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How Badly Do You Want To Lose Weight?

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hey you! Yes you, don't look behind you I am talking to you! emoticon Do you want to lose this weight? Do you want to get to your dream size and KEEP IT OFF? I have the secret... you aren't going to believe it when I tell you this... okay, I've kept you in suspense long enough. The secret to having the healthy body you want and finally dropping those pounds for good is...



Okay, at this point the average person would walk away from me or stop listening. They do not want to hear that at all. They want to hear what supplement, pill, shake or program they can buy to get the results that I have. But you are different, you are a Spark Person! Not to act all high and mighty, but us Spark People have the edge on the Average Joe's! emoticon If you have been on Spark for sometime you know that weight loss isn't something you do until you lose the weight. You know this isn't a diet that you go on only to go off of it a few months later. You know this is a full on lifestyle change, where you track your food (or at least monitor calories to an extent) and you make sure that fitness is part of your routine. But before Spark People, maybe you were like myself.

Stephanie-BSP (Before Spark People)
Stephanie-BSP was a very different person. She was a person who spent lots of $$$ on things that she thought would get her to her goal weight. You see, at 272 pounds, she was DESPERATE to lose this weight. She was a sad person who was overwhelmed by the amount of weight she had to lose. Deep down she knew a healthy lifestyle change was the way to go, but that just seemed too dang hard. emoticon She wanted magic! emoticon She wanted the Weight Loss Fairy to come while she was sleeping and wake up at her goal weight.

Eventually she gave up on the Weight Loss Fairy and decided to waste a lot of time and money on things that don't work, let's list a few.

Alli, Trim Spa (back in the day), Countless weight loss pills and supplements that I don't remember the names of, low carb diet, cabbage soup diet, detox diet, 4 day diet, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers... and well, you get the point. emoticon (Disclaimers at the bottom of this post)

I was desperate to lose weight, and I spent so much time and money on those things. Some I lost quite a bit of weight, but it never lasted because I looked at them as diets that I could go off of when I was "done". Boy was that wrong. emoticon

Don't let me catch that gleam in your eye! Are you wondering about one of those diets because you haven't heard of them? Well don't bother, because they don't work LOL. I am guilty of that to this day. I have lost almost 85 pounds through tracking my food and exercising. I have not cut out any foods and nothing is truly off limits. I have done this on portion control and counting my calories. It's really true what they say about calories in calories out. So why to this day do I still look at other "diets"? I don't go looking for them, but I hear a Sparker is doing a juice fast or started a such and such diet and I'm intrigued to go and see what it is all about. In my defense I have never actually done the diet (not in the last 18 months on this journey at least), but why is it that after all this time I still want to go and look? I guess there is always this part of us that is hoping there will be an easier and faster way to do this. We can be successful and still wonder if there is a better way.

These are my tips for finding the BEST weight loss plan for you (I know many might disagree):
emoticon Your eating plan is something you can stick with for the rest of your life. If you can't go low carb for the rest of your life, don't lose weight that way. If you can't go the rest of your life on a juice fast (who can?!), don't lose weight that way. Anything that you have to go "off of" at the "end" is not a healthy balanced lifestyle.

emoticon Find exercise you can stick to and ENJOY. Again, I will say don't do something you can't maintain for the long haul. I have seen people lose weight by exercising 3 hours a day because they were unemployed and had the time. As soon as they got a job and could no longer exercise that long, they packed back on the pounds. Find something you like to do so you will actually want to do it. You don't have to kill yourself with hours in the gym to lose this weight. We are looking for that balance. :)

emoticon If you are starting out start with small changes. Trying to do it all at once can be so daunting... I started with water... trying to get in 8 glasses a day. Then I started tracking all my food, not even worrying about the calorie range, just getting in the habit of tracking. Then I worked on staying in range and then adding in exercise. Doing it in stages helps so much and seems less overwhelming.

emoticon Use Spark for support or have an accountability buddy. We all have bad days, we all have days where we eat everything or don't exercise, that's to be expected. But when it turns into several days or weeks, have someone you can turn to remind you to keep your eye on the prize. emoticon

If you have ever said you were willing to do ANYTHING to lose weight, then why not do the one thing that is PROVEN to work and proven to make sure you keep the weight off? emoticon Healthy Lifestyle For The Win! emoticon


emoticon My disclaimer is that I know Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have been a huge success for many. I think out of all the programs, Weight Watchers is the same as a healthy lifestyle and counting calories. It didn't work for me way back when because I had a bad mentality. My mentality was if you can use all your points eating one meal at Jack In The Box and not eating anything else, then do it. BAD BAD BAD. That was my fault, not Weight Watchers. ;) Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem are great while you do them, but what happens when you go off of them? You still need to learn how to eat and cook for yourself. With that said if you can teach yourself those things after you go "off them" then you are golden. I in no way mean to talk poorly of those weight loss programs or anyone who chooses to use them, just saying they didn't work for me personally. emoticon
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TERRIJ7 3/9/2014 12:36PM

    Very true! Don't you just love Spark People? So much great, common sense advice.

