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KSANDIEGO SparkPoints: (8,680)
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1/22/12 3:32 P

What my next exercise DVD will be like! If I'm not losing weight, I mix things up and change my exercise in some way - folks can try to Quickfire Challenge to motivate themselves a bit more - maybe adding that little spark to their program will help make that extra burn kick in and help them with that extra boost they need? Good luck everyone.

POLK33 SparkPoints: (228)
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1/22/12 3:29 P

I look at what I have accomplished. The goals I have met. The inches I have lost. How I feel better about myself and how I feel in my clothes. Lastly I look at recent pics of myself and say going back is going back to that...and then I look at old pictures of myself when I was fit and say going forward to moving forward to that!

POLK33 SparkPoints: (228)
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1/22/12 3:28 P

I look at what I have accomplished. The goals I have met. The inches I have lost. How I feel better about myself and how I feel in my clothes. Lastly I look at recent pics of myself and say going back is going back to that...and then I look at old pictures of myself when I was fit and say going forward to moving forward to that!

CATHILE Posts: 164
1/22/12 2:24 P

That I will be healthier, able to do things, feel better about myself, and that I will be ONE HOT LOOKING MOMMA!


1/22/12 2:16 P

Feeling like I'm doing something worthwhile for my body and myself even when I don't lose weight. Focusing on fitness, stress-busting, better sleep--all those things that aren't specifically weight loss, but help. One thing that I found got me losing again was going through the articles and action steps on the Stage Two part of the Spark Diet (Under Healthy Lifestyle). That tightened everything down for me. In a couple of weeks I will be through Stage Two and starting on Stage Three. I'm on the slowest loser plan. I don't need to lose fast as long as I'm going in the right direction.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (188,644)
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1/22/12 2:10 P

Whenever I hit a plateau, I focus on my physical fitness rather than the number on the scale. When I started 2 years ago, I was lucky I could walk a mile, and now I can jog 3. Keep in mind that sometimes your body takes a little longer to catch up with your new lifestyle.

GBRUMBAUGH SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/12 12:55 P

Your making a life style change not just a weight change!! You can do it. :-)

BONNIEJEAN51 Posts: 187
1/22/12 11:56 A

It's not just about losing weight. Losing weight is a side effect of a healthy lifestyle. I have to keep going on in a positive manner.....healthy eating and matter what. I don't want to ever go back to how unhealthy I was before I lost weight. Of course I've had lots of plateaus, but if you give up you are not only quitting on weight loss, but more importantly you are giving up on being healthy. Weight is just a number. I would like to be 20 pounds lighter, but if my body doesn't agree with that I'm still going to eat right and exercise because that's what really matters. If I could eat junk food all the time and still be thin I would not do it. Skinny isn't the most important thing...healthy is!

LANNIEMANUEL SparkPoints: (95,182)
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1/22/12 11:36 A

OCD ha ha. and hate feeling sluggish when i don't eat and exercise.

LACATUSCO74 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/12 11:36 A

Working out and eatting right.... I have not lost weight at all this week so I am trying to keep my motivation going even through it's SO HARD

NWFL59 Posts: 6,141
1/22/12 11:35 A

Reviewing my goals and reassessing my exercise and eating habits to see where I can tweak it to get the excess weight rolling off again. Sometimes my body just needs a week or two to adjust before I can start seeing results. Weight loss isn't my primary measure of success as I know I'm also trying to build muscle and keep from losing what I already have so that affect weight. Clothes fit and how I really feel are my go to standards to measure progress and success. the scales are not my primary reference.

1PHATSANDY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/12 11:25 A

I look at my profile, and see what I don't want to stay like. I also see that what I am doing is working by the weight I have lost and I know that I am not done. So even though I might be at a stand still for a while, this is a life style change and I am sticking with it for a healthier me.

MSTAURUS86 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/12 11:18 A

emoticon I think about the 22 pounds i have already lost and want to lose 18 more I have gotten stuck but I challenge myself to drop another, and I get so excited when i see that number change. I keep thinking of a smaller me. I want to lose these last 18 by birthday May 17.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
1/22/12 10:18 A

I think I have two ways of staying motivated. The first is that I have kept a weight loss log on a spreadsheet. I know from this log that approximately every four weeks I have a zero weight loss. I have come to think of this as time for my body to rest and reset. Just realizing that my body has a pattern helps me through that no weight loss week. The second way is not my idea but one that I read on Spark. A woman commented that she thought of these times as a way to practice maintenance. I really like that idea. The final comment is that since I have taken a different outlook this time then before which is that I am looking to be healthy. For me that means making lifestyle changes that I can accomodate long term. So if I am eating healthy and exercising, I am still accomplishing what I intended to do. Some days I think of an accomplishment is getting through the treadmill exercise.

