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MISS54MAX
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Perhaps you are also the product of that generation of parents who hated to see their daughters do anything other than marry or get a little job that wouldn't interfere with their prospects of marriage!

Thanks for the cyber hug. I was hugged only once in my childhood, and it was by none other than Mahalia Jackson--long story with very unlikely circumstances, but true. That hug sustained me for 9 more years until I met a handsome, affectionate man.



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This is a great site. I have a friend who is a therapist. She conquered her motivational problem by attending Overeaters Anonymous for awhile. She swears by it.

You are so right about practicing--we need to make it to Carnegie Hall and then some. I try to remind myself to take baby steps--one behavior at a time and try to sustain it for longer than three days.

Thank you for the reminder about resiliency and persistence. Failure will result from not trying and not continuing to try when having failed to achieve results.





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Good question. I've been trying to find a balance between eating like a 'normal person' and obsessing about food for a while. Practice ! Practice! Practice! We can't change our years of learned behavior overnight. Small steps. Keep trying to find things that work for you. The nutrition tracker helps enormously! Keep coming on this site and use the free tools! Use the motivational resources - educate yourself. this really is a great site. Maybe you could ask your Dr for advice or tips on free resources?

RISILIENCY IS KEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Risiliency is Key! Never Give Up!


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Wow, that is awful. Consider yourself cyber-hugged. :) It's so funny, I got a scholarship and my dad didn't forgive me either!! LOL

I know we will get there. We are awesome. No joke, people who have learned how to get through crap like this without going to the dark side are straight up superheroes. We put too much importance on weight as our one failure which invalidates all our successes, blah blah blah... whatever. We are works in progress but we are already freaking amazing. High five!!!



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We are very much alike. I had a narcissistic mother who used all of us, and who completely neglected me so that I left home with a mouth full of rotten teeth, undiagnosed asthma and lung damage, and ignorance of how to cook for myself. Fortunately, I managed to get a scholarship to a top college, something for which she still hasn't forgiven me. My father used me as the scapegoat and was physically abusive in a completely random way. Three failed relationships later, I realize I put up with way more than anyone else would have because I didn't know I could demand better treatment.

My mother is using me still today. I don't allow it to bother me, though. I help her only because she needs it, as she is 90 and very frail, but when I visit her in assisted living, she still tries to invalidate my every thought and emotion and especially my experiences. Unfortunately, she feels it reflects badly on her that I am fat. That's enough reinforcement for me right there!



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I agree completely about the necessity of scrutiny. 100%. I just meant that after a certain point, our aim has to shift to incorporating our findings into something real.

I feel you on the vigilance problem. It would be so nice to take a break from all the stress of self-examination and the emotions of being overweight, but if we do that we will not be mentally present enough to make the right decisions when we need to. It sucks. It's like the food issue itself - it's not like we can just quit cold turkey, we have to eat to live. And we can't just turn off our brains, because we need them to get what we want. That middle ground is really all about emotional control.

Unfortunately controlling our emotions is a whole new box. My father is an actual sociopath. People are not people to him, they are objects, and he does not talk to people, he says words that will make those objects do what he wants. And he was violent, and he singled me out to take most of his anger instead of my siblings, and he called me a cow and straight up told me that I would never fit in and that I was broken from birth and there was nothing I could do to fix myself. I wish I could go back in time and somehow equip my 5-year old self to understand the real situation and have that adult perspective. But years of being treated like crap will lead to your basic, most deeply buried reactions be based on that idea: that you're not worth it. So if I'm not up in my brain, paying attention to everything I do and eat, my default setting is "I don't matter, I deserve to be fat".

I always like to think of Mad-Eye Moody from the Harry Potter series: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!" :-D



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8/29/13 11:51 A

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Yes, alternative behaviors are a great idea when one is about to indulge in eating for no good reason. I'm not sure I need to worry about stopping over-intellectualizing, though I agree that analysis doesn't necessarily alter behavior, at least not immediately. I actually haven't been analyzing this my whole life. I only recently began to see how it all works. Perhaps I'm a slow learner.

The trouble is, you do have to think and be mindful in the moment in order to remember to do alternative behaviors instead of packing on the pounds to soothe the emotions. Catching yourself is the key, but sometimes when one's motivation is off due to stress or whatever it is difficult to do that.

Mindfulness is a form of therapy currently popular that can alter one's emotional responses and behaviors. While I'm not in therapy, I am investigating the concept, and I hope it works for me.

