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DFHALL SparkPoints: (4,901)
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10/12/12 10:32 A

Thank you for the great replies.

- Daniel

10/11/12 8:41 A

Yours is a beautiful message of taking personal responsibility and then acting on it.

GREAT job. Your daughter is a lucky little girl, not only because you're likely to be around longer, but also because you're setting an example for her that will make her own life so much better.

My sincere congratulations.

10/11/12 4:52 A

DFHALL, your accounting of dieting successfully until you hit the wall is probably appropriate to most of us here (I know I have done the same over and over). I have also come to the place where I just want to get it done.

I don't have tons of weight to lose but I am just tired of always dieting. I want to get it done and be done with it. Do you know what I mean?

I have gone back to Weight Watchers which seems to be the most realistic program out there but I use Sparkpeople for motivation.

I know you can do it! Keep pushing! And, thanks for posting.

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10/11/12 4:02 A

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DFHALL SparkPoints: (4,901)
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10/10/12 11:14 P

Many of you are probably in the same boat I am. I've been overweight since I was a kid. The weight kept piling on through high school and college. I now find myself a morbidly obese father of a beautiful little girl, and I'm scared I won't be alive to walk her down the aisle when she gets married.

I've tried the weight loss thing before. Every summer for the past several years, I would log on to SparkPeople, track my food, enter my fitness activities, and watch the pounds come off...

Until I hit the wall. I would have one week (usually around week 7 or 8) where the cheeseburger and fries were a little too tempting and I would put a pound back on. After that it was all over. I would dive head first off the wagon and put back on the weight I lost (and then some).

This time is different. Knowing the wall was going to be coming up, I vowed to push through. It helps that my wife got a job in the childcare department at our YMCA and we received a free family membership. Right around the time I started to feel the burnout, our membership was activated. I've been going to the gym three times a week for the past couple of weeks, and I'm hooked. I feel motivated to eat well knowing I worked hard for the hour (or more) I was in the gym. But this really isn't about the gym. This was about knowing myself and where I failed in the past. It took me several years to figure this out. It took a coworker saying, "I'll believe it when I see it." But most of all, it took perseverance. We all have it inside. You just have to dig a little deeper than you thought.

Stay strong, friends!

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