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Weight loss goals... are they realistic?


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What would you think concerning someone who comes into a hospital badly injured with a leg broken in three places and states that they will heal by such and such a date so they can make it to some long anticipated event? We would tell that person to put those plans on ice. They need to heal and we’d tell them that it might not happen according to their preferred timeline. Within ourselves, we would basically say that that person needs a serious reality check. That individual is NOT in control of the process. All the doctors can do is stabilize the patient and create the environment for healing to take place. Outside of that, all they can do is let nature take its course.

If this is so obvious in the physical, then why do we try to beat our bodies into
submission to meet some ''I’m gonna lose XXX pounds by XXX date'' goal, then
beat ourselves up because we couldn’t make ourselves do it?

Can we truly control exactly how much our bodies can shed by a certain time? Like the doctors in the hospital, all we can do is create the environment for our bodies to find that balance, shed the excess pounds and get healthy. After that, all we can do is maintain that environment and allow the body to fix itself on its own timeline. Anything more than this is strictly brute force methodology and is doomed to failure. What are we looking for? The quick fix or a long term solution? If you have to do something crazy and extreme to get a result, logic states that you will have to maintain that extreme to keep it.

Create the environment for a healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise, be consistent, then just let it unfold.


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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/18/2013 4:08PM

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    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you!

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MANILUS 5/10/2013 12:48AM

    Hit the nail on the head!

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JAMER123 4/26/2013 9:57PM

    Working on the long term solution!! No quick fix in sight!!
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DIANNEMT 4/26/2013 8:55PM

    Yep--my body is in charge--I just do what I can to get it to cooperate!

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TERMITEMOM 4/26/2013 8:30PM

    Great blog - worth a second read!

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ROBB1N 4/26/2013 6:44PM

    That's a very healthy attitude! Thanks for the inspiration.

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SUSIEMT 4/26/2013 4:55PM

    When I started with sparkpeople. I had no expectations. I was that beaten down. But even just a couple of weeks into the program when all I knew was how to log my food I felt hope. Those small changes we made day by day were enough to give me hope. They were all things that we felt we could carry on with. Our recipes evolved and we made them healthier. I laugh now that when one year went by and I did not lose 100 lbs. I felt a bit sad. However two weeks late I did it. Just those small changes with diet and exercise. Anything is possible!

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CICELY360 4/26/2013 4:32PM

  good blog

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JIBBIE49 4/26/2013 3:55PM

   

Good for YOU! Way to go! You're doing FANTASTIC!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/26/2013 2:32PM

  Your blogs are always excellent.

Did you ever finish the class you did for the Parks and Rec? I only saw the intro, I believe. ...

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    Thanks, a post I needed this week

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ABUFFKIN 4/26/2013 12:10PM

    Very wise, thanks for sharing!!

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/26/2013 10:29AM

    Too often, when people don't lose X lbs by X date, they just give up! So you're RIGHT--learning to live a Healthy Lifestyle is what it's all about...then the weight will come off when the weight comes off--and you'll be happier & healthier living a normal "not a diet" life! :)

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JOANNHUNT 4/26/2013 10:20AM

    I AM TAKING ONE DAY AT A TIME AND DEALING WITH WHAT HAPPENS. IF I LOSE SO BE IT. I KNOW IN MY HEART THE WEIGHT WILL COME OFF BUT NOT INSTANTLY. IT TOOK YEARS TO PUT IT ON AND IT ISN'T GOING TO COME OFF OVER NIGHT.

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ROCKYCPA 4/26/2013 9:50AM

    Your thoughts are really on point - thanks for sharing!

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FUNLOVEN 4/26/2013 8:54AM

    I once read that we all need goals in our lives (no matter what they are about) because without a goal of some kind life becomes purposeless. I agree with you on one hand. The big picture for me is overall improved health with weight loss as a side line and so my goals are poorly defined right now. I'm just happy with doing the best I can. On the other hand, I must admit that I will be grateful when I get to that maintenance phase so I'm not so worried about every calorie lurking around every corner emoticon

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DJSHIP46 4/26/2013 8:39AM

    Sometimes it's hard to get real, but it's always good advice!!! Thanks :)

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MOMMY445 4/26/2013 8:26AM

    such great insight! have a fabulous day!

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SHANNONY84 4/26/2013 8:12AM

    Great blog and this is so true!

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SANDYCRANE 4/26/2013 7:03AM

    Great blog. You are so right on. That is why most people quit their weight loss plans because it did not happen quick enough. I try not to think of how long it has taken me to lose this weight, but how much time I wasted by not doing anything. Thanks for your inspirational words.

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LRSILVER 4/26/2013 6:57AM

    Great analogy

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LUNABYRD 4/26/2013 6:46AM

    I like your thought that we can only create an environment for ourselves so that we can lose weight and get healthy. Our bodies have their own time table. At least I know this to be true for my body.

I have tried many times to say " I will lose XXX lbs by this or that date" and only have dissappointment when it doesn't happen even though I did all of things I should have done leading up to that point.

What you have said puts everything into perspective. As long as I keep making healthy choices my body will get to where it needs to be.

I have learned to like myself everyday and that has made the difference too!

Keep on Sparking my Friends!


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PENOWOK 4/26/2013 6:09AM

    Good thinking!

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TRYINGHARD54 4/26/2013 5:36AM

    soooooooooo right !

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NCSUE0514 4/26/2013 5:15AM

    Good plan

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    That's my plan! emoticon

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RAKRHYME 4/26/2013 3:02AM

    loved ur blog.. was actually on the same page myself. :)

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