A Final Post - A Special Message As I Leave WW Online

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The WW family that I have built since December 2010 means the world to me. With that said, it kills me to say that I have made the decision to drop from the WW Online community. I wanted to write this blog, not to blast WW, but to express to you guys how much you mean to me.  Even to this day, this blog continues to be one to the top 5 most followed blogs on WW Online. But sadly, it has been decided that this will be my final entry.

I have been able to build friendships that will go much beyond this web site. In my first full year, I lost 110+ pounds. This loss was because of your encouragement. Along the way with that year, I add thousands of friends to my support. at one point it was over 12,000 of you that I could call friends. But, because of those numbers, certain functions such as tokens and sending notices to your friends list stopped functioning and would either throw out errors or lock up my computer. Frustration of the errors got to a point that I came to WW less and less and the weight starting coming back because I was not on here tracking properly.  In fact, it has taken
me multiple times just trying to posts this blog due to errors. I now am back to losing and feel like the person that I had got to really enjoy.

I started to just delete inactive accounts, but it is just too hard to figure out who is active and who is not and the process of deleting that many people also causes errors.

For those that would like to stay in touch, feel free to contact me at:

Facebook - slboling
Twitter - losingmorew8
MFP - slboling
losingmoreweight.tumblr.com
or email me direct at steve.boling@aol.com

I still wish to support everyone that wants and needs support. I believe in each of you and your desire to be healthier. I also believe in the WW program. It has changed my life. I encourage each of you to continue to work hard toward changing your life also.

I don't know how I would have done this to this point without you guys. I wish you the absolute best with the rest of your journey and know that I always support you.


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KMDA17044


3/22/2013 1:17 PM
I miss you!!

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I Think I Have Found One of the Keys to Happiness

Monday, July 30, 2012

I have discovered that having friends to enjoy life with is one of the keys to happiness. While this may not be a revelation to most, it is just now getting clearer for me. Even to attend gatherings where there are people that you are acquainted with and can discuss things with, can make a difference.

I think our mind finds relief in knowing 1) that we are loved by others, and 2) that others agree with us on our level of life. Just being able to discuss things with someone who truly listens is an absolute joy.

But I am convinced that the ultimate element of a friendship is the smile. Seeing an old friend makes you smile. Hugging friends make you smile. Friends don't even have to speak just to make you smile or laugh. 

When we become obese, we withdraw from the world because we are tormented and judged. We avoid public gatherings. We tend to want to stay at home and keep to ourselves. I urge you to break out of that shell. Venture into the world and enjoy life. Use the WW plan to get to a healthier level of life. I promise that nothing will bring a smile quicker than to see an old friend and hear "Wow, you look amazing". I dare you to hear that and not smile. You can do this!!

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GILBERTGAL


8/10/2012 11:37 AM
Awesome blog!!! I agree with all you've stated. Although I tend to do things by myself and always say that I don't need anyone, I guess it wouldn't hurt. Even on my weigh loss journey. My family supports me and those at my meetings. When it's all said and done, it's my journey to finish. I hope to see a change, but for now I'm satisfied and just go with my flow.

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My Daughters Wedding, An Emotional Day

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One week ago this past Saturday, my only daughter (my little girl) locked arms with me and I walked her down the aisle to an awaiting young man. I think I'm getting old. No, I know I'm getting old. But, with WW help I'm getting healthier as I get older. July 14, a day that forever will be the day that my little girl got married and the day that she moved out of my house to be an independent adult.

I think the moving out is the tough part. The marriage part I've gotten through. I was stressed with the planning. Severely emotional at the ceremony. My daughter and I would just cry when we looked at each other. See my daughter may look like my wife on the outside, but inside she's all me. She thinks like me. In fact, just like a best friend, we usually know what each other is thinking just by a look. We had pulled ourselves together just before the bridal music was about to start. We both moved into the door way to enter the church....and then it happened. I didn't see this part coming. This wasn't in the rehearsal ( yes, I cried at the rehearsal also). As we made the entrance into the church... my now son-in-law just welled up with tears when he saw my daughter and cried the entire time as we walked into the church.

OK, I'm walking slow because once again....I'm crying. Wait, .....when I reach the end of this and the music stops I have to speak. The preacher is now looking at me. Pull it together Steve. "Who gives this woman?".....4 words that's all I have to get out..."Her mother and I." And then it happened. My daughter left my arm and joined hands with her husband. Now, if I had a doubt of whether my daughter was making the right decision to marry this person (I didn't). Any doubt would have disappeared when I saw that his reaction to my daughter in a wedding dress was the same as mine, tears. BTW, the wedding was amazing. I did eat horribly at the reception. I did gain last week. And I regret none of it. I knew that I would have to get back to work this week. But, enjoying the day was more important.

