Last year I lost 20 pounds just using the SparkPeople tracker to log what I ate. The awareness stopped me in my tracks many times from mindless eating. I also began pool walking in spurts, a week each month (I was too heavy to walk long and hard without tearing out my knees).
By October, my weight loss leveled out and by Jan. I was desperate enough to commit to SparkPeople in a new way. I began to work toward following the SparkPeople diet (turning it on in my tracker, plus shopping from the grocery list). I took a leap forward when I was laid off for 2 weeks starting Feb. 14, using those 2 weeks to get in the habit of posting a hardcopy of the menu on my refrigerator each Sunday for the week ahead. I've resumed losing weight since then!
And I am amazed at what I am learning from just blindly following the diet, even eating stuff I wouldn't normally like or eat (roasted beets with onions-- ew). Whatever. I just buy it and make it and don't think about it. I've had to get creative about making time to do this. I go to work full-time, have a long commute, and go to school at night. I pretty much have no time for any TV anymore.
Yeah, I know we are supposed to call this a food plan for life, but I am a Weight Watchers failure (the only person I know who gained 40 lbs while on WW) and I feel happily rebellious and not politically correct for some reason in proudly calling what I'm doing a diet. What-ever, I have to laugh at myself, I guess. Whatever works.
I have a soft-sided lunch cooler that has become my travel buddy. I fill it up with my food for the day. I freeze two left-over plastic small Nestle chocolate milk bottles with water and they are good for keeping things cold up until my traveling dinner time. I'm just really determined to use whatever SparkPeople is teaching me.
The variety of food I am making really irritates me. I do not like cooking. I hate chopping vegetables. Yet, for some reason, when I put all this effort into making stuff for myself, when the time comes to eat it, I feel grateful and cared-for. Still absorbing all this.
Gail EDT - Michigan NEON NINJA SparkTeam
current weight: 263.8
Fitness Minutes: (15,287) Posts: 4,166 10/12/13 11:56 P
Stress, and gaining weight by binging seems to be everybody's problem. Dieting seems like a live long goal for a lot of people. I know with me I don't really have a support system, and get overwhelmed from stress. Even not being aware of my boredom eating was putting a couple of pounds on me. Then it was all the holiday eating. But as I got older, the amount of exercise couldn't keep up with my gaining of weight from stress. In order for me to be healthy, it seems like I have to treat my eating like I am an addict, and watch myself more. I have had to eliminate bad habits, journal, tweak recipes, allow myself to cheat, and eat only enough calories to manage the amount of weight I want to stay at. And staying more active is just part of the whole package. Some how I am really fighting myself. I used to love exercising, it was fun. Now it's work cause I know I have to do it. I just have to find some that I enjoy again. I still am a food addict, but now I try to not have unhealthy foods around. And when I do binge, it's healthier. Good luck. eva.
Welcome! I know how it is. I've always been active and been in sports (this summer, I ran two half marathons!), but have always been overweight. I'm trying to get my weight under control finally.
"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense." (1941 speech by Sir Winston Churchill at Harrow School)
Hello, my name is Jamie. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. In high school I swam and was active but was still slightly over weight. When I went to college I was on my own for the first time and ate whatever I wanted and found alcohol. I gained a lot of weight with little to no exercise and my confidence went down the drain making everything worse. I am an emotional binge eater. Over the years I have yo yo'd up and down over and over again. I have battled with depression which only worsens the binge eating. I now have a beautiful 5 month old daughter and I have not lost any of the gained weight. Last week I had my daughter with me and we were checking out at the grocery store and the cashier asked when I was due. It was all I could do not to cry. I felt terrible but I finally hit the tipping point. I want to feel good about myself again and I want to be a good role model for my daughter. Finding Spark People has made me feel that I can actually reach my goal this time and not side back down again.
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