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Friday, July 05, 2013

So I weighted myself this morning and I am was very happy to see I am down another pound... so that is a total of 16 pounds emoticon .
So I wanted to see what my weight loss has been in the past. I signed up for SP in January 2011 with a starting weight of 220 as of June 2011 I was 203 pounds then I stopped tracking and looks like I dropped of SP until September where I weight 215. In 2012 I has a starting weight of 222 and was able to lose 12 pounds of that weight to go right back to 222 in January of this year...

This scares me... I was so close to onerland in 2011... just like now... and something happened and I lost my way. I want to lose this weight so bad and I want to show my 4 year old daughter how to make healthier food choices. I want to fit into all my cute clothes that I have not gotten rid of over the years BECAUSE I will fit back into them...

I just have to keep going... I do have to buy a new bathing suit this year because the ones I have are WAY TO BIG and I look like a fool at the pool... this has made me feel better even if does mean I have to go bathing suit shopping and continues to motivate me.

Each month I have set a goal of 5 pounds... this time I am going to do slow and steady and not to do it as fast as I can... I have learned that I need more calories to eat each day not just 1200 like I was trying to hit... I need more like 1800-2000 a day at this point... thank goodness for my Fitbit it has really helped me...

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FITFRIT 7/5/2013 11:05AM

    I saw a recent post by my niece-in-law about how she has lost 109 lbs and someone asked her what her secret was. Now my niece had a gastric sleeve surgery last December, so that's her secret but this comment got me to thinking. There is NO secret and all of us know this. We all know it takes hard work, diet change, and exercise to lose the weight and to KEEP it off. You can do this, you know you can, you know you have the tools to do it. The only thing stopping you is you. Don't be your worst enemy, be your best friend instead. Good luck!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/5/2013 10:17AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I believe your goal of five pounds per month is reasonable and attainable!! However, do NOT tie your success or failure in a number on the scale... there is so much more to getting healthy than the number on a scale.... Keep moving, keep drinking your water, keep eating healthy... just keep on keeping on..

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CHRIAMARIA1983 7/5/2013 9:32AM

    That is why we need to make this journey I lifestyle. Yeah, it sounds awesome to be losing 2 or 3 lbs every single week, but is that really attainable? I think so many off us fall off of the wagon because we do not set attainable goals and we do not make changes that can be sustained life-long. I for one am trying to make this change. I am trying to have set breakfasts so that if I don't feel like tracking, I know that I have made a healthy choice. And I try and stick to around 400 calories. I try and stick to about that amount for lunch too. Its an easy number to remember. I can concievably have a 400 calorie snack and an 800 calorie dinner and still lose weight (for now). That is something that I can live with longterm- even if I am not really tracking but just being mindful of what I am eating.

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AMARILYNH 7/5/2013 9:32AM

    You KNOW the answer - DON'T GIVE UP! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up - if you keep trying you WILL reach your goals!! I'm not saying you'll never see a gain on the scale, but if you ignore it and keep doing the right things, the scales WILL go in the right direction!!

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being more awear of my body

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lately I have been noticing my body more. It is a nice feeling when I have lost weight... but I think it is weird that I can tell just by a feeling. I feel that I have to get use to this feeling I am having because it is so new. I have a issue when people start to complement me on my weight loss I seem to start to gain weight (not sure what that is about) I just don't want this feeling to do that same thing to me.

Today I am so happy because I woke up with the feel that I have lost weight and I got on the scale and it was true.. 1 pound down (now I am 1 pound away from my June goal of 5 total pounds gone). Now I have to keep in mind of what I have been doing to lose the last 13 pounds and keep going... wow that is a lot of weight emoticon

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CANDACEMM 6/18/2013 11:42AM

    Way to go! Keep up the good work!!!

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ANGEL32192 6/18/2013 9:36AM


I know whatcha mean about feeling it AND about not being comfortable when others notice too. I often think to myself "If they noticed i wonder what they used to think.?" And that tries to sabotage me!

You are on your way to a healthier you and we both need to work on not letting people's positive words turn negative in our minds! ;-)

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Just Keep Swiming

Monday, June 03, 2013

So I added a new background on my sparkpage because I was just about to give up... I log in every day 1st thing in the morning to start my day thinking about making changes I drink so much water I am in the bathroom every 20 min it feels like, I work out 2-4 times a week, I am eating better ( I could always do better) but nothing seems to change... what am I doing wrong? What Can I do to get over this hump and start back to losing weight? I am about to give up... so frustrated!!!!!

I am hoping looking at my background will help with motivation... I guess we will see...

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ZENRYAKU 6/17/2013 4:48AM

    There is a saying that changes only occur when things don't stay the same emoticon So if what you are doing is not working for you, track like JENNIK2 said, and see what you can change.

Btw, I'm one of the slowest losers. But, there is a team for this emoticon

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JENNIK2 6/3/2013 10:45AM

    I'm not sure if you are doing any of these things, but my suggestions are to track your calories and exercise minutes to see exactly how many calories are going in compared to getting burned. Also maybe change your exercise routine. I've done well with circuit training. It has strength training built in and that's an important part of exercise too.

Good Luck!

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Why is this so hard?

