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Goal Setting

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I am often asked if I set goals for myself, and I always answer "yes." Except, I say, when I was obese. When I was obese I set all kinds of goals for myself, but not in terms of health. I just kept wishing that I could lose weight. I tried all different diets and programs, but none seemed to work for me. But one thing I didn't do was set specific goals for myself.

The last time I tried losing weight I did set some definite goals for myself in several different areas:

- Fitness Level
- Quality of Food I Was Eating
- Size
- Appearance
- Weight
- Energy Level

That time, I realized that losing weight wasn't good enough. I really wanted to gain other things this time. I wanted to gain back my self esteem, and show myself and others that I wasn't just the fat girl holding up the wall.

I wanted to run and play with my kids, fully participating in their lives and in their activities.

I wanted to look better physically.

All these smaller, specific goals really helped keep me motivated as I was on my journey. I'd encourage you, if you haven't already, to set specific goals for yourself as a way to keep yourself on track.

In my own personal blog this week I talked about Motivation too. Here's the link:

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SUZYTX 6/23/2013 5:47PM

  Thanks for really helps those of us that know we need to start the journey (seriously this time). It is nice to read about people who tried many times before getting it me hope that I can do it too.

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IRISHEI 12/10/2012 8:33AM

    CONGRATS to you on your amazing loss and motivation! I hope to learn new ideas from your blog and your book to keep me focused more. THANK YOU!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEACHGIRL76 8/20/2012 10:56AM

    Great blog! :) and congrats on your weight loss! I'm going to go read you other blog now! -Jennifer

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STARDUST_1970 1/13/2011 8:37AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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PRESHA911 6/21/2010 6:08PM

    Thanks for the blog. I'll try setting some smaller goals to keep myself motivated. :)

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SARASMILING 6/21/2010 8:21AM

    It does really help to look at ALL the things you want to accomplish with your weight loss and not just being thinner. Thanks for the reminder!

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DEVENIRBELLE 4/16/2010 8:52AM

    This was a motivational blog. Thank you.

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SHAN8176 2/23/2010 5:35PM

    Wow. Congratulations on all your success. I checked out your site too and I really liked it. i hope and pray that I can do this too. So I can actually play with my kids, not just watch. I know what to do, I just don't seem to be able to make my hands not grab that snack! I've never known what it was like to be thin. Sometimes I think I was never meant too. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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PINKPEARL8 9/22/2009 9:34PM

    This puts alot of things in order...thank you.

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BLUSTAR 9/5/2009 8:49PM

    Keep up the great work :-) and congrats to YOU :-)

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BUBBLES1541 9/4/2009 10:29PM

    You are doing so wonderful!

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BUBBLYB 8/18/2009 10:47AM

    Great Job at sticking to what you want and making choices that are forever. Im headed to your fit to the finish page to read exactly what you did.. But I know setting goals even if they are little will get you started on the right path. emoticon

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ILOST150POUNDS 8/3/2009 9:17PM

    Thanks to all who commented on the blog! I really appreciate it so much.

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EGR2BEME 8/3/2009 6:38PM

    Thanks for the suggestions! I really need to set some specific goals for myself this time around. I am also going to go and read your blog - I am looking forward to have accomplished SO much! All the best in achieving all that your heart desires.


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VISUALLYRICS 8/2/2009 6:44PM

    Yes, setting specific goals is rewarding! Thanks for the blog! =)

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PINKPEARL8 8/2/2009 6:38PM

    I read your story and would really like to see the changes happen so much sooner than they have. Although I know the goals are mini success I am very much interested in any feedback you can give me to losing the weight, providing healthy meals for my family, and staying on the right track once I get there. Because I do alot of research I have alot of information in my's just nice sometimes to hear someone else say it to.

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What If?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I was reading through some of the message boards tonight, and was so struck by the number of questions on motivation and staying the course. It came to me that some of us think of weight loss as a temporary detour to travel before we get to our main destination.


You really could think of weight loss as a lifelong journey. Not that you will lose weight forever, but if after you've lost your weight, what if you keep on using all the tools and strategies you learn on your journey to be successful forever. If you can really make that connection in your head, then getting motivated might be easier.

