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In it for the long haul

Monday, February 01, 2016

This is the first time I've joined sparkpeople with no end date in mind. In the years before I just needed to join long enough to lose the weight, once I reached my goal, I went back to my bad habits. Something changed in the past two years. I had a daughter.

I love my 18 mo old very much and I am so glad she was gifted to me but the reality is she has made my life much more difficult. I'm more tired and there's less of me for, well, me. During nap times its a struggle to get off the couch because I'm tired and at bedtimes, I feel like a deserve a TV break, but this is only making me more tired.

My goal for this time around is to be a good role model for my daughter no matter what my weight is. I want to eat better, drink water and get outside and exercise more. The trouble with this goal (or maybe its a good thing?) is that there is no end in sight. I am always going to have to be a good role model for her. I want her to not diet like I did, and I want being healthy to come naturally to her because that was the way she was raised.

On the bright side, this goal means that a bad day can't throw me off. And even after having a few setbacks from life I am still going strong because my vision is clear, even if I'm in a temporary sugar haze. I'm three weeks in and I still feel as motivated as the first day.
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    You are SO right - a bad day CAN'T throw you off, because you're on a healthy lifestyle journey. A bad day is a bump in the road. You pick yourself back up and continue to head in the right direction, one small step at a time. You can DO this!
    1967 days ago
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    I totally agree with everything you said. I am in the same boat, in that, I want to be around for my grandchildren. Over the years the weight has gone up along with blood pressure and cholesterol. So, like you I am in it for the long haul. se.
    1967 days ago
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