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8/3/14 2:01 P

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I am reminding myself every day that I am not worthless and that if I try and believe in myself then nothing can hold me back. No more quick fixes or quitting. If you fall, get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. Sure, easier said than done but it is the greatest feeling in the world when you look back and see that you have persevered.

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.


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2/16/14 8:11 A

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I have been tracking for one month now. I looked at my reports, and I am all over the place. I haven't exercised. I think one problem is that I just go with the calories already in the program, clicking on something, that may not be exactly what I've eaten. I need to pay attention to portions and the actual calories I am eating, not just guessing.

Excuses - the weather! It keeps snowing, temps have been so cold, I just can't get motivated.

So I'm laying some foundations, but it's not working yet. I'm trying, but not hard enough.

Today, realizing a month has passed without any change, has made me stop and realize this. If you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results. emoticon emoticon

So, today I begin again. And when I come back here in and another month has passed, I will not have wasted it, but I will be successful!

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1/30/14 10:30 A

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Yes it is very easy for us to want a quick fix. My mother always told me that nothing worthwhile is easy. She is so right about weight loss and exercise. And even more correct when it comes to changing our mind set and our way we see or feel about ourselves. If we only think negative then only negative will happen. WE ARE NOT WORTHLESS!!!!! Now get that into your head!!



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1/30/14 9:02 A

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I have been in this "all or nothing" mindest since I was 8 and realized that I was overweight. I am 20 now and I'm still trying to lose weight but because of this mentality I can't. It burdens you and when you slip up just once by a tiny thread you just want to give up and throw in he towel. I am trying hard to get out of this mentality and learn to stop being so self-critical and skeptical of myself but it is sooo hard. Some days are good but I always think that they could be better. Some days are horrible where I think that I'll never lose weight because I binged or cheated. The only days that I remember that were great were the ones where I didn't even think of my weight struggle or anything but those moments never last long. I always want quick results, always think of new drastic ways to lose weight but never try hard enough and end up quitting. Self-sabotage?
I know that if I let go of this mentality and start congratulating myself for small steps toward a better life that I'll be better off and I will lose weight and so much more. The hardest part is letting go of it and making sure it doesn't come back to you. Also, you need to learn to love yourself no matter how ugly, fat or worthless you THINK you are. I'm working on that now and I know for a fact that it works.


Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.


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1/29/14 8:45 P

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It really is easy to criticize ourselves for not doing enough or not trying hard enough. I think many of us have done it so long it has become a habit. But remember habits can be changed and over time we can learn to turn off that negative internal voice criticizing ourselves.

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1/29/14 6:32 P

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I always feel I don't try hard enough but that is a negative thought and I am trying very hard to lose that way of thinking. I just had back surgery 4.5 weeks ago so I am some limited but at the same time I need to lose the weight for my back. Discovering Spark People has really helped me. Since I have been home from work, I have had more time to discover the web site. Yesterday I received in the mail 2 books I ordered off Amazon. The Spark People cookbook and the Spark People 28 day breakthrough plan for losing weight, getting fit, and transforming your life. Now to open the books and get started!!



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1/29/14 1:50 P

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That is so motivating for me and rings so true when you say that is scary to loose that weight. I feel like the weight is like a shield that I have been caring around and hiding behind. It is easier for me to blame my weight for my failures in life then coming clean with my true heart and admit that I have simply failed because I didn't follow through on my goals.
Thank you for sharing.



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1/29/14 10:25 A

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I think it is important to be careful about what words you use. I'm trying is saying, but it's too hard. It actually saps your energy. Get rid of the word try
Yoda said, 'Do or do not. There is no try.'

You can cut out a lot of junk thinking and get down to the nitty gritty.
Once you do that, how would you say 'I'm trying but not hard enough?'
You would be saying, 'eating snacks in the evening is a problem I haven't addressed yet. I invested in a gym membership but I am not following through.'
Can you see what a difference this makes? How the power lies with you? Then you can exercise that power. Change your attitude. Do something, do not do something, it's all in your hands.
Hope this helps, it helped me get on with losing nearly 40 kilos and go from the couch to exercising 7-9 hours a week .


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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1/29/14 6:46 A

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I know the feeling. I'm trying, but not so much that I'm dedicating my life to losing weight and only that. I find that I'll check in here in the morning, then go about my day without coming back to log things. It isn't that I'm not eating well or exercising... It's just that coming back to the computer is so time consuming, and checking in from my phone or tablet takes even longer.

Despite of that, though, emoticon Just keep going a little bit more every day.

Want to know more about me? You can find my personal blog is full of things of my life, even though I update only once a week.

www.insanitek.net/gconyers/


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1/28/14 4:11 P

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Get your mind right and the rest will follow. This will be work!! how bad do you want it is the question.



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1/28/14 4:01 P

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I think the fact that you joined a gym, and that you joined this site and are on here talking to us about it, means that you are serious. What you are not is perfect! You've made the first steps, now just keep pushing slowly forward and you'll get better at this. Come up with strategies that work for you. Maybe schedule in two specific times a week at the gym on your calendar for starters.



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1/28/14 9:19 A

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People don't usually tell you that losing weight is scary, but it is-- especially if you've been with that extra weight for a long time. It's like breaking off a co-dependent relationship. You know it's bad for you, but it's what you know. You're treated different, and look at yourself differently, whether you are obese, have those few extra pounds, or are Miss/Mr. Super-Buff.

