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Restarting My Weight Loss Efforts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I have been on Spark for over 2 years, only to keep losing and gaining weight...never maintaining it. Recently, my weight went up to 175 lbs... definitely not good. What made matters worse was a month before my best friend's wedding (which was on September 21st) I realized I couldn't fit into my dress. That was exactly what I needed to jump start my weight loss efforts. Fast forward to today.... I have lost 8 lbs. I just need to keep up the great work and lose another 20+ lbs.

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JAMBABY0 9/26/2013 5:32PM

    good job on the 8 pounds, you can do this

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Learning to Take it Day by Day

Friday, October 12, 2012

The thought came to me that to even be somewhat satisfied with my body and feel like my weight loss efforts are paying off, I still have to lose another 10 lbs which I know won't be until the end of the year (and that's if I stay on track.) That seems so far away, I want to fit into my old clothes now. And even after I lose those 10 lbs, I still have to lose at least 5 more lbs to fit into some of the clothes I bought but never got to wear bc I got off track.

I know I just need to take one day at a time , but it can be so hard at times. I need to think of some motivators that will keep me on track. I hope and pray that living a healthy lifestyle and controlling my desire to eat even when I am not hungry becomes second nature. I don't want to be controlled by food or my weight anymore, I want to wake up happy in my own skin. I want to be able to wear anything without worrying whether or not I look fat in it.

Even though it may feel like it is going to be an eternity, I just have to remember to keep my mind on the end result. The minutes will tun into hours, which will turn into days, then weeks and then months. The end of the year will be here before I know it and I will be glad that I stuck with it.

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NIKKICOLE83 10/12/2012 12:22PM

    I have felt the exact same way and that feeling comes and goes. One thing that helps me stay motivated and on track is signing up for a race each month. Every month I do a 5k (hopefully progressing towards a 10k) and this weekend I am doing a 5 mile run. It gives me something to work towards and keeps me focused on my fitness level which in turn will impact my weightloss.

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CMZERIMAR 10/12/2012 12:14PM

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Starting Over

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I began my journey with SparkPeople in January 2011. I had a fair amount of success- losing close to 20 lbs, but by the end of the year, I had abandoned most of the principles that helped me lose the weight. I was back up to 168 lbs! So, here I am again. This is not my first time losing weight and then gaining it back. It's almost like it's a cycle that's doomed to happen. But I want to break that cycle.

I started over at the end of August and it's almost like I am learning everything all over again. This time, I plan on losing the weight for good. Who wants to keep losing weight only to gain it back all over again? I need to remember the tools that helped me lose the weight as well as the setbacks that made me regain the weight. I am committed to doing whatever it takes for me to be healthy and confident.

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PLUMERIA26 10/3/2012 6:10PM

    This is how I feel! I lost 34 lbs but have gained back annoying. I feel like my weight goes down then up, down then up, over and over again. I'm committed to get this weight off for good too. I'm going to plan to lose 1 lb per week instead of 2 lbs per week which is what I normally do. The faster I lose weight it seems like the faster it comes back. Good luck with your weight loss this time around....put your mind to it and you can do it! emoticon

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BRENDALA11 10/3/2012 1:01PM

    Good for you for getting back into it. Congratulations! emoticon

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DOOBIE893 10/3/2012 12:56PM

    I commend you on coming back and not giving up. You are beginning your journey of making life-style changes. You can do and have a community of support.


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MYBULLDOGS 10/3/2012 12:56PM



my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 y
ears old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off. took 16 months.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x. took 7 months.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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I Refuse to Give Up- I Am Recommitting

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I am in the 10th week of my weight loss journey. Some really great things have happened along the way- I have lost 10 pounds; I am now exercising; I look a lot better and I feel a lot better about myself; and my daughter is picking up some of my healthier habits. I still have 20 more pounds to go and these last 2 weeks have been extremely hard for me. It could be because I started birth control or maybe I am simply losing motivation. I didn't even go to the gym today which is something I have been pretty consistent about doing on my days off. I want to eat ALL the time- primarily chocolate.

