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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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ORDNER03 1/18/2013 4:01PM

    Great Post! Thanks for sharing your experience and giving us a quote we can all use in our lives. Good luck on your journey of healthy eating!!!

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AUSSIEJAN2 1/18/2013 3:58PM

    Itis true that even when we fail, we learn. We learn what did not work.
"Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or a greater Benefit."

-- Napolean Hill

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IMAGINE46 1/18/2013 12:02PM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/18/2013 10:24AM

    Excellent post

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DKWILL2 1/18/2013 10:07AM

  Thanks for sharing what you are learning. It is a privilege to follow along with you, and without paying for professional help!

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4KWALK 1/18/2013 10:04AM

    A very honest approach to this healthy living idea. It does start with the mental side of us but shows up so often in our physical self.
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SCCUDDLERS 1/18/2013 8:15AM

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FISHER011 1/18/2013 7:10AM

    emoticon emoticon on your weight loss & determination!
Wonderful that you are able to work with a nutritionist & plan out your goals- short & long term.
Looking forward to your future blogs & progress.
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FATHINSN 1/17/2013 11:15PM

    Agree! Every failure is not the end of the world but brings "seed of success" - unless you don't learn anything from failures! We can learned from other people's successes and failures, too :D

Congrats for losing that much, 7.5lbs, WooHoo!

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 1/17/2013 8:42PM

    I too wanted to work as a dietician. I figured my relationship with food was so... entangled that I should know as much as I could, and if that knowledge could help others (and pay the bills), then why not. It wasn't the biology that scared me off. It was the chemistry.

I've yet to get to a place where I can maintain a healthy weight. My process thus far has been: gain weight, lose weight, gain it back, lose it again... you get the idea. I mean, who hasn't done that before?

I'm glad you shared the questions your councilor asked of you. They are good ones to think about as far as what's really sustainable over the long haul and who do you want to be?

So glad to hear of your pretty extraordinary weight loss. Good on you!

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LTURNMIRE 1/17/2013 8:26PM

  That is so cool that Clemson has a nurtionist for the students! Good luck. I've got to start trying to lose weight so Bill and Steve Cobb leave me alone!

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4RASCALS 1/17/2013 7:41PM

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You can do it

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GOSPARK45 1/17/2013 7:06PM

    Very thought provoking blog. I was on Atkins for 2 years and it made me so focused
and obsessed about food. This was baaad. I never used to be so obsessed like that before. But there were so many rules and "bad foods" that you always had to know where your next meal was coming from. I love SP. There are no "bad foods". I no longer am so obsessed with what my next meal will be. It has taught me that all food is good in moderation, so I am no longer so focused on food. I focus on my outlook and exercise and portion control. Have lost 30 pounds since June 1st and it has just seemed so logical. If I feel unmotivated, I just start reading blogs or writing to my Spark friends. It always helps. Good luck & keep us informed. Sounds like you have a great plan.
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SLIMTHICK2 1/17/2013 5:29PM

    Good for you, that you're on to a better understanding of yourself. All the best.

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CEEMAY 1/17/2013 5:00PM

    The whole idea of not thinking about "what should I eat" but eating to fuel my body is so appealing. I have a tendency to overthink and, like you, exhaust myself mentally. Ah, to just "BE" where I need to be. Looking forward to hearing more about your nutritional journey!

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MANDIETERRIER1 1/17/2013 3:41PM

    Good things to think about. If you know when you messed up and took that and figured out how to change the behavior. That would be a seed of success from failure

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TASHATRIX 1/17/2013 3:13PM

  Good luck with your success! Don't think too hard. The answers should come naturally

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/17/2013 3:03PM

    Losing the weight is easy living healthy and staying healthy is the work.. The mental work is so much harder than the physical but it's well worth it when you learn to not diet and live healthy

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JACKIE542 1/17/2013 1:56PM

    Good blog, now I am thinking about the answer too! emoticon

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MIRANDA1115 1/17/2013 12:40PM

    Great blog! I look forward to reading along with your journey! Good luck! emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/17/2013 12:30PM

    I am go glad that you have access to a nutritionist.

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1935MARY 1/17/2013 12:05PM

    Excellent! and emoticon on the weight loss that is so emoticon it has took me months to lose that much. That is a good ? everyone should think about. Readings blogs always help me to get over things that gets in my way and gives me tools and ideals to help me. I have a dietitian at my endocrinology office, i have not talked to her in a few years, although I always could get back on track when I did, since I go to my doctor next month and after reading this I think I will see her. Now I know what I want from her and I know she is a good tool. It doesn't hurt to have all the help you can get. Thank you ! You have helped me allot!

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DOROTHYAKERMAN 1/17/2013 11:31AM

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2013LOSE20 1/17/2013 11:28AM

  When you wrote how mentally exhausting keeping the weight off, it really hit home. No stranger to getting to the slender (normal BMI) weight but I think way too much about food and exercise. This time I am trying to make what I do not different from breathing (not conscious of it but just do it)

I'm going to follow your blogs and hopefully you will share how this aspect is going and tools in getting there. Thanks so much for this blog.

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FARIS71 1/17/2013 9:00AM

    Those are some thought provoking questions.

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CAROLCRC 1/17/2013 8:28AM

    I like the idea of conceptualizing where you want to end up on your weight-loss journey - what type of lifestyle you want to be leading. Will be doing a lot of thinking about that.

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BRASKIN 1/17/2013 7:28AM

  Makes perfect sense to me! Good luck.

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AJB121299 1/17/2013 7:19AM

    Great blog and good luck

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MYRTLE811 1/17/2013 7:05AM

  Sounds like you are developing a plan that will work for you. I do believe that failures are necessar in our lives no matter how I feel so badly about them when they do occur. They are teaching tools that get us to our end result if we pay attention to them.
It's like the story of the man who walked around his building every day and fell into a hole; he kept falling into that hole until he learned how to avoid it. It takes a while for us to decide that we will not fall into the hole again; sometimes it's just a comfortable, familiar place to be.
Good luck.

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JANEMARIE77 1/17/2013 7:04AM

    Best of luck great blog change your thought change your world you can do it

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/17/2013 6:54AM

    emoticon emoticon ...made me think!

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MARKWICK6 1/17/2013 6:34AM

    Great blog! I wish you great success!!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 1/17/2013 6:21AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas!

I have thought about seeing a nutritionist, but have never taken that step. You have encouraged me to do so. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish for you to have many more successes!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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TRYINGHARD54 1/17/2013 5:55AM

    good info

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SPSPSP1 1/17/2013 4:45AM

    Congrats on all your efforts!

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WEARINGTHIN 1/17/2013 4:06AM

    I think by being a part of a site like Spark, you can hear about others' successes and failures, and learn from then, just as you do from your own. You can make adjustments as you go throught he process. Thanks for your blog. Glenn

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CHRISTINE1623 1/16/2013 8:13PM

    Excellent blog! I have always believed that weight loss starts in your head...although I have a hard time getting my "head" right! Your nutritionist sounds so helpful, wish I had one! lol. Best wishes and thanks for giving me food for thought. No pun intended ;)

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