I'm down 113 pounds from my heaviest, and have about 30 pounds to go. My heaviest was about five years ago - at 309. Most of that time I yo-yoed between 295-265. I had a mini-breakthough last winter, and lost another 20 before the spring. There had been a lot of serious illness in my family, and we lost one of my cousins at just 29 and who had a toddler. I've stayed relatively healthy despite my weight, so I thought. Cholesterol was a little high, but not too alarming. Blood pressure's almost always been good, although a tinge high when I was over 300, also ventured barely into pre-diabetes at that time, but that too went away when I dipped back to the 200s.

The last 50 pounds I lost since September, when I had my own health scare -- a vocal cord disorder that made my throat close up several times a day, which is related to acid reflex. Obesity was no longer an option. I ate the smaller meals, got in the fruits and veggies, stayed away from fatty and fried food, quit drinking coffee, didn't eat for at least three hours before bed no matter how my stomach growled, got my butt to the gym. I hardly ever have symptoms of my VCD anymore, and when I do it's a scratchy throat or a minute of coughing, and I'm better. But I'm not cured and never will be. If I go back to my old ways the symptoms come back.

And I'm better overall, proud of things I can do now that I couldn't do for about half my life or more -- like running a few miles or crossing my legs. I imagine my blood sugar and cholesterol are better too, although I have to wait till August to find out for sure.

You have to think beyond why losing weight is a good idea, and really connect with the reasons why the status quo is no longer okay. You may have to wade a while before you can swim, but keep wading. You don't fail unless you get out of the pool.

When heading for the destination, don't forget to enjoy the journey.


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1/27/14 1:41 P

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When I want a treat - anytime - I have a sugar free popsicle or two. Each is 15 calories and they satisfy the craving for a tasty and sweet treat.

Getting to the gym is harder and harder because each time I go I realize that I have overworked my body. It actually takes me twice as long to get to the gym as I can walk on the treadmill. (My knees and ankles swell currently) I'm not doing good at exercising along with videos. This will change through as times go on. Slow start - strong finish.

Bless you and yours.

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I have only been here since 12/21/2013 and I have lost 11 pounds. I have been dedicated with the coaching and tracking but I have not been as involved with posting and upping the fitness. I am still doing the same 30 minute walk. I am only losing a pound a week for the last couple of weeks and I know that at this rate, there will be no weight loss unless I step it up.

I just listened to Beth Donovan on Spark radio. Prior to her losing 240 pounds, she was over 400 pounds and bedridden. I think I have found my motivation. If you get a chance to listen "How to Get Started From Someone Who Has Been There Segment 2 #62.

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1/26/14 10:56 A

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I'm not doing well at tracking or self-regulation. I think that I'll try to use tracker to plan as you've mentioned and see if that helps. Hope it works well for us both!

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1/26/14 10:25 A

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I tracked all week, and found the charts and reports very helpful. Some days I did better than others, but all in all, I need to try harder. My food choices could be better. This week I will key in my day, planning it, before it begins and see if I stay on course any better.

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1/25/14 5:37 P

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Jodibug--It's the same idea. I just don't like the word "cheating" because it implies that I am doing something wrong or out of control, whereas I have planned for this. And yes, I think that when Saturday comes around you are more likely to think twice about what you actually chose to indulge in because you don't want to blow all your hard work. I also try to eat lower on my calorie range during the week so that I have calories set aside for indulging.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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1/25/14 5:06 P

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Lulubelle....I do the same thing....but I call it controlled or planned cheating. Maybe that is wrong way to put it. I read a book years ago by a guy who had a whole weight loss plan called controlled cheating. It was a very good book and I learned a lot from that book. It helped me loose about 25lbs. The concept was that if you control when you cheat (basically set aside one day a week to eat whatever you want) you will be able to control your cheating on the other six days. I still try to do that even now. I use Saturdays as my cheat day....but over time you change your habits and you even eat better on your cheat day. Also you don't eat as much on your cheat day because you stomach shrinks. I do like the comment that someone made about making the list of things you want to eat on your cheat day and then refer back to it. Another thing is when your cheat day arrives....at least I had this thought.....you don't want to ruin all the hard work you did on the other days so you are a little more thoughtful about what you eat.

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Such amazing sharing and idea giving! I know that I, as many of you, am losing weight, again! I had lost a significant amount of weight and then, over the past few years, gained a majority back....my motivation was waylaid at some point. I now exercise only when I force myself and not automatically. Do I want to get up and go first thing when I wake? Actually, yes! Do I? Nope! This is a goal that is being worked on now while my eating is continuing to be. Something that I have trouble with, as a some of you have shared, is night time "grazing", as my mother puts it. I start snacking and just binge for an hour or so. A solution that I have found is to grab an apple or even a pear: both satisfy the desired crunch and sweetness! Do I always do this? No-sometimes I realize that my hands are putting those "bad" for me snacks in my mouth and dawn breaks! I realize that if I grab an apple, the aforementioned happens. I have lots of things to work on, and realize that we all struggle the same, but enjoy reading all of your posts on a very appropriate challenge for us. So: thanks for sharing Sparkers!!

