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ELEANOR63 SparkPoints: (258)
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7/17/13 7:02 A

Good morning. I would like to say thank you to everyone that posted a reply to me. Today I will be at the least try and move a bit more. Goal: 10 min of something every day. Jibbie hit on something today that woke me up a bit. I've been working as a correctional officer at a prison for almost 4 years now, and I was on depression meds there for a while, maybe about a year, but I just hated the thought of having to take those meds. I am in full swing of menopause, and perhaps I got off too soon. I haven"t even thought about those meds in a while now. I think I will give my doc a call and ask advise. I'm not ready to do the food make over yet as I wont be to the grocery store till Friday. But I will be making an effort to do some kind of moving around/exercise today. Its not going to be running a marathon or anything like that, Lord knows that would put me away for a while...but it will be something. Thats a promise to myself. Thanks again everyone, I really needed the feedback.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,197
7/17/13 12:53 A

Let me just talk to you very seriously since I'm 63. Do you have depression? I had depression when I was peri-menopause and I got on PROZAC which didn't make me up in the clouds but just feel NORMAL, and not like I was down in a hole. Do have a physical from your doctor. I was on PROZAC for 14 yrs and now I don't need it. I've had 9 friends from high school days pass away from cancer, strokes and heart attacks in the past six months. How do I know? Well, thanks to FACEBOOK, everyone now has information from everyone else. I really know I have to take care of my health since I know that ALL of them would love to be where I;m at now.
So think about that, and think about how you deserve to feel good. It is hard giving up sweet food as it is very addictive. Dr. Mercola talks about how food makers put flavors into food so we crave it and buy more. I believe that, but it isn't good. Do buy FRESH food and keep away from the junk. He even says to stay eating the junk, if you must and ADD the fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet. Once you are use to eating it, you will want much less of the fattening fried/sweet food. emoticon

DEULSENIA Posts: 184
7/16/13 11:40 P

Please know loosing the weight will change so much in your life, not only physically but mentally as well. I had to work on personal development to get my mind straight and motivate myself. Jot down some changes you want and what you would need to do to fulfill those changes. You can't give up due to age, you still have a life to live.

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (116,171)
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7/16/13 11:33 P

You're just a baby! emoticon I started at 55; will be 56 next week. I had 126# to lose and did it in 10-1/2 months. I am post-menopausal. I live with an obese husband who has no desire to lose weight (well, not enough desire to do anything about it!). I love chocolate (and eat it regularly!). I also eat steak several times weekly, I am a carnivore. I am not fond of most veggies and really don't like many fruits. Yet, still I succeeded in reaching my goal.

I feel younger than I have in many years. Hubby says that I have dropped 10 years in the past one!

I am telling you this, not to brag, but to encourage you that it is not too late! You, too, can succeed. Hey! You already have 2 accomplishments under your belt! You joined Sparkpeople and have started your Sparkpage. emoticon emoticon

ELEANOR63 SparkPoints: (258)
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7/16/13 11:26 P

Not so sure what it is. I think some of it is my age. I know it's silly, but in my mind I feel like at 50 I'm j just old now and loseing the weight won't change anything. I mean I know its not really THAT old, but it's kind of like, I don't want to face it I guess.

ELEANOR63 SparkPoints: (258)
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7/16/13 11:13 P

Actually I'm central. I just finished the beginning of my spark page. I am going to do this, you have helped me. As much as it scares me to death, Ill be posting a pic on there tomorrow, and hopefully be updating it as I go along. Thank you for your encouragement. Here goes nothing...lol.

DEULSENIA Posts: 184
7/16/13 11:12 P

Hi Eleanor,

What do you think is holding you back? My doc explained to me I was scared of being successful. This I couldn't believe as that was something I so wanted. But what would stop me from trying to see success? What was I afraid of? We are our problem and solution. I was told I wouldn't live to see 30, I celebrate my 36th birthday in September. I woke up one day and said enough is enough. We all have that aha moment, but you need support. You will definitely get support here. If you need an accountability partner please friend me!


www.facebook.com/TwoFitTwoQuit.

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (116,171)
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7/16/13 10:51 P

Of course, Spark will set up your calories automatically! That is the wonderful thing about Sparkpeople. A Spark page is not really a blog, but blogs can be part of it. Just go read some and check them out. You can start with mine, if you wish. Just click on the link below my picture or on my picture itself.

Again, please, let me know how I can help you.

You are probably East coast, while I am Pacific. That is another thing about Sparkpeople- someone is always on when you need them!

Blessings!

ELEANOR63 SparkPoints: (258)
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7/16/13 10:47 P

Thank you so much for your response. Although it's a bit late for me tonight, as I go to sleep tonight I will plan out what I will write down tomarrow morning. I've never been much of a blogger, which is what i suppose a spark page is, but I will give it a shot. As far as weighwatcher or atkins goes I'm a bit strapped for cash to do those things, but I get what you are saying, and I'm thinking perhaps Spark might be able to fit the bill by itself, wouldn't it? Thank you again so much, and I hope we will touch bases here again soon.

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (116,171)
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7/16/13 10:16 P

Eleanor, you say that you don't have any motivation. Here is your assignment for tonight: Write down why you want to lose weight. You wouldn't be here if you did not want to lose the weight. List all the reasons why that extra 50# is burdensome. That IS your motivation.

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we can not give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories?How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion. Create your Sparkpage so that I (and others) can cheer you on personally. Check out other Sparkpages and read some blogs for encouragement. emoticon We can help.

Edited by: FIT4MEIN2013 at: 7/16/2013 (22:17)
ELEANOR63 SparkPoints: (258)
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7/16/13 7:37 P

Hi. My name is Eleanor and I'm kind of feeling like I'm joining an AA meeting here. I am 50 years old with over 50 pounds that need to be lost. For me, my own worst enemy is myself. I know this comment is going to sound like me being a whiny cry baby, but I can't help how I feel. As I have been putting on this weight the past few years, I have always carried an attitude about it. (I love myself the way I am, I don't need to lose weight to be happy.....My husband loves me just the way I am.....People love fat people too). Always there is an excuse. Truth is, I would LOVE to lose this weight, but I cant find the motivation. Not only that, I've let myself go for so long, I don't even have the energy anymore to do much. Is there anyone out there that has been where I am? Wanting to lose the weight, but stubborn about giving up the great rich, fat filled food I love to eat, no energy to get up and try and move the way I know I need to. I wish so bad that there was someone to light a fire under my butt and FORCE me to do this, but I'm so afraid I'll not be able to find that light....is somone out there to talk me out of this state of mind? I so need to do this before its too late to turn this around, but I just can't seem to get that spark under me yet...PLEASE HELP!

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