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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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  • HAPPYDAZ1
    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
  • IGSBETH
    Good for you!
    531 days ago
  • VGORDON3
    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
  • WESTCOTT65
    Thanks for inspiring me today
    531 days ago
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