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Every failure brings with it the seed of equivalent success.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

While doing school reading this quote stuck out at me. I think this is extremely applicable to me and anyone else who has tried and ultimately failed to lose weight. When I think of what some of my past "seeds" have been I think about the knowledge I've aquired and my failure brings me one step closer to my ultimate success. You almost always trip a few times before you can learn to walk.

Yesterday I had my first weigh in and lost a whopping 7.5 lbs. I think that is incredible but I can't wait for the off scale wins- like my pants becoming too big...!!
Today I had my first appointment with a nutritionist (they have one on staff that is free for students.) As I was listing my strategies, habits, successes and failures she looked at me and was amazed by all I knew. Her response- are you sure you're not a nutritionist? You know exactly what to do.
No, definitely not, but I was interested in becoming one before I discovered how much biology was required...
We came to the conclusion that the reason I have failed at long term weight loss was that had yet to incorporate weight loss in my life in a way that was SUSTAINABLE. I am very good at losing weight and can even keep it off for up to a year but it exhausts me mentally. Over the next few weeks we plan to work on building skills that will make it seem less forced and more natural to me (thereby requiring me to think about it less!) I am excited about working with her!

My first homework assignment:
Imagine in your perfect world what your life would be like in 5 years. What would that look like? What would you look like? How would you eat? What would your habits be? Be honest with yourself.

^from this she plans on creating goals and then specific actions and skills I need to reach that perfect self. Feel free to leave me what your answer....as for me, I am going to spend a few days pondering that question! I will post it on here in a few days!

One day at a time,
Elizabeth
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PAULABEANS 2/8/2013 1:56PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing.

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VHERR4503 2/8/2013 1:55PM

  Great job! Thank you for sharing your insight. I also have alot of "knowledge" on losing weight, but I am not able to be consistant. A nutritionist is an idea I would not have considered before today. Keep sparking! emoticon

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/8/2013 1:41PM

    How cool! You should be so proud. Interesting homework too. Good luck!

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RAVINOO 2/8/2013 12:31PM

    Way to go! You are inspiring me as I am on my final stand on making healthy eating and doing more activity a way of life! Super Congrats and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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WOOFGANG 2/8/2013 12:19PM

    I love that you went one step further this time and worked with a nutritionist. The two of you working together to figure out why all your knowledge and past temporary successes have been temporary is awesome. I think you will do it again and I think this time, it will "stick" because you're adding the new component of understanding. And boy oh boy, did this ever resonate with me- I think you've just sparked me!

Good luck and congrats on what you've accomplished!

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KUZMENKA 2/8/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon like you said, one day at a time!!

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KAYARR 2/8/2013 10:55AM

    Well done and congratulations for your insights. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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LIVELIFELONGER 2/8/2013 10:43AM

    Loved this blog! Something I needed to read this morning. Hope to see more of your journey.

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NLYR20 2/8/2013 10:32AM

  That's a nice way of approach. With sparkpeople we are able to spark each others lives. Any change we want needs to be sustained. That's wonderful approach to go ahead. emoticon
Look forward to hear your thoughts...
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GOING-STRONG 2/8/2013 10:12AM

    Looking forward to hearing what you see as a perfect life... that is a tough question!

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CYNTSATIONAL 2/8/2013 9:51AM

    SUSTAINABLE - thats a great description of a lifestyle change. It has to be SUSTAINABLE to be successful. Thanks for that light bulb! I am so happy for you that you are discovering this at an early age. Much success to you in your journey and a 7.5# loss is a great start! Keep on SPARKing and I am looking forward to your postings in the future!

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LAURELSPARK 2/8/2013 9:01AM

    Congrats!

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LORRIEBRUCE 2/8/2013 8:13AM

  Great job! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 2/8/2013 8:03AM

    Wishing you much success.