I posted just to see if others like me come from a background of sucking it up in the face of a horrendous childhood. If one has all these motivations for overeating, some of which are largely unconscious, until you "over-think," and become more aware of them, you might feel and be out of control. I do think awareness of one's psychological processes that lead to clinging to fat and all that it means to you is crucial in tweaking one's motivation.

On top of that, instead of "veg-ing out," one has to remain in the moment and think about every action relating to food intake, at least until new habits are established. Perhaps that is why writing down what one eats daily helps so often. I was doing this, but then, conveniently, I decided it was too much trouble. I'm pretty sure that was because it was working and I was staring at the prospect of success.



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Holy crap, it's like you're me.

I think we might be doing the same thing wrong: we spend a lot of time analyzing ourselves - which is good! - but we kind of never get past analysis into application. We are Brains, we are more comfortable in Concept Land. :-) Plus we can say that we're not immobile because of fear, we just haven't "figured out" something or haven't "gotten it" quite yet, when really it's just that when we're thinking and analyzing, we're doing something we're good at. Doing something you're good at is way more fun than doing something that's scary and difficult and linked to how much value we place on ourselves and the opinions of those who have hurt us.

Maybe we should do some kind of system where when we catch ourselves thinking through the same stuff without really coming up with anything new (we've been analyzing our whole lives, this happens) we must do ten jumping jacks, or go run a mile, something within our fitness level. But nothing to do with food. It has to be an ACTION. I think I will try this. :-)



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8/29/13 10:36 A

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Great comment. I definitely struggle not with backsliding, but just being able to remember that I'm fat and should eat in a healthy fashion. I remain unaware of my plight and that I can control it most days in spite of pain that comes from years of abusing my joints with extra weight.

I think it is a combination of habit (being stuck in a rut) and fear of change. The fear comes from a lifetime of people acting as though you aren't worth anything until you believe it. This happens in spite of obvious talents and achievements. The fat functions as a barrier between you and others. It serves to signal your anger at mistreatment. It also functions as a excuse for why the world mistreats you--people discriminate against others who don't conform to the norm.

It is easier to be fat than to face the fact that certain things are so in your world. In a world in which regular wars brutally murder millions of people every few years, why is it so hard to accept that you were not sufficiently loved or cared for as a child by those who should have done so? For many of us, neglect or abuse is part of our psychological makeup. IMO, being fat can be a way of taking on responsibility for this mistreatment.

"They didn't care for me, so I'm not worth caring about" is obviously a mechanism which keeps us from focusing on doing right by ourselves, but I think additionally we may feel "It wasn't really their fault--I'm flawed, fat, and unable to lose weight, so why should they care?" This may give us a sense of control over people and circumstances over which we had and have no control. I think this is why when I did manage to become as thin as I wanted to be many years ago, I began to drift towards anorexia. I began to enjoy the sense of control I had over what I ate and didn't eat. I even enjoyed ignoring my hunger completely.

Also, if we believe that being thin will change how others treat us, we are less likely to lose weight, because we really aren't inclined to test that belief. What if it made no difference? Then we would have to focus on scarier issues.

It is imperative as a child that we believe our caretakers care for us. When they obviously don't, or are too weak themselves to navigate their own lives, it creates tremendous insecurity and sets up a psychology of denial. We are experts at denying the impact of our fat on our bodies and our self-esteem.

Add to that a childhood where food was the main source of comfort and distraction available, and you have a recipe for being able to do the right thing for yourself only when you are aware in the moment and mindful of your own needs. I am rarely thinking of my health when I am brainstorming an impossible situation or dealing with an impossible, abusive family member, or stressed because of life changes out of my control.

Sadly, lifelong success at weight loss seems to require a complete reworking of one's psychology in general.



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8/29/13 9:07 A

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If you've lost 20 pounds multiple times, I think you "get it" as far as what you need to do. It sounds like what you don't "get" has to do with how much you value yourself. Maybe you are able to lose weight only when a certain mood strikes. Maybe you don't think of it as just a good thing to do for yourself, maybe you do it out of guilt or for others. I think if you got a handle on how you feel about yourself (not just right now while you're disappointed in yourself, but generally, and in those first days when you start to slack off again) you might learn something about why you keep bringing yourself back to a place you say you don't want to be. Because the thing is, a part of you does want to go back. Otherwise it wouldn't happen.



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Hitting 22 and my metabolism dying meaning that I quickly realised I couldn't just eat what I wanted and stay skinny...



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Enjoying reading everyone's stories. I'm still trying to get a handle on it. I'm working on moderation and not limiting any "bad food". Except soda since it has absolutely zero nutritional value. It's definitely an individual process, but learning on here what others have done it makes it easier to figure out my own way.

