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Learning to Love Sweat

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I was an Olympic Class COUCH POTATO before I found Sparkpeople. I medaled in all the top events:

Remote Control Relay
Television Marathon
Sofa Cushion Diving (for the lost remote)
Lift & Stand (to get off the sofa)
Crew (Honey can you bring me the chips?)

Boy have things changed! I just came in from mowing the lawn. ME! The same person that was 330 pounds and couldn't WALK. Not only did I mow - I even drug the weedeater out and edged and trimmed. Oh the sweat is flowing. I'm rehydrating now with my tall glass of water (used to be soda). Things have CHANGED around here!

I'm not done either! I will do both elliptical and recumbent bike yet as well as pop in a DVD or Wii game. I may even get on the treadmill. I don't mind the sweat. It means my body is BURNING fat! I've learned to embrace exercise.

If you are struggling to get fitness minutes let me tell you how I began. I started by walking around the kitchen island. Sounds ridiculous huh? I could hold onto the island so that I wouldn't fall and I was never more than a few steps from a chair. Soon I was not only walking around the island but I was making a circuit through my house on the first floor. I got a recumbent bicycle (keeps the weight load off the joints which is important with bi-lateral total knee replacement). I rode for 2 minutes the first time on level 1.

The key was I kept doing this day after day. Distance, time and intensity all increased with time.

Now I can ride my bike for 45 minutes on level 3. I can stay on the elliptical for 20 minutes straight. I can WALK two miles outside non-stop. If you are a marathoner this won't be impressive but for ME - it's another OLYMPIC MEDAL EVENT!

I am trying to give you hope. If you are a couch potato like I was - set a tiny goal and do it daily - even if it's just to walk around the kitchen. Try to build on it as it gets easier. It is essential for your overall health and wellness that you MOVE your body!

Let's get our SWEAT ON!

Press On!

  
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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:38PM

    I get to exercise, I get to sweat, I get to feel great! Thank you! Thank you!

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SPSPSP1 8/30/2012 3:14AM

    Funny and inspiring!

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7WORSHIPS 8/6/2012 2:03AM

  Awesome!

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MARYM1962 7/31/2012 11:17AM

  that's the ticket - the key to doing anything is to start and keep going!

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SALLYNEAL 7/6/2012 4:30AM

  Well done you're a star, keep it up emoticon

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ASHOAF1 7/5/2012 10:03AM

  Great Post! You are amazing!

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GINGERPAWZ 7/2/2012 2:10PM

    Very inspiring and motitive. I love the way you embrace the exercise and learning to love it. I work out for 2 hours a day. But I too had to start slow with 5 minutes. I have 2 herniating discs in my low back. So they tell me when to stop. Keep up the excellent work and God Bless You.

Sharon

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JERICHO1991 7/2/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. Motivational and inspiring.

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BRENNI71 7/1/2012 9:43PM

  It is worthy of a medal! I am new but I am going to go goodie shopping right now because honey, It's a long beautiful distance from the kitchen island to the two mile mark. Next time, you should end with a big, beautiful ROOOOAAAARRRRR! I am a GODDESS!!! he he! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/1/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. We all need it at times

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 5:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!! This blog was motivation for me to get moving!!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 7/1/2012 2:28PM

    Love it! I'm gonna get my sweat on!

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CMT726 7/1/2012 1:34PM

  Yay! Good for you! Thank you for motivating me!

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CAROL494 6/30/2012 8:08PM

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BEATLETOT 6/30/2012 7:47PM

    WOWOWOWOWOW! You are such an inspiration!

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JUDYAASH 6/30/2012 6:41PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very inspirational. emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 6/30/2012 5:43PM

    Very inspiring.....keep up the good hard dedication!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 6/30/2012 3:15PM

  Funny about Olympics... made me laugh!!

keep up the good work!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/30/2012 9:50AM

    Sometimes just knowing I'm going to be all hot and sweaty just turns me off for the day, though I usually can push through and do it. I like your attitude and I'm happy for all the progress you have made. To see how much you work out is a real inspiration and motivation! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/30/2012 12:19AM

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LAUGHTERGIRL 6/29/2012 8:35PM

    That was truly an encouraging message. Keep it up!

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/29/2012 11:55AM

    Congratulations!

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KNEWMETODAY 6/29/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. It does seem so hard at times, yet it's also hard to think that small steps will get me to the end. I am encouraged. Thanks again,

Kathy

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CAM2438 6/29/2012 6:51AM

    You are doing a great job and have come a long way. Congratulations! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/28/2012 11:37PM

    Wonderful progress!
Keep it up.
~Sonya

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ECHAVEZ2 6/28/2012 11:04PM

    Continue the progress, 1 step at a time!

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FATFIRL 6/28/2012 10:36PM

  Hello,
Keep up the great work. You give me hope. I have been on a 3 week stride of walking 6 days a week. I am sweating it and loving it. emoticon

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LANIBUGLUV 6/28/2012 9:18PM

    You are an awesome inspiration!

