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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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    Great analogy, Thanks! emoticon 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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    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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Status Quo comes in all the PLUS SIZES

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Status Quo is LATIN for "the present state of things" or to put it plainly - the way things were, are and will continue to be without change. I've been wearing a lot of "status quo" around my middle for years. It comes in all the largest sizes 2x 3x 4x etc. It's a state of no change... keeping things like they are (for a variety of reasons).

For most the status quo is a place of comfort. They know it. They aren't surprised by anything about it and it's just easier to do as one has done than to change anything. Now if you are reading this it means you are on Sparkpeople and chances are you are here because you desire change (better fitness, weight loss, better health, etc.)

Some of you have already battled status quo, made changes and are making progress on the journey. Others may be wondering how to make those first changes away from the "present state".

1. You need a plan or goal. Don't make it too big. Make it attainable. Perhaps a 5 or 10 pound weight loss. Maybe you want to strive for 10 minutes of cardio a day. Whatever it is, write it down with a date. I want to lose 5 pounds in 1 month. I want to be doing 10 minutes of daily exercise consistently by ___________ fill in a date.

2. Tell someone about your goal. It makes it real and you are more apt to succeed if you have gone "public" with it. Ask them to support you (be specific in what that means - if you don't want people asking you if that chicken leg is on your diet - tell them. Say to them... you can support me best by ______________.)

3. Take BABY steps. Don't try to do everything at once. Pick something JUST outside your comfort zone and try to do that with consistency. Maybe it's skipping sweets. Perhaps it is always taking the stairs. Small changes add up to sustained lifestyle changes and that's our goal.

4. When you fail - don't give up. Don't find reasons to fail - find reasons to succeed. When a child is learning to walk they fall often but it doesn't deter them from trying. Soon they learn what it takes to maintain their balance and make forward motion.

5. Trade out your E word! Take the EXCUSES out of your program and replace them with EFFORT. There will be times when things DO happen and I recognize that but in just about ANY circumstance you can do SOMETHING. Called into work a double shift? Take the stairs or park in the last spot in the lot. Stuck in an E.R. waiting room - pace the halls, do some wall push-ups. Forced to eat your Aunt Tessie's dinner - fill up on veggies and salad and control your portion size. Skip the dessert or do with one bite.

6. Reward yourself - When you DO reach that goal - give yourself a pat on the back or a non-food reward. I did a blog on this very topic of non food rewards some time back:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3904241


So how about it? Are you ready to leave the STATUS QUO behind and forge ahead into new territory? You CAN do this!

Press On!

  
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THETROUT 7/11/2012 10:15AM

    Your points are all so true! Especially keeping up the effort in spite of setbacks.

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JESSZZ123 6/24/2012 10:42PM

    thank you thank you thank you!

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REENIE131 6/22/2012 11:27PM

    Thank you! Such good advice!

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TAMANI2 6/22/2012 11:12PM

  another inspirational blog...keep them coming emoticon

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4KWALK 6/22/2012 1:57PM

    Hurrah for you for putting in down in words that make it so clear.
I too like the idea about exchanging the E word. I plan to think about that the next time I want to use an excuse.

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CITYDWELLERS72 6/22/2012 12:28PM

    Great blog. Thank you!

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RITAROSE 6/22/2012 11:46AM

  thanks for your blog!

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NITA-BERRY 6/22/2012 11:26AM

    Thanks. I needed your "gems" today.
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CINCYCHIC27 6/22/2012 9:58AM

    Yes, appreciated.

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MAMA2EEEE 6/22/2012 7:30AM

  Oh, my, this is ME. Thanks so much for writing this.

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OHMEMEME 6/21/2012 9:49PM

   
Change is sooooo hard but once you start the momentum builds. I will not lie, it is HARD, but soooo worth the effort. Once you're on that road things become more pleasant and even better than ever. Again I will not lie, there are setbacks and the cycle begins again and again and again but the outcome gets better and better again. Health and fitness are ongoing once you you arrive you have to go some more. Some points in between are wonderful and others not so wonderful but I rather than have some wonderfuls than to stay in that not so wonderful place forever. Keep Sparking!

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KIPPER15 6/21/2012 8:23PM

    I like the changing E words advice. Very true and great advise. emoticon

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LITTLEROX20 6/21/2012 8:03PM

    It's all about planning, patience, persistence, and making things work. Thanks for the incite.

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CHARTHESTAR 6/21/2012 3:56PM

    what I liked best was trade out your E word. that could be a whole blog in itself!
change excuse for EFFORT!
That is
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ALLISONAZ 6/21/2012 3:50PM

    I needed this so much right now! Thank you for your motivation!

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MASTERPIECE8 6/21/2012 3:41PM

    Great blog. One point you touched on that really hit home with me is 'tell someone.' Like I could hide my problems in the past? I was overweight and it was obvious. I had myself convinced that I shouldn't 'talk about it or tell anyone.' By doing that I set myself up for failure, because I planned in advance not to succeed. I wouldn't embarass myself. Now I have told people and I have so much support. You know what else I have that I didn't expect or think about: respect! I'm proud of myself. Something new for me. It's working. Whatever works for ME I'm ready to do.

