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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I am a little upset with my self, I am trying my best at losing this weight. There are days I am doing good I think and then there are days I crave certain things like chocolate and sweets, when I bake I make a point to use splenda and add seeds and nuts for fiber. I have been over weight all my life, I have tried everything possible to lose weight even joining TOPS, I did good for awhile and still gained it back. It is rough for me I keep struggling to lose weight and it never fails CRAVINGS I hate them. So I even attempt to try to do exercises here at home until my back gives out, at night I take hand weights and work on my arms (sagging arms). If anyone have any ideas for encouragement and changes to help me all ideas are welcome.
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AZURE-SKY 1/23/2013 7:59PM

  Don't give up! Find a way to incorporate your favorite foods into your eating plan. It can be done - but you have to plan for it.

We all have times when we follow our programs and do well for a few days or weeks, then life happens and we slip up. It's not the end of the world. Just start fresh with the next meal or snack. Perfection is highly overrated!

The worst thing is to let a single slip-up continue for days or weeks. The longer we're off-plan, the harder it is to get back on track.

I agree with freezing the goodies. I do that all the time. When I make brownies, I cut them into really small pieces, or use my mini-muffin pan. Sometimes I want just a taste, and 1 mini brownie will satisfy me.

As for exercise, find something you like to do. I hate going to the gym. It's boring, crowded, and I often have to wait for the machines. However, I love music and books. I got a new MP3 player, and loaded it up with my favorite music, and borrowed a few audio books from the library to load. Now, I can listen to music or a book when I take a walk outside.

If the weather's bad, I'll work out to an exercise video. You can find workouts online here at SP, or on Youtube. For me, variety is essential, I get bored doing the same thing over and over again.

One exercise program that might work for you is Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds series. It's a walking program that's done at home, and there are dozens of videos, from a 1-mile beginner's walk (15 minutes) to advanced 5-mile (60 minutes) DVDs. You can go to her website to see the 15-minute video.

http://www.walkathome
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Scroll down to the middle of the page and click on the video that says "Try It!" to see the whole 15 minute program. You might like it.

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DAYYOU123 1/23/2013 6:36PM

  Thank you for the words of encouragement and ideas they really get me thinking and help alot, I love to do crafty things and read so that gives me an idea to help with the cravings etc. Thank you again
Dawn

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DOLPHINSINGER72 1/23/2013 6:00PM

    Please hang in there. Just take one day at a time The fact that you are doing good on some days is a start. If you start craving something, maybe go for a walk around the block, or read a chapter of a book. I have read that cravings only last 5 minutes and if you can get your mind off of the thing you are craving it will go away. When you start seeing the changes in your body and on the scale than sometimes that is motivation to really keep going. That is what happened with me. When I know that I have lost 60 pounds since August, it makes me not want to eat that snack food. Of course there are days like Sunday that go a little haywire, but 90 percent of the time, it really helps me stay in control to do something active when I get a craving

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DAWNOPFER 1/23/2013 4:29PM

    You could try some lighter alternatives to the foods you crave. My husband made a pan of brownies not too long ago. I ate one. When I got home from work the next day, I took the remaining brownies and wrapped each one individually. Then put into a ziploc and put them into the freezer. They are still there. I can grab just one if I want it. But usually, I open the freezer, and when I see them, I think to myself - hey, I can find something else. One other hint for you, if you have not already, check out Hungry Girl. She has many made over foods to cover your cravings.
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