Hi Kristine! First off...congrats on finding this awesome site and joinging, that was the hardest part for me, to admit that I needed help. I had joined SP 2 years ago and was doing great...lost almost 40lbs, felt lighter and healthier and was a lot happier, then life happened and I gained it all back, now i'm back on this journey with you. I just wanted to let you know that what the other ladies said is so true, after appx 1 month of sticking to this, things DO actually get easier and as CRAZY as this is going to sound, you actually kind of look forward to excercising and challenging yourself to make "good" food taste GOOD! Its still kind of early in this process for the both of us to believe this, but please trust me when I say if I could do it once, I can do it again, i'm you're coming for the ride with me!!! :) Everyone on this site is awesome and soooo supportive, if you need anything let us know and we'll be here for you! Good luck and start small...ie. cutting out soda for a week, then drinking enough water etc. I KNOW you CAN do it! ~Dana :)
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Pounds lost: 1.5
Fitness Minutes: (40,738) Posts: 1,932 9/12/11 12:41 A
Ditto what was said here already. You took a big step in signing on rather than reaching for more food. It is hard and we all will have rough days that's y we have the groups. I have found that I need substitutions. For the foods I love and the funnier thing is that I find myself not needing them as much as I continue. What if u get ice cream bars that r low in calories and fat. And we buy the single servings.of veggie straws. They remind me of chips.when I need the salty crunchy snack. Youbwill see if u stick with it things thy do work for you and won't work for you. Don't give up u can do it!
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current weight: 190.0
Fitness Minutes: (325) Posts: 5 9/11/11 11:24 P
Remember everyday is a new day. What I have been doing is getting up in the morning and planning my food for the day. If I see something I want that is high in calories I get a stick of sugar free gum and chew on that instead.
Remember you are doing this for you and you can do it. It took us time to put on the pounds and it will take time to take them off.
I would set small goals. Such as I will make it one day with no chips. Then I will make it two days and so on. Buit do not beat yourself up for cheating a little. Trust me we can do it together!!
OK, you fell off the wagon, now get back on it. There are going to be days when we all fall off but the question is, "Are we going to stay there?" I say absolutely not! Look at it this way, you ate the whole bag of chips, now there gone. So no more chips come in the house from now on. I have found that if I don't bring the junk food in, then I won't eat it. And it's definitely easier to walk to the cabinet than to make a special trip to the store for that junk food, so, again, just don't bring it in. I promise 30 days in to this, those cravings will get much easier to handle, and this is coming from someone who really liked junk food. You CAN do this. YOU CAN! YOU CAN! YOU CAN! I believe in you too, you are not alone & you are not the only one who has experienced this, I promise. Just reaching out like you did was a HUGE step & I am so proud of you. I'm going to add you as a friend if that's alright. Please, don't give up! You can do this!
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Hi! I don't know that I am a reliable source on this matter because I haven't lost nearly as much as some of the people on here, but I really wanted to reach out to you because I have been there and encouraging words always make me feel better. I have lost about 30lbs to date now (havent adjusted my ticker yet) and I have really tried to focus on building my meals around protein. I discovered Chobani Greek yogurt......I know, health food, but it really is good and it doesn't have that tang that domestic yogurt does. Also, I discovered Nutella. I never tried it before, and I am not saying that it is a health food by any means, but having that on an apple (I like the sweet, crisp ones the best like Gala or Fuji) at night for dessert instead of ice cream, has really helped me when I just needed something sweet. I also have found that setting my goals on things other than weight loss has helped too. See, I have focused on the 5K running programs and boot camp work outs here on Spark. So, at the beginning of the week, I try and make it through at least 2 boot camp work outs and to try and do my walk/run program with the couch to 5K. Sometimes, I still eat the junk because I justify in my head that I worked out so much, I need a reward. But, other times I am able to center myself and concentrate on the fact that I just worked out and burnt off 200 calories, why do I want to negate all that and eat 1,000 calories in one sitting with a bag of chips. I usually find that whatever it is that I was craving so much didn't taste as good as I had built myself up to believe that it was going to. Try to think of that too. Which will be better, the chips now or the look on peoples' faces when they can tell that you are getting healthier? I know it is HARD!, really, really HARD! But, you can do this! You have it in you, you just have to reach down deep and find it! Call out the search party for help, too! Exercising is always better when you have a partner. If you want someone to be an accountability partner, just let me know and I will check in with you as much as you want/need. Good Luck!
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Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 6 9/11/11 6:36 P
Day 4...and I already fell off the wagon...had ice cream and chips whole bag....I don't want to give up...yet I can't find the strength to beat this addiction...I am open to any and all help,motivation or tips anyone can give me....I guess tomorrow is another day????
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