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Charles78
07-20-2006, 04:11 AM
A friend of mine also working on weight loss wrote:
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What fun would it be if you woke up one morning and were thin? Let me think about that. I think it would be a lot of fun.
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Boy that got me to thinking. Here was my reply. I thought it was an intriguing idea and wanted to share my response and see what other people thought.


Great write up man. The one line above really got me to thinking. I have been working on getting fit and health - this is my 26th month. It has been a long road. There were many times I so wished I would just wake up fit and health. As I get closer to my goal - I have about 35 pounds to go still - 305 down, 35 more to go - the more the whole lifestyle aspect of this change has really struck home for me.

If you were like me - at the beginning - it sounds like just rhetoric. Yada yada yada lifestyle diet - whatever - I just want this fat gone and the scale to read a "normal" weight. I think when that light finally goes off in your head - it is like a revelation. It is so much more than about your weight. It really gets down to who you are, who you want to be and how you choose to live your life. It is so empowering to know with 100% certainty that we all have the power to change. We all have the power to reach our goals.

I picked a quote about 18 months ago that I keep everywhere. It is on my goals page at work and at home. When I picked it, I liked it but I did not really on a gut level "get" it. I get it now.

"The future is not some place we are going, but one we create. The paths are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."
John Schaar

I can honestly say now that even if it were possible to wake up thin - I would not want to. The journey to fitness is one without end. It is a skill set we have to learn and make a part of who we are. If I woke up with Adonises body - without going through the process, I would not know how to keep it.

It is a process and the process has taught me more about myself that I could have ever imagined. I would not trade that insight into who I am and what I can be for the hottest body on the planet.

Great great post man - it really made me think!

I wish you the very best.


mousie
07-20-2006, 09:00 AM
Charles--interesting question. I have a couple of things to say.

It really gets down to who you are, who you want to be and how you choose to live your life.

This thought is one that I have recently "got in my gut". I knew on paper that I believed these things, but recently (May 24th--I know the date!) I had to put my beliefs out there for everyone to see. I ALSO, on may 24, had to face the fact that the way I was living my life was not in conjunction with what I believed. Talking the talk but not walking the walk, effectively. This brought about much change, and 1/3 of the weight I've lost in 51 weeks has been in the last 8. Gee, think something clicked? :dizzy:

My other thought is an answer to the question: no, I would not want to wake up and be thin tomorrow. This last year has taught me a lot, about myself and how to deal with food. It's also, though, taught me about relating to people, dealing with new situations, and how to stand up for myself and what I believe. If I were to wake up thin tomorrow, I wouldn't have any of those skills. Quite frankly, I don't think I'd be able to maintain the loss, and I'd go through the **** of regain. No, thank you. I'd rather do it slow and steady, and learn along the way the things that I need to know to take care of myself without food as a crutch.

bep
07-20-2006, 09:46 AM
That is a very healthy attitude, Charles. ...and not just healthy, but the RIGHT attitude. Thank you for your insights. Having sooooo far to go until I reach my goal, yeah...sometimes I think how nice it would be to suddenly be slim. Sometimes looking up the mountain you are trying to climb can be daunting. But you have really made me think. Really think. Would I REALLY want to wake up skinny? Hmmm...the BEING slim part would be great. But...would I be able to maintain it??? really maintain it??? Would I start to develope an attitude? I think of people that get millions of dollars instantly (isn't being fit kind of like getting millions of dollars? ;) ). Are they really happy? There is that immediate illation, but I have read about many people that win the lotto or publishers clearing house or something like that. It seems that once the innitial excitement wears off, they have all kinds of problems to deal with that they wouldn't have had if they had slowly worked their way up to the millions by working for it. Weird, huh? Makes me think. Maybe NOTHING (not just getting millions of $$$$ fast) is worth getting overnight (except your FedEx package). Would mountain climbing be as exulting if you just suddenly *poof* are at the top? Sure...the scenery would be pretty, but wouldn't you be FAR more elated to look back over a mountain side that you struggled up and be able to say "I conquered that mountain!!!"
You know...I have heard about how when you plant fruits or veggies outside they are far more sweeter and richer than if you planted them inside. The natural struggles of nature (weather, etc) make the fruit richer and sweeter. I am thinking we must be that way in a sense. Looking at your attitude...you can just tell by reading your posts that you are 'seasoned' and have 'climbed a mountain'. Do you see it in yourself as well? Can you look back over the past years and see a personal growth? If that is the case, then I would have to say that, YES!!!...I too would rather have to struggle to lose this weight than to just wake up and be skinny. Hmmmm...can't believe I could say that! I can't wait to be standing up on top of that mountain with all the rest of you who have lost so much and to be able to know that I had conquered it!!!

