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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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MSSBLOUNT 2/7/2013 5:45PM

  Good Luck and drink plenty of water. emoticon

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ALYIKAT 2/7/2013 5:18PM

    Great idea! emoticon

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ZOEWEI 2/7/2013 5:05PM

  Great attitude I think I will give it a go! emoticon

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FLRED12 2/7/2013 4:46PM

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SHOYER 2/7/2013 4:23PM

    I, too, am fairly knowledgeable, but also find it hard to get beyond the active attention to everything I do and eat. I want it to become second nature -- without thinking. So, I continue to look for ways and people to help me do that. Good for you that you've found such a resource!

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FOX2566 2/7/2013 4:22PM

  Inspiring. I.really appreciate the way you express yourself!
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DORAGONE1 2/7/2013 4:20PM

    Very much enjoyed your blog today. I, like you, have an abundance of knowledge, being an RN for 28 years!!! But, as you say, applying that knowledge in a way that is sustainable, that's the key. Thank you so much for sharing this. emoticon

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MARBEALL 2/7/2013 3:43PM

    Congratulations! I am rooting for you. Thank you for sharing. It helps me to hear your story. I am in the same boat. you can do it!!! lots of luck!!!!

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JEWITCH 2/7/2013 3:09PM

    Love the attitude. Thanks for sharing.

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BANNERMAN 2/7/2013 2:54PM

  Keep on searching for positive truth.

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LAINYC 2/7/2013 2:53PM

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JUMPINJULIE 2/7/2013 2:42PM

    Sounds like you have learned alot. And it sounds like you have a great plan for success. You can do it.

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CURTIOSITY 2/7/2013 2:40PM

    Great blog - I wish you good speed!

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KARENSIL64 2/7/2013 2:39PM

  I love this idea of imaging where you want to be and then setting goals to get there. On a nother note my Dad always used to say every "no" gets you that much closer to a "yes". He was in sales.

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MISSLONELEESTAR 2/7/2013 2:37PM

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MATHWIFE 2/7/2013 1:53PM

    Congratulations! And thank you very much for describing your assignment. I've always wondered what exactly a professional nutritionist does with his/her clients, other than designing goals and meal plans - and you gave a good feeling for the "how" aspect! Hang in there! We can do this!!!

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LYNNWILK2 2/7/2013 1:44PM

    what a great way to start out a new life plan. The assignment is a great way of setting up those sustainable goals. I love your enthusiasm and the way you are taking time to "ponder" what and how you will achieve those things you truly want in your life of sustainable changes.

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POUNDSAWAY13 2/7/2013 1:42PM

   
Great job! Keep it up! I have read alot about visualizing yourself being at your goal weight and how it will help you to succeed. Everyone seems to know what to do, but have trouble following through. Be proud of yourself for your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon

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SEYMOURCHICK 2/7/2013 1:41PM

    Amazing and very encouraging! I found so many similarities in what you've just described. I can't wait to read your next blog! emoticon

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YICHE12 2/7/2013 1:30PM

    Yes, you can do this! Keep up the great work. Hugs.

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SUNNYDEJA 2/7/2013 1:28PM

    I so enjoyed reading your blog! I am in the last half of my first week here and many of the points you made are in sync with what I feel . I am looking forward to my first weigh in and already my face looks prettier. Thank you for sharing and I wish you continued success!
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HOLLY_G 2/7/2013 1:24PM

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Very good blog.

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DMSGLASS 2/7/2013 1:13PM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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LINDY2013 2/7/2013 1:05PM

    Oh my gosh, Elizabeth! I am so excited for you! Your story also resonates with me, because I too, sought out a nutritionist in December, and when I saw my doctor in January, she said the SAME thing! SUSTAINABLE! Wow.. I too started this process again in January with the thought in my mind, I will track everything, and on days that I have to track too much eating, I will also track why I thought that was so...as if I was a scientist checking out my research! WOOHOO for you! Keep up the great work and attitude!

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BUMPS2 2/7/2013 1:03PM

    Good job on your great long term goals. I found that after seeing a nutritionist that Spark had more recipe ideas than the nutritionist. I hope you will share more gems regarding nutrition ideas.

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CHRISBEM 2/7/2013 1:02PM

    some very good thoughts and questions

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SHEAINTPLAYIN 2/7/2013 1:01PM

    Awesome story! Congrats on the weight loss and the new found plan on how to keep it going long-term. emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 2/7/2013 1:00PM

    I am going to ponder you assignment as well.

