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Riding the wave of success!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I can't believe I almost gave up! My motivation was starting to wane, when a Spark buddy said CONSISTENCY is key - motivation can wear off.

My plan was to start off slow, which I did, by tracking my food. Then I added in Zumba once a week, then water aerobics in the pool while my daughter was in swimming lessons. But for awhile, the scale didn't move. AT ALL. I was starting to get frustrated and was beginning to slip into some bad habits. I was thinking, "This is not meant to be. I'm not going to be skinny. It's TOO HARD." Then the scale started to creep back up.

I thought "NO WAY am I giving up this easily!" I read that Spark Article "Think you're too fat to run? Think again!" I bought some bonafide running shoes, downloaded the C25k running program to my iPod, and well, I was off and running! emoticon

I started getting sore last night, but I sucked it up and went to Zumba today, thinking I'd work some soreness out. Don't know if I did or not, but as I sit here with my muscles screaming in agony, I can say with a CERTAINTY that soreness is progressive! BUT, I'll suck it up again in the morning for W1D2 of the program. I know how this "game" works, and I will probably be crying like a little girl in the morning, but I will push through the pain (soreness, not injury). I KNOW it will get easier, and the soreness will lessen with time. (Army Basic Training taught me something!) emoticon

I also found I had to UP my calorie intake slightly - right now, 1700 calories was just too low. Probably went down too far too fast. Once I went up to around 1900, the weight started coming off again - about a half pound a day. Body was probably in survival mode and hanging on to every fat cell it could! So, combined with some type of exercise most every day, I'm starting to see results.

Yesterday I went to get my first 5% goal met reward (earrings: non-fattening, ya know!) and ended up sharing my "story" with the clerk. (I find myself doing that a lot lately. I'm proud of my accomplishments and it's helping to keep me accountable.) Anyway, I told her my ultimate reward was a trip to Mardi Gras next year, and she said she'd help dress me for it! And I said "Yes! And I'll get to shop on the skinny side of the store!"

I am down 15 lbs and 8 inches overall since January 1st. Each tiny victory (a half pound is a victory in my world!) inspires me to continue. I am learning patience to perservere when the scale gets stuck.

So, when you get to feeling like giving up, DON'T. It's going to takeTIME and lots of EFFORT and CONSISTENCY - and yes, some pain and tears. You have to try different things to see what works for you. YOU are WORTH IT!! You just have to BELIEVE that you are!

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  • MSHELLP
    YAY for you to see some movement! I've been sparking since 12/24 and just am coming off of a plateau that felt like it lasted forever....in reality a few weeks. I amped up the workouts a bit....and it's true....we just have to stick to it and measure when the scale doesn't cooperate! I'm on a similar weightloss journey.....we can do this!!! Fight on!!
    4014 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Just keep on keeping on!
    4016 days ago
  • MORETHANWEIGHT
    What a great day you had..you need to be very proud of yourself.
    Great job emoticon
    4019 days ago
  • BUBBASMAMA0508
    Awesome!!!!!
    I am SO happy for you!
    Just keep on riding that wave of success - you deserve it!!
    It will lift you higher and higher and then the low points won't seem as low and the momentum will be harder to stop.
    I will send you a BIG:

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    4020 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6409041
    Gratz sarge! "snaps salute"

    I'm having soem trouble sticking with it this week too, but then i look down and see how loose my belt is, a belt I couldn't wear 2 months ago btw, and I think yeah, I can do this! Keep it up!
    4020 days ago
  • COACHDNUKE
    Andi
    ITS ABOUT TIME I feel like its been forever since the last blob.

    You are AWESOME
    GREAT BLOG
    Dennis
    4020 days ago
  • MELODYSPARKLES
    What an inspiration you are..I was at my doctors office this week, actually the VA clinic, where I use to work, and my PCP is there. I got more compliments of how good I look, what have I been doing, my coloring looks better ( been on oxygen at night for a year). My pych dr asked me. He actually wrote down the website, so did my former boss the head nurse! Hey we are spreading the spark girl!
    4020 days ago
  • no profile photo JENNY_Y
    Nice post! Congrats!! Keep it up!
    4020 days ago
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