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6/22/12 9:28 A

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Welcome back to Spark! I'm glad you switched gyms. It had to be tough to see the bakeries every time you went there. Maybe you can join a group at your current gym to help you stay motivated and hold you accountable to your workouts. When I first started back to working out it helped to have a partner or someone who I had to check in with every day. Or you can post it to Twitter every day so that people can support you in this journey to getting back to exercise.

Kelly

A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.
- Stephen Dolley Jr.

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6/21/12 11:08 P

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I agree with much of what you say. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to answer at length now.

I hope I remember to come back to this! I find the more time I have to SP, the better I do, also.

It's motivational I guess: the articles, games, posts, teams and friends.... emoticon


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6/21/12 8:09 P

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I have been an on-again, off again Spark-er, and am now trying to get on-again. I moved to Chicago from Michigan about 9 months ago, and despite giving up my car and walking and/or using public transportation to get everywhere, I have managed to gain about 10 pounds, which puts me back in the "overweight" category. Well, depending on the day's weight fluctuations :)

In 2005, I was 210 pounds (I'm 5'7") and made some life changes that brought me down to 163, a size I hadn't been since 2001. I went back up to 175 in 2006, went allll the way down to 142 in 2007, and worked my way back up to 165 by last year. Last summer I had a lot of inner conflict and worked it off with running, and I quickly dropped off 15 pounds. Of course, then I moved to Chicago, and I wasn't so angry anymore, and therefore didn't feel the need to run it off anymore :) I was also busy finishing up an online master's degree, and MY GOODNESS I DON'T NEED TO TELL MANY OF YOU HOW GOOD THE FOOD IS IN CHICAGO! I remember when my doctor pointed out I'd gained 5 pounds earlier this year -- I told him that there are three bakeries between my apartment and the gym. I have since switched gyms, so this is no longer the case. Hopefully this will have a positive effect on my waist. :)

I am not a yo-yo dieter so much as a yo-yo exerciser. Whenever I go to the gym A LOT and vigorously exercise A LOT, it helps to decrease my appetite, and gives me less time to graze around my kitchen (and less time to stop at the bakery). Walking 5 miles a day unfortunately does not provide the same effect!

I had a couple of health wake up calls recently that reminded me to get back on track. I had severe stomach pains recently and finally connected it to drinking too much (20 drinks in 5 days, for the curious--not something I normally do!). I don't plan on giving up drinking, but think about it -- if each of those drinks was even only 150 calories, that was 3000 calories in booze alone! Also, one of my co-workers recently died of a heart attack.. at the age of 46. It made me realize that I need to really take my health seriously, and take care of this body I've got--since it's the only one I've gotten! I look forward to making some Spark Friends as the handful of friends I have in town don't have any of the issues with food or motivation that I do, so I need some positive reinforcement. So hello everyone!

-Beth

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