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Ups and Downs of the Health Journey

Monday, August 19, 2013

How did you weather the ups and downs of your health journey?

I have gained and lost in a repeated cycle over the years. After working hard for a year, 1 year ago I reached my "goal weight". I've since adjusted a bit to work to find ways to maintain. Trying to maintain has been a challenge and I work to tweak things constantly.

The downs have included typical negative self talk, doctor lectures, low energy, depression, and low self-esteem.

The ups are new clothes, new muscle tone, stress and depression reduced by exercise and healthy diet, and more energy and enthusiasm.

Every day and week through the journey does have its ups and downs.

I have found that to feel my best I need to exercise 5-6 days a week in the morning. I have learned to listen to my body better and adjust my schedule for non-typical soreness, or days I need a boost (I do my favorites!!!), or days I need mindless (treadmill with TV), or a challenge (C25K).

I'm constantly adjusting food and nutrition. I know I don't feel as well if I have a day with less freggies. I know I don't feel as well after a meal/food that has high salt. I've tried to eliminate the guilt cycle of splurge/guilt and plan for my splurges. Tracking works best for me in cycles so I don't overfocus.

This is a lifelong journey to health. I'm looking forward to more ups than downs (except the scale!!).
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    Great job Lynn! It's been a while since i've been on board. I lost 75 lbs as of June'12 but then got ill this past year, I was not at work, lost focus, gave up and gained 20 pounds. Now i'm trying to get my focus back! I

    like your look at how to best maintain. I think it's harder than loosing weight. How do you get away from that feeling of needing to be constantly vigilant? I guess that for a while those things as you mention in your blog that gave me a smile didn't for a while, and i just have lost theses good habits. you have been an inspiration today as a restart a third time since the New Year!!! emoticon

    2565 days ago
  • SAM_I_AM_2K
    I have also found that maintenance is harder in many respects than losing - sounds like you're finding what works though.
    2708 days ago
    Good that you have figured out what works for you! emoticon
    2711 days ago
  • LIS193
    Maintaining is harder than losing as we sometimes lose focus!

    2711 days ago
  • FITAT50
    Maintenance is hard! You've done a great job Lynn!
    2712 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    2712 days ago
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