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Thursday, June 16, 2011

I just read a message board post that got me thinking about my own history with weight loss. When I first came to SparkPeople over two years ago I did something incredible (for me), I lost over 40 pounds. Now there are a number of reasons that I stopped my progress and reversed course and put all of that 40+ pounds back on (then exceeded it), but what struck a nerve with me is the statement that the author made about how she didn't like the attention that she got when she had also lost weight before.

I too felt very uncomfortable with the attention that I received from all my family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances about "How Great I looked!" or "How hard I must be working!" I wasn't prepared for it and I really didn't like it.

I have a completely different attitude about my weight loss this time. I actually am looking forward to the accolades from others. I AM working hard and I DO intend to look great (at least compared to where I started). So why shouldn't I enjoy the recognition from others when it comes. I will not let myself feel uncomfortable about it this time (I've only gotten a few of these comments so far this time). I will instead chalk it up to the fact that the hard work is paying off.

I think before I felt subconsciously as though people knowing that I was losing weight was them noticing that I was overweight. Well, I've come to realize something. I was 370 pounds, there wasn't anyone who met me that didn't already know! So now when they give me kudos for what I've accomplished, I think I will wear it as a badge of honor. I have done battle here and I am coming out the victor.

The funny thing is that what I've come to realize is that people are inspired by success in others. I know I am. That's why SparkPeople is such an important tool for me in achieving my goals. I see the great examples of those who have gone before me or are just now walking this path and I begin to believe that I too can do this. I have a long way to go in my journey, but someday I hope to also be an inspiration to those who will follow on this path to better living.

~Never Stop Moving
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    The uncomfortableness with accolades is something that I have always had (and probably always will) have.

    Kudos on conquering that.
    2693 days ago
    This time there is no stopping you. You are sailing all the way home!!
    2707 days ago
    I'm so glad you wrote that post...it's really nice to know that people 'get' what I was worried about. And I think you're right, I think it freaked me out, as though it was some secret that I was almost eighty pounds overweight, lol.

    Well, I'm taking a page out of your book. A personal goal is to really work on taking compliments as mini motivations. Ohhh, you noticed I lost ten pounds, huh? How's about TWENTY! lol...I am SO glad you stumbled upon my post. And thanks for the add :)
    2712 days ago
    emoticon post! I look forward to reading about your continued success! emoticon
    2712 days ago
    Great blog, I understand completely what you say about how you feel. Most people who have never walked in our shoes do not have an understanding of the challenges we face each and every day.

    I share your goals and desires will meet you at the finish line with all the other winners.

    Big Dave
    2712 days ago
    Accepting the compliments is a very good thing for you to do. A few years ago, my cousin taught me to simply say "thank you" when given a compliment, because I often tended to dismiss compliments. She is very wise! People give compliments because they care about you and want you to feel good about your progress. It is good that you are now comfortable with receiving compliments because you are going to get more and more of them!! emoticon
    2713 days ago
    Dave, this is what got me re inspired to finish losing weight was someone else who already had reached her goal.

    Her screen name is northwoodsmom and her real name is Susan.

    She just happened to leave me a comment on my sparkpage and I was led of Holy Spirit to check her sparkpage out.

    She looks so beautiful and healthy.

    Something happened on the inside of me.

    It was like an explosion of faith and strength and grace that I too can do what she did by believing and knowing in my heart and mind that I am ready to make all the changes and to go ahead and just do it in the name of Jesus.

    The Holy Spirit also led me to sparkpeople and I just love all the people that I meet here and talk to and with.

    You are doing this and will just explode in health and wellness and love and respect for who you are and even like yourself more and more with each passing day,.

    You are going to be the best that our Father God has created you to be in the name of Jesus.

    Go for the gold Dave and strut your new self for the whole world to see and admire.
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    2713 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your insights. That's what I find so valuable on SP, people will to share their thoughts. Hope as you make progress you will accept the compliments of others and those compliments will help you to reach for your goals.
    2714 days ago
    You can totally do this!!!! I too find people who have made the journey already to be very inspiring for me to stay on my path and journey of weight loss.

    Good luck to you and you totally got this!!
    2714 days ago
    It's a tricky thing: accepting praise & compliments. I think that as we come to appreciate ourselves and feel better about ourselves we're in a better position to be able to genuine soak up all the accolades that come our way...as WELL as to pay them forward to others!

    Great to hear that you're re-SPARKED! :-)

    2714 days ago
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