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FAIL: the danger of deadlines

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A little over a month ago, flush with victory from a visit to the doctor which showed I had lost over 40 pounds in 4 months, I set my sights on no longer being obese by the first of the new year. To reward my hubris, I immediately went into a plateau. Although I still have most of November and all of December to go, it seems that no longer being obese by the end of the year is mathematically impossible, especially because I'm not going to do extreme temporary measures.

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There's a lesson here for me: not to get so obsessed with a deadline that I lose sight of the bigger goals. I'm here to get and stay healthy. Weight loss is part of that but just a part. I'm going to achieve those goals by building healthy habits and sticking to them for the rest of my life. Getting my weight down will take as long as it takes, but in some ways I am at goal RIGHT NOW because I am losing, I am eating a better diet, and I am exercising. And for me, that lesson is the silver lining to gaze at as I am still obese on January 1, 2014. It will come eventually, I have no doubt.

So Spark on Friends. I love you all!

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/9/2013 5:40PM

    You have come a long, long way! emoticon

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BZJOHNSON 11/9/2013 11:46AM

    It's so important to lose slowly and be able to maintain that when you have hit goal. And healthier in the long run too.

Stick with it and let your body adjust. I've been reading articles lately that suggest that weight loss is not the simple process that we've been lead to believe. The body will change and hormones will stabilize.

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BRENJET 11/8/2013 4:29PM

    Steve, You said just what we needed to hear! Thank you again for reminding us that this lifestyle is for life. With every blog you write I am more surprised that Mr. Downie has not yet offered you a job...how can that be????
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HGSGUY 11/8/2013 9:15AM

    The body often fails to achieve what the mind believes. Be it weight loss, running a marathon, hiking a hard trail or other situations that require it to do some specific thing. You have become a champion of change with your walking, eating and attitude. The numbers your doc gave you are a testament to that! Maybe January 1 is not reasonable, but maybe the equinox? Maybe, just maybe, you will cross the line on on Taichidancer no longer obese day, which falls on the.... Hmm, I guess it hasn't been created yet, but will!



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TERRY0217 11/8/2013 7:10AM

    Don't worry about deadlines in getting healthier...those dreaded plateau's are always lurking...Keep up the good work..change up your workout ....keep eating right and you WILL reach your goals!

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JSTETSER 11/8/2013 7:07AM

    Keep moving in the right direction! You rock!

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KELPIE57 11/8/2013 3:39AM

    Wonderful blog, thank you

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DYNAMICDEB53 11/7/2013 10:36PM

    Life is like that. But you are so right. Its the journey and sometimes deadlines are not the best thing to focus on. I know you will get there, with time and determination. I am right there with you working toward that same goal and hoping still to make it my the end of the year. My body is most tricky just as I think I have found a way to get that weight off, it decides that the current method will not work and hangs on to those nasty pounds...LOL.
I know you will do this and I will be right here cheering you on.

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Deb

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HONOURIA 11/7/2013 8:12PM

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KABMPH 11/7/2013 7:08PM

    YES! This is exactly the mindset I have too. It's a lifelong quest, not something we will ever fully reach.

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68ANNE 11/7/2013 5:57PM

    Realizing what your brain is doing is a good thing

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/7/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon You are eating better, exercising. It will come.

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DO4FIT 11/7/2013 5:15PM

  I too have had to learn this lesson and continue to remind myself that weightloss is just part of my journey. Keep it up you are doing great!

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BEATLETOT 11/7/2013 4:14PM

    Yup. That's what I hate about that acronym about goals being...SMART, that's the one. Specific, timely...weight loss goals stink at being SmarT, because you can do everything totally RIGHT and still not make your S and your T. It's far better to reward perfect behavior rather than perfect results, and perfect behavior, you've got that in spades. =) emoticon

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KUTLIKS 11/7/2013 4:12PM

    I feel you

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GARDENQE2 11/7/2013 4:06PM

    I feel for you!
The weight-loss gods seem to love to slap us back into submission.
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SLENDERELLA61 11/7/2013 4:02PM

    You are 100% right! You are at goal when your lifestyle is healthy. That is what you are going to maintain forever. For you. For your health. For your good life. You are on the right track. Just keep going!!! -Marsha

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LOOD1962 11/7/2013 3:42PM

    Hang in there. You'll get over this plateau soon. You've done great so far!
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