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1/25/14 12:58 P

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Something that has worked for me in the past is to designate one day a week that I can have whatever I want. I don't consider it "cheating", because I have planned for it. I used to keep a list on the fridge of everything that I wanted to eat that week, and then on Saturday I would look at the list and decide if I still wanted it. If I did, I had it. Most of the time the craving had passed, and I just skipped it.



If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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What great advice and ideas! I'll add my two cents worth...

The only thing that has kept me motivated to work out has been to SCHEDULE it. If it was up to me to just decide "Oh this would be a lovely moment to go for a walk" it would never happen. So I schedule it - I walk at lunchtime, and I go to the gym on my way home from work. No matter how much I don't want to. It's built into my day. (Kind of like planning ahead for the evening snack!)

To all of us who are struggling - we are a step ahead. We recognize that something needs to change. All that's left is some soul- and reason-searching and gut-level honesty to find what's holding us back.

In a year, we'll come back to this thread and see just how far we've come. Now go DO IT!

Shana in NC

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"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:28-29


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Thanks AHJZABLU!

I know what you are saying. I know that is how I SHOULD approach this! I definitely, 100% suffer from an "all or nothing" mentality. Which means I try to set way to many big goals at once. I guess right now I am trying to just track every day (calories eaten and burned)...no matter if it is good or bad. My next goal is to bring it down into the correct calorie range most days of the week. But I can't help trying to ad tracking all my steps, doing 3 sessions of 20 minutes of cardio plus 2 days of strength training. Oh, and on top of that I have the goal of doing all my dishes and cleaning my apartment every night perfectly because if I don't I will not be organized enough to make breakfast, bring all my correct, healthy snacks and meals to work and make time for my walk with the dogs. Basically I am crazy! And I try to start a place in this process where I realistically should be 6-12 months from now!

Its so hard for me to choose which goal I should make number one. Even as I write that though I know what the answer should be. I should keep tracking and trying to bring my calories down. Two other simple things are working on eating WHEN I AM ACTUALLY HUNGERY.This is a huge problem. I eat to fill an emotional void, boredom, happiness, you name it, I eat because of it. If I would actually learn to listen to my bodies signals, this would be a HUGE step for me.

Whew....just breath. One day at a time. One goal at a time. Track. Bring calories down. That will be my first goal!

Here goes nothing!



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Rholicky: I know exactly how you feel. I do great for a week, watching everything I eat, measuring everything, exercising, you name it. Then the next week, apparently the other me takes over. So I decided to set one goal per month and stick to it. The next month I add another goal. That way, I have already made one thing a habit before adding something to it. January my goal is to not drink any soft drinks. I have accomplished that goal. Next month, I will add drinking 64 oz. (or more) of water to my regimen. (I am already drinking water and doing at least 10 minutes of cardio daily, but it is not the "goal" yet. I know I'm weird :/) I know this way is very slow, but it is how I deal with changing to a healthier lifestyle. By the end of the year, I should have incorporated all of the good things and removed all of the bad. So I encourage you to just stick with it girl! You'll make it!
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I feel the EXACT same way...and I have been stuck in this pattern for years. Ugghhh...just writing that down is painful. I plan out my meals and do well for maybe one day...and the next day I think that since I did good the previous day I can have a little treat. Then that little treat becomes a ginormous pig out...always at night when I am alone, stuck with my own emotions.

I like all of the suggestions here about the night snacking. I will have to try building in the fudge factor!

I also do not understand how I can be screwing this up so bad. Its not like I do not have enough things to motivate me. I have a huge list that I can rattle off at a moments notice.Here goes:
1. Health. I am a veterinarian, so I know a lot about health issues. I have diabetes and heart disease in my family, and I am headed that way very quickly if I don't get this under control.
2. I love to be outdoors. I love to hike. I want to do more than that...horseback riding, skiing, amusment parks, abseiling etc. I want to keep up with my sister and not feel like I am going to die going up every hill. Hiking is painful and uncomfortable for me now, and soon I will just give up if I can't make it a less painful activity. And that would be a tragedy.
3. I want to wear normal clothes
4. I want to cross my legs and do normal stuff like that without to much effort
5. I want to take my nieces and nephews to Disney World and keep up with them
6. I want to go to New Zealand and go parasailing and abseiling and swim with dolphins
7. I want to climb stairs without being out of breath for 5 minutes ...omg, how embarrassing
8. I want to DATE!
9.I want to fit on the airplane seat and be able to pull down the tray table without it hitting part of my body!
10. Need I say more...holy crap.

It seems these huge reasons should be enough for me not to pig out. Apparently they are not. I feel there is something inherently wrong with my make up....a genetic switch somewhere saying..."eat, eat, eat, eat", and I can't get past it. I feel like I am drowning...not in water, but in fat. If had the option of being locked up on a fat camp somewhere where I did not have unlimited access to food...I would go there in a heart beat.


In the past I have been fortunate that I did not have to struggle to commit to an exercise regime. I was awesome at that. But even that now is gone since I moved away from my family and friends for work. I am doing a residency at a university, and though I had conquered my fear/loathing of gyms and gotten over caring what people thought of me long ago...all of those feelings are back given that my best (most affordable) option is the university gym...where all the perky 18 year olds are exercising! I am not sure I can force myself to do it.

Well, that is my story. I am not giving up, though it does often feel hopeless. I will try some of the suggestions here. Good luck to you as well DADAMS!



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I can relate! I really need to MOVE more and be still less.

