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RESCUETZUMOM
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6/26/13 9:56 A

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I guess the other thing for me is that I eat real food, very little processed food, track everything, and work out daily. People I work with eat micro meals, don't work out, and drop 4 pounds a week.



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GYPSYROVER
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6/24/13 8:44 P

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emoticon It does help to admit my struggle , & hear what everyone else has done to overcome! emoticon



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6/24/13 8:20 P

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it takes alot of discipline at least for me. and not beating myself up if I have splurges.

one thing I am trying is if something food wise tempts me, telling myself yes, you can have that, but not today. its not in your plan today. Then put it into my plan later in the week.

I have hypothyroid so I totally hear you about how long it takes to lose any weight. You might want to discuss it with your doctor, and also check to see if any meds you are on can cause weight gain.

All the so called "secrets of success"will not work ... unless you do.




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RWILKE2000
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6/24/13 6:11 P

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seize the day

Thus the days flee away in like manner and in like manner follow each other, and are always new. For that which was previously is left behind, and that takes place which never was; and every moment of time is replaced by another.
Ovid


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6/24/13 6:06 P

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Thanks for your post. I am in the exact same boat. I start out great in the morning and in the evening I go over my calories and tell myself, "I will start tomorrow". I've been doing this for quite some time. I like the idea of putting the scale away and persistence. It is so nice to known that I'm not the only one that experiencing this.



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6/24/13 1:49 P

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Rescue - I wish I had the answer! Right now, I have put away my scale altogether, and vowed not to take it out again until after Labor Day. And I'm continuing to track and exercise, trying to stay on track but knowing that there will be days when I WILL go over my calories or under my protein, and days when I'm driving here and there and only have time for a 20 minute walk instead of a workout. If, at the end of that time, I find that I have PUT ON weight, I'm not sure WHAT I will do!



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RESCUETZUMOM
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6/24/13 10:59 A

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Bithoo, I agree with you 100%!!! I will eat within my plan, do what I should, lose a few pounds, then put on 3 because I went 500 calories over goal. I know that isn't even possible. People will say it's water weight, or salt, or hormones...but it doesn't go away. How is it even possible????



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I have been here off and on a very long time, because of this site I have not gone back to my starting weight, however still going up and down just have a smaller range.
Maintaining is the big problem for me, however I have maintained this current weight within 10 lbs of goal for about 6 months. I find if I eat at bottom of calorie range 4-5 days a week my weight will stay the same.
Losing weight required me to be at the bottom of my calorie range 6 days a week.
I think giving your body a break from losing is important and just maintaining for awhile, you just have to be really careful not to gain.
Barb

Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels.

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6/24/13 9:44 A

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simply keep on keeping on....

LIVE FOR EACH MOMENT...
TODAY well lived makes every YESTERDAY a memory of happiness and every TOMORROW a vision of hope!!

ELAINE...
(Originally of Boston, MA now living in Boynton Beach, FL)


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Persistence and making quality choices is how I do it. I have long term exercise goals that keep me going to the gym and/or playing sports 4-5 times a week. Food is a bit harder. I just have to keep asking myself if what I think I want right now is *really* what I want. So yeah, I'll only have 1-2 beers but they will be *good* beers that actually have taste. My big victory this week was sticking to my breakfast and not grazing on the Panera food at the office on Friday.

As for missing out on meaningful moments in life, for me its not the food that's tied to date nights with my BF or spending time with my parents, its the time and the conversation. If the food isn't something I planned for and/or something that isn't particularly special I can bypass it because the food isn't the important part.



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6/24/13 4:16 A

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it is the old answer, one foot in front of the other. I love walking and just go for a walk



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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6/24/13 2:16 A

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I got tired of doing the same old thing: start flashy, fail quickly, beat myself up and repeat. So I made up my mind that this time I would focus on persistence.

When I make a mistake with food, I make the very next bite a healthy one. That's persistence.

When I feel too tired to exercise, I get up and get after it anyway. That's persistence.

When I don't see progress on the scales, I remind myself this isn't a linear process and I stick with my plan. That's persistence.

Persistence has helped me take off more than 30 pounds so far.

As for the "no beer, no beer" question you ask. Um...no way! That's dieting. I don't diet. I enjoy beer when I want it. I just plan for it.

