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starting over

Monday, February 24, 2014

In December of 2012 I started back up with Spark People after a long absence. I was doing so well, losing weight, toning, exercising and feeling good. In April of 2013 I broke my foot and it didn't heal as quickly as it should have. Here's the part where I question my sanity, I not only couldn't exercise but after a few months I stop watching what I was eating and started and gaining and every day I would say oh tomorrow I will with watch. Well tomorrows came and tomorrows went and I gained. I started working long hours and eating out and I gained.

Today I am 2 pounds heavier than I was in December of 2012. I am still working long hours but I need to get my eating habits under control not only for my physical health but for my mental health.

I am open to any suggestions that will help me stay on track. Tricks of the trade so to say that might assist me in keeping with a healthy eating program.

I know I can do this if i can set my mind to it.

Today is the start and I am using positive talk to tell myself it will be my last start day.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2014 9:03AM

    Slenderella61 gave you great advice. The only thing I would add is, you didn't get this way over night so sadly, it won't come off over night. Losing slow is better according to the experts. You can do this!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/24/2014 12:25PM

    Treat weight loss like a job. It is just as important. Show up - show up at the grocery store to buy the good foods you need, show up to work out (but realize that 80% or more of weight loss is the eating), "show up" to plan your meals, show up to track, show up to do all those things you know you need to do, including celebrating every good choice you make and all your fitness accomplishments.

But secondly, and most importantly, never give up. Weight loss isn't easy. Keep trying. Do the best you can each day. Forgive yourself if you slip. Just keep trying 'til you get it, because you will!!

Best wishes! -Marsha



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ELRIDDICK 2/24/2014 7:01AM

  Thanks for sharing

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JAROL7 2/24/2014 6:57AM

    DECIDING to do something about it is 90 % of the process. Now just follow your plan and get it back off.

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Frustrated

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'm frustrated and discouraged. I went away for 4 days 2 weeks ago. I ate good healthy food in moderation and even did some cardio at the hotel gym while ther. The result a 6 pound gain. At first I thought water.gain. But here I am 2 weeks later and still 3.3 pounds more than when I left.

So the result is I get frustrated and then stop logging my food. Eat too much and don't drink enough water. Same old cycle.

I am attempting to break it by posting it here for everyone to see. My hubby says its muscle gain but I'm not buying it.

Any suggestions from someone out there how to break the cycle or what to do

  
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GINGERSSPARK 4/19/2013 7:22AM

    Thank you all for The encouragement. I appreciate it more than I can say

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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2013 8:50PM

    I'm sorry that you are so frustrated. If you were eating out the whole time, the food was most likely loaded with fat and sodium. Did you work out while you were gone? If not, that could also come into play. If you gained 6 and are already down 3, you've done a great job of getting right back with your program. You probably don't want to hear this but if you stick with your eating plan, the rest will come off. Please don't give up on yourself. Remember that this is a lifelong eating plan not a diet! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/17/2013 12:34PM

    What do your monthly measurements say? Hopefully you're tracking those as well!

The scale is awesome and reflecting our relationship with gravity, and does nothing to show us all the non-scale victories we're achieving!

The last two times I've traveled the same thing has happened. (Long story short - my family lives in a nearby state). The first time we went out to eat before we headed back. Entered the food into the tracker. Did not go over daily calories. "Gained."

Same thing the next month and I even brought all my own snacks and know I drank the correct amount of water. "Gained."

Unless I actually "ate" all those calories, which I know I did not, then it wasn't anything more than water weight gain and I attributed it to my schedule being disrupted.

I kept at tracking all my nutrition, drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day and moving my body and eventually it was reflected on the scale.

I wish you much success as you continue on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!
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SUNSETSMILE 4/17/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon Don't give up. My scale isn't budging. I just keep having faith and trying to adjust my food more each week. Food is the hardest for me. I agree with INSPIRATIONAL3 that we do not know what exactly what restaurants use and there are alot of extra fillers. Also, you seem to be stressing about it and that does not help you body. Let it go, it is a new day and just move forward. We all have set backs, you just have to stay with the program. Good Luck and don't give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SANDYCRANE 4/17/2013 8:08AM

    Keep with your program. Continue to log all the food you eat and keep exercising. it is hard to believe you could gain 6 pounds in a weekend, it would have to be water weight. Measure yourself and keep track of your body this way. Do not get discouraged because of that scale. If you read the blogs and articles enough you will not put so much faith in your scale. Good luck, you can do this.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 4/17/2013 7:55AM

    Unfortunately, we do not know what the restaurants when we eat out put into our food. They sometimes put fillers in, starch substitutes, too much salt, butter, oils, etc. etc. so eating out even when healthy in moderation can be tricky and dissapointment.

Also, we sometimes think we are eating in moderation but I have found after a week of measuring all my food and tracking eyeballing a portion doesn't quite make it.

