Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
MOONCHILD8's Photo MOONCHILD8 Posts: 6,735
4/25/13 7:12 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I hope you will stop binging and start doing something else. I too am stressed and eat because of emotions. I care for my Mom 24/7 with little to no break. I am currently trying to give her into an adult day program for one day a week. It is a process and takes time. There is so much paper work involved and the program has to have an opening. I may be put on a waiting list. I usually eat when over worked or over whelmed. I try to write down these times by blogging about them. I also try exercising or using the community spark boards to help others. I am too tired today to exercise. I took Mom to look at a program and they gave me some paper work. I will need to fill out more paper and wait for an opening. I do not know if or when I will be able to have a day off. Linda from bean town

Linda from bean town EST


 current weight: 125.0 
 
159
150.5
142
133.5
125
TINAJANE76's Photo TINAJANE76 SparkPoints: (65,242)
Fitness Minutes: (45,429)
Posts: 4,271
4/25/13 12:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, there is a way out! I am a stress/emotional eater as well and it's taken me a long time to break this negative pattern. I've found that food itself is not the root cause of my issues--it's just what I've often turned to when I'm feeling overwhelmed. I think getting to the root causes of your stress and why they cause you to turn to food is an important part of breaking this cycle. The strategies you're using to help prevent overeating are useful, but it might be a good idea to experiment with other outlets for your stress so you're less likely to reach for food. I personally find yoga, blogging and logging on here to be helpful in managing my stress and when I'm struggling with an urge to do something unhealthy.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


 current weight: -2.0  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
ANGELSMUM11 SparkPoints: (88)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 5
4/25/13 12:01 P

Reply
Hi,
I have been trying ever since this post but in vain. I start every day with great intentions, plan the food ahead, and take food with me to work so that I stop binging on the wrong things.

I however always crave salty stuff (I have low blood pressure) and comforting sweet food. I am going through one hell of a period in my life with more stress than one can handle. I know it is no excuse but I cannot find it in me to shake off the stress and refrain from eating.
I used to burn the excess in the treadmill but lately feel too lazy and depressed and demotivated to even spend 10 min on it.. Is there a way out of this?

Edited by: ANGELSMUM11 at: 4/25/2013 (12:03)
 current weight: 174.0 
 
253
225.5
198
170.5
143
MOONCHILD8's Photo MOONCHILD8 Posts: 6,735
4/15/13 4:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Today is sunny and cool. The flowers are coming out and the bushes have buds. It was great until I heard the news about the Boston Marathon. Two people died in the explosion and other people had a lot of trauma. They where sent to the hospitals this afternoon. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

Linda from bean town EST


 current weight: 125.0 
 
159
150.5
142
133.5
125
JOANNEHOLL1's Photo JOANNEHOLL1 Posts: 548
4/14/13 4:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tina, thank you for your blogs! You have been great help just when I need it. The extra length of winter this year has really been a downer for me. You have picked me up again today. . . . bless you!



 current weight: 221.0 
 
235
220
205
190
175
KANOE10's Photo KANOE10 Posts: 4,625
4/14/13 1:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I use coffee as a reward for exercising in the morning. I also like the idea of small rewards.

I have appreciated everyone's comments and have learned new ideas on staying and getting re-motivated!

To decide on a weight is to decide on the life you want to live.


159 Maintenance Weeks
 
0
40
80
120
160
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,247
4/14/13 11:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I usually drink a cup of coffee (or decaf) with lots of cream as a huge reward after the morning chores and in the middle of the afternoon and use the time to talk with my family or my friends on spark. emoticon

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 4/14/2013 (14:28)
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 16.0
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16
NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (227,800)
Fitness Minutes: (162,010)
Posts: 63,550
4/14/13 10:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I remember when my grandmother worked around the house all day long. There weren't any modern conveniences (like microwaves or dishwashers or even garbage disposals). She would take about a half hour in the morning and in the afternoon for a REAL coffee break. She would make fresh coffee and use a cup and saucer and sit down to drink it. The era of the mug and continuous coffee drinking while on the go make us forget that just sitting down with a cup and saucer can feel like a million dollars.

