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TEMIWUMI
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9/14/13 7:30 P

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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.

"I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me"!!!


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Took off 10 pounds, kept it off for a year and feel great. Now an new 10 pounds this year.



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Waking up every day and knowing that I will track my food and exercise.



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Thats the problem TAMALASPARK It's the way I thought all along, lose the weight, then return to normal eating. Unfortunately that doesn't work. It is a lifestyle that cannot be undone, unless you want to return to original size plus more. Even now, I look at sugar and refined foods as no longer a staple or addition to my pantry. They are gone forever. I was at a dinner party last evening, where I did have a couple of things in moderation that someone had added cheese to (very modest amounts). But if it had sugar or any other unnecessary dairy added it was a red flag. I am not going to undo all I've done to get here, it's not worth the anguish.

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My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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TAMALASPARK
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9/14/13 12:49 P

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Restarting has been the story of my health and fitness life. But I think it is better to think about it as a lifestyle, instead of something that starts and ends.





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I did think I will die as a fat person. Before I found SP, never could I imagine change was possible. I too had that 'all or nothing' attitude. As many people mentioned it before - start small. If you only managed to have 5 fruits or veggies for a whole week - you've made progress. If you have forced yourself to lift your butt off the couch and walk for 10 minutes - you've made progress. If you have never paid attention to food labels, but made a choice to buy fat-free or start paying attention to that - you've made progress.
Focus on the small things and praise yourself for them. In time you will see that these small changes accumulate and CHANGE you mental picture of what you are doing. Then you will realize that it's not an all-or-nothing dieting, but a lifestyle change that will take time.
However, it is so well rewarding...even when you have disastrous days or feel like you've completely fallen off the wagon...you'll be able to get up and face tomorrow with no fear.
Yes...that's how children grow into maturity...that's how we come closer our goal.
Good luck!
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9/13/13 11:28 A

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After dieting for the last 30 years.....I found Spark People and realized it's not a diet but a lifestyle change............Thanks SP

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I started with a diagnosis of diabetes 2, right on that day. And it's almost 6 months in and I am not sure how many lbs down now, won't know until I weigh in with the Dr. a week from today.

I was tired of gimmicks, exercise equipment, that collected my clothes and just set forth to just eat healthy (Clean eating pretty much) and exercising daily. No less than 3 miles of walking per day.

Believe me I've done it all, and accomplished nothing. WW numerous times, couldn't count how many times I tried and failed to get to any sort of goal, I also rewarded myself if I lost a couple of lbs after each meeting, I would go binge on something like doughnuts, chocolates something to just put it all back on, because I earned it (in my brain that made sense, lol). Nutri System, did well, but when I went back to normal (that's where we go wrong) eating, I gained it all back + some.
They really don't teach you how to eat good, just their cardboard meals (Same with Jenny Craig) And how about all these books saying "Eat this, not that" Contradicting each other and becoming a hot mess. And don't get me started on gimmicks, I will not do them or endorse them, I think it's just another way to get our money.

I also gave up wanting to lose it fast, like most of us do. Either for an upcoming event, or whatever. Now I can go to those events, and feel like a million and look it too!

But my biggest accomplishment is that I gave up sugar in any form. I believe it's one of the biggest triggers ever! And at this point I do not miss it. I think that was my set back for most anytime I tried a diet or plan. Most still allow it, and either count it as a "point" or it's in their prepackaged food (don't do refined or packaged anything)

So basically this is my last time, because it is now my life. All I tell people is try to go without sugar, it's a wonderment in how easy it is to lose weight, and gain a whopping amount of energy, because it's not sucking the life out of you.

Edited by: MJLUVSANIMALS at: 9/13/2013 (10:31)
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My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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emoticon God Morning everyone, I have been serious since Jan of this year. I was 161 when I decided I need to get some of this weight off. I had cancer on 2005 when I weighed 170-and today I blame that on weighing too much. Weight causes different kinds of health problems. So I do not want that weight to creep up on me again. I've heard when one is older the appetite decreases. Well, I'm 77 yrs young and that has not happened to me.! emoticon So anymore I am not on a diet and not starting over again. This is a way of life. I like the way Sparkpeople lets us on being able to track calories-chat with others, etc. I have done WW paid my fees-doesn't work. I still believe the tracking calories is best way. I eat anything I want this way. If I am over one day-next day stay on track. So I don't start again or quit. I also don't feel guilty when I go off a day. I found with WW if I indulged one day, I gained that week. That got discouraging. I cannot live that way. OK, my small goal is to be under 150 by end of year. Just little steps. We can get there. Never give up-and no starting for the last time. When you have problems there are lots of sparkpeople to listen to you and help. Have a great day! And Love yourself! emoticon Bye for now Betty

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Wiki fit, I needed to hear that, thanx!



