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  • CLAIRE11111
    I was tempted to answer yes to number 6 as well. However, it is a trick question. If I lose weight, will I have more energy? Will I feel better? Will I have a better sex life? Will I live longer? The answer is most likely yes. However, not all "healthy weight people" have no back or knee pain, or have endless energy, or have a great sex life. Good for me if I do! However, I think it is better to keep some reservation in the back of my mind and prepare myself that all my pain might not go away or that I am still not the "supermom" I wanted to be. I think I would be setting myself for failure if after losing 50 pounds, my life did not change the way I thought it would. I think that the extra energy, the ability to sleep better, the lower blood pressure, the better job, the nicer boyfriend etc are all side effects of losing weight Just as with any pills, the side effects are often different from one person to the next. I hope to be able to appreciate whatever benefits I get from my weight lost, even if it is not what I wanted to start with. Will it be a better life? I hope so... - 1/20/2011 7:03:05 AM
  • AMGLOVESDCG
    Wonderful article. Weight loss & weight management is a lifestyle, there will be slip-ups as we're human and we're flawed. This thing is a journey, get on board, do your best today. Your best today will likely be different from yesterday's best and tomorrow's best but you must know it was your best for today. My best today was sharing a piece of banananut bread with a co-worker. Yesterday, my best was eating properly (no banananut bread). Just do your best everyday, and own it. - 3/18/2010 9:49:41 AM
  • NEVER SLIP UP??????????? NOW NEVER IS A LONG TIME! LOL - 3/6/2010 7:49:08 PM
  • I've re-read this article a few times and when I look at question #6 and my response to it as true, I keep thinking true is the right answer. Now, I could be interpreting the answer differently, but with weight loss my blood pressure can drop, I will eat better, and probably sleep better. So, my life will change dramatically. I'm not expecting my credit score to improve or that I will get a better job because of weight loss. My boyfriend isn't going to turn into Prince Charming overnight and I won't suddenly get a dog, but overall I think weight loss will be a benefit to my life and life changing. - 2/27/2010 12:40:27 PM
  • Also disagreeing (respectfully) on 6. I know for a fact that a couple of specific medical issues that impact my quality of life will improve with further weight loss. Not only does my doctor say so, but I've already seen some improvement. - 1/29/2010 10:18:45 AM
  • NGAIBRUCE
    I'm far too disciplined to "slip up" on issues as clearcut as this one. I had no problem with the other 11! - 1/21/2010 4:17:13 PM
  • LESLEY610
    This article is so true. I have only recently joined spark and cannot remember the last time I felt so motivated. Thankyou to my daughter who introduced me to the site/ - 1/21/2010 4:58:41 AM
  • I appreciate the comments other have posted here and echo many of the sentiments. I too need to remember to bring my concerns, frustrations and downfalls to the boards and my spark teams for added support when i need it most. I too thought question 6 could be addressed from two perspectives - I do fully expect to be less winded taking the stairs, have knees that don't hurt nearly as much and other physical improvements due to weightloss. However, I am learning (finally) to like myself, including my physical self, better now. I'm not waiting to reinvigorate my marriage, to look for that great job or all the other things I've put off in the past until I had reached my weight loss goal.

    If this article does nothing more (which I believe it does) it definitely points the reader toward addressing things that can increase our stress when trying to regain our health. I've often said I would know I had gotten it right when I could lose weight and not feel like I'm obsessing over everything I put in my mouth.

    Best of luck and will power to us all! - 1/20/2010 9:39:37 PM
  • I need a partner to help me with this. I do not call any one when i mess up I truly need someone to talk to while on the diet. - 1/20/2010 5:54:16 PM
  • Great article - the one place I got a zero was on number 11 - posting e-mails and to the message boards when I'm having trouble. I've only been doing this for a few days, but I will work hard to remember that that may be a help if/when I start having difficulties. So far feedback I've gotten from this website has been very helpful, so I have every reason to believe it will continue to be so. I'm ecstatic to have found sparkpeople just when I was looking for something that would help keep me motivated. Thank you! - 1/20/2010 4:02:43 PM
  • Great article - the one place I got a zero was on number 11 - posting e-mails and to the message boards when I'm having trouble. I've only been doing this for a few days, but I will work hard to remember that that may be a help if/when I start having difficulties. So far feedback I've gotten from this website has been very helpful, so I have every reason to believe it will continue to be so. I'm ecstatic to have found sparkpeople just when I was looking for something that would help keep me motivated. Thank you! - 1/20/2010 4:01:58 PM
  • Thanks for this article, it was very helpful. I'm in a slump right now, with the diet and the exercise. I'm packing to move due to an unwanted divorce and both energy and will are at a very low ebb. - 1/20/2010 9:56:08 AM
  • Great article!! Seems I need to be more talkative and more involved in some of the many outlets SP provides us to communicate with others! Again...great article! - 1/20/2010 9:18:49 AM
  • Before I joined Spark in August and used the articles and blogs to review my attitude to weightloss I would have done really badly in this quiz. Now I understand and agree that slow loss is good and that it will not change my life - just my energy levels and ability to enjoy life more. It's great to have all this summarised and confirmed in one article. - 11/18/2009 5:43:47 AM
  • BETWEENUS
    I have found dieting stressful in the past, because I was trying to fit my weight loss into a "cookie cutter" type of diet. I don't feel the same kind of stress currently. Using the nutritional and fitness trackers have assisted me to find out what choices I can make that accomplish my goals, within my lifestyle instead of super imposed over it.

    As for the wording of some of the questions - I think that losing weight will assist in many areas of my life. However, I still need to focus effort in these areas to "fix" the problem. Weight loss is only a part of the solution. (i.e.: weight loss is going to assist in decreasing the symptoms of my back injury - but, I still need to focus on good posture and proper lifting as well.) - 9/9/2009 12:51:58 AM

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