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A Week of Journaling: Explore Honesty

Monday, October 19, 2020

Hello fellow Sparkers!

Today, I'm going to dive into the concept of HONESTY when it comes to weight loss. It's a big piece of my puzzle because I know that when you're DISHONEST about your program, you only hurt yourself.

So, let me go back to summer of 2018. When I weighed 220 lbs. I was ECSTATIC. My journey started at 310, and I busted my behind and stayed dedicated to myself! I tracked all my calories HONESTLY. I walked 2018 miles that year... in fact, I BEAT MY GOAL. I was always moving. Always eating healthy. Always. Always. Always.

Then the success stopped.

All of a sudden, I couldn't lose anymore. I was stuck. I tried different pieces of advice... eat more calories, eat more protein, strength train more, eat less carbs, eat KETO... my mind exploded. I just couldn't anymore. Why keep it up? There weren't anymore results. So who cares?

Then I downward spiraled. Slowly. Insert junk here. Insert junk there... Eat three cookies but track one. Sneak a double portion, track one. Skip walking here and there... slowly, the weight came back. Why? BECAUSE I WAS A LIAR. I cheated MYSELF. I tried to pretend it was for different reasons... but it wasn't. It was all me and my actions.

When the binges returned, I knew I'd hit rock bottom. It took awhile to stop them, but I definitely have tamed my binge monster. I'm now working on HONEST tracking. I've given up Pizza Hut, Burger King, Chili's, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Wendys...because all of that food causes bloating, and weight gain. I've even given up pizza at this point, because the take out pizza is LOADED WITH CALORIES.

I care about myself. Its' time to be HONEST. When my tracking and exercise are honest, my results will show on the scale.

Even though I know it takes TIME.

Weight loss is a series of good choices made over time that results in GOOD HEALTH.

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  • JUDYD207
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    95 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    You are so right! Keep up the great work, keep tracking and your results with follow. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    96 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    I am not honest with myself about my tracking and how much I eat.
    96 days ago
    We have to be honest with ourselves. emoticon
    96 days ago
    I live in Chicagoland, pizzaland, can NOT give up pizza. I do eat much less than I did at my highest weight but I plan hard for every bite I take to get my numbers right. I feel like macros are a bit of a game for my health.

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    97 days ago
    emoticon We all hit plateaus. I don't think it is much different than when a child has a growth spurt, then their body stops to readjust and they stay the same size for awhile. It isn't that they are doing anything wrong, their bodies are just working on other things. With weight loss, it sometimes takes a break as well. Skin, our biggest organ, needs a chance to tighten up, our bone density readjusts, etc. We just need to keep doing the right things, and eventually we will have another losing spurt just like children have growth spurts.
    97 days ago
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    97 days ago
    emoticon But don't give up pizza - learn how to make healthy versions at home. Just be honest about what you put on it and how much of it you eat, I need to get back to more honest tracking - I quit weighing and measuring and need to start doing that again. emoticon
    97 days ago
    It's challenging to be honest with ourselves. I think one lie I'm telling myself right now is 3 TBS brown sugar in 32oz black tea is ok.
    97 days ago
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    I love your brutal honesty!

    It takes a lot of courage and real honesty to be so forthcoming in your blog. Congrats to you! We all live with certain illusions that become part of our lives and we choose to live with them rather than expose them. After awhile they become a part of our daily routine and we can get robotic and not even question ourselves about the choices we are making. Sounds like you have done some soul searching and want to change some things. That’s always a great first step.

    Best wishes to you as you make the healthy choices that will take you forward in the right direction so you can reach your goals!

    97 days ago
    It's very hard to assess our own activity level, diet, and other behaviors. Many research studies indicate that most people underestimate their calorie intake and overestimate their activity or exercise levels. So don't be too hard on yourself. We're naturally going to be subjective rather than objective when evaluating ourselves.

    That's why tracking calories, and exercise intensity (heart rate) work because that "data" is less subjective.
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    97 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
    emoticon emoticon .. Great blog!! I could of written this myself~

    I love this: " Weight loss is a series of good choices made over time that results in GOOD HEALTH". emoticon emoticon emoticon

    97 days ago
    Being HONEST with myself is the ONLY way I'll succeed. What I bite, I write, what I nibble, I scribble.

    Why lie to myself? It'll do ME no good in the long run. Sure it "could" look good on paper, but my body isn't made of paper. Its so rare I eat out though UGH last week ,, LOL Doing the NEO I ate out 3 times!! HUH? I hadn't in MONTHS!! The POWAH of suggestion!! But they were written down. I also GAINED and it showed!! Almost a pound.
    97 days ago
    I agree 100%!
    97 days ago
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