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Why do I feel like I gave up even though I am still tracking?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I am still eating healthy. I still track, read articles & blogs, and try to stay away from "bad" foods. My main drink is still water! But... something is missing. I just feel like I can't push myself to do any more. I want to lose more weight, but I just don't know how to push myself to do it.

Basically, I am maintaining my weight now instead of losing more. I should workout more - I will be more fit, healthier, and then I will lose more weight. For some reason, I just can't make myself do it. In 2 weeks, it will be my one year anniversary here at Spark! I am not gaining weight, but I just feel like I am not letting myself be better. I don't know what to do to fix it.

I have so much stress going on with my life, and I think it is bringing my down. I am not depressed too often, but I get really sad moments. I randomly think to myself: " I should just eat three cheeseburgers". Then I ask myself - why would I do that? I barely eat red meat now. I know I WON'T eat that bad food, but my mind keeps telling me I should. Or my mind keeps telling me to eat more snacks.

I am trying to stay busy so I don't just sit and snack - but something keeps telling me I should. It is almost like I am fighting with myself. I am so happy I made it this far with my weight loss. 72 pounds lost in a year - that is so awesome. But why am I struggling? I wish I could figure out what my problem is so I could fix it!

I think I need to change up my meals more. Maybe if I change what I am eating on a daily basis, it will help me get back into a better mindset. I still need to figure out how to make myself workout more!

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VJH-W65 8/3/2012 9:25AM

    That is so discouraging
An exercise plan needs to be fun and accessable.
Maybe a local buddy? a parkwalk?
This winter I hope to be in better shape for church walking,
Always someone there to chat and walk with.
I pray that you find one that works for you

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MCJULIEO 8/1/2012 12:25PM

    I know the feeling, and am feeling the same thoughts...

Let's hang in there, shall we??

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BEESMUM2003 8/1/2012 12:03PM

    WOW! You have done so amazing! You should be proud. Think of what you have accompolished in your lifestyle changes and not what you still would like to do. Be proud. I agree with what everyone else is saying, maybe it is the stress or maybe it is a longer than usual plateau. I think if you change up your exercise and/or food, you will get the results you want. Just dont be so tough on yourself! You are doing AWESOME!

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KAPELAKIN 7/31/2012 11:01PM

    There is no rule that you have to make progress linearly. You're under stress, it's the dog days of summer. What better time to practice maintenance? Give yourself a pass to maintain for a month or two, and I bet soon enough, you'll be ready to set some new goals and tackle them head on! Last fall I did the same thing, and it was a good mental break. A year is a long time to focus on something, and at some point, we've got to give energy to the other things going on in our lives, too. It's OK to rest on your laurels now and then. You've earned it! emoticon

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THINAGIN2 7/31/2012 8:15PM

    Wow! You have made an amazing leap in a year. Maybe SABLENESS is right, take a rest and just maintain your weight for awhile. Then when you are ready jump back in there and go again. Try changing you exercise routine, add something new, do whatever it takes but you have come to far to let it all go. One thing that I find helps me is that I don't consider any food "bad" if I am wanting something, say chocolate, I have some only not all of it only some of it. My favorite is Snickers so I buy a bag of the littlest ones and keep them in my freezer when I crave one I have one or two no more. That keeps me happy and I have had the bag in the freezer now for 3 months and there's sitll plenty for another 3 months! Hang in there!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/31/2012 6:57PM

    Maybe you just need to up your exercise or do something different. Whenever you feel like eating something bad drink some water instead or take a walk. Don't give up. You can do it and finish strong. emoticon

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SABLENESS 7/31/2012 6:38PM

    Maybe your body needs permission to stay at your current weight for awhile before gearing up for more. You've made awesome progress for a year. Don't give up, but do hang in there.

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Happy Monday

Monday, July 30, 2012

I have another headache today - yuck. I wonder if it is from lack of sleep.
I got up at 6am Saturday & Sunday morning. I took a nap, but I still think I needed more sleep! I know I can't "catch up" on sleep, but I should try to get more every night! If that isn't the reason for the headaches, then I really don't know what is causing it. I was sick last weekend, so maybe I never got fully better? Who knows. It could be from a new hair product I got - certain smells really give me headaches. grr

Hopefully this work week isn't too bad. This weekend if my cousin's bridal shower. I am going with my Mom, Aunt, and cousins. We are staying overnight in a hotel & doing something in that area the next day.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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PEPPYPATTI 7/30/2012 5:42PM

    Sorry for your headache. Seems this year is just bad for then with all the allergens in the air. Hope you have a great weekend!

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MCJULIEO 7/30/2012 12:18PM

    Sleep does a body good...

