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AVVYNESS
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6/1/12 9:08 A

My jubilation was short lived. I ate two sweet raisin buns yesterday. Why? It happens every month around the time I'm ovulating. I get strong cravings for sugar or for white bread. This morning I am 3 pounds heavier than yesterday so now I feel down and ate two more raisin buns today. In addition, I am feeling bloated and tired so I did not exercise. Like I said - it happens every month.

This time I am going to make an effort to not get sucked into the down spiral. I'm struggling here. Typically I have three more days of cravings to go. Does anyone else experience monthly cravings? What do you do about it?

Edited by: AVVYNESS at: 6/1/2012 (09:09)


JENNYLT1
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5/31/12 6:16 P

Hi folks, Avvy I'm so glad to see that you did your TaeBo! I'm feeling tired today but that's giving me motivation to go to the gym after this. Bellydog and Catnip, I add a little protein into my day by putting EAS lean protein powder into my coffee. It's only 100 calories per scoop and it's vanilla flavored so I can put less sweetener into my coffee. I get it at Target. Bellydog, you could probably add it into your hot cocoa.

Catnip, I bet you're gaining muscle which is why the scale isn't budging even though you feel better. I know how you feel though...I've put on 2 pounds in the past few days. It's depressing but it's not like I've eaten 7000 extra calories, so I can only assume it's water weight/stress/some stress eating and it'll go back down in time. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!



CATNIP821
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5/31/12 1:41 P

How about that quote of the day...

Things do not change, we change.
Henry David Thoreau

How true is this. The more you try to change the things around you, the more frustrated you get. But if we relax into the thought that we can change ourselves, miracles can happen.

We also have the power to make that change permanent. It is not enough to "be on a diet". We must make a life change on how we eat. Exercising on and off will not make a change. We need to commit to a routine, and for something to become "routine" we must repeat that exercise routine for several weeks before we see change. I don't know about you guys, but I have a hard time committing to a new "diet" and exercise routine for weeks without seeing results. That is why I come here every day. It gives me the motivation to go on one more day.

I hate sounding preachy!!! Somehow my thoughts never translate the same in email. So what do you guys think of the quote?

Have a great day!

Catnip emoticon



CATNIP821
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5/31/12 1:31 P

Hello everyone,

I weighed myself today. 11 days and all I lost is .1 pounds. Not 1, but .1. This is hard. But I will not stop. Even my measurements are the same. Yet somehow I look better. Hmmm?

Hi Bren. You truly have some obstacles to overcome. I can not imagine being allergic to all that stuff and trying to lose weight. About how many calories on average were you consuming? How many times a day did you eat? Were you hungry? I will try to help. I am no expert, but we will see what we can do. Do you see tour doc for weight lose?

What are you eating now? Is it working at all? Also, any other allergies...like peanuts or shellfish?

You can do this! I really feel better coming in here each day and seeing advice. It amazes me that people with their own problems have the energy and selflessness to help others. I believe when we do that it makes us feel better and results in a better attitude for our selves. And no matter how much one individual will know, someone else - from outside looking in - has a suggestion that works.

Hang in there BEN!!!

Catnip







BREN_SARGE
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5/31/12 11:09 A

So a big issue that i have is when i track my calories. I will log EVERYTHING I eat and drink. I then will make my self so sick because i will not get enough calories. So my Doc said that i am not allowed to track my calories. And to top that off I am allergic to all fruits and some veggies. So my food is just not right. So i am tracking my exercise, and that is not enough. I had a knee injury a few weeks ago and havent done anything since. I will be going back to the gym next week so i am looking forward to it. I NEED SOME SERIOUS HELP!!! emoticon



BELLYDOG
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5/31/12 6:56 A

Psychicarmor, sometimes when you do lots of active work you need more water to keep you properly hydrated. 64 fluid ounces might not be nearly enough for you. An easy way to tell is if you are peeing clear. Any hint of yellow, and you are not drinking enough. Another thing could be that you're not getting enough sleep. Your body is an amazing machine, but it does require maintenance, which require sleep. And don't forget that sleeping with the lights on doesn't help. Your body does its best work in the dark. After that it is like catnip says, track your nutrition and get the proper proportions of macro nutrients (Carbohydrates, proteins and fats). Anyone else have any suggestions?



