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IZORA62
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7/3/13 1:37 P

Thank you all for your encouragement and advice....I have to admit, CARBS are not a friend to me. They are sooo tempting, Cookies are the worst!

I won't leave carbs out completely, as I do love fruit. I agree a food journal is one of the best tools I have. I do use the one included in Sparkpeople and find it very helpful.

...til next time...have a wonderful 4th of July and GOD Bless America!!



WADINGMOOSE
Posts: 1,044
7/3/13 1:01 P

I also love sugar. I love baking. There are a lot of things I love, that I can't do anymore. Mainly because I struggle to keep it in proportion.

One of the best things I ever did for myself, even after arguing with my husband about it forever before trying his advice, was dropping processed carbs and sugars. The first few days were awful because I loved me some bread. And crackers. And cookies. The list goes on.

After a week, things changed. I stopped craving carby processed foods. I stopped craving bread and sugar. I now throw parts of a loaf of bread out because it goes bad before we eat it.

I still can't have baked goods around because I just can't control myself. Last week I baked a chocolate zucchini cake, kept 4 slices at home and sent the rest to work with my husband.

It was a sacrifice and it was a sacrifice I hated making. But it was worth it. I lose weight much easier without all the carbs. I'm not advocating a low carb diet at all. I eat fruit. I eat bread. I eat rice and pasta. I just don't OVER eat those things anymore and cutting them out for a week helped me achieve that.

Water is good. Drink it.

I agree with the tape measure. My scale hasn't moved a lot in the last month, but I've lost over 3."



ERICADURR
Posts: 241
7/3/13 11:12 A

If you changed the settings to your fitness and food trackers, we might have more to go on. Here are my questions:

(1) Are you tracking absolutely every morsel of food that enters your mouth?

(2) You mention bicep curls/triceps/crunches, but have you considered a formal, structured strength training plan (or hiring a trainer for a bit to learn more types of exercises)?

(3) Keep up the water intake. That's not too much, and it helps to get rid of food cravings and helps combat the feeling of hunger when you're actually just thirsty.

(4) Speaking of food cravings, I find that processed sugar is a trigger food for me. When I have the stuff, I crave more sugar and carbohydrates. Thus I try to limit my sugar intake to the best of my abilities, and I find it helps me to maintain a healthy diet.

(5) Instead of focusing on weight, focus on measurements (get a tape measure and measure your waist, hips, biceps, thighs, etc). If you can, get someone to test your body fat. I've been anywhere from 110-116 within the course of a few days, but my body fat stays about the same, so it's just bloat and water weight. Don't let the scale be your only means of measurement.

(6) I find that when I have goals (particularly small goals), I am able to accomplish more. Perhaps you should sit down and write out some goals, then write a plan to implement these goals.



ARCHIMEDESII
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7/3/13 11:07 A

IZORA62,

What you're experiencing really IS perfectly normal. It's not unusual to see a "gain" on the scale when a person decides they need to lose weight. Is it because they are eating too much ? Not necessarily. What you're experiencing is probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. So, if you notice the scale jump up, that's the reason. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose.

As I tell all new members,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. 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.

You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight. It really does take time to change habits as well as see a change. So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like. There is a lot to learn and that too takes time. That's why SP encourages all its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Take baby steps, literally and figuratively. Start logging your food chocies so that you can see how many calories you're taking in as well as whether or not those foods are supplying you the with the necesary vitamins and nutrients your body needst to function properly. Weight loss isn't just about cutting calories. It's about making sure you eat wholesome foods that nourish your body. And that doesn't mean giving up cookies or cake. BUT, it does mean learning to be more mindful of your portions. And that too takes time to learn.

It really is impossible to learn everything you need to know in sooooo short a time.

Patience, it's a virtue.







IZORA62
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7/3/13 10:55 A

I could say that I don't know why I keep gaining, instead of losing, but that wouldn't be entirely true. So here are the facts:
1. I love sugar! (cookies are my favorite, i love the crunch/sweet combination). I can bake a cake and not eat a bite, but put cookies in front of me and I'll eat, eat, eat til they're gone!
2. I love water! (usually drink 7-8 bottles a day, that's about 14-16 8 oz. glasses) Is that too much?
3. I exercise! (you notice i didn't say love). For 3 weeks straight, I walked on treadmill for 5 days a week, 1-2 miles each time. I did crunches, biceps curls and triceps. Continuing daily.
4. I weight today, almost as much as I did when I was pregant with my last child. :( sadness..
5. I was so worried that I purchased a OTC pregancy test, on two different occasions, negative, that didn't satisy my so, I ask my doctor to draw blood and sent to lab-it was negative also. I've gained 3 lbs in the last 3 weeks!
6. I'm not giving up, however I can't seem to find the right combination.

Any suggestions?





 
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