Thanks for such a great blog.

Barb

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ROBBGIN 6/21/2012 12:25PM

    FANTASTIC blog and great ideas and motivational stuff. Thanks for posting. Going back to read it again!

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RIET69 6/21/2012 10:23AM

  Thanks for the honest, open sharing. I appreciate it a lot.

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    emoticon emoticonYou ROCK sweet friend. emoticon

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GRRARRGH 6/21/2012 8:32AM

    Such great advice!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/21/2012 7:42AM

    Thank you!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/21/2012 5:54AM

    Change excuses to effort: I have a new mantra right there. I know that excuses are my downfall.
I'll do it tomorrow.
I'll just work the extra calories off.
I'm supposed to rest my muscles for a bit.
I'll eat less tomorrow.
I'm too tired.
And on and on... If I put the same amount of effort into exercising as I put into coming up with excuses not to exercise I'd probably be at my goal weight by now!

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THEIS58 6/21/2012 5:54AM

    Thank you!

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SBNORMAL 6/21/2012 3:39AM

  I think I need to go PUBLIC!!

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VICTORIA1228 6/21/2012 12:58AM

    Excellent advice! Baby Steps....I needed this one. emoticon

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CLAIREANNE23 6/21/2012 12:38AM

    So true Suzanne!!

Especially loved the "changing out the E word" Excuse to EFFORT!!!!! Here's to putting status quo behind us!!!

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JIBBIE49 6/21/2012 12:08AM

    emoticonLove seeing your blog featured in the SPark Mail. What an honor.

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PCASEY7 6/20/2012 10:56PM

    Meant to subscribe on my first comment!

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PCASEY7 6/20/2012 10:55PM

    You certainly have a way with words, and the content was spot on! Even though I've reached my goal weight your action steps are well worth a review to reinforce behaviour.

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    Your blog was right on. Thanks for sharing . emoticon

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CICELY360 6/20/2012 10:34PM

  Good blog.

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TRESA7 6/20/2012 10:23PM

    Thank you. Thank you. I needed this! Even though I've tried some of the steps you mention, I'm not consistent and that HAS to change!

You're an excellent writer and this piece is a terrific inspiration. You now have a new subscriber.

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SERASARA 6/20/2012 10:18PM

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EUEK098 6/20/2012 8:28PM

    Am so ready, emoticon

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SUSIEMT 6/20/2012 7:06PM

    What good reminders! Keep up the good work!

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MIMIDOT 6/20/2012 5:40PM

    Enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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NEWCHINELO 6/20/2012 5:32PM

    THANKS DEAR!

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PERSISTANT123 6/20/2012 3:45PM

    thanks for sharing! I had eliminated #6, and I think its time I put it back into the formula. Thanks for the reminder.
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WORLDSERIES11 6/20/2012 3:22PM

    Thanks for sharing...great advice!!

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SUZYQ11 6/20/2012 2:54PM

  Thanks for starting your blog. I think that you have a gift for writing. Everything I've read on here has been encouraging. I want to change the Status Quo but I lost sight of that until I read your blog. Thanks!

Suzyq11

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TUBLADY 6/20/2012 2:37PM

    You gave some very good advice.
Most of what I used to lose 200 pounds in the last couple of years.
I went from those 4X,5X clothes to mostly 8's, a couple of 6's.
But the size I am now is not the important change I made.
The fact that I am healthy, fit and added years onto my life, that's what's important.
Besides changing my size, I changed how I think about food, exercise and living the rest of my life.
I am very happy with what I accomplished.
I hope all those struggling with weight will be able to experience the same joy.
Be positive,
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DIANNEMT 6/20/2012 2:17PM

    Very good!! I like EFFORT instead of EXCUSE!

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CUDDLEY51 6/20/2012 12:55PM

    You really do motivate me....I think I will have to check in regularly on your blogs! emoticon

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TAMMIEANN76 6/20/2012 12:47PM

    Love it!

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    Great pep talk!! emoticon

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GALINAZ 6/20/2012 11:49AM

    You write very well, thank you for the good pointers

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What they won't tell you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I love reading the "success stories" 50, 75, 100, 150 pounds lost. They inspire me and help me know that the goal is achievable. They sometimes even give me new ideas and helpful tips. Sometimes they even make me cry! A life restored, relationships healed, health improved... the stories are numerous.

I want to talk about the part many DON'T mention.

BAD choices - Yep, I still make them - not as often as I did. My bad choices now are actually better than they were. Instead of doughnuts, ice cream, nachos etc. they tend to be "too large" of a serving of something or choosing a chicken entree with a topping rather than plain. The "quantity and quality" of my bad choices have less of an impact now but they are still BAD choices.

EXERCISE BURNOUT - yep - it happens. That's why you must have alternative methods for getting your cardio. When you think you can't pedal another mile on the bike or walk another 10 steps on the treadmill time to mix it up! Get out a DVD, your Wii, go swimming, try a sport, or do something DIFFERENT but don't QUIT exercising. You WILL tire of things but that's when you have to be creative.

