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4/24/12 11:13 P

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hello team mates
the challenge is over at the gym iI belong to and I Am Not The Biggest Loser emoticon the winners were given free gym memberships.
So i fit right in to our team emoticon but i did lose weight and inches and I am learning to eat properly so that makes me feel good emoticon
slow and sure is the way to go good night team
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4/22/12 3:03 P

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have you ever seen a pound of fat and a pound of muscle? it is amazing to see the difference. now i wish i had that picture to show you. so the scale was mean ... but the other measurements like your waist hips arm and boobies, is there a difference there? i weigh in once a month so i dont watch those fluctuations and become discouraged. last month i went the whole month with no change in numbers up or down i stayed the same. what made my day was the day i pulled out my wii and the biggest loser disc with my body measurements and discovered in six months i lost 5 1/2 inches in my waist. made my day. muscle weighs more than fat and burns more calories than fat so hang in there, success here is more than just a scale, it is bigger than you realize.

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4/21/12 5:41 P

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I think we all feel that way at one time or another. I try very hard not to weigh myself that often. Just keep making changes that will last a lifetime. These good habits mean that weight won't creep back on and eventually it will come off too! Slow and steady does win the race!

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
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4/15/12 12:08 P

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You guys are definitely right--I shouldn't worry so much about the scale, especially since a lot of times the best results are the ones we see OFF the scale! But I fear this will be something I will always battle. I *know* the scale isn't the best way to measure things, and yet I always *feel* good or bad as a result of what it says. I don't know if I'll ever be able to break that pattern, honestly. Perhaps as I start seeing more non-scale results, it'll get easier?

~Ashleigh

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4/15/12 11:52 A

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I agree with Freesia15 I was fixed on the scales too and this week they showed a gain
emoticon I found an fanny pack I used awhile back packed it away since it didn't go around and close emoticon emoticon
just for fun yesterday i tried to use it emoticon emoticon it fit and it was even loose i had to adjust it emoticon by making it smaller emoticon
so i now know first hand knowledge the emoticon is not the only sign we are getting healthier each day. the suggestion from my Spark friends take baby steps and remember we did not get over weight over night it won't come off that way and stay off just remember that some of the biggest ;looses winners have regained the weight !!! once off the ranch and in the real world they didn't have the tools we do to keep it off we are learning how to do it right its not a contest but a journey to good health
have a great day and remember you are doing this for you !





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4/12/12 11:13 A

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Hi Ashleigh,

I understand that slow progress can be frustrating, but slow is definitely the way to go. Just keep doing what you're doing, since it sounds like you're doing a great job. :)

One suggestion, though: try not to worry too much about the scale. That was one of my hardest habits to break. I would ignore my increased energy and the fact that my clothes were getting loose because the stupid scale insisted that I hadn't lost anything (or that I had gained a smidge.) Once I realized that the scale was only *one* indication of progress (and not the most accurate indication, since a woman's weight fluctuates so much) I stopped giving the scale so much power. If I am happy with what I've done during the week, then I don’t really care what the scale says when I weigh in. (Unless I've lost weight, in which case the scale gets to be my best friend for the day. ;))


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4/11/12 4:58 P

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Welcome! I understand your impatience, but it sounds like you're losing weight pretty fast! It would take me three months to lose 15 lbs, and that's if I don't slip up! I had one month where I lost ten pounds and that was truly astounding. I average less than a pound a week. I always have.

I just try to remember that I changed my habits for the long haul and I'll get there when I get there. If I focus on time I get frustrated.

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4/11/12 12:30 A

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i also love einsteen and the way he got his ideas I love to travel on the spur of the moment and i love portland oregon, hawaii. I enjoy all forms of art and the galleries


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4/10/12 9:16 A

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You are doing very well. Your body knows it's loosing part of it's self, so it tries to hang on. Dont give up. Keep pushing toward the goal. So weeks are very discouraging, but you have to just keep doing what you know is right and make a few adjustments, maybe. It will give in eventually.

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4/10/12 4:41 A

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Hi Ashleigh....
I know exactly what you are saying and how you are feeling....
I have however come to a place on this journey that as long as I am decreasing each week then i am heading to my goal.....I have actually been increasing consistently so a decrease each week would be awesome no matter what it was....
Just keep doing what you kbnow you are to do and the weight will come off.....

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4/9/12 8:04 P

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Welcome!



Edited by: GOOSIEMOON at: 4/9/2012 (20:04)
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

~ Earl Nightingale


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4/8/12 11:29 P

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome and encouragement, everyone!!

As for MARIBETHKC's suggestion, I really should reward myself for meeting small goals. Money is super tight, but this is important! I need to sit down and figure out a doable way to reward myself regularly. Rewards are the one thing that people often recommend that I simply haven't incorporated yet.

