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CASSCOTT70 SparkPoints: (9,737)
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1/19/13 2:09 P

When you get to a plateau just remember you did not gain weight overnight and it's not going to come off overnight. Just think about the real and true reason/s why you want to lose weight and become more healthy, and I think if you move more and make healthy food choices you will see results.

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1/19/13 11:36 A

I feel the same way. But i've given up too many times. I have to atleast stick through with this till my goal end date. And even if im not losing weight i feel more alive, awake, healthy.

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1/19/13 11:07 A

I have felt that way many times. You know what I finally realized, I'm going to work out and eat better and if I have a slip up once in a while I'm not going to let it get me down. I have tried not to check my weight as often either because I don't want the numbers to discourage me, when the reason can be you are gaining muscle. Don't get down on yourself you can definitely lose 15 lbs by the end of may. I don't think it is too small a goal it is a reasonable one. I used to tell myself I want to lose 25 lb in a month and the sooner I realized if I make a goal that is not as much I might actually achieve it. Good luck and best of wishes. ~Amanda

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1/19/13 10:49 A

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1/19/13 10:38 A

I have felt that way as well. The biggest thing you need to remember is not to give up. Somedays I want to...the other day I got on the scale and nearly cried because I had gained a pound. In the grand scheme of things, I realize a pound isn't much and it was probably just muscle or water weight but seeing an increase on the scale when I am working so hard to make it go down is so upsetting. We've all been there. I hated going to the gym as well. I got the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD and I can do it in the privacy of my own living room at my own pace and I love it. I would highly recommend it!

Just keep's not in vain. 15 pounds by May is definitely do-able. Just choose healthier foods and always stay as active as you can. You can do this!!

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1/19/13 10:09 A

Thank you all for your advice and help. I will definitely be taking all of this into consideration and trying all of these suggestions! I'm glad to be able to get such great advice. Thank you!

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1/18/13 11:28 P

Dear Bewitched,

Maybe losing weight isn't the right goal for you. Maybe a better goal would be to get healthier, or lose inches around your waist, hips or thighs, or maybe to lower your blood pressure and start healthier eating habits. I don't know.

For me, once I stopped worrying about my weight and concentrated on my health and fitness, the pounds just started coming off as a by-product of those goals.

Just idea to try.

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1/18/13 5:47 P

Lunchbox diet - look it up on amazon

Takes 5-10mins to prep a lunchbox at night, take it around with you - theres awesome recipes, but I just make mine up - any stuff I have in the fridge. If I don'y have any meat protein I will chuck some beans/chickpeas in. I'll add vegetables that I'd usually eat cooked like broccoli and cauliflower too. You could even include some boiled potatoes or baked sweet potato. I buy the cheapest veggies I can get for my money on a sat, and they last me through the week. Add in an apple and you're sorted.

Buy and use a slow cooker. It was my saviour when I was at university/college - bung everything in the night before, turn on in the morning, ready for the evening.

I used to make the same thing every night lol - a tin of tomatoes, veg stock, potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, peas, swede, onion, and a bit of lean meat (add that in the morning) and seasoning. Never got bored of it - well I was that skint I wasn't allowed to!

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1/18/13 9:22 A

Let me tell you a secret about the gym.

Most of the people there are not at all thinking about you. They're worried about what they're making for dinner that night. They're trying not to trip and fall off the treadmill. They're worried about how that shirt makes their stomach look, or trying not to fall over while lifting those weights. They're focused on them, in short.

If they're thinking about you at all? It's hoping you're not noticing them. ;)

There might be 1% of the total crew who thinks anything negative. ANd you know something? They're the nasty sort of people you don't want to interact with anyway, and too cowardly themselves to say or do anything, so don't worry about it.

In all my time going to the gym, INCLUDING hitting the weight room where all the grunting big guys are lifting, I've never had a single person say a negative thing to me. If anyone talks at all, it's always "man, I hate squats" or something of that nature. It's commiseration, not judgment.

Remember, their opinion is less important than your health. Are you willing to stay where you are for fear of someone saying something?

Don't let strangers hold your health hostage. You can DO THIS!

1/17/13 11:51 P

I think we all feel that way sometimes.

The fact is, changing your life requires work. I used to go to school full time and work full time, and I was the thinnest I've ever been...because I never had time to think about food.

Don't think so much about healthier meals. Start thinking as food as the fuel that's going to get you from one job to the next or help you brain store all the info it needs for the big exam. Do a little google search and find foods that help with stamina, or eyesight (I used to get terrible eye strain when writing term papers), or that help with sleep (because you need that...even if it's tricky to squeeze into your day). Incorporate these foods into your day...not in fancy meals, but individually, in little baggies and such. Avoid the crappy foods that we tend to grab on the run! They will sabotage everything!

If you have stairs to walk, take them instead of the elevator. Park far away from your classes. That sort of thing. Make little choices. They add up!

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1/17/13 10:26 P

I don't know about anyone else but I keep trying to lose weight and I just never seem to be able to motivate myself enough to keep it up. I always start up healthy habits and drop them very quickly. I think that going to school and working two jobs might have something to do with that as well since I always feel too busy to make myself a healthier meal or get to the gym. I also find myself feeling very self-conscious when I go to the gym which makes me not want to go.

I really want to lose at least 15 pounds by the end of May. I think if I can do that, I will have developed the habits that will help me keep the weight off and losing more. Is that too small a goal? Should I be trying for more? I think I expect to much and lose my motivation because I start to think there is no point. Has anyone else ever felt that way?

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