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Approaching Level 12

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Well, it looks like I'm going to hit level 12 this weekend. I have mixed feelings about that. When I first found SparkPeople (almost 4 years ago), I was the heaviest I've ever been. SparkPeople motivated me, I was dedicated, I felt great. This thing is working. I lost around 25 lbs over a 7 month period. I still had 30 to go, but knew I was on the right track. I loved my new lifestyle.

Then... the winter holiday season happened. I backed off a little. I said "I'll go into maintenance mode for the season and pick back up after the holidays". It seemed like a good idea. And it just might have been too, but...

That January I started a new business. The business became my life; many hours, little sleep, etc, etc. No time to grocery shop let alone prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. Exercise? You're kidding, right? I'm exhausted, I'm ALWAYS exhausted.

Over the past few years, I've "tried" coming back to Spark, but it seams that I only have time for it a week or so at a time. I lose weight, I gain weight, but for most of it, I pretty much hovered around the weight that I was after losing the initial 25. I was able to convince myself that after 3 years I was still "in maintenance mode" so it's ok.

Until this past winter holiday season came along. Apparently I wasn't very careful. I gained back 20 of those lost pounds. When I came back to to Spark this time, I weighed just 4 pounds less than I did when I started back in 2009.

Which brings us to today's blog. I've been back with SparkPeople for two weeks now. I've lost 4 pounds, which is a healthy 2 pounds per week. If I keep this trend, I'll be exactly where I want to be by June (the tracker told me so). The business is flourishing and I've been able to cut back my work hours a bit. Football season is winding down so I'll have a few extra hours on the weekend to prepare for the week. As I'm allowed more sleep these days, I'm not quite so tired all the time so I "should" be able to get a little exercise into my schedule. This time might be the time.

So, do I deserve to be at level 12? Probably not. But... I'm going to use that as a motivator. I AM going to deserve to be at level 12, because I'm going to reach my goal this time.
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    Hey Jake! Thanks for sharing your story... it is all too easy to take a break from Sparking because life gets in the way and our energy/focus must be redirected to where it is needed. One thing we would certainly benefit from is switching our priorities around a bit, so that WE are on the top of the list. I relate to your blog completely, since over time, I have been tossed around by a life that became too busy to take the best possible care of ME.

    I am getting ready to come back, and trying to understand risk areas prior to even starting. Good to see you back on here, hoping that you are still gearing up to return with clear focus and purpose.
    1863 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    getting the right amount of sleep will help lose that weight faster too!! Good going!
    3113 days ago
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