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Hi. This is not my first time around the weight loss block, and I've never yet been successful at maintaining a program long enough to lose more than five or ten pounds. So, I'm trying something different this time.

In the past, I've tried inviting friends to read my blog or join me in SP groups, and I've occasionally posted blog entries on my Facebook page. I realize, looking back, that I censored and edited what I wrote, specifically because I knew my friends would be reading ...
Hi. This is not my first time around the weight loss block, and I've never yet been successful at maintaining a program long enough to lose more than five or ten pounds. So, I'm trying something different this time.

In the past, I've tried inviting friends to read my blog or join me in SP groups, and I've occasionally posted blog entries on my Facebook page. I realize, looking back, that I censored and edited what I wrote, specifically because I knew my friends would be reading it. I found myself at times trying to sound much more cheerful and positive than I really felt; and at other times getting stuck in whininess and self-pity, focusing more on getting sympathy than on really dealing with my problem.

So...

This time, I'm working very hard to remain anonymous; and I'm going to go for gut-level honesty in every single post. If I'm feeling lousy (and, believe me, I do feel VERY lousy sometimes), I'm going to pull no punches about it. And, when I'm feeling great (and I do feel great on occasion, too!), I'm going to shout it from the rooftops. I'm going to write what's in my heart and in my head, and not what I think other people might want to hear.

I am desperate to make this work. I don't understand why I've been unable to lose weight in the past, but I think that writing down the brutally honest truth each day might help me to see patterns of success and failure and identify pitfalls and roadblocks that have gotten me in the past.

And, I'm asking for your help. This is going to be a wild roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, and I'm going to need support, empathy, and an occasional "atta-girl!". It would also really be helpful to me if people would make suggestions if they see ways that I might successfully navigate specific obstacles; and, of course, please don't hesitate to call me out if I sit too long on the "pity pot!"

In return, I promise to strive to always write with complete, gut-level honesty in my blogs; I also promise to return the favor by being active in my groups and giving positive feedback and support to group members.

Thanks!
Sylvia (not my real name, but I'm afraid if I don't pick a name, someone will start calling me "Gut" or "Level"...) :-P
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GINGER_LOSTALOT
1/23/2012 3:43:32 PM

Hi! I did a search for people near me, and your profile cam up. I truly hope you can join us for an introductory meeting at the park district. I am planning our agenda, but a sketch of it includes: Introducing one another Brief discussion of various diets Sharing struggles and successes Opportunity to weigh-in (I will bring a doctor's scale - weighing in is totally optional) If you cannot make this meeting, I plan to hold the next meeting in the middle of February, so don't fret! (We probably won't always meet on Tuesdays; date and time is to be determined). Feel free to bring a friend; this meeting is open to the general public. I look forward to meeting you!



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BLUJNSNPRLS
1/18/2012 8:10:22 PM

Thank you for stopping by my page! I had to stop by yours and I am very inspired by your page also! I too felt that sometimes I cover up what I feel and don;t write it in my blog or journal well no more so good days and bad will now be out for all! Thanks for the encouragement and please feel free to keep me honest also! emoticon



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SPARKYAKKY
1/12/2012 11:35:18 PM

Hey Sylvia ....... Good Morning (its morning in India n also in sometime will be hitting the gym)
WOW ....... love d title GUTLEVELHONESTY ....... I can relate to ur blog as have experienced n gone through the Oh so judgemental day from others .... I found ur sparkpage very inspiring as i am a very straight forward person n love wen ppl speak their heart out without caring what people will think abt us ... it also helps in decreasing stress levels ...... emoticon as from today i wud be regularly visiting ur page and also will give honest opinions ..... Frankly its good to know there is someone who feels and thinks like me ..... I really dont care if u ve not revealed ur real name ..... it doesnt matter to me ...... what matters is NOW u r my Spark friend and u r just one email away from me ..... so i know u will be der for me ... same goes for u Huh ...... me too an email away from U ...... Thnx for brightening my day . {All Smiles } emoticon



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TEECEA
1/10/2012 3:56:35 PM

Hey..thanks for posting on my blog today...I like the fact that you are going to be honest...I think sometimes I have found myself in the same position writing a blog... I don't wanna be a downer but I want the right to say what I feel & not be judged for it because it is not uplifting & inspiring...so kuddos to you I agree with your method wholeheartedly!!!



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TEECEA
1/10/2012 3:56:35 PM

Hey..thanks for posting on my blog today...I like the fact that you are going to be honest...I think sometimes I have found myself in the same position writing a blog... I don't wanna be a downer but I want the right to say what I feel & not be judged for it because it is not uplifting & inspiring...so kuddos to you I agree with your method wholeheartedly!!!



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