I don't want to give up. I am not going to give up. I don't want to be like some of the people who started out strong and now they are no longer on Spark. I am renewing my commitment to my weight loss goals. For the remainder of the month:

*I will not buy any junk food.
*I will exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 days week.
*I will start strength training 3 days a week.
*I will drink at least six 8 oz glasses of water daily and work my way back up to eight glasses.

I am going to finish this month out strong. I deserve to have a better body. I will reach my goal no matter how long it takes and learn to enjoy myself along the way. I have the rest of my life to get this right.

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REJ7777 3/16/2011 9:31PM

    Not buying any junk food is a good step, practically speaking. I find that if I buy junk, I eat it, and not necessarily in reasonable portions. (Great for those who can do it, but I can't.) The ideal is to win our battles at the grocery store, and not even bring home what we don't want to eat. Also, some foods with sugar, salt and fat are addictive and can cause cravings. Sometimes not eating them at all is easier than trying to eat just a little. We each have to learn what we can personally handle.

Most important is not giving up! emoticon

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BEKAHSAYS 3/16/2011 9:23AM

    we all recommit every time we drink too much alcohol, decide not to go to the gym because were "tired" eat an extra serving too much and the list goes on! we may not always win the battle but we do win the war! this is a journey and you're doing amazing!!!

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FITSPIRATION 3/15/2011 9:13PM

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APIRLRAIN888 3/15/2011 8:30PM

    set a goal go go go! you can do it

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FLAB_2_FAB2011 3/15/2011 6:57PM

  Reading other blogs,stories, tips can help give you some motivation, but whatever you don't GIVE UP! emoticon emoticon

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SBLACKWELL93 3/15/2011 6:48PM

    Never ever give up even when there is chemical things that make you want to stop. If the BC keeps doing this to you, you might talk to your doctor. Sometimes those things will zap seratonin which makes you happy and motivated.

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STARPESCADO 3/15/2011 6:13PM

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YMUNDERWOOD 3/15/2011 5:04PM

    Well said, you can do it. You certainly have the right attitude.

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MALVYN 3/15/2011 4:55PM

    Tomorrow is always a new day with no mistakes in it. You don't have to wait til tomorrow though, you can start this minute, this hour, this day. You have a reset button you can push any time you need to!

You can meet your new goals! =)

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KNIGHTS6 3/15/2011 4:42PM

    well done

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GINLYNN913 3/15/2011 4:42PM

  Good for you! Celebrate that weight loss and how good you feel. Some days are harder than others, believe me I know, but eating healthy and feeling lighter feel so good and have long-term benefits.

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Can I Really Do This Forever?

Saturday, February 05, 2011

It has been almost a month (26 days to be exact) since I joined I have lasted longer than I thought I would and have lost a total of 5 pounds so far. So, as I just finished picking up a few items from the grocery store and was on my way home- thinking about my meals for the upcoming week, for whatever reason, a small panic arose in me as I thought "Am I really going to have to do this forever, even after I have lost the weight?"

I don't know why I am worried about it- this truly has been a pleasant experience. I don't feel like I am really depriving myself. I do spend quite a bit of time logging my meals, reading inspiring/motivational stories and trying to understand this whole weight loss process. And there have been moments where I have had cravings for certain things but it hasn't been overly bad. I actually love fruits, vegetables and a lot of healthy foods. And I am slowly discovering a love for plain water ( normally I have to put a flavored packet in it before I can even think about drinking it).

I don't know why I am even having these negative thoughts. Of course I can do this. Of course I can invest the time and effort it takes to look and feel good. Maybe eventually- it gets easier but even if it doesn't, I am in it for the long haul. I don't want to go back to my old habits. In addition to looking and feeling better- I am teaching my daughter healthier habits. This is a lifetime journey that I am committed to.

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FITGIRL15 3/16/2011 1:06PM

    It's normal to think that way! You are doing great! Congrats on your weight loss!

