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4/25/14 9:53 A

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I found a motivational message on Pinterest that I used as a mantra last week. It says:

"IF YOU'RE TIRED OF STARTING OVER, STOP GIVING UP"

Yeah, that definitely helped push me in gear last week, which was my 2nd week of daily exercising and watching what I eat. At the end of each week, I've been finding a new mantra to help motivate me to get through the following week. It's helping me, and may be worth a try.

Edited by: MZTHOMAS at: 4/25/2014 (09:55)
When I think about quitting, I remind myself of why I started!



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just keeping at it

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4/11/14 6:04 P

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There have been some really great ideas posted. I think for me what has worked so far is remembering all of the times I lost and then gained and then had to work at losing again. Now when I hit a new goal I swear to myself to never go over that number again. I understand that I may gain occasionally but when it happens two weeks in a row I take a look at my logs and see what has changed. I try to stop it before it goes to long. You have done the right thing, you have started again. You haven't given up and that is awesome. You can do this. emoticon

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4/11/14 5:49 P

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Loved reading everyone's posts. I too am coming back after time off due to surgery and like most, eating like I could exercise. I'm trying to incorporate small changes and most importantly, not beat myself up when I do make a bad one. Cheering you on!



 
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4/11/14 3:53 P

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Go shopping for some new pants and a top. When you see all the cute clothes and think how much BETTER you'll look with just 10 pounds less, you;ll feel motivated. It's working for me!! I've lost 3.5 this week! Woo Hoo



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4/11/14 3:43 P

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My challenge is to lose 10# before a 60th birthday party some of my high school classmates are organizing for our graduating class in mid-July. I just cannot get started but I have to do it. So I am trying once again to stick to my food tracker, which has been the hardest thing for me to do. I exercise plenty but it doesn't make up for the excess food I eat. I just cannot go back to see my high school friends and not be in shape, not when it is within my reach. Come on Sparky - do your thing!

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4/11/14 9:20 A

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The wonderful thing I read in all of these posts is "I'm back"! That right there is an acknowledgement and a wonderful thing. Give yourself a pat on the back!



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4/11/14 7:39 A

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I am back after an extended recuperation time. And 15 pounds. Didn't expect my foot surgery to take so long to heal nor for me to not feel like getting back into the swing of things.

Baby steps are working for me.



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4/10/14 5:38 P

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It sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat. I did really great last year. I lost over 60lbs! Then after I lost it, my body still didn't look what I wanted it to look like. Three kids and several years later I had unrealistic expectations for myself. So I got a little sad and started eating, since I didn't look how I imagined, I thought what's the point? Well I've gained back almost 40lbs and the scale is scarily high again. So this is day 1. :)



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4/10/14 6:26 A

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I think it works better if you have a goal or reward in mind for whatever you are trying to do.

I'm a cyclists who had hernia surgery last summer so yes I keep eating like I was exercising and yes I put on plenty of weight. Before when I was exercising I could eat anything I wanted and get away with it. This time I have changed my thought pattern completely. I started eating clean food nothing processed and had cooked all my foods from scratch. It also didn't hurt that we had a 3 month long weight contest at work with the winner getting a $500 exercise bike. I didn't have a lot to loose but someone made the mistake of saying there was no way I could win it as I wasn't as heavy as everyone else. Big mistake, I have lost over 20 lbs. in the 2 1/2 months so far and have lost 3 inches off my waist. I also treat myself to a reward every time I reach a milestone. My go to food to relieve stress before was ice cream so now for my reward since I cut that out is to go to McDonalds and have a hot fudge sundae with nuts on it.

I couldn't fell better and went to the Docs yesterday and he said I had blood pressure of a teenager 104/70 something.

Good luck on your weight loss journey and just know it's a life style change and us Americans want everything right now and it might take some effort and some time but it's well worth the effort.

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Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 4/10/2014 (06:29)
When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.


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I am in the same boat. Just started back again today. I am trying this new supplement as well. Maybe it can help you as well!

