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Wow, I fell hard, but I dusted myself off and I'm back up!

Monday, December 09, 2013

When I last wrote, I was trying to find a way to continue the momentum of the health and wellness program we were having at work. I joined another Sparkgroup thinking it would help as it was already set up as a program...and I tried but failed. Truthfully, I work hard at my job and it takes up a lot of hours per week (certainly more than 40), and was spending several hours a week also working out, meal planning, shopping, preparing, etc. The fact is, I was totally burnt out on all of it. So those new healthy habits went by the wayside, and I began to eat. I call it disorganized eating (when you fail to plan), emotional eating (layer cake and donuts of sadness and stress), tired eating (if I sit and eat I don't have to do the laundry, clean the house, etc.), not getting enough sleep (getting home from work at 8pm, eating dinner then, it's hard to get to sleep by 10), and the bad habits continued to snowball.

There was one major thing missing in all of this. The motivation. I lost sight of my goal. As I began to rack up a grand total of 18 additional pounds found...bah!...I realized that I'd forgotten why I was doing all that hard work in the first place. I will be turning 60 in August of 2014. And I want to be healthy, fit, and at my goal weight. It is achievable through hard work and perseverance.

Okay, phew, back on track...but wait! What really went wrong last time (and all of those other times I fell off the wagon)? I realized that what I was doing was not sustainable. I was tired of having to come up with meal ideas, substitutions, etc. So what was I going to do about it so that I can achieve and maintain success this time? Well, I need a less rigid workout schedule. I am adding short bursts of exercise into my life, mixing up the after work with some early morning short bursts, which I think would be more sustainable. How cool to leave work and just go home a night or two per week, knowing I've pretty much gotten in 45 minutes of exercise?

Also, I bought a new book, by Dolvette Quince of the Biggest Loser. He has an interesting eating plan, which is 3 days clean (about 1200 calories), 1 "cheat" day (about 1500 calories), 2 days clean, and one additional cheat. I've done it for six days now and am loving it.

I'm also incorporating more strength training into my workouts, per Dolvette.

And for an additional motivation and support, my daughter is doing this with me, which helps us both.

We weigh in on Wednesday morning, so I'll be sure to update you all as to how we are doing. I'm excited to see how it goes. Stay tuned...
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    You posted this blog awhile ago but still a timely message. How did the new plan go? Were you able to stay with Dolvette Quincy's plan?
    We are both on the Tiger Monarch's team for the Fall 5% Challenge so I'll be stopping by to cheer you on,
    1478 days ago
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    There's a lot of good stuff, and a lot of fluff at SP. You've figured that out. Congratulations,

    2090 days ago
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    Dear A,
    I'm sorry I am late in finding this blog of yours. You are a steady voice and friend for me always…. and I know we have MUCH in common.
    I love this blog, and am grateful for it and your sharing which I so relate to.
    "disorganized" "emotional" tired" eating…. Yep - that's where my FOUND lbs come/came from. And… Yep - Getting sights on my 'goal'(s) is a practice I super want to maintain with increasing goodness at it. I lost sight of my goals, partly because I tend to do that… and partly because I keep other people in my sights so much. It's MAY. Mother's Day. And we both have b-days in late summer. So… my emoticon --


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    slow emoticon and steady wins the race

    2356 days ago
    Hi Audrey,

    I have your life! Jim finally got a job and it's after 8 I haven't eaten dinner and he's still not home! i have been stress eating since Thanksgiving and am afraid to step on the scale. I might have to buy that book as I see at this point, you have now lost 6 pounds! Kudos to you! That is awesome. It's so easy to go backwards and so hard to stay on track! The harder it is though the more determined we get. If it were easy anyone could do it! Keep up the good work and you will attain those goals! You can do it my friend! Rock on!
    2505 days ago
    I too started eating all willy nilly and gained 22 pounds. Heading back down with 4 pounds lost this last month. Looks like you have a plan that isn't so strict that you want to give up on it. I am trying to find a happy medium between being really strict and all over the place. Once I find this I know I will be able to do this for life. I just turned 50 and am much happier in my own skin than I have been for years.

    2508 days ago
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    Good to see that you have a look at what you were doing and decided to revamp - and found a plan that you seem to enjoy.

    I am making small changes also and I am seeing results for the 1st time in a very long time. From my highest ever weight I have lost 13 pounds but in just the last 10 days I have lost 3. Just from the changes I am working on.

    Would love to have you come to the group Changing my lifestyle is a challenge and share your thoughts - the group would love to hear from you.

    2508 days ago
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    I can always relate to woman who try so hard only to find they lose sight of their goals. I've done it a ba-zillion times (and sadly, that doesn't even feel like I'm exaggerating when I write that).

    The best thing is to never give up, and I've learned this time (I hope), that one bad day does not have to equal total failure.

    I'm going to go check out the book you mentioned - I've done similar diet techniques (a cheat day on the horizon always makes the strict days easier!).

    Thanks for sharing and congrats on finding your motivation! emoticon
    2508 days ago
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    The good news is you are not letting it get you down. You fell, but you are getting back up. Keep pushing!
    2508 days ago
    I can relate to the too much on my plate idea. I took a one week break and used that to reset my eating habits and my sleeping habits. Too much activity definitely sets me up for burn out. I want to go the distance. In order to do that I have to do things in moderation rather than excess. I wish you well on your journey!

    2508 days ago
    Glad to see you back!! I like the alternating lower days with some 'cheat' days - makes us feel less deprived (although I have had too many cheat days this past week with emotional stuff). Today's a new day.
    2508 days ago
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    2508 days ago
    no more dust.
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    You are so right about so many "plans" simply being unsustainable. That is what I love about SP....it is sustainable because it is up to each person to find out what works best for his/her life.
    By the way, I'll be 60 in October 2014 and I too am doing this to live an active life where I am comfortable in my body. I have spent too many years being "uncomfortable".

    2508 days ago
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