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4/17/11 11:38 A

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To me it has never been a question of motivation to lose weight. I made a concious decision to do this. I plan my steps as I had done to quit smoking after 46 years of that. I quite almost 3 and 1/2 years ago now. I new that losing weight would be difficult. 1) after menopause, 2) diabetic, 3) medications, 4) limited mobility at the time due to arthritis and enormous body weight couple with respiratory problems. I planned my attack in the methods that I had learned in the stop smoking class. I broke it into steps. See my latest blog for the gains you receive while losing.
I have developed life time routine for health stability and body mobility.
The other thing to remember is who you are doing this for, please do it for the right reasons.
If people upset you, figure away to make their contact with you minimal.
YOU CAN DO THIS!

I think it was Einstein who said, " if you continue doing things the way you always have, then you will continue to get the same results."

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
“Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.-Beverly Sills

They may become harder to achieve, but your dreams can't stop because you've hit a certain age.-Dara Torres



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4/17/11 11:26 A

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Sometimes I think it's scary when we are almost at our goal, because -- whether we'll admit it or not -- don't we think deep down that when we hit our goal, the sun will come out, we'll be happy 24/7, and strangers on the street will smile and wave at us?

The truth is that the day I hit my goal weight will most likely be just like the day before -- the sun might shine or it might not. The washing machine will still leak. I will not magically be a different or better person. Thin does not equal happy, else all the thin people in the world would be deliriously happy and they're not.

I try to think of it as building a healthier body, one tiny step at a time. Good luck!

"Be yourself -- everybody else is already taken."


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2/10/11 7:00 P

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MCathy - I know I have certainly been where you are - more than once! In fact, there was a time when I lost nearly 100 pounds and reached my Weight Watcher's goal weight. I felt wonderful (although I also had many people tell me that I was "too thin" and should "not worry" about my diet anymore). I kept the bulk of that weight off for several years, but I eventually regained all of it. Then I lost 50 pounds in another effort - regained in time. And again a couple of years later I took off 45 pounds - you see where this story is going! About one and a half years ago, I decided I HAD to try again - I just could NOT give up on myself. The weight was making me feel tired & I ached all over! I just didn't want to accept that I would go through the rest of my life feeling like that. Besides, my son was planning a wedding & I didn't want to be the fat mama in all the pictures! Well, I lost 50 pounds on time for the wedding. Felt mighty good - and only about 20 pounds from where I wanted to be. After the letdown of the wedding - I began that downward slide again! I regained approximately 10 pounds of the 50 I'd lost. But the difference is that THIS TIME I didn't just sit around and see my efforts go down the drain! I signed up for Sparkpeople (again) and decided to take back control of my life! I have lost 2 pounds so far (in the first week) and I am determined to lose the rest of what I gained & those last 20 pounds, too! The only person in my way is ME! It's all about choices & we make them every day. So, my advice to you is to just DECIDE to get back on track....and then DO it!

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2/10/11 6:40 P

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You have lost so much weight & are almost 3/4 to your final goal. Sometimes people get scared when they get towards goal. Try to think about reasons why you might be sabotaging yourself.

You can get back on track right away. The only way not to reach your goals is to quit. Each meal is an opportunity to make better choices. Try not to have trigger foods in your house. Don't give up!! You've come so far and are almost there.


~ We can't become what we need by remaining what we are.

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2/10/11 6:06 P

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GREAT JOB for the weight that you have lost, keep up the good work

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2/9/11 8:39 P

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I was using that very same phrase for about the last 6 months or so..."I just can't get motivated"...On Jan 1 I made a conscious effort to get back into all the healthy habits that led to my losing over 140lbs over the past 5 years. It was taking a lot of effort to consciously make the decision to get my exercise in each day, and eating right was easier, but still a little challenging at certain times of the day. I came across an article by one of the SP experts that started by saying "the one thing you should never say is that you aren't motivated", in a nutshell he said that what we really mean when we say that is we refuse to make the choice to stick to our healthy habits. I thought about that for a while, and realized that was exactly what I had been doing. I was purposely choosing to step away from all the things I knew I needed to do in order to stay at my healthy weight. Now, when that little voice in my head tries to tell me to lay back down when the alarm goes off, I refuse to listen to it and get up and dressed in my gym clothes that I laid out the night before and grab my breakfast and always-packed gym bag and head out the door.

