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I have started, stopped, started, stopped so many times I can't even keep track. But I know it can be done so I keep at it. 4 yrs ago I joined SP for the first time and lost weight and was so happy that I was able to do this, then I injured myself at work and gained it all back plus. Was not able to exercise, or thought I couldn't anyway. Stood on the scales one day and was at the highest I've ever been and right there I told myself I was going to lose weight and not let injuries stop me. So rejoined Sp. It has been slow going, and the numbers keep going up and down, but my clothes fit better, some of my medical conditions have improved so that I can be off medication, I have more energy and when I step on the scale and it says I've gained, I say "thats just muscle weight" !!
A really good support system behind you is the key to staying motivated. SP is good for that. When you read some peoples SP pages and they give a little history of themselves, I think - if they can do it so can I. If a group you have joined is not encouraging you as you need, find another group.
Remember it took x amount of yrs to put this weight on, so don't expect it to drop off over night. Set a goal - but keep it a simple goal, not something out of reach. if you need to lose 50lbs, then start off small like 10 lbs in 2 mths, then add on when you reach that goal. A goal can be anything from x amount of weight to lose, to exercisisng x number of days /wk to drinking x glasses of water /day to journalling each day etc. etc. etc.
Make a Spark Page and update it regularly.
Keep at it, don't give up.
Edited by: SARAS3 at: 5/5/2013 (16:53)
There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.
You have not failed until you quit trying!!
I try not to let the scale dictate how my weight loss journey goes. I've found measuring my waist, hips, arms, and thighs helps. The scale might go up but you'll notice you've lost an inch or so. The journey is a long one but always remember you didn't gain all this weight in a day so it's not going to take a day to lose it. I've been trying to lose weight for a year now, I had my son last year March and still haven't lost the 52 pounds I gained I'm 10 pounds away from reaching my pre-pregnancy weight but still have 60 pounds to lose to reach my ultimate goal. I used to use SP before and used to track most of what I ate but wasn't losing anything but once I started putting everything I ate (even a stick of gum) I found where my calorie intake was going over. Try not to look at how far you have to go but how far you've come and that will help when you feel really down and ready to give up. I read in someone's blog they have a 'woohoo' jar and whenever she accomplishes something she writes it down and puts it in the jar and at the end of the year, or whenever she feels down, she reads her 'woohoos' here's the blog if you want to read about the woohoo jar: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
My Weight Loss Reward List:
☑ 230- new water bottle
☑ 220- new nail polish
210- new pants
200- new dress
190- new pajamas
180- new shirt
170- new bathing suit
160- new shoes
154- new clothes
(Some of these 'new' items were things I haven't been able to wear since giving birth.)
I'm new to Spark & enjoy reading everything....I have been working on changing my lifestyle for the last 7 weeks. I've been walking & working out 3 times a week, changing my food intake & tracking "most" of everything that goes in my mouth....I've managed to lose 10.6 pounds HOWEVER, today the scale told me I gained 7 pounds in 1 week!!!! Don't understand how that happened & not sure I can get over the disappointment...I've found it hard going already & found it so slow loosing weight at 1-2 lbs per week that I was already discouraged...my husband is working out with me & is now walking 2 miles a day & his weight loss is also pretty slow....how do you keep going when you feel so discouraged & it's just like starting over??????