~Robin~

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I attended a 5 week class on managing your Diabetes and when the nurse finish tell the class what happens if you do not change you eating habits and manage your Diabetes, it hit me that i did not want go take any pills nor take insulin and i definitely did not want to lose any limbs. So i decided to stop eating candy, no sodas and i changed my eating habit from that point. My glucose levels were at 6.9 and when i went back to my nutrition i had dropped my glucose level to 6.0 I want to be around to do things with my grandchildren and to enjoy the rest of my life. I will tell you that tracking my food was the hardest thing i ever had to do because i kept forgetting to write things down, now i try to write everything down at the end of the day before i go to bed. I have also lost 22 lbs since April of this year.



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I decided to take up running before I started tracking food here on Spark. I had been doing the Body Pump class for a year and had lost about 20 pounds but still have extra weight so took up running. The first month was rough, I have arthritis in my knees so really had to fight through it. I wanted to improve my running so started using Spark to track my food. Found out I was not getting enough protein. I used my nutrition info to get my diet on track and my running really improved. Now if I try to eat junk I get sick within hours. Really that is what helped me get. Once I saw how I felt eating right and what happens when I eat junk or just overeat even the good stuff I saw what I had done to myself over the years and why I was tired or depressed or stressed a lot of the time. Running or working out will never be easy but it has been easier than living the way I had been. ��




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I began following the Zone diet and lifestyle (18 years ago) and learned how eat an anti-inflammatory diet and transition that into permanent lifestyle changes.


Sue

Lost 100 pounds with the Zone 18 years ago and have kept it off!

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OMG...Just now. I think I have to buy a scale.

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. Anthony Robbins--


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I definitely believe weighing on the scale keeps you in perspective.

I've finally decided to just eat in moderation and get the exercise in. So far, as I exercise, I feel so much better.

Susan

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"If it is to be, it starts with me!"


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I would have to say my big "aha" moment came 2 weeks ago when I finally bought my first scale. No more hiding, or guestimating between doctors visits. I know there are always fluctuations, but I weigh myself 1-3 times a day as a reminder to keep track of what I'm putting into my body as fuel. In the past two weeks I've lost 11 lbs., and I see it as something I need to just chip away at. Oh yeah, and this site is the first site I've found to be all inclusive, easy to use, and chock full of the righty type of support.

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This one I am going to have to remember. We are going to have to keep our faith strong to get to our goals.

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A few weeks ago I had an "aha moment" when I read in one of the diabetic articles that the amount of carbs I eat at one time matter greatly. I've been dealing with "pre" diabetes for several years and have heard the information before but somehow did not pay attention.
I've been an out of control gluttonous eater for what seems my whole life (approching 70). In my desperation I prayed to God to show me what's wrong and He lead me to the article about carbs and cravings. Thanks SparkPeople for all the wonderful articles. I have not been out of control or craving for the last few weeks as long as I stick to the amount of carbs I should have for 1 meal 38-48 or 1 snack 19-24. If I go over, or sometimes under, the "beast" awakens (from an article the other day on Mind over Body) and I have to deal with craving (usually exercize helps).
Losing and gaining has been the story of my life. You'd think I'd be a grown up by now. But, it's never too late. My goal is to be fit by my 70th birthday in January.
I'm sure I'll have more "aha moments" but this was a big one!!! Thanks SparkPeople!!!

It's never too late to get healthy.


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I know I still don't "get it" and I've been on this journey since March of 2010. I've lost and gained the same 20 lbs and now it doesn't feel like I can lose it again. I'm very sad that I've not been able to maintain what I've worked hard to achieve.

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
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I don't know if a "get it" moment is required for everyone. I live with a guy who eats anything he wants, and still has trouble gaining weight (he wants the muscle, but he doesn't eat enough to maintain it). He's never had a "get it" moment.

After tracking my food, I have noticed that I eat more right after a workout (almost negating said workout), and that when I eat out, I eat really bad. What I realized is while it's okay to make poor food choices occasionally, I need to pay more attention to what I eat on a daily basis.



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I feel like I keep "getting it" every time my weight starts creeping up... which unfortunately happens every few years. I start off working out really intensely for a few weeks, and then the scale doesn't budge! It's so frustrating, but a good reminder that I can't do it with exercise alone. I'm back to tracking now... wish me luck!



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Honestly i just prayed about it and it all became much easier.

Yep getting there. . .


