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Why Is Reaching Goal Scary?

Friday, April 22, 2011

In all my many dieting programs, I started out gung ho. I could usually lose 20 pounds or so, getting to around 160 pounds. Well, I reasoned, I look pretty good---at least not that terrible-- and so my motivation for losing any more would fly the coop. I soon regained the pounds, and sooner or later, the whole process was started all over again.

Why did I do that? Did I not believe in myself enough that I'd really make it ? Maybe I subconsciously felt that I didn't deserve to be happy and to enjoy a healthy life to its fullest.

Whatever, losing weight then was a matter of getting it off as quickly as possible without much thought of what I needed to do to maintain it. Now I know that to maintain any loss that I must continue to do what I've been doing to take it off; Adjusting the calorie range bit by bit and being just as vigilante maintaining as I am about losing; That it is truly a lifetime process, and not a quick fix.

I can tell you now, that I no longer feel that way about reaching my goal. I am not rushing it, because I know that is futile for me---I don't lose weight like that anymore, not and eat healthfully and exercise as I should.

I am staying excited about losing even a half pound---a half pound leads to one pound, and one pound eventually becomes five. If I keep making the right choices and don't let my train jump may even back up a bit, but as long as it's still on, then I'm okay.

There is this great blog by Joan_of_Spark (April 10, 2011) about staying on track. She says,

"You don't have to have the fastest just need to stay on the track and you will get there ... it is certainly true that though at the moment, my train is chugging along slowly, even doing the reprehensible thing of getting on a side track and going backward, still it is on the track and I guess even trains need times of rest and being worked I will just look on this as a rest stop for my train......because I fully intend to keep on chugging along on my track..... "

Isn't that inspiring? Good part about it is, nobody can knock me off track... but me. Scared or not, I'm staying on the track until I reach my destination. I deserve it. And look! There are so many other exciting goals yet ahead for me.

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MARLIZG 4/27/2011 12:38PM

    thanks for your nice comments---by the way my middle name is elizabeth but my uncle always pronounced it like you spell it

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JETTANALA 4/25/2011 10:27PM

    Liz... I am a new friend and will be visiting to watch you as you accomplish the rest of your loss journey while stopping along all the little towns and villages along your track! Keep up the great work!

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DIDMIS 4/25/2011 12:07AM

    You are right about maintenance. Ir is not easy.

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MAWDOT35 4/23/2011 2:13PM

    Great blog post! I think we have to keep thinking about it in those terms: staying on track and keeping on doing whatever it is that makes us lose weight. AS with ANY 'diet', if you go back to your old way of eating, the weight will come back!!
(Love your background of your Spark page!)
Happy Easter,
Dorothy emoticon

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SLUDERCATS 4/22/2011 5:09PM

    You appear to have the right mindset to know where you are going and how to get there as you have shown in your last sentence of your blog! Keep it up and you will go far!

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I Couldn't Wait To Change My Goal Weight!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I did it. I changed my goal weight to 132. Someone kinda sorta egged me on to do it. So I'm ready --- after a very brief celebration, to go for my next goal.

I don't plan to change it again. But I do plan to continue tracking nutrition and my fitness to maintain what I have lost. It's what will keep me on track! I know me...if I stop being accountable I could easily fall off the wagon.

Really I owe so much to SparkPeople and my SparkFriends for traveling along with me this far on my journey. It's where my inspiration and motivation have come from.

So "Happy Trails" ya'll. I'm off!

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HAPPYMOM8 4/16/2011 2:18PM

    Good for you. I am doing the same with my steps goal.

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ALLYSONRW 4/16/2011 9:09AM

    Liz - Thanks so much for becoming my friend. I'm really looking forward to having a 'buddy' to take the last few lbs off with. Suz (and anyone else) it would be great if you could join us too.

After a year, I think it's time I posted my first blog.

Together we can do this!

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SUZWARNR 4/16/2011 4:59AM

    I changed my goal weight too. I put it down to 125. I'm not going to make a huge effort to go there, because I really don't need to lose anymore, but I wanted to be able to see my weight under 130 on the ticker. With how active I am, I figure I could still lose a pound or two. Good luck with your new goal. And calling me Suz is just fine. :)

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I Reached Goal Today!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This morning, when DH brought in the newspaper, he said, "It's still dark outside and the birds are already singing!"

Well, what do you know? They must be celebrating with me for reaching my hard fought, long sought goal. It was my first goal set at 136 pounds. Umm, I was 'one ounce' shy, but who am I to quibble over a teensy ounce?

I gave myself a Strawberry Goodie. One, because I love strawberries and Two, because I stopped by the grocery store and picked up 6 cartons of big, beautiful, sweet and juicy strawberries on sale. We'll eat some fresh but most we'll freeze for later.

That's a nice reward. But about any another reward... to tell you the truth, I am so blessed with all I need that I really cannot think of anything else right now.

And my motivation for maintaining and continuing on with my goals---a Panama Canal Cruise in October with DH to celebrate our 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Perish the thought that I would let down and allow myself to 'backslide' to my former not-so-healthy-self, after obtaining the golden ring of sweet success.

So let me bask in the glow for a little while here--oh yes, I will continue tracking nutrition and fitness as usual--and I'll be back with my next challenge, probably sooner rather than later.

And after a bit of celebrating and readjusting my thinking, I will reset my last goal for only 4 pounds more... to rest at 132.

You know, it makes me want to sing with the birds.

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JETTANALA 4/19/2011 12:16AM

    you are amazing!

