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9/30/09 5:42 P

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Thank you. It has been great watching this little fellow's improvement. He seems to be feeling a lot better and is trying to play some. Got to get my fence fixed so I can turn him out into a larger paddock. I don't worry that he'll fall so easily now.

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9/30/09 3:36 P

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Great post! And that is great news that the boy is coming along!





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9/21/09 11:30 A

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Wow, what a great post! I have to admit, I was feeling a bit gloomy today about weight and having eaten hot dogs over the weekend against my better judgement; but reading your post gave me a different outlook. On with baby steps! thanks!

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9/20/09 9:23 P

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You have done very well and should be very pleased! You are well over halfway to your goal. You're right about slower weight loss usually being more permanent. I think maybe the reason that is usually true is because when it takes quite awhile to lose the weight our good habits become ingrained and we don't go back to our old ways. It may be a tough road sometimes, but will be well worth it in the end!

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9/20/09 5:32 P

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Very good post!! We do all need to look at the small signs of progress instead of looking just to the end. We have to have a well balanced point of view. There are days I get frustrated at being on a plateau or the weight coming off sooooooo slow, but then I pull up one of my charts and see where I started and how far I have come... Yep - I know I have done great and the best part is that with weight loss, the weight taken off slowly is more likely to be a permanent weight loss. So if it takes me three years to lose the total of 40 lbs - so be it. Then it is just that much more of a permanent change and not just a temporary change.

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9/19/09 6:29 P

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Hi! I wanted to share with everyone about the importance of acknowledgeing those small victories. You know, like the pound you lost last week--doesn't sound like much, but in the long-term puts you one pound closer to your goal.

I have learned to appreciate these baby steps and today my colt (yes, of course my horses teach me as much as I teach them) gave me a good example. This little guy, who is 13 months old, reared up, fell over backward and broke his neck (before I got him). He now has wobbler syndrome. He was taken to a state-of-the art equine clinic where he was thoroughly examined, x-rayed, etc., and was given a good prognosis, but it may take a year or so for him to fully recover. That said, when I got this boy he was so ataxic he couldn't walk a straight line. He seemed to have some component of dizziness or vestibular problem and it was obvious he had no idea where his feet were going. I have had him for 8 weeks now and he has improved dramatically. Today I put him out in a paddock in front of my barn. As I was wheeling a garbage can past the paddock, he suddenly threw his head up, broke into a canter and even kicked his heels up slightly, playing "spook." He then turned back and strutted (as best as he could) toward me, shaking his head and doing his "wild stallion" impersonation. Now this might not seem like any extraordinary thing for a colt, but if you could have seen him 8 weeks ago you would have been amazed.

This is where the baby steps come in. In a case like this colt, you can't expect to see some sudden, remarkable, overnight recovery. Seeing a horse with wobbles is heart-wrenching, so every little milestone is like one more hurdle jumped. I think we need to apply this same principle in our quest to lose weight and get fit. Let's rejoice in those "baby steps." Let's not think about how far we have yet to go, but how far we've come.

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