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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This has been happening in person, not online. One reason for leaving my ticker with my starting weight has been just for the reasons some of you have stated - I want others to know that nothing is impossible with a little dedication. I am not ashamed of having been 210 lbs, and I am certainly not ashamed of reaching my new lower weight. If I could touch people and magically give them the power to work this program I would. But weight loss takes dedication and some working with the numbers. Just like anything in life, there is give and take. How badly do you want that (fill in the blank) *___ food*, do you want it badly enough to eat soup for dinner? For me that answer was a resounding YES!

Do you want to lose the weight badly enough to get off your butt and walk/exercise? Again, for me it is an easy YES!

I am forever being asked what I eat. For my Spark Buddies, my nutrition tracker is open to the public, you can look and see what I am eating.

"But Linda, can you eat fried chicken and fried catfish?" Yup, I can but I cannot tell you if you will be able to. How important is that fried chicken to you?

I still cannot believe I have pretty much given up the chicken skin! At 100+ calories a pop it just isn't worth the calories when I am trying to lose weight. But on the rare occasion that I just cannot resist it, I eat it and make sure my cardio "pays" for it.

This is called a Lifestyle Change for a reason. There is no magic elixir of life that will make us thinner or healthier - it takes time and some effort.

But you can believe me when I tell you that this is so worth the effort!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROL_ 2/26/2009 1:28AM

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I can't figure out what those peoples' problems are - really quite weird. I don't understand the discussion / those having a problem with, you leaving your starting weight - I'm going to leave my 315 on there. Isn't that the whole point? Isn't it for showing others how far you've come, and for encouraging others coming up behind us that they can do it too? Every goal has a beginning and ending - that's what our starting points are, just a reflection of reality - so their point is? It doesn't need an explanation. Some people will be unhappy with anything and have something negative to say - just ignore them. Someone asks me how much I weigh or height, I'm going to tell them, "I'll tell you if you'll tell me". If they're being rude about it, that is.

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WALKING_GIRL 2/25/2009 9:14PM

    I agree 100% and your living proof!! :-) I know I am going to lose 150 pounds this time all by calories in, calories out. All things in moderation and walking, walking, walking.. :-) ( I love my pedometer and Leslie) (all my sp friends!)

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/25/2009 8:27PM

    Thanks for the boost Linda. I know that I learn something new every day about myself and I sometimes surprise myself. I am working at making walking a regular habit. It just takes time and perserverance. I have lots of both. I'll meet you at the front of the race one day soon,


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JERSEYGIRL24 2/25/2009 6:08PM

    I get a little uncomfortable when people ask me what I eat. I am not following any specific diet (like Weight Watchers). I like to think of it as the common sense diet for life.

I keep fantasizing that I am teaching a weight loss class. This may actually come true on a VERY small scale, as my daughter told me that her boyfriend wants to lose weight, and she told him I would help him. One of the things I keep thinking about is that I imagine people asking things like "Is it ok to eat chocolate?" (or whatever). I think I would tell them, like you, that it may work for me but that doesn't mean it works for everyone. I think I would also tell them that it is not good for you to eat it, but please don't ask me for permission. I am not your mother.

It really sounds like you've got the lifestyle thing figured out pretty well.

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DINA:-) 2/25/2009 5:47PM

    great blog, linda! i like your mentality of "yes, i CAN eat whatever i want, but do i WANT to?"

i'm proud of you for all you've accomplished!

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MARTY19 2/25/2009 11:29AM

    Amen to that my friend. The sucess you achieve completing this journey is well worth the time and effort it takes.
I am a believe in moderation. If I know I can have something if I want it, it seems to lose its appeal.


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SUPREME5 2/25/2009 11:24AM

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FLORIDA-BISHOP 2/25/2009 11:05AM

    I think you're doing terrific. It's all about what matters more to a person.

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