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Why I Started & Why I Won't Give Up

Monday, October 03, 2016

I started these BLC challenges almost a year ago. I mostly wanted to lose weight because I was done with feeling terrible and tired all the time. I knew I needed to quit sugar. I also found a very supportive doctor who is like no other doctor I've had. When *I* mentioned wanting to lose weight (rather than him telling me I should), I paired it with "someday" or similar words, and he said, "What if we made 'someday' now? This year? Or the next couple of years?" And he was SERIOUS. He looked at me intently and kindly; he was clearly on my side, he seemed supportive. (I've written more about that too.)

So somehow it was the double whammy of: 1) being sick of being exhausted all the time (and sore joints, etc.) and, 2) having a doctor who was going to gently help keep me accountable, that led me to find these challenges on spark.

And the challenges really worked for me. I'm a little competitive, and I love supporting others reach their goals too, so it was a really good fit for me.

I've lost over 45 lbs (and made it through a VERY stressful summer without gaining -- I actually lost 6 lbs). So I have actual EVIDENCE that I CAN IN FACT DO THIS. I really can! And that's amazing to know.

I also know I feel better when I drink plenty of water, get in several really good workouts a week and eat "clean" (more veggies, less or no processed foods, and NO SUGAR -- I've gotten lax on that last one of late but no more, I'm starting that one over again). :)

I still have quite a ways to go, but I got here (45 lbs down) by focusing on baby steps and healthy goals; just focus on today, plan for tomorrow and the week ahead, and just lose 5 lbs at a time. I feel comfortable now thinking in terms of 10 or 20 lbs (mostly because I'm SO excited about reaching "ONEderland" soon (about 20 lbs or less and I'll be at 199).

I have specific articles of clothing I can use to measure my progress (in addition to the weekly weigh-ins for my spark teams), and that's VERY motivating. It's AMAZING to be able to fit into clothes I haven't been able to wear for so many years. I have a bag of bigger clothes I slowly keep adding to so I can give those away.

I'm doing it slowly this time so it stays PERMANENT. I'm retraining my body to accept a new set-point. I don't want to lose a lot of weight quickly, only to just as quickly gain it all back and MORE (been there, done that; it stinks). I'm learning to plan meals around veggies; I also finally was able to give up soda altogether (especially including diet, which used to be the only soda I would drink).

I can't wait to see what's next and to help others achieve their goals too. I've been so inspired by so many people on spark who've done some amazing things and lost an incredible amount of weight. It finally seems doable for me too. :)
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    emoticon I am so glad that you have such a supportive doctor. emoticon
    1717 days ago
    Great blog Kate. You are doing so well and you are doing it the right way. I think not trying to rush it is a very good idea. It has taken me over 13 months to lose 74 pounds. I did it the same way you are doing it. Taking my time, making improvements in my lifestyle and losing slowly so it stays off. I consider myself a thin person in training. Keep doing what you are doing. It's working for you. And good luck with your weight loss & healthy lifestyle journey.

    Spark Hugs, ~Carol~
    1717 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss so far! 45 pounds off is emoticon and that's great that you have a supportive doctor. That will help a lot.

    I know you will reach Onederland. You have the determination and the competitiveness to make it so.

    I'm so glad you're a Ninja this round. I feel like we could be friends in real life but virtual is good, too.

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    1717 days ago
    So glad you found a doctor who actually supports you and doesn't push you down, just as I did. It makes a big difference when you have the right support around you. You are emoticon
    1717 days ago
    Well said. I am also "a little competitive", and also find the encouragement from the team beneficial. If a member slips there is no judgement, just support. emoticon
    1717 days ago
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    Great Blog ! Way to GO - one day day at a time !
    1717 days ago
    I've lost about 45 lbs also and I can't believe how incredible I feel. It's so motivating to dig into that box of too small clothes most of us have stashed away and be able to fit into them again. One step and a time and slow and steady wins the race. We are all in this together. Way to go Kate.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    Congrats on your success. Slow and steady is the way to go. I need to cut back on my sugar intake also. I'm working on it one step at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
    What an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing 👍🏻 keep up the good work!! 😘
    1717 days ago
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