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Treat It Like A Job



When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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  • I think this is what I needed to hear! For so long I have been saying, "I'm too tired" or "I'll do it tomorrow." You can't do that at a job, so why do that to yourself with your weight loss?! Great Idea! emoticon - by KACIECLAIRE
  • The only thing I would add, is find a way to love it!
    People quit or fail jobs they dont enjoy! - by CHERYLSBUTT
  • This is a really wonderful way to look at the road to health we are all on. I would never be as hit-or-miss with a job that paid money. Why should I be so inconsistent with my health. This one's a keeper!

    emoticon - by FRENCHTOSD
  • CARMEL466
    I love this idea and have been using it since I am no longer working outside the home. Thanks for sharing. - by CARMEL466
  • I developed that commitment attitude when I got married and became a parent. I will apply it to this endeavor to become healthy through weight loss. I will be my nutritionist when I shop and cook, and my own personal trainer when it's time to exercise & accept no whining!

    Thank you! emoticon

    - by KVROSE48
  • CYNTHIA19701
    I love the idea of treating working out like a job. It is so much better than a regular job because I am paying myself, rather than someone else. Even better, no one else will judge me or give me a performance appraisal!. I am going to do this because it will be very rewarding, fun, challenging, and very motivating for me. I am so glad I came across this article. This will positively change my life forever! Thank you Sparkle People. emoticon - by CYNTHIA19701
    That's the attitude I like to have - I knew if I just gave myself that sort of strict guideline, safe ones of course, I would stick to it. Thanks! - by MUFFINJOWEST
  • Really good concept: I'm going to think of this weight loss maintenance "like a job" and just keep right on showing up! Someone once told me that 90% of life is just showing up -- could be true! - by WATERMELLEN
  • That's an excellent way to invest in yourself. It holds true for working out. If we set a definite time for exercise, then we're more liable to work out daily than if we wait until we have available time. - by KLASSIE
    Love this approach! As I'm just about to start a new job, I'm going to plan exercise and other good habits into my Daytimer, just like my meetings and other scheduled events. - by BARIDIRECTS
  • I treat my weight loss as a game. I try to do something better than the week before or even the day before. I do weight watchers and I am always looking for good recipes. I would reward myself with new nail polish, new eyeshadow, etc. This seemed to keep my on track! emoticon - by ARYNSMAMA
  • At some point I feel this should really change to being more of a career. It's something you enjoy doing, you've studied to get better and you'll want to continue for the rest of your life. - by HOLISTICJESSICA
  • A great idea and such a simple concept, I am a terrific employee, I need to be a terrific friend to myself. I am retired, so this is my job!! Diane emoticon - by DINIE123
  • That is a good way to think of it =) Sometimes you can get perks at work too, like a treat every once in a while. - by KARMSTRONG0805
  • Excellent way to think of living a healthy lifestyle! Keeps you going in the priority mode too. You're working for yourself and your family and friends. - by ELONKA1
  • This is really a good way to think of weight loss. I have never heard this, but I will give it a try. emoticon - by THICK611
  • This is SO True! Don't forget to give yourself a paycheck too! emoticon - by COMEBACKKID12
  • what a great idea1 emoticon - by KB214R3
  • Wow, that hit me in the face like a ton of bricks and I really needed to hear that for weight loss and my whole life. I am retired and find it so easy to just waste time, and get nothing accomplished. BUT I would not think of doing that at a job. I am going to try that 9-5 routine and see if it works for me. Thank you. emoticon - by DINIE123
  • Great idea! I am making this my priority, just as I did with my job and classes at community college. - by KAREN_EDMONDS
  • Great idea! I am making this my priority, just as I did with my job and classes at community college. - by KAREN_EDMONDS
  • A job for life! - by JSTETSER
    Great . I think it is a concerning thing that we are not getting 30-40 grams of fiber , as per research says.i hope we all follow a diet plan in our life.