Slow progress is better than no progress.


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I think trying is a funny word especially when losing weight. I think you either do it or you don't. I am guilty of always saying I am trying to lose weight, I am TRYING to break out of that habit. Trying doesn't cut it, I need to reduce my weight not try to. I hope that makes sense.



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Thank you for all the good advise. I am doing better than I thought I was.
I love to walk, but right now it is just too cold out for me, but I do have a treadmill that I should get used to walking on every day. However, I seem to find excuses why I 'can't do it today.
I track my entire day in the morning. That way I can stay in range. If something happens and I have to make changes, I just try to stay in the same calorie range for that meal.
I also allow for snacks in the evening. I eat one chocolate chip cookie before I go to bed. I have to take some medicine that needs to be taken with food, and the meds taste awful. My cookie has 100 calories so I don't feel too bad. For my daytime snacks I usually have yogurt or a fruit cup, or a granola bar.
I really enjoyed reading all your threads and I am very encouraged by them. My biggest problem, I think, is trying to lose too much too fast. I will concentrate on 1 lb a week, consistently. 52 lbs a year isn't so bad!!!!!
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Like some of the others I plan a snack every evening. Then if I get the nibbles after dinner, I just remind myself that my snack is waiting for later. My favorite is Chia seeds soaked in kefir with frozen blueberries. I mix it all up as I'm making dinner and then it's ready to eat about 9:30. Yum!

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I try to have only healthy snacks available. Not always the case as my wife does not help with the not buying sweet snacks, but I am getting better at not eating them. We just have to keep pushing.
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It is unrealistic to expect perfection. I agree with the strategy of making small changes that you can STICK to! For nighttime snacking, try drinking tea or water FIRST, that may help stop cravings. I think for exercise, try things that you LIKE to do. Walking, dancing, bicycling, roller skating, swimming -- whatever works that you will enjoy. It is so much easier to stick to an exercise routine if you enjoy it!



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What a great message board this is, lots of good tips!
I agree that small changes are the way to go. Two years ago I started to eat 5 servings of freggies every day. At that time I was hoping it would help me lose weight, but it didn't.
Turns out when you eat a bag of carrots, you can't deduct these calories from the "bad" food I was eating as well LOL.
Since then I have added exercise to the mix a year ago (doesn't help either if you don't limit your calorie intake LOL).
Only 6 months ago I added limitation of calories to my habits, and see: I am losing weight.
Limiting calories and portions still takes effort, but the exercise and getting in the fruit and veggies is a habit, so that comes easily now.
Good luck, I know you will find your way of doing this!!

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I try not to keep the snacks in the house. We are on a very tight budget and I would rather spend the grocery money on meats and veggies than junk. That way I don't have them here. If they are not here I don't eat them and as tight as I am with a dime. Im not going to the store to get them. lol Keep up the good work you got this! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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tough situations. I feel I am in the same boat as so many of you - trying to make small changes but oh so impatient with myself! emoticon every day seems to be a day to 'start over'. whew - lowers the spirit.

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I can't seem to quit eating lately - snacks are killing me. I use to be so planned & ready to go, I'm not sure what is going on right now!

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Snacks in and of themselves are not a bad thing - it all depends on the snack. What I have found is that I CANNOT have snacks in the house that are "readily eatable" - aside from fruits and veggies.
My wife does the shopping and she understands my food addiction so she does not bring home anything that I can just grab out of the pantry closet and eat. That doesn't mean I don't periodically or compulsively look in the pantry to see if anything has magically appeared in it since the last time I checked.




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Depends on how you look at it. The fact that you joined a gym shows progress, whether or not you actually go. You have more or less decided that you need to work on things. It takes one step at a time, one change at a time. The first step is always to acknowledge that a change needs to occur. I joined a gym with the intention of going everyday - I do go but not as frequently as I originally intended. I still go and that is a step forward. I watch my calories and that is a step forward. Each time that you initiate a change is movement in the right direction.

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I do GREAT on Waters (8-11) ,
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I feel exactly the same way. I was very serious the first two weeks and now I am just happy with tracking and remaining within my calorie range regardless of what I eat. I just need to reevaluate and get refocused. emoticon

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hi DanaeBoyce- If you're diabetic, and trying to get on track, I found out for myself that when I went all out exercising, my sugars spiked in a bad way, which causes ( I learned from my doc) a horrible cycle of working out, eating right, losing weight, get sick. Take a week to get well, another week of working out (too hard), gettting sick and it all started over again. I had to stop going to a crossfit class once a week, and instead went to water aerobics, and that didn't cause such a drastic drop in blood sugar to create spikes either. The good news is, exercise does help with your immune system..maybe just a different exercise. And I definitely would boost up on vitamins- Vitamin D takes the blues away, and supports your immune system as well. Just keep trying!!

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The habits are hard to break, the two goals I have each day that I really have to be aware of are small but I am hoping they make a big difference and change a few bad habits:
1) No snack, usually M&Ms from the vending machine in the afternoon at work
2) No stopping by a fast food drive thru, to hold me over until I get home

I have learned to carry NO CASH or change with me and I refuse to use my debit card for a dollar item, small change but hopefully it helps.

If I can do both these goals each day and get home where there are no sweets and munchies, my battle is half over for the day.

