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Struggling to make a comeback

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It has been over a year since I fell off the diet wagon, and I've been struggling to get back on it ever since.

I was doing well. I was losing weight, even if it was at a painfully slow pace. I was getting lots of exercise with walking, exercise videos, working with weights, gardening and a little dancing. Then, August of last year, my husband and I went on vacation. Two weeks of traveling knocked me completely off my game, and I just couldn't seem to get into the right mindset after that.

I didn't gain any weight during that two weeks. Nor did I gain weight during the next three months. Then my husband retired. We hit the road again. Three glorious months of seeing all the southern states. This time I did gain weight. Twelve pounds, one for each week of sitting on my butt watching the miles go by. It was a wonderful trip. I had lots of fun. No regrets.

But for the last five months I just haven't been able to get myself back into the exercise part of the weight loss plan. My sluggish butt has been welded to the couch, and no matter what I said, it has refused to part company with the couch cushion.

Finally, I gave it a deadline. September 1, no arguments.

I haven't gained any weight since our last trip, but all the muscles that were beginning to get nicely tuned up have turned back to marshmallow, so I'm basically back to square one. The weather is cooler now, so my "avoiding heat stroke" excuse is no longer valid. I'm going to do it.

I think my biggest mistake during my sabbatical from healthy living was not participating in the social aspect of Sparkpeople. I hope all my Spark friends will forgive me and help me climb back on the wagon for a nice long ride.

Okay, I'm going for a walk now. emoticon

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    Go go go!!!

    1514 days ago
    I am still here! And slowly but surely making headway!
    I know you can get your focus back...you were a terror with your exercise and I was in awe! If you had it once you can get it back again! Just remember small steps and don't put to much on yourself to start! Start with 10 minutes and work up!
    You can do it!
    1515 days ago
    Great to "see" you again. emoticon We have all taken a sabbatical to the couch every now and then. Great to see you start a new chapter. Baby steps darlin, you'll get there each day.

    I read something once about muscle memory, something about muscles remembering getting worked and strength building back somewhat quickly. Work a different muscle group each day (to give the others a chance to repair and build) and it will be all good!

    1515 days ago
    Baby steps! We're here for you! emoticon
    1515 days ago
    Ease back into it!
    1515 days ago
    You can do this! Enjoy your walk ♡
    1515 days ago
    Way to go. You got this
    1515 days ago
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