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I so agree, you do not start over ever, you continue the journey and the fight. Even if you have a bad day or two it does not mean that you have moved backward, you have just learned something and need to continue to move forward to the goal. When you make your goal you continue to move.



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I started for the last time when I decided to never give up, no matter what. The biggest thing that changed was my attitude toward messing up. I used to have this thing where I'd tell myself I've blown it and it's all over now. Then, it would take days, weeks, months to get back on track. Now when I mess up; I just say "I messed up; that was dumb." I immediately start over the same day, not tomorrow, Monday, next week or after the holiday.

On another message board someone posted saying if you dropped your phone and it didn't break would you throw down again to see if you could break it? That is what I used to do when I messed up; throw it all away and have an even bigger binge. I stopped doing that...stopped quitting because of a setback and it was an epiphany for me. That is how I started for the last time.



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9/12/13 3:52 P

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every day is a new day....



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I quit smoking 14 years ago after smoking a pack a day for 34 years. It took me 4 years. I only actually started quitting smoking once, but every time I found myself smoking again I adjusted the plan, found new things to try (both physical like patches and pills and psychological like betting my doubting doctor that I really could do it), and continued on. I went back to smoking many, many times but I never stopped trying to quit. I still have to remind myself occasionally that I've quit smoking and I should not be thinking about having a cigarette. So with everything in life, I think if we don't actually stop trying even when we've screwed up, if we accept that nothing is all or nothing, nothing is perfect, we realize that our efforts are what count and things will improve more and more as long we continue trying despite what we ate today.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful thorns have roses. -- Alphonse Karr


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SP is the only journey that I have kept to. One thing I had to learn was to stop calling it a diet.

I have now been at my goal for six months a record for me.




Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

Put mind into gear and you can do anything.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

See trevcannon.blogspot.co.uk/


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9/11/13 9:58 P

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How encouraging. Your success speaks to what you are saying. I will try not to give up this time. emoticon



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I wish I knew the magic thought or action that would answer that question.



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IDK - I would just like to finish for the last time!



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9/11/13 7:39 P

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I've got so many false starts behind me that I won't tell anybody or ask for support ever again.



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I keep starting over again, and again & again also. I am now at the point that when I tell freinds & family that I am starting again I don't get a lot of praise because they heard it before. But I will not give up.



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You need to believe that you will be successful and that you are worth the effort. Also remember that a bad choice is just that, not an excuse for a bad day, week etc. You need to forgive yourself!

Make a promise to yourself to do your best everyday!

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There is no last time; it is a lifestyle change.

"She believed she could so she did."


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Very Carefully. One minute at a time.

One step at a time!


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reality check
approach it like AA: I have to do it one day at a time for the rest of my life
I want to be fit and healthy and happy


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Determination and a commitment to myself that emoticon emoticon



 
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I have to start every day.



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I think it's relatively simple....never stop, and you'll never have to start again. We all come across challenges that may try to derail us, and it's ok to slip up for a day. There were times I slipped for a month. But I never completely gave up. Maybe I didn't exercise at all, but I still ate a healthy breakfast, and made sure to drink my water. I didn't abandon everything, so it was easy to re-immerse myself again.



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I'm not sure how I will start for the last time. I HOPE that this is the last time. I'm doing great, it's been almost ten weeks now with my exercise and nutrition plan so I feel like I'm doing very well and that this IS the last time. I want to tell myself this is the last time because I do not want to face even a small defeat.
So, lets say this IS the last time and how I started was, I kept getting small injuries in my back and legs, knees, feet, most of my lower half, and decided that this is ENOUGH. I'm only in my early 30s and I ain't getting any younger so now it's either time to do something about it or just eat myself into my grave.
I started by going to the doctor and talking to him about it and what exactly my problem is with food and how I can't control the monster inside of me. I went to the doctor, made sure that I didn't have any thyroid or other issues they could find in my blood that would cause me NOT to lose weight normally. Once I knew that the only reason I wasn't losing was because I wasn't making it happen then I knew that it was definitely time.
I had to make an abrupt change to my eating habits RIGHT THEN. No sitting around thinking about it or over planning it, just DID it.
Good luck to everyone else out there trying to do it. If I can, anyone can!