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I finally "got it" because my wellness coach told me try this: make something you really love, then portion it to the serving size you should have after you have factored in all your other food for the day then see if it looks like it will fill you up. If it doesn't then you need to make adjustments either to what you eat throughout the day or to that specific recipe. Enchilada casserole is definitely not good, 300 calories is a very very small portion (3 year old size) so start swapping out stuff: chicken for beef, lower calorie tortillas for the corn/flour ones you wanted, make your own sauce, low fat cheese. Then portion that out and compare, you will be happy. Then every thing you want to eat, ask yourself "is it worth it, will this make it so I will be sad afterwards". Its working for me :)



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Thank you for posting, I sooooo needed this today.



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Personal Trainer Food program helped me to me "ah hah" moment.

Savory yummy food, fill up on it, say NO to sugar!

Success is a work in progress.


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Terri:

Thanks for your comments! I am just trying to stay connected to the "caring" part of "know, care, do." (A mantra given to me by a health coach a few weeks ago). I truly believe that most overweight people (women especially) are not so because of lack of knowledge of FOOD, NUTRITION, etc., and KNOWING that, we KNOW what to do. The problem comes in when we lose our motivation -- we forget or refuse to care.

So I am working on caring every day, and my mirror work is helping me do that.

It is not easy to be a human being. Let's remember that, and be kind to one another.


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EJEANNIE68

It does seem like one step forward and two steps back sometimes doesn't it! Losing weight is so much more comprehensive than just a physical change in your body. Everything changes! And that can be really freaky. I think weight loss itself leads to stresses that just haven't been considered very well by the people who are constantly pushing it as though it's no big deal.

But you know the old line, if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got ... Maybe it's time to figure out a different way to confront stress directly? Take up meditation, see a therapist, go for a walk whenever you have that jittery, anxious feeling ... Something that will support your goals instead of undermining you.

Hang in there. Other people have made it past this and you can too! You can! The fact that you're still posting, still logging your food says a lot about your motivation and your perseverance. Don't give up!

Terri



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L1bbyLou

I'm so sorry about your brother's loss, how wrenching!

Heart disease runs in my family so that's another reason that I'm motivated to do everything I can to get healthy, reach and maintain a healthy weight.

You are making impressive progress toward your goals. Hang in there! We can do this thing.

My loss has slowed over the past several weeks, and I'm thinking "more fitness minutes!"

LOL

My half hour walks a couple times a week are not enough to get me where I want to go, so that's my deliberate choice of the day. Get up and get out, whether I have time or not.

:-)

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I am right there with you. I do good for awhile then once the stress eating starts it's non stop and hard to get back on track. I am there now! I started back at Sparkpeople August 2012 did good til end of Nov. after the holidays I got back on track with my max calories but couldn't get lower and haven't lost. Now I am way over calories and it's out of control again. Stress and boredom eating is terrible for me.

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Terribv1

My brother died at 58 years of age in 2009, of a heart attack. After the shock of it was waning, I decided to commit to my own health, and went gluten free. I did not think I had Celiac disease, but my good friend does, and since we eat together frequently, I decided I could do it. 80 lbs MELTED away. . . . until, as you suggest in your post, I discovered the world of gluten-free pastry, cookies, breads, etc.

Spark People has helped me see the light here and I am turning around. I am not back to my pre gluten-free-goodies weight, but I will get ther.

It is not easy to be a human being. Let's remember that, and be kind to one another.


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I've known for several years that I have Celiac disease, so it's been important to avoid wheat and other grains containing glutens. But I was eating lots of "gluten free" products and my weight was creeping up.

I think I "got it" three months ago when my Dr. told me that my A1c level put me in the pre-diabetic range. It took several weeks of regularly testing my blood sugars after eating, but I have by trial and error managed to identify which foods (all the gluten free baked goods and quite a few other starches that I hadn't paid attention to before) cause my body to react with high blood sugars, and which foods keep my blood sugars steady. I've also lost over 20 pounds but the most important thing right now is being healthy and carefully monitoring my food to keep those blood glucose levels out of the danger zone.



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I finally 'got it' about a year ago. My son was getting married in a year and I absolutely did not want to be fat for the wedding pictures. I also had just received the results from my most recent blood tests and the numbers were not good! At that time, I had taken off about 20 kilos from my highest weight and maintained it. I lost an addition 10-20 kilos several times, but it all came back. I found myself fighting food cravings all (and I mean ALL) the time. I was pretty sure that I could lose the weight for the wedding, but I knew that it would probably all come back, again. I decided that the time had come to make a drastic change in my eating habits. After reading a lot, I decided to eliminate all carbs in my diet, with the exception of carbs in low-fat dairy products. Extreme, I know, but it worked. Today I weigh 30 kilos less (for a total loss of 50 kilos from my highest weight) and I have absolutely no food cravings whatsoever. Several months ago, I reintroduced fruits, and that doesn't seem to have caused any problems, craving-wise. I feel great and am pretty certain that the weight is not going to come back this time because food is just not an issue for me anymore.

