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You are never done. It will never be the last time. Just tell yourself to do better.

"Staying Strong"


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it is never over - there is no 'last time' cause you are who you are. a person with a weight problem - no matter what the origin - genetic, emotional etc. so the best you can do is take the day as it comes - follow some steadfast rules - like don't binge more than one day, keep the trigger foods out of the house, eat as close to raw/natural as possible, etc there are hundreds of ways to keep control. but when it does get 'out of control' you cannot let it escalate. put the brakes on - take stock and then move forward.
you always have that FAT PERSON LIVING INSIDE YOU - believe me - i know!! best of luck and you can do it! BB




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For me, it was deciding that there IS no "start again". I decided that I was always on a path from birth to death for the rest of my life. There is no "starting over" for living this one precious life I am given. I'll make mistakes, sure, but I'll think of them as course deviations and I'll ask "What can I do to get back on track?" and "What can I learn to do better next time?".

My magical thinking that I could start over tomorrow was, for me, an excuse for a prolonged downward spiral.

Just what's working for me. Slowly and NOT linearly but it is working.

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no different just get up and go...its a new day not a new beginning emoticon



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"No matter how far you have gone down a wrong road, turn back." (Peruvian proverb) emoticon



 
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There is never a last time, each day is a new start. emoticon emoticon

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Start NOW as it is the only time we ever have to live as Eckhart Tolle says.

So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.

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Trying to win my final healthy race
My life has been a struggle. Two steps forward, sometimes five steps backwards. Basically in and out of physical accidents, emotional crisis, most bigger than life circumstances. It wears you down. How many times must I climb the mountain to finally stay there. Now is my final race,45 lib up from a car accident, yet I am physically back to normal . Or so I thought. Joined ww it helped me loose weight, but my cholesterol shot up. Back to spark again where my cholesterol showed 35 points down when I was at my highest weight. Now I found out that I have a heart condition cause by the impact to the stiring wheel in that car accident. Am taking magnesium & doing other things to dissolve the calcium deposits in my front valve. But this is my last race, and my final one . No more excuses to my self about whatever stress comes along. This is serious! No more games. When I reach my goal, at the mountain top, I know it will give me back so many things I have lost long ago, and I will try to just ignore the emotional hole I am trying to fill! I am not a rock yet, but I am a rock!!!



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I don't think there is a "last" time. As with everything in life, the decision to eat differently is a series of decisions. The last year I got lazy and have made poor ones and gained back 10 pounds. I am making the choice to get myself back under control. It's an ongoing process.

Just start with one decision and go from there. No one is perfect and sometimes we all make the easy choice instead of the right one. Don't obsess over it. Realize it, learn from it and move on.



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I don't even know where to start

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You simply DO it



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I believe, God-Willing, that I've started for the last time because I have and will continue to change how I look at food. My husband watches sports on TV: I noticed every food-related commercial appealed to emotions in some way. I am an emotional eater. I have had five times today where I wanted to find anything sweet and binge. Instead I called a supportive person and talked about what I was feeling and how food can't fill the void and if I push through not eating refined foods, I will soon quit having those cravings. Food is there for nourishment, not a reward, not a shield, not a diversion. Before I can eat the food, it has to merit being eaten by having some nutritional value. It earns the right to be on my plate by being good for me and in the right portions. My thinking is totally changed: I would never have said these things before. And I don't feel deprived either because 'real' food tastes really good!

"Accomplishment is when you use your extra strength to help someone else, rather than get to the top first."
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You don't. You just make a change and keep going. Fitness is an ongoing process. It is not something you can accomplish and be finished. If there is no finish, there can be no start. I have a chronic debilitating disease. It returns and takes me down every time I get up. This has been going on for forty years. I learned that there is no beating it. Finally I incorporated the disease into my life. It's a part of my process and i ALLOW that. It is always OK to be interrupted by the illness. It has to be. If you keep backtracking with your weight endlessly, i suggest you calculate that into your equation. When my illness hits me, I gain weight with it almost every time. Can't be helped. Two steps forward and one step back is actually a normal pattern for humans. Change is hard and perfect change may not be possible. My conclusion is; what is possible is good enough. Maybe it would help you to lower your goals. Anything accomplished is better than something greater not accomplished. For myself, I have decided to lower my goals until I can meet them. I am not the spark guy. I can't do 30 or 60 fitness mintues a day. But i may be able to do five or ten, permanently. And that will add up. I would rather lose one pound than NOT lose 70 lbs because I keep failing at what I cannot do and have to keep starting over.

