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"How have you lost so much weight?"

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I am asked time and time again, "How have you lost so much weight?" My answer is pretty simple. I wanted to regain my health. I put a plan in place. And I live that plan daily.
YOU CAN do this too. I promise you, you can.
Is it easy? NO!
Will you want to give up? YES!
Is all the hard work worth it? YOU BET!
The main thing is, you have to want this more then anything you have ever wanted. You have to be in a place in your life where you say, enough is enough and then put into place the plan and strategy to achieve whatever goals it is you set for yourself. YOU have to make YOU the priority. If you are willing to do that, then you are ready to lose weight. If not, you need to examine the reasons you aren't quite ready and then work on preparing and readying yourself for the process.
It took me years to get to the place in my life when I finally said I HAVE to do this for me.
I started small. I couldn't walk far without huffing and puffing and hurting beyond belief, But I kept at it every single day. I walked 500 feet and back. Then a block, then two blocks, then three blocks. I worked up to a mile, did only that for a while. Once I was comfortable with that I did more and more and I can honestly say the furthest I have walked now at one time is 14 miles. YES! I walked 14 miles and I survived!!! LOL I was the Queen Couch Potato and you wouldn't believe the feeling of elation I felt that day. I kept saying "I DID THIS!" over and over again. I had amazed and awed myself and it's the best feeling in the world.
So start small and work up, you aren't out to win a marathon, you are out to win your life back and that's going to take time.
My eating program, or lack there of is just this. Eat whatever you want. YEP, whatever you want. Don't deprive yourself. You just need to eat in moderation. That means investing in measuring cups, spoons, a kitchen scale that weighs in oz. lbs and grams. Measure and weigh everything you eat. Read package labels and follow the serving size, it is on there for a reason. At first it will seem like you are trying to starve yourself....YOU WON'T. I promise.
Also use the food tracker here on Sparks or a journal. Add in everything you eat each day, no cheating. If you eat cake add it in, but make sure you have allowed for it by eating a small low cal breakfast that day. You can eat anything but you have to counter balance it by watching the caloric intake of previous or following meals. Doing it this way, you will have people constantly saying "I thought you were on a diet" which to me is so very annoying because I don't recall ever asking the "FOOD POLICE" to critique everything that I place in my mouth. Just explain you aren't on a diet that you have changed your eating habits and you have chosen to eat whatever you choose in moderation. It won't stop them from rolling their eyes and ASSUMING you won't succeed. Let them think what they want and you be in charge of you and don't worry about them. So that's my plan and how I have lost 106 lbs to date so far.
Have I stumbled along the way? Sure I have. Do I beat myself up over it? Yea, just enough to get my hind end back in gear with a here I go again and a I hope you learned from this. Which I always do.
I will be the first to admit I hate the measuring and weighing and the discipline it takes to live this way. But you know what I hate more? Being over three hundred pounds. Not being able to breath properly. Making excuses as to why I don't want to go somewhere or join in fun things that others are doing. Wondering if I'm going to fit in a chair or be able to buckle a seat belt. So that's why I do the things I do now to live a healthy life style.
You too need to find your incentive and make it happen. You are the only person who can fix the damage of over eating you have done to yourself. You can if, YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOU.
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  • no profile photo CD3201713
    Came across your blog today and wanted to say how right you are. Congrats on your weightloss thus far and thanks for being an inspiration.
    3532 days ago
    So true! I appreciate this thought process the more I progress. It's not a secret! It's a promise to yourself to be better for you! The alternative is no longer acceptable.

    Congrats on all you success; I know you will continue to succeed in your journey!

    3597 days ago
    emoticon Thank You for sharing this!! There is no 'Magic Pill' but you have found the path to Success!!!
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  • BOBF15
    Pam, so great you gave us an inner look at how one of the Spark Hall of Famers did it.

    I don't think there is one, 'exact' way of winning.

    I have studied success psychology for years, in the areas of business, sports, military victories, and the one thing I see is there are certain key elements for the most part, but there are a lot of variables and differences. Some or most of the key fundamental principles must be in place, but then there are many ways to play the game.

    The fundamentals must be there, but the strategies can differ some.

    Thank you for sharing this, it is so, so helpful to me and others that try to work on this inner game of diet and weight loss.

    As Yoge Berra, ( who was famous for his "Yogisms") would say, "Half of the game is all mental."

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    Comment edited on: 7/10/2011 4:47:42 PM
    emoticon advice! You look simply M A R V E L O U S !
    3598 days ago
    I could not have said it better myself. You are right on.
    Congratulation on your great victory so far. I know the rest of the journey will be such a high. Thanks for sharing.
    3598 days ago
    Awesome!! Keep up the amazing work!
    3598 days ago
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