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REENEY2 Posts: 287
3/14/14 10:11 A

So if I alternate 1 fast mile with strength training for 5 days a week I should see some difference?

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3/13/14 2:58 P

lucy, showing up every day is a skillful, consistent behavior, so please be encouraged by even what may seem like very small steps. acknowledge yourself for every little healthy decision you make, about food/weight/fitness, but also in other areas in your life. emoticon

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3/13/14 2:54 P

I try & be consistent but it rarely works. I get discouraged quite a bit.

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3/12/14 3:13 P

I used to freak out about the scale as i was working out 3plus times and scales stayed the same. Now i focus on how I feel and how my clothes feel and i only weigh once a mth instead of weekly. definitely keep logging and staying as active as u can!

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3/12/14 2:05 P

I gain and lose the same 10 pounds several times a year and I'm trying to lose only 30 lbs. (cumulatively I've done that in 2013!) but I still weigh 30 lbs over my ideal weight and the reason is I'm not consistent. New this year for me is journaling - not writing everything I eat down - but writing something every day, or every few days, etc. Today in SparkPeople I stumbled onto Mind Over Body - 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle and it addresses staying motivated (consistency). There is no magic pill. It's a shift to lifestyle mode and the scale will do what it will do, but if you are in lifestyle mode, there's gotta be change; right?! Thanks for all the great responses. I read them all. Congrats to us all for all our efforts!!
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FORME58 Posts: 67
3/12/14 1:07 P

I find when I fail and go back to my old bad habits, I need to stop and go back to my basic small goals that I setup for myself at the beginning of my journey. I make sure that I am keeping track of the food it eaten, start doing 10-15 min exercise etch day and get back to drinking water.
When I do this small steps, it gets me back on the right path and I stop gaining the weigh I lost back.

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
3/12/14 8:41 A

What helped me most during plateaus was to actually weigh myself LESS often...but to do my tracking MORE carefully. That was a foolproof, stress-proof way of going about it for me.

MARTHA324 Posts: 5,802
3/11/14 2:54 P

It was hard, but what helped me when I'd hit a plateau for several weeks was to remember that the main reason I was doing this was to eat in a healthier way and move more. As long as I was consistently doing those two things I knew the weight would come off.
I also used those times to check in to see if I was eating more than I thought or I needed to adjust the calories or exercise to adapt to a lower weight.

For me this is a lifetime change and the longer I stick with it, the easier it gets to be consistent.

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3/11/14 1:27 P

My best advice is to focus on changes that are not related to the scale. It's the only way I've gotten through it because I'm not losing weight either.

Things to focus on:

-how your clothes fit
-feeling stronger
-having more stamina
-having more energy

I know it's tough, but the shift from "losing weight" to "feeling better" has really helped me be more consistent despite the lack of change on the scale.

Hope this helps!

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3/11/14 1:24 P

I am consistently inconsistent but making progress in making better choices

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3/10/14 2:48 P

I'm turning into a normal eater myself. I turn down dessert if I'm not hungry for it. I've also stopped mid-bite because I realized I was just picking and so was obviously no longer really hungry.

3/7/14 3:16 A

I don't expect to be consistent. Life will always be putting speed bumps in my path. When they happen sometimes it is hard and food happens. When I have a difficult time, I try to assess and figure out what is causing the problem. I want to be resilient by being aware, flexible and mindful but without the negativity that we used to associate with awareness that we overrate or gained. It's like a shock absorber.
Weight release can not be completely permanent. For instance, Illness can impede exercise leading to a temporary unexpected gain and travel can make healthy eating difficult for a time. An emotional blow can still trigger old patterns of behavior. When the scale gives you unpleasant news, reframe the inner message to the positive. It's been a long time since this happened or recognize your bodily reaction of feeling less healthy and less energetic as a result to being off the journey after one unhealthy meal. Those don't resemble the negative self talk of what's the use or all's lost so I might as well that used to happen in my head. I guess the permanent change I see is mindfulness, awareness, assessment without guilt and a making a course correction to return to the healthy journey within 24 hours. Even after a prolonged time of overeating find a positive way of looking at it as becoming aware that there is still something inside me, some trigger that I was unaware of that I now know needs to addressed and corrected. Start working to find that new trigger and then find a way to deal with it.
My naturally thin friends make comments that fit this. They are naturally mindful and immediately physically aware of when and how food negatively affects them. Sometimes it happens even while they are still eating! This awareness alerts them and they talk about change or a course correction and sometimes they stop eating right in the middle of this happening. They can stop after one too many bites without guilt for the one bite too many and without the struggle we feel to stop eating. Ever see someone not finish a delicious dessert and grab their tummy and express discomfort? I know that their sensitivity to their bodies feedback is awesome and much more sensitive than mine has been. Maybe the "permanent change" I looking for is to be more like my naturally thin friends and become more sensitive like them. I'm still a work in progress.

