I started on SP in May at 329 having lost weight numerous times and then gaining it all back with extra. I have arthritis and back pain which makes it difficult to walk for too long or uphill. So I know where you are coming from KFAGGELLA. BUT I am losing it now 22 pounds gone - slowly but surely and I am feeling confident that this time is the last time I will need to do this.
So what has changed for me this time?
I finally realised diets don't work long term. We have to find healthy foods that we want to carry on eating for good. It has to be a complete change of lifestyle for ever - not a few months slog and deprivation then back to normal.
I bought some cheap digital scales which I keep out on the worktop and use to measure portions.
I use the nutrition tracker daily. First it helped me see where all my calories were coming from and gave me a few surprises on where I needed to reduce my portion sizes. And now I have learnt that it keeps me on track.
I stopped labelling foods good or bad or banned. That only leads to feelings of deprivation and cravings. As long as I track every single thing and make sure I am getting a balanced diet with plenty of fruit, veg and fluids I do not need to feel guilty if I have a small bar of chocolate or a weekend takeaway treat although I will try to make the healthier choices of the things I like and a smaller portion.
I use a smaller plate for all my meals to make it look more. It helps.
I know I am not going to give up if the scales don't move one week or two weeks. Because I'm not on a diet so there is nothing to give up.
I have tried the chair exercises and they are not the soft option they sound!! Easier on the knees and back and feet though from a pain point of view.
If I ever need a boost I go back to Indygirl's inspirational sparkpage and blogs. If she can do it how can I say it is too hard to keep trying?
Sorry I have gone on a bit but I just hope it sparks you to get onboard and if just one thing that helped me helps you then that's great.
PS My ticker only shows my goal till Christmas Eve. I decided to climb a lot of little hills rather than one big mountain.
Edited by: PINKANGEL73 at: 10/23/2012 (07:55)
| Pounds lost: 28.0