Welcome to the HBP team, FIVEALIVE95 ! There are a lot of different reasons why we overeat -- stress, boredom, depression, fear of change... but in the end it really comes down to making a choice to do what is necessary to be healthier and be able to do the things we want to do. I would suggest writing down the reasons that you want to lose weight, and keeping that list where you can see it. In my case, I finally got fed up with hating to see photographs of myself (and feeling as though I was ruining any family photos that were taken), as well as not being able to do a lot of activities that I used to enjoy, and wondering, every time I got on a plane, if this was the time I would have to ask for a seat belt extension... Since I joined SP 5 months ago my progress has not been as fast as I would like, but I AM making progress, and this is really the first time I have ever thought I could keep working at it until I get to my goal weight (and then maintain that weight).
Take one day at a time and don't try to change everything at once, and above all DO NOT try to compete with your husband or anyone else... you don't have to be perfect, but if you use the nutrition tracker here and follow the calorie recommendations, and work on increasing your physical activity, you WILL see results. Being active on the discussion boards can be very motivating, as can joining in on a "challenge," whether for physical activity or healthy eating. I would also encourage you to set up your own Spark Page, so that we can get to know you a bit better (and also send you the occasional "spark goodie").
Best wishes, and remember that we are here for you!
Edited by: SANDYBREIT at: 2/11/2013 (01:22)
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
current weight: 246.4
Fitness Minutes: (168,465) Posts: 7,705 2/10/13 4:50 P
Talk to that person who stares you in the face in the bathroom each morning when you brush your teeth!!!!! SHE is the ONLY person who can get you sorted. She is the one who says "go on one (more) won't hurt" She is the one whose hand lifts the food and opens the mouth to accept. She is the one who does not measure the platefuls you east She is the one who MUST be organised enough to use the kitchen scale to measure exactly what you eat.
No it is not easy, but with illness which can surely be improves with diet SHE is the one who needs told to get her act together.
Start now and give up the extra whatever for Lent. When after 6 weeks you see the difference that makes you will have the impetus to go on and try kicking something else till June
Stop trying to loose weight and start trying to develop a new lifestyle that will automatically cause you to gain a healthy body! As you transform your lifestyle a little bit at a time, own the new changes and make them something you want as a permanent part of your life! Check out this link! It shows the difference between a diet and lifestyle!
The only way to fail is to give up! Failing on one step or eating something when you shouldn't is simply a lost battle! Don't give up the victory for a minor setback! Wars are not decided by the many falures but by the continued push to victory in spite of them!
The race to fitness is unending for when you reach your goals, it becomes a race to stay ahead of the temptations that seek to pull back to where you came from!
current weight: 204.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 7 2/9/13 10:24 P
Hello, I'm almost 57, weigh 250 lbs. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, don't know why, 2 great kids, one in college, one in the army. I've been overweight ALL my life. Have joined WW 50 times, tried Richard Simmons, read Dr Phil, I've tried it all. With all my attempts, I am successful in the beginning, then for some reason, sabotage myself. I've been a member of Spark People for years. I read the articles, some of the messages, have exercise tapes. I have good intentions, but never follow thru. Early June we're planning a trip to Colorado to visit our son. My husband and I both started diets and exercising to lose weight before the trip. He has been successful, I'm not . I joined the local gym, would go only 2-3 times a week. I don't like going cause I feel people are looking at me. (excuse) I have many health issues associated with being overweight. A couple months ago I found out I have type 2 diabetes. Even THAT hasn't made me want to take care of myself. I don't know what to do, how to get started and stick to it, I feel lost. I need help.
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