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Don't give up! Keep going and celebrate small changes!

Small changes one day at a time.


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The same thing happened to me, except I was off for a bit longer. I've only been back for a little for a little while now, but I personally feel that being more involved with the community will keep me here permanently. I really believe that making a good friend will be a major help to stick to it this time. It'll give you an additional fun reason to log onto to the site to talk to them, and I'm sure that they will also help you when you feeling like you're being left behind.

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4/8/14 10:18 A

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I've been on SP for a few years now. I have times where I track well, get confident, shift away and slowly but surely, all the old habits return. To ease back in and get back on track, I start with water, water and more water! And Pat, I'm with you. It just doesn't shift like it used to, does it? I find spirulina works to reset my junk-ridden, carb-filled body!

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Hi,
Well, I am NOT near my real goal. I would like to lose 10 more but we are leaving April 30 and I know I am NOT going to make that. So I figure if I just lose a little, I will feel a bit better. (and yes, it's the same stupid 10 pounds.) I lost it once and got to 135 and felt so good at that weight and then it seems like it just sneaks back on. For me...it seems it's this middle age thing and also so much going on, hard to focus on myself.
Good luck!! Wish me luck!!



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4/8/14 8:22 A

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Hey Pat! Had to respond to you because we're sort of in the same boat with current weight although I'm not certain if you're almost at goal weight whereas I have 12 more to lose - the same 12 that I've been trying to lose for a long time! Good luck to you! I am trying to lose at least 7 by my trip to Sarasota at the end of May. When is your vacation?



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4/7/14 11:00 P

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I am in the same boat. Just started back after slacking....I went shopping for vacation clothes. They looked "good" but they would look better if I lost a little more weight, Try that!! Today when I was tempted to snack I thought about the old saying..."A moment on the lips, forever on the hips"! I want these new clothes to fit comfortably!!! That's my motivator for now.....Good luck..you aren't alone!



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4/7/14 8:52 P

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My two cents, just to add to so many words of wisdom you've got already is to constantly remember that WE ALL make mistakes, and life is full of setbacks.. and right after that congratulate yourself for being back and thinking of the next step. You can do it!



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I am where you are and am now starting anew. Want to lose about 15 more pounds. I know what to do. Now I just have to bite the bullet and get on with it. This is a great place to find encouragement and accountability. I find I need people in real life and not just rely on my virtual buddies. I am worth keeping the promises I make to myself. If I want to dance at my grandkids' weddings, I must take this journey seriously now, today, not tomorrow or next week or next year. We can do this!



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4/7/14 1:29 P

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Oakdale, remember to make yourself a priority. That can be very hard to do when there are so many demands on our time. When the weather is unpleasant just do a quick video, there are tons on Spark. That will be my saving grace, as things heat up pretty quickly in my neck of the woods. It also has the added benefit of breaking me out of an exercise rut. I wish you the best!
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4/7/14 1:27 P

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That is what I have had to do.....one day goals. I am trying to get back into the losing mindset and one-day-at-a-time is the best I can do right now.

I had foot surgery almost a month ago and can only walk on my tippy toes on that foot and that is preventing me from getting in all the steps I used to get. I look forward to being able to get back into my daily walks as I KNOW how much my walking helps me

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It's a new dawn....
It's a new day....
It's a new life for me...
And I'm feeling good...

I will be overweight for a little bit longer ...but starting TODAY, I will be a little less overweight than I was yesterday!
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4/7/14 1:01 P

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you have to find your own personal motivation but consistency helps.

Simone

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
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4/7/14 9:28 A

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One step at time. One hour at a time. One day at a time. Check in every day. emoticon

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

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4/7/14 9:08 A

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No one can tell you how to succeed.

However, besides logging all food and exercise on SparkPeople, I have eliminated those things which are not healthy for me and to which I am addicted - sugar and white flour.

It's working for me. Protein with every meal, oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast every day.

Again, find your triggers and keep on logging in! Best of luck. emoticon



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help !!!!

