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I decided for my return to SP that I would update my user name to something more inspiring. I’ve always likened my weight loss efforts to the Greek myth of Sisyphus – a deceitful king who repeatedly outsmarted the gods. Zeus finally had him punished by forcing him to roll a large rock up a steep hill, only to watch it slide all the way down whenever he got close to the top. Sisyphus has long been used as a metaphor for futility and frustration.

My perceptions of the mountain and the rock have changed over time. When I was really struggling with binge eating and depression, the the mountain represented my attitude that I had to overcome, and the rock represented all the emotional baggage I'm carrying along the way. I have learned to manage my depression - I won't say fixed/overcome, because it is still there, lingering, but I have found ways of living with it. And I won't lie, getting on the right combination of medication helps.

The mountain can also represent my larger goals: getting healthy, completing my PhD, settling into my new role at work, and making time for my family. The rock in this case is self-sabotage, of which I am unfortunately guilty. Putting off working on my dissertation because I'm afraid of negative feedback from my advisor, eating junk food even though I have healthy alternatives available, working on easier tasks instead of the higher priority ones, etc. All these are things I know I should not do because they take me further from my goals, yet I do them anyway. And so they become my rock, pushing me farther down the hill, away from the summit that I'm trying to reach.

Member Since: 2/23/2011

Fitness Minutes: 83,982

My Goals:
Become more in tuned with my emotional state, manage my binge eating disorder and depression, focus on my long-term priorities rather than what gives me satisfaction in the short term.

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    emoticon SISYPHUS, you are doing Great on your weight loss journey!!! Thank you for posting on our "THE NEW Lose 25 Pounds in 25 Weeks, TEAM Challenge". We just have 5 weeks to go on this Challenge. We will be starting a new one on Dec. 28, 2020.

    I emoticon on the team. We need each other for accountability and support. I have had to make a few changes in my calorie in take and exercises while still staying with low carbs and IF. I found out that I had slowed down my metabolism by not eating enough calories or getting enough steps in each day.

    emoticon Bobbie
    18 days ago
    emoticon Sisy, You are still doing great on your weight loss. emoticon emoticon

    (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    81 days ago
    Sisy, Thank you for the Relaxation Music. How are you doing? I see you are down 2.2 lbs since we started. I am proud of you for sticking with IF. I gained 2 lbs last week but my body has a very slow metabolism anyway due to chemo years ago.

    I love reading you post on the team. Your comment "I love this idea! Now I just have to remember to come back every week and update it!" made me realize that may be why a lot of folks may not remember too.

    Have a great week and keep up the good work.

    (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    113 days ago
    Thank you SISYPHUS_CLIMBS for joining us on "Intermittent Fasting" team. I hope you are learning a lot form others here on the threads.

    I want to tell you a little bit about my recent history.
    I am a diabetic and I have been for many years. About 6 months ago I made up my mind to stop eating anything with sugar in it or that turned to sugar in my body. My goal was to keep my carbs under 30 to 20 grams a day and to get my A1C down from 8.5 to normal.

    On May 27th I saw my doctor and I got a message from him on May 29th telling me that he wanted to congratulate me on the enormous success demonstrated by my labs. You are no longer showing any evidence of diabetes, elevated liver enzymes, or elevated triglycerides. Your A1C is 5.0.

    I told you this to encourage you (not to brag) in hopes that it will help you, with whatever your health situation is.

    (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    122 days ago

    Ready for a challenge this Summer? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed your promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Spring Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Spring into Fitness ~ Chit Chat thread.

    BL Challenge Admin

    205 days ago
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