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HARVESTER54 SparkPoints: (13,432)
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7/15/13 1:19 P

It is such a struggle to stay in the saddle for me as well! This is work, but so benefits us to stick to it. Being obese affects more than how we feel about ourselves!. Our health is at huge risk!!! Our families are affected. Even mental health issues come in. Realizing these risks help me along, and I need to ask myself if that chocolate or ice cream ect are worth those risks
Other practical helps: measure your portions. As a butter lover, I tend to way over use. Those measuring spoons are so helpful... The Farmers market is a life saver. If you are not a veggie lover, perhaps you are eating too many that are not fresh, or have not had access to the huge verities found at the market.
The other thing that has been helpful to me is to set up my computer to open directly into Spark people by making it my home page. That way I get right in, and am reminded every day that I go on line.
Happy riding in that saddle!!!!


LAWRIELADY Posts: 44
7/15/13 12:27 P

Congratulations on making your way back. I am doing the same thing and am determined to make things work this time.
I have been reading lots about nutrition so I could be better informed. I strongly recommend that you do the same. Sometimes understanding our bodies better (and realizing exactly what we are putting in our mouths) helps make better choices.
Good luck to you.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,271
7/15/13 6:33 A

Glad ur down another 20#. Most people who join Sparks give up and quit, so don't feel bad. But it is disappointing to not be down the 85# you wanted to be by now, but start today, since that is all you can do. I've been in the 170s for the past 2 1/2 yrs. but keep telling myself that if I wasn't on Sparks daily, I'd probably have gained back another 50# in that time. So GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT and start now.

I've read THE DIABETES SOLUTION by Richard Bernstein M.D. and learned so much. He says ALL obese people have Insulin Resistance and can benefit from a low carb diet, that doesn't SPIKE insulin levels. He has lectures on YouTube. He has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 12 and he is a healthy 78 now. He sees mostly OBESE Type 2 diabetics in his practice. I got his books at the library.

URSULA72156 Posts: 3
7/14/13 1:59 P

It's been a long time since I felt determined to actually do something --- rather than feel miserable and call myself a fatso on a regular basis. So I decided to weigh myself first and then check into this website I bookmarked last year.

Coincidentally I initially began to do something about my weight in July 2012. My goal was to have lost 85 lbs by now. I was motivated for a short while and lost about 20 lbs over the next few months ... 245 down to 225 ... hit a plateau (sp?) and gave up on the whole thing. I sort'ave watched what I was eating but that's about it --- I watched what I was eating.

Last night I joined my girlfriend for her 40th class reunion. We went to the same high school and kept in touch over the years. When she came to pick me up, she got out of the care and she looked as svelte as she did at 17. Looking at her, I felt like a blob and that's what got me to come back.

I was scared to weigh myself this morning but you've got to start somewhere :) I got on the scale and yea! 205! Talk about getting a boost --- I lost 20 lbs since the last time I weighed myself.

If you've read my post this far, I want to ask for helpful hints that I could apply to my daily routine --- for instance, my Mom would always ask me to cut in half whatever I served her as a meal. She ate frequently but in very small portions each time. It seemed to work quite well for her.

Thanks!

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