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Aww, thanks for the shout out!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

BOPPY_ wrote a blog post yesterday about the skill set he thinks is necessary for reaching goal weight and staying there. He wants to find a way to make those skills more accessible to more people:

www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage_public_journal_i
ndividual.asp?blog_id=5661917


...and a follow-up here:
www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage_public_journal_i
ndividual.asp?blog_id=5662864


I found myself writing a novel of a response, and perhaps it's worth repeating here as a blog post in its own right:

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Aww, thanks for the shout out!

We can always use help with making this stuff more accessible on the At Goal and Maintaining & Transition to Maintenance Team!
teams.sparkpeople
.com/maintaining


It's been a progression for me, for sure. I definitely didn't start out with my current skills. When I started re-losing the weight in 2007-2009 all I knew was that I ate too much, the reflux was helpful because it made me scared to eat, and that the only thing that had worked in the past was logging my food.

For years I just couldn't face the prospect of logging my food. It seemed too onerous, I resented the idea because no one else around me seemed to need to do it, and I figured I couldn't do it long term because I'd burn out, so what was the point of trying?

But eventually I did decide to try again. You can read a blow-by-blow account of my progression here:

www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage_public_journal_i
ndividual.asp?blog_id=4136520


A lot of it felt like I was fumbling around in the dark, and there were a lot of false starts. And at the beginning I was thrilled to just get under 300 lbs. I had no idea I'd end up where I am now. No clue.

I think the most important ingredient was my determination to throw all of my creativity, persistence, time, and will toward getting my weight off and keeping it off. It came down to a question of, "How badly do I want this?" And the answer had to be, "So badly I'll do almost ANYTHING to accomplish it," And I subscribed to the grim idea that it didn't matter at all how I FELT about exercising and tracking my food, that what mattered was that I DID it.

Now I've come to an understanding that logging my food doesn't have to be as onerous as I once thought, and that if it will keep me at a size where I'm comfortable in my own skin, then it's worth the effort.

And I motivate myself by staying active in the maintenance team, running challenges, curating the maintenance anniversary list, managing the Big Page of Links, identifying blog posts for Tina to highlight, doing whatever I can think of to try and help myself and others keep the weight off. It's the everyday accountability that keeps me going.

I don't know whether you've seen my index of blog posts:

docs.google.com/spreadsh
eet/pub?key=0Ah4KrA4GkhKgd
DBDaGlxMHNwVkY2WTNVR0NZY0d
TaFE&single=true&gid=0&output=html


It sounds like you might enjoy the ones I've put into the "strategies" category. Or maybe the ones specifically about maintenance.

And if/when you've codified your thinking to the point that you have a method or a tool or a schema for helping people, Tina and I will be more than happy to help you promote and support it, in whatever way we can!

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