Thanks for your comments. That exactly describes me. Starting over and over, and ending up no where. I had already made a commitment to myself that this time I am going to stick to it, and like you I've decided to watch the calories, write everything down, and just keep at it until I reach my goal. Nice to know others are struggling with the same things!
Excellent post. I too am trying to get on track. Not easy but it can be done.
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Like your post made me realize that I am not alone on this journey you said everything right to th dot that is extacly how it is with me..but this new year I am enjoying life and taking what I call baby steps on this journey...
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WOW Great post I am in the same boat. I do it one day at a time one pound at a time. That's my new motto. One Day At A Time. We can do it.
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1 1/3/13 9:23 A
I did start with doing exercising at the gym, for on hour, then took a walk in the afternoon, with your help I can get back on the ole band wagon, thanks, Marlene
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1 1/3/13 9:22 A
Boy can I relate to this! I've been trying since around Halloween and have lost about 15 lbs. I just decided to open up Spark to see if it will help me with motivation. I'm exercising regularly and have drastically reduced my carbs. This needs to be my year!!!!
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Yes, I feel the same way. I am very lucky because I am a zumba instructor, so I have to get my exercise every day when teaching and preparing for my class. But I love it! If I didn't have it in my life, it would be so much more difficult. I really believe exercise is the key, but of course you have to eat healthy also. It just helps you feel so much better about the journey.
I Love this post and it echoes my sentiments exactly I also love the comment about managing your calories like your budget. I have always found SparkPeople motivating and one of my goals is to use this site often and utilize all the wonderful articles, tips and motivating members to move me forward to a healthy and happy 2013. As I write this I am in a parking lot about to go into my tennis clinic, which I found is an exercise I love!
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besides the baby steps, use the failures that would have made you restart as markers for what you still need to adjust. in other words, when you have a day that isn't as great as you would like it to be that you want to wipe off the slate and start new, use that as an indicator of what situations you need to learn to be more prepared for.
My mantra is that I didn't get to this point quickly and I won't get to where I want to go quickly either. patience and perseverance is the key 1 lb per week is good enough for me.
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1 1/3/13 8:37 A
I never could stay with a goal for longer than 3 - 4 months. I need motivation & help.
SuperThinMom1 is someone I agree with totally....one step at a time. One day at a time without totally depriving my cravings. Since I am almost 60 years old and I have a family to take care of - and a full time job - I want to be healthy, energetic, positive (happy) !!! Don't forget "creative" !!! AND I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP THIS TIME. I WILL NOT START OVER...THIS IS IT !
I am on board with you. I have made some good lifestyle changes and I am taking things 1 step and 1 day at a time. Step backs are a fact of life BUT you can't get hung up a set back and you can't give up because of it. Took me many years to realize that. Good luck on your quest and know that you can do anything you put your mind to.
I'm going to take a cue from Superthinmom's featured post - start writing down EVERYTHING that passes my lips. That way I will be able to go back and figure W8W's points plus later on. That is the one system that has worked for me in the past.
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I know that feeling all to well myself. I have started and stopped so many times over the years and now that I am finally sticking to it (even when I get a little off track) I am seeing results and it feels good.
Breaking it down into smaller goals really does help because one major goal, at times, seems impossible. I started slow and got rid of the soda, then I switched to turkey, less fattening stuff and eventually to a vegetarian lifestyle. Because the changes were gradual, it has had a lasting effect on me.
Friends ask me sometimes how I manage to eat good food and bad food (especially during that time all I want is potato chips or french fries and chocolate) and I tell them I manage my calories the way I do my budget. It works for me.
Congrats on making the decision to start again. I wish you, and everyone else on here, the best of luck!
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1 1/3/13 8:20 A
One day, one week, one pound is definitely how I'm working on it this year! I have finally come to the conclusion that it is okay NOT to be skinny; that it's okay if I'm a size 12 as long as I'm healthy and getting some type of daily exercise. It's taken a long time for me to get to this point, but I'm good with that. I have twenty pounds to lose, but I have a lifetime of healthy living to do. I'm very excited to now be a part of the Sparkle family!
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1 1/3/13 8:18 A
Jan 4th of 2012 I decided to do the change of diet and a change in my life style.
I had finally had enough and needed to do something. So I went and signed up at the gym and started watching what I ate. I've tried dieting several times but this time it was different. I was MAD at myself for letting me get to this point and it was time to do something about it. I want to encourage those out there today because to date I have lost an exciting 52 pounds and on Friday it will be one year. So to the one who can say yes to one pound a week, yes it is possible. I am so proud of myself and yes I can say I look pretty good. It can be done!
Right there with you! Once I let go of perfection and an all or nothing attitude things started to click and I felt so much better. My whole issue is portion control and lack of meaningful exercise. After a few years of sparking I understand myself so much better. I am not where I want to be, but I am finally firmly on the path to get there. I came back in October after months away but renewed in my faith that SP works and I just have to make the time. I have adopted all Spark has taught me to be true but not put everything into practice yet. I think I have had the final 'click'. This weeks goals I set for myself are already sticking. Next week I will add a little more.
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2 1/3/13 8:08 A
Congratulations! I am too going to start small but I am going to stick to it. I read Spark People articles but never did too much about it. I did the circuit 3 times a week until I got hurt. I did lose 30 lbs but just recently gained 10 lbs back. This year I am starting in small baby steps. I find that when I cut out my sugar intake and exercise and eat more protein meals that this is when I do best and I find that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am determined to reach my goal by the end of 2013 and if I start now, maybe in a couple of months, I can bend down to tie my shoes without too much pain.
