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MJEFFERSON23
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I'm not motivated right now, but I plan to jump into it full force tomorrow,no matter what!

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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11/16/13 8:48 P

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it is hard to stay motivated sometimes



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I've gained back a few pounds again, but I no longer really stress over it. I give myself a range. That has worked pretty well....like little downward stairs steps. When I get below my next step goal I'll stay within a range that is slightly lower than where I am now. Mostly focusing on strength and maintenance these days.



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Well, I'm losing about 1 pound per week, so I guess I can't really say no results, just probably not the results that I wanted. I wouldn't even call myself motivated, I call myself determined!

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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bring out the tape then change things around


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

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

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NANCY19662
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11/11/13 12:15 A

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Your right. You have to keep at it and you'll see many successes. Remember your worth the time and effort.

Slow and steady gets you there


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11/10/13 4:27 P

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Just keep going. The results will come. Be aware of this fact!!!



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11/10/13 12:39 A

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Ditto emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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It's hard but we all reach plateaus. Just know that your body is adjusting to the weight loss
And it will start coming off again. Be true to yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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There are times in our lives when there's a stand-still or a stalemate but know, that it all waorks all for the good! To thine own self be true as when we become discouraged is when we can be our own worst enemy! Know that you are worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



 
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It's hard when you hit a plateau, but don' t give up. All your hard work would be for nothing you will start losing again.

Slow and steady gets you there


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I know that with successes there are unsuccessful times, at least with weight loss. I try to keep that in mind when the scale won't move or when I won't either..

Inches Inches Inches lost are more important to me than pounds... :) well POUNDS ARE STILL IMPORTANT NOT AS MUCH AS INCHES THOSE SHOW THE REAL PROGRESS AND THAT IS A HEALTHIER WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT!!


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I have plateau'd and what keeps me motivated is the thought of all the work I did up to this point.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


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I been at a plateau for a month now. I been on a stationary bike for warm ups then circuit weight training 4-5 times a week. Still at a stand still on my weight, but this is the best I've felt in 30 years. I'll just keep on plugging. Thank you Sparkpeople and a tracker to keep motivated. Spread the Spark !!! emoticon



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NANCY19662
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11/7/13 12:13 A

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Great logic. Just stay motivated and keep watching what you eat and exerscise and you will see results, emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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11/6/13 10:11 A

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I would rather stay the same than go back to where I was!



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2 weeks isn't a lot....and as others have pointed out 1200 calories is very low. It that the number Spark people gave you or one you chose? You have to, even in the not losing or gaining times, have faith that the process works!! You have to believe. Exercise, healthy diet, sufficient calories, sleep, fun. All these things work together to create a healthier you. Set some small reachable goals. Each day you walk put some money in a jar for the new shoes your gonna need wearing your current ones out. Or for some nice wicking jacket. I have rewards as small as nutrigena lip gloss. Talk good to yourself, tell yourself nice loving things. All of us struggle and get depressed and don't see the point. I call it I have to outstubborn my fat cells since the guards on them seem to have gotten their training from the North Koreans and they are all scared to leave!!! Keep on, keepin' on.

"It's not who you are that holds you back. It's who you think you're not." Denis Waitley


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NANCY19662
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11/6/13 12:09 A

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Couldn't have said it better, losing weight is a long process, but you will get there.

Slow and steady gets you there


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Just keep on moving, you might not see the results immediately, but definitely there will be some. Just be patient!!! Donīt hurry.



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Not only did I not lose any weight after working so hard last week, I got food poisoning or something, because I couldn't keep anything down and have been feeling nauseous the past couple of days! But you know what?, this too, shall pass, and I going to stay on my weight loss healthy journey, no matter the setbacks! emoticon emoticon

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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I started a half marathon training program in June. I have only lost about 5 lbs. I initially was discouraged because I thought I was increasing my activity exponentially, so I would lose pounds. Not true, I have learned the hard way it's all about nutrition.

I didn't give up on my training because I wanted to accomplish a new goal and be healthier. Now the half is only a few weeks away and I am finding myself exercising more than ever and trying to make better food choices. I am really content with making this a lifestyle change which will hopefully slowly but surely produce results over the long run. I am not beating myself up if I eat something junky, but instead try to make good choices whenever I can. There will be days I eat ice cream or lounge around, but most days I am trying to do better.





