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Staying tough when things are tough...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's the beginning of March madness...college basketball goes crazy as 64 teams battle it out to determine who's the best team in the country. In many games, the teams are very closely matched in speed and skill. The game is not won by wide margins, and you don't know who's going to win til the final buzzer blows.

In most of those games, the team that wins is the team that stays toughest, that doesn't give up when it looks like the odds are stacked against them.

There are lessons for us in our weight loss journey from the attitudes of those teams.

1. It's not over til it's over. Just because you feel you've lost ground today in your fight against weight doesn't mean you've lost the battle. It just means you got behind. You have to re-commit yourself and stay in the game in order to be victorious. Every bit of energy you give to achieving your goals is important, and you CAN win the battle if you stick it out.

2. How you manage your time is critical. Basketball coaches know they have to use their time wisely if they're not going to run out of time to win, especially in a tough game. To win your battle against weight, time management is also critical. You need time to exercise, time to plan and prepare healthy, calorie-wise meals. If you misuse your time, you won't have the time to get that exercise in or plan/prepare those meals, and you'll end up making bad choices that will have a negative impact on achieving your goals.

3. When you feel you're losing the battle, take a time-out. When the opposing team gets 'hot' and starts picking up points, a coach often calls a time-out..it's a chance to regroup and try to get back on top of the situation, rather than letting it spiral out of control. There are times we need that too. Sometimes we just need to STOP, take a bit of a time out to evaluate what's not working...WHY it's not working...and figure out how to get control of the situation. Otherwise we often allow the situation to spiral out of control, and feel more and more defeated. Get control of the situation, don't let it control you.

Stay tough..stay focused...you CAN win this battle!


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SIZE-0-4EVER 6/21/2008 11:37AM

  Thinking of you Dan ;)

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08_ISMYYEAR 4/28/2008 2:33PM

    Very well said. Success lays within our attitudes. If we pledge success in all adversity -we win. Even if we lose a battle- we are still winning the war. Just is the same if we claim that we are defeated- even before we begin- we in fact are defeated. In your reference to basketball, if a team enters the court already assured that they will lose the game- they will...and not to the other team but to themselves as well. For their hearts wheren't in the game. However if a team enters the court against a formidable team and gives it all they have--even if they lose to the other team- they didn't lose to themselves.
I have been an "all-or-nothing' dieter for the better part of my life- and I have come to the decision that it just doesn't work- life is about give and take and compomise. You have to be flexible, understanding and even forgiving. We have to realise that we can never say never about a certain food or situation. We need to understand what happen to us to bring us to the place we are in life and forgive ourselves for the mistakes we HAVE made and the mistakes we WILL make. If we fall down off the wagon- we have the choice to climb back up or let ourselves fall by the way side.
ihave once heard that life is 10 % what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it. We choose how we will react to other people and situations.
Here is a quote,"Attitudes are contagious, is YOURS WORTH CATCHING?"
(author unknown) So very true!

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JMARIES51 3/16/2008 10:16PM

    Thanks Dan, another great blog. You always seem to hit the nail on the head. Joann

Comment edited on: 3/16/2008 10:15:48 PM

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CATIATM 3/16/2008 7:55PM

    Ah, what a great entry, Dan. If you saw my blog, you know this week has had some serious setbacks. I like how you look at the situation and am going to try to think of my own situation this way, too.

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GMASMURF 3/16/2008 7:51PM


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Sticking with it...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Lots of people start. They make New Year's resolutions, turn over a new leaf, decide to start a 'diet', exercise routine, etc...

But they don't stick to it. Somewhere along the way they give up. They never reach the finish line.

I entered a Biggest Loser contest several months ago. Over 1100 people entered the contest... only about 200 finished. 900 of the 1100 gave up. They quit.

People come and go on Sparkpeople all the time. All full of enthusiasm and excitement, they sign up for an account, create a page, join a team, post their commitment to lose the weight... and disappear.

Most people won't lose weight the way the contestants on the Biggest Loser tv show do: 5, 10, 15 lbs at a time. Instead, it will be a pound, 2 pounds, or maybe just half a pound a week. But the ones who get the weight off are the ones who don't quit.

It's that simple.

Don't quit.


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GMASMURF 3/16/2008 7:52PM



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BARBIEMOM2 1/19/2008 11:38AM

    Amen my friend...

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JMARIES51 1/15/2008 1:10AM

    Once again, you hit the nail on the head.

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DEEKKOLB 1/14/2008 10:01PM

    Brilliant. Very good motivational reminder, thanks :)

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The Three Affirmations

Monday, December 31, 2007

Many of us have struggled with weight issues a long time, and sometimes we approach a new 'diet' plan with somewhat jaded eyes. We have this 'been there done that' attitude, and unfortunately, the 'there' we've been to is failure. We tried. We failed. We gave up. Then after awhile another diet came out..low carb, low fat, South Beach, whatever the diet du jour was... we tried it, we failed. Once again we gave up.

So what will make this different?

