Keep going. Every little step you take towards become the healthiest you can be counts. Your mind will quit on you way before your body will.
My experience so far: It's 80% fuel (nutrition), 20% exercise, and 100% refusing to give up on myself. Half the work I am doing involves aligning my head and heart so I can achieve my goal. I am committed to a lifestyle change and for me that means eat healthy, not diet. All nutrition in moderation, not deprivation.
I started SP the way I mean to go. That includes a built-in treat every day. Yes, it may only total 80-100 calories, but it's there every day and included in my daily total. It means at least 64 ounces of water a day (I only track 8 glasses). I eat at the mid-point of my SP caloric range and make sure I'm getting the recommended amount of carbs, protein, fat, and fiber. I also track sodium intake and try to keep that figure at the mid-point recommended range.
I look for non-scale victories (NSV): inches lost, how my clothes fit, how I feel, can I do more, am I more comfortable in my own skin. The scale only shows my relation to gravity.
I made sure that SP was not giving me extra calories based on the premise that I was going to be working out X number of times a week and adjusted the tracker to show that. Yes, it lowered my daily calorie allotment, but again, that extra nutrition is not needed if I am not going to follow the recommended SP exercise schedule.
Losing weight is a mind game. Change your mind. Change your body.
I have been tracking and exercising since April 2011. I try to eat my snack foods by weighing and estimating the calories when I log the food. I track and log every day. I just keep losing and gaining the same five pounds. I am going to have to really eliminate some of these snacks and keep my daily calories to 1200. Over 50 aint easy but the results are worth it. I hope to lose a pound a week.
I re-joined sparkpeople in Dec 2012 with the goal of losing 50 lbs. I have been tracking my food daily and doing at least 20-30mins of jogging 4-5 times a week. So far I lost about 7lbs, its going slow and can become discouraging, but I think I will stick with it. I might have to reevaluate my goals, maybe if I have the goal of losing 1/2 lb weekly instead of 1lb weekly I will be able to see result and remain motivated. I think I need to look at this as a new way of living and not some short-term thing.
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