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GRAMPIAN 12/16/2013 3:55PM

  Great good sense! emoticon

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DRTOVAH 11/11/2013 9:56AM

  great post

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WHITEANGEL4 10/31/2013 10:48PM

    You are right. We Sparkers are aware that to be successful in losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle, we need to mwke a lifestyle change for life. It works and all members can tell evryone so

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SUECHRIS50 10/24/2013 3:53PM

    Spark People is amazing.having been here going on 3 years I haven't found any site as wonderful.The support is awesome and knowing i'm not alone in this journey is tops! emoticon

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SUPERMODEL2BE 10/23/2013 5:10PM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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SHELL1400_85 10/23/2013 2:29PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you so much for sharing. You are right fad diets do not work. I have experienced this first hand as while. I used Slim Quick before. Now I realized that having a healthy lifestyle is really the only way to go!!

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JAMY130 10/22/2013 10:34PM

    Great blog, emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 10/22/2013 3:15PM

    VERY well written! Loved reading this and I have always agreed that if it's not something you can stick with, then you shouldn't be doing it. I have NEVER done any of those programs you listed or any others out there. I know and always have known, that to lose the weight I put on is all in MY power simply by moving more and eating better. Thanks for this blog!

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/22/2013 10:32AM

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LINZBM21 10/22/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing this! It's encouraging to see someone make progress just by hard work. You're right those diets don't really work, at least not for me! I can't stand being so restricted! Can I ask though, do you allow yourself to have sweets occasionally? I have a huge sweet tooth and that's been half my battle to lose weight.

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AJINMN 10/21/2013 10:33PM

    So true, so true... :)

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IMAGINE46 10/21/2013 9:28PM

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GRACILU 10/21/2013 2:36PM

    Great blog!

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RENLLY 10/21/2013 2:01PM

    Good Blog Post - thanks for sharing

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PENNYPEARLS 10/21/2013 9:51AM

    Thanks. I needed to have this encouragement today. Your words are absolutely true. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 10/21/2013 7:52AM

    Thanks, good information

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KLMEIRING 10/20/2013 5:27PM

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CICELY360 10/20/2013 5:15PM

  Good blog.

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GEORGE815 10/20/2013 12:26PM

    Thanks for all the advice!

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MRSRIGS1 10/20/2013 12:05PM

    You hit the nail right on the head with this blog! Thank you! The only thing I would add is that it takes a lot of patience, patience, patience. We must remember that we did not gain the weight in a day, week or month. We did it over the years! Therefore, we cannot expect the weight to come off in days. Even when we do not see our hard work pay off (meaning on the scale) we must continue forward with the healthy eating and habits we've learned. Eventually, we feel the efforts by putting on our clothes and they no longer fit. This journey can at times feel too long and perhaps painful but it is WORTH every effort if we just have the patience to stick with it!

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NEWMOM20121 10/20/2013 11:00AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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OFFICECHIK 10/19/2013 6:49PM

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KELLYD2112 10/19/2013 6:35PM

    Thanks for the awesome blog. Very motivating!

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THESHELBSTER 10/19/2013 6:34PM

    Great blog as usual. All so true!

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GRACILU 10/19/2013 6:00PM

    Great thoughts!

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MARYJEANSL 10/19/2013 5:53PM

  Very true!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/19/2013 3:26PM

    Great wisdom here emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/19/2013 8:02AM

    Love your take on things...and really get why this post is so popular. Now if we would all just LISTEN!

Good weekend!

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SANDYCRANE 10/19/2013 6:50AM

    I agree with you.It is not easy, but it can be done.

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SCRAPBECCA 10/19/2013 1:28AM

    Thanks for reminding me to keep (put) my eyes (back) on the prize. After 6 months of successful commitment here at SP I have gotten wildly off track in the last week.

I love how I look and feel after losing almost 25 pounds with sane eating and reasonable exercise. Thanks for the reminder that I really don't want to go back to the insanity of binge eating and no exercise (already I have gained back 3 or more pounds in just 7 days!).

Part of me was thinking about giving up but after reading your post I am recommitting to what has worked so well for me these last 6 months. I am going to view these last 7 days as a very temporary detour. Thanks for leading me back to the right path!

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CAT125 10/18/2013 9:30PM

    Love your blogs! emoticon

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JAMER123 10/18/2013 9:04PM

    Excellent blog and very inspiring!! Keep up your good work and weight loss!!
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STARSUB99 10/18/2013 8:11PM

    Love your words of wisdom!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/18/2013 7:52PM

  your doing super. Keep it up!!! emoticon

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/18/2013 5:36PM

    Thanks for reminding me that it isn't about "the diet" but the life style change and making it something you can continue on a daily bases.

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SUSIEMT 10/18/2013 5:20PM

    I love you Steph-knee! You are so right on!! We need to make this a Most Popular Blog for wider dissemination!! I hope everyone that reads this forwards it on to someone else. Trev1964 was so right on with his response! You did good Steph!

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JSEATTLE 10/18/2013 3:54PM

  Yes, whatever works for you! It is a combination of things as you have stated so well.

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GALINAZ 10/18/2013 3:17PM

    I would add only one thing - give yourself the TIME to make these changes. I'm into my third year with SP and I haven't lost all the weight I would like but I HAVE made lifestyle changes that will get me there. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/18/2013 2:41PM

    Fantastic!!
I Angela - BSP was exactly as you described yourself. So much of what you say here resounds with me. I bet we like the same shoes. LOL!
Thanks for the advice and inspiration.
Hugs,
Angela


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