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Trouble staying positive.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I have felt so lost for the past few days, I'm proud of my progress but I still feel like crap... I mean maybe it's because I have my period and am stressed from trying to plan my wedding... But I am really getting tired of it. I hate the snow, I want to take a walk but my feet get too cold and I lost my Gym membership a while back. It is just frustrating to me, I went to therapy yesterday and she was commending me on the great job I've done with changing my family's lifestyle but I still felt down. I really want a pint of Ben and Jerry's right about now.... I am sure it's just the period /depression because I certainly don't need ice cream (especially since my lactose issue is getting worse.)

Is anyone else out there having trouble staying positive?

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ITSADENA 1/31/2012 1:16PM

    I'm a little late on this, but I hope to offer a helping hand. I completely understand where you're coming on this. I feel like perpetual stress and "lost-ness" is part of what got me where I am in the first place. Some days I feel like I am making progress, and then other days I feel like I'm not making as much progress as I want. so what's the point in trying so hard all the time. It's really hard to get out of bed some days, and that's understandable. The most important thing is to keep having faith in yourself, and to not let the negativity overcome you.

Keeping active has been scientifically proven as a way to help improve your mood. It releases endorphins which are essentially mood-boosters. The hardest past is getting active when you need it emotionally the most. Try walking at your local mall (but avoid the Food Court, as it tends to be a major source of temptation). This gives you a chance to walk like you want, without the need to pay for somewhere to go, and to avoid the cold. If your schedule allows, some malls are open in the morning before the stores open so you can walk around (a lot of seniors in my area do this), or go at the end of the day near closing time. This will help you avoid crowds and keep a steady rhythm. Or, as crazy at this may sound, walk in circles or in place in your home. Turn on some music, and pump your arms. This will give you a chance to get your heart pumping, but again avoiding cost and the cold.

Above all, what I have found most important, is to keep moving. ESPECIALLY when you want to the least. If you let yourself fall off the bandwagon, it's usually pretty hard to pick back up and get back into it again. As surprising as it may seem, exercise alone can lift your mood. Try to take deep breaths and relax. If you ABSOLUTELY feel the need to compensate with food. Instead of buying a whole pint of Ben&Jerry's, some stores offer a single size that comes with its own spoon, or buy a low-calorie healthier alternative like a fruit bar.

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YOGAANDBIKE 1/20/2012 12:00PM

    Ask your doctor about SAD--Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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    Don't give up! I repeat this when I feel like throwing everything in "Nothing tastes better than success!" Keep up the good work! Results will come :)

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The urge to 'Cheat'

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last night after we got home from dinner with my mother-in-law, I felt the urge to "cheat".. really bad.. like I wanted to eat anything and everything. I allowed myself to snack a bit because I am not trying to deprive myself, only hold myself accountable and attempt to stay within my ranges. I managed to eat what I wanted for a snack (chocolate, of course)and still stay within my ranges except my fat (which I went over by 5g).

I have done this dieting thing so many times and failed, and I know why now. I spent so much time trying not to 'cheat' but I am learning that it's not about "cheating" its about feeding the urge moderately so that the craving doesn't get worse. I used to spend my days dieting and the second something bad would happen I'd run out and get a king size candy bar and eat every last bit of it.

So, my pledge to myself is that while I will try to opt for healthier versions of things, when I REALLY want something, I will NOT deprive myself of it. I am doing fine, much better than I had expected. This is mostly because I am paying attention to what I am eating AND i cut out soda and I am now drinking 8 glasses of water per day.


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ITSADENA 1/31/2012 1:20PM

    This is a GREAT mentality! Keep it going!! You may want to read the book "Full: A Life Without Dieting" by Michael Snyder M.D. This book ed helped me a LOT with the idea of lifestyle changes versus dieting, and I really think it could help a lot of people.

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LOSINIT36 1/19/2012 7:23PM

    Great job! Keep it up emoticon

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MOLLYSARAN 1/17/2012 8:56AM

    Way to go !!!!! i totally agree that we must cheat a bit , i have one cheat meal a week , i don't go totally overboard but i allow myself some of the foods that i would not eat daily . it's all about moderation ,no one ever said we could not have chocolate again !!!! keep up the great work !!!! emoticon

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Woohoo! Progress!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today I feel really good, I went tanning this morning for the first time in at least 4 years! I also met all my food goals and did not go over one today, First time since back on the site. ALSO, from drinking all this water, I am down 4.8lbs! I know that this is just water weight, but it is exciting to see that what I am doing is working a little bit.

Thank you for all the encouraging words! I hope to keep this up!

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JUNA89 1/13/2012 12:19AM

    emoticon emoticonKEEP IT UP!!!!! emoticon

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Quick update

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Went over on food goals today, but I can see improvement just because I am writing everything down. I drank 8 glasses of water yesterday and today! Alright, tomorrows a new day!

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AMYNYNJ 1/11/2012 11:03PM

    That's great! emoticon

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Monday, January 09, 2012

I find myself here on the spark again because I didn't keep up with my goals. I am ready to try again because I have huge goals I would like to meet like being able to be more active with my son and look fantastic in my wedding photos! Both of these goals are EXTREMELY important to me and I am willing to make the changes needed to get there. I am going to start by cutting out soda, drinking water, tracking my eating habits, and walking with my family daily. I am also in the process of quitting smoking, I am down to a half of a cigarette a day and in the next few days I should be done completely.

Here's to a healthier life!

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