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Change Your Question

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The question isn't who is going to let me... It's who is going to stop me?


Embrace your freedom to change- we all have it!

  
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  Awesome!!! Well Said!!! Keep Pushing Forward. Thank You.

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    There comes a time we just have to do it

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    WE can do this ... don't get in my way ... including ME!

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    very well said .. gonna add this to my quote book !! emoticon

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    excellent

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    Thanks Beth!! I'm the only one that is standing in my way & I need to go right around those roadblocks and get on with it!! emoticon

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm no longer who I was, but I still have a nagging feeling sometimes that makes me want to eat when I'm not hungry, when I'm full, when I'm emotional, just when... That nagging is my "inner fat girl" trying to surface again. Don't get me wrong. I am still a fat girl and yes, she (the inner voice) will always be a part of me, part of who I was, but not part of who I am now. That's what is important. When you take on a new lifestyle, you have to think of yourself as a new creation, not the old one.

You have to start adding possibilities into your life and looking for things you can do, rather than concentrating on what you can't. You should look for things in a healthy lifestyle that you like and love and embrace those things, because a lifestyle should fit you... You should not have to fit a lifestyle.

So if you have an "inner fat voice" telling you unhealthy things to do, put some faith in yourself. You can stumble and you can fall, but you are still a new being in fitness and there is no going back to the old life. Spark Life is so much better. Just change slowly so that your "inner fat person" won't notice and it makes it much easier. At least it did for me.

  
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  You've made an amazing change! Thank you for the motivation

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    Thank you for that comment, I too do the same thing only I usually let the voice inside win. I will try to remember what you said, you are such an inspiration.

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  You look fabulous! You've done a great job. Keep it up.

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    Thank you! You are always to inspiring,, and I really need to hear what you are saying right now.

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  Thank you for that! Good for you! and I am going to memorize what you said about being a new creation..thanks for the inspiration!

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    Seeking the positive in our lives and creating a new lifestyle. I love it! Congratulations on all of your successes!

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    emoticon I love your blogs. You inspire me. emoticon

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    Run the race...Stay the course!

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    A big THANK YOU. Your posts are so helpful.
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    Big emoticon You look emoticon Your post was very inspiring.Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Never Ever give up on yourself!!

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PJB145 4/23/2014 11:45PM

    I have found my "fat" girl standing in front of the fridge looking. The last time that happened I stopped and actually said out loud "just what are you looking for." Just that break allowed me to assess whether I was hungry or not. I wasn't just bored so I read instead of eating. We all have the "fat" girl trying to lead us astray. We just have to keep an eye out for her.

Great post.

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MAYBER 4/23/2014 11:26PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
my inner fat girl is still with me keep striving
one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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    One day at a time....changing our mindset is a challenge...well done! emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/23/2014 9:52PM

    Just what I needed to read after my week long lost weekend. I am a new being and I can stumble, fall and get back up.

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  Your before and after pictures are inspirational, thanks for sharing.

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    emoticon Beth. I just wish i never allowed myself chocolate kisses for Easter. I have to finish the bag you know, waste not want not. emoticon

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    keep on keeping on

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CHEBBA 4/23/2014 6:42PM

    Everybody finds something which works for them. I've found that the leptin regime is working for me - by not snacking between meals, and having 5 hours between each meal and at least 3 between dinner and bedtime, my cravings have disappeared! I've cut out aspartame and MSG where possible, cut out fizzy drinks etc and it's working - slowly on the scales, but dramatically in my brain, which is where weight problems live anyway. It's my second time around in SP and I really feel I've found my personal system, the one which works for me. The weird thing is that, when I was snacking between meals, even healthy snacks within my calorie and nutrition range, I would be spurred into hunting for whatever else I could eat within my limits. Now, the biggest surprise EVER to me is that the three regular meals and nothing else between has stopped my cravings almost dead in their tracks. I don't even notice the sweets (candies) at the garage shop when I go to pay!! I've had the odd day when I nibbled just a little bit - but for some reason, quite unfathomable really, I stopped it quickly, it didn't do any damage and it never went any further or established a downward spiral. Amazing.

Yes, it's a work-in-progress, but even for those who get to goal it will always remain so. No good bemoaning it anymore for me, it is what it is and I've finally grown up (at 62!) and am dealing with it. There's always a bit of fear at the back of my mind because, like most people in SP, I have a history of doing well and then falling flat on my face and ruining it all. I must not let complacency get a foothold!

