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When I find myself going down the wrong path, Spark brings me back.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Just like a GPS "recalculating, recalculating" (quite literally thanks to the trackers)

Since COVID upended our lives and before returning to Spark my day began checking the virus stats in my area and the places where my family live. Since Joe and I are in the vulnerable age group and even are blood type A (30% more likely to require hospitalization if infected), all our normal activities ended.

While I was still technically in maintenance, I could feel myself headed in the wrong direction. Since I weigh myself every morning, the scale verified this. Only small gains but exercise was not enough to turn it around. I recognize this trend. It will NOT end well.

Fortunately, my DD (Hayburner1969) who introduced me to Spark nearly 12 years ago suggested I return.

It’s been 58 days and what a difference.
Not just in my weight but in my recommitment to a healthy lifestyle.

One of the activities in our 5% Challenge team is to plan a wake up routine to set ourselves up for a good day. Many ways to do this. I am learning to resist the temptation to pull the covers over my head in a “oh no is it still 2020?” response.

Our Fall Theme is 'Challenge yourself to make the rest of the year, the best of the year. I will get through 2020 well prepared for 2021!' That is exactly what I plan to do.

Finally, a shout out to Alexgirl1 whose blog last week inspired my thoughts today.


and also to Kaliswalker whose invitation to join the 5% challenge upon my return to Spark introduced me to new aspects of this journey
AND she is celebrating losing EIGHTY (yeah 80) pounds


Even staying on the straight path can be a bumpy ride both physically and emotionally – many ups and downs.

I still check the virus stats every day. Just like acknowledging my weight on the scale. I find a reality check preferable to putting on a fake happy face and retreating into denial. I will face the truth but also ignore distractions and keep my focus.
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