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4/30/13 6:52 P

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I joined SP about 3 years ago because I'd always heard that keeping a food diary really helped you to lose weight. Food diaries are a LOT of work! SP made it effortless. It took a year for me to hit goal weight, so I've been on maintenance for 2 years now and usually stay within a 5 pound range of goal. I STILL track my food. It keeps me honest. There is so much information on SP it can be overwhelming. Take it slow and easy. Small steps till you feel comfortable. Use their food plans as closely as possible until you feel comfortable with the foods and portion size. At that point you can start branching out with your regular recipes, making changes as needed to make things healthier. It's a long road but sticking to it will get you to your destination.

I'm afraid I can't be of much help with your menopause symptoms. I'm one of those lucky ones who sailed through it with no problems. Feel free to hate me!!

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

"It works if you work it, and it won't if you don't."

ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

Certainly I have a 6-pack. You just can't see it through my soft sided cooler!


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4/30/13 4:23 P

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Hello to Everyone,I'm Divaliscious10 don't know if I'm doing this right just wanted to introduce myself.First off I'd like to say I joined because in the past 4 yrs I haveput on about 75lbs getting close to 100lbs overweight.I have never been this big and its hard to get rid of.I'm 46 yrs old and menopausing my belly looks like I'm 6mths pregnant my legs and thighs are getting big and jiggly with lines.HELPPPPP.I went from being a 9/10 to a 15/16 18/20 3XXX.I don't sleep much at night due to the hot flashes.I could go on and on but first I would like to hear some sugesstions from my team.I'm really in need of some support.Any Suggestions emoticon

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LRCARR048's Photo LRCARR048 Posts: 70
1/1/13 6:30 P

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*Break the Ice*

Its hard at first but it's is worth it. We know what it's like pushing "post message" for the first time. We wont judge anything you say. Everyone here is so supportive its kind of nuts. It's like a magical place in the land of fairies.... I just said that last part with an Irish accent in my head. emoticon But seriously go for it. We need each other to succeed. I know you are out there. You, yea I'm talking to you. (look behind you, look back to the screen then point to yourself). last week we had roughly 9700 people in this team. Today we have over 9800. That is, at least, 100 new people. You don't have to tell us your life story. You can just post "Hi" if you want to. We understand.

"Baby step to four o'clock. Baby step to four o'clock."
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LRCARR048's Photo LRCARR048 Posts: 70
12/29/12 3:11 P

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*Crisp Cold Water*

I don't know about you guys but I don't really like water. What does help is having crisp cold water ready to drink. For me, bottled water is just too spendy. So I keep two 1.25 gallon jugs in my frig. I think I bought them at Walmart. They are tall and thin and go deep in the frig. They have a spout at the bottom for quick access. I have two of them so I can drink from one while the other is cooling. If you don't have two, there is always a time period that you have lukewarm water. There is always cold water in my frig. I also have a water bottle that has oz marked on it. It holds a little over 16 oz. I drink one bottle over time after breakfast, one bottle after lunch, one around 5ish after my snack and the last one after dinner. I don't drink anything accept maybe a cup of milk with my food. Then when I am done with my meal I drink my water. This helps me feel full and get my water in for the day.

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"Baby step to four o'clock. Baby step to four o'clock."
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12/29/12 2:26 P

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*Reward Yourself*

And not with food. But do reward yourself for goals reached, both big and small. Celebrate your victories, and give yourself a big pat on the back for them!!

-demi

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13


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12/29/12 2:25 P

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*Look at the Big Picture, a.k.a. Forgive Yourself and Keep Your Eyes on the Ball*

These two really go together for me. We are all human, we are all going to make mistakes. So, you ate that whole bag of M&M's? (Really, this happened, folks!!) Forgive yourself and move on. When you are weighing your options, ask yourself, "Will this get me where I want to go?" In the example above, I can toss out the whole day or I can forgive myself and start eating healthier the very next meal. Which will help me acheive my goal faster? Obviously, picking up with smarter options at the next possible moment.

Not feeling like working out? Keep your eyes on the ball - even if you do something active for only ten minutes, that will get you to your goal faster than doing nothing at all.

At a party? Well, seriously, will having one mini cheesecake derail your goals? Probably not, but also keep in mind that eating fifteen of those bad boys won't get you any healthier.