If I had only been able to think that way the hundreds of times I tried to lose weight, I wouldn't have ended up morbidly obese. If I had only realized that losing weight wasn't the end of the journey, but rather the beginning.

So, if you can think of your journey as a lifelong road, rather than a temporary detour, perhaps your motivation will be renewed and strengthened.

Thanks for reading, and as always, if I can help - let me know! Diane

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FABB444 5/27/2011 2:24AM

    What if I hadn't read much longer would it have taken for me to realize my weight is a roadblock in my life and my journey is on the other side. Thanks for posting!

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TECHGIRL22 11/1/2010 1:27PM

    Thank you, it's just what I need to read too...

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PRESHA911 6/21/2010 6:09PM

    So true!

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KAYAKKIM 8/22/2009 3:31PM

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing...

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MICH176 8/22/2009 12:11PM

  Great blog! I know this is what I need to do, but I have such a hard time thinking in that way. I don't know why it is so uncomfortable for me to think about changing what I have been doing forever!

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SHARONCOATES 8/10/2009 8:00PM

    Thank you, Diane for your post and for your inspirational journey. I really needed to hear it. I've been at this weight loss lifestyle for about a year and a half now and 20 or so lbs from where I will probably end up, and feeling a little less motivation. This is just what I needed to read, thank again, Sharon

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ANEWMACK 7/28/2009 9:52PM're amazing!

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ILOST150POUNDS 7/28/2009 9:47PM

    Thanks to both of you for your nice comments! I really appreciate them a lot. I wish you both the best!

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JEN200411 7/28/2009 9:31PM

  This was just what I needed to hear today! Thank You!

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_BECA_ 7/26/2009 10:36PM

    Diane thank you it is evident that you have had success in your journey and you are right by saying we must look at it much more than just losing the weight and that is where are success will be.

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Self Sabatoge

Monday, July 20, 2009

I wrote what I think is a really important blog this morning on my regular site. So, after you finish up all your fun on SparkPeople you might want to head over there and check it out.

Basically I ask the question, "Why Do We Do This To Ourselves? Why do we sabatoge our own weight loss efforts when that is the last thing in the world we intend to do?

Have a great day, and blessings to all of you.

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EEKTHECAT 3/18/2010 8:57AM

    Wow! Love your blog! Good for you for keeping it off, you look fantastic!! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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TIABITS 11/7/2009 4:21PM

    Love your blogs....I checked out your website...very inspirational!

Thanks for sharing all you have learned with is very helpful & encouraging to see what you have accomplished. It gives me hope seeing that it is possible & that someone else has gone thru what I am going thru right now.

***Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis)

I have added your website to my favourites & will be a regular visitor. Lots of great info on there!

Liz emoticon

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ILOST150POUNDS 7/23/2009 9:40AM

    Thank you both for your nice comments!

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_BECA_ 7/23/2009 3:13AM

    Thanks for sharing you truly are an inspiration to all.

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1TOBFIT 7/20/2009 10:49AM

    Hi Diane emoticon

I have been the queen of self sabatoge for longer than I care to remember. I like your suggestion of recognition,diversion,diligence. I also liked some of the commmentors suggestions.
Thank you for writing such an insightful blog with information that will be helpful for me when the moment arises.

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Why Keep Trying?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

As my weight moved up the scale from the 200's to the 250's and beyond, there was a period of time where I gave up. I tried to convince myself that I really did like being overweight, and big was beautiful. I stopped weighing myself for a while, sewed some new jumpers, and moved on with my life. Unfortunately during that time I also gained more weight!

Many times during the weight loss class I teach the women will share their feelings about fat acceptance. Usually they come to the same conclusion that I did. It's good to accept yourself, but if you are sincerely unhappy about your appearance and health, then that's a good indication to keep trying to lose weight.

I used to say, "Why bother trying again since I know I'm just going to fail." And fail I did. I tried many, many different diets until I finally lost 150 pounds. I'm glad I didn't give up trying, because if I had, I may have continued to struggle with obesity.

So why keep trying?

You are worth the time and effort it takes to get healthy.
Your family deserves a healthy Mom, sister, or wife.
The health benefits are numerous.
You will look better, and buying clothes will be fun again.
You will feel better about yourself, and that will only improve your confidence.

Don't give up. This can be the last time you lose weight!

Just think - if I had given up at this point, I may still look like this!


