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JJ625JONES Posts: 130
6/5/13 3:10 P

How is everyone doing? I haven't lost anything, haven't gained either. maintaining.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
6/1/13 12:16 A

Thank you msmakeover! And welcome to everyone new! To answer your question, eat healthy and be active. Do (lose) as much as you can . I realize it's different for a lot of people, only some people may be able to wake up one day and say HEY I'm going to lose this weight and never make a mistake and be perfect at it- scratch that NOONE can. It's a process, I know it was for me, I've lost 25 lbs. And I was so frustrated with myself for sooo long because of 2 reasons- 1) I tried losing weight for so long and failing and 2) no matter how many times I said to myself "this is it, this is the end, from now on I'll be better and succeed at it no matter what", I failed. i didn't realize it until just recently that I WAS succeeding. By slowly cutting out pop. S-lo-o-w-ly. Drank let's say 3 cans a day. Tried to cut back. When that got easy, I cut back some more. Things like that that I did and for a lot of them , I did them and didn't think they were making that big a difference at the time,but a few months later I realized they had as I had eliminated pop. So basically I was doing things that were putting me steps closer in the right direction, and over time I had walked closer there, and I'm sure everyone is doing things like that too- whether you realize it or not. Whether it's cutting back on the pop, cutting back on the chips, even changing the way you think about food like trying to break the habit of eating a cookie everyday at 3 so you slowly start to retrain your brain. Joining and participating on Spark people is a huge turning point for everyone as it can increase awareness, provide support, etc (as you all know, you're all members of SP! lol) . I just want to say to everyone to keep pushing forward, even if you don't think or feel or believe it's making a huge impact on RIGHT NOW because it is, and in the future it'll be so worth it. So don't get frustrated and give up. emoticon emoticon

5/31/13 10:41 P

I'm starting late but I'm in!!
Starting weight 190
Goal weight 175 by July 1st!

5/31/13 8:58 P

I will try to lose 10-12 pounds by 7/1. What are the parts of the challenge other than the weight loss?
I am craving something salty and have nothing in the house. Don't know if this will be a good or bad evening for me.

5/31/13 6:46 P

Count me in! I am staring late, but still motivated! I will start from yesterdays start weight:
Goal 15 lbs
May 31 - (0.5 lbs lost)
June 3 - (3 lbs lost)
June 4 - (4 lbs lost)
June 10 - (9 lbs lost)
June 11 - (9.5 lbs lost)
June 13 - (10 lbs )
June 15 - (11 lbs)
June 20 - (14.5 lbs lost)

Edited by: KAYAKDIVA at: 6/20/2013 (11:45)
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5/31/13 7:10 A

went backwards but now am headed in right direction lost 2.2 not all of gain but on right track again.

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5/31/13 4:16 A

I can't seem to get it together. I don't know where my willpower and determination went.

I'm working on my workout plan and eating plan for June.

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5/30/13 7:17 P

Just got back on the board, been away for a while. Count me in.

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5/30/13 12:58 P

Ready for the challenge

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5/27/13 7:28 P

Hey JJ625JONES. I will send the Squat Challenge to you via sparkmail.

I will join your challenge. My goal is to lose 10lbs by 7/1/13. I will weigh tomorrow morning. I'd love to lose 15lbs by 7/7/13.

Thank you!

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/27/13 1:11 A

Hi Msmakeover! Thanks ! Maybe you can send it via sparkmail... easier for me to find it. And you can still join the challenge, but lose 10 lbs instead of 15? Or make your own emoticon

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5/26/13 11:42 P

Good challenge. I wish I had seen it sooner. I would have joined.

JJ625JONES, I'm currently doing the squat challenge. I can post it here or send it to you via Sparkmail. I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago.

Good luck everyone.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/26/13 1:54 P

Does anyone know what the 30 day squat challenge is?

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/26/13 1:53 P

Welcome! Tops, what did you buy?
Smithus, it's great you're so active! I am slowly trying to bring my activity level up! Any tips?
Hello Alexandra, ahartman! Wow congratulations! What kinds of activities are you doing?
Hi Cheri! That's great ! emoticon emoticon

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5/24/13 12:13 P

so I am restarting at 198.4

I plan mowing and grocery shopping today

CHERI79 Posts: 56
5/23/13 2:22 P

Hi there! I am Cheri! I finally got to the 249 mark that I had been flirting with for oh so long! My goal is to get to 235 by July 1st! Thanks for being so motivating!!!