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When I found out I am allergic to eggs, and am food intolerant to wheat and soy, and I cut these things out of my diet, I have begun to lose weight. I occasionally may have wheat or soy, but very seldom. Eggs are in everything, and have been harder to discern. My eating out has become quite limited, but I am feeling better, and losing weight because I am listening to my body.

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Don't know if I will ever get it, but I keep trying. I know what to eat and how to eat. I just can't keep motivated to keep myself going. I am stress eater or eat when I am board. I am planning on doing some craft projects and then donate the items.



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I'm still moving towards "getting it" - but when I made the decision to cut alcohol out of my life, I started a path towards a healthier lifestyle. It started with the basics - adding more fruit and vegetables to my day, eating breakfast, trying healthy recipes. I focus on what I want/need to do to be healthier instead of what I shouldn't be eating. So even though I indulge in pizza or a couple of Reese's Peanut Butter cups, I don't feel like I've done something bad and spiral out of control. Instead of going out Friday nights, I'm off to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. I also realized I need to keep it simple for myself. I portion out my blueberries and granola for the week. I buy a bulk size of boneless chicken breasts, bake them, cube them and freeze them in 3 oz portions for lunches and quick dinners. Being prepared has helped me - A LOT.



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Great Job!! Keep it up SHEENUH.

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I really think you've got more of it or are ahead if you can get to the point, where there is no food that has an unhealthy hold on you, and where you can almost not see it after a while, because your being intuitive and practicing moderation, and realizing it's just food, it's not going to solve your problems or emotions but can make you miserable. I'm working on that, and being strong to say no thank you, because certain foods are triggers for me, and to halt and pause with myself to check if I am psychically hungry or if I need to address something else.



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Still working on it. I'm eating well now, but it will be years until I feel "I've got it".

I agree with some others, that my key is learning to cook. Really cook, not just heat and eat. I love trying new recipes now and rarely eat anything packaged.

As far logging for work days and such, I'm working on packing the night before and even making some overnight refrigerator oatmeals so breakfast is ready and I don't have to calculate anything.

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8/22/13 10:34 P

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Well this is the tough part for me. Ihave been in andout of here for a couple of years and do well for a while then really mess up. I just came back gain and hope I can have lasting success.



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I am 66 , a retired RN and recovering from lumbar fusion 2 years ago. In May put my foot down ! I got tired of pain everyday and decided to start eliminating foods and reading diet books. I have dropped all the starches, especially potatoes except a slice of bread occasionally. The pain was cut In Half and now I can walk and stretch to lose this extra 20 pounds. I was amazed at my fat, calorie Intake when I joined Spark and over the first two days I have starting dropping weight. know that with eating more fruit, veggies ( not my favorites) I can achieve my goal. Now I read labels on everything that goes in my mouth.

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I started tracking my calories. I remember finding out that the burritos I was eating two of for lunch each had 500 calories! I was so shocked...I never knew! I had tried to count calories before, but without a digital nutrition tracker like the one on sparkpeople it was just too frustrating! Thank God for sparkpeople! My 40 lb. lighter frame thanks sparkepeople too!



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It was a combination of a lot of things that caused me to "get it." My mother died of cancer... she had an awful diet, hated vegetables, smoked, didn't exercise... and I saw myself following in those unhealthy life choices. It was harder to give up some things than others and for me, food... especially comfort foods and fast food... it took me a while to "get it" in those departments!

I read a really inspiring story in a magazine recently that has helped me feel motivated. This woman, who previously weighed over 350 lbs., lost over 200 pounds and she said something that made me have an "A-HA" moment. She said, "I avoid fast food and restaurant eating like recovering alcohols avoid going to bars." It just suddenly made sense! I didn't have to have that fast-food flab that had always brought me down and harmed my health! So, I started *grocery shopping* and my husband and I haven't been out to eat at a sit down in almost TWO MONTHS! We used to go at least once a week for a dine-in meal and ate fast food almost daily (sometimes more than once in a day.... ughhh) we've stopped doing that and I cook- daily! :) :) We're "re-learning" how to eat.

I won't say that I *never* eat fast food anymore... (because, I ate taco bell today, my nutrition logs are open, if you care to look... lol!) but now I'm at least making more informed decisions before I go out to eat... For example, before I went to taco bell today I read SP's dining out guide for "taco bell" and decided that one crunchy taco and one order of pintos and cheese could fit nicely into my day. :)

I do need to eat more vegetables today.... lol... but anyway... my point is... if you think about it in these terms... "avoid this like an alcoholic should avoid a bar" it makes more sense than saying to yourself, "I'm being rude by turning down cake" sorry about the rant. I just found that sentiment to be incredibly helpful!



