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Trying to stay positive

Friday, March 08, 2013

It Is hard to NOT look at how many months it will take to get all this weight off. emoticon
I have to absolutely NOT have sugar... it trips me into craving fast! I use a protein:
L glutamine to cut the cravings, it is an essential amino for muscles as well...

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Thought you might want to see what I look like when I go walking!
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TKLBRIDGET 3/9/2013 10:41AM

    It's funny, I have really cut back on sugar ( not as hard for me as I am a salty food addict) and now when I have the occasional sugary treat, I get an energy burst like a little kid! The embarrassment alone is enough to keep me on track lol. I agree with all the good advice, just strive for the small goals a pound here and a pound there and those little victories will help you reach your big goals.
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LISBETHSALANDER 3/8/2013 10:23PM

    I set my goals small -- usually in 3 lb increments. I only lose about 3 or 4 pounds a month but I am quite happy with that. I have lots of issues to work out as the weight comes off and I've gotten pretty comfortable with my pace. I have the combo sugar-salt-fat as a trigger so it means I eat no processed foods and have to be constantly vigilant that I am not sabotaging myself. The worst for me is sugar from processed product (like pasta or bread) with butter (fat -- any fat really) and then add salty romano cheese. I bet 75 of my overweight lbs is made from that combo. Good luck to you . . . I still struggle with the big picture but I am so happy to feel like I'm controlling my food and my food is not controlling me. Nothing tastes as good as good health feels. Best of luck to you.

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/8/2013 9:14PM

    I don't think you should completely deprive yourself of anything.. makes it too much like a "diet" instead of a way of life.
I do know what you mean about sugar though. At Christmastime I start eating chocolate and it becomes quite a craving lasting longer than the season.

Liked your status of asking for fun and sun. I second that!!!

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POPSY190 3/8/2013 8:05PM

    Sugar has the same effect on me so it is a good idea to resist it. Lots of good advice here about adjusting weight loss goals.

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BRAVELUTE 3/8/2013 4:24PM

    When I first entered my info into the SP goal computer, it was going to take something like 16 months. Well I tried that for about 2 weeks and gave up. I went back into that goal setter, asked it to tell me how much I could lose in 1 month and that's what I set as a goal. I learned I needed faster gratification. I did that from August - December. Sometimes I made it to my monthly goal in less than a month. That was okay. I just set up the next month.

I set up my last goal based on pounds to get below the obese category. It was going to take over 2 months. I thought it rather funny that I had to lose those pounds by April 1. I knew I could do it. I still have a half pound to go. But a 2 month goal wouldn't have worked in the beginning. I had to KNOW that I was going to be able to be successful. I was able to wait a month to see if I could be.

So, perhaps a short term weight goal would work for you? I set my ticker up to show that goal weight loss. It shows total weight loss but doesn't show the total that I need to lose for the long term which seems absolutely impossible.

Don't know what I'll do when I lose this last half pound. I think I'll go back to the month again because my body keeps acting like it wants to be on a plateau. I don't want to have to deal with long term plateaus either.

Reading back over this, I sound like a crazy person, faking myself out. but it HAS worked. and I haven't given up, and I feel I will be able to maintain the weight loss once I reach final goal.

Whatever you do, figure out what you need to do to stick with it.

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LYNNWILK2 3/8/2013 4:10PM

    I am right there with you on the sugar, the cravings and the way I feel afterwards just aren't worth it. BUT you have to let your body have some sort of treat, don't limit your calories to harshly, perhaps a VERY little splurge on a healthy treat will help inch the scales down... I am surprised that when I allow myself to 'overindulge" I may feel yucky, but I always lose weight the next day and it stays off.

And don't judge yourself to harshly, each month will go by with more fun, when you're focusing on the fun aspects of your exercise and meal choices and thinking positively about yourself.
Good luck and may the months bring you great results

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