DOUBT - Oh yes! I still have doubts that I will keep losing and keep it off. That's normal too! I just have to remember that the destination is NOT optional and that perseverance pays off. It helps to keep lots of visual reminders around (my paper clip chain - see my photos), charts, post-its etc.

MIRROR DISAPPOINTMENT - So I've lost 75 pounds and I look at myself in the mirror and I think - look how FAT I still am. When one has such a large amount of weight to lose as I did no matter how far I've come I have a long way yet to go. It's easy to forget where I "was" and only see where I "am" and think my efforts are not paying off. This is why I keep some of those BEFORE pictures around and that one pair of HUGE pants so that I can have a reality check that indeed I have made huge progress.

UN-SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS/FAMILY - You know what I'm talking about! Here are some of the things they say: Oh you have lost enough let's go get pizza. -- You are only going to gain it back why bother. -- You can diet tomorrow. -- You aren't really fat just big. There are dozens more but they don't help. They are just obstacles in your path.

CHAFFING - Exercise with FAT causes thighs to rub and it HURTS!. I have learned to use lots of lotion followed by powder and wear a pant/short long enough to cover the thighs. Don't let it keep you from exercising.

TRACKING - Yep - I must still track. If I don't I always overeat... ALWAYS. It's a pain, it takes time but it works. I am sure there are people that can adequately count in their head and stay in range but I'm not one of them. That's how I got to be 300 lbs plus!

ACCOUNTABILITY - Are you truly accountable to someone/group/team? It's essential for success. You need someone that is sharing your weight loss journey with you so that you have a REASON to push to the scale each week. Without that it is easy to get into the ANNIE game (tomorrow I'll eat right/exercise/start my diet). Get a weekly weigh-in established with SOMEONE expecting it!

So why did I tell you all this? I am all about being open and honest. If I only told you the "good parts" you would feel a failure if you couldn't produce the same but if I show you that I TOO struggle DAILY to stay on this path... maybe, just maybe it will give you hope and show you that persevering through it will produce results!

Don't be afraid to fail - just make sure if/when you do that you get up and keep PRESSING ON!

See you at "Health & Fitness"

  
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SUTERSPACE 1/28/2013 4:26PM

    Isn't THAT the truth. I've copied all this down and sharing it with others. Thanks.

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ARUSHING2 10/27/2012 2:34PM

 
You said it all . . . you covered it all!

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CHUM48 9/17/2012 12:24PM

    As everyone has said to you to this point. thanks for your honesty and giving us a moment to reflect on our "things not mentioned" Thanks for stirring our hearts and brains to pay attention to these items that just sneak in when we don't pay attention. Thank you!

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SPSPSP1 8/31/2012 2:45PM

    Thanks for your honesty!

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REGILIEH 7/21/2012 4:22AM

    Terrific!!!

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PATTYGRAY 7/19/2012 1:21PM

    Thank You!!

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TONI-ANN_L 7/12/2012 3:49PM

    Dealing with every single one of these issues now...to be honest, it's derailed me just a bit. It's good to know I'm not the only one struggling here.

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DEB_LEA 7/11/2012 9:14PM

    Good reminders. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work!

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KENDAL0525 7/11/2012 9:22AM

    Great post! I think it's really important for people to know the realities of this journey. The end result, when we reach it, is amazing, but there are so many ups and downs along the way.

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MISSLISA1973 7/6/2012 11:14PM

    You are so right about the "mirror disappointment." I recently saw a picture of me from a year and a half ago and was SHOCKED at the difference I saw. I don't see THAT in the mirror every moring... I see how far I have to go. That is one reason I focus more on NSV's... I love the sense of accomplishment and then can look at myself in the mirror and love what I see, even if it's in a bigger body than I want. emoticon

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GINIEMIE 7/6/2012 4:37PM

    Just got back from the doctors and read your blog, I fell off the wagon! I've been off for long enough to put 20# back on. The weight was bad enough, but the gain also caused my cholesterol to climb. I'm not back to square one, but I must buckle down and track. Like you and many of us, when I don't track I don't do well. Good job on the 75# lost and good luck on the follow through.
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CLEO27 7/5/2012 7:02PM

  Sometimes we really need the reality check and need to hear the good and the bad. Thank you for being so honest. There will be good days and bad days as long as we keep on trying to get to where we want to be it's all worth it in the end.

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1STICKBLUES 7/5/2012 3:41PM

    Thank you for this. It's something that I really could use today!

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MARYM1962 7/5/2012 3:14PM

  Thanks for letting us know you are human and that we all have these problems. sometimes when you read a blog and they tell you all the great things the have done, you think to yourself that they NEVER have problems and that you just can't do what they did. You showed us that yes, you have come a long way and have accomplished much, but that you also have stumbling blocks in your journey and that you have to work to overcome those as well.

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MYVOYAGE 7/4/2012 3:57PM

    Thank you!!! Often times as I read others blogs I feel inspired, tearful and challenged as well...today your blog helped me to be all of the above as well as challenged. These are many of my obstacles...and I needed to hear this today!

