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2/16/13 5:23 P

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Welcome back - glad you came. I know that WW is a good program but not for everyone. My issue is the money, but I don't knock the program. In the past I spent a lot of money and time and LOST a lot of weight at WW. Now, I know that I must be my own program and I must be responsible for my success and/or lack thereof - I have lost and gained so many times, I don't blame the programs, but DO accept the responsibility for my own mistakes and challenges.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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Hello, ladies (any gents here?). I'm a returnee to SP, having abandoned WW. I orignially lost about 30 pounds on the South Beach diet, joined WW when it came to my jobsite, and back then they had the CORE plan, which was, basically, South Beach. I was quite successful at that, having lost over 100 pounds on WW ---with the 30 from before joining, 130 pounds. I was 14 pounds away from goal when I abandoned SPeople. I didn't think I had to keep tracking with SP...BIG MISTAKE!
When I injured my knee and arthritis set in and I had to stop doing the exercises I had been doing, all heck broke loose. Then, a fatal encounter at WW...I had not weighed in but continued to check in and attend meetings for 2 weeks. The woman at the scale told me that I HAD to weigh in the following week. Well, I didn't lose and told myself I wouldn't go back until I DID lose because I was embarrassed because of what the woman had said to me about weighing in. I never did go back, and physical setbacks caused me to stop most of my exercises and then depression over gaining and my lifestyle changes...well...
I regained almost all the weight I had lost. I continued to pay for WW for over TWO years (automatic deduction from my charge card and difficulty stopping the account). All that money, down the drain. It wasn't until I had my knee replaced, THEN my hip, that I became able to get back to the type of exercising I did before (except running--that is OUT). The first thing I did was to rejoin SparkPeople, for the support and for the tracking. I track religiously now. I know how dangerous it is for me NOT to track. So I'm back, losing again and though it's going to be a long haul, I hope to remain here with your support and be successful again.


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2/12/13 10:11 A

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I tracked with WW and tracked calories with SP and I was always at my calorie limit with 4-6 points left. That is a lot! Additionally since WW didn't count fruits and veggies I used them as snacks. Well guess what - they do have calories! So tracking calories, I have to count them now, so I can see that I am eating less now! But it is also showing on the scale and I feel great! I am happy that you are also seeing success again!

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2/12/13 9:15 A

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I started WW (this time) in June of last year and as of early Dec had only lost 23 pounds. Then we went on a cruise and I've had a hard time getting back on track. About three weeks ago I quit because of the money and came back to Spark People who helped me lose 88 pounds previously. So now I am doing well again with tracking and keeping my calories down. I figured it out and the calories SP gives me is exactly the same as the number of points WW gave me but somehow I stay lower with calories than points. I think that's because we can relate to calories. Points are "just a number". I still have over 100 to lose but I know I'm in this for the long haul, so try not to obsess on how long it takes.

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2/10/13 4:47 P

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Thanks Nancy!!

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2/10/13 4:15 P

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emoticon on your loss. This is a fabulous place to be and there are lots of great people who will cheer you on. Keep up the great work.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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2/10/13 12:13 P

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Well a week in and I lost 1.2 pounds watching my calories instead of my points. Woo Hoo!! Never had a week like that in WW! I even attended my son's Superbowl party and did not hold back. LOL! So glad I found this place!

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2/10/13 11:07 A

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I too am an ex WW. I've been on WW 0ff and on since the seventies along with almost every other diet in town! I have almost every cook book WW wrote. I think I was the one who made them rich!!! I love SP. Its free and at the end of the day I can see the reports so I'm learning and I've started thinking about what I'm putting in my body not how many points. WW is great but when I'm in a community that wants nothing but to help me and there is no charge. Wow! People care and want to help. I've only been really using SP for about a week but I know that this is a new way of learning for me.
Your never too old to try something new unless you think you are. So keep trying until you find what works for you

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2/7/13 10:20 A

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Welcome to the team!

Use the nutrition and exercise trackers here. Sometimes we think we're working out enough when in fact we're not going our heart rates up there or we're not exercising long enough. Sometimes we think we're eating right when in fact we're eating more calories than we should. Just keep at it and don't give up!

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2/4/13 3:45 P

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I totally understand where you are coming from! Don't give up! You are basically maintaining, and that is a big plus. Maybe you are where your body wants to be?? I don't know. This weight loss business is hard to figure out sometimes.

I was a WW leader for about 15 years, so I know the drill! I'm loving SparkPeople. It's free, the community here is great, and the tools they offer are the best you will find anywhere.

I've been trying to lose weight for 2 years. I've been to several doctors and tried so many diets and nothing has worked. Very discouraging!!! My last doc told me to watch the calories and exercise an hour a day 5-6 days a week. I rejoined SP Dec. 2 and lost 6 pounds the first 2 weeks and then nothing. But, I've been measuring, and I'm finding that even though the pounds are not budging, the inches are.

I'm on Synthroid and in the middle of menopause. Nothing is easy! Just don't quit. If we quit, think of where we'll be in another month ... or 12! Best wishes to you!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Apostle Paul

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2/2/13 2:11 P

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That's great! Well I guess the 'I will not give up' really is the key. Thanks!