    I really like this! Thank you. - by CAROLBRIANNA
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  • What a great idea! Thank you - by NANALLEN5
  • Good idea, especially since I retired this year. I do feel like I spend a lot of time on this website learning, so it is like a job to me too. I am learning a lot with reading on here. emoticon - by SHARONKHARTER
  • I love this! When I retired, I decided my new job would be to set healthy goals and stick to them. These range from healthy eating to daily Bible reading and prayer. So far it's working! - by PJPEGG
  • I think that is why joining a team helped me. I became accountable because of my duty to the team. Even though my first challenge isn't over, the sign up for the next one is open, and I need to sign up because of all of those evenings that I will be "too tired" to work out, if were just about me. emoticon - by CHOOSEYOURHARDD
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  • Great idea! - by LOVELYAVIE
  • So simple; yet so wise! I'm going to start doing this AND Tuesdays will be payday! I have a theater I enjoy going to that only charges $1 on Tuesdays AND the Atlanta School of Massage always has good deals on Tuesdays, so what a great way to celebrate a hard "work" week. :-) emoticon - by LAMSCATS
  • Thanks - by 12TRUCKER
  • Great Idea emoticon - by LAPPEROO
  • I emoticon this. I think I finally found the secret that will help me! - by LINZEE118
  • This is right on time! emoticon - by QUEEN_CEE
  • I love this way of thinking. I take my job serious, so I should take this weight loss as serious. This really helps, thanks so much. emoticon - by 1965KAREN
  • That's really good! Thank you for sharing that! - by NANALINDA2016
    Great idea. Sometimes I feel like this journey is a job. - by THISISITFORREAL
  • Beautiful....this just reinforces to myself to keep doing this as well. I have spent all my life, just about, taking care of others, working hard for others, etc..etc..etc...I am now able to stay at home, take care of myself, cook healthy clean meals...only thing is the exercise....I am going to look at that as "My Job"! Thank you emoticon - by DOLLPHYN
    Good thinking! emoticon - by TASWEGIAN
    My new pain management doctor just said this to me! "This has to be your full time job now". I'm only 5 days into it, but that's the exact approach I'm taking. Good to know that this thought process can be successful. Thanks! emoticon - by GRETCHENC16
  • emoticon idea. If only I could do it... - by SEAJESS
  • so true and functional! emoticon - by LEONI1953
  • great idea. I've always been a good employee but not good to myself. I can do this - by CAS681294
  • Thank you! Wonderful idea. emoticon - by SWEETPEA1399
  • I think this has brought real clarity to how I must prioritize my health and well-being. I never did think of it in those terms. emoticon - by WHITEROCKMOM1
  • I like this approach! I usually treat mine as an appointment. emoticon - by JANROLG
  • RONIE11
    One of the first things I did was to get a journal.. I write in it every day. I make plans each day and I check off what I got done. I have scheduled my day so I can get everything done. I feel like I am in control finally.. emoticon - by RONIE11
  • BCROSS110
    Like the comment...treat it like a job. This something I must do, even when I do not want to. emoticon - by BCROSS110
    What a great tip. This will help me remember to schedule time for my Heath and fitness. - by KETMET
  • Yes! I am employed, well self-employed, and will be an excellent worker as a professional weight trimmer and health developer. - by BODYSURFERJAN
  • Very clever. Good words of encouragement. We're all in this together, Visualize where you see yourself at your goal. Now there's a huge paycheck waiting for us for this "job" well done. Thanks! emoticon - by ARMOMMI2
  • Reading you blog make perfect sense to me emoticon - by LIZLOVEROSES
    I agree with this 100% - by DEBROAH01
  • What an interesting concept, never thought about it like that. I will be using this strategy from now on! Thanks for the words of wisdom. - by MOMMOM2MJML
    Such a common sense solution! emoticon - by KVEBLEN
  • MTLPN36
    Love this! Totally makes sense to me. - by MTLPN36
    Thanks so much I needed this one. emoticon - by PINKTWINKLELOVE
  • I am VERY good about be early for everything else, but when it comes time for my health and for me, I don't take it so seriously. Great advice! - by SCHMITTBECKY
  • Do you know what these words have done for me?!