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We all need encouragement, I plan to blog here on my progress and hope that someone might be motivated from my experience. Hope it will help you.

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OMG if this doesn't sound like me. I know what I should be doing. My sugar levels lately have not been so good. You think that would be a wake up call. I start the day out good then it's like I don't think mindless eating. Arrgh why why why. I guess if we knew we would all be thin. I just keep on trying that's all I can do. Maybe we can encourage each other??


Choice is a gift given to everyone. It is a powerful gift that can change your life. I choose to eat healthy.


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I was watching a PBS station 3 days ago, there was a program on it that talked about different fasts and how to get your blood sugar to normal, cholesterol to normal, and risk of getting cancer to drop to zero. This 54 year old man was 35 % more apt to get cancer, (his stomach was not that big, which if you have a big stomach you have greater risks of all of these), he was borderline diabetic and had high cholesterol, he tried 4 different fasts to see how his body would react and all of his levels came down on all fasts. He decided that the fast that would work for him would be the 2-5 diet. You fast on 600 calories per day for 2 days and eat a healthy 1200-1800 calories per day for 5 days,(women eat the 1200 calories and men eat the 1800 calories).He did this for 5 weeks, after 5 weeks his cholesterol was normal, (good and bad levels), his blood sugar level was 90, his cancer risk was no longer a problem and he had lost 14 pounds , no exercise was mentioned. He was at normal weight and decided he would continue to eat the 2-5 diet but to eat a few more healthy calories to maintain his weight.
This is when I "got it", my stomach is much, much bigger that his was so I am sure cancer risks are higher than his, I already have type 2 diabetes, so needless to say I started on the 2-5 diet yesterday and have already lost 2 pounds, I have 83 more to go and I pray that after years of trying to get into shape that this is the way for me. I also am going to start taking Pea protein powder in a morning shake of 2 tablespoons of the powder, 1 cup of fresh fruit, 1 cup of low fat milk and 5 ice cubes blended in a blender, this is supposed to do away with ALL cravings of foods that are not good to eat if you want to lose weight and be healthy.



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Thank you for posting this, I found the video on YouTube, and holy smokes that was good information. Especially from a scientific perspective.



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When I read the recent news report that says Diet trumps Exercise. I've been exercising like crazy with little result, so made the decision to record everything I eat for a month to see the results if I stayed within the 1300-1400 range. Oh yes, and I found the miracle CHIA SEED. They're a life saver, let me tell you. I love the crunchiness of them in my afternoon snack of Almond Milk and Greek Yogurt. This really keeps those munchies at bay when I get home from my after-work workout. So far I've seen a drop every day since starting the journal this week. Wish me luck it continues into next week!

Just remember....nothing tastes as good as thin feels.


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8/22/13 11:37 A

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"I started tracking my fiber, trying my best to get between 25-35 grams per day from fruits and veggies, and honestly, it was like I had flipped a switch in my body and the pounds just started melting away."

This was me too - I didn't realize just how poor my diet was until I started tracking it. Guess what? If you consistently lack nutrients your body will constantly crave MORE MORE MORE and never be satisfied. Duh. This was a lightbulb moment for me. On days I get enough protein and fiber this lifelstyle change seem s 'almost' easy :-).

Trying to lose the "baby fat" that crept on after 3 pregnancies in 7 years...

5'4", 40 (!), 3 kids (2 girls, 11 and 8 + one boy, 4), a husband, a dog, a cat, a guinea pig and a full time WOH job.


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8/21/13 10:47 P

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When the doc told me I had pre-diabetes, and I spent the summer reading books on nutrition, and I thought, YES, I can do this!

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SANDRAPACHECO
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8/21/13 11:35 A

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when i realized that food is fuel for your body. the cleaner and healther the fuel the cleaner and healthier the body!! its really plain and simple!! not always easy but def doable!!



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8/21/13 9:17 A

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I am finding that I "get it" over and over again. I'll get it and then let things slip and then get it again. What helps is learning more about nutrition and paying attention to how my body feels whether I'm eating well or not. Also, when I start gaining a few pounds, it reinforces that I can't eat like that and reach my fitness goals. And when I'm eating within range and the weight starts coming off again, it reinforces that hmmmmmmmmmmm this actually does work!

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I realized that it was okay to feel hungry all the time.

