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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (241,175)
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11/22/12 4:54 A

All the Pedometers I have had have had little adjuster buttons on them for when they don't record accurately. Have a look and see if there is a little plus or minus sign on a little button. Also, sometimes people don't wear them properly. You really need a firm waist band to put them on and check WHERE on that waistband it works best. For me it was half-way between my navel and my side, over my hip bone.


SANIEH SparkPoints: (0)
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11/21/12 3:06 P

I am back too. This is my 6th attempt in the past 3 years. I recently got a smart pedometer to help me with the exercise portion and so far it is motivating me to do at least 10,000 steps a day. My pedometer tends to under estimate my steps but its a good thing :-) it means that I am actually doing more.

JCRAFT6 Posts: 739
11/21/12 8:14 A

I am the same way. I have started and stopped many times as well. This time I thought it would be different but I have hit that spot again. It has been a struggle to keep going. what I have had to do is scale way back and kind of go back to the beginning. I cut back on my exercises and still tried to keep track of my eating even if I am over some days. I also started measuring my food again.

A_SPARKLING Posts: 825
11/20/12 1:40 P

Firstly welcome back...i restarted back (in late Sept) too! :)

I think we all struggle at different times with different things. I find this is my longest streak to date of being really accountable with my health....(Spark Coach is very helpful here if you haven't tried it) but I think it is the little things that are done consistently that really start to make the differences and add momentum to your new choices....

I never in all my life thought i would give up the cream in my coffee or butter....i found some tasty healthy substitutes that do the trick and i eat less of it as well :). ....because of a few physical limitations i chose some things that i knew i could do and am building on those not planning on running a marathon but hope to be able to cross country ski this winter for the first time in many years.

I find too as I'm tracking i have questions about certain things or want to know more...and as my curiosity grows so does my knowledge base and the spark points...personally i am trying to reach a certain level by a certain time and i make it a game of sorts.... what can i do to get there by making healthy choices....there are soooooo many benefits that you have reaped by just tracking ..... sometimes i just forget about the points all together and get into a groove of reading info, sourcing more, etc....and if you want MOTIVATION...there are so many wonderful stories and the spark radio is also super!

I think the biggest thing is "You are sick and tired of being sick and tired!" I reached that point too, so I AM back and doing it!....I am now my own best friend and when I slip, I have picked myself up and am carrying on, I am not as hard on myself and have lessened the expectations (although still there at times)...trying to be reasonable and doing more manageable things that work for me....I am becoming all the more wiser of the body I was given ....I like you are making a choice to change a lifestyle in positive directions and that really doesn't happen overnight ...we are all learning!
Little steps, little steps!!!!
Best! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: A_SPARKLING at: 11/20/2012 (13:56)
RHETORDAYNA SparkPoints: (8,771)
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11/18/12 5:08 P

We all feel like weight loss is two steps forward and one step back. I think It's a matter of how you count your "Steps." I think "being tired of being overweight" is a step forward from the feeling that you are just a "fat person" and there is nothing you can do about it. Soc ongrats, you've already taken one step forward.

TWHYTUS Posts: 5
11/18/12 4:16 P

thanks for being so honest. I'm currently struggling to get started and stay started. I loose 20lbs and then gain it right back. As i've went through this yoyo weight loss i've came to understand me and that unconsciously I eat when i'm sad even if i'm not hungry. I've finally found my trigger and now have to change the behavior. How can I do this. Well by coming to this board I will try to accomplish this task at gaining help from others who also understand the mental battle i'm having. this is one challege that I have to truly work at other things are easy. Thanks again for creating this post and keep post to help a fellow spark beginner.

SHAY1KM Posts: 615
11/17/12 10:22 A

I too have stopped and started a couple of times over the years. I am not sure why am sticking with it this time - going on 11 weeks now - but you are not alone. Everyone has days when they need more motivation than others, but keep pushing yourself. Hopefully, over time you will form new habits and it won't be so hard. Small steps forward are still steps. Don't give up, you will reach your goals. :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,605)
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11/16/12 2:24 P


Welcome back to Spark People !

I'm going to tell you what I tell every new member who joins Spark 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 were to do for yourself 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 be patient with yourself and your body. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible.

How to start ? You start with some simple changes. Set some realistic goals. Example, if you're not used to 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 used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not used to regular exercise, 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.

Good health isn't all or nothing. Every little bit really does add up. Take baby steps literally and figuratively.

As the Coaches all say,"Trust the process".


MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (60,089)
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11/15/12 11:47 P

SCARLETCURLZ, not that the same things will work for you that worked for me, but I still want to share them with you:

I committed to the Sparkpeople Official Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge. It is one month long; very do-able. During the middle of the second week, the bootcamp challenged me to use the Nutrition Tracker just for a day. I became instantly hooked on the tracker. Why? The tracker made it incredibly painless and easy to keep track of my food intake. Long story short: I went on to complete ten consecutive monthlong Sparkpeople bootcamps. That, combined with consistent use of the Nutrition Tracker, made losing weight downright easy. I've been at goal since February 2012....!28 pounds, size 4. And I had been overweight virtually my entire life. Thanks for letting me share.

Spark On!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (241,175)
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11/15/12 10:57 P

Hi Trista - welcome back.

You don't have it on your own re the starting and stopping. I am wondering if when you start you go about it with an all or nothing attitude. IF you do, then perhaps this is what is sabotaging your efforts. You are best off to make very gradual changes - Baby Steps. This means changing only one or two things to start with and allowing your mind/body to become used to them before adding something else to the mix.

If it is the emotional eating that is causing the problem, then below are two links which you may find helpful:

If, after having tried these tips, you find that you are still having problems, then you may like to discuss the issue with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Therapist to help find something that will work for you.

Remember, one of the biggest things that you can do to help you reach your goals is to track your food, remain physically active, and remain active on the message boards so that you get plenty of support.

Good luck,

11/15/12 9:05 P

I'm back. I feel like I keep starting and stopping, starting and stopping and it's very frustrating. Today, I was really feeling tired of being overweight. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time sticking with it. I know I need to deal with the emotional eating. But I'm starting up again today, and could really use some support to keep going. Thanks in advance!

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