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Flying Pigs

Monday, May 06, 2013

I have always been a person who was better at starting projects than finishing them. Upstairs at this moment are a half-knitted jumper, a half made embroidered bag and a three quarters completed cross stitch cushion!

Each time I would tell my Mum about some new idea, enthusiastic and ready to go, she would say to me, ďYes, and pigs might fly!Ē

During the last thirty years I have tried every diet, every fad, lost weight, regained it all again, started swimming, lost interest, like the jumper and other projects, my weight remains yet another unfinished project!

So, why should it be different this time with Spark People? According to several of my friends I am on yet another Ďfad dietí! I argue that fad diets are unsustainable, whereas this one is for life. Also this one has strong scientific evidence to back it up, and Iím doing it to perhaps reduce my cancer risk, the weight loss is a side effect!

The difference with Spark People though, that keeps me coming back, is in the community I have found. There is an acceptance of all types of people, and acceptance of all sorts of programmes. Whether Iím counting calories, low carb, paleo, listening to my body or fasting, there is a group for ME! Several sometimes. I have found and made very real friends here.

When a crisis has occurred, and Iíve slipped backwards, whereas before Iíd have shrunk into myself and let go, Iíve had encouragement, and support from my online friends, often more than from my Ďreal lifeí friends, and after a short while Iíve been able to pick myself up, catch hold of myself, and get back to a better way.

Slowly and steadily the scales are sneaking downwards.

So, though I donít think I can ever count my weight loss journey as a project completed,

Mum, those pigs are on the runway, lined up, fueled up and ready to fly!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DANAPRIME 5/21/2013 12:02PM

    Awesome blog! Keep up the good work!!!!

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PINKANGEL73 5/20/2013 11:25AM

    I think most of us, especially as children, have enthusiasms for new things and then find that in practice they are not for us. You never know unless you try. But losing weight and keeping it off - that has to become a way of life to be successful. If you don't ever give up you can't fail. emoticon

I'm sure your Mum would be very proud of your efforts - especially how you have embraced exercise and keep at it so consistently.

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MARIANNE9855 5/12/2013 1:37AM

    I actually have a pin of a flying pig! I love that analogy but I think there are pigs flying all over spark people.
I too have many incomplete projects- I had a spell in my 20s to mid 30s that I made all kinds of beautiful things but since then I seem to poop out on them. My most recent one was making my own cards- I made them all for Christmas since I wasn't working- got all excited and bought extra supplies and then stopped making them.
But because we have sparkpeople now- I will keep pushing through my journey to be healthy.
And I have decided to donate my special papers to my new job where they are low on funds but the clients all love to take part in expressive art therapy. I will be making a positive step for myself instead of everything just sitting
here being wasted.

Maybe I will take a picture of my pig and put it on my spark page to symbolize all the changes we are making- thanks for the wonderful blog!

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CEPHALOPODLYNN 5/10/2013 12:47AM

    I feel the same way. I'm pretty sure the last time I completed something it was for a grade, so I keep having to remind myself of what exactly makes the spark people weight loss attempt different from all those that have gone before it to keep myself from getting discouraged.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/9/2013 4:13PM

    You sound like me, I have several cross stitch and needlepoint & jewelry making projects half finished. And my diet lifestyle has always been that way too. Until joining SP and the social community here is awesome! If it weren't for the interaction and support from them, I wouldn't be here today! I would be back up to my highest weight and probably beyond. But, I have learned so much here too, and maybe it wouldn't get that bad as it was before, but I don't want to take that chance. So I am here for the long haul, as long as SP is still online at least! Keep sparking and moving right along! You are going great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XNANNY 5/8/2013 10:16PM

    You are on your way for sure! I hope your Mother will get behind you on this, I can not imagine my Mother being unhelpful with my weight loss program.

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ASPENHUGGER 5/7/2013 1:31PM

    That's my story too-- never getting a project finished, at least not in a timely manner! It's my own special kind of disorganization, & it drives me crazy! I love looking at finished projects -- a clean room, for example, so I keep working on getting better at this.