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SWEETEYES0601 6/28/2012 4:38PM

    I love how inspiring you blogs are. Thanks! emoticon

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ANGELBABIES2 6/28/2012 4:31PM

    Wow that is great you have alot of encouraging things to say and I thank you for always sharing them with us... keep on spreading the spark emoticon

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MUTANTQUEEN 6/28/2012 4:10PM

    Very encouraging! Thank you. And congratulations on your success!

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EQTPM1 6/28/2012 4:00PM

    Love it!!!

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CINEMAVEN 6/28/2012 2:55PM

  Great message! It really is inspiring :)

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/28/2012 2:18PM

    Great job! and thanks for the inspiration!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/28/2012 1:47PM

    Great blog - you go girl!!
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1DUZYW 6/28/2012 1:12PM

    Great Blog!

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VINGRAM 6/28/2012 11:42AM

    emoticonvista

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MARITIMER3 6/28/2012 11:18AM

    Love the way you write - you have a great sense of humour and really tell it like it is. Your story is very inspiring - congratulations for turning your life around!

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ONLYMEANDMY3 6/28/2012 10:50AM

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CATDUG19 6/28/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog and so true take baby steps!! Just move. I remember starting by taking a 5 minute walk (it was all I could manage)that 5 minute walk started the ball rolling. Thanks for all the inspiration and yes I too have learned to love sweat!!

PS Thanks for the laugh- Olympic remote controling hahahaha

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CJ_SPARX 6/28/2012 9:33AM

    This is so inspiring. I too am learning to love sweat. I don't like the feeling of being sweaty, but when it's because I'm working out, I deal with it--I'm doing what I need to do to feel better. I just keep a hand towel and some water nearby if I need them. In the grand scheme of things, what's a little perspiration? ;)

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PJBONARRIGO 6/28/2012 9:29AM

    WHOOO HOOO!! Great blog- you are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 6/28/2012 9:17AM

    So inspiring!

Thank you!


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BRASKIN 6/28/2012 9:13AM

  great.... you've really caught the essence of it.... and once you get moving, you really want to keep going!

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GUCCI9300 6/28/2012 8:29AM

    emoticon so much for posting this - sometimes I get so caught up in trying to match other people's goals I forget to see how far I have come. emoticon

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CPOPKIE 6/28/2012 8:12AM

    GREAT POST!!! Thanks for the insight. I have been exercising daily for the past couple weeks even if it is a 15 min walk with the dog. Sweating is the thing I dislike about exercising. You put it in a new perspective for me. Thanks!!!

Like the humor used in your blog too! emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 8:03AM

    I love it. When I was nursing a baby, I turned the CD on and walked til the song was over. I then went for another song until she woke up crying and ready to eat. I figured 5 minutes was better than nothing. I admire your spark. Way to go! emoticon

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1GODGIRL 6/28/2012 7:56AM

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VEUVEGIRL 6/28/2012 7:54AM

    Great post!

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Why it matters! - Photos

Monday, June 25, 2012

I've spent years at the "diet mall". I've counted calories, points, dealt cards, bought pre-packaged meals, made cabbage soup, drank grapefruit juice before meals, tried both extremes on carbs/fats. I've read dozens of books, participated in study groups, danced, walked, swam, downed gallons of water and even went to an Obesity Clinic. I would have success on just about every one of these plans. Many have had great success on all of these.

There was one basic problem (with me). I viewed all of these as a temporary deprivation to a desired end. You know what I'm talking about. I would say things like this: I can't have bread today but after my weight is off... Once I get the weight off I won't have to eat these tiny portions... When I'm thin then I can have the nachos.

Do you see the problem? I was plugging the hole in the dike with my finger which would temporarily make a difference but the minute I pulled it out or even loosened it the flow would start again.

The reason all this matters is that until you are ready to make a LIFESTYLE CHANGE you will have great difficulty achieving your goal and SUSTAINING it.

I have lost up to 80 pounds before. I put it all back on and THEN some. I do not want to return to this:



This was not even my top weight. I guess I hid from cameras at that point. Ha! I know that I will never eat like I did then. I know I will always have to step on the scale, count calories (or points), make BETTER choices and exercise. ONCE I was able to grasp the notion that this is my new life I left that "temporary deprivation for desired outcome" mentality behind.

I don't feel deprived now because what I desire is HEALTH. When I see a chocolate cake doughnut does it tempt me? Of course! BUT - now I want the health and wellness more. THIS is my new life. THIS is my new "normal".

This is me now:



I like the "new normal".

Join me! The journey continues...




  
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ALIDOSHA 10/16/2012 4:40PM

    Congratulations and even bigger achievements on your journey.

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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:35PM

    You look so fantastic! And your story is all our story! Thanks for sharing!

