KFAGGELLA Thats fantastic! You have just taken your first leap into the rest of your life...... Baby steps are what makes it start rolling. I am so tired and worn out at night. I am very impressed you did begin! WAY TO GO!!!!
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.
NEWTEXDEBBIE - now that comment is opening yourself up for a reply if ever I saw one - at least from an Aussie!! But I think I might be wise to leave your brain out of it!! Suggest you check out www.chairexercisefun.com there is lots on there
Kate... there is nothing more that I can add that hasn't been said, except for maybe I'm happy that you reached out to us. So often, its easy to get caught up in the pain/sadness/misery of weight loss and the difficult path we're on. We're totally in your corner and you will be successful!!!
"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.� -Albert Einstein
Hi Kate You sound like Chair Exercises were MADE for You!! If you click on the main picture on the main team page - or follow this link www.youtube.com/user/ChairExerciseTe am ?feature=mhee you will find a large selection of exercises!! Check out the play lists - start nice and easy and work into them - find and do those that are comfortable for you!! If you read Indygirl's blogs you will see thats how she started and its how I started - my story is on my web site - www.chairexercisefun.com and you will see that I too have very bad knees but I have lost over 140lb - mostly from chair exercises.
I think that its important to realize that there are times that weight does not behave - we are doing all the right things but the scales just don't want to know - however we then have to look for NSV's - those little signs that we are in fact getting better - that maybe we are gaining more mobility, flexibility and stamina - that suddenly we realize that we can do something we couldn't do last week- or that something ids easier to do that it was before!! After the first 65lb I lost - I was still wearing the same clothes - you can see in the pictures - I looked no different - why? because I wasn't exercising !! Then I started exercising - chair exercise - staggering through one exercise and crying in frustration that I was so weak!! Now after 3 1/2 years of consistent exercise - I do 60 min in Curves three times a week and a couple of weeks ago I walked over 1mile with no pain - It is possible Kate - and the results are so very worthwhile.
I hear you in how very difficult this is. Just want to say don't give up and keep looking for things that can help you. I think you did very well in reaching out and asking for support. You're not alone in your struggle. I think feelings like angry, frustration and feeling depressed and sad are very 'heavy' feelings. Keep working on ways to feel better. Share the load.
I have heard many people say that chair exercising works great.... You might want to try that to begin with. There is some chair exercise videos available as well as a team called the chair exercise team. I weight in at 333.6 this week and my highest was 340. There have been so many others on our team and other teams that scaled much heavier than 340.....
We can do this, maybe NOT as fast as others because of the pain but it is still a doable thing. Remember your not alone..... Never alone..... Debbie
Hi Kate! I'm soooo glad you are at the end of your rope!...now there is no place to go but UP! YOU CAN DO THIS!
Whats your daily routine right now? Do you journal...food & water, moods, exercise...?
How you are feeling is something a lot of us or maybe all of us go through sometimes. Don't give up. If you give up, you go up....errr...at least I did.
Exercise and pain is super hard. If you don't get the weight off, the pain will stay...that is what I'm telling myself right now too. Is there anything you can do for exercise? Ride a stationery bike? Lift canned foods for weights? Bands? Maybe if there is something you can do to feel like you are progressing and working toward your goals.
If you quit...you quit on yourself and THAT is more devastating than anything else. Don't do that to yourself.
Emotional days come and go....emotions change. Change your mind and the rest will follow! Hugs
Kate, I can sense the sadness in your post. I just want to say even if you can't see it, you ARE beautiful NOW, not just 60 pounds from now. You deserve to invest in yourself and feel better. Please feel free to send me a message if you need a buddy or an accoutability partner. You are NOT alone and you ARE worth it!!
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
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I've seen some inspiring things in this group any maybe you can help. I am not always the best at opening up-- but hiding the anger, sadness, pain and desperation just doesn't work.
I currently wirgh about 340 the most i;ve ever weighed. I've lost 50 or 60 pounds several times in fact if you strung those losses together- I've feel and look terrifci.
No question 60 pounds is a hard-fought loss-- but when i look in the mirror-- I don't see or even feel any progress and my plans and efforts slowly fall by the wayside.
I know exercise is the key and I've used our workout room here at work often in the past, but now my knees hurt so much I struggle getting to my car or walking from the bus. I don't even go shopping anymore not for clothes because i hate how they look on me not for fun barely for cleaning supplies and groceries because of the pain.
I realize i am angry, jealous, frustrated and depressed ALL the time not any way to LIVE as we are meant it is just a miserable existance.
You folks sound hopeful and encouraging so I thought I'd take that one last leap of faith.
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