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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

365 ~ 10/14/14 ~ 359

52 days since my last blog!
I am wrapping up 365 days of "something" in the next week.

What a disappointment!
A failure really!
Not at all what I intended it to be!
Not even close!

What's the point of going on?

It's time to just bury this year and move on!

What's that "they" say about the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance?

Who cares?

Are there 5 stages of weight loss?
5 stages of getting healthy?

When do you know you've succeeded in this journey?

So I went googling...

"stages of weight loss"

One location names 5 stages: challenge, awareness, preparation, action, and maintaining your goals

Another by title states 7 stages, but then only lists 6: denial, the decision, action, getting to goal, learning to stay there, and accepting that this is a lifelong journey.

Then I did a search here, on SP and found:

A blog from ALLYTHEATHLETE titled: The 5 Stages of Weight Loss
Naming them:
1. Determination
2. Fear
3. Certainty
4. Complacency
5. Determination (full circle)

Reviewing these various sources I find that I don't fully agree with any one of them yet I do believe they are all, in some way, quite accurate. Perhaps they should be combined in some way? Or maybe they represent facets of the same emotion somehow?

In the end it doesn't matter - we are all unique individuals! While we reach out to connect on some common ground we still must recognize no one else is quite like us.

So - (blissfully unaware of what stage I'm in) - I go on, keep moving forward, in whatever type of journey I am on!

There are changes on the horizon...
Makes no sense to keep doing that which is not bringing the results desired!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    The fact that you keep pressing forward is a success. You don't give up that is awesome in itself. I agree with you about stages, who cares, we have to do what works for us. As Asta says if it some how motivates you great, but if not find out what does. Losing weight is a struggle and a life long journey, take it slow and keep pressing on. emoticon emoticon

    Loved reading your blog, it is inspiring that you are staying strong and getting a new plan of action.

    Take care,


    1992 days ago
  • MAMADEE016
    Right now, I think I am seeking what motivates me - or what will motivate me.

    Partly my battle with depression has an effect on how well I do at any given time; but my not so great circumstances (particularly those I can't seem to control) also wear me down.

    This has been an ongoing quest (getting healthier, losing weight) here for over 8 years. I've seen something of a pattern of doing well and then going backwards, almost to my starting point... sort of a "2 steps forward, 1 step back" kind of thing and that frustrates me and leaves me feeling "why try?" or just wanting to give up. I need to resist that. To get healthier I must lose weight. To be able to increase my mobility I must lose weight. To do all the things I would like to do - well, losing significant weight would make them all easier to accomplish.

    So I got to wondering about stages...
    I am all too familiar with the stages of grief! (sadly - I've laid to rest more babies than I've raised)
    Trying to look at my own personal journey in weight loss and seeing if it fit into any pattern of stages. It doesn't quite fit the known stages of grief; though at times it feels like I am grieving something. For me, it also doesn't quite fit what others have written about stages of weight loss; but that doesn't mean they are wrong, just that I am unique ~ as I often am. emoticon

    I do truly appreciate your comment Asta and totally agree with all of it! So thanks for posting it. emoticon

    I'm putting as much as possible about my journey out here mostly so I have something to look back on to remind of what I've done and perhaps clue me in to changes I could make to improve my results. Plus I think in some ways reading others thoughts on it helps me out too!
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    1992 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/15/2014 9:09:34 AM
    As you say, who CARES about those lists...unless they somehow motivate you. I find that for me one day at a time is what works best. It is a very slow journey for me, but I am not in a race nor in a hurry. Just working towards achieving better health (which does require weight loss). The better health part IS a motivator...our lives depend on it (in this system of things).

    WE can't control many things in our lives, but what our attitude is, what we choose to eat and how we choose to move ARE choices we can control. Each day is a fresh start. Any failure is just for that day. We CAN make the changes necessary to improve our health. Don't give up...just go forward. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1992 days ago
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