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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Determination in the morning and satisfaction at night. That's my new mantra.

Growing up I was tall and lanky. I never had to watch what I ate so I didn't need discipline when eating. After I turned 40 I started to gain weight but I didn't really become concerned about it until about 50. At this point I just tried my own thing and went up and down with my weight. By the time I hit 210 I had become very sedentary and had osteoarthritis and a fatty liver. So, I joined SP so I could be held accountable. I signed in every day but was still just on my own so not much happened.

Then, I got an invite to join a BLC team.
This was the beginning of my journey. Being part of a team meant I would have to contribute and I didn't want to disappoint anyone. ln the past year I lost 10 pounds but gained it all back. My husband and I both enjoy cooking. He likes more fried foods and creamy sauces and isn't crazy about veggies. It took awhile to find compromises. I made sure I had veggies for breakfast and lunch and he made sure to include them at dinner (which is his favorite meal to cook).

During this time I have developed some good habits. I began exercising at least 5 days each week incorporating cardio and strength. I tracked my food and planned my meals. When I went to a restaurant I made healthier choices.

Here I am today. Although my weight is coming off slowly I've learned that this is a journey and making lifestyle changes is ongoing and there will be obstacles along the way. I don't beat myself up as much. I enjoy baking and I have a sweet tooth. I realized I can't just deny myself but can control my portions and choices still enjoying something sweet - once in a while.

My family has been very supportive and encouraging. I got a food scale for my birthday and a Fitbit. I am more conscientious about portions and have begun to pay attention to macronutrients to make sure I'm not only staying within my calorie range but that I'm getting enough protein, fats (no problem there) and carbs (no problem there either). With my fatty liver I don't always absorb the nutrients and fall short on fiber and potassium and some vitamins. Tracking and printing out my food reports helps me look for patterns and be more aware of what I need to incorporate in my meals. If I know I'm going to a restaurant I eat less during the day to allow for more calories at dinner time. I'm on my way to giving up soda altogether. I'm learning along the way.

I usually exercise in the morning because I know that's when I have my most energy. I'm a morning person by nature so I like to get up and get going. This way, with a workout out of the way I can be spontaneous during the day if something come up. I usually exercise at home but belong to a gym and am trying to include more trips there. Working out has helped with my osteoarthritis.

I'm happy to be part of a team that is challenging, supportive and encouraging and helps to keep me accountable. The leaders of the teams work very hard and with their work ethic I'm inspired to be a better version of myself.

This journey to become a better, healthier version of me will continue. I will learn along the way and continue to have ups and downs as well as disappointments. Slow and steady wins the race. Flowers bloom in their own time. I will find my pace and time and like a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon I will fly!
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    I'm so glad you're developing healthier habits. I've done two BL challenges now and I've lost a good amount of weight for both. I find it a lot easier to eat healthy and exercise if I have to be accountable to my friends.
    272 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    273 days ago
    Love it!
    273 days ago
    I'm so glad that you found SP! You are a bright light for our challenge team, and I'm so glad you have shared your story with us. I love how you have found ways to add healthy food choices into your day, and more exercise. You've got a great foundation for yourself to take it to the next level this round! emoticon
    273 days ago
    So Glad you are part of the team. You are doing great. Let's keep pushing to reach our goals. emoticon
    273 days ago
  • JOANN25
    We are so happy to have you with SP. You won't regret coming back and you will find that you will receive a lot of suggestions and encouragement.

    Keep up the good work. emoticon
    273 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
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