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That's true I've been stuck here at this weight for 3 months. I tried on a pair of pants that didn't fit. They do now. Sometimes you lose inches. Keep going you will get there. emoticon

Edited by: NANCY19662 at: 11/5/2013 (00:32)
Slow and steady gets you there


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11/4/13 9:54 P

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Hitting that plateau really sucks. But sometimes I can tell in the way my clothes fit better.



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Thanks everyone! You comments about being stuck hit home all too well. Glad to know I'm not alone!

Make today better than yesterday. Let go of the past and believe in your goals.

Courage is not forging ahead without fear. It is forging ahead in spite of the fear.


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This is week number four of no loss. I completely understand how you feel. I am going to try and change routine to see if it helps.



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I truly believe you will get to your goal. It's not an easy road, if you fall off your plan forget it
and start over we all human. Don't beat yourself up. Just get right back on and start over.
You can do it we are all rooting for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: NANCY19662 at: 11/4/2013 (01:44)
Slow and steady gets you there


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Thanks for the lovely support and encouragement Nancy!

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I have managed to sign in every day for almost a week. I have tracked my activity, but have only managed to exercise for 10 minutes 5 out of 7 days last week and over 30 minutes one of those day. Its hard to believe I used to do an hour and a half every days, but I have to start where I am now. 10 good minutes a day.

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Know that everyone hits a plateau.. you are not the exception to the rule. also, keep in mind the reason why you're doing it!

"Though I may stumble, I will not fall, for the Lord upholds me with his hand." Psalm 37:24


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Knowing that I'm doing what I set my mind to is my motivation. I know it's more gratifying see more results. I just remind myself slow and steady still gets the job done.

Progress may be slow, but it happens!
No such thing as last place only finishers.


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I've only been back on the exercise wagon for two weeks, and I've only weighed myself once in that time. I haven't noticed any changes in my size or how my clothes fit, but I'm sleeping much, much better, which is motivating me to keep working out and eating more fruits and veggies. Maybe the weightloss will come on its own later, maybe all I'll get is 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis. I'll count the sleep as a win.

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I have been at the same weight for weeks! It's discouraging but I know it will eventually come off. I am determined to succeed. In fact, I've already been successful. The inches are coming off and I am getting more toned. I will continue to eat healthier and exercising. If those last 5 pounds come off, wonderful! If not, wonderful! No matter what happens, I feel so much better than I did several pounds ago! My clothes are getting smaller and my lab results are proof that I'm doing and heading in the right direction!

Motivation gets us started. Habit keeps us going!

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I joined TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and the accountability of weighing in every week helps.



 
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You are going about it the right way. Finding exercises that you can do. I am in the same position as you with heart problems, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, osteoarthritis, and a back that goes out. And I've been there losing and then gaining. But you can do it. It takes time, but slow and steady is the best way . Loosing weight for yourself and not for others makes a big
difference in your determination. I'm proof it can be done, thousands of people have done it,
and you can to. Just don't give up keep at it and you'll reach your goal. Keep up the good
work . emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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I think you are absolutely on the money there. Although I didn't have blood tests for it, I looked up the signs of vitamin/mineral deficiency and I can see how all my problems came to be (Heart problems, insulin resistance, fatigue etc). I am sure my deficiencies are Vitamin D3, Potassium, Vitamin B12 and Magnesium. I have started on these now. I also find that being so big, it helps when I first start taking natural supplements if I take a double dose for the first week. It really kick starts things.

I am one of those people who diet for a week or two and actually put on weight at the end. I don't starve myself but I am consistent, yet somehow the scales end up being my worst nightmare. It is so disheartening, I can't tell you. It makes you feel like you are behind the 8 ball from the word go, and instead of congratulating yourself and being happy after all your good efforts, you just slump emotionally and have to lift yourself back up.

I have things that make exercise difficult, like recovery from heart surgery and nerve damage to my left foot, and back problems, so I have started doing a Qi Gong video at home. I can't do anything down on the floor, as I can't get back up, so I have found something I can do while seated. It's a start.

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It is difficult but I try to keep in mind how far I have come. I try not to think about how far I have to go.



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I have to agree with Shape-Shifter. Be kind to yourself, exercise to feel better and don't worry about the weight.

We don't stop playing because we grow old - we grow old because we stop playing.


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Wow, you've got a lot of obstacles, so be gentle with yourself. Just focus on feeling better, not on losing weight. The weight will come off by itself if you do that, IMHO.

