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The Great "Secret"

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Yesterday was the first day the entire faculty sat together for a meeting at school. It's been about two months since we've all been together and is always full of the "welcome back", "how was your summer", and "you look great" comments so I knew there would be comments about my weight. Some were extremely surprising - a biology teacher told me I'm an inspiration and a math teacher told me he didn't recognize me because I look so much younger. Both of which were great to hear. They had been invested in my weight loss from last spring and invest in their own healthy lifestyles so the understanding was simple: I worked hard, educated myself, and am proving it's just that simple.

Now I know that seeing someone everyday you tend to not realize weight loss/gain immediately and by the end of last school year I had lost somewhere in the high 50s of weight with very few folks noticing - not that I expected them to. As of yesterday I have lost 78 pounds. People noticed. And some for the first time, which brought them to this question:

"What's your secret?"

When I responded with exercise, proper nutrition, and portion control, it was followed by one of three comments:

"So you starved yourself."
"What diet plan did you use?"
"What exercise plan did you use?"

When I clarified that there wasn't a diet and do eat quite often and that I prefer to swim, strength train, and use an elliptical people looked genuinely disappointed. It was like they hoped there was some secret formula that would open the doors to weight loss for them. In fact some people said, "I do all that." And they weren't thrilled when I said, "I thought I was too." It reminded me of when I signed on with SP and how desperate I felt, but more importantly helped me realize and appreciate what I've done for myself these past few months. I took control and educated myself and continue to work on me every day, which is no secret.
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    Well, you did tell them your secret...exercise, proper nutrition, and portion control, they just didn't want to hear that secret. emoticon
    1655 days ago
    Pretty typical response. Everyone wants to have that magic bullet... I WANT one too ~ but living a healthy lifestyle in the end is its own reward.

    Congrats on the 78 pounds... awesome awesome awesome!

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    1655 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Everyone just wants the quick fix with no lifestyle change. That is the same reaction I get.
    1655 days ago
    Congrat's... Your Secret? WORK at knowing just what you are doing nutrition and fitness wise.. Yes, the secret is WORK! not hope and maybe someday. There is no magic potion/pill/gadget or gizmo.. if you want results you have to do the work.

    It is such a boost to know that others are working towards and reaching their goals. And, even having their work recognized by others. Thanks for sharing. Audra emoticon emoticon
    1655 days ago
    "What's your secret?" LOL... I hate those conversations. I usually say "there is no secret" or I say "stop eating crap and start moving more." But then, I'm sarcastic like that. The truth is, I can't tell anyone else how to lose weight because everybody has to do it their own way. And if I try to tell other people what to do they'll complain and make excuses about why that doesn't work. My stock response: "so why did you ask?" and then I walk away **sigh**

    Anyway.... emoticon on your emoticon progress!!
    1655 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    emoticon Congrats on your success!
    1655 days ago
    Well said! I was just thinking about that the other day. I often get asked ' so what did you do?" and I started thinking that it should be pretty obvious what I did..ate right and moved more. Way to stick with it!
    1655 days ago
  • TREE57
    People are always looking for a "fast fix" and when they find out it takes courage, determination and self-control they don't want a part of it.

    We belong to an elite group of achievers! Congratulations to you!

    1655 days ago
    Great great going. Congratulations on your success! Yes, most people want a magic pill. You've got the keys, it takes time. It takes determination and it takes willpower.

    1655 days ago
    I get that as well. I also get did you have surgery. I always respond nope I started living healthy. Eat right and workout. It's the secret.

    Congrats on your success
    1655 days ago
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