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The *secret* to fast, easy and effortless weight loss

Saturday, November 09, 2013

So this morning while I was vacuuming, I realized that my vacuum wasn't sucking up stuff very well, compared to when I first bought it. (I have one of those uber fancy vacuums specific for pet hair that I swore was one of the best things on the planet when I bought it.) I had cleaned the filter recently, so I was a bit concerned that my big investment wasn't all that I thought it was.

Enter Google.
Did you know you can learn just about anything on google/youtube? Yeah. Some of it isn't necessarily stuff that I ever wanted to know, like for example, how to give yourself "cat eyes" using makeup. But whatever, maybe someone wants to know that. Today though, I learned that my awesome pet vacuum has not one, but TWO filters. AND I found a youtube video from the manufacturer that demonstrates how to find and clean both filters. The second filter I had no idea about, and apparently have been neglecting it since I bought it, which might explain why it was so yuck when I took it out of the vacuum this morning. Aha.

So I sat back for a moment and pondered just how wonderful the age of computers really is. I remember heading off to college and my dad helping me set up the college email account before I left. I distinctly remember thinking, "What the heck am I ever going to use 'email' for? If I want to talk to someone, I'll just call them." lol. If only I had any idea.

My favorite internet thingie is definitely Google. During this thoughtful trip down memory lane this morning with my vacuum filters, I got to wondering what else I could learn on Google and specifically what google might have to say about weight loss as a random search string.

After walking back to the computer, I sat down and promptly typed in, "How to lose weight" and then pressed the search button.

Interestingly, the first box that came up had several references from reputable sources whose common theme was basically "burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis, and you will lose weight." Yay Google. But what really caught my attention was everything listed underneath that.

Pretty much all of the website titles were along the themes of, "lose weight fast", "How to lose x pounds in x amount of time", "the *secret* weight loss formula", "how to lose weight without exercising", and basically "how to lose weight without doing anything different".

Well duh, no wonder this country has a weight loss problem. Pretty much everything being marketed on the internet (and elsewhere), sums up weight loss as easy, fast and effortless. Furthermore, there are absolutely tons of youtube videos about weight loss that show bright cheery individuals claiming they have lost incredible amounts of weight in very short times and you could too if you just bought x. In fact, they ALL were trying to sell you something. The latest and greatest diet book, health food supplements, exercise videos, nutrition counseling services, diet shakes, where to buy tapeworms (ok eww), etc.etc.

Thankfully when I reached the point of deciding that I wanted to lose weight, I didn't do an internet search -- I was fortunate enough to have someone clue me into

And I'll tell you that I think SP is really one of the best resources on the internet for not only weight loss, but so much more. Plus, it's FREE.

But there is definitely a catch. Switching to a healthy lifestyle from a not-so-healthy one does require work. A lot of work. And it's not usually a fast process. Plus sometimes not only is it not easy and not effortless, it's downright hard.

BUT, it is worth it. AND, the difference between our collective journey here at SparkPeople, is that when we do achieve our goals, we will be well-armed with knowledge and healthy habits, AND our results are going to last a whole lot longer than whatever fad diet is currently in vogue.
Have a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FATHINSN 1/2/2014 7:46PM

    I like Google, too. Through it, I found YouTube link to Coach Nicole's jump rope video then to SparkPeople and here I am :D

About that fast result to lose weight from Google, I think I find it more annoying in Facebook because of lots of advert and my friend network keep selling products that get fast result losing weight and so far, they have same tagline - no need to exercise. Uhuh, yeah, right, I'm not buying that idea!

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MILLIE5522 11/15/2013 1:45PM

    emoticon Great blog!

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JUMPINJULIE 11/12/2013 2:45AM

    Agree love your blog.

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MOVEITMARY 11/11/2013 11:38PM

    I know, right? If someone had told me 25 years ago that we would soon be carrying personal computer-phone-music-movie players in our pockets, I would have thought they were nuts. Now look at us, using made up words like blog and google and having conversations here with people we never met.

But I digress. Who among us didn't secretly hope that we would reach our goal weight in six months or less? It seemed so easy in the beginning... but keeping it up over time, now that is hard work! But it's SO WORTH IT.