Thank you! Well said!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 4/23/2014 6:35PM

    Your before and after pictures are so inspirational, but your words are even more so.

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It is EXACTLY what I was needing
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JERICHO1991 4/23/2014 6:06PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for the reminder

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  If your body can be renewed, so can your mind and your inner thoughts. The more you feed your mind the Good Word, the better the thoughts that will come.

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    This is so true!!

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    You are DEFINITELY not the person you used to be! I'm OH, so happy for you!!!
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    Thanks

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ALIHIKES 4/23/2014 3:55PM

    Great blog, and great inspiration to all of us. Thank you Beth!

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  Just what I needed to hear today! :-)

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JILLIANWILLIAN 4/23/2014 3:10PM

    So true. I often hear this voice when I look in my closet...haha. You must feel wonderful!

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PYNETREE 4/23/2014 2:55PM

    My Dad once told me.."Look in the direction you are headed."
If you are moving forward, don't look back- you are not there anymore.

You've "been there, done that", and now you are in a new place, a different spot. Ahead of where you were. So think, live and move forward.

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A Winner is Just a Loser Who Tried One More Time

Saturday, April 19, 2014

That is so true! So many people have told me that they could never do what I have done, but I don't believe it. Why? Because I didn't believe I could have done what I did even while I was doing it. To say I amazed even myself is an understatement because I had literally tried so much out there and nothing worked. I tried Jenny, Nutrisystem, LA Weightloss, Physician's Weight Loss, prescription diet pills, hypnosis tapes, crazy teas, every little bottled concoction or pill, read the latest diet books of every guru... you all know where I'm coming from. With all of that, I still got up to 460 pounds- I dieted my way there.

My answer was in a prayer when I gave up completely. I was very angry with God for not healing me or helping me with my food issues after I had prayed and prayed and dieted for years, failing on every diet. I just told God that I gave up. If HE wanted to do something, HE could, but I was done. In giving up, I opened myself up to expecting less than perfection and accepting any sort of loss and healing. I was guided to SparkPeople.

Here I have learned that it is the baby steps you take that turn your life around. It is the community of supportive people that make the magic happen. So set your sights on something real this time around. What can you really do? Think in terms of CAN instead of CAN'T. If you are disabled, as I am, that doesn't come easily. So, if you can't move your legs, get an arm bike like I did. If you have upper body issues, walk. If you are sore all over, soak in epsom salts and get physical therapy or try water exercise. Maybe try leaving a few bites on your plate at first. Cut back on soda. Order one size down from your normal order. These are all doable changes that lead to weight loss and a great place to start.

Basically I was just a loser who tried one more time... and I still fall flat on my face some days. I get up though. I turn it around at my very next meal. Just remember to always try one more time and you will never be a loser, except maybe in pounds.

Join in on TEAM ~Indygirl for more support in a community setting.
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  I am in love with this saying...

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COLLARN 4/23/2014 7:48AM

  Such a great quote. You have come so far and keep plugging away. God bless you!

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1BOSSMOMMY 4/22/2014 11:40PM

    It's amazing the things we can accomplish when we just let go of our fears and regrets and allow our bodies to respond to healthy choices I was taught God is there for us in our time of greatest need but first he wants us to learn what we can do and overcome on our own. Knowing I needed to do all that I possible could first and he would be there for me should I fail was a motivator to keep trying no matter how difficult my problems seemed.

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TRIKERBON 4/22/2014 10:21AM

    Thanks again Beth for your words of wisdom! One of my personal mantras is similar:

A winner never quits and a quitter never wins!

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    I have a saying, "I feel so much better now that I've given up hope." When I say that, I don't mean I've given up completely. I mean I let go of trying to control everything & stopped building my life around the goal. Sometimes that's what you have to do. emoticon

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MAYBER 4/21/2014 8:52PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey and so very true just one more day can make a big difference Never give up one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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MARCIA_DC 4/21/2014 6:30PM

  There's a Buddhist saying that I love that addresses this: It takes 12 days to travel to the capital. If you stop on the 11th, you will not get to enjoy the moon over the city. emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 4/21/2014 1:40PM

    No one who gives up can be a winner - you are right - the winner just kept trying! Once again, you have put the right words on the page, and made me feel like trying a little harder! Thank you!!

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BESSHAILE 4/21/2014 1:37PM

    Lookin' great!

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SUSIEMT 4/21/2014 11:10AM

    Thank you Beth! You are a wonderful caring person!

