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Now that I'm 50, it's time to get back in the game and become healthier.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

I am struck by these threads as I look at other people's stories and progress here on SparkPeople. Here's what I see:

* Many people have accomplished their goals. This works!

* They say it's through taking things one step at a time, one day at a time.

* Each one demonstrates the qualities of patience, hard work, and willingness to stay committed to their highest good and health.

* Everyone here started. They began. They took action. And then they watched what happened.

* When people reach their goals, they keep up the same habits they developed along the way - such as checking in on SparkPeople and sharing their lessons and progress with others

I'm inspired by what to me is the "formula" for success in weight release: Having a goal, admitting that I need to do something different to get different results, making a decision to take actions that can get me to my goal, taking the action, consistently acting every day, and taking the long view.

Patience, perseverance and perspective are keys to success!

Member Since: 9/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,459

My Goals:
Health. Wellness. Wear pretty clothes again. Love shopping again. Feel great. Have energy.

My Program:
Making smarter food choices, doing upper body strengthening exercises, walking to the extent possible, creating an accountability system for myself using this site and friends.

Personal Information:
I'm 54, an identical twin, living in the NJ 'burbs, and coaching people on doing their "right fit" work.

Other Information:
gluten and sugar-free.

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  • v OOLALA53
    Sorry I've taken so long to get back to you. The site is nosdiet.com. There is a forum there, too, with lots of experienced members who can hand-hold newbies through the process, which takes longer than most people want, but that is true of most eating habit changes. That "21 days to develop a new habit" is one of the most misleading pronouncements, even on No S. Statistically, looking at weight loss data, it takes 2-5 years to implement eating changes. This allows for slipups and refining the details. But that doesn't mean it's a daily challenge the whole time. There are lots of good, joyful days in there, too! emoticon
    2654 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    Not to ruin your resolve, but I have had good results, losing every year (i.e., not all at once) for the last three years (started at age 56 and after menopause), using a lifestyle plan that doesn't use tracking calories. I know that is heresy here, but it has returned the joy of eating and a peaceful control of food to my life after decades of problems- mostly bingeing- and gain. I did learn from some of the programs I used before, including WW, but I promised myself I would use nothing that wouldn't work even if I was traveling in a 3rd world country, which I have done and will do again. (In fact, I was the slimmest of my adult life when I was traveling.) The program, like Spark, is free on the net, and much less low key. The founder just put his ideas up after he had used the system for four years with good success and he rarely gets involved now, unless necessary. His site has been ongoing since 2004 with many long termers to help newbies get over the humps. He has other things to do in life than sell weight loss. In fact, he says his plan is too sane to really sell. How can you sell moderation and simplicity? He does recommend tracking yes/no, failure/success of compliance with the simple rules on a daily basis, and he has a free section to do that for eating or anything else.

    Okay, enough pushing! If you are interested, let me know and I'll send the link. If not, no worries. You are a grownup and will find your way. emoticon
    2667 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/24/2013 1:57:49 PM
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    Just cruising SparkPages to say "Howdy!"

    While I’m here, I will share with you some inspiration . . . .

    “The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” ~ Bernard Baruch

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    3869 days ago
  • v KITTY1
    Hey Julie!
    Hope all is well with you! Thanks for your good wishes. I am still in the game and feeling grateful for every binge day I get! Have a great day. Ta, Reggie
    4001 days ago
  • v KITTY1
    hey, Julie! How Are You? Your new look is fantastic! This si a really scary but exciting time for me. I am fighting the urge to release a press release telling the world that the law society want me to break the law and pay them over other creditors! But I resist. People would not likely understand the ins and outs of it and it may just backfire and bring bad press on me! I am feeling relieved nevertheless. A long haul. I kind of wish I had done this from the outset instead of putting myself on edge for 12 months!Thanks so much for the sparkgoodie and your good wishes. Ta, Reggie
    4089 days ago
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