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RRAYNER Posts: 1,063
6/21/13 8:45 A

emoticon Hope you are still enjoying SP. GO BLACKHAWKS!!! emoticon

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,635)
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8/14/12 9:03 P

Debbie, have you ever been refered to a dietitian? That is what helped my husband and myself, 8 years ago. It made a difference to actually sit and talk and go over our foods menus with a real person. And it was treated like a chronic illness, which is really what overeating is, a chronic illness, not a lack of nutrition knowledge or a lack of "willpower". My husband is diabetic and also had a liver transplant, so we had to learn to eat healthy and it took time to do that. Helping him has changed my daily eating, since I'm the only cook. We have to toe the line because we see a doctor every 6 weeks, and his weight and health are checked all the time. I think a dietitian would be a big help. Just a thought............

50SGRANNY SparkPoints: (17,477)
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8/14/12 1:38 P

I have stopped and started this journey so many times it's ridiculous! More than a decade ago, I stopped smoking and joined eDiets. There I learned to eat right and exercise, and changed my life. I never really reached my goal weight, but still was healthier and happier than I'd ever been. But as the years went by, I started gradually adding the pounds back on, lost the good habits I had built, and even started smoking again...PLUS I went through menopause.

I joined Spark People when I knew I was unable to get back on track alone, but would quit every time I got discouraged. If I wasn't progressing the way I thought I should have been, I just gave up. Now I weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life, so am determined to get back on the program and not give up again. I know that I feel so much better when I treat my body right, and become depressed when I give up - so NO MORE GIVING UP!

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
8/14/12 12:07 P

...if you give up you know exactly what you get...just look at all the examples of those who quit


If you stand strong in the face of adversity, you open up the bag of unlimited opportunities. The rewards are awesome for those who just want quit


your decision will determine the direction in which you will live...the best path is never the easy path.
buffedstuff©2012

good luck on your journey.

Edited by: BUFFEDSTUFF-- at: 8/14/2012 (12:08)
GDANE3 SparkPoints: (88,947)
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8/13/12 5:29 P

I try to stay and find a positive in my results every week.
I weighed more before joining SP. Had already lost about 20 pounds.
Many things will frustrate you, if you let them. You must look at everything and
praise what you did right. So you didn't lose weight. Did you lose inches?. Did you
stick to your menu?. Did you exercise everyday?.
All are important, and we have years of bad habits to break. And I'm pleased everyday
I can say I stuck to my menu and exercised.
I take lose of inches over pounds. I accept its a slow road. I know I feel better for the
way I eat and exercise, that alone is worth what I do.
Don't give up, refocus. Find all the good in all your efforts.

INDIGORHYME Posts: 12
8/13/12 5:03 P

It's easy to give up, but you feel so bad if you do. I lost weight ten years ago and got to my healthy goal weight. I let life get the better of me and now I'm back heavier than ever. I'm determined to stick with it and get it right this time. I lose weight very slowly, due to a heart condition that prevents me from strenuous exercise, but it doesn't matter if it takes me two years to get to my goal. At least in two years I'll be healthier version of today's self.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,635)
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8/12/12 8:32 P

I've been working on this chronic weight issue since age 12 1/2, you just keep on working on it, but realize that it is a chronic health problem that can't be cured, just as other addictions can't be cured but you do your best to learn to control it. Don't listen to celebs tell you it's quick and easy, and to just start running or something, or eat vegetarian or whatever. There is no "perfect", and even when you hit "goal", it doesn't mean your life will be suddenly wonderful, either.

GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (128,299)
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8/11/12 11:29 P

Makes me think of all that I have worked hard for. I finally see that healthy choices are sometimes the difficult ones.

JANETTEB553 Posts: 2,037
8/11/12 9:56 P

Me 2 it depends what you want, nothing is easy in life, sacrifice is it.


ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,635)
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8/11/12 8:49 P

Don't believe all the ads that say it's easy, for one thing!

Cut back on your food amounts slowly, try portion control, don't cut out whole groups of food. It takes getting used to, eating less. My husband is a diabetic, and had a liver transplant, so we learned to just not bring foods that tempt us into the house at all.

We found seeing a real, live, dietitian helped the most of all. That person can plan out a menu using the food choices that YOU like, and figure out the amounts that will satisfy you, without adding weight. If you have a good dietitian, they can help you exchange one food for another, that is not so high in fat and calories. Learning to enjoy more vegetables, at every meal, has helped both of us. And seeing the dietitian every 6 weeks helped the most, you could even call her up to ask questions. See if your doctor will refer you, it's worth it! Consider chronic weight issues to be a medical thing rather than a lack of willpower.

LOUIKASK SparkPoints: (151)
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8/11/12 7:03 P

It is so hard,sometimes I just want to say forget it!

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