It's a constant battle in my head--even though I've been doing this since 2006--but winning the mental battle leads to winning the weight battle.

Di
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi

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2/8/11 6:39 P

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Whoa! that is me! I had a terrible sore throat yesterday and felt like a blob! So what did I do? I had my husband ride HIS bike to McDonald's and get me a breakfast sandwich. So, he had to order one for himself and he did. We both sat here like blobs and ate terrible food when there was good food in the house. Later I realized I had to do something so I half heartedly put on a 20 min aerobic work out saying to myself I would only do 10 mins of it. I actually did the whole 20 mins twice! Then I went on a bike ride. Wow, I felt so much better.

Yeah, I got on the scale this morning and gained a pound but it will come off sooner or later.

I am just celebrating the exercise and the breakfast sandwich is water under the bridge.

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2/8/11 6:12 P

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I really like you terms for motivation, right now I am really lacking it, today is a bad day, I feel agitated from work and am having trouble getting on the elliptical. I have been eating better, most of the time, but probably to much, as I only lost .2 lbs. What a bummer.

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12/9/10 7:58 P

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Hang in there! I know I can't speak for everyone but I've been right where you are and it's possible I will be there again.

Someone posted or blogged something the other day that made a lot of sense and even saved me the other day when I was feeling self-destructive.

What she said was essentially this - even if you don't feel like it, put on your workout clothes. It's amazing how one's mindset changes when you just act as if.

I did that the other day when the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym or walk and all I wanted to do was eat. It actually worked. I put on my sweats and went to the gym. I came home and drank some water and felt really good that I didn't let the negative talk get the better of me.

Be your own hero!


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12/7/10 11:46 A

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Please hang in there. We all go through variations of this. You are going to have times where it is harder, just make up your mind that you aren't going to let those excuses get the better of you. Let it go, what is past needs to stay there. I really hated when everyone began to tell me that I didn't need to lose more weight, don't let that bother you, it doesn't bother me anymore. They are trying to tell me that I am doing well and that I am much thinner and that is how I take it. You can do this!

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12/7/10 8:04 A

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Thanks everyone.....all the comments really help. emoticon

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12/7/10 6:29 A

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MCathy, I am you and you are me. I've been doing the same thing for a year now. Sweesin...I'm printing up your reply and writing out my answers. Then I'm headed to your blogs.
Thank you for a good, honest and tough-love post.

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12/6/10 6:54 P

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Give me an ... M = make short term goals.
Give me an ... O = out with the negative thoughts.
Give me a .... T = think of why you want it.
Give me an ... I = imagine how you will feel.
Give me a .... V = visualize the future you.
Give me an .. A = acknowledge your successes.
Give me a .... T = treat yourself with respect.
Give me an ....I = investigate new ideas and foods.
Give me an .. O = observe your healthy lifestyle.
Give me an ... N = never give up and never give in.


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12/6/10 8:00 A

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Read some of my blogs. Plan for failure, then you will fail. You need to look honestly as why you sabotage yourself and plan alternative behaviors. You could develop a hobby to keep your hands busy, take a class, do not just sit. Save and plan healthy snacks for night. Keep unhealthy food less handy. Be honest with yourself, be responsible to your self, refocus your goals. It is doable. What did you see for yourself when you started the journey? What do you see now? Ask yourself these and other very honest questions about what you want out of life and how you can get there.

I think it was Einstein who said, " if you continue doing things the way you always have, then you will continue to get the same results."

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
“Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.-Beverly Sills

They may become harder to achieve, but your dreams can't stop because you've hit a certain age.-Dara Torres



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12/6/10 6:37 A

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I have really blown it now. I have been on a consistent path for the last three weeks of sabotaging my own weight loss plan. Using every excuse in the book, from traveling too much, eating out all the time, it's the holidays.....blah, blah, blah. Who am I kidding! I have put on 5 pounds of the weight that I had lost. I have to get back on track. I am lonely at night and have started doing that .........emotional eating again. I still haven't reached my goal even though now every one is telling me I don;t need to lose anymore weight. I am so disheartened by this. I need help and encouragement. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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