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5/23/13 1:27 P

Hello my name is Alexandra. I just gave birth to my son april 12 and I'm trying to get my prepregnancy weight back (150lbs) and from there lose another 20 from that.. currently I am 185lbs so this lose 15 in 6 weeks is great to help me lose weight moderately and the right way.. anyone in the Hudson, Ohio area who would like to be an exercise buddy?

SMITHHUS Posts: 89
5/23/13 6:53 A

Good morning All,

I decided to join you - in the pass two weeks I have been moving exercising. I am a snacker and need to control that so I snack 100 calories, or fruit. I have been doing aerobics since Monday because I changed my regimen around. I put in 60 minutes and feel better but want to get a grasp on the snacking. My selection of food intake I believe is small portions and I am seeing some results in inches. I am tracking my progress because that is what works for me. I love summer and spring and I cut grass, power walk, do aerobics and ride my bike. Hopefully doing all of this I can see some results. Thank you emoticon

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5/23/13 6:43 A

I gained.
so here to day 1 again.

haven't exercise since I hurt my leg. it still hurts but will try to add some in this week.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/22/13 11:11 P

How is everyone doing? What are you eating more of, what are you eating less of? What kinds of exercising is everyone doing? emoticon emoticon
Never Doubt Yourself!

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/21/13 8:05 P

Hey there Ginap! I think we can all motivate and push each other definitely. I'll tell you what I'm doing: I'm eating 4-5 times a day and for lunch and dinner my plate is 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs and 1/2 veggies (I can't eat veggies for breakfast usually so I just have fruit). I try not to eat too much of the sugary fruits as I have heard that eating too many fruits other than apples pears and bananas can make you pack on the pounds from the sugar. I have met with a dietician who introduced me to the 1/2 1/4 1/4 plate thing.
I'm not drinking ANY pop as a choice, but if you like diet pop is good. Be careful, pop may increase cravings for sugary things. I am trying to avoid sweets and eat cookies or chips about once a week (and not binge), although I am having cravings for something sweet usually daily. I just drink some water, pop a stick of gum, and wait it out. It goes away. The only time it doesn't is when I'm convincing myself I want it (when I feel like emotionally eating).
Besides SparkPeople's excellent tracking system, I am not tracking any food, I'm just eating what I want but being cautious. I don't have a toaster strudel for breakfast, with huge garlic bread for lunch and pasta for dinner. What I am doing is everything in moderation and give-and-take example: Oh had pasta for lunch, maybe for dinner chicken bread and salad with half a slice of bread. I'm trying to keep the carbs from half slice bread to maximum 2 per meal, and vegetables are better for you then fruit so I'm trying to eat more of those, although sometimes I'll have to force myself. What I do is I eat a few bites of the veggies at first and then nibble on bread and protein until I'm done the veggies and once they're out of the way I feel like I can sit back and almost "indulge" with the rest of my meal- even though it's healthy.
Gone are the days of grabbing a slice of pizza or medium fries or Mr. Noodles.. now I prepare most of my meals, with a few trips to Subway of course. Their sweet onion chicken teriyaki is good, so is the oven roasted chicken breast. Be careful not to slather on the mayo, bbq sauce etc. Look for low calorie dressings, such as the Sub sauce.
Good veggie side dishes are cucumber salad (be careful of the dressings, you can make one with oil and vinegar or even some lemon if you prefer), green beans, broccoli, eggplant, roasted carrots ... start with what you like to eat and find a way to make it healthier. Like fries, then try baked wedges or even bake sweet potatoes. they are delicious and so good for you.
I`m having protein for every meal, and my usual snacks are yogurt, handful of nuts,or cheese and crackers. Sometimes even an apple with nuts.
As for exercise, past two days I`ve been feeling sick and dizzy so I haven`t gone to the gym , what I want to do is go on the elliptical for 30 mins, 3-4 times a week (minimum) and incorporate activity into my daily life (take stairs, walk to appts, go the long way, etc). What types of exercising have you done and enjoy, Start with that and try 5 mins one day, then next ten mins, then 15 etc... 30 mins of cardio a day is good for your heart and brain. I youtube a leslie sansone walking video sometimes but walking outside is good too. You can also try talking to your doctor about restrictions on certain things before you start an exercise plan, just doublecheck with him for diet changes as well. I did, mine gave me the ok and have lost 25 lbs so far. I was very frustrated with myself in the beginning, because I expected something to change in me overnight; That I would wake up one day and make perfect food and exercise decisions but it wasn`t like that.. it was slow and steady. Once I slowly started making better health choices, they added up and I started to lose weight. As someone said in one of my posts before `Think progress, not perfection`. So if you drink 4 cans of pop a day, trade 3 for water and 1 will stay as pop. Instead of chips as a afternoon snack, try an apple or yogurt. Every step in the right direction , no matter how small, is a step in the right way.
If you have any other questions, please comment. And if you`re new to SP, I encourage you to check out the site, really great stuff on here, I was tracking my food before and I stopped because feel like im in a place now where its not necessary. But the whole SP experience with message boards, blogs, spark pages etc really helped me lose the 25 lbs. I can always come on here if I`m having a bad day and reach out to people , something ppl from my life cant understand sometimes. anyway... lol anything else you need you can comment or msg me privately :) That goes for everyone!! We can do this, and together we`re better!! :D

