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For me it's a little bit of both.

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9/25/13 11:33 A

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An epiphany as I sit in desperation..... maybe I CAN do it.....

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I believe change comes for me when you hit "rock bottom". For me, rock bottom is accepting that change is less devastating than the position you are already in. This is the "it can't get any worse" scenario.
I used to be heavily addicted to prescription pain pills and now I am a 4.0 student becoming a pharmacy technician. I still struggle with cutting, bulimia, alcohol and self esteem issues, but I'm starting to realize that change is a better way. I haven't cut since March and I haven't purged in almost a week. I am looking forward to a healthier, happier lifestyle. It won't be easy... but I'm willing to change for the better.



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I think it was more of a WAKE UP CALL....I was visiting my sister recently, who had just been diagnosed with diabetes (doesn't even run in our family) and she had taken 2 classes and had tons of info. I poured over the class materials and realized that if I didn't make some changes, I was most likely headed down the same path. That was the motivation I needed to start back on the journey to health. I'm certainly doing this for myself but I'm also doing this for my family -- I don't want my health to be a deterrent to enjoying my time with them as I grow older. I'm happy to say, I feel great, have lost some weight but above all, I know that the changes I've made over the last couple of months make me feel stronger and healthier.

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9/24/13 9:10 P

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The first time(s...whose counting lol) it was more desperation. Not being able to fit in my clothes or seeing the number on the scale shook me to the point that I felt the need to do things differently. More recently I have had the epiphany that my behaviors just need to line up with my goals. Its my choice to act accordingly. It won't always be easy, but at the end of the day my health has to be more important than a French fry or my desire to sleep in vs. workout. That has been big for me.

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9/24/13 1:16 P

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Good question. Not sure where one ends and the other one begins but I am going to say it's closer to epiphany. Out of desperation I tried too many times and failed but then one of those times...it just became clear and I knew that this time I was shedding pounds that I would not see again. Ever.

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9/24/13 1:11 P

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The change I did make out of desperation was quitting smoking. There wasn't an epiphany, like "oh gee...this is bad for me." I already knew that.

And then following from the quitting smoking was a minor epiphany that if I could quit smoking then maybe it would be possible to lose 10 pounds also.

***Vanessa***

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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9/24/13 12:55 P

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A bit of both, though it felt more like an epiphany. I had been fooling myself that I didn't need to track my food, then suddenly yesterday I realized that it's the only thing that has ever worked. If I'm not tracking, I take constant snack breaks throughout the day. It's only when I'm tracking that I actually think about what I'm about to pop into my mouth. Sometimes it comes down to not wanting to get back on the computer and write it down! Whatever works.

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Epiphany, the light bulb goes off and you know it is time.

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neither. More of obsession, to be in control of something. Anything. The only thing I can be in control of, even a little, is my weight loss.

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Neither, I'm all about health.

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I'm not sure whether desperation was the reason I started but, there have since been quite a few little "light bulb" moments since this journey began - I guess the key is that all the little changes need to be life changes and that is a slow process :-)



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9/24/13 12:57 A

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Desperation that was depressing me.



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Neither - Do it for HEALTH!!!!!!!!!!



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Despertion.



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When I realized I had crossed the BMI line from overweight to obese, just like every single one of my relatives before me. Desperation, epiphany, or both?

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I guess it was desperation, but not for myself.My college age son is morbidly obese. I didn't realize it just last week but I have tried to help him in the past and failed and I was running out of ideas. I finally decided that I had to set and example (DUH) Sometimes obvious things aren't obvious though, dumb as that sounds. Anyway the 28th of August was the first day of the current journey. I am 11 lbs lighter and he is 13.6 lbs lighter. I lost 4 lbs. before finding Spark People. I don't know about him because the bathroom scale won't weigh him. That's why he is going to Weight Watchers at the moment (they have a medical scale). The face to face accountability is good for him too. I have been an enabler for too many years because I lived with constant belittling criticism as a young person and I vowed to never do that to another human being. A person can go too far in the opposite direction though and I decided I had to stop. I'm trying to be gentle and supportive and praising small achievements. It will be a long ling journey, at least for him. Though I should reach my goal by next summer, he will have a couple of years more. Keep us in your thoughts. I am determined and he is doing well so far. Exercise is a challenge but he's doing well with watching his food intake. The first week when he got hungry, he ate a bag of chops in the middle of the night. Last week he ate two apples for a midnight snack. I'll take my victories where I find them.