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    WOW! emoticon You are my biggest inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

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MPETERSON2311 4/21/2014 9:07AM

    Oh wow. I REALLY REALLY REALLY enjoyed this blog (not like I haven't enjoyed your others but...) That saying really resonates with me "a winner is a just a loser...." I am going to have to post that in my house somewhere.

Thanks so much!

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TATTER3 4/20/2014 10:15PM

    Beginning new every day!

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PENOWOK 4/20/2014 9:10PM

    Perfect! Love this blog!!

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DANCINGJONI 4/20/2014 8:39PM

    It sounds like you are living by the serenity prayer too. I applaud you emoticon
You are a great inspiration to both of us. Keep on keeping on!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/20/2014 8:04PM

  Some of us grasp what your saying, and perhaps others don't totally. When " we" give up, He can help us. He is an amazing coach, and He annoints our efforts.

You just get prettier and prettier.

I'm also glad your husband is improving.

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LUCYCAN7 4/20/2014 6:34PM

  Beth,God gives "US"our strength we just have to realize it,and always
remember that when we feel like giving up,no matter what it is that
we struggle with in life!!!That is my motto,but so true!If we will just
keep that in mind aboutGod!May you always get your strength thru
God!YOU ARE NO LOSER!!!!Keep up the GREAT work!
God Bless You

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/20/2014 5:26PM

    "Always try one more time."

Thank you so much!

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GRAMMYX7 4/20/2014 5:23PM

  Great job. What an inspiration you are.

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    You look simply marvelous! emoticon keep sparking!

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    Love the title of this blog. Keep getting back up.

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  I find having to get myself up more than once myself. You are my inspiration Beth! :-)

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DIANNEMT 4/20/2014 12:53PM

    Amen--giving up means you make no progress so just keep trying!!

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  The only time I lost was when I got back on track after the times I fell off.

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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CELEST 4/20/2014 10:39AM

    Whenever I think you have said all you can to encourage others (me especially) you go and do it one more time. You truly are an amazing woman, you deserve only good things in your life.

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Life Changing

Monday, April 14, 2014

I went to a conference this weekend where they were talking about changing lives by being a "Spa-Girl." Yes, I'm a spa girl, I pamper women as one of my career choices. It was a great conference, full of positive people and yes, certainly attitude changing things... but LIFE CHANGING?

When I think Life Changing, I think SparkPeople and it's founder, Chris Downie.

Me now holding Spark Rallies to help people get well...

Me unable to help even myself... pre SparkPeople

SparkPeople. Second chances do exist. I'm really not just some picture on the internet. I'm a real person, who has eating issues and isn't that keen on exercise. I have to give myself pep talks all day long and use every trick in the book to outsmart my body rather than fight it's tendencies to want certain things. So I'm not any super willed woman, I'm just like you!

I got on Spark People and decided to be as I could be, bare and raw, not perfect by any means. When I gain weight, you see it on my ticker. When things go wrong, you see it in my blog and you see my solutions to those issues too. USE SparkPeople. The whole site is full of tools. Take the welcome tour, use SparkAmerica.com for a 60 second mobile quickie... just stay Sparking and never give up! It's only when you give up that you fail.

My point is that no matter how wonderful spa products are, you put them on. Real change is something you put in. Are you putting in or putting on?

  
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MILLIE5522 4/18/2014 6:13AM

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    Yea You!! Keep Sparkin'~!

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CARINEVE 4/16/2014 11:47AM

    I love how you reference the fact that you are a real person, and not just a picture.
And it is very true that it is all about you put in, not what you put on :)
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BKNOCK 4/16/2014 11:02AM

    Great blog!

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GROGGYFROGGY 4/16/2014 9:14AM

    I love you! You are so real. You are all of us. Just trying to better yourself one day at a time! So Awesome!

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ELSCO55 4/15/2014 11:08PM

    Congrats and thanks for a great blog.

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NINAHAPPYHEART 4/15/2014 8:14PM

    Congrats for your successful weight loss,looking gorgeous from in and out.
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    Great questions.
Your honesty is what helps you make progress. Honesty will help us make progress.
Being honest helps us make changes.
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PATTYKLAVER 4/15/2014 3:00AM

    Putting in definitely comes first. I haven't been doing that lately. Once I put in, I can put on as a bonus for reaching a goal.

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MARYJEANSL 4/14/2014 11:32PM

  So right!

