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MEARLY3 Posts: 16
10/18/12 10:51 A

way to go.. nice to be inspired.. and reminded to go back to simple steps when you are frustrated. emoticon

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RASIRE Posts: 284
10/18/12 10:47 A

Thanks so much for reminding and encouraging us to keep moving forward! I especially needed to hear this today! emoticon

JBEAUFORD Posts: 343
10/18/12 10:46 A

Exactly what I needed to hear today. Way to go!!!

JUSTYNA7 Posts: 6,272
10/18/12 10:36 A

I too frequent the motivational pages and the weight loss I have had proved to me that I was wrong... I do lose weight. It is a hard to accept sometimes but together we can figure this out!

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10/18/12 10:25 A

Congrats on your persistence ! I needed to read this today emoticon

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10/18/12 10:20 A

Thanks for sharing! Your great attitude is contagious. :)

KIMPARKER3 SparkPoints: (44,507)
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10/18/12 10:19 A

Super you have achieve Life Style Changes that will stay with you. That is what it is all about not just losing weight, but changes bad habits and creating new ones. How you feel, your energy. WAY TO GO!

I Hope You'll Dance. Never be afraid to try. Believe in yourself, you can achieve your dreams!
10/18/12 10:13 A



She believed she could, so she did.
FEMMEFATALE11 SparkPoints: (64,174)
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10/18/12 10:11 A

Congrats! Just what I needed to read since I'm currently at my plateau. Keep up the good work.

10/18/12 10:09 A

WOOHOO! Is right. Way to go!

I have been an obese child, lost weight (due to illness, worked at keeping it off) and became an obese young adult (and lost again). I had a obese family. I had started to gain weight again.

Realized as I was going to turn 50 I had to do something. That is when I found SparkPeople. I lost the weight I gained and by staying with SparkPeople have managed to maintain my weight loss.


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KALIMA123 Posts: 7
10/18/12 10:02 A

Congrats for not giving up and pushing forward! So many people do and you deserve serious props!!

LINDA5758 Posts: 89
10/18/12 9:54 A

Congratulation and keep up the good work. I love your story. I am trying to loose also and I do get discouraged really easy but you proved to me that if I keep my diary which I am not good at then I can find out what I am doing wrong also. Thank you for our story. LOTS of LUCK.

GONE-BIKING Posts: 201
10/18/12 9:46 A

HUGE milestrone. Well done!

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KARIN1972 Posts: 126
10/18/12 9:43 A

Thank you for sharing this - your blog was the perfect timing for me! I hit my plateau....again....the same weight that I hit every time and can't seem to get past. I've always just assumed that I can't get past it, and then I give up, gain the weight back and then start all over again. So what have I done the past 4 weeks about it? I've still worked out....but I've eaten whatever and whenever I've wanted (self-sabatoge). Thank you for reminding me that it's up to me to get it done....and I can!

MAMAS7TH Posts: 1
10/18/12 9:30 A

Good Job. I'm new here and haven't really started my diet. My goal for diet and excercise is Oct 22, so wish me luck. I've failed so many times that I'm a little pessimistic about any program. I've heard such good things about Spark People, I thought "What the heck" lets give it a try. Your letter has helped and motivated me to succeed this time. Thank you so much and keep up the good work.

DANMAR1 Posts: 799
10/18/12 9:25 A

That is wonderful!! Seems like a pattern that right before a great break through we get a test. You did it ..passed the test and are on to the wonderful rewards! I'm out here doing a happy dance with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

MAJIKAL1 Posts: 64
10/18/12 9:24 A

Congratulations! I can so totally relate to everything you said. Today, I finally got past my own plateau to hit a triple digit weight loss. I had been stuck at 95 forever, even though I could tell from my clothes that I was smaller. I am also a believer in journaling and I swear by Sparkpeople. Even though there might be other similar websites, I am a sparker and always will be.

Way to go and great blog!

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10/18/12 9:23 A

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You go girl!!!!!! Proud of you!

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CAROLINANAN117 Posts: 468
10/18/12 9:21 A

Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been experiencing a plateau recently and it was just what I needed this morning. emoticon

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FITGIRL2K14 Posts: 79
10/18/12 9:19 A

AMAZING! I will defnitely keep your story in mind when I begin to hit a plateau again. =D

OZIETWIN Posts: 680
10/18/12 8:53 A

That was a perfect blog! I have felt the same way many times. Now, I look at the scale weekly rather than daily and base my progress on the way I look, feel and the way my clothes fit.

We are our own worst critics and need to learn to be our own best friend! Keep up the great work.

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10/18/12 8:45 A

Great. Thanks for the encouragement. I really needed it.

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways which do not work. Thomas Edison

Well done is better than well said. Ben Franklin
QUAIL75 Posts: 8,192
10/18/12 8:43 A

Thank you for sharing your story! I can relate so much and congrats on your success!

MHURREY Posts: 13
10/18/12 8:38 A

Way to go!!!

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10/18/12 8:13 A

Thanks so much for describing your experience! Me too - after losing 18lbs, I hit a plateau that lasted for 3 weeks and during which my mind bombarded me with thoughts of 'it's no use' and 'just be grateful for losing 18lbs: you can't lose any more, particularly now you're over 50'. But I'm happy to say that the plateau dissolved, with a little portion adjustment and more importantly a little impatience adjustment. I've lost another 7lbs since then.

