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Being content with NOT being a success story!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

For the entirety of my teen and adult years, I have been addicted to success stories. I would purchase each Shape magazine and Half Their size People magazine issue. I would read the success stories over and over again, until I almost had them memorized. I also would watch every weight loss episode of the daily talk shows... the reasons that I would devour these like candy...They provided me with ideas on how to conquer my lifelong weight problem and they provided me with the hope that change was indeed possible.
So, it was not too surprising that once I had hit goal weight, I would want to become one of these success stories to provide hope to others.... So, I emailed some of the talk shows and even SP to become a success story....with limited success.. I did get a call from a producer of The Doctors, and was later featured on a special on weight loss. emoticon Yet, that was it......... emoticon I got frustrated as I heard about all of these other successful losers who did magazines and tv shows. I began to wonder what was wrong with me and my story....Maybe I did it without a gimmick...just hard work, healthy eating, and exercise...nothing new there..... Maybe 109 pounds isn't enough of a weight loss when others are losing 200 plus pounds. Then, sadly, I began to think that maybe I had gotten too thin....Silly, considering I am at a very healthy weight now.... emoticon
I was getting frustrated until I began to keep hearing about a lot of these success stories who had put some of the weight back on...Maintenance is difficult enough without the added burden of people equating you with your weight loss alone. I feel really bad for people who have battled their maintenance in the limelight. emoticon It is a lifetime battle that is for our health, plain and simple. So, I am now thankful for the relative anonymity of my weight loss success. emoticon
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    Sounds to me like you are a success story. CONGRATULATIONS!
    As I understand it, maintenance is very challenging.
    Best of luck to you with continuing to keep the weight off.
    1953 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You all made me feel very appreciated! Thank you so much! I am thankful evryday for the blessing that SP has played in my life! emoticon
    1953 days ago
    You are an inspiration to many people here - and I'm sure you also are to people in your life. Because you ARE a success story!!!!
    1953 days ago
    Even if the media didn't appreciate your story, may I offer my congratulations, not just for the loss but for the maintenance. I bet you can understand why I was such a silent SP member for years before I finally found my voice. With all the amazing and inspirational stories, who would care about my measly 25 pounds even if I had carried it around longer than many here have been alive.

    Good for you!
    1953 days ago
    Fantastic insight! Maintenance is tough, tougher than losing!

    109 lbs is so teriffic! And congrats on keeping it off! Keep on Truckin'! (as we used to say in the 70s).


    The winning is in the doing and staying a member of the "10% club"!
    1953 days ago

    Good grief really 109lbs.. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in your blog. You are a living success story. It gives me hope for myself & others. Sometimes we do things not just for our selves but to quietly be an advocate for others. An inspiration...

    You've touched my enthusiasm for change. I can do this!

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” Dr. Seuss

    emoticon Jane
    1953 days ago
    Congrats on an incredible weight loss!! I love your story of just hard work and good sense. You know what you have achieved. The publicity is a double edged sword. But when you are feeling pretty confident about it, if national TV has limited interest, what about being featured in a local newspaper or publication? Just an idea. I recently was a success story at a Weight Watchers open house. It was fun to speak. I really don't feel more pressure to maintain; I'm feeling pretty confident that I am going to maintain successfully this time.

    Wishing you a lifetime of success!! -Marsha
    1953 days ago
  • BARBIE1967
    You are a star in my book no matter what everyone else says. Maintenance is hard. I actually hate it when people make a big deal about my weight. I hate the comments: your so skinny, and how much did you lose. The person who counts is you.
    1953 days ago
    I've had very similar thoughts..and honestly, it's one of the reasons I have NOT gone over and above seeking anything, even here on Spark... Lead by being a living example that it can be done and talk about it on the side with fellow Maintainers. Others will see eventually, and then join us to get the support they will need...directly and honestly, with no gimmicks except support and encouragement!
    1953 days ago
    Great blog!
    1953 days ago
    That's true about weight loss and everything else. Have you ever noticed that people try to validate their political or,especially, religious convictions by counting the number of people that agree with them? While joint action requires agreement among people, the idea itself stands alone, right or wrong, no matter how many people agree or disagree.

    Another person's opinion will never alter the facts.
    1953 days ago
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