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AJDOVER1 4/14/2014 11:09PM

    This is a change for a lifetime! Thanks for being such an inspiration

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DLYNN1113 4/14/2014 11:07PM

    Yes you are a "spa girl". You pamper us from the inside where it really counts. You reach down and touch our hearts and massage the parts no one else ever cared about. And sometimes it doesn't feel good working out the kinks or getting over the hard parts.... but without it some of us would never imagine us as ever beginning to be beautiful or feeling good about ourselves. You help "tone up" our courage to go on, when we think we can't continue, and when we fail, you are the mirror we look into to see that when you fall, you pick yourself back up and go on again. You, my dear Beth, are the best kind of "spa girl"; and I am so very thankful for you. emoticon

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JAMER123 4/14/2014 10:01PM

    You do a wonderful job of inspiring and motivating. I have a feeling doing the Rallies are doing a world of good for you as well as others. The RV Enthusists met for a mini rally last fall in Custer SD and we 7 couples had a great time!! So great that we are planning another this fall in Branson!! Just a little info to let you know a spark does fly far!!
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  Beth-- You are real, genuine, and wonderful! Thank you for the encouragement that you give to all of us. You show us "never quit" by your sweet example!
Thank you from my heart!

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    Oh, Beth... You are so much more amazing than you can ever realize. Have a great, inspired day, because you just gave me one!!!

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    Every time I read your blogs I feel that you are speaking to me directly because you seem to identify the problems I am struggling with at the time. You are a great inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with all of us. emoticon emoticon but most of all emoticon

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    So glad you took advantage of your 2nd chance and found Spark People..

Great job.

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  Wow. You are amazing. Thanks for reminding me that I, too, can be amazing.

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  Beth, for sure you give an honest picture of what's going on and have the courage to talk about it here which gives OTHERS the courage to be honest in their own journies, too, and moving forward!'' HUGS

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Regaining Weight Can Be Overcome- Here's HOW

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So you think you might be in trouble or regaining weight. Guess what? I do it too, and I lose it again and then some. I've done it for 9 years now on SparkPeople. It really isn't the end of weight loss as you know it and you aren't necessarily going to gain back all of your weight with extra pounds, UNLESS you give up. My motto, NEVER GIVE UP. That is the only time you can fail.

I'm going to write about 2 kinds of ups... when you gain because you are off track and when you gain because your body is re balancing and on a plateau.

When you start regaining because you are off track, you have to ask yourself why you are off track in the first place. Is there extra stress? Is it emotional? Are you extra hungry? If so, why? When did it start? Was there a medical reason for it or a supplement you started taking? Really think about what is going on. I realized that you cannot just rip an eating habit out of your life and not replace it with another habit. Mine was shopping. Yikes, the bills. Then I had to replace shopping at more expensive stores with thrift stores. So there is the habit component of it... Finding something you enjoy doing besides eating. There is also the emotional side of it, finding something to elicit the same emotions that food usually brings you. Ask yourself what you are wanting food to make you feel. I usually want to feel warm, safe and comforted. So my go-to is candles (scent), a soft warm blanket (touch), and a movie (sight). Notice that those things are all physical soothers to replace the physical soother of food (taste and smell). I believe it takes a physical soother to replace a physical soother and a physical habit to replace a physical habit.

Weight loss naturally has ups and downs. Yes, LOSS has ups too. It's the body balancing itself out with water and new muscle... When you lose weight and start working out, you are literally changing your body's composition from inactive fat tissue, to lean, active, muscle tissue. Muscle takes up less space than fat, so it looks smaller, but weighs more. Let's hear it for looking smaller! Yeah! The thing is that the body has to balance the books sometimes and it just doesn't seem fair. We get on plateaus, but they can't last forever. My favorite plateau busters are calorie cycling and increasing your workouts by just a little. Drinking lemon water helps too.

If you hate something, doing it is only going to aggravate your desire to eat, so I suggest you find ways to indulge yourself in pleasant activities in the fitness world, find foods you love that are healthy and really explore yourself. Not everyone is a protein drinking runner. I would LOVE to be a runner, but I am not one, I'm a walker at present. I used to be a swimmer. I think tastes change at different times of your life, so don't be afraid to explore. Find your passion about whatever healthy lifestyle you choose and then make some gradual changes to become that person that does those things.

Regain happens. Treat it like a danger blip on the radar screen rather than an inevitable failure. Never give up and stay the healthy course.

