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Friday, October 06, 2017

After plugging away as the slow tortoise in a new health journey for the last 9+ months, things were going pretty well. With prayer, help from God, hard work, and determination, I lost about 62 pounds by the end of August.

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Then it hit ...
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So, although I continued to eat within my diet perimeters and pushed myself to exercise the same every day, the scale stopped moving all the month of September - it kind of floated between 2 pounds: 196 - 197.
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I'm sure most of you understand how frustrating that is and have had it happen to you at some point!

When this has happened to me before, I would figure it wasn't doing any good to keep working so hard when there was no improvement. I would feel like a loser (not the good kind where I am losing weight), get depressed, beat myself up mentally, get mad, and quit all my efforts.

So, this week a dear Sparkfriend asked how my progress was going. My initial reaction was to want to respond that my "progress" wasn't going at all - that I was frustrated and failing.

Then I thought about it. I realized that I didn't want to quit. I am not a failure. I am building muscles. I am fitting into smaller clothes. I have a better mental attitude now. I am feeling stronger than I ever did - both mentally and physically. I am in this "new me" for life!

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So, while I am hoping to break the plateau this week with the Determined Daisies "5% Challenge" and with the Golden Phoenix "Biggest Loser Challenge". I know now that I AM making progress because I am not giving up, I am continuing to stay on my plan, and if I keep working with determination, eventually I will reach my goals with God's help.

I want you all to know, Sparkfriends, that you are making progress, too! Just being here, taking an active roll in your health, working towards your goals - every small step is a step in the right direction. I am praying for all of us to make healthier choices and to keep our eyes on the goal. We can do this, Friends!
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  • DMSPEER93
    I love your blog!!! Keep at it, your efforts will pay off!
    1072 days ago
  • KOHLRABIGIRL
    You are doing great! I keep dropping and gaining the same two pounds, too.
    1075 days ago
  • DETERMINEDJANET
    I am sure you have tried all the typical things like changing up the food intake and exercise.... You'll see the plateau end at some point. Hang in there!
    1078 days ago
  • SPARKLE-IT
    Sep was a stand still month for me too. In fact, I ended up not losing anything for the month. Im still gaining and losing the same 1 or 2 lbs, but I am NOT giving up. This is my new lifestyle now - trying to eat healthy and hopefully the scale and my clothes size will eventually go down. If I put more into the area of exercise I'm sure things would be better for me, but I still struggle with not wanting to make that effort and until I get daily exercise as part of my new lifestyle change I have to accept the slow progress. For now I'm ok with that and I thank God for helping me with each positive change towards a healthier more positive life. I also thank all of you for your encouragement and support. So, keep at it Joyful your efforts will eventually pay off. emoticon Look how far you've come and all the great things you've accomplished. emoticon You have done this, you can do this, you are doing this! emoticon
    1078 days ago
  • WOMANOFLOVE
    Keep sparking!
    1078 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    The body will do that to get used to the place you're at -- you've lost 62 lbs. The body needs to get acclimated to that. Is it a pain in the tush?? YOU BET. But hang in there.

    HGUS
    1078 days ago
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