BELLYDOG
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5/31/12 6:46 A

Avvyness, You go Girl! Keep up the good work. Keep us posted. We are here for you.



BELLYDOG
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5/31/12 6:44 A

Catnip, I did the nutritional tracking too and found the same thing! Too much fat, not enough protein, could do better on carbs. Also I need to up the potassium, calcium and magnesium. The K and Mg are not required on nutritional labels, so that is always recorded as lower than actual. I have been doing better at hitting my marks for the macronutrients, but it is a struggle. Definitely, eating more salads with only 1 Tablespoon of dressing and no cheese helped cut fat. Also, not having butter on toast in the AM helped. It also seems to help with some of the knee pain I was having. Having 3 oz of broiled boneless skinless chicken breast on salad for lunch and dinner helped me get the protein levels up. Sometimes I change it out a tad and have drained tuna in spring water on the salad for lunch and dinner. If I need to add in more carbs, I'll add in some whole wheat pasta. And I like to track the day and see where I am short and then find what snacks I need to bring me up to cover the macronutrients without going over on the calories or the sodium levels. It gets to be like a game. Mixed nuts are high in fat and low in protein compare to chicken, the hot coca I have is low fat and adds carbs and no protein. And I can't leave tracking too late or there will be no time left to eat the snack. You are a nutritionist. What foods can you recommend besides bananas and potatoes that will be high in potassium for me. Thanks.



AVVYNESS
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5/30/12 9:01 P

I actually did 30 minutes of taebo today. I am completely exhausted but so elated. Yayyy!!! Thanks for being her you guys. It helps alot.




BELLYDOG
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5/30/12 2:48 P

Hi Catnip & Others. Yes I was at that same school of cleaning your plate and not wasting food. That is part of why I eat that food. I think it might also be partly due to emotional eating. I am a shy person. I get anxious about entertaining guests. Having the house clean, having enough food, having the table set and looking good, etc. I will plan and stress out over it for days. And then I have to interact with the guests on top of all that. So I think I might be relieved when the guests leave. I like the suggestion about the cinnamon gum too. Sounds like that is an excellent idea. I was not hungry yesterday. I was not hungry today. I was too stressed to be hungry. Yesterday it was the guests, today it was because I was getting biopsy results back. I am in pain as I type. The news was not good, but further testing is needed. So had a second biopsy done today. So much worse today than last week. And the local is wearing off now and the pain is beginning in earnest. If this one comes back the same as the first, I could lose a body part. WOW! What a shock to the system. So I am still not hungry, I am too stressed out. And Hubby is in the US and I am not. He called to talk to me. And we both had to say, "Well, look on the bright side, it is not the worst case scenario, so it could have been much worse than it is." SparkPeople is helping me to be positive. That is probably the best thing I can do right now. Get over the pain and keep on my journey to good health, in more areas than just weight loss. I won't be entertaining any time soon, so I won't need the cinnamon gum just yet, but I will have to stock up and be ready for the next time. I am allergic to alcohol, but if I wasn't, I think I could drink enough to pass out.



CATNIP821
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5/30/12 2:45 P

OK All,

I Know I am overposting, but you need to hear/see this. I have been using the sparkle app on my phone and logging EVERYTHING I eat and drink. All this time I thought my diet was great. Then I ran a report on what I have eaten over the last week. Here is what I found out.

1. Not enough Protein
2. Too much fat
3. Could do better on carbs.

If you are having trouble with a plateau like I am GET THIS APP!!!! You can do it on the computer, but if you have the app you can chart your stuff everywhere.

It truly opened my eyes, and I am a nurse trained in nutrition.

