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IF SPARKPEOPLE IS SO GREAT, WHY AM I NOT THIN?

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Monday, December 31, 2012

There was a post on a thread recently that asked “Does anyone have a success story” and this intrigued me and I began to think about an answer. Even though when I start thinking a lot of things can go wrong, I will let you be the judge and jury after you read this blog.

What is it about SparkPeople that works so well for so many? Good question. I am sure that many have asked that question, especially those who have made an attempt to lose weight and improve their health with limited or no success. So why is SP successful for some and not others? Here are some of my thoughts.

SparkPeople is NOT a magic pill that will dissolve weight overnight. It is nothing more than a tool and any tool, not applied with diligence and commitment, is absolutely worthless. An expensive hammer makes not a carpenter.

You know it and I know it. We must work at it every hour of every day. That being said SP is one of those rare tools where one can consistently get more out of it that is put into it. That is synergism and it comes from the great support that each member gives to the others. That is what every other program/diet lacks as far as I know. I honestly believe that without these support systems that we have, maintenance is almost doomed to failure.

I have had incredible (at least for me) success with SparkPeople.

I have been on every diet imaginable and have had success in a few but NONE gave me the support system that is the hallmark of SP.

Many of you know my personal story but I believe it bears repeating here

In the early 80's, I weighed at least 335 lb.( that is the highest my scale would register) and I was a heart attack looking for a place to happen, Well, it did happen and I had my first bypass. Then in 1996 I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic and was put on the "Well let’s try this med and see what happens" roller coaster, and what a roller coaster it has been.

. I bounced between the high of 335 to a momentary low of 200 and was back to 235 in 2008 and had my second bypass in 2009. Through brute force, I “trimmed” down to 226 when I found SP in April 2011. Now I am proud to say that I am at 164 this morning and my A1c is 5.7 and I have now been declared diabetes free. Not cured mind you, just in total control! I am not taking any more meds for T2 but as a precaution, I test 3 times a day. Another benefit that I have achieved is that I have gone from 17 prescriptions a day to 3 and I attribute this to weight loss. It can't be from intense work outs as I am a lousy example of being in that category. Being 77, certain workouts are simply not in the realm of realization. Or is that I am rationalizing?

I have dropped from a very tight 54” pant (think Pillsbury dough boy) to a 34”

To me, the answer to my original question of why does SP work so well is, in a word, commitment. Like in a breakfast of bacon and eggs, “The chicken makes a contribution, but the pig is all in with total commitment”. I decided to let SP become an obsession, how about you?

So it boils down to "If it’s to be, it’s up to me" doesn't it? That is what works for me.

And yes, I am proud to be an evangelist for SP.

Have a great 2013 – ONWARD AND UPWARD.
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RED_DEVIL_APRIL 1/25/2013 7:32PM

    You hit the nail on the head. Congrats on your success.

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TPETRIE 1/25/2013 5:16PM

  Awesome and congratulations. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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DUSTEDTWIN 1/25/2013 3:49PM

    Well Said! emoticon

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MOTIVATED46 1/25/2013 3:40PM

  Thank you for such encouraging words. One does not realize how many people they can touch with words. Your words made my day!! emoticon

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BONISSIMA91910 1/25/2013 3:06PM

  Hello and congratulations on your success. It is commendable and wish you the best in continuing getting better at it. In your comment ""SparkPeople is NOT a magic pill that will dissolve weight overnight. It is nothing more than a tool and any tool, not applied with diligence and commitment, is absolutely worthless. An expensive hammer makes not a carpenter. """" you actually managed to insult many who have not had success with SP, WW, LI, all other diets and then some. Please read up on the difference of Metabolism A and Metabolism B and you will be better educated on the subject of weight loss for the various types of metabolism that as of recent are being noted and acknowledged. I know you meant well as the message manifests your efforts, your suffering, your challenges and your success and your posting it totally from the "one" perspective. The program works for some and not for many and making people feel as undedicated and unapplied is not going to contribute to their success nor their respect for you and SP. Please go and check the following to start being informed on the different metabolisms and how they behave under their specific circumstances, and how each kind of metabolism needs to be treated: Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” improves upon the USDA’s ill conceived “My Plate”…but not take it a step further and reverse the epidemics of obesity and diabetes once and for all? Please don't get me wrong, I honor your efforts and congratulate you on your success and the success of all that have congratulated you and who's metabolism has responded successfully like yours. I can assure you that an equal number of Met Bs are standing by unable to relate to what you said and hurt by your less than kind words.... I was hurt.... I have worked since age 9 y/o to now 69 to shed the fat and it is now that Met B has been acknowledged and I am applying the plan diligently, one last time before I die ( I am closer to the end than the beginning) I have dropped size from 24 to 16 and I am on the way to size 10. Please inform yourself and without judgements and with compassion speak out. Again, congratulations to you!




