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How do I get my mojo back?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I am so frustrated with myself. Last year I started on my healthy lifestyle change and was very successful until about December. Then I started slipping back into some of my bad habits (like eating too much sugar) and I stagnated for several months. But over the last 2 months, I have gained 10 pounds back of the 90+ I lost last year.

I give myself a pep talk every morning and say that yesterday is done and gone and today is a new day to get back on track, and every day by mid-afternoon I have already eaten my entire calorie allotment, many of which were empty calories providing no nutritional value at all. Then I eat a big dinner and blow it again.

I KNOW what I should be doing. I did it very successfully last year, but I just can't seem to force myself to say "NO" to my bad habits.

Are there any sage words of advice out there? I need help!

  
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NHES220 5/31/2013 10:50AM

    I agreed with Swanatopia. When I eat processed flours and sugars, I tend to crave more sweets. Also, how are you doing with drinking water? If i drink soda, it tends to make me hungrier. Also, are you exercising? For some reason, when I work out I do not want to eat bad stuff. I don't want to undo the good I am doing. Good luck and I hope you get back on track. Set a goal and set a reward for yourself when you get there. Think back to what was successful for you before.
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SWANATOPIA 5/30/2013 11:47PM

    Empty the house of all bad foods and replace with healthy as soon as you can. White to wheat. It's a great start and will give you the motivation you need to start eating healthy again!

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Water Solutions

Friday, February 08, 2013

I'm lucky in that I have always enjoyed drinking water. I always keep a three-cup water bottle on my desk at work and I fill up two pitchers with ice and keep those on my desk, too. I tend to crunch ice all day (almost feels like I'm eating something if I'm chewing ice), and add the melted ice water to my water bottle as I drink that down.

At least something about this journey is easy!

  
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MSGO72 2/8/2013 6:51PM

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SKEETOR 2/8/2013 12:48PM

    Another water-lover here! I sometimes splash some lemon in it or drink sparkling for a change. I've never tried the cucumber slices, though. But I will now! emoticon

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LAURAGUY14 2/8/2013 12:30PM

    me too! I drink ice water all day long... lately I've been adding lemon and cucumber slices to give it an added flavor.

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Thank you, SparkPeople!

Friday, January 18, 2013

I have spent the last two months gaining and losing the same 3 pounds over and over again. While I am happy that I have lost 85 pounds so far and at least didn't actually gain anything over the holidays, this yo-yo thing is never going to get the last 45 pounds off. And I have a cruise to go on in 7 months, so I NEED TO GET IT OFF!

I am under no delusions about why I haven't been able to keep losing. My calories have crept up and crept up and while I was pretty good about sweets around Christmas, I did eat them for about a week. That woke up my latent sweet tooth and I have been unable to squish it back down. I had also stopped logging the 5 hershey kisses or the extra chocolate dipped granola bar and especially the caramels a lovely co-worker gave me for Christmas. I don't know who I thought I was fooling, but it certainly wasn't the scale.

So, why am I thankful to SparkPeople? Because yesterday the challenge in my Spark Coach session was to not eat ANY sweets for 24 hours. Not forever. Just 24 hours. I decided I was going to meet that challenge, and I DID! It was hard, because all day I kept craving those caramels, but it helped that I had finished them the day before so there weren't any sitting handily for me to eat. Which doesn't mean I couldn't have gone out and bought more. But I didn't. And as I knew I would, I felt SO PROUD of myself for making it through that day, that I ate healthy meals all day and stayed within my calorie range.

Today, I decided to do the challenge again. Just for one day. Not forever. It was easier today, even though I know there are Hershey kisses downstairs in the kitchen. I've been eating healthily for 36 hours. I don't want to blow it now.

Anyway, thank you SparkPeople. That challenge came when I needed it most and I really feel like the control is back in my court and I can start watching the scale go down again.

Yay!

  
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SKEETOR 1/23/2013 8:26AM

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Lately it seems I've had a bit of the same battle!

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UWHK8STER 1/18/2013 10:47PM

    You can do it!!!! Sweets don't have to be gone forever, but kudos for getting back on track with healthy eating.

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Losing Muscle

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In the past two months that I have been working with a personal trainer at the gym, I have lost 3 pounds of muscle! I've also lost 7 pounds of fat, but that 3 pounds of muscle is annoying. When I told her that I thought the point of strength training was to ADD muscle, not lose it, she agreed and said I needed to change the way I eat.

I have trouble getting enough protein everyday and she recommends eating 5 or 6 smaller meals rather than the three regular size ones I am eating now. But I have tried that in the past and find that I overeat because 6 small meals of 200 - 250 calories each isn't much food and I never feel satisfied, so I end up overeating in trying to satisfy my hunger.

For me, I find that a regular sized meal makes me feel less deprived and feels more sustainable over the long haul than mini meals I can't enjoy with my family. And of course my weird eating habits of not eating any fruit and few vegetables doesn't help.

I want to get stronger and I really want to add some muscle over the long haul, but I don't know how to tackle this problem. Any advice?

  
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SKEETOR 12/7/2012 9:37AM

    I try to eat something high in fiber for a snack, like raw broccoli with some salad dressing. I like lentil chips or pita chips also as they are more filling. I usually have the problem of wanting to eat more if I snack but I have found that this keeps me more in check.

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FIRECOM 12/6/2012 10:34AM

    I, too, have lost a lot of muscle. A lot of this is simply age. My arms used to be very muscular but now they look just like my dad's arms in his later years. I am 77 and I don't think that I can rebuild any substantial muscle anymore but I will keep trying.

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Frustrating Day

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I admit it. I am one of those people who lets the scale dictate my mood, and today, I was NOT in a good mood. One week ago, I was down another 5 pounds to a net loss of 85 pounds. This was very exciting for me. I had done well through Thanksgiving and I was freezing cookies for Christmas so as not to overeat during the month of December.

Then today, I was up those same 5 pounds. This is incredibly frustriating for me. I subscribe to Spark Coach, so today I changed programs to the Plateau Busting program. I am pretty sure I know why my weight loss is stuck. (I haven't lost a net anything in the last 4 weeks.) My calories keep inching up and I am finding it hard to stick to 1200/day. I am much closer to 1500/day and once last week after a trip to Costco, I actually ate 2000 calories.

So it really shouldn't be a surprise that I'm not losing. I need to be much more accurate about how many calories I am really eating and try harder to make those good quality calories. That is hard for me, as I don't eat fruit of any kind and very few vegetables. But I've been on this healthy life style kick for almost a year now. I've lost a little more than 80 pounds, but I still have 50 to go, so I can't give up now. I really WANT to lose the rest of this weight and improve my health.

Sometimes it just seems so hard.....

  
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SKEETOR 12/2/2012 8:02AM

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NANCYPAT1 12/1/2012 10:18PM

    Sorry you did not have a GREAT day. I am NOT normally a person who lets the scale affect my mood but BOY OH BOY, IT DID TODAY. I was expecting to be able to change the FIRST number on my weight today because it is the FIRST of the month and yesterday I was TWO pounds UNDER my goal number. It went up a little last night and INSTEAD OF GOING BACK DOWN THIS MORNING, IT WENT UP EVEN MORE. I KNOW I did not gain weight overnight, I KNOW that I could cheat on my own rules and count yesterday's number. I won't because that is really how I make the scale work for me - BUT I DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT. I lost 6 pounds this month and that is GREAT, BUT . . . I was looking to drop below 300 and now have to wait a WHOLE month before I can make that change.

Life is hard but the alternative might not be so great either.

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