NevEr gIve uP.......yoU knOw tHe saYinG? ThE bEst is YeT tO cOMe!


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I'm totally with you MAYBAR....I've been slackin for the past few months and I'm trying to ease myself back into a routine. Stretching and walking as much as possible is my plan for the week.....oh yea, and swimming with my sister Monday and Friday!! emoticon

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4/5/14 1:55 P

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It's not easy to get back on track after being ill. I was out for a bit after some health issues. Have been going for short walks and getting back into portion control emoticon , which is challenging for me. Reading so many positive comments has helped me, and they will help you too! Don't give up! Slow, but steady wins the race emoticon

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4/4/14 12:44 P

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I have a simular issue... I will keep up with my portion control and food logging, along with exercise, then something will happen, and I will forget all about it.

One of the steps that has made me stick to exercise lately, is to have my trainer, who kicks my butt twice a week. She has me logging all types of physical activity and what I have been eating, and it has helped me see the areas where I need to motivate myself more... more activity, less business... smaller portions of the foods that I love, and keep eating healthily.

Having her, as given me accountability, and keeps me motivated to continue trying to reach my goals, while working with my previous injuries and aiding me in my physical rehabilitation.

My advice, is to have a person who you can be there, and push you further. I know I canít do my rehab without my trainer, so it keeps me going.



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Don't expect to jump in right where you left off with exercise! You start to lose fitness after 2 weeks, so ease yourself back into your routine.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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4/4/14 9:49 A

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FreshB - well done! Keep up the good work it must be extra tough to battle physical as well as mental adversity. I remember an episode of Biggest Loser once where someone was injured and they just modified everything and they still lost! Good luck.

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Lots of great advice in these posts
Mine is to Take One Day At A Time with Small Steps Small Goals you can Achieve
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I was doing 100 minutes a day of exercise, then got injured, and couldn't do the exercise that I loved.

Last time I got injured, I stopped completely for 2 years.

This time, I switched exercises, backed off on intensity, but remembered the 10 minute promise.

I couldn't walk anymore, so I switched to chair exercises and 10 minute videos and my car broke down so I couldn't use the equipment at the gym, but I had bought a resistance band and did that.

I have to say that 10 minutes is so easy if you are doing an on-line video, like on this site that I don't think I will ever stop completely. Generally, if I aim for 10 minutes, I end up doing 30 or more.




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4/3/14 1:50 P

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Ask yourself what you want and what makes a difference and do it.

For me, I need to lose weight and get stronger. The closest thing to a guarantee of success (for me) is following the SparkPeople Menu *to the letter* for about 3 weeks to get my groove back and to choose a basic set of exercises from them and work that 15-20 minute period into my day (I am weird and do the floor exercises before bed). I do not lose weight on my own food plan (just stay the same). I had plateaued since Oct. On Valentine's Day, I went back to the SparkPeople Menu and as of last Sunday had lost 15 more pounds. And am noticeably stronger.

I dislike cooking, I dislike grocery shopping, I dislike spending money on food, I love just going through fast food. And yet I am doing this because (for me) it works. Bottom line. The SparkPeople menu at least rarely requires weird ingredients and when it does, they get used up.

I just ordered the electronic Spark Activities Tracker as a 15 pound reward for myself. Time to add in some aerobic-type exercise. Success brings success! I am so grateful for the SparkPeople staff and esp Chris Downie for starting it.

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Well it certainly seems like thousands of us suffer from the same thing! I am back once again too and consistency is truly a difficult concept for me. I have managed to stick to blog/journal entries and although it's only been 6 weeks - 2 of which were a complete bust - reading my thoughts back has helped me get back on the wagon.

I am so far managing to stick to tracking my weekly goals so even though the weight loss is minimal, achieving my weekly goals is a good feeling - I kinda like ticking off the boxes each day!

