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Showing Up Makes You a Winner!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This is a message that I sent to our Biggest Loser Challenge members at the end of our first week. I wanted to share it.

Hi Challenge Members!

I want to thank each and everyone of you who chose to participate in this challenge and who checked in this week whether you lost, gained or held the same. The fact is, this challenge is all about YOU! This is nothing more than a way to motivate us all toward our goals. There is nothing you can do that will turn anyone here against you. You will not be shunned for gaining weight or staying the same. You will only be supported and cared for.

Those of us who have stayed around here long enough to experience the ups and downs that come with real life have learned that it is the CONNECTION to others that makes a real difference in this program. We have been successful here and have been able to pick ourselves back up when we have had setbacks because we have stayed CONNECTED. Most of us with weight issues have developed a habit of pulling away when we aren't doing well with food. We feel shame and sadness and fear that we won't be able to succeed. We want to hide and cover our wounds with food.

Staying connected helps us to remain honest with ourselves, which is where we truly need honesty. It is difficult to deceive ourselves about how we look or how we are progressing when we are out in the open sharing our real selves with others. When we pull back, we are hiding, not only from others, but from ourselves. When we do that, we only really come face-to-face with our true selves when we have to shop for new clothes or get on the scales at the doctor's office or go to an event with old friends. Then we find the truth staring boldly at us, and it hurts. Pulling back, usually means falling back into old ways and the self-deception that comes with it.

It is okay to be yourself here, whatever that may be. Not one of us is perfect, and we are in this together.

Congratulations to all of you! Just being here --------- showing up makes you a winner! emoticon

  
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DTONEY76 1/11/2010 3:21PM

    I really enjoyed your words today Jen. Thank you for everything.

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TRICIALICI 1/11/2010 9:50AM

    Just what I needed to hear this morning! Thanks so very much.

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TABBERDOODLE 1/11/2010 9:47AM

    Jen you rock! This is why we love you! emoticon

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SPARKROZ 1/11/2010 9:26AM

    Love this blog; you're right, simply showing up puts you in the game!!!

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Down Two and Motivated Anew!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I have been totally motivated again since the day after Christmas. The motivation wasn't just "there", I had to fake it until it came. I knew that I had gained weight since November because my clothes didn't fit properly, but I didn't get on the scales right away. I was afraid that the number I would see there would deflate my already shaky determination. So on 12-26 I simply made up my mind that I would not behave as I had in the past. I would not ignore the signs that were evident in my clothing and in my body and allow my weight to continue to creep up.

Instead, I grabbed onto what I have learned over the past 21 months here at SP. I KNEW that when I ate good, healthy food that I felt better, both physically and emotionally. I KNEW that when I exercised I felt better, both physically and emotionally. I KNEW that if I made myself do these things for several days, the following days would pretty much take care of themselves. I knew I would feel great and my newer, healthier habits would take over and win!

So I did it. Surrounded by the dregs of Christmas and faced with a New Year and its celebrations just around the corner, I said "ENOUGH". I ignored the remaining cookies and sweet rolls, the holiday spirits in the cupboard and the Christmas dinner leftovers and I picked up those wonderful, healthy foods that I have grown to savor, and, instead of feeling deprived, I felt nourished, both physically and emotionally.

I am back on my journey of health and fitness. I don't know how much I had gained because I didn't weigh myself right away. When I finally got on the scales last week, I was up 6.6 pounds from my lowest weight. Today I am down two more pounds. Soon I will be right back to my previous weight and then the number will be even lower because, instead of resigning myself to failure when I slipped off my path, I remembered how far I had already come and refused to go backward any farther.

I remember what it felt like to weigh 295 pounds and what I did to get there. Now, I can also remember what it feels like to eat well and move my body and feel good about my appearance. The choice between the two is a simple one, and I get to choose!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THROUGHITALL 6/23/2010 3:55PM

    GREAT BLOG;I'M STUCK ;BUT CONTINUE TO MOVE ON;MY SISTER SAYS I DON'T EAT ENOUGH. emoticon emoticon

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2BEATIT1 6/13/2010 2:17AM

    Thanks for sharing. It gives others hope and encouragement.

