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Spark Ignited!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I was reading through some of the success stories and I guess it finally hit me. I see all these people around me that are big and aren't losing weight and they say they are trying. Losing weight is easy, it's the fight with yourself that is difficult. It came to me that most people fail because they are not consistent. They start a diet for a few weeks to a month and don't see results so they fall back into the same old routine. And I think this is where I have been sabotaging myself. I'll eat pretty healthy for a few weeks and even exercise a little longer but then give up on myself because I don't see the results. I have to put in my mind that I have to keep going no matter if there is no results because in the end it's only going to benefit me not hurt me to exercise and eat right! It almost has to become an obsession for a while until the obsession becomes habit. Part of me is fighting this because I don't want to have to give up all the foods I love! But do I really have to give up those foods???? Nope! I just need to exercise and eat right 95% of the time and treat myself with the foods I love in MODERATION every once and a while so that I don't feel deprived. I use to sit here and think that it's my genetics or God doesn't want me to be skinny or whatever reason to blame someone else but myself. Not going to do that anymore! I'm responsible for the way I am now! I can truly say that my after reading those success stories and just sitting here thinking about it everyday for the past month the spark in sparkpeople has ignited my motivation to lose the weight and be healthy! I know there will be hiccups along the way but like most everyone on here says just got to pick yourself up and jump right back on the band wagon! Finally have a plan. I got this! So let's do this!
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  • SJOHNS30
    Way to go! You can definitely do it. It's hard when you think you are doing everything right and the scale doesn't cooperate... but eventually it does. The only way it won't is if you give up first.
    2028 days ago
    You've hit the nail on the head. To me - the struggle is 90% mental. I get so impatient at times and get down about the slow progress, but then remind myself again and again that I have two choices:
    1. Give up and go back to what I did before - which results in me being overweight and unhappy with myself


    2. Push forward and keep making positive choices, even if I'm not seeing results as quickly as I'd like - which results in forward progress, getting healthier, and looking and feeling better.

    When I get REALLY frustrated or down, I just break it down to these two simple options and call myself out on the carpet. I know I'm determined because I always go with the second. (o:

    2028 days ago
    Yup you just have to keep going and making choices that are going to be good for you! One foot in front of the other.

    Holly is so right - you don't have to give it up! The book I'm reading right now suggests that you might want to take a break from the foods that trigger you (hello pizza!) for a while to break the emotional connection you have with it but that eventually when you feel in control, add it back in. I still can't handle pizza full on so I just make my own healthy version or eat a lean cuisine one.

    Keep moving forward, keep taking the time to learn new things.
    2028 days ago
    It definitely sounds like you found your spark! And you are SOOO right... you DO NOT have to give up the foods you love. I have not given up a single thing and I've lost 135 pounds. I still eat pizza, ice cream, oreos and tacos. I just know that I can't have them all the time and I can't have a WHOLE pizza! You can do this... if you WANT to do this!
    2029 days ago
    good for you keep it up once its a habbit its easier to follow
    2029 days ago
    Good for you I am glad you are getting ignited. We just have to stop and remember we didn't in this situation overnight. So we need to be patient with ourselves and work toward that healthy body. It will be all worth it in the end. Good luck. emoticon
    2029 days ago
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