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LIfe is a series of starts.



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I have come to the conclusion that you don't. I feel for as long as I'm on a "diet" I will always be starting over at some point since I always fall of the wagon eventually. That's why I am no longer going to start over, I am just going to make better choices for myself be it eating healthier foods or exercising more and take it one day at a time. If I eat crap and am lazy one day so be it. I want no more stress and no more limitations. Surprisingly I've noticed a change in my uniform over the last couple of weeks, it's gotten looser. I don't know if I've lost weight since I have vowed to only weight myself once or twice a month, the scale, in the past, has always turned into a negative thing for me.
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find things that are good for you and that you can enjoy, focus on doing those, add more and build as you can :)



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Rule #1: Make One Good Decision At A Time....
and if you break Rule #1 (by making a less-than-the-best-for-you decision)
You go back to Rule #1 as soon as possible!
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"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."


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By staying educated. After learning about how insulin and pancreas behave, and after watching a show on BBC about the truth of diet, I am finally convinced (at age 52 and after having gained 1 pound per month for 3 years by living "normally" (not binging, staying active, eating well) and staying clear of white flour and sugar) that my body type/DNA make-up cannot handle more than 50 grams of carbs a day.

I have been at my worst only 182 pounds ... But I have endured battling with my body since the age of 7. Food addiction, sneaking, swing dieting, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, gym training, running, Jazzercize, walking... and yet my constant true goal was to get to eat like all my "normal", average weight friends and family.

Three years ago I reached my goal weight easily of 138 pounds on the Ideal Protein diet with the counseling of my chiropractor, taking a year to learn about protein, exercise and my attitude/habits. AGAIN I chose to let myself believe that I could live "normally".

FINALLY I get it. My body can't deal with more than 50 carbs. I don't need to count calories. I only need to track carbs. At this point I don't care if I get to 138 pounds. I will be happy if I can simply stop gaining a pound a month. I will not have to start again because I have finally listened to my body and I will continue to believe my body.



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I believe you start with the idea that this is going to be a way of life from now on and don't worry about the end because there is no end. Just a better you!!!!!!!!!!!!

i am not going to get old until i am 110 and then i'm going to think about it!!!!

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I would truly love this (time) to be my last "start", and just continue on my path towards better health (and emotions).

I have fought obesity since I was about 9 yrs old or so, and believe me, it's been one helluva battle for me. My top weight was 357 pounds, my lowest in the past 15+ yrs was about 183.

Currently just under 280 (once again), I find it a struggle to cope with my emotions, things I have buried for decades -- just to survive. And while overeating was (possibly) an effective method of coping at 10 yrs old, it just hasn't worked through these past, many decades. And here I am.

Finally got into log-term counseling, last spring, and am digging to find, learn and cope with things that led me to self-medicate with food so many years ago, and which became a habit of (what I thought was) survival. It's a tough road, let me tell you, but I also know it will be worth it.

Even at 61, it is never too late to get it together! Having struggled with depression, also for decades, I am looking forward to getting to the bottom of my Binge Eating Disorder, as much as possible, and learn to let my feelings out, not fear them.

If I had (ever) been able to have "just a slip" and get back on track, that would have been nice. But not all of us have that strength (or whatever it is) to get back on and "just do it" -

I am truly grateful for Spark and all of its encouraging supporters who don't judge me, or I'd have given up ages ago.

