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"Willing to do anything to lose weight..."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It occurred to me on my walk last night, I have always said "I'd be willing to do ANYTHING to lose weight..." So why is it that when someone tells me having a proper diet and exercising will help me get to my goals, I just sit there and go "yeah whatever, I don't want to do that." But yet I've spent countless time and money on things that simply don't work, or work in the short term, only to gain it back.

Let's make a quick list of things I've tried:
Alli
Trimspa
Some really expensive pill I still have in my cabinet that I spent 100 bucks on...
Slim Fast
Nutrisystem (two separate attempts, first attempt lost 40 lbs just to gain it back)
Weight Watchers
Jenny Craig (400 bucks start up fee for that one, OUCH)
Atkins
No/Low Sodium
Cabbage Soup Diet

That is just a short rundown of things off the top of my head. The only significant success I had was 40 pounds on nutrisytem, but I don't count it as success because I gained it back. Atkins way back in the day lost a bit, but not enough to write home about. No pill has ever done anything for me, what a shocker huh? LOL. Everyone would be skinny if they worked. Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers I didn't give a fair shake. I do want to say I know people who have adopted Weight Watchers as a lifestyle, and to me it's similar to counting calories, and is legit, but that one just wasn't for me.

I have tons of diet books, 4 day diet, south beach diet, on and on and on.

I just think it's funny, that I've always said I'd be willing to do ANYTHING to lose weight, I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars to do it, yet the ONE thing that is beyond proven to lose the weight, I've refused to do (at least consistently) for my entire life. Crazy huh?
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  • SHAWFAN
    I think it's fair to say that a lot of us have been in your position and have come through the other side having lost the weight. It takes effort to lose it, that's true. Once you get into the habit of eating better and exercising more you'll find that it can be done. Good luck. emoticon
    3295 days ago
  • FLACA_CHIQUITA
    I refuse to eat things that are horrible and don't taste good! Start off with skinnytaste.com --she converts it to WWpoints or to calories for people like me. It's all the foods we love, just as yummy, beyond easy to cook (I promise, I can't cook but can cook her stuff) and it's all within a low calorie range!! I even make mozz sticks for about 60cals a stick (instead of 700!!!!)
    3295 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8781023
    advertising will do that to us! But just remember...Spark will get us there! GO SPARKERS!!
    3296 days ago
  • MAGGIEROSEBOWL
    Not crazy, but definitely TRUE! All of us swore we would do ANYTHING it took to lose weight, but were not willing to make the changes and choices we needed to make to get it done. Spark will get us there. Spark will keep us here. I sound like a Spark cheerleader, don't I?

    GO SPARK! GO US!!
    3296 days ago
  • ALLISONAZ
    I love what you have written in this blog! When you have those "a-ha!" moments, you know that finally this weight loss thing is going to stick. have been there thinking there was some shortcut, but there really isn't! Thanks for the reminder, I needed the motivation!
    3297 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12292842
    Apparently their advertising is effective, lol, unfortunately!
    3297 days ago
  • LIBELULITA
    That's why this time I started out saying that I wasn't going to do anyhting this time that I'm not prepared to do for the rest of my life. That's why now, 115 pounds later, I can't come off my diet....because I was never on one this time. I LOVE the way I eat now....this is forever emoticon
    3298 days ago
  • ZELDABEE
    I know what you mean! But for me the only way to lose weight I'm discovering to to learn about my body, what it needs, when it's actutally hunry or when I'm just bored/stressed and adapt a healthy active lifestyle that works for me! AND, the only way I can do that is to put in the time and effort into changing my bad habits and learning from my mistakes. Love your blog, it reminded me why all that stuff I tried didnt work. We are on the right track now, it may not get us there as quickly as we would like but we will get there together!

    Keep up the awesome work and keep blogging. :)

    Lacey
    3298 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11888328
    I've done the same thing. My mom is always telling me about crazy diets and pills and programs and she convinces me to do them even though I know what it takes to lose weight. No need to really say - they didn't work. Atleast not for long. The real solution is exactly what you said - healthy nutrition & exercise.
    3298 days ago
  • ELLEJAY7
    I have done the exact same thing! Only add all the expensive exercise equipment and countless videos I've bought as well. And as I read over your list, I caught myself thinking "Trimspa" - I haven't tried that yet. Then I was able to wake up and understand what you are blogging about. It's definitely a mind thing. emoticon
    3298 days ago
  • MORETHANAMOMOF4
    I was the same way... always willing to do anything. Took pills, practically starved myself. It wasn't until I started using sparkpeople all the time that I really made any progress. I have been tracking things for so long now that it is habit, meaning I'll stick with it. I couldn't track my food for a few days last week because a) lost internet, b) had my wedding. It bothered me that I could not track everything since then how will I know how many calories I ate?
    Baby steps, do one thing at a time until it becomes habit. Don't diet, change your way of living. You can do this.
    3298 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7354602
    Yes. Crazy. However, you can get off the ride.
    I've taken pills & done crash diets. They are not sustainable. You have to change your habits & your thinking. It is difficult to change, but not impossible. I think you might benefit by educating yourself about portion sizes. Keep your plan simple, build a foundation, & go from there!

    You can change, one choice at a time.
    3298 days ago
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