Metabolically you might not be burning as you should wld not be a bad idea to check thyroid and sugar you might be pre diabetic and not know it, also you may retain water and salt may increase that retention. You also might want to do a controlled study on yourself and analyze how many calories you need (not anyone else) to be healthy have energy and still lose weight. I myself am cursed with the 750 number otherwise I see no loss not a happy place to be but this is what I inherited.

Good Luck if you cld give this as much attention as we do buying a new dress for a special occasion or buying a car with consistency you might come to a better place that is uniquely for you.

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making and not making goals

Thursday, February 28, 2013

So February has come to an end and March will roar in tomorrow.

The scale says this morning that I did not make my goal, I failed.

As I thought about that I realized I certainly didn't fail. I did not get to the number on the scale that I wanted but I did lose 3.6 pounds ( a success), I did make it thru month 5 smoke free (a success), I did exercise and my stamia has greatly increased (a success).

Sometimes we let the darn scale define us and it doesn't, it doesn't always tell the entire story. So I will continue to watch the scale and I will set my March goals for the number on that scale that I want to hit but the scale won't define me, it will assist me and it will be 1 chain in the link that is my journey to a healthier me.

  
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GINGERSSPARK 3/2/2013 3:51PM

    Thank you all for the encouragement

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FUZZIEBEAR3 3/1/2013 12:01PM

    Think positive! I think that your successes are great -- especially the smoke free one. The 3.6 pounds is success right there. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/28/2013 8:30PM

    Yes, you are a SUCCESS and you had a successful month. You know, in the short run you don't have control over the scale. I find it more helpful to set goals that I totally control. Goals like sticking to my calorie range so many days. Logging 100% of my food. Exercising 5 or 6 cardio session and 2 to 3 strength sessions each week. Those things I have total control over. In the long run, the scale will catch up.

I spent 5 decades overweight/obese. If I had back every time I gave up because the scale didn't show progress, and I had just kept trying, I would have achieved a healthy weight decades earlier. Don't let the scale define nor discourage you. Just live and eat and exercise as healthy as you can and everything will fall in place!!

Congratulations on a successful February!! Best wishes for a happy and healthy March!!! -Marsha



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AQUAGIRL08 2/28/2013 5:33AM

    I tend to focus on the scale too much too. One week , when I was disappointed with a gain instead of a loss, I got out the tape measure and took my measurements. The last time I did it was October 4. I was shocked by an overall loss of 17.5 inches! While I was waiting for the scale to drop, my body was making huge changes on the inside. I will never forget the impact that that experience had on the way I view weight loss!

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the journey continues

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

As of today I am just 2 oz from the 20 pound mark. I don't think I really realized how much extra weight I had allowed myself to gain. Over the weekend a friend and I went out to the sporting goods store and just for fun picked up weights that totaled how much we each had lost. What an eye opener.

Yesterday, I had a customer come in who I haven't seen in a couple months and she was amazed asked me how in the world I lost so much weight in such a short time and then went on to tell me that I needed to slow down. when I explained to her that I was only losing an average of 2 pounds per week she was astonished. We talked and she asked about exercise and the program so I told her all about SP and the exercise I was doing.

The exercise is changing the shape of my body and with the weight loss it shows. I think after that customer left I must have strutted around for a bit. I felt good.

Here is where the problem can crop up, I have a history and now since it is starting to show I just want to increase and push push push but if I do this I know what will happen is burn out and I need to make this my life not a passing fancy.

So the question is: How much exercise is too much?

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/6/2013 7:51PM

    I have the same problem. I usually do weight training 2-3 times per week. I do some sort of cardio every day. Monday through Saturday I usually do somewhere around 2-3 hours per day. On Sunday or any other day that I rest, I do less than one hour. If I find that I am really tired going into a workout session, I cut back my workout time. Like you, I tend to want to do more and more because it feels so good when I'm doing it. Sometimes more isn't better, it is just more. There are times when more can be damaging to your body. Since I usually exercise in water and water exercise is deceptive, I use time as my guide. (In water you often don't feel the exercise until several hours later - then it is too late to cut your time back! LOL)

Congratulations on your weight loss and progress with exercise. Enjoy the new you!

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Why?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why do I want to loose weight? Of course my first response is to get healthy but what is the underlying reason.

I've made many changes in my life over the past few months on a path to a healthier me. I'm not sure I have been asked before for the reason beneath the reason the why, the ultimate goal.

So, after a lot of thought and soul searching here's what I have come up with. I want to be around for a long good while. I want to see my grandchildren compete in sports, graduate, go off to college, get married and have children of their own. Sure they may not all follow that pattern they may not compete in sports, they may not get married and they may not have children of their own but that's the truth of it, if I don't get healthy I may not be around to see what happens.

Other reasons are more vain, I want to look good when I look in the mirror. I want to smile when I see my reflection not think geez I really need to loose (insert number) pounds.

I have a weight goal in mind but the truth of the matter is the number doesn't matter, what matters is how I feel not only health wise but how I feel about me when I look in the mirror.

  
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JACKIE542 1/25/2013 10:23AM

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