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MATTEROFHEART 11/11/2013 9:06PM

    Excellent blog!!!

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JOANNKW 11/11/2013 2:04PM

    I'm glad it was just the filter! I had the clutch go out on my beloved Dyson. It was expensive, but what can you do? I love my Dyson! (They also spiffed it up and it came home looking great!)

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ILOVEMALI 11/11/2013 11:49AM

    Great blog. Nothing comes easily (except for google!).

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GARDENQE2 11/10/2013 11:24AM

    I'm like you...I use google and wickipedia almost daily!
Interesting about the vacuum filter! Owners manuals on the computer are so handy!
My mother-in-law bought her one-and-only vacuum in 1936. She died in 1998 and I found the original manual in her desk! I doubt they make vacuums (or ladies) like that anymore!
Vacuuming increases my heart rate and makes me sweat so I count it as cardio!
WOO! HOO! emoticon

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GAILANN48 11/10/2013 11:08AM

    Loved this...AND your wonderful sense of humor! emoticon about SP!

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JLKCANADA 11/10/2013 11:06AM

    So true - great blog! Until SP I too was looking for the quick fix but hey, now older and wiser I realize there is no quick fix, just hard work! Thanks for reminding me again! emoticon emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 11/9/2013 7:38PM

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GOSPARK45 11/9/2013 7:17PM

    I love Google. Everything is on there. Everything!

My husband found the second filter on our vacuum and cleaned it. In the manual it said to never open that one, it's factory sealed, only a technician can clean it. (can you believe that?) It's good he didn't read the manual. (he never does... another story).

My son told me about SparkPeople. I put it on my favorites list and got the e-mails from the site, but just ignored everything for almost a year, until I was ready. It's been so amazing ever since! He doesn't even remember the site or telling me about it. How strange is that? It's like he was just the messenger.
I try to ignore all the quick weight loss ideas, because none of them address the even harder part- keeping it off. SP has so many people who have kept it off for years. That's why I stay with it.

Have a sparkly day

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MUSCLE-UP 11/9/2013 7:13PM

    What I love is that you becoem so much better at other things in your like as well. Trying hard like this definitely has its ups. I have seen a lot of improvement in many areas of my life. it's kinda' getting fun being more successful.

Love your winning attitude!

Keep going, emoticon


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INNERJETTIC 11/9/2013 6:55PM

    Aaaaaannnnnd!! If we do this, we are tough, because we made a goal, worked hard and conquered it. Then we will be unstoppable.

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ICEDEMETER 11/9/2013 6:47PM

    Isn't "fast, easy, and effortless" (along with "cheap") the main selling feature of almost everything these days? Even for a vacuum cleaner, most folks go for the one that is the lightest and easiest to store instead of for the one that will do the best job in the long run...

It says a lot (of good!) for your personality that you chose the higher quality option for both the vacuum and for improving your life!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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ISPARKLE77 11/9/2013 6:42PM

    emoticon blog! emoticon emoticon too!

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SEATTLE58ANEW 11/9/2013 5:56PM

    Slow and steady wins the race is so true and I'm proving it for sure, along with so many others on this awesome site! I did find SP by accident and I'll never regret it even though I've added 12# back on! But I know that I can count on SP to take it off once again too! The tried and true is what I could easily call this site! emoticon Thanks for such an awesome blog!

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FLAMENM 11/9/2013 5:17PM

    Awesome blog and story!

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MOM2ACAT 11/9/2013 5:13PM

    Well said! I believe slow and steady, and making healthy lifestyle changes, have a much better chance of success than a "quick fix". I know slow and steady worked for me, and that's why I have been able to maintain my goal weight for about 6 years now.

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/9/2013 4:56PM

    One thing I learned before the computer age is that if something is too good to be true, it's too good to be true. The same applies to all those crazy promises online. And, you're right that a lot of people are looking for easy ways to lose weight but for long-lasting, lifestyle changes are the key. emoticon You and I are in the right place! emoticon

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    This is awesome! emoticon emoticon

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