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Back-to-basic knowledge: A rescuer on demand!

Monday, July 14, 2014

A few days ago we had a power cut.

My daughter has been reading her first book in English. (English is not our native language, I remind you.) I'm the one who's been teaching her English so when she comes across an unknown word, she prefers to "google" it instead of asking me so she can impress me later with the new things she has learned.

But… there was a power cut.

No power, no internet.
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I had to remind her. "There is something in our bookcase called DICTIONARY. That's how I checked unknown words when I was learning English." She already knew, of course, but it isn't a knowledge that has been used repetitively and can be recalled when needed. And that's a big difference!



It made me think a lot about this generation. They were literally born among technological inventions! If technology ceases to exist, they find themselves at a loss. We are so much luckier. We have lived without cellphones, without internet and even though we know how to use them, we also know that life can go on without them. And as parents, we have tried to pass this knowledge on to our children but it's not the same. For them, life without technology is like academical knowledge that never had to be put into use.

Knowledge from experience can be so much more useful. Think about all these things that you learned while at your weight loss journey. You experimented, you failed, you retried, you found out what works for you and what doesn't, what it takes and how hard you have to try. You may still be at this process. All this knowledge is one of the biggest pieces of your success story jigsaw puzzle. Together with desire, hard work and persistence.

But even if you've reached your goal, this knowledge remains co crucial for your maintenance success. At some point, you're human and you'll fall off the wagon. A few more treats, some workouts missed and the scale will start moving the unwanted way. You'll panic! You may think about resorting to unconventional solutions like crash diets, fat-burning pills or the latest bootcamp that promises fast results. That's when your "primitive" knowledge will save you. You'll know from experience which are the things that really work. Your back-to-basic knowledge will have you tracking food again, drinking lots of water, working out consistently, keeping in touch with SP and your sparkfriends and staying focused. You already know what it takes. You just have to dig it up through thick layers of disappointment, panic and other negative feelings. And you will, eventually, because logic will conquer in the end.

So, keep strong hold of this back-to-basic knowledge. Every mistake that you make, every setback on your road is one more sentence in your own book of knowledge. Think about it, learn your lesson and let your brain absorb the wisdom.

Knowledge from experience. It comes with the free wisdom of knowing when, where and how to use it. And most importantly, it never fades!


  
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SWEDE_SU 7/25/2014 11:46PM

    great blog and great reminder! we know what works, what we have to do. we just have to get back to basics!

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TINAJANE76 7/25/2014 4:46PM

    Awesome words of wisdom, Elle! So simple, but a lesson that takes many of us a LONG time to finally understand and put into practice.

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DDOORN 7/21/2014 9:55AM

    Through our journeys most of us pick up an inordinate amount of knowledge and wisdom. Sometimes we just don't know it. Or we forget. Mental muscle is a crucial skill to hone and use to build successful results! Thx for the reminder!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 6:11PM

    Excellent blog! You are one of those Sparkfriends who keeps me grounded in my journey. I still feel that I have a long way to go, because my "acceptable" range is too big, but your insight and words of wisdom help me maintain the 40 pounds I have lost.

Ha, about the dictionary! I remember a few years back my parents were renting a vacation home in Florida and had forgotten their scrabble dictionary. They were keeping a list of words to look up when they got home, even though their computer was 5 feet away! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2014 7:12AM

    What a terrific wise blog -- and no, I cannot imagine ever achieving your degree of graceful literacy in a language which is not my "first"!!

A wish is not a plan.

There is virtue only in action!! (Said tough old Aristotle . . . ).

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wonderful reminder to use what we know

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THOMS1 7/14/2014 9:49AM

    Very well said and oh sooooo true! Thank you for this wonderful blog. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/14/2014 8:56AM

    You do know from experience what will really work. It is that back to basics approach that was successful in weight loss. That was a good reminder that we all know from experience what to do if we detour on our journeys.

Bookstores are losing money as people are reading online with Kindle. You are right about these kids of today growing up with technology.
Was French your native language?

Thanks for a well written insightful blog.

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FUNLOVEN 7/14/2014 8:55AM

    Great blog, Nuovaelle! I especially liked the saying from Marie Osmund. I actually have quite a bit of knowledge when I stop to thing about it. It is the learning to use it that I struggle with many times. Well, like they say "Practice makes perfect".

