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12/12/12 11:57 A


I find the act of checking in at Spark to be the setting of the tone for the day. I blog a little something everyday, not because I'm interesting but because I need to focus my mind on my day's plan. I cannot succeed without a plan.
Be honest with yourself, write and clarify your feelings and discover all that is wonderful about you. You are worth a healthy, loving, meaningful life.
You can do this- and when you are feeling better you can pay it forward and encourage someone else.

Hope this helps and your day brightens.


KRICKET57 SparkPoints: (255,430)
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12/12/12 10:23 A

This time of the year is hard to stay motivated. There is so much to do and so little time to accomplish what needs to be done. I find the long hours of darkness make it hard to be inspired in the evenings.

Remember, everyone does things their own way. What works for your husband may not work for you. You just need to find what works for you. If that means keeping a private journal than do so. Count your steps also. A pedometer or FitBit will help you see how many steps you are taking. I found it was easy to challenge myself to move just a little more each day. Keep the faith in yourself and hang in there, you will start to see results. Once that happens it is easy to keep moving forward.

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You are worth it!

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12/5/12 7:41 P

I totally understand how you feel. I have no motivation this time around except in my head. I see myself slender and healthy but when it comes to getting up and heading to my workout room (I have a treadmill, weights, excercise ball, boxing gear etc all in one room) I can't get myself in there anywhere near as often as I should if I want to meet my goal!

It's frustrating!

I will not give up, however! I know I have it in me to do it, and I know you can see it in you too or you wouldn't reach out for support.

One step at a time. I'm right there with ya'!!

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Edited by: TIGGER636715 at: 12/5/2012 (19:42)
12/4/12 9:18 P

Thank you everyone for your kind encouraging comments. I'm going to do what works best for me. I appreciate your honesty and taking time to give me your feedback. I am not giving up. Thanks again!

Edited by: BUTTERFLYSPARK1 at: 12/4/2012 (21:19)
SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (243,509)
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12/4/12 6:23 P

The bulk of my exercise is walking ........... IN my own home! I don't have a treadmill for it. What I do is put all my laundry and groceries away one at a time. Some days I can get a 1/2 hr in, and some days it might be 1/4 hr. I have skeletal issues and also environmental ones so outside walks aren't inviting for me. I don't walk every day - it is usually about 3 times a week. (Just as well I LOVE doing laundry - LOL!) Anyway, my point is, check out my weight-ticker below! I have reached my goal after having been overweight for about 30 years. It took 16 months to lose the first 50lb. I have been at my goal now for long time. I DO, however, weigh all of my food for increased accuracy, and track it all in the Nutrition Tracker. Once you have gotten used to it it doesn't take more than a few minutes out of an entire day! , I do accept, however, that some people find that too difficult. In those cases, I suggest downsizing dinner plates, and watching portion sizes, plus making healthy substitutes. Remember that altho' we do NEED some healthy fat in our diet, a gram of fat has more calories than a gram of protein or carbs. If you need to snack mostly choose healthy options.

I'm sure that you can do this! Just have faith in yourself.

LITTLE1DER Posts: 934
12/4/12 4:45 P

The bad news is everyone loses weight differently men in general have more lean muscle mass so they drop the pounds faster and easier (generally I know there are men that struggle too!!)
I think you should give journaling or tracking a shot.
I have to track because if I eat without thinking I eat too much. why not get a little note book and just jot down what you are eating don't worry about entering it into the computer just make the list for 1 week. Then move to 1 week of making the list and noting when and why you are eating (if they are different) if your eating lunch because it's lunch time yeah, but if you are eating an entire bag of chips at 2 in the afternoon because your boss just dropped 60hours of work on you to have done by Friday that's different or you have that bowl of ice cream because your bored... (things I am guilty of)
Journaling or tracking helps me see not only what but why I am eating so I can make a plan when the stress or boredom hits, making it a bag of 94% fat free pop corn in stead of chips or some yogurt and fresh fruit instead of ice cream. My desk drawers are stuffed with my go to snacks all added to my trackers favorites so all I have to do is click on them.
My experience is that if I think before I eat i.e. journal and plan meals I make better choices.
hang in there it takes a while to find your groove!

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12/4/12 4:04 P

Ok 1 YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Thats why you are here!!! 2 if you clean your house or do laundry or grocery shop that does count as exercise. Just about anything counts as long as you are MOVING and BREATHING!!! Do some yoga or Pilates!! Do you have a WII or something along those lines? That counts and its FUN emoticon

You just have to find your little niche like your hubby did!! You will get there you just have to have faith and friends!!!!

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12/4/12 4:01 P


I know things seem frustrating, but weight loss takes time. I'm going to give you one piece of advice I give to all members and it is this,"Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Keep doing what you've been doing. Start with simple changes first. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. In short, cut yourself some slack.

Think progress, not perfection. If you were to exercise for 10 minutes, six days this week, that really IS a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does add up with time.

Patience, it's a virtue.

12/4/12 3:54 P

I'm feeling really discouraged and wondering why I'm even here and if it really matters.

Trying to do a spark streak and exercise everyday for at least 10 min and right now I'm on day six. One of the day's I took a 35 min walk in the rain because I had no other way of exercising. If I do 20 min. of stretching could I count that as a day? Or does it have to be heart pumping invigorating exercises?

I hate the thought of having to write down everything I eat so I have completely avoided it. My husband has lost 60 pounds without tracking food and has kept it off for three years so I'm hoping for the same myself.

I guess I'm just worried I'm going to put in all this hard work and nothing will change.

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