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CHOCOKAY 1/25/2013 2:28PM

    Thank You! Very true! Very Inspiring! emoticon

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WEGENERCS 1/25/2013 2:09PM

    Commitment--a word that never goes out of style.

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JOYFUL452003 1/25/2013 2:00PM

    Thank you for sharing this great blog. Keep up the good work. emoticon
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JSEATTLE 1/25/2013 1:28PM

  Right On!! Thank you for saying what so many are thinking and living. Spark People Rock and so do you! Thanks for the inspiration and best of luck to you.

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ALWAYSROSY 1/25/2013 1:16PM

    Spark on!!! You are so right! emoticon

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MISSENG 1/25/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your inspirational story. Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMSBABY2 1/25/2013 12:45PM

    I loved your post!! Persistence, planning, and following through have to come from within!

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GOSPARK45 1/25/2013 12:42PM

    I agree, you really have to become obseessed with SP for it to work well. At first I thought I was spending too much time. And sometimes I do! But the results say it all. And I see what you mean abuot having suppport in maintenance, other systems do not. (I'm not there yet, but I see the need). It took a long time to realize maintenance is harder than losing. Congrats on your weight loss. Nice blog.
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IWEARBGPANTIES 1/25/2013 11:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing you are oh so right on this.

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LISAJOY9 1/25/2013 11:30AM

  It is all about choices, Spark People works if you choose to work it. I lost the weight out of my own dedication to change with the aid of this website. thank you Spark People!

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VIDANTOLIN 1/25/2013 11:15AM

  Thank you for putting it in great words - and providing a great reminder that what I need to succeed is true commitment. This is true for every endeavor; somehow I persistently convince myself that it isn't quite true for weight loss and maintenance.

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MYRNA929 1/25/2013 11:03AM

    Great blog! and Great job. These are the words everyone needs to hear every once in a while, to get back at it and not stop.

Thanks

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DIZNENUT59 1/25/2013 11:03AM

    GREAT Blog! And how timely, this year, 2013, I vow to be the pig rather than the egg..I joined a gym with people and now have both virtual and real supporters..Keep up the good work!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 1/25/2013 10:39AM

    Just as you can open a library, college, etc you can't make people learn. We cannot just rest our head on the keyboard reading articles and lose weight. We must make the effort, eat healthy, sweat and lift. Otherwise the dream will never become a reality!!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/25/2013 10:39AM

    I loved the Pig analogy!! I have never seen that before, but truly, that is a great way to think of it. I guess I need to start being more like a pig:)!!!

Have a good weekend, and thank you for sharing your wisdom!

J


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DEBBY4576 1/25/2013 10:36AM

    Wow, you are Spark blog of the day!!! And I see why, after reading this. You are a SHINING example of what a person can do, and actually a good evangelist for Sparks. It ultimately is up to you, but a good tool like Sparkspeople sure can help you on the weight loss journey.

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MPARVAZE1 1/25/2013 10:14AM

    Well said and well done, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GINGER5-9 1/25/2013 10:13AM

    Fabulous blog! well stated and Spark on!

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HETZ51 1/25/2013 10:07AM

  Sometimes it is not about losing weight, but about not gaining any more!!

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AMYBUTLER10 1/25/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks for your blog! Very Encouraging! emoticon emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 1/25/2013 8:48AM

    Great way of sorting out the thinking and doing here :)

We can all THINK about becoming healthier, fitter, thinner, stronger, but it takes commitment and consistency to get the results we want.

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LEANMEAN2 1/25/2013 8:37AM

    Correct - thanks for sharing.