Catnip



CATNIP821
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5/30/12 2:37 P

Hello again,

I am reading some of us feeling sort of beat down. I get it. I am there with you. I think in order to be successful that is the first thing we need to change. Look in the mirror. Tell yourself you like you. You are a champion. You can do anything you set your mind too. The brain is much more powerful then anything else. Yes, we are not losing weight and we are sick and tired. But read the quote I posted. Be the stream. Be the turtle in the turtle and the hare.

As for actual physical tiredness I am sorry to hear it. I can not imagine having 2 jobs and trying to lose weight. But is I were you I would try the Jillian 30 day shred. I say this a lot because it is what I do. But it is only 30 minutes a day and it is amazing.

Stick with it ladies. We can do it. We are a force to be reckoned with!!!

Catnip



PSYCHICARMOR
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5/30/12 2:16 P

Where to find motivation? I lost 17 lbs in a month but I have been 202 for almost 3 weeks now. I am staying in my calories range, drinking lots of water, eating fruits and veggies (non-processed at that). But here I am, stuck. My biggest issue is fatigue. I work all day and come home mentally and emotionally exhausted. 3 - 4 days a weeks I work a second job after my full time job. The great thing about the second job is it is all manual labor so I burn a lot of calories but on my days off, I'm spent. Any ideas to get over the hump? emoticon



KAYSEA6
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5/30/12 2:01 P

Good Morning Everybody

I too like quotes. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

What helps me is: Posting and reading inspiring blogs.
At present I am working on:

1. Chewing my food slowly. I have been eating slowly and savoring each bite. I have really enjoyed each meal. Imagine -- enjoying your meals and losing weight at the same time.
2. Pace, schedule and prioritize. If it ain't scheduled, it ain't going to get happen.
3. Catch my negative thinking and reframe. Each time I do this, the less likely I will get emotional hunger.

My starting weight was 154. I need to keep my eye on my goals and successes.
1. 154
2. 152
3. 150
4. 148

Edited by: KAYSEA6 at: 5/30/2012 (14:05)


BREN_SARGE
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5/30/12 1:56 P

I just read your message. I was looking for the same thing. I too am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am wanting someone to give the kick in the butt that i need to get going. I have A LOT to loose and have totally fallen off the wagon. Time is now to get it all going again and make this that last restart to my new life. Life begins today and nothing will stop me. If you would like we can be eachothers accountability partners. Let me know.



CATNIP821
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5/30/12 1:44 P

Hello Everyone,

I love the support here. OMG Cinnamon gum is genius! You are so right when you say nothing tastes good with it. I am definitely using that one.

So ,we have forgiven ourselves for our diet/food transgressions. Now it is back to business. I hope you all like today's quote....

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence."
Buddha

This is a great reminder for me. For the last 10 days I have not lost any weight or inches. Sometimes I wonder why I keep doing it. So I will keep telling myself I am like the stream.

I wonder what I can do to get over a plateau. Here are a few things I know.

1. Mix up what you are eating. Your body is getting used to your diet
2. Same thing with workout, do something new, or add something like a walk
3. More protein is helpful, as long as it is low fat
4. Keep a food diary, some things can make you gain weight
5. Take apple cider vinegar
6. Eat an apple a day

What suggestions have worked for you guys?

The apple cider vinegar is one of the best for me. You can either incorporate it in your diet, buy it in pill form or take a shot. Actually, do not do it straight, it will burn you. Add it to water, but warning it taste yucky like that.

Also the diary is awesome. I used to think shrimp was the way to go. Virtually no fat high in protein, etc...But EVERY time I ate it I gained weight. Weird right?

So today I will be the stream. I will stay on my diet. I will do my exercise. I will keep in touch with you fantastic ladies (and gentlemen) to get inspiration and support. GOod luck today everyone!

Catnip




AVVYNESS
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5/30/12 11:11 A

The last taebo DVDs I have are the bootcamp videos. I will look at the taebo power ones. If they are faster than the taebo bootcamp I'm afraid I might not be able to keep up.