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Hi,
It's not too late. You are alive. You have accomplished an amazing task. What's not to love about a person who can take charge and save a life (yours)? Alyssa

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Yes…Both!

One of the hardest decisions you'll make in life is whether to walk away or continue to try harder.

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Definitely both. Inspired by both!

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God bless you and I know you can work through it !

"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle


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I moved and decided it was time to create a whole new me for my new home :)

"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle


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9/21/13 5:11 P

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Honestly I would say my decision to change came from both. It was an epiphany of just how desperate I was becoming in my quest to deny my weight problem.

If you change nothing, nothing will change!


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Thanks for your posting. I am at age 60+ and there is not enough time to keep putting off getting control of my weight. My father recently passed away and my mother has been hospitalized twice this summer. Not only am I trying to help physically care for Mom, I am also dealing with financial issues related to my father's estate. The stress is crazy and driving me to food for comfort and there is no Me-Time for exercise as mother wants to know why I am not spending that time with her. Hang in there!

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My changes were caused by neither epiphany nor desperation. They were just gradual changes that fit my life at the time and it worked out for the better. I started taking group fitness classes and going to the gym more to model being social for my children, not to lose weight. But the 100 lb weight loss was a great side effect.

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Yes! It can be both. For me right now, it is out of desperation to feel good again and to stop any further damage to my health.

Commitment is indeed the key to success!!

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Either one can be the trigger, but what it takes to succeed is COMMITMENT, no matter how or why you get it.

Looking back, I have no idea why it took me so long to commit to changing my lifestyle to lose weight and get healthy, but I sure am glad I did!

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9/20/13 10:32 A

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Both..I've gained over 70 lbs since getting married, it's amazing how we can let ourselves go and get to the point that we no longer care, that's my story..being so unhappy I ran for food.. now I hate myself for letting it get so out of hand..have you gotten to where you pray to wake up the next day because you didn't think you would? well I have..can't believe I did it to myself..I'm now trying to learn to love myself again and just pray I haven't waited to late.

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I was shocked at one of my last doctor visits and they weighed me at my highest weight. I gained 20 lbs since the last time I lost weight a couple of years ago. We had a block party and they were taking pictures. I saw a side view of myself and thought right then and there that I looked really heavy and needed to take this weight off. I am in desperation mode right now!



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Epiphany as desperate times calls for desperate measures. I know what it is I need to do and if it is to be, it has to begin with me. emoticon emoticon



 
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Desperation and Fear.... I waited a LONG time for an epiphany... but for me it was doing what I knew all along. There's only so many years you can avoid fun things in life and old acquaintances because of your self loathing and lack of energy. My son is going to be 4, and life is getting shorter by the minute... I should have never gotten this way, and I should have taken control years ago.

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desperation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you”
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For me it was an epiphany this time. I mean, logically, I've known my weight and health were in a place of desperation, but it was just waking up on my birthday a few weeks ago that I really had my own wake up call.

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Both. emoticon Desperation leads to the epiphany.



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a spiritual epiphany addressing back pain

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I think desperation is the first driver for me - I too have been gaining weight since giving up smoking. I have just gone up yet another dress size and have now gone up quite a few sizes in 2 years. From a size 10-12 to a size 18 now! I have an extensive wardrobe and now shopping for clothes is just plain depressing. This time I want this attempt to stick - I have to lose weight.



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Desperate. I have been gaining weight since I quit smoking over a year ago and it feels like I keep getting heavier without even trying. I noticed on here at SparkPeople, that I don' t really eat a lot of calories but I really am afraid that I am going to keep gaining and have to go up another dress size. I am 51 almost 52 and this is frightening. I have got to start exercising even though I get very stiff afterwards or I won't be able to do the activities that I used to enjoy.



