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Where is the finish line? ... Weigh in 2!

So week two... all still on the wagon?! I'm down 1 this week... another step closer! This weeks guest post is from one of my all time fav weight watcher people... he is a massive inspiration to so many... The first time I saw his post about walking up Croagh Patrick I welled up... he was talking about me... and his honesty is SO refreshing... we have been following each other over two years now, not literally... well not yet! and hand on heart I'd be lost without him... *totally fan-girl-ing* ...  If running is your thing and have no clue of how or where to start... get to his blog and follow his progress... You can find him in all these places... 

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Where is the Finish Line?

by John Quinlivan


They say if you change your perspective, you change your world. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn over the past year has come from my inability to cross the finish line. I can see it, sitting out there on the horizon staring straight at me. My finish line is a bouncy castle, I can see it in my head – one giant inflatable bouncy castle just waiting to be boarded. I’ve had it within grasping distance - I was 1lb off goal weight this time last year. I wanted it so badly back then, I still want it so badly right now. Today I am 20lbs off goal (I’ll let you do the maths there), so even if I had a lasso, a stallion and a grapple hook I wouldn’t be able get a grip on the finish line without seriously damaging my bouncy castle.

Right now I have two options – Work towards it or throw in the towel.

Thinking about it, these two options have always been available. I just didn’t see it this way when the journey was “plain sailing”. It’s the challenges and difficulties that have really shown me who I am and helped me grow as a person. You see, on one hand I have crossed so many other finish lines in the past twelve months on personal & professional levels yet this one seems to mean the most to me. Recently I was talking to someone who asked what difference today would it have made had I hit Goal last year and the only answer I keep coming up with is… None whatsoever!

In order to stay motivated, I always think about the following: 1) Why do I want this? 2) What does it mean to me to be keep going? 3) How would I feel if I stopped? Giving up will always be the easier option rather than working for it, but just because it’s easier doesn’t make it right. Without a shadow of doubt, I believe that weight & fitness are not destinations and they have no finish line. You don’t lose weight and that’s it, it’s not coming back (if only). Similarly once you run a 5K doesn’t mean you’ll always be able to unless you keep working at it. I recently came across this quote which actually blew my mind. Just think about this:





All any one of us can do is try. No one is watching or taking notes so what does it matter if there are mistakes or bumps along the way. If your weight loss isn’t going as fast as you’d like or if it feels like you are going round in circles, as long as you want to move in the right direction (the direction of your finish line), then I believe things will be fine. That is why I’ve signed up to The Skinny Doll’s 12 Week Challenge. Hopefully it’ll bring me closer to my finish line and even if it doesn’t – I haven’t lost anything by taking part!

Not being where you’d like to be is tough, we’ve all been there. I reckon however being back at the start line would be tougher! If I was talking to myself (and I wasn’t me if you get me), I know the advice I’d give: C’mon stick with it, put in 10 good weeks between now and Christmas, you know it’s worth it. Don’t leave it until January to re-start. Even if it’s ½ a pound a week between now and Christmas, you’ll be nearly half a stone lighter come the Christmas Party.

So what advice would you give a friend who is in your exact situation? Change your perspective, change your world!



That was then but this is now…

John Q



Johns' Xmas song for the Challenge is 'Stay another day!' 
a Christmas no 1 by East 17 about never giving up! 



Now if THAT doesn't motivate you... I don't know what will! 

Weigh in chart below everyones doing great... many additions last week too! I've put the names in alphabetical order (roughly, don't start getting picky!!!) let me know if I've missed you or your weigh in... Have a FAB-U-LOSS week! 






67 comments

  1. Down 4pounds this week.

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  2. Down 4.5lb dis wk yahoo... 1lb last wk. Thanks 4da add Skinny Doll ��

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  3. Jelliebellie down 4 pounds this week! Ten to go!

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    1. Every week a step closer! Brilliant loss this week! x

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    2. Im delighted.just goes to show tracking works!

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  4. Hi, am I too late to join? Need a bit of motivation to keep me going. Thanks. Sinead L

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  5. Hey I was down a pound on Tuesday but it won't let me comment in Facebook, problem my end, should I pm you or just update here? Thanks :-)

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    1. Perfect to write it here Rachel... x well done!

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    2. Yes sorry only seeing this now ...down half a pound this week :)

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  6. Stayed the same and feeling quite crap - I know I haven't done anything to bring it down and yet I'm disappointed, changing my perspective this week and giving it socks. I've nothing to loose but my jiggles!

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    1. Fresh week! STS is just as good as losing in my book when you know you've been a it bold... You'll rock it this week! x

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  7. Molly k down 1lb yay!

