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1/2/12 11:48 A

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Good morning! welcome to the newbies here!

throw out the word diet ladies! You need to realize that what you will do is change your bad habits and create a new lifestyle you can live with for the rest of your lives.

Diets - you change a habit temporarily then go back to the way you ate before and gain it all back over time.

new habits can be just small changes...pizza one night a week instead of two or three nights, 1 or 2 slices instead of oh i dunno 3 , 4 or 5 slices, vegetarian pizza instead of 3 or 4 different meats
you get the idea. Modify your favorite foods so they are healthier

have a great day!

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1/2/12 11:23 A

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Welcome Whitney!!! We are all here for eachother another amazing spark team is on my page called DONE being that fat girl I love it


You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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1/2/12 9:02 A

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Oh..and welcome Whitney!!

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1/2/12 9:01 A

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momtoflynn - I totally get it - It's this "all or nothing" mentality that we need to change! I'm always in this state of mind: I'm either dieting. or I'm not. Either every single thing that goes into my mouth is healthy. Or I'm in "party" mode - eating anything and everything I can find!

I've gotten a little better this past year. Ordering a salad AND a glass of wine when I eat out. In the past I would think, "Well, I'm having a glass of wine tonight I might as well make this a 'bad' night all the way around". Imagine! Then I'd order the pasta with lots of cheese AND dessert. All because I wanted a simple glass of wine!

It's crazy the way we think, really. We just need to change the way we think. Hopefully in the next coming days, weeks and months something will just click inside us and WE'LL SEE THE LIGHT!!!

Good luck to you....

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1/1/12 10:01 P

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Hello Everyone! I'm Whitney. I have about 50-60 pounds to lose. I need some friends, so lets all try to be there for each other. Sammy, like you I have almost always been over weight. But when I got pregnant I gained a good 30 pounds I can't seem to lose. I don't know what to do or where to start.

I'm pretty much not the brightest when it comes to working out or eating healthy. I wish you well on your journey and if you need/want a friend hit me up. I need one too!

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1/1/12 9:42 P

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I totally understand minus having a kid I'm not a mom everything else is the same! Keep in touch


You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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1/1/12 9:30 P

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Thanks for your post Sammy...it's nice to hear that someone else is coming from the same place I am!

I've put on about 80 lbs in the past 7 years, mostly due to partying and an indulgent lifestyle. Eating out, drinking, eating after drinking was what most weekends used to look like for me. I've always been a big girl, as I was 170 lbs in high school and being 5ft5, I was the biggest of all my friends and still am. I look back at pictures of myself then and would give anything to be that "skinny" again.

I am now 28 and have a 2-year old son. I surprisingly did not balloon up while I was preggo (started at 225, ended up at 255) but gained after having my son...I think I made myself an excuse that "I just had a baby therefore I can eat what I want!". I gained back the 30lbs of baby weight that I lost within 6 months of having my son. I can't wait to have another baby but I worry so much about all the weight that I would gain that I think that's one reason that we're not having any luck. I also worry about being considered high risk because of my weight and being forced into a c-section or being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

I binge. I hate myself for it. There..I said it!

I will "diet" on any given week. It goes good for a few hours, maybe even a few days. Then a cookie or a few chips happen. I can't say no. I eat them all. Then I find something else to eat and a lot of it. It might be a half a loaf of bread and cheese. Maybe 4 bowls of cereal. Wow, I really screwed myself now! I throw my diet out the window and start fresh the next week. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

I was somewhat successful on WW last year, losing 20 lbs in 6 months only to gain them back within the same timeframe. I need something different. I know I need a lifestyle change. I know I need to eat healthy (I do eat healthy...I just eat a lot). I can usually motivate myself to go to they gym to do cardio and weight training. I love hot yoga. I have even started going for walks on my break at work. What I really would like to do is be able to chase after my son without getting out of breath because of all the extra weight I am carrying around. That scares me.

Hopefully this may resonate with you and maybe some others and we can find in one another the support, strength and accountability that we so strongly desire.

Cheers,

DD

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1/1/12 5:56 P

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Sometimes I guess others warped body views can trigger our own


You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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RICOCHETBEAR's Photo RICOCHETBEAR Posts: 2,819
1/1/12 5:20 P

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Yes okbabe, the things that happen in life is what shapes our lives. Sometimes it s offhand comments trigger habits and we dont even notice that it triggered us.
Part of losing weight is figuring out what REALLY caused you to gain it in the first place, because if you dont figure that out, the habits you learned to comfort/combat it will come back again.

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1/1/12 3:51 P

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Hi Sammy, Tretra and RICOCHETBEAR. Isn't amazing what an event can do to change your life. The oinking was obviously suppose to encourage you to diet, but whoever thought of that was really not understanding of the effects of the event. Mine was my Doctor when I was pregnant (he was super skinny) I was 125 pounds and he called me obese! Well that set up a dieting gaining cycle that now I a determined to break! My new goal is not even that low. I just want a weight that won't kill me.