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3/4/14 8:05 P

This was a great message. I enjoy reading your post thank you !!! Tammy emoticon

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3/4/14 8:28 A

There is already a lot of good advice below for when the scale isn't moving (including focussing on the non scale victories or mixing your routine up) but perhaps there is something that I can still add to that.

I guess we all have days that are easier then others to be consistent in our healthy behaviour.
But did you ever try to find out on what kind of days you were consistent and on what kind of days you were not?
Perhaps keeping a short journal at the end of the day on what happened and how you were eating and exercising that day, might give you a clue when looking back after a few days or weeks.

It could be related to stress, sleep deprivation, somebody hurting your feelings, boredom or perhaps even just because certain trigger foods were available, which caused your behaviour.

Tracking what happened and what/when you ate or worked out might seem like a lot of hassle, but in order to make sure that the consistency you want to create won't cost you any extra willpower, you need to make sure you make it as easy for YOU as possible, and in order to be able to do that you will need to find out what triggers you.
It can also be helpful to find out what does work for you, and what makes things easier, so you can try and recreate these circumstances.

I never really kept a journal, but did force myself for a few weeks to think about when I was craving what kind of things, and when I felt like working out and when not. So now I know what are the best times for me to exercise (yoga at night, running in the morning), and that I should not have milk chocolate in the house when I am bored, but 70% cacao chocolate is fine.

And something else that worked for me, is what FITTEREVERYDAY mentions as well: stop focussing on getting results quickly, although that is really hard in the beginning. Changing habits permanently will take time, and you don't need to be consistent all the time to feel good about yourself. Just take small steps in adding healthy behaviour and you should be fine.

Good luck with getting back on track with the consistency!


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3/3/14 1:32 P

My personal take is that people are often too impatient with the whole process. You didn't gain fast (in general), you won't lose fast. But if you stick with eating for hunger purposes and eating the best food available and moving often you'll generally be fine IMO. I lose about 1/2 lb a week...but I tend to lose about that every week. Gains and plateaus are rare for me.

Slow and steady wins the race. emoticon

LKG9999 Posts: 1,747
3/3/14 12:14 P

Just to offer a different perspective... Two years ago I lost 30 pounds and then plateaued 20 pounds above my goal. It was extremely frustrating and last year I stopped being consistent with my food, tracking and exercise. Well, within 4 months I had regained all but 1 of the pounds I had lost.
When I went back to active weight loss mode last fall, I decided that one thing I was *not* going to do was keep going down a particular path if I wasn't seeing results. I promised myself that if what I was doing wasn't working, I would switch things up rather than just keep going and getting demoralized.My new motto was "Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results". I decided to try a low-calories, low-carb plan (very similar to Ideal Protein); 5 months later I've lost at least 43 pounds, 15 pounds less than where I plateaued before.

While I agree with previous posts the NSVs (Non-Scale Victories) are important and the number on the scale should not be your only motivation, it's my humble opinion that a plateau that lasts more than a few weeks may require a change in eating plan, exercise or both is in order.

Edited by: LKG9999 at: 3/3/2014 (12:15)
VUKELK Posts: 623
3/3/14 11:48 A

We're doing a challenge right now at work the month of March so that's helping me be consistent. I think sometimes we all need alittle push!