Be mindful, folks, keep your eyes on your goals. Focus on the important things. Why are you getting healthier? Does a size 6 really mean that much, or is it about setting a better example for your kids? Are you that worried about your reflection, or do you want to be able to walk the mall without getting winded? Every day, you face a hundred little decisions that affect how quickly you reach your goals. You will make mistakes, you also need to be sure that you enjoy your life, but it is important to weigh these little decision against the real reasons that you have set your goals.

And always, always remember that you can do this!!

-demi

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13


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MARYELLEN301's Photo MARYELLEN301 Posts: 5,595
12/27/12 8:19 P

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*Score your butter*

I have been doing this since I began SP. I only use real butter. I take my stick of butter and divide it into thirds lengthwise. Cut through, making 3 long sticks. Cut the stick in half then cut those two in half again, and one more time making a total of 8 pieces, three cuts each. You now have roughly 1 teaspoon portions of butter. It's so easy to portion them out for spreading on toast or sauteing anything. And you are not dirtying measuring spoons and you are being pretty darn accurate in your tracking of fats.

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

"It works if you work it, and it won't if you don't."

ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

Certainly I have a 6-pack. You just can't see it through my soft sided cooler!


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MARYELLEN301's Photo MARYELLEN301 Posts: 5,595
12/27/12 8:13 P

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*Invest in a food scale*

Goes along with tracking. Weigh everything! Learn to love grams! You can be so darn precise weighing in grams. If you use the food look up many things are in ounces. Use the converter to change grams to ounces if necessary but I have learned to love the gram measurements. I'm not big on any other part of the Metric System but I love my grams! Use a coffee filter to line a bowl when you weigh things. Saves on cleanup.

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

"It works if you work it, and it won't if you don't."

ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

Certainly I have a 6-pack. You just can't see it through my soft sided cooler!


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LRCARR048's Photo LRCARR048 Posts: 70
12/27/12 7:53 P

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*Prepare Cooking Space*
Before I started SP I would walk in the kitchen when I was hungry, open up the frig and grab what I felt like eating. For some reason I expected things to magically be ready. The result? I thought I only had time for quick made meals. Today I have learned to set myself up for success by preparing what I need before I need it. I have a cutting board that I prepare my meals on. After I finish eating I clean all of my supplies and my space. I make sure I have measuring cups clean and ready to go. I make sure any frozen meats are thawing for my next meal.

"Baby step to four o'clock. Baby step to four o'clock."
- Bob Whiley


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12/27/12 12:07 P

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I agree with MARYELLEN301 when it comes to tracking.
Weigh and measure. Buy yourself a good little kitchen scale and use it. You will be surprised as often you are cheating yourself. Pretty little measuring cups can sit on your counter to be used regularly.


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MARYELLEN301's Photo MARYELLEN301 Posts: 5,595
12/27/12 11:18 A

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*Track, Track, Track*

Maintaining now for 21 months. You MUST continue to track to keep yourself honest. The days I don't track? Well, the reason for that is usually a buffet, pot luck or mindless eating. Hard to track that junk so it doesn't get done. I can look at the days without tracking and know for sure I was off plan and getting myself into trouble calorie-wise. Proof is in these past few Holiday weeks. Little tracking and a gain of 5 (well, actually 6!) pounds.Back to tracking beginning yesterday.

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

"It works if you work it, and it won't if you don't."

ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

Certainly I have a 6-pack. You just can't see it through my soft sided cooler!


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LRCARR048's Photo LRCARR048 Posts: 70
12/27/12 10:39 A

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*Resist Extremes*
Right away I felt the urge to do big things when I started SP. I think its only natural to get excited about finding a solution to a problem. I got excited and there is nothing wrong with that. What I don't want to do is get manic and unrealistic about what I can do. I spent a long time not doing things in my life because of my weight. Its normal to want to go out and do them all. I must temper these desires with realistic wisdom. I recommend talking to someone you trust about your plans. Get an outside unemotional perspective. In the end you decide what you do and don't do so be wise but don't be negative. Dream big and make it happen but when you stumble just pick yourself up and keep going. We are doing this for the long haul so slow and steady wins the race.

"Baby step to four o'clock. Baby step to four o'clock."
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LRCARR048's Photo LRCARR048 Posts: 70
12/27/12 9:23 A

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Hello Raleigh Sparkers,
Let's help all the new sparks get a good start by sharing all our lessons learned. So, dust off all those little tricks and post them here. Limit each post to one tip/trick and start with a good name surrounded by *stars*. That way people can skim for the one that interests them.
Thanks
Larry
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