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Slow and steady wins the race?


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I'm frustrated beyond belief with my weight. I was doing so good and now I can't seem to do anything right. My eating has been way off that I can't seem to stay within my calorie range. I either over eat because I'm still so hungry, miscalculate or lately it's also been out of boredom. This plus the fact that I didn't go to the gym that much makes the reason the scale hasn't gone down but rather up very disheartening.

Each day is a new day to try again though. Yesterday I miscalculated for my lunch and ended up eating about 200 calories over my allotted amount for the day. Ok, not too bad. Last night, I went to the park to go jogging/walking and lifted weights when I got home. Today I'm packing my lunch and will try and go for a walk or something when I get home. I have a party tomorrow that I have to get the food ready for tonight so I'm going to try and squeeze it in between that.

I lost the weight once I can do it again. I guess I just thought that I would be further along with my weight loss goals then what I am now. I've been on sparkpeople for just over 200 days now and have only lost 19 pounds. I'm trying to stay focused and remember that I'm trying to undo 28 years of bad habits with good habits that will stick this time. A few years ago or even last year I never would have come home, and decided to go to the park to go for a run, and then come home to lift weights. It just never even crossed my mind. So I hope this means changes are happening...

So here's to the slow and steady! May it always win the race!! :)
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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/23/2013 8:47AM

    Slow and steady is the way to go. You may think the "loss" is too slow, but remember you are a;so gaining along the way......health, good habits, positive attitude. Keep smiling!
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BEINGAROLEMODEL 3/18/2013 10:38PM

    I think the massive amount of comments shows that for a lot of us slow and steady wins the race. I've been on sparkpeople for a year now and have only lost 30 pounds. But whether it's 30 or 19 or 10 you on your way to making healthy, lasting changes!

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223DAISY 3/17/2013 6:09AM

    Stay encouraged! 19 lbs. in 200 days is good. There are so many members who haven't accomplished what you've accomplished. So again, stay encouraged! emoticon

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JOYFULGRATITUDE 3/15/2013 6:30PM

    Be proud of what you've accomplished. Every meal or snack is another chance to apply healthy eating habits. Don't take the "all or nothing" attitude. Acknowledge the extra calories and promise yourself you'll make better food choices at the very next opportunity.

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STEPH9538 3/15/2013 2:52PM

    remain strong. i have to tell myself day by day that the weight that is on my body did not get there overnight thus is will not go away overnight. stay focused and keep looking forward. do not look back. one step at a time, one day at a time. these are the words i am living by right this moment. the weight will come off if you continue to watch what you eat and find little ways to get exercise in your daily routine

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NEPTUNE1939 3/15/2013 11:18AM

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DIETER27 3/15/2013 10:54AM

  Hang in there. Focus, stay determined and don't let the scales be your biggest motivator. you can do it! 19 lbs is a good amount of weight . The changes you are putting into place are all good. keep up the good work. When you ahve developed healthy eating habits the rest will fall into place. Yes. slow and steady will win the race!

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FROMNDTOGA 3/15/2013 9:17AM

    You can do this - and already have accomplished 2 important things - weight loss and committing to an exercise program!
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MNNICE 3/14/2013 11:47PM

    I guarantee you that PERSISTENCE pays big dividends! Never give up, and try to focus on the health benefits you're gaining instead of the pounds lost - be proud of every positive step you take!

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AMBER461 3/14/2013 8:12PM

  You are on the right path, 19 lbs is great keep on keeping on and you will make it to the end. Never mind how long it takes it is better for you, you will be able to keep it off longer.

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TOKIEMOON 3/14/2013 6:40PM

    Slow is the way to go. I have a penchant for wanting to "hurry up and get there". However, when I go that route, I am not mentally prepared to stay at my goal weight. Sounds like you're doing it right this time!

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SUSIEMT 3/14/2013 6:05PM

    In answer to the question yes it does win the race! Absolutely. I have had weeks when I lost .2 lbs or had a gain of .2. Ounces count! They add up to lbs! Keep up the good work! It will all catch up to you one day...when you least expect it.

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JIBBIE49 3/14/2013 4:05PM

    emoticon Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

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STEVIEBEE569 3/14/2013 12:31PM

    I so understand how you feel! But, we have to keep our heads up and keep pressing forward! No one ever said this weight loss journey was going to be easy! emoticon emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    Just checked my diary from when I was your age. In that same 200 days I had gained 9 pounds (and would keep chunking up for years to come).

I get the desire for speed--it's gratifying--but a loss of 19 pounds is an awesome direction to take your body in and you will get to your goal if you just stay attentive.

Congratulations on 19 pounds.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/14/2013 11:37AM

    Take the "only" out of your vocabulary and tell yourself "I've lost 19 pounds!" Every step you take will keep you heading in the right direction!

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SIMONEKP 3/14/2013 11:30AM

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KLONG8 3/14/2013 11:30AM

    I feel your frustration as I do the same thing. But then you have to think - look at what I've accomplished! Only lost 19 pounds in 200 days? If you hadn't been working hard on your journey you probably would have gained more weight by this time instead of being down almost 20 pounds. You're doing great. Just keep your focus, you'll keep getting stronger.... emoticon

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SJKENT1 3/14/2013 10:48AM

    It is discouraging when it seems that we are not further along on our journey to Health and wellness.

I am going to pass on something my sister told me once, "just think where you'd be if you hadn't done what you did do". You lost 19 lbs - great!

Don't let the slowness sabotage your journey and it is not a good enough excuse! Stop that stinkin' thinkin'. You are worth every step to health that you take!!

