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2/21/14 8:58 P

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With recommendations from 2 doctors to quit smoking an start exercising that's what I did. My wife didn't like the idea. The day I signed up at the local gym she threw my pillow and blanket at me and said I was sleeping on the couch. All of the negative resentment I got fueled my urge to go on.
After many years I'm still exercising and value that my daughters understand what being healthy is all about, so they started their own exercise programs. It's sad watching family members self destruct by not taking care of themselves and the pain and suffering it causes when an unhealthy family member passes away

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2/21/14 6:25 P

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No, they don't really get it. They do not understand the struggle, embarrassment, or frustration when you:

1) cannot walk without being winded
2) cannot walk up and down the stairs without your knees hurting
3) do not want to wear skinny jeans because of the unflattering cling to your legs
4) do not want to take pictures because of the sadness that you do not want to see in your own eyes
5) see the toll your weight puts on everyone you love (because they have to do more of the lifting or walking up and down the basement stairs

Funny, they may not understand, but they love and support you anyway. I would like to just have one week where someone else is responsible for the meals, laundry, chauffeuring children so I can focus solely on myself.

Not complaining, just voicing what many of us are thinking.

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Great Idea! I will use any excuse not to get on the treadmill, but I faithfully keep my appointments.

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2/21/14 10:07 A

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Not really. My son kind of understands (he's only 7) but my mother does her absolute best to try and sabotage me any way she possibly can. 5 years ago when the doctor first put me on phentermine and I lost weight my mother was mad at me because I wanted to exchange the clothes she had got me for Christmas that year for a smaller size and she made such a big deal out of it. She bakes cookies and cupcakes with my son and then tries to send all of it home with us - "Nobody said you have to eat it" is her response when I tell her I don't want this stuff in my home. My b-day is coming up and all she wants to know is if I want a cake or cupcakes and what do I want her to cook for dinner. I told her I don't want any food and she got mad - her idea of a healthy meal is an iceberg salad with some tomato and cucumber drenched in ranch or caesar dressing with a big steak. She is my greatest saboteur.



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2/21/14 10:04 A

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Thankfully, my husband is supportive. For the most part, he eats his junk food away from the house. He knows that I can't have junk food in the house without over indulging.



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I grew up with parents who get it about healthy eating, exercise and all of that. They understand I take care of my health because I don't want to have to deal with heart issues and Diabetes as I get older.

When I married my SO I was already eating clean, drinking tons of water, exercising 2 hours a day just about and taking with myself so it wasn't a surprise to him and his 2 younger ones. I cook vegetarian food for me most of the time and they eat cleaner versions of their favourite foods. They exercise with me a lot of the time so that is helpful. I don't force them to adapt to my lifestyle and they don't annoy me about my health choices.

I figure if I lead by example and don't preach they'll catch on even more as time goes on.

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


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2/20/14 11:47 P

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My husband is VERY supportive... for the first week. Then it's "Oh, I don't feel like grocery shopping, let's just order in"

Hrmph.

To my biggest critic: if you are reading this, your new self is already winning. Keep working. Keep posting. Keep going. Don't try to tell yourself you can't do it, because if you are reading this, YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE IT! Love, yourself.


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2/20/14 7:11 P

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sometimes, LOL

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2/20/14 6:50 P

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I agree with KJFITNESSDUDE, emoticon I am going to stop trying to drag him along. Great advice, TY



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2/20/14 5:03 P

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My mom is super supportive, but it is hard trying to convince my dad.

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2/20/14 5:02 P

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No my family does not get it! They don't understand what hard work I put in to lose the weight! exercising, eating clean healthy food. staying positive. This is hard work! they don't understand that I can never go back to the way that I was eating. ever. If I do I'm going to gain all the weight and even more weight back. That is not the option for me.



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2/20/14 3:18 P

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my hubby is finally coming around. maybe he did notice when i threw out his jarred dips b/c last trip to the store he came back with hummus and tzatziki made with greek yogurt. he also bought more protein and only one thing with sugar. when we first got married he would come home with chips and other snacks that my kids only saw for birthdays. they loved it but i didn't. i had lost almost 60 pounds before we met and now i'm trying to lose 50 of those pounds again. arrrgghhh

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2/20/14 12:36 P

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I know my husband is supportive of my efforts, but he forgets. He brought home ruffle potato chips and sour cream dip last weekend. He prefers corn chips, which he got as well. He knows I love potato chips. I asked him why he bought the potato chips, and he proudly answered "Why these are for you!." Bless his little heart. I's been 7 weeks. So the chips are gone now, but not without my help. They really are a trigger food for me which is why I have not purchased them. I am fine if they are not in the house. There are some things best left at the store, and no, I can't just "control myself" at least not yet. People love you, but they don't understand.