Nell
Reston, Virginia

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


Total SparkPoints: 227,800
 
200,000
212,499
224,999
237,499
249,999
SparkPoints Level 22
KIM--POSSIBLE's Photo KIM--POSSIBLE Posts: 2,826
4/14/13 9:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Celia,
Thank you for your post and ideas for rewards! Sometimes, we think rewards have to be big. But, your example shows how we can reward ourselves with things that will further nourish our bodies!

~~Kim in NC~ EDT
Aug 2009: 175
Dec 2009: 142
Aug - Dec 2012: 135 size 4
*30lb gain in 8 weeks*
Feb 2013: 164
Hypothyroid Diagnosis,
April/13: 166 size 12-14
July/13 Jaw surgery
Sept- confirmed Hashimoto's
Dec 2013: 162
March 2014: 155
Goal: 135-140 size 4
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown


 current weight: 145.0 
 
175
165
155
145
135
ANGELSMUM11 SparkPoints: (88)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 5
4/14/13 3:26 A

Reply
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a movie about an obese guy who liked food and was not only unable but also unwilling to stop eating. Throughout the movie he gets rejected by the girl he loves, she tells him she lost her father to obesity and is not willing to put her future kids through this. One sentence that really struck was she telling him: I have something you do not have: willpower. Ouch..

 current weight: 174.0 
 
253
225.5
198
170.5
143
CELIAMINER's Photo CELIAMINER SparkPoints: (165,751)
Fitness Minutes: (97,408)
Posts: 11,289
4/13/13 5:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Angelsmum, I'm struggling a bit with cravings, too, right now, and I KNOW I have the tools, knowledge, and support I need here on SP. What eludes me is that inner drive, that motivation. Please stay here with us, because the group's energy provides motivation when we can't dredge up any from within. The other comments have said pretty much everything, but I'll add rewards. Even if your goal is as small as avoiding candy for the next hour, reward yourself with something fun, even if it's just a 5-minute walk outside to soak up some sunshine and fresh air.

Celia
Maintaining since May 19, 2012


 current weight: 3.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
POOHSCOUT1's Photo POOHSCOUT1 Posts: 424
4/13/13 11:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So many good ideas, i,m justing the maintains part and will use many of these sugesstions.

MOVING AND MAINTAINING. Yesterday is gone, let it go, tomorrow hasn't happened, don't long for it. Today is the present .........enjoy it


 current weight: -2.0  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
SEMISWEETCHICK's Photo SEMISWEETCHICK SparkPoints: (13,733)
Fitness Minutes: (6,420)
Posts: 184
4/13/13 10:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I think Tina's advice was SPOT ON. Get back to basics, and if you don't have a support system at home, rely on us here online! We will help you get through this. We've probably all been there!

I title each blog post "Day 1:" to remind me that every day truly is a new, fresh opportunity to:

- Eat healthy
- Exercise
- Do something fun
- Spend time with family
- Set new goals, whether for work, relationships, or anything else
- Accomplish something

What happened yesterday is past. Focus on this moment, this day, and you will see success!

 current weight: 166.8 
 
182
175.25
168.5
161.75
155
NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (227,800)
Fitness Minutes: (162,010)
Posts: 63,550
4/12/13 8:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It doesn't do any good to lay blame on what is past, unless you are in court. If I could wind the clock back 20 years there are a LOT of things I would do differently. But unlike words that can never be unsaid, nor compensated for, you CAN eat differently from today on. You CAN put your head on your pillow every single night and tell yourself that you did everything you could do today toward a goal. To me that sounds like 365 opportunities a year for the glow of success.

The calender always moves forward. I can, too.

Nell
Reston, Virginia

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


Total SparkPoints: 227,800
 
200,000
212,499
224,999
237,499
249,999
SparkPoints Level 22
KIM--POSSIBLE's Photo KIM--POSSIBLE Posts: 2,826
4/12/13 6:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for posting this! I am going through the same thing after 3+ years of maintenance and my dr today essentially blamed me for all of it! It is so frustrating to look to someone you think will help and support you and find ridicule and guilt!

