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No Gold for me ...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My calendar says today is Sunday, August 12 - the day the Olympics end and also the day my own Spark Olympic challenge ends. WE are very quiet on the boards today - does that mean that everyone is still watching Olympic Games, or we are discouraged because our own performance has not been what we had hoped for? In my case, it is my own disappointing finish that has me quiet, but I think I may as well confess right now and try to put it behind me, so here goes:

I managed to end up where I started. No gold, silver, or bronze for me - but as I predicted in what turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, I am going to give myself a "Participation Ribbon". Too bad I wouldn't/couldn't stick to what seemed a very good plan for myself - had I lost one pound per week I would now be much closer to goal. Waaaah, waaaah.

So the big question for me is - why do I do this to myself? It isn't like this disappointing finish was unexpected - because even while I was doing 'nothing' toward my goal, I KNEW that I was doing nothing. Because I have to have a serious talk with myself, I think I'll just not say much more about failure right now - maybe later when I get things figured out!!

How about the rest of you Spark teammates? Share your results - what worked, what didn't work, what you plan to do next. Me? I plan to do something great and marvelous - just don't know quite what it is yet!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Not much of a planner - so can't be much help. I just know if I don't get out of bed and go to the gym, I won't exercise, so I go.

    Hope you find what works for you!
    2968 days ago
    Here are some motivational helpers I found on the internet. Hope they help.
    1 Take a moment to realize just how far you've come.
    Before and after weight loss photos are among the most powerful motivators. So now's the time to dig out those 'before' photos and ask yourself "Do I really want to look like that again?"

    2 Start again. You're lighter than when you first started, but try imagining that this is the weight you've always been and that you've only just decided to lose weight. If you can capture that sense of determination again, you're well on your way regaining your lost motivation.

    3 Don't use setbacks as an excuse to give up. This is probably the most common reason for regressing into an unhealthy lifestyle. One slip-up is not the end of the world. Even a few slip-ups are expected on your way to achieving your perfect weight. You'll get through it as long as you realise you should make up for these moments of weakness by spending some extra time in the gym, rather than using them as an excuse to fail.

    4 Tell someone you're feeling de-motivated. Pep-talks from friends and family can be unbelievably helpful when you feel your motivation slipping. Don't be embarrassed to admit you're struggling, no-one expects weight loss to be easy. They won't be any less proud of you and they'll be delighted to help.

    5 Set new goals. It's likely you've already achieved some of the goals you set yourself when you started your healthy regime - what a great feeling! So it's important to remember to set new, realistic short-term goals which you can work towards and give yourself a pat on the back when you achieve them.

    6 Write down what could happen if you don't achieve your goal. Really sit down and think of everything from 'going back to being fat' to 'poor health and medical problems'. This is a short, sharp shock technique which will quickly clear your head of doubts and remind you of why you're losing weight.

    7 Go shopping. Buy some new clothes - whether you've gone down a size or not it will make you feel great. While you're in the store, look at some clothes in the next size down and make a deal with yourself to come back in 2 months to buy them.

    8 Get rid of the baggy clothes. They don't fit you anymore and you only wore them to disguise your weight. You don't need them now and you never will again. Throwing them away makes going back to your old lifestyle much less of an easy option.

    9 Plan a controlled cheat. Saying 'I'll never eat a bag of chips again' is not the answer. It'll end up driving you mad. By planning a favourite meal or snack which is no longer part of your diet every once in a while, you'll reward yourself, keep your motivation up and it won't affect your healthy regime. Skinny people eat chips once in a while too you know!

    10 Keep your final goal in mind. You've done well so far but you're not there yet. Whether you picture real people of your ideal weight or you imagine yourself that size, it's a great way to remember you can't rest on your laurels just yet and you still need to work hard to get there.

    2969 days ago
  • MARY1313
    P.S. I took this from your page: And, finally, I'm trying to be kind to myself, especially when I fumble and stumble.
    2969 days ago
  • MARY1313
    never never never beat yourself up about things. We are so very human, and humans like things easy. It's always harder to swim up stream and trying to undo what we have done is an up stream swim. You can do this. You may not do it as well as you would like to (who does??) but you can do it.

    What I took away from this was you may not have done your best, but you didn't gain anything so you didn't jump off the cliff.

    Ease up!!! We love you!!!

    2969 days ago
    Now, where did they put that "Hang in There" emoticon?!? emoticon emoticon emoticon I am sympathizing with you emoticon , it just seems that I can't get back the Spark - or at least to the degree that I once did. But, we are hanging in there....and showing up, and, sometimes even doing the right things, which is better than sliding (or in MY case) continuing to slide backwards. We just need to keep at it....and SLOWLY BUT SURELY keep on adding to our successes (or lack of failures) and emoticon - AND WE WILL DO IT!!!
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