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Should I Change My Profile Motto?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I really like the motto, "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." I joined Spark People on April 18, 2012 but really didn't dig in and get serious about this until October 15, 2012. It was then that I started in earnest, inspired by a friend who shared with me that using the food tracker is what helped her lose weight and then maintain it. I decided I could do that and returned to Spark People determined to make this happen. Now five and a half months later, I've made far more progress than I ever believed would be possible. I went beyond my first goal of losing 30 pounds. As of today, I've lost 50 pounds. I am where I want to be. So I'm wondering if I should change my profile picture. It has sort of become who I am on Spark People. It's my online identity. The motto on the picture has been my inspiration during the past five and a half months of weight loss effort. It has reminded me daily of the value of consistent effort. Each day of discipline got me a little closer to my goal. I like the picture of the guy running up steps in the picture. Running uphill is hard work and a person could get discouraged with the sweat, sore muscles, and the constant tough mental effort required to stay with one's calorie range. But when we keep the goal in mind, the effort becomes worth it. I need to sort out now what the next challenge is. Maybe I should keep the profile picture because I want to maintain at this weight. I understand that statistically, I now have about an 85 to 90 percent change of regaining all that weight. If I can maintain successfully for two years the chance of regaining drops to 50%. So maybe the profile picture can stay as I count the days to that two year milestone. I'm not there yet (i.e. the two year milestone), but I'm closer than I was yesterday. Or maybe I need a new motto for the two year challenge. I'm not sure. I'll ponder that in the days to come. What do you think?
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WAYNE1997 4/7/2013 7:10AM

    Congratulations and happy birthday again! I hope you had a wonderful day. I know you had plenty to celebrate. Thanks again for your consistent encouragement as I have worked to lose weight also. I like to change things up on my page from time to time, but I understand and appreciate the reasons for your keeping your picture throughout the process. I hope you choose what works to keep you motivated for the next two years and beyond.

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PMRUNNER 4/1/2013 5:08AM

    Congratulations on hitting your goal! While the aggregate successful maintenance rate is low, by losing smart through long term and sustainable changes in your exercise and nutrition, you have much better odds.

There is a good spark team with lots of resources for maintenance, called "at goal and maintaining + transition to maintenance" TINAJANE76 does a great job highlighting success stories and strategies from within the team.

Good luck, continue to move forward and closer to your goals!

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/31/2013 9:33PM

    There are a lot of things the motto can be referring to besides weight loss:

Your two years. The ten years after that. Your dream vacation.

I don't see why you have to change it. If it inspires you to reach any goal...by all means keep it!

Philippians 3: 12-14 (NKJV)

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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02SERENE 3/31/2013 6:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I like the way you have reset your challenge to a new one.

I liked when you wrote "when we keep the goal in mind, the effort becomes worth it".

You can always add more mottos to how you feel. Why limit to just one? However, I also have heard of the saying if ain't broke don't fix it. So, it is what make you feel best.

Yay on continuing with the food tracker.

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