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This plan is getting old now. Time to quit?

Friday, October 01, 2010

I'm approaching a familiar point in the healthy eating plan. Each and every time I've done this in the past, I haven't lost ten pounds a week, I have felt hungry, I haven't dropped mega inches and I haven't been infused with the energy of a two year old. And because I want it all, and I want it now, I've quit.

This time around I've lost about eight pounds in about ten weeks. That's a healthy weight loss but less than half a pound a week, in recent weeks is hardly encouraging. Better eight pounds off, than eight pounds gained though.

Health problems have prevented an increase in exercise, or are the health problems an excuse for just not wanting to do it? I've signed up for a class that will force me to work out.

I'm hoping that if I can just stay with it through the valleys when I want to quit, I will keep the motivation going to succeed.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PINGUINAPLATA 10/14/2010 4:28PM

    Thanks to all for the encouragement. I didn't quit. Still on the slowest loser program, but weight coming off is a whole lot better than weight piling on.

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LMALSBURY 10/5/2010 12:21AM

    Do not give up. You are right little progress is better then none. BUT keep moving forward because guess what that small progress is gonna turn into a HUGE success. I was the same way. A pound here a pound there. Nothing made me wanna keep pushing. I need that motivation. The people here have proved that motivation from just venting out to making me feel like I can do this. 3 months and 30 pounds later and still going strong. I get those moments even now. But you know what. YOU will only be kicking yourself TWICE if not THREE times harder then you are right now. Hang in there and keep moving forward. Baby steps are good :)

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ALI_CAT9 10/5/2010 12:16AM

    Good job, keep up the hard work!!!

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PINGUINAPLATA 10/4/2010 6:31PM

    LOL! I love that poem, AliCat. It brought a smile to my face. And while I haven't had the best day on program today, I'm still stucking with it. The things that I ate extra, were all healthy, light things.

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ALI_CAT9 10/4/2010 2:51AM


When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forget all about being healthy and thin.

So what! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts ... So don't you quit!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself, "You've done great up 'til now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."
It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.

To stumble and fall is not a disgrace
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And learn too late when the damage is done,
That the race wasn't over ... They still could have won.

Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
But facing each challenge will help you grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in a cloud of doubt.

When you're pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it ... But DON'T YOU QUIT!

~Author Unknown

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PINGUINAPLATA 10/2/2010 1:06PM

    Thank you all SO much for the valued encouagement. That's what SP is all about, isn't it? We're here for each other.

My mind set is quite different this morning. I've had a good night's rest and woke up remembering what a wonderful world this is. I'm privileged to live in a lovely place.

The scale jumped downwards by 4lbs this morning. That made me smile, thinking of how I allow a 1lb overnight gaint o depress me. Sure, the 4lbs didn't melt overnight, just as the 1lb didn't grow overnight. The scale will be different tomorrow. It's only the long term trend that counts.

I've made a contract with my inner self that quitting requires a four week notice period. Same as any important contract. Gotta give myself a cooling off (heating up?) period.

As for the yoga - love, love, love it! I tried a class out over a year ago, to appease a friend. Knew I wouldn't like it but he insisted. I'm still going regularly.

Will check out the slowest loser thread. Great suggestion, thanks. Isn't SP just the greatest support group?

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MIZLIZ8 10/1/2010 10:44PM

    I'm sorry that you are discouraged, but it sounds like you are motivated to keep moving towards real change in your life, even though you may feel like quitting right now. I can recommend an encouraging blog--its called On top of the World by Pinguinaplata!

Have you ever tried a yoga class? Gentle yoga is beneficial for back pain and would compliment the work your chiro does. It won't make you lose a lot of weight but there are other health and wellness benefits from a good yoga practice. I started yoga when my running and cycling made me so stiff and sore I could hardly walk!

You've got sparkfriends who know how you feel and we are for you!


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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 10/1/2010 10:36PM

  emoticon if you only keep working at it. As you said yourself you lost 8 pounds and 8 pounds off is better than 8 pounds on. Join the slowest loser team. You will get all the inspiration and help you need to continue. God Bless and stay positive.

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DDSTERRETT 10/1/2010 10:27PM

    Don't quit. You'll only feel worse if you do.

You know, I read somewhere today, maybe even here on this site, that impatience can keep us from being happy. To me, that really hit a chord. I am so guilty of wanting it all, wanting it now, and tomorrow, (or ten minutes from now), isn't fast enough.

But by slowing down -- taking it easy -- enjoying the ride, the body has time to catch up to what the mind wants to accomplish, and the accomplishments mean a lot more, since it came with a price, and wasn't easy or frivolous.

You've heard a million times, "you didn't gain it overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight, either"...and it's true. BUT by slowing down that expectation, you'll get a lot more from the experience, and I promise it will be worth it.

Don't quit. You can do this.

Let me rephrase -- you CAN do this! :-)
Take care,

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MRSBENNETT2 10/1/2010 10:25PM

    You are worth continuing!

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