Rebiulding new habits isn't easy... tracking exercise, logging food and monitoring water intake are all just tools to allow you to look back and recognizing what works and what doesn't!

You definitely are worth it! Keep up the great job!

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ADZY86 2/10/2011 8:12AM

    Oh I'm sooooo with you on this one! Sometimes I find myself thinking 'Geez, if I gotta be logging my food and exercise forever, can I really be bothered??!!'

The answer I always end up with is YES. I eat WHAT I wanna eat, just in moderation. So yeah, I do feel like I could do this forever. I used to forbid certain foods, but then I was like, I aint gonna wanna never eat crisps (potato chips) or hot wings for the rest of my life am I! So I had to fit it into my healthy eating lifestyle.

You got this! Just don't make it too hard on yourself. Don't eat like you're on a diet; eat like someone who knows how to make healthy, sustainable, lifelong choices, and you'll be just fine. emoticon

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AMC120 2/8/2011 11:13AM

    That's because you are not on a diet - you are changing your lifestyle! You are making healthier choices and lucky for you, just like me- we love the healthy stuff! That makes it so much easier!! I have a feeling you are going to hit your goals ahead of schedule!!! Best of luck to you!!!!

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JEWELZ87 2/8/2011 7:33AM

    Just Keep it up until you reach your goal..once you're there you can decide how you want to eat/live your life. By then end of your journey (weight-loss journey) you will develop habits that will make you choose a healthier path. You will WANT to choose the healthy foods and the cravings will go away! And the best part is once you are at your goal weight you can have treats without feeling bad!!! It's gunna be a hard pull..for you and me both!! BUT I know we can do it..we're changing our lives and the way we live them. As a result we'll be healthier!!
If you ever have questions or need motivation...let me know!! emoticon

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REJ7777 2/6/2011 7:04AM

    I can sure relate to that moment of panic! I've been a specialist in yo-yo dieting - up and down, up and down, and always adding an extra 5 or 10 lbs. each time.

Yes, this is for life. And yes, we can do it. The *maintainers* on SP are my heroes and models. How are they succeeding? I want to learn all I can from them so that I can maintain my loss once I achieve goal. Here's what I'm learning:

Take time to prepare healthy meals. Drink your water. Be physically active. (That seems to be a very important factor! It's great if you find something you enjoy.) It's not about *perfection*, it's about a sustainable, healthy lifeSTYLE. In the end, it's how we're SUPPOSED to live if we want to be healthy. There's nothing complicated about it. The biggest challenge is keeping our health and fitness on the front burner! Life throws so many things at us.

It's important that you invest the time that is necessary to care for that amazing body God has given you, and to teach your daughter to do the same. May God grant you the wisdom to find the balance you need in order to make it work... for life!

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CHIQUENS 2/5/2011 11:30PM

    You know, I feel the same way often.... I've started so much stuff like this, only to get bored with it... I'm hoping to make friends on the site, and that should give me the motivation to stick around.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/5/2011 10:57PM

    Ok, keep in mind at WHERE I am at my journey! I am thinking the same thing!!!

I am a few lbs away from GOAL but already met my goal size and dress, fitness goals.....etc!

right now I m still eating like I am want to lose weight
I burn 800 cals a day!!! running 4x swimming 1, and will add p90x!

I was like ! CRAP is this for LIFE!!!!!!!

R>this is to get to there!

after this it's MAINTAINENCE!!!!!!!
I will have to reduce my exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat according to not lose weight!

AND I think by then it will be easier to achieve!

BUT have been told maintainence is hard then losing!
MORE in the juggling sense of the procedure ;p

KEEP at it! don't look at the end goal just yet!!!

my end goal kept changing. I didn't think i would be here now!
I thought I would write all this at 140 not 160!

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REDCARPETWIFEY1 2/5/2011 10:47PM

    I'm sure you can do it. I'm only a week or so further in than you but went in with the same attitude. I acknowledge that I must allow myself a cheeseburger every now and again, but I I'm not going there until I get MUCH closer to my goal wait (not worth the risk at this point).


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