    I love this perspective. I've looked at weight loss just as something I should do, or want to do, for way too long. Time to treat it like a job! No matter what, I just need to show up!

    Thanks for giving me the boost I needed! - by NICOLES0305
  • What a great tip! - by DDARNZEN
  • What a wonderful way of looking at weight loss. Thank you!! emoticon - by REMAREIS
  • VFAB6000
    I think this might work for me, it might take a week or two to get my mindset in gear, but it might just work. - by VFAB6000
  • Life is a job; this is part of life. Thanks for the great tip! - by MILKYWAY515
  • I can do this, there's hope for me yet! emoticon emoticon - by FITQUEEN4ADAY
  • This makes total sense to me as I am finding that out daily. Not only am I tracking my nutrition and fitness, but my Spark points as well. It is a full time job educating oneself on how to succeed in weight loss even through I have been doing it for most of my adult life. I learn things daily that helps with my weight loss. And yes there are trials and errors, but I continue to work through them. So I agree, it is a job to lose weight. But you know what? I am worth it. I finally believe that! emoticon - by LENELLA
  • emoticon what a great idea, I think this will surely help me with doing away with the attitude of I'll do extra tomorrow, which of course never happens emoticon - by JUHISAXENA
    Great advice. Thank you - by CNANEWME
  • I loved this! Thank you!! - by SPARKED1011
  • Thanks that was info I needed to hear because everyone needs a job n if u treat this as such u won't feel fired or like u got fired! emoticon - by DONTENVYMEYET
  • Excellent motivation. I copied that one as a reminder!!! - by MOM1014
    I do something very similar, except I think of it like a college class. I was much more motivated in school than I am in my job. >< - by JELDIM
  • You are so right on with that. I never thought of that before, I plan to follow that idea.

    Thanks - by LIZZIE-BELLE1
  • Beautiful! - by JMACLIVES
  • I add it to my job day. That is, after work, twice a week I religiously head to the gym. In the summers, I get up and run before my workers arrive on the farm. Once you get the habit, it's easier to stay on track. - by SHIRE33
  • Loved this! - by GOPINTOS
  • This is such a great way of looking at it. I'm certainly going to try to have this mindset from now on!! - by HAPPYDEM
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  • i'm loving this it's totally what i know will help me. thank you! emoticon - by UNPREDICTABLYME
  • This is absolutely fantastic. I have used this ever since I read it, and have passed along this advice to countless others in this site. Thanks so much for posting it. It is changing my life for the better!!!
    emoticon - by ANDREAG89
  • That's a great way to think of it. - by LW8843
  • I'd like this one very much it motivate me very much specially I don't have a job now I'm going to make it my new job - by SMURFET78
  • That so true. Great idea! I also know that it is one I can't clock out on. This is a life decision. emoticon emoticon - by NEEDHELPNOW911
  • Thank you! This helps me get focused emoticon - by KERI2828
    That's a great idea because I may short myself but I always show up 110% for work.... emoticon - by LAWLESS
    This matched my sparkcoach message today! Excellent - by KIN59VARA
  • Great thought. Also get paid with good health on this Job:) emoticon - by LILBIT-2008
  • ...And I'm such a job SNOB. When people do badly at work, I am so intolerant - this idea sparked me to think about how harshly I judge others while allowing myself the worst excuses when it comes to this whole weight-loss thing. Balance needed, much? - by LOVEYDUB
  • This is a great idea - I out 200% into my job, so why not into looking after myself by taking exercise and monitoring my food. I'm so going to take this approach! - by WALKINGCHICK
  • Great idea, I have been inspired and very motivated to take this approach from here on! I was a great firefighter before being paralyzed, now it is time to get as fit as I was then!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - by SAFETYSUE
  • Loved that - need to implement it now!! - by WONDERLANDFAN
  • Thanks so much for helping me see how important it is to eat healthy & exercise. Treat it like a job. When you go to work you are expected to get certain things done or your fired.
    If I start a healthy lifestyle I have to do my best to stick with it or I fail.