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5/21/13 1:07 P

I'm in, but I need guidance. How does this work. Are you going to make suggestions as to food and exercise everyday or are we totally on our own. Because that doesn't work for me very well. I need someone to tell me what I can eat and what I need to do during the day... I will follow your direction and we will all see if it works. On my own its not working. I need a push... thanks, Gina

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/21/13 12:44 P

Welcome! What kind of journal is it? Motivationial? :D

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5/21/13 7:05 A

I like to join

starting wt 193
goal wt 178 but aiming for 170-175

right now hurt my knee so exercise is very minimum
but working on water, portion control and journaling

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/20/13 2:41 P

I don't have an ipod,been meaning to get one so I too just walk and listen to the sounds of nature. It's not so bad to walk without music in the Spring/Summer, there's beautiful birds singing and the wind dancing in the trees.. In the winter it's awful lol the wind howling, you definitely need a distraction from the cold!
Do you walk half an hour away and walk back home, or go around the block? I tried running for a bit and I would just go around the block. I prefer the elliptical though. Have you ever run?

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5/20/13 1:09 A

Thanks for the welcome. I like your plan for tomorrow. As far as my walking, it takes me almost an hour to do 3.2 miles. But, I am just beginning to add a few bursts of jogging throughout, like 30 seconds at a time, so hopefully my time improves. I usually walk by myself with nothing to listen to. But, it's been on my to do list for a while. How about you? What do you like to listen to?
Have a great night.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 11:08 P

This is great! The more the merrier lol . Welcome to the challenge, I hope we'll all be successful!
For exercise,tomorrow I'm going to climb up my buildings stairs and try to do it in the morning to get it out of the way and then burn calories by cleaning my house. I don't want to set the bar too high so I'll say if I have energy left, I'll do a Leslie Sansone walking video.
I don't know how far 3.2 miles is... well, the walking video I do is 2miles and that takes 32 minutes so I'm guessing 45 minutes? That's a great goal to have! I myself love walking and now that it's summer I plan to do more of it! Do you listen to music or books on your walks?

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5/19/13 11:03 P

I'm ready with you. This week I am concentrating on getting in 25 miles of walking and not eating late. What are your goals this week? Have a great day.


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5/19/13 11:01 P

Hi Tricia! I am feeling excited about this summer. I am truly ready to work hard and finally lose this weight. How are you doing this evening?

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5/19/13 11:00 P

This is just what I want to do! I am aiming for 3.2 miles a day of walking. How are you all getting in your exercise this week? Have a great night!

5/19/13 10:57 P

Let's do this!

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 10:42 P

Sweet! I thought I was going to be the only one! Lol

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5/19/13 10:16 P

I'm in! : )

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 6:56 P

Today is May 19, 2013. I am doing a challenge of losing 15 lbs by July 1, 2013.
By my calculations that's 42 days, and equals out to 2.5 lbs a week.
Don't worry if you don't lose the full 15, it's trying to eat healthy and be healthy that counts!
And maybe we could use this to motivate each other!

I am 245lbs and want my goal weight on July 1 to be 230!

Edited by: JJ625JONES at: 5/19/2013 (19:00)
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