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Making Progress (I am a turtle, hear me... wait, do turtles make a sound?)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I acknowledge that I am a turtle.

That's okay though... turtles are strong and enduring creatures. They are able to carry their homes on their backs and to continue with the metaphor; able to take on the weight of the world and move with it.

So, I'm a bit slow weight-loss wise. I had a great start way back in September when I joined SP but since then have been derailed. Damn you thyroid cancer & moody piriformis muscle! Much of the last four months have been spent flat on my back, gingerly avoiding movement, being poked by doctors, or being zapped of energy. However during these past couple of weeks I've gotten my mojo back and am attempting to get back on the bandwagon.

A new friend on Sparkpeople added me today and I noticed that on her profile it read: "I have successfully become a big failure when it comes to losing weight." And I realized that a lot of us often feel that way. Things happen, life gets in the way, and old habits come back stronger than ever. Those of us who have been struggling with losing or have been bouncing up and down the scale are not failures in losing weight, we are successes-in-training. We are learning every day how to better ourselves, what to do and what not to do, and the only way we fail is by giving up entirely.

This kind of statement though - the "*doom-inspired sayings" - almost all of us make every day, are negative absolutes in our life and we really should resist them. Words have weight and become powerful, both to ourselves and others. Some words should just come out of our personal vocabulary entirely.

"CAN'T" I'm tired of people saying that they "can't" do something. Really, they WON'T do it or they shouldn't do it because someone else has told them so. Just remember, people with no legs play basketball, people with no arms swim. If you won't or shouldn't do it, that's fine. It's your choice. "The problem with declaring a barrier [like "can't"] is that once you say it, something in your head clicks and you begin to tell yourself that you really can't do it and that you shouldn't even try. You've walked away from a door of opportunity without checking to see if it was unlocked."* (-quote from Psychology Today)

"IMPOSSIBLE" Nothing's impossible. Perhaps it is improbable, but you need to believe you can beat the odds... especially if you can take matters into your own hands.

"NEVER" Remember the old phrase, never say never? It still rings true. Negative reinforcement is just that. Pigs may not fly yet but when someone figures out how to get a pig to actually sprout wings you're going to feel awfully silly for saying never. Remember, "never" is a really, REALLY long time.

When I'm teaching yoga, I often get students that get frustrated when they can't do a pose. I always tell the class that this is why they call it the "practice of Yoga" not the "doing of Yoga". If we could all DO it then there would be nothing to work towards or enjoy. Sometimes we have to remember that life's enjoyment often comes from being challenged, or learning something new. There is always great excitement or joy when we accomplish something for the first (or 50th) time but if we always could do it, without effort, wouldn't it be likely that we would just take it for granted?

Today, I looked into the mirror and for a second, thought that if I hadn't been bouncing up and down in weight over the past 4 months, I'd be 20 pounds lighter by now. It's easy to be mean to yourself. It's easy to slip into "I should have done this" or I "could have" done that. Frankly, that's not fair. You may have made some decisions that held you back from reaching your goal but the past is past and it's what comes next that matters.

What matters is:

I am still here.

I am still trying.

I am still moving forward.

I can. I will.

And so can you.

Remember? If at first you don't succeed...

then watch this:

and then, try try again.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ALIDOSHA 10/21/2012 4:37PM

    Thanks! emoticon

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LOGOULD 9/23/2012 4:34PM

    Taking off this last ten pounds makes me feel like more of .... I don't know... what moves slower than a turtle. I just keep hoping, watching the scale, taking my measurements and being grateful that the numbers aren't going up. For the most part, I am doing the right things, I just have to have faith that sooner or later the scale WILL catch up.

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KANOE10 8/27/2012 7:44AM

    I love your blog. Great Job. emoticon

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SPIRIT42013 7/16/2012 4:32PM

    I'm a turtle too and a yo-yo queen! So what?! I'm still going! It ain't over 'til the f....

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MINIME119 7/16/2012 9:08AM

    very inspirational. thanks for sharing such wonderful insights. and i loved the alphabet pic as well!


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/16/2012 7:26AM

    The best pic was the last one! Love it:)

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NASFKAB 7/16/2012 12:31AM

  am a turtle too lets not give up

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DOTTY7267 6/22/2012 11:06AM

    Thank you so much for this posting. I really needed it today.

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/22/2012 9:41AM

    Cute! I loved it :)

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505ANNAP 6/19/2012 6:46PM

  From one turtle to another, stay calm and carry on. emoticon

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LASVEGASLASS 6/18/2012 12:30PM

    The only never I say is "Never Give Up, Never Surrender". (OK, the quote is nicked from GalaxyQuest, but it doesn't matter where we get our inspiration from, right?) The geek in me is motivated at any rate!

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ELSCO55 6/17/2012 11:07PM

    Great blog and a great motivator.

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FIRECOM 6/17/2012 9:53AM

    There is a really good reason why your blog is highest rated within SP. A real attention getter. Thank you so much for doing this.

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/17/2012 9:01AM

    I'm so with you. I think I'm the biggest turtle "fan" alive. I've always been intrigued by them in almost any way I can think of. You just have to love the turtle. Funny looks but adorable. . . . and you are right, your don't loose till you quit trying.

I'm not in that class (of give uppers) . . . never will be.

Have a good day, Jan

Comment edited on: 6/17/2012 9:02:47 AM

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GREGSBIGSIS 6/16/2012 6:22PM

    There's a little bit of turtle in each of us...and we're better for it!
Thanks for the great blog and best of luck to you!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/16/2012 2:30PM

    Great post! WE can do it.