Margaret--Spring, TX
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6/23/13 11:40 P

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I am wondering about the day-to-day sustainability, also. I am really struggling right now, in spite of a very successful start. emoticon



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6/23/13 11:39 P

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You make one choice at a time...and the best one available. Lite Beer tastes fine, and has 4 carbs! I had one for dinner last night....

Remember that every good choice you make helps you be healthier. That extra glass of water before you walk down to the ice cream parlor with the kid...the frozen yogurt instead of the full fat ice cream...having a healthy snack before you eat out and skipping the French fries (choosing a veggie instead!) when your dear sweetie takes you to dinner. Boxing up part of your dinner out before you dive into it .... Taking just a bit smaller portion of the lasagna at the in-laws Sunday dinner...

After awhile it becomes a way of life, and the little successes add up!
You can do it---if you don't give up! Be the healthier you, and show your kids how to do it too!!
Even if your weight doesn't come off in a time frame you'd love to see, the real goal is to eat healthy. Its a slow journey sometimes...and its simply not going to get to the end in two weeks. Keep up your good choices.....
patti

"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."


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BITHOO
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6/23/13 11:22 P

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Thanks for your notes. As a follow up: if the weight comes back on that easily, and comes off with so much difficulty, how do keep yourself "psyched up" with the belief that you'll be ABLE to both take it off AND keep it off?

It seems as if, at least for me, the 20 pounds I put on since my kids were born is literally glued on -- and if I lose a pound over three weeks, I gain it back over the course of a single day! In other words, I climb a flight of stairs with all kinds of troubles, and then tumble back down the bottom in just a few seconds.

I start over and over because I don't like the weight... but even when I track and exercise, I can't "guarantee" daily focus and exercise... and it seems that the vast majority of "slips" are because of things I haven't foreseen -- not things like weddings or parties, but things like "I was starving and grabbed a box of sushi thinking it was a low calorie option, only to discover that it was well over 300 calories!" or... "I was planning on having that salad for dinner, but then my sweet husband decided to take me out for cocktails and dinner!" or... "the kids asked me to join them on a walk down to the ice cream shop, and I said ok to having a half-cup of frozen yogurt -- 200 calories I hadn't planned on."

I suppose the answer would be to say "no thanks" to my husband, or goout and had a cup of water and a tossed salad... or said "no thanks" to my kids and watched them eat. But these things seem like an important part of life -- not something to turn down on the basis that I'd rather be thin and have my family feel bad and have me feel deprived and angry...







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6/23/13 8:44 P

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I picture my self at goal



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First, congratulations for getting back on track. That is often the hardest part, but the sooner you do it the less damage is done. When I have a bad day, like today, I try to accept it as an occasional part of being human. You can't eat perfectly day after day in an imperfect world filled with temptations. If it is a planned splurge, like a night out on the town I try to eat at the low end of my calorie range for 2-4 days leading up to it, to 'bank' the extra calories for the splurge so I haven't gone over for the week. Weight loss isn't about having a good day or a bad day it is a long term using more calories than you eat. If it is an unexpected splurge (like pizza tonight because my kid is having a sleep over) than I try to enjoy the splurge, and know that I will have to restrict my calories to the low end for a couple days to stay on track for the week. Sparkpeople has a report under the "my reports" in the tracker dropdown that lets you see the calorie intake over a week rather than day to day. If you track your food (a must for me to lose weight) than try looking at that report and seeing how your intake looks over a week or month. Finally, the secret to weight loss success is to get back up one time more than you fall down.



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BITHOO
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6/23/13 8:07 P

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I find it easy to get motivated for a day, or even a week or two. Then something comes up -- a chance to go out with my sweetie for the evening, or a hurried meal on the road, or an 18-hour day when I'm simply starving at 10 p.m., and there's just no way I'm going to stick to my calorie count.

So I go over... maybe by a couple hundred calories and a few grams of fat.

And I weigh myself, and by golly, I've lost less than nothing.

And I think: ok, well that tears it. I had one night during which I enjoyed two beers instead of a glass of wine, and weeks of hard work go down the drain. Why bother? It's not like I'm NEVER going to have a couple of beers again as long as I live, so I'm clearly not going to be able to lose weight or keep it off.

Then I start again a few days later, and repeat the cycle.

How the heck do you guys keep it up? Do you drop a whole lot of weight, so you feel motivated to keep it off? Do you just have the kind of brain that says "no beer, no beer," and you stick to that forever and ever?

Would love to hear your secrets!



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