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2/7/13 9:49 A

Michelle- Learning experience - I'll keep that in mind! I agree with you about the surgery. I was always afraid because I've heard too many cases of people losing all their weight then putting a significant amount back on. Plus I'm just flat out scared of the surgery itself. :)

Having the calories equal with the points made the transition seamless. Actually easier. Dealing with points it's easy to say "Oh, that's only x number of points", but it's harder justifying 200 calories than 4 points, at least to me it is.

Candee - Hi! You're courageous for having the surgery and congrats on losing all that weight. Hopefully SP can help you keep it off.

MKELLY72 Posts: 2,003
2/7/13 9:39 A

Missy- I noticed that too- that the recommended calorie range from spark ends up tracking the same as my daily target (as long as I stay in it). Think of each "failed" attempt more of a learning experience--when we discover paths that don't work, it pushes us to find ones that do. It's all useful, it just depends on the spin you want to take on it:)

Glad you are finding the resources you need here at spark--I was always fearful if I'd ever had the surgery that I would struggle with maintenance more than if I got there the old fashioned way myself. I'm so thankful that I was in a position where that was still an option for me. Keep engaged in spark, and you will be the most successful!

CANDEE412 Posts: 513
2/6/13 6:34 P

Hi My name is Candee. I have struggle with a weight problem for many many years, did I say many years. Three years ago I was having many medical problems. I had a hiatal hernia that was so bad that I was spitting up food in my throat when I was sleeping. I had to sleep in a recliner. I finally went to a surgeon and he basically told me no surgeon would touch me because I was so overweight. He recommended me to see a bartric surgeon. One to repair the hernia and two to have the weight los emoticon s surgery. I went and I had the surgery. I have lost 160 lbs. But to this day I still struggle with keeping the weight off. I still have to watch what I eat and still have to exercise. Do I miss the comfort foods. YES I do. This web site has been a life saver for me. It helps me to stay focus and to continue to set goals. I do feel so much better physically and mentally and this is the main focus for me. So people just hang and there and it be worth.

2/6/13 6:05 P

I've just gone ahead and made the switch to SparkPeople and calorie counting. It's actually easier for me because I don't have to figure out points on new foods. I did the math and the range that SP gave me is the same as my WW points allowance. Since I switched over I've actually managed to stay withing the limits 5 out of 6 days which is better than I had been doing with WW at the end.

I looked at the other group and saw your stats, very impressive! My highest weight was 284 (I'm 5' tall!) and I'm now 239, The lowest I've ever managed to get was 155 so this is going to be a challenge. Every time you try and fail it chips away a little of the confidence you have to succeed. So that's what I'm fighting at the moment.

MKELLY72 Posts: 2,003
2/6/13 2:10 P

Welcome--Check out the group that I lead, WW from Home!! (link in my signature) I have links posted to lots of resources for using WW without attending meetings. We are a small but supportive team. You can definitely be successful with WW without going to live meetings--that's how I started, and how I continue for the most part. I am an official member, and I earned my Lifetime Status almost a year ago. I continue to weigh in at meetings once a month to maintain that free membership--who doesn't love FREE!
Here's to your success! emoticon

Edited by: MKELLY72 at: 2/6/2013 (14:11)
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2/6/13 10:10 A

Welcome back!!! You have a good attitude, and I am sure that you will be successful in reaching your goal. You are right about it being a lifestyle change. I never call it a diet, it is a health lifestyle that I am striving for. Best wishes to you!!!! emoticon emoticon

2/6/13 9:08 A

I started with SparkPeople back in '06 and lost 88 pounds. I lost motivation and gained back 60 of them. Then last June I started Weight Watchers and lost 23 pounds, but then we went on a cruise and I've had trouble getting back on track. Could no longer afford WW so am back with SparkPeople.

I'm 57 and have been battling my weight since I was 6 and got my tonsils out. After that I ate the same but kept gaining and gaining. I've been on a "diet" my entire life. I've never managed to get to goal always about 50 pounds from it.

I AM encouraged though because I A) Didn't gain ALL the weight back, plus some, and B) Maintained that weight for a couple of years. So not as out of control as I have been in the past.

I realize that this is a way of life that I am going to have to do for the rest of my life. There is no going back as all the weight will come back as well.

So here I am again!

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