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I'll be honest

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I was reading through someone's blog posts and she gave tips on how she lost weight.
One of them was being honest with yourself, and to the people on Sparkpeople.
Quite honestly, the only one I'm fooling is myself.
I've mentioned this before but I do think I have an addiction to fast food.
It's really hard for me to eat it only once a week, because, quite honestly, I really don't like to cook/don't really know how, and I don't even know what to cook.
Fast food is tasty and convenient (not really cheap though because I buy food for my sister and I, and it adds up!)
But I consume thousands of calories worth in one sitting!!!
I wake up with fast food on my mind, trying to find ways I can get it.
And the dollar store! oh my, cheap foods everywhere!!
But I know I'm doing my body a disservice, quite frankly, I feel like I'm treating it like crap.
I swear, I'll probably have withdrawals, no kidding, trying to cut back on fast food.
I'm so not used to eating healthy foods.
And we haven't been to the gym in a while.

The good news though is that on January 17th, I went to the Doctor's and I lost 4 pounds!! That has to be from cutting out sugary drinks! So I'm excited about that. :)
I told him that I still struggle with eating out, and again his advice was to eat out only once per week. I have to look at the positives- eating out only once per week will save me money and calories...and fat, sodium, and lots of things! He also said to start off with simple recipes, since I'm not much of a cook!
I also think today marks my 1 year Sparkpeople anniversary!!
Thanks for allowing me to be honest with you and God bless you all on your weight loss journeys!

  
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SPARK-PPL-GIRL 1/26/2014 7:58PM

    Congrats on one year here! Even if you have not lost any weight.. this place has a ton of support and motivation .. I challenge you to dig deeper and make more connections :-)

Fast food gets me too! I haven't had McDonald's in a month and I'm proud of that :-) You have to actively make the choice everyday .. one food choice, one exercise choice at a time and when you get bored and you will .. you have to switch it up to constantly keep making the right choices to get to where you want to be.

I'm hoping for a better year two for you :-)

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DO4FIT 1/26/2014 7:48PM

  Some of the things I have implemented along in my journey is bulk cooking. Chili, spaghetti, soup... they are simple to make and you can get many meals out of them. I cook spaghetti for dinner and can eat lunch (or dinner) for a week or more off the left overs. Recently made some shepherds pie for the freezer - also an easy dish to make.

If I was going from eating out every day I would add up how many meals a week I ate out... so say you eat dinner and lunch out every day that is 14 of your 21 meals a week try to make it only 10 or 12 of your 21 meals then the next week cut down 2 or 4 more days and then try to get it down to maybe only 2 meals or once a week. Cutting out something like that pretty much cold turkey can be hard especially if you are not a cook nor enjoy it. Try looking for maybe some crock pot meals or one pot meals that you really don't have to do much but chop and watch the time or swap a chicken and a salad from the grocer, or canned soup and a sandwich! Finding something easy and quick yet filling is your best friend! I wish you luck!!!

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SEATTLE58 1/26/2014 2:07PM

    Well, you know what the old saying is, "Honesty is the best policy". And that's so true and you just did it! I've written honest blogs too, I think that about the last 4 of them have been how I've caved way too many times. I know that when I first started SP, that I joined the 10 min. exercise per day spark team and that was the first change that I did and little by little, I've increased my minutes and have added other changes all along the way. We're transforming out bodies little by little and not overnight. You made a change to decrease your sugary drinks and that's awesome. You can do it! emoticon

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VSCHULER 1/26/2014 2:06PM

    I don't think it's so far-fetched that a person could be addicted to fast food, I've even read articles on how some of the ingredients in these foods could have the same effect on a person as heroin! It's been really hard for me to cut out fast food, I've literally had to talk myself out of it some days and drive the extra 20 minutes home and make something for myself. The thing I keep remembering the cruddy feeling that lasts after the momentary "bliss" from the fries, burger, etc. We're worth the extra effort!

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BABYSOX 1/26/2014 2:05PM

    Happy First Spark Anniversary! emoticon

Thank you for sharing and being so honest. I understand about being addicted to fast food.

Before starting Sparkpeople and getting healthier, I spent many years eating fast food 10-20 times per week. I craved the salty, greasy, quick fix that it was. I started by using a lot of convenience foods and slowly adding in healthier foods. I remember the first time that I noticed that I no longer wanted fast food and that it actually made me feel yucky the next day.

I now go to a restaurant about once per month and my health has improved. My diet is still not perfect, but it is way better than before.

