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Trying to stay motivated

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Hello everyone!

I need serious help staying motivated. I feel really down and am thinking about quiting it all.

Yesterday my dh ordered pizza and bread sticks. Then he took us out for ice cream. I'm so depressed, I ate like a hog. And I couldnt barely move afterwards let alone work out like I wanted to.

I got my first compliment today. Someone asked me if I lost weight cuz I look like I have. I said thanks but no weight, just inches. That made me feel good but I still dont think I look like I've lost weight. Maybe they're just saying that cuz they know I've been dieting. Sigh... I'm so bummed...


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NOGIRLSOSWEET 8/11/2008 10:56PM

    Don't give up so soon!
One little mistake won't mean a thing in the long run, and you have to remember that. Everyone, EVERYONE succumbs to temptation, it's human nature, and it's completely normal.
Like someone else said, all of the days of progress count for a lot more than a slip up!
Hope you choose to stick around.


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DEGODDESS 8/7/2008 3:46PM

    Every compliment counts - enjoy each one.
Don't beat yourself up too much about the pizza & ice cream; it happens to best of us.
Are you back on your routine? Have you gone back to eating healthier? Are you walking? If all else fails, drink some water - it could be the motivator you need.
Good luck; we're rooting for you!

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LUCKYDUCK2 8/5/2008 8:45PM

    What motivated you to start this? What event happened that made you say," this is it and no more. I am going on a diet!"

Was it a photo, a comment from someone , how you felt before you began exercising...a doctors warning...Seeing yourself in a mirror or in a dressing room. What triggered you to start?

Go back to that day and relive it. Many times we are the most motivated when we feel a painful event or ah ha moment. As time passes and that feeling subsides, so can our motivation. It can be painful , but go back to the day you said I have had enough. Always remember it and how you felt and relive it when motivation gets weak.

And seriously, this is only one day off track. What about all the days you worked so hard? There are going to be other days that throw you off...this is not about being perfect but learning to improve. Your succeeding there. You can give up and quit, or you can say...it is only one day and I don't have to be perfect to SUCCEED. Start over on the same day with your goals and next meal. No more starting over tomorrow and I KNOW YOU ARE NOT A QUITTER!!!!

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LYNNOTT 8/5/2008 11:29AM

    Maybe you need to set yourself some rewards for eating healthier and exercising. Take it week by week - start off with small rewards, nothing with food, rent a video you want to see, buy a small bouquet of flowers, go window shopping at a mall. As you earn those rewards raise the prize a bit - get your nails done, get a new hairstyle, buy a new top. For a major reward, aim for a weekend away with dh - something to look forward to!

You can eat with dh, just 1 slice pizza, no breadsticks, a small cone of frozen yogurt. Portion control is so very important. Lots of water will make you feel fuller.

I agree, accept the compliment! Even though the weight isn't coming off as fast as you want, the inches count!

Wishing you all the best,

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    Take the compliment to heart!! If someone says something nice - accept it gracefully. As for your binge eating and feeling yuck! I was there yesterday... and we need to remind ourselves of the YUCKY feeling (cause I couldn't get comfortable I was so bloated)... I much prefer the feeling after working out, or after eating healthy for a few days when my abdomen actually feels like it's tightening up.

I've been off track for the whole weekend and the scale went back up so I'm discouraged as well... and could call it quits but NO WAY!! Think about what you really want - do you want to feel this way (and I know you don't)!

We joined SP and are on this journey to better ourselves to feel better overall! So don't give up... don't quit... Keep moving forward and you'll see the efforts will pay off (we just have to be patient and stick to it!)

Always helps to get motivation and support from other SP friends. Have a super day and get moving! The exercise will change your frame of mind... that's where I'm off to!

Take care and stay strong!! emoticon

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Wow Sore and didnt even do anything!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I worked out for 13 days straight. Yesterday I wasn't feeling so well. I decided to take a day off from exercise. The more time that went by the more stiff and sore I became. I cant believe it. I didnt do anything yesterday and today I can barely move! My legs hurt so bad. I think I should work out everyday just to keep my muscles loosened up. What do u think? OR am I supposed to work out one day then let my muscles tense up the next day and get back to it the day afterwards? And its not just my legs, its my whole body... Opinions please... Thanks


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LUCKYDUCK2 7/30/2008 12:05PM

    I agree that cardio can be done every day but when it comes strenght training, you do need to let the muscles rebuild from a workout.

I do upper body one day and lower body the next. Do this if you feel the need to workout every day. Your muscles will not grow if not given time to repair.

