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Chris Downie...YES YOU, are FIRED...I want a DIVORCE

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Chris Downie...YES YOU, are FIRED...I want a DIVORCE...

So if you are a Green Spark, just weeks or months into this journey or maybe you are a seasoned Sparker and you feel stuck, that may be what you feel like saying to Sparkpeople at times. Resist that urge to fire or divorce Sparkpeople. Stay with me here.

I don't like that evil word "plateau". I prefer to call it

Insert big, pretty, powerful, PANTHER-like, kitty here. emoticon

You are just practicing for maintenance, right? And practice makes perfect. Not really, but it does get easier. emoticon

I can put a positive spin on just about anything. Like the time Stupid Teflon Steve, my half-BIL's baby's momma got an infection off of a stripper pole

[I am not kidding, you can't make this stuff up]...and I said...

you could probably get Worker's Comp for that...

I got the [Shut up Trish] look. I was trying to find something positive about her situation. emoticon Anyway...

Part of the 5% challenge this week is to blog about a habit. So here it is. It is all about the Habit of having Commitment to Consistency...that is it! Yes, it is that simple. It is not complicated. However, it is a
S L O W process.

Since I have reached goal weight, or maybe because the incoming January Spark class is interested, I receive many questions about how I got here. I also get these in person. In person, I sometimes give the long answer, or smart answer, or short answer. At times, I get [oh I admire what you're doing, but I can't do all THAT! You are talkin to the hand.]

Well what is stopping you? What is your personal stop sign? What is holding you back? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

If you really want to succeed, you need to figure that out.

[no I do not have YOUR answer for YOU]

Replace your Stop sign with the Commitment to Consistency sign. Push yourself through to the other side of that stop sign. EVERY DAY! You can overcome the Stop sign if you try and TRY HARDER. Think of the sign as a bright yellow triangle yield sign. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You have ONLY 2 choices here...either side of can DO IT or NOT.

Treat this Sparkpeople thing like a marriage or a part time job. YES, it does involve that much commitment. The way I look at it is this is a part time job with full time benefits. Yes, I spend more time working out, grocery shopping, preparing food, logging and tracking on this site, reading blogs, etc. But, I FEEL better 24/7 and I am HEALTHIER. So the time commitment is worth it to me. That is a full time benefit!

COMMITMENT to CONSISTENCY is key. Figuring that out is half the battle.
You need to find it, keep it, and don't let it go. Start at the top of the spark points page. I think they are somewhat in order of importance: track food, fitness minutes, goals, learn to cook, read (educate yourself), water, etc...EVERY DAY. Then reward yourself when you do it.

TODAY set a new goal for yourself that is just a little push. Reward yourself when you get there. Overcoming the personal Stop sign and replacing it with the COMMITMENT to CONSISTENCY sign may be one of the most rewarding CHOICES you will ever make. You will enjoy the rewards of this marriage or part-time job. It is what will get you through it. I promise, I do. And no Chris, you are not fired. emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBBIEANN0424 4/3/2012 4:04PM

    Just found you on SP. You are SO funny! Keep up the good work!


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BOOKWORM27S 3/17/2012 2:56PM

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SWEETZMIX 3/5/2012 3:18PM

    LOVE THIS BLOG! You are speaking the truth!!

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SHIRNEST 3/5/2012 2:53PM

    emoticon Commitment!

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JJ4493 3/5/2012 2:28PM

    emoticon blog! Well said!

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AIMEESINGS 3/5/2012 2:16PM

    Love your blog! and I love PUMA! I think I'm a pro at PUMA now! Love positive spin on things! Negativity should be banned. Thanks for sharing and keep up the awesomeness!

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KIBAISREADY 3/5/2012 1:54PM


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BABBINA 3/5/2012 7:49AM


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    You know, I never thought about it, but you're right: SparkPeople is like a marriage commitment - and I do spend WAY too much time with this second marriage. But you know, Spark People are always positive, and never cost me any calories, unlike DH in both respects (he's addicted to ice cream and I've inherited the addiction from him and you should see his pathetic look when there's none in the house ... ) ...

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K-MONEY 3/3/2012 2:30PM

    Great! I hate plateaus so I'll think of my body as a puma lying in wait now :)

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MRSVK11 3/3/2012 2:25PM

    PUMA is awesome!
Loved reading your blog it put a smile on my face.


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RAGAMUFFINKEL 3/1/2012 12:17AM


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MGJARVI 2/29/2012 9:40PM

    "PUMA"...... HA!!! Love it!!

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DOTSONK 2/29/2012 9:33AM

    Love it! emoticon

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BELIEVER104 2/13/2012 5:37PM

    LOVE! and NEEDED it! Thanks for posting this emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/13/2012 3:28PM


You rock!