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URBANLOTUS 2/8/2013 7:32AM

    So glad you posted about your journey and just want to wish you loads of success. It sounds like you have the right supports and attitude to really pack a punch this time! emoticon

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POMPANODAVE 2/8/2013 7:10AM

  I was over weight all my life, in the last 2 years I have lost 35 lbs. I found that 98% of all diets fail, it is change in life style that works. That is to say adding more fiber to diet, eating slightly smaller portions and Exercising on a regular basis using http://7minuteworkout.com/pompanoda
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JILLSPARKPEOPLE 2/8/2013 7:00AM

  you remind me a lot of myself and i would like the same end result - for this all to come more naturally. i know mostly everything i need to know (except for recipes on my own because i am not a creative cook, but i follow them well), and i still struggle to stay with the right choices all the time and i fight this within myself a lot (the old self wins quite often!!). if i had be completely honest - i would still choose heavy breakfasts, lunch subs, big dinners, and, of course, all of my favorite comfort foods plus apps and snacks of my choosing, desserts with lunch and dinner.... i have a huge appetite!! I am always fighting this "animal"!! I do choose health. I do choose fitness. But I am at a pretty low weight now and definitely struggling to reach goal because my appetite betrays me. I am excited to follow along with you, and if you keep posting your assignments, i'll do them as well!! i'll start with your first post - maybe some sights on 5 yrs from now will begin to help change my psyche over..... with many thanks for sharing and with many wishes for your greatest success~ Jill emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 2/8/2013 6:15AM

    Yes you are right : ) learning from your failures is a win :D your doing GREAT emoticon

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BLUEKITTYJAN 2/8/2013 1:52AM

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/8/2013 1:47AM

    ONE DAY AT A TIME! emoticon
I love this blog!
Keep up the good work!
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Yes, this time you WILL be successful in making that lifestyle change - I can just tell!!!!!!

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LYNETTEMOM 2/8/2013 1:20AM

    Tks for sharing. This really spoke to me

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FITITGIRL 2/8/2013 12:58AM

    Way to go!

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JIBBIE49 2/8/2013 12:29AM

    Don't quit.

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FLEMIDG 2/8/2013 12:27AM

    Great blog. Congratulations on the weight loss. Good for you for trying to find out what is causing your problems. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 2/8/2013 12:26AM

    Keep going.

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CKAYTHOMAS 2/8/2013 12:05AM

    Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing


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RUTHEY01 2/7/2013 11:40PM

    emoticon on your plan and incredible start!

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MARYJEANSL 2/7/2013 11:18PM

  Wow - sounds like a very positive session. You are definitely taking the right steps to get you to long-term success!

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LADYJNAR 2/7/2013 11:09PM

    Great blog! Very inspirational. Thank you!

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JSEATTLE 2/7/2013 10:24PM

  Well said, and Congratulations! Each day a new beginning!

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JAMER123 2/7/2013 9:41PM

    Fantastic!! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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LVMY2SNSSLS 2/7/2013 9:17PM

    emoticon keep up the great work !

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ANYVAR54 2/7/2013 9:11PM

    Congratulations on your successful weigh in. Keep it up.

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KARENLEIGH32 2/7/2013 9:02PM

    Sustainable....love the word, love the concept!

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SELMED 2/7/2013 8:40PM

    This blog was talking for some of us, I love it and it is my motivation blog. I always say, never, never, never give up. Keep the spirit up. Good on you
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GETTINGTHINNER2 2/7/2013 8:18PM

    Nicely stated!!!

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DOVESEYES 2/7/2013 7:54PM

    amazing work --like the homework it's amazing what we realize when we take the time to evaluate. emoticon

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ELIBEC 2/7/2013 7:50PM

  Well done and a good insight that persistence and finding ways to eat well and be active that are really doable in the long run is what you are after. I find that training myself in delayed gratification and in the skills needed to keep going when i don't 'feel like it' are making a difference to me. Having activities to do that keep me accountable help too (like talking to others in real time or virtually) about what i am doing helps too. Finally and most importantly it is really thinking about living well, and doing what I can to make each day happy and fulfilling.
Cheers and good luck.

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JMFWIFE 2/7/2013 6:58PM

    Thaet was so beautifully written. I fully believe you will reach your goals and more. You have a very refreshing outlook. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck!

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RDEE22 2/7/2013 6:56PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sustainable..... what a great concept. We are into sustainable everything else so why not weight. emoticon

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JENAE954 2/7/2013 6:51PM

  Great job!

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RODYANNE 2/7/2013 6:32PM

  I have found over the years that I can be very good with my food for six months and then off I go for another six months. A constant circle going on for me.

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SWAN47 2/7/2013 6:22PM

    We're your cheerleaders to a successful lifestyle... emoticon

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CAROLJ35 2/7/2013 6:05PM

    YOU GO, GIRL!!! YOU CAN DO IT !!!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/7/2013 5:53PM

  You are definitely going about this in the right way. Sustainable lifestyle changes. emoticon

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