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Struggling at month 4

Friday, January 18, 2013

I have been struggling this month. Not with exercising, i have worked out every day and did my pt for my knee every day. What i am struggling with is eating on plan. I will eat pretty much on plan for two days and then go off plan for one to two days.

After 3 months of being on plan 99 percent of the time, this fourth month i am struggling to stay on plan even a full week. I have been tracking my food every day, even when i am off plan. That is a first for me. I keep tracking my bad eating habits because i don't want to quit sparking. I fear if i stop tracking, i will stop trying. I both want and need to get to a healthy weight, but keep sabotaging myself.

I know what i need to do, but i am not doing it consistently. So i am posting it here to ask for your words of encouragement and also to document this struggle so i can learn from it and turn it around. I will not quit, i will keep trying until i get back in the spark groove 100% again. I hope that spark grove will start again tomorrow. I will be striving for that!
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/15/2013 10:02AM

    i TOO AM HAVING A REAL BATTLE STAYING ON TRACK, I AM HAVING TROUBLE EATING WHAT I KNOW IS GOOD FOR ME. I AM WORKING OUT BUT NOT CONSISTENTLY. I WAS ON A PLATEA BUT CAN'T SAY THAT ANYMORE I MUST BE HONEST I AM GAINING WEIGHT. I AM SO FRUSTRATED I WANT TO CRY ONLY THAT WON'T HELP. I WILL GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT STARTED THIS DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND FIND SOME WAY TO REVERSE IT. i HAVE NO INTENTION OF QUITTING OR GIVING IN. SORRY TO RAMBLE ON ABOUT MY PROBLEMS. I KNOW YOU WILL GET BACK ON TRACK AND SUCCEED IN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SENIMMO 1/20/2013 2:57PM

    You are tracking consistently, that is progress! It is a step in the right direction. The small steps forward will add up! emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/19/2013 4:30PM

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Sorry you're having a blah . . . . sounds like it happens to all of us. Your SparkFriends have given you some great advice.

Go back over your lists of WHY . . . . why did you sign up with Spark? why did/do you want to lose the pounds?

I hope you can find whatever it takes to get your Spark on . . . . you are worth it!
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SAWYERPATTI 1/19/2013 12:28PM

    Under the motivation tab are really good articles. I try to read one every day. You get spark points too. I think just focusing every morning will help set the tone for the day.
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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/19/2013 11:24AM

    I am only "on plan" 90% of the time. No foods are off limits, but some foods need to be limited or I'll eat way too many of them. Yesterday my bil brought me fudge. So I had some last night and again this morning. I'm hoping that I can stick to the serving size each time so I don't feel like I'm going overboard, but it is a weakness.

Have you set your kitchen up for success? Once you get back into the groove of leaving the junk at the store, you'll be back into the groove of eating healthy most of the time again. When things can be eaten and not "off limits", then I find they are less likely to be craved because I occasionally have them.

I also think every once in a while it's ok to stop working on the weight loss goal and just maintain for a while before going back into weight loss mode. It helps when you "take a break" from the goal and let yourself loose for a little while.

Keep on tracking and you'll see what you can do with what you are doing. Keep up those small habits and you'll be able to transition back to your going hard at it mode when you're ready again!

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ARW715 1/19/2013 7:32AM

    First of all, thanks for sharing this post and being honest with these emotions.

It is really hard to maintain the honeymoon phase of weight loss. We all go through this at different times. I would suggest making some small achievable goal, something new and different that you haven't done before, to re-capture your imagination.

Good luck!

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ZOEANAEL 1/19/2013 12:59AM

    First, I love your attitude. You are acknowledging the situation and that's the first step. You're are not interested in losing weight, you are COMMITED! I know you can do this, I know you can find your Spark again. Start maybe with just the breakfast. Make sure you eat an healthy breakfast everyday. Usually the rest will follow because you started on a good note.


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MICHCLEARY 1/19/2013 12:00AM

    There will always be good and bad months. The ultimate goal is to never give up. Keep pursuing your goals and you will get there.

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/18/2013 11:20PM

    I think it is a slump many of us fall into. Just pick one thing for tomorrow to keep going and don't let the slump win!

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SARAL72 1/18/2013 10:31PM

    I had almost the same issue: everything was fine for three months, but since I couldn't exercise a lot with my injuries, I was stuck in plateau for one month, and then with the holidays, I gained four pounds.
In 2007 I had the same problem, except I never went back on track after the three month break! When I got so sick, I gained all the weight in only a few days (thanks to the medication) and I felt so bad it took me a long time to start again.....almost five years!
But this time with Spark is different, I went back on track and lost those four pounds! I think three months must be something, a cycle ...
Tracking your food like you do is the best way to handle it. Also trying to be positive, look back at all your accomplishments and be proud: what is already done doesn't need to be redone!
I learned a lot from the book "the hunger fix" and treating my addiction to chocolate could be complicated, but right now I do not keep any in the house....much easier.
I was also watching last week the documentary "Forks Over Knives " on Netflix...and I just started reading "the China study". Somewhere knowing how damaging some food can be is a good way to stop eating it....worked for me...
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