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LOGOULD 9/11/2012 1:15PM

    emoticon You look incredible! You must be so proud of yourself.....we sure are! emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/17/2012 11:01AM

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WILSON1926 7/14/2012 6:12AM

    Thank you so much for being such a motivator for so many.
Michael

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TEXASBREEZE 7/12/2012 5:29PM

    So true!!! I too have ridden the diet roller coaster. I told someone the other day that I have finally gotten off the coaster in my mind. I too want to be healthy and "choose" to not have the donut, pizza or whatever. It is no longer, I "can't" have it. I can have whatever I want... I choose to live longer and happier. Thanks for the motivation and great job!

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WRITINGDIVA1 7/7/2012 2:26AM

    Awsome! Could not have said it better.

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/6/2012 7:16PM

    You are inspirational! I'll join you anytime! Thanks for another great blog!

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JERICHO1991 7/3/2012 12:18PM

    Definitely lifestyle, not diet. My lifestyle changes are not occurring as quickly as I would like, but the process, and progress, will continue the rest of my life.

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LKWQUILTER 7/2/2012 8:56PM

    You have said the truth. WTG!!

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REGILIEH 7/2/2012 1:48AM

    WTG!!!

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YIWEN39 7/1/2012 5:10AM

    Way to go! You look great :-)

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JACEBEL 6/30/2012 5:34PM

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SUSIEMT 6/30/2012 4:51PM

    You are doing such and awesome job! You are a great motivator!

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CARMENB66 6/29/2012 2:39PM

    Well said!! Congratulations, you look wonderful. I am looking forward to hearing more about your journey.
Carmen

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KNEWMETODAY 6/29/2012 2:39PM

    emoticonYou are doing great. I totally agree about accepting a lifestyle change. I am no longer looking for the quick fix and am content to just lose.

Kathy

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/29/2012 11:48AM

    Great job! Keep up the great work!

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ALIGRIFFIN1 6/29/2012 4:13AM

    I agree with you! You can't 'diet' just for a short time. A 'diet' isn't really a diet! It is making that important change in what you eat and what exercise you do. I have only just realised that recently and am loving what I eat and doing exercise, every day. This is the way to keep it off.
Good luck and keep sharing. Thanks

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PASTORMAE5 6/29/2012 12:13AM

    you are so right, this is normal

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/28/2012 10:50PM

    You are so right! You look fabulous! Keep it up!!!



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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/28/2012 10:35PM

  You look great!

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PURPLE180 6/28/2012 10:33PM

    Awesome job!

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LMDEXTER 6/28/2012 10:32PM

  Great job! Looin' good!!

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/28/2012 4:22PM

  You look amazing!!!! Keep up the great work you are doing. Great blog! emoticon

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TEESLIM 6/28/2012 4:06PM

  Well said, I can so relate to this....lost more than 40lbs dont want to slip

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AUNTJAM 6/28/2012 2:23PM

    I love this! You inspire me, keep going, Girl!

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PENOWOK 6/28/2012 1:51PM

    You look great! Keep up the great work. This is our life and much better than the alternative!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 6/28/2012 1:38PM

    That's so exactly right! Great point. To play off your blog background, you keep thinking that once the boulder gets to the top of the hill it'll be easier, but it's still a struggle every day to keep it balanced! :-)

Thanks for the words of wisdom.

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BONIFIANT 6/28/2012 1:29PM

    Great words of encouragement. I have seen first hand what this changed thinking has done for a family member and I am now firmly convinced that this is the best attitude for success. Thanks for the timely reminder.

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DHUNTER49 6/28/2012 11:28AM

    way to go...keep that awesome focus :)

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SHEENADEE 6/28/2012 10:29AM

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Congrats on your progress, and thanks for sharing!

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WALLINMW 6/28/2012 9:54AM

  Stay motivated!

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DJSHIP46 6/28/2012 9:47AM

    Congratulations... YOU are awesome. Thank you for sharing your journey with others!!!

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REDROSEMARIE 6/28/2012 9:23AM

    Awesome blog! I found I was using these thoughts to get me over a bad craving. As I started loosing weight I realized how a healthy diet has made me feel so great and that is not worth giving up again. Thank you for sharing, this is a very important lesson on attitude.
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ANDRAYAYA 6/28/2012 8:52AM

    emoticon! Thanks for sharing!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 8:30AM

  Your mind set is just what I am hoping to achieve, and now my husband is saying that he wants to get fit--he is thinking about ordering meals, and I told him to try the meal plans on SparkPeople for 3-4 months first. We can make nutritious foods from scratch and control what goes into our meals. First big step for him was NOT buying the sale-priced "Suddenly Salad" because of its high sodium count. Today we will have slow-cooked pulled pork with home-made buns. I'm in 2 months and feeling energized even without major weight loss--but my clothes are fitting differently!!!!

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INGMARIE 6/28/2012 8:24AM

    emoticonyou come a long way. woo hoo emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 6/28/2012 7:34AM

    your blog hit home. thank you

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CHARLEBK 6/28/2012 7:34AM

  Inspirational.

