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I am in a holding pattern...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lately I am having trouble motivating some people around me. I think this is because I am now in a holding pattern - this is what maintaining feels like today. It becomes more difficult to remember how it was to be trying to lose 90 pounds. Really, I lost 2 lbs per week, sometimes 1/10th lb per day. I wrote them all down and gradually lost 90 pounds forever. But I did it One Day At A Time.

I am now living like people I envied all my life - people who only had to worry about 2-3 lbs at any given time. Envy really isn't the right word - I truly never envied anyone - my mother brought me up to know that everyone has problems - I just don't know what word to use.

We all have different problems but they are all very real to each of us.

As I found My Spark, I have lost touch with my past weight problems. I have found mostly healthier alternatives in my living day to day. I am at peace with myself. I like who I see in the mirror. And I am forgiving of my occasional slips in my food choices - because life goes on.

I will continue to be here to try to help anyone asking for assistance.

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Thank you everybody. I do so want everyone to reach their goal weight. If I can help to encourage you - I will be here for you! This works because we each help others!
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SLENDERELLA61 2/20/2010 8:21PM

    You've been tremendously inspiring to me, Linda! My struggles and outlook are different than when I was 80 pounds heavier, but I know I can lose it easily. I must recommit every day.

Is there someone in particular in your life you are trying to influence and only meeting frustration? Wow, do I know that feeling. I have a 24 year old nephew who is more than 100 pounds over weight and he has no interest in fitness. How sad! I've tried, but you can't do it for someone else, no matter how hard you want to. My husband it diabetic, has had heart trouble, and could stand to lose 25-30 pounds. He does no regular exercise. He does not appreciate my efforts and has no desire to eat or exercise like I do. It is frustrating. Very frustrating. Are you in this same boat?

Then there are people in my life who do understand, who are interested in making similar changes, and who look to me as a role model. It is so cool!! I love helping someone else get started and I love helping someone keep on keeping on. I love helping someone pick up and try again. Forgive yourself and move on. That's what it takes - not perfection, but determination! And sometimes it is SparkFriends who I get to try to motivate. And some really respond.

Linda, you are a big, big motivator. Keep on keeping on. Do your program. Help others who listen. Some days the beauty of the whole thing will just be obvious. On other days, you just put one foot in front of the other. Keep up your great work of inspiring us all! It really matters.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2010 7:25PM

    I have a sneaking suspicion that "maintenance" will have a different feeling different days. Of course I'm relatively new to maintenance!

Some days like the holding pattern you describe, some days like you're flying, and a few precious ones like you just landed at a wonderful destination. Here's to making it through the holding pattern ones, enjoying the flying ones, and being at peace with the destination days!

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HEALTHY4SPRING 2/20/2010 11:20AM

    Yes, please stay with us and keep sparking! You may not realize it, but everyday you maintain is an inspiration to us and proof that it can be done!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/19/2010 12:27PM

    I recognise what you're saying about a holding pattern and the change in mindset.

I think you probably underestimate how much you motivate others though. One of the things about the Spark is that so many people influence and inspire others in ways that they don't always realise.

I always think of you having trodden the path in front of me and you continue to help me as you set an example and offer encouragement.

Thank you Linda.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/19/2010 10:46AM

    We need your Linda. Keep holding on. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/19/2010 7:45AM

    You've done an excellent job on a very long journey. You are an inspiration! I want to be just like you!

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SOPHIADARE 2/19/2010 6:59AM

    I notice that you enjoy "Walk Away the Pounds" to help you keep a pace that works for you. My sister likes those. She finds them helpful, too. She also finds that it can make walking in place inside more interesting in the winter "when it shivers" even if she isn't walking in Paris. Good for you for focusing on the switch to maintenance strategies! Hooray for Linda!

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LOPEYP 2/19/2010 5:37AM

    Linda, Your holding pattern is your life! You did it - you got back to healthy. We are envious of you. I would love to be at my goal weight now but know that through SP I will reach my goal this time - after 20 years of trying. Keeping on doing what you are doing and thanks for all the encouragement and motivation. - Diane
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KNITTABLES 2/19/2010 2:51AM

    Yes sparks does work and sometimes you will be in that holding pattern but soon the air will shift and you will start losing weight again. Hang in there.

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ASTORRES1 2/19/2010 12:17AM

    I don't think there is anything wrong with a holding pattern. You should be so proud of yourself and all the hard work you have done. Congrats to you!!!You are an inspiration to me.


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CATHEITE 2/18/2010 10:51PM

    You're a continual source of inspiration for me! Maintaining has plenty of highs and lows, and it's nice to see how others are coping along the way. I also enjoy reading your blogs about issues other than weight, like fitness.

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GRALLEN 2/18/2010 9:04PM

    You being here on Spark is motivating. So many ppl like you and enjoy reading your blogs and posts.

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GINILEE4 2/18/2010 8:19PM

    Linda, You continue to motivate me just by blogging every day. I get to see how happy you are in your new size and how well you have fit into a regular living . I guess there aren't too many personal whoo hoo moments for you now but I think you can live those moments through your friends here and that will motivate them to go on. You are now and always have been a great friend and I count myself lucky to be your friend.

Gini

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