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A Backslider VS. A Quitter...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

So it's no secret I have been having a rough time, I am oh so very vocal about it! emoticon I have been working on "shaking it off" and moving forward... and I am definitely taking baby steps in the right direction. My 2 most important things that I am working on are getting back on track with my weight loss journey and getting my house organized. Those are two pretty big tasks, especially when you feel overwhelmed. There's so much to do it's one of those things where it's like "where in the world do I even start?!" But I realized, the beauty of having SO much to do to get things turned around means that there are plenty of choices! emoticon

So I have put a new plan in place, I've assigned "minute goals" for cleaning and exercise, that way I can do a little bit each day to work towards what I want to achieve. My house isn't going to be clean overnight, and I'm not going to wake up at my goal weight... but I can be proactive on a daily basis, and that will add up to big results! I have started tracking my food again, after almost 2 weeks off. Let me say, the amount of calories was not pretty, but just tracking it was a huge first step. I am giving myself a couple of days to get adjusted to lowering my intake again, and starting Saturday "Operation Shake It Off" will be in full force! emoticon

So today I was really thinking about the "backsliding" I have done with my weight loss. It really frustrates me to know I've put on about 10 pounds now in the last couple of weeks. It seems like it takes soooooo long to lose 10 pounds, but they can find me in the blink of an eye! I have also always felt like "relosing gained weight" is NEVER as a fun as losing new weight. Losing the same 5-10 pounds gets so boring... and when we are consistently losing weight and we see brand new low weights, we can really feel inspired and encouraged. When we get accustomed to seeing the same weights time and time again, we can feel like we are getting nowhere. It can even go as far to make you think "Why do I even bother?!"

But I really started to think about it... and I know we would all like to be a person that decides to lose weight, sticks to their routine flawlessly, day in and day out, and gets to their goal weight in record time with no struggle. Doesn't that just sound so fabulous?! The only problem is, that person doesn't exist. emoticon Nobody's perfect, we all have struggles, personal problems, obstacles that may hold us back, days where we don't want to do this, days where we eat everything, and even days where we want to quit! But the people who end up successful at weight loss are the ones that never ever quit!

So I have decided that while backsliding isn't fun, I would rather be a Backslider over a Quitter any day! As a backslider, I am still here, still trying. If I am not on track and doing well, I am working on getting back on track. Instead of letting 10 pounds lead to me gaining back the entire 90 pounds that I've lost, I'm going to work to lose those 10 pounds AGAIN. Even though it can get discouraging to see that I am still in the 180's after all thi time, I'd rather still be trying, and seeing the 180's instead of throwing in the towel and seeing my weight skyrocket right back into Twoterville!

So if you are backsliding, if you are fighting regain, just remember, a backslider is miles ahead of a quitter! emoticon emoticon

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    Way to go
    1262 days ago
    You're so right. emoticon
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    1385 days ago
    This is so me! Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon
    1386 days ago
    Keep it up with those baby steps!
    1389 days ago
    I can really relate to what you wrote. Thank you for sharing.
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  • ROCKSTAR0223
    Oh my gosh!!! You hit the nail right on the head!! In the past 6 months, I've really put on some weight and I can feel it when I try to walk. I have got to do this...I know my life seriously depends on it. Thank you for this....seriously. I MUST KEEP TRYING! emoticon
    1390 days ago
    This is so true. I don't feel so bad about my summer slip anymore. I kept up the exercise, just the food portion went to hell. But it was better than giving up completely and I am back on track now. Thanks, needed this today.
    1391 days ago
    emoticon I needed to hear this. Seems like I am in pretty much the same place. Thanks for the reminder that journey has ups and downs not rights and wrongs. emoticon
    1391 days ago
    Just came back today after medically ordered "no weight loss" after accident and cervical fusion. I really needed to see this blog. Thank you for having the courage to tell it like it is and for differentiating between a quitter and a backslider. I have gained a few pounds that I have to lose, too, but I see them as new weight to lose, not the same pounds I lost last time. Now, if they just weren't in the same places.... emoticon
    1392 days ago
    Your blog really hit home with me this morning in so many ways. And you are so right about everything you said. I'm fighting regained weight, too, and I'm back here determined to shake it off. I'll change the flat tire and not slash the other three because that's the logical thing to do!
    As for the house cleaning, baby steps are so important there, too! A small cupboard or a shelf each day may not seem like much but if done consistently, the change will be significant in a few days.
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  • MAXWELL3021
    You have inspired me to get off my butt and finally do something about my weight. I talk the talk mostly, but don't precede to walk the walk. Now it's time! The weight is not gonna fall off on it's own. God Bless!
    1392 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    No matter how hard it seems NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!!!!
    1392 days ago
    I can really identify with what you've written - sounds like you're in pretty much the same position as me!

    Thanks for the encouragement.
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    1393 days ago
    wow, the amount of readers you have here says it all! You are not alone! Thank you for a great blog today! emoticon
    1393 days ago
  • SNOOZE36
    I actually read this because I have been having such a hard time with my weight and now feel very encouraged. I had a gallbladder attack last Sunday and I am actually afraid to eat now but I feel this was a huge wake up call. Thank you for the encouragement and you are so is better to keep trying then giving up.
    1393 days ago
    Let me repeat that....EXCELLENT thoughts!!
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    Comment edited on: 8/27/2014 12:10:20 AM
    Excellent thoughts! Let me repeat that....EXCELLENT thoughts. Thanks so much. I'm back on board & making progress...and you've inspired me even more. Thanks a million!
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    1394 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. I really needed this reminder today.
    1394 days ago
    Thanks your blog is the push i needed to repack my spark back pack and head out when we just need to climb out of the mud puddle and keep going no starting over who wants to go back to our starting weight.! copied some of your quotes and really like the last one remember, a backslider is miles ahead of a quitter emoticon here we come we can do it emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 8/26/2014 12:11:31 PM
  • MALAMI518
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    Once again, THANK YOU! I so needed to read all of these words tonight. I am printing this one out and keeping it available at all times.

