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If you quit................

Saturday, January 11, 2014

If you quit you'll never know what you could have done!

I have read so many things about how to develop a good habit in 30 days, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, even up to 12 weeks.

Are they kidding?

Would you like to know how long it took me?


Yup, altho I doubt that is a record for those of us who tend to be rebellious! LOL!
It took 7 months to "get it".
It took 7 months to "use it".
It took 7 months to realize- I like this better.
It took 7 whole months.

Do I like that it took so long? Heck NO!
In fact I've often quit dieting/exercising so early; that I had no idea how long or even "if" I could really do it.

So my point is, PLEASE!!! Do not quit. You will "get it". Will it take you 7 months? Or 2 years? It doesn't really matter does it. It matters only that you/we don't quit! If we quit we'll never know what could have been.

I'm the kind of person who hates to wait for anything. When my oldest daughter was a teen, I'd drop her at the door of the grocery store to run in for milk. I'd park and wait. Problem was she liked to look around. I can't sit parked long- I get stir crazy! So I'd circle the parking lot. This made her mad! LOL! (Bless her heart, she's in Heaven now.) She couldn't find me.

This time I appreciated the wait I had, to learn what I needed. And I have a new appreciation for waiting.

The secret to how I lasted 7 months this time when I'd always quit early?

Spark People!

This is the best kept secret on the planet, for us all.
Believe me I thought of quiting after 12 weeks. But that's not a good habit, that's a bad habit!

My Spark Friends have pulled me through, held me up, and cheered me on.

Thank You! Your friendship is priceless. And I value each of you. I can never repay you.
I hope I can return the favor. That keeps me here too. I want you to succeed too!

All my love with emoticon and prayers for you!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 10:56AM


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CIROHIO 2/3/2014 11:48PM

    Hi Eliz! How are you doing? I am a tad behind on catching up with my sparks friends. emoticon my sparks friend , for your support and comments you always leave me. This is a great blog. emoticon and emoticon . Many many times I have wanted to give me but it was always my sparks friends like you that kept me encouraged and I kept on trucking. Glad that you are still here and doing well. I am always here for you. Have a good night sleep. Hugs Cathe

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TATTER3 2/1/2014 2:32PM

    Love this blog...just enjoy your writing! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/17/2014 12:48AM


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MAYA_ANGEL 1/12/2014 8:20PM

    Good blog! You write well!
I agree. I am also a bit rebellious and changes have taken me long too. But lately it's been like a snowball at the bottom of the hill…..all the changes are coming together into one nice big snowball that's getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps the earliest changes are the hardest.

And yes, SP is the true secret!

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    Good blog and so true!

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-WISPY- 1/11/2014 4:49PM

    Hi Eliz, I am so happy for you. Not quitting no matter what is the answer for me as well. Spark People is part of my life now thank goodness and I love being here. So many helpful, loving, encouraging and positive people.

Let's keep on Sparking.

Love you Wispy

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ERIN1957 1/11/2014 4:08PM

Love it!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 1/11/2014 1:02PM

    SO VERY TRUE.. for each of us it is different and your right by sticking with it.. posting , coming back .. at some point we get it.. SO Happy to call you spark friend and to trade support with you !!

KEEP SPARKIN Darlin !! your on the road to something great !!

hugs ,

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TWESTEN1 1/11/2014 9:46AM

    Good for you - a very inspiring blog! I laugh too, some habits DO take much longer to make :)

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-ICANDOIT- 1/11/2014 9:30AM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing...and bless your little girl emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 1/11/2014 5:30AM

    I think I've finally found a way of eating that I can be comfortable with for a very long time. Glad you found what works for you. (Sorry to hear about your daughter.) Glenn

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MONTANAWALKER 1/11/2014 2:15AM

    I'm so blessed to be on this journey with you, Eliz. We're the little engines that could...I KNOW I CAN!!

We can go one step forward and two steps back and call it the cha-cha!! That's why we have the dance thread!!
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_CYNDY55_ 1/11/2014 12:23AM

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LORI4CHRIST 1/11/2014 12:19AM

    Yes, Yes, Yes! I was a member of Spark for one year before I decided to really surrender to being healthy. Then, it took a year to lose 65 lbs. In the past three years, I have gained 25 of that back, but well on my way again. I have lost 6# in 6 days and I am back in that mindset to do this!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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MADEIT3 1/11/2014 12:15AM

    Yes it takes a long time and yes it's worth it. I'm not sure I get it yet... and I've been doing this for 25 years!!

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