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I've been getting my fitness awards the last couple of months but I still find myself getting a craving for sweets & this past weekend I had to talk myself out of leaving my house because I wanted a brownie sundae so bad. I settled for my fruit cup & drank the syrup which I never do. It was lite syrup but still. It hit the spot. It starts in the mind first & foremost. Your mind has to made up. Your slip up days won't be as bad because you won't let it get out of control & if you do, you know accountability is key. I saw my tracker at over 2k one day. When you decide, really decide you're sick & tired, it won't be an issue. It will be a done deal. Hope that helps. emoticon

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Yep, it is a constant battle finding out what works for each of us. For me, it cannot be a diet it has to be a change of the way I eat. I have found that I do best with making little changes. I first went off white flour and processed food. I definitely track every thing I eat. I have learned to make my own sweets so I do not feel deprived. I wish I knew what "clicks" to help us keep going.

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Me too. I know what I should do, and I do it about 50% of the time with mediocre results. my head knows that the weight didn't go one overnight and is not going to come off overnight - but that's what I keep hoping for.

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I am trying hard but not consistent enough.

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To Danaeboyce1

When I read your blog it reminded me of myself. Every time I to would start out gung ho on a new diet I'd get sick. Then I noticed how many times I had my period and sick at the same time, talk about miserable. I came to a conclusion that my immune system seemed to be low prior to getting my period so I decided to try to ramp it up the week before... I drank Easter C, or alive raw vitamin c and vitamin D3. Once I put two and two together it helped support my body which seemed to be in a weakened state the week before my period. Just a thought that helped me.

Don't beat yourself up and say your not trying hard enough... Enough is enough if that is all you have the energy for for that day!!

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I keep a bowl of fruit on the coffee table in the family room. While watching TV, I try to reach for the fruit rather than the chips, etc.



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What things do you like to eat? Is it that you're hungry or that you're in a habit? Maybe if we knew what it was you were eating we could help suggest some swaps that make less of a calorie dent.

As for exercise, maybe you're not a gym person? I do not enjoy gym work outs at all but can drag myself out and walk or do a DVD at home



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I am getting frustrated because I have been sick all week, and I am tired of it. I went on a walk today, but thats about all I can do for exercise. I am tracking my food, too, so that should at least keep me from gaining while I am sick. It just sucks to do well and have progress and then always be sick. For the past 3 months I have been sick for at least one week in each month and I am really sick of it. I feel like I am not trying enough, but I am at least tracking, so if I am eating badly, I can still stay under my calories. (We get fast food a lot when sick).

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This thread is just the pep talk I needed. There is some terrific advice and inspiration here. Thanks to everyone who shared what has worked for them. Will be trying some myself.

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Actually, what you are going through is normal, typical, we have all been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

Every day we get a chance to start again. Every day try again to make "today" better than yesterday.

We didn't reach this point overnight and we are not going to change our habits overnight.

One day at a time really is the way to make this happen.

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Sometimes you stumble onto something that makes you think why didn't I know this before. Well my AH AH moment was when my niece asked me to repair her quilt I made her when she was a new born. It is beyond saving, for a surprise I am making a new one for her high school graduation. My point is all of the sewing needs to be done upstairs out of sight of the kitchen. I find myself working on this quilt for several hours and not thinking of snacking, and then I realize I am not hungray so my snacking maybe boredom. I do allot of X stitch and dolly making in the winter but that's downstairs and I am watching TV which may all compliment each other for a snacking session. I do exercise I walk about 4 miles a day in winter 40 to 50 miles a week in summer. I guess for me keeping busy and keeping your mind off of food is helping me to try harder. You need to try different things to see what will help you forget about food.



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It is so helpful to find others who are struggling with the same things as I find myself struggling through. I am determined to take this one step, one day at a time. If I compare myself to where I "think" I should be on this journey, then I start to beat myself up. Instead, I made a promise to myself to just do the best I can do each day. Sometimes that is 10-15 minutes, other times it is 45-60 minutes. Some days I eat perfectly, some days I don't. But each day I try to be a success makes me more confident in my ability to succeed. Weight loss is very much a mind thing and you have to do what you can to keep your mind strong and focused. Good luck to you in your journey!
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I agree. I'm in the same boat. I know 2014 is the year. And its all mental - this weight thing. Start calling out as it already is - say over and over I weight such and such - I will win this battle of the bulge - I feel good about my body, I deserve to be my idea weight, I will succeed emoticon and eventually you will get there



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I love SP, I always find there are people just like me who struggle with nighttime snacking and getting their butt off the couch!
I am so glad I accepted the challenge of teaching water aerobics to a group of older ladies. Now, when I feel like missing a day, I remember that I have to be there for them. This is a great motivator for me.
I am always amazed at how easily the pounds drop off when I am really putting my mind to things. So why, I ask myself, do I fall off the wagon and have to start over? I guess it all comes down to the title of this thread, 'I'm trying, but not hard enough'. I know this is true, if I just remember to listen to that little voice inside, instead of telling it to be quiet.
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GREAT tips, advice, input here!! I'm going to be coming back to this thread, again & again, for the moral boost it gives me to read!

I think Russell is right on the mark and looking at his weight loss is proof that he's found what works for him! Way to go Russell!