Congrats on your 4lb loss. You can do this. The healthier version of you is waiting out there.
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BELL1973 1/26/2014 1:56PM

    I do wonder if going from eating out daily to eating once a week is a bit lofty for expectations. Sometimes I feel going so drastic leaves me open for failure and depression.
I wonder if you could limit to a specific meal per day. And then make smarter choices when eating out like choose subway without fattening dressing. Or pick up the burger with ketchup or mustard - no dressings or mayo packed with calories and fat - but take it home and pair it with baby carrots instead of fries.
While I agree ultimately a diet of fast food has to go I just wonder if you could shave 500-600 calories a day of at first and that wouldn't help motivate you without the feeling of failure if you cave on Monday.
This has definitely helped me - hope it does you
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21 by the time I turn 21

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I was reading a weight loss success story (you gotta love those!) and a lady wanted to lose 50 pounds by her 50th birthday

that gave me an idea: lose 21 pounds by the time I turn 21 this April 29th

I made a birthday blog on my b-day last year saying I wanted to have lost 50+ pounds
and I'll be honest
that's just not happening
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but 21 pounds by April 29th?
that's about 5.5 pounds lost a month
it seems doable, attainable

The thing I need to work on the most is eating out
Never having fast food or going out to restaurants ever again?
Maybe when I've learned how to cook good food :)

But making better and healthier lower-calorie choices?
Yes, that I can do

I've always had this image in my head where I'm ordering food somewhere and having exactly what I'm going to eat written down on an index card and just sticking to that, almost like a script

But one thing I don't want to do again is cut out all my favorite foods at once because
the last time I did that it backfired on me and I binged like crazy!

here's something I thought of this past month:
'I may not see results right away but I will eventually see the results!'

if you're eating less and exercising, the weight WILL come off
keep that in mind any time you feel like caving in
:)

P.S. My sister took before pictures of me and I can definitely see how much weight I've gained. It's a little depressing and disappointing because I'm HUGE! But I need to let that be a motivation to get goin' and get movin'
plus if you do that it'll be a visual reminder of how far you've come each month or each time you take pictures

P.P.S. The People magazine Half Their Size issue is out this week so pick up a copy and get inspired! That's where I first heard about Sparkpeople and I'm glad I did
:)

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STR458 1/6/2014 1:33PM

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SIMPLYJANE2014 1/2/2014 9:56PM

  I think you can do it! I read somewhere that it is more about ADDING to your diet, like more water and fruits and healthy options instead of eliminating items. Naturally, by adding fruit, water, etc. you won't be as hungry for the lesser options as you've filled up on the good stuff already! If I tell myself I can't have something I end up wanting it sooo much more. Small actions add up in the end!

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I've done it

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Today, I joined Planet Fitness
Never in my life did I think I would ever join a gym
I've always wanted to be one of those people who lost their weight without a gym
but I feel like this is the push I need to get healthy and do something about my weight
plus, I have family members who go there
plus, if I don't have a ride there, I can take a city bus there!
plus, it was a great deal-$99 for one whole year!

I'm excited to try the machines and the weights and just to go there and take my mind off of things
I'm glad I did this
But of course, I can't wait till the spring when I can go for nice walks!

I think what it boils down to is- if you're thinking about going for a walk/run/jog-go for it!
Want to try a new recipe? Try it!
Thinking about joining a gym? Do it!

You'll be so glad you did and realize it's not as bad as you thought.
You're doing something healthy and good for yourself-what could be better?

With 2014 fast approaching, let's make this our year to get healthier and do things we never thought were possible. And let's never give up!!

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DO4FIT 12/29/2013 7:56PM

  emoticon Awesome I am trying out something similar. Not a gym but a similar mantra. Just wish I wasn't on a second floor apartment so I could use my treadmill any time! Wishing you a happy, healthy 2014

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Really, Doc?

Sunday, December 01, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw my Doctor again for a follow-up appointment.
He gave me the same advice, but this time it was two rules:
1) No sugary drinks- drink all the diet soda, juice, etc. I want
and
2) Fast food only 1 time per week

I won't lie- the second one is the hardest!
The diet soda/drink rule I'm doing decently with.
And then next time I see him, he wants me to have just maintained my weight, but of course weight loss is welcomed!

