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GOLFLADY11 SparkPoints: (33,404)
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2/28/13 11:00 A

I can totally relate! I have been on this see-saw for a few months, just maintaining. I had blogged on 'portion distortion'. I think I may have been more lenient with quantity when filling my plate? I have been very active so I think that is why I have not really gained. I probably gained a couple pounds over Christmas, then I lost it, then I'm up 1 again then down 1/2 a lb then up 1 ...... So frustrating. Also I haven't been totally religious when drinking my water. I think it's all the little things that add up together. I know that I do not want to feel deprivation. When I started I went on a very low calorie plan - like 1000 - 1200 cal. Now I'm 1200 - 1500. When you're active you need that fuel. I know that not having enough calories can lead to fasting - I know that isn't my problem. I would just encourage you to track everything and think positive. Maybe change up the exercise. That's what I'm going to try. I seemed to find along the way losing the 34 lbs so far that your body finds a 'set point' and will stay there for awhile. The other thing I think I might try is to do a 'fast break' again. Just for 1 or 2 weeks and see if that jogs the needle downward. emoticon

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 595
2/28/13 10:46 A

I was just thinking this morning.... I'd like something crunchy to eat that's not a fruit or a vegetable.... something that's greasy or salty like chips or pretzels at the very least.... maybe even a buttery cracker. Then I thought about how I want myself to look this summer (which is just around the corner). Do I want to still be wearing those "big" shorts, the "comfortable" ones with the big elastic waist? Everyone has their own motivation.... you just need to find yours. Find some type of motivation that will help keep you on track. I know mine is those cute clothes in my closet that are just dying to be taken out a showed off!! Stay with it. The end result will be worth the trip! emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,646
2/27/13 6:54 P

Definitely add some interesting stuff to you salad.

When I have a craving and it doesn't fit into my plan for the day. I tell myself that I can have it later. If it doesn't go away then I plan for it. Sometimes by the day I plan for it, I really don't want the item anymore.

And this lifestyle doesn't have to be all or nothing. It can include some of the foods we were previously told were not allowed. In moderation of course. If you tell me that I can never have another Snickers Bar, that will be all that I want.

TAMZAC180 SparkPoints: (1,918)
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2/27/13 3:01 P

Its one of the hardest things we have to do. I hate hate hate the saying "If I can do it, anyone can" Not true. If that were the case, we'd all be within our goal weight. My key is the little "click" inside my head that makes me stay on track 'this time'. I don't know why you're not seeing results after over 2 months of dieting. You may want to get someone who knows what they're doing take a look at your diet. Most insurances will cover for a Nutrionist.

Whine all you want..That is what the Boards are for. You may get something out of it.

Keep on Pushing!

Edited by: TAMZAC180 at: 2/27/2013 (15:02)
155HEREICOME SparkPoints: (7,631)
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2/27/13 12:28 A

Hi:
know how you feel, feel like throwing in the towel. Tired of it all! I eat right, within my calories, do my hour workouts, journal, drink my water, have a great attitude, been doing this since before christmas, and i have lost maybe 5 lbs. I get so frustrated. On the biggest loser, they get mad, if they don't lose that in a week. How about, in 3 months. I just need to complain, I think. Just want it to be gone, now. I have been up/down my whole life, but when I hit the 200 mark, I start in again. I don't want to gain it back ever. Want to be healthy, if I wouldn't have been eating right, and exercising, I would've been over, just keep telling myself that. They say you didn't gain that Thanks for listening, I just need to whine. emoticon emoticon

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (221,099)
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2/26/13 11:21 P

Stay focused; you can do it!!!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
2/26/13 4:40 P

Yes, you can put more protein in that salad. Maybe more like 3 oz of ham or you can top that salad with some boiled eggs. Veggies have very little calories so you could even add more vegetables. For lunch, I typically eat like a turkey burger, chicken breast, or fish fillet that I cook the night before at home (1 of those choices) and then have a salad with low cal dressing and a side of steamed veggies and maybe some fruit. No wonder you are starving.

You can do this, just get a plan that you can work with and live with.

TAMZAC180 SparkPoints: (1,918)
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2/26/13 4:36 P

More protein is good. You are right. I'm trying. I want to be healthy and look in the mirror again. I want to go shopping, I want to stop making excuses not to socialize, I want to set a good example for my family. I want...

Thank you!

TAMZAC180 SparkPoints: (1,918)
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2/26/13 4:33 P

I got through lunch with a salad, then had a banana, orange and yogurt. I think you are right, I do not put enough in my salad. It was literally 5 olives, 1/2 oz feta and 1 oz of ham. No crunch. My fruit wasnt crunchy either. Hmmmm I have been chewing gum all day and getting my water in. I'm trying. Thanks for your HELP

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
2/26/13 4:28 P

Why do you want to do this? That will be your willpower. It might be things like health, family etc. Then stay true to your plan, because you won't get there if you give in. You can do this! You may have lots of cravings it's how you adjust through those cravings is what matters. Push through the craving. Drink a ton of water, so you are full. Up your protein intake. I find if I eat protein at each meal 5-6 times a day I have very little cravings. Eat 5-6 small meals a day every 2-3 hours so you are not hungry.

Stay focuse and strong that is what will get you results. Good luck and work your plan!

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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2/26/13 3:29 P

I so understand! No matter how good I am, I still crave eating things I know I shouldn't. If we could always resist, we wouldn't be in this situation. I have tried to add small things that I consider a "cheat" to make meals more exciting. Like on a salad, I have allowed a small serving of oriental crunchy noodles that give it a bit of zip and add some crunch. Or craisins to give it a bit of sweet. I find that the small things (most of the time) give me satisfaction. But there are times I just give in and eat what I really want or else I obsess about it until I drive myself crazy.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
2/26/13 1:44 P

Your body will crave certain things but you have to overcome temptation. Try chewing a piece of sugarless gum or drinking some water. Just as said below, add some protein to your salad. Try some nuts. No one is perfect at this. Just are it one step at a time.
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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (139,301)
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2/26/13 1:31 P

Don't look at good health or weight loss with an "all or nothing" mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water. that's still a step in the right direction. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible. That's why Spark People encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Here's the thing, what's in that salad ? is that salad going to be a filling and sating ? If not, it's no wonder you're craving greasy foods. If you're just eating a salad that's iceberg lettuce and a few shreds of carrots, you need something more substantial. Whenever I make a salad, I used romaine lettuce, spring mix or baby spinach (lots of it), some grape or cherry tomatoes, some slices of pepper, some chucks of tuna or grilled chicken, maybe some beans, 3-4 marinated artichoke hearts, etc... in short, I make sure my salad is a meal and not a side dish.

So, if you made a small salad and feel hungry, go out and buy something to add to your meal. Get a couple of pieces of fruit, some nuts or even a half sandwich or yogurt. You need to make sure your meals are filling so that you don't get hungry later.



TAMZAC180 SparkPoints: (1,918)
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2/26/13 10:58 A

I have a salad packed for lunch but all I want to do is eat greasy food. This happens to me...I lose 10 pounds then go back to my old eating habits. I don't want to this time! HELP

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