NSTARSMITH: That's a genius idea! Perhaps if I encourage others enough, the message will sink into my head as well. Also, you said something that *really* hit home with me: feelings are NOT FACTS. Holy crap when I was in therapy, it seemed I had to learn that lesson over and over and over again. And yet here it is again! A great reminder at the perfect time. So thank you.

TINY67: I love your attitude!! "I figured that as long as I wasn't going up I'd keep at it until it started going down again." Now that's persistence! I'm very impressed, and will have to remember that perspective if/when I hit a plateau.

Thanks again for the encouragement guys! I'm feeling better already :-)

~Ashleigh

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Welcome!

Only those who risk going too far can find out how far they can go.

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours. ~ Noela Evans.

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Slow and steady wins the race. Keep up the good and the faith. emoticon

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It is frustrating, but you didn't put it on overnight, so you're not going to get it off overnight.
Have you taken any measurements? Sometimes you lose inches and you don't even realize it.
I haven't lost pounds, but I can feel that I feel more toned and "slimmer"--even if no one else can see it: I can feel it.
Just be patient: I know it's hard but believe me: Maintaining that weight loss is even harder.
Remember: Weight is just a number. What really matters is how you feel.

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not a single act, but a habit." - Aristotle



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4/8/12 12:41 P

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I've been stuck at the same weight for about five months and just in the last two weeks started loosing again. I figured that as long as I wasn't going up I'd keep at it until it started going down again.
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4/8/12 11:34 A

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I can relate to your frustration. I just have to keep reminding myself that my weight came on slowly over the years and will likely come off slowly as well. Personally I think that you are doing great, and if you keep up this pace, a year from now you will be so amazed and happy with the results. Try to be happy with little results if you can though. I'm routing for you!

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength.”


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4/8/12 11:30 A

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Dear Asleigh, yes it is slow but that is still the best way to go. It gives your body and mind a chance to keep up with the change. Did you put it on quickly? No!? Keep it up, you are heading in the right direction and if you are moving and eating healthy that is the best way to go.

"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."


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"If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
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4/8/12 10:15 A

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Hi, Asleigh! I share your struggle with impatience. What helps me somewhat is to actually read posts on the Message boards that have to do with disappointment, slow loss, gains even when someone is doing everything right, etc. and reply to those. When I write to them I am telling myself this important message over and over and over. It has helped me get this point through my thick skull! I have been dieting my entire adult life and the constant failures are the result of DIET MENTALITY. This time, THIS TIME, I want to permanently change my lifestyle - I know this will require DAILY reminding myself slow and healthy is best. Feeling less than successful is an attitude issue - change your attitude! Feelings are NOT FACTS - just cuz you feel less than successful does NOT mean you are! I suggest you design challenges or join them on SP that you can measure and feel successful at! Just hang in there and do NOT let the feelings sabotage your actual, wonderful SUCCESS! emoticon

You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.


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Hi Ashleigh! I know how you feel. I've been at this for years, and it took me a looong time to take off the weight. All I can say is, stick with it and try hard to be patient and in time, you'll reach your goal. You're doing great so far, and I know it's hard to be patient, but after a while it gets easier. I used to stress over not losing enough, and there were times I gained a little, but if your on a downward weight trend, it will make a difference over time. One thing that has helped me a lot is to journal everything i put in my mouth and carefully count the calories. In my journal, I also comment about what's gone on that day, because for me at least, that influences my general calorie intake. I am really mindful of carbs and I eat very little processed food. For instant gratification, buy yourself a little non food treat whenever you reach a mini goal. I used to reward myself whenever i lost another 10 lbs., or if I needed to encourage myself, even 5 lbs. Spark People has been a huge help to me. I try to check in every day, and all the wonderful people here have given me a lot of support. I know you can do it!!! 15.2 lbs is a great leap into your happy future!!!

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Hello everyone! My name's Ashleigh, and I've been on SparkPeople since the end of February this year. In 6 weeks I've lost 15.2 pounds. I know I set my weight loss goals to equal an average of a little less than a pound a week (140 pounds in 3 years), but I think deep down I hope to lose more quickly. I lost a fair amount my first couple weeks, but my last 2 weeks were a 0.8 pound gain (even though I did everything right) and a 1.2 pound loss.

What's frustrating for me is that even though I *know* slow is the healthiest and safest way to go, as well as the most likely way to keep it all off, I still don't feel like I'm successful enough. I think since I have been making changes and remaining committed to them, I want to see my work rewarded. I definitely am the kind of person who wants instant gratification. In my recent weigh-in post on my blog ( passionlifelovehealth.blogspo
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I joined this team in the hopes that it can somehow help me be happier with the rate of progress I'm making. Perhaps I'll always struggle with wanting faster results, but I really hope that I can learn to be content and feel successful with slow loss.

Thanks for listening/reading! I look forward to getting to know you guys.

~Ashleigh

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