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The Long Haul

Monday, August 13, 2018

For decades, I tried to diet--"flash in the pan dieting"-- is what I call it now. I wanted to lose weight the "easy" way. It took me a long time to realize there is NO easy way. I had to change before my weight could change.

Finally, a little over a year ago, after many on-and-off starts and stops, I came back to SparkPeople and made a goal to stick to it every day. I can't remember my earlier goals, but I think I started with a month, then three months, and decided to do it for a year. My plan was just to log on and log my food every day for a year, and as I got closer, it became more important. I didn't lose a lot of weight year one, but I changed many of my habits and how I was eating, and I became comfortable with eating healthier. I did not deny myself any foods, but I ate less and the desire binge on sweets at night almost nonexistent. If I had the urge, I ate something sweet, but I ate more realistically.

In July, I met my one-year goal. Because I am mobility-challenged, and I work a lot on the computer, I did not exercise as much as I should. Right now, I am working on standing more, and doing exercise to increase my strength. My goal is to increase my exercise these next few months. I plan am swimming more, and I am trying out new exercises from SparkPeople to increase my mobility and strength.

This plan worked for me because I stopped focusing on my weight and looked at other things I could improve. Everyone has to find their own way, but trying to lose weight fast is mostly a losing proposition, because even when I lost, I gained it back and more. This time I am going for the long haul. Good luck with your program everyone, and may you find what motivates you. Thanks for reading my blog! emoticon
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    This i so true. You have to figure out what is causing something to happen or not happen. The weight is not hte cause it is the symptom. Thanks for sharing.
    531 days ago
    Good for you!
    531 days ago
    Your post is especially meaningful to me today as I work to change my approach to food. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Stay the course!
    531 days ago
    Thanks for inspiring me today
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