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Getting Caught Trying

Friday, January 02, 2015

I have a cycle that I have gone through the last several years. I begin in January with these awesome goals of losing the weight and getting fit. I start out strong, not perfect but making progress and usually successful in losing at least some of the weight I had intended to lose. Then the heat of the the blazing hot summers in Phoenix hits or I sustain a setback with injuries, usually to my knees or feet and then I slow down and settle back into my old habits. The holidays come and I begin to pack on the pounds again and then January comes and I re-start again. This year I pondered the idea of taking my sparkpeople account offline. I did not want the world seeing my failures. Then I heard someone say the other day that they would rather be caught trying than not try at all. So here I am, once again. I am limping along with a bad knee. It started after climbing 7 flights of stairs, twice at work. However, I realize that my knees are bad because they have had to carry far too much weight for far too long. So, here I am again, sparkfriends. I don't know if you missed me or not but I am back and I am going to try again.

My hope is that someone reading this who feels like a failure and would prefer it not be publicized would realize it is far better to get caught trying than not to try at all.

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  • SUNSHINE5268
    welcome home ( hugssssssss) emoticon emoticon
    253 days ago
  • RACHIE810
    Loved what you wrote. If you go to youtube and enter in exercises to support the knee there are some good videos that may help you with your pain. Or see about getting some physical therapy. Try and stay off the presc meds unless you are doing it with therapy as it only masks the problem. I worked as a sports massage therapist for several years. Get some hands on help. Hugs Rach
    1917 days ago
    I so agree with the "caught trying" than not trying at all. And here we all fail and have to pick ourselves up. And the support is outstanding when we fail. For me it's just what I need to pick myself up and start again. Many times it's just something someone says that gets me going again.
    So I say stay with sparks and blog about your journey....good and bad!
    Happy New Year.
    1918 days ago
    How wonderful to see you back!

    One thing I keep coming back to over and over again is the absolutely critical importance of "trackin' the snackin'" and using the Nutrition Tracker as faithfully as possible.

    Fall down once, get up twice...right? Keep putting one foot ahead of the other.

    You've got the greatest cheerleading squad EVER: our SparkFamily! :-)

    1919 days ago
  • NHES220
    I'm with you, far better to get caught trying. Someone said the other day that the only failure is giving up. So don't give up!
    1919 days ago
    I'm glad you are back. We all fail; what matters is that we get back up. I love the idea of being caught trying!

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    1919 days ago
    Great blog, thanks for sharing!
    Good luck to your plan, I wish you a successful 2015!
    Considering the cycle you describe, it may be safer to start more gradually, with easy gentle exercises, and proceed to harder ones only when you are already stronger.

    I love your background picture - it reminds me of the week I spent in Phoenix in 2011.
    I live in Hungary, and didn't have many chances to visit the United Sates.
    1919 days ago
    YES! GREAT! Keep trying and don't be caught giving up!
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    1919 days ago
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