HEALTHYIN2014
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5/29/12 10:36 P

I have enjoyed reading all the ideas. My best trick while preparing or putting away food.
Cinnamon gum. Nothing tastes good mixed with the strong flavor.
I seemed to need a certain number of mouth chews every day. If I chew gum, I eat less food.


Edited by: HEALTHYIN2014 at: 5/30/2012 (13:36)


JENNYLT1
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5/29/12 10:20 P

Thanks for the kick in the butt and the reassurance. I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself if I splurge once in a while. My main concern is that the closer I get to my goal, the hungrier I get. All my old tricks don't work anymore (adding protein, volumizing with vegetables, eating a pound of strawberries...). I really like the water suggestion though, I know I don't drink enough so this will kill two birds with one stone.

Avvyness, have you tried the new TaeBo videos? I really like the TaeBo Power and Cardio Explosion ones. I'm so excited to have some accountability partners. It's nice to meet all of you!



KAYSEA6
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5/29/12 9:47 P

Hello Everyone

There are a lot of good suggestions in these posts. I would just like to add to be persistent. We aren't strong all the time so when we slip a little, just get up and keep going. Sometimes just trying something different is helpful.

At present I am working on:

1. Chew my food slowly. At breakfast time I wanted to gulp my food down so I could get started on a project. Instead I sat down and ate slowly. I remembered to eat my other meals slower.
2. Pace myself and prioritize. I am getting more done.
3. Catch my negative thinking and reframe. I have linked tiredness with sadness. Tiredness means a need to rest and has nothing to do with sadness.

Each day I will get better on doing the above.



CATNIP821
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5/29/12 7:23 P

Hi Bellydog,

I can relate, I have the same problem. It starts with food prep. Cutting up veggies and they wind up in my mouth. It's like "one for you and one for me". But clean up is a problem too. The first step is identifying the problem...and you just did. Now every time you clean up think about what you are doing and that will stop it.

Also, I do not know how old you are, but I am the product of finish everything on your plate. Well that was the first thing I had to stop. It is OK to not eat everything on your plate. Then you clean up, and there isn't enough peas to save so finish them. I was brought up never to waste anything so this was hard for me. But change how you look at things. If you eat the food that did not get thrown away, it has a negative affect on you. Maybe not that one day, but if you add it up, your gaining a gut.

So 3 things...

You can leave food on your plate
You do not have to eat the food that is not enough to save
You do need to eat so you are not hungry

I know you said you were not hungry, but maybe you were a little?

Anyway, this was a long post to say you are already doing what you need to do to stop BE AWARE. Make a conscious decision not to eat as you clean up. Maybe leave yourself a little reward for not snacking on the food as you clean up. A little incentive!

Let us know how it goes.

Catnip




BELLYDOG
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5/29/12 7:03 P

I had guests over for dinner tonight. I was very good all day (I wasn't hungry) and good at dinner while the guests were here. But after the guests left and I had to clean the kitchen, food start ending up in my mouth. It wasn't as if I was hungry or as if I wanted or needed the food. I realized tonight that actually this is quite typical behavior for me. I start scarfing food when I am alone in the kitchen putting away all of the leftovers. Here in Scotland I don't do much entertaining. But in Luanda, Angola I did lots of entertaining, and lots of overeating. So, why do I do this? I managed to stay within my calorie range today, and even stayed within the fat grams range, but only just. I'm wondering if anyone else has this problem and if so, what strategies have worked for them? I don't plan to let this derail me. I will continue my efforts. But now that I have identified this as a problem to solve, I need to figure it out. And we may be moving to Jakarta, Indonesia within 6 months. It is a location with many opportunities to entertain. So I think this problem needs to be addressed. Any suggestions?



CATNIP821
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5/29/12 5:45 P

Avvy,

You go girl!



AVVYNESS
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5/29/12 5:10 P

Catnip821,
Thanks so much for replying. I really need motivation and it is a comfort to just have someone to reach out to. You know, I used to do taebo. Yes, taebo, 3 or 4 times a week. And a few months ago a group of us used to walk 10 miles - we have a mountainous terrain so 10 miles is some serous hills - but I stopped because I got really painful legs. Haven't been back since. Now I do zilch.
So I'm taking up the 30 minute challenge.




