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3/2/13 5:01 P

Patience and being consistent, Losing weight is now a lifestyle change, not temporary to get a goal.


SEAFLOAT SparkPoints: (8,159)
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3/2/13 4:56 P

The Exercise

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (60,467)
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3/2/13 4:50 P


KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
3/2/13 4:50 P

I think patience and sticking to it.

PENNYSAVER2 SparkPoints: (107,507)
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3/2/13 3:45 P

Staying Consistent

I have to focus on the fact that lifestyle changes are LONG-TERM.

Dieting is TEMPORARY.

I CAN do this ONE day at a time.
MAD*DREAMER SparkPoints: (14,272)
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3/2/13 3:26 P

The hardest part for me is not losing it, it's maintaining. As soon as I lose it, I always gain it back. Ugh!

DACHI9 SparkPoints: (7,051)
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3/2/13 3:10 P

Exercising and being consistent.

MRMRMMR Posts: 5,152
3/2/13 2:03 P

being consistent

IRISHGIRL3 Posts: 866
3/2/13 1:29 P

Being consistent. I lose weight then stop practicing my good habits and gain it back

Are you afraid to try or are you afraid to fail? if anyone wants to be fitbit friends :)

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LDION2005 SparkPoints: (18,565)
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3/2/13 1:22 P

Being patient with the process. I want it off NOW, so I get discouraged and back slide. It has been a long year with slow success. Sometimes it is hard to keep at it and know that it is a lifetime change that is not going to end.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
3/2/13 1:20 P

Patience and persistence.
Minimizing my progress too much in my head.

I am intentionally approaching this journey with more of a moderation instead of deprivation mindset. I have made healthy changes and feel good about what I am doing. I still get down at times that I don't see faster progress on the scale.

DANYLEIN SparkPoints: (50,794)
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3/2/13 12:35 P

Realizing it doesn't come off as quickly as it used to... emoticon

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (150,594)
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3/2/13 12:35 P

The food...always the food. Eating less & not eating in the evenings when I feel hungry is HARD.

It Is What It Is.... :)
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3/2/13 12:27 P


YOUGOLALA SparkPoints: (5,746)
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3/2/13 11:53 A

For me, it's a balancing act with my emotional swings. It's really the same as saying "staying motivated" as many others have said but for me, when I dig deep, the core issue is: my motivation will slip when my mood slips. My moods seem to be governed by my hormones, and the only thing that seems to keep them in check is yoga. So, long as I'm doing yoga, I seem to stay on track.

When you accept what IS, you can create what can BE
SUITABLE Posts: 1,702
3/2/13 11:39 A

Gaining it back.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
3/2/13 11:26 A

Staying motivated. It is a daily thing that is why I am on Sparkpeople everyday!

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
---Heidi Johnson

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Penscaola, FL
3/2/13 11:24 A

staying motivated

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. The rest of the day should be a breeze. ~~inspired by a quote from Alfred A. Montapert
SPORTYLAWGIRL SparkPoints: (11,804)
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3/2/13 11:13 A

For me, the hardest part is balancing the control of measuring food/calories with the spontaneity of life.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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3/2/13 10:31 A

To make sure I eat enough to cover the calories I am burning -- if you are eating the correct foods, it is sometimes hard to get high caloric numbers you need

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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3/2/13 10:28 A

My sweet evening snack.

Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition.
MKMMARTY Posts: 3,486
3/2/13 10:08 A

being hungry at bed time

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (42,838)
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3/2/13 10:03 A

all of it. by nature I'm lazy and love food. LOL.

also I tend to really do great at something and then lose focus and motivation and fall away. Which is why I'm losing weight now instead of maintaining the weight loss I achieved in 2007. Sigh.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,223
3/2/13 8:30 A

I like the exercise, it's the food that's hard.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
3/2/13 8:12 A

Maintaining the weight once you get there

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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3/2/13 8:08 A

Eating smaller portions

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
3/2/13 8:02 A

For me the hardest part is staying consistent when I have major life events like long periods of time traveling, serious illnesses, etc.

STEELER71 Posts: 8,043
3/2/13 7:40 A

Staying committed and exercising.

