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Plugging the Jug is Just the Beginning

Monday, April 27, 2009

I was listening to Jillian Michaels on her radio show yesterday morning, and she mentioned something that is used in the AA program. That plugging the jug is just the beginning. She explained that meant that stopping the problematic behavior was just the first step and then comes all of the hard work to get to the reasons that were making you behave that way. I thought about my impatience over the past 7 months and now wanting to lose the rest of this weight FAST. I realized that, after a lifetime of many ingrained habits around food, I cannot expect miracles. It will continue to take hard work to really get to the bottom of all of these lifelong eating habits.

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BEVZEEBEE1 4/28/2009 2:53PM


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PAINTER41 4/27/2009 9:41AM

    She is absolutely right....and your never's like breathing...if you quit you die....and if you quit the good things you have learned your right back to the old you that carried the weight around.

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ARTHURTOM 4/27/2009 8:42AM

    Deja Vu...double entry! emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 4/27/2009 8:42AM

    Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb!


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SPARKLESSENCE 4/27/2009 8:11AM

    I didn't know that Jillian had a radio show - wow! Though I'm still in the "plug-the-jug" phase of recovering from overeating, it's reassuring that as challenging as the really transformative phase of this process is, it also holds so much hope for us, Jesse. And it sounds like you've already begun the exploration of that phase, too! - Sara emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 4/27/2009 7:17AM

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom. They are important to all of us as a reminder that the weight loss trip is not always fast. There is a lot of work to do along the way! emoticon

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Okay, I Finally Get It (And Thank you to Friends)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I'm an intelligent woman, but sometimes it takes awhile for things to sink in. I can see that my body wants to stay at a 30 lb. loss and is stubbornly not wanting to give up any more. I've learned from others' experience on here that there comes a time when you just have to dig your heels in and kick it up a notch to show your body who's boss. If I'm going to get the rest of these 17 lbs off, I have to stay consistently motivated and work harder. It's just that simple. On another note, I want to thank everyone who helped me celebrate my 3-month Spark anniversary yesterday. What terrific support this is for me. I appreciate a great deal.

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3 Month Spark Anniversary and No Significant Progress

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Okay, I've just hit my 90 day 25 points and am celebrating all of the good things that this site has offered - great info, wonderful people who are supportive sparkfriends, a convenient way to log nutrition and exercise, etc. However, I have not made any significant progress. Sure, I've not gained any weight back, and I have lost a couple of pounds, but I haven't rocked my world. So, I'm kinda mad at myself and disappointed. There's a lot of stress in my life right now and I'm working hard to not let it tidal wave me with thoughts of overeating. Hoping the next 90 days see a lot more hard work, consistent motivation, and results.

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/26/2009 6:54PM

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Jesse, hearty emoticon on your Sparkiversary!! BINEMELLES said it well: there's ample evidence of the significant, transformative changes you've made in your life in that time, and she's documented it beautifully. And as Hilary said, we've been spoon-fed the lie that overnight weight loss is realistic - the only route to our goals! Ninety-day lies don't bode well for a lifetime of slender fitness, and we can't afford to buy 'em.

It's in the longer term that you'll look back and say, "Wow! I've rocked my world!" I promise! - Sara emoticon

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HILARYFUN 4/26/2009 1:57AM

    Please don't give up! When you lose weight the RIGHT way it happens over time - there is no miracle that makes you lose weight overnight! People are so brainwashed by commercials that say the pounds will melt away quickly - but real change takes time! Please know that I'm rooting for you!

Hilary the Huntress emoticon

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SHERYLDI1 4/25/2009 12:39PM

    You've made a lot of progress in a short time. I think you're just having a down day, which is perfectly normal. I've been stuck at the same weight for about a month now, but I KNOW it's going to happen for both you and me. Keep up the great work.

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7REBACCA7 4/25/2009 7:31AM

maintaining weight loss is a great victory keep up the good work rebacca7 emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT014 4/25/2009 7:22AM

    Listen to BineMilles! You have done emoticon!

We all have feelings of no progress but look over your Blogs and Food/Workout Logs & compare that to where you WERE BEFORE SP! I'll bet you see significant progress now, don't ya?!

You're doing great! Keep Going!! emoticon

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BINEMELLES 4/25/2009 6:45AM

    you calling THAT no significant progress?