Night time snacking has always been my downfall so I keep healthy snacks available, I even make my own trail mix, bag it, freeze it and keep a one week supply in refrigerator. And . . . my kitchen is closed to me at 8 p.m. No need for me to snack after that hour, it would just be mindless snacking because I've had enough food and I'm not hungry!

I joined Curves and went for a year. It is an excellent place to exercise, and it's women only. But . . . I found I'm not really a gym person! And I did not really enjoy the thought of having to go regularly, whether I wanted to or not. That just isn't for me. I recently purchased a recumbent exercise bike and use that almost daily. I have trouble walking, poor balance, so I go to a big store and walk the inside perimeter, knowing I can always stop and sit if need be. I also have some DVD chair exercises which work the body good!

I've started fresh and anew and am doing it "one day at a time", just getting up in the morning with the attitude that "I can do this for today". Stay positive, never give up on yourself. Baby steps, one day at a time, and before you know it, you'll realize that you ARE serious about losing and you ARE doing it.

See you later, I know I'll be back on this thread!
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I think Russell is so right on--you have to focus on making small changes. I just started counting calories at the beginning of January, but I spent a whole month-plus before that weaning myself off of sugar (and spent time even before that weaning myself off of soda specifically, which I replaced with unsweetened iced tea). When I set my calorie goal, I didn't set it terribly low, because I knew I had to get used to eating, and being satisfied with, smaller portions.

Even after half a month, a 500 calorie meal makes me feel almost too full, whereas before, I could eat a thousand, or even two thousand calories without batting an eyelash. But in order to knock out those cravings I might have had, I had to do the other steps first and get myself un-addicted to sugar. So you might have steps you need to do to get to a place where you're able to manage a balanced daily food regimen, if that's your goal. See if you can figure out what is triggering your urge to snack--are you eating enough during the day? Is it because you don't feel full and you *want* to be full? That's something else I've had to wean myself off of .... needing to feel full. Honest truth, it has been a lot like quitting smoking--and in fact, eating to fullness triggers happy chemicals in your brain the same way smoking does, so it's not a dissimilar craving.

As for the gym.. I have had a gym membership for over a year, but I prefer working out on my Xbox. I have a Kinect sensor and some fitness games where I do cardio boxing and other stuff. It is kickin' my butt, and it's fun, too.



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I know what to do but i do not put in enough effort. i eat mindlessly and dont always stick with my healthier meal plan.i tend to be lazy. i tend to spend to much time on my butt. i also do not keep my focus so i dont workout as lintensly.

but i am working on creating new habits to make the healtheir things feel more natural.

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Hi Angel thank you.

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Always remember that tomorrow is another day. You can start any time. I have stopped and started so many times, because my life got so crazy I felt my health had to come last. I am putting myself first this year, no matter what! You have to want it for yourself, or you'll never do it.



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Diet and exercise shouldn't be hard. Most of the time when we can't stick to something, it is because we decided to make HUGE changes. Eating a sub, instead of a burger is a change that is healthier and possible. Eating a salad with chicken, and vinegarette dressing is healthy, but is probably too big of a change from eating cheeseburgers. You will feel proud for a while, but eventually think it is too hard, and quit. Then eat 2 cheeseburgers..lol

The same is true of exercise. I started walking once I got down to 330, and just walked the 300 feet to my mailbox and back for starters. Then I decided to walk about 3 miles to a lake and back, and was so sore, I didn't walk for weeks after that.

Small changes add up, and over long periods become huge changes. That is one of the ideas behind SP. Make a small healthy change in diet, and another in exercise, and maintain it for a month. By then, it will be a habit, and you can pick another small change for both diet, and exercise, and build on your first month's success. Not only will you feel accomplished, but it won't be so hard to do. Sure, it will take longer, but at least you will be doing something.

When we try to switch to the perfect diet, and do long periods of strenuous exercise, after years of junk food, and laziness, the chance of success is low. A little patience, and in 6 months to a year, you can see pretty amazing changes. It seems like a long time, but really isn't. Plus it is repeatable the next year, since you aren't quitting.

I'd rather lose 15 lbs. a year for 4 years, than lose 50 in one year, and quit and then regain 40 off it.. or 60 of it more likely. Most people spend decades doing this, and their excuse is they don't have time to wait 4 years to lose 60 lbs. Meanwhile they gained 20 in the last decade trying to lose it quickly. If this is what you have been doing, try a smaller goal, and just have more goals. In a few years, you will be laughing at how easy, and successful it is to do compared with trying for everything NOW.

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I would like to recommend Jullian Michaels 30 day shred. It takes 28 minutes and level 1 for my size burns 232 calories. You can actually net surf the calorie burn for your size on the net....

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Only you know if it's hard enough. You can try planning your calories for the day ahead and reserve some for an after dinner snack if you know you're prone to snacking so that you're not over. As far as the gym goes, only you can get you there but having a gym buddy might help or stop wasting money paying for a membership you aren't using and instead invest in some equipment at home if you think you will exercise at home more often.

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It's really hard to stay motivated but you are realizing that you are not trying hard enough and that will keep you moving in the right direction. Everything we do, or do not do is our choice. You need to choose to succeed! Instead of saying "I'm going to do.......", say "I am......." and do it. When I find myself saying "I'm too tired", "I don't want to", etc, I tell myself, "HOW BAD DO I WANT THIS?", and then I push myself to do just 5-10 minutes. Once I start I usually exceed the 5-10 minutes I initially told myself I would do. You are doing this!!!!....and the fact you are on sparkpeople with so many motivated people, you cannot fail! emoticon emoticon

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you must think positive.

