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2/17/12 9:29 A
If you're frustrated that the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like, don't assume that you must be doing something wrong. That's just not true. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks when you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Remember, there are changes happening to your body you can't see.
So, don't beat up on yourself because you're not seeing a loss like those on the Biggest Loser. those types of losses are just not typical.
Now, if you're feeling frustrated because work is stressful, home life is stressful, school is stressful, relationship is stressful... you do the best you can. You're not Wonder Woman. There is only so much a person can do. If you seem overwhelmed. set your priorities. What IS the most important thing you want to do ? Then you sit down and decide how you're going to achieve that goal. Everything else goes on the back burner.
What is it that's bothering you ? Maybe if you blogged about it, you might feel better. Blogging and writing can be very cathartic.
Something made you want to start this, so you weren't happy before.
So how is quitting going to help?
You didn't say exactly what was bothering you, so it's hard to give any specific advice - what they others have said is best.
Drinking one more glass of water today than you did on the average day last month is progress. It's easy, too. There would be no pressure to quit.
Reading food labels if you didn't already - that's easy. That wouldn't make you want to quit.
If you make small changes like those, this is really pretty easy. If you are trying to turn your world on it's ear so you can lose weight really fast, well, that does get frustrating.
It took me 42 years to get overweight and unhealthy. I think I may be rushing things a bit, but I gave myself 10 years to undo those 42 years of damage. Three of those have already passed and I've accomplished quite a bit. I've gotten side tracked, but I've never wanted to quit. Why would I actually want to go back to dying when I'm getting so much better at living?
Cut yourself some slack and give yourself some time. Be good to yourself. Do this because you deserve to be taken very well care of, not just because you want the number on the scale to go down.
Best wishes, Michael
"Your weight loss goals are every bit as important as those of a world-class athlete." Mike Kramer, Spark Staff
"Your weight ticker isn't going to change until you do." MICLWILDE
You did the right thing coming here, seeking out encouragement rather than quitting. I've tried and failed to lose weight more times than I care to count in the past 27 years. I even quit sparkpeople once, but never unsubscribed from the e-mails because I knew I would get tired of being fat and want to come back. I have done better this time than ever before.
The difference? Exactly what redshoes told you. Focus on small changes. If you try to change everything about yourself all at once, eating habits, exercise, self-discipline, drinking that water, on and on, you will burn out fast. But if you make one small easy change this week, add another next week, or two weeks from now, or a month down the roan, whenever you feel secure with your first change, and add another, and another, you can add 1+1+1+1 until you feel like a million bucks.
"You've gotta get it started if you wanna get it done." -Aaron Tippen
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7,159 2/16/12 10:18 P
Hi NARAEASMITH, Don't give up- just keep trying.. Keep changes small, not huge world changing stuff.. Exchange less healthy choices for slightly healthier ease yourself in to this journey.. Exercise- don't have to jump on the band wagon and do this and that.. Go for a walk with a friend- enjoy what you do of movement.. Letting our health crack really puts limitations on life- it is like being in a jail without bars.. I went to a weight watchers like organisation to weekly meetings- perhaps try the sparkpeoples online meetings on sparks people for face to face support?
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