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KAYSON25 SparkPoints: (153,886)
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5/3/13 4:13 P

You have lost a lot of weight and probably don't even realize the good healthy habits you are developing and using normally every day. Sometimes I have to just hold on and not let myself gain any weight for a while. Striving for perfection and perfect losses is very tiring, at least for me. You are still here so that in itself is a big step in the right direction. Take it one day, one meal, one hour at a time, just what ever works for you. Remember why you started your journey and believe you can do it. I know it is not easy, but you can do it. We are with you every day and we are all faced with choices. Make more good choices than bad ones and the weight will come off.

CHELL2 SparkPoints: (1,409)
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5/3/13 11:59 A

I hope you keep going and reach your goals I understand how hard it is to stay motivated.

SIMPLYME160 SparkPoints: (1,834)
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5/3/13 10:52 A

You already lost Weight! Congrats! You Know You Can! Weight loss amounts vary with each individual. At times there may be no loss show, then BAM! Several lbs all at once gone! Remember, 1-2 lbs a week is normal, more than that, you are mostlly losing water and waste. My biggest motivation was when my clothes began to feel looser. Like with the other poster, i use a reward system. Since I can't afford expensive rewards, I keep a written journal/diary writing down everything I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, My mood for the day, activity level-what I did that day.. I taped a "before" picture at my highest weight on the inside of the cover, and a place for a after pic...I go back and read it every few days to track my progress and see where I can improve. Oh yea, by the way, This sounds Really Stupid , but it works for me, I put a old SCALE with a "before pic" taped to it, in front of the Refridgerator and pantry after dinner, Do I really want to step on the scale looking for munchies?!! I weigh every 2 weeks and as a reward for any weight loss, I Give myself a Motivational Sticker (can be bought at the dollar store). My true rewards is when my clothes are to big and I need to buy a smaller size!

WORDWOMAN7 SparkPoints: (11,240)
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5/3/13 10:08 A

Definitely hang in there! I've had some tough days lately, and I've learned that if I can just get through that day without giving in to the temptation of eating for emotion reasons, that the NEXT day is better. I feel a little stronger, and I know that I'm a day closer to reaching my goal (which is a long way off!).

Are there ways you can make this more fun for yourself? Do you have a reward system for small successes that can help keep you motivated? Make sure you get enough sleep (that's a hard one for me, but I always feel more energized and motivated when I'm rested). Maybe make a vision collage with images of all the things that you want to enjoy once you reach your goal? If you've already made one, make another one.

This is a journey, but one on which you have LOTS of good company. You are not alone. Dig deep, muster enough courage for today, and just do what you need to do to succeed today. Then start again tomorrow.

Hang in there!!!

TERRIH8118 Posts: 249
5/2/13 2:44 P

Hang in there. Like the other people said We all have bad days. some days where it seems no matter how hard we're trying we're just not seeing any difference. But you have to keep going. It will pay off in the long run. emoticon emoticon

LKOLECI1 SparkPoints: (4,679)
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5/2/13 1:45 P

Don't give up! You can do it, I know you can! I know it's hard but try not to think negative think positive! Drink lots of water, eat veggies, fruit and nuts and excerise if you can everyday even if it's a few minutes. Take long walks, jump rope (this burns lots of calories). You feel like a kid again! I lost alot fat around my body since joing spark people. It's not weight that came off but inches off my body. I can see the results trust me!! You can do it...hang in there and let us know how you do !!! Be happy!! emoticon

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
5/2/13 1:27 P

You're definitely not alone. It happens to the best of us, no matter how far along we are on our journey. I just pulled myself out of a year and a half-long rut.
I have found that motivation is what gets us started, but it's habit that keeps us going.

You can do this! Progress is progress no matter how slow. Don't give up! I've been on my journey for 4 years now, and I'm still not where I want to be. It seriously happens to everyone.

MARBE2169 SparkPoints: (815)
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5/2/13 12:00 P

Thanks Jen,
I promise I won't give up. I will find my motivation point every day until I reach my goal. I will start new today. Thanks again for your support.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/2/13 11:42 A

First, do not get down on yourself. Motivation is like bathing, it doesn't last forever, you have to find it anew every day!!!

EVERYONE feels crappy and like giving up at least a few times. I do occasionally too! The more you stick with it, the more you will keep going.

I also keep remembering this thing I thought of the last time I just wanted to quit. I will never get to where I want to be by not changing where I am. In other words, I can't just sit still and expect change to happen. I would just be so ticked that I didn't get started already.

I figure that in a year, I would like to be at least at my goal weight, if not maintaining for a while. It sucks that it will take so long. But in that year, I can keep working and working toward my goal and get there, or in a year I can be back where I started. Because the time is going to pass anyway!!!

I hope you don't give up. You CAN do this.

MARBE2169 SparkPoints: (815)
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5/2/13 11:05 A

I am not doing very good. I have lost a few pounds but not as much as my Doctor and Me would like. I am a little discourage. Can't find the way to stay motivated. I just need some support now. Your words of encouragement would help a lot. I do not want to give up.

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