3/2/14 9:05 P

Consistency gets easier the longer you practice it. Exercise goes from being a chore to being something you actually kind of like and look forward to. Healthy foods go from seeming fibrous and bland to tasting fantastic. I think the reason a lot of people fail at weight loss is because they don't give healthy eating and exercise long enough to become a way of life.

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3/2/14 8:59 P

emoticon , mommyteacher. you have a great approach that spells S U C C E S S !

3/2/14 3:58 P

I have recently retired and feel that I have no excuses to keep me from being consistent. Maybe! Can't we always find excuses. This time I'm not focusing on doing it all.. I am doing my best to eat healthy and avoid poor choices. My streak of consistency is now at 1 1/2 days. I will take this new journey one moment at a time is necessary. Thanks for the topic !!!!!

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3/2/14 2:03 A

You are getting great feedback :-)

For me consistency came when I stopped looking at the big picture and fix everything at once. Instead I chose one thing and promised myself to focus on solely that for one month. I chose something I knew of be moderately successful at to keep the momentum going. I HATE exercise so obviously that wasn't part of my goal. I focused on healthy eating instead. I joined a spark team challenge for added motivation and accountability. It's working, I'm on day 14 which is the longest I've ever gone without falling off the wagon. Go small and instead of focusing on the scale, focus on the lifestyle changes. The weight will follow suit in time :-)

Good luck to you in your journey :-)

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3/1/14 6:48 A

Weighing yourself is only one way of getting feedback. There are other ways too, and in fact, weighing is not the ideal feedback because it is often contaminated by fluctuations in the water retained by the body for a variety of reasons. Only trends in body weight obtained over long enough periods may somewhat be acceptable. But what if you are strength training, and your weight is actually increasing? The trend of the body weight will be increasing too. Will you get depressed because of this? The increase in the body weight as a result of strength training is actually a very positive outcome, because it shows an increase in your metabolically more active lean body mass. This is good news because your body becomes capable of burning more calories just to survive, i.e. your basal metabolic rate increases. This is fundamental to keep the fat lost off. So ideally you would want the fat to go away but your lean body mass to increase. How does the weight get affected as a result of these changes? It may decrease, remain the same, or even increase. So weight is not really an objective feedback, not even in the form of a trend measured over a long period of time.

So, forget taking your weight as a serious feedback. You need to measure your body fat %. There are various ways of doing so at varying accuracies and costs. The least accurate but the most inexpensive way of measuring your body fat % is using many different formulas that use the circumference of your body at several key locations. Slightly more expensive but far more accurate way is to learn to use skinfold calipers, which are quite inexpensive.

2/28/14 4:20 P

I have been meditating on the things that knock me off the healthy lifestyle habits. It often starts with an inner laziness where I mentally say, "I am too tired to workout." or when I am emotionally sidelined by something and that throws me off, but not seeing results (whether on the scale or in the mirror) is often the third thing on my list on what causes me to lose passion for the process and start being inconsistent.

For me, that sense of discouragement often doesn't come the first few weeks, because at that point my workouts feel hard enough that I am not focused on results. 6 weeks in is when I am expecting to look different and still don't.

I am doing better this time in not stopping out of discouragement, but I know it may be 6 more weeks before I see real results in the mirror at the gym and, until then, that is why I look in my eyes rather than at my body and am nurturing myself and am telling myself, "It is okay. You are doing well. Just keep going, because it is working and eventually it will show."

TALLDOLL Posts: 24
2/28/14 2:00 P

I have struggled a lot with consistency over the years. In fact I just started working toward consistency in being healthy again after more than a year of mediocre efforts. I think one of the biggest things to do is set goals that you can reach and see progress on that aren't related to the scale. I saw the streak into spring and I have been having trouble staying consistent with working out everyday. So this was a great goal and motivator to help me boost consistency. 20 days is a manageable amount of time to commit to, and it is just enough time to really help me in building a habit. Seeing a change in your weight can take quite a while sometimes. And you may not even notice it on the scale right away if you are replacing the fat you loose with muscle. So it is good to set your goals around things that you can see daily progress on. The scale may not have budged but I know I worked out today and ate five servings of vegetables. And those achievements are rewarding and help keep me motivated to keep going. I just restarted my journey and I weighed in after one week to see I lost only a tenth of a pound. But I also own a scale that shows %body fat and % muscle. And I was over joyed to see I lost just over half a percent of body fat and gained just under half a percent of muscle. So I might also recommend making your goals centered around something that will measure progress more accurately. Weight is affected by muscle gain. Muscle mas helps you burn more calories so you want it, but it will always cause you to feel a bit discouraged if you are simply looking at pounds on a scale. Best of luck.

