emoticon
    3750 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. Well done! emoticon
    3750 days ago
    Fabulous blog! just what I needed to read tonight!
    3750 days ago
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    I agree with making small changes! Changes you can stick with! Congrats on sticking with your changes for nine months! Thanks for being a great class leader!
    3750 days ago
    I like what you wrote Val it is very inspirational. I too get upset with that wheel. But today wasn't bad. I hope that you are having a good evening. I ate too much today at work. We had Thanksgiving at school. I did not think I had until I got home and felt sooo bloated. So I did not eat any dinner tonight. emoticon emoticon you words of wisdom.
    3751 days ago
  • DONNAJZ4241
    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing this with us. Change is what's necessary to lose our weight and keep it off and it will happen gradually if we work on it. emoticon
    3751 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Congrats on 9 months! emoticon emoticon
    3751 days ago
  • PHYL220
    Great blog! You have come so far and have such a positive attiude. Congratulations on 9 months. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3751 days ago
    Congratulations on sticking with this for nine months! I think you're absolutely right about making this a healthy lifestyle change and not a quick weight-loss fix. With all of the diet and exercises plans and gimmicks out there, it's clear that people are looking for a quick and easy solution. It's also clear that that idea doesn't work since so many people try those gimmicks over and over again without success. You're doing things the right way and have learned a lot on the way. It must have felt great to hear the compliment from your co-worker. Sometimes it's hard to tell how far you've come until someone else points it out to you. I wish you all the best with your healthy life and congratulations again! emoticon emoticon
    3751 days ago
    Great blog! Thanks for sharing what you have overcome.

    The line that resonated most strongly with me was:

    "we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight."

    You have a terrific outlook!
    3751 days ago
    emoticon on 9 months! You have come a long way! Your co-workers will just have to keep up with you.
    3751 days ago
    Especially when there is a chance of getting a 100 points and you get 2! emoticon

    Yes this is definitely the journey of life and losing weight just happens to be 1 facet of the journey! emoticon
    3751 days ago
    A big WAY-TO-GO from another member of the Slowest Loser Club! I'm coming to see things exactly the same way you describe. Great blog!
    3751 days ago
  • no profile photo CD461038
    What a great blog and good advice! Congrats on your achievements:) Also, I get mad at the SparkWheel too when it gives me low numbers...
    3751 days ago
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    Happy Sparkversary! Congratulations on your achievements!
    3751 days ago
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    the Journey is yours... emoticon
    3751 days ago
    emoticon great post.
    3751 days ago
    Fantastic, it sounds as if you have made great progress, learning along the way on your journey to a happier, healthier you.

    3751 days ago
    Congrats on your 9 month sparkaversary! I agree with everything you've written here - wise advice!
    I hope you have a great day!
    3751 days ago
  • MISSY0356
    What am important lesson you have learned, I too am a slow loser and at times it is frustrating beyond belief, but you are so right, these are life style changes that we have made which is so much more important and valuable than any quick results from the latest fad diet. Keep up the good work!!
    3751 days ago
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