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Virtual me...if I paste the 'after' shot on my forehead will it help inspire me to goal?

Monday, September 16, 2013

emoticon Why does this weight loss seem to be such a blasted struggle for me?

Is it because I don't feel I'm really worthy of a thin svelte frame, is it because I get my wheels spinning in too many directions and don't follow through on my eating plans? Could it be that I'm so stressed and distracted with this 'save our house' fight that it's all I can really muster up the oomph to keep after and my weight loss falls into second place?

Is it because I am not REALLY ready to commit to the healthy cooking that needs to accompany lower calories and restaurants call my name on the way home? Could it be that my hubs is too accepting and is more than willing to go to the restaurants and thinks the best way to cheer me up is with a Dairy Queen blizzard...and RIGHT he is about that one! emoticon

I don't know. I've been losing a little here and there with my 5% challenges but I'm VERY prone to piling the weight right back on between the breaks when an old challenge ends and a new one begins.

It's FRUSTRATING to say the least! We now have winter approaching when I will be at my all time busy at our consignment gallery. Winter time allows for a few cute sweaters here in FL on a few rare days and if I don't get another 30-40 pounds peeled off I'll look like Shamu.

This is NOT sitting well with me...not at ALL! emoticon I don't like carting this extra weight around on my stifles my energy and weakens my self esteem. At this point in my life I should have this weight thing figured OUT!

I DO actually...I just don't have the self discipline to kick myself in the tush and make myself accountable!

Yep...I'm thinking if I can paste the 'after virtual me' on my forehead, the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, the grocery cart...AND every great restaurant I love to haunt within a 10 mile radius...I might have a chance.

Oh boy...this is HARD...Lucy! emoticon

chubby cakes virtual me now~

Slender cutsie pie virtual me at goal weight

I haven't considered wiring my mouth shut...but that MIGHT be an option! emoticon
I've been at this for four years now...up and down...up and down...DRAT I'm so aggravated with my own bad self! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAZZEJR 9/25/2013 8:01AM

    I kid you not, I've found that "my favorite restaurants" as you call them, have been my undoing. During the break eat out (and order in) as little as possible. If nothing else, you'll lose a lot of water weight. They cook with A LOT of salt. Take my challenge, bulk up on the fruits & veggies and eat at home during the break -- betcha lose AT LEAST 2 lbs. Race ya!

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RURAL3 9/18/2013 7:19PM

    Are we all in the same boat? I think we are sinking. Why isn't this working for any of us except as a yo yo? emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 9/18/2013 10:32AM

    My, My, My my dear sparkie friend. I could've wrote this blog because it fits me so well. I KNOW what it takes to see results, yet I chose to act differently. Why, why why!?!?!?!
It's so easy to put ourselves on the back burner and slack off when it comes to the weight loss plan. Hang in there....I know you can do this and so can I!

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JUSTME29 9/18/2013 12:06AM

    I'm thinking pasting my virtual me everywhere might not be a bad idea either. Mine's on my page, and I so want the "after" picture.

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/17/2013 3:19PM

    The great news is that stable weight is an important indicator of balance and health. No matter how slow or frustrating this weight loss journey is, at least you have your health!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/17/2013 2:58PM

    I was doing the same thing. I finally joined Weight Watchers and that's what it took to get me to FOCUS. I don't eat the fake food. I just started counting what I was already eating. Instead of grabbing a handful of raw almonds, I now measure it and count it. I just wanted to gain control of my food, and that's what worked for me. It really does take commitment and focus.


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BARBARAROSE54 9/17/2013 1:41PM

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DR1939 9/17/2013 8:46AM

    I keep getting set back by illness-related problems. Not necessarily life-threatening things but things that mean I can't be as active as I would like.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/17/2013 6:22AM

    I understand your frustration, believe me I do. I've been right there with you more times than I can count. And I don't have one single answer for you that you don't already know for yourself...

So all I can offer is one of the best quotes I've read anywhere: "You can be pitiful or powerful, but you can't be both."

As with anything else on this journey, the choice is always ours.

Best of success to you.

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MSLZZY 9/17/2013 12:11AM

    Hey, babe. Don't know what to say to that one. Wiring your
jaw shut is an option but you can still suck up ice cream
with a straw.

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GOING-STRONG 9/16/2013 11:16PM

    Just take baby steps.... make little changes that you can live with for a lifetime. Just a suggestion, instead of DQ go to McDonalds. They serve non-fat yogurt and their cones are only 150 calories. Not nearly as good as DQ but better than nothing.