Shift your thoughts, shift your shape!


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Thank you for this information. I am in a wheelchair (from car accident). I find it hard to stay motivated while coping with constant pain, Asthma, Type 2 Diabete, fluid retention and stimulated appetite (from medication).
I hope this workout works for me.



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Thank you for this information. I am in a wheelchair (from car accident). I find it hard to stay motivated while coping with constant pain, Asthma, Type 2 Diabete, fluid retention and stimulated appetite (from medication).
I hope this workout works for me.



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I've gotten back on track (again) and have gone through my first week. Normally when I pay attention to calories, water intake and exercise, I can lose 3 - 5 pounds in week one. Well, I gained weight this week instead and after 8 days have finally lost 0.8. I don't pay much attention to the scale because it is just a number. Exercising everyday does make me feel better. Even if I skip one small part of my plan, I feel like a part of my day is missing. I plan to keep moving forward and continue leading a healthier life.

Focus! You can do this!


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If by "results" you mean numbers on the scale, I look for all of the other results. I feel better, my skin is clearer, my energy levels are higher, my clothes are a little looser, etc.

It really is aggravating to put in so much effort and not see those numbers go down. But I can go for weeks without seeing anything good on the scale, so I have to look for those other signs that my work is paying off. As long as I can stay focused on that, then I will eventually have another big "whoosh!" on the scale.

Shift your thoughts, shift your shape!


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Hi went through menopause :P. Started getting anxiety attacks and was taking Lexapro for a while. What worked for me? My doctor did blood tests for D3, potassium, and B12. Drastically down on D3. Have you doctor check that read up on it and maybe it will help balance you out.



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I lost two pounds the first week. second week I gained one back. This week afraid to get on the scale :(



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My issue is the fear of getting on the scale and not seeing results.
So odd when my motto is 'failure is not an option' when I seem to cheat each night and day when bored or not at work.
Praying that this new day, November 1, 2013, will be a new beginning (again).
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The best thing you can do is love yourself, your not a number on the scale. Be good to
Yourself, don't put yourself down with comments. Just keep going your worth it, just
Remember your a wonderful person, you have a lot to give. YOU WIll GET TO YOUR
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Slow and steady gets you there


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I have found a work out buddy and we go either to the gym or walking on the trail atleast 5 days a week. We are going for all 7 but something always comes up in our busy lives. It really does help that I have someone that I can go with and that keeps me motivated and on track. We also go to the grocery together and we work together so it is easy to keep each other on track.



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Work with a partner. You both stay motivated.



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One of the ways I stay motivated is by doing what you are doing. I talk with people about it. It forces me to share my goal and allows them to encourage me as I strive to reach my goal.



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One thing I've noticed when I get stuck is my veggie intake. I step up the vegetables and slow down the carbs. I guess at my age I don't seem to need as much bread and pasta as I used to. I do stay within the limits we have on our nutrition guide..



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Great ideas from one and all. I have been very discouraged as I gained lbs over the last several weeks even though sticking with the plan and became quite depressed. Actually slept away almost all day for the 8 days. Only got up at night and that's likely the worst time to eat and ate very little on those days as well as missing my medications for thyroid and fibromyalgia. But your posts have motivated me and uplifted me as well. Thanks so much. I truly feel that I can restart with more dedication than before.

I believe absolutely in my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
My personal motto is that a day without learning something new or finding something to laugh about or be grateful for is 24 hours wasted.


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Be Stubborn!! This is one good use for it! Or you could call it determination too.
I didn't see results for almost 2 months, but I kept working out, and when I made some adjustments to reduce my sweets intake, and balance my fat intake on the tracker, I started seeing results. I now have the challenge of trying to keep that determination in spite of a weight loss, because I tend to sabotage myself!

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You have a good plan. It will work over time because you will find other things to motivate you along the way. I started taking the stairs in my building and never weight mysel until several people askedme if I had lost weight. I didn't notice, but I had.



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I focus on the things that I can control - food choices, exercise, sleep, attitude.

I quit getting on the scales, just made them unavailable. It actually was a burden lifted off my shoulders and now I can focus on MY CHOICES. Hopefully, someday, the weight will be off.




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I recently read The Digest Diet. It's a book by the editor of Reader's Digest. The exercise mentioned in the book is the same as what my wellness program suggests:

To kick start your body to burn fat, first thing in the morning after you wake up, do the following:

5 minute warmup
2 minutes of intense exercise - could be walking fast if that is your level, could be running. I run around, do squats, jump ups on my steps, etc.
1 minute rest - I walk around
repeat 2 minute/1minute 6 times
5 minute cool down

Wait 30 minutes to eat breakfast.

