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Finding Balance

"I make sure I eat well without depriving myself of the things that I love. Everything in moderation." --Kate Hudson

I started my journey at 251 pounds and proceeded to lose 91 pounds by tracking my food and leading a more active lifestyle--making small changes that I could live with. I enlisted the aid of a Fitbit, journaled, and checked in with Sparkcoach regularly. This kept me on the right track and I had just 9 pounds left to go to reach my goal of 100 Pounds Lost. But I ...
"I make sure I eat well without depriving myself of the things that I love. Everything in moderation." --Kate Hudson

I started my journey at 251 pounds and proceeded to lose 91 pounds by tracking my food and leading a more active lifestyle--making small changes that I could live with. I enlisted the aid of a Fitbit, journaled, and checked in with Sparkcoach regularly. This kept me on the right track and I had just 9 pounds left to go to reach my goal of 100 Pounds Lost. But I struggle with bipolar I disorder and fell into a depression over this past Christmas that led me to binge eat my way to gaining back 21 pounds. Right before I fell into the depression I remember saying that I "didn't feel any different" having lost the weight and it was after gaining back twenty pounds that I realized that what I really needed to do was gain self-acceptance or no amount of weight loss could ever be satisfying. So I committed to therapy and my psychiatrist has been adjusting my meds, and I've been working on restoring myself as I also work on losing the last of the weight while also accepting myself for who I am *right now* and that is enough! I am coming back to appreciating the journey again and as I lose the last of this weight, I am having a whole new kind of experience because I'm seeing myself really instead of being consumed in expectations.
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Member Since: 4/28/2013

SparkPoints: 52,796

Fitness Minutes: 48,518

My Goals:
To really appreciate the last part of this weight loss journey before reaching maintenance. Practicing self-compassion and acceptance and 1/2 pound to 1 pound a week is plenty to lose.

Step Goal: 10K
Calorie Burn Goal: 2,000
Distance Goal: 5 miles
Activity Minutes Goal: 30
Mindful Movement Goal: 10 Minutes

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$1 for walking 10K a day
$1 for each workout completed
10 minutes of time to read for each healthy meal

My Program:
The program I'm working right now is about more than just nutrition & fitness. I have a Fitbit that helps me track all that and meal planning is very important to me, as well as drinking enough water (I have a MyHydrate as well), but I also focus on mindfulness. Mindful eating, meditation, and mindful movement. I also keep a feelings monitoring journal along with a regular journal and blogging to help monitor and sort things out.

Personal Information:
I'm from Wisconsin. I'm a Buddhist. I have a wonderful son and fluffy Pomeranian and in my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, trying crafty things, makeup, and every so often a British comedy.

Other Information:
I'm trying to get more involved with Spark again so I'm going to try to sign in every day and start doing more social stuff so feel free to add me as a friend or check out my blog as I'm making a goal to blog more regularly, whatever that means right now, but at least once a week.

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4/14/2016 11:23:44 AM

Thanks for sharing your perspective on my blog. I also practice mindfulness and do some of the journaling to track my emotions, so I understand what you are saying.

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