But one thing I don't get about what my Doctor says is that he only wants me to lose 1-2 pounds a month- a month!!!!
At that rate, it'll take me years to lose all the weight I want to lose! And I have a heck-of-a lot of weight to lose (around 100+ pounds)
I guess he really does mean slow and steady wins the race.
He said to have that big goal in your mind, but take it one day at a time, or else it'll be overwhelming.
And it is- when I think about how much weight I want to lose, quite honestly it makes me not even want to try.
I'm at it again, always talking about weight loss, and not really doing anything about it.
I have to do some digging within myself, ask the questions about why I'm overweight, what's holding me back, and what can I do to go forward.
Like they say, it's better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all. (is that even a quote? I think I botched that one lol)

Anyways, here's an inspiring weight loss story that I came across on the Green Giant website, you can find really cool things on the Internet!

blog.greengiant.com/category/all/an-
interview-with-an-inspiring-facebook-f
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I especially love this question and answer, taken from the website:
Q: What would you tell someone out there wishing to make a change but thinking they could never be healthy?

A: I would tell them to quit making excuses. Ever since I started, I know the change is possible. You don't have to do what I did—I just woke up one morning and just started walking for 2 hours. You just have to make some kind of change in the right direction.

Regardless of how you start, you just have to start. Walking 10 minutes a day, or substituting whole wheat for white bread. Start somewhere; once you start seeing changes, it’s addicting. Once you start losing, you just want more. You just have to start and no more excuses.

I wish I wouldn’t have taken so long to find "it" in me. Whatever snapped to cause this change, I wish it would have snapped sooner, but I’m glad it snapped.


May this story and all the people who are out there getting healthier and losing weight inspire you to keep on going, no matter what!

  
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AZULVIOLETA6 12/1/2013 11:26PM

    Fruit juice most certainly IS a sugary drink--it just happens to be natural sugar. Fruit juice has an enormous number of carbs and calories. Water or herbal tea would be a MUCH better choice.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 12/1/2013 9:26PM

    Studies are now showing that faster weight loss makes people stick to it better. But, the way I see it is that neither method works UNLESS that person has made up their mind to do it themselves. The doctor or family, or whoever, can cajole a person, but unless and until that person makes the decision for themselves and becomes absolutely determined to do what it takes to get there, than even if they take it off, it will come right back on.

Here's hoping you - and I - will make that absolute decision to do it "for the last time"!
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SPARKLISE 12/1/2013 9:05PM

    I think he wants you to go slow so that the good habits you learn will stick!
It is the best way to go!
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EVWINGS 12/1/2013 7:19PM

    Not everything works for everyone. Giving something a try doesn't hurt and you may find it helps you. What I did was set smaller goals with the first being the most amount. I made the first goal for 195 so I could be under 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years. After I reached that one I would set each on a little less. The next one was 175, then 150, then 135, and finally 120. I attained it but my doctor wanted me to gain!!! He said I looked like a concentration camp survivor. I did it, but I hate being at this weight as I don't feel as good as I did 120. But that's what worked for me.

Good luck. I know you can do this! You have already taken the first step by signing up here. That makes me feel so proud of you.

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USMAWIFE 12/1/2013 6:33PM

    good luck to you.. if you would like to make that link clickable so members do not have to cut and paste, copy it, then hit add link where a new box will open and you paste the link into it, then save. and when it arrives on your blogs or threads, it will turn a different color, usually red and members can click on it and go right there

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Thanksgiving Day Race!!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day!
Can you believe it's December already?! I can't wait until it snows!

This past Thanksgiving morning, I walked (and also jogged a little bit at the end) the Manchester Road Race. This has been something I've always wanted to do, but of course I would say, maybe next year... when I've lost weight.

So I decided to quit that excuse and signed up for it this year, and I'm so glad I did!
The race is 4.748 miles and I finished with a time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.
The only bad part about this race was that I didn't really train for it, so for the past couple of days I was a tad sore in the legs, but it seems to have gone away now!
It felt so long while walking it! I couldn't help but think, where's the finish line?
But now that I know what it's like, I know what to expect next year.
It'll definitely become a tradition for Thanksgiving.
I recommend a race to everyone; it's so much fun and especially seeing people of all different shapes and sizes walking/jogging/running; it's inspiring.

You can do it!

Who knows, maybe there'll be a half-marathon in my future!

From left to right: me, my grandpa, and my cousin after we finished the race :)

  
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DO4FIT 12/1/2013 8:28PM

  that is an awesome tradition to start! Get yourself moving on a notoriously non moving day! Way to go with kicking your excuses!

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