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BILL60
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6/3/13 7:59 A

Welcome to SP and enjoy the ride.



TALISE11
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6/2/13 6:45 P

Thanks for the welcome message Bill. The weekend went ok. Food tracking is very time consuming and like you I'm hoping it will start going more quickly after a while. I got some exercise this weekend and stayed away from the wine during our weekend events so that was good. I'll admit skipping the wine is a drag. Helping out at a wedding is physical activity, so that's good. I'm trying to take it one day at a time. Talise11



BILL60
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6/2/13 8:17 A

Welcome to SP. Good luck on your journey.



NEWTIME1
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6/1/13 11:16 P

HI TALISE11 - Checking in for the weekend. Hope you had a good day with family or work. I did not do any type of real workout - but I did burn some calories setting up a heavy load at a wedding. Just finished tracking all my food - that seems to take more time than I would like - but hope I will get faster! I can tell you have a full and busy life - with your share of stresses - so I hope the diet issues are not adding to that stress. Just wanted to shout out some encouragement to you - or anyone else reading ! We will take this one day at a time - one bad habit at a time - and add one new good thing at a time - - and no looking back! Hope you have a blessed Sunday.



BILL60
Posts: 225,012
6/1/13 8:13 A

Welcome to SP and the very best to you on your journey.



TALISE11
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5/31/13 5:23 P

Thanks for your support. I too would like to lose 40lbs, but would be happy with 20lbs. I just turned 50 and have been struggling with my weight since my teens. When I was 16, I lost 40 lbs and kept it off for years with an up & down weight fluctuation of 5-10 lbs. In my mid-twenties, I started gaining weight and have struggled ever since with my weight. In the past 8 or 9 years, I've lost and regained several times. One time I lost 20 lbs, one time I lost 17 lbs and on a couple of other occasions, I lost 8 lbs & probably 7 lbs respectively. I love food & hate weighing myself, so it's a bad combination. I get bored with bland diet foods. Every time I go on a diet, I hit a plateau, get discouraged, give up & of course all the weight returns. As I've gotten older, I hit plateaus a lot sooner in the process. My fear is that I won't be able to sustain the attention & discipline I need to stick with a healthy lifestyle. I have a demanding job & 2 teenage sons - one of whom requires a lot of parental management -, so there is always something to draw my attention away from my fitness efforts. This time I need to figure out a way to make this quest a priority. Today, I'm feeling a bit wobbly. I figured plugging into Spark would be a good way to pull strength from a community of people who understand the weight loss struggle. NEWTIME1, thanks for telling me I'm not alone. I'll be with you too. May we all stay on track through the weekend. Good luck all. Talise11



NEWTIME1
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5/31/13 4:38 P

HI - Thanks for opening up about your challenges! I am right there with you. Have been down the road many times, with frustration and disappointment. I am 57 years old - with about 40 pounds to lose - but would be thrilled to lose 20. I need to get off this merry-go-round now. I just purchased The Spark Solution book - so I am hoping that the book - and the motivation / encouragement and great info will help me get started - and - keep going!! So - TALISE11 - I am in it with you! You are not alone!



TALISE11
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5/29/13 12:55 P


Thanks Anosako. Your support and that of others is already inspiring me. Thank you for your taking the time to provide encouragement. It means a lot. Talise



ANOSAKO
Posts: 28
5/29/13 12:48 P

Hi Talise! Nice to meet you!

Looks like everyone has been giving you great advice. I can offer support and belief that you can do it. I'm only 30 yrs old and twice my body weight for my height so I know how you feel. My knees are bad too, and the list of problems is long too, oi vey!

But everyday should be a beautiful first day. Looks like others have given you great advice. I'm starting slow and encouraging my family to support me by taking charge. I've changed out lots of snacks, done things like cut them in half and eat more portions throughout the days. I find positive things to read everyday, and love all the articles here when things don't seem like they're working out for me.

Do you like walking? Dancing? Don't track by scales alone. You can even create a chart by measuring your body figure. My sister in law did a cleanse and judged more by how loose clothes started to feel as the weeks went by.

Why do you want to be healthier? For me, I've made a bucket list goal and you might relate to this one: to be in better shape to be happier around family AND when you're by yourself. A healthy body leads to a healthy state of mind.

You're in the right place. I've come to see this community as people who know what its like to see failure not as an end, but as something that truly pushes you to find your inner strength.

You can do it! Moms can do anything, so I have faith in you! :) All the best!



TALISE11
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Posts: 12
5/29/13 12:28 P

Teri, Paula

Thank you for your support. You've both provided great ideas. I went to sleep and got through the evening. Day 1 down - as they say one day at a time. Talise



GLAMNGLOWDIVA
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5/29/13 1:06 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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TERICHANDLER
Posts: 9
5/29/13 12:15 A

Hi Talise, Don't look back. There's nothing there for you. Only look forward. This is going to be an adventure. Hard at times and not so at others. I too have struggled with this weight thing since I was a very young girl. When I was younger is was to look better. Now, it's to be healthier. There is some diabetes in my family also and that continues to haunt me. You must be someplace on the East coast because it's 3 hours later there than here. If you're truly hungry, get something "legal" to eat. If you just want something to eat, keep typing or get some sleep or find anything to get you through this time. That's one of my biggest downfalls. I think I'm hungry when I really just want to put something in my mouth. Im sure it must be incredibly hard when there's a bunch of goodies in the house. Especially at first, the will power isn't very strong. But you're going to do GREAT. Keep typing, it keeps your fingers busy.



TALISE11
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Posts: 12
5/28/13 11:55 P

Hi All,

I'm Talise. I've been down this dieting path too many times to count. Today I'm starting out yet again and trying not to focus on all the times I've failed. I'm not sure why I'm trying again, but I figured I don't need to have the reason crystalized. I turned 50 this year and my knees hurt. That worries me. A number of people in my family have diabetes. That worries me too. It's time to get healthy. It's 11:42 p.m. and I'm hungry. When people say "it's easy to lose weight, but hard to keep it off," I always wonder what they mean by "it's easy to lose weight." I have never found it easy to lose weight. I get hungry and my determination to stay focused on weight loss evaporates. I want this time to be different. I am hoping that by seeking support from others with similar struggles, I will have more success. My spouse and two teenage children are thin. They don't understand this struggle. They try to be supportive, but there are sweet snacks everywhere. I'm so discouraged by my weight that I've started this diet without weighing in. It's silly because I need to track my weight but facing the scale is painful. I have a rough idea of what I probably weigh based on how my clothes fit but I just could not face the number on the scale. Thanks in advance for your support.



 
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