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 :)