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When people ask "how'd you do it"?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Since January, I have lost 53 pounds, going from an obese 218 to an "overweight" 165. My weight loss has leveled off a bit in the past few months, but I've continued to work out and tone, and my waistline is continuing to slim. However, I still am a little surprised when people still stop me and say "wow, you really look great!" because in my mind I haven't changed much recently.

What I find funny, though, is when people ask "how'd you do it?" because they inevitably look disappointed when I simply reply "I eat what I want, I just track and portion". They seem to want me to say something miraculous like "I found this awesome product" or "I read this book" or something of the sort. Just basic moderation and portion control is boring and hard, and people know it. I tell them about this site and app, and sometimes people get interested again then (something about being on a gadget, I suppose) but it seems that when it comes to the hard answers of what is really necessary for sustainable weight loss, people don't want to hear it.

I also tell them about how I've gotten into fitness and running. The response then is often "oh, I just don't have time" or "I could never run". These are probably the exact same responses I would have given a year ago, to be honest -- it was really hard to get into the groove. For me it started small -- just do *something* every day, I said, even if it is "only 10 minutes". It started with that, and then it built to getting in 30 minutes at least 5 times/week, even if it was as simple as doing steps in front of a TV show. Then March came around and I decided I was going to teach myself to run. Since then I've done 5 races, including a 10K (my longest run ever). I squeeze in workouts during lunch breaks or when my kids are at the Y, and I manage on my worst weeks to still get at least 4 workouts in. It's gotten to the point where I just feel weird if I skip more than 2 days in a row.

As I near a full year of being active on SparkPeople, I know I am the healthiest I have ever been, even if I am not yet the lightest (15 more lbs for that). I feel like everything I am doing now is totally something I could maintain for life. It's a long, hard, road, but it is so worth it. I know that there are a few people out there who have seen my progress and it is encouraging them to do the same. Sometimes I don't like the label "inspiring" because it makes me feel a little awkward about where I was, but then I think about how "inspired" I was by other Sparkers and how that kept me going.

Hoping I can continue to inspire for many years to come.
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    1143 days ago
    Well said, I find myself in the same position a lot. People want a magic pill so they can accept it or reject it, like 'low carb' but, they just 'can't' because they love bread too much.
    Especially awkward with friends who have lost weight in the past and regained it. They're just doing shakes or whatever to lose the weight and go back to their old habits (I can't say anything, I did the same thing a couple times myself), and I'm like, track this stuff so you can make tiny tweaks you can live with over time... and bam, next thing you know, they're shelling out for more 'plans'.

    I'm with you, though, I don't ever want to set myself up to brag, but, I took SO MUCH heart and encouragement from the folks I saw around here who were losing or maintaining (or regaining but not letting it stop them).
    1145 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your weight loss success! You sound strong, in charge, determined and happy. Have a great weekend!

    1145 days ago
    Well, you definitely inspire me!! I need to lose 15 pounds and your post just made me realize that I need to be more active or it won’t happen! Thank you! Congrats & keep up the good work!!!
    1145 days ago
    I find your post very inspirational. Everything you said is true. People don't want to hear how hard it was, or how much work it will be for them. And it IS hard work. I know WHAT to do; just hard to make that first step. Congratulations to you!
    1145 days ago
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