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BLUENOSE63
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3/21/13 4:48 A

Wow great job on losing 60 lbs.

Now to keep it going, it is a mindset thing.....once you acknowledge that you have a new lifestyle and cannot go backwards, then you will be motivated to loose more weight.



TACDGB
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3/20/13 11:50 P

nice work on what you have lost so far........ emoticon I found that redesigining my life in such a way I don't have many failures. I got the junk food out of the house. I put working out in my life on purpose.........take weight lifting and spin classes. I keep my fat photo around as a reminder of what I don't want to go back to. I stay connected to sparks. So what can you do for yourself to keep the failures away.........? Be positive. I am sure that you can do what ever you set your mind to. Go get that body you want.



SASSYBRUN
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3/20/13 10:51 P

Deidre, thought of you today when reading an article on ow health professionals motivate their patients to lose weight.

This Dr was saying, if a patient asks him, can I lose 25% of my weight, he'd say that's not likely (studies show 10% weight loss is around where he majority of people stop). But if the patient says can I go for a 25% weight loss? The doc would say sure, as big goals are motivating and can be achieved by some. The Dr called 25% weight loss hard to attain AND life changing.

Deidre, you've lost 25% of your weight from when you started (300)!! According to medical professionals that's done by very few, and it's life changing! Give yourself a big pat on the back, treat yourself to a pedicure, celebrate by buying a new workout tshirt.

Just having lost 10% gives I don't know how many great health benefits. Imagine 25%! You've done a lot for yourself and your daughter already. And given that you've achieved so much (nt done by many) proves you have it in you to succeed in the goals you set for yourself.



RONIGH
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3/18/13 4:53 P

What I do is keep my entire wardrobe from 2004, when I was a size 38. I will not give up until I wear them again. I also have a huge mirror in my office and I look at my body daily. I don't see what I like, and this is what keeps me going.



DEIDREALLEN
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3/18/13 4:49 P

I think what I am learning from all this is making a few changes at a time which I never really focused on. Keeping a journal and my online calorie counting which takes work for me b/c I don't always keep up with it but I know it helps me stay on track. My clothes are a little looser which makes me feel better. I get compliments from guys which is nice.



ZIGFISH
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3/18/13 4:35 P

Great job on your success. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said refocus. It may help to read success stories, make sure you're tracking calories and going back to the science of it. I love the journey comment because I reached my goal a few years back, treated it like a destination and put it all back on plus more.

Rejoice in your success and avoid the shame part. You have so much to be proud of and your daughter must be soooo proud of all you have accomplished.

Good luck to you!



MILLIE5522
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3/18/13 4:21 P

Congrats on the incredible weight loss! I agree that plateaus are lessons in maintaining for the future. As for keeping motivated I read lots of success stories and reminded myself of all the NSVs I would get if I kept going eg. wearing my wedding ring again, getting into my favourite jeans, cycling to work without losing my breath & many more. When the motivation waned I would re-read my list. Hope this works for you. Good Luck!



ETHELMERZ
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3/18/13 4:19 P

The 3 times I lost alot of weight, I became obsessive-compulsive about it, you could have filled a room with chocolate and I wouldn't have touched it, BUT, when that mood goes away, then you just go back to yo yoing, and I've resigned myself to that, at least until I have to go to assissted living. But I have stuck to the daily exercise for 9 years, no matter what.



DEIDREALLEN
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3/18/13 4:18 P

That's good outlook to have. Taking it step by step. I would lose it and then regain b/c I give up eventually. I will be 48 in July. I am a single mom raising my 11 yr old daughter. Her dad died when she was 2 1/2. I have not remarried. I have had these health problems come up b/c I weighed close to 300 lbs....I was so ashamed of myself for letting myself go this last time. What jump started it this time hearing that I had prediabetes and beginning heart problems....I just could not continue with my old habits. I knew I had to do this long term and get the weight off. I am still hanging in there even though I have not lost down again. I lost almost 60 lbs. I weigh about 210 up and down. I have got to get my focus back like I did to get started again or I am afraid I'll gain it back. I



BUNNYKICKS
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3/18/13 3:45 P

To be honest, taking off that weight and then KEEPING IT OFF - is really quite an accomplishment! Instead of being hard on yourself for not having lost more yet, congratulate yourself on having learned how to eat appropriately-to-avoid-regaining!