~~Kim in NC~ EDT
Aug 2009: 175
Dec 2009: 142
Aug - Dec 2012: 135 size 4
*30lb gain in 8 weeks*
Feb 2013: 164
Hypothyroid Diagnosis,
April/13: 166 size 12-14
July/13 Jaw surgery
Sept- confirmed Hashimoto's
Dec 2013: 162
March 2014: 155
Goal: 135-140 size 4
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown


 current weight: 145.0 
 
175
165
155
145
135
MKELLY72's Photo MKELLY72 Posts: 1,953
4/12/13 6:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My daughter (when she was in 8th grade) punched a girl for saying to her that her mom was fat. I was touched by my daughter's loyalty to me, but I did NOT encourage or applaud her response. It must hurt them terribly to hear their peers say things like that.

Michelle

Highest weight: 248 August 2010
Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012
10/1/14-Gained back 50-peeling it off!






 Pounds lost: 54.0 
 
0
25
50
75
100
ANGELSMUM11 SparkPoints: (88)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 5
4/12/13 5:58 P

Reply
Dear all, many thanks for your feedback and advice. I really felt supported and that I was not alone and that is really something. One point that really touched me was the talk about kids, I worry about mine too and fear they might be influenced by their two fat parents. If not for anything at least for them, so that they would be proud of me and not be told your mummy is fat by their peers (happened to someone I know).

 current weight: 174.0 
 
253
225.5
198
170.5
143
VTRICIA's Photo VTRICIA Posts: 2,012
4/12/13 5:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I wrote a blog a few days ago about whether people binge on sweet or savory food as to what kind of binge eater you are. It never occured to me there was more than one kind.. I think it also influences what time of day you get vulnerable. I like sweets in the afternoon. I think a weakness for savory foods may go with night eating. Just a weird theory. I alway could go for sweets, but afternoon is when I really am on the prowl.

Sadly, all fatty foods turn off the insulin satiety response in the brain, at least in the laboratory. But it makes sense. Historically, we had to bulk up to survive the winter.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
ur
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310909


It's really given me insight into what my husband goes through. I think he has a third kind, which is sleep deprivation eating.

Also, here's the workbook lesson. I figured out the spacing. www.maintenancefans.blogspot.com/201
3/
04/attitude-ii-disinhibited-eating_6R>.html


Edited by: VTRICIA at: 4/12/2013 (17:18)
5'7.5"

Losers Keepers Motivation for Maintenance:
teams.sparkpeople.com/Keepers


101 Maintenance Weeks
 
0
30
60
90
120
MOONCHILD8's Photo MOONCHILD8 Posts: 6,735
4/12/13 4:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Congratulations on losing weight in the past. I Applaud you for asking for help. Many people have advice. You are the only one who can get yourself in control. It was hard to lose weight the first time and it will be hard to lose it again. You know what to do. You need to exercise, eat the right foods, fruit, vegetables and proteins. You need to track the exercise and food on the tracks or write it down. You may need to write down when and why you did not succeed each day. Then you can figure a plan for when your husband eats at night. Is it early enough to take a walk safely. Can you leave the room and do something for your self like take a bubble bath, play a computer game, or dance to some soothing music. Your husband may want to join in on your fun. When life gives us lemons make lemonade. I am so like you and I have figured out a way to handle some of my emotional eating. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

Linda from bean town EST


 current weight: 125.0 
 
159
150.5
142
133.5
125
OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 8,476
4/12/13 2:36 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Every proposed weight loss system has some successes, but some have MUCH better maintenance track records than others. The same is true for anti-bingeing programs. Following programs that dictate all food choices and calorie amounts, and swearing off certain foods are among the least successful in the long run.

What has helped me when I'm wavering is to go back to my reasons for wanting to eat moderately and sanely forever. I keep a copy typed in Word on my laptop desktop. I have 40 reasons! I read those several times a day and that kicks me into going back to the behaviors that worked for me. I also have index cards with target thoughts to think when I am having non-supportive thoughts and urges. I read those several times a day, too. These come from Judith Beck.

You will do this!

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp


1,793 Days since:  I began the NO S lifestyle
 
0
450
900
1350
1800
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,247
4/12/13 2:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
One more point on the weight: I am actually expecting to gain some weight over the next year as I am working on increasing muscle mass (while lowering body fat a little more). If at all possible focus on muscle gained and fat lost rather than on weight.

