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JMOUSE99 SparkPoints: (141,346)
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11/29/12 10:16 A

Excercising! I thought I could do it by just by cutting calories as I have done in the past (always gained some or all of it back, though), but at 51, you have to really starve yourself before the weight starts dropping.
I finally decided I had to start running and doing other exercise for it to work this time. It's still sloooow, but it is working. And I'm in better shape than I have been in years - maybe even in better shape than I ever have been.

Edited by: JMOUSE99 at: 11/29/2012 (10:16)
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YLLWROSE86 SparkPoints: (976)
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11/29/12 10:09 A

Being aware of what I am eating and I find myself choosing healthier choices on my own! This time I have a couple workout buddies so we keep eachother motivated to go to the gym after work.... Just got off the scale.... 175 to 166.5!!!! ALMOST 10 LBS!!! The fact that I am getting results keeps me motivated as well... I am LOVING these loose jean!!!! emoticon

JACKH35 SparkPoints: (26,760)
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11/29/12 10:06 A

I started losing when I just got rid of some bad habits of eating wrong and not moving enough.
Gee - eating right and moving more really works, diets don't.

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11/29/12 9:48 A

I increased my miles on the treadmill 2 miles to 5, 4-6 days a week

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11/29/12 9:44 A

I increased my water intake. I came across a Hydration Calculator

and entered my figures. What an eye opener! Both in the recommended amount of water suggested and the reality of the amount I was actually drinking on a daily basis. I make sure I drink 64 ounces of water every day. It's to the point now that about an hour after my second and final 8-ounce coffee of the morning, I feel thirsty and fill my 24-ounce Nalgene water bottle. That gets filled once more during the day. And I make sure I take my morning and evening med/supplement with an 8-ounce glass of water. There's my 64 ounces. I'm sure I drink a couple more glasses but I only track the 8 glasses.

I also track everything that goes into my mouth. If I consume it - it gets tracked. I know I will have to hold myself accountable in the food tracking for the rest of my life if I want to remain healthy and I'm okay with that!


Edited by: AUTHENTICALLYME at: 11/29/2012 (09:45)
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11/29/12 9:26 A

tracking and exercising.

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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/29/12 9:18 A

what did it for me was..........putting myself on the list of things to take care of. I found that I love to workout so that is real important to me. I hardly ever miss a workout and sometimes I even get in more. I also found that eating a clean processed foods helped and that I didn't miss stuff in a box or frozen tv dinners. I found that if I kept veggies cut up in the fridge and limited my fruits to 1 a day (hypoglycemia ) and that helped too. When I decided that God gave me this body why not take care of it things changed for the better for me.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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11/29/12 9:06 A

My husband and I started eating a mostly vegan diet - animal fats really pack on the pounds - and I lost at first without even exercising.

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AMARISRON Posts: 1,205
11/29/12 8:37 A

I haven't lost a ton recently but overall I started really losing and getting in shape when I adopted my kids and realized I needed to take time for me and get in shape to keep up with them!

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11/29/12 8:27 A

I started losing weight a month before rejoined Spark. I stopped drinking my calories, started eating healthier and smaller portions and instead of only eating 2 meals a day I began eatin 4-5 smaller meals a day.

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GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/29/12 7:35 A

When I tracked what I was eating and actually did intentional exercise outside of regular housework is when it really got a jump start. It's been fluctuating STILL, and it is driving me bonkers, but-that scale isn't everything. I know if I'm faithful to do what I'm supposed to, the positive results will follow. It may take a LONG while, but I am really trying to not make the speed at which I lose the weight the goal.

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SARAHF1988 Posts: 603
11/29/12 7:13 A

I have lost weight with spark people before and only gained again due to settling into a relationship, moving in together etc... it really threw me off and I stopped weighing because I was happy anyway. Because I had already lost a lot of weight with SP I knew all I had to do was come back here, set up my ticker and start tracking food and exercise. I really love Spark People and the only thing that I'm going to do differently to before is when I get to my target I will continue to weigh and use SP actively to remind myself to stay on track. emoticon

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,148
11/29/12 6:36 A

when I started tracking on sparkpeople

OTEN36 SparkPoints: (74,537)
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11/29/12 6:33 A


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RITAROSE SparkPoints: (159,279)
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11/29/12 6:33 A

I worked the combination of exercise, diet and tracking.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/29/12 6:24 A

I agree - tracking was a big accountability partner and eye opener.
If I have to actually write it down (and add it into the list if it isn't there) - it makes me think more about what I'm actually consuming

PUDLECRAZY Posts: 4,407
11/29/12 6:06 A

Tracking my food was the first thing that helped. What really got the pounds off was increasing my steps to 15,000 per day and doing more strength training. It did take time, discipline, and effort but I have kept it off for 3 years now. It has been time and effort well spent.

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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11/29/12 5:55 A

What did you do differently that helped you to lose weight on your journey?

My biggest thing was actually writing down/tracking everything I ate and/or drank.

In the past, I had tried eating less, lower calorie, lower fat foods, but I didn't have much consistent success until I got my Calorie range, and then made sure all the food I ate fit in that range.

I'd like to hear what was different for everyone else than previous attempt.

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