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A Week of Journaling: Exploring Progress not Perfection

Friday, October 23, 2020

Hello Fellow Sparkers, and Happy Friday! We've made it through another week!

In the importance of transparency, I need to post this. It's embarrassing, however, it's where I am.



I have spent the last 21 days being more than consistent, tracking my progress, staying positive. The numbers are not reflecting yet on the scale, but I know my body takes awhile to process that I'm trying to get it to cooperate and lose weight.

I'm also reminded that quick weight loss can lead to unhealthy results. Here are some facts about why losing quickly isn't the best option:

Discouragement because someone lost 10 lbs the first week and has only lost 3 lbs in the past 3 weeks. The first big jump down on the scale is water weight. Yes it is exciting to see that jump down BUT do not have the unrealistic expectation of always losing that fast. 1-2 lbs a week is average weight loss.

Anything more than that is risking major health concerns. I.e. gall stones, pancreatitis, etc.
The more you weigh the more you will lose. As you lose, you will begin to lose less and slower. The slower you lose, the higher the chance that you will keep the weight off.

My friend tried extreme dieting as a teen and got gallstones. So I know there's truth to this. Slowly and surely I will return to where I was. I may even be able to get lower than that, as my ideal weight is 160-170.

I will continue to do my part to inform others of the importance of good health, and I will try my best to follow my own advice.

This concludes my week of deep soul searching through journaling. Thanks for reading.
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  • SPARKFRAN514
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    36 days ago
  • NANCYPAULINE
    emoticon You will make the progress you seek, it just takes more time to lose it than to gain it. That's the sad, but honest reality. I wish you patience, persistence and positivity.
    38 days ago
  • RETIREESMITH
    KEEP these pages; always good to go back, reread, remind yourself of where you were, what you've learned, and where you're going.
    Congratulations.
    38 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    Slow and steady
    38 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    When I first joined I had gone from 288 to 174 FAST!! Guess what? TO FAST!!! It was NOT sustainable to eat the way I was, NOR was it at all healthy. I quickly hit 232 agaom/

    I got down to 163 SLOWLY this time, but had a foot infection that took 18 months of treatment (big toe ended up amputated, and the toe bones in the other 4, are also no longer there) during those 18 months I was FORBIDDEN from moving off the couch most of the time. It was life threatening. But once the surgery was over, TA DA the weight started to come off!! WOOHOO!!! This year started at 179, and am now at 166 NOT A HUGE LOSS, but in just 4 lbs I'll be at my lowest in DECADES!!

    So goooo slow because as you said, IT LASTS!! AND LASTS!! And eventually after our bodies finally adjust it'll go down perhaps a little bit more.

    The times my weight went way back up, where times I learned the most which has helped me out so very much. YOU CAN DO THIS!!
    38 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    emoticon emoticon You’re going to reach your goal... I just know it!
    38 days ago
  • HUBBARD9644
    Thanks for taking the time to share your story. I lose slow as well. It seems like months can go by and nothing on the scale moves. I don't worry to much, I do get disappointed at times. I am refocusing my efforts and pushing through my holding pattern. emoticon and emoticon
    38 days ago
  • BCHARIE
    Never ever beat yourself up for healthy lifestyle. We lose slowly and the body adjusts. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
    38 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    I whine, whine, whined to myself because I was averaging about 1/2 a lb a week. Then I looked at my weight loss graph that showed continual downward movement. It was very encouraging to me. In an instance, I went from whiney and feeling defeated to feeling proud and victorious, even though I still have a long way to go. Sometimes we just need to grab a different tool out of the toolbox to realize we are being successful, even though it doesn't always feel that way. I don't know what path your journey will take, but you will arrive at your destination. Then you get to decide how long to stay there.
    38 days ago
  • LINDA!
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  • AKA_TROUBLE
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  • WIZARDHOWL
    Good luck!
    38 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
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