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Success breeds success

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My sister who introduced me to SparkPeople has lost 13.25 pounds and I am so pumped! Having the same body type and weight problems and knowing she has lost so much just encourages me to keep trying. Even if just to keep her motivated. By doing this together I have felt accountable to someone else and I haven't wanted to let her down and I think she feels the same about me. Way to go sis! I'm right behind you. emoticon emoticon

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BWCAGRL 7/16/2009 9:18AM

    Amen to both of can do it!

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Week 3 Praise the Lord!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What a week! Work was way too stressful and my hip pain is worse. Had a dentist visit which freaked me out a bit, at midweek I saw no weight loss and considered giving up. In the end I knew that wasn't the right attitude so analyzed my diet and prayed about it and kept plugging along. Didn't really change much of anything but today I had lost 2 pounds!

As far as exercise, I stretched 10 minutes most days and threw in some back exercises too. That plus work was all I got done but it was more than I normally do and all I'm physically able to do, so that's progress and I'm pleased.

I want to believe this program is working for me and that I CAN lose all the weight but I've gained and lost the same 5 pounds repeatedly so I'm afraid to get my hopes up. Therefore, I am just going to keep working the program and doing my best and pray God blesses me with results. The support from teammates has been wonderful! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me, I hope I can be an encouragement to others as well. And praise to God for caring for me!

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BLESSEDINBAMA 7/11/2009 7:57PM

    Congrats on losing 2 lbs.! I have not actively been watching what I eat in a couple of months because I've been so stressed, so I'm trying to get back on track this week. I do what I can towards exercise, but my balance is so bad that it's hard to do more than hold onto the furniture and stretch--but like you, it's all I can physically do right now.

You had a great attitude when you decided NOT to give up mid-week! Keep that going and you'll have the formula for success!
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Week 2

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Two weeks down till the big vacation and it was harder to stay motivated. One day I had no appetite and did well, the next day I wanted to eat all evening. Not hungry, just had the urge to keep eating. I fought it fairly well but it's frustrating as I couldn't pinpoint why I wanted food so didn't know how to deal with it. Anyway, had company yesterday and had a small breakfast, big lunch and small supper, today is Independence Day and a cookout. But I'm pleased at how easy it has been making good choices. I allow for treats but am not getting fixated on food. I didn't follow the action steps on my SparkPeople diet stage 2 as well as I could have but again, I'm not getting hung up over it. I managed to maintain the same weight this week. I wanted to lose but am happy to have not gained anything.

Next week's step involves adding in exercise and I'm very ambivalent about it. I have pain issues and stressful job/time issues to consider. Plus I'm afraid I just don't want to do it. This is the area I struggle most with and need a push to get started. Anybody willing to be my "coach"? Just be gentle, please. emoticon

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SING4MYFOOD 7/5/2009 10:02PM

    I'm with you girl! I do a fairly good job, when I put my mind do it, of tracking my food. And if I can get some comfortable shoes, it's not raining, it's not too cold or too hot, & I have time, then I can muster the strength to take a walk.

But EXERCISE????? That's work!

So I've found a way to get around it. DANCE! Did you like to dance as a kid or teenager? I grew up in the goldie oldies days, & the "bop" was the rage. Later I realized most of the "new" dances are variations of the same thing - the bop was a variation of what my mom did when she jitterbugged. So I dance to the contemporary Christian music as I wash dishes. When I have to go across the kitchen, I sashay & dance across, then back. My hips are shaking & wagging as I wash & rinse the dishes. Stretching to put the dishes in the cabinets is a plus! And I try to dance as I vacuum. While I watched my "grand-dog" for the past 3 weeks, we danced in the living room - that 55 lb Lab/Golden Retriever mix loved it! Unfortunately, my dance partner went home today..... But I can dance all I want inside, in the air conditioning, where no one can see me & laugh! I even do the twist when I get in a good mood - that's working a whole new set of muscles!

Hope this helps - if you don't dance, maybe this will Spark your imagination to think of something else that might be more fun! And, as Macs said, maybe we'll both feel more like exercising for real when we lose some more weight.

Be blessed!

r, Christian Women Dealing w/ Chronic Illness and Pain
Co-Leader, Christian Women Who Love Yoga

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MACS706 7/5/2009 2:26PM

    I am not qualified to be a coach (yet) emoticon
But I am willing to "root" for you and help to motivate you!
Email me if you like this idea.
I didn't much feel like exercising at first either Just stay at the lower end of your calories and you can lose 1-2 lbs doing that -- then when you reach 10% weight loss you may feel more inspired!

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Now I've done it and I'm scared

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I had to list my weight on a reservation for a helicopter ride on our Grand Canyon vacation and I put a weight 12 pounds less than I am now. So now I HAVE to lose 12 pounds by mid September. I keep thinking "what have I done?" but I know it's possible to lose it and with the knowledge that I've committed to this in my mind, I will have to be extra diligent to stay on track. But PLEASE, anybody who reads this, keep me accountable, will ya?

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MSWENDI42 6/26/2009 11:35PM

    You can do it! You have plenty of time. We will be with you every step of the way.

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BLESSEDINBAMA 6/26/2009 11:16PM

    You can do it! You have plenty of time and now you have a goal and reward when you finish! Just a pound a week will do it, so just keep plugging away. You'll be so proud when you complete your goal!

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CRYSTALPISTOL2 6/26/2009 10:01PM

    We will do that.

Make a commitment to yourself, as to how you plan to lose 12 pounds by September and post those, so we can hold you accountable.

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Sometimes failing is good.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I did it. I input yesterday's food into the tracker knowing it was not a day I stayed on track. But I knew I needed to be brutally honest with myself. It was the best thing I did. I am not angry, upset or discouraged. Actually, I feel just the opposite. I'm proud of myself for facing reality and excited to learn from this. Now I know how many calories I'm really eating in a day and why I am not able to lose weight without being so dilligent. Eating whatever I want isn't going to make it happen.

It's not just the calories, though. It's the sad numbers next to nutrients like potassium, fat, calcium and sodium. Some are too high, others too low. My poor body! It must be crying for good food and I keep stuffing it full of the junk my taste buds like. This is God's creation and I'm ruining it. I wouldn't fill my car with such bad fuel or feed a child junk. I think I deserve better. So hubby can have the cookies, pass me the yogurt or veggies please!

And another thing I realized is that I've been avoiding foods I think are high in calories like nuts and margarine when in reality they are less fattening than the cookies and spaghetti I ate and higher in nutrients as well. Price, however, is something else and I continue to juggle budget-wise.

But there you have it! A success in a failure and today is looking much better so far. Just have to get through the afternoon and evening hungries. Way to go Sandra! Yep, I'm worth it.

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BLESSEDINBAMA 6/23/2009 10:48PM

    Great attitude! I agree tracking is the best way to keep things in perspective.

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GOANNA2 6/23/2009 5:54PM

    Good on you and Ishould start tracking again. It really brings it home.

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CRYSTALPISTOL2 6/23/2009 5:02PM

    Glad to came to the reality of what you were eating. It was a shock to me as well when I first started, but now I know I am going to have good days and bad days and I do what I can do minimize the damage.

There ARE lots of articles and support here on spark people to help you reach your goals while on a budget check them out.

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