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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:


...and a follow-up here:

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


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!

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:


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:

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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LJOYCE55 5/20/2014 9:04AM

  Thank you.

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MJREIMERS 5/7/2014 7:30PM

    I appreciate all that you bring to the Maintenance team. You deserve every shout out that you get! Thanks and keep it up!

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BOPPY_ 4/12/2014 1:15PM

    I'd say more positive things, here, but I'm afraid you'd get a "big head"! And, I know that would work against your weight and fitness goals, so I'll "stifle" (as Archie Bunker used to say. emoticon

But ...

Keep up the great work. You're beyond a mere inspiration. YOU ARE:

* An inspiration
* A role model
* A teacher
* A leader
* An activist

Thank you.

Lee emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 4/9/2014 7:55PM

    Thank you a lot of info.

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MAW_OH 4/6/2014 8:03PM

    Thank you for being an inspiration to us all!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/5/2014 7:35PM

    You are such an analytical person, I admire that! AND, thanks for the spreadsheet to your blogs, I've bookmarked it and will review all of them.

You can't argue with success; and someone like you? You are GOLD. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. It's worth its weight in gold!

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DDOORN 4/3/2014 11:57AM

    Thank you SO MUCH for all that you have brought to our SparkFamily!

Your contributions have spawned so many Spark Rockstars, it's just been wonderful to have you nearby these past several years! While I know our "virtual" paths will continue to cross I'm hopeful we will meet again somewhere down the road on our journeys!


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MNABOY 4/3/2014 2:38AM

    Thanks for sharing

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/2/2014 1:22PM

    emoticon I think it was Watermellen who said recently 'don't hafta wanna' it's my new mantra.' don't hafta wanna, just gonna.'

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LESLIELENORE 4/2/2014 12:35PM

    It takes diligence. I think you do a great job!

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    I am in awe of your progress and your wisdom. thank you so much for sharing both with us.


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NEW-CAZ 4/2/2014 8:04AM

    Your leadership of the team along with the other leaders is emoticon one of the best teams on here.

You yourself have come a long way emoticon emoticon
you are an inspiration emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/2/2014 8:04:45 AM

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WATERMELLEN 4/2/2014 8:02AM

    Great blog, great outline of what it took to take it off, and what it keeps on taking to keep it off!!

You are a hero, really you are.

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WDIPIM 4/2/2014 7:24AM


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