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I feel you girlfriend. I am back after more than a year of "doing it" my way. I hadn't realized that I gained until I went to the doctors' last week. I know that I need Sparkpeople to be sucessful.
I need accountability. I just needed a reminder.
Perhaps you did too!
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It's never too late to be great!


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As we all know sticking to it daily is a challenge and being off 3 months is par for the course. I have certainly taken my share of hiatus(s) emoticon or two or three. I think what keeps me going at this point while I may slip with chocolate or whatever the case may be, I at this point am finding that I still am drinking water or staying away from carbs or soda. All that to say, is wherever you are whether you have gone hog wild or only in a few areas. Start over right where you are and slowly get back up, dust yourself off, forgive yourself and get back on the lifelong trail that is before you. Hope this helps!

Today may there be Peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.


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SparkCoach has made all the difference for me. It's the first thing I do in the morning, and it has pulled me back from giving up more times than I know. For goodness sake, who hits a plateau after losing 6 pounds...I did! And I was watching other people lose 3-4 pounds in one week. I would have quit if it wasn't for sparkcoach where I got told over and over (in many different ways) that if I stuck with the plan I would eventually see weight drop off. And the scale started moving again this week.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away...and, remember "slow and steady wins the race".


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As someone who has left and come back to a diet/exercise regime let me start off by saying it is hard. I found logging in everyday to Spark was a HUGE help! It gave me a reason to stick to it. Don't think about the time lost, or weight gained, it isn't worth the discouragement and will end up setting you back. Know you can do it, believe in yourself (sounds lame but it is so true and we don't do it enough)!
Good luck!
And if you want what I call and "accountabilabuddy" let me know! :)

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The best advice I can give you is "never give up". Even if you took some time off and notice that you may not be as fit as you were before you'll notice that you'll bounce back quicker because you were working out before. I know it sounds silly, but I always think of that "little ol' ant" who just kept on at it and wouldn't give up. Be stubborn and persistent! Fat will not win! emoticon

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This is the busiest time of year for me at work as I am a tax accountant. I forced myself out of the office yesterday at noon, did my grocery shopping and then got out for a run. I am hoping to eat as healthy as possible and work out once or twice a week until the end of the month. Then I can ramp up again in May. I am determined not to give up!

I love this thread! Thank you for the support!

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I agree with CTONYAN; I'm a fan of muscle memory. I was out after a severe ankle injury and life stress for over seven months, but now that I'm back into the swing of things, my body remembers how to do a plank and full sit up. I'm tired from working out, but you will get your groove back. I started with 20 to 30 minutes of each: cardio, ST, and core, and am working my way up. I also had to reframe why I was working out and really focus on energy and feeling good.

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One encouraging thing to remember, since you were doing what you were working out, your muscles have memory. It will come back quick. It's not exactly starting from scratch. Do u remember when you first started? How long it took to get to the different levels? Now they will come much quicker..Good Luck!



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I have that problem too. I think if we're honest, we all do to a certain degree. I'm not being flippant when I say, take it one day at a time. That's where I'm at right now because my desire to have chocolate has just about overtaken my whole outlook. Therefore, I'm going to set myself a one day goal, and if that doesn't work, then a half day goal, and so on, until I can get ahold of this. Then I'll build on it.

It's not an easy feat at all, but anything worth having is worth fighting for, right? I hope this helps you. God bless you in your endeavor! emoticon

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I completely understand....I've been on again and off again for a while. Life has been throwing a lot of things at me (a couple of deaths and illnesses in the family, school, job changes) and it seems that I get off track or not as conscientious for the day to day work and monitoring. The best that I could do is to minimize the amount of weight that I might put back on.

Lessons learned....
1) take a deep breath - don't beat yourself up for being off for a few months and realize that each day is the potential for a fresh start
2) take each day, each moment as the next step - as so many on this topic have said, to take it one day at a time. I would only add that this can be applied to moments, too. If you "blew it" at lunch, that doesn't keep you from doing well for the rest of the day -- dinner, exercise, a good night's sleep.

Good luck!

