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Visually Inspired

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

So I find it very frustrating to come across these "motivational" stories and the individual has supposedly lost 50-100+ pounds but when I go through their photos there are only pics of when they started or from where they are currently, instead of both before and afters. I know we are all different on our view of things but I myself am a visual learner and have found that it also inspires me to see how far someone has come that is around the same weight as me, but it's not enough to just read about it, I have to see the progress they've made. I think this comes from all the false advertising and just straight up lies that people tell in order to get attention or try and sell you an idea...I know that most people, if any, on this site are not trying to sell us anything and I am also aware that a lot of us are probably very uncomfortable with pics of our heaviest weight, after all the truth does hurt. But I have found that the truth has helped to motivate me more, I absolutely hate where I have gotten through mindless eating and lack of exercise which is why I've joined this site and posted pics that I dread, because if those pics are good for nothing else, they are good in helping to motivate me and by showing them to others it only helps to push me in staying on this track to a healthier lifestyle. I do plan on posting a pic, with similar shots of my beginning weight profile images, for every 25 pounds gone emoticon and I really do hope that those images only help to motivate others that find themselves in the same situation that I am currently.

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CHUBBEGONE28 8/21/2013 8:39PM

    I hear you! I had my hubby take some extremely unflattering photos the first day of my new lifestyle so that I could continuously see how far I had come and where I refuse to be again. I plan to take a new photo for every 10% one coming up in 13 lbs. Brace yourself...haha. Hope you're doing great, chica. :)

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MKGLEASON84 8/21/2013 11:48AM

  I absolutely agree Penny... I think that not only are the before, during, and after photos a good motivation to getting there but a great motivation to maintaining what we've worked so hard for because we can look back at what we busted butt to get away from emoticon . I know that it is hard to post pics of the way we look starting or beginning because as I said, I did not want to post mine either...but it seemed that every time I'd try to lose weight without putting myself out there I would eventually fall back into bad habits and knowing that I, myself, am the type of person who hates to go back on something that I've committed myself to, I figured that by posting my pics would only keep me more committed to sticking this out which is truly for the better for myself and my kids. Would love to see some before, during, and after's of all my spark friends...only makes success that much sweeter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CECE0330 8/21/2013 10:54AM

    Ha, I avoided the camera like the plague when I was heavy!!! There are VERY FEW pictures of me when I was 220+lbs (Though I DO have one in my photos on Spark. ONLY REASON i stood for that picture was my long time friend I don't get to see often was in town, and so I posed for a pic with her. The pic scanned with it was around 185lbs I think, or roughly the half-way point)

Now, I don't mind pics, I just don't POST them much. But there are some on my page at my current weight. i too am a very visual person. I LOVE seeing before, progress, and after pics!

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JLR080500 8/21/2013 9:18AM

    I am the same way. I guess we live in a very skeptical world and have to have that visual. I was very hesitant to post my before pics. However, I did it because I wanted that visual image to compare to. It is an old pic now but is still accurate.

Good luck on your journey and I look forward to seeing your success pics!



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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/21/2013 8:52AM

    I never really give it much thought. I don't even have a before picture I don't think because I was too ashamed to have my photo taken. I will look and see if I do. Then I will try to get up the courage to post it!

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PENNYPEARLS 8/21/2013 8:47AM

    I agree. I also like to see people's photos on their way down. I am one who never liked to post pics, but decided to go ahead and do it after one of my spark friends asked me to do that so they could follow along on the progress. I think it can be a motivational tool both for ourselves and others.

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MBV464 8/21/2013 8:17AM

    Brave girl! Don't know that I could share fat pics with skinny ones too probably because the skinny ones are from years ago LOL Visualizations help me too. Thanks for putting this out there for consideration.

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The Tortoise and The Hare

Saturday, July 27, 2013

So it's my first weekly weigh in since I joined the Spark site and I've only lost 1 pound, talk about depressing... This has been my past reason for slipping back into bad habits and giving up but I'm so determined to lose this weight that I am going to give this my all and stick w/ it for a year (figure this will be plenty of time for me to see some desired results and start picking up better, healthier habits emoticon ).

I mean I was at least hoping for two pounds, but nope. Kinda making me feel like the Tortoise from the Tortoise and the Hare, in the beginning of this journey but hoping to win the race through keeping up my willpower and sticking with my goals. Just gotta emoticon !

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MKGLEASON84 7/31/2013 1:20PM

  I agree completely Peter...would rather lose a pound every week versus gaining even half a pound (unless it's muscle of course emoticon ).

I know right, Angie...that scale has it out for me or something emoticon nah just kidding... I agree though, need to stop looking at it so much, can be very discouraging. Then again it does make me wanna push harder some days, just need to learn to be more patient... I know this will end for the better if I just stick w/ it. emoticon

I couldn't agree more ABYGAILSMOM06 (sorry didn't see your name on ur page, would love to know it though emoticon ). Every step in the right direction, no matter how small, is a victory for sure!

Thanks again for all the comments and encouragement. I know that we can all do this and will gain HUGE rewards from it.

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ABYGAILSMOM06 7/30/2013 2:38PM

    Keep on going, every pound down is a victory, little steps = big rewards!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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ANRRN12 7/30/2013 10:58AM

    Girl I completely know the feeling! At least you are putting in the work. I try not to focus on the numbers because that is where I get discouraged, not seeing the results I feel I should be seeing. But if the scale doesn't move like I'd hoped after putting in the work, I like to think that I've just gained more muscle that week...keeps me from dwelling on it ;) you're doing great, keep it up!

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PDESIL711 7/30/2013 4:46AM

    emoticon Keep it up. One pound gone is better than one pound gained. Most of all its results. You made changes and you got a result. It may not be as impressive as you had hoped but losing one pound a week every week is still losing 52 pounds in a year. Just keep at it and try pusher a littler farther on a walk or a extra few minutes on the treadmill. Setting goals really helps. Even if you don't add them on here a personal goal is a good way to inspire yourself. I just walked 5k for my second day in a row now. It feels fantastic. Keep your head up and don't look back. emoticon

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SARAJANE_82 7/29/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon A year from now you will be glad you stuck with it starting now. So glad. :) Keep on going! Good job!

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MKGLEASON84 7/28/2013 1:45PM

  Thanks for the comments guys...really appreciate the support. I agree Jennifer, after thinking about a picture I seen comparing a pound of fat vs. a pound of muscle...I'd rather lose 1 lb of fat every week versus none. emoticon

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FINDINGME35 7/27/2013 7:28PM

    Just think of how much 1lb of fat really is. I'm sure you will have a bigger loss next week. No worries, we will all have our ups and downs, what matters is that you keep going! emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 7/27/2013 7:17PM

    I know how very frustrating it is when you are sure you dropped a couple of pounds and you actually stayed the same or even gained a few ounces, I still try to stay the course, I am much healthier with my new lifestyle, but still need to drop a few more pounds, hopefully it will happen when I least expect it. Stay motivated

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