One question: what are you resisting? I know you're a smart lady who knows how this whole weight loss game works--reduce caloric intake and increase frequency/intensity of movement. So I would venture to say that you're probably resisting the whole regimented thing associated with losing weight.
Before I signed up for SP, I was at my heaviest weight ever. Mind you, I'm a fitness trainer/group exercise instructor who "knew better". I also had a lot of emotional baggage that, at some point, I had to deal with. So I rebelled against the whole regimented lifestyle of diet and exercise and just let myself be. I ate whatever I wanted in whatever amounts I wanted and just plain didn't care about counting calories, watching carbs and fats, or getting out to exercise. In fact, the thought of having to go through all of that made me absolutely nauseous. So I allowed myself the space to not care. As a result though, my weight climbed, my joints ached, and I hated looking at myself in the mirror. I avoided having pictures taken of me because I didn't want to see what I really looked like.
Thankfully, after a couple of years of working through my personal issues and making God and the gospel my standard of living, I was able to get back into it BUT with a different heart and mindset. The goal was no longer to lose weight and fit back into my cute clothing. It was to enhance my overall health and get back into exercise but this time without all of the pressure I placed on myself to be perfect. The weight loss was a side effect of my new lifestyle choices and healthier, lighter mindset. In fact, I didn't even know I lost weight until people started commenting on it. Even now, at 56 pounds lighter, I don't make it my primary focus. I'm grateful for good health, a strong movable body, and a deepening faith in my Lord.
I would encourage you to check in with your heart and spirit and make an honest admission about what could be blocking you and causing you to rebel. Once you feel that you've identified it, venture to work through it so that it no longer controls your life. In the meantime, love yourself where you are and know that this is just a temporary pitstop in your life's path. The 3 P's that help me through--Perseverence. Perspective. Patience.
Edited by: BETTYBOOPIN15 at: 9/1/2012 (12:37)
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
Weight loss is part of a commitment to making a lifestyle change. In order to be successful this change needs to be for a lifetime not for the moment. This I have learned from our wonderful SP program. Good luck to you.
Hi, Tooth Lady - You have come to the right place - great team and lots of encouragement are available for you here! You already know the drill - log what you eat! The Nutrition Tracker on Spark is fantastic and it is my lifeline. Without it I would just eat too much and be oblivious to it. To succeed all you need to do is track your food; find some exercises/activities you ENJOY doing and do them; keep active with your teams because it will give you the motivation and encouragement you need; and most of all, enjoy the journey. I have found that for the first time in my life, I'm not in a rush to get to my goal. I'm savoring every baby step along the way as I inch toward my destination One big thing I have learned on Spark - use your calorie allotment wisely - don't spend it on "junk". That what I used to do and even though I stayed within my calories, I didn't lose weight. I'm sure you know this given your background with WW. Still, I think we all need to hear things more then a few times before it sinks in - at least I know I do Glad to have you on the team
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Measuring cups and a good nutrition scale are essential for keeping us honest. I don't think there is a person on earth that would get full on one serving of cereal to the team! You can lose the weight no matter how old you are.
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." anonymous
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Welcome. It is harder as we get older to get the motivation, the trackers if used honestly, with food measured not eye-balled is often enough to shock us into doing something about it. I was shocked at the difference between a MY BOWL of Cereal and a weighed one. I wish you luck on your journey Nan
About 10 years ago, I lost 70 pounds with Weight Watchers and went on to work for them. Well- gradually my weight has crept back, and am now up FORTY FIVE pounds and disgusted with it. I am achy and tired. I need to get the motivation back!
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