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Taking the Reins

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

From the SparkDiet Stage 3:

"To change your lifestyle, you simply decide to take responsibility for your own weight loss, and then work to make it happen. If you always rely on others for answers and motivation, or for some magic secret, you’re giving up that responsibility and control."

That was me, even just a short 6 months ago. I decided that I wasn't "too bad", that my life was "okay", that while I was unhealthy and fat, I "could be worse". I didn't want to fight against Dairy Queen that called to me after work. I didn't want to resist buying Snickers and Diet Coke at Walgreens for lunch. I didn't want to stop eating all the wonderful fatty foods I had on a daily basis. I gave up responsibility for my health to someone else.

But November 16th, I took that control back. I took my health, my weight, my lifestyle into my own hands. I stopped making excuses and backing out of responsibility. I took the reins.

The journey hasn't been easy. Every single day, I see some food that I can't have that I want desperately. On Monday, I ate with two coworkers - one had two big slices of pizza and the other had fettuccine alfredo. Both are foods I loved. But I didn't waver. I didn't cow and head to the cafe to pick them up. I said, "My health is more important that this serving of fatty goodness."

Taking control is hard. It means I have to always be on guard, always in control. I can't be lax and go, "Oh, today I'm tired, I'll eat out at Burgerville." But the outcome is worth it - I've lost 78 pounds! I am getting back into an exercising routine. And more importantly, I find I am happy with myself - I can honestly say I love my body, when before I would say, "I'm OK".

I've got about 40 more pounds to go, and the way I will continue to be successful is to continue taking control. And when I start to falter, to remember how important my health is and how many people I have rooting for me :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TKLBRIDGET 5/8/2013 6:07PM

    You've come so far and are such an inspiration. You bet we are rooting for you!
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HELEN_BRU 5/8/2013 4:39PM

    Good for you! That's the way to go. Some days are easier than others but it keeps improving, so don't give up.

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LAILATN 5/8/2013 2:30PM

    Awesome blog! It's so true - and so hard to put into practice sometimes. But I am learning, as I have been sitting here in neutral gear this past month, that I am the ONLY ONE who can change myself. It's up to me! Do I want health and feeling good about myself, or do I want to eat fattening/sugary foods? Thanks for posting this.

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IMAVISION 5/8/2013 12:47PM

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PRETTYPITHY 5/8/2013 12:21PM

    I agree with you, and ADARKARA in the comments below. Since I put myself in control, this journey has been much smoother and easier.

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SNOWYOGA 5/8/2013 12:13PM

    Wow every day you make me think, but today I really feel bad because this has been a really bad week and I have been doing just what you said. I do good, then some thing happens (bad) and I fall back (it's to easy) But i'm going to restart and re-look at your blogs and get over myself! Thanks again And have a good day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADARKARA 5/8/2013 12:13PM

    This is great! And it's THE key to success I've found. Learning about YOURSELF and relying on YOURSELF. Not Weight Watchers, not Jenny Craig, not your BFF, not God. YOU. WE are the only ones that have the true power to change who we are! emoticon

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