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FIT@401 6/28/2012 2:25AM

    emoticonThanks for sharing. I sure could relate.

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NEWKATHYNOW 6/27/2012 10:07PM

    Thanks for this! I needed this message right this very minute! You probably helped me make a healthy choice right now. You look wonderful - congratulations! Thanks again!

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UNIQUELADY42 6/27/2012 9:44PM

    I'm glad I came across this Blog!! I was having an issue with me getting motivated but after this blog NOT any more thank you for your wisdom!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/27/2012 8:46PM

    So True!

You look great! Awesome job.

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HIPPEENIK 6/27/2012 7:25PM

    I loge your attitude and I feel that is exactly what my mind set is at..I am however not losing weight despite the big chang so I HOPE that I can keep the positive up..
Good Luck and well done.
Best Wishes

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Tools To Go - Photo

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I learned long ago that I "HAVE" to track food daily. Sometimes, I don't have access to the nutrition and fitness tracker at Sparkpeople due to being out of the house, without power or internet, or who knows where (including unexpected time in a hospital and most recently back home for a funeral in a rural area.)

Long ago I learned there was a simple solution. I buy those small memo books (about 2-1/2 x 4" in size.) Our local drug store (national chain) sells them at Back to School time 3/$1 and I stock up! These fit easily into a shirt pocket or purse.



Inside the front cover I paste a print out of one of my BEFORE picture. That's just a reminder of what I DON'T want to be.

The next page I use to keep track of my current weight progress in graph form. I make each line a pound and write the weeks at the top and graph my progress. The book usually lasts about 8 -10 weeks.

The next 4 pages I use for recording the miles on my bike I ride each day.

The next 4 pages are for my walking miles.

The rest of the book (except for about 5 pages at the back) are used to scribble down what I eat . Many of the calories I know by heart now. If not I guess and put parentheses around it and check it later. I make simple tally marks for water at the top.

The last 5 pages or so of the book are for notes. Things to try, websites people mention, book titles, etc.

I've gone through a LOT of these little books. They have been the difference for me in staying on the path. I know I have to keep writing things down and when I have a WEAK moment I can whip out that little book WHEREVER I am and see my before picture, my current progress on the graph and be motivated to stay the course.

It's an inexpensive tool that has helped me. I'll continue to share the things that have helped me make progress on this journey!

Press On!

  
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ANGELBABIES2 6/30/2012 11:31AM

    thanks for the wonderful emoticon blog you keep inspiring me with each blog...

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_CYNDY55_ 6/29/2012 1:53AM

    Perfect emoticon
emoticonGreat emoticonblog!

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ONTHERUNMOM4 6/28/2012 5:17PM

    Thanks for sharing! What an awesome idea!

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 8:06AM

    This idea rocks!

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NANHBH 6/27/2012 11:41AM

    Love this idea! I need my before photo in front of me to remind me of how far I have come - and where I don't want to be anymore. Thanks for the suggestion.

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MCHILSTR 6/27/2012 10:35AM

  Great idea! I'm borrowing it -

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SMILES650 6/27/2012 10:23AM

  What a great tool, good for you emoticon

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DOTTY7267 6/27/2012 9:34AM

    Thanks once again for sharing. I do truly appreciate your honesty in your struggle.

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NASFKAB 6/27/2012 2:20AM

  wonderful blog way to fo you explain so well thanks

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RESEDIT 6/26/2012 10:49PM

    Thank you for sharing!


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AMANDASHRINKING 6/26/2012 10:21AM

    thats a great idea I love it keep up the great work

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LRSILVER 6/25/2012 9:19AM

    Great idea, and great blog.

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PCASEY7 6/25/2012 12:29AM

    Another great blog...keep them coming!

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ANYVAR54 6/24/2012 11:38PM

    Great idea, and maybe I can use it to help me to start keeping track of my food intake. I am so bad at this. I need all the help I can get.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 6/24/2012 8:09PM

    That's exactly what I do. Except for the pic on the front. Maybe, I should steal that idea from you. If it helps you, it will help the rest of us.

Thanks for blogging, excellent, as always.

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KAREN608 6/24/2012 7:05PM

    I love the simple DIY approach for record keeping. No high tech, just straight forward easy to use, no battery simplicity.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/24/2012 1:01PM

    You have many great ideas and this one is wonderful and doable

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JENNNY135 6/24/2012 12:29PM

    Thats a super idea.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/24/2012 12:18PM

    I do very similar

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DRKYASHI 6/24/2012 11:59AM

    emoticonfor sharing!

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SLIM242 6/24/2012 10:11AM

    Great idea!!

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MAMALOVEBUG 6/24/2012 9:35AM

    Great idea! This will be perfect for vacation in a few weeks.

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MAMA2EEEE 6/24/2012 8:12AM

  This is one of the hardest things for me. Thanks for the idea!

