It CAN be done, YOU CAN DO IT! Head down, one foot in front of the other, plod along and trust the process. You will have good days and you will have bad days but as long as the good outnumber the bad you will have progress. Don't over think things and don't spend too much time looking at the long term weight loss goal. I found that shifting my thinking away from losing weight to getting fit and healthy really helped. Good luck!
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1,418 3/1/12 11:51 A
I love that quote: "You don't have to lose 120 pounds; you just have to lose one pound, 120 times."
Of 100 I only have 98.4 left to go!
Loosing slowly is a little unnerving, however, it is much better than gaining more weight. And this is something that I need to keep in mind, because this is tricky, hard, even demanding work; work that need to be embraced and cherished. Like raising a child, I need to be tender to myself and parental.
Don't lose faith. I think ANY weight loss plan has its ups and downs. The initial loss may be phenomenal, which is great! but then you get so you expect it to remain that way for the duration, and that's not realistic. Your body's going to readjust to compensate for what it may see as a starvation period. It's protecting itself.
Big goals can be disheartening, too. As others have mentioned here, don't focus on what a mountain you have to climb. Take it in small increments. I also had a huge goal when I started. I was very nearly 400 pounds when I began. I've lost 150+ of that, and still have at least 100 to go. I won't know exactly how much until I get closer to a "normal" weight. I can't remember ever BEING a normal weight. I have no idea how it's going to feel or what will be right for me.
I haven't updated my weight tracker in quite a while, because I hit a "stall" too. I'm starting to get back on my path now, but it's slow going. It's going, though! Every ounce is a step forward. I'm feeling better. I'm healthier. I want to be out of obese or overweight status ... but health is even more valuable to me than looks. I know I'm going to make it. I'm too stubborn to give up.
Don't be discouraged if you can't exercise as you feel you ought. I have other medical concerns that actually prevent my doing much of ANY exercise. The weight loss I've seen has been mostly sans exercise. I have many days I find it challenging just to go about the most basic life activities: housecleaning. Cooking. Shopping. Even keeping my medical appointments. The hard part now is that I have such better energy and mental outlook, I WANT to do more. But the other constraints don't permit it, and probably never will, alas.
Hang in there. We've all been where you are. We can do it. You can do it. Don't let pitfalls and expectations mire you down. Don't stress. Stress alone can block you. Be kind but firm with yourself. It's going to work. We're here to help you!
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2/28/12 10:53 P
Take one day at a time and work the good healthy lifestyle habits and it will all add up. I lost a lot of pain as my weight went down.
One thing that motivated me was to read motivation blogs and spark pages. You can find them on the Community Tab.
Great job using your first post to ask for help. That's what SparkPeople is all about and it's been an amazing community for me for 2 1/2 years.
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7,159 2/28/12 10:46 P
I used my stubborn will never give in- I don't want to give people the satisifaction of saying I quit or judging the size of my ass..
When I started, with 120 pounds to lose, someone told me, "You don't have to lose 120 pounds; you just have to lose one pound, 120 times." Mentally, focusing on just losing a pound still helps me, even though I'm more than two thirds of the way to my goal.
Motivation comes and goes; the trick for those of us with a lot to go is to let it ebb and flow, but to still do "the right things" even when we don't feel like it. I've fallen off the wagon a few times, but fortunately each time I did, I didn't gain weight. And after a few weeks off, I got back on track, and even felt my motivation return.
I guess the key is not to get so caught up in looking at the finish line that you miss putting one foot in front of the other right now. Hang in there; you can do it.
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I understand about the pounds not coming off as fast as they were in the beginning, have you taken measurements? Women seem to lose inches before losing pounds, as long as you are not gaining you are on the right track. I wish you the best of luck! You may feel you have so much to lose, but you also have so much to gain living a healthier lifestyle, I;m rooting for you
Focus on how much you've done! Even maintenance is a big accomplishment. Focus on lifestyle changes.
