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    SCARLETCURLZ   15,004
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I need help.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

During the day yesterday, I was feeling so frustrated with my weight. I love my Mom dearly, but I get frustrated when I see her hobbling around and saying that she hurts everywhere. She's barely over 50. I just know that I don't want that to be me in another 20 years. And I looked at my own attempts at weight loss and it's hard not to be annoyed at myself. I realized that next week, I'll have been with Spark People for a year, and I've got a 14 pound weight loss to show for it. Part of me says ok, you're 14 pounds less than you were last year. A bigger part of me wishes that I were a lot more less than last year.

It's not that Spark People doesn't work. I think it would work if I were more committed. And that brings us to today. I'm feeling tired of being overweight. And trying to research ways to lose weight gets exhausting. There's so much conflicting information out there. I feel though, that what I need to do is just really commit and just get started. No more sitting around feeling sorry for myself. But I can honestly say I could use some cheerleaders. And I need to work on ways to keep motivation going.

But anyway, this is today, where I really start. I am going to make it happen!
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JENSTRESS 4/16/2013 1:51PM

    Good job losing 14 pounds and KEEPING IT OFF!

Spark is a great way to lose, but you are right, there is a ton of conflicting information out there.

Here are my tips:

1) Track your food. SP tracker is the best, but if you don't like it, still write down everything you eat. It really helps to keep you grounded. And realize why you might OVER eat (it does me) but the best part about it is when I realize that I didn't go as crazy with food as I thought!!!

2) Move. Do ANYTHING physical. You don't have to go crazy with it. Do what you can, when you can, and as much as you can. Sure, it is good to challenge yourself, but anything helps!!!

3) Eat healthy. Now, this seems much more difficult than it is, because of all the conflicting information. Here is what I do. Fruits and veggies, I get my servings of them in as much as possible. They are filling, and nutrient rich, but not a lot of calories, so that helps. For lunch and dinner I make sure I have a lean protein added to my meal, lean meats like chicken, lean beef, pork, or fish. Honestly, I have very little processed foods now.

On a side note, by tracking my food a year ago, I lost 20+ pounds by just eating less calories. So, as long as the calories out is more than calories in, you will lose. But if you fuel your body with better food, you will feel better! (And more full!)

Feel free to message me and talk more. I was a HORRIBLE eater. You would not believe the things I would eat.

I don't eat anything like that now. I mean, occasionally I will enjoy something not really healthy, but mostly I really feel great making good choices. I have a smoothie for breakfast, sometimes a snack between then and my lunch salad (which is really filling) and then sometimes a snack and then dinner. By putting more veggies and fruits in my body, I truly feel far better than I ever have!!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/16/2013 1:34PM

    When I first started a few years back, I had no idea what I was doing. I definitely did my own research (a lots of it), but sometimes you have to just move forward with the knowledge that you've got to figure out what works for you.

I don't think any research can deny these main points:

1) Get at least 8 glasses of water a day
2) Try to limit the amount of processed sugar/salt you consume.
3) You want to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight
4) Physical activity is important

All diets/plans/solutions out there vary wildly, but I think these 4 main points are pretty universal. I would suggest starting out with setting some goals for each of those 4 points and track them for at least 2 weeks. If need be, you can gradually increase/decrease over those few weeks if you need to. Depending on your fitness level, 15 minutes of walking a day is still a great start.

If you're feeling good, sticking with your goals, but not seeing results, then try tweaking something involving your nutrition. The key is to start small so you don't wind up overwhelmed.

I have PCOS and I started out following all of SP's recommendations for calories and nutrition. The only thing I changed is I set my ranges within the "pre-diabetic" range (even though I'm not pre-diabetic). I figured that was as close to an insulin resistant setting as I could get. I personally make sure my carbs don't go over 55% of my diet because of how I feel when that happens. And I've been successful. BUT I had to try it and tweak it based on how I felt.

The thing is, you don't have to go low carb or gluten free or paleo just to lose weight. I'm not knocking any of those and I love that others have been successful with them. And maybe you decide to go that route because you feel fantastic on that particular diet and I say woohoo to that! But when it comes to what's healthiest for you, I don't think there's a particular cure-all diet that works for everyone.

I think it's great you were able to maintain the loss you have had in the past year. That's great! So many people start out and lose about 10-20 pounds, then end up putting it back on and more. So that's an accomplishment and definitely something that shows you can do this!

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SCARLETCURLZ 3/24/2013 8:44AM

    You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for the kind words and support!

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MRSNYVONNE84 3/21/2013 3:38PM

    emoticon Just start somewhere.... Day by Day! Then gradually progress into a particular program if you like... Figure out what works best for you, as you take it step by help...

You know just drinking more water and cutting out soda would help a whole bunch.. or even eating more salads throughout the week... Doing simple exercises for maybe 15 minutes a day...

Don't be discouraged!! You can do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 3/21/2013 3:19PM

    You can do it! HAving Spark Coach and watching my points on here really helps me. By watching my SparkPoints I make sure to log on almost everyday then I see what I can do to earn more points whether it's reach out on boards for my 15 points, read blogs and cheer others on and make friends or see what's working for them, reading articles, checking the daily stuff on the start page each tab at a time to see if a product would work for me, a workout, a recipe, etc. I swear those points and seeing where I place on the boards pushes me and idk if without it I'd be so pushed. Bssed off wanting my points I've read so many articles that have taught me so so much, every time I log on I do the trivia which again has taught me a lot, I've made several friends on here who really cheer me on and I cheer them on too. I go through the feeds to see what blogs have been written (that's how I saw yours!). The new book coming out could help, their previous book is awesome too and cheep on Amazon whether digital or hard copy.

Others are right, you ahven't gained and you maintained a loss no matter what it was and that is something to be proud of. So you know you can continue:) If you ever have any questions you can ask me or you can ask on SparkCoach with actual coaches or on the boards. You're at the right place!!

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STEVIEBEE569 3/21/2013 1:28PM

    First, congratulations on those 14 pounds! That's a great achievement! Don't despise it, because that's awesome!

Second, you can do it! Here's one cheerleader for you! Do what's best for you and don't worry about what others are doing! Again, you can do it!

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ELLENIRENE 3/21/2013 1:24PM

    congratulations on 14# that's great!
you can do it!

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OZARKMARY 3/21/2013 11:46AM

    Sparkpeople IS working for you! You have NOT gained this past year but you DID lose the 14 big ones!! You can do it!! Drink the water, put extra steps in your day, track you food and get the sparkpoints. Keep blogging too, so that more people see what you have to say. I'm proud of you and hope you are proud of YOU, too! You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNS1968 3/21/2013 11:11AM

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14 pounds is great! Don't worry about where you "think" you should be, be proud of what you've accomplished.

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STEPHANIE302013 3/21/2013 11:11AM

    14 pounds is amazing! I've been doing spark on and off for a couple years and haven't lost that much - I've pretty much just maintained. Be happy with your success and realize that you've learned some tools to help you get further along! you can do it!!

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