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I think there's a difference between quitting and making mistakes on a given day. When you learned to ride a bike you fell off, right? But if you got back on, you did, eventually learn to ride. This is the same thing. I posted on another bulletin board somewhere; I track my planned exercise in the morning when I get up. If I don't get to finish it all at one time, I know that I owe myself more later and I do it. As Nike says, "Just do it". You may not feel like it or be annoyed as you set off to resume your workout, gut if you're like me, once you start it's pretty easy to keep going. Someone mentioned that they don't like to track but you get faster at it if you stick to it and if you focus, you learn a lot. The things you learn will help you form healthier habits.

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It's never for the last time. It's an ongoing project. Sometimes you fall off the wagon - just climb back on it.

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You can take the girl out of London, but - thank goodness - you can't take London out of the girl.


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You simply DO it, one day at a time, sometimes just one moment at a time. And when you fail (we all do), you get back up and start again.

KAREN

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:22-23


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Nothing is constant, everything around us is in a constant state of change.
Every day is a new day that starts with a sunrise, a bright new beginning every morning!
Every day is a new start in your journey to good health!
Embrace each day as it comes, embrace good health,make healthy food choices, try to move a bit more. The best exercise you can do is the one you WILL do!
The simple truth of weight loss is a balance of the food energy we take in and the exercise energy we expend.
Enjoy the beautiful fresh fruits and veggies available to you and fit in some lean healthy proteins in the mix (don't forget the legumes, greek yogurt, and healthy grains) and you cannot go wrong.
Keep it simple, and keep on keeping on!


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thanks to all who continue to provide encouragement this is day two of logging in and checking in trying to keep myself accountable and motivated

today was crazy at work, but resisted the food will make everything better attitude, co-worker even noticed a different attitude, so I like myself tonight one day at a time, and i won't have to wake up tomorrow in regret

This is the way of PEACE:
overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love.

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It's never the last time as it is a lifestyle change. You take one day at a time. Life happens and the strategy is, is to get back into the race. Do it for yourself. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and the worst thing we can do is quit! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



 
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Well,I don't really know if I've started for the last time-I hope I have. Recently-3 days ago-I found out my dad has a big mass in his upper right chest- and his lymph node is enlarged-So I decided that I need to start again. Taking care of myself is important and I want to be healthy! So for the last 3 days since I've be exercising and eating well. I am wanting to be a size 14, not size 20. I am going to see my dad in 3 weeks, and I want to be on track then too.
My dad is a special guy! Hope this is the last time I have started!



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In reply to SHKIRK----Your answer is so true! Each day we should remember.......

"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you already got."

Change is good! Goodbye habit! emoticon on everyone's success.





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Sorry to inform you but.. this most likely will NOT be the last time. We all slip and return to things we know will put the wt. back on without even thinking ! We have to accept the fact and get back on track ! Shake off the bad stuff and emoticon You will be doing it all your life. This is a lifestyle change and like most changes you have to keep doing them for them to become habit. You can do it !! emoticon



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It is hard and frustrating. But is just giving up and being fat a better option? I've lost weight and feel great and then slowly slip back into my old life style and gain it all back. I think it's different for everybody. I'm finally realizing it's going to be an ongoing fight for me. I can't slip back into not exercising and eating everything I want and not expect to gain weight. I have to track, I have to be aware of what I'm eating and decide if it's worth it or not. I set easy goals so I don't feel like a loser and it's slow going but at least I'm heading in the direction I want to go.

I hope you find success, cheers to a healthy lifestyle.




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I have started "over" so many times and I have blamed everyone or everything except myself for falling backwards and gaining the weight back. Just last Oct. I was down to 136 and it felt so good and I was even proud that I made it through the Holiday's and didn't gain a pound.
Then January came and the weight came back s l o w l y.......and here I am at 150 and very upset with myself. I had to finally wake up and realize I have to take account for myself and I have to be able to handle the goodies in the house and stop thinking they are calling me to come and enjoy them when I feel down or upset. So it's never over, it's a life style change and something that you wake up to every day. One day at a time.....taking baby steps and it came on slow so you have to be patient. I am going on vacation in just 26 days and I WILL be in the 140's when I go.
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I'll never know if it's the "last time" or not. I can only take it one day at a time and keep an attitude of this is a lifestyle change and if that's true, then I will stick with it for the rest of my life.