Thank you for your post.


midwife
07-20-2006, 09:48 AM
I would not want to wake and up be at my goal...for one thing a huge part of my goal is fitness and it takes discipline to get where I want to go. For another thing, weight is simply an obvious symptom (for me anyway) of a terrible, horrible, awful diet (I know some people eat really well and have wt problems, not me! Years of shoving junk through my pie-hole show themselves on my thighs, stomach, and butt)...and eating like that causes problems way way worse than just weight...heart problems, high cholesterol, strokes, colon and breast cancer...Being at goal weight will be great...but not just for how I look or what size clothes I can wear. Being at goal weight, for me, will be one more demonstration of how my life journey, with a focus on eating for health and moving for fitness, is treating my body with respect.

I believe that I am so fortunate. My choices can shape and mold my body on the outside where I can see improvement....while decreasing my risk for bad things happening on the inside, where I cannot see improvements.

If I could be at goal weight overnight, I would never have thought about and addressed the damage a diet of crap has been doing to my insides for the past several years.

Great thread, Charles.

Heather
07-20-2006, 09:50 AM
Charles -- Like you and mousie, I'm realizing now that I'm on this journey, just how important the journey IS to this process. I think I knew that going in, but now I really "Grok" it (to throw in a Heinlein-ism) -- that is, I am internalizing it.

It might be great to wake up thin, but if I had, I wouldn't have had the tools in hand to stay thin -- to maintain that weight. Through this journey, I am picking up those tools along the way. Feels like one of those video games where you pick up objects along the way that will be used later on -- and if you know how to use them and when, you advance.

It might have been great to wake up thin (especially if there had been nice clothes in the closet), but I know I wouldn't have stayed thin. Now, when I get there, I may have a fighting chance.

Great post, as usual!

Heather
07-20-2006, 09:52 AM
Wow -- 2 others posted as I was posting. Don't think I said it any better than they did...

Charles78
07-20-2006, 10:37 AM
Wow -- 2 others posted as I was posting. Don't think I said it any better than they did...

LOL well, I just have to say you win major cool points for quoting Heinlein :D

shrinkingchica
07-20-2006, 11:26 AM
Hmmm....Good post, got me thinking.

I think that although I would still love to wake up at 122lbs, you have brought up many valid points that make me appreciate my 23month (thus far) journey. Firstly, I have worked so hard to lose the weight and am very aware of how much it has taken to do this (so, congrats to me and all you other losers). Secondly, the knowledge that this hard work (heathy eating and exercise and what that means for me and my body) has gained for me is priceless, I will be able to live the rest of me life with the insights and accomplishments that I have earned on this weightloss odyssey.

buckettgirl
07-20-2006, 11:35 AM
For me, it has nothing to do with the journey....

If I woke up at 200lbs tomorrow, I would be an alien in my own skin. I would not know who that person is nor would I know how to act. I would be stripped of my identity - kind of like a person released from prision after serving 50 years, not only is life on the outside quite different from the past, but you just don't know how to fit in and how to go on.
I couldn't function as a thin person because I don't know how.
So maybe in some way it is about the journey, in that you have to learn to be thin, learn really who you are deep down - the real you that weight shouldn't affect.

