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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Have you noticed the barrage of TV and radio commercials for quick weight loss companies, products, and other possible scams? I certainly have and it got me to thinking. This thinking (always dangerous) raised a question.

This journey we all seem to share, is it a RACE or what?

I began to search for similarities between SP and an actual long distance race. Both start with a bang (that noisy starter’s pistol) and we are off to the finish line. At the beginning, the pace is steady. However, as the end is in sight, the runners in a race always seem to find a kick, that extra burst of speed, and they sprint toward the finish line. In a real race the end is usually the fastest speed of the race. I don’t think that really applies to us in SP or any other form of weight loss regimen and it shouldn’t. Most of us have seen the results of really lowering our daily kcal intake. You know, that dreaded plateau that pushes that finish line further away.

I have observed that at least for me, it sometimes feels like time stands still as we near our goal and our success seems to grind to almost halt. In my case, this slow down raised doubts as to my ability to find and cross that ever elusive finish line. Please allow me to share a chart I have kept since the beginning of my personal SP journey. It is important to realize that my actual start weight was over 335 lb, my highest in the early 1980’s.

Easy to see how that curve shows quick results but really flattens as we progress. The poly trend line will eventually flatten our completely if the goal is kept. It also shows the effects of a severe anemia and associated water weight gain problem in January of this year. After 5 transfusions and lots of Furosemide, I dropped 15 lb of water over the three days.

And consider this about runners in a real race. When they cross the finish line, they can relax and not worry about their near future. NOT US. Our mission falls into the real tough phase --- MAINTENANCE!! Our journey never ends until we say so.

My conclusion, the tortoise had the right idea. Our Navy pilots are told to keep it low and slow. Seems to make sense for us as well.

Happy trails. See y’all at the maintenance bar where we will enjoy a low cal smoothie together.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUGARSMOM2 12/18/2012 3:19PM

  slow and steady wins the race . but it is not a race per say but a race to gain better control of our life's . if we can do the same things over and over and get good results. then keep doing the routine .

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/7/2012 10:26AM

  In consistancy lies the power and to be consistant we have to take our time to learn the lessons of being consistantly consistant LOL

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MARYJEANSL 11/30/2012 10:00AM

  Fast weight loss is not a plan...or shouldn't be. The slower the better...and I am definitely an example of snail-like slow. Thank you for posting the graph. I wish I had thought to do one for myself.

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JOYCECAIN 11/27/2012 7:27PM

    I love your blogs. They are very informative. It will be a while before I hit the maintenance part, but I am taking it slow.

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QSULLIVAN 11/26/2012 11:30AM

    I think I resemble that low and slow! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/26/2012 10:02AM

    Low and slow--you betcha!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:16PM

  You'll get there! HUGS!

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KICK-SS 11/25/2012 8:57PM

    The barrage of weight loss ads are only beginning!!!! Can you imagine what they'll be after the first of the year??? Seems January is always when people get on the bandwagon, at least for a few weeks/months - then most slack off.

Years ago when I belonged to W.W. - in January, the meetings were always jam packed and by about the first of March, we were always down to the "regulars"..

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THESUBY 11/25/2012 6:55PM

    You're right. It's not a race. We don't want the line to keep declining at the same slope, otherwise we'd all weigh 0 in the end. Disturbing. And it's not about weight loss per se, it's about attaining a healthy weight and having a healthy lifestyle.
I'm very sensitive about it when people talk about weight loss like it's the goal for everyone; when I was a teenager, I almost became anorexic, and I was about 20 pounds underweight. In my opinion, that's even more dangerous than being overweight, because the health problems are immediate.
People need to reach their target weight and maintain healthy habits. For most of us, that means losing weight, but for some, it means maintaining or gaining their weight. For that reason, I don't like those quick weight loss things, even if they worked; a lot of people would lose too much too fast or become underweight. Healthy living is the objective. Great post!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/25/2012 6:17PM

    From someone who has just joined the 5% of 3 year maintenance, hang in there!
For the record gradualism was my plan. There's much less feeling of deprivation if you're not in a hurry.

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GODS_TEMPLE 11/25/2012 4:06PM

    Great word picture, and real picture, for those of who are just starting our 'race'. I'll get to the smoothie bar some day...

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/25/2012 4:02PM

    Great blog. Hope to see you at the maintenance bar soon!

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