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WARDMIC78 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/14/13 2:20 P

I recently went through the same thing. I hit a low spot and spiraled out of control. With each pound that I put back on, I felt more and more like a failure. What really helped me was blogging and sending out an SP SOS to my friends. A friend reached out to me and challenged me to get back on track. I was letting the scale tell me if I was successful and I was addicted to weighing myself - watching yourself go up or down 4 pounds in one day is pretty darn stressful!

What she asked me to do, and I challenge you to do the same. Starting right now. Start tracking everything again. Even if you go over, get back in the habit. Drink your water everyday and track that. Weigh yourself tomorrow AM when you get up - then, DO NOT weigh yourself again until March 31. You will be surprised and happy to see the results. I dropped 6 lbs in 11 days just by getting my mind, my spirit and my consumption back on track!

You can do it! Celebrate your successes!

MOONGLOWSNANA SparkPoints: (222,697)
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3/14/13 1:38 P

In 2010 I lost 37 pounds on a doctor's diet. It restricted gluten even though I didn't have a reason to cut gluten from my diet. I had depression which was being treated and had improved until this diet changed everything. When I stopped this restrictive, but strict diet I gained back all 37 pounds and more. A spark is only a spark, but it can light a fire that changes lives. With support and education, patience and persistence, slowly, changes occur and the spark takes hold. Slow and steady one day at a time with baby steps we learn. Learning brings about change, and we move on, we move more, we make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. We're winners, teams of winners. Join a team and feel the difference. We can do it together. Come on, let's go!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (196,884)
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3/14/13 12:44 P


Have you been tracking your food choices ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to do your best to log your food. Studies have shown that people who log their food lose more weight than those who don't. So, if you feel that you've been fluctuating between the same 5-7 pounds, then you need to take a closer look at your nutritional intake.

When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

So, I have to ask you, what have you been eating ? Do you know what your daily caloric intake has been ? Are you doing your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? are you trying to avoid highly processed foods ? Are you eating foods that are high in fiber ? Do you do your best to home cook most of your meals ?

Don't beat yourself up because you've regained some weight. BUT, do be proactive. If you regained the weight, then let's take a closer look at what you've been eating. If you can determine where to make improvements, you can lose the weight and keep it off.

I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"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.

Would you be willing to tell us a bit more about what you eat ? how many calories do you eat per day (roughly) ? What's a typical breakfast ? Do you eat breakfast ? do you make sure you're eating healthy snacks ?

If you could tell us a bit more, we could be more helpful.

AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,919)
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3/14/13 11:50 A

I am sure you didn't gain all 7 lbs back. Do you know how many calories that is? 24,500! That means you needed to eat all that on top of your daily allotted calories to gain that weight. I'm sure it is water weight that will fall off in a week or two. Don't sweat the small stuff. Life happens and we all have these upsets.

PAWZ7717 SparkPoints: (9,900)
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3/14/13 11:24 A

The only bright side I have is that I've lost inches but inches don't help me with the challenge.

PAWZ7717 SparkPoints: (9,900)
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3/14/13 11:04 A

I am so disappointed in myself. It took me 3 months to lose 7 pounds (my weight keeps bouncing from a loss to a gain but luckily was more loss than gain). Well then I had family come in from out of state, I can't believe it but I gained it ALL back. There is nothing more discouraging than that. I went on our bike trail the day after everyone left, I walked/jogged/ran over 3 miles, alternating between walking and jogging depending on how I could push myself and even ran for a short distance...I lost about a pound but I have 6 more pounds to go just to get back to where I was and the first Saturday in April is my weigh in for my weight loss challenge..I feel like I really let myself down.

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