Heather
07-20-2006, 12:14 PM
LOL well, I just have to say you win major cool points for quoting Heinlein :D

YAY! Someone appreciated the Heinlein reference! :)

thistoo
07-20-2006, 12:47 PM
Some mornings I do wake up thin.

I know, I know, but hear me out for a second. This is not my first weight-loss attempt by any means (as I'm sure a lot of us can relate to), but it's the first time it's really clicked and the first time that I know it's for real. The fact that I'm *enjoying* exercise (most of the time) is a big indicator of that. And the fact that some mornings I wake up feeling incredible, lighter on my feet and feeling the subtle differences in my body without having to rely on a number on the scale -- that really does make me feel like I've 'woken up thin'.

Granted, the feeling doesn't always last long (sometimes not even a few hours), but it's great while it does, and gives me motivation to keep going on the days when I'm not feeling so great, like today. So maybe we don't ever 'wake up thin', but sometimes we get a little preview of waking up healthy and fit, and that's awesome.

I have a long way to go and some days it seems like I will never get where I'm going. But this thread has reminded me that the word 'goal' shouldn't be my focus, because this is just the start of the rest of my life, and there's no real final destination. So thanks for the reminder, and the incentive to go work out even though I don't really feel like it.

trishn222
07-20-2006, 03:18 PM
Last night as I was doing my laps while swimming I realized that the first 10 lengths are the hardest for me to get through. I start thinking when is this going to be over, when am I going to be done, then as I continue to swim I stop thinking about that and I think about how much I am enjoying the swim, and clearing my mind. While I am swimming I am just swimming. I started thinking about that and started thinking about our weight loss goals. I think when we first start all we can see is the end and when are we going to get there. When we are at the end what are we going to do? Are we going to get there and say yay I am done no more? (If we do that we will be in the same spot) or are we going to say "I am healthy, I am like this always." To truly succeed we need to have gone on the journy, we need to be the person that is always healthy not the person that sees the finish line. I have a sister that has always been thin and in great shape. People have asked me if I am jealous of her. I have always said (even at my fattest) no. She works so hard, she works out every day and she always eats right. She was not just "blessed with good genes" she makes herself that way. There is no finish line, there is only healthy from now on. We do not learn that overnight.

So my answer to Charles question is an emphatic NO!!!! I want the journey, I just wish it would not have taken me this long to figure out. Everything that we experience in life makes us who we are today. So reach for tomorrow and make todays experiences something positive for tomorrow.

Sorry about the novel, but this really touched on what I have been thinking lateley. Thanks for the post Charles.

Trish

Sandi
07-20-2006, 03:42 PM
:wave: Since you are all passing on it - I'd be very happy to wake up thin!!! See you tomorrow!! :D

Ha ha. Great thread Charles. Very insightful.

luflic
07-20-2006, 04:13 PM
Wow thank you all for the great insights offered by many of you! I needed this. I especially liked when you said your sister has worked for this. I so often feel not fair. But when in reality they are wise and I have made poor oh such poor choices. Great wake up call for me!

NoLifeWithoutHorses
07-21-2006, 03:40 PM
OK, I'm going to be totally unpopular and say "Yes." If I could wake up rich tomorrow, I would. If I could wake up single tomorrow, I would. And if I could wake up thin tomorrow, I would.

Rich: There is nothing in my life which is made better by being deeper in debt every single day. The $$ would allow me to buy my way out of the prison I live in that keeps m hundreds of miles from my family, friends and all that is dear to me. I've always worked for everything and earned it, but when literally every cent earned is taken away just as quickly, what's the point, other than to pay daily for the mistakes I've made?

Single: There is nothing in my life that would be enriched (except perhaps my bank acct) by going through a divorce. In no way would I be a better person for having to go through that ****, so I live in that isolated cage and pay daily for the mistakes I've made.