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MRSBLACKCHIEF 6/6/2010 5:07PM

    thank you so much

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FEVANS 6/6/2010 4:27PM

    I really liked this and it has inspired me. Thanks for sharing

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KINGDOMHEIR 6/6/2010 1:02PM

    As everyone else has said...this is just awesome. Thanks for your candor & honesty. I am there right now myself having re-added 13 but as of last week re-lost 5 - weigh in day is Monday so we shall see where I am -- up or down is okay because I have resigned myself to not give up & to persevere until God calls me home.

I pray your journey since Jan has be a blessed one. emoticon

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1GR8FULGAL 6/6/2010 12:30PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. It's very inspirational and motivating! I, and probably many others, 'think' or wish or ?, that motivation will find us! I believe we KNOW better but...for whatever reason, hope it comes to us instead of creating it or pulling it up from within!
Thanks too, for taking the time to post this and for the courage to do so. It's not always easy to 'tell all,' as the saying goes. BIG CONGRATS on all your success; keep up the great job you are doing!! All the best on your journey.

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PASTORWILEY62 6/6/2010 11:46AM

    amen thank you so much, i am forwarding this to a friend also asit was forwarded to me, powerful word for the day amen emoticon

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2BEATIT1 6/6/2010 11:38AM

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Fantastic work
Fantastic Attitude
Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to the rest of us.
God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YJNANA 1/10/2010 12:37PM

    Proud of you :)
you'll have that off in no time, your Focused and marching into Spring with
"A new attitude"
(can't sing it but just pretend you hear me singing it LOL ) emoticon

Yvonne

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GEINAHG0757 1/10/2010 12:29PM

    Your idea to get back on track before weighing was excellent. That way you did not focus on a number, but the work you had to do. You also didn't let being off track for the holidays turn into completely STAYING off. WAY TO GO!
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CHANGING4LIFE 1/10/2010 11:41AM

    We are defined by the choices we make. All we can do is try to make the best choices possible. Keep up the good work!!

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In Order to Change We Must Stay Involved!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I think that one of the critical things we can do this year is to stay INVOLVED! I think I speak for us all when I say that we tend to slip away from this site when we are feeling badly about our ourselves and/or are behaving badly to our bodies. We become embarrassed and pull away at exactly the time when we most NEED to be connected. That is when our "slip" becomes a fall. We have to change our ways if we want to change our bodies.

Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Let's stop the insanity now!

  
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BOBALOO1 1/20/2010 8:38PM

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YJNANA 1/2/2010 3:42PM

    Jen are you doing the Challenge starting tomorrow???
Lets do it :)

Love
Yvonne

Lov
e your background picture, makes me want to go shopping for fresh veggies and fruits.

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MONSHEA1 1/2/2010 11:21AM

  So True!!

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MONSHEA1 1/2/2010 11:21AM

  So True!!

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MONSHEA1 1/2/2010 11:21AM

  So True!!

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HARRINGTON5 1/2/2010 11:14AM

    Thank you so much Jen! That is me in a nutshell. When I start gaining weight, I don't want people to see that I am not doing well (so I don't move my marker) and that I am not emoting a positive attitude. I always want to be up and tell people life is beautiful. Well, life is still beautiful even when I slip every now and then. Thank you for pointing out the true value of being here!

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KALATHIA 1/2/2010 11:07AM

    As usual, you're right on the money!

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JMWALSH4772 1/2/2010 10:37AM

    I joined the community to keep me motivated in the times I feel liking being less than social. Thank you for the reminder! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/2/2010 10:35AM

    You got that right!!

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2010, Here I Come!

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 is here, and I enter it eager to see what it will hold. I realize that I hold power over what happens, but I am not omnipotent. What I hope for and plan to work toward are these things:

I want to reach my stated goal weight in this year.

I want to seek treatment for the lymphodema in my legs, now that it has been diagnosed.