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DAWN8855 1/25/2013 8:29AM

    I love Spark people. Three years ago I lost 50 pounds on my own. It was hard, but I did it out of determination. I joined Spark people because I wanted to learn to maintain my weight. It worked wonderfully!! I use the nutrition and fitness trackers every day and read all of the great articles. I think I would have had a much harder time maintaining my weight without the Spark website. It really helps to keep me accountable. I feel and look better than I have in years. If you are honest and determined it really does work. I can look back and see where I ate too much of a type of food (ice cream) and cut way back. This site has been a wonderful addition to my daily maintenance.

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SANDYK99 1/25/2013 8:12AM

    I have been on my weight loss journey for several years and I was going about it in all the wrong ways. I wanted the weight off now! I wanted to wake up skinny but the fat fairy kept coming back to see me and making a deposit over and over again. SP was the start of a healthy way of losing the weight and keeping it off. It didn't happen over night! I think too many people, my self included before SP, want instant gratification. It took me 1 1/2 years to lose 52 lbs by eating right and exercising with SP help. You have to want it. You have to be so fed up with the way you are going about the weight lose in the wrong way. No pill is going to keep that weight off forever. If you aren't thin & blaming Spark People then you need to look in the mirror. That person in the mirror is worth the time and the effort that it will take to lose that weight and keep it off. It's hard & I struggle everyday! I give in every now and then but I am much happier and healthier since I found SP!!!!!! People constantly ask me how I lost the weight & I brag about SP people & and when I see them again & they are still complaining about their weight I ask them "have you checked out Spark People yet, it's free." You will have to do the work and you have to want it! I haven't hit my goal, YET, but losing it slowly has kept it off. I am soooooo grateful for Spark Peoples help and all of the positive people that I have encountered on it. I may not log in everyday anymore and log all my calories and exercise but when my phone dings with an email and I see it's from SP it's like my own personal diet angel that keeps me on track.

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LISAHO88 1/25/2013 8:06AM

  Thank you for sharing.
I'm in awe(almost always) when I read blogs fr SP.
You're so right, it's up to us, we hv to control ourselves.
It's real tough, I hv not been working at it consistently and I know that's why I hv not lost any weight. I really feel the support is real and although I hv never met anyone that I blog with at SP, I feel so glad that I'm not alone, and that there is hope for me.

THank you, and thanks SP.

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CANDOK1260 1/25/2013 7:26AM

    Wonderful blog and congrat on the weight loss

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KCUTS44 1/25/2013 7:06AM

  Great post! Best wishes to your continued success!!

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CAROL6X 1/25/2013 5:51AM

    Great blog-well said!

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SHARANWIL 1/25/2013 5:17AM

    Tis true ... As long as I log into spark more than once a week I'm good. I've decided to come here as many times a week as possible. Reading the articles and stories on Spark motivates me to carry on! This is the healthiest I've ever tried to commit myself to being ever... I feel good, ppl say I look good and I have plenty of energy. I've come to the realization that I did not gain all this weight over night and it will not go away over night. The exchange I've gotten is worth more than the wait I'll have to do to get to my normal size. I've got energy and plenty of it.... I don't even want to go back to eating animals like that anymore. Chicken and fish, probably, but not those other things.

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BEARLYBOO 1/25/2013 1:11AM

    Great blog! I love the bacon and egg reference. I'm glad you've been successful. You are an inspiration. Thank you.


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FITITGIRL 1/25/2013 12:43AM

    Great inspiration!

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GRANDMAJUDY2158 1/25/2013 12:34AM

    What a great post. You are really an inspiration to all of us. thanks for sharing. I can do it too, just have to keep at it and don't give up. Every day is a new beginning. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KHALIA2 1/25/2013 12:14AM

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/25/2013 12:02AM

    or, as they used to say when computers were new / in the beginning of the "data revolution":
GIGO: garbage in, garbage out!
In other words - You get what you put into it in life - pretty much all the time! emoticon
Yay for Spark People, where we do get more than I sometimes believe is possible!!

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FLEMIDG 1/24/2013 11:41PM

    Awesome blog. Hurray for Spark People!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 1/24/2013 11:10PM

  Spot on! Congratulations on all you have achieved!

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MACHELY22 1/24/2013 10:59PM

  Great blog.
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JAMER123 1/24/2013 10:52PM

    Very well stated!! Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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