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"I Got a New Attitude"

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Isn't it funny how often we look back on things we have done in the past and ask ourselves "Why did I do that?" I know I can't recall all the times I have done this. It is just a habit we all get in to and then continue repeating this habit (as we tend to do with all bad habits).

But, sometimes, looking back can be a good thing. That is, if we begin to see what we have been doing wrong, and make efforts to change those things. This is what I am now doing with my weight loss. No more making excuses. No more half-assed attempts at working out. No more sneaking food when I think no one is looking. All that is done! Those are the things that have gotten me to where I am today...OVERWEIGHT!!

I don't know about any of you, but I certainly do not enjoy being overweight. I hate not being able to run and keep up with my children. I hate having to buy clothes in a bigger size...just to hide my fat. And I especially hate having to look at myself every day knowing that I continue to do NOTHING ABOUT IT!!!

I have been having more than my fair share of health problems lately. And for awhile, I used that as an excuse to not work out to my fullest potential. NO MORE!!! I am worth so MUCH more than that!! So is everyone here. If you are reading this, you are on this site for a reason...to lose or maintain your weight.

We all deserve to be the best we can be. Like the Army motto: Be All You Can Be!! We are all soldiers on a special opps weight loss mission. It is our desire to win this war against the temptations that want to overthrow all of our hard work and efforts. But stand firm: we WILL win!!

When I came back to Sparkpeople sometime in August, I weighed in at 228. Certainly not my highest weight, but close enough for me. I have gained and lost so many times, I lost track. It gets frustrating to see those numbers yo-yo so often. But it is usually of our own doing. I sabotaged myself. No more!!

It took me almost 3 months, but I have finally lost 10 pounds. I am down to 218, as of today. I still have a long way to my goal of 150 pounds, but I WILL get there!! I am determined now, more than ever, to keep losing this weight. I found just putting my food on the tracker was not enough accountability for me. I am now part of an awesome team (GO PHOENIX!) and they have pushed me to do things I probably would never have done on my own accord. And I tell them every day now everything I eat or drink that has calories...good or bad! And being a member of a team, I certainly don't want to let my team members down.

I love the feeling I have after an intensive, grueling workout. It is euphoric. And each week when I weigh in and I see those numbers going down, I know I am on the right path for me. I know all my hard work was not for vain...and best of all I DID IT!! I may not always feel like working out...but I always make sure to do SOMETHING!! My saying at work is "If I am moving, I am losing." I have even gone to work and gotten my lunges, squats, wallies, and/or walking in for the day. I just keep moving. I don't stop...and it continues once I get home as well.

So, my advice (take it as it is) to anyone out there is to JUST KEEP MOVING!! You might get tired from all this extra moving, but you will thank yourself for it later...as you are shedding those pounds.


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    Great attitude!! I LOVE IT!! Keep up the great work and you will see the results!! CRANK IT GIRL!!
    3236 days ago
  • BLH507
    We love having you on our team Taryn! You are inspirational how you work through the medical problems you have been having and never give up!!
    3236 days ago
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    Great work! And I'll bet regardless of the weight, you feel better working out! I'm so proud of you!
    3236 days ago
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