CATNIP821
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5/29/12 4:57 P

Hi Avvy,

You can do this! Let us help you. Make a promise to yourself and us to work out for 30 minutes. That's all. There are tons of things just on the web you can do for 10-30 minutes. Check out Tiffany Rothe of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. Start today, even if you just walk.

I believe in you!

Catnip



AVVYNESS
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5/29/12 4:45 P

Hi all,
I'd love to join you all if there is room for one more. I'm so demotivated right now that I feel like stopping. I've been on and off, on and off, on and off since January and I have lost and put on the same 5 pounds. Right now I feel that I can't even lose 10 pounds. I have to lose 25 pounds. I say have because I was so much healthier when I was 25 pounds lighter. I could run, play with my children, not be so self-conscious, loved myself so much more.

I need some motivation. I no longer even feel like doing this. Still, I owe it to myself to keep trying so I'm here.



CATNIP821
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5/29/12 2:39 P

Hello everyone,

I am seeing a few posts on overdoing it...including my own. Let's give ourselves a break. It was a holiday weekend. We are bound to slip up sometimes, and when you are surrounded by family and food I would bet the chance of slipping up increase dramatically. Yes we are here to be accountable. But we are also here to support each other when we fall down. It is for that reason I picked today's quote....

"It doesn't matter if you fall down or not, it matters if you get back up." {Vince Lombardi}

How true that is! Part of this journey is forgiveness. I think that is part of what Mr. Lombardi is saying. Yes, he was a football coach and a little rough around the edges. But the message is the same. Nobody is perfect. And on the days you are not perfect, get over it so we can get on with business.

So, today I will get back up. I will do my workout. I will drink at least 8 glasses of water. I will stay within my caloric range. And I will forgive myself for falling down!

Have a great day everyone!

Catnip



RUSSTHESKIGUY
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5/29/12 11:04 A

Some days you just have to tell yourself you are going to stick to your goals no matter what. Yesterday I planned to work out but got stuck at work and didn't get home until after 11:00pm. I finally told myself that I was going to the gym regardless at 11:30, walked over and worked out until about 1am and then came back and went to bed. I actually had a great workout although I don't like to be at the gym that late. On the bright side, it isn't too crowded that time of the night and you can get any piece of equipment you want :)



FAIRYFANTASY
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5/29/12 8:06 A

okay i will help to push you to the goal. first order of business. how much water are you drinking? sometimes we eat when we are really thirsty and water can fill you up. so for today give yourself permission to snack 20minutes after every 20 oz of water. flavored water helps.drinking the water can refocus you and in the 20 minutes you might decide not to have that snack.



JENNYLT1
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5/28/12 10:21 P

Hi everyone, I'm hoping I can join your little group! My problem is with my eating habits. I love to work out, and it has turned me into a total hungry monster eating machine. Like today, I figured what the heck, it's Memorial Day so I had 3 slices of a Panera Bread pastry ring. I went to the gym to work out but then came home and had some Fannie Mae mint meltaway ice cream and some pretzels. That pushed my daily caloric intake to somewhere in the 2400 range. Yikes! I know I have issues with snacking because I am just so.darn.hungry.all.the.time. I'm so close to my goal yet keep sabotaging myself. Please give me a kick in the butt to get back on track!



CATNIP821
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5/28/12 3:36 P

Hi All,

Missed you. I had a busy couple of days and have not checked in. I did over do it one day. I have been superb for over 2 months with NO fast food for 2 months and no cheating on diet for 3 weeks. But Friday night we went to Melting Pot. I suppose it could have been worse. So I indulged. I WILL NOT punish myself. I will just get back on my diet. And I did! I did my Jillian 30 day shred the next morning.

My biggest problem is I have been committed for 3 weeks, and the results are small. 5 pounds lost in 2 weeks and now nothing for over a week. Not even a budge on the measurements. I will power through it hoping I will start to see change soon.