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ENRGEE 7/4/2012 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing what others were reluctant to share. Iím just starting out and finding it hard to maintain energy and focus some days. Thanks for giving me a kick in my motivation.

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MRSLAURALEE 6/29/2012 9:53AM

    Nicely put!

No one told me how hard maintenance would be and that is partly why I failed it! Starting over is harder than making a few changes to now, like you said! emoticon

So what if you have more to lose, you have still lost 75 lbs! Be proud! emoticon

emoticon Keep up the good work and thank you for telling me I am not alone when I make mistakes!

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42FIT4GOOD 6/29/2012 8:55AM

    Thank you for this wonderful and insightful blog. You are correct in mentioning that so many lose the weight and share the positives but don't tend to share the negatives or setbacks or slips and slides. Your blog was written beautifully!! Thanks for being open and honest. A LOT of people out there are struggling with the same thing and tend to forget that others are too! I am one of them. You are correct about how far you have come because I am the same way. I forgot how "far I have come" (lost 70lbs) and still reaching to get those last 30 lbs off. I too, still see my self at my old weight instead of where I am now. Thanks for the wake up call on that!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

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END2WEIGHT 6/28/2012 10:30PM

    I have the same problem with my thighs too! I have come to be friends with Gold Bond Lotions :-)

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CRZYMOM04 6/27/2012 2:40PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. We need to all know the great outcomes and what to look forward to but also the things that may not be as great it is a part of life, but we need to know the information thanks again for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 6/27/2012 9:41AM

    Thanks for sharing the struggles we must deal with daily that can sabotage our quest for a healthy life.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/26/2012 4:31AM

    You speak the truth on this terrific blog! Those reminders are going to come in handy more than once, I'm sure. I am ready to face the day!



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    emoticon definitely a emoticon blog...the TRUTH will set us free. emoticon

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DRCLANKY 6/25/2012 8:48PM

    Thanks for keeping it real and sharing your inspiring experiences!

By the way, with respect to the "chaffing" issue, I've discovered that a product called Body Glide does wonders! You apply it to problem areas like a deordorant stick and it really helps. I even use it when I'm not working out on hot days when I'm wearing a skirt and doing some walking. You can pick it up at places like Sports Basement.



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KALANTHA 6/24/2012 7:38PM

    Thank you for being a truth teller. Your honesty lets the rest of us know that we're not alone in our weakest moments and that no matter what, there is always hope (as long as we're willing to do the heavy lifting).

Great blog!

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ENCOURAGEDLADY 6/24/2012 3:54PM

    Thank you for helping to motivate me! Your blogs are excellent emoticon

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SWEETSADDICTION 6/24/2012 9:40AM

    A really good post with very good reality checks. kudos to you for sharing. i am on 13 months and have lost 35 pounds and average of about 2.? pounds per month. i am losing less and less as i go but i am still losing so it is not the end of my journey i have the faith that the slower i take it off the longer it will stay there and hopefully the joy of never seeing it come back. my biggest struggle is still the sweets i want my goodies and even though fruits are better they just dont stand in for the sugars.

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AROCHFORD 6/24/2012 3:53AM

    To help the chafing I use any cream that they use for baby diaper rash in the night before I go to sleep. I find it heals it quickly. E.g. A&D cream

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GEOGIAGIRL2 6/23/2012 11:24PM

    Thank you so much for insights! It helped me a lot.

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BIKECHIC1 6/23/2012 4:41PM

    Thankyou so much for your post, I don't like it's just me anymore. I thought I was the only one that kept slipping back into bad ways, although they're not as bad as they used to be.
I feel much better now!! emoticon

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DLDMIL 6/23/2012 3:54PM

    Great post, thanks for the reminders. emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 6/23/2012 3:30PM

    Thank you for being open and honest. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the people that you admire b/c they have succeeded also have problems too. It takes hard work to lose weight and it will not just come off.

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SLIMSOLO10 6/23/2012 2:12PM

    this is all soooo true and good to remember when you feel discouraged! but seeing your success makes it all worth it! thank you!

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J2740LOU 6/23/2012 11:42AM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing. Nice to know I'm not alone on this journey.

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BETHJRN 6/23/2012 7:54AM

    Wonderful blog.... very inspiring and right on target. Thanks for sharing with me.

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STARRSKS5 6/23/2012 7:22AM

  Thank you so much for writing this entry, so inspirational.

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MKRUSE34 6/23/2012 7:21AM

    You are right. I have been maintaing my weight for about 3 years now, and I still do all the things that you mentioned. Just don't give up.

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CINDY_LYNNE 6/23/2012 1:01AM

    Thank you for writing this. :)

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DEVERYLEJ 6/22/2012 11:42PM

  They also don't tell you that you may have some sagging or wrinkly skin that won't go away no matter how fit you are and how much muscle you gain. But don't give up; you are still getting healthy and strong and you can still look and feel good!

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SDELISFORT100 6/22/2012 10:07PM

    AMEN!! This is so encouraging. I would like to print this out! emoticon

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BEACHGIRL328 6/22/2012 9:56PM

    Amen! I really needed to read this! and it is so good to see i am not the only one with the struggles!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/22/2012 7:34PM

    Yep, we are here for the good, the bad, and the boy I wish it weren't so. Glad you are seeing success.