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HEALTHY4ME 6/24/2012 8:11AM

    Wow great idea I like it, I don't like using the nutrition thing here, it is great but find I don't want to wait to turn on uter every time I want to input something, so write it on paper anyway.
Neat idea and at a great time our 5% challenge just started yesterday!


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GEMINI-SKY 6/24/2012 8:06AM

    I Just Love a Woman with a Plan !!!! emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 6/24/2012 6:39AM

    I do something similar to what you are doing and it really helps to keep me on the right track. Keep up the good work!

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FIRECOM 6/24/2012 1:54AM

    I did the same think until I got my smart phone now I just use the SP App for the phone and input food and excercise as I go and it downloads automatically into the regular SP application in my computer. I also have downloaded a couple of GPS apps that keep track of my steps, calories burned and other data.

I admire your effort to keep on track. Lord knows how imoportant it is to do so.
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123ELAINE456 6/24/2012 1:45AM

  Awesome ldea to a very solveable problem. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. This will help many people that has the problem. WAY TO GO!!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 6/24/2012 12:29AM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!!
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LYNMEINDERS 6/23/2012 11:37PM

    Woohoo....I do a similar thing when I am away and especially when I amaway on holiday each year....it is a great way to keep track of things.....go you

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SNOWYOGA 6/23/2012 11:09PM

    This is toooo cool! I do something similar to yours, but not half as fancy. I will try it your way next time I need a new travel log. Thanks alot for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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Who are they kidding?

Friday, June 22, 2012

I just have to share from my personal experience today. Some "well-intentioned" individual suggested to me that all I needed to lose the rest of my weight was this "product" she was selling. Oh she had success stories to share and knew her script well but when I looked (out of politeness) at the webpage I noticed something.

It was in SMALL print. "Results dependent upon following a calorie-reduced diet and moderate exercise." No joke Sherlock! What does she think I'm doing?

Well the reason I shared this wasn't to try to deter anyone from any commercial product that they think will help them on their journey. That's not my point (thus why I didn't say WHAT it was). My point is just that it's IN THE SMALL PRINT.

HOW DO YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

1) reduce your caloric intake
2) moderate exercise

All the pills, supplements, powders, juices, piston-driven doodads etc . are NOT the main event.

What is?

EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE!

I've lost 76 pounds doing just that.

Enough said.

Press On!

P.S. I'm 56, post-menopausal with double knee implants and many other health issues. It takes me longer than when I was younger but it is possible.

  
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SUTERSPACE 1/30/2013 9:53AM

    I am 56, post menopausal, no knee surgeries but enough other ones (about 14 altogether). I'm with you, it will take me longer BUT I'll get it without the other gimicks. Thanks for your post.

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FRABBIT 9/22/2012 3:02PM

  It pays to read the small print! But you already knew the message anyway. Congrats.

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CESAU5679 9/14/2012 6:49AM

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EMILYDOODLE 7/28/2012 11:08PM

  Way to go! thanks sharing this blog, very true!

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SPRINGBREEZI 7/28/2012 9:56AM

    So true!

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LAFFLOTS57 7/25/2012 11:33PM

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/20/2012 10:40AM

    EVERY diet product I've ever seen comes with a recommendation to follow an eating and exercise program. Why don't people read these instructions. Geez!

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HELEN62626 7/15/2012 10:58AM

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MARYM1962 7/12/2012 2:13PM

  too many people want a "magic" pill - that just is not logical! the only way to take the weight off AND keep it off is by hard work. If we could take it off with a pill and/or overnight, then we would not appreciate the end results!

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KENIKE08 7/9/2012 9:13AM

    How true. There are sharks out there who want to bring in the money because weight loss is a prominent issue among hundreds and thousands of people

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NAVALE 7/6/2012 12:35PM

  I agree with TRISHMO1. And it should start with healthier options of school cafeteria food.

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GALINAZ 7/5/2012 10:56AM

    well said!

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WRITINGDIVA1 7/1/2012 11:50PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing.

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CESPRINGALL 6/28/2012 8:13PM

  If it was easy, anyone could do it. We didn't join sparks because it was easy. We need help and encouragement.

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 8:08AM

    This morning there was a new diet pill introduced by the FDA. They say you can lose 5% of your body weight. I am not sure that the side effects of a pill would be worth that. Keep on writing emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/28/2012 7:26AM

    Exactly right! I've always been able to ignore the obvious "miracle solutions." What annoys me now is when people I used to trust push a product. Specifically, I read an article where I could lose 7 lbs in a week by switching to safflower oil. Then I should buy green coffee extract for a similar result! Both products indicate no changes to diet or exercise needed.

I suppose safflower oil is better than maybe lard, but really now. The only time I lost 7 lbs in 1 week I had the flu and was eating just about nothing. And yes, the lbs came back when I recovered.

Dr. Oz was the expert mentioned in both cases. I always liked Dr Oz. What's up with this?