Anyway here is my quote of the day. I am in sales and love Sun Tzu. I believe we are in a war. Sun Tzu was the master of war. I thought a few of his quotes were appropriate, after all we are in a war ourselves. He is smart and subtle. While he was probably the most successful and unforgiving of all warriors, he is also cunning and careful. His strategy is strong while being encouraging. And, after all it is Memorial Day today Enjoy...

“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.”
― Sun Tzu

Have a great day all! And lets remember all our fallen Heros today. Without their ultimate sacrifice we would not have our way of life today. We are truly blessed.

Catnip





LESIA1966
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5/28/12 1:25 P

wow started out great 2 day of REALLY. I am going to make it. you are a Great Group of Winners.. Be Blessed



KRISTINGETSFIT
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5/28/12 12:14 P

BELLYDOG, I so know what you mean about hating to have your photo taken. Something I have realized is that no one needs to see the photo by me, which has helped me work up the courage to just do it. Using your cell phone or camera, you can take a photo in the bathroom mirror to use as your photo journal- you don't have to share it with anyone else, though as you make progress you may find that you want to!



BELLYDOG
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5/28/12 11:38 A

Russ and Kaysea, excellent idea of photo log. I was thinking the other day that I have no before photo. I HATE having my photo taken. Always have. Maybe because it would generate comments about my ears sticking out, or my smile with crooked teeth showing, or something else negative. I usually avoid mirrors for the same reason. So it came as a shock a number of years ago when someone caught me on camera. I was fat! I mean really fat! I was a toothpick growing up. I knew I'd gained weight, just didn't realize how much. I think I will start taking photos too. It will be an inspiration to see how far I can go. But I think I will do it monthly, starting June 1st. That gives me a couple extra days to work up my courage for the first one. And like you two, I also find myself motivated for awhile, and then life gets in the way. I let any excuse keep me from my goals. I'm hoping this time I will get a good enough start that the momentum will carry me further, and all of the way. I've got "The Spark" and I've been reading it every night to help keep me motivated. I've got my journal, spiral bound, that I can take with me when I travel. Four weeks into my journey and I am six pounds down, only 46 more to go!



KAYSEA6
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5/28/12 11:06 A

Hi Russ

Congratulation on your successes so far and welcome! You have come to the right place. Regardless of our individual goals, we all have the same goal of getting healthier. We all want the same thing -- support so we can reach our goals. I also go through spurts of motivation and then start to fizzle out. Each time I say -- this time will be different.

For me, just seeing someone else working on their goals is very motivating. I say to myself "if they can do it so can I". It helps keep me focused. My problem is losing focus and going back to making excuses why I can't do it.

I also am keeping a photo log. Mine will be for every 5 lbs lost. So far I only have the first picture but will be taking the second picture in a week or so. Already I can feel the difference in my clothes.

Good luck on your journey.

My Goal: 142 and eventually 125 lbs.
5/ 1 - 152
5/15 - 150 - first two pounds gone
5/24 - 149
5/28 - 148 - second two pounds gone



RUSSTHESKIGUY
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5/28/12 4:13 A

Greetings,

First, let me congratulate you all on your accomplishments thus far. Every person's journey is unique but better health and fitness is important for everyone. I have been looking for an accountability partner to help keep me motivated but I'm not sure I'm what you all are looking for because I am working to gain weight, not lose. I've been going pretty strong now for 2 months and have had some positive results. One thing that has been helpful is I take a picture once a week, with the same pose, and weigh in only once a week. Then I put the pictures in a microsoft powerpoint slideshow (for myself and my wife...since I am away from my family for a year). I can then look back and go week by week through my progress, and I find it especially helpful to compare week 1 and where I am at currently becasue I can see a very real difference. I still have a ways to get to where I want to be, but since you look at yourself every day, it can be hard to see the changes that are gradually occuring in your body. However, looking at the changes in the pictures over time can be an excellent source of motivation for you when you are feeling down, to know that all your hard work is making a difference. I usually start off pretty motivated at things but in time that motivation starts to diminish. This is one tool I haven't used before but has been helpful for me.

