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Day 658- There's No Right Way to Lose Weight

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Okay, obviously good nutrition and exercise is a correct way to lose weight.

But what I mean is that no one way is going to work for everyone.

So often I'm asked my "secrets" or tips for success. And I tell people what I do, but I try to explain that this is just what works for me and that it might not be right for them.

For instance, if you look at the right side of my page where I list my mini goals, you will see that I spent almost a year of my life in the 180-200 range. Other people had instant and fast success and dropped 100+ pounds in one year. But I stalled.

That doesn't make me any less successful or determined. It just means that what worked for them worked for them, and what worked for me worked for me.

That year helped me realize that when I do lose the rest of my extra weight, I should be able to do well in maintenance mode. I will have gains and losses all the time, but eventually I will be at a weight that I stay at for the rest of my life.

Drink water, eat well and exercise when you can.

But if you like protein shakes, then drink them! I certainly don't because I can't deal with the chalkiness. But I love greek yogurt and a lot of people hate it.

You really can't have success on this journey if you constantly compare yourself to other people who you view as more successful.

If I had done that, I would have given up a long time ago. Instead, I used them as inspiration. I want to lose 120+ pounds, and today I'm 96 down. Yes it's taken me 21 months. And I probably won't even reach my goal by the 2 year mark.

But none of that matters. I chose to take control of my life, of my eating, and of my exercise routine, and because I did, I've seen very positive results.

Just don't get discouraged. No one is going to have the same path on their journey. But whatever you do, don't give up.

Lose weight and get healthy in the way that works for you.
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    926 days ago
    I totally needed to read this! emoticon emoticon

    THANK YOU!!!!
    1645 days ago
    great message
    1676 days ago
    I love the lesson you are sharing. I tell people all the time to not pay attention to how I'm being successful, first because it is only one way of doing this, and second because I haven't tried maintaining yet. I have a lot to learn!
    1679 days ago
    It's true. I only wanted to lose 33 pounds and over a year later I'm still not there. I shall be awesome at maintenance mode : p
    1679 days ago
    I love this SO much! emoticon Over the last 10 years I spent a lot of time trying to find out what works for others, trying to copy their diets and exercise programs hoping to copy their results, and it just doesn't work. Their programs obviously work in terms of weight loss, but if they weren't sustainable for me I'd gain the weight back. It wasn't until I went my own path (with trial and error) that I was successful! So I totally understand what you said, you can inspire and tell us your secrets, but we have to work hard to find our own. emoticon emoticon
    1679 days ago
    true each one is unique no one size fits all but you put it so much better
    1679 days ago
    Absolutely true. We are all unique.
    1680 days ago
    1680 days ago
    That's a good lesson you've learned about how to lose weight. There's a corresponding lesson for maintenance, once you get there: One size does not fit all. Just as with losing weight, different strategies are needed by different maintainers for success. I'm a weigh daily, track food and count calories guy, but there are maintainers who can just eat mindfully and step on the scale once a month or so. I could wish I could just eat mindfully and not track, but I have to do what works for me.
    1680 days ago
    You are very wise for such a young person! I wish you knew just how much you inspire me.
    1680 days ago
  • _JODI404
    SO true! I didn't realize how super close you are to goal weight!

    Less than 25lbs now -- emoticon !! Super excited for you!!

    Slow and steady wins in my book. But as you said -- whatever works for each *individual*!!

    emoticon you are doing emoticon !!!!
    1680 days ago
    You're so right - everybody is different and we each have to figure out what works best for us. Comparing ourselves to others is a waste of time and has the potential to leave us feeling disappointed and frustrated. I'd much rather compare where I am now with where I was when I was over 200 lbs - THAT is the true representation of my success.

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.
    1680 days ago
    You make excellent points here, Bobcat! It is definitely KEY to find what works for you -- or you just won't do it! Congratulations on your success! You've learned it and earned! Way to go! emoticon emoticon
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    1680 days ago
    You are absolutely right!!! We can watch each other succeed, but we must not compare ourselves or our weight loss journeys to others (:
    1680 days ago
    You are totally right have to do what works for you!!!
    1680 days ago
    Congratulations on your amazing job thus far. emoticon
    1680 days ago
    emoticon emoticon that's true evry1 has a different way of losing weight
    1680 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I sure agree with that especially the exercise, we do what we can and the food is huge. Where you live and what you grew up eating and personal preferences sure make a difference. I personally love macaroni cooked in milk with cheese whiz, tuna and lots of dill pickles. That is not everyone's preference. But it is mine. Tracking calories is different for everyone.
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  • JENNY888
    What wonderful words of wisdom. Great blog!
    1680 days ago
    What a great attitude and inspiration! Thank you! emoticon
    1680 days ago
    Great Inspiration!
    1680 days ago
    So true! And we have to do what we CAN do for ourselves. We have to find workouts that we ENJOY and will do. We have to eat what we can find a bit of enjoyment in. If we choke stuff down that we hate all the time, the chances of us BINGING on what we do like is pretty high. Good blog :)
    1680 days ago
    Great Blog!
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  • MINEA999
    That's an excellent point that I try to tell others too. They ask 'what are you doing!?' and I tell them but always say, this works for me, but it might now work for everyone. And when people give me advice like oh 'cut this out' or 'do this exercise' I take it with a grain of salt and knowledge that it's something that works for them, but not something for me. We all have to find our right combination.

    Of course, being here, we always have an opportunity to get new ideas on things to try that just might work for us.

    You're doing awesome and you look fabulous!
    1680 days ago
    Such words of wisdom! I was listening to Jacqui McCoy's story - the girl who lost 207 pounds in a year on Extreme Weight Loss. She gained 60+ pounds back after the show ended because she was unable to maintain the 5-6 hours/day workout schedule and extremely low calorie levels that were required of her during the show.

    So, just goes to show that you are losing the right way. You WILL be able to maintain once you reach your goal - because you did it slowly and safely. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to us all!
    1680 days ago
    This is SO true! Everyones body acts differently w/ different things! In 1 year I lost 81lbs...then for the next 2 years I gained 30lbs! I've hit a ton of plateaus and you just have to find what YOUR body needs and what YOU feel like doing b/c if youre unhappy doing like spin classes youre not going to stick to it, but if you like zumba then you'll stick to that! Not everything is for everyone. Right now I'm down 120lbs and although it's taken me way longer than I initially wanted, i feel like those 2 years I "wasted" (used to say that), were just a break I needed to really get my motivation and committment back! You've done awesome!! Keep it up!!
    1680 days ago
    Very, very true! Great blog! emoticon emoticon
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