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Losing weight is easy. It is so very easy that anyone can do it. However, doing what needs to be done can be diabolically difficult for the average person.

I'm writing this somewhere between 1/3rd and 1/2 way to my goal. I've thought about this for almost half a year now and I'm pretty sure I've figured it out. And really...it is so, so, easy. You just have to eat within your range and exercise regularly. Yet there are times where you want nothing more than to curl up into a ball and cry (yes, guys feel that way too). When your absolute favorite food is sitting on the break room table free for the taking, when you have worked your butt off and discover the scale hasn't moved an inch (or it went in the wrong direction), or when all of your friends and family tell you it can't be done. These are the hard times.

But you know what? Your friends and family are wrong. Don't hold it against them, they aren't saying you won't reach your goals because they are being mean. They only want to try and moderate your expectations, to soften the blow for when they expect you to give up like you probably have done so many times in the past.

That is a nice sentiment, but they are wrong. Do you hear me? THEY ARE WRONG. You and I can do this. We will do this.

What I have learned is that you have to reach deep within yourself to find an inner strength. That is what you rely upon to say "NO!" to the cake. To force yourself to go out for your walk in the rain or cold. To ignore and (just this once) disbelieve your most trusted advisors.

I can do it. I know I can, because I have done it before. I have gone jogging in 17 degree weather with a 0 degree wind chill or in a blinding thunderstorm and come back chaffed and bleeding. I've said no to the free homemade cake. I've ignored my family and friends, people who know me better than anyone else knows me. (Don't be intimidated by the jogging. When I started out, I was mall walking 3-5 times a week. I was so slow, I even got passed by a septegenarian. After 3 months of mall walking, I started walking outside. A few weeks after that, I started running up small hills and walking the rest of the time. At 4 months in, I started the couch-to-5k podcast program...thats when I was finally in good enough shape to attempt short, interval training jogs)

I'll be honest with you, it is probably easier for me because I'm a man. Men have been proven to lose weight faster and easier than women. It makes sense since men have more muscle on average than women. Also, men are conditioned by society to compete and "tough it out". Women are instead conditioned to be more sensitive and reliant upon others. I mean nothing hurtful by these generalizations, and believe me, I recognize that they are only generalizations.

But I don't doubt for a second that you, regardless if you are a man or woman, can dig deep within yourself to find that inner strength.

If being overweight is the problem, then your inner strength is the solution. Sparkpeople is just the path between where you stand today and where you can be tomorrow after you apply the solution to the problem.

Use the tools. Log your food. Build relationships in the teams. You can do this. I know, because I'm doing it myself.

Find that motivation within yourself and you will find that inner strength. For me, it is pure unadulterated greed and cheapness. I want to win the money and I hate the thought of having to pay for my own failures. Your key motivation is likely different, but I'm sure it is just as strong as mine. Tap into it and achieve what no one thought you could do.


Member Since: 8/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 12,104

My Goals:
Lose 100 lbs in 1 year.

My Program:
Reduce calories and increase exercise. Is there any other way?

(Hint: I walked alot at the mall with headphones on as I listened to podcasts or books on .mp3)

Personal Information:
Columbia, SC

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Play poker, read non-fiction, enjoy sailing. Married 8 years and going strong.

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    How's it going? I start back to school tomorrow...woohoo - NOT LOL!! I've finally got myself back on track with nutrition and exercise. I've been running 2-3 times a week for over a month now - yay me :) I don't go far and I'm slow, but I'm doing it and I've lost 8 pounds thus far, so I'm not gonna knock my little legs moving!! Hope life's great!!
    3525 days ago
    Ha! Join you? Sure....you can pick me up on the way, drop me off at the casino, then look me up after your done running and hopefully I'll have won enuf to pay my way LOL!!

    Wow....you're doing it. I'm SO SO proud of you!!! I have been on track for one whole week. But now that I'm on track, I'm determined to stay there! I ran 2 days this week, which was pushing it considering we were in a heat advisory all week. But I was determined to get going again, so I did it :)

    My exercise today will consist of taking my 4 children swimming for the afternoon....my house doesn't have a/c, so the water will feel amazing! I have less than a month left before I head back to school so I'm wanting to have fun with the kiddos as much as possible.

    Take care, keep running, and I'll continue to check in periodically. Running in Vegas....WOW!!!!!!
    3552 days ago
    Pssssttt! Just popping in to say HI :)
    3553 days ago
    How's it going? I ran for the first time today. LONG overdue. Weight is still yo-yoing. Emotions are high and life is busy, so I'm cutting myself some slack ;)

    Hope you and your family are doing well. Any runs planned? I'm hoping to get some races in before the summer's end...but I need to train LOL!!
    3590 days ago
    OMGosh....it has NOT seriously been since Feb since I last left a message here!! Oh my...BAD BAD friend!

    I hope all is going well for you. I'm winding down the school year...ready for summer. I haven't had the time to train for any races or anything. And the weather up here has been awful...I have excuses up the wazoo!!

    I've not lost much - about 4 pounds of the 15 I gained...I just keep yo-yoing. :(

    I hope you have a great weekend with your family!
    3630 days ago
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