I want to move to a new home that has less land and requires less of my time to care for.

I want to become more comfortable and competent with homeschooling my daughter (a new endeavor that began in October, '09).

I want to schedule an appointment with the trainer at my gym and get some help with a strength training plan.

I want to increase the intensity of my cardio workouts.

I want to become more organized in my the juggling of my many jobs - employer/homeschool teacher/ homemaker - I frequently feel stressed and that things are out of control.

  
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DTONEY76 1/1/2010 11:07PM

    Jen, it sounds like you have accomplished a lot and will be even more successful in 2010.

BEST WISHES & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
~Dedrie

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JMWALSH4772 1/1/2010 2:37PM

    You can do it!!!!!!!! Happy New Year! emoticon

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GEINAHG0757 1/1/2010 1:41PM

    You will LOVE working with a trainer. There is a whole different level of accountability when you KNOW you have to be there and participate fully. Go for it!

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NICKEYH 1/1/2010 1:39PM

    Fabulous goals Jen! I know these are things you will do!

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MONSHEA1 1/1/2010 11:23AM

  Good Luck with your goals for 2010. Take it one day at a time and you should be able to accomplish them.

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KALATHIA 1/1/2010 11:22AM

    Great goals! Without them, how would we know where we're going or when we arrive?

Go for it, woman! I know you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!

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Motivated Again!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The last couple of months have been tough with so many big things happening. I wasn't great throughout the Christmas holiday, but it was a far cry from my eating in the past. I indulged and I have definitely gained several pounds, but I didn't "pig out". I no longer eat mindlessly or to uncomfortable excess.

Another big difference was that the day after Christmas, with many sweets still in the house, I went back to my program of healthy eating within my calorie range and got back on the treadmill. I did not beat myself up about my behavior or the extra pounds. I have not even gotten on the scale. I don't need to see the pounds, I know they are there. My clothes tell the story. I fear that the actual number will just be a way of rubbing my nose in it. Instead, I just picked myself up, dusted myself off and started again.

Here's to a healthy, successful 2010! emoticon

  
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JMWALSH4772 12/28/2009 11:44PM

    Congratulations on choosing not to beat yourself up. I'm "back on the wagon" after losing 40 pounds only to have some major emotional upheaval cause me to put it all back on plus some. The faces of my family on Christmas told me what I already knew - it was time to get back to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier me.

You're definitely an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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YJNANA 12/28/2009 5:24PM

    You are not alone. Everywhere I read, I see confessions coming out.
Not that most over indulged, but we do eat those Once a Year kinda meals or Treats and just think.............. last year, and the year before that?????? I would have pigged out. I don't do that now. I have changed my lifestyle and like how I feel and yet am not deprived of a taste of things. Seems this week its a lot of sodium so I am really holding the added 4 lbs.
Its great we have such committed Sparkies to talk to and don't feel like we are out of control. Are you doing the Challenge JAN 4th???
I am Work'in it, this week :) gotta end the year with an Attagirl attitude.


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DTONEY76 12/28/2009 4:59PM

    emoticon with just dusting yourself off and doing what right. You should really and truly be proud of yourself. Keep up the great work and know that you are doing a fantastic.

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ANASGONNAMAKEIT 12/28/2009 4:56PM

    I wish I could leave away my old bad habits for good. But,unfortunately, this Holidays I have regained about 5/8kgs I had lost 2 months ago. I know I am doing wrong and I am fixing it right now. Wish me good luck.

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BARBDM59 12/28/2009 4:50PM

    That is exactly how I did it too. I make homemade ravioli for Christmas dinner and several kinds of cookies and pastries that I make only once a year. I know myself sooo well. I have this real problem with guilt and if I ate 1 extra cookie or whatever I would have beaten myself up and ruined the holiday. Instead, I did indulge but as you said, not like in the past. I ate what I wanted but didn't pig out. My son's friends came over the next day and ate up all the leftovers and treats so I have started fresh!! I am a thin person now and I can have the occasional treat as long as it doesn't become habit again and control my life!

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