Thin: While I definately agree that if I hadn't had to come this far on this journey, I would never have learned how to take care of myself, eat right and maintain my health, I don't agree that it's necessary to suffer through the next couple years to finish teaching me a lesson. If I woke up tomorrow thin, I could do the things I used to that give me joy in life. You would barely be able to get me home from the barn to eat at all. I would live on the backs of horses, coaching lessons, learning the things I don't know and sharing my passion with like minds. ****, yes! If I could wake up tomorrow thin, I would! I wouldn't waste any more years of my life sitting on the sidelines wishing I were part of real life.

But then again, I have to pay for the mistakes I've made. Broke, far from home, and still fat. At least the fat part is the one thing in my life I CAN control, and I'm working on it.

YP1
07-21-2006, 04:02 PM
I wouldn't want to go to bed one day obese and wake up the next thin. (Can't say I don't want to wake up thin tomorrow because I'm thin today ;) )

Why?

2 main reasons. The first is that I wouldn't have the keys to maintain. If weight loss was that easy, and that instant, what would stop me carrying on with my old habits and putting the weight back on again. Why would it matter? One day I'd just wake up thin again when I took another magic pill? What incentive would there be to improve my lifestyle or my health?

I've taken time to realise that this is my life now. This isn't just my life while I'm trying to lose, this is what I need to do. Forever. If I hadn't needed to do it in the first place, how would I know what I needed to do to keep it off?

The second is the mental adjustments I've had to make along this journey. Losing weight has, in some respects, been the easy part. A simple equation of calories in and calories burned. OK, it doesn't always seem so simple when you're doing it, but that's all it's been. What has been hard has been coming to terms with being thin. There have been times when I've felt vulnerable because I don't have my fat to protect me and hide me away from the world. There have been times when I've really questionned my attitude to size, health and life. Emotionally that was tough enough losing one or two pounds a week. But losing 100lb overnight I think that after the initial euphoria I'd find myself curling up in a ball trying to work out what the **** had gone on.

Plus I'd have nothing to wear ;)

Jayde
07-21-2006, 04:04 PM
I can honestly say now that even if it were possible to wake up thin - I would not want to. The journey to fitness is one without end. It is a skill set we have to learn and make a part of who we are. If I woke up with Adonises body - without going through the process, I would not know how to keep it.

I absolutely agree...

If I didn't go through the very painful and humilating process of attempting to quit smoking more than 20 years ago.. I'd still be smoking. I think for me a magic solution without the pain would not be enough to keep me straight.. as even now.. every once in awhile I get an urge. Its sick.. but true.. fortunatley I have my memory to smack some sense into me.

If I didn't go through difficult times with my husband we wouldn't be as strong a couple as we are now. Had we gone down easy street with no bumps we probably wouldn't even appreciate the strength and beauty that we have.

If I woke up thin tomorrow.. I still wouldn't know how to eat.. how to respond to triggers, how to keep myself exercising. I wouldn't even have a clue as to how I am supposed to stay in touch with myself.. mindfully and physically. I'd feel like someone who was dropped into another planet.. with no map or compass. I know I couldn't survive and would wake up one morning heavier than ever.

Granted, the feeling doesn't always last long (sometimes not even a few hours), but it's great while it does, and gives me motivation to keep going on the days when I'm not feeling so great, like today. So maybe we don't ever 'wake up thin', but sometimes we get a little preview of waking up healthy and fit, and that's awesome.

Thistoo, I know what you mean. Some days I feel incredible and even look different to myself in the mirror. I love these "previews" as you call them. I think they are necessary to being able to handle the feature film.

I have a long way to go and some days it seems like I will never get where I'm going. But this thread has reminded me that the word 'goal' shouldn't be my focus, because this is just the start of the rest of my life, and there's no real final destination. So thanks for the reminder, and the incentive to go work out even though I don't really feel like it.

If we are looking at pounds... I don't have as far to go as you.. but yet we have the same distance to go in the sense that this is for keeps.. regardless of weight, eating healthy and exercising will not end. Since the journey is unique for everyone, no one can really know or understand someone else's road.. but the distance is the same.