Sometimes I think we need stress relievers. We need to just enjoy life. WW has given me a new lease on life and I am making 110% of it. Thanks to WW I now have the hope of not only being alive to see grand-kids, but being able to physically play and care for them. Thank you Weight Watchers!!!!

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JEANMC9310 (Jean)


8/5/2012 8:45 PM
Yep, tears are flowing,but I'm so happy for you, your wife and daughter, and now your son in law...

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Body Cleansing

Monday, July 23, 2012

During the months that I have not been properly tracking and doing the WW plan, I not only gained back some of the weight I lost, but I also became increasingly more tired and unable to do things. I remember that feeling from the old me. I have said many times after losing my 100+ pounds that I felt like I was 20 years old again. Well, I feel 45 now and it's back to the basics.


Biggest thing now is to cleanse my body. I am stepping up the water today and every day from here on out. Many of you have sent me messages that you also are back to square one. I challenge you to grab that water bottle, lace up your walking shoes, and let's get walking toward goal.


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PRIPPY1


7/27/2012 9:48 AM
August is a NEW month! Let's do it!

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Epiphany

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dictionary.com defines the word epiphany as:

a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential
meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or
commonplace occurrence or experience.

Simple, homely, commonplace. That means it's not rocket science. But, I have had an epiphany that seemed so hard to figure out.

In December after losing 110 pounds, I stopped losing. But, I also got complacent. I stopped tracking small items. Later, I stopped tracking at all. I got depressed and stopped exercising regularly. I stopped blogging. I stopped communicating. Plain and simple, I STOPPED DOING THE PLAN. Those were the things that got me there, and I just stopped.

Now here's the epiphany......

If I start tracking everything every day, exercising every day, blogging and communicating....maybe I'll be back to losing. I know!!!! Rocket science right!!!

I'm back at square one and day one of the rest of my life. If you need some rocket science motivation, stick with me. We are about to blow this thing wide open.




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LORISTORY1970


7/26/2012 6:44 PM
Love this post.

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I need a good listener.

Monday, June 25, 2012

My status today explains how I have been emotionally taken to my knees. My wife is currently in a lawsuit against her former employers for firing her after she turned in her boss for stealing from the county water division. It has been a highly publicized battle in newspaper, radio, and TV. Now we are being sued by her former boss because "we have ruined his life." He is the son of one of our county commissioners and one of the wealthier families in the community. My daughter is now 3 weeks away from her marriage. I have been back and forth on about 10 pounds since January. The ICU where I work has been loaded. The fire departments I oversee have seen a huge upswing of fatality accidents this year. It all just is too much.

Wait, as to my daughters wedding. That part is stressful but happy. She is marrying a wonderful young Christian man. She just secured a great new job in one of the local physicians office.(No more fast food job). They have a house secured. I just am realizing that as life goes on, things change. Some better, some worse. My son will be a senior in high school this year, which means that he will be off to college this time next year. After seeing his mom go through her firing, he has decided to go to law school and help fight corrupt politicians through the court system.

So what is the purpose of this blog? I just need to vent and have someone to listen. When I started this blog, it amazed me how many people actually paid attention to what I was saying. It humbles you alot. It still does. Last night my wife talked to me about how I needed to open up and talk to someone. Since my wife's troubles started, I have withdrawn from life. I don't express myself. I am working to open up to others around me. But, this morning, when I was thinking about who might listen. I hoped that somebody on here might still be listening.

I wish I had words of wisdom on how to make your life better. My only answer today is prayer. I have even doubted whether God was listening. I believe he is and that I just have to wait on his timing to make things right.

I hope your day is going well. By the way, thanks for listening.



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JAELHANSON


7/23/2012 10:03 AM
I'm listening...I was wondering how that all turned out for you and your wife. I'm sorry that it seems to be pulling at your family so much STILL. I will pray for victory and justice to prevail in your lives.

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Thanks for changing my mind.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Last week I had this wonderful idea. After going through several of my 11,000+ WW friends, I saw so many that were not active. In my mind, I figured that they had left WW and that these were abandoned profiles. So I decided to clean house.