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So try harder. And when that gets easy. Try even harder than that.

You will succeed... and you will be addicted to it :)

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Although I'm still new and finding out what works, the most helpful thing I've found (which I read in an article here) is not to tell myself I can't have something. So now when I feel like eating unhealthy instead of telling myself 'no, you can't have that' I ask myself why I want it and I end up getting the healthier choice instead because I realize that that is what I actually want.



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It always seems to come back to motivation, and it is difficult to stay motivated. I think the reason for our motivation can change over time, so it is important to rethink this occasionally. Maybe it started as a desire to lose weight for vacation, and then the vacation was over so your motivation is gone and the weight comes back. And then you beat yourself up, and turn to food for comfort for wasting all of your effort, and make it even worse. As a famous trainer says, once you know the why, the how is easy. Good luck, we've all spent a lot of time in your shoes or we wouldn't be here. Don't quit trying.



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Night time snacking was one of the hardest habits I had to break. After the kids were in bed, about an hour before bedtime for me, I would want something sweet just to wind down from the day. After really thinking about it, I realized that it wasn't the snack that I wanted, it was the comfort and the reward. So, I decided to come up with a solution that would help me win on all levels. Instead of grabbing chocolate or cookies, I made sure I had some sugar-free chocolate protein bars on hand that provided the sweetness I was looking for and the protein I needed to fill me up. And, I'm not even kidding a little here...the chocolate bars taste JUST LIKE crunch bars but with only 100 calories. I LOVE THEM.

I found them by searching for food / snacks that bariatric patients can have. I know, it sounds strange, but, if you think about it...it does make a lot of sense. The treats have to be sugar-free, high protein and relatively low calorie.

If anyone would like info on the brand and where you can get them, just let me know! I'm more than happy to share this little gem that has helped me along the way!

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Are you trying to lose or maintain? Snacking occasionally in the evenings and not working out regularly is ok for maintenance habits, but weight loss requires putting in more effort, for sure. I agree with the advice that building a new habit takes 21 consecutive days in my experience. I also agree with concentrating on one "new" goal at a time, that way, you add successes over time instead of getting overwhelmed. Think of your deep motivation (i.e. longer life, better blood pressure, medical tests for me) and you can say no to snacking.

I was 219 in August 2011. I am now 145-135 lbs and seeing if I can go any farther without feeling deprived. As of March, I went from 37% to 19% body fat, dropped from a size 18/20 to a 6/8, lost 38.25 inches all over, and love getting fired up for exercise goals!


Just keep swimming...

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I have some of the same struggles. I know this is doable but I lose sight of my goal and slip. It doesn't take much to put stop going downward on the scale or even to see a upward move. It makes me very aggravated with myself but that's not actually helpful--what's helpful is to get right back up and try again. We do want it enough--its just hard and we have to give ourselves a chance or two or three or a thousand. Good health is worth it!



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Good luck to you. I agree with the others that planning is important, but so is your motivation -- the deep-down knowing of why you want this. When that's not there, it's harder to sustain.

I think of the gym as a place to go to maintain my health. It's not for weight loss or anything else, just health maintenance. And I love how I feel when I'm done. :)



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I love this thread and love that you can always learn something new! I am doing well and I struggle with night time eating. I never thought of putting the my evening snack in at the beginning of the day. I think that will be very helpful and allow me to make adjustments to my other meals to accommodate my snacking for now.

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I'm in the same boat.....sinking!

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I woke up with this same question. Most days I'm right on track with working through my Start page, tracking nutrition and exercise, and making my daily goals. In 2 weeks, I've gone overboard in the evenings 3 times. I just start over again the next day, but I'm realizing I need to get even more serious to see greater results!

The suggestions posted are super helpful! I also decided this morning that I will "save" reading a couple of the daily articles, posting and blogging until the evening. I think busying myself a few more minutes each evening with SP will help me stay very serious until the end of the day.

I ask myself is giving up pizza, for example, worth it? Or, is giving up just 1 year of my whole life to extra hard work going to be worth it? The answer is always yes. Hang in there. One day at a time.

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I think many of us can relate...food is something many of us struggle with in the beginning--I have nights where I think I'm still hungry or just a small snack won't hurt but I tell myself to wait 30 minutes and if I still want something I can choose to eat. Its a choice. I look at my food and fitness tracker and consider how much this snack is really worth. Once in awhile the snack really seams worth it, but most of the time I realize I'm just looking for something to fill a void. You may not be a 100% committed to this new lifestyle and that's okay. We all have a different way of finally reaching the point where we've had enough. My advice is to stick with Sparkpeople even if you're not fully committed. Track what you're eating and enjoy reading tons of information that may help you reach the point where you can truly commit. Others have shared some great tips below such as prepared snacks and planning for your snack in the tracker first thing in the day. Obviously you care or you wouldn't be on the message boards. That's enough for me to believe in you--you can do this!