This is based on a study that shows that this quick workout gets your body to burn fat, and it will continue to burn fat for up to 48 hours.

It's a really good book. The Editor took all the great diet suggestions from RD over the years and put them in this book.

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I have not lost any weight for 3 weeks as well. I am changing workout and cutting back on calories to try to have something positive on Monday's weigh in.



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I am having the exact same problem now. I know that I WILL eventually see results. If I do NOT stick with it, I would probably go UP, so that in itself is a motivator.



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I know that it will pay off one day.

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because i feel better when i eat better and exercise.



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Hello Everyone,

I'm looking for motivation too. I've been working a Wellness program since April. I lost 20 lbs the first 8 weeks, and have been stuck there since. I started running and I work with a personal trainer once a week and on my own a second time. I have scheduled a 5k every month since July, and I have one this weekend with my dog. I also have a 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. So, I've made quite a few positive changes.

I'm having a terrible time with menopause and hot flashes. My doctor seems to think that the medicine I was taking for the hot flashes is keeping me from loosing weight. So, I'm trying to wean myself off the medicine. It takes a while since it can't be stopped cold. I have tried everything except HRT, which I do not want to do. Next I will try acupuncture.

Hoping to keep motivated with everyone.
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I have found over 3 years with spark that I have learned that healthy choices and exercise have changed me. Even if the results that I might be wanting do not show on a scale or in my mirror I know that my healthy choices are making a difference one cell at a time in my body. I have been through some long periods of the scale being stuck even when I was doing all the right things. When I had my lab work done and my blood pressure checked my levels showed so much improvement. Our bodies are interesting machines...they are always changing and each good choice we make really does make a difference. Just because we can not see the results does not mean our bodies are not getting healthier!!
Just keep doing it!!
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Look back at how I was. Change what sort of exercise I am doing


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

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

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I agree with NANCY19662. Find something new to focus on and stay on track.

I find community races to participate in with my friends. Sometimes they are competitive sometimes just for fun. For example, My next 6 months has a Super Hero 5K, Half Marathon, Stair climb a skyscraper, and the annual Santa Run 5K.

The trick is to find what you like to do, and do it. Dont force yourself to do what you dont like. Happiness is what we are working for, stay happy.

Oh can I add one more thing? I started a painting class on Saturday mornings. I just LOVE it! It makes me so Happy!! emoticon

Make today better than yesterday. Let go of the past and believe in your goals.

Courage is not forging ahead without fear. It is forging ahead in spite of the fear.


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Very true couldn't say it any better. emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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Stick to the plan. Even if you are not losing weight or inches. Or seeing muscle definition.

Know that every day .... every single day ..... that you eat better or move a little more than average, you are improving your quality of health and life in your 50s, or 60s, or 70s, or 80s. Think of it as an investment in more years of health.

It's worth avoiding the donut and walking another 100 steps.

You'll thank yourself in a few decades if not in a few months.

"We are better than we know. If we can be made to see it, then for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."


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Have a good talking to myself that the end result will be worth it the push on.

Trust in the Lord


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I pray & keep trying...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Choose a different gage. How do you feel? Are you able to workout longer?




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Very true- I have decided to get refocused and you are right I either am or I am not. NO more excuses. Thanks for the post! I needed to see it today!



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Thanks to everyone who posted such positive thoughts.

I'm going through something similar to the OP at only 3 weeks in and feeling like the scale should be budging more but it's not. I've decided after reading through the thread that I'm going to stop weighing myself for a while and focus on small goals, taking on fitness challenges and boot camps and making my goal finishing them so I can cross accomplishments off a list and see how far I've come that way instead of glaring at a number.



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When I'm tempted to eat sweets or chips I find something to do , a puzzle, read a book, crafts, or call a friend and talk. You can always take a walk. Just stay busy until the urge to eat passes. emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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Thanks for your post, IDEFYGRAVITY! I whole-heatedly agree... It nice to hear others share that same perspective...

Edited by: JJOHNSON5734 at: 10/28/2013 (23:23)

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Yes I know where you coming from. I love sweets and chips. I really try to stay away from them and sometimes I slip. But I get back into my diet the next day and say it's a new day and I can do it. We all can do it with Gods help.