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Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable,
but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible,
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I agree this is a hard question. I too said, the last time, that that was my last time. But I had an auto accident where my car was totaled, and I went from one illness to another for over ten years, and different med's too. Now I am back, my life is stable again, and I am healthy. I hope this is my last and final journey. But just looming over my horizon is a new stressor, heart disease. It's either I stop stressing, or I am finally beaten at my own game!



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How do you start for the last time?? I have to admit I didn't read all of the posts because I may have the wrong outlook on this question. How do I know this is the last time? I thought so before, just to become weak and give in to my cravings. I have given up because I worked so hard and had nothing happen., but then I started again. I've been on Spark for exactly two years, lost 40 some pounds a little while ago, then had a stroke and because of new pills and an allergic reaction to a pill, I put a lot of the weight back on again. Now I'm starting again--is this the last time--I hope and I'm going to try. But, to ask how do I start for the last time, is probably one of the hardest questions asked.


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Specific weight goals can be hard, because there is so much that is not in our control. We can be doing everything right and hit a plateau. Pretty soon we've gained back 5 pounds, and then we get really lax to the point we're afraid of the scale. By the time we get up the nerve to get back on all the hard work is gone, and there's even more to lose.

In truth, with a food addiction you probably will keep falling from time to time, but what does it mean? Is that meal a bust? Your calorie range for the day? Is it a bad week? Month? Stop counting how many times you have to get back on the horse, just get back on as quick as you possibly can. My own horse certainly isn't winning the Kentucky Derby, but that's okay. I just don't let it run wild.

Picking goals you can control -- like the number of sit ups you can do, or how long it takes to get to 5 miles on an exercise bike, or just moving X amount per day. If you meet these goals you've met them, and no scale can tell you differently.

When heading for the destination, don't forget to enjoy the journey.


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Into every life, life is going to happen. Despite the best made plans, I've found that there's always something waiting for me to trip over -- either an attitude I need to change, trigger foods that I just flat out need to avoid, or a virus waiting to strike. Boom, down I go.

I've tried a lot of things in the last 2 1/2 years, and, right now, I'm pulling myself back up from a 4 month hiatus of regularly tracking my food and exercising.

I've worked with a dietician -- for a while.
I've used Spark People, and left for another site.
I've used the other site, and came back to Spark People
I've used a heart monitor, and been discouraged by how many calories I wasn't burning.
I've used a pedometer to track my steps -- this I like because I like to walk.

So, I'm pulling together what seems to work best out of what I've done:
Following the dietician's recommendations
Logging food
Logging exercise/steps
Drinking water
Hanging out on Spark People.

One day at a time. One step at a time.

Each day starts new -- another opportunity to take the steps I need to reach my goal. I remember how far I've come, and how hard it was to be active before I started losing weight. I look forward to being able to run and play with my grandchildren (when the time comes!)

Hang in there!! You CAN do it! And you aren't alone!



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As long as I am living I will try to keep my weight down.



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Well, I'd like to think that it's possible not to swing so far back to where you were before - as far as thinking and behavior. So in some ways, it was the "last time" for that mindframe.

I am starting again after losing 15 lbs last spring (the New Year's Resolution), then stalling in April/May and now having put 14 of the 15 back on over the summer.

But yes, I have learned some things - I really have to make my 45 minutes on the treadmill a priority every day and that taking a week-long "vacation" form my eating/exercise plan isn't a good idea because I can't seem to get back on track.

I've also decided to stop drinking any wine or other alcohol. I can't afford the calories and it's too easy to have one glass become two and then say, "But I really need those cookies."

And frankly, I'm feeling pretty optimistic about this - I'm going to work toward hitting my goal (losing 24 lbs.) by the end of the year. I will have achieved my New Year's Resolution - just not as quickly as I wanted!

