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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

So have you ever had those days where you're totally motivated to commit to a new healthy lifestyle but then the following day you conveniently forget those goals you set the day before? And there sits your plans for finally losing that weight until another night when that motivational wave blows through again. I've been getting those more and more lately and still I ignore them. I started the C25K program last week. It lasted a day. I liked it. Its not like the workout was horrible and I hated it. I actually loved the little energized rush that followed my "run." So why can't I get up and do it again the next day?

I'm just venting to whomever reads this and I ask a question. What drives you to get up and workout everyday and to put down that candy bar and pick up some fruit?
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KARRILEE 11/24/2009 7:13PM

    Hey there...

Oh yes - we have ALL been there... that is why the majority of us are here at SparkPeople now!

I am currently going through the C25K program for the second time... the first time I crammed the 9wk course into about 6 weeks and did all the training on my treadmill. I ran the Sun City 5K in October and wow could I feel the difference running outdoors! So - this time, I am taking the full nine weeks - including those glorious days off and hoping to do the majority of it outside! Brrr... I ran Day 1 of Week 4 yesterday afternoon - it was cold out - but I felt great when I was done!

Anyway - the TRACKER is key! Honestly... it will help you and I also agree - preplan your day as much as possible! For me - it doesn't really work for me to go too far in advance because if I happen to mess up it is too tempting to throw the towel in for the whole planned menu. I take it one day at a time - but when I plan my grocery list - I have my recipes for the week already picked out! I don't use the SparkMenu either... I am cooking for me and my fam and so it has to be things that they will really like!

Currently I am trying to break through a plateau... but so far on Spark I have lost nearly 80pounds... it is doable! It is a choice... and we have to know that we are always worth more than whatever impulsive poor food choice has to offer us! I have found quite a few 'treats' that don't ruin my efforts and really - everything in moderation really IS true! (which leads us back to the importance of using the TRACKER!!!)

Spark On! You can do it!
~Karrilee~

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TURBOAMIE 11/24/2009 2:45PM

    After 3 years of struggling to finally figure it out, I realized that the mental training needs just as much training as the physical training. Try this book - Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto. He has some great advice for getting over the mental hurdles. I rented mine at the library.

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EMT6937 11/24/2009 6:13AM

    I feel it as a sense of accomplishment. I didn't want to run the other day but I knew I would feel better after I did it. As far as picking up the fruit I am still working on that. Every day can be a struggle that can lead to a victory no matter how small. God bless.

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EVILKLOWN 11/24/2009 5:03AM

    Hi Brittney. I saw your post and thought I'd leave you a comment.

I joined Spark back in January 2009. Here's what I did. I figured out how many calories I needed to maintain my weight and then subtracted 1,000 from that to get my "low calorie range." I figured if I ate between 500 and 1,000 calories less than my "maintenance weight" I could lose a pound or two a week.

Then I used the nutrition tracker -- EVERY DAY (and I entered my food honestly) and VOILA, weight loss. I usually enter it a day or two in advance so I can clearly see my plan. I don't even use Spark's meal planner .. I eat what I want but I enter it in the tracker. (Well, not "what I want" ... I've given up milk, pizza, a lot of beer etc ... I still eat/drink them ... just not NEARLY as much.)

It took me a while to get my tracker all set up with my favorites etc ... and I had to learn which foods contained a lot of calories so I could plan accordingly, but since then it's been snap to use the tracker. Up until now, I haven't even done any formal "exercise" (although I need to start ... at least some strength training soon.)

I don't really have a "goal date," I'm just eating in my calorie range and waiting. It's been about 44 weeks ... I've lost 75 pounds so far. By the way, I get PLENTY to eat ... I'm just not eating everything in sight anymore.

Anyway, I hope that helps -- good luck to you.

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