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What would you do if you only had a few months left to live?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A good friend of mine recently told me his Dad's throat cancer returned. I think this is the third time it has returned in four years? Unfortunately, the Doctor's tell him he only has a few months to live. I wasn't sure what to say. I didn't want to just say "I am so sorry"... because I am sure everyone is saying. I told him how tough that is, and asked if his Dad would be able to stay home or if he would have to stay in the hospital during that time. For now, he can stay at home.

I met his father a few times - he is an electrician who also loves motorcycles. I wonder what he will be doing while he is still well enough to do everything...

Just hearing this makes me think - we don't know how long we really have. We don't know how long anyone really has to live. I am trying to live this healthy lifestyle to live a better life. Although it is hard, I know it is worth it in the end. We all struggle with our own individual problems - with our lives and our bodies.

I am trying to do more for me & for the people I care about. If you read my blog earlier in the year, my New Years resolution was to do more for ME this year. We all put things off instead of doing them sooner because we think we have a ton of time. What if we KNEW we didn't have as much time as we thought? Would I still stress over things I can't change? Would I have more cheat snacks? Would I make that phone call to my Grandmother today instead of waiting until next week?

I really don't know what I would do. I probably wouldn't travel too much - there is so much to see just in my area. I would rather be with the people I cared about instead of going out and trying many new things.

Hopefully everyone can relax & calm down a little bit from their busy lives to realize how precious life really is! Have a great rest of the day!

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SKIRNIR 7/26/2012 1:01PM

    It is a good question to ponder, but hard to actually make the answer mean something, as we probably aren't going to die next week. IE If I was dieing in a month and I knew it, I would enjoy food more and obsess about calories less. I would still exercise, but more the exercise I want to do rather than every single day. I would try and spend more time with family. I would also want to try new things... new restaurants, new foods, etc. Maybe travel some, if I could talk my family into it.

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4 day work-week

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So I only have 4 days of work this week. I was out sick on Monday. That was the first time I called out sick from this job. When I started in Feb, I didn't call out sick even when I had a double ear infection & Sinus infection. It was busy tax season & I just started the position. I didn't want to ruin anything!

It is crazy it is Wednesday already. I am watching the dogs this week while my parents are on vacation. I went to the food store last night to buy FF milk. I ended up getting ground chicken, turkey sausage, chicken sausage, yogurt, and a few other things for the week. I am going to make chicken chili tonight. mmm I can't wait haha.

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SABLENESS 7/26/2012 9:39AM

    Enjoy the chili! I'm cooking a turkey tomorrow. Yes, a real Thanksgiving-style emoticon. I always buy one and put it in the freezer to enjoy when they're not on sale. Understand about job and sick days. Stay well.

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    Four day work weeks are better when not precipitated by illness but four days is four days.

'Make it a great day!

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GUDDIGO 7/25/2012 9:10AM

  Good for you...stay healthy.

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I think I need more protein in my diet

Friday, July 20, 2012

My tracker suggests I have between 60-168 for my protein everyday.
It seems like I am always on the low end. In the last week, the highest I had was 104, and the lowest was 30. Yikes!

I should probably add more chicken to my diet? I should probably look up what else I could have. I don't really eat red meat too often, so I can't add that.

I am glad the weekend is almost here! As long as the weather is nice, I am going out tomorrow morning. I want to try out a local farmers market & then go fruit picking. Apparently there are blackberries, nectarines & peaches out for picking right now. I only did pumpkin, apple & strawberry picking before. Unfortunately I just missed blueberry season!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Keep Sparking!
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FURKIDS123 12/5/2013 9:19PM

    I Have been trying to increase my protein too. Mine is like yours 60-168. I eat, I do. I think im doing good and then I look at my tracker and last time I was at 54 for protein. well get there.

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KAPELAKIN 7/20/2012 7:10PM

    I've actually been reading a lot about protein requirements lately, since I've been eating less meat, and slowly decreasing dairy as well. The front page of No Meat Athlete is about this exact issue, and shows how to calculate protein requirements. There is also a Spark article on the subject that is very helpful.

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MIZZAWESOME 7/20/2012 5:02PM

    Beans are great for protein. I usually make a big batch in the slow cooker.


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PAXTONBLUE 7/20/2012 4:22PM

    Greek yogurt also has a lot of protein in it. The kind I eat has 13 grams of protein in one container. Nuts and beans are another great way of getting protein. I too have a problem in this area. emoticon

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DISPATCHGIRL32 7/20/2012 4:20PM

  Yes add more chicken or seafood and eggs! I sometime use protein powder to supplement if i know i wont be able to get enough from foods i have eaten that day! Enjoy your weekend!!

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