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NELLJONES 7/14/2014 7:24AM

    In her book "The Story of Weight Watchers", founder Jean Nidetch said that she weighs herself regularly, and if she is a pound or two up, she doesn't panic because she knows what to do. The panic really isn't about the pound or two, but the feeling that "Dang, I have to eat less for a few days, I thought I'd gotten past this." If you catch it at a pound or two, it really is just a few days to get back to equilibrium.

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ISLAMOM 7/14/2014 6:36AM

    Great blog and it's so true!! Why do we have to keep "relearning" the basics!!

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"So, keep strong hold of this back-to-basic knowledge. Every mistake that you make, every setback on your road is one more sentence in your own book of knowledge. Think about it, learn your lesson and let your brain absorb the wisdom. "

Great quote to keep on hand! Good job!

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MICKEYH 7/14/2014 6:22AM

    Great blog! You are so right on! Basic knowledge and applying the knowledge is very important in our success of everything we do. emoticon

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You gotta want it, they say. Understatement, I say!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I've had some wonderful sparkfriends!
And through their stories I was lucky enough to realize the importance of a key ingredient of weight loss early in my journey.

Desire.

The stepping stone, the initial impetus, the driving force, the only thing that can gain momentum and drive us along the road leading to success.

Back in 2011, when I found myself at the beginning of this uphill road, I used to read about it all the time.



And it's true.
But the word "want" is not strong enough to express what it takes.
Wanting it is just not enough.

You have to long for change to be able to get up again every single time you fall.

You have to crave a new version of yourself to fight all the obstacles that will come your way.

You have to yearn for a healthy and active body to be able to keep your eyes on the prize and fight away all distractions.

And when you finally reach your goal, you need double and triple doses of this strong desire to be able to maintain. Just wanting it is simply not enough. You will also want to re-visit your old habits at some point. You will want to indulge in your favorite treats. You will want to take a break from exercise. And you don't know which desire will be stronger when the time comes. You can't leave this to chance. Your desire to maintain your weight, your health, your energy has to be strengthened to the maximum to be able to withstand the temptations. You have to place this desire on the tip of your priorities pyramid. And push it back up every time it slips towards the base!

The stronger your desire, the better your chances of losing or maintaining.

So, keep it strong. Just like you do with your muscles.


  
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    So true and something I need to always remember!

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2WHEELER 7/17/2014 11:09AM

    Great blog! And as much as you desire good health and a strong body, you also have to have the commitment to follow through. Desire it strong enough and the commitment will follow.

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MAUIMAMMA91 7/16/2014 12:03PM

  I agree, now I have worked at this off and on for 5 years. I wonder how to amp up the desire and drive? Maybe I am too hohum to get it done, but don't know how to have it burn within. Any suggestions?

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    Here here

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CHEBBA 7/13/2014 6:04PM

    Thank you. Very encouraging, especially for anyone at that stage where enthusiasm, in spite of great success, seems to flag a little.

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    Enjoyed your blog...Thanks! emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/13/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon That burning desire to be healthy is what drives me every day! It keeps me working out even when I don't feel like and when I feel like my eating isn't the greatest, that is when I tell myself, "what did I start this journey for in the first place? " So on we go, and your right we have to want this every day and we have to keep the desire burning to keep going! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Yes, you have to really want it, and may I add, you have to believe you can do it!!! emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/13/2014 9:32AM

    Thank you for sharing and you are so right. I think the fire of desire is burning through me because I'm not letting my injured ankle take away from all the strides I've made.

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KIMOLIVER2 7/13/2014 9:26AM

  Thank you!

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SUSIEMT 7/12/2014 9:07PM

    Good reminder! It is so true though! Here's to maintenance!

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    What truth in your blog! Thanks for the reminder!
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    emoticon thank you for the reminder. Your blog post emoticon is very motivational and inspiring.

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BABARR67 7/11/2014 8:04AM

    Our relationship with ourselves is no different than our relationship with others... Desire sparks a beautiful beginning but it is commitment that keeps us going... emoticon

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THOMS1 7/10/2014 10:46PM

    emoticon blog!!!I have been on vacation and have not been doing well with my plan at all. It seems like when I get around some of my family,(I was with them for about three weeks, mini family reunion) we make all of the wrong choices. I am going to copy your blog and read it again when I get home tomorrow. emoticon AGAIN!!!