MILLIE5522 SparkPoints: (44,238)
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1/22/12 10:02 A

Before I started on SP I knew that my average daily metabolic rate was 1870 calories so this has given me a realistic view of how many calories I have actually used up since I've been on SP. At the beginning I did lose 7lbs in one month but I knew that most of this was water as according to my average 1870 MR I could only in reality lose 4lbs so the extra 3lbs was not "real". Later on when I was on a plateau I knew that this was my body catching up and gave me the motivation to keep going even though it wasn't showing on the scale. I've kept a record of my daily calorie intake and sure enough it always works out that my MR is 1870. Keeping a record has meant that I have realistic expectations and the answer to why I am on a plateau. I have written a blog about it if you want to see how I've done this.

1/22/12 9:48 A

The weight I've already lost

MAUREAK Posts: 11
1/22/12 9:45 A

When I was in weight loss mode, I lost the first 25 pounds in 6 months. Then it took another 6 months to lost the last 5 pounds. Being stuck for 6 months was incredibly frustrating because I was still following my plan and not seeing much movement on the scale.

Two things kept me going:

1. In all of my prior attempts to lose weight, I would only last 2 months, then would get bored and gain all of the weight back (and then some). The fact that I was still following my plan after all that time was a big boost to my self-esteem. I did not slide and did not gain the weight back!

2. My clothes still felt good, even fit a little better. During that last 6 months, I went down another size. The scale didn't reflect it but I was definitely getting leaner and firmer.

Part of this lifestyle change was to learn to love what I am now and to not focus on the scale.

1/22/12 9:23 A

I think to myself..
If I give up.. the game is over..and I will be extremely unhappy only to want to return back to where I am now.

I just need to try harder and KEEP THE FAITH!

1/22/12 9:09 A

I can't quit no matter what. If I give up, I will gain again. FORGET THAT! I'm keepin' on keepin' on for the long haul, no matter how long it takes.

Besides, I made a lifestyle change, not just a diet.

My mother (in her eighties now) lost weight very slowly, at a rate of 10 pounds a year. Get that?!
she didn't quit. Hey, five years later, she was 50 pounds lighter and she still has it off.

What she told herself: I hate diets. I am never going on another diet again. I'm just going to eat healthy and that's it. But I won't punish myself with a diet ever again.

Look what it did for her. She is not on any meds. She is doing great for 83.

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/12 6:55 A

realizing the other benefits I'm gaining by eating right and exercising.

JSTETSER SparkPoints: (265,485)
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1/22/12 6:35 A

What keeps me motivated? I'm going to hike this summer, and I don't want to carry any extra "baggage" with me. The more I wiegh, the harder it is to get up the mountain.

HELZIE Posts: 509
1/22/12 6:26 A

...the fact that if I don't move forward, I will most definately be going UP...and that's even worse than not losing for me!

SUNNY572 SparkPoints: (9,505)
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1/22/12 1:07 A

The way I feel, the way my clothes fit and the fact that I am starting to see some muscle definition keeps me motivted. just want to share this... I started the program on12/27 and weighed myself the first week saw a loss and the following week nothing last week nothing so I have decided that I will not obsess over what the scale says, doesn't stress cause weight gain?

SUGARBABY60 SparkPoints: (51,739)
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1/22/12 12:55 A

A new food plan and all the research that goes along with learning about nutritionaly sound food plans, that way I do not get board

JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
1/22/12 12:47 A

The cm's lost! WooHoo! Those are more important because it's how you look. Your body has to catch up with the weight you have lost.

MIKEYCO SparkPoints: (23,255)
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1/21/12 10:18 P

I just remember that even though I may have not lost anything I am still being healthier than before. I am eating the right things or at least the right portions. so even if I do not see any weight come off I just tell myself that things are still getting better in the inside.

APRILSALSMAN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/12 9:46 P

I think about my daughter and how much I love my family. I am doing this for me. We want to have another child but I want to be healthy so that I can have a healthy little one so doing this for that future child someday and for myself and my life.

JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
1/21/12 9:27 P

How much better I feel just losing 20 pounds. I can breather better, walk better, don't get tired as easy, so many things are better and/or easier

1/21/12 9:18 P

I am trying to lose that last 10 lbs before a big birthday comes up in April. so one lb a week--which is possible---but so far nothing lost. Really bumming. Working out alot but building muscle and so not losing and it is rough. I have a good cheering section of friends, but I really REALLY want to drop this weight before birthday. am eating less, can't eat less and still work out. it is a rough patch now.