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You don't.
Like all things, it is one day at a time....and if necessary one hour at a time...



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I have started over many many times. Each time around I wonder how I'd forgotten how amazing it feels to take care of my body, inside and out. This time around it's been five months going strong and I am very pleased. I just wrote a blog post about this.

For me, it's not about the weight anymore - it's about how I feel. I will measure my success in other terms. I don't know where all this thinking and socialization takes place - at what point in our life, from what media and exposure that we get stuck in thinking about our weight and fat and that pesky scale, but it's not about this. It's about our lifestyle, what we put into our body, how we move our body, use our minds and what we create with what we have resources we have available.

I wish everyone all the best - every second, every decision, every moment is an opportunity to do something that empowers and rewards you.

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I totally feel your pain. I lost 92 pounds on SparkPeople in 2010 and ended up gaining most of it back. So - here I am again - starting over.

I see it this way....I didn't gain the weight overnight and I'm not going to lose it overnight, either.

I'm taking it one day at a time. I am eating better, working out 4 days a week (which is all I can manage at this time - but - I am sticking to it.) I am going back home in another state to see family and friends over the holidays and I'll be darned if I'm going to go looking like a mess.

Besides the obvious reasons - looking better, feeling better, sleeping better, etc., it gives me another goal to work toward. Kind of like a little reward in a few months.

I've been there - like you - many times. I wish you the best of luck, and whatever you do - don't give up.



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Love this attitude!

“Transformation is not a future event. It is a present activity.

That is why you must bring everything that you have to give in every moment.

And it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s not about perfect, it’s about effort.

When you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens, that’s how change occurs.”

– Jillian Michaels


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I know we've all heard it a million times before, but rather than thinking "diet" (which implies temporary), think getting healthy for life. Also, remember for whom (including yourself), for what, and why you want to get healthy and continue reminding yourself of this often (i.e. partner/spouse, children, grandchildren, hobbies, activities, cute clothing, health benefits, increased energy, more self-confidence, improved self-esteem, etc.). Also, since my weight has always cycled a bit, I know that if I gain 5 pounds back, I (seriously) have to get "back on track". For many of us, myself included, 5 pounds can easily become 10, which can become 15, then 20, etc., etc. Finally, I try to remember how I looked and, more importantly, how I felt at my highest weight versus how I look and feel at goal. This motivates me not to get too out of control.

Lots of luck and enjoy the journey to improved health and all else that's positive. xo





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determine what made you quit in the first place.

Then figure out your BIG WHY. This isn't just about losing weight. This isn't about vanity pounds. This is about something so important and big for you, that nothing short of death will keep you from achieving your goals. My reasons are 20, 18, 10, 2, and 2 months. These 5 chitlins are enough to keep my at my goals. Yes, Yes and Yes sometimes I slip and falter, but not enough to have failed.

Do you want to be around for your significant other? Do you want to be around for your kids? Do you want to get off all the TOXIC meds? Do you want to be able to go up the stairs without huffing and puffing? How about being able to go on a cruise when you are 90 instead of sitting in a nursing home? Join me on that cruise.

As others have said, recommit to yourself each morning. Ask yourself the hard questions-- what will get me to my goal faster-- this manmade twinkie or God's apple? This ding dong or some carrot sticks (i refuse to touch baby carrots. I will take the time to peel them). Will walking around the block with my furry baby get me closer to my goal than sitting on the couch? See where I am going

I am absolutely convinced that most people out there already know how to lose weight. they know how to get fit. They just don't have a big enough WHY.

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I think you have to wake up every morning with the attitude of....what can I do today or this hour to be successful and make my little part of the world great. This applies to everything. Daily work, daily workout, daily interaction with those that are around you.