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SALLYNEAL 6/28/2012 3:38AM

  Too true, well done, keep up the good work and enjoy life x emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 6/27/2012 10:08PM

    If there was a magic potion we would all be thin!

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WHITEANGEL4 6/27/2012 5:57PM

    How true. There is no magic solution for weight lose except your own determination, eating less, more healthy foods and moving. I do all my house work very dramatically to get in as much movement as possible. emoticon

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TRISHMO1 6/27/2012 3:35PM

  so true, we should be teaching spark in our schools don't you think? emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 6/27/2012 1:20PM

    you are sooooo right.. it takes time..moderate exercise
(wish my sister would get this.. she decided to lose weight again as I've been sharing of Spark..and so...two days ago, though she hasn't exercised in months.. went out on a five mile run/walk... and was sore, feeling sick and probably will not even go for a normal sensible walk for weeks again) and good eating and tracking..meaning those little chocolate hershey kisses do count!

just saw an ad about some kind of cream you rub on your stomach and then put some kind of girdle thing on and presto, in a matter of hours you lose weight just like that..with..as they say..no exercising, no changing eating habits. aaarrrgghh!

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CATMAGNET 6/27/2012 11:33AM

    Couldn't agree more!

I've also had this debate with a couple of friends (a married couple) that both had gastric bypass surgery, and are complaining about not being able to maintain their weight.

Well, DUH! You post about all the junk you're eating and I don't hear anything about exercise at ALL.

I have found that by losing the weight that I need to lose (approximately 140 pounds, but I'd rather focus on body composition than weight anyways) through healthy eating and exercise, I'm living a much more harmonious life with my body than if I had the surgery. I'm almost halfway there, and have decided not to stress over the scale as much and am focusing more on what my body can do that it couldn't when I was a couch potato, getting excited about cooking various healthy recipes, and trying new foods, as long as they fall within my restricted diet (have to watch my Vitamin K intake, as I'm on warfarin). Those are things that a diet pill or product just can't deliver for me!

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CORYGIRL42 6/27/2012 11:24AM

    I feel the weight loss industry thinks we're idiots and they know most people don't read the fine print. I'm glad you did and CONGRATS on you're loss!! Hope you have a healthy day!!

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ENLIGHTENED7 6/27/2012 6:23AM

  Well said, and so true. No shortcuts to being our best selves, but we're all in this together and, even if we trip up on the way, we'll get there. Your ongoing success is amazing. An inspiration to us all!

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MISSLISA1973 6/27/2012 12:38AM

    Rock on!

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CUDDLEY51 6/26/2012 10:48PM

    You nailed it sister!! Well done!

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TANIED1 6/26/2012 10:12PM

  I agree completely!!! You need to make a lifestyle change not rely on gimmicks to lose the weight. Sure you will lose weight but as soon as you go back to eating "normal" you will gain all the weight back. Eating smaller, healthier portions and exercising is the trick. And don't stop exercising when you reach your goal because I did that and put the weight back on. I'm down almost 20 lbs again and am determined to keep exercise in my life even after I reach my goal. Not only does it keep the weight from coming back, even if you do indulge on occasion, it also makes you feel good and gives you tons of energy!! Keep up the good work everyone!!

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ALPHAPOPPA 6/26/2012 6:43PM

    Good for you! I am glad you didn't get suckered into a quick fix. I personally like the "eat more, exercise enough" mantra because I'm a grumpy Gus when I eat less, but to each his or her own. By "eat more" I mean eat more greens, eat more unprocessed foods, eat more frequently. I just find it works for me. Anway, keep fighting the good fight!

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KIMBALLITE 6/26/2012 6:16PM

  I agree slow and steady wins the race. Been there and done that. We are our own miracle.

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LALISJO 6/26/2012 3:33PM

    So true. I've seen this one too many times. You can even read it on TV ads. I'm sorry, but whoever believes in any of these "miracle" pills and products are just waiting their time. Instead of choosing the right and hard working way, they choose the easy way out. Shame on them. They need to be more educated. Great blog post by the way!

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GROWNINOP 6/26/2012 1:05PM

  It is so hard to get to the point that you aren't grasping at any quick fix solution that comes along. Thanks for reminding me I am doing what it takes and don't need to waste my money on products that aren't really going to make it happen any faster.

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CHANGE_4_ME 6/26/2012 11:10AM

    Well said and oh so true! Have a fabulous day!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 6/26/2012 9:46AM

    Good blog and so true! emoticon on your success!

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LLINDY65 6/26/2012 1:28AM

    I always post my exercise activity and current pounds lost on my facebook page and one of my friends did exactly that sending me this GIMMICK weight loss program that had the same fine print.... I am like REALLY? 54 lbs so far and you think I need you to sell me something to lose more weight....