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WHITEANGEL4 7/10/2014 7:32PM

    Thanks for sharing....so much of this hit home

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  Insight is a wonderful thing!

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    So true thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for the reminder. Keep it strong.

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VAINVT 7/10/2014 8:34AM

  ...and learning how to do what you want is so important!

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GIMMESPARK 7/9/2014 8:02PM

    What a terrific, well-written piece! I will return to it often to help shore up my "desire" muscles.

You can tell from all the comments and the "featured" status that you've struck a chord and inspired a lot of us. May all that inspiration somehow morph into energy and encouragement for you when you need it.

Thank you, truly.

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FRABBIT 7/9/2014 6:20PM

  Extremely well said. Thanks for sharing!

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CANNIE50 7/9/2014 4:21PM

    Beautiful, Elle - simply beautiful, like you. Most Popular Blog award richly deserved, dear Sparkly friend. Thank you for writing this and for being a Sparkler. You make SP better, just by your presence.

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LIVESTRONG2010 7/9/2014 1:16PM

    Wow!!! emoticon I know this all to well. It started with the loss of my desire to ride and then everything else followed. Wish I had this in print so I could post up at my house. Would love to share with friends on facebook! Thanks so much for sharing!


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CATNURSE1 7/9/2014 3:30AM

    After going for my yearly female visit, checking my weight and blood pressure and talking to the doctor, he told me what I should do, what I need to do, but I have to want it -- he can't make me to anything. Desire is a good word, and now I'm on my way to update my goals. Thanks for sharing.

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Weight maintenance can be a highly-skilled life coach!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Every experience in our lives has something to teach us. Every ordeal, every struggle that we go through leaves their mark on our personality, our behavior, our way of thinking. Weight loss couldn't be an exception to this. We learn many things about ourselves while in the battle with our weight and we adapt our frame of mind according to the difficulties that we face and the problems we manage to overcome. But who would have thought that this wonderful process continues and gets even stronger after we reach our weight goals and start deciphering the maintenance riddle?

All of you maintainers out there know what happens when we enter the maintenance phase. We go through a period of "deflation". There is no obvious progress anymore and our enthusiasm starts to decrease. People's comments get rarer and the amazement in our great accomplishment starts deflating like a helium balloon. Soon, people register us in their minds as normal-weight persons. And the journey is over for everyone. But not for us. Because this is the milestone of our journey. This is where we are tested as to whether we have learned the most important lesson: how not to quit.

This "deflation" period actually introduces us to the battle that we'll be fighting for the rest of our lives. If we let our vigilance sleep, the weight will come back. If we start forgetting about the healthy habits we have established, the weight will come back. If we loosen our diligence, the weight will come back. And occasionally we will do all these. And the weight will, indeed, start coming back. And we'll start practicing the most important lesson we've learned: how not to quit. And how to keep going without the excitement of having lots of pounds to lose and expecting to see huge changes on our bodies. There's no cheering and applause in maintenance, no standing ovations. Just pure will to continue fighting against the odds.

But what's really amazing is that this fighter's mentality, this will to go on and not quit follows us to all other aspects of our lives.
I used to be a quitter before. I would easily forget about my goals upon stumbling on the very first difficulties.

Not anymore.

I recently had to deal with many obstacles while fighting unemployment and trying to set up a small business of my own. I hit a wall many times and I will definitely find myself in the same situation in the near future. But I realized that the thought of quitting never crossed my mind. I would always try to find a way to climb the wall. And keep on trying. Until I hit the next one.

The mind of a non-quitter. The gift of maintenance, one of the best life coaches we've ever had. Lessons learned while fighting with the weakest parts of ourselves. Lessons practiced daily.

For the rest of our lives.


  
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    Awesome! I love your thinking about obstacles- it's a gift that life gives us! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/30/2014 7:16AM

    Wow! What a great blog... don't know how I missed it before. I followed you home when you added me as a Spark friend, and found... a kindred spirit! Like it, like it, like it! emoticon emoticon m

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BAKER1009 6/30/2014 6:11AM

    Sorry I'm so late on reading this, but what a great read! You should be a writer Elle, I'm tellin' ya! (Side note: I keep forgetting to tell you that I'm in class with a girl named Eleni! Always makes me think of you!!)

You're such a strong, passionate, woman and I love you for that. Thanks for this lesson. Now let's push ourselves, because we know we can handle it!

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KIMBERLY_Y 6/18/2014 9:29PM

    Well said! Thank you.