Always live in the present and right now.

We can do this....together.

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You have to believe before you can achieve. I know that sounds cliché but it really is true. If you go into anything with doubt then you are going to have problems. You can't look ahead; you just have to concentrate on today. Ask yourself "What can I do today?' Don't start from a place of failure but from an attitude of victory that says "If I can do just one healthy thing for myself today than it has been a good day." Eventually, those right choices begin to add up and you will add more right choices and they all build on each other. This isn't going to be easy but I'd rather take baby steps today then be another year down the road in the same place (or worse) than I am today.

Good luck!

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If you don't love your body now, you won't love it after you reach your goal!!!


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You dont, there is no lst time, which i have had a hard time beleving myself. But instead of starting over and over, just keep going and note the bad days, and realizr that no one is perfect especially when it come to livng a healhty lifestyle and losing weight. but dont lose hope thsat where you just keep going every day, have a bad day and move on , dont give up for a while and then start agian,, just keep goimng.

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"


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with hope and faith that this is the last time I know I will find inspiration here thanks to all

This is the way of PEACE:
overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love.

From: Peace Pilgrum


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By realizing that I have to find what works for me and what I can do for the rest of my life without feeling deprived. I refuse to starve myself. I refuse to feel hungry all the time. The weight is coming off but just as important, I feel good for the first time in a long time.

You don't get what you want. You get what you work for.

~ Trish, Ohio ~
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Primal Mantras for Beginners

One choice at a time.
Just show up for today.
I deserve this.
Pay myself first.
It’s a journey, not a race.
Celebrate something every day.
Embrace pleasure.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.

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9/18/13 7:20 P

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By realizing that what I do has to fit my life. If I cannot do something indefinitely then it is not part of my weightloss plan. Also accepting that I will have to watch what I eat and make and effort to be more active for the rest of my life. It is not a start and finish thing.



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By accepting that just losing maybe 2 or less pounds a week is OKAY and the right way to go about maintaining steady weight loss. Stop expecting that 5 or more pounds a week weight loss. Slow and steady really is the way to go about it. I think if you are disapointed by the scale because the weight loss isn't what you expect (after doing everything right that week pertaining to health and fitness) then you are way more likely to give up altogether. Stick with it no matter how slow things are going for you. It will pay off in the end! Good luck to everyone in their slow and steady race :D



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i know i have to start out small if i am going to get there and not give up again the the millionth time. ai know its not impossible to take some of the simple steps as worked in the past and start loosing and feel better. I am and may always be an emotional eater. I know many others come here to SP looking for the "Silver Bullet", the one ans to change it all! I guess it really doesn't exist. At least not outside of us. We have to look inside to find it and make the changes to become the person we want to be, live the life we dream about. I am always looking for ways to help better my decisions. I have found several really good and helpfull people here. I look forwars to contiue this journey here.

Staying in the present, taking one day at a time with moving one foot in front of the other.


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CANNBRO
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I like SP because I do track most of the time and it is a way of pointing out the amount of carbs, fats, etc. that are being consumed. Therefore; I can make changes when I realize where I need to. (Seems like I sure know how to find the carbs.)

I started over again Monday hoping I can continue eating properly. I can already see that the change is effective. It does make a difference to track since I was obviously off course. I now have on hand snacks that are healthy to eat for snack 1 & 2. Increasing the water intake is very important. It is my belief that over time I have developed a bad habit and I need to break this habit of consuming more calories that I need. I stopped smoking and have never touched another cigarette and that was eight years ago. I think my problem is I want immediate results and that is not going to happen. I cannot take pounds off immediately when it took many years to put them on. I will make it. We all need to continue to think positive. emoticon



