I do so agree with you. I would also say to those who have a problem with will power that I have found it easier over time. So trying to stick with it does pay off. If I am in danger of overindulging I think, "Is it really worth all the hassle of having to lose that weight again?" Most of the time the answer is,"No."
That is awesome that you have found the Spark and that it is working for you. Ditto for me. I am A Weight Watcher member but have found that The two go together very well. I like the meetings at WW and the group dynamics there but have found that The Spark has added even more. If I spend an hour or tracking nutrition, and activity, then reading articles and Spark Pages, I get very motivated and want to set my goals and keep my streaks going. I got The Book in the mail yesterday and that is awesome too. Anyway, way to go on your success.
Try weighing out snacks at the beginning of the day and putting them in a bowl for you to eat if you feel hungry beween meals. My husband and I did that (all within our calorie allowance for the day) and it meant we had some control over what we ate and when.
We found at the beginning we were eating all our snacks but as time went on some were still left at the end of the day. If you make at least some of the snacks fruit you might find it helps with the hunger. We were quite strict with ourselves over eating only when hungry but we rarely went hungry.
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Congratulations! It's wonderful that you were able to accomplish what you needed and NOT feel miserable while doing it. I love SP!
I read somewhere - probably on this site - that going to bed earlier helps weight loss. I guess it is because we are less likely to snack. I factor in a banana and a mug of milk before bed (within my calorie allowance for the day)and try to make sure I get to bed before I start to feel hungry again. I used to be an owl and feasted on biscuits (cookies) just before bed.
HOO RAY! THAT IS THE BEST PART! You were happy doing it! It's only going to get better! Great post! Reminds us of how a fit life makes us feel FABULOUS all the wy around. Keep up the great work! You deserve this! Angela
As far as I'm concerned, the mind set is 95% of the battle. We all have our moments of weakness from time to time, but the consistency that SP helps one achieve is pricesless. Thanks for sharing your accomplishments and encouragement...it helps us all see that this works!
Hi Philly. What a great achievement for you and it would be great to see you keeping going with the weight loss. As you have said, the benefits are far greater than the actual figures. I have always had a problem with weight and my finest part for 2010 is that I did not put on any weight over the Christmas/ New Year period which I put down to an increased awareness of how easy it is to put weight on and a will to start to redress this issue. Keep up the good work and keep the rest of us motivated also.
read your story om spark community this morning. it's funny i have been a member of sparkpeople since 2008 and have never thought og things this way until i got THE SPARK, in the mail the other day. oh i go through the motions but never considered what the outcome would be. i honestly think i am ready to take the steps to start seeing the same success that other sparkers have been seeing.
So very proud of you! You have the right mentallity to make this weightloss really stick! In fact, I certain you'll see more weight melting off over time as your continue your new way of living. It isn't about "dieting"...it is about healthy living. You're doing a great!
Your words describe me to a tee. I'm so impressed that you made it out of the cycle. I'm still in it and would love to hear how you broke it. I eat healthy and exercise but have a late night appetite that I can't stop. Keep up the good work and please share a little more if you will. -Tracy
I too am very happy about SparkPeople. I had lost 27 pounds, slowly, but it did come off. Shortly before the holidays my scale quit working. I had the most awful feeling that without it I wouldn' lose, or might even gain. Two days ago, at my doctor's office, I found I hadn't gained. Since I wasn't very "good" over the holidays, this was a surprise.
Now, a new scale is on the way to me and I'm back working at it. I haven't posted much lately but will try to do more. I have deadlines on two books but I know I could take a few minutes for SparkPeople.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday - Happy New Year.
I agree with you completely! Making those healthy changes is what will really make the difference for us! Great job!
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I think the second part is a bigger accomplishment for me than the first. When I visited my doctor on November 15, I weighed 176. He said I was otherwise in excellent health, but suggested I try and lose some weight.
I have a long history of food issues and thus I was afraid to "diet" again. So, I decided to just start eating healthier--whole grains, lots of produce, no processed foods, cooking at home. And I made yoga and regular exercise a priority.
Also, I've been religiously using Spark to help guide me - the nutrition and fitness trackers, my personal blog, the message boards, the articles . . . the whole site.
Today, December 22, I weighed in at 165.9! But, more importantly, I feel healthy and strong, full of energy and hope and extremely positive. I feel like I've broken the cycle of deprivation/overeating that I was stuck in for so many years. That means more to me than the ten pounds. We'll see what's next for me.
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