Birgit


You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 16.0
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16
POINDEXTRA's Photo POINDEXTRA Posts: 286
4/12/13 1:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Number one, congratulations on wanting to get back on track after gaining only 17 pounds! You can still say proudly that you lost 77 pounds, and that's something!

As a long time maintainer (10 years now), I can say for a fact that maintaining does not mean staying at the same exact number. Life happens - for instance, I'm now in the process of losing 10 pounds gained during some work stress and a vacation. I usually maintain in a much smaller range around my official goal, but scale creep got the best of me this time. The most important thing, as others have said, is to just re-start and not give up.

We all need to find what works for us, and that takes experimentation and regrouping when our experiments fail. That's OK. We're all here for you if you need support.

 current weight: -0.7  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
PAM_COOPER's Photo PAM_COOPER SparkPoints: (17,772)
Fitness Minutes: (7,324)
Posts: 385
4/12/13 12:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I think you've made a good first step by reaching out and making an effort to hang on while you are in a tough spot. I have been where you are but with a skinny spouse who could eat anything and didn't understand why I had a problem. My last significant loss and regain took me 20 years to get a grip . . . I don't advise letting it go 20 yrs. I gave up and made excuses (fat prone, in my genes, big boned, Does it really matter that I am thinner??? I can be fat and healthy. . . ha! ha!). Then, the 'wake-up' calls started coming in . . . I started having aches and pains and didn't feel like doing anything, then my children became overweight and it touched my heartstrings when my one daughter started talking about surgery. I set out to show her it wasn't her destiny to be fat and that surgery was not her only option. But, for some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks what I had done to my children. I was not a good example and that broke my heart. Since then, I have lost 140-150 lbs depending on what day it is and have maintained for about 5 months. I am by no ways out of the woods but have a different mindset this time. I prepared MUCH better for the maintenance phase, as well as knowing what did not work in the past. I think I've got it this time.

My best most basic suggestions -- #1 don't give up, #2 think healthy--food and physical, #3 count your calories (online or in your head) and get daily physical activity. #4 stay and be aware of all of the above everyday, # 5 Start today.

My biggest personal revelation: Have resolve to just grow up and do what it takes!!! (Harsh, but what I needed to tell myself.)


Hang in there -- you can do it, make it an 'I WILL'!!!

Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
(I'm STILL getting
there . . . )


 current weight: -9.9  under
 
10
5
0
-5
-10
NEWSTARTSPARK SparkPoints: (34,850)
Fitness Minutes: (21,452)
Posts: 1,113
4/12/13 11:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Super helpful!

MARIBETHKC's Photo MARIBETHKC Posts: 979
4/12/13 11:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have been through this so many times over the years. I think what helped me to finally get beyond that is to learn to not be hard on myself. I'd gain weight, feel bad about it, and totally give up. I'd feel really bad about it and it was so hard to start over. You shouldn't blame yourself, you did the best you could under the situation. It's really hard to live in a hotel and stay with the plan. Wait till you feel the time is right, then start over. Don't look too far in the distance, just try to do your best everyday, and it adds up. I kind of gave up on setting a distant goal, just lots of little ones. Be proud and happy each day that you stick with it, and kind to yourself on the days you slip up. I used to wonder what "clicked" for people who were able to lose a lot of weight. For me, being kinder to myself made all the difference. I too never had any outside support, but Sparkpeople has been valuable beyond words. Also I found it important to always track my food, both on good days and bad days, so I always remain accountable. Good luck---if I could do it I know you can do it.

 Pounds lost: 62.0 
 
0
20
40
60
80
MKELLY72's Photo MKELLY72 Posts: 1,953
4/12/13 9:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have to say that the measuring tools were so valuable to me during my 3 month struggle to get back to my goal weight--and cravings were a problem for me too--I haven't gone carb free--but I did amp up my protein and dramatically reduce my carbs (other than fruit), and I have completely stayed away from processed grains-- trying to get those cravings under control. I think getting away from the excess carbs may have played a part in perking up my mood too, and I have gotten into walking a bit more again--And yes--the basics are the place to start! I am just finishing up my first two weeks of that approach, and I have shed almost all of the extra 5 that I had let creep on since January.
You have to be willing to tweak things to fit you too, because if it doesn't work for you, you won't keep doing it.
Two decisions to make--one is to start, the other is to not quit :)
Best of success to you!!