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2/20/14 11:02 A

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MMFAREJ13-- Just a random thought, FWIW: there ARE healthy and nutritious pancake recipes out there, even here on SP. Is there a way to make a batch of pancakes that BOTH of you can enjoy together? There's not much of a way to redeem fries or pizza, both of which we've given up too, but pancakes don't have to be the evil diet-buster thing...

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2/19/14 8:25 P

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No. I stay with my mom during the week rather commute 2+ hours a day. She does not get it. She just bought a "marked down" Valentines Day cake. Part of me feels guilty for asking her not to bring certain things into the house. She was this way when I lived at home though. She thinks I should be able to just say no. She's right, I should. I'm not at that point yet, and I may never be.

You�ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn�t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. �Louise Hay


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If you are the person who shops and cooks, I'd say you get to control most of the meals that get churned out of the kitchen. That was my mom's rule - she was not a short-order cook, we had to try everything at least twice, and if we didn't like what she made, we were on our own for dinner. And my mom exposed us to a very healthy three meals a day.

I know it can be hard. My husband and I eat the same breakfasts and dinners, and I am fortunate that he is on board with healthy eating. He wasn't always, though. When we first moved in together, he had a serious soda habit and was used to eating heavy, processed foods. I was not, and to boot, I have some self-control issues. If there's something bad in the house, I want to eat it. So, I let him know that I couldn't have those things in the house without bingeing, and he respected my wishes to keep them out.

If you haven't already, have a heart-to-heart with your husband, and let him know how he makes you feel when he tries to pressure you to eat foods you want to avoid. Also let him know that you're serious about leading a healthier life and setting a good example for your kids, and that it's hurtful when he belittles those efforts.



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2/19/14 10:48 A

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It's weird my family loves that I am trying to lose weight, but don't really promote healthy eating. My parents came into town last week and I had a nice dinner all ready to go and my mom suggests going out instead. Maybe the fried zucchini threw her off. I told them it would only take 30 minutes to heat up dinner and they were OK with it. I made dinner up the day before so all I had to do was reheat and cook the zucchini.

My hubby on the other hand loves to eat healthy meals, but his snacking is driving me crazy. He buys chips all the time, so there I am on the couch after a workout eating chips.



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Yes all the way. My husband lost 50# in the last 18 months by eating smaller portions and cutting out evening snacking. We hike together and eat a lot less.

Taking care of yourself first isn't selfish, it's necessary.
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sometimes

but most times NO especially the eating part

they get the exercise and being active - they all love that DDs and DSs and DH

But the eating they don't get because they have no issues - honestly I don't think they will because they like veggies and not alot of junk, not big on eating out and in general make healthy choices but they don't understand my vigilence towards my own diet and nutrition



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hubby does. one son does. sister doesnt, brother doesnt.

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Yes to some extent -- DH doesn't realize I am preparing & cooking the same foods, but it is the Portion control that I am watching.



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2/19/14 12:10 A

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my kids do, my husband is coming around.

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The women in my family want to look the best & guess what? I'm winning! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Most of the time thus and is supportive. But I am sure he tires of my tracking and eating healthy.

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My boyfriend does suport the exercising part. The eating not so much. He's a runner, can eat all he wants and doesn't like eating alone. So between the dinner requests and the snacks he doesn't make it easy for me.



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2/18/14 2:54 P

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I feel you......same problem here. I think the only solution is to worry about you and hope they will want to be part of your success. Once they see you are making a change for the better and actually doing it they will want to help and get in on the action. But not everyone wants change. In that case you have to do it for you! No matter how hard it is. I lost 65 lbs on my own back in 2010. I went from 225 to 160 and I felt awesome! But I slowly stopped working out and getting back into my old habits. I found out I was pregnant in Jan 2012 and gained all my weight back since then. I am so sickened with myself and in a real rut. I know what I have to do but cannot get motivated. It sucks but when you want it bad enough it is possible! Stay focused and worry about you! You can do it :) Best of luck!

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my husband finally saw the light as well and hopped on the spark bandwagon with me!

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Yes, my family is behind me all the way. They realize this is not a diet but a healthier way to eat and learning to do fun exercise!!

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I did a whole flip.
I got a box and filled it up with unwanted foods from kitchen and donated them.
I have went through items I no longer wanted in my home.
It feels good to get rid of things you and family members no longer need.

Yes my family has been very supportive to my weight loss and changing how I eat.