I wanted to delete those profiles that were not active and start fresh with those people who were still around. Then my brain started working for just about 30 seconds. I thought that maybe I would post that I was going to delete some of the profiles. I would not want to delete a friend who was actually still there.

This is the point where I start realizing something. You see, I am a very Type A personality. I am far from bashful. Maybe a little too open and social (11,000+ friends). The messages that started coming surprised me. A large number of people stated that they do not post much, but they still gain support from reading my posts and posts that others put on my profile.

Now my fear is that I would eliminate someone who needs that push and support. In fact, more importantly, I need that support from each and every one of you. I get the message so often from people thinking that because I have lost 100+ pounds that I have it all figured out. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I struggle with each meal every day just like I did on day 1. I need you as a friend much more than you need me.

I now have decided to leave things alone and not delete anyone. I appreciate the fact that so many have been able to gain support through my good fortune and weight loss. But, we all have more work to do and I look forward to progressing forward with each of you. Thank you so much for being a support to me.







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JAELHANSON


7/23/2012 10:04 AM
Steve...just this week, I attempted to reach out for support from someone who I thought was a friend, only to have that person turn on me and delete me as a friend. THANK YOU for not being that person. I needed the support, but they apparently felt I wasn't worth it.

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Just like it was Day 1.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today I am going back to day 1 of WW. I have been on the WW plan since Dec. 2010. I have lost 100+ pounds to date. But, I have lost the enthusiasm I had on day 1. Granted, I feel amazing. But, this journey is far from over. So the only way that I know to get the feeling of day 1 is to reset my weight and start building stars all over again. There is something about watching those stars build that gets you excited. At 100+ lost, the stars look wonderful, but new stars don't come along very often. I know it's just me playing a mind game. But, isn't this entire journey a mind game. Or maybe I should say, a reshaping of our mind. So here's to day 1, again. Most of all day 1 of the rest of my life.










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BIGAKCHIC72 (Sharon)


7/17/2012 12:54 PM
I did that once already too. Thinking about doing it again since I am just now getting back into this after a prolonged absence.

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Pinterest Cravings

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pinterest is my latest addiction. If you are not yet on this site then you will be soon. It is the hottest site on the internet. Find me @ Steve is Losing With Weight Watchers.


This site is full of crafts and fun ideas. There are limitless low cal/low fat recipes to be found. But, unfortunately, there are even more ooey gooey desserts and deliciously cheesy main dishes. All of these of course have to come with a great color picture to draw you in to it.


OK, so I do have Pinterest cravings when I see that big slice of cake. But, I can very quickly turn to so much better foods. And it is amazing how many great good-to-eat meal ideas are out there.


I encourage you to check out Pinterest. So much fitness information and motivational posts exist that it makes it worth a few minutes a day. But, watch those cravings.


If you're on Pinterest, then list your ID below if you would like others to connect. Also let me know of great finds that you have seen on Pinterest.








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BBALLKVF34


6/1/2012 6:59 PM
Love Pinterest! There are so many cool ideas. I have found some really good recipes from the site.

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So ready for spring!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Even though it has been a mild winter in Kentucky, I have had "cabin fever" bad. I have been wanting to be outside doing anything at all. Now that warmer weather is here, I can't do things quick enough.

One year ago, I was still the sluggish morbidly obese person who didn't feel like doing anything. WW has changed my life just as much mentally as it has physically.

If you are just starting your journey, start getting physically active. WW can work to some extent without activity, but if you can get yourself moving then you will see the numbers multiply into unbelievable levels. I started by walking less than a mile at a time, but by year's end had completed two 5K's.

I see a phrase lots of times. "The only workouts I ever regretted were the ones I didn't do." This is so true. The hardest part is convincing ourselves to get up and get moving. When I workout, it amazes me how much better I feel at the end. Yes, I get tired. But, mentally I am so proud of myself for doing the workout that it completely overrides the pain. Well, most of the pain.

Set yourself a spring goal now to build up your daily AP points. Walking, biking, yard work are all great activities to start. You'll never regret an active spring.



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JEANNEWILLIS56 (Jeanne)


5/8/2012 10:36 PM
Hi WW friends. I am a Weight Watcher for many years I'm sorry to say that life and many trials I have gained some weight back. As I read the posts on here gives me hope that I can lose the weight I've put back on. I think back to when I became a lifetime member I was so proud at what I had done. Oh how good I felt. That is my goal as I step on the elliptical everyday. Swim my laps this year I can be proud again.

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