    1394 days ago
  • FALL2013
    nice.. you aren't alone and I can relate to this challenge. emoticon
    1395 days ago
  • SAGE150
    I originally felt that way when I started to lose what I had regained. Now, however, I am further along in my journey second-time around and I feel like I am on a whole new journey with a whole new me. It is not about just weightloss. It is about total personal transformation. The mental has got to happen with the physical or, even preferably, happen ahead of it as in my case since I had plenty of time to process why I regained my weight and fully commit to being a new person should I start a new (not just the second) and permanent weightloss journey.

    I wish you well. You'll get there in your own time.

    1395 days ago
    Thank you for expressing these feelings. emoticon I feel the same way and have given into that quitting before but I am back and will not quit this time! You can do it...keep at it and kick butt :) emoticon
    1395 days ago
    I soo needed to read your blog today! Thank you, for letting me know im not alone - we gotta keep going!

    1395 days ago
    I'm with you!
    1395 days ago
  • DIAMOND102
    1395 days ago
    This is exactly why SparkPeople is so important! Having struggles can feel so LONELY. Here, there is no reason to feel lonely. You have written down what everyone on this journey has felt at one point or another. So, thank you. Thank you for sharing...thank you for inspiring so many folks.

    Rock on!
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    1395 days ago
    I needed that! Trying to recover from vacation weight gain and it seems to be taking forever! I put it on in a week, so it should come off in a week, right? Ummmm NOT!

    I don't want to go back to twoterville! So I will pat myself on the back for being here and not throwing in the towel. We will get there!!!!!

    Thanks for the reminder! One choice at a time, one foot in front of the other..... let's go!!!
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    1395 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us! I have lost these pounds before, again and again, but I am determined to push past this place and keep going!

    1395 days ago
    I love to encouragement to never give up. Thank you.
    1395 days ago
  • PRIZM96
    It's like you have written this blog just for ME..... and countless others. :-) Thank you for your words of wisdom! *sigh*..... back at it!
    1395 days ago
    This is a great inspiration. You must really be someone who never gives up - look at how much weight you have lost already! I have recently started back after a long absence from SparkPeople. I backslid, but now I am back! By the way, I WISH I was down to your current weight. Thank you for these wise words.
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  • GRACE076
    Great blog! I agree with you! I'm new to using Sparkpeople and reading this is very inspiring. I recently gained 13lbs and I am struggling too. Thank you for sharing this because I feel a little more motivated to push forward!
    1395 days ago
  • DBEAU0351
    Two Frogs In Cream by T.C.Hamlet
    Two frogs fell into a can of cream
    Or so I've heard it told
    The sides of the can were shiny and steep
    The cream was deep and cold

    "Oh what's the use",croaked Number 1.
    "T'is fate no helps around"
    "Goodbye my friends","Goodbye sad world"
    And weeping still he drowned

    But number 2 of sterner stuff
    Dog-Paddled in surprise
    The while he dried his creamy face
    And dried his creamy eyes

    "I'll swim a while, at least", he said
    "It really wouldn't help the world if one more frog were dead".

    An hour or so he kicked and swam
    Not once he stopped to mutter
    But kicked and kicked and swam and kicked
    And hopped out via butter

    Keep kicking!
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    1395 days ago
    I understand and know that nothing said can change how you have been dealing with your rough time. But believe in yourself that you can do it. emoticon emoticon
    1395 days ago
    i am so sorry you have been having a rough time--I''m on vacation and will need to re-lose some pounds--but you have the RIGHT ATTITUDE so just keep going!!
    1395 days ago
    Thanks! I needed this right now!

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  • GLOBEE77
    Thanks for sharing your trials....we all go through them at one time or another. Hang in!
    1395 days ago
    beautifully said, dealing with it myself, just with 60 lbs instead! Baby steps! Mine was just going back to logging again, a real eye opener! I feel like I'm not far from starting back to getting my feet wet with working out, there has been a lot going on and just lost it all!

    Take care and have a great day!!
    1396 days ago
    This is everyone's story. Thank you for being vocal about it. We are all in this boat together lets keep it afloat.
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    Comment edited on: 8/24/2014 8:39:33 PM
    You have the healthiest attitude! This was just what I needed to read so when the going gets rough again for me, I won't quit but rather stick it out and keep pushing.

    My days of being a quitter or over.thanks for this wake up call.

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    1396 days ago
    Thank you so much, my dear Steph, because I've been crying my eyes out tonight because I feel so horrid with overeating wrong things again today. This has been an on-going battle ever since Christmas of 2012 and I can't get my motivation back and it scares me to death, and yet I can't just wave a wand and make it happen! I need help so bad and I know that I can't quit for how much I probably really would gain then! I've gained 20# back and I feel so fat and my clothes are getting tighter! What does one do??!! Thanks for writing this because I don't feel so alone after reading that others struggle too. emoticon emoticon
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