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Starting to feel the aches and pains of age, I decided to take seriously what I have heard that food can make the different. I decided to try slowly changing my eating habits and started seeing a difference. That is motivating. Now, when I start to slack off and start feeling the results in my body - I know what I need to do.

I've done it before... I can do it again!

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8/20/13 2:49 A

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After reading "Unbearable Lightness", Portia de Rossi's memoir. In it, she discusses her struggles with an eating disorder, and something about how she came to terms with it (everything in moderation, be happy with yourself) clicked with me. I found it to be a very moving read. I still struggle some days with feeling comfortable in my own skin, but I've come a very long way.

I've also found mindfulness practice has helped me. Before I eat, I think about where my 'fullness' level is and if I'm really hungry, or just mindlessly snacking. I recommend mindfulness practice to everyone for everything. www.getsomeheadspace.com



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8/18/13 10:33 P

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I "got it" when I started rigorously tracking my fitness minutes (using a FitBit One) and very accurately logging everything that went into my mouth; then looking at the Report called Daily Calorie Differential.

When I have a calorie deficit, it signifies weight loss; when I have a calorie excess, it means I am gaining weight. So I now aim for a calorie deficit every day. This seems to be working, since I have had a calorie deficit for all but 9 days since April 13th. This means that I have burned more calories than I ate for 118 days out of the past 127. I guess you might call this a "Spark Streak" of burning more calories each day than I eat.

This seems to be working, since I have accumulated a deficit of 64670 calories since April 13th. That divided by 3500 (calories in one pound of fat) amounts to a weight loss of 18.5 pounds.

I NEVER get on a scale, so I don't know what my "real" weight would be; but I have gone from a size Large pants to a size Medium; all my old clothes are way too big; and I am actually seeing a slender person in the mirror!

LOVE IT!


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Watching Lustig's video "Sugar the Bitter Truth", after that I started tracking my fiber, trying my best to get between 25-35 grams per day from fruits and veggies, and honestly, it was like I had flipped a switch in my body and the pounds just started melting away.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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Even after almost 18 months of maintenance, I'm still working on "getting it". My issues with overeating run deep and it's amazing how easily and quickly I can backslide if I take my eyes off the prize. A few things I've started to get that have been personally helpful for me are:

-The more natural the food, the more I can eat. I find that I can eat at a significantly higher calorie level and maintain my weight if I'm sticking mostly to whole foods--protein, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fats and dairy, especially yogurt.

-Being overly restrictive is almost always counterproductive. Feeling like I had to eat 1,200 calories a day to lose weight not only messed with my metabolism big time, but also turned me into a binge eater. Unless someone is very sedentary or quite old, I would never recommend going below 1,500 calories for weight loss. It might come off a bit more slowly, but you won't develop even more bad habits that you'll later have to undo.

-Acceptance of my lot in life. I can't eat what I want, when I want it. I have to weigh, measure and track what I eat most of the time and I have to weigh myself regularly to ward off upward trends. I'd love to get to a place where I don't have to do these things, but for now, I'm okay with my coping mechanisms.

-I don't have to be perfect. I just can't be too imperfect too often or for too long. I can have a meal or two a week where I eat and drink more than I normally do and I can loosen the reigns when I'm on vacation or over the holidays. I just can't let that behavior spill over beyond them without a significant weight gain. I give myself permission to enjoy life's special occasions and their food as long as I'm back on track once they're over. It can be hard, but if I stick with that bargain, everything evens out in the end.

Good luck "getting it" yourself and keep at it. For most of us, it takes a long time to figure out what works best.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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JUULEE
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When someone wanted to take a group photo of us at work for the quarterly company magazine and I pulled a sickie so I wouldn't be in it.

Hard at work to lose weight because the restaurant is heavily subsidized and offers expensive foods that I couldn't afford to buy. It's a treat everyday, plus I don't have to wash up after.

Now the salad bar is my best friend.






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I "get it," I just don't always stay with the positive thoughts. That said, I get back on track as soon as I can and refrain from beating myself up which only leads to negativity and rationale to make more bad choices. I will say, giving up sugar in all forms and staying away from processed food does keep you balanced and healthy.



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I woke up when yes the clothes did not fit, when I found my blood pressure soaring to 185/108 and feeling like absolute crap. My doctor wanted to start me on bp meds, I really did not want to try that yet. I totally changed my diet about 12 weeks ago to a clean diet, watched the salt and started exercising. I went to my doc 3 weeks later and bp dropped to 130 84. My doctor could not believe it and made me go in the next day just to make sure it was not true. After 11 weeks bp is now 118/74. I still have to be very particular about my journaling my food, exercise but I know the junk, the conveinece on the run foods is not worth it. I still have around 80 pounds to lose but I don't want to feel that way again.

