It's been two and half years for me, and it is SO true. I still track and measure my food. I feel like I'm still "dieting" but I've kept the 55 pounds off for over a year.
Keep up the great work!
6/26/12 10:17 A
Woo Hoo -- As you say, it becomes a lifestyle when you realize that you won't ever 'give up' -- 'fall 3 times, get up 4 times'...that's it!
"Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day." ~John Wooden
"When things are properly understood, one's whole life is like a ritual or ceremony." ~Pema Chodron
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6/26/12 10:07 A
Congrats - great attitude to have!
Getting healthy -- one pound at a time!
6/26/12 10:05 A
That is exactly the attitude we all need - a lifestyle change, sustainable for the long run!
You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
Glad you have switched from "DIET" to" WAY of LIFE"
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6/25/12 7:31 P
Your doing an awesome job congrats.
"Genes load the gun and lifestyle pulls the trigger"
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36 6/25/12 7:19 P
Thanks to everyone for your warm words of encouragement. This is one of the most amazing features of Spark...you are never doing this alone and you have wonderful people backing you. Everyday that I don't fall back to my bad ways is a victory for my health and well being. We will ALL succeed!!
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6/25/12 9:53 A
Oh you are SO going to win at this!
Once I *got it* that this really is a lifestyle (vs. a "diet") AND that losing weight is at least 80% what you put in your mouth, the weight started falling off. That was such a HUGE lesson for me. That and portion control...which I am still trying to master!
It's true what they say: you don't lose weight to get healthy; you "behave" healthy and the weight comes off!
Congrats and WELL DONE!
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6/25/12 8:28 A
I love your way of thinking. I started out recently as well, and am just coming to the same realization.
Esther Guelph, Ontario, Canada Eastern Daylight Time
"Your body is the product of your habits. Stop focusing on changing your body. Change your habits and your body will follow, as if by magic." ~Go Kaleo
6/25/12 8:20 A
Awesome - you can do this!
Tink - Charlotte NC
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36 6/25/12 8:13 A
I started this mission on May 28, 2012 and looked at it like my "Diet". Going into my 5th week, I can see that this isn't just a diet anymore, it's a way of life for me. If I want to consistently stay healthy and fit, I need to take everything I am learning here at Sparkpeople and keep it with me for the rest of my life. Will I fall...probably...will I climb back up....most definitley. I have too many reasons not too. May 28th, 2012 - start weight 219.8 June 25th, 2012 - weigh in 206.8 inches lost - 6
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