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Are YOU Going To Make This Time Different? I Sure Am...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'm going to take a guess that most of us on here have had quite a few weight loss attempts in the past, and in the long run those attempts have failed. What are you doing to make this time different?

I was just checking out this chart that Spark offers on it's report, and it's quite depressing.

October of 2010 I weighed in at 264 pounds, and as the chart shows I struggled. I got down to around 247 there for a minute. Then where it dips down really low is when I had a broken leg and I wasn't eating very much. I got down to 228, in July of 2011, woohoo! But then you can see the increase after that. Once I was "better" and was able to stuff myself full of fast food, that is exactly what I did. Watching that cute little chart climb back up to even new highs is just so heart breaking. All the way up to 262 in March of this year, and then I started my steady decline and that is the way I plan to keep this chart moving.

This time is different for me because:
emoticon: I am not on a PLAN. I am eating whatever I want and tracking everything. This behavior will continue to some extent forever. May I get to a point where I can start to "eyeball" 1/2 a cup of something accurately, maybe I will. But there will always be some form of tracking and monitoring my intake. For now that includes precise measurements.

emoticon: I will not slip back into my everyday fast food habit. It is now a rare treat, but not a way of life.

emoticon: I realize I have to exercise forever, not until. I used to think "I can't wait to get to XXX weight so that I can stop exercising." How silly is that. Now I tell myself "I can't wait to lose XX more pounds because my exercises will become easier.

emoticon: I no longer let one bad day, or even a bad week derail me. Luckily I haven't had a bad WEEK while starting this in March, but that may very well happen. But I now realize that one week of poor choices do not undo months of hard work.

emoticon: This is the first time I can SEE myself reaching Onederland, and going on to goal. This is the first time the plan I am using to lose weight will be the same as my maintenance plan. MAINTENANCE?! I never once thought about that on any previous attempt, this time is different.

emoticon: I have successful and amazing Spark friends who not only support me, but dazzle me with THEIR successes. It really keeps me motivated to keep on trucking.

So that is why this time is different for me. I am not going to eat better and exercise "until" I get to goal, this is the way of life and something I am learning to embrace. Sometimes I embrace it kicking and screaming, but 9 times out of 10, I get the job done. In fact, I'm currently not feeling emoticon's and emoticon's about this whole thing, which is the reason for this blog. A friendly reminder to myself if you will. emoticon

If you are up to it, I'd love to hear why this time is different for YOU! emoticon emoticon
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    Congratulations on getting that chart moving steadily in the right direction. You will succeed!
    1952 days ago
    You are such a star! I needed to read this today. I have been struggling with my attitude about my journey and I was almost at the point of saying meh, who cares any more. I have kept up with the streak (kicking and screaming) and I have been eating okay but I just don't feel the motivation. Thank you for this blog because it has given me some things to remember and think about.

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    1956 days ago
    Your chart is moving in the right direction! Way to go!
    1956 days ago
    Oh, I just love it when you're feisty. Go get 'em, Tiger.

    1956 days ago
    Hey Stephanie! I love this! Your attitude is SO great....even though I know you don't feel that way all the time. None of us do! For me the reason why this time is different is is b/c of my health. It's not just about looking cute or for men or for any reason like that. It's b/c I really see how big of a role eating well and exercise play into your health. Even if a person is not overweight it plays a part. But for those of us who have struggled with extra weight, we make the issue worse than it has to be. It sucks. I can't explain why some ppl eat like crap and don't exercise and remain slim and some overweight ppl eat horribly and never have major health issues, but I am one who does have health issues. So that is my answer. I want to live....and I want to live longer. :)
    1956 days ago
    Great blog! This time is different for me, because I have NEVER stuck to TRYING for this long, I have had bad weeks...heck even bad months this go around but I have never stopped trying and knowing that I am continuing this journey. It will be a year in December and Ive gone up and down but I have still kept my goal in sight and I have never done that before. I don't care how long it take or how slow the pounds come off I'm GOING to be thinner every year until I hit my last goal!
    1957 days ago
    Wow - I sure wish I'd joined SP back in 2008 when I just started losing! The graph is awesome, as is your attitude!!
    1957 days ago
    Amen, sister!! You have it exactly right! I am so with you. You spoke everything that is going on in my mind right now as well. We will do this! See ya on the Sheriffs chat!

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    1957 days ago
    Very inspiring! I'm glad you've got your chart moving in the right direction!
    1958 days ago
    You have so many valuable and insightful ideas and plans here. It really helped me and my motivation to read what you are saying. emoticon emoticon
    1958 days ago
    emoticon Amazing Blog!!

    This time is different for me because I have my reason right in front of me. My son! I know I need to do this for him. Not some future I am imagining, but the future I am creating.
    1958 days ago
    You have the right mindset, and I know you will succeed!
    Keep it up.

    1958 days ago
    Love your Blog. Your mind set has changed, so this time will be different.

    For me this time is different because I am not eating foods I don't like just to lose weight. Healthy choices are for foods I enjoy and can eat for a life time. I still can eat out and enjoy life by just being more careful of my choices and watching my portion sizes. I love to bake and still enjoy the treats guilt free because I know I am going to track everything and at the end of the week it will all balance out because of the healthy choices I have made that allow me a little extra once in awhile.

    This time is also different because I am not starving myself to lose weight. Lower calories and more exercise only gets you so far. I would always drop my calories too low and it wouldn't matter if I ran around the planet I couldn't lose. My body was saying feed me or I won't let go of anything. So now I eat more and the weight is just dropping off.

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    1959 days ago
    I am so freakin' proud of you, girl!!!

    I can't tell you how many times we have said this but THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT!
    1959 days ago
    You said it, "I am not on a PLAN. I am eating whatever I want and tracking everything. This behavior will continue to some extent forever. " My FB cover image says, "It's not a Diet, It's not a Phase, It's a permanent Lifestyle Change."

    That's why this time is different. I'm purposely putting myself in situations to have to deal with all types of foods, and stretching myself to make wise choices when faced with options that wouldn't be on anyone's "weight loss plan". But, that's life, and I am training myself to take on LIFE, so that I can live, be social (instead of the inherent anti-social-ness of dieting), and still be healthy. It's new habits, a new "relationship to food", a new outlook, and a new drive. I really don't want to go down the diabetic, high blood pressure, hypothyroid route of many in my family. Hopefully, I am changing in time to derail those tendencies.

    And now, back to my glass of Chardonnay... emoticon
    1959 days ago
    You just wait, missy. My version of this blog will come in 9 pounds... I've already been thinking about it. ;)

    Isn't it nice to just know that you'll be successful?! With every day that you wake up renewing your commitment to yourself, with every healthy choice you make, every time you exercise... you know this is your new life, and you're loving it!
    1959 days ago
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