Jayde
07-21-2006, 04:45 PM
Plus I'd have nothing to wear ;)

I always love your humor!:)

Charles78
07-21-2006, 04:56 PM
OK, I'm going to be totally unpopular and say "Yes." If I could wake up rich tomorrow, I would. If I could wake up single tomorrow, I would. And if I could wake up thin tomorrow, I would.

Rich: There is nothing in my life which is made better by being deeper in debt every single day. The $$ would allow me to buy my way out of the prison I live in that keeps m hundreds of miles from my family, friends and all that is dear to me. I've always worked for everything and earned it, but when literally every cent earned is taken away just as quickly, what's the point, other than to pay daily for the mistakes I've made?

Single: There is nothing in my life that would be enriched (except perhaps my bank acct) by going through a divorce. In no way would I be a better person for having to go through that ****, so I live in that isolated cage and pay daily for the mistakes I've made.

Thin: While I definitely agree that if I hadn't had to come this far on this journey, I would never have learned how to take care of myself, eat right and maintain my health, I don't agree that it's necessary to suffer through the next couple years to finish teaching me a lesson. If I woke up tomorrow thin, I could do the things I used to that give me joy in life. You would barely be able to get me home from the barn to eat at all. I would live on the backs of horses, coaching lessons, learning the things I don't know and sharing my passion with like minds. ****, yes! If I could wake up tomorrow thin, I would! I wouldn't waste any more years of my life sitting on the sidelines wishing I were part of real life.

But then again, I have to pay for the mistakes I've made. Broke, far from home, and still fat. At least the fat part is the one thing in my life I CAN control, and I'm working on it.

You are not unpopular at all. Everyone has an opinion and yours is a valid one. You know, while I would take the million dollars - I am not that crazy now. :) You know, a lot of people that win the lottery do end up broke very fast as well as have a lot of problems dealing with their sudden wealth. Now, that being said, I would still try to figure it out LOL

Other than money which I admit, I would be happy to have someone just make me wake up a millionaire - I have had my share of painful things to go through - divorce and morbid obesity to name 2 - it seems to be the human condition that we learn the most when we face and over come adversity.

I used to be someone that just wanted to get past anything unpleasant and forget about it as soon as possible. I did very little in the way of introspection. While it gets you through some rough times - there is a high price to be paid for living your life that way IMHO. The world is full of old sayings that bring up the same point over and over. Those truisms while they may be trite - hold a fundamental truth. How is it that two people can have the same adversity befall them - one is devastated and one while grieving deeply takes the time to learn and grow and comes out the other side a stronger, better and wiser person? I believe it is how we choose to view life.


Chinese proverb: The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Epictetus: The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Carl Jung: The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.


Nelson Mandela: The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

Elbert Hubbard: The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Thomas Paine: The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Carlyle: The idea is in thyself. The impediment, too, is in thyself.

Roger Bannister: The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

I wish you the very best!

nelie
07-21-2006, 05:16 PM
I wouldn't want to wake up rich (although I wouldn't turn the money down, just not something I'd wish for) because it would change my situation and who I am too quickly. I wouldn't mind having a little extra money but I think I'd be overwhelmed if I woke up with a billion dollars one day. Although maybe if I did, I could start my own business that I've been thinking of without fear of having a miserable financial failure. What is life without risk though? If it is worth doing, doesn't "risking it all" make it much that more worth doing? My heart and soul would be more into it, I would think, if my butt was on the line rather than something I could easily write off.

I wouldn't want to wake up thin although I had thought about it as a fantasy in the past. My life and who I am would change too quickly and I would have no control over it.

I have control over my life and which direction I take my life. There are obstacles that I have had to face but who I am is because of how I deal with those obstacles. I am grateful for the weight I've lost because I did it. I worked on it and I made it happen.