"Amazing, but I am finding parts of my body that have been MIA during my past couple of chubby years. (april 17)

I'm thrilled with my new healthy eating lifestyle. (april 14)

It was the kind of day where everything went wrong - from morning till night. But I did not resort to eating as comfort. (april 5)

I'm thrilled at having kicked 2 more pounds of blubber to the curb. I feel so victorious with each downward movement of the scale. (april 4)

Now 31 pounds down with 19 to go, I have found a new resolve after a period of lethargy, plateaus, and well, just plain ole inertia. I've now made friends with my elliptical and am feeling that I will make good progress in getting these last 19 pounds off my bones. (april 3)

I've passed to a higher level of dedication in this lifestyle change of healthier eating and more exercise. My brief period of discouragement passed and I've really felt a new resolve take hold. (april 2)

Scale showed me another pound gone, gone, gone. And now I'm into the next set of lower numbers - hooray, hooray, I'm thrilled today! (march 20)

The more weight I lose, and the better I feel, the more changes I want to make in all areas of my life. (march 16)

Seems that I've adapted well with making exercise a part of my day with pleasure rather than dread. (march 10)

Each pound that leaves town is a wonderful feeling and no longer "just" one pound. (march 9)

Note: What I DO tend to forget is to not let the scale be the only indicator. For example, the other day a friend said she thought my entire body looked even slimmer than the 30 lost. So, I forget to notice the inches lost, in addition to the pounds. (march 8)

I can see why people get addicted to their favorite exercise. Wow, if that's the way it'll make me feel, I'll do this as often as possible. (march 2)

I've noticed that since I've begun getting healthier and happier, I am able to handle the daily challenges better, as well as to help the anger subside. This is a great benefit to me and one that I don't take for granted. (feb 25)

Whenever I sit down to participate in the SP website, I make myself keep drinking water while reading all the great info. That way, it becomes another good habit and helps me drink even more than my regular 8 a day. (feb 16)"

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GOANNA2 4/25/2009 5:53AM

    Welcome to the club.Just to give you encouragement. emoticon

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OWASSOCAT 4/25/2009 4:21AM

    I feel for you. I have yoyo dieted for a long time and am just starting with this site. I found it very helpful to use the nutrition and fitness log, because I had no idea how many calories were in stuff I thought was "safe." (Three glasses of orange juice this morning - whoa!)

Maybe just focusing on taking some walks as a stress outlet more than a hard workout would help.....just keep moving, and stretch out if nothing else if you have no time to workout. Just don't give up and fit in what you can. Look at this as a time to evaluate what you are doing RIGHT as well as areas you can do better in. None of us are perfect and sometimes we need to change things up to see an improvement - doesn't mean you've failed, just that you may be overlooking something. You'll figure it out. Just hang in there and keep posting so you don't forget that this is important to you!



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KGELDOF 4/25/2009 12:57AM

    The important part is that your still here! It took me over a months to really dig my heals into sparkpeople and I believe you can do this. My unsolicited advice, if you do nothing else this next week I recommend you log your foods just to give you an idea of where you are and where you need to get to. You can do this!

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Sleepwalking & Have to Wake Up

Friday, April 24, 2009

Seems like I've been going through a roller coaster ride with this weight loss adventure. Sometimes hyper-motivated, and then just sleepwalking through it and not caring. So much stress right now, but will do the best I can with this apathetic state I'm in.

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/24/2009 6:20PM

    I suspect you're in good company, Jesse, as motivation doesn't seem to be a constant in many SparkPeeps' lives :::raising my hand:::. I've passed through the doldrums many times...or else I've found it really rough to hang on, eating 'n' exercise-wise, during stressful periods. I'm finding it helpful to either experiment with a new food - I had a fresh artichoke streak going for a while - or cook something new for myself. Hang in there; you'll be glad you did! - Sara emoticon

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2010TRIATHLETE 4/24/2009 3:56PM

    Hang in there! We all go through those stages. You can do this!

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Weekly Weigh-Ins Instead of Daily

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Prior to seven months ago, when I started this healthier eating lifestyle, I hadn't weighed myself since 1980. Suddenly, there I was on the scale and I understand that it serves as one of the markers of progress. However, I just can't do the daily weigh-ins anymore. It drives me nuts to see the fluctuations and think it'll be a saner approach for me to just wait and do them on Monday mornings.

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BEFIT014 4/23/2009 10:53AM

    Daily weigh-ins? Goodness! That would drive me insane, too emoticon Every 2 weeks is what I do.

Good luck to you! You're doing really emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 4/23/2009 7:19AM

    I've gone to once a month weigh ins. I also measure myself once a month as well. It is less taxing on your mental psyche as you bottom out and the pounds don't come off as fast as they did and there are fluctuations that will make you crazy if you let them.

Doing it once a month makes me more disciplined as when I get closer to weigh in day it strengthens my resolve to follow my plan and do what's right so those numbers will be at or below where I'd like them to be.

Don't let the scale drive you crazy!


Toss that sucker out the window!


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