Teresa

Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound.
- proverb

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RICOCHETBEAR's Photo RICOCHETBEAR Posts: 2,819
1/1/12 2:54 P

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Ticker

Go to Start page
under the welcome it says account/email preferrences, click it
next, click on Community tab
scroll down to Signature and ticker and click on it
have fun choosing your ticker lol

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1/1/12 2:41 P

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That's horrible! Like some bad nightmare I don't know what I would have done :(

As for the ticker it was an option when I set up my page I would search it under help


You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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1/1/12 1:58 P

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Ricochetbear! Ha ha!! I know I shouldn't laugh but OH MY WORD! Who the heck would do that?? How awful! I don't think I would have gone back, either!

Question: how do you get that ticker thing at the bottom of your post all the time?

Comment: I'm hungry today. *sigh*

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RICOCHETBEAR's Photo RICOCHETBEAR Posts: 2,819
1/1/12 12:34 P

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good on both of you !

Sounds like all of us have slayed a few dragons already!

Half the battle is knowing where your weak spots are, ie knowing what foods trigger your binge, what foods trigger your moods that cause you to eat, so on and so forth

I remember one time I joined a weight club. I was about 21, before I found TOPS. After we weighed in, there would be a meeting, just like TOPS. I did well at first, then one day I gained, and not just a little bit. Well! After weigh in I was shocked, because all the ladies oinked at me! And everytime I said anything they oinked! I was so upset when I went home,I wanted to eat everything in sight! I had a watermelon in my fridge, one of those huge ones. I decided to eat that because at least it wasnt real bad for me....I ended up eating the whole thing!

First time I binged like that, upset, mindless of what I was doing.
When I realized that this club had pushed me to that action, I quit! That wasnt the place for me

wishing you a happy day take care

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1/1/12 11:56 A

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Thank you both so much! I tried WW but it didn't have a quarter of the support I felt on here it feels like home here.

I'm also a binge eater it's horrible! I don't eat alot around other people but when I'm alone it's game over.

And about age it's just a number ;) I wish you ladies the best and hope to hear from you guys again


You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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1/1/12 9:01 A

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Samantha - You're awesome! I so enjoyed reading you post! I'm the same as you...been using the last week or so to get used to this site and today was my first day tracking. I'm also notorious for using a bad day or a bad meal as an excuse to throw in the towel.

I eat healthy 80% of the time. All my friends say, "I don't understand why you are overweight!" My problem is binging. I have a bad lunch on Friday and the whole weekend is shot. I eat anything and everything I want, or I've been craving or that I think I might crave. I need to learn to just move on. One bad choice isn't the end of the world. I'm a bit of an all or nothing person...that's what I need to work on. At least I recognize that now. First step, eh?

Good for you for quitting smoking! Both of you!! I quite 8 years and 54 pounds ago. *sigh* I quit smoking every Monday for 3 years and one Monday it just stuck! One day at a time!! Now....to make my healthy living stick one of these times!!!

Love the support on the is site. You guys are awesome!!

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1/1/12 4:02 A

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hello Sammy
I am 54, an old lady compared to you LOL
I was a heavy partier in the first years of adult life. You could never find me at home, but then I was also a bartender. I quit bartending in around 1985
I quit drinking altogether about 15 years ago. Just looked around one day and thought ``I dont want to be a permanent barstool fixture`` There were people you could tell time by, just from when they arrived to take up their perch on the barstools and chairs.
I quit smoking last New Years.
Funny about smoking....I used to smoke to kill the taste of alcohol and drank to kill the taste of the ciggies. But it sure took me a long time to quit smoking, though, mind you, I was not a heavy smoker. I could go weeks with out a ciggie then smoke a whole pack in a day, then go without for a long time again. kinda weird I guess...

Anyways, there`s a bunch of us in the need buddies forum, come on over! I think I am the oldest over there as well LOL But a lovely bunch of young ladies there. Dont go the road alone hon...


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1/1/12 12:25 A

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Hi everyone!

My name is Samantha i'm 30 and i'm 271 lbs. I've been over weight my whole life but the last 6 years i've put on about 80 lbs....I work fulltime go to school fulltime right now i'm just trying to get my life together.

I've taken a week to set up my spark and get use to it and meet people today (the 1st) as cliche as it is is when I decided would be when I started hardcore up to now i've been slowly making changes here and there.

The one thing i've learned about weight loss is you have to want it. Its not about yo yo dieting its about eating healthy in small portions. Eating bad one day does not give you an excuse to do the same the following the same with skipping exercising as we all know one day leads to years...and 80lbs later you end up like me!

Up until recently I was a heavy "partier" i guess I loved to go out drinking go dancing...all of a sudden the urge slowly went away...i quit smoking august 2010 which is just still baffling to me...and I rarely drink anymore if anything maybe wine here and there...

I am the baby of 5 kids i'm 30 and the oldest is 41 I have nine nieces and nephews youngest 5 olest will be 22. I am blessed enough to be surrouned by love I just never learned to love myself properly...and I can say honestly I think thats been the key to my weight...learning to love myself will hopefully allow me to shed away these protective layers :)

I wish you all the best and feel free to message me any time you need to vent or need support or just want someone to "listen"

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You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars"
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on


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