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  8. Down 1/2 lb. Bit disappointed but still glad to see it gone

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    1. Our leader alway says 'imagine half a pound of butter slapped on your thighs/belly/bum!!!' exactly!!! Well done! another step closer to goal! x

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  9. I'm down 5 pounds this week! So super happy! Great guest post

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    1. That's AWESOME! well done! 6 lbs in 2 weeks! fab! x

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  10. Great post Mr Q and so true..
    Well done doll on your loss :)
    I was up +0.5 I was sick and eating crap for 6 days.. so i'll take the hit.. aiming for a 4lb loss for next week to get me back on track.
    have a great week xx

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    1. Nothing worse than when you're sick and just don't feel like doing anything except get better... half is nothing.. you'll have that gone like *snaps fingers* THAT! x

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  11. Hi was down 0.5lbs this week. Disappointed as was really good but need to keep focused on the big picture. Have a good week

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    1. It will show.. in your clothes and on the scales... I've had weeks where I've been brilliant and nothing.. the following week ta da! You're right! Big picture! You're down 4 lbs in two weeks! x

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  12. I lost 5 this week!!!!!! I am so happy. I have been a weigh watcher for 7 years not and recently I have put on a stone and lost all motivation but thanks to this blog and the inspiration of others’, it really has helped me!! So thank you! I’m training to be a Food teacher and I had to say NO to so many things this week, but I did it!! Whoopee! Thanks

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    1. WOW! that's brilliant! surround yourself with motivation and you'll do it... that's what happens to me... well done! x

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  13. great post, thanks!
    I stayed the same this week..boo! will re-read this post every day next week and motivate me x

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    1. Fresh week! You can't change last week but you can change what happens this week! and you're not up so clearly you made good choices! x

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  14. I'm up 0.5lb this week....very very disappointing to have walked up 27 extra activity pp, stuck to my extra 49 pp on filling and healthy and get that result....Another me would have said feck that craic and never be seen at ww again but this me will just keep on going....keep on walking

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    1. With that much exercise you'll be building muscle... measure yourself and again in a few weeks... even though the scales might not move you're body is changing.. no giving up! I won't allow it! ;) x

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  15. Down another 2 lbs this week Doll :)

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  16. Down 1/2 Ib.. Slight disappointment however I think it's due to only sleeping 3hrs after night duty!

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  17. I'd love to join in if not too late. I was down 1 last week and 0.5 this week. Laura K.

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    1. You're in! good losses! Slow and steady wins the race! x

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    2. Thanks v much! A shocking up 3.5lb this week. Back to it!

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    1. Fresh week! Take it one meal at a time x

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  19. Hi Doll, -2.5lbs this week! As well as a silver seven it means I've over 4 stone weight lost* since joining ww!!! (*Never to be found again!!!) Feeling Goooooooooood!!! :D

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    1. That is AMAZING! great loss! and woo hoo to 4 stone gone forever! You rock! x

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  20. I stayed this same this week.... Happy with that though it's been a toughie! Thank you for adding me to your chart. Sammy xx

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    1. Always nice to break even when you've had a tough week! Staying the same is as good as a loss some weeks! Fresh week! x

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  21. can i be added to the chart

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  22. Iim not a great techy head but though I I had sent a message last week to be added, week 1 +1.5 aand week2 +0.5 badly need the motivation, if it's too late don't worry

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    1. Sorry Carmel I must have missed you! Never too late! I've added you in now! I've been adding in people from all the social medias and you must have slipped past me! Forget the gain and focus on one meal at a time...You want it... and you deserve it! Dont' be hard on yourself... we've all been there... aim for half a pound this week and any more is a bonus... x

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    2. Down 2lb. This weekend is gonna be a toughie tho. But I'm staying positive! Must move more to offset it! Fingers crossed! Limerick lass

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  23. lost half a pound this week :)

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  24. Hello Dollface! Great post, I am a bit of a fan of Mr. Q too, he's a huge inspiration to me. I was down 1.5 this week, my 3 should be in week 1 up there xx

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    1. Oops my bad! 4.5 in two weeks! rocking it missus! x

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  25. hey down two this week :)

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  26. I was away this we but looks like I've sts again. Happy though because I'm on maintenance and just 1.5 above goal

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  27. Hi Skinny Doll - lost 5lbs this week for Week 3, thanks!

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  28. Jelliebellie here.same this week.happy with that as i have gone a bit mental!

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  29. I joined a new weight loss programs in panama city 2 months ago. There chiropractic doctors help us with their advanced techniques in reducing the weight.

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  30. Hi Skinny Doll - was up half a pound this week for Week 4. Thanks!

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  31. I am back in the zone 2.5 down, can't wait to get back to goal, I loved that feeling, thanks for this motivation Skinny Doll

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