One Day at a time, and one step at a time. With God's help I will make it to my goal.


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Every day I think "tomorrow is a new day, I'll get it together and do it right." However I do get discouraged when the weight comes off so slowly.

I have cravings for sweets and I know this is a major problem. I have been eating apples, sliced and baked (but still slightly crunchy) with pumpkin pie spice; this works most of the time, but the sweets get to me!

I can only tell myself that I am eating a healthy diet and persistence will pay off.

emoticon Today is a new day

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After a long history of losing/gaining and going nowhere......in 2012, I lost 40 pounds. I did maintain it more or less 4 pounds. I started again in August 2013, lost 10 more (and the 4 "floating") for a total of 50 pounds. It's the first time I lose that much and I can maintain it. The difference with before is that I'm looking at the big picture and not going for a quick fix. There is no quick fix, I gained the weight with 3 pregnancies, maintained that with chocolate addiction,it took several years to go from a size 10 (and even 6 before Uni) to 24. I know sometimes the scale is not fair because I did eat right and should be losing more, but the body has it's mysterious ways...and if I don't obsess about it, the reward will come at some point.

The main difference from losing weight now, and a few years back when I was doing the yo yo each year, and getting bigger and bigger : I'm trying my best to be consistent.
- I track everything I eat
- I do not eat chocolate any more because it can trigger addiction (in my case)
- I drink more green tea and feel it does help with energy level and fluid drainage
- I try to look at the scale only once or twice a week
- If I gain weight when I've been really good, I don't get discourage, it could be too much salt or hormonal water retention....usually it doesn't stay more than one or two weeks
- I gave away all my clothing that became way too big, I kept only one pants to the before/after....so there is no coming back to my "old weight".
- I set myself a big goal, but also several smaller goals that I can reach every month or two months so it does fell like my efforts are rewarded.

The key for me will be to exercise more, but I still feel heavy and have several injuries issues and it's difficult to deal with it right now. I'm hoping to be able to workout more in a few months when I will be smaller, right now I do what I can, lose weight like a turtle, but at least I'm not gaining any...

PS : after reading Tammi's post, I must say I completely agree. What you eat is important. The quality (avoid as much as possible preservatives, food color or names you don't know on the ingredient list) is really important in food, not only the calories. I've been eating organic for the past 20 years, but I noticed that when we go out, even if I stay in my calorie range, that's when I'm in a plateau for one week : it could be too much salt but also bad food quality.

I had IBS for 17 years, losing the first 40 pounds cured me of it! (I saw several specialists for it who said "it's with you for life!"....well, they were wrong!)
I know for sure medications can be a disaster for the weight loss so if you suspect something ask you doctor to change it if it's possible. Stopping several medication made a huge difference for me.

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I think we all struggle with issue and have to accept that we are human and sometimes life just happens- that is how I look at things and I just try to take more steps forward then back and think about how far I have come in the whole journey.



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I have lost and gained repeatedly and sometimes I gained more than i lost. It's so easy to get discouraged and eat some sugar to cover the self pity. I have cussed myself out, given up and eaten more than my share of chocolate. I am now trying to take responsibility for my actions and log my food, be more active and just get it done.

No more I am going to try. My college Professor once said there is no such thing as trying. You either are or you are not. No one tries to excercise.You are either excercising or you are not same thing with our eating habits.

It really helps not to feel like the only person that has fallen off track.

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I am still tracking and joining in with posts, forums and challenges. The best thing is the other people on the same journey with SO. I am happier than 6 months ago and 13 lb lighter. emoticon emoticon

pamled:-)Slow but sure to stop my flab gaining more.


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No one is perfect we all make mistakes the biggest mistake anyone can make is getting discouraged, and not getting right back on track. I know it's hard , but your the winner in the end. I have given up in the past and really hated myself for it. I gained my weight back.
And had to start all over, just make the commitment to do it for yourself and no one else
You will reach your goal emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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That's so good to hear from someone else. I have messed up my eating plan a few times and felt that I have failed, but as long as I take time to reflect and learn from the mistake, I know I can pick myself up and keep on going towards my goals.



