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It's not as complicated as I would like

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When I was trying to figure out how to lose weight, I needed to make it complicated enough to be worthy of my attention. I mean, how could I possibly have a problem with something that is simple, so it MUST be really complicated, right? There wasn't much nutrition info back then, but I counted each food to the calorie, as best as I could with measuring cups and spoons. And I wrote it down and graphed it. Today it's possible to count 100 nutrients on a daily basis, and for me it would feel great.....for awhile. It would give me the illusion of control over SOMETHING. In reality, keeping it simple was what won the day, that day and the days in the decades since. The Old Old Old WW Plan gave you a template for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then they switched to exchanges where we got so many of each exchange every day. It's very simple. It is hard to say No to myself, but not hard to understand the Program. I was desperate to think it was complicated in order to vindicate my inability to stick to something. In reality, the Plan itself was simple. I was, and still am, the hard part.
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    Your blog makes so much sense. The biggest problem I have with losing weight is ME. I keep telling myself what I will do tomorrow when I just need to make it happen for today!
    2022 days ago
    I think this is true about most things in life; we humans tend to forget to keep things simple. We complicate things more than is needed sometimes. Good reminder blog for me. Thanks!
    2033 days ago
    I can really identify with your blog Nell. I made Lifetime in 1972 and finally realized it was me that was making it hard. I'm really proud of you and all your efforts to stay healthy and thin in this day and time of overweight America. Being healthy is really to key to being happy. emoticon
    2036 days ago
  • SPIRIT42013
    Amen, sister. I understand completely! emoticon
    2037 days ago
    Thanks again, Nell.
    2037 days ago
    It is all about you and your self taught but more importantly follow through with the good self taught knowlege. Most of us know what to do...hense the guilt that we have when we splurge and screw up.
    2037 days ago
    Great bolg -- thanks for reminnding me that it really is "all about me!"
    2037 days ago
    I love your blog and agree you are such a great inspiration! For me, managing weight is complicated in the short run, but pretty straightforward in the long run. You eat/move a certain amount and you see the results -- eventually if not immediately. Unfortunately, humans tend to think in the short run and not so much about the long range consequences of our actions. Immediate satisfaction/soothing/comfort vs. health issues 20, 30, or more years down the road. Now that I am further down that road, the consequences are harder for me to ignore and the short run/long run are closer together. That is very much in the forefront of my mind.
    2037 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Putting this in a simple perspective is what finally worked for me too! It's what continues to work for me now as I progress through maintenance.
    Thanks for sharing!
    2037 days ago
    great inspirational thanks
    2037 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You say it so well. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.
    2038 days ago
    You say it so well. You are an inspiration!
    2038 days ago
    You are so good at putting your thoughts on paper, Nell!
    If "you" are still the "hard part", then I don't feel so bad that I still sometimes have trouble making myself stay with the program. Gain a little, loose a little, and wish I could just stay in one spot and not have to think about it all the time. I know as soon as I stop putting it at the top of my thoughts, I am in big trouble!
    2038 days ago
    I agree with Gaye. You are an inspiration. I try to keep up with you. My will power is not as strong as yours, but I'm working on it.
    A plan is so important.
    2038 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I think that goes for many...I am with you there...when I attempt to do something I have to really THINK about it first and then when I finally attempt it, it's like...DUH what was the problem...totally agree with you but in spite of it all you are doing GREAT...keep on inspiring us!
    2038 days ago
    emoticon me, too....the hard part!
    2038 days ago
    Your last sentence is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Thanks for telling it like it is.
    2038 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    I SO agree with that, Nell! I know exactly what to do, but like a kid I sometimes just don't mind myself.
    2038 days ago
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