Remember, you're developing an eating plan that you can live with for the entire remainder of your life.
So, balance all the healthy foods with planned snacks, planned treats, etc. so that you feel happy and satisfied every day.
Work on portion control by eating huge quantities of healthy foods that you love, and small quantities of snack food and treat food that you love.
In addition to or as part of my daily balanced meals, I eat huge quantities of green beans, cucumbers, apples and strawberries.
I have an occasional pasta, pizza or hamburger entree and an occasional ice cream treat. These are planned inclusions, not unplanned failures.
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61 3/25/13 2:10 P
Thank you, that is so true...be consistent at one thing at a time then add another and another until you have an array of healthy habbits. Thank you!!!
3/22/13 2:41 P
I know the feeling! Try picking something small that you know you can accomplish and just worrying about that one thing for the week. Track your calories and fitness, for example, but focus on getting enough sleep. Or just try and get your fruit and veggies count up each day. Or just try and drink enough water. Pick something and be successful at it, then once that becomes a habit, pick up another goal. That way it begins to be a lifestyle, not a phase.
I do that too. I 'reward' myself too much freedom when I lose a few lbs and it starts all over again. Not sure what that mentality is! but it makes this very difficult.
I am terrible for it.
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61 3/22/13 9:33 A
I find myself doing that, losing ten pounds so excited then I am back to MOVIE popcorn and hotwings for a week - then the scale is back up and I am crying again
this cycle has got to stop!!!
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6,094 3/2/13 11:57 A
I love your SparkName: MYBODYNEEDSTHIS ! Fantastic!!! Wild applause here!
Gee, if I told you how many Spark incarnations I have, it would be in the Carl Sagan "billions and billions" realm. And, if I had to count how many times I've tried to lose weight, I'd die of sheer shock.
You can see you're not at ALL alone in this! Big to you for coming back! I finally got it off and have maintained it a couple years, and I am 61 now ...so you know there's ALWAYS hope :)
I have the appetite of ten lumberjacks combined, I feel quite sure. It takes a lot of produce to fill my tum. My liquid intake is unfortunately limited because I have a condition called hyponatremia (long story...one I'll spare you :). But most people can - and should - drink lots and lots of water; wow, does that help! I eat tons of veggies every day and have grown to really love them.
The most important thing you can do for starters is to track what you eat. That was key for me.
All the best to you, and give us a holler whenever you need to!
Keep the old, tired adage in mind: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Yesterday is gone, and you have learned from it, so now keep your eyes on the horizon ahead.
You are already in a good place to re-start- you aren't starting from scratch, since you've been on SP before. So your learning curve will be less intense this go around. You know what did work, so you can focus on what you struggle with (cravings, maintaining goal weight, handling stressful events, life changes, etc). Every one of us has a reason we struggle, and identifying it and planning for success the next time around is key (at least for me--I'm a planning freak. :) )
I'll give you an example of what I mean. I have this weird fear of getting hungry when I'm out and about running errands away from home. When I grab my purse I think, "what if I get hungry when I'm out? What will I do??" In past weight loss efforts I would ignore the thoughts and just leave the house, then inevitably get hungry (or again start to worry I MIGHT get hungry) and get fast food or ice cream in a semi-panic. So now, I have a habit of keeping a small apple and a granola bar in my purse at all times. If I get hungry, I have a plan in place, and my mind won't get crazy thinking about needing food NOW.
2/28/13 5:20 P
I was the same way! But it is so much awesome stuff thats new! I thought I knew a lot but I am learning so much more.
I am not sure which round of SP I am even on! Talk and treat yourself as you would your best friend. Focus on the little things you can do and it will expand into habits and a lifestyle that will serve you well! YOU CAN DO THIS! Have a great day!
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2/28/13 1:27 P
Every single member of spark people has been where you are. We're all experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future. As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.
Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple changes you can stick with because one small change will lead to another and another and another.
One small change can change your life.
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2/27/13 10:06 P
Don't be too hard on yourself. This isn't my first round with Sparkpeople, but because I know but effective it was before, I know that I can do it again. This time I made sure I had a lot more support among friends and it's been wonderful. You can do it! Just don't give up and don't be discouraged if you have a bad week. We all have those and you just have to push through.
2/27/13 9:55 P
Also, don't treat your life changes as something you can shed the minute you lose the weight. SP isn't a tool for losing weight (though it does do that), it's a tool to help you live a healthy life.
Thinking of this as a "diet" will cause you troubles later! (I know! I've been here for years and years.)
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1,021 2/27/13 9:13 P
If it makes you feel any better, I'm on round 3 with Spark!
I have had a difficult time maintaining when I reach my goal weight, but each time I've lost the weight, I've learned something new, not just about health and wellness but also about myself.
Consider each "round" on Spark another opportunity to learn more about yourself, your health, and your fitness, and don't feel badly - I like to think of my multiple rounds on this site as me just getting my PhD in my own well-being.
2/27/13 9:03 P
I (and many others here) have been on this weight loss journey before. This time could be "the" time. You can make it the time when you make good decisions for yourself for always - drinking water, eating vegetables and fruit, that kind of thing. Start slow!
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46,222 2/27/13 6:49 P
While you cannot undo the past, you are in control of today and all the tomorrow's yet to come. That said, you don't have to live a perfect life to live a healthy life. Meaning that every small, permanent step you take is moving you in the right direction. You do not have to let the past dictate your future...Be strong and stay focused!
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61 2/27/13 6:31 P
this is round two for me at SP and I am larger now than I was when I was sparking three years ago- I gotta get it right this time and I am looking for some suppport - thanks in advance
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