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Mine is a combination of both - my mom has Alzheimer's, and my gramma had it too. Research has shown that many Alzheimer patients have/had these types of problems: high blood pressure, overweight, high cholesterol, lack of exercise, borderline or actual diabetes, etc. Now my gramma had none of those, but my mom has all of them. I also have had all of them until I started in July 2013 to do something about it. Epiphany? Desperation? I'm not sure. However, at age 62, I don't have much time left before symptoms could start showing up. Fifteen pounds down, twenty-two to go. This is my life, and it matters! emoticon

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I have been on the weight loss yo-yo for several years. I lost some weight, got into relationship and put on 30 pounds happily. Believe it or not, the thing that motivates me this time is that I recently had a very painful teeth cleaning. I have been under a lot of stress at work for the last year and had stopped eating right, exercising and, yes, brushing properly. The hygienist explained that the effects of stress definitely contributed to all the build-up in my mouth and that this would be a problem until I got my stress under control. It was the wake-up call I needed. I figure if my teeth were in terrible shape because of stress, than the rest of my body must be the same.



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When I first decided to lose weight, I had a sudden epiphany and it changed everything! However then everything was gained back due a traumatic event. So now I'm waiting for another moment of epiphany because I won't do it out of desperation.

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Both. I have steadily put on over 40 pounds since I graduated from college, and they feel cemented on. I have been trying to lose it ever since. I think I have finally figured out what I need to do, but regardless of how much I lose, I am eating well and I exercise regularly, and I feel good. That is what is most important to me right now.



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Honestly - popping a button on my "loose fit" pants. That was the proverbial straw. I tried for a long time to get motivated. Much like WARDMIC78, I talked constantly (to myself and others) about what I was going to do, even convincing myself I was kind of doing it until that happened. I suppose you'd call that more of an epiphany than desperation?



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I've been chasing my tail with weight loss for 10 years now. I feel like I'm always "talking" about what I'm planning to do with people but never really get there. Last month, I was directed to get a stress test by my doctor because of chest pains and I just knew going in that they were going to find something bad with my heart - it's inevitable, it's hereditary. Well - surprisingly enough, not a thing was wrong with my physical body except what I was doing to it. That was my epiphany. I'm not destined to be something, I was creating my destiny. Each day I feel good or bad is totally controllable by me. Scared straight is what I call it. I just have to keep that feeling in my head each time I start to veer down the wrong path.

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I think I was just tired of going around the same mountain over and over and over again. I didn't want to feel uncomfortable in my body anymore. I want to be the best me I can be and I can't do that if I am self-conscious or the way I look.
So, I am embracing change for the sake of change....I want something more and I deserve something more.

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It wasn't really either. One of the women I work with lost over 100 lbs in the course of two years, and she looks and feels great. Very inspiring. I saw it can be done, and I started living the motto that today is the day to do it.

I also find myself judging my food choices through her eyes. Is this something she would eat? If the answer is no, it's easier for me to make the better choice.



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9/17/13 10:08 A

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It was probably the looming 40th birthday (almost there now - and I'm 20 pounds lighter!!). and the extreme sluggishness, feeling winded after a flight of stairs and just generally feeling unwell. Also, the coworker that insisted it's impossible to lose weight after 40 - hmpff. annoyed me enough to try to prove her wrong.

Trying to lose the "baby fat" that crept on after 3 pregnancies in 7 years...

5'4", 40 (!), 3 kids (2 girls, 11 and 8 + one boy, 4), a husband, a dog, a cat, a guinea pig and a full time WOH job.


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9/17/13 10:02 A

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Neither really. More like to avoid desperation because that would have been the next step. I'm quite over weight but have been so lucky (surprisingly lucky) that it hasn't yet really had much of an effect on my health. But looking at my family tree....it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that, that kind of luck simply will not hold out. I don't want to die young and I don't want to die a slow and difficult death - if I can help it. I'm still young enough that I *can* help it. So here I am. It's what needs to be done.