  
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NHEMBERGER 4/21/2014 9:09AM

    Thanks Beth! That sums it up!
I also believe taste buds change as we age. I now LOVE brussel sprouts & asparagus! 2 things I wouldn't have touched a couple years ago!

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NANA2-3 4/21/2014 8:54AM

    Thanks. Just what I needed after "blowing it" this weekend. (kept 3 young grandchildren over Easter weekend). I am back on track today. Not going to give up this time!!

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LEANMEAN2 4/21/2014 6:33AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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POLSKARENIA 4/17/2014 3:10AM

    As always, a timely and excellent blog. There would be nothing left of me of I had just lost those extra pounds without regaining... still plenty to do, but it WILL happen.
Thank you!

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TLGRNT 4/16/2014 9:33AM

  Great blog!!!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 4/14/2014 9:34PM

    Wonderful words of wisdom thank you.

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FREETJE123 4/14/2014 5:14PM

    Reading this was very helpful! I really needed this. Sometimes I just look to much at the weight loss instead of at the good things which come from healthy living!

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GWINNER1 4/13/2014 9:33PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the plateau busting tips.

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    Thanks for the great advise!

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ALIHIKES 4/13/2014 5:10PM

    Thank you Beth for this supportive and encouraging blog. It is a huge inspiration to all of us that are stalled or slightly up on the scale

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  emoticon emoticon We all need to hear that every now and then!!!

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  Thanks - this is good to hear.

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APRILRUSSELL3 4/13/2014 10:43AM

    Thank you. I really needed that because I had a bad week.

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ANGELN325 4/13/2014 10:28AM

    Great blog and I will totally look at gains differently now and not just give up if I stay stuck at a plateau.

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    emoticon emoticon Just what I needed to read to help break the plateau that I have been on for some time now.

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DHUNTER67 4/13/2014 7:55AM

    Thank you, this really helped me put some things in order in my head.

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PUPPYFITZ 4/13/2014 3:23AM

  Timing is everything. This was perfect for me at this moment. Thank you. Great insights. Thank you. ( did I say thank you?). Thank you!!!!!

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FAERIEBERT1986 4/13/2014 2:32AM

    Thank you, I so needed to read this. I gained some weight after my mom passed away last year, and I'm just now getting back into exercise. It can be so frustrating trying to get the weight back off, but I know I can do this! emoticon

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LINDA! 4/12/2014 11:16PM

    You are so right. Finding things that make you happy is the way to go. Replacing eating with things you enjoy will definitely have you in the mindset to lose weight.

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GORDON66 4/12/2014 3:57PM

  I like the concept of replacing a warm and fuzzy feeling with another that has nothing to do with food. Thanks for sharing.

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CALIDREAMER76 4/12/2014 3:49PM

    Thanks,
I've been regaining since I started training for the Flying Pig half-marathon - LAST year. Walking the entire way, it was a great experience that left a sour taste, so to speak, because as I increased the exercise all the "experts" I went to - and they were very knowledgeable people said eat more - specifically protein, which I did, but trying to keep in moderation and then after the race I knew I had to cut back and I did both eating less and slowly cutting back to what I considered normal distances - because as you stated if you don't like it, you aren't going to do it. I didn't like how much time it occupied in my day, other things got behind, but I had a goal to reach and I did it. I'm glad to have had the experience, especially with the contingent of sparkers that were there last year. But the weight has slowly crept up to 30 pounds gained and it scares the bejeebers out of me. Talking to DeeJay - a long time sparker she said trust the process, but for a year the process feels like it is failing me.
Now next week I'm having blood work done to see if it's medical / hormonal and then see what new plan of action I can come up with.
Your blog especially having met you a couple of times is encouraging. Thank you

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GRAMMYX7 4/12/2014 3:04PM

  Thanks for your words of wisdom. I did Spark People for a while and lost 20 lb., then I was at a plateau and got frustrated. Well I am back and hoping to get back and do better. This time it will be one day at a time. Thanks for your encouraging blog.

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SHARONSIZE8 4/12/2014 2:43PM

    I, too, have lost and gained the same 40 - 60 pounds over the last 17 years or so. I have been back on my journey to health since April 1st, and this blog is what I needed to confirm that my efforts are worth it! emoticon

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    You are always full of wisdom!!

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FIT-AND-FUN 4/12/2014 1:10PM

    Thank you for this. I have gained and lost the same 30 pounds for years. It is time for some self-reflection.

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