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I.M.MAGIC's Photo I.M.MAGIC Posts: 13,133
7/30/12 1:31 P

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DAW123 is right, we all go through this... Success isn't measured by whether or not we fall down, it's measured by whether we STAY down! And you aren't doing that, so let go of the guild, and just go for the gold! LOL

I'm glad you're feeling better about your journey!...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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7/29/12 6:49 P

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Good to hear you are getting back on track. Please don't ever feel embarrassed when you slip up a bit. We all do. It's a big life change. Taking a step backwards every now and then is just being human. I did very well tracking my food for about 3 months, then, for the last month, not so good. I gained a few lbs., not good, but at 57, I don't beat myself up about anything anymore. I'm getting back on track. I find that anytime I get on SP, I find something that encourages me, actually it's jam-packed full of encouragement!!

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CHELBELL95's Photo CHELBELL95 Posts: 13
7/29/12 2:01 P

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Thanks so much to all of you who have shared some of your stories as well as some reference items and words of wisdom. I might have to agree that I tried a little too much, a little too fast. But, I am happy to say that I am feeling refreshed and excited for what's next. I have to look at things in a positive light and accept the reality that everyday is not gonna be a great day. I cooked up some great foods for the week and posted in my blog again today. I am finding that it makes me accountable.

If any of you might like to check it out...please do. I am new at this of course...but it helps just to get my thoughts and feelings out.

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7/28/12 9:59 A

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Been there friend. Its hard to break old habits. I found diabetic friendly desserts so I can have something once in awhile. Don't give up!

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7/28/12 2:03 A

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yes, i would pretty much say "ditto" to the great advice i've heard...

don't take too big of a bite...1 step at a time...get confident that you have achieved your new habit and go to the next...

geneen roth's book is very good(and i would agree with valerie that i got a little riled near the beginning but my sister and friend and i were doing it as a book 'club' commitment so i read on)...fortunately because it re-iterated much of the things we know but need to be reminded of and a few things that maybe hadn't been thought of from her perspective...

and paul mckenna's book "i can make you thin" is an excellent(and inexpensive) book to help you calm yourself and eat for the right reasons...not that i always do, but i just play the cd as i see me slipping...

and most assuredly, GET THAT WATER IN...besides 'filling us up' it helps flush toxins from our exercise and it helps 'neutralize' our foods...

best of luck and do post here when you need some insight or friends to kvetch with emoticon

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7/28/12 12:11 A

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Hi and welcome to the team. I also recommend gradually adding more physical activity to your day. You will find that it helps with your diabetes, weight control, and it can also help to better control your diabetes. The nutrition and fitness trackers on here are awesome tools, and I use them daily. Most of the time I dont eat the recmmended menu that the nutrition tracker gives me, but I log everything that I do eat and stay within the recommended calorie range. emoticon


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ELAINE704's Photo ELAINE704 Posts: 68
7/27/12 8:50 P

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Been in your spot before and could be there tomorrow. Are you following every aspect of Sparkpeople? Can you remove the trigger foods from your life? Remember tomorrow is a new day. Start fresh.


I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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7/27/12 8:50 P

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Welcome! You've alrady gotten WONDERFUL advice. I highly recommend THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION by Dr. Mark Hyman, besides the book Val recommented (Gary Taubes' book).

You can do this.

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7/27/12 8:09 P

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I am wondering if you started out making too many changes all at once? I know it seems great at first, but it does become daunting and overwhelming.

Just try baby steps at first. Take one or two things, like get rid of white rice or white potatoes (whateer you choose), and try to up your water consumption. If you are only drinking 2 or 3 glasses per day, try to drink 4 or 5..... When you get comfortable with that, up it again....

Do you exercise? If not, start with just 5 minutes a day, and then next week up it by a minute or two (even 5) until you are able to go for 30 minutes a day. If you are comfortable, do for longer but only if you can do it without any distress.

Find a buddy, either here on Spark, or on some other social network. Someone you can talk to and let it all hang out..... Laugh, cry, rant or rave. It doesn't matter which.....

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7/27/12 7:34 P

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Boy, have I been where you are! Only the pivotal time for me was turning 50 (so for you, weight loss will be easier!). I'm also married to the guy of my dreams, who thinks I'm the sexiest, most beautiful woman no matter what my weight. It's an extremely emotional issue for me because I want to believe him but I've hated the way I look for too long to count.

I'd urge you to read some of my posts! I thought I'd done everything to lose weight and finally reached my low point (but high weight!) at the beginning of 2011. Told my sweetie and myself that I had to do something drastic to even see if it was possible for me to lose, so I started Medifast on 2/18/11.

I'm down 60 pounds and have maintained that for over half a year. I'm recovering from spinal surgery and a trip to Maui (not at the same time!) so I'm recommitting to MF to lose those last 20-30 pounds. I'm at my lowest adult weight that I've ever been but still have a way to go. If I can do it, you can too!

Medifast isn't for everyone, and my type 2 husband didn't want to do it but he's lost 50 pounds in less than a year following this plan:

Another great resource to help you address the "why do I sabotage myself" issue is Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth. A little BS-y at the beginning but about half-way through I really identified with my emotional eating triggers.

Another great book that helps with the issue of carbohydrates (remember, diabetes is a carbohydrate-intolerance disease) is Gary Taube's Why We Get Fat.

Trust me, the older you get the harder it is to lose (I know you probably already know that). So check out some of the above resources, make sure you're drinking half your body weight in ounces of water a day, and take care!



Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.

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CHELBELL95's Photo CHELBELL95 Posts: 13
7/27/12 6:26 P

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I'm new to Sparkpeople but not to the weight loss struggle. I've been overweight most of my life. In a little less than a year I'll be turning 40 and I wanted so much to have better success than I have ever had on the weight loss journey. I started about 2 weeks ago and things were going pretty well up until the last couple days. I have found myself picking up food I hadn't been eating. And quite frankly I can soooo see a difference in myself when I eat these foods vs. the foods I had started with.

Bottom line... I am gonna be 40 soon, I am just under 3 years into my marriage to a man I love and who loves every pound of me.....but about this same time I was also diagnosed with diabetes. I struggle everyday...and I can see the difference when I was on the right track.....

Right now I just feel sooooo lost and don't know what to do to get myself back on track and back to finally winning this battle I have been fighting for so long. I actually started blogging and it seem to keep me accountable for a while.... but now as I struggle I am almost embarrased to post because of my feeling of failure.

Any words of wisdom or encouragement would be much appreciated.

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