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GRAMMAP1 6/25/2012 11:47PM

    Why do we try to make something so simple difficult? I think many still hope for a miracle cure. I am saying a simple perscription for weight loss. Putting it into practice is not so simple. It takes self discipline!

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KINKYCOILY 6/25/2012 10:54PM

    Well said!!! emoticon

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JULIA1154 6/25/2012 9:52PM

  Right on - and well done!

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WAMBUI7 6/25/2012 9:02PM

    love it. That's so true.... :) Kip on u can do it.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/25/2012 8:59PM

    There is no "magic" pill or product. It's all about eating healthier, eating less, and getting exercise.

Thanks for the good blog!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/25/2012 8:56PM

    So very true!! our family always gets a kick out of the ads "just eat less and workout and take this (magic) pill" - um, I don't need a magic pill, I'll get the same results by eating less and working out and NOT taking that pill :)

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RUNNER12COM 6/25/2012 8:40PM

    So true. It's all about the basics.

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DRCLANKY 6/25/2012 8:26PM

    Good job on your continued successes! I've had friends who have gone the pill route and have gained it all back. The temptation is always out there to take the easy way out but in the long run, as you point out, it's only healthy lifestyle changes that will make a difference.

Your PS is hugely motivating, btw, no excuses!!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/25/2012 7:19PM

    Well said! I know the same goes with any exercise equipment you see on tv, yes you can loose the weight using there equipment but they still have calorie diets to follow for quicker results.

LOL.

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PENGUINQUEEN 6/25/2012 6:58PM

    Thank you for your PS. I get discouraged as I face this battle as a 40+ mom with sore knees and hips. Your words are uplifting.

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SUNSHINEGB 6/25/2012 6:42PM

    There is NO substitute for exercise and healthy eating, period. You're proving that!
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KMMR87 6/25/2012 5:02PM

    Motivation and knowing that there is no magic remedy. Plain old hard work. Thanks for the reminder.

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RUBYROOTS4YOU 6/25/2012 4:36PM

  Thanks for the reminder!!

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PMFISH 6/25/2012 4:29PM

    Right on!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/25/2012 4:15PM

    You are SO right! I'm so sick of these products that make big promises...it's all bunk!
I also appreciate your P.S...I'm approaching 50 and find that it takes 3 times the effort to get 1/4 of the results but I press on and slowly but surely changes are happening.
Great blog!

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Finding Your Balance...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Most of you probably remember learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle. When you first got your "big bike" it had training wheels and those early miles were slightly off-center riding along balanced on one side or the other. As time wore on you would begin to find your center and eventually Mom or Dad would get the screwdriver out and take off your training wheels so you could ride unaided.

Even though you had found your center with the training wheels still ON the bike, their removal took with it a "security". Mentally you had to find your center again. Perhaps Mom or Dad ran behind your bike holding onto the tote seat or the back of your shirt. Soon you regained your center and were riding without aid.

Did that mean you didn't fall down? I have many scars from skinned knees to prove otherwise. I've even fallen off the bicycle as an adult some decades after those training wheels disappeared.

There is a great lesson in this for our weight loss journey. Many thousands of people join Sparkpeople (and other weight loss sites/groups) weekly. They all come with a desire to be thin. That's NOT the same as "wanting to lose weight" because the latter implies a willingness to do what it takes to achieve the goal. VERY different things but I digress.

The training wheels on your "sparkcycle" are things like Fast Break Goals, Meal Plan Suggestions, Strength Training suggestions, your Spark Class Team, the helpful articles in the Daily Spark and Health news. Blogs written by those that have journeyed before you (like this one) give you lots of tips and encouragement. All of these things are your training wheels. You need to lean on them heavily in the early days to find your center.

Some, using these tools and applying them daily, soon find their center and the weight starts coming off. They take off the training wheels (quit tracking, stop exercising, distance themselves from their support team, skip logging into the site, etc.) and they FALL DOWN (start gaining).

What keeps the person on balance - MOMENTUM. Once up and going if they keep their momentum they won't fall unless they hit a major obstacle (big rock, hole, etc.). This is how it is with OUR journey too. Once we get that balance of nutrition, tracking, exercise, water, sleep, etc. we make forward progress AS LONG AS we steer clear of the obstacles.

Now some of us will ride RIGHT into a hole knowing full well we are going to fall (going on a cruise, buying the bag of double stuff cookies, skipping our workouts because we just don't "wanna". ) Others will turn a corner and be blindsided by an obstacle (illness, family crisis, loss of job, etc.) We WILL fall. So if we do how do we regain our balance? We have to go back to those training wheels!

To summarize:

We need to lean heavily on our training wheels (tracking, teams, exercise, meal plans, articles, blogs, etc) to find our initial balance.

We need to gain momentum to keep us from falling OFF the bike.

When we fail to steer around an obstacle we need to return to our "training wheels" to regain our balance.

We need to MAINTAIN momentum. This is my favorite saying of PRESS ON! Keep those wheels turning so you don't fall off!