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9/16/13 10:32 P

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Frustration, for sure. I have been steadily gaining weight over the past three years. When I looked at pictures of myself from 2011 I feel so frustrated at having let the weight creep up. After a weekend indulging in every carb imaginable, I just made the leap today and said, "let's do it." So, at the end of day one on a much more regimented diet than I've kept in some time, I'm feeling pretty decent. We'll just have to see what days two through five hold in store. emoticon



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9/16/13 7:13 P

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Epiphany. While I have never been greatly overweight, the same 10 to 20 pounds have come and gone often enough to have names. At 5'2", five pounds makes a difference - I can really feel the little buggers one way or another.7 pounds equals a dress size for me.

Now that I'm in my early fifties, it occurred to me one day that I felt as good as I was ever going to feel unless I made some committed changes. It gets harder to lose weight not so much because of perimenopause and menopause, but because I'm not chasing kids nor is my work quite as active as it used to be. I really needed to make lifestyle changes that were driven from within not from things going on around me (and that includes emotional eating).

So I gradually added activities that I can sustain for the next 30 years, made minor modifications in my eating habits, learned to tell my husband "no" when he suggests going out to eat for the third time in three days, and have (hopefully) finally accepted responsibility for my health and the intestinal fortitude to continue to carry through. I don't want to be using a walker unless I sprained an ankle playing soccer!





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9/16/13 3:01 P

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I was having breathing issues that I blamed on my weight.

If this was your last day, how would you spend it?


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9/16/13 10:36 A

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An epiphany that showed me, Hey there, girlie, you SHOULD be desperate.



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9/16/13 9:44 A

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Both. But epiphanies are more motivating to stay the course or push harder.



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Both.

Waiting to watch the "WOWS" add up!!


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9/15/13 3:41 P

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Epiphanies mostly. Seeing a photo, not keeping up with a four year old on a hike, trying on clothes and never finding something flattering... Ouch!



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9/15/13 12:15 P

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For me, a bit of both: epiphanies brought on by desperation. My mom died on August 6th. We had what could best be described as an *awkward* relationship: childhood abandonment and lack of participation on her part, but in later years we had a civil relationship. Mom moved to WI a few years ago and I had no idea how bad things had gotten. She had COPD from years of heavy smoking and multiple bouts of pnuemonia, diabetes, lung, brain, bone, liver and bladder cancer. She didn't have to die that way but she decided that taking care of herself was too much work and said so.

I quit smoking the same day I received the death certificate, have added 30 minutes of exercise daily to my schedule and am moving to 50% raw food and the remainder primal. I am back to tracking my food and realize that with every backslide, I put my health at risk. I am not striving for perfection, but I am striving for better health and quality of life.

Paulissa

It is you, YOU who must be at peace. Only then are you effective in bringing change to yourself.
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9/15/13 11:11 A

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It was neither actually. Like DEEGIRL50 says below, my changes are the result of implementing a series of baby steps that have added up to a whole lot of change. It is a slow process for me as well, because I am within 5 pounds of my goal weight. But I am content to let it take as long as necessary for me to lose the weight. In the meantime, I exercise at least 5 days a week and eat healthy - and that is what matters most.

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9/15/13 10:23 A

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I think it was a bit of an epiphany. October 2012, a Sparker posted that it was 4 months until New Years Day and she wasn't going to step on the scale until January 1st. I thought that was a fun challenge so I joined in.

Then someone else posted a blog about "just eat less". Even if it's just taking the bun off your hamburger as long as it's less then you usually eat. Small changes that are working well for me.

Next, we had a challenge called baby steps. I started tracking one meal a day. Now, 3 months later I'm tracking every day.

