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What will you do TODAY?


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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

After having lost 118lbs, I can tell you from experience that weight loss is NEVER and has NEVER been a consistent, linear experience.. linear meaning the line on the graph goes down at the same rate over the same amount of time..ie.. a consistent 1-3 lbs per week. It looks far more like the ups and downs of a stock market graph.

Like judging the quality of a stock, it isn't what it has done over a week or a month but what has it done over a significantly longer period of time.

One thing that people lack is patience. I have made unbelievable mistakes and even deliberate "mistakes" ie.. binges that would make an obsessive dieter cringe but yet have managed to lose alot of weight and accomplish some pretty epic things fitness wise. Long term success ALWAYS belongs to those who will stick to their guns and stay the course rather than fretting about week to week progress. Remember that this journey and lifestyle is for LIFE and it will take time for things to happen.

Far too many people pull the plug and quit not realizing the magic that was happening inside just because the scale didn't move, aborting what should have been their success story.

Stick to your guns at all costs even if the scale is not moving...

What will you do to be a success today?

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MOMMY445 4/3/2013 7:44AM

    such an encouraging blog! have a wonderful day!

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BECKYANNE1 4/3/2013 7:31AM

    I have also had those days when I swear I've eaten everything in sight, but I've never given up. I know as long as I stick with it even after the screw ups I will continue to have this amazingly healthy life!

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LRSILVER 4/3/2013 7:10AM

    Thanks. I will exercise for 45 more minutes today.

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PENOWOK 4/3/2013 7:05AM

    learning to rejuggle my time to get it all done since move...it's not smooth yet. I am already over my allocated computer time!

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OFGREENGABLES 4/3/2013 7:00AM

    I will eat kale chips as a snack.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/3/2013 6:53AM

    Wise words!

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SANDYCRANE 4/3/2013 6:50AM

    Thanks for the words I have needed to hear. I have been struggling lately as my weight loss has come to another plateau. But I am ready step up my routine.


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SHERYLP461 4/3/2013 6:50AM

    Thank you

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BECCA315 4/3/2013 6:42AM

    This blog is timely for me, as I'm going thru' my own rollercoaster of eating, sometimes sticking to the plan, sometimes not. Thanks for the encouragement. Becca315

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BESSHAILE 4/3/2013 6:39AM

    When I averaged out weight lost and the weeks it took to lose it - I lost at 3 ounces a week. This would have been easy if I'd actually lost 3 ounces each week. I didn't. I'd go 6 months at the same weight and then lose 10 lbs tidily over 6 weeks.

The trick was - to not quit. Just like you.

Fun to be awesome, isn't it? emoticon

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ROBB1N 4/3/2013 6:35AM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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LIFETIMER54 4/3/2013 6:19AM

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TRYINGHARD54 4/3/2013 5:45AM

    I have alot of patience..I drive school bus for a living... been doing it for 26 years..
But when it comes to patience for myself, different story..

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123ELAINE456 4/3/2013 2:41AM

  Awesome!!! Very True. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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SH9719 4/3/2013 1:52AM

    I to suffer from a lack of patience. I have used that to force myself to stick to a plan that has also included some epic fitness days. (Almost 240 miinutes of exercise just today.) I have found that if I workout real hard I guilt myself into not straying nutrition wise. I refuse to waste the workout effort. You are almost there. Just stick to it.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/2/2013 11:21PM

    Eating healthy, keeping up regular exercise. Taking care of myself mentally, emotionally. Making sure I get enough sleep, drink water. Combat stress.... emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 4/2/2013 9:49PM

    To be a success today...I will choose healthy proteinacious snacks. Yom, yom yom!

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DUXGRL1 4/2/2013 9:47PM

    You are SO right, and this has made all the difference for me. I will get on my glider and get the rest of the way to 10000 steps before I have to go to bed.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 4/2/2013 9:32PM

    Oh, I have all the patience of a whistling tea kettle!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/2/2013 9:20PM

    absolutely true! emoticon

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TREYONE 4/2/2013 8:15PM

  So True!!! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 4/2/2013 8:10PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/2/2013 7:54PM

    LOVE it, Robert. I think you are my Spark of the day today.

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JUNEAU2010 4/2/2013 7:18PM

    Well said, as usual! Rock on!

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CHELAGETSFIT 4/2/2013 7:09PM

    Today my #1 mission is to finally clear out our "workout room" which is currently housing stacks and boxes of JUNK. Boxes of stuff that have been sitting there for months. I think its safe to say that if they've been sitting there for months on end without me needing anything from them then I probably wont need anything from them any time soon. So they will all make their way to the garage where they will stay until I have/find/make/want to make time to go through all that junk that is currently just stealing my workout space and being used as an excuse not to get more workouts in due to "no space." That stops TODAY!

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LIVEDAILY 4/2/2013 6:08PM

    Great blog today! I am going to make an effort to drink more water!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/2/2013 6:03PM

    You inspire me to keep on!