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CHICKYBEE 6/22/2012 1:16PM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for a totally different perspective, and the reminder that weight 'loss' is not all good. It has its darker side, and by expressing it, you have given us all another area in which to identify with each other and connect. Sometimes, just an understanding, sympathetic 'pat-on-the-shoulder' is all we need to keep going.

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DRULON 6/22/2012 12:17PM

  Many of the things you mention are exactly right, but the one that really hit-the-nail-on-the-head for me is that I still don't see myself as anything but still fat, and I have already lost. I don't have any pix of me as "before" but I'm still going to lose it, so I won't see my self as fat. emoticon

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FITMOMMA4LIFE 6/22/2012 11:29AM

    Took the words right out of my mouth!

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1DUZYW 6/22/2012 10:38AM

    You said just what I have been thinking! Thank you for letting me know I am normal and I can do it!

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    Thank you for sharing this, its the same stuff I have been struggling with. Its nice to know I'm not alone. emoticon

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Loose Skin and other artifacts

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Someone asked me if I had loose skin after losing weight. The answer is yes. The areas that are the worst are my sagging bosom, stomach, inner thighs, lower back and upper arms. This is the "postcard" from my 3 decade trip through obesity. I still have a long way to go so I know this will only sag more. Fortunately, my clothing camouflages most of this. Well made undergarments help provide shape as well.

The reason I bring this up at all (other than to answer those of you that sparkmailed and asked) is to make this point. While some things are NOT reversible with diet and exercise MANY are!

First - I FEEL better. You know what I'm talking about. No longer do I huff, puff and drag my body up stairs. I can stand in a line at the store without grinding pain in my legs and back. I can walk two miles!

I'm off the Blood Pressure Meds! I had a wonderful 115/68 blood pressure this morning. This means I don't have all those negative side effects of the meds. My cholesterol and triglycerides are NORMAL! They are better than many of my skinny friends!

My skin is clearer. Yes even 56 year olds can have breakouts but my new diet/fitness regimen has left me with healthier skin.

My digestive system has returned to normal. I know this is something people don't often speak about but trust me - IT MATTERS!

I have never had blood sugar issues but I do think if I had that would have benefited too so I mention it here only for those that might be in that situation now. I do believe you will only see improvement with weight loss and diet changes.

Sleep - As the weight comes off my sleep gets better and better. Sleep is so important in our overall health.

Confidence - I know that I CAN do this because I HAVE. That gives me more confidence to push on (remember my perseverance blog yesterday?) Success breeds success.

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Now given that LONG list of benefits and reversed health issues do you see why I'm NOT hung up about the loose skin? In a small way, as I shower and dress each morning it's a reminder to me of where I was and where I NEVER want to be again.

Stay tuned. 75 pounds are gone and I've got 60 more to go. Why not join me on the journey? Let's do it!

Press On!

  
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    emoticonThanks for the blog. emoticon

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KAREN608 6/24/2012 7:18PM

    I think age has a lot to do with skin returning to normal...in my 20s, 30s it would, but it is less elastic now in my 50s so may have to live with it but better than living at a higher weight. Thanks for all your good posts.

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GOPINTOS 6/24/2012 6:28PM

    Enjoyed this! I think given some time, the skin catches up somewhat, doesnt it? Well I hope so anyways :) Wishing you continued success on your journey!



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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/22/2012 7:11PM

    great job

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STELLASMYBEBE 6/22/2012 12:44PM

    Thank you :)

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JIBBIE49 6/22/2012 12:15PM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.


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JIBBIE49 6/22/2012 12:14PM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.


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HOLLYJEAN10 6/21/2012 8:23AM

  Hello, your blogs are excellent. I commend you on your success and great attitude. In regards to excess skin, I have seen a person loose 100 lbs and have very taut skin by making sure they were taking in more than half of their body weight in protein g's per day. So, if a person's weight is 200 lbs they would need to have over 100g of protein a day. Best achieved with good quality protein powder ( not bars since they contain a lots of carbs) Since skin is made up of protein as they lost, their body had the protein it needed to repair the skin. They looked fabulous. Keep up the hard work. God Bless!

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MARYHENNIG 6/20/2012 10:13PM

  Fantastic journey! Keep the focus.

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LOPEYP 6/20/2012 8:53PM

    Great job on the weight loss! I read a blog by another Sparker who has lost 100 lbs and had some success losing some of the loose skin through exercise.

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EMILYDOODLE 6/20/2012 3:43PM

  Great job, way to go!

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SPEEDY143 6/19/2012 11:52PM

    I'm down 70+ pounds (about half way) and I'm proud to say I'm Flab-U-Lous emoticonand feeling 100% better emoticonTHAT'S what it's all about emoticon

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KGWINDER 6/19/2012 11:41PM

    Great attitude, and I can share that over time there is some improvement. I still have a ways to go to final goal (I reset my counter so it doesn't looks as great), yet other than the tummy, most areas have improved. Here is to doing the working and making it work! emoticon

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REENIE131 6/19/2012 10:03PM

    Awesome!

