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When Is It Time to Give Up?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

My story is not unique. I have been overweight since the age of ten and I am now 56! I lost weight in my 20's using medically supervised diet pills. I regained that weight with my first pregnancy. I lost weight again following Weight Watchers but regained that and more after my second pregnancy. My children are 34 and 25. For the last 25 years, every New Year, every summer (I'm a teacher).....every MONDAY, I resolved to lose weight! I've read, I've researched, I've blogged, I've shopped, I've planned, I've shared, I've discussed, I dreamed, I've hoped, and I've prayed about losing weight.


I have been here on SparkPeople for 6 years and have witnessed amazing weight loss! As the summer ended I prepared to return to work and I was at my highest weight EVER! I have had the support & encouragement of my Spark friends and teams, yet I felt like it would never be me. I tried again this summer. I know what to do and what not to do, the problem was doing for more than a week! The only thing stopping me was me! Then I was on Facebook and a colleague who struggles with weight posted she had lost weight thanks to Weight Watchers. While I happy for her; I was envious too. Why can everyone else do it and not me!!! What is wrong with me? I thought about joining Weight Watchers but knew I had joined many times before and just wasted my money because I didn't follow the program. Yet I knew I need to do something.


It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I looked online and found that there was a meeting at 9am on Sunday. Perfect! I could go to the meeting and then be to church by 10:30! I told myself just give it a month. That's what I did! That is what I continue to do every week! I have lost 29 lbs so far. I have a long way to go, but for the first time in 25 years, I feel hopeful and no confident that I can do this! What is different this time? ME!!

When I make a poor choice I get back on track. I eat more vegetables and fruit then I ever have and most of all I focus on how good it feels to have success. I want to keep this feeling going!

So the answer to the question, When is it time to give up?

NEVER!!




  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAXMOMMY 11/23/2014 2:45PM

    Great job Dee! Keep it going! I know you can! I'm back with WW too and the great thing is that we can always return and each time we learn something new! The meetings are key for me! I, unfortuantely have yet to meet my 5%, but it s me, not WW! I will do this!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 11/9/2014 2:26PM

    emoticon YOU are soooooo worth the effort!

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LESSOFMOORE 11/4/2014 9:57PM

    I am so happy that you didn't give up on yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DWSCHUYLER 11/4/2014 9:29PM

    Never ever think you are alone in this journey! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/4/2014 9:19PM

    Excellent blog. NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!!!! emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/4/2014 9:06PM

  WOW wonderful blog thanks for sharing

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NJJAZZ 11/4/2014 7:52PM

    great blog. The person I walk with a few days a week keeps telling me I need to go with her to a WW meeting. I have never thought I have the will power to stick to much of anything................... you are an inspiration - so Im going to give this a try.

I have 12ish pounds to lose and would love to learn more about nutrition so.------ this may be something I should give a try.


thanks............. every once in awhile a spark comes that inspires................. this time it is YOU

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LIVEDAILY 11/4/2014 5:16PM

    NEVER give up. NEVER give in. Fall down 7 times; Get back up 8.

I think I can...I think I can...I think I can...I KNOW I can!

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MTNGRL 11/4/2014 4:06PM

    Excellent blog! You are such a good example of having success by never giving up! Bravo!!

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I Am Not A Victim, I Am Powerful Beyond Measure!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014



I have been acting like a victim! Yes, I have had a weight issue my entire life. I generally a say, "I've been battling my weight" but that mindset is part of the problem. My weight has been an issue for 47 years and I haven't won "the battle" yet. That mindset makes me feel like a victim. No one has done this to me! I have chosen to use food in an unhealthy manner. YES!!! It has been a choice...MY CHOICE!!! So today I will make better choices.


I choose to be happy & healthy.
I choose eat within my calorie range.
I choose to eat foods that will nourish my body.
I choose to think thoughts that will strengthen my resolve.
I choose to move more.
I choose to get enough sleep.



I am strong, determined, capable, and confident!




  
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GRAMPIAN 11/11/2014 6:09AM

  You have the right attitude! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 10/21/2014 9:54PM

    Great b;pg

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MRSRIGS1 8/1/2014 4:25PM

    Excellent blog! This is so true for many of us. Thank you for sharing!

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MAYBER 7/26/2014 9:57PM

   
Thank you for sharing your thoughts
very inspirational and motivating
one day at a time emoticon

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KMRJPR 7/20/2014 1:08AM

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266266 7/8/2014 8:53AM

    emoticon Best post ever!!!

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NASFKAB 7/5/2014 7:19AM

  we can do it we have to

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SUSIEMT 7/4/2014 6:01PM

    Yea you!!! Making good healthy choices!

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CFMOSS 7/4/2014 10:08AM

    Way to easy to default to victim role - but....we CAN....we WILL....be responsible and take hold of those things which we CAN take control over. Here's to good journeying today.

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BLUEJEAN99 7/4/2014 1:59AM

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MARYJEANSL 7/4/2014 12:44AM

  For sure, we all have gotten to where we are, be it a good place or a bad place, from the choices we have made. And every day we can start off again with new choices.

