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How many days does it take?

Saturday, March 09, 2013

There was an article in an old WW magazine about a man who had started at 640 pounds and gotten down to 190 in two years. An amazing story of a Weight Watcher who said he'd never cheated once during that entire time, and his weight proved it. The guy who wrote the article said that he drove to the interview smug in the attitude that he, himself, would never have let himself get to 640 pounds. Then he remembered that his subject had once been 300 pounds, the interviewer's highest weight, but had gone on through. What was the difference between them? I think it was the level of misery he was willing to endure before he had had enough.

To paraphrase Bob Dylan: How many days of misery and frustration does it take until you realize there have been too many? However long it takes to lose the weight, it is shorter than the years of misery.

And every day I keep it off is another day of freedom from that terrible misery.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABBY98_80 3/25/2013 12:09PM

    i have experienced this in my own weight flux. And generally hate marketing trying to mess with my head

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    You're correct - until we've reached the point that we're sick & tired of feeling that way, or being overweight, or unable to do the things we want, etc. we will never get serious about changing our lifestyle!

Thanks for sharing!

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SHARON10002 3/11/2013 9:56PM

    Well said, and great insight. Thank you.

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RICHARJ 3/11/2013 12:47PM

    WOW P O W E R F U L

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/10/2013 5:56PM

    emoticon blog!

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TORTISE110 3/10/2013 2:52PM

    So true! Thank you and keep sharing your joy!!

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JEANNE229 3/10/2013 12:23PM

    You are such an inspiration (and valued confidante) to this over 60s team...and me.

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NASFKAB 3/10/2013 9:53AM


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GABY1948 3/10/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon blog! THANKS!

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WATERMELLEN 3/9/2013 6:06PM

    No matter how hard it is to take it off and keep it off, it's so much harder to lug around the excess pounds and the associated misery!

Thanks for reminding me.

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123ELAINE456 3/9/2013 5:08PM

  Great. God Blessings To You and Everyone. Take Care.

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GAILRUU 3/9/2013 4:33PM

    It is so easy to gain weight and much more difficult to take it off again. It must have been a very limited lifestyle to weigh over 600 pounds.

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CELIAMINER 3/9/2013 3:26PM

    Great inspiration!

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KATHIC2 3/9/2013 3:08PM

  Nice way to frame it all.

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HHB4181 3/9/2013 2:38PM


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ZEEDRA 3/9/2013 1:15PM

    The answer is blowing in the wind.
Thank you once again, Nell.
We all seem to have a set point. Some of us have changed that set point to a higher number...more than once. So...we decided that we could handle more misery.
I reached my top set point quite a while ago and I know I won't go above that. It's amazing that I'm, so far, not able to transfer that "success" to a smaller number.
There's a screwed-up belief system at work here.

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GOMAMA10 3/9/2013 12:12PM

  Thanks for this blog. When I worked in the medical profession I often cared for patients with gastric weight loss surgeries with weights at times 450# +. I had thought to myself do they not see at 300# the pants are tight or do they just not care. Well, I have had to pray for forgiveness for my thoughts because I am 185# from 195# in Oct.2012. We all have a reason for the gain and we all have a reason for the need to lose. May we look to the suffering side of the problem, in that way we can improve ourselves, but most of all we can be on the ready to help someone else!!

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SUPERSAY 3/9/2013 12:05PM

    Yes what is the breaking point! good info!

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MANDELOVICH 3/9/2013 12:02PM

    Yes indeed. Or better, every day you keep it off is another day of pleasure and joy!

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