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MARIA11X Posts: 516
8/29/12 1:45 P


I went thru that same thing as you for a few months last year. I just lost it completely. I was in a very unhappy place in my life. A rut I could not seem to get out of. One day I just jumped back on the train and told myself that I have to do it. I decided that wanting to lose weight is more than just wanting it. I had to realize that I need to lose weight, for the sake of my own well-being and health. This need is stronger than willpower. I have had loved ones who have died from cancer, other loved ones whose obesity and extra weight have caused Type 2 diabetes. The thought of having either of these illnesses scares me to death, to where this is my motivation to get healthy--I feel my life depends on it. If you found yourself trapped in a burning building, you don't need willpower to get out, you just get out. You need to.

This need to be healthy keeps me from giving in when someone offers me cookies and cakes. This need keeps me from eating past the point of being full. This need keeps me from overeating at potlucks, because "it's there." I still have some friends that try to bribe me with food. They want to get together, so they tell me about a gathering where "plenty of food" is being served. This does nothing for me anymore. That kind of bribe doesn't work.

I'm not perfect. There are days when I mess up. But those days are becoming less and less. Find something that is important to you. For me, keeping healthy is more important than having devastating illness. It is something that I can have some control over. Of course, there are some things that are beyond our control despite our best efforts. But if there is any small effort that I can do to stay as healthy as possible for as long as I can, then I need to make that effort.

Good luck!

MARIA11X Posts: 516
8/29/12 1:25 P

Welcome BAKPCKATK and STORMY234!

The weight gain sneaks up on you, doesn't it? When I was in high school (over 20 years ago, yikes!) I don't think I ever went over 100 lbs (I'm 5'1"). Even in my early 20's, I don't think I hit past 115. Fast forward to 2 years ago, you can imagine my shock when I tipped the scale at 149! I made a promise to myself that I would never allow myself to get to 150. That first year, I struggled to change a lot of my eating habits. I fooled myself into thinking that I could still eat whatever I wanted, because I work out 5-6 days a week. And then I recognized that I was eating out too much with friends, and getting caught up in the whole "going out" thing that I was still not paying enough attention.

The changes that I made that really have made a difference are: quitting soda cold turkey, switching to organic, non-GMO, and whole foods, cooking at home from scratch (which I always loved to cook, just didn't make better time for it before), and drinking lots of water (8-12 glasses a day). I have found that I can actually afford organic food in my budget, because I am not spending that money to eat restaurant and take-out foods very often at all. It has made such a difference to my health. I have less stomach upset problems, less discomfort, more energy.

It takes about 3-4 weeks for a change to become a habit. Now, if I don't make it to the gym (I never go longer than a day or two at the most), I feel lost, and my whole day gets screwed up. If I eat something that is not in my plan, my stomach will get very mad at me and I will pay for it. Things I used to enjoy when I would eat out, they really wreak havoc on my digestion, and don't taste as good to me any more. You start to lose your taste for junk foods, I have found. I am at a point, if I were to take a sip of a soda, I think I would be so sick. Even a juice or lemonade tastes very sweet to me now, I only drink those rarely.

Just start with small changes each day. Each day gives us a chance to start over if we mess up. Good luck!


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8/29/12 12:55 P

Welcome ! BAKPCKATK and STORMY243 !

You can't beat yourselves up because you've gained or regained some weight. That's something that has happened to every single member of Spark People at one time or another. We're all experts at gaining/losing and regaining the weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future ? How ? By starting with a few simple changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Start with some simple changes you CAN stick with. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you create new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It starts with a few simple changes. because one small change will lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes add up into one huge accomplishment.

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8/29/12 11:58 A

I lost fifty pounds last year,I stayed on track ,counted calories,and worked out everyday.
But now this year I've totally lost the ability to do what i did last year.
what can i do to get that way again.

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8/29/12 11:56 A

The GREAT thing is you are aware of it now and are doing something about it. I waited until I was almost 10 years older than you are now to see what had happened from my not paying attention. I was very active and played college football until an injury ended my football days and well I stopped doing everything else as well. Being a 290 pound football player who worked out all the time and was strong enough to rip a car door off is not a good time to stop everything. My muscle turned to fat and over the next 10-12 years I climbed until I hit 370.

So about 5.5 years ago I decided to make some changes since some foods did not sit well with me. I gave up soda and the rest of the foods that didn't agree with me and I made sure I ate all my meals since for 15 years I had skipped breakfast and often lunch. So I lost 40 pounds just doing that over about a 5-6 month period. Then I added in walking and eating healthier. I also said to myself at the same time to only do things I would be able to do for the rest of my life not just in the short term. So from July to Nov I went from 330 to 225 which was to fast of a loss but I found SparkPeople in the middle of it all and changed my diet to reflect what I really needed to eat and I was eating 900 calories a day before SP and that was by no means enough.

Now I am coming up on 5 years of maintaining. I am a runner(I just started walking faster), swimmer, spinner, weight lifter and about anything else I can find to challenge myself.

So at age 24 just imagine what you can do and accomplish! Start making the changes and they will seem like nothing and just become part of your life. You will feel better and live more than you if you had just ignored things. Great that you have no pressing medical reason to do this, neither did I but it was coming I am sure. Have fun and play with it and develop what works for you, it is an exciting and challenging-fun way to test yourself and live healthy.


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8/29/12 11:45 A

Welcome to the SparkPeople family.

It isn't unusual for us to wake up one morning and feel as though we gained the weight over night, but the reality is, the changes happened over time, but that doesn't mean you can't change directions. If you haven't explored the site, I would highly recommend that you do so. One of the best places to start is the healthy lifestyle centers (see tab at the top of your page) and the Getting Started Guide (located in your Quick Links on the right hand side of your page in the Today on SparkPeoepl coumn).

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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8/29/12 11:04 A


First welcome to Sparkpeople, I think you will find that everyone on here is wonderful and will help anyway they can to help you reach your goal.

My suggestion would be to start off with small changes....and add a little excerise into the mix.
One thing I changed off the bat was I don't drink soda or any high calorie beverage and if I do its a special treat. Not sure if that pertains to you but its something that helped me get started.

Do you workout already? Good luck..... :-)

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8/29/12 10:55 A

I was always a thin, healthy guy and worked out a lot. I'm 6'2 and weighed about 170 pounds ever since I got out of high school. Well, now I'm almost 24 and have been noticing my clothes getting really tight. I stepped on the scale and found out I weigh 197 pounds now! I'm almost to 200 and when i looked at myself, I realized I went from being trim and in shape to having this big doughy belly and just generally looking soft and out of shape. I don't even know where to begin!! Lol

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