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The Keys to My Success

Saturday, May 12, 2012

You asked for my story and here it is:

I have fought the weight battle all of my life. I tried just about everything out there and lost the weight dozens of times to just gain it all back again and more. At my highest I weighed 295 pounds. At that point desperation set in. I started walking and dropped 30 pounds. That wasn't even enough for people to notice. That is the weight I was at in the photo on my Spark page where I was in China on the Great Wall. The following spring I found SP. I think the keys to my beginning and initially sticking with the plan was that I really wanted it and I came to believe (through reading the inspirational stories and the SP information) that I could do it. I think that believing is really important. If you doubt yourself and your ability to do it, it gives you permission to throw in the towel when you have a rough day or the scale doesn't move the way you want it to or whatever comes along that makes things harder.

I stuck with it and kept exercising and tracking food from April of that year until January of the next when I hit a plateau. I was stuck there for about 3 months and couldn't get off of it. I kind of just slid into maintenance (despite the fact that I hadn't reached my stated goal weight). I stayed there within about 5 pounds for close to 2 years and then I gained some when we moved to a new house. Once settled, I was determined to get that extra weight back off and I got serious again and dropped even more.

I really think that the key to not sliding right back into 200+ pounds has been the development of healthy habits. I stuck with the healthy eating and exercising long enough for it to FEEL GOOD even to me. Now when I don't eat right and don't move enough, my body doesn't feel right and I kind of long for that "healthy" feeling again.

For me, this whole journey has been about these things:

WANTING it badly enough to be willing to try.

TRUSTING that the information I was getting was accurate -- that eating a proper amount of healthy food and exercising would take the excess weight off my body.

BELIEVING that it was really possible for me to achieve a healthy, attractive body.

DOING these things daily for a long enough time to create new, healthy habits that could overtake the old, unhealthy ones.
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  • MOLO14
    Hi! I really like this blog post :)
    I guess we've all heard so many mantras and 'secrets to success' by now that many of them are almost trite and meaningless, but what you said really strikes a chord with me somehow. It's simple but somehow, not so obvious. I think I struggle a lot with all four of those things - wanting, trusting, believing and doing. They are all important steps and things to acknowledge and think about!
    Also, seeing your pics in comparison to the Great Wall of China 'before' pic - you look incredible!
    2174 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing, Jen. I have 'thrown in the towel' more times than I can count. I really want this to work and am getting back on track AGAIN.
    2194 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon blog emoticon for sharing
    2195 days ago
    Thanks Jen you hit the nail on the head with your mantra especially the believing it we go into self destruct mode when we allow doubt to enter into the equation I must share your blog with my new SP class team Thanks again for your insight you are so very inspiring
    2199 days ago
    I love that mantra - Wanting, Trusting, Believing, Doing! It can be applied to so many things!
    Congratulations on your journey thus far!

    2199 days ago
    Great blog and oh how true. You put idown so simply and directly. I am blessed to hae you o the same team as me in the BLC. I am going to post your 4 words as motivation. I know they work I just need to be reminded eery now and then and this really made it for me. Thanks.
    2199 days ago
    Whoo Hoo Jen! That right there is why we call you WTG Jen!!!
    2199 days ago
    You're an inspiration - I'm following in your footsteps with a similar story - but I haven't busted that plateau yet! I'll remember your four word: WANTING TRUSTING BELIEVING AND DOING!
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    2199 days ago
    Jen you are an inspiration to us all.
    2199 days ago
    ditto what BLH said. I'm sort of maintaining at 5 to 7 above my goal, and my body seems happy here. However, soon, I will make that last push to get the last few pounds off.

    Impressive journey!
    2199 days ago
  • BLH507
    You are so right! I'm not at goal yet but I am more successful now than ever before because I truly believe I can do it and live with it. I have found that trust. Thank you for posting this. I am going to link to my team if you don't mind. I think everyone should read this.

    Congratulations on your weight loss by the way. You deserve it!
    2199 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2012 8:25:04 AM
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