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8/26/12 1:14 P

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Thank you! I decided to take up kettlebells, TRX, and stick to running outside. By doing this, I am hoping to ditch the gym for a while.. with maybe an occassional visit here and there!

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8/26/12 1:07 P

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Yup I struggle too! I think its just part life I am one who really hates logging / tracking my foods that is a struggle ot do for me period whether I'm trying to lose a few more pounds or maintain what I have lost already I do think from time ot time we need a break from tracking or our workouts but not a long break a couple of days for me works but I'm not a major weight lifter just enough to keep my bones strong and decrease fat

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8/24/12 7:51 P

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I actually blogged about taking exercise breaks here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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8/24/12 7:48 P

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Everyone on his site has been wonderful! I like the idea of taking a break from cardio. Honestly, though, I cannot. I am the leader for the running group as my internship in order to graduate. Than, I told my bf he could teach me how to ride a bike. Maybe I just need to take a hiatus from working out in the gym/s I use to work out or even work at. I could stick with running, kettlebells (at a different gym) and learning to bike outside. Leaving my running team is a good idea. I tend to just delete the emails and kinda get de-motivated by what everyone else is doing!

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8/24/12 7:47 P

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I agree..You're done. emoticon

It's time, now, to reflect on just how far you've come. Enjoy your body as it is, today. Don't think so much about what other people are able to eat, and just know that you are eating the way you need to, to maintain. Heck, just cause they CAN eat all the stuff you see them eating, that doesn't mean they SHOULD BE or that they are healthy on the INSIDE. Sometimes the *naturally skinny* people, are the least healthy, and one day their bodies will reflect that.

I will tell you this...When I had reached my goal of 130lbs, and held steady (in both scale and mind) for many, many months..that was when my body decided IT was ready to lose more, again. Those last 18lbs, ended up being my easiest to lose, cause my head was out of it. I didn't hop on the scale, even weekly, expecting a loss. I didn't *purposely* eat at a *losing* calorie amount, daily. I didn't even change my workout, just stuck to the same 30 minute strength routine, 3 times a week. Nope, I just allowed my body to take me where IT wanted to go and I (as in my head) stayed out of it.

So, see, sometimes once we accept ourselves, as is, that's when we learn what we are, truly capable of achieving. You've done such a fantastic job with your weight loss...just enjoy your success, for now!

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8/24/12 7:15 P

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A recently new member on this team has on her page that she is not prepared to do anything or to give up anything that she is not prepared to do forever. I think this is very sensible. You might be best to take an unguilty rest from all the pressure you are putting on yourself, spend some time looking at what you HAVE done (which is amazing), and planning a regime which you know you can sustain. Working in a gym and then trying to do a lot of exercise yourself is probably just a bit of overload at the moment. I've made walking (including hills) my basic exercise because I think I can do this as I age. I add other things in when I can but the walking is the non-negotiable stuff.
It might be a good idea to also have a rest from teams which have a huge emphasis on exercise, strictness of diet etc. This was the problem I found with WW - there was so much cheering on of the losers that I wondered about the effect on those who were not so successful or struggling for some reason. It's important to fine "safe" places! - you have certainly found one in this team. emoticon

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I JUST talked to my trainer about this yesterday. We both take breaks from lifting and just run. I don't ever take a total break because I've found that going beyond 3 days of 'rest' starts to negatively affect my mood. However, I do take weeks were I only do intense cardio (running or elliptical) or only do moderate cardio and centergy (which I would call moderate intensity mixed with light intensity). I find I get back to my 'true love' (lifting) with more physical and emotional stamina when I take these breaks.

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I can WAY appreciate your sentiments on taking a break from workouts also, feeling similarly, both in terms of beating myself up if I don't get 5-6 days of cardio in each week and frightened that if I stop I'll either never start up again or not reclaim the momentum I've established. Also agree with the stress / depression management aspects of exercise. Tough to think about doing without that!

