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9/13/07 5:30 P

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Started controlling what I ate and started exercising! That is how I lost my weight!

Hope is the high; dread is the low; life is the stuff in between! -- Medium

"There is no such thing as destiny, only different choices. Some choices are easy. Some aren't. Those are the important one; the ones that define us as people." Quote from the movie 23.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis)
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PJENAN Posts: 53
9/12/07 2:03 P

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I lost weight using a different calorie tracking site by eating the recommended calories and exercising (mostly walking) 30 minutes a day. I now maintain without tracking at all by exercising most days (mostly running) and focusing more on eating for health - eat scheduled meals and snacks rather than grazing, getting enough produce, protein and fiber, drinking enough water. Good luck!

 
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Just like Windsurfnerd I had no concept of calorie ranges, protein, carbs, good fat, good carbs etc. etc. I learned the majority of it from SP. My first time on SP was in February I wanted to get healthy the right way. I went at it hard for two months but maybe a little too hard and lost both interest and momentum. Once I moved to my new place I had a MUCH better atmosphere and it was easier to be completely self motivated. I think that I have it easier because I naturally love health food I never have been one to eat junk. I just needed to start working out and eating the right healthy foods.

What finally got me to my goal weight was keeping to the lowest end of my calorie range five days out of the week then leaning towards the higher end of the scale for two to mix it up. I kept notes at the end of the day in my food journal which helped target any issues. For instance every time I drank I would use way to many calories.I started to plan for a night at the club and research low calories options and my problem was solved. The food tracker + notes is the best tool on here in my opinion.

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8/21/07 8:06 A

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Sarah

You're so right!

Persistence! Not perfection!!!

Forgive, Forget and MOVE ON!!!

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8/21/07 6:56 A

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Also, the ability to forgive yourself. A bad meal, a bad day, a missed exercise... is just that. One. Start over immediately and realize that you don't need perfection, even losing weight! Just doing the best you can do.

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8/20/07 3:38 P

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I think you have found a good description. Persistence. No matter if you move forward this week ro backward persistence is everything. No struggle, no progress.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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VIDABELA's Photo VIDABELA Posts: 590
8/20/07 1:07 P

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wow this is all SUCH good advice. reading all the responses it seems like most people did not KILL themselves to get to their goals but simply stayed focused and persistent. thanks so much for all the good information - it really helps!

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8/20/07 1:06 P

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I'd like to say that "I got onto and stuck to the SP program religiously", but that's not my story. As this is my first time at weight loss, mine is a story of fighting myself and going backwards as much as forwards. I had to learn to watch, record and be accountable for what I put into my mouth (that took 2-3 months), then I had to learn how to incorporate fruits & veggies into my convenience-driven eating habits (another 3-4 months). I still consider myself a "mindless eater"--tho reformed for now...

Most sparkers seem to know the basics, but I had to learn to read labels, understand where calories were coming from (carbs, fat, protein). I had to learn to eat breakfast and drink water, and how to space my meals throughout the day. I learned about starvation mode & plateaus, and about denial, negative self-talk then patience & persistence in pursuing a goal.

After 13 months with SP, averaging about 1/2# loss per week, I hit my goal weight...and now I'm learning how to maintain!! :) Somewhere along the way, I found the joy in all this learning, and I'm hoping that'll keep me going for the rest of my life.

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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8/20/07 10:28 A

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Suebee I have found that a good overdose always jump started me too. I have read more than once that to break a plateau you need to totally shake it up and it always works for me. I do it about once a month lately even though I am at goal. I usually do it in the week of my TOM and just give in instead of fighting. It is just less stress and usually pumps me up for the next day, week, etc.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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8/20/07 10:04 A

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I stayed within my calorie range as much as possible, and became more diligent about exercise. I had already made some changes before I joined spark, but not enough to actually kick weight loss into gear. Once I started using the tools on spark, and following the recommendations, the weight started coming off.

I joined Spark in late September 2006 with the intention to lose 40 lbs. I survived Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a cruise to reach that goal in March. Then I reevaluated, and decided that I could lose more, to actually get into my healthy weight range. In the end, I lost 60 lbs, and it took me 7 months. I have been maintaining for 3 months. :)

I still basically keep up the same plan... I track my food (and likely will until the end of the year, at least), and I still go to the gym regularly. I do 30-45 minutes on the treadmill 4 days a week, and do strength training 3 days a week. I incorporated the strength training right at the start, and I really think that helped with my weight loss, by building muscle and boosting my metabolism -- not to mention the toning. :)

One interesting thing I found... If I "blew it" every once in a while (not regularly), it actually HELPED with my weight loss. Easter weekend, the in-laws came to visit, and brought a TON of junk food/candy/cake -- all the stuff they KNEW I didn't eat anymore. We also ate out a couple times. Needless to say, that weekend was a complete washout... yet... oddly.... I posted a LOSS that week. Go figure! It was like a little alarm went off in my body, and it started working overtime to get rid of all the extra crap I ate. LOL!

So, one thing I learned is that one day's failure is not really failure at all. ;)

Edited by: SUEBEE42 at: 8/20/2007 (10:05)
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8/20/07 9:11 A

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Like most everyone else I tracked like my life depended on it. I ran 3 times per week, ST 3 times per week (after I got to goal) and tried to have 1 rest day. I usually end up doing the elliptical instead. I just am in a mode wher eit is habit now.

