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Success breeds success . . .

Saturday, February 02, 2013

This is one of those kinds of blog th at I do occasionally - sharing thoughts and ideas I have learned over the million years of this journey thaat happen to be relevant NOW or were particularly viivid in the past.

1 - Successes, however small they may be, breed MORE successes. When I reach a milestone number, I suddenly feel like dancing and celebrating - not by eating or something silly, but by LOSING MORE and sometimes I think I stay on track BETTER after a success than at any other time.

2 - Lack of obvious success does NOT mean thhat you are not making progress. So often I have felt disheartened by not seeing the S C A L E move in the right direction, by not seeing the clothes suddenly fall off, BUT when I actually stick with it - I see successes - sometimes not until months later (if you think YOU lack patience, you have nothing on ME - I want SUCCESS and I WANT IT NOW) This may be the hardest thing for me to deeal with - I HATE to be kept waiting. I want to see progress IMMEDIATELY and EVERY time I s t e p on thatt dreaded S C A L E - yes, EVEN if it is the tenth time in a single day. I am eat ing RIG HT, why don't I see progress??? Looking back though, I have seen PROGRESS long after I thought I should have seen it BUT when I look at my w e i g h t tracker - I am less than one poound over where I should be based on when I entered my goals - how come, I have bounced around the same number for months at a time and yet am still almost on track for where I would be if I were to lose exactly what I PLANNED? I don't know why or how, but I do know tat even when I was frustrated and annoyed by the lack of OBVIOUS success, I can NOW see thatt I obviously WAS making progress.

3 - I read someone's blog and they mentioned eating a elephant ONE BITE AT A TIME - I have been nibbling along one bite at a time and I am now more thatt 50 POUUNDS down - thaat is 1/4 of the way to where I want to be. Those miserable 1 or .5 lb losses have added up to a pretty respectable amount. One bite at a time.

4 - Success is also contagious. My son just stepped onto the dreaded S C A L E and found he has lost 8 lbs in January. He is making an effort to see tthat MY food is heallthier and by default so is HIS food heealthier. He is NOT feeling deprived but rather feeling powerful and stronger and HEALTHIER too. He has noticed a whole slew of changes in himself physically and psychologically too.

5 - Sharing your story with others helps YOU as much as it does the others who read it. I lose more and feel better when I blog, respond to messages, and comment on others' blogs. I almost feel as though I am being a role model and not just a bystander out for ME.
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SORTIZA99 2/3/2013 8:25AM

    Indeed Success breeds Success.
Good day.

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JILL313 2/2/2013 10:57PM

    Hi Nancy, Great Blog and good ideas. My son also has lost quite a bit of weight as I'm eating healthier now with not many treats around he likes. It's better for both of us. I also do better after losing weight as I'm even more anxious to see further WL and progress. It's when I don't lose weight for weeks that I really hit rock bottom and it lasts awhile until I can get myself in gear again with a healthy mindset. Enjoy your time on Spark and keep making getting healthy a top priority as it's working great for you.

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SEAWILLOW 2/2/2013 5:31PM

    Love it! emoticon to you and your son!

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TIFFA409 2/2/2013 5:25PM

    Thank you for sharing! What an uplifting blog :) Hope you have a great day!

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KA_JUN 2/2/2013 4:20PM

    Excellent blog, and excellent points! I agree, small successes develop into huge progress!

Spreading the spark, especially to our families, being positive fitness/health mentors, is one of the major reasons I started this journey. Our DS said today he wanted to be strong and fit. Makes me feel proud that we're making the effort and maybe it's rubbing off on him and his brother.

Reading others blogs really is an inspiration and encouragement to me when my own motivation is lagging. That's something people should really know, that their thoughts and efforts do matter and are influential to others on here.

You're doing great, keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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