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Wonderful signs

Friday, February 22, 2013

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge

Last night I was ready to throw in the towel, just a bit. I binged again and was feeling really frustrated with myself. I was also feeling like it just isn't the time in my life where I can pay attention to my eating habits with great attention.

But I woke up early to exercise, as I do everyday. And part of my morning ritual is to read soothing books. My current book is "The 10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart" by Daphne Rose Kingma. The chapter for today was all about persistence and I took it as a very good sign that I needed to get back to trusting in my journey and forging ahead.

As I worked out, I listened to the next podcast by Renee Stephens and in it she talked about the fact that we all want progress to be linear, a straight line going up, very quickly. I know that's true for me. I want to be my best self immediately, my binging to be a thing of the past, and this weight off immediately. But, she explains, progress is a wavy line, going up and down and up and down, gradually working its way up. The key is to enjoy the ride, and forge ahead. Again I took this podcast as yet another good sign that I can do this, that it's just a matter of being patient with myself and kind to myself and moving forward.

So today I will get right back to doing what I keep waking up and doing. I will track my meals, I will remind myself of Geneen Roth's eating strategies and Renee Stephens' IOWL strategies, and I will do my best on this wavy path.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 2/24/2013 3:36PM

    Such a realistic and encouraging and candid blog (with great resources) to help all of us who experience progress by circuitous routes!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/24/2013 3:12PM

    I love your book and podcast suggestions. I need resources like that.

Thank you.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/23/2013 9:53AM

    I hate to repeat but this is a great blog! I will put that book on my list to read!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/23/2013 9:10AM

    Amazing blog. I plan to read your others and subscribe. This really hit home. There are times when it would be so easy to stop. Logging is not something I am in the habit of doing. I know it works for me but I resist it for some reason some days. I too wake up early and get on the treadmill. It is a habit and it feels good.

Great points in your blog. I love that you make the time to read. I need to do that.


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ROSIEPD 2/23/2013 9:04AM

    Very meaningful to me/parallel to my journey. Going to look up that podcast.

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TINAJANE76 2/23/2013 6:08AM

    Real, meaningful progress rarely comes in a straight linear fashion when it comes to weight loss or most situations in life. Every once in a while, I look back at my weight loss charts and am reminded of how many ups and downs I had. At one point, after I had lost about 50 pounds, I regained half of it before I was finally able to tap the breaks and get back on track. That was definitely NOT a time of straight linear progress for me, but I was finally able to move past my stumbling blocks and get things moving in the right direction again. That's probably the most dramatic example of my non-linear progress, but I still see smaller examples of it even after almost a year of maintenance. The important thing is to not give up hope and on the idea that you can be a successful loser and maintainer. It may take longer than you'd like, but with persistence and resilience it will happen!

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PHOENIX1949 2/22/2013 9:43PM

    Loved the opening quote. Just ordered "The 10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart" by Daphne Rose Kingma. Appreciate the inspirational blogs.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/22/2013 8:23PM

    Agreat blog. Thank you for sharing this wisdom!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/22/2013 2:04PM

    Great quote. Yes, such a difference when you exercise. Keep it up!

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ADRIENALINE 2/22/2013 1:49PM

    Way to stick to it!

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MJREIMERS 2/22/2013 12:52PM

    The best gift you can give yourself is to never give up on you! You aren't and your health will be your reward. emoticon One day or even one moment at a time!!!! emoticon

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KRICKET4 2/22/2013 10:52AM

    'The 10 Things to do when your Life Falls Apart" - I just put it into my amazon cart. I'm thinking I could use a dose of that.

Isn't it great that every morning is a new day and a chance for a new beginning? Glad you regrouped and are moving on.

Have a wonderful SparkDay!

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KRISKECK 2/22/2013 10:14AM

    I think it is amazing that you are doing as well as you are, with all that you are dealing just keep pushing forward, correcting your path when you stray from what you want your best self to be and moving forward. Really, it is pretty awesome. I know it's hard because I have been in a place where my life was falling apart and I don't think I did nearly as well as you are doing. Give yourself credit, be kind to yourself and love yourself.



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KSW1963 2/22/2013 9:53AM

    Change is so hard isn't it? I'm feeling the same way...and determined to persevere. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 2/22/2013 8:59AM

    Great blog and comforting for me to read, too. Thank you.
Was thinking that maybe you'd like to experiment and reverse the order of those things you mentioned:
First be your best self immediately, then your bingeing may become a thing of the past, and then the weight will get off. Just a thought....!

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LATTELEE 2/22/2013 8:38AM

  Good luck!

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