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GWEGNER SparkPoints: (4,449)
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2/19/13 8:57 P

Great job on loosing the 40# and only regaining 5#.
I find reading theseposts help along with changing up my workout routine. The change in routine helps me stay motivated and work for new goals. The new goals help me continue to stayon track or loose more weight.
SP has helped me keep track of what I eat, keeping me from overindulging (most of the time). Maybe a splurge day is what you need to get your motabolizem to start working again?

Good luck and keep motivated,

JESSIM1 SparkPoints: (718)
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2/19/13 8:55 P

Thanks for all of your encouragement... Sometimes we all just need to be reminded of how far we have come and that we are not alone..... You guys ROCK!!!

SLUNDORFF Posts: 3
2/19/13 8:45 P

Plateaus are the worst. The good news is you are not alone. We all struggle sometimes to stay on track, but you CAN do it and you're worth it!

GURL_3164 Posts: 53
2/19/13 7:43 P

Im in the same position. I just started back up and whats helping me is starting to keep track of what i intake everyday. when i actually look at it on paper and i can see how well i'm doing and what i should cut back on or eat more of. dont forget to drink a lot of water.

CELTICLISA Posts: 32
2/19/13 6:38 P

I hear ya! I've lost some steam myself, but with my Dear Husbands help and a non event weekend soon I should be back on track. Good Luck!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 48,892
2/18/13 7:46 P

You have been given great advice. Hang in there. Go back to trying the things that worked before or simply look at the problem areas you mention. Think about what would make it EASIER for you NOT to mindlessly eat or to indulge in foods you prefer not to eat (at least in LARGE amounts) I find that there are several things that help me - portioning snacks into single serving bags, having more HEALTHY snacks easier to grab than unhealthy ones, planning to have some of those favorite treats with meals or planned snacks, and substituting healthy items for less healthy ones. The fact you have come back after ONLY gaining back 5 pounds is AMAZING - usually people come back after regaining all or most of what they lost. You rock and I think you are a SUPER STAR.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (128,406)
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2/18/13 1:19 P

Congratulations for reaching out for help when you've regained only 5 lbs.! Since you've already lost 40 lbs. with SP, you know the program works. It's hard to stick with it when you've been at a plateau, but now's the time to get back at it seriously. Try some new foods or some new SP recipes to help get excited again about losing. Ramp up your exercise - go for a walk at lunch time, try an aquafit program at the local community centre, or dig out the exercise equipment from the back of the closet. No exercise equipment? One of my favourites, which is inexpensive and doesn't take a lot of storage space, is a resistance band. I also have 5 lb. free weights (light, but definitely working for me) and a medicine ball. Borrow exercise DVD's or videos from the library or pick up some used ones at yard sales.
You can do it!

HERBALINSTINCTS Posts: 27
2/18/13 12:47 P

Giving up Doritos was a great choice! Imagine corn and wheat are out there to kill you... fear is a great motivator!

JESSIM1 SparkPoints: (718)
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2/18/13 12:38 P

I initially lost 40 pounds since 2008 - halfway to my goal - and where the good thing is that I have kept most of it off, I have been plateaued since late 2010 and in the last six months, due to stressors in my life, I gained back about five pounds. I know the stress is a trigger, and the mindless snacking does not help. I gave up Doritos for Lent - this is one step in the right direction! =) I will be eliminating a big stressor (also known as the roommate from Hell) in about two weeks, so I know that is another positive step.

Does anyone have any other suggestions to get my motivation back and get to where I want to be? Any and all guidance is appreciated!

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