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Sunday, January 03, 2016

I used SparkPeople in the past to lose 100 pounds. But, obviously, I wasn't able to "maintain". I had heard rumors that maintaining was just as or even more difficult than losing. My 100 pound loss was followed by life circumstances that made maintenance more difficult. I just realized that I have been using those circumstances as EXCUSES. I've been acting like the victim and that has to stop. So I'm going to explain "my side of the story" once more and then put it to rest. Move on. So I hit my 100 pound weight loss mark - 225 pounds on the scale. I hit that mark in October 2013, the same week that my mom died after a very short battle with cancer. I remember weighing in, seeing. 225, looking up at Heaven and whispering "Thanks Mom (for pulling for me)." Then my dad died seven days after my mom. He was also battling cancer and, I believe, lost his will to live. That was tough. Hello food. And hello 20 pounds over the course of the next year. Then, in July 2014, while my eating and exercising "habits" already sucked, I got pregnant with my first child. What a blessing but the bad habits only got worse coupled with hormones etc. I had my precious angel in April 2015 and couldn't be happier. Minus the weight which I briefly "tried" to lose and then ended up gaining a bit. Those are my excuses/circumstances/whatever
. I realize that I'm in the same mindset I was before losing 100 pounds in the first place. And that's not good. I'm just thankful I'm not back at ground zero - 325 pounds. So, here I am at 284 ready to do it again. I realize that it's January and everyone is making resolutions. I've actually been trying (and failing) at this since before the holidays. Now I'm ready to put my nose to the grindstone and get to work. I'm at the gym on a recumbent bike as I type this. I didn't plan to write a blog today or to get back on Spark. But I had several revelations in the locker room. One being that I am not a victim of circumstances. And two being that Spark helped before, and darn it, it need Spark to help me again. I need to track. I need to move. I need to exercise control. So hello, my old Spark friends, I have truly missed you. Hello, new Spark friends, who are just starting or restarting this 2016 journey. Let's do this. For us. For our kids/families. For our LIVES.
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    Life circumstances definitely have a way of making us loose focus of our own health and purpose!

    I am sooo sorry to hear about your struggles as of late, but remember how many people still need you in their lives! Including your son!!! Make good choices so that you will have many amazing years to enrich his life with!!!
    Weight loss is just a natural evolution of a balanced person making the right choices for their body! YOU have been there once, you can get there again!!!
    1788 days ago
    Sorry to be so long in replying, many reasons, no excuses.

    I'm glad you have not lost your resolve, it isn't easy with all that has gone on.
    I am here to cheer you on, but you might notice it takes me a while to get to the computer these days.

    Hope you are surviving the winter. We haven't had any snow here but a lot of Britain has suffered with weather damage this winter. Our son had 30" snow in NJ, but with a snow blower they weren't snowed in. The roads are cleared very quickly in their town.

    Sending big hugs and love
    1821 days ago
    Sounds like you have had a crazy few years! Glad to see you are back at it. One day at a time. It happened once, it will again. For both of us!

    Have a great rest of your week!


    1845 days ago
    Yes! I couldn't agree more. Let's do this. I am on my 2nd attempt. Maintaining is the hardest thing I've ever never been able to accomplish. 0 for 2 on maintenance. I blogged my struggles. It is so easy to let it all slide. We can do it!!
    1846 days ago
    Glad you're back! Heck yeah, let's help each other along!
    1846 days ago
    I'm so happy to see you back! Congratulations on your new little one! I bowed out myself for awhile and am back full force as well. Picked up my hoop for the first time in a year, yesterday. It was NOT like riding a bicycle. Again, I gotta say how happy I am to see you here again!
    ~ Teresa
    1846 days ago
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    Congratulations on the birth of your first baby!!

    I really do think that Spark is an important component of weight loss / healthy lifestyle.
    We really do need support --it seriously makes a huge difference!!

    I notice that people who are active here seem to fare much better overall.

    Very glad you are back and ready to make positive changes!!

    1847 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your losses. Weight control is like being an alcoholic, its a struggle everyday for the rest of your life. And fail only stands for first attempt in learning. Failing is only a problem, when ya quit getting back up. Welcome back
    1847 days ago
    Rededicated to a healthy lifestyle myself. Lost a brother and my dad and got divorced over the last few years. Stress and grief do make it hard but we deserve this and can do it
    1847 days ago
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