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2/28/14 1:35 P


I like the way you think CLARISSABOND!

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Edited by: ADEVINE175 at: 2/28/2014 (13:38)
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2/28/14 11:39 A

I think you have to figure out what works for you. There are things I can't do with any consistency (food tracking, I get too obsessive and it just makes me anxious or I end up eating a lot less than I should) and things that I can (eating produce, eating the best quality food I can, choosing homemade over eating out as often as I can, drinking water, walking). This works for me. I lose slowly but I lose consistently which is what I really want.

2/28/14 12:00 A

Eating well, exercising, drinking plenty of water and a healthy happy attitude can work wonders. Concentrate on how good good living makes you feel and not so much on the scale. It doesn't always work. Remember that consistency is not only being perfect, but getting back up after you fall. Nobody's perfect all the time and if they are they're annoying. emoticon

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
2/27/14 9:22 P

I find consistency in my eating works better if my life is consistent

49ADAMS Posts: 412
2/27/14 7:47 P

I have been gone from my regular excercising I can tell in my weight and my energy, I don't have air to go out to do my chores without stopping 2 times before i get to where i need to go to feed the chickens that we have. my heart ws starting to feel like it was getting squeezed by my weight gain if that is possible i had a hard time breathing when I went to bed at nite and during the day I kept gasping for air i have just started back i feel the diffence please help me sty focused and stay with spark people. thank you every one.

ASCHU2 Posts: 78
2/27/14 3:03 P

When I'm struggling with consistency, I do exactly what you're doing. I reach out and talk about it with family, coworkers, sparkers, my tribe. They help me remember why I started and why I must keep going even though I'm at or close to goal now. We're here for you!

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
2/27/14 2:51 P

I m still working on being consistent.

REBBUL67 Posts: 2,167
2/27/14 9:21 A

For me, I just have to keep telling myself that it has taken me a long time to gain the weight so it is also going to take a long time to lose it. I am losing fairly slowly. Only a pound this week, but it is a pound less than I was last week. How I maintain the consistency is to also watch motivational videos on You Tube, it kind of programs me that I can do anything I set my mind to. Last but not least, since January I have told myself that it is my choice. I can choose to eat right and exercise and make progress or I can choose not to, either way that is my choice and I will reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of my actions.

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2/26/14 7:36 P

I am the queen of inconsistent, so I can really empathize with what you're going through. I have been stuck at this weight since last June. Grrr. Because I lack consistency in all areas of my life, I have started doing two things. First, acknowledge the areas where I am consistent. I keep up with the laundry well. I cook regularly and keep the kitchen cleaned up. I rarely miss a day of work. Second, capture small behaviors and bring them under control: scoop the litter box every day, give the cats their Laxatone every day, get outside and do something in the yard every day, even if it's just for a few minutes. Daily behaviors. This is a serious character flaw with me. I am hoping if I focus on building consistency in other areas of my life, I can come back to my food issues and attack them with some newfound confidence. I am tracking my food and exercise, and I am trying to stay in my calorie range. Some days are better than others.

2/26/14 5:49 P

At the time I lost my weight I was assisting my elderly dad as well as my elderly husband.

I was a prime candidate for heart attack and/or stroke and there is no way I can afford the medicines.

My only option was to hope losing weight would help.

I tell you this because my focus was that I couldn't take care of Dad and Hubby if I had a heart attack. I was 56, Dad was 85 and hubby was 86 at the time.

My heart flutters did quit after I started my walking program and I managed to get rid of 90 lbs at the same time.

Good Luck with your chosen program!