Good luck to you all.



KAYSEA6
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5/27/12 8:16 P

Welcome Sandur. Thanks for your comments Bellydog. Little victories do add up.

I thought I would share how I am doing.

My last glucose test came back high. This was the extra motivation I needed. I went to the library and looked up what I could do about it. Basically, it is exercise regularly and lose weight.

I already have heart failure and do not want to add being diabetic so I am doing whatever it takes to lose at least 10 pounds. Right now I am concentrating on 2 pounds at a time.
emoticon I must be one of the slowest losers but that is ok. This is how I have done this month:
5/ 1 - 152
5/15 - 150 - first two pounds gone

5/19 - 149.6
5/20 - 149.4
5/21 - 149.1
5/22 - 149.1 - said "no thanks" to birthday cake at a party.
5/23 - 149.1 - had virtual binge
5/24 - 149.0 - cancelled pity party
5/25 - 148.9 - I didn't put on all this weight quickly and it won't come off quickly either.
5/26 - 148.8 - I am learning patience
5/27 - 148.2 - I ate a modest portion of spaghetti. I have power over food.

When I was younger and healthier, losing weight was no problem. Now it is a different story. One of the side effects of my medication is weight gain plus I now have to live a sedentary life. So losing weight is now a tad more difficult but not impossible.

When I set my mind to something, I can do it. I just needed to set my mind to losing some weight and keeping it off. emoticon




BELLYDOG
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5/27/12 4:24 P

Hi Sandur, remember to focus on what you can do. Celebrate the little victories, no matter how small. They help to build momentum so you can achieve even bigger victories.



BELLYDOG
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5/27/12 4:07 P

Kaysea, Sounds like you've got your plan worked out and you are moving forward. You can help to inspire the rest of us. Help keep us motivated too. Keep up the good work.



SANDUR123
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5/27/12 12:47 P

Hello all,

Just like all of you I have the same issues, I would love soem buddies to help keep me motivated and keep me moving forward. Even when I feel like going back to bed, feeeling sorry for my self and just huddle under the blankets where nobody can see me. I have suffered with body issues, ever since my son was born 16 years ago. My ex-hubby convinced me that I was fat. Ever since them I still see the same sized body in the mirror. I was embarrassed and ashaned when they weighed me for the c-section (16 years ago) and vowed I would never be that heaby again.- Well I've done it, in the past couple months I managed to gain between 10 and 15 pounds which pushed me over the threshold to that weight I never wanted to be again. (Yes I realize being pregnant and gaining weight is all part of it) . My weight has gone up and down over the past 16 years, and now I want it to go down, down, down to where I want to be. I want to be able to wear size 8 clothes, and not feel uncomfortable. Not feel like there is bulges here or muffin tops there. My partner isnt ready to embrace the Spark Life so I am really going it alone. I have to fight temptation, when he brings chips or ice cream to the house.

I would love to join your buddy system and have some support and be able to ask those who have been here longer questions about how to cope and what the best strategy is to keep motivated.....

I'm from Canada, but dont hold that against me, I am currently at home full time due to an injury at work, so I have some issues with what I can do for exercises.



KAYSEA6
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5/27/12 10:27 A

Discipline is remembering what you really want.
What you think, you become.

My goals are to each day work on:
1. use portion control so I can lose 10 lbs and avoid getting diabetes.
2, pace myself so I have time for my priorities.
3. align my thoughts with my goals.
4. use my energy constructively.

Daily accountability works wonders and little successes are great motivators.
1. for dinner I ate a small portion of spaghetti -- one of my favorite foods that tempt me
2. follow a schedule sure helps
3. working on the habit of saying my affirmations when I first get up, at noon and before dinner.
4. working on changing "poor me" to "lucky me". The glass might be 1/4th full but I can appreciate that 1/4th.
Another energy drainer is "I can't". Working on changing to "how will I".





