I wish I could reply to all, but know that I've read all your words and am taking motivation and inspiration from them.
Tonight I must be true to myself --- and really, treat myself well. No more "tomorrow" because today is the present and if I want to succeed, I have to focus not only on the future, but the present too.
So far, I'm on track with my nutrition and got in 60 mins of workout. Will have a cup of tea, read the magazine and have my final evening snack before hitting bed early. And, if I feel the need to get snacks AFTER I go to bed, I'll come here and go AHHHHHHHHHH as long as I need to distract myself from the 'urge' to eat!
Dear jenrdn69, Re your 6/28 email, motivating oneself to return to multiple veggies and return to being careful about portions and snacks is terribly hard. Sometimes it's only a small thing that sends one back on track. When I was much younger, I read somewhere, "just think of that extra snack and picture in your mind it sitting on your hips (or belly)" For years, that worked for me as I passed the snacks or desserts in a cafeteria line. Then one day it stopped working unfortunately. I very slowly lost 51 lbs. with WW in just over 3 years. Then I hit a long plateau where I have gained back 8 lbs. and can't seem to get started again. I read with interest many of the Spark emails and the daily messages. This weekend I had 18 relatives to dinner and 17 for two brunches, and I really need to go back to eating sensibly with markedly smaller portions. Your nice long email reinforced what I have to do -- even though you were talking about yourself! Somehow your email reached me, and I feel that I now have the impetus to start yet again. Thanks ! As to any clues for you, what works best for me is to clean out any refrig or cabinet that I have access to, of any and all "no-no" snacks that I crave. After 6 mos. of WW, my son opened the refrig and said, "Everything in here is fake; no real food at all" That was an exaggeration, but he does not credit veggies and tofu as "real" food.... It just helps me greatly if temptation is not around. What will be hardest for me these next weeks is resisting the great birthday cakes at work as each staff member's b-day is celebrated and in the recent past I have succumbed -- particularly on the strawberry shortcake which I love. I have to go back to the principle of "one bite is really enough." Again, that worked for a long time, but it's harder for me at the lab where I work than it is at home or out with friends. Nightly snacks I find I can limit by brushing my teeth before I get on the stationery bike for an hour, but I have to chew cinnamon sugar- free gum on the bike or I do feel that I get excessively hungry at night. It might help for you to write down what has worked for you in the past. It definitely helps me to write down clues, but then we are all a little different -- thank goodness. Hope something here strikes you as helpful Best always, E., the slowest turtle
Your story is very inspiring to me. Be sure to take your time looking around the site and at other people's stories and that may help you.
I find myself in a simliar boat as you - I was able to lose a little over 40lbs last summer and now I have gained most of that back and cannot seem to get back on the bandwagon to keep up the fight. However I will not give up.
You may be interested in joining the 28 day bootcamp team. It's not hard - bootcamp just means that you will focus on your plan for 28 days straight. I have actually started over twice because I allowed myself to stray and I want to be able to say I did it for the full 28 days.
Thank you both. I'm off to the gym right now. I want to come back here tomorrow morning and say "I DID it" one day of eating my planned item.
I started teh day poorly with a bowl of cereal at like 2 am, but I'm NOT going to use that as an excuse for that to "ruin" my day. I put that in my tracker and have figured what I need for the rest of the day to keep it healthy and in range.
I'd better get moving to the gym before my day gets too late. My 9 yo had a sleepover party for his bday Sat and I got less than 3 hours of sleep Sat night, but struggled last night...I took today off work (I work full time and have 2 kids, aged 9 and 7) and slept until 10 am (my kids are at a summer program today. I know how important sleep is and that is my other problem area.
So, I'm going to get to the gym, get in a workout and follow my meal plans, no "excuses" its a ruined day already!
I love your honesty! It's very inspiring. You've already had such tremendous success - to me it sounds like a pound a week is so great - if we can all stick to it together we'll meet our goals (or with me, my initial goal) by the end of the summer! I have that late-night eating thing too. I'm really done for the day and then I start thinking "I deserve a treat" and while it's not usually too much, just a half cup of ice cream or a couple of cookies, it's preventing me from losing more weight. So I'm going to make a little commitment right now that I will eat healthily all day today, stay within my calorie range, and skip the sweet treat tonight - maybe watermelon or something instead of ice cream.
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to the Slowest Loser Team. The Spark you are looking for is something that is from within. Look at this as a life style change, and what you will learn will help you live a healthier life and enjoy activities. It is about one day at time, you can not put off for tomorrow what you need to do today.
Good Luck. God Bless.
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. " Thomas Jefferson
I've been around SparkPeople for a while and I've been around weight loss for most of my life! I've had successes and backslides and am just tired of myself lately and need that SPARK to really get me going. I try to remain positive, but do not understand why I just cannot commit.
I came to slowest loser because I've always had teh motto of "TURTLE POWER" --- slow and steady wins the race. I've lost 100 lbs in the past, gained 40, took it off, gained 20 took it off and now am in the process of trying to get this last 10 I gained OFF, but haven't....I've never lost more than about 1 lb per week average. My body either looses with a bigger loss, followed by a few weeks of nothing, then a bigger loss (even when eating the same) or abotu .6 to 1 lb per week. But, when I do the bigger losses, the following weeks wind up averaging it out to 1 lb per week.
For me lately, I just have every excuse in the book and then every "oh, tomorrow is another day" every day. I'm tired of me doing this and me obsessing on it! Cannot I just commit and do one good day of following the meal plan...followed by another good day? I workout regularily, I know what to do with food, I just need to do it.
I have been (my favorite metaphor) flopping around like a fish out of water and I need to do something NOW, before this 10 lbs turns into 20 or more! My downfall = overeating at night and then trying to make up for it the next day by eating little all day (and then the cycle continues, as we know). I want to focus on being healthy with meals, and just STICKING to my plan for the day, which includes eating well throught out the day with one snack at night.
Anyway, I'm just "flopping" around and I that I can find inspiration and motivation to finally have this "click" for me.
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