Denial – Not a River in Egypt!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Well, I’m still here, and still trying to get back into a regular weight-loss routine. Unfortunately I’m still not having much luck. I think frustration is getting the better of me.

There are a few things I’ve figured out though…

It’s definitely easier to gain weight than it is to lose…

Why is that???

Exercise doesn’t happen “naturally” for me any more.

It was much more fun to exercise when I was 10!

Winter is a bad time to decide to increase your exercise minutes.

Unless you count walking the dog in the rain….

… or shoveling yourself out of your front door (for my friends in the East)

I thought for awhile that if I just continued with what I was doing maybe the weight would somehow “magically” start melting away. (I hear you can go a little crazy in the winter)

My SparkFriends, Spark teams and the support they provide is VERY important to decreasing my frustration and increasing my chances of success.

I need to stop trying to convince myself that all of the fitness tracking, water drinking and calorie counting is wasting my time

So I’ve decided maybe doing the same thing that hasn’t worked for me in the past probably WON’T work for me in the future.

It’s time for a new plan and a new commitment.

… and maybe some new results

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    Glad to see you posting and keeping positive - and VERY glad you're over the flu!
    2236 days ago
    you can do this.... !!!! baby steps maybe... but steps just the same =)
    2237 days ago
    Hi Carolyn - I always enjoy reading your blogs. You put a lot of time and effort into them. I kind of decided to start anew. I started anew this past week while figuring out a challenge for the STOP Team. I am rewarding myself cash on a daily basis for healthy living habits. The week has went fairly well except for staying with in my calories. Actually the team doesn't start the challenge until March 2nd. They can make their challenge simple or difficult by adding as many healthy habits challenges as they wish. I plan on buying myself a rose every week I lose weight too as an added incentive. I do wish you would come back and join us, but I know a gal has to do what a gal has to do.
    I can walk the road with you but I can't walk it for you. I say, If it is to be. It is up to me. No one else. It is nice to have friends walking the journey with you, though.

    2244 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Time to start experimenting and find what will work. Not just what doesn't. Admitting that what you've been doing isn't working is a great first step. Now in the middle of the rain and icky weather is the time to dream, to plan to start.

    You can do this. Make it a fun adventure, one you can't wait to find the ending of.
    2245 days ago
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    Always love your blogs, but of course don't like you are frustrated and having difficulties with losing weight. I truly know how you feel. I am at a loss as to what to advise you to do, because I have tried it all myself and I have lost only 1 pound in 1 year and 8 months! But, do know this I am here for you and will be here for you no matter what...to cheer you on, give you a shoulder to cry on and be the best friend I can be to you. Hang in there...it is not easy, but can be achieved. I read something in a health article, which really encouraged me: For those who get discouraged they are not seeing fast enough results...consider that it takes 8-10 years to build an Olympian!! So, I figure I am halfway there!! Wonder if they have senior Olympics?! emoticon

    He conquers who endures. ~Persius
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    Comment edited on: 2/21/2015 2:55:25 AM
    This is a great blog. You are definitely not alone--I was losing weight all the way up to December, but then it just seems to have stalled and even gained a little (about a pound, so not a lot) back. Ugh. I hate winter.

    I had to giggle at your shoveling picture. So true! We also don't get earthquakes *grin*

    I keep reminding myself that every time I try something and it doesn't work, it's not a waste of time because I learned something so hopefully I won't make the same mistake again. I do wish I had the fitness and energy that I had when I was 10 though!
    2245 days ago
    You have such a wonderful way with words and pix...You are not alone on this very frustrating journey. But SPRING IS COMING..... yep.. they say SPRING is coming and we will all see it so differently with a few flowers and some trees in bloom.

    We can do it.

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    Oh Dearie, I hear ya, I'm right there in the same boat as you. I had my total knee replacement on Dec. 15th, 2014, and I'm doing so awesome, but nowhere to walk around here because of all the cold, ice and snow this Winter, so it's just inside or get on the recumbent bike to lose these 30# that I've gained. I mainly gained them with being so immobile before my knee replacement. I was using a cane to walk and should've had a walker and was almost resigned to a wheelchair, so that's how I gained it all really in the last several years. I feel I can get a handle on it somehow too, and I will sooner or later. We're not giving up and that's the main thing!! emoticon
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    Hang in there! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    You've got this! Thanks for sharing!
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    I hear your frustration loud and clear! When I had my surgery, in January, the doctors and the surgeon were saying, "Rest and eat. Rest and eat,." Well that one night and day that I spent in the hospital, I caught that nasty CRUD, and I had it for 3 weeks and wasn't able to do anything but rest and eat and I gained 20 lbs. I would sleep, get up just long enough to eat, and to back to bed. I slept an average of 15 hours a day those 3 weeks. However, when God allowed all that CRUD to get out of His Temple, that was all she wrote, as I started exercising like a fiend again and the weight just literally started melting off of me.

    We're all in the same boat and we're all rowing in the same direction, and that's why God put us all together, to learn not only from Him, but from each other!


    - Nancy Jean -
    2246 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Having the same problem. They always say its the exercises putting on muscle. That' s why I gain weight on a diet. emoticon

    2246 days ago
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