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1/10/14 12:03 P

I saw a quote the other day...

"A year from now you'll wish you had started today"

I like it emoticon

MIZZFIT2 SparkPoints: (35,510)
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1/8/14 1:04 P

Hi all those that are a bit discouraged.

I used to be one of those people that really wanted to loss weight but after a month or a week I would just kind of meh about it.
I used excuses
I didn't care.
I had other problems in my life.

I think everyone gets the point.

The one thing that has pushed me and keeps pushing me is simple.

I do not want to be the person i was almost 2 months ago.
I feel better.
I have more energy
I don't feel as much pain.

Focus on the positives, as, yourself why are you doing this. What drives you to loss weight?
Those are all the things I think of every time I step on the scale. Whether I see no loss or a 3 pound loss I don't give up because I did not like who I was.
Think about those things you have accomplished and how you were compared to how you feel today and let that motivate you.

Best wishes.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/8/14 12:06 P

Well, as far as lack of results.....what results were you expecting? Some people expect to lose a lot of weight and get depressed when the scale in the first 2 weeks only drops 2 pounds. But what they don't understand is that what they are seeing is "a good start".

You could say "I only lost 1 one pound, this isn't working. I give up" or you could say "1 pound, at least I'm headed in the right direction. I see what is working and can improve on that to aim for 2 pounds". What is working is maybe just simple things like giving up soda, eating more veggies, walking for 10 minutes a day.

Also, did you know it's completely normal to sometimes not lose any weight for a week, or even to gain a pound or two via increased exercise or water retention? It's normal, and it happens to everyone.

As far as wondering " how does one get oneself to really do it? ". Start small. make small changes. It's almost impossible be be successful when you say "Tomorrow I'm going to eat 1200 calories, eat 5 servings of veggies, drink 8 glasses of water, only eat lean meats, and exercise for 40 minutes" if that is not how you live your life!!!

Start small. Drink 5 glasses of water. Have 3 servings of veggies. Eat 1800 calories. Do that for a few days. Then drink 7 glasses of water, have 4 servings of veggies and 1 fruit (substituting chips or cookies as a snack for an apple, or carrots and hummus), walk for 10 minutes, eat 1700 calories. Do that for a few days. Then you keep going. 1500 calories 5 veggie and 5 fruit, 15 minutes of exercise...........

And sometimes it just comes down to getting to the point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired of it. One day you just might get to the point where you say to yourself "I simply cannot live like this anymore, and I refuse to, and I'm going to change it. That's it, I cannot take one more day of this".

Edited by: EELPIE at: 1/8/2014 (12:08)
PINKFIT2011 SparkPoints: (8,659)
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1/8/14 11:36 A

I feel the same way....I was doing so good and then all of a sudden its gone!!! Why cant I do this?! I see all of these amazing people here changing so much and then I see I have done nothing :(

PATMOR12 Posts: 9
1/8/14 11:31 A

The cold is not discouraging me it is the lack of results. I gave up for over a month and am trying to push myself to be positive and develop a simple plan. I know what to do but how does one get oneself to really do it?


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1/6/14 3:10 P

It's hard to start out, especially when it is super cold and you really shouldn't be outside. I spent all day yesterday inside making chicken broth for soup. I now have 4 things of broth ready to go for when I don't feel good.
I say go ahead and curl up under a blanket in front of the TV. Just drink water or tea, have broth based soups to eat and relax. Maybe do some yoga this afternoon to loosen up your muscles. Maybe jog in place during commercials.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,809)
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1/6/14 11:03 A

Yes, it's crazy cold where you are. I don't blame you for wanting to hibernate.
Can you make some hot tea and grab a book? I was never really a tea person until I came to SparkPeople. I kept seeing people making that suggestion and I decided to try it. It really does work in that I have something warm & soothing, my hands are busy and I pass the time.

Maybe you can peruse this site for some healthy warm comfort foods (like that mac & cheese on the Spark cookbook) and try those.

I have bags of pre-cut veggies for every day of the week sitting in the fridge. Even if I don't eat "according to plan" on a given day, those veggies WILL get eaten.
If you have some at home, maybe now's a good time to wash and prep them into bags so they'll be easy to grab.

Good luck and hope it warms up soon.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/6/14 11:00 A

Try to start with small goals that can be accomplished and built upon, rather than lofty goals that are harder to attain.

A lot of people build up by starting with 10 minutes of exercise a day. There are videos here on sparkpeople -and a ton of free workout videos on youtube, just search with keywords:

dance exercise
cardio workout
strength training
abs workout
thigh workout
butt workout
walking exercise (yes, you can walk indoors in your living room!!!!)

There is a sparkteam you can join - 10 minutes a day team

Try to keep tracking your food, and if you need to, rid your home of unhealthy, tempting snacks.

Spend some time learning about food and fitness online to help you stay motivated. Read the success stories here on SP, browse the message boards to get ideas of how other people stay motivated, or what kinds of healthy foods they are learning about, unhealthy foods they are having issues with.

Good luck :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,155)
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1/6/14 10:19 A


Welcome to Spark People !

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to cut yourself some slack. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible.

That's why Spark People encourages its members to start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals. then you set new ones.

And that's how we learn to change old habits.

So, let me ask you, what are some simple goals you can achieve this week ?

TARZANLOVE12 SparkPoints: (698)
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1/6/14 10:11 A

This always happens when I start out trying to lose weight; I do great for a week then I lose motivation. I missed 2 days of tracking food and I made sure I tracked so far today, but this cold weather in WI is making me discouraged. The gym is closed, I can't ride, all I want to do is sit around under a blanket, watch TV and eat. Help!

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