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I've only been on SP a few weeks, but they are weeks riddled with binge-diet, binge-diet. I started SP hoping to break the binge-diet cycle. Quite frankly, I'm tired of tracking everything I eat. I want to be a "normal" person who does not think about food and eating all the time. I am persevering but it sure would be nice to be able to stop the binge cycle once and for all. I appreciate this response because I know I'm not the only one who knows what to do and can stick with it most of the time, but it's like I start binge eating from out of nowhere. I know my triggers, I know to take steps to prevent the binge eating, but right now, when it hits me, I don't even think of not binge eating. Any ideas for beating the addiction or do I just have to accept that it is what it is and I'll have to do my best to manage it when I can? emoticon



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It's NEVER for the last time. It's an ongoing thing. I love travel and good food - just back from 8 days in Madrid with my (recovering from) anorexic grand daughter. We ate well, and she really enjoyed tasting new foods. We walked a lot as well. Since Spring I've gained a couple of kilos - time to get back to spark, counting calories, watching portion size. But I know when I go travelling again later this year, I'll gain a few pounds - which I'll deal with when I get home.

The trick is never to let it go too far. Once your waistbands start getting tight - back on the wagon! And keep moving - good luck

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You can take the girl out of London, but - thank goodness - you can't take London out of the girl.


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CANNBRO
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Thanks to all who replied to my post yesterday. Since we all seem to have grit and fortitude we can and will reach our goal(s). Never give up!

I am ready for another successful day. Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon



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It took me over 50 years to figure out this weight loss is a journey and if you mess up get up and try again. Love the Bible verse you used.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of Men" Ecc. 12:13


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I've come to realize that it's not about starting and stopping. You need to come to the realization that it's a lifetime commitment to change yourself from the inside out. Accept that it will be a long and sometimes difficult journey full of many mistakes and many lessons to be learned from. It's about taking one day at a time and just focusing on that. The present is what matters. What will you do TODAY. When you change your focus to that and have the ability to accept what happens and adjust to the changes needed and learn from your mistakes, things can only get better. There will be no more stopping or starting because your living your life.

Jenny

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If you never quit, you never have to start over!!!!!!! Just keep at it - never give up!!!!!!



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Today's start - just tracking even though way over

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"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius


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I just have to be good with fitness and nutrition today. Tomorrow never comes ... because I just have to overcome TODAY.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you will overflow with hope ... Rom 15:13


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I guess from what i've seen from other success stories is planning and being honest with one's fitness level. Slow and steady wins the race. Trying to lose 50 pounds in one month and then not planning on how you will maintain for the rest of your life is how you fail.

I decided this time- as I go along- I'll be open to tweaking my regimen, goals and eating habits. At some point, I will find what works best for me and stick to it.

It's like we are learning what we missed as children- how to eat, move, and sleep that will ensure optimum health.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


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By never quitting, never giving up on yourself.....no matter what! Just remember there will be some rough times when motivation comes hard, goals are not met, challenges lurk behind every corner, you get sick - but those times will pass. There will also be those days when the scale rewards you, your clothes become big, and you like the person looking back at you in the mirror. Just do your best - and never quit.

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Wow can I ever relate to this message. I married an individual 11 yrs ago whom I loved very much but a month before the wedding I started recognizing some problems that I didn't feel were going to correct themselves. This was my second marriage. I let others talk me into going through with the marriage letting others convince me that the problems would correct themselves after we said the vows. It is now 11 yrs later, we lost the mother in law who had mental health problems and gained mental problems now in my husband which are steadily getting worse. Three years into the marriage things had finally settled and then I found him with my sister. The will from the mother in law finally settled at that time and we inherited this farm that I absolutely hate. All the weight I had lost I gained back plus. I have lost the job I really loved and have been bouncing around now from job to job trying to find another that I like just as much as that one.So I am trying to regain some sense of who I am and still function in a marriage I don't want to me in. My sense of purpose and motivation have diminished greatly and here I am trying to lose the weight again, so that I can like myself again and try and be productive again.

what if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday.


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CANNBRO
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What ever one calls it I will be glad when I reach the day I do not have to think about loosing weight. I did not have a weight issue until I was in my mid twenties. I am able to control what I eat during the day but it is the evening hours that are difficult with a little of picking here and there. It does not take much for the calories to add up. I stay busy but that does not seem to help. The success stories here give me encouragement to keep trying.