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MISSILENE 6/19/2012 7:31PM

    So proud of you. Keep going and don't stop. yay

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/19/2012 5:02PM

    Holy Cow--I could have written that list--only you did it better! Everything is so true. The digestive system thing is so great, isn't it? We don't talk about that much, but it makes life easier when things are regular and constant diarrhea isn't a fact of life!

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MS0669 6/19/2012 3:34PM

    Like you, I get the "skin" question all the time ! And YES, it happens. But I tell people that my heart would rather carry around a little saggy skin then an extra 150lbs !

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1BUBBIE20 6/19/2012 3:26PM

    I also have a lot of weight to lose and I am wondering if there is any natural way without surgery to get rid of sagging skin? Are there any exercises or dietary supplements that can help? I once lost 50 lbs. 10 years ago, but they came back on and I really want to lose about 80 lbs. I just started this program and I am very excited about it. I am so busy calculating all my food options, I haven't had time to start an exercise regime yet. I am not a couch potato though. I am active doing my housework, yard work and other things. When I go shopping, I park at a distance from the stores so I can get a little walking in.

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DEBK0923 6/19/2012 3:22PM

    you have a wonderful attitude, great blog

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 6/19/2012 3:19PM

    I have this same issue and it drives me insane! However, your attitude reminds me that anything is possible..and that really does that matter when you look at all the wonderful health benefits. Goodness a year and a half ago I couldn't walk...Now I am my health is so much better.

Beautiful blog!

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PEACEJENN 6/19/2012 3:13PM

    AMAZING!!! You are so right. I didn't LOSE the pounds..I GAVE them away! Because I NEVER want to find them again! EVER!

I love your blog girl! You ROCK!!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/19/2012 2:43PM

    I am so glad you mentioned saggy skin. We who have lost or are trying to lose a lot of weight need to be OK with having extra skin. We need to feel good about our bodies as we are, even while we're working hard to get and stay fit and healthy. Last summer, someone posted: I didn't have a perfect body before I lost weight, I won't have a perfect body after. I completely understand being self-conscious about appearance! I'm doing a sprint triathlon in a few weeks as an obese middle aged woman, and believe me, wearing athletic gear brings out every bit of my self-consciousness! I see 2 choices: acknowledge it and do the race regardless, or let my worry about someone else's perceptions stop me. No H8, right? For others, for ourselves, for saggy skin. I'm so impressed with your progress, effort, honesty. I'm with you!

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MAMAOWLS 6/19/2012 2:08PM

    Great Blog. I have maintiained about 60 pound weight loss for about a year and have saggy skin but I think it is a little less saggy than it was. Maybe I just want it to be. I would like to lose about 20 to 30 more pounds but my body seems to like it where it is right now. I'm so much better off than I was 60 pounds ago that I'm not pushing too hard to lose the weight.

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TXGRANDMA 6/19/2012 1:29PM

    emoticonATTITUDE! You are indeed focused on the right things!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/19/2012 1:22PM

    I've lost the weight - and loose skin is making me crazy! It is 100 degrees here today - and I am wearing 3/4 length sleeves and cropped jeans. Even though I can clearly see muscle definition on my arms (outer arms) there is loose skin on the inner upper arms. Thighs, too. I can NEVER wear a tank top or a sleeveless blouse or shorts again - and I have been looking for help with this everywhere. I've become proud of my fully dressed body - but am still SO distressed by it, up close. Even my husband noticed it - now I wear long sleeve nightgowns!!!! I even work out in long sleeve tops. If you see any improvement in this area, please let me know. I pray for my full confidence back - do you think it will improve over time?

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ANGIEINTRAINING 6/19/2012 11:19AM

    Thanks for sharing...great insight.

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GAILMJ 6/19/2012 11:07AM

    Good for you!!! Thanks for sharing. You help me to put things in perspective. Whats a little sag when I have your health :)

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LUCKYONE60 6/19/2012 10:52AM

    Another reminder to be kind to ourselves and others no matter WHAT we/they look like. You just never know what people have been through. Congrats on being HEALTHY because you can't put a price on that. (Nothing like a good undergarment too, huh? Ha!)

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GOING-STRONG 6/19/2012 10:46AM

    I hear you. I yo yoed for many years and my skin really paid the price. I have maintained for 3 years now and I have seen some improvement with regular strength training. Loose skin is definitely NOT a reason to give up on weight loss efforts. The many benefits of loosing outweigh the negative 99 to 1... Spark on!

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JEANNEBOYD1 6/19/2012 10:45AM

    You have a wonderfully positive attitude. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 6/19/2012 9:38AM

    Isn't it wonderful that loose skin is your biggest problem! Congrats!

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LOLAINSC 6/19/2012 9:23AM

    I call the saggy skin the Weight Loss Dirty Little Secret. I am surprised how little the weightloss experts talk about it--maybe they are afraid of scaring people off their weightloss programs. However, I think people should be warned, so that they do not feel abnormal when they start to sag. I'd choose to look like a bloodhound if it means being a healthy, fit, active bloodhound, and I'd rather have a turkey wattle than a double chin. Congratulations for choosing to be healthy and happy.