    Once again, thanks for the motivation I needed today to stay on track.

    Keep up the good work! emoticon - by CATAPILLOW
  • Great attitude adjuster. Show up, work hard, and make it happen even when you don't feel like it. - by MSMOSTIMPROVED
    I loved this--I don't take caring of me as serious business--SO, SO WRONG! - by FELICIAKS
  • This is a great attitude! A real method for success I think! - by MICKIWILD
  • I love this. Too many times I have said who cares if I make the right food choices or I am too tired or don;t feel like exercising and will do it tomorrow and tomorrow comes and goes. Everyday I need to get up make the right food choices and be as activie as I can. - by JKAYNARCA
    This is a really good idea. I will think of exercise the same way I think of my job and I will show up. - by MARYXXXXXX
  • This is a great idea and makes it more of a commitment that is taken more seriously. emoticon - by RAVEN1379
  • Wow never thought of it like a job, but I definitely will from now on. emoticon - by WSHAYES1
  • "SPARKED" I'm starting the Spark Coach this week. The first Day I thought REDUNDANT!

    emoticon 2nd day? SOLD

    Today I was informed by Nicole to think of it as a College Class, make time for it. To put me first!

    TREAT IT LIKE A JOB!!! What a great short, quick, INSPIRATIONAL, phrase. I don't work outside the home, this could be a KEY in my journey. Today I will practice this...MY LIFE is priceless! emoticon - by HANAHSCLOUDY
  • Makes sense. If you have to work at ithen it should be treated like a job. Plus, our employers wouldn't tolerate our not showing up or doing our job tasks so why do we accept it fro m ourselves". We are just as important if not more important!
    - by MIWOLFF
  • 11TERRY20
    Yes! So often I let my emotions determine what I eat, but when I treat my health like a job, it helps me take the negative self talk out and get down to business.

    Thanks! - by 11TERRY20
  • I never thought of it like a job, so it really is!!! - by JUDYAMK
  • That is just an awesome way to look at exercise that way you have to exercise because you might get fired if you don't show up which for working out would be gaining weight. That would be like firing you. Great analogy.
    - by HIJACKMAN
  • I never thought of it this....this is the mind set that will lead to it Everyday the alarm clock goes off it's a new day and a new start..em>128.gif" alt="emoticon" width="42" height="42" border="0"> - by MUKIAKO
  • Good way of looking at things! T4p! - by MELLYBEANS0919
  • thankyou.. this is very true ! - by ZOEYBLU
  • As a society, so often we admire or work to have a good work ethic -- this secret to success can be called a GOOD WEIGHT LOSS ETHIC and we can admire those who have a GOOD WEIGHT LOSS ETHIC the same we admire those with a good work ethic. - by HAVANESE_FAN
  • Excellent! - by LIGIRLATHEART
  • What an interesting concept. I'm going to try & think of it as a job that I have to be responsible for.

    emoticon - by EASYRIDER1983
  • Awesome idea! - by BENDER7
    Great idea! - by BELLATRIX1224
    I was thinking this last night when it was taking me forever to log everything and read everything I wanted to read on the site. Then I thought: I've been saying this is a lifestyle change for me, not just a plan to lose weight, so looking at it as a full-time job is very helpful. - by MYRTLEBOO
  • Doing lessons plans for a day is easy for us teachers. - by EGRAMMY
  • This is exactly how I see my weight's a job for life. - by LUCKYCOMET
    This is a great idea. - by HAPPYEVERYDAY
    You're a very good colleague who always encourages others to show up too Marsha.

    emoticon - by WALKINGANNIE
    That may be just the tip I need!!
    Thanks - by OBNOXIOUSGIRL3
  • Now, this is an interesting concept...never thought about it like this before! This will be in my subconscious mind from now on, I'm sure! Thanks for the tip! - by SPARKTHERAPY
  • Good idea I like that attitude! emoticon - by MZLADY77
  • very good idea! emoticon - by JUSGETTENBY42

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