It took me 3 months to lose 23 pounds and get to my first goal. I stayed in my calorie range of 1200-1550 and had one cheat day on Friday which is date night. I did not do 1200 every day. I made sure I had high and low days to keep my body from getting used to the calorie range and I ate a ton of veggies and floated from so much water. I list another 8-10 from my original goal and still have one cheat day every week now 8 months into maintenance.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,416
8/19/07 7:04 P

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This time around, what took to reach my goal, but mostly STAYING AT GOAL (first time ever!) was changing my history, my old beaivioirs/habits.
It's an ongoing process. I still work on them consistenly.
It takes a lot of hard work and time (for me) to build new healthy habits, but going back to "old bad" habits can take no time at all.
Those will ALLWAYS hide in a corner just trying to come back whenever possible......
By making my new healthy habits become stronger and stronger, staying at goal weight also becomes stronger and stronger.

Good luck to you.

TO HEALTHY HABITS!

Mimi


Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 8/19/2007 (19:34)
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8/19/07 6:23 P

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I did it like Michelle did. I wanted my weight loss to stick so I took it VERY slow, both eating and exercise-wise. It took me nearly a year to lose 30 pounds, in the end.

I set my goals initially at a very low weight loss, so I could get used to tracking. Once I mastered that, I moved to half pound a week and then a pound a week. I never felt out of control or that I couldn't do it... and so I did. Slowly. :)

I took the same method with exercise (in fact, I usually upped the exercise and restricted the calories at the same time!), since I was starting at 0. In fact, at the time, I was unable to walk without a significant limp from my knee surgery and resulting arthritis.

And here I am. Still exercising, still maintaining. I must have done something right!!

-Sarah

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8/19/07 3:48 P

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Like others in this group I stuck w/ the calorie range and ate at all different areas of the range. I actually increased the range they set since I have had success at a higher range, probably because I was working out a lot, I ate btwn 1800-2000 cal a day, cardio 4-5 times a week and 2-3 days of strength training/week. I found that not eating enough led to not losing the weight, and I do better eating enough to fuel my workouts.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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8/19/07 1:26 P

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I think for me one of the things I did was always stay for my Weight Watcher meetings. The other thing I did was sit up front and not down back like I used to. And the third thing I did was learn to speak up. I shared when I was having a hard time of it and when I had a good time. I find that when you share in a group like that, people respond to you and you get the benefit of their support and suggestions which helps you in turn. I can't say enough about the meetings and really accepting any help I could get to help me to move towards my goal. And of course when i find the sparkpeople online well that was just the icing on the cake. Life is good, if you work it!!!

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8/19/07 9:20 A

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Hi, I haven't quite reached my goal (and I may lower it again) but I've made significant progress. I started my lifestyle change Dec. 9, 2006. I've only been with SP a little over a month but the principles I used were the same. Watched calories, healthier choices, and exercise.

I try to stay within the lower range of my 1200-1550 calorie allotment. Not sure if this is good or not. I think I may need to eat a little more. Burn at least 1500 calories a week by doing treadmill and Yoga. I have just added ST 3 times a week.

Good luck to you!!!

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8/19/07 9:17 A

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My story is similar to OUTOFCONTROL's..

I stuck to the SP plan religiously so it only took me a little over 3 months to lose 25 pounds. At 49 years old, I never thought I could see this weight again.

For me the key was

1. Stay within my calorie range at least 6 days a week (in different parts of the range, not hovering at the low)
2. Eat mostly whole grains and fresh foods. Very little alcohol. No soda. Say no to processed whenever you can.
3. Cardio 5-6 days a week (I started running)
4. Strength training 3 days a week.

Good luck!

~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
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3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
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8/19/07 12:14 A

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I stayed within the suggested calorie range set for me by SP (1200 - 1550) most days. I never went over although a few times I was slightly under. I exercised 4 - 6 days a week (mostly brisk walking) and stength trained 3 times a week most weeks. I averaged a 2 pound weight loss each week.

I started April 7, 2007 and reached my original goal weight of 135 pounds June 20th or so. I am now 127 pounds and have upped my caloric intake to 1390 - 1700 calories for maintenance. I lost a total of 31 pounds.

Hope this helps. It has been the easiest weight loss program I have ever been on. I truly believe I'll be able to keep the weight off due to this site.

Best of luck to you!

Cheryl

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I took it very slow and made sure the diet fit my lifestyle so it would be something I could stick with. I set my diet goals to lose half a pound a week. I was burning about 2000-2500 calories a week running and walking 4-5 days a week, eating 1400-1750 calories a day. I did strength training 2-3 times a week, and also a little yoga. It took me about a year to lose 25 pounds. That doesn't sound like much, but I also lost 4 pants sizes. I am smaller than I can ever remember being. I tracked my food and exercise religiously. Of course there were times I went way over on calories, but I mostly stuck to my range. I thought it would be difficult to lose weight, but I came to have faith in Sparkpeople that if I just followed the recommendations it would come off, and it did.

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8/18/07 10:58 P

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Hi! I have yet to achieve my goal weight but I joined this group because I visit here often anyway to get motivation from you guys (hope thats OK). It is really motivating to see people who have actually accomplished their goals and lets me know that it is possible.
Would anyone be willing to share what they did to reach their goals and lose the weight? Not asking for any tricks or secrets but just for example, the calorie range you stayed in while trying to lose weight, how many minutes you exercised, how many days a week you exercised, and also how many months, years it took.
I tend to be a perfectionistic and think that if I don't eat under 1200 calories everyday and exercise for 60 minutes everday, I won't be able to lose the weight. However, in my mind I know thats not correct and so I would like to know from people who have actually reached their goals to tell me what it took. Thank you!!

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