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JEANKNEE 6/17/2014 12:36AM

    Your blog is so timely! I claimed yesterday as my *official* entry into maintenance. I am both excited and scared. Love the thought of maintenance gifting us with a life coach.

Excellent insight. Thanks for sharing it.

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SUNSHINE20113 6/15/2014 6:04PM

    Great blog!

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AEROBISAURUS 6/14/2014 6:29PM

    Wow Elle! Look at all the comments girl!! And an award too emoticon you my friend deserve it. This is a beautifully written blog and I absolutely love it! You took inspiration in your little slump and made it a motivation not only for you but for our whole SP community too! There is a lesson in everything :) I hope you are feeling stable again in your person life. You are a beautiful warrior and fighter, and you have a beautiful spirit. Best way to keep your shine ... gettin' sweaty! Everyday is day to get stronger. LOVE YOU!!

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MEXGAL1 6/14/2014 5:58PM

    great blog...love when we "get it"
Have a great week end.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing your emoticon thoughts, hope I can be as strong as you when I get to my target at last!
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MJREIMERS 6/13/2014 10:38PM

    Isn't it great when we finally "get it?" Well stated, articulate and an emoticon blog! Congrats on all your accomplishments. Keep going!

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WENDYANNE61 6/13/2014 3:43AM

    Thank you for this insightful, empowering blog! Keeping involved in the Spark Community has really helped me along this never-ending maintenance journey! Great to read all the comments too!

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TORTISE110 6/12/2014 3:55PM

    Bravo!

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    So VERY VERY true!! Great blog!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 6/12/2014 12:55PM

    What a great blog! How true! Thank you for putting it so eloquently!

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KATIE3908 6/12/2014 12:14PM

    Oh so true. You hit the nail on the head.

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    thanks for sharing your maintenance insights!


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FELINA 6/12/2014 10:00AM

    So very true! Thank you for a great, inspiring blog.
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CELIAMINER 6/12/2014 8:21AM

    Very inspiring!

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TORTISE110 6/12/2014 7:57AM

    I so agree with you. We will do what it takes. We will!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/12/2014 5:58AM

    Hey hey! I'm so behind in blogs! This is definitely a must-read for all maintainers! I have found working hard at maintaining has helped me improve in other areas if my life. This has been so much more than weigh loss!

Excellent blog!

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ELLEKTRA 6/12/2014 2:51AM

    Amazing blog and really honest and those struggles are so real! But you seem keep TKOing them!
Thank you for this!

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BOPPY_ 6/12/2014 12:34AM

    Congratulations! You're plotting your course, and continuing to succeed.

Steady state requires attention. It is a direction and plan, not a place.

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    emoticon emoticon I know with your positive attitude you will go far in your maintenance journey! You are right when you say that is when our journey really begins is once we have reached our goals and we have to maintain the weight. I find it's the hardest chapter of our journey. Best wishes to you and maintaining your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 6/11/2014 10:10PM

    All the great achievements of my life came when I just did not quit.

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Started over again.

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JANCARD 6/11/2014 10:01PM

  Thank you for this blog. VERY timely for me and spot on!

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GEMLADYONE 6/11/2014 9:56PM

    Hi Elle! You have hit the nail on the head, as usual....great blog!

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ECCOVISION1 6/11/2014 9:39PM

    I appreciate this blog very much!!

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MOONCHILD8 6/11/2014 9:17PM

    So true. Do not quit. I am a maintainer too. I have been so busy working and have not focused on the eating and exercising. I have it in a habit form now. I am working on avoiding the extra summer foods. No high calorie drinks for me. No Dunkin colattas, no soda, no sweetened ice teas, no big burgers, no fries and no sweets. Linda from bean town

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GLORIAMAJDI 6/11/2014 8:58PM

    Your blog is amazing, thank you! I relate to this very much. I have quit before but am so determined not to this time. I try to find ways to keep myself motivated because you are right...there are no more pounds to come off, no more compliments from others. So I think of it as a compliment to myself that people DO see me as a normal weight person now! I see so many people lose and gain it back due to boredom, stress, and crazy in their lives. I hope that I have learned to manage those obstacles. Sounds like you definitely have!

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HMMILLER007 6/11/2014 8:34PM

    Awesome blog! You couldn't have said it better! It can be a slippery slope once you let yourself go, and it will always be a bit of a struggle to continue with diligence to stay in a healthy weight range. I never thought about how that struggle and subsequent strength could spill over into all aspects of daily life!