I haven't made the best choices in life but it is all part of a learning process. Who I am tomorrow depends on what choices I make today. Life isn't easy but it is what you make of it. The journey is difficult but the journey does define who I am and who I will become.

trishn222
07-21-2006, 05:19 PM
I also have been divorced and it was bitter and hard. I can honestly say that I am a better person and who I am today because I lived through that. Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. If we take these opportunities to learn and grow anything can make us better people.

Jayde
07-21-2006, 05:56 PM
Epictetus: The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

This is one I can relate to.. thanks for it. :hug:

Merrick
07-21-2006, 06:09 PM
Hi,
I am a returning member from long ago... anyway, I can't believe I just read every post... you are all so great. I loved and enjoyed each and everyone. I am stuck in the middle... I know that I am the person I am today because of all that I have gone through... as for the weight.. yes I am so sick of going thru it. Every night I pray for guidance on HOW to deal with all that keeps me fat. Every morning I wake up praying forguidance on HOW to deal with all that keeps me fat. Everyday I begin my day with accepting God's will but still asking for help with my food intake... well you know that story. I know that I need to go thru all of this to appreciate and honor my eventual weight loss... as for the other side... I am tired, getting more and more unhappy each day... I find myself wanting to hide in my home instead of going out, which makes me feel worse and I am sure you know what happens next. I am not complaining about my life I am just tired or trying to work it everyday... I am completely unmotivated... I use to be addicted to exercise, that was 100lbs ago. And now if I never exercised again... I would be ok with that. I am sorry for the big purge, I really just wanted to say thank you to all of you for sharing. I really enjoyed your post.

jtammy
07-21-2006, 07:46 PM
I have control over my life and which direction I take my life. There are obstacles that I have had to face but who I am is because of how I deal with those obstacles. I am grateful for the weight I've lost because I did it. I worked on it and I made it happen.

I haven't made the best choices in life but it is all part of a learning process. Who I am tomorrow depends on what choices I make today. Life isn't easy but it is what you make of it. The journey is difficult but the journey does define who I am and who I will become.

I have to agree with Nelie about the control aspect. While I would probably say "YES" to the "Wake up thin" question, one invaluable lesson I've learned in this process is that I HAVE CONTROL over my weight. For years, I've felt that getting fatter was this mysterious process that I couldn't control or change and that I was stuck with it like it was. Finally, I see that I have complete control over it. I can change it. I can manipulate how quickly I lose or gain weight (at least to some degree) :) . It is all something that I can CONTROL. That's a very empowering realization.

I see that realization seeping over to other aspects of my life. I'm finally setting some financial goals and some career goals. Previously, I have let those things drift along as though I couldn't really change them. I now understand that I have CONTROL of my life. I don't think I would feel that same way if I woke up thin.

My small regret is that it took 39 years to come to this understanding.

Heather
07-22-2006, 12:39 AM
I have to agree with Nelie about the control aspect. While I would probably say "YES" to the "Wake up thin" question, one invaluable lesson I've learned in this process is that I HAVE CONTROL over my weight. For years, I've felt that getting fatter was this mysterious process that I couldn't control or change and that I was stuck with it like it was. Finally, I see that I have complete control over it. I can change it. I can manipulate how quickly I lose or gain weight (at least to some degree) :) . It is all something that I can CONTROL. That's a very empowering realization.

That is EXACTLY how I felt before I started... no control and gaining gaining gaining. I didn't think I COULD lose and keep it off. I swear if my weight had stabilized I wouldn't have tried. But now -- now I have control. Sometimes I think my eating and exercise are the only things I can control. It IS a lot of work, but worth it. And even if I lose control, I have to believe now that it is up to me to get it back!



My small regret is that it took 39 years to come to this understanding.

Exactly the same time for me!! But look at it this way, at least we got it NOW and didn't wait another 39, or run out of time!!!