1/21/12 8:16 P

Don't weigh too often! I try not to get on the scale more than once per week, every two weeks is better. That forces me to focus on other benefits of eating better and moving more, like better energy, better sleep, looser clothes, etc.

JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,452
1/21/12 8:12 P

Admiring myself in the mirror after looking at photos of my "before" picture! ;) I may not be losing weight every week, but DANG look what I've accomplished over 2 years? Why throw that hard work away just because 1 week I didn't see an improvements on the scale?

With that said, I'm off to the gym!! :)

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,359)
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1/21/12 8:07 P

seeing my resting heart rate continue to fall
losing inches
less jiggle
seeing the muscles in my quads when I run on the treadmill
catching my hubby checking me out
and probably the best of all...

buying those size 8 Levis
emoticon emoticon emoticon

BEEBEA SparkPoints: (47,115)
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1/21/12 6:57 P

Getting stronger and faster!

DECLETJ Posts: 771
1/21/12 6:50 P

I think of how great I feel! And that even though I am not losing at least I am not gaining!

GOPINTOS Posts: 6,263
1/21/12 5:26 P

So happy to find this thread, so timely. I have just begun my journey and did all the right things this week, but my scale is stuck. I know there are alot of variables but these posts are great reminders of the bigger picture! Thanks for sharing!

CKGO69 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/12 4:55 P

I'm going through this right now. I've been staying on plan, exercising, doing it right, but the darn scale won't budge. It's depressing, but I just keep telling myself that, eventually, my body WILL catch up. There is no way I can eat the appropriate number of calories and exercise every day without something happening. I've just got to keep going and keep my eye on the prize. This isn't an overnight process... I also need to stay OFF the scale and weigh myself only once a week.

KEEPITSIMPLE_ SparkPoints: (94,049)
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1/21/12 4:30 P

More important things like:

The 52 lbs I've lost,
The 3 clothes sizes I've dropped, almost 4.
The waistline I can see again.
I can see my toes.
I can bend, get down and garden, etc.
I've toned up nicely, and now have a pretty great butt. Looks great in jeans!
I feel sexy again.
I'm amazed at the changes in my body since I started exercising and toning.
Living healthy comes naturally now.
I enjoy healthy foods and don't care much for junk or sweets anymore.
I love to get exercise regardless of weight loss.
I've maintained my weight for about 18 months now, for the first time in my life.
There's plenty more, but the bottom line is that the # on the scale is really the least important aspect of this whole journey. All of the positives far outweigh that.

Edited by: KEEPITSIMPLE_ at: 1/21/2012 (16:32)
AUBREY_25_99 Posts: 92
1/21/12 4:28 P

A new wardrobe and our trip to Jamaica!

1/21/12 3:54 P

My sisters grave

i see it in my mind as she died from her weight and diseases it caused. Died in her early 50s .

Each lb one is overweight will rob the years from you. So,

dont think you can say I will begin tomorrow. Begin now if you

love anyone so you be around for them. She was my only sister.

Stay in produce isle. This week i am filling my plate to overflow with sliced thin vegetables

i like and a tiny dab of meat or other item. I noticed late last pm i watched tv and thought

i want a snack then realized i was to full .

It is sort nice to slice the vegetables in some way it is helpful to ones mind.


TEEBEE44 Posts: 1,029
1/21/12 3:03 P

My daughter's wedding! and our trip to Bali!

KATHRYN1985 SparkPoints: (6,630)
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1/21/12 3:00 P

I agree w/all the other posts so far, plus knowing that I am making progress and am proud of my progress and not wanting to stop the weight loss until I hit my goal ... that definitely keeps me going.

AZCHICA2006 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/12 2:47 P

Like others...

Knowing that I am doing the right thing for my body, my life and my family by being healthy!

IAMAGEMLOVER Posts: 34,631
1/21/12 2:08 P

Knowing that I am still getting healthy. The weight will come off.

RODRINA1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/12 2:05 P

Knowing that I am still making healthy choices for my body. Losing weight will follow =)

GRATEFULBOB Posts: 2,756
1/21/12 12:58 P

right now i have stopprd losing weight for 3 months but i am losing inches

LORTHOM2001 Posts: 3,676
1/21/12 12:50 P

the fact that I AM going to achieve that goal one day soon

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/21/12 12:42 P

losing weight is just one of the side benefits of being healthy. When I get my health to 100% the weight will follow.

1/21/12 12:13 P

That the weight loss is just a side effect of a healthier life.

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,593)
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1/21/12 11:57 A

That my pants are still loose. I have a hard time with my stomach sticking out. Sit ups and crunches just dont seem to work and it really sticks out after I eat.

PUNCHIE1122 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/12 11:55 A

Reminding myself that I am atleast getting healthier by making better choices emoticon

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