Don't be too proud to strap on those training wheels to learn how to find your center. They have helped MANY people find balance and gain momentum on the journey!

Press On!

  
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CHUM48 9/19/2012 10:35AM

    Thanks for the analogy! Those are the best learning lessons! Thanks again!

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NASFKAB 7/23/2012 12:57AM

  Great help thank you

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TOPAZMOON1964 7/9/2012 2:40AM

    I love your blogs....they are the best part of my day

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SLIMTONES 6/28/2012 7:42PM

    You find the most fun ways to steer people straight!

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MEGWAR1370 6/27/2012 12:11AM

    This is exactly what I struggle with! Thanks for writing this; it's always nice to know others are in the same boat. This was a great blog post!!
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46SHADOW 6/25/2012 5:25PM

    Momentum! So true.

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EMILYDOODLE 6/24/2012 9:51PM

  great blog, very inspirational!

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KIN59VARA 6/23/2012 10:36AM

    Excellent blog. I am needing to recognize that this bike ride may have some bumps along the way.

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JANSUE57 6/23/2012 8:17AM

    Thanks for the positive thoughts. I know that my journey will have bumps along the way but I just have to keep my eyes on the goal. When I ride the bike if I constantly look at my feet or the pedals on the bike I'm going to fall. I must look at my goal and how to stay upright and keep pedaling to finish my journey!

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JOYCRN 6/23/2012 7:28AM

    Great analogy, Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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TASNIM81 6/23/2012 6:55AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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PENSFAITH 6/23/2012 5:00AM

    I just started so I think I will keep my training wheels on for quite some time. emoticon

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CICELY360 6/23/2012 12:28AM

  Good blog

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TAMANI2 6/22/2012 11:09PM

  emoticon emoticon very inspirational blog

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TEESLIM 6/22/2012 9:59PM

  Great perspective! Thanks!!

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KIPPER15 6/22/2012 9:41PM

    excellent blog emoticon

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KRYSTALLA 6/22/2012 9:36PM

    Great blog.

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DEBK0923 6/22/2012 6:05PM

    I loved this blog, good job

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ISABELLE31 6/22/2012 5:04PM

    Great analogy--you've given me a different perspective! Thanks!

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NEWCHINELO 6/22/2012 5:03PM

    nice one!

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TERRIJ7 6/22/2012 4:21PM

    Great blog--I like the analogy!

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LDRICHEL 6/22/2012 3:46PM

    Excellent analogy!!!

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KENIKE08 6/22/2012 3:19PM

    training wheels and momentum are so true

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BLUE42DOWN 6/22/2012 3:11PM

    Love this analogy because it is so true - even decades after learning and starting, we can take a tumble and have to get back up and keep going.

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SMOULINIER 6/22/2012 10:59AM

  You take me back (many years) when I got my first bike with training wheels. It took awhile and the help of a neighbor to get those training wheels off but eventually I did it. Now I am embarking on another journey and my sparkfriends and family will help me find my center again. What a wonderful analogy! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 6/22/2012 10:56AM

    Great blog - thanks so much for posting it!!

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MOMMY445 6/22/2012 10:08AM

    amazing blog! have a terrific day!

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SJKENT1 6/22/2012 9:58AM

    Training wheels - great metaphor! emoticon

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JPEARL127 6/22/2012 9:23AM

  Excellent analogy--thank you for helping me see how important is to always keep my perspective and to know that is always OK to go back to basics when I get lost on my journey!

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FARIS71 6/22/2012 8:19AM

    Oh my goodness so true! I'll go get the screwdriver now . . . .

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GOOSIEMOON 6/22/2012 8:11AM

    Thanks for your post! It was just what I needed to hear today.

Keep up the good work!

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SAINTBETH 6/22/2012 8:08AM

    Right on! Thanks.

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MRSTABER 6/22/2012 8:03AM

    You are so very inspiring!

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LAURIE5658 6/22/2012 7:42AM

    Spot on!! Thank you!

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AVANDREA_ 6/22/2012 7:42AM

    So very true, and so we just keep on moving ahead into a healthier lifestyle.
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IRISHANGIE1 6/22/2012 7:40AM

    Thanks for being my set of Training Wheels!!! Loved the Blog, have a wonderful weekend!! emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/22/2012 6:53AM

    i love the medafor .

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PREMAMEHROTRA 6/22/2012 6:48AM

  Like you, I believe the journey towards achieving good health is a continuous process of finding the balance. Whatever worked for me in my 20s to achieve my balance was absolutely not useful to me in my 30s and what was good for the 30s failed when I was in my 40s. And now in my 50s, I have had to use trainer bikes all over again. Happy to know that I am not alone in my journey

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LIN1111 6/22/2012 6:42AM

    Great blog...Thank you for sharing...

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SWEDE_SU 6/22/2012 6:42AM

    what a great comparison - they really are training wheels that keep us moving forward without falling! emoticon

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