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I read quite a few of the post today about starting again. I am a food addict and I have had my binges. I am starting a healthy way of life now and hopefully forever, but like any addict I am sure I will fail now and then. I and all of us need to realize that we have a food problem and we will have set back. We need to forgive ourselves and start again. I wish this was just about me dieting and maintaining but is an addiction and it is really hard to break. I know that I have turned to food for comfort in the past and now I need to find new things to feel me up emotionally. Wow! I can't believe I just said all of this... I am praying that all of you have a great week and find strength to treat your bodies well with healthy food and fitness.



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I think TEMIWUMI said it best:

"I dont think there will ever be a last time. I am in this forever, if I fail I will get back up again and start all over."



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I don't have anything new to add to this thread I just wanted to say emoticon to everyone that has responded to this thread. I've read every single reply and there were so many things I needed to hear. I've hit a rough spot in my life and have been thinking that I just don't know how I can focus on this "weight loss things" NOW. Well, what I've come to realize in reading through these posts is that THIS IS JUST LIFE and I need to buck up and power through. In the grand scheme of things what I'm dealing with is minor compared to the obstacles others have to deal with and I just need to take it one day at time, make the best choices I can each day. There will be set backs but I can't give up when I stumble, I just need to make a better choice the next time. This is why I love SparkPeople and why I came back.

I hope you will all continue to share your thoughts, successes, stories, struggles, advice, etc. You are supporting, encouraging and inspiring people, like me, that you don't even know about. The encouragement and support here are unlike anything else I've ever had. This site is so much better than any other, or any meeting or group I've ever been a part of and it's because of all of you! emoticon

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It's a daily choice for me. If I don't track what I eat, I'll start becoming unaware of what I'm putting in my mouth. Having a knowledge of where I am helps me stay where I need to be, especially during the evening hours or while watching television. I don't want to have to exercise it off later, so I make sure I track it all!

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
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The starting for the last time has been and is attitude shift. No more focusing on dieting rather on lifestyle changes. It is re-framing statements. When it has a negative connation them we work on sabotaging. It must bring out the pre-teen baulking of authority or something that works to hurt us in the long run. It's like when parents tell us "no" and we think we are being deprived so we do anyway. With lifestyle changes it something that works for me. There are times I re-visit the old ways because this old dog gets forgets......With attitude shifts it is trying new ways to make veggies. Drinking water with some flavoring like lemon tells me the money saved on soda can go for__________. So the reward and exchanges become better types of options.

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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For me, starting for the last time including going vegan. It's made me so much happier and definitely more conscious of the choices I make towards food.



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I think we have all been there...thinking I have tried so many times before that this time is going to be the last time, only to do it "all or nothing" and get overwhelmed and burnout within the first week or two. I have realized that you can't do it until you are really ready to commit to yourself. It was just like when I tried to quit smoking. I tried many many times but always went back to smoking, whether after stopping for a few weeks, months, and even 2 years. After smoking for 42 years I thought I would never be able to quit and that I was just destine to be a smoker. Then one day I just decided....I am ready for this. Put them down and have never regretted it. Now I say I quit smoking 4 years and 30 pounds ago! And that is how it is with my weight. Tired of continually losing and gaining the same pounds over and over again. And it was wreaking havoc on my body. Last week I said enough! I was finally ready to put me first and take care of me. I am worth it! So I am taking baby steps and slowly changing my habits. I know that good things take time...and I am willing to work at it and not rush the process. I did not go into this with the all or nothing attitude like I normally would. I know that progress is slow, but it is progress! If I only lose 1/4 lb a week, well, that is a stick of butter! So don't think this is the "last" time you will try. Think of it as this is the time you will take baby steps and succeed. You can do it! Have faith and believe in yourself!

Babysteps will get me to my goal, just be patient and don't give up!


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