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HOLLYM48 6/11/2014 8:14PM

    You are absolutely right. What a fantastic blog. We have fought a hard battle but it is not over, we must continue to fight every day so that we can maintain this weight loss. It is not always easy because we have to stay disciplined forever. It is truly a lifestyle that we must adopt forever or we will be right back in the same boat and we will have to try to lose the weight all over again. I choose to fight daily to maintain because weight loss is hard and I don't want to do it again. Thanks for a great reminder of what we have gone through and what we must do to stay in this fight! All the best to you.
Congrats on your 2 years of maintenance! That is just pure awesome!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/11/2014 7:02PM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks. Never giving up is the key for sure!! Celebrating myself when no one else is celebrating is another key. Glad you are on my team. Together we are strong!!! -Marsha

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RR1_RR1 5/30/2014 9:27AM

    Really cool! I just read a book on willpower. He defines it in 3. I "will" power. I "won't" power and I "want" power. Reminds me of this blog, seems like all 3. emoticon

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_JODI404 5/25/2014 9:38PM

    I super *L*O*V*E* this blog!!

I especially love the conclusion, and the picture:
"The mind of a non-quitter. The gift of maintenance, one of the best life coaches we've ever had. Lessons learned while fighting with the weakest parts of ourselves. Lessons practiced daily.

For the rest of our lives."

Such a great perspective! I'm glad we are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take on the challenges. Prior success means we CAN do it. We KNOW what to do.... just must continue to do it!

Best wishes for much success in your new business too!

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MICKEYH 5/25/2014 9:10PM

    Great blog! This is so true and I've learned " how not to quit"is so difficult.
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PATTISTAMPS 5/24/2014 1:26PM

    that is so inspiring! Yes, we often look at that goal weight as an "end", when in fact, it is a beginning of a new phase. And who has not lost weight and put it right back on - because we were on a "diet" and not changing our lifestyles. Hurray for your achievements, and hurray for your sticking to it... in Spark and in life!!!

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GINA180847 5/24/2014 12:59PM

    This is so true and a great lesson for life. You have done a great job laying it all out there and I thank you.

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2014 10:43AM

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant blog. Thanks!! I "liked" it. Was having this conversation yesterday about the key difficulty of maintaining being that nobody notices any more!!

Absolutely "not quitting" whether you're getting external adulation or not is a skill transferrable to every area of life.

All best with your ongoing resiliency with those other challenges. You'll deal. I'm sure of it.

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International No Diet Day. Hmm…

Tuesday, May 06, 2014





I have repeatedly voiced my objection towards diets. So, finding out that such a day exists was a nice surprise. I came across an announcement this morning on Facebook and thought "What a great idea to spread the word about the ineffectiveness and health risks of dieting!" Then I saw more posts on the same subject and realized that the concept had been misinterpreted by many. The "World Anti-Diet Day" had been translated to a "Freedom-of-indulgence Day!"

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I searched for the facts on this day. When it all started, what were the reasons, what are the goals.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_
No_Diet_Day


The day was first celebrated in 1992 in an attempt to establish body acceptance and body shape diversity and fight weight discrimination and size bias. But it is also dedicated to promoting a lifestyle that focuses on health and raising awareness on the dangers of dieting.

But unfortunately, in a world completely overtaken by both the fast food industry and the weight loss one, the day has been misused and the messages it was supposed to convey were lost. The day has even been recommended as a marketing technique for restaurant owners who would offer free indulgent treats for their customers on this particular day!

Don't get me wrong here, I have nothing against indulgence! I even believe in it, when it's done in a controllable and moderate way. But not when fighting one extremity with the other! Weight discrimination should be banished because it's awful as every kind of discrimination is. Because it leads people to "dark" places like being victims of bullying, depression and eating disorders. You can't fight these things with extreme dieting but you can't fight them with overindulgence either. You need to inform people about the health benefits of balanced eating, about the importance of other health indexes apart from a number on the scale, and you have to make them realize that loving your body does not mean accepting your fat and continuing your health-destructive habits. It means nurturing your body and keeping it as healthy as possible in order to give it the chance to function at its best.

