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.
You can do it!
"One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain!" - Rick Godwin
"When you know the motivation behind your choices, you can make choices that support your authentic self — decisions that free you, rather than restrict you." - Danielle LaPorte
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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