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Monday, February 16, 2009


When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at that heinous subject. You can go 50 years--or a lifetime--without thinking about a geometry theorem, an object of a preposition, or electrons and protons.

Many people approach weight loss the same way: Reach the goal, "graduate," never have to think about it again. Right.

The hardest part about reaching a weight loss goal is maintaining it. I can remember thinking, "Oh it won't be hard for me because I can't imagine not exercising every day for an hour, and I definitely would NEVER GO back to my old eating habits. Nosiree.. I have CHANGED."

For everyone, life eventually interferes and tests the depth of one's resolve.

When I started back to school, my time constraints erased from my calendar the hour a day I had set aside for exercise. My constant companions were not my gym buddies, but rather other students and hospital workers whose days are brightened with any excuse for a celebration involving food.

I never abandoned my goals. But maintaining my nutrition and exercise habits has sometimes taken a back seat to other pressing demands. While 12 pounds doesn't seem like the end of the world after losing 125, my clothes are tighter, my resolve is weaker, and I feel less confident in every way. Notably, I have had several recent opportunities to talk to people who have expressed a desire to lose weight. In the past, I would have shared my success in an effort to help them and show them what is possible. Lately I just keep quiet. I guess I feel like I should be perfect in order to have something to offer.

Bottom line, I know that "If I keep on doing what I'm doing, I'll keep on getting what I'm getting." Bad habits, a lack of commitment to exercise, excuses for poor choices will definitely lead to decreased confidence, weight gain, ill health, less stamina, more regret.

It's time for me to nip this behavior in the bud. On May 11, I graduate from school with a degree and training that will help me create a whole new professional life. At that time, I want to be where I was physically and emotionally when I was on ELLEN a year ago.

I have 12 weeks to reach my goal of losing 12 pounds. That may be a bit ambitious, but I can give it my all. When I take my diploma this time, I'm hanging on to all I've learned, however difficult it was.

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  • TARRA1011
    Here it is 4/30 and a month since that entry which I read today. I do hope that you are well on your way to achieving those goals. You can do it! I have all kinds of faith in you. Chin up, shoulders back and smile on your face!

    You're an inspiration to me!
    2732 days ago
    just read this, how's it going. I love to hear about how motivators are doing today, not just "back then."
    2762 days ago
    You have such passion in your blogs you can just feel it. I know you can do it!!
    2762 days ago
    There is never a dull moment in this life we're living but the beautiful thing is our past experiences are reminders that we have been and can always be successful. KEEP THAT SPARK GLOWING! emoticon
    2804 days ago
  • BILL60
    My sister from a different mother, I'm with you. Let's see what you have.

    2804 days ago
  • CUDDY521
    Rosie, I have learned so much from you & I know you can do this!!
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    All my best to you!! emoticon emoticon
    2805 days ago
    I believe you about the hardest part to it is maintaining it. If it were an automatic pilot deal, I would never have let my weight get out of hand in the first place. Soooo clearly I have zero ground to conjure up it becoming automatic just because an arbitrary goal has been reached. It is good to have you share this so we can modify our fantasies of what it will be like when we arrive at "bathroom scale nirvana". But please, throw that perfection monster out the window, woman! And be prepared to remind me of same when I get there, k? Remind yourself that an old goal met is simply an invitation in waiting to set a new goal. And I see you have. Bravo!
    2805 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2009 12:55:38 PM
    I'm certain you can do this Rosie. You can do anything you put your mind to. I'm so proud of how you've worked your way through this program and the fact that you've only put on 12 lbs is really amazing. I admire what you have done and I'm 100% certain that you will reach your goal of 1 lb. per week over the next 12 weeks. You are truly an inspiration!

    2805 days ago
    It's funny how life sometimes gets in the way of our goals. You sound really motivated and healthy in your attitudes and habits. I know you can do it and you'll be successful!
    2805 days ago
    You can do it! emoticon
    2805 days ago
    It's a wonderful goal to launch yourself into your new career feeling and looking good. All the best to you.

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    2805 days ago
    Awesome thing you have learned and passed on to those whom have read your blog. Keep up the good work - 12 weeks = you can get your goal! You have been dedicated to getting your degree and you can do this too! emoticon
    2805 days ago
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