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JSFOSTER1 SparkPoints: (16,593)
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10/18/12 8:01 A

Thank you for your message! Your timing is perfect. I am at a plateau right now and am having a VERY difficult time sticking with the program! It's great to see a success story right now - tears are streaming down my face right now, but they are not sad tears, they are tears or relief and hope. I needed to hear that someone else made it through this, someone who has the same history I do. Thank you so much!!

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MISSMARY3 SparkPoints: (153,591)
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10/18/12 8:00 A

Good for you!

10/18/12 7:55 A

love it! good work!

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10/18/12 7:32 A

VIRGO56 SparkPoints: (53,852)
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10/18/12 7:29 A

How totally true, and just what what I needed to hear this morning to get my day going in the right direction! emoticon

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10/18/12 7:24 A

This was for me this morning! I, too, have hit plateaus and thrown in the towel. I am at one right now, and this time I am increasing my walk time and tracking my food. I am not giving up! Thank you for inspiring me with your success!

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HARMONY_MUM Posts: 107
10/18/12 7:17 A

Way to go! Inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

10/18/12 6:48 A

Thanks for sharing emoticon

MIZMEX Posts: 2
10/18/12 6:47 A

You go Girl!! It's the most difficult part, isn't it? Staying with it day after day after day! But if you can stick it, the results will be there. I feel like your small victory is mine also! Way to go!

JGRAY76 Posts: 2,515
10/18/12 6:41 A

Thanks for sharing your personal challenge. It's one we all face.

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BLUESKY104 Posts: 9,751
10/18/12 6:32 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon A message so many of us out here can relate to. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,727)
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10/18/12 6:12 A

Great message

Edited by: THEIS58 at: 10/18/2012 (06:34)
LYNMEINDERS SparkPoints: (253,004)
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10/18/12 5:12 A

congrats..well done

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GRACE2GRACE SparkPoints: (32,012)
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10/18/12 5:08 A

Great message of encouragement. I'm so grateful for the trackers. I lost my weight 3 years ago and it was slow going. Id go weeks and not lose anything. Then I went on my weight loss graph and noticed a pattern....3 weelss nothing 4th week I would drop 3-4 pounds consistently. Once I discovered this I just relaxed and didn't give up. Congratulations.

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10/18/12 5:03 A

That is a good motto to live by "NEVER GIVE UP!!" .....Congrats on your motivation!!

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10/18/12 4:37 A

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9/29/12 1:01 A

Awesome job!!! That's such a great nsv! Keep up the great work:)

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LALA_1012 Posts: 1,364
9/28/12 11:16 P

Wow! Congratulatons!

TEACHFIRST268 SparkPoints: (21,371)
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9/28/12 6:42 P

YES! Couldn't agree more! Hit a plateau this summer and every time I'd weigh myself I'd get so discouraged. But THIS time, I didn't give in. I presented myself with two choices:
1. Give up, go back to old bad habits, and stay fat.
2. WIN the battle of wills with that dastardly scale, keep making good choices, try something new and mix things up a bit (with my exercise) and know that EVENTUALLY I will see forward progress again.

I chose #2 all the time and am now back to more forward progress!

It CAN be done! We can all do it! It's just a mental game! A very difficult mental game!!!!

I'm closer to my goal today than I was yesterday!
KNIBARG SparkPoints: (14,083)
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9/28/12 6:24 P

Way to go! I needed this right now as I have been struggling with my own scale that doesn't want to budge!

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9/28/12 6:20 A

It is so good that you did not give up and now you have victory. Congrats.

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JODROX Posts: 1,663
9/27/12 8:46 P

That's how you do it -- sticking to it! Good job!

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9/26/12 11:03 A

Good for you!

9/26/12 8:19 A

My woo-hoo success is simply that I didn't give up during a plateau. In the past during my many weight loss attempts (mostly with WW) I would reach a plateau, start feeling sorry for myself--and give up. This cycle had occurred so often that I had nearly convinced myself that I COULDN'T lose weight. My mother died of obesity related issues and I began to think I was genetically programmed to follow her path. But then I came across Spark People and decided to give it one more try. It seemed almost too good to be true. A website to help people get healthy that didn't charge for it? I signed on and began seeing results fairly quickly. I had normal ups and downs. But 5 months in I hit a real plateau--or so I thought. My weight bounced up and down 4 lbs for 4 weeks. As in the past, I started thinking maybe I can't do this. But, I didn't give up and I credit this to Spark Coaching. Spark People's holistic approach is unique in my experience in that it addresses the negative cognitions that contribute to poor health habits at the same time it teaches you how to develop healthy mental and physical habits. I probably spend more time on the motivation site than any other because this is my achille's heel. And it worked. I hung in there. Gradually I stopped feeling sorry for myself and began reviewing my food diaries. I saw where I had slacked off journaling and had not been eating as many fruits and vegies even though I was increasing exercise. I made some minor dietary adjustments and the scale began moving again. I also need to add that during this plateau my clothes were getting baggier and my energy level was increasing. My hubby told me, "Your body is changing." Anyway, the point of this is to thank Spark People for helping me and others with their approach. Weight issues are not only about the foods we put in our mouths, they are about the thoughts and beliefs we hold about ourselves. By addressing these and encouraging us to set small, concrete and measureable goals SP helps us create a recipe for success to replace our old recipes for failure. Thanks Spark People. Happy Sparking, Everyone!

Edited by: REVAMPINGMYLIFE at: 9/26/2012 (08:21)
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