Monday, May 20, 2013

One day I feel great and very motivated... the next I get one the scale and I feel like crap and very discouraged. One day my pants fit great... the next not so much. I was hoping to be further along with my journey by now and instead I go back and froth. next week is my birthday (35th at that) and I wanted to be in "one-derland" by then... but that is not happening unless I stop eating and that is not going to happen.

This week I started to use my new Fitbit and I love it but what I learned is that there is a science to all this weight loss stuff and I need to find out what it is for me. What is my magical calorie intake and see weight loss.

I also have learned I need to make my calories count... just because I have 400 calories left for the day does not mean I should eat French fries... but the question is what should I eat at 8pm that is not bad for me but will help with meeting my calorie intake goal.

Why can this not be easy for me? I have a friend that came over yesterday and by eating 2000 calories a day she has lost 50 pounds since January (now she has a lot more weight to lose than I do) I have a co-worker who has lost 30 pounds doing the same things I do for exercise ... what am I doing wrong?

Just feeling down on my self today... this to shall pass but I have to figure out how to loss this weight... emoticon

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MENOPAT 5/24/2013 7:15AM

  Can I copy and paste this? This is how I feel. It's a yoyo situation both physically and emotionaly. I thought too for my 35 birthday in June I would have a "wow" factor to show. Not at all.

We are doing renovations and I had a new schedule this week (this is why I was "silent" since last week). It all went down... Again.

I start to wonder if I should join' Weight Watchers. At least WW online. Going to the meetings doesn't fit in my schedule. Spark is awesome, but I don't commit to it.

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SUMMER2203 5/21/2013 6:58AM

    ahh this is how i have been feeling since i started!!! i feel like i am doing everything exactly by the books, even hitting the recommended calorie deficit each week -- all of my food is healthy -- wtffff!!! it has been almost 2 months and i have only lost 13 pounds. if you find something that works for you, LET ME KNOW!!!!

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KNIBARG 5/20/2013 1:08PM

    It is difficult, but you CAN do it. Two of my favorite night time snacks that fill me up when I have the night time munchies are Orville Redenbacher 100 calorie popcorn snack bags or a banana with 1 or 2 Tb of peanut butter. Something not to heavy, but with protein or fiber to help keep me full. Good luck on your journey -- emoticon

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GOLDENGLD 5/20/2013 9:31AM

    Stay positive! And don't eat the french fries!

I absolutely love love LOVE fatty, high calorie snack foods. It would be nothing for me to make a tray daily for my husband and I (before or after dinner) filled with salami, various cheeses, sour cream dips, crackers, chips, nuts and for visual affect - I would throw a few pieces of fruit on the tray. Alway lovely and OMG so full of calories and fat. And I am serious about this being an almost daily occurrence. Throw a couple of cocktails with it - and bam - I don't even want to think of the calorie consumption just for our little nightly snack.

Anyway - now when that snack bug bites me in the evening, I count out my Special K Chips serving and measure out 1-2 servings of hummas (depending on where I am for calories that day), add a few carrot strips, some apple slices and BAM - I have a full evening snack tray that will make me proud of myself tomorrow!

I'm not a seasoned SP member, and I have just started my journey for a healthier lifestyle - but I do know good habits so out-weigh bad habits.

Remember, one day, one hour, one minute, one choice - at a time! :)


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EBURGITE 5/20/2013 9:30AM

    you are so right...finding your "magic" calories in/out formula is HARD, and it changes as you change. we have to keep experimenting and keep moving forward.
i'd love to say it gets easier, but it hasn't for me. it's different hard, but it's WORTH it to keep fighting, even if it seems like you're losing the battle. don't give up. NEVER surrender. you will have great days, and not-so-great days. just keep moving forward. a slip-up now and then won't derail you, unless that slip-up means you give up. i view this as a life-long change, not a temporary thing. i'm not at my goal weight, but it's mind-boggling to think of how far i've come. if i focused on my "failure," at not weighing less, i would lose sight of my many successes, and the positive changes in my body and mind. honestly, changing how i think about myself is harder than controlling what goes in my mouth....and how i think about myself and life contributes sooooooo much--good and bad---to my success or failure.
you can do this!

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MAGIK0731 5/20/2013 9:07AM

    emoticon We all have those days so you aren't alone.

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THEEXERCISER 5/20/2013 8:54AM

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Biggest Loser at work update

Friday, May 03, 2013

This is the start of month 3 of the contest at work and while I have not been the biggest loser (and I am very happy for my co-worker who has lost 30 pounds) I have been hitting some goals myself. This month I lost 6 pounds emoticon . I have been working out more and more and it feels great.

I did not hit my 1st big goal and that was to be under 200 by my vacation this coming week but I have lost 12 pounds and I have now pushed the goal back to be by my birthday at the end of the month... Maybe if I stop eating crap at night this goal will be reached by May 29.

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PJHAWK7 5/3/2013 11:33AM

    Hi Pretty Girl, Even if you didn't hit the goal you set for yourself you did emoticon and you should be really proud of the 6 lbs this month and the 12 lbs total so far. I'll bet if you've been more active you are a bit trimmer. Nightime can be very tempting. Try brushing your teeth when you've eaten all you want/need for the day. I find that frequently deters me from eating anything else. Go out and take a walk, do something different from what you usually do when you are tempted to eat. emoticon Slow but sure and you'll be victorious. Have a great day. Pam

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