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I'm so happy I stumbled onto this thread. I always think I'm the only one who feels a certain way and they I get surprised and hear the same from others. That's what makes Spark so great. I'm also like others I eat great all day no slip up. After I take that last bite of dinner all bets are off. I fell like I need to eat "bad" foods or else the meal isn't over. I keep going and going. No carrots, celery, apples do the job. There's nothing better than a big bowl of ice cream after a long stressful day at work. I'd be better off calories wise if I just had a glass of wine but there is a history of alcoholism in my family so I stay away from that as an outlet. So food is my drug of choice. Since starting back to Spark a few months ago it's been a up hill battle but It's going 14 pounds down and a whole bunch more to go.
Now getting back to the original question after I went off on a tangent there, I think you do have to want it. For me fitting into "normal" clothes, fitting into a restaurant booth or an amusement park ride are what I want, at least for today for right now and that's all you can do is take it one day at a time. emoticon



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Maybe you don't want it bad enough. I know it sounds harsh, but I believe that if you really wanted it you would be trying hard enough to get it.

It's all about getting your mind right. Once I learned that, I totally transformed my body.

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your still trying and that is great. emoticon



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Take your journey one day at a time! Focus on doing your best each day and don't overwhelm yourself by looking too far down the road. Maybe you eat a healthier-than-normal meal or avoid an unnecessary snack one day - congratulate yourself! Maybe another day finds you at the gym for 45 minutes - great work. Take each day and do what you can. Trust the process. Success is the sum of your small changes.



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The hardest part about exercising is just getting yourself to the gym. Make that your goal--it doesn't matter how much you do or what you do--just make getting there a goal for a while.

The thing about exercise is that once it becomes part of your routine it is fun--you just have to push yourself for a while until you make it a habit.

I've found that having a good breakfast every day with a good amount of carbs and some protein keeps me from wanting to snack later in the day.

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I would like a workout partner, or afford a trainer. The gym has classes, but I need to get myself over there. Once I'm there I feel good. I just need to motivate myself. Writing this out seems to help. I relieving some tension. Thanks

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Thank you all for your input. I will look into myself for the reasons I want this and I will take one step at a time

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Thank you. I do find myself getting overwhelm about getting the right foods to eat during the day and usually find myself not eating any lunch. Same with my exercises.

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Thank you for your input.

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MBRANDO - I do the exact same thing. I can't go to bed on an empty stomach, it HAS to be full.

I track and plan first thing in the morning what I'm eating before bedtime. It will be popcorn or honey nut cheerios normally. I measure them out and they last a long time so I can watch tv and munch on them without any worrying.

You have to find it within yourself to do the work. It's not easy, but it is worth it. It took me a year to get real about it and then a couple of months to make myself track everything !! The good and the bad days. I've tracked since August and have lost weight since I've done that. Seeing it on paper makes a big difference to me. Learning that food is not the 'be all' to life helps too. I have unhealthy family and that is what I try to think of often if I want to eat too much and not exercise.

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I snack every night but I have made it a planned snack. I can go all day not being tempted and eating right but once night hits all I want to do is eat. This is me so I have accepted that and adapted accordingly. I put my nightly snack in my tracker first thing in the morning so I can make my calorie adjustments throughout the day and/or put in more minutes at the gym if I need to in order to not go over my limit.

Honestly, maybe you don't want it bad enough yet. I didn't for years, I would whine about being fat but never actually modified my behavior or got my butt off the couch. But eventually you will want it bad enough. You will get fed up with your situation and you will do something about it. Seriously do something about it.

Good luck.

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I'm in agreement with that statement! I try TOO hard and then when I mess up (even a little bit) I get mad at myself and don't try very hard at all! I think this new year I'm going to start with a new "attitude!" :)

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I think SparkGuy would tell you to pick a goal you KNOW you can do, and just do that. A little, tiny goal. Just do that every day for 30 days and then add another small goal. The problem with us sometimes is we try to do too much, so we don't do anything.

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I have a bedtime snack every night.
Would a workout parner, trainer, or classes help keep you accountable to the gym?

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You're the only one who can answer that question. Why do you want to be healthier? Is that enough to change? Right now, it seems like you're going through the motions, but aren't committed. You have to want this and want it badly because 1,000 calorie fat bombs are much easier than 300-calorie balanced meals.

I've found myself, even on this journey, where you are at, and I've had to find my motivation again. I took a step back and really evaluated what I was doing, how I was letting myself down, and why I wanted to be healthier. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by all you are "supposed" to be doing. Make small, obtainable goals, instead of focusing on the bigger picture. This month, maybe it's the gym 2x's per week. Next month, maybe 3, trying a new class, etc. Try tracking BEFORE you eat something. Much easier to say no that way. I'm an after dinner snacker, so I plan for that each day. By tracking, you'll be able to figure out what works best for you so that you can stay in range. Another small goal can be focusing on protein or fruits/veggie servings, etc.

Every few weeks, take a look at how you can make a new goal and get better as you work towards what you want long term.

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I just get up every morning, tell myself that TODAY I'm going to have healthy eating habits and get some exercise. The more days I get used to healthy eating and exercise, the easier it gets each day. After a while the days turn into weeks and then into months, and at a later time, I find myself stronger, leaner, and happier.

As far as the late night snacks, I prepare healthy snacks (like cut up veggies) and keep them in the fridge so that when I want to nibble on something in the evening, I can have a couple pieces of celery or carrots instead of reaching for the potato chips or pastry.



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I still have trouble eating snacks in the evening after dinner. I always tell myself that its not that much. Then I joined the gym to start working out and I'm not going. Am I not serious enough?

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