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Some thoughts on the Never Quit Pledge

Friday, April 27, 2012

For the past few days, the Never Quit pledge has been making the rounds of blogs and I've seen it posted by several of my SP friends. Reading it brought to mind a few things I've learned in the past 18 months or so.

First of all, there is great power in being part of the SP community - being involved has helped so many times when I've simply been at the point of giving up. Before SP, I'd have quit and gone back to all my old habits and undone all the progress I've made. But with SP - logging in, reading articles, connecting with friends, being part of challenges (thank you, fellow emoticons), and even the seemingly silly things like obsessing over spark wheel points and earning trophies - all those have made a huge difference in being able to stick with this journey.

I've learned that I CAN do this, but I can't do it perfectly. I have days and even weeks sometimes when I don't eat right, don't exercise like I should, when I'm frustrated and ready to quit. But most important for me is just to show up and if nothing else, log in and spin the points wheel. Somehow that confirms for me that I'm still in the game and committed to losing the weight.

The way I look at weight loss and fitness has changed. I no longer see it as just a number on the scale. I've lost only 5 pounds or so in the last 6 months. I have 40 lbs yet to lose. In the past, that would have been enough reason to give up, but now I'm okay with it. I see it as part of the journey and know that there's no big hurry to reach my goal as long as I'm at least maintaining and not going back to the old habits. Whether I lose pounds or not, I know that I feel better and am healthier and stronger. I like myself better. I can take a break from trying to do everything perfectly and know that when the time is right, I'll get back to following all the "rules". Perfection is impossible - reality consists of ups and downs, failures and good days - and in accepting that reality is where success lies.

So, having said all that, I'm signing the pledge. Quitting is not an option. Thank you, SP, for helping me to realize that. I've lost almost 60 lbs and am thrilled with that, but the real progress for me is the way I see the journey.

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Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.

Signed - Karen (NEVERORNOW) 4/27/12

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge today/soon?
Let's all make this commitment!
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    This was so good that I saved this one to read again from time to time. You are so right. How many times have I reminded myself and others that it's persistence, not perfection, that is the winner.
    3162 days ago
  • CROWLEY123
    This is awesome - thoughtful and helpful and great! emoticon
    3205 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon i want to do the pledge but don't know how to transfere it to my page only the hard way ! Is there a way ?
    3249 days ago
    emoticon emoticon YES we CAN :)
    3252 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/12/2012 11:47:57 PM
  • SAL1512
    They should have an emoticon - We can do it!

    3282 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    PS: I am gong to sign the pledge. I haven't been here for such a long time ... and have lots of things to do to start over ... I have to find it first! But, I WILL!

    Thanks again!
    3293 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    Karen, THANK YOU for this blog! I have been away from SP for so long ... and gained too much weight ... and have gotten very discouraged. I was on the verge of deciding (again) that I just cannot lose weight and keep it off. Then -- Sunday morning our preacher in his sermon reminded me: DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! (He wasn't talking about losing weight, but about setting God as our #1 priority. However, it fits with any goal setting.) Then -- yesterday I read a blog I subscribe to and the writer said sometimes you JUST HAVE TO START OVER! And Today -- I read your blog (that I also subscribe to) belatedly ... but, the timing is perfect. It's the third thing I needed to be reminded of, and the encouragement and inspiration I need to get started again ... and remain faithful to SPARKPEOPLE! I'm determined to start over and do whatever it takes and to sign in to SP ... even if initially it is just to get sign-in points. Thank you so much! You have been an inspiration to me so many times. I sincerely believe God is using you to get me going! Thank you, thank you, thank you! emoticon
    3293 days ago
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    3295 days ago
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    Thanks, Karen. I have been seeing this float around too, usually with just the pledge and no personal note. Since it is my heart, I saw no need to put it out there. But your personal note spurred me to encourage others to realize the victory of staying the course, so I followed your example. Thanks for the nudge. Blessings to you, Darlene emoticon
    3296 days ago
  • no profile photo MSGO72
    Thank you for this post. It will serve as a powerful reminder that every day we are trying, we are winning!
    3297 days ago
    SP has made a HUGE difference for me too. I don't know that I could lose the weight without it. I have a long way to go but I am committed to stick with it until the end. Consider me in on the pledge. Will have to edit my blog for today too.. since I've already posted but I am jumping on the never quitting pledge! :)
    3298 days ago
  • AMY-MIMI77
    OH MY GOODNESS: reading your blog today was just simply amazing & came at a great time. Thanks for mentioning this in the Huddle.

    (feel free to see my blog today, but know that I have editted it to include the Pledge. I was commenting on how I needed to clear my conscience about my current fitness status.)
    3298 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11200407
    I love this post by sounds so much like me. This has "stuck" this time around for some reason. And I truly believe that reason is that I know I cannot attain perfection, no one can....knowing that and accepting it has sent me down a different path from those I've chosen before....I can do this too, we all can and no, I'm NOT going to "quit" either!
    3298 days ago
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