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You Can Go Home Again

Friday, March 29, 2019

"You Cant Go Home Again" said Thomas Wolfe. Not necessarily true with SP. Home is there, when one needs it. I am one of those people now, recognizing the need for the home. I chose not to join the last 5% challenge. Thought I could do it myself. Turned out not to be true, as I look back in retrospect (and looked at the scale)

Last year when I was on chemo I lost considerable weight. My Oncologist encouraged me to simply eat whatever I felt like consuming. He just wanted me to get some calories in. I followed his advice. So I was finished with treatment, and forgot the part that my pushing calories was only supposed to be while in treatment. Now that treatment has been over for 7 months and I found myself returning to my pre cancer weight, (which was too much by the way). A voice in my head reminded me that is is time to stop consuming the calories now. Duh. Git a grip , Bill, and begin to focus on the behaviors that will keep me healthy, said the voice.

So about a month ago I began to change for the better, once again. I am back out biking, walking, hiking the nearby trails and doing some yoga stretches most every night. Food choices have improved too. But I know myself. I will not keep it up with out the extremely important sense of community. A supportive group of like minded folks with whom I can share in part of the positive energy and movement forward. Hence..... SP, and a challenge community.

Because of the group, one person can be awesome.

Now on to the 5% challenge.
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    I had the same revelation...that I need to make SP a part of my life to stay on track. I simply don't even try without it. So glad to be on the Cloverleafs with you! Blessed be!

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    302 days ago
    I'm proud of you for getting back on track. Challenge teams are a great way to find support. This will be my first time with the Clovers, but I can already tell its a great team!
    324 days ago
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    Good for you Bill, I know that 5% Challenge is very helpful, cause it keeps you accountable. It reminds you each and every week, how to stay focused, but the BIG plus is the community. No matter what team you are on, they all are very supportive.

    I used to be on the Shooting Stars then changed to I forget what now, but each team was very supportive and when you're trying to stay healthy, I found that it helps greatly.

    330 days ago
    Easy to get off track with some of life's experiences.
    To take a moment in time and do the right thing by taking in calories, can snowball past the needed time.
    It has happened to me on more than one occasion.
    Spark people and friends help reign me in and prevent me from spinning wildly off center.
    As I sit here, in the wee hours of the morning, munching on crackers and hummus while watching EWTN, I am reminded to check why I eat.
    Tired, but unable to sleep, yes, but I am more than that. I am a part of this community. There. That's better. I have stopped now. Smiling at your blog. I have missed you.
    I am ready to dig in, again. Thank you my friend. You are doing great!
    330 days ago
    Good to see you, Bill! I've had similar experience with SP and the 5% - you can go it alone but we're "better together"!
    330 days ago
    Welcome back! It sounds like you're on the right path to getting emoticon emoticon emoticon healthy again. You're making some great choices. SP really IS a great community:-)
    330 days ago
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