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2/2/13 1:47 P

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I went for about 3-4 months sticking to my cal range and ex er cising regularly and basically lost NOT an ounce and then suddenly when I did not give up I dropped 10 lbs one month and 12 the next - literally not changing ONE SINGLE THING I WAS DOING. I obviously just couldn't get my metabolism to move until I had been faithfully doing it for quite a while. Then I hardly lost anything for several more months (1 up or 1 down) - bouncing around the magic 300 number from September until January FINALLY dropping around 5 lbs that month.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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2/2/13 11:19 A

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Welcome to the 50+ Females team, I'm glad you joined our group. Finding what works for you is difficult but even when things don't work, you learn more about changes you need to make. I found out I had to measure my food, I am so bad about thinking it is a cup and it is probably closer to a cup and 1/2. I got a food scale too and that helped me a lot. Portion control is my biggest issue!

Each of us has a different metabolism, a different issue and a different approach to food so it is hard to find a one size fits all plan. Good luck, remember we are here to try and help!

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2/1/13 3:47 P

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Yes I have had my thyroid checked - and I am on a thyroid compound. Spoken to the doc many times about my inability to lose weight. Last year he tweaked my prescription but he said he didn't want to go any higher than where I am.

You are so correct about the calories on WW. Funny you say that because I double tracked today and when I hit 1200 calories today, I still had 6 points remaining. I have never used the activity pts or the weekly points either. I think this is going to work better for me - just need to figure out what is a good level of calories/fat/carb etc.

Thanks for confirming the conclusion I was coming to.

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2/1/13 2:45 P

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Here are a couple of questions for you.

1. Have you had your thyroid checked? I struggled to lose weigh the past 15 years, and was only diagnosed hypothyroid in 2010. Getting the right dosage of meds has helped somewhat.

2. Are you taking any medications that can cause weight gain? Even if you're not gaining, they can slow down or stall your weight loss.

I'm also an ex WWer. The first time I tried it was in the 1980s with one of their Exchange plans. It worked for me, and upon retrospect, it was probably because the starches/carbs were more limited.

I've tried later plans, and as each plan became more flexible, I had less and less success. I gained weight on the Points Plus plan for 3 months, until I quit and came back to SP. I even double-tracked for a while, and got really frustrated when I realized if I followed the WW plan, my daily calories fluctuated between 1200 and 1800 a day, depending on how much fruit I ate. I didn't even eat the Activity or Weekly points. I eventually had to tweak the WW program (I was online only), and reduce my daily points lower than their minimum.

1800 calories a day was way too much for me, considering I'm 60, hypothyroid, and not active enough.

I also feel I have better control and better understanding when I track calories, protein, fat, carbs, sodium (a biggie for me), here on Sparkpeople. I lose better when I limit my processed carbs like breads, crackers, pretzels, etc. I'm not much of a sweet eater, but breads are my downfall.

I'm mostly following South Beach Diet, because it allows for healthy grains as well as lean protein, veggies and fruits.

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2/1/13 2:22 P

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Thanks Nancy - I won't give up I just wish I could find what works. The problems haven't been be adhering to the plan. I am pretty committed. When I did the WW - I did it. Wrote everything down - tracked everything - stayed on point etc. I just never lost any weight. My big I can't live w/o is my glass of wine in the evening. I even did that once for 3 weeks just to see if it would help ... nada. emoticon

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2/1/13 1:33 P

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Different plans work for different people. I have done the WW thing and it is a good solid plan. I hate forking over the money every week and prefer SP. There are lots of plans and what I always suggest is that each of us needs to figure out what we THINK will work and also what ACTUALLY works. Customize the plan to fit YOU, YOUR LIFE, and all of the various circumstances that YOU have to deal with. If you like to eat lots of SMALL meals - do it. It you KNOW you will never do X don't plan for it because deep down inside you have no intention of doing X. If you love Y don't cut it out plan for it to fit into YOUR plan. Each of us can make a plan that works for us. Some lose slowly no matter what they try others drop 10 pounds in a week easily. Find what works for you.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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2/1/13 11:26 A

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Yeah! Love the cran water! I am about 8 -10 pounds from goal. The fat flush started my journey 2.4 years ago. As I said lost the 6 which took me from 162 to 156. Over these two years I have fluctuated from 160 to 154. I have done weight watchers twice each time about 5 months and each time about 6 pounds lost. Just can't seem to break this 154 mark. Which is where I am now. I don't know if a huge increase in activity or a drastic cut in food for a few days to a week would break the plateau. The thing is - I feel great. And I do eat healthy~ always have. (Partly why I think the detox part of the fat flush plan wasn't as drastic of a loss for me as for my friends.) ARGH! LOL!

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2/1/13 10:39 A

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The main difference for me is the cranwater and the flaxseed oil. I make a salad dressing I use every day. I use milk and two good carbs also. Your body is not going to give up weight easily!

do it!!


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2/1/13 10:08 A

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did it two years ago ... in the 2 week flush I lost 6 lbs while all around me were loosing 10 -15. The 6 stayed off for a while but I did not continue to loose after that. I have kept the eggs in my diet and the cranwater.

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2/1/13 9:23 A

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Look at Ann Gittlemans book "Fat flush Plan" I am a professional dieter. I have lost and gained weight so many times. This book has helped me lose 40 pounds and I feel the best I have felt in years. It has taken 8 months to do it, but so worth it. Good Luck!

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Hi all, I have been doing WW off and on for quite some time. Little to no success. So now ... not sure what to do. I have read so much about all the different diet plans... low this, no that, many mini meals, etc. Tried many of them. Incorporated them into WW. Using WW to most keep track of the portion control aspect of things. Nothing seems to work for me. "Eat more~ maybe your metabolism is stalled." "Eat less, it is all about calories in and out" I exercise daily in addition to walking my dog about a 1.2 mile hike. I am at my wits end. To date, this has been a two year 4month journey.

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