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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/16/2013 11:05PM

    My spunky friend I know you can do this!!!!!!!!!! I know how you feel...I am there right now myself but you have to remember that this weight didn't happen overnight and it is not going to come off overnight. Also remember this is a journey to be healthy....all that that entails not just weight. Think about the things you can do that you couldn't do before you started this journey. Remember you are worth loving and taking care of.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/16/2013 10:09PM

    It's Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's for me, but they are getting so pricy that I hope to curb that. You sound like me, and a few others in here. I was doing so well keeping at 145 until my DH was off work for 1 1/2 yrs. I am right back where I started. Hang in there, we can do this!! emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 9/16/2013 8:58PM

    I really understand how you feel. Just remember and this helps me, when you are doing well and down abit on the weight, it is not the time to think, oh, I can eat more or I deserve something extra. I also pay close attention to how my clothes feel-tight or loose. Losing weight is all about living a healthy lifestyle--Every day! You can do it, and you are certainly WORTH it!! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 9/16/2013 7:52PM

    You sound just like me. It is so frustrating

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/16/2013 7:03PM

    In another blog today I read about doing a virtual trip from one state to another and then writing about what you see on the way. Like you, I want to find other motivations and if I have fun, I last longer. Also I only weigh myself once a month, the last day. Otherwise, it is all about the scale for me and not the fun. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 9/16/2013 6:32PM

    I think most of us can understand and share with you the same complaint. It's hard for me to get motivated to do 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Sounds like such a simple thing, but for me, it's hard to get started.
Maybe with the busy season coming up at the consignment gallery, you'll be running around losing some pounds.
Never stop trying.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/16/2013 5:49PM

    Honey, you are not giving up!! I'm proud of you for that. I know you will get things under control.

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1BEACHWALKER 9/16/2013 5:43PM

    Join the club! I have one of those husbands too by the way!! It is a constant battle with me and I even get tired of it all, let alone him listening to me all the time about it! He is overweight too, so he puts up with me, but he is not as like me about it!
It is frustrating! But, Hang in there! I have made a new renewal of doing better as of this month to stay within calorie range, so far 14 out of 16 days I have done that! Exercise everyday-get my goal steps in and eating healthier, staying away from the restaurants as much as possible and stay away from junk and sweet foods! Sometimes setting goals and sticking with them is all it takes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 9/16/2013 5:28PM

    I have 3 virtual photos like this! My start, at my first goal (I'm 5# from there) PLUS what weight I REALLY want, but do not have the motivation to go there! My first goal weight is keeping me quite happy, Thank You!

You said you printed your blogs.... how do you do that?

Love YOU!

Comment edited on: 9/16/2013 5:29:23 PM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/16/2013 4:25PM

    Sweet lady, you just described my last 4+ years! I didn't start making Real progress till I gave in to cooking Chef Meg's recipes from the Spark Solution. I've read her recipes before but I hate to cook and so I just put it aside. I still only do it sporadically, but I know I'll peel off 2 pounds/wk if I move 30 minutes a day and eat her food!! I've done it! It works, so I'm kicking my tush back to the kitchen!! This is this 5% challenge's last week and I'm so close to that 5% goal!!!! I WILL make it this time!!! Come on, girl! Give in and get in the kitchen!! You can do this certainly if I can!!! Pick out a few recipes you think you'll like, go shopping and get cooking. And don't forget to keep moving, too!! You'll be pleasantly surprised!! emoticon emoticon emoticon ((((HUGS))))

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SOKKERNUT 9/16/2013 4:16PM

    You cracked me up b/c my hubby is the same with with DQ blizzards and PECAN PIES my weakness.

You are not alone, I have been on this journey for over 5 years. I did get it right at one point then it all came crashing down with a little thing called life. Don't give up no matter what you do, you will get there. Take it one day at a time, if you fall don't beat yourself up too hard just get yourself back up and start over again. The stopping the journey is what will hurt you.

Good Luck doll, emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/16/2013 3:55PM

    Join the club and I have been here at spark better than 6 years and up and down I go. Right now I think you hit it on the head, I don't have the want, drive, energy whatever to make all th meals etc. but we don' t eat out nor do I buy much processed so just eating too much fruit etc. That and I am fighting a long term disability appeal with the so called invisible diseases of arthritis and fibro... that is stressing me and taking my good strength.

And I know we both know........ eating right, exercising will only give us the strength and energy to do better..... geesh DUH hit us upside the head! LOL

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/16/2013 3:52PM

    I think, for me, when it came to weight loss, there was a part of me that really didn't feel like I was worth it. It was like I thought I didn't deserve to look good. I'd pick cheaper less healthy foods over ones I knew to be better for me.

Now that food has become a key health concern....I don't want to feed the cancer with sugar or inflammatory foods, I suddenly have become the queen of consistency with eating and my weight has popped down to my ideal weight without having to think about it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to be at my ideal weight, it's just that I think it's wierd how I got here. After years of trying to do it to look better, I'm suddenly at the "right" weight and trying to look good was the last thing on my mind in the process of getting here over the past couple months.

It's all about motiviation.

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  I enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing! :D Much of what you wrote either applies to me, or has in the past. Fitness takes a lot of time. I love sweet things, whether in food, sweet personalities, uplifting books and movies, and food has previously been a large source of "sweetness" for me. It's such a journey--one day, month, year at a time--I have no doubt that if you keep moving forward, and journal, do inner work, to get answers, and do what works, that you will make progress. Sending you smiles~* emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/16/2013 3:45PM

    Never give up on yourself - NEVER!
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SNOWYOGA 9/16/2013 3:32PM

    I really like your post, I have been seeing a lot that I feel I can relate to And your (virtual me) is really cute (how do you do that?) And I think I might have tried that with my mouth if I thought it would work! Well good luck to you on your journey and I would like any tips that you find that work for you, maybe they might for me too? Well see you around later and emoticon emoticon emoticon and maybe emoticon too emoticon I mean me

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