Michelle

Highest weight: 248 August 2010
Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012
10/1/14-Gained back 50-peeling it off!






 Pounds lost: 54.0 
 
0
25
50
75
100
TINAJANE76's Photo TINAJANE76 SparkPoints: (65,242)
Fitness Minutes: (45,429)
Posts: 4,271
4/12/13 9:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Without getting into a big discussion about the different types of nutritional strategies we use, because I'm sure no two of us use exactly the same ones, I'd just like to respectfully disagree with the idea that structure, measuring and scales don't work in the face of food addictions. I'm by no means against a lower-carb lifestyle--I've seen that it's worked for many and I think that's great--but strategies such as weighing, measuring, tracking and pre-planning do work for many people who have successfully lost weight and maintained those losses. Long-term, peer-reviewed research conducted by the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) backs that up as does my own personal experience. There are many others on this team who have had similar long-term success using these strategies as well, so while a lower carb plan can be a viable option for some, I wouldn't say it's the only one.

Research findings of the NWCR can be found here: www.nwcr.ws/Research/published%20res
ea
rch.htm


My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


 current weight: -2.0  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
NELLJONES's Photo NELLJONES SparkPoints: (227,800)
Fitness Minutes: (162,010)
Posts: 63,550
4/12/13 9:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
When you have to start anything again after a long break, you have to go back to the introductory stage. When I pulled out my sewing machine after 20 years, I started with a shift, not a suit. I ride a motorcycle, and every spring I go out to a big parking lot to refresh my skills before hitting the road. Start by doing whatever you did at the very beginning. Get those mental pathways grooved again. Another thing is to live One Day At A Time. Looking far into the future is daunting whether it's weight loss or getting another degree. Yesterday is gone, you can deal with tomorrow when it gets here. You have Today. After awhile all those Todays become Yesterdays that you can smile over.

Nell
Reston, Virginia

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


Total SparkPoints: 227,800
 
200,000
212,499
224,999
237,499
249,999
SparkPoints Level 22
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,247
4/12/13 9:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Forget the will power, the measuring and the scales, those things don't work if there are food addictions involved from my experience. Lower carbs, Atkins or something similar, high-fat, moderate protein, no sugar or grains took all my cravings away, very little will power required. Also find exercise that you truly enjoy and that feels like play. emoticon

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 16.0
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16
LJR4HEALTH's Photo LJR4HEALTH Posts: 32,281
4/12/13 8:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Angel I can relate to your story I did reach my goal weight and did well for a year but then slowly adding more foods and slipping on my strength training which ended up in a 10 pound gain. End of March was time ot refocus what I am doing tracking my foods again to see what I am eating not to much worrying about staying in range for now added back strength training 2 times a week I even signed up for a 5K I also stopped eating the high sodium lunch meat for lunch at work down 5 pounds within my weight range again

Just like Tina suggested pick a start date to refocus and go from there

emoticon and I can do never give up emoticon forward

Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )

I am " (we are) spiritual beings having a human experience " Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Amethyst BLC Fall 2012 to Summer 2013

2012 Fall 5% Challenge Community Team Casual Travelers t0
2013 Spring & summer 5% Challenge Community Casual Travelers

BLC22 CAMO CREW Squad Violet Assassins

Previous BLC 17 to BLC 20

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” Carl W. Buechner


LOGOULD's Photo LOGOULD SparkPoints: (95,910)
Fitness Minutes: (37,426)
Posts: 4,491
4/12/13 7:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You CAN do this. You've done it before and you WILL do this again! As has been ssaid already, get back to the basics to break that merry-go-round of overindulging and beating yourself up. Start celebrating your small successes and remember that with every littl echallenge you overcome, you are more and more entrenched on the right track. Give yourself a month....then look back and see how far you have come. It will get easier! Hang in there! I, too, had gained back some of what I had lost, and, although it does seem harder to lose this time around, I know that with the support of Spark and this wonderful team, I will get rid of this last 5-10 pounds and will be all the stronger for it. Weight gain will NOT be an option again!!!