Melodie

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8/15/13 2:00 P

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I have to agree with JADOMB - I don't know that you ever truly "get it". I have lost 65 pounds and I still wake up with the mindset that I will make the right decisions just for this day. There is so much more to each eating decision like the event, the place, the setting, the people that influence, the emotions surrounding, what the scales or measuring tape says, did I burn enough calories during workout, etc. For me, it is an unconditional commitment. I will tackle each day for the rest of my life with healthy attitudes no matter what. I will make mistakes, but tomorrow is a new day.



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8/15/13 12:49 P

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I'm not sure I "get it" when it comes to food but the key must be there as I burn 1750 calories a week over my BMR and seldom have a day where I eat over 1700 calories but the scale doesn't budge. It's not my thyroid and my other numbers are excellent, my only health concern is an overweight BMI and the frustration of not getting smaller!

I eat healthy and feel good but I guess my final hurdle is sugar. If I could eliminate added sugar completely (and their cravings), I might find that is the key to success.



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8/15/13 9:32 A

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I am trying very hard and for the most part "getting it" but still catch myself once in a while reverting back to my old habits. For example, last night while making a salad I was mindlessly in a frenzy snacking on croutons! ????

Every morning you wake up is another chance to make it right!

If you change nothing, nothing will change.


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I haven't "got it" yet. I am trying, but there are still many days when the sugar cravings win out. Taking it one day at a time.



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8/15/13 12:39 A

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I don't know if I get it yet. I'm still struggling not to eat a cookie or snack on junk, but I am doing much better and having my daughter is what really led me to joining sparkpeople and wanting a healthier lifestyle for both of us.



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Like LAWNOVICE1 said, it happened when my "fat clothes" were to tight.

I knew that I probably ate to much fast food but I thought I was young enough and active enough that I could stay on top of it. All of the women in my family have had weight issues for as long as I can remember and I had promised myself at the tender age of 13 I would be the exception to that trend. I did alright off and on through my teen years and early 20s but then I started college. Forget the freshman 15, I put on the freshman 25/30.

My sophmore year I tried to cut back on my soda intake but the car still had that pull towards McDonalds on the drive home (I commute and it's 45 min one way, generally leaving campus around 4:30 or later) I found Sparkpeople early in my Jr. year but didn't do to much with it. Finally at the start of this summer when I had to go buy pants in a size 14 (the biggest I'd ever been and only 2 sizes smaller from my mother) I had my "That's it!" moment. I took my bonus check and signed up for personal training at my local gym.

Besides focused exercise, the trainer also put together a food plan for me to follow and I started to lose a pound or so a week. But I was still resistant to giving up my "comfort foods", I figured that as long as I ate within my calorie bracket "I would be fine." After hitting a 3wk plateau (and my trainer getting slightly ticked with me) I went back to the food plan. Eating high protein and sticking close to the food plan, I broke the plateau (by 4lbs!) and from there I finally got serious about food.

"Getting it" continues to be a gradual progress and like everyone else I fall down, but I'm so happy with my progress and how I feel that I have learned to look to see what I can learn from my fall vs. beating myself up over it. If there is one thing that I have "gotten," it is finally understanding that I can't cut back than go back to the way I was eating before. And if I, a self admitted 'Carb Queen' can manage to understand that, then I know the rest will follow.

The minefields of life never go away, we just get better at navigating them.

The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.

For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans for good not disaster that shall give you hope.
Jeremiah 29:11


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8/13/13 11:34 P

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Well... so far I've decided that I don't need to waste every dime I earn on buying EXPENSIVE nutritonally lacking food from fastfood places.

So far, It's working. I intentionally am making swaps and avoiding fastfood for now until I get better control.

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I've started changing out vegetables for carbs. Like using cauliflower to make mashed "potatoes", pizza crust and rice. When I want spaghetti, I use spaghetti squash instead. Then I don't feel so bad if I eat a whole plate of spaghetti. Lots less calories and carbs, plus more nutrients. It may sound weird, and it's not the real thing, but it can definitely hit the craving buttons for you. Last week I snuck black beans into brownies and gave some to my husband. (Lowers the fat) He ate 4. Needless to say, he had the best BM he's had in years. And getting all of that waste out it good for you too. He felt really good. I don't recommend eating 4 black bean brownies, they are still high in calories, and he has a more physical job, but I am finding ways to get nutrition in while still satisfying my cravings. Then it doesn't feel as bad to cheat.



 
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