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BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (54,538)
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2/14/13 2:54 P

I understand now thanx. I have found that sometimes when I overeat, I tend to overeat on less food than I used to.

progress not perfection.

2/14/13 11:29 A

MISSRUTH, very well stated. emoticon

HTARIN Posts: 94
2/14/13 7:20 A

It is true that people gain it all back plus more and I was one of them but it was me who went back to my old habits and ate outside without thinking and kept eating and eating till i realized that I was harming myself. This time I will take care of ME and I will eat healthy so I can be there for my boys. If I can do it then so can you , therefore never give up. :)

ILOVEMALI Posts: 1,538
2/14/13 3:35 A

Miss Ruth said it right. We can do this. Hang in there!

BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (54,538)
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2/13/13 7:05 P

well that makes sense to me.

i can understand that someone at size 2 can be healthy as someone whos a size 12 or so. but I could never quite get myself to believe that anyone at 300 or more pounds can be healthy or ideal.

but this is just me.

thanx. yes I am focused on me and getting down to a healthier size. thanx.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,295
2/13/13 6:27 P

I was healthy at a LARGE weight until I wasn't - I had great numbers except the weight - at 350 pounds, I had ideal blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and so forth - I could walk, hike, dance, climb, etc. THEN, I turned 50 my blood sugar that had always been normal was suddenly high, my cholesterol that had always been perfect was suddenly high, same with BP, and my knees were suddenly arthritic and I was in constant pain. So much for healthy at any weight.

AMANDILANE SparkPoints: (3,870)
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2/13/13 5:17 P

Take a look at the Success Stories just on SparkPeople alone. Those success stories are very motivating to me, and these people have definitely made lifestyle changes that will stick.

NANUK301 SparkPoints: (2,787)
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2/13/13 5:08 P

I wouldn't pay attention to that. Just stay focused, where human and we tend to get off track now and again. However, your determination on losing weight is your key to your weight loss success. You do the best you can and set reasonable reachable goals and I think you'll be just fine. If you plan on making this a lifestyle change then I see no problems, if your looking for a temporary fix than yes you will gain the weight back. You have to be persistent, determined and want this for yourself no matter what you'll be successful.

BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (54,538)
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2/12/13 2:41 P

okay, thanx all.

i was thiinking maybe it was me or what.

okay from now on I will NOT look at these posts. EVER again. cuz they are just driven me CRAZY

2/12/13 10:10 A

Don't believe it.

1) Lots of people lose weight and keep it off. The kind of lifestyle Spark encourages -- gradual weight loss, incorporating exercise, healthy eating that you can stick with -- makes it even more likely that you'll keep it off.

2) It isn't true that you can be healthy at any size. It is possible to be too thin or too fat. Sure, there is some overlap, we're not all built the same, but there is plenty of evidence that avoiding obesity greatly contributes to your health. Even losing a small fraction of your body weight can greatly improve your health.

Sometimes it is an emotional roller coaster trying to lose weight and be healthy. But don't let yourself be pulled off course by internet "studies" that only promote someone's own personal agenda.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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2/12/13 9:14 A


Look at Who is doing the "study". What do they have to gain by publishing the results of this "study"? And I use these quotation marks on purpose because many of these so-called studies are nothing more than abstracts published to sell something.

Don't let these people control your attitude. Be strong and know that what you are doing is the right thing for you. Don't listen to the nay-sayers or the miracle pill peddlers. Be smart and do what you know is right. After all, you've lost 25 pounds, and I bet a few inches, you must be doing something right!

Keep up the good work and maintain the course. It'll pay off.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/12/13 8:52 A

If I believed or trusted every study out there, one day i would be drinking 10 gallons of water and the next 8 oz. I would eat tons of veggies one day and none the next. I would exercise 10 hours a day with one study and 5 minutes with the next. Some of these are far reaching but hopefully you get my point.

if the weightloss wasn't permanent or had the ability to be permanent, then I wouldn't do it either. But I have seen people that have kept it off forever. Don't get yourself down because of one study.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,295
2/11/13 7:52 P

Making healthy lifestyle changes to lose the weight instead of D I E T I N G is what makes the difference. My stepmother at age 88 reached her goal weight and has kept it off for nearly 2 years now. She was ALWAYS overweight but is no longer there. When you eat healthy and nutritious food, move/exercise reasonably, get enough sleep, and take care of your emotional/psychological/spiritual needs as well as your weight and exercise, you will see progress and the progress will be permanent and long lasting if HEALTH is the goal rather than magic numbers.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
2/11/13 7:33 P

I'm with ya on the working hard part. I've been literally working my butt off for the last 4 years on and off, gaining, losing, regaining, and finally re-losing.
I do actually believe that permanent weight loss is possible-it requires work, but it's possible. It's certainly not hopeless. Sure, people lose weight, and then gain back maybe like 10 pounds, but they don't always gain it ALL back. People who gain weight back generally do so because they've slipped back into old habits that got them overweight in the first place.

I really don't think it's hopeless. I'm going to keep going and let my personal experience dictate whether or not that's true for me.

KITTY_SOZE Posts: 79
2/11/13 7:09 P

I echo MissRuth's sentiments: permanent weight loss is achievable. Whoever wrote the "study" you read is full of crap. Plenty of people in this world have lost weight and kept it off permanently. If EVERYONE who lost weight gained it all back in a year, why would anybody bother to take care of themselves?

My mom lost thirty pounds in 1988. That's 25 years without gaining it back! In fact, her dedication to her health has increased every year, and she is in great shape today. Don't believe everything you read - believe in your own capabilities and do what works for you and your body.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,267
2/11/13 6:53 P

I don't know what link you're talking about, but quite frankly... it's absolute crap. I love the internet because it can be such a fabulous source of information. At the same time, though, any idiot sitting around at 3 a.m. in his underwear, can type up some sort of... whatever... and put it out there like he's done studies or is a doctor or knows what he's talking about.

There are LOADS of people here on Spark who have lost the weight and kept it off. I'd say with a fad diet, people are more likely to gain the weight back. But with a solid program like Spark has... your chances of keeping it off are much better. It's up to you. It's not about a "diet" so much as it is, a lifestyle.

(btw, I've kept it off about a year now)

BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (54,538)
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2/11/13 6:14 P

I am losing weight very slowly. and in a way I sorta like it that way.

but then I get a link about people saying studies showing that there is NO such thing as permanent weight loss. that everyone gains it back in one year.

this is sooo depressing when I'm doing so much hard work to be healthier. I was 250 in June 11. right now I am ranging on average from 224 to 226.

I would like to think that lifestyle changes can equal permanent weight loss.

what do you think? is it hopeless? sometimes I thin haes (health at every size) was one of teh worst books to happen to me.

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