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NITTINNANA 4/2/2013 5:55PM

    Oh, how I needed your blog today; thanks for posting it! My mini binge yesterday wasn't deliberate, or at least not planned. I made regrettable choices all afternoon and had to choose between eating nothing after 4 PM to stay in cal range or to eat as best I could to finish up at the bottom of my daily protein range. I ate, but I woke up thinking I should post a blog about it. (Haven't yet, but I still might).

Thanks so much for reminding me that I'm STILL down 40+ pounds, significantly thinner, and decidedly stronger than I was 18 months ago.

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MOBYCARP 4/2/2013 5:00PM

    Today I am at a comfortable point in my desired maintenance range. But as you note, a single day doesn't matter. I'm more excited that in a month I'll mark a year of a sideways weight trend; today's weight is the same as May 1, 2012 and I have a nice graph with strong support and resistance to look at.

Let's just not have any breakouts, either to the upside or the downside.

. . . and that's how maintenance is different than the stock market. The trend I try to achieve isn't what a trader would want for making money.

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KARRENLYNN 4/2/2013 4:54PM

    You're right about that. I've never had the patience to lose the weight at the speed I gained it. I've never given importance to anything but the number on the scale before. I've always viewed weight loss as a temporary project with a finite date and then magically I could return to the habits that made me fat in the first place and I wondered why I got fat again?!?!?

This time, I see it as an imperfect lifestyle change where old habits will not get me ever where I want to be. I give as much attention and importance to NSV's as too the scale. And this time around, 2 lbs / week lost is acceptable instead of going for 4 lbs / week. Balance and flexibility is also important this time around.

I have more patience this time than before, so I believe there's hope for me to succeed long term this time.

Have a great week!

Karen emoticon

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BBECKER1955 4/2/2013 4:53PM

    Great wisdom! emoticon

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VIVALAKIMI 4/2/2013 4:49PM

    Today I am relaxing, eating (and drinking) treats- though my definition of treats has changed significantly- and taking the day off all my work. I will be okay and I made the conscious decision to take this day off... A real treat for myself and an actual mental health day!

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TRILEMMA 4/2/2013 4:41PM

  Great advice. I totally agree.


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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2013 4:27PM

    You are so right! I can't tell you how many times I was ready to give up, only to wait one more day...and have the scale drop dramatically!

What a great blog, thank you for sharing your experiences.

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LINDAKAY228 4/2/2013 4:11PM

    Great blog! I keep getting stuck even though I'm very active. Food is sometimes not quite as good as it could be. But I keep working at it and TODAY I will also continue! Thanks for the great blog!

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ALDEBARANIAN 4/2/2013 4:09PM

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The only thing I need is a bigger gun.
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_BABE_ 4/2/2013 3:52PM

    It's a journey that never ends at one destination...must remember! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 4/2/2013 3:28PM

    emoticon blog . . . and oh so true!! emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/2/2013 3:25PM

    Oh my stars an awesome blog! I just try to concentrate on doing what I planned to do (even if it's an "off" meal or cheat day)... and trust the process.. because eventually my body will have to let go! I just sometimes imagine my muscles growing, holding on to water.. losing fat.. and eventually the water.. I want to be FIT AND STRONG!!

Annie

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FITBODME 4/2/2013 3:25PM

    Today my daughter and I will swim laps at the pool. Like me, she has lost weight then gained some back. Unlike me she is in her 20's and can lose it quickly emoticon emoticon

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FRACKTHATNOISE 4/2/2013 3:19PM

    Today I'm taking your advice!

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/2/2013 3:12PM

  Way to go Robert! You are absolutely right, it does look like an investment chart. And focusing on the journey rather than day to day or week to week results is a lot more enjoyable too!

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ONELUCKYSUSAN 4/2/2013 3:07PM

    Ditto! I'll be sticking to my guns, as well!

Thanks for the reminder!

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PHOENIX1949 4/2/2013 2:43PM

    I will emoticon to give my body fuel in the form of healthy nutrition. emoticon

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ASHLEYENGELBERG 4/2/2013 2:40PM

    Awesome blog! Today I will snack on the fruit I brought to work with me while my co-workers snack on leftover easter candy!

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DALID414 4/2/2013 2:39PM

    I'm gonna stick to my guns!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/2/2013 2:37PM

    I have to agree. It's weight loss is not linear. In order to truly be happy I left the numbers game behind and am focusing on healthy eating (most of the time) and activity/exercise. I feel better, more confident and the scale is starting to move again too.

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-STARRYEYED- 4/2/2013 2:36PM

    emoticon blog! You're exactly right that patience is key! Thank you for sharing!

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QUAIL75 4/2/2013 2:18PM

    Yup. This is not a diet or a short term fix, it's for the rest of my life!

Today, I'm going to stay within my calorie range and go to the gym. I'm also going to comment on some blogs and encourage some sparkfriends who are also on the path to good health. It makes me feel successful when I can pass along some of the knowledge I've gained through my journey.

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GOING-STRONG 4/2/2013 2:11PM

    I ate like crap over the week-end and I'm feeling the pain now... but the good news is I was back at the gym Monday morning because THAT is what I do! Having healthy routines enables me to get back on track and not let HoliDAYS become HoliMONTHS.

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