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8/24/12 3:16 P

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I've heard maintenance is hard but never knew why. Now, I do. For me, I am bored with losing weight. In the last year, I have gotten into half marathons and attempted to train for my first full marathon. I typically love to run but right now I am bored with all the places I run. Recently, I have found I am de-motivated by SP, honestly. People on here are doing amazing, awesome things like running half marathons, full marathons, ragnar relays, triathlons.

I do not remember the last time I took a week break. When I do, I feel super guilty and like I am going to back to who I was three years ago. I guess panic sets in. Also, I struggle with depression so when I don't deal with stress with exercise, I tend to get more depression episodes which is no good.

As for the other comment, I am done. I am tired of being so focused on everything I eat --- and being so restrictive. I figure I know what I should not and should eat.

Thanks everyone! It's been super helpful to know others struggle with this as well.

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8/24/12 1:52 P

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I think you sound 'done'. Maybe you are just done for now but you sound done. Give yourself permission to enjoy the huge success you have had. And if you later decide you are not done, don't beat yourself up for calling 160 done for a while.


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8/24/12 1:35 P

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CrazyMango, I am glad you arrived at that conclusion, because I was about to suggest the exact same thing: Just work on hanging out at 160 for a while. Try not to think of yourself as overweight- Allow yourself to revel in being at goal.

You have accomplished something amazing- Let yourself feel good about that for a while. You will know when you are ready to lose more.

As for the working out- How long has it been since you have had a week-long break from working out of any kind?

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I added you! emoticon Right now, I am fine with maintaining at 160 but if I get down to 140, great. If not, that's okay as well!

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8/24/12 1:05 P

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I struggle to track my food at goal or under. I finally gave myself permission to not track if I was +/- 2 of goal unless I was working towards being under goal for some reason (to lean out, to have wiggle room for vacation).

I need to switch up my fitness quite often and I struggle to figure out what is 'off' when things go 'off'. It's different things at different times. Sometimes I find I'm happy with what I'm doing, I just need new workouts/routines. Sometimes I need to 'really shake things up' and I try something totally new. Right now my issue is that my fitness journey feels lonely and I'd like some company. I certainly will not be happy doing the same thing over and over for years... which is something I didn't really expect.

I'm happy staying +/- 2 of goal weight so I can't relate to wainting to lose more but struggling with tracking food and changing up fitness. Can you add me as a friend? Then I can see a bit about your journey. Are you trying to lose a fair amount more? Maintaining and hoping for a slow gradual loss?

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8/24/12 12:57 P

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Honestly, I think I am just tired. I worked hard for the three years to lose the 100 years. Now, it seems like people around me eat whatever they want without any consequences. I want to, too! I know, I sound whiney. I know I could lose another twenty pounds but frankly I am not sure if I have the energy. Right now, I am lucky if I get 4 - 30 minute work outs in each week. I used to run half marathons. I used to work out like 1-2 hours a day. Now, I don't even want to look at the gym and I work in one!! I guess also I am tired of seeing athletes around me... doing great accomplishments and I got nothing.

To answer your question, yes, it does resonate with me.

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8/24/12 12:53 P

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For peace of mind, I'd recommend thinking about that, and whether you're happy enough here or whether you really do want to see what life feels like at 140.

Staying in a perpetual state of trying to lose weight is mentally exhausting. It sounds to me like you might not have psychologically allowed yourself yet to say, "Yay. I'm here!" And just kind of get comfy and used to it, and adjust your calories and exercise appropriately.

Does this resonate with what you've been going through?

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On July 2011, I reached my goal of 160 (100# loss) and have maintained within 5# ever since.. Eventually, I would like to get down to 140 but I seem to not have any motivation left to do it since getting to 160.

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We definitely all do struggle, sometimes more than other times.

But I need to ask clarification on one point. You say you're at maintenance, and yet you also say you struggle to lose more weight.

So, first I want to ask whether you're at your goal, or not?
(Because the kind of advice I offer will be different depending on which it is.)

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8/24/12 12:28 P

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I am really liking this team.. and was hoping you could help me with something. I have been maintaining for over a year.. and I have been struggling hardcore. I struggle to lose more weight. I struggle to track my food. I struggle with my workouts and keeping them fresh. Anyone else? How do you deal with it?

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