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2/26/14 8:42 A


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2/25/14 10:13 P

Thank you -- there are some really useful tips in here.
I will put it to use!

2/25/14 6:44 P

To lose weight or keep it off consistently, tracking calories is absolutely the most important thing to me. If I don't keep track of calories, I gain weight. Always. If I stop counting, I don't know how horrifyingly high in calories certain things are.

For example, I gradually stopped tracking calories last fall. I got really busy and gave myself the holiday season off. My husband bought a large can of really nice roasted Virginia peanuts at Costco and I ended up eating most of them, over the course of a month or two. If I had been tracking, I would have seen how calorie-dense those peanuts were and would have made some kind of adjustment accordingly.

Seeing the numbers on the screen every day makes it real.

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2/25/14 5:08 P

lulubelle, thank you for this thread. you have gotten some pearls here; may you wear them well. my main suggestion to you would be to broaden your definition of success! i am a very quantitatively oriented person (which often does not serve me well), so numbers, especially scale numbers, mean a lot to me. and while they still are very important to me (i weigh and track my weight daily; a morsel or sip never enters my mouth without its calorie count being estimated...), realized that my goal was not just weight loss--it was overall wellness, of mind, body, and spirit. one of my goals on my daily SP goal board is, "see the big picture--more healthy, skillful choices; fewer destructive ones." ALL your skillful choices are successes, whether they involve food or not. try to shift your focus on making better overall choices in your life, in every aspect, and lo and behold, you will become your own best ally and you will lose weight. in terms of feedback, i'm not sure if you were just talking about the feedback from the scale, but if you meant a more general sense of feedback, i find that the sparkpeople community shines in this area. even if the scale has not caught up to you yet, YOU"RE DOING IT! bravo? emoticon best of luck.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
2/25/14 4:13 P

Trying to get better.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,745
2/25/14 1:32 P

The scale should only be 1 measure of how well you're doing, use other markers to define success.

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2/25/14 1:07 P

For too long weight loss and fitness was for me hit and miss. I started slowly by making healthier food changes and adding exercise and becoming more active into the mix. I was able to lose 40 pounds over two years just by tweaking these two things. When I decided to really get serious about the last 40 pounds I realized I had to become more focused and to get serious about tracking and planning my diet and workouts. This has really helped me become more consistent and I am beginning to see results.

I think if you want to make lifelong changes to your health and fitness we have to make it an important part of our lives and give the process the respect and dedication it deserves. I want this to be a lifelong change, I never want to get to a place where I forget the importance of having good health, fitness and overall wellbeing. As a mother who has placed everyone and everything ahead of myself, I ended up losing myself, my health and ended up carrying 80 extra pounds. Never again, and so I have made the commitment to take care of myself for life.
Sort of the like when the airlines tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first before you can help others, I am putting my own health first so I will be able to help others in the future.

Making the commitment to yourself along with good planning and tracking can go a long way to keeping you consistent in working towards your goals.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
2/25/14 12:43 P

"Consistency" is what is required to keep the weight off permanently, so creating healthy habits now will be what helps keep you from gaining again.

Kudos to NightwishFae: you've written as good of a description of "how to do maintenance" as I've ever seen! Isn't it cool that all of the tips that you've picked up for dealing with losing and plateaus are going to be just as useful after you hit goal?!

2/25/14 11:59 A

I think the biggest thing that keeps me "consistent" even when I plateau is to ignore the scale, and start focusing on the minutia of vitamin intake. If I can say "I'm not losing weight, but I'm getting all the nutrients I need to FEEL my best" then I can approach an otherwise discouraging situation knowing that what I really need to do is make a few minor adjustments.

I find a new exercise routine for a couple of days, one that doesn't make me feel miserable or over-extended but still feels more challenging or just plain different than what I'm used to. I look at what dish I'm eating most often and force myself to give just that up for a week or two to get more variety in my eats. I look at what day I usually eat the most, and make about six small-portion (so, snack sized) meals to eat throughout the day, all of them very different than the others.