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,071
3/2/13 7:39 A

Keeping up my motivation.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
Proverbs 4:23
CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/2/13 7:34 A

Persistence, especially when getting closer to the goal - because it's more about learning maintenance, and not falling back into unhealthy habits.

Also, not believing every "new" piece of information available, and listening to what's right for MY body - not somebody else's idea of "right"

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3/2/13 7:29 A

Just like Janine stated: I want it now but I have be patient and persistent.

Take care of your body & it will take care of you.
Tony Horton
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,279)
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3/2/13 7:10 A

Starting out, definitely! And learning to have patience with the scale and my progress.

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
3/2/13 12:16 A

Buying and making smaller amounts of food.

Keep a sense of humor. Remember, laughing burns calories too!

Laugh until it hurts! It's one of the few things in life that's still free!!

Any effort is better than no effort!
SHUPER5 Posts: 618
3/1/13 11:56 P

For me it was always procrastinating.Always putting exercise off,NOT anymore!Put faith and determination into myself and not let anything get in my way!

LACY_LOO SparkPoints: (989)
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3/1/13 11:36 P

Handling the cravings and also getting everyone else in my house to eat healthy! My dad lives with me and he hates anything low fat or "diet" foods...go figure hes SKINNY! But tonight I made taco pizza which I found the recipe for on this website and he loved it! So did my uncle. I loaded it with veggies and made a special one for me which had fresh spinach on it! I guess that if you find foods that everyone can agree on it doesn't matter if its a "diet" food. But its not that easy

BIGPERM47 SparkPoints: (6,625)
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3/1/13 10:39 P

eating out and being able to monitor myself

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,025
3/1/13 10:17 P

Handling the cravings

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (378,251)
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3/1/13 10:11 P

not being patient...I want it now, but it doesn't work like that and I know it.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!
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3/1/13 9:53 P

for me its just getting it through my thick head that all this work is for life.......not just until i lose the weight, but I'm getting there.

some days even my rocket ship undies dont work.
ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (141,282)
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3/1/13 9:22 P

Learning that is really isn't so much "about the food" at all, it's what's in your mind, and it isn't just one thing.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
3/1/13 9:21 P

Giving a full commitment

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/1/13 9:20 P

for me it's always been that I knew what was best for me and my body. I did my homework on how to eat right......and found some workouts l loved.......but what gets me the most is other people telling me how to live my life. What to eat. how skinny they think I am.......and asking why I walk so much. They are so quick to judge my weight loss journey........I struggle with that the most. I have figured out the rest. I don't keep the junk food in the house. I make sure to make me important in this healthy life style. I always keep up on my workouts. I just wish other people would leave me alone about my healthy life style. It's people that don't even care about me. They don't know what is best for me.............I DO.

GABISTYLE88 SparkPoints: (3,633)
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3/1/13 8:21 P

I agree this is the hardest part. It is very hard to stay motivated when this happens. Thats where measuring comes in real handy!

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (61,749)
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3/1/13 8:15 P

For me, it's the food. I really like food ... the way it tastes, smells, feels in my mouth, etc. It's one of the joys of life and I have trouble resisting it. A "small portion" just isn't enough. I always want another bite.

"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy

"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
KMMAKI SparkPoints: (87,217)
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3/1/13 8:05 P

when you think you are cutting back on food and doing more exercises but not losing the weight

NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,222
3/1/13 7:36 P

Trying not to fall back into my old bad habits. emoticon

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,791
3/1/13 7:04 P

It's the food, always the food

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
3/1/13 6:47 P

For me it is the balance of burning body fat and not losing lean muscle mass. I'd recommend joining a team challenge, I have joined a few and they help me stay accountable and the support is awesome.

"The good things donít always soften the bad things ó but vice versa ó the bad things donít necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant."
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NOTANINJA SparkPoints: (18,073)
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3/1/13 6:34 P

Staying motivated. I am the type that needs instant gratification. If I eat well, exercise I want to see that I have lost weight. It is hard to stay on track when the results are in the distant future.

WHYWEIGHT552 SparkPoints: (4,595)
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3/1/13 6:31 P

for you, personally?
is is the food?
or maybe the exercise?
or just starting out?? (that's me!)
is it the mental part of it?
thanks for your answers!

Weight loss is a learning, growing, changing process!

Isaiah 55:2

Let's do this thing!

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