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I Can See "START!"

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Thanks to last week's weight loss, my little turtle tracker is no longer covering any of the work "START". It's a really silly victory, but I'm taking everything I can get! I am no longer starting this journey, I am well on my way! Thank you to all of the Sparkers who have offered up encouragement - it really means the world to me and keeps me motivated when things get tough!
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    I browsed into your blog via a different post, but this one really made me smile because I work the same way (maybe most of us do?). It's amazing the kind of boost some of these "small" victories can give us, especially when they are visible (a turtle, a trophy icon, etc.). These are the things that built my momentum and kept me going on the roughest days of my journey.
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  • RUSSELL_40
    Every positive thing you can see, helps motivate you, and that is all that matters. No matter how fast or slow you lose weight, the most important thing is that you keep making progress. Eventually you get there, you just have to stay motivated, and stay focused on the goal long enough to reach your destination. It took me over four years to reach Onederland, with many ups and downs, but almost every day I invented some small success for myself, to keep me motivated.

    Without successes, we grow weary of trying to lose weight. It becomes a chore. When we can see progress, whether it is a new clothing size, or being able to walk up a flight of stairs without being breathless, it makes it all feel worthwhile. I remember after my first month on low carb ( June 2009 ), I was 308 lbs, and had lost 26 lbs. in 30 days, but then I just stalled, and 5 days later I was 309, and depressed. I was talking to someone at work, and saying " I am still OBESE! who cares if I lost weight last month? ", and they asked what my highest weight was. When I said 361, they said, so you've lost over 50 lbs. That small idea that I had achieved a milestone was enough. Make a LOT of small goals, because the only one you need to convince that it is worth it, and that you are making progress, is yourself.

    Co-workers might notice changes every 6 months, family might chime in once a month, and people on SP might celebrate weekly success with you,which feels amazing, but you should do so daily, for yourself. Without those daily motivations to keep you going, you won't make the changes in a week, month, or 6 months.

    No victory is small, or silly. emoticon on seeing START.

    2585 days ago
    That's not little. It's significant. We all know the turtle wins in the end! Awesome for you!
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  • AMANDAW830
    That sounds awesome. Those little victories really keep us going!
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    That is great, keep it up!
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  • MARYBETH4884
    That's an important sign of success!! Great job!
    2586 days ago
    Wow, that's a really cool milestone! LIKE!
    2586 days ago
    YAY! That is so awesome! You are doing great!


    2586 days ago
    There is nothing silly about celebrating victories, and no victory is too small to celebrate!
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