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Be kind to yourself. Don't beat yourself up. Forgive yourself and just start again. It took us years to form our bad habits. It will take time to reverse them. I believe this site has any resource you might need and truly wonderful people to support you along the way. No matter how many times you have to re-start, each time you add small changes that stick and will add up to the lifestyle changes you want.

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Fresh start-every day. Don't let past failures determine future success. It's just about plodding along and establishing healthy habits. You can do it, one food/exercise choice at a time.



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emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so glad you are back! I was gone WAY LONGER THAN THAT AND IT's JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT; IT'S TODAY THAT IS IMPORTANT. It's just not that easy to keep it off without your support team. We've got the tools and your support team has your back no matter what. If we follow our plan one meal at a time, one day at a time, you already know in your heart that it works! emoticon

NO MATTER HOW OFTEN WE TRY TO EDIT THE PAST, IT WON'T TURN OUT ANY DIFFERENTLY: SO, LETS LIVE FULLY TODAY & BUILD GREAT MEMORIES FOR TOMORROW!😱😍🌷ԁ
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Sticking to a fitness rountine has always been difficult. This time I have invested in a trainer once per week and have met a couple people to meet at the gym another 2 times per week. So far it has kept me on track for the last 4 months.I fee the trainer is an investment in myself!

So far so good....



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I'm back at SP after 4+ years of being gone. A few things I absolutely love about it:
1. They kept all my information. I logged on and fond my spark page, my old goals, everything. It was nice to think I've always had a virtual home here.
2. I'm slightly ashamed to say that during my 4 years away I used other weight loss apps/websites but I remember now why sp rocks. Its this fight here. The forums, articles, spark pages, etc

I'm happy to be back and can't wait to be at my ideal weight. ��



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One slow step at a time until you are off and running. Search on site for 5K and see the suggestions for starting slow for running a 5K. It works.

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One day at a time.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds


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I've learned that I have to keep "it" (losing weight, firming up) in my awareness all the time..."Out of sight, out of mind" - you know? I read health related articles, I subscribe to a couple of workout/health magazines, I read online fitness blogs, etc. Yes, it takes some time, but for me, that's what I have to do. When I don't keep it all in the forefront, it's easy to slide....a few extra carbs, a skipped workout. Logging is essential to me - will you really lie to yourself if you have to write it down? Probably not - and so writing it down makes you focus and face what you need to do (or not do). If you can't make yourself log your food and workouts, IMO you're not truly committed...your head is probably not in the game (unless you are the rare person who can stay focused LONG TERM without logging it and facing it). STAY FOCUSED and don't brush your "mission" aside and into the background...

Edited by: ALLEGRA1215 at: 3/26/2014 (13:53)
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Hello, lets be pals, we in the same age group and it would help to have some one to talk to!



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I've been on and off of Sparkpeople and even got the Activity Tracker for xmas. After reading a number of weight loss articles lately about people who have been successful with this program, I am now ready to commit. It certainly helps that the weather is getting better outside so I can walk outside rather than the treadmill. Going to be conscious and intentional with my choices and get moving each day. Thanks for the motivation and support :)

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I guess I was a little luckier than many people who have posted - I am back after three months off as well (though not on exercise, still am not "on" that yet) when my three week break from work for the holidays turned into a crisis in South Sudan, can't go back, working remotely for a month and then back to the US because my father passed away unexpectedly - but I somehow managed to make it through that time without gaining anything (didn't lost anything either - the 0.2 pounds my scale says I lost doesn't count). I wasn't logging my food (most of the time) and because I didn't want to use a different scale I didn't even weigh myself the whole time. I know there were days (I thought many, but maybe not as many as it felt like) when I wasn't eating right, when I ate pizza or take away Chinese or even worse, went to the Chinese buffet for lunch or had a piece of cake or... or... or... the list goes on and on. It felt like there were a million different things that I was doing "wrong" and I dreaded getting back on the scale (but told myself it would be ok if I gained some - I would get back on track and take care of that). I was very surprised when it turned out that I hadn't gained. No, I wasn't good every day, but I must have been staying on track enough that the holidays and the stress and the uncertainty and living in limbo, too much take away, not enough tracking and focus didn't cause gains.