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REBIRTHDIVA 3/14/2013 9:48AM

    hang in there and do not be discouraged! emoticon

i can understand your frustration. if i were to focus on the fact that it has taken me almost 2 years to lose only 40lbs, i would be very upset. emoticon however, when i choose to look at all the positive and healthy lifestyle changes i have made i am happy and proud of myself. emoticon

don't beat yourself up. embrace the reality that some days will be better than others; but as long as you keep making positive and healthy lifestyle choices you will succeed!

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BOBINVA 3/14/2013 9:18AM

    All you have to worry about is the next right decision.

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TORTISE110 3/14/2013 9:00AM

    If it comes off slowly, it stays off more reliably. You are getting healthy and strong. Stay proud, stay strong!! You rock!

If you haven't done this already it's worth a try. Stack up twenty packages of butter and visualize just how much is GONE!!

Keep Sparkin'

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GLIMMER8 3/14/2013 8:50AM

    This really resonates with me at the moment and although not a 'good' thing to be experiencing, it is comforting to know that you are not alone in your struggle - the eternal battle of the mind over stomach. I too am chanting the mantra 'today is a new day' so hang in there.

Try and remind yourself of these things:

- the more steps you take in the right direction the sooner you will get there
- beating yourself up about mistakes is not good for you - recognise your mistake and move on
- You have done it before - you can do it again, believe in yourself!

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KNYAGENYA 3/14/2013 8:41AM

    19 pounds is great! Keep up the good work.

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IDICEM 3/14/2013 8:05AM

  You've lost 19 pounds. That's fantastic! If you hadn't started this journey, you'd still be carrying those extra pounds. Progress is wonderful, no matter the speed. You are worth the effort!
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MOMMY445 3/14/2013 7:49AM

    i agree! hang in there and you will make it! you are doing so well! keep it up! you can do this! you are worth it!

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/14/2013 7:15AM

    You are making changes, however small, that will serve you the rest of your life. What's 200 days compared to that????

Best of success to you. Keep working and slowly, steadily, you WILL get there.

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CHERYLHURT 3/14/2013 6:30AM

  You have all ready lost 19 pounds and you're GRUMBLING? You're on your way, keep on taking the small steps! You're ON YOUR WAY!

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NCSUE0514 3/14/2013 5:57AM

    Indeed you CAN do it.
You can start the day (and the journey) over right this minute - no matter WHAT time it is!!

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KRISUA 3/14/2013 5:52AM

    “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

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MANILUS 3/14/2013 12:54AM

    Taking the weight off is a slow process and consistency wins the race. Emotions such are boredom are meant to be dealt with by exercising. Keep to your calorie range and you will feel great. You can do it!

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BEATRIZ269 3/14/2013 12:07AM

    You are doing great! Yout body may just be going through an adjustment period.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/13/2013 2:33PM

    I notice a lot of tries in your blog. Self talk is important. Maybe this will help you to be your own coach.
Yoda said, do or do not. There is no try.
I find this immensely liberating. You are not trying to lose weight. You have lost and kept off 19 lbs. See the difference in attitude.
You are working on staying within your calorie range, even though you have had a few slip ups. See how much more competent that seems than framing it as a struggle?
You are planning to sneak in a workout before you go to the party. See how much more powerful that is than trying to fit in a workout? Which is more likely to be derailed?
Keep on with the plan and you might look back in a year and surprise yourself with how easy it is to embed permanent progress on your health goals.
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MARGARITTM 3/13/2013 12:25PM

    Great job - see how far you have come!

See how much more you can do!

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JEANNEBUM2 3/13/2013 9:08AM

  I've been on sparkpeople since last October, and have 'only' lost 16 pounds. I waffle between being proud of that, and being mad at that. BUT! I've lost 16 pounds and my jeans can tell it. I'm making better choices - for the most part. I'm learning to let go of the mad, and learning to embrace the proud. Be proud of what you've done. You're getting there!

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KRISTA4REAL 3/13/2013 7:49AM

    It's all a learning experience. I started out making small changes and lost 20lbs over about a year before I really learned what worked for me. I was in the same spot as you where I felt like changes were taking place very slowly, but you are definitely on the right path! If we make too many drastic changes too quickly we risk not being able to stick with it. That is why so many "dieters" fall off the wagon. It really is about changing your entire lifestyle and life changes do not happen overnight. Stay consistent, make changes you can live with, and celebrate every small victory:) You will be at your goal before you know it! emoticon emoticon

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~INDYGIRL 3/13/2013 4:03AM

    Yes, changes ARE happening. You've lost 19 pounds and you are a more active person now who runs and strength trains! Never forget that! More important tha the number on the scale, you have changed to the core. THAT is exactly what will make you succeed!

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EBONYSOL 3/12/2013 7:00AM

    Read your blog and realize that changes have already happened. You care about yourself and getting into shape. Appreciate what you have accomplished and remember to seek progress not perfection.
Keep moving,
Cath

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NYHARDHAT_1 3/12/2013 6:59AM

    hiccups happen. Look at all the other non scale victories and don't let the scales be the dominate force. The changes you are putting in place will last a lifetime. The weight will come off over time. You didn't put it on overnite. I am a good example of that. I have been on here since 1/1 and have only lost 8 pds. It's very slow for me but the changes I have made are all healthy and ones I will keep a lifetime.

Focus, stay determined and don't let the scales be your biggest motivator. You got this.

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JGRAY76 3/12/2013 6:57AM

    I am a huge fan of slow and easy. I'm real happy if I lose 1/2 to 1 lb a week. I can keep that kind of weightloss program up for a very long period of time. Hang in there, you will make it and the best part is the weight will stay off because you have developed healthy habits. Hang in there.

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