#6 really did it for me. After leading a very active life to being a full-time caregiver to my suddenly disabled father, I realized how much I missed the momentum. Getting a "WOW" a couple of weeks ago really made me think of how I could bring the momentum back into my life. An internet search for some tips led me to Spark!
Number 6 really hit it for me. Every day I'd plug along with my walks, and after a few weeks I started to realize I had a real streak going that I didn't want to break! This article came at the perfect time for me as it's been a real struggle this week. Thank you Zach, for bringing it home!
BOY DID I NEED THIS ARTICLE. This is one of the main reasons why I love SP. The encouragement and support that you get from article such as this give you the boost to keep going. Im going to read it again and again and absorb it all. Many thanks SP
TO PIGLET1979 THE WOW FACTOR IS NOT FROM OTHERS. IT IS WHEN YOU GO IN THE BATHROOM, CLOSE THE DOOR, AND LOOK IN THE FULL LENGTH MIRROR, AND A GRIN BREAKS ON YOUR FACE. I'M WITH YOU. IF WE REALLY CARED WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT WE WOULDN'T BE ON THIS WEBSITE.
This was EXACTLY what I needed to read today! I'm bouncing around with the same couple tenths of a pound and getting frustrated that I'm not making more progress right now. Thanks for the encouragement!
12/14/2008 10:26:48 AM
This is for Bruce. The way that I see it, the more you read, the better you will become at reading. The key is finding books that interest you. I would go to the local library, get a library card, and tell them you are an old dog learning new tricks, that you need help finding your way in the library. They have changed a lot since we were kids! Then, if you are embarrassed, say you are getting books for your grandchild that is whatever age level of reader that you are. Ask directions to get to that area, then start looking around at the different books and get as many as you are allowed to take home, then start reading, and the ones that you can't put down, go back and get more of them! Just keep on reading, no matter how slowly, you will begin to improve. That is how it starts when you are a child, you may take longer, but it will happen. Good luck!
LOL, LIGHTERRED! I loved everything about this article, except the "wow effect." (I hate to be the lone critic, but...) I think weight loss should be for you and about you. When it's done right, and it's personal, one of the accomplishments should be true, self-derived, self esteem. (The kind that means loving yourself regardless of what other people think and avoiding the mistake of doing things to incite a reaction.)
Staying motivated isnít typically a problem. It nly becomes a problem when I reach a lull in my progress, a plateau and canít seem to budge. Maybe Iím too hard on myself, because just when I get to that low, a friend or co-worker will compliment on how well Iím doing and that is great motivation to keep me going. Sometimes, the numbers can lie and deceive us. Our waist line may not change; our number of pounds may not change; but I know that with continued steadfast attention to the plan and exercise, change happens. I donít see it, but other people do and that helps keep me going.
So, I want this to be a lesson to you to let people know if you notice they are losing weight and if you see their waist line shrinking. Just a few short words can be more encouragement and motivation than you could ever imagine. It sure is for me, and I am sure it is for others too.
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