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TRYAGIN 6/16/2012 11:36AM

    Turtle's win the race. Good blog.

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HANDYV 6/16/2012 12:25AM

    I LOVE it - simply love it - WITTY - WISE and WONDERFUL.

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BONIFIANT 6/15/2012 1:42PM

    Wow! How true this is. Negative self-talk can be our worst enemy. Thanks for stating it so clearly.

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FRENCHMARKET 6/15/2012 1:11PM

    Great blog!!!

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CAMILADEL 6/15/2012 11:15AM

    Amazing! Everything that each one of us needs to hear. With turtle steps you get there any way with patience! emoticon

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JUDYAASH 6/15/2012 9:53AM

    Great blog, just what I needed. emoticon emoticon

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MYRTROSE 6/15/2012 9:49AM

    Wow I love you! LOL
Your blog resonated so deeply, adding you as a friend your words are so inspirational!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/15/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon just a flyby so you know i read the blog love.ayyub flies today and have loads of packing etc but wanted to know i care.great blog are great too.

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CTUPTON 6/15/2012 6:41AM

    Turtles unite! We can win and we know it! Chris

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RCW0442EHS 6/15/2012 3:09AM

    Perfect blog. I loved the yoga pic, that's so me. I guarantee you I'll be thinking about turtles the next time I'm frustrated about things not moving like I want them to.

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AATKIN01 6/14/2012 11:14PM

    "TURTLE POWER!" OK I'm an 80's baby... but anyway, great post. And I love the post it. I'm going to use it :)

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CM_GARDNER78 6/14/2012 10:48PM

    HAHA - love the post it...if Plan A doesn't work...hahaha! Then there are infinite amounts of ways to double the letters, triple them, etc! :-) Great blog!!

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JP5214 6/14/2012 6:57PM

    Loved this blog and the "relaxation" drawing -- you must have been reading my mind -- thanks so much.
I can succeed at least today and I will do it again tomorrow -- I can only manage one day at a time.

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CAITNKENZMOM 6/14/2012 4:14PM

  What a great blog! I needed to hear that wonderful encouraging words. I have lost 30 pounds but have lost my motivation, reading these words to a good start to getting my motivation back. Thanks! I also knew I liked turtles for some reason!

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SPEEDY143 6/14/2012 4:05PM

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BLESSED2BEME 6/14/2012 3:29PM

    I've always believed that slow and steady wins the race! Turtles win in the end:)

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LESSOFPMCD 6/14/2012 2:53PM

    I so agree with you. If you tell yourself negative things you start to believe them.

When I started on this journey I decided my mantra would be: i can do this and i will do this!

It is sometimes easier to give up and say we can't do it but we are only fooling ourselves - in each of is the ability to do it - just have to dig deeper sometimes than other times.

So remember everyone - you can do this and you will do this!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/14/2012 2:15PM

    Its nice to know I'm not the only turtle. I joined back in October and I've been very slowly losing weight but I know that it will stay off because I'm doing it the right way. You can do it!

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MOSTOFTODAY 6/14/2012 2:10PM

    Great Blog!

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PATTOMMC3 6/14/2012 2:02PM

    Cool! I will never quit!

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KDAILEY70 6/14/2012 1:03PM

    Thank-you for the inspiring words of encouragement. turtles have significant meaning for me. They are slow and steady. They let things roll off their hard outer shell. They persistently self-right themselves when knocked off their feet.

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NUMD97 6/14/2012 1:02PM

    This was a joy to read. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.

Much continued success as you soldier on in your journey to better health,



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WILLDOITFORME1 6/14/2012 12:57PM

    Thank you, I really needed to read something like this TODAY!

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QUIERRA 6/14/2012 12:24PM

    Thank you so much for your inspiring words. I have 70 pounds to lose in total and have only lost 6. I haven't celebrated that yet. This is a process, and it won't happen overnight. Thank you for your encouragement.

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JANISBECK 6/14/2012 11:56AM

  what a way to start with Sparks. this post makes me believe that I can do it this time

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ALEXESQ33 6/14/2012 11:28AM

    I REALLY identified with this quote:
"if I hadn't been bouncing up and down in weight over the past 4 months, I'd be 20 pounds lighter by now."
I can really relate to that negative voice, since I was so "on track" January - March, and then WAY OFF April and May, it's hard not to think of where I'd be if I'd stuck with it....
But I'll take your advice and start over now, TODAY, and then just keep moving forward!
Thank you!

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STEADFASTNSEE 6/14/2012 11:19AM

  I think I'm on Plan Q right now! lol.

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DENNETJ 6/14/2012 10:30AM

    Thank You!

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CATDUG19 6/14/2012 9:52AM

    What a fantastic outlook!! I loved the end with Plan A,b ,c,d,..... Losing weight is losing weight now matter how slow or how fast. We didn;t gain this weight in one day so we will not lose it in a day as well. Keep writing you have a wonderful style

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GODSBEST 6/14/2012 9:28AM

    "If Plan A doesn't work, the alphbet has 26 more letters " - I like it !!

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KIMPY225 6/14/2012 9:11AM

    Thank you! I definitely needed this. Not just for weight loss, but for life in general!

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FARRAH511 6/14/2012 8:25AM

    Excellent blog. I believe "don't give up" is not a phrase, but a way of living...

Have a nice day!


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CRINKLYMONKEY 6/14/2012 6:16AM

    Great blog and full of inspiration! Thank you for reminding us that being a turtle does not automatically put you out of the race. emoticon

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