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A few things I have learned this past year.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

I have learned a few things this past year.

# 1. Don't be in a hurry. 2 lbs per week is a lot of weight to be losing and will still add up to 100 lbs in a year.

# 2. Don't be hungry! Never allow yourself to become hungry. Hunger will lead to an uncontrollable binge every time!

# 3. Believe in yourself.

# 4. Be honest with yourself. Hold yourself accountable. No one else matters but if you lie to yourself you will have problems.

# 5. Eat what you need to eat to not be hungry. If the SP range leaves you hungry, eat more. Eat 2000 calories daily. Eat 2500 calories if you need them. If we had all eaten just 2000 calories per day we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. So you will still lose weight, just a little more slowly. Slow weight loss is not a bad thing.

# 6. Love yourself for who you are. Not for your outer shell but for your inner beauty. And let your inner beauty show to the world. Smile. Smile a lot. Smile at everyone. If someone says something hurtful, smile and wish him or her a pleasant day. You will feel better for it.

Be true to yourself. You are worthy. You are worthy of being loved and respected.

Love you for who you are,
Linda
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GYPSYHEART1 6/18/2009 10:30AM

    I just read this blog, Linda, and I loved it. I really need to read this at this point in time. I have been so down on myself, but this little learning lesson is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing it. emoticon emoticon

Pam (aka Gypsy Heart)

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JSMILE50 6/16/2009 4:03PM

    Linda, this and another post you wrote convinced me to start tracking my foods. I also changed my goals to reflect what I really want - a year-long weight-loss process. I know from experience that the slower I lose it, the more permanent the weight-loss is. And I really do want the changes to my lifestyle to be permanent too. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

Jsmile emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 6/16/2009 1:03PM

    Wonderful Blog! I voted for it!
You have gained a lot of insight over the past year and continue to be a
Thinspiration for us all!

Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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FINDINGREALME 6/15/2009 5:28PM

    Great list -- thanks for posting this! #3 and #4 are so true...in the past, I have not logged my WW points or my food in SP...now exactly who was I lying to?

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 6/15/2009 12:41PM

    Thank you Linda! It's so nice to benefit from someone else's wisdom. You've been through this battle and won. You're a great role model. I was trying to decide which point I felt was most important, but I can't. They're all excellent.

emoticon Laurie

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GRALLEN 6/15/2009 11:59AM

    Excellent points! I'm glad you posted this.

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SHEWWIMONSTER 6/13/2009 8:22PM

    This is a great blog. :) I tend to have trouble with a few of these from time to time. I think not lying to yourself is SUPER important and something I try to do too often. #1 is great also and something I tend to forget---it's going to take me longer than I'd like it to to get there, but that's okay.

Thanks for your comment. :) I've had trouble with the 1000 cal cap in the past, which is why I was hesitant to count cals when I first started here. But my low range is in the high 1500s, and the very few times I haven't made it to my low I was in the 1300s. I'm handling the counting very well and also learning to embrace shorter workouts!

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_VALEO_ 6/13/2009 7:36PM

    Great points!
I second the #1, I've been told several times that I should have lost my 22lbs in less than 3 months by persons around me. I've been on Spark since last October, I have lost nearly 15 lbs -it's about 2 lbs a month.
I'm no longer in my 20 summers, my health is what it is and I don't have time for yo-yo, but I'm satisfied with my turtle way of losing. I don't "cheat" because I'm not dieting, I'm simply trying to eat healthy without any forbidden food. And I do believe, I'll reach my goal before the end of this year.

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MARTY19 6/13/2009 7:21PM

    I believe in #3. As bad as it might have been, being honest with myself has really saved me. But I also know that in order to succeed, you must believe that you are worthy of the changes. As hard as it may be, embrace the changes and love the new you that emerges.
As usual, you blog inspires me to be more than I am.

Marty

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/13/2009 6:57PM

    Linda,

Thanks for posting this. Your insights never cease to amaze me. I especially like #6. So many overweight people don't think they are beautiful and have major self esteem issues. I also like #3, which relates to the cheating issue we have talked about in the past. You are only cheating yourself (if you want to call it that).

Anyway, keep those cards and letters coming!!! I love them!!!


Leslie

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MOLLYJ96 6/13/2009 5:06PM

    So true!! Thank you for the post!

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TILLIEBEE 6/13/2009 5:00PM

    Thank you!
This is beautiful.
I've already been making progress thanks to reading about your journey on your SparkPage and your additional tips about walking a little at night.
You are an inspiration!

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MSLZZY 6/13/2009 4:33PM

    Wonderful-thanks for posting.

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JAZZYJUDE 6/13/2009 4:26PM

    This is an AWESOME blog ~ thank you for posting this motivating message. It's all so true, as we have to live our lives as well. Even if we average a pound a week, that's 52 lbs a year! That is even cool too!
emoticon Jazzy!!

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