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Resetting goals

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I reset my goals and the ticker tape. I lost weight last year, but hit a plateau for so long. I decided to reset everything like I'm starting over. I started the day after Christmas, like I did last year. I've come so far since one year ago, but now I want to get more fit, too. I'm hoping this will help.
I didn't eat very well for the past month, but now that I've started eating healthier and journaling everything again, my sugar cravings are gone.

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NUTRON3 12/30/2013 7:10AM

    You can do it!!!! Never give up!

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Advice Please

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I lost 32 lbs and went from size ten to size 6. I need to lose another 18 lbs, but I seem to be stuck, although I've been practicing maintenance. I'm very small boned, so I don't look overweight, but I really do need to lose 18 lbs. I seem to be stuck, and I gain and lose a few lbs. I'm thinking that I need to start a new ticker and review everything I've done before when I started last December. Have any of you done that when you got closer to goal?
Do you think starting with a new Ticker could help?
I'm trying to be more careful about weighing and measuring food. Now that summer is over, and I no longer have as many wonderful fruits and vegetables, I'm having cravings for casseroles and chocolate. I didn't have that for the first 9 months of the year, so I must be doing something different. I know that when I increase my protein intake, that helps, but I don't really like meat.
I determined from the beginning that I would stay with Sparkpeople and the nutrition tracker daily for at least 2 years, and now I believe I will do it for at least 2 to 3 years past my goal. I really like using Sparkpeople, so it's not a difficult to do.

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Still Working on Balance and a Valentino

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I am still a work in progress. I vowed from the start that I would stay with Sparkpeople for at least two years to focus on better health. When I started, I lost weight steadily and then I hit the plateau. Even if this is all the weight I lost, it would still be worth it. I've lost 30 lbs and gone from a size 10 to a size 6 jeans. I really want to lose another 18 lbs, but I also want to keep it off forever.
I'm not skipping meals the way I did before, and I'm taking the time to mostly cook fresh foods. Whenever I eat fresh foods, the packaged foods taste like chemicals instead of food. The exception is Kettle brand chips, but they don't use preservatives. I get some of my food from a farm, but then I am in Oregon and farm co ops are popular here.
Since I enjoy using Sparkpeople, it hasn't been difficult these past months to just keep at it, until I hit the plateaus. I love the nutrition tracker, the articles, and weight loss tracker. I still only use the fitness tracker sometimes, but I am working on putting it all in there, because I really do love it, too. There are times when I get tired of the plateaus, but then I get encouragement from other members. I don't use any diet, just Sparkpeople, because I want to practice normal eating, not a fad diet that I couldn't maintain.
I'm a ways from wearing a Valentino gown, but someday.

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WENDYANNE61 1/8/2014 6:07PM

    I have observed that when I stopped losing weight for weeks or months at a time (or even gained a couple of kilos...) it was due to two things happening at the same time:
1. I had been eating steadily at the higher end of my calorie range for weeks at a time
2. I had stopped varying my exercise and become slightly complacent - in fact, I was no longer in weight-loss mode.

I start to lose weight again if I cut back on snacks (munching cucumber and carrots instead really helps me) and switch around my exercise routine (e.g. swim twice a week, dance around the sitting room and go for walks at a smart clip or jog). An extra 10 minutes of movement a day also seems to make a difference.
I am at this stage again this week and hope the scales will respond soon!! emoticon

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    Ohhhh Valentino... I so hope I can wear something by Valentino again soon!!!
It sounds to me you are doing great, but I know what you mean about plateaus, they are dreadful. Hang in there, and think about Valentino! ;)

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WHYNOTJ1 6/19/2013 1:09PM

    Yay for making long-lasting positive changes!

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Still on a Plateau

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I've been on a plateau for weeks now. My body is stubbornly hanging on to this weight. At least I'm doing other things, like visitng my family on a farm, to work and share stories. I got some fresh produce from a farm coop, so I'm getting a variety of vegetables and fruits. iIwill have to be positive and just keep at it.
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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/30/2013 6:30PM

    You, too, huh? As long as you are still logging your calories, eating healthily, exercising and having fun, your doing everything right, and the plateau is sure to give way soon.

It sounds like you have a wonderful life balance!

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MKELLY72 4/30/2013 10:21AM

    Your attitude is great!! Think of it as practice in maintenance!! You will be glad for it someday--I promise :)

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JACKIE542 4/30/2013 9:10AM

    Keep moving emoticon

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NUTRON3 4/30/2013 8:14AM

    Good attitude

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Friday, April 12, 2013

I'm stuck at a plateau now, so I'm going over everything I'm doing. I went over portion control, exercise, fast break goals, and my own goals. I definitely feel better, look better, and have more energy, so something is working. The scale is bouncing around 2 lbs each way and back again. I was steadily losing weight for the past 3 months (I lost 25 lbs.), but now I feel like I've been stuck for awhile.

I put my bicycle in front of a TV so I can work out while watching the news before I go to work. I buy fresh foods every few days, and I rarely eat out. I'm drinking more water, instead of other drinks. I know that I need to increase my exercise, so I'm working on that.

I'm having trouble eliminating salt. I don't like it, but it's in everything. Any time I can find foods that are salt-free, I buy it. Even bread has a lot of salt, but I found an Ezekiel bread that doesn't have salt.

I'm not going to give up on anything, even if it takes 6 months to lose that 20 lbs. I'm not following any diet, just using Sparkpeople to eat healthy and track it, so I feel like I could do this forever.

Wish me luck on getting through this plateau.

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LYNNWILK2 4/16/2013 2:47AM

    Way to go you on reevaluating your current structured plan and what it is that might be holding up those 2 pounds from being forever gone and then you will start dropping again consistently.
My doctor has a theory and that is that the body has, on our way up the scales, found comfort spots at certain weights so when they pass by them again, sometimes the weight loss will stall again for a time until the body realizes it won't be starved and it's alright to keep giving up the pounds. I like this theory... it makes sense and it also allows the body to naturally adjust to ALL the release of toxins we have set free again in our system that have been stored in our fat cells, this included medications. The body gets those things out and adjusts and then will move on...
SO GOOD LUCK to you, keep make the small changes and switching things up. I recently lost 4 pounds that had come back up by eating salmon for breakfast... go figure huh?

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/12/2013 4:36PM

    I, too, have plateaued. But your determination and focus have inspired me. You are right. There is a reason. And for each of us i is probably different. Today I will sit quietly and find my reason. Let's smash our plateaux together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTHONY 4/12/2013 11:08AM

    Thank you for the encouragement! I'm going to try some different things. I read the plateau busters, and I'm doing well there, but possibly adding more workouts will help. I really appreciate all of your ideas. I do seem to do better if I increase protein and lower my carbs some.

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MKELLY72 4/12/2013 11:04AM

    Making the decision to not give up is so powerful!! You will look back on this later and possibly be reminded of your increasing strength that is developing while you stick it out through this plateau. Think of it as practice in maintenance :)

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JACKIE542 4/12/2013 9:33AM

    Keep going, it will happen. I agree with brenda check out Sparks plateau buster tips. emoticon

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NUTRON3 4/12/2013 7:02AM

    I get stuck like that too and then I have to shake things up

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BRENDA_G50 4/12/2013 2:04AM

    Have you tried the "SP Plateau Buster" yet? It gives real good advice on how to break plateau's. emoticon

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ZRIE014 4/12/2013 12:31AM

  stay with it keep motivated

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LATTELEE 4/12/2013 12:31AM

  Good luck

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