I read a slough of new articles about the dreaded plateau, and often find that the encouragement I need is to take any ideas I haven't tried and make a list intermingling them with good habits I've gotten away from. I then have a list of 6 to 8 cumulative steps to bump me past the the plateau, by simply adopting one 'new' habit every week, kind of like how they say to start with baby steps in the beginning. (only now, they're in the middle.)

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2/25/14 11:33 A

I've found it easier to stay consistent by adding variety. I make sure I eat different foods everyday, do some different workouts, etc. but still try to be in calorie range (well, when I'm actively trying to lose weight anyway). I think variety is key to staying on track. Not seeing progress is hard enough, but then if you get bored too it's extra hard to push through those plateaus.

WHEELS54 Posts: 492
2/25/14 10:55 A

I wasn't losing any weight although I would be on track and active during the week, I ate and drank a lot on the weekends, particularly Friday night!. I found that I have to stay on track and active on the weekends just like any other day. It takes discipline and awareness to make a lifestyle change and I am not perfect but I have made progress. I give myself small challenges like a dry January or 30 day shred. Success gives momentum. Good luck.

Edited by: WHEELS54 at: 2/25/2014 (10:56)
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2/25/14 7:23 A

I think that you have to find ways to be successful, particularly if the weight loss is slow going. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day, tracking your exercise, and trying to make sure you are eating the proper nutrients and not just the right amount of calories are all ways of helping yourself be consistent.

I like the challenge of trying to eat the right amount of nutrients, without having to take supplements. I enjoy tracking my first two meals of the day and then thinking "wow, I haven't had very much calcium, what can I make for dinner tonight that will make sure I get enough?". I make it into a game.

I also really enjoy looking at the graphs over time feature of the tracker. It's very satisfying to look back and see that over the course of the year I have worked out at least three days a week. Even though my weight loss is slower than I'd like, I can see evidence of all of that exercise every time I climb the to my third floor apartment without getting winded.

The measuring tape is also another source of inspiration. If you are exercising, you are probably losing inches, even if you are not yet losing pounds. Measuring once a month can really help to motivate you to be consistent.

Good luck!

SCRAPPER1124 Posts: 599
2/25/14 6:53 A

I'm dealing with a lot of the same issues. I have a lot of weight to lose so it's going to be a long haul. I'm starting to look into checking with some Drs to see if there are other underlying reason on why the scale doesn't move or is it just the way my body is now.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
2/25/14 6:14 A

you use other goals and markers that you are progressing on. in other words, a healthy diet isn't just about what's on the scale. a healthy diet is about doing things that are good for your body and some of the best things that you can do for your body happen on the cellular level, which you can't really see. so make sure you're getting all the calcium or iron your body needs [spark can track over 75 additional nutrients, just head to change nutrition goals at the bottom of the tracker and add some]. that's very good and it gives you very numerical goals to hit.
measurements can be another way to note progress. or find a fitness test to keep doing or just note your progress on your workouts. you may be running faster/farther/longer. you may be able to lift 20 more pounds.

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2/25/14 4:26 A

Fortunately for me, I am mostly a VERY consistent person, but that is largely helped by the fact that I have an Obsessive Personality Trait - it stands me in good stead sometimes :-)

I think that where it comes to most people becoming consistent, habit is needed. It can take 3-4 weeks to form a habit. Then it gets easier. I also think that making very good use of the Nutrition Tracker for everything that you eat, can be a great motivator. It can certainly be an eye-opener too!

Good luck and reaching your goal. I am sure that you will find the right key to unlock the door of success thus allowing you in.


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2/25/14 2:08 A

Would really appreciate tips from others who don't see much positive feedback on the scale on how to stay consistent.
I once lost weight (about 20 lbs) and kept it off for more than 5 years. Frankly, it didn't seem hard because what I was doing was working. So, I was rewarded by losing weight.
Well, now I can't seem to lose weight. And the problem is compounded by the lack of positive feedback - since I am having such a hard time, I am far less consistent than I should be.

So, how have you solved this?
(I am not really looking for advice on why I am not having much success on the weight loss in the first place -- I am seeing a dr for that. But I am super interested in any helpful tips on how to stay consistent on a diet when you aren't having much success/).

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