That's why we should make every day of our lives a No-diet-day. We should fight any kind of weight discrimination but at the same time encourage people to care for their health enough to put an end to their bad habits.
Not by dieting.
By learning.
By making the right choices.
By getting healthy one step at a time.

  
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BHENDRICK2 7/8/2014 12:38PM

    well put :)

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PAULALALALA 5/7/2014 9:53PM

    I cannot add anything to your very persuasive comments abut this topic. I agree wholeheartedly.

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KANOE10 5/7/2014 7:03AM

    Good informative blog. I have never heard of that day. I agree with you. Change your lifestyle and develop healthy habits. I would also like to see an end to the discrimination against weight.

It does not surprise me that restaurants put a new twist on the day to encourage indulgences.

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MICKEYH 5/6/2014 5:17PM

    emoticon emoticon thanks you for sharing. Very in site full.

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GINA180847 5/6/2014 10:36AM

    The problem is if I indulge it goes straight to my middle and that is bad. So I will eat healthy but not follow a diet.

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The need for new blog visibility

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Sparkpeople community was recently introduced to some changes on team pages as you may all have noticed. If you haven't you can read about them here:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=new_sparkteam_features_coming_tomorrow


TINAJANE76 has already written a wonderful blog and talked about the features that have been removed from team pages or replaced by the "team wall". Her blog was featured today but in case you missed it, here's the link to it:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684339


Whatever your opinion is on the changes, it might be a good idea to stop by both pages and leave your comments.

Personally, I'm really going to miss the new blogs' roll. Each one of us uses this site differently and has found different ways of getting informed about new blog posts. But unfortunately those ways keep disappearing.

One other thing that has changed recently is the things we see in our friend feed. I don't know if you've noticed but we no longer get updates about when our friends make comments on a blog. I used that feature a lot. I like reading what my sparkfriends have read and being able to talk about different subjects and exchange views on them. Not to mention that this was a great way to make new sparkfriends!

Unfortunately, this is no longer available. And I understand that not everyone would want to share what blogs they have read and what comments they have made. But shouldn't it be an option? If you go to the account preferences, on the community tab and click on the FriendFeed in order to set up your display options, you'll realize the option does not exist anymore. And this is another way of keeping new blog visibility to a minimum.

The makers of this site have created an amazing community that keeps on being more and more successful due to the sense of belonging, sharing and support it can create. I'm sure they're trying to make improvements with this in mind. If we all voice our likes and dislikes, we can help them do their best and assist them in making this a wonderful site for all of us.

  
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RR1_RR1 5/30/2014 9:30AM

    I saw this- Its harder to get to the feed with all the stuff crammed on the front page so I just stopped using the feed. The blog entry thing is buried too- wish they had a tab for that…and the calendar is harder to find.

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/4/2014 5:04AM

    emoticon I so agree with you, Elle! I especially miss not seeing which blogs my Sparkfriends have commented on, as it often led me to some great blogs I wouldn't have discovered without. I am wondering why they deleted that feature, it was so useful!

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REBECCATKD 5/1/2014 10:41PM

    I agree! I just noticed two days ago that I couldn't read my teammates' recent blogs. Let's make a change!

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/1/2014 9:22PM

    Thankfully Sparkpeople returned the blogs to the team page. I'm sure I'll get used to the other changes but these changes are the most drastic I've seen and will take some getting used to.

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MICKEYH 5/1/2014 7:45PM

    I agree everything you said in here. I hope SP will make all those futures back!

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GINA180847 5/1/2014 4:25PM

    I miss the blog roll a lot. I would take care of my usual and then often pick a blog that sounded interesting and relatable and often I would learn a lot or make a new friend. Sometimes it was not that relatable but that was okay too. I do love to expand my horizons. I do hope the Spark staff are listening.

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TINAJANE76 5/1/2014 2:18PM

    Fortunately, it seems like lots of people are speaking up on this issue. Removing the Team Stream seems to have been the tipping point for everyone and it seems like SP is working on bringing that back. Give the people what they want!

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KANOE10 5/1/2014 8:52AM

    I agree. These new changes are limiting our resources on SP. You can learn a
lot from blogs from your friends..and also can learn by team blogs..where you meet new people other than your friends.

I hope they listen to us.

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THOMS1 5/1/2014 8:24AM

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FITMARY 5/1/2014 6:38AM

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I really miss all of the features you mention, especially the new blogs' roll. And I'm lost without the HUDDLE!
Thanks for the post!

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