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SHELLYBABE2 5/7/2013 12:20PM


You are so right & even though sometimes I'm hanging on by my finger nails I stay hanging in there & keep coming back :-D I too have many work in progress', my weight being one of them & in my book as long as you don't give up then you've not given in to failure!


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STFRENCH 5/7/2013 8:26AM

    I emoticon Sparkpeople for the same reason... Support aplenty and no-one to judge you. If you fall, they'll pick you up, dust you off and send you on your way with plenty of encouragement. It's fab!

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    Good for you!!

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PATRICIAAK 5/7/2013 3:16AM


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MOTLORAC 5/7/2013 2:55AM

    keep those pigs flying. emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/7/2013 2:11AM

    Be strong, Evelyn. Lean on us :)

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REGILIEH 5/6/2013 11:49PM

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CATHEMARIE 5/6/2013 10:58PM

    Great essay ~ well, put many of us can relate! I've been on many fad diets myself and was determined not to fall for another one either. However, I too believe this can work for life.

I've watched Dr. Mosley's program four times. One of reasons I want to follow the program is because my dad died from Alzheimer's Disease. After watching the program, it made sense and it might help.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/6/2013 10:17PM

    You can do it! Keep it up!

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JUNEAU2010 5/6/2013 9:01PM

    Pigs are starting to warm up on the runway here, too!

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MRYTYLER 5/6/2013 6:47PM

    What a great blog. Could not have said it any better. I will keep my eyes to the sky looking for those pigs. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/6/2013 3:39PM

    glad to know you!

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CATLADY52 5/6/2013 1:38PM

    I look at SparkPeople as a sort of ticket agent. They show us the way to go somewhere but we are the ones who actually fly the plane, sail the boat or drive the car to arrive at our destination.

To the journey! emoticon

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LADY_MARIANA 5/6/2013 10:20AM

    That's great to read!

I've belonged to several similar "communities" in the past and nothing ever stuck. It was my failure to become fully invested in my own body and in my own need to lose weight and keep it off that made me skulk away.

I know that you are working on this project--it's not unfinished and perhaps it never can be finished but you are working on it and doing a delightful job. I love reading your blogs and reading about your walking adventures.

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DR1939 5/6/2013 10:08AM


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FALLNTENN 5/6/2013 9:09AM

    It's a journey that we can share.

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BEECHNUT13 5/6/2013 7:51AM

    Mmm, bacon. ;)

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DOVESEYES 5/6/2013 7:47AM

    Here here!!!! emoticon

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    I am very sure "Mum" would be proud of you, too!!
And because what/how/when/etc you eat is something you must do for the rest of your life... it is a "LIFE" project, for a better life experience than otherwise you might have.
I can relate to those unfinished projects.... I even have some that the ingredients have been collected (amassed) the yarns/threads/fabric/tools are waiting for me to put them to use....someday.
I am proud of you, and probably old enough to be your mum.

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    well said! We all need support, and SP offers an exemplary case as to how to find it (and provide it!)

Thanks for the support you lend me with your blogs.

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GOANNA2 5/6/2013 6:58AM

    This is a lifelong journey.

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BELLAMEMAW 5/6/2013 6:56AM

    don't consider yourself an unfinished project but rather an ongoing project. One of the things I've really improved on since starting SP 3 years ago is setting goals and achieving them. Not just weight related, either. All kinds of things. Yes, the support from other members is phenomenal here. I've looked into other sites and there's no where near the community mindset that Spark People has.

Be patient, but honest, with yourself and you'll get there. All the best, Pat

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KIMBERLYJA1 5/6/2013 6:29AM

    The other thing about our bodies is that this project is ongoing--it's not as though even if we reach our goal weights we will be able to say "that's done" and move on to the next thing. Living healthy will be an ongoing thing, needing variety and care, for the rest of our lives! Our bodies will ALWAYS be a work in progress. This is one fad that will never go out of style!

And I LOVE the community of support we have here too!

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NEW-CAZ 5/6/2013 6:28AM

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COCK-ROBIN 5/6/2013 6:09AM

    And takeoff!

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