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6/4/13 9:11 A

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7/17/12 12:26 P

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Welcome to my favorite site! This site and my SparkFriends have helped me learn that this is NOT a diet site it is a New Healthy Lifestyle site!
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7/16/12 10:05 P



I'm new too. Draw the line in the sand and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I have 65 lbs to lose. And I don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about losing weight, worrying about losing weight and what I look like, stressing because nothing fits me, worrying about being see around others because I'm so self-conscious of how bad I look. I FINALLY have got to a point where I said to myself. No more excuses. NO more. I'm done. This is not going to be an issue the rest of my life. I started this two weeks ago. I haven't even started exercising yet because I've been too busy -- I'm self employed and can't make the time. I know if I really wanted to I could, but I'm not there yet.

But what I have done is put myself on a 1,200 calorie and no more day. No matter what I'm not crossing that 1,200 calories. The calculator says if I lose 2.2 lbs a week, I can be 140 lbs by January. That's doable for me. If I look at the big picture, I give up and say that's too much to lose. But 2.2 lbs a week. If I just do that, I will make it.

It's been 2 weeks with no exercise but sticking to the right combinations of food (chicken, fruits, vegetables, etc.). I can eat whatever I want, so I'm not dieting. But I'm not going to go over 1,200 in a day. I even had chocolate cake and frosting yesterday. But that 450 calories was figured into my 1,200 calories a day. I didn't really enjoy it but I'd been super good for 2 weeks so I felt I earned it. I didn't fall off the wagon. I had one dessert. Calculated it in with my 1,200 calories and didn't gain a pound.

If i want something then I have to remove something else from my list of what I had planned for that day but stick to the 1,200 calories. Guess what. 2 weeks later. I'm 6 lbs lighter. That's more than 2.2 lbs a week. That's 3 lbs a week. Today and yesterday I only had 800-900 calories and I'm eating a lot of food. I just couldn't eat anymore. I think my stomach has shrunk. But before my scale was stuck and it either went up or stayed put, so I must be doing something right.

I keep my carbs in the low range, and my fats in the low range, my protein in the higher range and my calories under 1,200. And it's WORKING. I am so thrilled. DONT say you'll try. Or I HOPE THIS WORKS. You make it work. This is so easy. You can do it. We gained it a few lbs at a time. We'll lose it a few lbs at a time. And then guess what -- food, diet, weight loss, etc. won't be in our vocabulary anymore and we can move on with our wonderful active social lives. Wouldn't that be worth all the work??

If you need a cheerleader, I'd be glad to listen. I usually start off good and tinker off after a few weeks. I don't think so this time because I don't feel deprived of anything. I can have whatever I want. I've also add lot more fruit and veggies into my diet, 4-6 helpings a day and I think that helps.

Draw that line and say enough. 'I'm not trying. I hope this works." Say "I'm done!!!"

Use the calorie counter and planned meals. It's such a big help knowing exactly what we're putting in our bodies. I had no idea how badly I was eating before until I saw the numbers. No wonder I got in this mess!!


Marcy, in Oregon

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7/16/12 10:32 A

Just keepo at it. There is a LOT of info on here; when I first started I was amazed by how much info there is. Just take it one day at a time, and don't get discouraged if you don't succeed every day. I have days when I eatthings I shouldn't, don't do my walking, and don't even log on at all. But I get up the next day and get back on track. It's not an easy path, but it IS a worthwhile one. Just know there are plenty of people here who will give you the support you need. And it truly is one step at a time, one day at a time.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 71,595
7/15/12 8:36 P

emoticon Don't quit. That is all that matters. We have to do this for our health.

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7/15/12 7:44 P

I just wanted to say Hi and practice posting. I am so excited about this site, my sister told me about it and I have spent all day on here, LOT of info! I feel like I should be a pro at this but I am tired of falling back into old habits soooo, I am going to attempt to get healthy following this path. In the past I have not been so good about tracking and journaling my food and exercise, I am bigger than ever and in worse shape with my health. Plus I am looking foward to meeting and talking with all you guys! Single G'Ma living at the beach. emoticon

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