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LYNNOTT 7/30/2008 9:50AM

    I think it depends on what you're doing. Cardio exercises can be done every day, but if you're strength training, you should rest those muscles a day before exercising them again. Look at some of the articles in the Healthy Lifestyle section, under Fitness, Exercise Basics, for example: Add Strength Training For Lean Muscles, or Do's & Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan. Too much strength training could hurt.

Good luck!

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Not feeling well

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I dont know whats wrong with me. My throat hurts and my nose is runny my whole body hurts and I'm so tired. I dont feel like eating I'm not hungry.. Is this a part of the first few weeks of diet and exercising? Or am I catching something?

Opinions appreciated.


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MJ1550 8/21/2008 9:00AM

  It sounds like you have the flu,maybe you'd better see your dr.
I hope you feel much,much better very,very soon!

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LYNNOTT 7/30/2008 9:35AM

    I agree, it sounds like you're coming down with something. Don't overexert yourself and rest up. Hope you're feeling better real soon!



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LUCKYDUCK2 7/29/2008 1:03PM

    It sounds like you have a bug and are coming down with something. Don't push yourself too hard and get better ASAP. Hugs

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Losing Inches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hi all,

I measured myself and in just one week I've lost 2 inches on my belly, half an inch on my calves, and an inch off my butt. I gained an inch on my arms. I guess thats muscle. I weighed myself and lost ten pounds. I'm so happy that all this hard work has paid off. I'm surprised that this all is happening with just one week of working out and dieting. One more pound and I'll be less than 200! I cant wait!


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ROSEOFSHARON73 7/28/2008 7:25PM

  Congrats! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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LYNNOTT 7/28/2008 11:08AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Hard work does pay off, doesn't it? Good going on the diet and exercise, keep it up and you'll reap the rewards!



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How do you do it?

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm just wondering how everyone is losing the weight? How does the sparkpage work? Do you have to follow the recipies and set nutrition planner everyday? And is that what everyone is doing? Or everyone just doing their own diet and eating healthy and exercising? I'm wondering if I should go along with the planner instead of doing my own thing? I have the motivation to lose the weight.. I just need to know how. Thanks for all of your advice!! It is appreciated :)

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LUCKYDUCK2 7/28/2008 2:41AM

    I am logging on another site I belong too. I eat every three hours with mini meals to keep my metab at a higher rate of burn and try to never go longer then four hours if busy.
I look at their menu planner for ideas but basically, am learning to cook what I like with some healthy substitutions.

I make sure that I get as close as possible to what SP and CK tell me for calorie range. I have learned the hard way that eating too little sets me up for a stall and a binge.

Please believe me, if you do this the healthy way by eating enough and moving, you will look and feel better long before you reach your final goal. Each 10 to 12 pounds has been a huge improvement for me.

I exercise 3 times a day with walking for 10 to 15 mins a day and alternate between upper body workouts one day and lower body the next day, giving my muscles that 24 hour recovery time.

Find a good mini goal and work on it . Each accomplished goal will help you feel motivated and in control and you can build on them.

Good luck.

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LYNNOTT 7/25/2008 2:04PM

    Every person is different in how weight loss is achieved. I personally follow the Weight Watchers Point System, use SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker and write everything I eat down. Look at nutrition labels at the grocery store before I buy, stay away from junk food, soda and drink water, water and more water!

I also use the Fitness Tracker and try to do at least one Swimsuit Bootcamp video exercise every day. I go to Curves and have a Gazelle at home I track miles on. My goal is at least 20 minutes of exercise a day, and stay within my 1200-1550 caloric range. When I first started I didn't think it was possible to stay within that range, but it is. I've lost almost 60 pounds since last October, and at times it wasn't easy, but this site is very supportive, the people here are great!

I think most people would say that by writing everything down you think twice before putting something in your mouth. There are some delicious recipes on SparkRecipes.com. We've tried several and we've had them over and over because they're so good! There is also some very good articles that you can read.

You have the motivation to lose the weight you want, you just need some inspiration. Use your teams pages to "talk" with others on the team and discuss your concerns. Hope to see you on the Moms & Daughters SparkTeam page!

Good luck!

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DEGODDESS 7/25/2008 1:18PM

    Because I'm really focused this time around and really want to make changes that will remain with me for a lifetime, I follow Sparks fitness & eating plans - for the most part. I do follow the eating plan pretty severely, but I tend to do a little more exercising than the plan requires. I also update the fitness & nutrition trackers daily and am learning how to adjust when I'm having a bad day(s). I haven't seen the change in weight as I would like (I wanted the 10 lbs to drop immediately), but I have definitely noticed the difference in how my clothes fit. My goal is to loose 10 pounds, which is not a lot, which is why (I think) my weight is moving more slowly. A few of the people I chat with on & off follow at least one of the plans...good luck!

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