BELLYDOG
Posts: 889
5/26/12 2:49 P

Lesia, so far how is your journey going? What have you found is the biggest eye opener for you? What is most difficult? What is easiest? Everybody can answer these questions too. Let us know where we can help you most.
1SexxyGrl, where are you? How is it going for you today?



BELLYDOG
Posts: 889
5/26/12 2:43 P

So Chasmere, why did you eat the sweets? Boredom? Craving? Stress? Why did you stop exercising? Boredom with your routine? Too many other obligations? Needed 30 of time and only had 10? Sometimes you have to figure out the whys before you can modify the behavior. Be honest when you do the self evaluation. Once you figure it out, there lots of articles to help put you back on track.

Catnip, where's the inspirational quote for the day? I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with everyday.



MT-FITFORLIFE
Posts: 80
5/26/12 5:38 A

Honestly I messed up for the last two days, I ate too much sweet and stop my exercise. It was my first week some more, I think finding partner will help me to stay motivated.



BELLYDOG
Posts: 889
5/26/12 5:10 A

Today I will try to be responsible and sensible. I will choose to exercise (walk the dog) and eat healthy food. I have to go to the grocery store today. So the sensible part will be to avoid the aisles of tempting unhealthy snack and candies. If I don't see them, I won't crave them so much. If they are not in the house, then they won't be talking to me and enticing me. I did well yesterday. I want to keep it up today too. Tomorrow I weigh in and measure up. So I especially don't want to ruin a week's worth of struggle by blowing it today. So, I better take a shower and get moving. Already it is after 10:00 and the sun is shining. Which is fabulous in the Granite City where the buildings are grey, the sky is usually grey, and life appears to be monochromatic, GREY most of the time. So I need to get out there and enjoy the sunshine while being responsible and sensible!



CATNIP821
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5/25/12 2:29 P

Hello Ladies,

I love this! A big thanks to all doing this. I decided to go out and look for positive affirmations for us. I thought I might post one a day. Here is the first one...

You act out who you think you are.
Fishel, Ruth (1988, p 59) Learning to Live in the Now Health Communications, Inc.Deerfield Beach, Florida

I believe this. I will act thin and sexy today. How will you act?

Catnip



LESIA1966
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5/25/12 2:23 P

hey Guys,
i would like to be a part of this too. Ive only been on here for about 2 weeks and its hard to find support. and i would love to be apart of this. i have been o.w all my life and im tried of the excuses and being disgusted when i look in the mirror. Motivation is a big key for me and i really need it. so if you would consider me as a part of your group awesome. Be Blessed .



CATNIP821
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5/24/12 5:10 P

Hey guys,

Can I jump in too? I don't have anyone either hear or at home. I started about 3 weeks ago but also have a ways to go.

I downloaded the free app. It really helps because you keep a diary of everything you eat, measures calories, how much water you drink and shows your exercise. It REALLY helps because I see everything and I am less likely to eat it if I have to see how many calories it is. Just a thought.

I was unmotivated but I worked out today. I do the 30 day shred. Hard work that pays off. Also took vitamins.

An you are very right to keep going even if you make a mistake. Don't beat yourself up. We all do it, and sometimes need to do it. Just keep looking forward and don't look back.

Good luck today!

Catnip




BELLYDOG
Posts: 889
5/24/12 3:00 P

Hey 1SexxyGrl, I need a partner too. Don't know if I would be good for you, but one of my Angolan nick names was SpicyGirl2! I am 24 days into my program. I have a long way to go, but I plan to do it this time. So, how can I help you? Let me know. The journey is easier if you have someone else to talk to, that is for sure!



1SEXXYGRL
Posts: 50
5/24/12 2:16 P

I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! I need someone to whom I'm accountable! I can blame as many things as I want, but the true fault of my weight gain and constant weight maintenance is my own. I'm ready to get to work TODAY. Yes, I have messed up today; but the best time to get cracking on any problem is NOW! If anyone wants a true accountability prtner, let me know! I want this weight off NOW AND FOREVER! I want to look in the mirror and know that my online name matches what I see....1SEXXYGRL!



 
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