Remember - one day you will hit goal - and what comes next? A LIFE LONG "plateau" that people refer to as "Maintenance" :) Many (most?) people seem to report that adapting to Maintenance (that is... realizing that your new way of eating must be maintained for life) is the hardest part of successful long term weight loss. You have a jump start on that process!

I would like to lose weight in a "tiered approach" like that, tbh! Lose fifty, maintain awhile, lose twenty more, maintain awhile, lose 10 more, maintain awhile, hit goal, maintain. On the one hand I am impatient about reaching goal, but then when i think about it - NOTHING CHANGES ONCE I HIT GOAL - I still have to eat properly!!! Or it will have all been for nothing in the end! Remembering this, helps me to develop some patience with the process.



SHANNONY84
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3/18/13 3:42 P

By standing in the mirror naked and seeing what I want to fix!



SUMMER662
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3/18/13 3:30 P

Well, I'll be 47 this year and I have this particular dress I want to wear that shows off one of my great assests.....MY emoticon emoticon LEGS.



BRUCE31511
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3/18/13 2:49 P

I am still on the journey. My kids are starting their families and I want to be healthy to play with all my future grandkids. I have enough genetics working against me that I need something working for me, like me! There are so many yummy recipes on this site, I just have to move off the couch, into the kitchen, and make something yummy. Of course, I have to get the right stuff at the store, but once you get into the habit, I think it becomes easier. I didn't gain these extra 100 pounds in 1 year, so I can take more that 1 year to lose them. Good luck on the journey!



IRISHGIRL3
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3/18/13 2:40 P

I keep reminding myself how happy I felt when I weighed less when getting dressed for work or dressing up for special events.



DEIDREALLEN
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3/18/13 2:37 P


I like to work on my attitude b/c I give up so easily. I think I am too hard on myself is another reason why I am not too successful long-term. I kept a lot of weight off that I lost before I got pregnant and I had my daughter almost 12 years ago....and, it's been hard to keep off ever since. Now, I am a single parent, widowed, and I need to make these changes mainly to be here for my daughter.



SASSYBRUN
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3/18/13 2:33 P

I want to do my journey in a smaller size :)



DEIDREALLEN
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3/18/13 9:52 A

Maybe, that's why I have failed at it so many times because I treated it as a destination.



BILL60
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3/18/13 6:40 A

It's a journey not a destination.



CRYSTALDANCER
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3/17/13 10:00 P

I feel your pain. I've been at the same weight for a very long time. I lost 70 pounds over the course of a year and for the last several months I just go up and down 5-10 pounds. It's very irritating and there have been many days where I have felt like quitting. I guess the only advice I have is, no matter how much you want to give up, don't allow yourself to do it.

If you haven't already, look at photos at your higher weight. Remember your accomplishments and how great you feel without those 60 extra pounds. Keep coming here for support and remember that this is a lifelong journey.

You can do it!

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SASSYBRUN
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3/17/13 9:37 P

First congratulations, that's a great weight loss. This time around (a yoyo myself) I've only been at it for 1.5 months, and I've already been challenged in many ways.

From what I've read (not experienced this time around), weight bearing exercises apparently help a lot. If you don't have a gym membership and/or weights try the following (can look up on youtube for details): lunges (start with 10 reps each leg, work up to 3 sets 20 reps), woen push ups or push ups against stairs (less weight). That's a good overall body workout to start with.

Motivation, that's harder to tap into. If you could bring back the feelings you had when you started? You're successful, you must know a thing or two ;)



DEIDREALLEN
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3/17/13 9:09 P


I have lost about 60 pounds since last summer and have it a plateau. Seems like I got comfortable again and thought I could eat junk foods again. I realize I can't eat junk foods and lose weight. I have been a yo-yo dieter all my life. I am losing weight again because of health issues with prediabetes and heart issues. I realize I need to make these changes last and lose the weight. But these plateaus are so hard to overcome for me. It's been easier just to give up, but I really don't want to give up. I get afraid of gaining it all back again b/c it makes me feel like I will never lose it for good.



 
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