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



 current weight: 10.3  over
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
BESSHAILE's Photo BESSHAILE Posts: 2,981
4/12/13 7:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Oh boy do I know your story ! I could dress anybody from a size 8 to a size 18 from my attic - at least I could if i'd kept all the sizes I've worn as an adult.

I love Tina's advice - especially with its focus on a short term baby step approach. Another thing to remember is NEVER QUIT. No matter how far away you think you've strayed - always see yourself as a healthy woman who's on her way back to her healthy place, not a looser drifting inevitably into someplace she doesn't want to be. What you think you are is what you are.

I think you are emoticon

Believe it
Do it
Become it


114 Days since:  started drinking enough water
 
0
37
75
112
150
ANGELSMUM11 SparkPoints: (88)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 5
4/12/13 6:06 A

Reply
Dear Tina,

Thank you for your advice, I think focusing on the 1st two weeks is a great idea, what has been discouraging me lately is thinking long-term basis. Great progress that you have made, my target was also getting as close as possible to 60-65 kg, hope I can get there on day :)

Edited by: ANGELSMUM11 at: 4/12/2013 (06:06)
 current weight: 174.0 
 
253
225.5
198
170.5
143
TINAJANE76's Photo TINAJANE76 SparkPoints: (65,242)
Fitness Minutes: (45,429)
Posts: 4,271
4/12/13 5:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've often found that the best way for me to completely refocus and get back on track after seriously falling off the wagon is by really going back to the basics. In my experience, the first few weeks of trying to do that typically seem to be the most difficult. To help get over that hump, having a whole lot of structure those first few weeks can be a big help.

Choose a start date when you don't have any big social engagements and tell your friends and family that you're taking a mental health break and can't participate in any food-centered social activities for two weeks so you can completely focus on getting yourself back on track. Decide on what your meal and exercise plan will look like for those two weeks, with each and every meal and workout planned out in detail and pre-tracked. Break out your scale and measuring cups and spoons and weigh and measure everything you eat to be sure you're really eating the correct portions. Once you're set to go, execute your plan with the idea of not deviating at all for the first two weeks. That will give you time to get your head back in the right place and more in sync with the healthy habits that you need to amp up again. After those two weeks are over, you can begin to implement more flexibility in your plan according to your preferences and what works best for you.

If you don't have a good support system at home, take advantage of the support systems here. We have a daily check-in thread here where you could post your daily progress and receive feedback and encouragement from the others who participate on it. Think about blogging about your plans so that other people can cheer you on. Start new discussion threads here asking for help and you'll be sure to receive lots of great advice and support. You're not alone in not having a whole lot of support at home, so take advantage of the support that you can find here from people who have been in your shoes.

Good luck and let us know if you need anything else.
emoticon

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy


 current weight: -2.0  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
ANGELSMUM11 SparkPoints: (88)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 5
4/12/13 3:58 A

Reply
Hi,
On January 2012 I had decided to eat healthy and stop indulging while not focusing on weighting myself so as to not keep panicking. I started counting my calories, eating breakfasts everyday, eating every 3 hours and doing light exercises. Over the months, I went from size 22 to 14, I lost more than 94 lbs (43 kgs).

The past few months though and after I had almost met my goals, I started indulging a bit but used to refrain and go back quickly. Last January 2013, I spent a whole month in a hotel, away from home, for work purposes. Although I used to exercise regularity I gained 17 lbs and have been unable to shed them ever since. I start every day with the strongest resolutions ever but always succumb to the pressures around me and mostly at nighttime.
I also am married to a very obese partner and have no support system at all, he keeps trying to lose weight but he does not have the will to control his cravings and I frankly sometimes get influenced by him and by other people around me.

I would be glad if I could get a good advice from those who kept their weight off. Thank you.

 current weight: 174.0 
 
253
225.5
198
170.5
143
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Daily check in 2/17 2/18/2014 8:24:42 AM
Daily check-in 10/13 10/13/2013 9:10:32 PM
CDCSMITH2013 has maintained for ONE YEAR! 5/18/2014 12:40:10 AM
Daily check in 1/17 1/18/2014 9:00:59 PM
Link to Team Member Blog Posts 5/8/2014 1:57:26 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x52933636

Review our Community Guidelines