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DANIGETTINGTHIN 6/19/2012 9:19AM

    Great way to look at it!

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PENOWOK 6/19/2012 6:56AM

    I am totally with you! Sagging skin is annoying but it's not life threatening like obesity is!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/19/2012 6:10AM

    Well, this gives me a new way to look at my silver stretch marks.
I've always hated them, but now I can look at them and be glad that they're not red any more because I'm heading in the right direction : )

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MARYJEANSL 6/19/2012 12:42AM

  A very cheering and encouraging blog, thanks!

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JAMER123 6/18/2012 11:30PM

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Great going!! I feel the same way as you do & it is a wonderful feeling.

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CRANRANA 6/18/2012 4:25PM

  Testify, sister!! Congratulations on your weight loss. I got the full body scan last week at the Charlotte airport and the results warranted a pat down. I told the "patter" I'd lost 130 pounds and the problem was probably loose skin--eeek!! Wish I could get things surgically tightened up, but I won't even get my ears pierced. Hooray for Spanx!!
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SOLOMUA 6/18/2012 3:45PM

    I enjoyed reading this message this morning! Awesome stuff and thank you for the motivation! Even though I haven't lost much weight, I am looking forward to saggy body parts!! Thank you again!!

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ANYVAR54 6/18/2012 2:26PM

    Thank you for the encouragement. I will continue on. Only lost 30 lbs so far, but will continue. And I have been noticing my sagging skin, but also not worried about it.


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SAINTBETH 6/18/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I've just begun the journey, but already see progress. We can do this.

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The ONE thing... (How I lost 75 pounds).

Friday, June 15, 2012

Many of you have seen the movie "City Slickers" where Billy Crystal's character is encouraged to find his "one thing". Over the years I have tried many times to shed this weight and while I would have some success the weight ALWAYS went back on rather quickly.

I began in earnest 23 months ago here at Sparkpeople. I quickly found the BLC Challenge and have been a part of 6 rounds (and will be back in Sept. for another - sparkmail me if you are interested in learning more). While it hasn't been a linear slope of weight loss from point A to point B it has gotten me there.

What was different this time? Was it the food I chose? Was it the friends I kept? How about the exercises I did? Was it being spring, summer, winter, fall? Was it being stressed or not stressed? Was it having more time or less time? WHAT was it. What was the one thing?

--- The one thing was - perseverance! It was not accepting this destination of "Health & Fitness" as optional. It was getting up every day and regardless of the day before PRESSING ON!

I had a slow journey from 60 pounds lost to 70 pounds lost. It was almost a YEAR but I kept on "keeping on". I didn't let the pace deter me from the GOAL. That's that ONE thing.

Why does it matter so much you ask? We are creatures of inertia. It takes a lot of "oomph" to get us out of our "resting state". Once we are moving the key is to not STOP. Think of that semi-tractor trailer at the red light. If he can shift gears and approach the light slowly such that he never has to come to a complete stop he will be able to build speed and continue much more quickly than if he has to idle his engine.

WE are that way too. Some periods in our life we may not be moving at the same pace but the key is to keep moving. You may even come to a stop or go backwards a bit but that's just when you KEEP MOVING.

There is no great secret to weight loss. You eat less than you burn. There are nuances that might make your journey healthier, but basically that's the formula. Having said that the KEY to that formula is applying it daily. That's where the perseverance part comes in.

Just DO it! Don't play games with yourself about WHY you can't do it today, just get going! If you had a bad morning - turn it around now!

People persevere in all areas of life. Runners persevere to push past that wall and reach the finish line. Painters persevere to finish the landscape from first brush stroke to last. Knitters persevere from casting on to attaching the sleeves on that sweater. Readers persevere to finish the story.

WHY should this be any different? So what do you need to do to get the weight off and KEEP it off?

PRESS ON!

See you at "Health & Fitness"!

Suzanne

  
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SPSPSP1 9/3/2012 2:45AM

    Indeed!

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PURPLENY 7/19/2012 11:13AM

    Thanks, I need to read this!

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NASFKAB 7/18/2012 12:35AM

  great blog

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WILSON1926 7/14/2012 6:23AM

    AWESOME blog..............YOU are a very motivating person.
Thank You so much for that
Michael

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OKLAMEG1 7/5/2012 8:43PM

  Thank you so much for your blog and being open and honest. I've read a couple of your other blogs and want to tell you that they are very encouraging to me. This one in particular was just what I needed to hear today. When I feel that I'm not making progress I think I should be making, I just need to remember to stick with it. You're right on -- perseverance is the one thing that will make you and me a winner.

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ELAINE725 7/3/2012 2:17PM

    Way to go! Keep going and never give up!

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AMURDOCK68 6/22/2012 3:13PM

    Thanks for the blog post. Well said.

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MARGARITTM 6/22/2012 12:24PM

    Great blog!

Love the - image of "City Slickers"

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BANDMOM2012 6/21/2012 9:57AM

    Great imagery! Never stopping is the key, even when the light is red emoticon

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KANOE10 6/20/2012 1:43PM

    That is the truth. Perserverance is the most imprtant thing. Never give up
Great job and very inspiring.

