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Okay, so I still rock, because I'm always worth loving myself. But it is interesting to lose all the weight you want and then turn around, lose a little focus on what got you to your goal in the first place, and then have to come back and try again.

The good news: Trying again, getting back on your feet after you fall - that's all healthy and normal. Giving up or giving in isn't an option. And really, it's only about five pounds. I'm NOT right back where I started from. Not even close. Sure, my clothes are a little tighter and I don't like the way that feels, but I KNOW what to do about it and it's just a matter of doing it.

I jumped back onto the Spark People site, which I realize I never should have jumped off. It's true - it has to be a lifestyle change or it's just not going to be a long-term success. I really don't want to have to go up and down the scale (and up and down emotionally) every few months. It's not healthy and I'm worth more than that.

What got me to my goal was relatively simple: log my food, eat honestly, stay connected to the support of my Spark friends and my own family, and exercise (even when I'd rather sit in front of the tv and eat something sweet).

Most importantly, I'm not looking at this as a step backwards. If you count all the years I spent doing seriously unhealthy things to gain and to lose weight, then this is really just a learning process and nothing more. I'm not a failure - far from it. I'm human. I'm a learning, thinking, ever-changing person who is never going to get it all right - not even close! However, if I don't give up and I don't give in (which, remember, I said was NOT an option), then I'll come out the other end of whatever I need to learn a stronger, healthier, happier me.

Did I mention I was worth that???

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,762

My Goals:
Exercise, eat right, fit into the clothes, and get healthy!!!

My Program:
Tae Bo at least three times per week, strength training a couple times per week, and logging my food every day.

Personal Information:
I'm from Southern California in the Temescal Valley area of Riverside County. I've got a great husband, two healthy kids, and a home I love.

Other Information:
If I don't laugh often on a daily basis, I feel like I'm not truly living. Have you made someone laugh today??? What about yourself???

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  • v SMILEY3826
    hello and welcome! you are doing so well! keep it up! you will reach your goal weight! you are worth it! i believe in you! have a fabulous day!
    4357 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    Welcome to the Fabulous, Fun and Forty something team. Good luck with your goals.
    4357 days ago
  • v MPT162
    emoticon to FFF my Fabulous, Fun & Forty-Something emoticon !!!
    Wishing you luck, emoticon sharing your challenges, emoticon
    And celebrating your victories! emoticon
    emoticon Melissa

    4357 days ago
    I liked what you said about making a fattening food choice and then "convincing ourselves that we've been bad and continue to punish ourselves emotionally." I think that is what is getting in my way right now. I have so many negative thoughts about myself that I start spiraling downward. And the so-called nurturing ourselves through food is really punishing ourselves. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I'm having a crappy couple of weeks and I desperately need to turn things around in a positive way.

    Thank you for saying such smart things!
    4361 days ago
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