Multiple Epiphany-s??? emoticon

Dee

"I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep on dancing." ~Unknown Author

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9/15/13 9:25 A

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I think it came from both. So many variables to pick as to why it is best to reduce me. Some stand out more than others, taken as culmination the journey has begun. TO just say to me lose weight or you will die is not a motivator. Guess what the list for dying is endless and that is the surefire fact of life when it ends is death. Just the avenue on how to get there is the unknown. So it was looking at what I could control and redefining those outcomes. Now I view it as what kind of quality of life do I want to have. The answer of me is being healthier, being able to walk on my own power. Those types of choices.
I think it was Mark Twain or someone like that said: "If you think you can or you think you can not you are right." Whether we accept it as we should love ourselves more. Or whatever clique the message gets delivered to us it all boils down not being a prison of our own minds. I am working on shaking those shackles and making healthier choices for me. There are times those shackles act like tentacles. Here's to positive goals.

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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9/13/13 6:49 P

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Hmm, a little bit of desperation, and a little bit of an epiphany.

I do not want to become diabetic. I am on high BP meds, but that was a given (my dad was on them in his 30's, I was just lucky to avoid it until my 50's.) But still, given the family history of dropping dead of heart attacks, another reason why I HAVE to get to a reasonable weight.

But my epiphany was not so long ago. I lost 125 lbs here at SP, only to gain most of it back, 40 lbs from my goal.

But I realized not being perfect every day is okay. I can change, just by tracking my food and exercise. I don't have to live here on SP for it to make a difference in the choices I make.
That a small change every day is better than drastic changes all at once for me.

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9/12/13 3:52 P

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Kleiopatra - I understand. Been there. Done that. Got better and slid back into the hellhole that is diabetes.



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9/12/13 2:00 P

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Epiphany! That I could do this and that I am worth the effort! (that and wishing and hoping it would happen wasn't working).

-Lisa
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For me it was a little of both, I am still struggling to make long term changes over short term ones.. working on it though

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9/12/13 12:31 A

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Epiphany. I had to start doing it for me.



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9/11/13 9:02 P

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Well, I've wanted to lose weight for a while, but what prompted me this time was the desire to be a better role model. I can say that everyone needs to be a healthy weight, need to do more exercise, but until I do it myself, I feel like a hypocrite. So I am changing for that. I think that means a little bit of both...



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9/11/13 3:41 P

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Change is hard, and is usually perceived as a frightening experience, I think. At least, I know for me it has seemed that way in the past. However, the last few years generated major changes in my life, and now I am a little more adjusted to it. The more it happens, the easier it becomes. I find that desperation is a good motivator in my workouts - when I am fatigued and feel like there is nothing left, that's when I find that little extra somewhere inside that pushes me to the next level.

I liked the article about changing your story. I think it's really an important message to hear - make the decision to change the story, and stick to it - the story will become reality.



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9/11/13 11:15 A

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I think epiphany and desperation are the two extremes and I am somewhere in the middle. I've grown quite a bit in the way I view health and happiness over time...not with one great epiphany. And I would like to learn the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle before it becomes a desperate situation. So I'm changing to find balance.



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9/11/13 10:34 A

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I guess its desperation for me ... but how do I make the change stick? UGH!!!

Deanna :)



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For me it was a DECISION; no traumatic experience, no epiphany made me come to my senses. One day I just decided to do it. While I don't always like change, this time I did it for me, not because my doctor wa yammering at me to lose weight, not because everyone else was doing it, but because I WANTED to be in better health.

...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13b-14

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9/11/13 10:01 A

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Lots of interesting answers here

Simone

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

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There was zero desperation for me. I was still in perfect health when I finally "got a clue" and realized that, you know what? No one is going to magically change me. My weight is not going to magically fall off. While I was in perfect health at the time, I have a lot of family history of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. I saw how it tore my mom and aunts up when their mother was taken from them too early, and my own father was taken from me by a heart attack when I was just a baby. If I want to keep my health, I need to WORK for it.

So, I started working for it.

Even though I had tried to lose weight before, this time I was much more able to stick with it. I lost 30 lbs before getting pregnant; now I am gaining, but well within the recommended amounts for my size at this point in my pregnancy (7 months). I KNOW that after I recover from giving birth, that I will get back on the wagon and continue making and meeting my goals. No one else can do it for me, I have to have the self-discipline to make it happen.

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