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Darn! Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

This last time it was foot surgery. I had lost over 30 pounds, ...
Darn! Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

This last time it was foot surgery. I had lost over 30 pounds, was on track to lose more and was feeling great. After the foot surgery, I not only gained that weight back but 10 more pounds! And of course that great feeling of well being disappears with the good health habits. I did have to stay completely off the foot for a few months after the surgery but not for the almost two years I spent going to pot afterwards.

I seem to have only an on/off switch when it comes to a healthy lifestyle - either awfully perfect or perfectly awful. I'm either "off" - a self indulgent totally sedentary couch potato eating mostly desserts and restaurant food - or I'm "on" - exercising, being active and eating only very healthy home cooked meals. Once I start going downhill, everything goes - diet, exercise, activity level, sleep habits, you name it. It's like I say "Oh, to heck with it. I don't care about anything." And once I do that, it's incredibly hard to get back on track. I procrastinate it day after day and just never do it.

Well, I've done that very hard first part - I'm back trying again. I'll do everything I can to make it last this time. I think that means working on my mind, not just my body. I believe to be successful long term, I'll have to put as much effort into changing my way of thinking as I do into changing what I eat and my activity level. I need to develop new behaviors and thought patterns so that doing what I need to do every day to stay healthy isn't a series of struggles or battles with myself. I don't want to get fed up and throw in the towel. I want it to be sustainable.

Wish me luck. I'll be cheering for all of you fellow Sparkers too.
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Member Since: 1/11/2007

SparkPoints: 15,760

Fitness Minutes: 8,694

My Goals:
Feel good.
Lose weight and look better.
Be fit and healthy.
Control type 2 diabetes with lifestyle, not meds.

My Program:
Daily goals (that I measure against):

Eating healthy foods and staying within calorie range.

30-60 minutes of cardio daily - usually walking.

Activity level that includes at least 10k steps per day per Fitbit. (Working my way up; currently at 8k)

Strength training 2-3 times a week. (Failure is my norm on this one. Why do I put it off all the time? It's usually not that bad when I make my self do it.)

7-8 hrs quality sleep. (Another fail. Logging the hours in bed but bad sleep quality.)

Meditation or some form of mind/body routine daily. (Another one that I let slide more often than not.)

Personal Information:
I'm a Southern woman who has made a career in technology management but who also has a creative side. I like travel, reading, humor, food (ha!), music, interior design, playing around with Photoshop, scenic drives, walks, reading and writing poetry, bridge, techie stuff and other things depending on my interest of the moment. I like learning new things and love having the internet available to get info on anything anytime.

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JCRAFT6
10/8/2012 7:58:30 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. I get so worked up about meeting my goals. I guess I'm like you. I have failed so many times that I feel if i'm not fanatical about it then it wont work. You keep up the baby steps and find success



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MORTICIAADDAMS
8/30/2012 4:37:41 PM

Dropping in to check on you. I hope you are doing okay. I love your sparkpage.



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LARKSONGRUTH
11/9/2011 10:32:00 AM

I really enjoyed reading your story (above). I could relate to so many of the things that you talked about in your journey. Congratulations on such good, steady progress. I also love your iris background. Iris are my mother's favorite flower. She collects them in her garden, and that appreciation for iris has spread to me. One of the best vacations of my life was also spent in Victoria. Spending months there would be wonderful.



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DEBBIEANNE1124
11/8/2011 10:48:25 AM

Thanks! Your support and good wishes mean so much to me.
bless your heart
Deb



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PICKIE98
11/5/2011 7:59:51 AM

So glad you came back.. to America and Sparks!! Flick your bic every morning to get that Spark for the day!!



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