I challenge you to make three affirmations daily:

1) I CAN succeed.
2) I am WORTH the effort.
3) I WILL do whatever it takes to get the weight off and get in shape.

Write those down, and read them daily, memorize them, repeat them to yourself. You CAN do it. You are capable of success. You are WORTH the effort. No matter how discouraged you may feel, you are not a failure as a human being because you are overweight, so don't berate yourself. Love yourself, and accept that you are worth the effort it takes to make yourself trimmer and healthier.

Finally, commit yourself to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to succeed. Say it out loud, "I will do whatever it takes to lose weight and get in shape." Say it over and over and over and over again until you believe it. The first step in changing your behavior is to change the way you think.

If you have approached this with a 'I hope this works but I'm somewhat skeptical because I've tried and failed so many times before' kinda attitude... before you can change your body you have to change your mind.

If you change the way you think, believe you CAN do it, you are WORTH the effort, and commit to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES... you WILL succeed, you WILL lose weight, you WILL get in shape, you WILL beat this and like the person you see in the mirror.

Three affirmations. Write them down. Memorize them. Say them daily. Make yourself believe them.. and you WILL succeed.

I want you to join me in the winner's circle this year.


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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/10/2009 4:42PM

  thank you for these most motivational quotes... I came by them just by browsing motivational spark pages... have a great day

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Ran across this blog and want to thank you for these affirmations...I am writing them down on my page and will look at them every day. It was just the bit of motivation I was looking for today!

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    This is set in stone. I am committed to these affirmations.


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FITIN13_KUMAR 1/11/2008 2:21AM

    Hi Dan,

Your 'confirmations' are key attitudinal changes that go a long way to help meet our goals. It is so simple and yet so effective.

In essence, it translates into taking responsibility and beleiving in yourself. Thanks for articulating this so well.

Wishing you all the best for meeting your goals this year

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BARBIEMOM2 1/1/2008 10:38AM

    Dan...I think you should take these affirmations and copy and paste to all your friends' pages...It's a great idea....and from your success we know that it works ;) great job!!!

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JMARIES51 12/31/2007 10:48PM

    Hi Dan,

Thank you for your post. It confirms exactly what I decided and had a revelation about last week. I have started writing a daily affirmation for myself because I realized that deep inside of me I was still thinking of myself as a fat child, a fat teenager, a fat adult and no matter what I was doing I was still feeling fat inside. So for my reprogramming I am writing and posting my positive affirmation so that I read them all day long.

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H2O4LIFE 12/31/2007 10:00PM

    Thanks Dan. I've written them down. Happy New Year!~hugs from the Dark

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/31/2007 9:24PM

    Hi Dan, Your affirmations are great. I will copy them down and use them. I have always believed in affirmations. I like the way you personalized them with the "I" statement rather than the "YOU" statement. Thank you for this New Year gift.

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AMETHYSTSTAR 12/31/2007 1:11PM

    Dan, I have been struggling with not caring these last few days. Then I happened onto your blog. Thank you!


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GYPSYGIRL61 12/31/2007 12:47PM

    Hi, Dan,
I stumbled across your blog today. How powerful your words are!!!

When I joined Sparkpeople a couple of days ago, I thought, "Okay, this looks interesting. I will give it a try." The three affirmations that you have challenged me to make daily show me that I came in with the wrong attitude. Now I know that this WILL work. To quote you, I CAN succeed. I am WORTH the effort. I WILL do whatever it takes to get the weight off and get in shape.

Thank you, Dan, for your inspiring words.


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Ready to start a new year, a new chapter...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The year is drawing to a close. No matter what happened in 2007, it's now past history, and 2008 is looming upon us. It's time to start a new chapter in my life, recommit myself afresh to the goals I have set, forgetting my successes and failures in the past year and starting with a clean slate.

I find a lot of people struggling with self-blame for past failures, and that self-blame becomes crippling for the future. So, if I can say one thing to anyone struggling with feelings of failure in the weight loss struggle, it would be : forgive yourself. Consider the stroke of midnight on December 31 to be your moment of wiping the slate clean, and start the year fresh. It's a new year, a new opportunity to succeed.

You CAN do it, as can I. And together we will succeed.

Happy New Year.


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ANGELBELIEVER 12/31/2007 12:36AM

    Dan, Thank you for those wonderful words, the most important one being forgivness. I agree with you, and am looking forward to 2008. Just 23.5 hrs away now as I post this comment. Looking forward to succeeding in 2008 right along with you and all of our spark friends. May I add you as a friend?
Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

As Christmas draws near, I want to wish all my friends here on Sparkpeople a very merry christmas! (and a healthy new year)


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H2O4LIFE 12/24/2007 12:08AM

    Thanks Dan. Merry Christmas Spanks to you to.~hugs from the Dark

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JMARIES51 12/22/2007 7:28PM

    Look at you, 9 pounds away from 100... You must be really celebrating this Christmas.

Have a very Merry and Happy Holiday. Joann

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/22/2007 7:20PM

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. Thanks for all your inspiration through 2007. Now it's on to a new and wonderful 2008.

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