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NINJAGERBIL
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12/26/12 5:08 P

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Today was hard. I wanted to stay home and mope, but I managed to get my fat ass out the door eventually and ended up walking over 3 1/2 miles. Now I'm back home, and I guess the mope is back. But at least I got my check mark for the day.


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NINJAGERBIL
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12/19/12 7:22 P

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I shared my day's success on a different thread. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
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Oh well.

What I can't get over is how quickly I can get off track. But lately I've been finding my way back, usually by loosening my grip. Fighting doesn't work. It just exhausts me, making everything that was already plenty hard near impossible. Better to spend that energy investing in myself, listening to all the inner voices and body parts who have something to tell me. Denying their existence isn't dealing with the reality. The reality is it's hard, and I'm here and there's no easy way out. Get busy living or get busy dying. (That's my half-Zen half-Shawshank philosophy.)


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SSCHLAMAN
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9/26/12 3:45 P

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Well so far I have lost a ton of weight.....I started at over 322 and I am down to 236. But , thats not the point of me addressing this thread. Even at 258 I was huffing and puffing . God did I feel awful. I mean BAD! I thought, what the hell I am going to try hard for one year and see what happens. I'll walk, even though I can't breath. I thought I was walking a mile fast-- It took me like 26 minutes. I wanted to cry. Anyway just a month later I am down 22+ pounds and can jog/walk a mile in 15 minutes ( not a big accomplishment for a skinny person , but could they run with 100+ pounds on their back ? (heck no).) I also noticed that I can go up and down my stairs without coughing and wheezing. They might be just baby steps , but they are in the right direction!
My friend now runs as well. She told me if I could stick with it how in the heck could she say she wasn't capable? I am so proud of her as well , she can finally run a mile ! So everyone needs to hold their head up high. It'll take time, we didn't gain a hundred + pounds overnight and we won't lose it over night either :)

Think you can or think you can't, either way you will be right- Henry Ford


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COBRACOMMANDER
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9/17/12 10:45 P

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The up and down nature of willpower, success, etc. is part of life. If we can acknowledge that we may be in a better spot to move forward to celebrating the ups and learning from the downs.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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8/31/12 2:23 A

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I think my biggest struggle is I get to hard core about it and tend to either take a nose dive or slowly go back to the way I used to be. This isn't my first rodeo, however it does seem different this time. When I'm stuck...instead of staying stuck, I look for ways to overcome it. Recently after being stuck at 310 (66 pounds lost) for a while I started doing what I never thought I could do. I started running. I immediately signed up for 2 5k run/walks. I had a goal and I do what I can to reach it. I've been training for a few weeks and it's slow, but steady. Hurting a little less everytime. I went to the doctor and got cleared, looked up as much information about trainings as I could before I got to hard core etc. At this point I feel really proud to be able to fight the inner "devil" saying ...pizza, deserts, chips oh my" and going to the gym instead and just plain not buying that type of food that I have a soft spot for. Since my husband isn't dieting, I buy stuff that I know I can pass up without a thought. Some weeks I'm very strong and want nothing to do with it, some weaks my inner "devil" breaks me down. I've been asking myself...am I really hungry or bored or thirsty. Which has helped too. Diet trackers are really the way...at least at first till you know what you are putting in your body. Fresh is always the best bet.

My other struggle is having someone to share my success with. I've learned to do it for myself and I am but boy it would sure be nice to have it in common with someone. That is the main reason I joined SP. Good luck to all, we will all get there...one day at a time.

Edited by: MOGLI25 at: 8/31/2012 (02:25)

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SSCHLAMAN
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8/22/12 4:40 P

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When I started this journey I knew that it would be difficult but not impossible. I had already lost 65 lbs over the course of the last few years.But, the hardest thing has been accepting the very real possibilty there are some things compleately out of my control. I think for me, like a great majority of extremely overweight people is the fear of sagging skin. It is the equivelent of trading one hell for another and if you don't know what it will be like skinny and how to manage that type of body. I can deal with it now . I have an understanding of how to live with it .Also, a majority of people still try to get you to eat the way you did before or push you to workout too much if they know you are dieting. So alot of the struggle must be dealt without the support of your family.

Think you can or think you can't, either way you will be right- Henry Ford


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1/18/11 11:45 P

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I am finding that THE most helpful thing about SP is the network of support we can build. I feel that if we all become more active on this board, we will get closer to reaching our personal goals.

The only way we can offer support for one another is by sharing stories.

I'd like for this thread to be a place for us to talk about our down moments, as well as our up moments. To rant about the tough times, and to celebrate our successes.

Here is the text from my recent blog:
Today was a big day for me. I took a step I never thought I could take. I ignored the inner voice that has always told me I couldn't do it, that I wasn't strong enough, that I wasn't good enough. I pushed myself and tried something new. I succeeded by just taking the step. This feels so amazing.

With this amazing feeling is a strong emotion that I am not sure I can describe. I have never pushed myself like this, but also I have never had such strong support before. No judgment. No comparison. No ridicule. Just encouragement - from members of the CrossFit gym and from members of the SP community.

I really can't find the words to describe how great it feels to have this: to try hard, to not be as good as others, but to push myself to be the best I can be for myself; and then to have a team of friends and strangers cheering me on. I have never experienced it before, and it has brought me to tears. It's a feeling I want to hold on to, and so I will keep pushing, and keep going to those who support me.


Soooooo....where are YOU at? Be open, for there is no judgment here.

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to attempt.

CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.


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