Sheila53
07-22-2006, 12:15 PM
Since I have 14 pounds to lose to get to my 100 lb. loss goal, I have to say that, yes, I would like to wake up thin. Since I've still got the really hard part of weight loss (maintaining it!) to go, I'd like to have that last 14 magically disappear, and I don't think I'd be missing out on anything at this point. :)

Scully1280
07-23-2006, 10:55 AM
Hello All!
Reading this post has been very insightful for me. I have always struggled with my weight -- I have been successful and gotten thin and then here I am again, I didn't learn the lesson well enough.
I would love to wake up thin, and have to tools already in place to keep me there. But, the truth is, hard work and perseverence to continue are the only way to getting to where one wants to be. It applies in all situations that require getting something where a goal is involved. I wish I learned it the first time, but I guess I still have some learnin' to do. ;) Glad to be here to listen to those who have paved the road for us! You are all so awesome!

lilybelle
07-24-2006, 03:24 AM
If someone had asked me this question a year ago, it would have been an emphatic yes. I would have loved to wake up thin. But, now it would be NO. I worked hard for this weight loss journey and learned a lot on the way. This board has been a lifesaver for me. I had lost 90 lbs. before and thought that was the end of the journey. Now, I know better. I am better equipped to handle the changes and the upcoming maintenance for life. My health has so dramatically improved that I learned the benefit of exercise and weight loss, not just the beauty aspect of it. I definitely would not trade what I have learned for an instant gratification.
As for the lottery, I'd take it. That much money could buy me a lot of counseling when it became necessary. LOL

Heather
07-24-2006, 09:16 AM
You know, I've been thinking about this thread this weekend, and it occurred to me that my fantasy skills are poor. If there's a world in which I can wake up thin one morning thin, why can't it be a world where a) I wake up thin AND b) have the tools to stay thin? Better yet, a) a world where I wake up thin, b) have the tools to stay thin, and c) still get to eat ice cream etc.

I mean, if we're gonna dream, why not go all out?? :)

In the absence of b and c, however, my original answer still stands...

TamiL
07-24-2006, 11:18 AM
I would love to wake up thin, rich and beautiful!!! But not single. I love my husband dearly and that would be awful. Thin I can handle, been there done that. Rich can buy alot of help and take away the worry over bills. Beautiful can get you through doors that aren't open for the rest of us. But single would mean alone and the thought of dating gives me shivers.

nelie
07-24-2006, 11:23 AM
Just because you are single, doesn't mean you have to date :) I hate dating as well and honestly, I've never done much real dating as I think it is pretty horrid. If I was single, I think I'd stay that way rather than trying to date. I wouldn't trade my BF for anything in the world though :)

BreakingFree
07-24-2006, 01:40 PM
If there's a world in which I can wake up thin one morning thin, why can't it be a world where a) I wake up thin AND b) have the tools to stay thin? Better yet, a) a world where I wake up thin, b) have the tools to stay thin, and c) still get to eat ice cream etc.



HA, HA, HA!!! (Couldn't find the ROLF smiley??)

BreakingFree
07-25-2006, 11:20 AM
Health magazine has a full page add that states "if you lose weight overnight, that's about how long it will take to gain it back." Then you're referred to a website called "questioneverything.com". I looked at the site VERY briefly and can't tell who sponsors it. Caught my eye in light of having read this thread.

bep
07-25-2006, 11:24 AM
You know, I've been thinking about this thread this weekend, and it occurred to me that my fantasy skills are poor. If there's a world in which I can wake up thin one morning thin, why can't it be a world where a) I wake up thin AND b) have the tools to stay thin? Better yet, a) a world where I wake up thin, b) have the tools to stay thin, and c) still get to eat ice cream etc.

I mean, if we're gonna dream, why not go all out?? :)

In the absence of b and c, however, my original answer still stands...

LOL!!! HERE HERE!!!!

Jayde
07-25-2006, 11:37 AM
Health magazine has a full page add that states "if you lose weight overnight, that's about how long it will take to gain it back." Then you're referred to a website called "questioneverything.com". I looked at the site VERY briefly and can't tell who sponsors it. Caught my eye in light of having read this thread.