I have no support when it comes to working out. I am doing it alone so that sucks. But then I just work harder and tune things out with music ect.

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2/18/14 11:43 A

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Not at all. They no longer try to push unhealthy food on me and hardly ever make comments about my food choices, but they certainly aren't doing anythint to make it easier. Right now, sitting on our dining room table you will find three bowls of candy: York peppermint patties, MnMs with almonds, and red velvet MnMs. (sigh)

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My family didn't believe it at first however, they are very supportive of my food choices and we were raised in a conscious food environment. Sometimes, I surprise them on my commitment and they are learning from me! emoticon emoticon



 
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2/17/14 10:21 P

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Definitely not.

--Aiden--

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Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
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Yes and no. My husband says he gets it. But my journey to health scares him I think. He never really has liked change. And he doesn't really have motivation to be healthy (actually he turns his nose up to most healthy things) So he does not make it any easier on me. But he sees it brings me happiness so he tries to be supportive but he is also supportive in my falling off the wagon. He says he loves me regardless of how I look, and a part of me believes that but the hardest part is I didn't love the old me. How can you love someone when they can't even love themselves?



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My family gets it, but they have been practicing since June1, 2010....
When I started my journey, for the long haul, they had little to say.
I have put my body through prior torture and regained.
They do see that this loss, slow and sure, with 180 pounds down and 105 to go...is a life change not a diet or a quick fix. It is education, empowerment, and balance.

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Yes, my family "gets it". My grown daughter and son eat this way, too, so it's not "foreign" to them. Now my husband on the other hand, was raised on meat, potatoes and anything else, fried. His family's idea of salad was iceberg lettuce, a tomato and tons of ranch dressing..ick! Fresh, REAL FOOD has both taste and texture when it's cooked properly.



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My mom absolutely does not understand that although I lost 80 pounds almost 5 years ago, it takes daily effort and continued work to keep it off. It is sad that my hubby, most of the time, would rather have back his pizza-splitting buddy and pig-out pal than his healthy, slender wife that is me now. My daughter lost weight with me, but she's gained hers back and isn't interested in addressing it. She likes to tempt me, but I rarely fall for it.

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My family is always happy with whatever I cook so there are no difficulties there. My daughter eats at fast food places with her friends and while she leads a busy social life she does not exercise and can pack on the pounds if not careful. My partner works out-of-town during the week and is happy to eat whatever I cook on the weekends. He also does not exercise but no one is actively undermining me and they are accepting of my need to hit the gym or grab a game of tennis. I think my partner might be a little jealous of my time away but does not say anything negative.

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My second reply is for Blondy 01

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a great person and doing a great job having to go against all adds . They say there is no better way to teach than by being on example to others. Don't feel bad because you are trying to do the right thing for you and others don't follow right away . I very sure that if you stick to your diet , they will admire you and soon will see the light . Be proud of what you are doing , being a very good motivator. Just wait and see. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This message is for Blondy 01

Edited by: MACLOVIAITA at: 2/17/2014 (10:48)
I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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2/17/14 10:27 A

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congratulations on your weight loss, fantastic girl you are awesome.
I am also happy for your husband coming on board. Good for him he is a emoticon emoticon emoticon great guy.

Edited by: MACLOVIAITA at: 2/17/2014 (10:50)
I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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2/17/14 9:23 A

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My hubby FINALLY gets it. I've been working really hard since August, and have lost about 40 pounds. My hubby, at first, was quite the saboteur! He's an awesome cook, and it's hard to resist fresh bread and food that smells so good! Plus the extra snacks that he would bring in the house. He is even more overweight than I am, and has several health problems, but just wasn't ready to get on board. I tried several times interesting him in Sparkpeople, but finally gave up because I didn't want to nag.

Then, a few weeks ago, he went for his yearly physical. His labs came back with his A1C in the diabetic range and his fasting blood sugar in the pre-diabetic range. The doc told him she'd give him 3 months to try to get it under control with diet, and then they'd do more labs and see where he stands. Last week, he finally got on Sparkpeople and decides he LOVES all of the tools, and is totally on board to lose as much as he can before his next round of blood work.

It's so nice that we can finally do this together, and I don't have to try to resist all of the unhealthy stuff! I still do buy things that my DS requests (although he mostly eats what we make) but he keeps any candy or cookies in his room, out of my sight, per my request.

Heather
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2/17/14 8:25 A

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It is a lonely journey in my home. This go around however I have my 17 yo daughter on board with me and that is great encouragement. I have very slowly cleansed the pantry of junk and replaced the menu with healthier choices. I still make favorites and choose not to eat the stuff that is bad for me.



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