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COMPUCATHY 2/2/2012 1:13PM

    Loved this! Excellent blog! So true...great you can "take to the bank".You're speaking from experience and we all (old and new sparkers) appreciate the wisdom. Keep up the good work and commitment! Spark on! emoticon

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AMY_1217 1/29/2012 3:23PM

    Great blog! Thank you. :D

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ILOVEROSES 1/29/2012 4:04AM

    What a great blog! I really needed this reminder! So glad you didn't fire Chris. emoticon emoticon

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STEVENGO2 1/28/2012 7:03PM

    emoticon So glad you never gave into that divorce with Chis!

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BIGBROTHER323 1/28/2012 12:45PM

    dito to ismileto!

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INGRIDSLIM 1/27/2012 6:39PM

    Thank you for your help.

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LNZMANSFIELD 1/27/2012 11:35AM

    WOW! Thanks a bunch for posting that! Truly amazing and very inspiring and true. Thanks again and have a great day!

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JCDUBEA63 1/26/2012 11:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What an awesome Blog!! I was on a friends page n the title caught my attention and it was well worth my curiosity!!

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    Thank you for this!!! It really helps to put things in perspective. So incredibly happy for you!!!

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HBOWATCH 1/26/2012 12:20PM

    "COMMITMENT to CONSISTENCY is key" - I couldn't agree more.
Worker's Comp, LOL

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BLOND_KIRA 1/26/2012 12:11PM

    Thank you. I needed the reminder as I am struggling with "finding the time" and need to just make the time. This was perfect timing for me.

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EVELIAMARIA 1/26/2012 4:21AM

    Thanks for this push! It just made me realize that I have the power to do anything that I set my mind on.

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PATTYSPENCER 1/25/2012 11:01PM

    "All the wonders you seek are within yourself." by Sir Thomas Brown


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ISMILETOO 1/25/2012 12:50PM

    GERMANIRISHGIRL, I love your comment, "(Sparking) is a part time job with full time benefits."

Look at it this way, the alternative is sitting on the cough mindlessly eating. I prefer being aware and conscious of every breath I take and that includes my daily activities and my eating habits.

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Let's Do This!

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NATARSHAD 1/25/2012 11:37AM

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I am working towards consistency. Great words of encouragement!

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POISON_IN_MAE 1/24/2012 5:22PM

    thanks for the great words

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TAYGETSSTRONG 1/24/2012 4:19PM

    oh you rock. thanks for posting this!!

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TUBLADY 1/24/2012 4:19PM

    Loved your blog. I agree with you all the way.
Consistency is the key. I track daily , I make sure that Spark is an important part of my life. The results have shown me that I can change and maintain. Commitment, staying positive and believing in yourself.
I love to read humorous blogs that have something important to say.
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DDESERTDDAWN 1/24/2012 4:09PM

    Thank you
(from a normal grumbler especially to people who put positive spins on things)

I needed THIS!

'm not getting paid off enough because, well, i'm not clocking in enough!

Time to find the TIME clock!


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ANGELBROWN77 1/24/2012 3:36PM

    Great Blog! You have a good outlook that I am happy to say inspired me. Thanks! emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 1/24/2012 3:21PM

    Love it!

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BECKYB73 1/24/2012 3:17PM

    LOVE THIS BLOG....and the story about the stripper pole and yes, it would have been a compensable claim in WA, CA, AK and HI

This blog left me smiling.

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MRS_EVA_K 1/24/2012 3:15PM

    I was following a PUMA for about 7 months. You're right this journey is very much like a marriage.

And now I'm wondering if the baby momma did try for WC.... emoticon

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DEE0973 1/24/2012 3:02PM

    Awesome blog, glad I stumbled upon it. Have a Blessed Day!!

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MAGIC_HORSES 1/24/2012 2:47PM

    I needed this today! Thank you so much. emoticon

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CANNIE50 1/24/2012 2:32PM

    Thank you for this blog - I especially like your point about Spark/health being a part-time job. Your approach explains your success. I wish you all the best.

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DONEWITHJUNK 1/24/2012 2:32PM

    This is so true and even more important is the commitment we ought to have ourselves to do our best and be our best. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder. I am losing super slowly and this was a kick in the pants that I needed.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2012 2:23PM

    P.U.M.A. ! Brilliant. Brilliant! This is spot on blogging.

Being in maintenance, I can safely say it is a lot of work practice makes perfect (or ALMOST perfect!)

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ELECTRALYTE 1/24/2012 1:35PM

    Well said!

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 1/24/2012 1:00PM

  Love this :)

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POPSY190 1/24/2012 12:43PM

    Great blog.

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