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MOIRA48 4/17/2011 7:16AM

    emoticonI am in awe of your power!
Really, this is great! emoticon

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FITFABME2 4/16/2011 6:56PM

    Woo Hoo! That's so awesome! I bet you are wanting to sing along with the birds...and why not? Remember the Tiki Room at Disneyland? Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing...Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet - success!


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YICHE12 4/16/2011 3:54PM

    Good for you! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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ALLYSONRW 4/15/2011 11:12AM

    Congratulations! What a great vision you have now - celebrating your 65th Anniversary at 132 lbs. You can do it!

Thanks for motivating me to get my last four lbs off!

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LIORAA 4/15/2011 9:33AM

    That's amazing!!! Congratulations!
I always peter out before i make it to my goal... what are you secrets to sticking to it?

I love the way you write. I am going to go open my window right now to hear those birds you're singing with.

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DIDMIS 4/15/2011 12:29AM

    emoticonI am so happy for you. You rock.

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MARAHAB 4/14/2011 9:55PM

    Wonderful! Sing with the birds and have fun losing the last four!

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SUZWARNR 4/14/2011 4:59PM

    Wonderful. I'm so happy for you! An ounce doesn't matter whatsoever. Enjoy that cruise with your husband. You deserve it! :)

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AURORAMILLET 4/14/2011 2:53PM

    You are doing Great! I'm sure it feels good to have so many wonderful things happening for you right now.

Keep up the good work!

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HANKENSTEIN 4/14/2011 2:30PM

    awesome job, and do sing with the birds. So peaceful.

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Spreading My Spark!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I have told several of my friends about SparkPeople and how excited I am about it.

Truly it has made such a difference in my life. It has encouraged me to be more accountable...more diligent in tracking my nutrition and fitness...made some fabulous friends who encourage me and whom I try to encourage back.

I can hardly wait each morning to check my Page, to read blogs and nutrition news, and on and on. I am thrilled when someone reads and comments on my page or blog...oh well, that's vanity talking, but I still love it.

And I've slowly, but consistently lost weight.

Spreading my Spark. That's me.

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MAWDOT35 4/18/2011 7:15PM

    emoticon Even though I have been here only three months, I have come to love SparkPeople! When I see someone who could benefit from this program, I have the urge to tell them about SparkPeople! This site has so much information and help, it is a little overwhelming at first. I just found it in January because of a magazine article featuring several ladies who were successful in losing lots of weight. We are blessed to have this help and all for free!


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LMMIMI 4/13/2011 4:14PM

    I love my SparkPeople. The people on my teams have become like very good friends. I share much about Sparks with my family and friends whether they want to hear about it or not. They really are happy for me and encourage me on my journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARBEAR100 4/13/2011 11:59AM

    When my friends talk about losing weight, I tell them about Sparkpeople too, but they just want the quick fix and the fad diets. It comes down to the fact that they just don't want to really change. The healthier I get, the harder it is for me to watch them continue with their unhealthy choices. I hope your friends listen to you. You're an amazing roll model for them!

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DIDMIS 4/13/2011 4:55AM

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HAPPYMOM8 4/13/2011 12:01AM

    it has done wonders for me as well! I am a different person than I was 5 years ago and all for the better.

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CHATELAINE19 4/12/2011 8:43PM

    Ditto to all that!! I've said it before, but it's worth repeating.... I had a lot of nutrition & health information, but I couldn't figure out how to bring that into my daily life UNTIL SP. The tools are easy to use and really help me stay on track. As the weeks have gone by, my health habits have changed in a wonderful way that I really never thought possible.
You keep on Sparkin'! We'll keep on reading and commenting.

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SUZWARNR 4/12/2011 7:13PM

    I think it's wonderful that you are sharing your love for sparkpeople with your friends. I try to do the same thing. Whenever anyone tells me they want to lose weight, I mention this site and how great I think it is. My trainer recommends it to her clients too, a lot in part because I think so highly of it and have had much success. I too look forward to seeing what my friends are doing here and getting their feedback on what I do. I come here for support, advice and friendship and try to do the same when I can. Keep your spark. Don't lose it. :)

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One-Half Pound To First Goal!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Just one-half pound away. Already the changes have been wonderful... smaller clothes... sleep better... feel more confident with the knowledge that I can continue on to the finish line.

I feel more appreciation for my Spark Friends who have been such an encouragement and support. I'm feeling energetic because I am eating more healthfully, with no more night time snack attacks.

Before I change my final goal to lose about 4-5 more pounds, I want to celebrate BIG on my first goal and then go quietly and slowly into the sunlight toward my next goal of 132. Then I may give myself a HUGE reward, but what? I'm already so blessed, and the loss itself is it's own reward.

What do others do when they reach final goal?

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ANGDANK 4/12/2011 9:07AM

    That is great!!! Can't wait to hear what you decided to do for yourself!! emoticon emoticon

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CHATELAINE19 4/9/2011 6:56PM

Glad to hear you're happy with yourself. Congratulations!!

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JAMIEHORN20 4/9/2011 5:57PM

    That's so great! Whatever you decide to do, be sure to reward yourself. You deserve it! :)

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DIDMIS 4/9/2011 5:43PM

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SUZWARNR 4/9/2011 4:04PM

    I think this is fantastic! It proves that anyone can do this, no matter how old or young they are. You should definitely treat yourself. With what, I don't know, because I'm not even sure that I will come up with something to treat myself for reaching my own goal, as you know. I will inevitably end up buying a pair or two more running shoes and then of course there is my addiction with buying exercise clothing. So maybe those are my treat. Whatever you choose, make it something that will make you happy. No treating with food. ;)

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