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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Last Friday my Weight Watcher leader asked me to speak at an Open House at the Lakeland Weight Watcher Center on January 12th around 2 pm. I realized I don't have child care duties at that time, so I agreed. Then she gave me a bunch of paperwork to get my "success story" approved. I kind of dragged my feet. There were forms to fill out, the actual story to write, old weight documentation to find, as well as before and after pictures. I don't mind public speaking. I'll probably enjoy sharing my story. But I found myself just feeling a little conflicted. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have meant so much to me, should I be giving Weight Watchers credit for my success? I gave it a lot of thought.

I finally decided that it isn't wrong to give Weight Watchers part of the credit for my success. Weight Watchers definitely got me started on my current healthy journey in December 2008. On the other hand, it would not be wrong to credit Curves, Leslie Sansone, the YMCA, Beck Diet Solution, Lakeland Runner's Club, Lakeland Galloway Group, and Senior Games for some of my success either. Some of the programs I used long ago like Metracal, the diet my doctor gave me when I was 16, NutriSystem, Polk County Employee's Weight Loss Program, Making Peace with Food, South Beach Diet, SlimFast, and one program that gave me daily shots (though I can't remember its name) all taught me something -- even if it was just a strategy that didn't work. It all has been part of getting to this point.

I first heard about SparkPeople on a Weight Watchers Maintenance Message Board. Thank heavens! Although I'd gotten to a healthy BMI with Weight Watchers, I doubt that I would be at BMI 21.2 if I hadn't found SparkPeople. I don't think I would have tried the YMCA, Runner's Club, Galloway Group and Senior Games if it hadn't been for SparkPeople. So, yes, I give credit to Weight Watchers. But I can't forget how important SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have been to my success!

And, last of all, I give me a whole lot of credit. After all, when all is said and done and motivated and inspired, it is me who selected the healthy food and portions I ate, and chose to do the exercise!! So today I give credit where credit is due, and on the 12th I will probably be sharing just a part of my successful journey.

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    2410 days ago
    I'm sure it's going to be a very inspiring speech! And it seems just right to spread the credit around including taking a healthy share of it for yourself. After all, you're the ultimate controller of what you eat and how much you move!
    2419 days ago
    That's at Lakeside Village right? I'll mark it down and come to the meeting to support you, Marsha. You have done such an incredible job. I'm proud to call you friend!
    2419 days ago
    YES! YOU get all the credit.... but I do know what you mean. :) Great blog!
    2420 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Great job and I think you really deserve the credit for taking those programs and making them your own! Have fun with the event, hope you let us know how it goes!
    2420 days ago
    2420 days ago
    JOYINKY could not have put it better.
    YOU took the initiative'
    YOU did the research
    YOU turned up for all your workouts
    YOU never gave up
    YOU used all the trackers and took the sound advice

    YOU ARE emoticon emoticon
    2420 days ago
    emoticon You absolutely deserve the credit for taking the initiative and using the tools available to you and learning from each one! What an ambassador for good health you are! emoticon
    2420 days ago
    Bet it will be a great story. If you failed you would take the blame so you should take the credit for your success.
    It would be great if you could video tape your presentation and then share it on SP.

    2420 days ago
    Marsha I so wish I were near you and could hear you speak. I know you will be great. WW has been good for all of us with certain things. I have much respect for them. I too though don't think I would be where I am today with successful maintaining without sparks and all of you sparks folks who support and encourage me. For sure it's so good to give yourself much credit.
    You deserve it!
    Best of everything to you!
    2420 days ago
    I know what you mean... every tool you've ever used gets "part" of the credit for being a part of your journey. But in the end success lies in taking responsibility for your own journey. The author of your success, Marsha, is YOU. The rest of these are exactly what I called them, tools.

    Your friends you've made and the cheerleaders and support crew? Also a part of your journey. But in the end, we all enter heaven one by one...

    Good Job! emoticon emoticon
    2420 days ago
  • _LINDA
    They couldn't have asked a better person to speak about their success! You will be a fantastic inspiration to those who get to hear you! You may have tried many different things to find your way in your healthy lifestyle, but in the end it was all YOU that put together a system that works for YOU. Very well done!
    2420 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Oh, how I wish I was going to be there to hear you speak! You are so right about all you said are a product of ALL the things that helped you but mostly you are YOU. And nothing would have helped you had you not been willing to DO it and you did. For your health. emoticon
    2420 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Your hard work has paid off in so many ways! You took advantage of all the tools out there and made them work for you! Definitely toot your horn, give credit where credit is due, and have fun!!
    2420 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Lovin' it! Way to go, Marsha!
    2420 days ago
    We are a composite of all our experiences. But we have to act on our experiences to make anything happen. You have done that with great results. Be proud of yourself, the rest of us are very proud of you! You have given much inspiration and I know you will be effecting more lives on the 12th. emoticon
    2420 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    You are so right, all the "help" you received is no good unless you do the work and you did it! It is great that you will get to share your success story and hopefully it will help to motivate someone else who may think I just can't do this.

    2420 days ago
    This is so exciting! It never hurts to toot your own horn
    but also share the secrets of your success. You never
    know when you will light a SPark!
    2420 days ago
    I agree that most of the credit goes to YOU - it was all your hard work and ability to continually make the right choices in the face of temptation that got you to this point and kept you there!

    I started WW and SP at the same time back in 2007. (I was a member of SP before that, but hadn't used it seriously.) I tracked points AND calories at first. It was too much!
    2420 days ago
    What a great blog! I hope you'll post your Success Story here too! By the way, I can totally relate to just about everything you said. It was WW that got me started, but it was SP that got me through! And I agree with Natalie- it's YOU that deserves ALL the credit! :)
    2420 days ago
    You deserve all the credit!!
    2420 days ago
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