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2/28/12 11:52 A
I think the most important thing is to try not to focus so much on the "big picture". Break it down into small, manageable goals. And reward yourself along the way. And regarding chronic pain, I want to second two of the previous recommendations. Talk to your doctor (and if your doctor blows you off, get a new doctor). And read INDYGIRL. She actually talks a lot about exercise for those with pain/mobility issues. Good Luck. You CAN do it!!
There is a lot of salt in bread and cheese and breakfast cereals. Only eat shedded wheat, kashi 7 grain puffs, puffed rice or puffed wheat and mutlti grain cheerios to stay away from salt & sugar. Add berries to sweeten, especially blueberries, they help with pain. If you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you are consuming too much salt. Salt addiction may cause food cravings and obesity. Table salt enhances insulin response to carbohydrates, Bagels for instance are high in carbs. If you are surprised to find out that all the foods you have been eating are actually keeping you fat, start looking at the sugar content too. Hidden sugars can halt weight loss too! Get a handle on carbs, calories, sugar & sodium. Acorn Squash is perfect for dieting and filling. Tastes is similar to a sweet potato. It is smart to reduce red meat as it causes inflamation, and inflammation causes pain and diseases like cancer & diabetes. Eat Pears, plums, peaches, oranges, apples, cherries, kiwi, tangerines. No bananas, no pineapple. Ocean Spray Diet CranBerry Juice is low in sugar, add water/half & half for a good drink. Drink oolong or green tea. Spice with cinnamon, rosemary, curry, cumin, garlic. A 4 ounce pork loin chop has about 229 calories, A pork loin chop doesn't have any significant calories from carbohydrates. pair with brocolli & a sweet potato w/cinnamon. A cup of plain air popped popcorn has only 30 calories and has good fiber. Kidney Beans are a good source of protein and fiber and gives you energy. Make Chile Mac with lean ground turkey instead of beef. Make veggie lasagna Instead of using noodles, use eggplant slices. Sweet Corn is high in sugar so stay away from that. Good luck! If you want any other ideas or have wuestions just ask me.
I struggle with this as well. I need to lose 100 lbs. I am very overwhelmed when I look at it like that. I decided that I would lose 10 lbs 10 times instead. It just helped my frame of mind to realize that I can lose 10 lbs. I made a visual on a number line of 10's that I cut off each time I lose 10 lbs. Now, I had to start over after losing 12 lbs- and gaining it plus 12 lbs more. So, I wallowed around in my anger and disgust with myself for a couple of days, then picked myself up and swam on. Literally. I will do this, and you WILL too!
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2/27/12 4:20 P
Welcome to Spark People. I know losing 150 pounds may seem daunting, so don't look at weight as having to lose 150 pounds. Start with first five pounds. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start with the first five pounds. Start with simple things you can change and go from there.
the first thing I would ask you is when is the last time you went to see your doctor ? If you do have chronic pain of any kind, it's always best to consult your doctor before you start making changes. Your doctor can make suggestions. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor or have a full physical. It's important to know what your starting numbers are for things like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc... All those numbers will improve as you progress.
If you need motivation, look no further than your fellow Spark Members ! Join all sorts of teams. I would recommend reading the Daily Spark Blogs by member INDYGIRL. at one time, she weighed over 450+ pounds. She has lost over 150 pounds. Follow her journey. she's absolutely inspirational. This is one of many articles she's written.
I don't have over 150 to loose but I feel for you. Even with less weight to loose it comes off just as hard. Keep your head up and keep positive, it isn't going to be easy but you can do it. Don't try and change to many things at a time or you'll get overwhelmed. My guess is that is happening now. Relax, take a breath, and say "I Can Do It!"
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2/27/12 3:55 P
I am really trying to change a lot of things in my life in order to meet my goal. I just have so much to lose! The weight loss was so quick in the beginning and now I feel it is at a stall and then it reminds me how much I really do have to lose. How do the people who have over 150 pounds keep motivated? I really watch what I eat but it is so hard with chronic pain to get up and excercies and I know I need to.Help me!
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