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I just think about how far I've come. Still have along way to go, but in the end I'm the winner. Gone from a size 20 to a 12. I made up my mind no going backwards. We all have bad days ,
Just forget it and start over. emoticon

Slow and steady gets you there


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I'm at a weight lose plateau but, with a thorough accountability check of my body and performance. Eating food suggestions from Sparkpeople and then working out and walking everyday is what my course of action is..Keeping motivated by wearing a Spark
Tracker all day. Keeping tabs on your workouts, this little tracker is amazing. So I'm trying to figure out what happened to my body. I gained 5 lbs this past week, but soon as I saw the scale I had to jump off EEK. So I took measurements. My waist is 2"s smaller than last week... That's a motivator to see inch loss instead of weight loss! So accountability: Things like what type and how much food you take in then how many calories you burnt that day. That's just part. The rest is staying tuned in to the spark!!!



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Keep going! You will get there!



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Keep going! You will get there!



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To stay motivated this time, I quit being so mean to myself. I don't allow myself to say mean things like "gawd, you're still fat." This is how I look at this moment. I will look different later. I still enjoy me as I am now and what I will be.

When my head starts telling me "I don't wanna do it," I let go of the thought. Sounds crazy. I don't argue with it. I just kinda think "I hear ya' " but still put on the weights.

I also use short workouts. The eight minute ones. They are not fantastic for the calorie burn but they are my first step. Keeping myself going. I have a 40 minute workout I do but on the off days I still keep the 8's.



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Helping others stay motivated keeps me on track.

Slow and steady gets you there


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Enjoyed your post. It is important to keep that knowledge coming in everyday. emoticon



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Starting a diet/lifestyle change is the easy part. Staying motivated is the hard part. Stop forcing yourself and beating yourself up about it. Instead, become absolutely positively, romatically, obsessed with your health! When I'm driving (without my 5 year old in the car) I ALWAYS have a podcast about nutrition, exercise or mental wellness on. When I sit down to watch a movie, it is, 9 times out of 10, a documentary about one of the aforementioned subjects. I have a vision board with images of what's important to me posted in my basement (where I work out). When my friends and family gave me money for my birthday, I used most of it on new workout gear. I like to experiment with different healthy recipes in my spare time and my exercise is my therapy, my thing I do just for me when the rest of the world wants to crumble around me. Okay, so I'm not saying you have to be quite so over the top like me, but you get the idea. "Energy Flows Where Attention Goes". If you focus on your health and wellness as a positive, exciting, life improving thing instead of "oh gosh, I can't eat that or I'll never lose weight", you'll start to feel like you're adding to your life instead of having to take things away. What we think about, we are about. Think about it, learn about it, BE about it every chance you get.

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I didn't get healthy because I lost weight, I lost weight because I got healthy!

The TRUE key to weight loss success is educating yourself ABOUT YOURSELF! Don't let someone else do it for you because no one has all the answers! No one! Don't trust one book, one doctor, one nutritionist, etc.


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Been on a plateau for months. Decided to stop worrying about it and just keep working out, trying to eat healthier and drinking water. Even if the pounds don't move anytime soon - my clothes fit better and i feel better. The scale is not the only indicator of progress (SP has helped me see this point).

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!


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feeling better , always a good reminder



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PABTLB I hear you! I'm 70 and am finally DETERMINED to lose this excess weight and improve my general health. I can't do it any younger!! 10 pounds so far. Slow but steady, I tell myself. emoticon

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Our Greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time! Thomas Edison


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My inches lost ticker is showing my weight not my inches lost. omg I would be a piece of dust if I lost 150.8 inches... HELP... Please anyone tell me how to get my inches lost to calculate correctly. AND emoticon emoticon To all who have lost that much or even 2% of that amount.. IT's a great accomplishment Sparkle Friends and Peeps .... emoticon

Inches Inches Inches lost are more important to me than pounds... :) well POUNDS ARE STILL IMPORTANT NOT AS MUCH AS INCHES THOSE SHOW THE REAL PROGRESS AND THAT IS A HEALTHIER WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT!!


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One thing is for certain, NEVER GIVE UP, weight fluctuates, good luck and keep up the good work that you have done. If you fall off the routine or slip a bit.. just get back to the focus. Good for you that you can exercise earlier in the day, if I did that I would be eating every thing in sight.. emoticon

Inches Inches Inches lost are more important to me than pounds... :) well POUNDS ARE STILL IMPORTANT NOT AS MUCH AS INCHES THOSE SHOW THE REAL PROGRESS AND THAT IS A HEALTHIER WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT!!


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10/23/13 10:52 P

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Think of increased energy levels.



 
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