The site is sponsored by "GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare".

TamiL
07-25-2006, 11:41 AM
:devil: Not dating???? No sex???? Couldn't do it

Charles78
07-25-2006, 12:24 PM
:devil: Not dating???? No sex???? Couldn't do it

I must be slow today - where did the not dating thing come in? LOL not that I am doing any dating mind you - I was just wondering.... :)

nelie
07-25-2006, 01:11 PM
Charles,
Someone said that they would wake up single if they could. Tamil said she wouldn't wake up single, that would mean having to date again. I said that just because you are single doesn't mean you have to date. So... there you go :)

Tamil,
Lots and lots of chocolate will do just as good :)

mel67
07-25-2006, 01:24 PM
Well, i'm among the minority, but I'd go for the waking up thin. Since this is the 5th time i'm loosing the same 45 pounds, I KNOW what to do, I KNOW how to do it, I've already made the journey, over and over again, I KNOW how to keep it off, already done the "self discoveries" and such. Its like going to Disney Land in a far away country. I've made the trip, seen the scenary loads of times, now I just want to get back there as fast as possible and enjoy the rides!! :)

I wouldnt mind waking up single....lol.

DNR
07-25-2006, 01:35 PM
I guess I can say that I am very thankful for what I've learned about myself on my weight loss journey so far. If I woke up thin, I wouldn't appreciate my hard work. Just like if everything is handed to you as a child, you don't appreciate what you have and what you have had to work for. I have become a much stronger person in my life because of a lot of roadblocks and I just consider my weight loss journey another one of those roadblocks - and it is the only one I still consider unresolved, but getting closer every day.

But . . . I can honestly say it would have been nice if I never would have had to deal with this particular roadblock, but I am a "do what I gotta do" person and this will be a goal that I will make this time. I brought this one on all by myself and I will be the one to fix it!!!

Good food for thought, Charles.

DNR

DishyFishy
07-25-2006, 06:53 PM
I've always said that if I ever win the lottery (not that I do it, mind!), the first thing I'd do is book myself into a swanky clinic, and say, "Make me a size 10 (UK).".

Of course I want to wake up tomorrow without all this extra weight!

It's all very well to appreciate the journey, and what it takes to keep the weight off, but really, I already know what to do. My problem is actually doing it consistently. :dizzy:

Charles78
07-25-2006, 07:06 PM
I've always said that if I ever win the lottery (not that I do it, mind!), the first thing I'd do is book myself into a swanky clinic, and say, "Make me a size 10 (UK).".

Of course I want to wake up tomorrow without all this extra weight!

It's all very well to appreciate the journey, and what it takes to keep the weight off, but really, I already know what to do. My problem is actually doing it consistently. :dizzy:

See that is the whole point - I think almost everyone knows what to do - it is learning how to make it a part of your life that is the thing. If it was really part of your life, it would not be hard to do it consistantly. IMHO of course.

mel67
07-28-2006, 12:01 PM
It's all very well to appreciate the journey, and what it takes to keep the weight off, but really, I already know what to do. My problem is actually doing it consistently. :dizzy:

ditto!!!!

TamiL
07-28-2006, 02:03 PM
[QUOTE=nelie
Tamil,
Lots and lots of chocolate will do just as good :)[/QUOTE]


LOL, must be some really good chocolate!!!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

synger
07-28-2006, 03:17 PM
It's all very well to appreciate the journey, and what it takes to keep the weight off, but really, I already know what to do. My problem is actually doing it consistently.


Exactly. It's simple really.

But just because it's simple doesn't mean it's EASY!

luflic
07-28-2006, 03:29 PM
How true is this!

lewelaine
07-28-2006, 03:54 PM
I say yes, I would absolutely love to do it. I have been overweight since age 5, obese since age 9. I have never experienced a day of just being "normal" in my entire life. I want to know what it's like to be just normal. I wouldnt care if I didn't have the skills to handle it, at least I would know what it was like to be skinny for an hour of my entire life.