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FOREVER4ME 4/26/2010 12:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!
I'm going to share your comments with my sister, hopefully it will motivate her. I also need to loose at least 150. I will get there.
Thanks for encouraging me.
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DIDI523 7/22/2009 3:08PM

    You're Right!!! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/20/2009 9:08AM

    You were beautiful even when you were less healthy, But I am glad that you got healthy . We all have struggles and we are all worth the effort, we have a lot left to give those around us.

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ILOST150POUNDS 7/18/2009 6:00PM

    Thanks to the three of you for the nice comments! Have a great day!

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CSIENK 7/18/2009 5:07PM

    Great job on your weight loss and especially for being able to maintain it! emoticon

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TWOCANS 7/18/2009 4:38PM

    Fantastic post! In the end, we're doing for our health, so we can hopefully live long healthy lives! Thanks for the encouragement!

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1TOBFIT 7/18/2009 1:45PM

    Thanks for the reminder of why I am here emoticon

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Planning for Maintenance

Monday, July 06, 2009

I woke up this morning to several emails from people asking me how to maintain a weight loss. This is almost a more important question than just asking how to lose weight. After all, you don't want to lose weight forever - you want to maintain a healthy weight forever.

To maintain that healthy weight, you've got to have a plan for what happens when your weight loss program ends, and your life at a healthy weight begins. I'd encourage you to start thinking now about how you life will look when you hit that weight.

Here are some things that I did to help get me in the maintenance mindset, even while I was in process of losing 150 pounds.

1. You have to think of a diet plan, as not a temporary state of being, but rather a lifestyle change.
2. You should try and life your life while losing weight just as you will when you are at your goal weight. That includes going out to eat, cooking for your family, going on picnics, etc.
3. Strive to make exercise enjoyable for yourself, because exercise can go a long way to helping you maintain your weight loss.
4. As you get closer to your goal, pay close attention to how much food you are eating. Once you are at goal weight, you will be able to increase your calorie intake slightly from that last amount, but not by much!

As you journey down the weight loss road, remember that what you are working for is absolutely worth all the planning, thought, and concern. Losing weight was the best thing I ever did - both for me and for my family.

My personal blog:

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MELANIE_F 1/18/2010 10:40PM

    This is the stage that I fear most. I have never been able to maintain any weight loss before. But the advice you just gave is really encouraging. Thank you!

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FOREVERFIT4LIFE 7/24/2009 11:05AM

    Maintaining is very difficult. I think too many people assume that once you finally get to goal you can start eating poorly again. But it's amazing how only adding a couple hundred calories a day keeps you maintaining vs losing. It also annoys me b/c I love food!! lol But I also know how hard I worked to get here and I'm not going to throw that away for ANYTHING. We can all treat ourselves from time to time and use exercise to burn it off, but it's sure not a 'free ride' once you reach goal, which is why many people aren't able to keep the weight off once they get there. Kudos to you for keeping it off so long. Your an inspiration!!

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ILOST150POUNDS 7/18/2009 5:59PM

    Thank you both for your nice comments on the post!

@Sherrydyne1 - I hear what you are talking about with the weight gain after quitting smoking and entering menopause. A lot of the ladies in my weight loss class share the same thing. The good news is that you can lose the weight, it just may take some extra effort. I always tell people, "This can be the last time you lose weight!"

@Craving Life - Great weight loss!! You can maintain it. I found you really can't increase calories much from that final amount. I think that's where a lot of people get into trouble! Have a great day!

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SHERRYDYNE1 7/18/2009 2:40PM

  I cannot begin to tell you how much your article has encouraged me; I have all but given up. I was actually losing for awhile, then just when I let up a little with things, because of family trips, functions, etc, etc, I gained it all back and then some! I have been feeling so down about it; I for one, do not like being this big! I was always slender when I was younger (even after 3 kids), but ever since I quit smoking and started menopause, I have gained without even trying. I am at my wits end, but after reading your blog, perhaps I can finally find the way to do it, and this time, for good! emoticon

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CRAVINGLIFE 7/14/2009 11:31AM

    I have been struggling with maintaining what I had lost (80 lbs.) and happened on to your Sparkpage. Thank you for this blog. I am printing it out so I can look at it everyday! You have inspired me!

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