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    What an inspiration!! emoticon

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2BEEFIT 6/19/2012 9:05AM

    way to stick with it on such a long 10 lb loss journey..60 -70 but you kept at it making it truly a lifestyle.

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PS10711 6/18/2012 10:35PM

    Congratulations on the 75 lbs weight loss. Thank you for sharing

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OHMEMEME 6/18/2012 9:49PM

    Thanks for Sparking! I have been backsliding a few months but my mantra is to keep pressing forward. I lost 40 in 7 mths and gained 15 in the last 6mos but that is still better that my past history of the yo-yo. The main difference in my attitude is I have not given up. I will continue to live for health which means weightloss.

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SLIM242 6/18/2012 9:04PM

    Thanks for sharing! Just today, as I was running/walking around the track, my thoughts were on target with yours. Perseverance is the answer, after gaining back 2-3 pounds, I thought to myself, it was when I walk/ran or did something everyday that got me to a 50 pound weight lost. Today, I recommitted to tracking my food again and doing something everyday! Reading your blog gave me the confirmation that I'm doing the right thing!

Congrats on losing 70 pounds and thank you for the motivation.

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BLUEANGEL2293 6/18/2012 8:47PM

    Thanks for sharing! I've been feeling unmotivated lately and your blog has given me the motivation boost that I needed. You're number one! emoticon

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CHELAGETSFIT 6/18/2012 7:06PM

    Good job!

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KATEM200 6/18/2012 5:58PM

  Love your perspective!

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CATDUG19 6/18/2012 5:42PM

    Your blog was so true and so inspiring to me. Thanks for posting.

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ANYVAR54 6/18/2012 2:30PM

    Thank you for sharing. I will persevere!!!!

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MOEH802 6/18/2012 1:30PM

  Thanks for sharing. You are doing a good job! I am at a "holding pattern", but I keep hanging in there. Thanks again for the word of the day - "perservance".

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EAGLES_WINGS 6/18/2012 1:27PM

    I like the key that is perseverance. Get back on the horse. Don't quit moving which is exactly what I need to do in my home today to get some things done. The best part is the reward at the end of the journey but not forgetting all those great moments along the way or the difficult humps to overcome but win with triumph to move on again! emoticon

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VICTORY2XS 6/18/2012 12:26PM

    Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing so many motivational ideas. Just 3 days into this, and after reading this i feel very encouraged!

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KAREN_NY 6/18/2012 11:09AM

    "Don't play games with yourself .... " SO TRUE!! Thanks so much, and congratulations!!!

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4KWALK 6/18/2012 10:23AM

    I like the advice you give. Just DO IT. We use this attitude in so many areas of life. I guess it is time to use it in the area of becoming healthier too.

Very well written. Thank you

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CHANGINGSAM 6/18/2012 9:17AM

    Great blog! Congrats on all of your hard work and progress!

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CAROLZ1967 6/18/2012 8:51AM

    Good advice! I like your blog! :-)

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 6/18/2012 8:38AM

    Great blog! Hope you have a great day!

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HOLLYL7 6/18/2012 7:39AM

    Great blog Suzanne! I especially appreciated hearing how you had almost a full year of going from 60 to 70 pounds, but still found yourself "pressing on."

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COOKIE_AT_51 6/18/2012 7:32AM

    Yay You! ... it is important to find that "one thing", keep on Sparkin' us on! Thank you! emoticon

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ROSET491 6/18/2012 7:26AM

    Thank you for sharing! Great job on your weight loss & the perseverance it takes!!
May checkout that challenge you mentioned!!

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MOMMABOOMS 6/18/2012 7:21AM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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DMEYER4 6/18/2012 6:26AM

  Great blog. Keep up the good work

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MARIASPARKLE 6/18/2012 4:12AM

    What a great blog! it reallyinspired me!

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DMANN104 6/18/2012 1:04AM

    That is exactly what I am trying to do this time around! I have tried a few times, every time I lose some and learn a few more new healthy habits. This time I need to learn to stick with it, and then maybe I will see the results I want! Great Blog!

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SLFGOLF 6/18/2012 1:00AM

    What a great story. After being in a 4 month holding pattern because of surgery I am ready to move again. You've really given me some great things to keep in mind.

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TYLERDRANGUET 6/18/2012 12:23AM

    Perseverance is so hard sometimes, but it's people like you who bolster me up and keep me moving in the right direction. Thank you for a such a great blog. As I sit here nursing my blistered feet from a long run, I've got a huge smile on my face because I know that even if things get rough, anything is possible if I put my mind to it.

Keep sparking.

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MESAMA 6/17/2012 11:58PM

    I too just wrote a blog about perseverance! Who knew! It was a new revelation for me... Just keep going! Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your success! :)

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JUSTDOIT011 6/17/2012 11:21PM

    Just got to keep on keeping on!! Absolutely right!

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/17/2012 10:54PM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story.

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SBNORMAL 6/17/2012 10:30PM

  i have to do it everyday, i am seeing that every other day is not good fo

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