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CICELY360 7/3/2014 11:06PM

  good blog

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NONNAOF2 7/3/2014 8:45PM

  All it takes is that first step! You sound ready to me!! :-)

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/3/2014 3:50PM

  Isn't that the truth?

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DIAMOND102 7/3/2014 3:06PM

    emoticon I like how you put/say it, because it is self decision and we can change out thoughts and mind and better our outlook and feelings about ourselves. emoticon emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 7/3/2014 1:24PM

  great blog

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JSEATTLE 7/3/2014 11:56AM

  YES YOU ARE!! YES YOU WILL!! Same for ME!!

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PENOWOK 7/3/2014 11:37AM

    Sure is a mental challenge... we have to break bad habits and work hard on establishing good habits. You CAN do it!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/3/2014 8:34AM

    The last note--weight loss is a mental challenge, not a physical one, is truly right on the mark.

Well said. Best of success to you!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/3/2014 8:02AM

    so true.

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MARYBETH4884 7/3/2014 7:56AM

    emoticon emoticon Our bodies can only do what our mind tells them to do!! This journey is truly a mental adventure as well as a physical one. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/3/2014 7:28AM

    Love this and what a great attitude!

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SHARON7464 7/3/2014 6:45AM

    Many of our "challenges" are psychological in nature... Running, weight loss, self esteem ... Thanks for the reminder

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TRYINGHARD54 7/3/2014 6:09AM

    emoticon have a great day

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BESSHAILE 7/3/2014 6:08AM

    You go! We'll cheer you on.

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JIBBIE49 7/3/2014 1:08AM

    Hugs

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JAXMOMMY 7/2/2014 11:01PM

    You WILL do this!! Don't know if you considered it, but I've found that Weight Watchers is working for me (finally). Whatever you do, just do it! Cyndie, Missy and I are making it this year to be our year to finally make those changes! Join us!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/2/2014 9:08PM

    Excellent blog!

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MTNGRL 7/2/2014 6:40PM

    Excellent blog! Great attitude!!

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LILHOBBIT29 7/2/2014 5:47PM

    Great blog!! :-)

With that attitude, the sky is the limit! In no time your gonna be done with your "battle" and your gonna be enjoying the new you! :-)

Keep at it!

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CTUPTON 7/2/2014 5:45PM

    Just what I needed to her! Thanks, chris

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2014 4:46PM

    Well said!

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DENRNAJ 7/2/2014 2:13PM

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JDFAN448HS 7/2/2014 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner!!! Love your blog from beginning to end! I and I AM statements are sooooo powerful! Would love to be waving the victory flag along the route and all the way to victory lane. Inspire yourself and all the rest of us too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Cheers, Cheryl

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My Happy Place!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I love summer because I am off from work and I have the luxury and freedom of time! Most of all I love summer because I can spend time at the beach!

  
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chris

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TEDDYBEAR662 7/2/2014 12:52PM

    Have fun and enjoy!!! emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/2/2014 12:09PM

    Sounds good to me!

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GARDENQE2 7/2/2014 10:53AM

    Beautiful!
Enjoy!

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One Man's Legacy: Always Do Your Best!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

On the morning of Tuesday March 25, my dad who lived with us, called me on the house phone intercom to tell me good morning and that he loved me. He use to come upstairs to say that each morning, but in the since his knee replacement in January, he would just call up. I told him I loved him and to have a good day. He had told me the previous evening that the physical therapist was ready to release him form PT. At the age of 91, he had full range of motion in his new knee. He had chosen to have the surgery because he was in constant pain whether sitting or standing. He was 91 and a veteran of World War II yet he didn't seem "old". He had a love and joy for living. He was on Facebook and would Skype with his grandchildren. He was looking forward to the summer when I would be home, and he could get out and walk. He wanted to travel more. That Tuesday he was planning to go to the Senior Citizens'Center for his weekly poker game. I left for work that morning as usual, but by 9:15 my husband called telling me I needed to come home. I knew at that moment that my father was gone. While getting ready for poker, the Lord called him home. He was just one month shy of his 92nd birthday, which was last week. The day after mine.
Seven years ago when my mother was dying, he had promised her that he would be ok. He kept that promise for almost seven years! My mom died here at home on hospice. It was my daily prayer that my dad would live a long, healthy life and when his time came it would be quick and without any suffering. God answered my prayer.

People I don't know come up to me to tell me what a remarkable man my dad was. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone who crossed his path. There were times when we were out together and he would wave at someone and say hello. I'd ask him, "Who is that?' He'd say, "My friend!" I'd ask, "What's his name?" He'd respond, "I don't know."

Everyone he ever met, he counted as a friend!



