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Monday, November 03, 2014

I'm quite sure I have written this kind of thing and had these thoughts about commitment and stick-to-it-tive-ness, and how this SparkProgram I've been doing for 7 years would work if I actually DID it, rather than "doing" it. But maybe the fact that I saw myself in someone else will make a difference.

Last night, I got a notification that one of my groups that there was a new message board topic. It was a new person. The person introduced herself, and she said that she was "going to try" to lose weight and "hoped" that this website would help.

I am a member of another site for people who are quitting smoking (I'm over two years quit). Out of habit, my intial response to this post was to say, "You can't 'try' and 'hope.' You have to be committed!"

Oh, wait.

I am in no way able to show my shining example of success in the SparkPeople system the way I can say I'm two years quit. I am not an example. Yet.

But I can be. I can follow the program. It's not a hard program, and it's worked for lots and lots of people.

So let's get started...
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    I think your being two years off the cigarettes is AWESOME! You deserve to stand up tall and take credit for quitting smoking and staying quitted from smoking! You rock, girl!
    1349 days ago
    First of all, congratulations on your success at quitting smoking! Both my parents were smokers. My father was able to quit, but my mother smoked until the very last time she was admitted to the hospital, after which she went into a nursing home, where smoking was, of course, not allowed. On her very last morning of freedom (before that final hospitalization), the last time she ever drove a car, it was to go get cigarettes at the Smile Store (the ironically named convenience store out on the bypass in my hometown). Then my mother smoked the entire time while I drove her to the hospital, which was an hour away. She was addicted to cigarettes to the very end!

    So I admire you for your achievement in beating that difficult addiction.

    As for this weight-loss deal, I have been similarly confused and inconsistent, losing 20 pounds my first year here and then gaining it back over the next two years. Then when I joined the community here about six months ago, I just went HOG wild, sitting at the computer all day here, communicating with people, after being rather socially isolated (self-imposed) for thirty years. It's good to be in the community, but I should have been spending more time these past months being careful with food and exercising more. Now that I've calmed down somewhat and made some semi-enforceable rules for myself about SparkTime, I'm feeling hopeful I can re-lose those pounds and keep them off, especially because I'd like to reduce the pain I've lately suffered, largely as a result of this excess poundage.

    Good luck, BEATLELTOT! I like your blogs, I like your atmosphere, and it's fun being here with you!

    1349 days ago
    I love it.. you are so right. it is straight forward, I just have to do it! so here's to it! I'm getting started too!

    1349 days ago
    Good blog. Good on you for catching yourself, too. I got a semi-snarky message on here once about no "luck" being involved in weight loss (which obviously I know)! I just posted a 4 leaf emoticon because it was cute!

    It's been so hard for me to follow the program. Even just tracking consistently is a struggle. Maybe I should stop trying and start doing.

    I think we all need someone to kick us in the butts like on the Biggest Loser -- not the trainers so much, but that doctor who comes in and tells them all they're going to DIE. I need someone to tell me I'm going to DIE. Even if it's not true, maybe it would scare me enough into doing. emoticon
    1349 days ago
    Wouldn't it be great though, if just hanging around here did the trick?!

    1349 days ago
    Now you got it Beatletot. Have that "can do " attitude! emoticon
    1350 days ago
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