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12/22/09 12:13 A

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Do you want to hear something funny about that size thing? Yesterday I had on a pair of size 6 that could of been a 4 but I wanted then to not fit tight. Today I put on a size 9 jeans. I laugh and then I think I am being a real workout slacker. What would I look like if i WORKED OUT MORE? AHA you have to do it to get get it done.

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12/21/09 2:29 P

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hmm. I knew that I could not get here by watching the food intake alone. So I started walking a mile on my lunch breaks. Pretty soon it became 1.6 miles, then 2.6 or 3.2 miles a day.

that with watching the intake, pounds started slipping away.

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12/21/09 9:22 A

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I love Jeannie's Buddhist proverb. It is a matter of holding your ground, but unfortunately there are constant floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. I've had lots of Aha moments, but they didn't last long enough. I'm not giving up though. I haven't reached my goal set last January, but through Spark People I'm learning so much and communicating with so many people in one way or another that it has shown in other ways besides the scale. For one, I realized that a short person like me has to eat much less than what I see others eat. The main thing I think though is like others mentioned - don't put yourself down. Your brain needs to hear your confidence speaking and get used to those thoughts. A great book on that topic is Martha Beck's The Four Day Win - End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace. It is a series of 4 day activities to set your brain straight on the whole process of eating. I'm working my way through it. Don't give up - and remember to compete with only one person - yourself.

I have arrived, I am home
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12/21/09 8:01 A

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I think a good first step for you would be to stop putting yourself down and stop comparing yourself to your friends.

Maybe you need to start with the "fake it 'till you make it" attitude. While it does often begin with an aha moment, don't wait for it to happen for you. Tell yourself you are a fit, healthy person and then live as if you are. Most of all, find that internal motivation for yourself that doesn't revolve around being a size 2-4. Decide that you deserve more for yourself than what you are currently giving. You are worth it and you CAN do this!

*Jeanie*

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. - Buddhist Proverb
MICHBRANN Posts: 4
12/21/09 7:48 A

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I thank the replies. I think what I need is encouragement and support.

You see I've seen the pictures and am awake to what I am and look like. I even feel like my friends have put limits on including me because of the weight. I'm sure it may not be true. But it is sad that that is in my head.

In the back of my head is this idea that I've done this much damage now - what's the point I'll never get back.


Realistically I know I can and I know how. It is just a matter of starting. And I'm sure once the results begin to show it is an easier time to continue.

Maybe my aha moment will be at an upcoming b-day dinner for a friend with 3 others that are all size 2-4. No one is taller than 5 4. But there is me - humpty dumpty at 5 0 and 160.

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12/21/09 6:40 A

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Sometimes the aha moment is something inside of you that says "you know what i've had enough, i want more". mine came like the last post with pics at christmas time. It is easy to tell ourselves we will get going next week, month, whatever, the reality is today. today is what we have and if we don't grab onto it it is gone forever. I've grabed on and i love the new me. no i'm not at my goal, i've slipped up, fell down, and sometimess i've cursed myself, but you know what? i like me, i run now, i have energy and i don't eat just because it is there, well sometimes i might, but that is life. there is going to be obstacles in your path, how you step over them is what counts. An aha moment may not knock you in the head at this moment but it is in there waiting to come out. michelle.


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12/20/09 11:08 P

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I think for most of us it does take an A Ha! moment. I know it did for me. Mine was looking at pictures from last Christmas because it wasn't just the extra weight I had put on but also that I had just let myself go in many ways. In that moment that I decided it all fell into place.

My problem now seems to be that once I lost it I started to let myself have too much leeway and I've been slacking on the eating and somewhat on the workouts. I don't want to have to get back to that aha moment though so I need to step it up again before I end up right back where I was. Maybe I need to pull out those pictures again and remind myself why I started in the first place.

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12/20/09 10:42 P

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As soon as you figure out how to get you but out of bed and tell yourself that you love to run let me know how you do it. I do pretty good but I could tone more. Yes I can say I don't like to work out but I do it because I like the way it looks on my but. Good luck to you

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12/20/09 8:53 P

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Does anyone else feel that way or have in the past? I know what to eat what to do - all the science behind it - but yet I still can't get myself to make the move. To commit and stick with it.

My goal is to loose weight for a number of reasons. One is a complete lack of self confidence, Another is to live my next 40 or so year as healthy as possible. And the last is the new aching in the knees. It was bound to happen.

In seeing t.v. shows of people who have lost the weight, made the turn - they all seem to have had a moment when everything clicked.

I have not been at the point of "who is that person in the mirror" in a long time. I am well beyond that in the reality of this. I just can't get myself to stop the spiral. It is like watching on the outside and still doing nothing.

Any thoughts?
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