But I really appreciate this topic and everyone's thoughts. emoticon

Edited by: AWDAVIES at: 9/9/2013 (11:44)
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FITBY15 you can definitely change your mindset - it will definitely make it easier on you in the long run. It would be great if we could take a magic pill and all of a sudden be at a healthy weight, but we would lose the opportunity of learning and practicing healthy lifestyle choices and probably "gain it back and then some" as is the pattern many of us share (myself included). I think that's the problem with most of these "lose weight quickly" programs - they are not maintainable over the long haul.

Certaily agree with everyone who says just keep at it. I am getting a bit discouraged by the number on the scale not moving for the couple of months (yikes) since I quit smoking but I know that through exercise I'm getting fitter and definitely feeling healthier without the cigs so I'm just keeping at it and believing that one day all the pieces are going to fit together and I'll start losing again! The alternatives (to give up and just start gaining again or start smoking again in the misguided hope that will restart my metabolism) are just not an option. I've tried both these "strategies" in the past and I know they don't work!

Good luck! emoticon



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I like the every day is a new day idea ... good stuff!

Deanna :)



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Ah, if only there was a "last time"...even after maintaining for 5 years I found myself gaining weight again after back surgery last fall. Life is a roller-coaster, not a straight road...sometimes you're up & sometimes you're down--you just have to hang on & try to make healthy choices!

Thankfully every day can be a new beginning............. :)

It Is What It Is.... :)


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Well said and you are exactly right. You are my inspiration. Starting again today. Peggy



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The same way you did your very very first time; with confidence, good attitude and pride in yourself. However, if this is your millionth try, like me, keep it between yourself and sparkPeople, this way you will not only surprise others, but yourself also.

It's later than you think!


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That's the most effective attitude, I found, TLEMAY.

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

- Winston Churchill



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Instead of looking at it like my last time, which I thought to myself on many occasions, I try to flip it and look at it like everyday is starting over. Everyday I get to choose to eat healthy, work out to tone my body, and have a positive outlook on my life in general.



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I too wish I knew. I am restarting again and the only good thing is that I am still pounds from my previous high weight. I'm struggling because I want it to be the last time but I fight changing the life style. As I reflect I did learn a lot but when I started to slide many healthy habits went out the kitchen door as I brought sweets in. I am committed to trying and winning. Thanks to all the Sparkers who give encouragement for the journey.



"If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze."-----St. Catherine of Siena

I pray for the wisdom to distinguish between appetite and hunger


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I wish I knew. But every time I re-start I get closer and closer to my goal. So every start is closer to the last time. That's a good thing!

One of the hardest decisions you'll make in life is whether to walk away or continue to try harder.

It's a fact Jack!


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I haven't started a million times, but sometimes it seems like it. However, I look at every start-over as a new influx of energy and commitment. So, it's not a bad thing to start over. It's GREAT!!! Every time you start over, you can get one more thing right. It has taken me several years to get it all lined up: the food, the exercise, the water, the fruit, the vegetables, the portions..... They are all important. They all play a role. It just takes a while to get used to it all and make it all second-nature. So, keep going! Gradually you will get there.
Keep starting over...
JUST DON'T GIVE UP!!!




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I'm hoping this is the last time -- but if not, I'll start again. I am not going to give up, and that includes the decision to keep starting over, if necessary.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass -- it's about learning to dance in the rain."

"The real competition isn't between you and other people. It's between you and that little voice that wants to quit."

Everyone could use more SparkFriends -- please add me!


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You never know if it is your last time until you've reached your goal and maintained it for a good long time.

I started about 500 times (!) and there was a last time although I didn't know it when I first started.

Never give up.

I write and blog about my 150 pound weight loss experience at: www.fittothefinish.com/blog


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You don't



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It can never be your last time cause then that means you've given up on yourself and you should never do that because your so worth it!

Starting to like the new me!
Waiting for my garden to come to life!


 
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I posted a blog on this topic today actually -

I believe you should make a mental (or written if it helps you more) list of all of the reasons you want or need to lose weight and get into shape. We all have different reasons.

Think about what bad food or large portions do for you - And then think if it's worth it to continue starting over again and again, and going back into old habits.

It happens to the best of us. And I can almost promise you that everyone here who's lost a big amount of weight, failed at some time or another. You just have to keep going until one day you get it right!

[There's more about my feelings regarding this topic in today's blog post on my page]



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Just do your best with what you have with perserverance; one day at a time. Don't look back and don't look ahead. Just stay focused on today. Never give up.



 
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