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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I cannot seem to stay motivated! I wish I was thinner. I wish I had more energy and did not feel cranky and tired ALL THE TIME. I wish I could control my cravings for sweets/carbs. But I have not been trying. I got a Fitbit back in November, and have worn it every single day since, but still no pounds lost. It's like I look at it, think "interesting, I walked 3800 steps today", and leave it at that.

So I am looking for a little motivation. Since I figured out that I can connect my SparkPeople account to my Fitbit account, I am coming back to SparkPeople every day. Still not eating in my calorie range (although I am recording everything). Still not exercising as much as I should. Still not losing weight.

Joined a couple of challenges, so I'm hoping maybe I can get some of that spark back.

That, and I need to get past some of my Fitbit friends who have crazy high numbers of steps...how the heck do they do that??

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EDUCGRAD 2/7/2013 5:46PM

    You CAN do it.

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CLWALDRO 2/5/2013 6:53PM

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if you want I will be your fitbit partner just send me a private e-mail and I will tell you how I get around 20,000 steps per day and we can challenge each other to do 1 more step each day

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1FEISTYMAMA 2/5/2013 6:47PM

    I've been on again, off again since 2006....or was it 2005? I forget now, but in any case, a really long time. I have always struggled with motivation. My eating habits were pretty good but my exercise habits were almost non-existent......well.....they were non-existent. Getting a FitBit helped, but reading The Spark helped much more. I got it on my Kindle for $5. I love Chris' approach of small changes.

I also tried SO MANY exercise programs and hated them all. I never understood how anyone could possibly enjoy, much less CRAVE, exercise like some folks on here and my hubby say they do. I thought they were all nuts and I'd never have that. The one and only exercise I didn't hate was walking. So, I increased that. And I got hubby to do it with me. He prefers to run. He says walking isn't enough for him but I caught him at a time when he wasn't motivated either and drug his butt off the couch and made him walk with me. emoticon Our evening walks have turned into a bonding moment. Time for the two of us to unwind....share things about the day....be a couple again without kids (that's an important one).

We started walking 2 miles then increased it to 3 and then 4. Now we have a 5 mile circuit we walk each night. For the first 3 weeks, we only walked 3 or 4 times a week. Now we're up to 6 times a week. We found the quieter streets with less traffic since we're walking after dark and we have coats, hats and gloves for those cold nights.

Keep trying different things......things that don't seem like much but can be increased....things that you don't HATE. You'll get there. And read The Spark. It really is worth the money and I'm not typically one to read self-help books.

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DLDMIL 2/5/2013 6:39PM

    welcome back to SP and Fitbit. Here is how I get my crazy high numbers. I am an empty nester (and that helps a lot), I have a desk job and I walk in place for 5 minutes at 900am,1100am, 200pm and 400pm. Then at 10am and 300pm I walk outside for 15 minutes (approximately 2 blocks). At about 1230pm I walk for my 30 minute lunch break and then eat my lunch at my desk (knowing that I might get interrupted, and that is ok). Then when I get home from work I never sit down. If it is day light I change clothes and walk briskly around the neighborhood before it gets dark, then I am walking in place, making loops around the house, walk on the treadmill, etc. while watching or listening to the TV until I go to bed.

You don't need to follow my crazy schedule, but I hope it gives you some ideas to try.

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MSGO72 2/5/2013 6:30PM

  Hang in there!

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RAPUNZEL53 2/5/2013 6:17PM

  Good Luck!

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Back again?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It has been a long while for me. To make a long story short...I lost about 20 pounds in 2008 (woo hoo!), then got pregnant with our second child (woo hoo!) in August of that year. I really enjoyed pregnancy, I had an excuse to eat whatever I wanted...ha! Problem is, I hung on to that excuse long after the baby was born. Of course I nursed her for a year, so I couldn't go back to 1500 calories a day, but I'm sure I was eating more like 3000. Then we decided to sell our house & buy a bigger one, and the stress of that was enough to keep me from being interested in eating well and exercising.

Now the baby is 16 months old, and we've been in our new house for 3.5 months, and I have no excuses left! Every now and then, I'll come back to SparkPeople and enter some of my food for the day, but I have not been consistent. I've been walking some, but not nearly as much as I was when I lost the weight before.

I just need to jump start again. I have "The Spark", and finally started reading it last night. I think that might have gotten me a little motivated. So today, I did some Wii fit, and have promised myself that I will eat 5 fruits/veggies and drink 8 glasses of water today. Even if I go over my calories. So far, I'm feeling good, but it's only day one, so we'll see...

Here's to hoping I can lose that 20 again! Preferably in time for Jeans season, or I'm going to have to go shopping for bigger clothes!

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AMRN1976 9/22/2010 2:12PM

    I am right there with you. Life happened and I gained back my 20lb. Here is to both of us getting back on track.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

I actually went a little past the "10 pouns lost" mark for the first time in...well...ever.

I've always been able to lose 7 or 8 pounds pretty easily, but then I get stuck, get tired of dieting, and just quit (and gain the weight back, plus some).

I can't believe I've actually lost 10 pounds on SparkPeople since May 13th! That makes 15 pounds this year! i can't wait to be able to tell people I've lost 20 pounds this year....won't be long!!

I bet I will want to go to that 20 year high school reunion after all...

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LADYTROLL 7/22/2008 11:49PM

    yea ,me too ,i'm almost at 50 pounds lost. my maximum was 35 and it was hell on earth,now i barely can say i'm making an effort. i'd wish i've had done this before that reunion last year, but it was ok ,everybody felt like a looser anyway ,no matter the motive! emoticon

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LIVINGGREEN 7/22/2008 3:47PM

    I'm sloooowly creeping toward my first 10 lbs lost, ever, as well. Just trying to take it a pound at a time.

Congratulations, and good luck hitting 20!

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Felt myself slipping...

Monday, June 02, 2008

I've been doing so well, I decided to reward myself this weekend. First with a huge burrito from On the Border (and a Margarita), and again with ice cream from Sonic yesterday.

Sometimes I feel like I've been working so hard that I deserve to eat a little junk. Not sure why Junk food is always the reward for me, probably because it's the thing I haven't allowed myself to have much of lately.

I don't think it knocked me totally off track, but I started justifying the extra calories..."I did a lot of cardio last week, I can afford some extra calories". But when I stepped on the scale this morning, it had not budged from last week.

Hard to believe that a couple of extra "treats" could prevent any weight loss. So I decided to keep going with the community challeneges in June and hop back on again to see if I lose any this week.I usually find that Tuesdays are a better weigh-in day for me, anyway emoticon


Happy Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I made it through a holiday weekend (which included a birthday party and a wedding!) without going over my calories TOO much.

Well, I did kind of blow it on Saturday because I fixed a hot dog for my son at the party, and at the last minute he decided he didn't want it. So what was I supposed to do, throw it away? Leave it sitting on the table? NO, I felt obligated to eat it to avoid wasting it. Then I had cake & ice cream because well, at that point I'd already blown it, so I didn't care anymore. That stinking hot dog/cake/ice cream cost me about 450 calories!

So on Sunday, thankfully, my friend had lots of fruit/veggies at her wedding reception, and we left before the cake was cut, or the champagne was served, so I did REALLY well that day.

And on Monday, we rode bikes for an hour, and I did well on my calories that day, too.

So I'm saying 2 out of 3 ain't bad. And I'm still down 5 pounds from when I started on 5/13. I can't complain!


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