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Friday, October 28, 2011
I think I am starting to feel the effects of CDP!
I am having symptoms pop up from time to time, and they seem to be lingering longer.

COMMITMENT: definiton
1. The act of being commited to something
2. The state of being commited
3. The act of commiting, pledging or engaging oneself
4. A pledge or promise to oneself.

I think this can be a tough part of CDP, it takes alot to keep a promise to oneself, but if we can keep promises to others why can't we keep one to ourselves.

I am finally finding ways to make this componet work for me, I make a new commitment to myself each day, I can only do this one day at a time, as I am sure many others do as well, maybe this is they way you have to do it, we sign a pledge card here at Spark People, but we break it so easily, why is that?
Do we feel we are not worth the commitment to ourselves?

I don't have an answer to that, all I know it that with this componet of CDP you have to stay focused on that pledge, and you have to work at it, you have to know that whatever you have commited to on a given day if that is how you choose to do it, you need to work hard at upholding that promise to yourself, it may be tough to do, for example if you are commited to not eating any junk food, then find ways that will deter you from doing so, don't take any change to work that will help you get something from the snack machine, if someone asks "would you like a donut?" politely say no and walk away if you must, remembering the commitment you made will help you if you do it on a daily basis, we don't have to do it by the week, by the month, by the total pounds we want to lose, just one day at a time will acheive the same results.

The other symptoms I am having are stemming from~~
1. The act or the instance of making a decision
2. The condition of being determined; resoluteness
3. A decision or opinion reached, rendered or settled upon
4. A resolute movement towards some object or end

Boy this one is hard to come by, but once you are hit with the bug and results are slowly showing it can really show itself in high quantities.
They say to get it show up more and more you have to work hard, you have to keep pushing yourself a little more, and that is where this one gets tough, but is doable.
We have a tendency to look for results only on the scale, and when we don't see what we want we no longer have the determination to move forward.
But there are sooo many other ways to keep this alive!
How are you feeling? Has your energy level increased? Are you sleeping better? What about your moods, are they improving? Are you seeing changes in your body? How are your clothes fitting? Are people you know looking at you more, sometimes they see it before we do, but are not sure what is different yet!
Don't ever give up your Determination, this is the Spark to your success,
Ask yourself this question: "How bad do I want to change, and how hard am I willing to work to get there?"
Take time to think about that question, take a few days to ponder it if you have to, but really think about it, because once you find the answer your determination will kick in and there will no stopping you.
Do you have the ambition to achieve your goals? I believe we all do, but some of need to be fed from others having success, and if that is you, then read some success stories here, but you know what else can feed that ambition, working towards achievements, and Spark people offers all kinds of Achievement trophies, focus on getting just one, don't worry about how many you can get in a month, don't worry about beating someone else, because if you fail then you lower your determination, this your journey, you are not doing this for a fellow teammate, you are doing this for you, so feed off your ambition and determination, and you again will have success!
You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.
George Lorimer

The last bug on the thing called CDP is:
1. Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

This is by far the toughest one to keep.
We have a mindset that once we mess up it is over, we are a failure, but that is so far from the truth!
We need to look at ourselves and see why we mess up, what types of of things are we dealing with, do you have stress, something going on in your life that causes you to eat when you are not hungry?~~there are so many things that cause us to fall from the path on this journey, but that is no reason to just quit...we will have the difficulties come along, or the obstacles get in our way, but we have to once again, stop and take a moment to think about what is happening and try to figure a way around, no it will not happen overnight, it will take work, but that is where the perseverence comes in...just take each obstacle as it comes, and think before reacting.
And if you find yourself once again in that state of discouragement, remember this is a journey that we are working to change bad habits, and if you fall victom to one, don't get discouraged and say~~"Well I guess I am a failure afterall, I can't even do this for one day" if you realize you are saying that to yourself, guess what, you are well on your way to persevering through the tough moment, because otherwise that thought would not have even entered your mind~~you know it didn't in the would have just continued eating those cookies, chips, fries whatever without a thought..
So be proud of that moment and put away what you felt caused you to fail and say to yourself~~
"I can do this, it is not as hard as I thought, and this is the first step to my success"

I hope you all suffer from this CDP and that I read about your success' soon in the Success Stories here, because we can all do this!
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