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SJKENT1 2/7/2013 12:48PM

    how wonderful that you are able to get some good help to make the necessary changes for your healthy long term lifestyle. Awesome!

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VAHSEBA 2/7/2013 12:37PM

  I have to change the same habits for success but it will be worth the long terms rewards. Keep up the good work!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/7/2013 12:32PM

    Sounds like your seeds have been planted in a fertile garden!!!! I look forward to hear about the benefits you reap!!!!

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SOLJASTASH 2/7/2013 12:28PM

  Congratulations on looking at what's "under" the inability to maintain weight loss - looking forward to reading more. I know I had set unreasonable weight loss goals and, like you could maintain it for up to a year, and then..... Thanks for posting and congratulations on your blog!! Yay, yay, cheer, cheer YOU YOU emoticon

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LORIMAGI5 2/7/2013 12:19PM

    I really love your blog! Thank You!

Just one comment - I removed "failure" from my vocabulary and replaced it with "feedback," and it feels much better, for me. Just a thought :) There are many ways to take this journey, and I so appreciate your wisdom!

Congratulations on winning "Featured Blog" on SP!!!

Blessings Continue to Abound in Your Life,

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ARTISTSBRUSH 2/7/2013 12:18PM

    I can't wait to see how this puzzle fits together. Thank you for posting this!

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AGIGS22 2/7/2013 12:13PM

    thanks for the blog!! congrats on your weight loss thus far, keep up your momentum and have a fabulous journey :)

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KEEPFIT2013 2/7/2013 12:00PM

    Exciting.......I like that approach............... 'making it natural and easy' rather than a primary focus and forced march. I'm with you.....I am very diligent at first and can make it work but really need to integrate new patterns so I can move to sustainability . emoticon
All the best

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JERICHO1991 2/7/2013 11:58AM

    Sounds like you have some good seeds ready to grow.

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CIERAPOET 2/7/2013 11:55AM

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As you walk out your journey and lifestyle change I pray that you be energized along your way to see how SPECIAL you are and how STRONG in spirit. There's NOTHING you can't conquer! My God's everlasting Love lead you way each and every day! YOU ARE A WINNER! emoticon
Be Blessed!!!
Deb
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DRAGONS2011 2/7/2013 11:50AM

    I love the way you are thinking. I have had the same troubles all my life so I'm going to watch you to learn how you change and follow your example! Good luck, I'm rooting for you! emoticon

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GONNABEHALFOFME 2/7/2013 11:44AM

    Your story sounds very similar to mine. I'm very good at losing the weight, for a while, I just can't seem to make it stick. I know a lot about what to do and what not to do. It sounds like you have an excellent nutritionist, I wish I could find someone like that to work with here. I think what I need more than nutrition guidance or even a trainer is a counselor. Unfortunately when I've called looking for someone who could counsel me on my food and lifestyle issues I've hit brick walls.

It's encouraging to know that people like that exist. Keep up the good work!

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MORGANSONEW 2/7/2013 11:37AM

  Please, Please, Please continue to keep us informed. Listening to your story, is my story. There is hope for me!!!!

Thank you for writing this Blog.



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BUCKEYE_LOSER 2/7/2013 11:18AM

    What a blessing that your school offers a nutritionist for free. Good luck to you and to that day when your pants are too big! emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 2/7/2013 11:17AM

    Very encouraging, thank you. emoticon

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CJYOUCANDOIT 2/7/2013 11:13AM

    Great Blog--So many struggle the same way you do. You are on the right path! Good luck and keep working at it no matter what!
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JOYFULSONG45 2/7/2013 11:13AM

    It's a great plan and I love your positive attitude.

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MARITIMER3 2/7/2013 11:05AM

    I've had exactly the same experience - losing weight wasn't the problem, but keeping it off was! I learned how to diet. I did not learn how to eat in a sustainable, healthy way. I did not learn about portion control. This time, with SP, at 69 years of age, I'm finally learning to lose weight the right way, and I believe that this time i will keep it off.

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SCOOTERLADY1216 2/7/2013 11:05AM

    I loved this and really gave me some things to think about. In 5 years I will be retired and don't want to spend those retirement years struggling with food. I want to be able to go and do the things that I want to do. I am going to make you a Spark Friend and follow your blogs!

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