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1 1/3/13 7:59 A
Time of Your Life
Do you reflect upon the years gone by as you prepare for yet one more, with promises and resolutions that you have made before?
Do memories of people and places once as sharp as any knife now blend in bits and pieces in a kaleidoscope of life?
Do you squander precious minutes seeking reasons why you're here, contemplating your life's purpose year after passing year?
Persuade yourself to understand, it matters not the reason. Your purpose is to seize the life in every passing season!
Learn to see things differently. Let your thoughts and actions change. Allow your views of past and present to slowly rearrange.
Let your spirit start anew; become focused and aware of the moments and the blessings that surround you everywhere!
Do not permit past memories: the where…the who…the how to become more important than the ones you’re making now.
Live life in person; inhabit every day. You may not like where you are now, but you’re there anyway!
A lifetime is a puzzle, every failure, each success adds another jagged piece to fit together with the rest.
To finish the picture and view the masterpiece whole, fill the time of your life with your heart and your soul.
Acquaint yourself with your feelings and heighten your senses. Experience living. Put down your defenses.
You don't have to know why you are you, and I’m me. Believe it is what it is and it’s how it should be.
You did not choose your date of birth, nor do you know your last, so live this gift that is your present, before it becomes your past.
Congratulations for your revelation. I can totally relate and am in the same boat. I am an all or nothing type of person. When i start a weight loss plan, i obsess on what i eat and exercise alot so am usually successful. The problem comes after and maintaining the weight loss. i have just regained 30 lbs that i had lost and am starting again. I also need to learn to stop 'dieting' and just adopt a healthy lifestyle - for life. I am determined to do this. When i eat well, i feel so much better and more energetic. You would think that it's easy. So many psychological factors come into play. Good luck with your journey.
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I like your idea!!! I think I will follow your advice. Thank you and good luck to you.
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I like to think I will not start over again but I think every day is a start over again day. It will always be a struggle and I really just need to struggle and win. When I don't win I need to just start over without regrets.
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I have put on nearly a stone again, not being able to do anything with a broken back and Christmas did not help. this morning I did at least manage a bit in the garden and greenhouse ,even managed to bring an orchid plant into the house in the hope it will flower I will also try to write down what i eat. I would be happy to lose slowly but at my age it is incredibly difficult.
I love your idea of one day at a time, one week at a time, one pound at a time. I am going to work at losing 1/2 pound a week. I need to lose 50 pounds over the next two years. We can do this. I started today by planning my meals for the week. Haven't done that in about a month. I also track every day. We can do this. I like this quote from Zig Zigler, a motivational speaker "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great".
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You took the words right out of my mouth. I was even thinking of just clearing all my data and starting with a clean slate but I didn't. Good luck to you.
For me I find that if I just concentrate on one small change at a time, the year takes care of itself. Right now, I am working on eating more dinners at home. I am trying to limit our dinners out to no more than two per week. My husband and I go on a date every Friday, so that is one, and every once in awhile, we meet friends at a vegan café on Wednesday, that's two. Hen we get a handle on that, I will work on another small change.
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6 1/3/13 6:54 A
I have just come back from Barbados, where food was plentiful and so was the alcohol. I think I made myself so sick of eating and drinking unnecessarily, my body was definitely trying to tell me something. I was full of gas in the top part of my stomach that made it impossible to toast the New Year! I was feeling very poorly. I thought that if I didn't drink alcohol on New Year's Eve, then why should I drink it any other time unless on extra special occasions but even that is not necessary. Since getting home, I have only been able to eat a little and now it is time to gradually build myself back up with healthy, nutritious food. Alcohol will deplete my vitamins and make healthy eating a waste of time.
So, for me, it's cutting out the wine. I am 10 stones 12 (152 pounds) at the moment and I am expecting to lose the 12 pounds over a three month period. More energy will mean I can go to the gym too.
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I'm with you superthinmum when i read this I thought yes thats me ..I've signed up for coach nicole for the year and am usuing sparks calories and weight loss date for me..no adjustment,i will follow..a year from now I will see the slimmer fitter me and most importanly enjoy getting there. Having lost my way after being physically active daily..i am now back on track and slowly but surely will get there . Thanks for your post..its really hit home and inspired me ..jan xx
I gained some weight in the last two months so I am going back to what worked for me in the beginning tracking my food and exercising everyday - if I am not doing as much as before that is fine because I am getting back into good habits and not trying to do it all at once. I am also using my spreadsheet faithfully.
The key for me is spending 30 minutes each morning on SparkPeople. By tracking, learning, reading, blogging and racking up points I am reminded each morning of what I need to do and the success that others have enjoyed. It's a 2 year habit for me now and it works.
I started back up on Spark this week. I weighed and measured myself. This time its going to be different because I am so tired of starting over! The definition of Chaos is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It is finally starting to stick. I get it. I've been doing the same thing and getting the same stinky results. So now I am trying something new. Its new to me at least. My goal is to lose 1 lb a week. I am going to eat healthy, but at the same time I am not going to deprive myself. I will not have good foods and bad foods. All food is good in moderation. I need a life style change. I am writing everything down that goes in my mouth. I will exercise in someway everyday even if it is just a walk around the block. So what is so different this time? I have a goal and I have broken it down into daily smaller goals to reach my weekly goal and then to reach my monthly goals, etc. I have a plan and I AM going to STICK to it. It is small manageable stepts. Taking one step at a time and NOT giving up! This time I will not START over.
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