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Friday, February 15, 2013

This is my first ever blog and I'm not sure how this is going to help me but here goes. Long story short I want to lose weight. I have been up and down the scales all my life. At the end of 1999 I actually had stomach bypass surgery and lost 101 lbs. Over the last 12 yrs., though my eating changed I have managed to gain back 55 lbs. I eat small meals and it takes me longer to get through a meal. Over eating makes me ill and it has happened alot. I started with Spark People On Feb. 10, 2013 and though it is hard I have stayed away from soda & potato chips which are a big part of my bad eating habits. I have not weighed since starting and I am stressing that I won't have lost any weight. Sunday is is one week and my weigh in and I wish there was something I could do to assure that I loose at least a pound a week. My calorie count is under my goal but I'm finding it difficult to keep my proteins up. My iron intake is also low but I take 2 iron tablets a day. To bad there isn't a pill for protein. Valentines day was a stressful day. My wonderful daughter-in-law presented me with a bag of white chocolate truffles (my favorite) but I quickly place them in the freezer and have been strong in resisting them. Will power is not my strong point, so yeah for me. Now if I could just be able to exercise more. I have a Tony Little Gazelle edge, but can't seem to motivate myself to use it very often, but keep trying. My health is bad and knees don't work very well so what moving I do while taking care of my 8 mo. old granddaughter is about all the movement I get and that wears me out. Going to end now, I think I've rambled on enough, and try to do 10 minutes on the exercise machine to end my night.
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POSEY440 2/16/2013 6:07PM

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BABNURSE 2/16/2013 9:08AM

    I had gastric bypass in 2006 and reached my goal weight. I had weight gain with my divorce almost 2 years ago. I had to go back to the basics of when I had my surgery. Tracking my food, getting enough protein, reading labels,avoiding sugary and starchy foods. I also difficulty getting back to exercise. But through SparkPeople I told myself I only had to exercise 10 minutes a day. Now I have worked my self up to 1000s of fitness minutes a month, You come to the right place, there is so much education and support on this site. Congratulations for writing your first blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I added you as a friend. emoticon Good Luck in achieving your goals.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/15/2013 11:03PM

    "Will power is not my strong point."

Will power is usually won't power. I won't have chocolate. I won't have cake. I won't have ...

The problem with won't power is that the more you say you won't eat bread, guess what you are thinking about. You betcha. Bread!

Losing weight and more importantly getting fit is a matter of discipline. For example:

I saw a dark chocolate (75%) and cayenne bar in the store yesterday and I wanted it. I love dark chocolate. I looked at the label (part of my discipline) and saw that a single serving was 4 squares. 2.5 servings per package (10 squares). Each serving has 200 calories.

Eat the whole bar for 500 calories? That is how I used to live.
Eat a full serving? For 200 calories? I don't want a meal. I just want some chocolate.
Eat one square for 50 Calories? Sure why not. I just want the taste of chocolate.

Ohhh. I cant's do that you say. Of course you can. It's not will power. It's discipline. I can have some more everyday for the next nine days.

Another part of the discipline is I tracked it.

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