So, I could look at it as three months when I could have been losing more, getting closer to my goal, but I'm going to look at it as three months when I went into maintenance mode and didn't sabotage myself.

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I managed a 100 lbs lose but when I stopped tracking my food and tried it on my own I gained back 4 lbs doesn't seem like much I know but I took as a sign to track food again it's been 1 week and still haven't lost any thing it's hard work stay with it and so will I by summer(if it ever comes back to Wisconsin) I really really want to be down 118lbs I am 67 years old and live with others I do not cook so have to watch how much I eat (cals.) of all the food they make not diet friendly food is made here good luck

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Bite by back, action by action, meal by meal...and one day at a time. It builds on itself - watch and see.



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Just take one step at a time and just keep on keeping on.

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Lots of great pointers here. Busy times at work and bad weather will keep happening, so I agree with the posters who say you need to have a plan for that. Actually I think you need to have several plans, and get in training for them so that you can put them into play when you need them and might be a bit distracted.
Busy times at work go better when you have exercised. So maybe you need to find a way to fit exercise into the middle of your work. Schedule an appointment once a week into your work day, when you don't usually do it, and exercise, then make up the time by staying later. Or exercise early or late, out of your normal time, so you can really get how to do that, for when you need to. Then it won't seem strange, or too hard when you are stressed out.
As for bad weather, well, you need an alternative that works for you. Investigate a few and see which might suit you next rotten day. Try the pool, or a pay as you go gym session. Yes, I know that is expensive, but, having to claw back extra lbs or reestablish your fitness is too big a price to pay.
One last thing. Treat this all as practice for when you finally have this licked. That's what I'm doing.
I gave up smoking after several attempts to quit, one of my turnaround points was when I stopped thinking of my failed attempts as failures and reframed them as practice. You know how how to get rid of the weight, you know how to exercise consistently, now you just need to add in some planning for flexibility and bad weather and busy work times won't derail you anymore. Something else might, and you can put these strategies into play for that, too!
Good luck
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Edited by: FIFIFRIZZLE at: 3/25/2014 (13:54)
Reframing my thinking to release excess weight forever.

If you always do what you always did... You always get what you always got!


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between work and school and the kids and the house...the run always gets the cold shoulder. just have to make it happen.



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Hang in there!

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I am in your shoes too! After losing 44 lbs in 2012 and the beginning of 2013 cancer happened to me and it turned my whole life upside down. I stopped exercising in May last year and gained about 15lbs back. But I realize I have learned things along this journey that are part of me now and cannot be taken away. I don't want to be the 'old' me. Just remembering how miserable I had felt makes me shudder!
In the past 10 months I failed on my nutrition in the sense that I did not go back to junk food. I just didn't control my portions. Too much of the good stuff. That's why I keep telling myself "I can do this! I am not the same person anymore." When I started tracking a week ago I could not stay in my calorie range. (Actually I still can't!) However, I AM tracking everything and still lost 5lbs. Still working on portion control and trying to make exercising part of my daily routine. As many have said before... just forgive yourself for the bad choices you have made and look ahead. All things valuable are always worth fighting for! emoticon

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I am in the same boat you are ! I worked really hard this winter and did not stick to the program and gained weight back ! My advice , Forget the past , Start from square one . If you keep remembering how good you did in the past you will not be proud of what your accomplishing right now ! Baby steps work and before you know it with small but regular consistent steps you will be even better then you were before ! You will be surprised how much your body loves it when you treat it well ! Now that I am starting to eat better and exercising more I can feel the changes and my outlook is much better . and even though I wasn't logging my exercise or calories I did stay in touch with my team and they supported me emotionally during this long winter ! Good Luck and I KNOW You can do it ! If you need any support let me know since we are starting over at the same time !

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