For the last 22 years my parents, lived in our home. The lower level of our bi-level was their place. When my mom passed 7 years ago, we changed very little out of respect for my dad. My husband and I are now in the midst of trying to reconfigure and re-purpose our living space with both of them gone. No matter how we change the space, it is filled with a lifetime of memories. They helped us raise our daughter & son and did so much more. They were a constant source of emotional, spiritual, & physical support. Our son, who is still at home and has never known a day without his grandfather is grieving deeply this loss
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The sadness comes over me like a wave at times. I am trying to stay in a place of gratitude and not in the sadness. My father told us everyday....."Just do your best! That's all anyone can ask of you!" I am my father's daughter! I am his living legacy....I will do my best.....my very best!





  
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CTUPTON 11/7/2014 7:14AM

    Oh no! My comment went on the wrong blog! I thought I was writing it on the one about your Weight Watcher meeting!.. I think I scrolled way down too far. But you understand my message. I am a little foggy minded right now. It is early morning and I spent yesterday in bed with a reaction from my flu shot. emoticon chris

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CTUPTON 11/7/2014 7:09AM

    You are a beautiful and loveable person no matter what your weight. I am happy for you that you are now losing. I have spent years doing the same thing. I am now losing with SP very, very slowly. But at least I am not blaming myself. Obstacles got in my way and in yours I am sure. Thank you for this blog and the thoughts you shred with us. You and I and lots of other sparkers can support each other. And it sure looks like your hubby loves you dearly. Right, never-give-up. chris

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TRACYZABELLE 4/29/2014 3:02AM

    SO very sorry for your loss! What a spunky sweet man! I love my dad with all my heart and I don't know how I will handle it when I lose him!

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ELIZACG9 4/28/2014 3:10PM

    Oh so beautiful your blog is...he looks like a nice Dad.
He is resting now and just smile and think of happy memories...I know it is hard. emoticon

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BEEJAY49 4/28/2014 5:15AM

    Beautiful! I know it's hard but those memories will always be with you and you will love that. It sounds like your dad and mine would be great friends! My dad doesn't let a person go by that he doesn't wave to even if he doesn't know them and even though he can be cantankerous at times he never fails to make me smile.

God Bless! You had wonderful parents! HUGS!

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SOFEDUPP 4/27/2014 10:28PM

    It sounds like he was a wonderful person.

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LESSOFMOORE 4/27/2014 8:49PM

    Dee, it is clear that your father was a wonderful man, and he leaves a legacy of a loving family! emoticon emoticon

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MINDYJ1 4/27/2014 8:28PM

    What a loving tribute to your dad. I am so sorry for your loss but you will see him and your mom again one day. I am glad that you have such good memories of him to help you. emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 4/27/2014 6:21PM

    I am so, so, sorry for your loss! But, what a wonderful man who touched so many lives! He sounds a lot like my Grandpap who died right after he turned 90. You are indeed his living legacy! A woman who shines and appreciates and looks for the good! You have my deepest sympathies! Help your son grieve. And, yes, do your best! Love, Melissa

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/27/2014 6:10PM

    A beautiful tribute to an obviously awesome man. I'm sorry for your loss but heaven just got another angel & I am sure that your mom is glad to have him home. Bright blessings to you my friend.

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GARDENQE2 4/27/2014 3:05PM

    What wonderful memories!
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2014...I Have to Tell You...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hello 2014!
I am actually happy to greet you! I have welcomed years before you...NO you are not my first! Yet I know, you will be one I remember! I am ready for you like I have never been before. Yeah, so I am at my highest weight ...again...292...well 291.8 but I'm not going to quibble over 0.2 pounds! You know the saying...it's not you, it's me! Well that is the truth! It's not you New Year, sorry to tell you, but nothing really changes when you arrive accept the calendar! Sure you have many people fooled into believing hat something magical will happen when you arrive but I have learned, as most people will in a few days, weeks maybe a month, that you are just like the ones that have gone before you. Change come from with in! So I am happy to greet you because I am ready to change...NO MAGIC....just me! I will welcome you again each and everyday for the next 365 days just as I did tonight because each day will be another chance for me to do better, be better, live better! Hello 2014! I know we will do well together!

  
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TEDDYBEAR662 1/2/2014 9:41AM

    Hello Dee! Great Blog! Loved it and love the "Can Do" attitude! I'm jumping on your band wagon, if you don't mind... hee hee. He's to a great start from us all! HUGS!

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FELINEBETTER 1/1/2014 2:07PM

    Excellent! Together we can do this!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/1/2014 1:36PM

    Great blog! Happy New Year!

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DANLIN60 1/1/2014 12:59PM

    Dee, I am there with you, I have to turn my can't into cans also for health reasons so lets do this together. We can do this, I know we can.

here's to positive thinking!!!

Hugs

Danl
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/1/2014 11:13AM

    Awesome blog. I wish you the best of blessings for 2014. I'm cheering for you.

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JAXMOMMY 1/1/2014 10:46AM

    Well put! Awesome blog. Let's do this! I am ready, more than ready, to make those changes with hard work too! Happy New Year my friend!

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together we can reach our goals...

have a healthy New Year

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HARPLUTE 1/1/2014 8:02AM

  Dee:

I wish you the very best. Be well, be safe, and know love and happiness.

Gail

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