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1/13/13 9:53 P

Thank you so much for helping me with this. I feel the same way as you about how I am eating now compared with how I ate before SparkPeople!Before I would have had 4 pieces of pizza and a couple of drinks and 5 or 6 cookies and now I think about what I am putting in my mouth and am more content with a few bites.I am going to enjoy my veggies tonight with no guilt! Thanks again for helping me relax about this :)

1/13/13 9:47 P

Thank you Kris and Nancy! Such very good advice. I have a lot to learn and I was so shy to go on the message boards but it is such a great source of encouragement. Before my surgery I was in so much pain, and now that I am in recovery (3 1/2 weeks post op) I feel like a new woman! I had no idea how much the pain was draining me, so now I have much more energy. I know that eating more healthy and drinking water have also given me more energy. :) Thanks again for helping me:)

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1/13/13 9:43 P

Hi Becky.

Relax - you'll be just fine. I routinely ate at my high range and went over at times. Ha - even if I went over, it was still better than how I was eating pre-Spark! but no matter what, I always got the veggies in. As long as I did that, I was just fine! And that allowed me to have those moments of indulgences that are just a part of life (that's precisely why this is lifestyle and not dieting). I'd suggest you get those veggies in tonight.

Like the others said, this is just one small amount of time in the course of a lifetime.

Relax! Enjoy life and enjoy the ride. You're doing fine.

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1/13/13 9:23 P

Our posts crossed!

I agree with Coach Nancy. My own Dr told me the same thing, but not with regard to surgery, but rather just being unwell. He also said that when I was well was the time to resume focusing on weight-loss.

As far as exercise is concerned, altho' it is a large part of a healthy lifestyle, it isn't the major player with weight-loss. I don't get a lot of exercise, and the bulk of it is just walking within my own home, putting my laundry/groceries away one at a time. I have skeletal issues (arthritis of the spine and Scoliosis) and this can be very painful, especially if I am on my feet too long. I also suffer from fatigue and it doesn't take much to fatigue me. The beauty of walking with the groceries/laundry is that if pain starts to set in, or I start to feel fatigued, I can sit down without having to go anywhere to do so. I also suffer from allergies, so by walking in my own home I don't have to suffer from the pollens flying around outside, or be affected by the weather.


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1/13/13 9:17 P

After having had a peek at your Nutrition Tracker I would have to say you are doing pretty good :-)

I keep a spreadsheet and two of the columns are for daily calorie intake and weight (seldom weigh myself!) There are the odd occasions where I might hit 2,000 or more cal's, but you know what???? It hasn't stopped me reaching my goal!! I lost a bucket load of weight. It isn't about the total calories for ONE or TWO days! It is about over a period of time. I average my calories every few days and I know exactly what will cause me to lose, what I can maintain on, and what I gain on - but this an average of over a period of a couple weeks, not a couple days.

This is merely a healthy lifestyle - it isn't about deprivation. It needs to be something that will last us the rest of our life and deprivation will NOT work! I eat mostly toward the lower end of my range, and this helps for the times when I go over. it is about a healthy balance.

I am sure that you will get where you want to be, so don't go beating yourself up, because what you did was perfectly normal!

Take care,

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1/13/13 9:17 P


If you are still recovering from your surgery, it is truly best to put all weight loss on hold per SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian Becky Hand. And the reason is your body needs the calories and nutrients to make a full and proper recovery. When the body does not get the calories/nutrients it needs it can slow the healing process down or your body will have to break down lean body mass to support normal biological functions (fighting illness, growing new cells, regulating body temp, blood pressure, heart rate and respirations, etc). Once you have been cleared by your doc and your doc has given you clearance then you can resume your diet.

That being said, the better you eat, this includes fruits, veggies, and lean protein, the quicker the healing process can take place.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

1/13/13 9:12 P

Also I guess I should mention I am not tracking any fitness minutes yet because I am recovering from surgery and in the healing process right now

1/13/13 9:10 P

Thank you so much for responding so quickly and with such good advice. Just curious what you suggest; should I try to get 5 more servings of fruits/veggies today?( I feel so much better when I eat them, as opposed to something like meat or potatoes)

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1/13/13 9:02 P


Weight loss occurs over a period of time so while you may have gone overboard, it isn't a single day that will knock you off track in the long haul, but when we allow the guilt to make us feel bad about what we did. If there is one lesson I can try to teach you (from a former perfectionist myself) and that is perfection plays no role in living a healthy lifestyle. You are going to have times like this, but it is not the one isolated day that defines us, but the 13 days prior to that point that will.

As far as what to do today. Eat a light dinner but add some protein so that this will help you stay fuller longer.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

1/13/13 8:50 P

Well, I am trying not to be so hard on myself but I think I just need to hear from somebody out there that everything is still ok. I am NOT going to fail at this. I started this journey about 2 weeks ago and have been doing great, lost about 10 pounds and love the program and meal plans. I have been being very careful about 1200 calories per day, but last night I went to a wedding and splurged about 500 calories over my "limit" and today I was watching the football game with friends ( Seahawks. Whaaa:( ) and I waaaayyyy splurged and had 2 pieces of pizza, some lil smokies, a drink etc. and after honestly counting it all up I had ate 1600 calories in just that one sitting.!!! Aaarrrgh. I am so mad at myself but I know nobody is perfect. Just pick up at the next meal and try again. My question is, I checked and in all the calories I ate today, I only had 2 servings of fruits and veggies. Do I just write today off calorie-wise and still eat a light dinner of fruits and veggies to get my full 7? And drink my 8 cups of water?Please, any advice is sooo appreciated. I love SparkPeople!!!(If you hadn't figured out yet, I also tend to be a perfectionist)

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