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This Attempt Could FINALLY Be Your LAST!

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Friday, September 13, 2013



So a recurring theme I seem to hear on Spark that I was guilty of as well is thinking to yourself: "Every time I have lost weight in the past, I have gained it all back! What makes me think this time could be any different? Maybe I'll lose 10, 20 even 30 pounds, but I'm going to gain it back because I've always gained it back in the past, so what is the point?" Most of the time that isn't our first thought when we start a new weight loss program or journey. We all start off with that sparkle, that I can do this attitude. The first week is great, new changes, drinking your water, moving a little, losing 3-5 pounds the first week with just the simplest of changes. But as the days and weeks roll on, that awful voice starts sneaking up on you. Mine was a real stinker, she was famous for reminding me "You will ALWAYS be fat!" She would list all the times I had lost weight only to gain it back. I had lost 40 pounds 2 or 3 times in my life only to gain them back (plus more). That wasn't even including all the times I lost 10-30 pounds just to throw in the towel and go back to my old ways.

When I started March of 2012, there was a huge part of me that didn't truly believe I could do it. But then I would see these amazing people on Spark that had lost 100+ pounds and were keeping it off. In fact pretty much all of them had lost weight in the past only to gain it back... but this time was different for them. It didn't matter how many times they had "failed" at weight loss... they were succeeding now. That is when I realized you never know when this weight loss attempt could be your last one!

So when that voice starts creeping in, reminding you that you've ALWAYS gained it back, you need to shut that voice down and tell it that this time is different. You are stronger, wiser, and more prepared this time than you were in the past. You know this is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. You know that you need to watch your calories or food in take, that you need to do physical activity that is appropriate for you, and that this takes work. You now know the sneaky things that voice can say to you and you are ready to fight it tooth and nail to prove it wrong! So if you find yourself thinking this time won't be any different and that you will only gain it back, you be sure to shut that voice down!

I will tell you 18 months later and 80 pounds down that voice is still around, but it is so much quieter, I almost have to struggle to hear it. Because with each passing month that I don't give up, and each pound lost, that voice is starting to realize I am stronger than it thought I was! emoticon emoticon

This attempt could be your last, just don't give up and keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 2/17/2014 12:24PM

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! Right ON!


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CATNCAG 11/25/2013 2:03PM

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GRAMPIAN 11/5/2013 11:09AM

  Wise words. emoticon

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LISA_FRAME 10/15/2013 4:24PM

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UWPALUM 10/8/2013 12:26PM

    I definitely have that voice, but it has gotten much quieter over the months!

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BUSMOM27 10/8/2013 11:28AM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/28/2013 1:53PM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/25/2013 7:07PM

    Great blog....a positive outlook for all us fellow Sparkers

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LEANMEAN2 9/21/2013 7:43AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LEANMEAN2 9/21/2013 7:42AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CORNERKICK 9/21/2013 1:10AM

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ANNIE4108 9/18/2013 1:45PM

  Wow I felt like I was writing your blog! I have gained and lost the same 50lbs too many times to count. I too heard that little voice "not again" that tried to defeat my new journey and chance to be healthy and "Me" again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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LEEW0LF 9/17/2013 10:46AM

  that thought has been my downfall and my excuse and lack of commitment. thanks I needed to hear that my roller coaster could actually in fact end.

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SPARKBJOK 9/17/2013 9:26AM

    Great inspiration!

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WIZCAB 9/16/2013 9:17PM

    Thank you for the post--wise words--inspirational! I have that voice as well--this is a lifestyle change--it's a process not an event!

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/16/2013 8:33PM

    GREAT WORDS OF WISDOM! I too have had a long, yo-yo journey. I always have said, "I will never give up cuz you never know when forever starts! This can be my forever!" I restarted July 5th and so far so good! YOU are my inspiration today! emoticon

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JUNIORSSISTER 9/16/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon Wow and I thought that voice was only in 'MY HEAD", seems like that conversation was on speaker phone. Congratulations on your accomplishments. I am just getting back on spark train. Trying very hard to look ahead and not back. This was the perfect post for me to read today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Patty
(Juniors Sister)

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CANES173 9/16/2013 7:31PM

    Loved reading your blog!

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CAROL_31649731 9/16/2013 4:30PM

    Thank you for sharing today . . . I continue to try and shut down that voice, too. I love sparking & I won't give up either!!! You story is inspiring; congrats & continue on, my friend! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/16/2013 4:20PM

    You go girl! Squash that inner voice and put her in her place!! You keep up the good work.

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SVJACKS23 9/16/2013 3:30PM

  I loved reading your blog today! It's inspiring and very relatable to me personally! Thank you for being open and honest. Congratulations on your success emoticon

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IMAGINE46 9/16/2013 3:22PM

  So true. Great post. Thanks! emoticon

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FARIS71 9/16/2013 2:37PM

    Oh that is so true. Everytime we don't get up, that pesky voice gets quieter. Thanks for the boost!

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KELLYD2112 9/16/2013 1:43PM

    Yep - I've been listening to that voice for a while now and gaining steadily. Time to shut'r up emoticon

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 9/16/2013 1:22PM

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BUBBATYLER 9/16/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for the post, I really needed to hear that today! I only lost one pound this week and my inner voice was being REALLY mean to me emoticon !

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SUZIPAM1 9/16/2013 12:30PM

    you doing so well

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VELVETDRAGONFLY 9/16/2013 11:55AM

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BELLA2244 9/16/2013 11:38AM

  Thanks for the push! You are awesome. emoticon

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BLONDIE218145 9/16/2013 11:35AM

    Ty for your thoughts...

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CICELY360 9/16/2013 10:00AM

  Good blog

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/16/2013 9:44AM

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for the post!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/16/2013 9:04AM

    emoticon emoticon on your weight loss emoticon emoticon

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WHOOLA 9/16/2013 8:25AM

  Well done you!

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QUAIL75 9/16/2013 8:14AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the motivation!

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KIRSTENCO 9/16/2013 6:05AM

    I really like the eone about the future being more important than the past :-)

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AUTUMNAGATE 9/16/2013 3:03AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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CATGETTINGFIT 9/15/2013 11:51PM

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you! emoticon

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PDAN04 9/15/2013 9:18PM

    I see a career as a motivational speaker in your future! :)

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LULUBELLE65 9/15/2013 6:47PM

    Great post!

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SKABELS2 9/15/2013 6:18PM

  Oh that voice . . . it won for a week, but now she's gonna hush up cuz I'm ready to be back on track. Love the post - thank you!!!

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MOMMY445 9/15/2013 6:00PM

    i needed to hear this,too! have a wonderful day!

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BOPPY_ 9/15/2013 5:32PM

    What wins THIS race is consistency. To achieve consistency, several things are required. Most important among them are:

* Tracking: what you eat and how much, how much you weigh; how you exercise , and at what level, and for how long.
* Record all that you track.
* Plan what you eat and how much before you shop, cook and eat. Plan your goals. Make them small and achievable; achieve then; then, upgrade them.
* Have a model that allows you to achieve your goals. Visualize that model of you! The above is a good part of the model.
* Spend your time on the above with less time spent looking for inspiration.
* Share the success and shortcomings in your blog.

It always works. Always!

Lee

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