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Quick Fix

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I downloaded "The Spark" from the library. While at the site several other titles caught my attention:

"The Overnight Diet"
"The Dash Diet"
"The Fast Metabolism Diet"
"The 3 Hour Diet"

I'm sure you get the idea. A quick fix sells.

My facebook friends are posting the latest green smoothie or wrap to loose weight. They are going vegan or some other extreme to loose weight. Everyone is obsessed with their weight, but they all want a quick fix. I am only three chapters into "The Spark," but the chapter on focus really spoke to me. One must have a goal that speaks to your heart, not just the waistline, or the distractions of life will keep you from accomplishing your goal.

I have been on every quick fix diet around at one time or another. My favorite was the grapefruit diet, and the most extreme was the liquid diet that Oprah promoted years ago. I always lost weight. I always gained the weight back. I'm sick of it. There is a permanent solution. I know it isn't about the food, it is about changing me.

I know that my goal of loosing weight by the time I turn 60 is not enough, but I am a little adrift these days. I spent the last 12 years caring for my parents and I don't know what my purpose is now that they are gone. Loosing weight and getting fit is part of the process of finding my purpose, but it is not my goal.

I had a bad day today. My knee hurts from walking. Instead of giving up, I am going to find another exercise while my knee heals. I still haven't eaten today, and it is 7:30 pm. No breakfast streak, but I will make something tonight so I will have something ready in the morning. I haven't drunk even one glass of water. I will drink as much as I can tonight. I am not going to look for an overnight weight loss or strong body. This time around it is part of something larger.
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    Small steps and small achievable goals seem to be what works for a lot of people. Having a big goal like losing 100 lbs can seem insurmountable and defeating at times. I tell people to instead set a goal of losing 10 lbs, that is do-able and once it's done, it helps with the confidence that you can do it again and again!
    1829 days ago
    Long term starts with small changes like have breakfast or drink some water or do an upper body exercise off Sparkpeople 10 mins or try a new vege or fruit.

    Your goals are great, most of the changes are in our minds. I went to a body building site to get my food plan. Last place I would have looked but it works for me. :) no steroids though :) But it really got me thinking about why I eat certain foods and the quantity. I started out on a ketogenic diet and then changed it to suit my body and needs.

    Research everyone's ideas till you find yours. Tracking is great as it lets you see what is working and not.

    It's pretty hard to block out 'fast -lose it now-ads' I like how you explain it so succintly.

    Sorry to hear about your parents my Mum passed away 3 years ago and it is very hard.

    Hope you have a great day.
    1830 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    Sounds like it is time to focus on yourself. :) We are here to encourage you on this journey to a new lifestyle. Best wishes to you - one small step at a time. emoticon
    1830 days ago
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