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2/24/13 11:07 A

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that is so true Laurie - I'm 58 and two years ago I lost those 28lbs I'd carried since turning 50 really - I was eating a raw vegan diet - lost the weight effortlessly, lost headaches, joint pains, constipation and a whole load of other miserable minor afflictions. Then, like you said, I relaxed my guard and gradually started re-introducing foods that I knew were not good for me - and I put back about 14lbs. Really making changes for life is hard - and I think Spark People is great because it encourages us to take 'babysteps' that become habit-forming. I like babysteps - big goals just lead to failure for me!
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1/30/13 11:46 A

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Laurie,
Thanks for your feedback. I know that I threw caution to the wind last night.
I had a 50% off coupon for a restaurant I know well, and didn't bother with calorie counts. The scale definitely rebelled this morning in objection. Carelessness seems to carry more weight (pun intended) than caution.
Dale

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1/27/13 2:42 P

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Yes, I read about this kind of thinking in some addiction literature. We think we only need to be "good" for a while, and meanwhile we're counting the days (or pounds) until we can go back to our old ways. I think we need to find joy and meaning in our NEW lifestyle, through accomplishments, fun workouts, finding a way of eating we can live with, and developing a new attitude toward food. A lot of it is social too; we all have people in our lives who ridicule us for making healthy choices or who take offense because we won't eat something. Or who confuse us by telling us we're "already too thin," etc. Sometimes we need to harden our hearts toward these people, or quit participating in activities we used to enjoy. It is difficult, and that's why we need the support we find here. We're worth it! Good luck to everyone.
Laurie


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1/27/13 8:46 A

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I don't know that you can even call it sabotage...I know that when I get a good scale reading. I sort of sigh. Yess!!! and "relax my guard". All it takes is some good weight loss for you to say...I'm doing great so I can have this burger...grilled cheese...chocolate cake. It's not until you are half way through the cake that you realize what you've done.
And it's ok. Just realize what you have done and move on.
I really believe that you have to lose the first 5-8 before you have the carb addiction under a little bit of control. You then start to feel better and can continue.
Never ever give up hope.
My challenge now is exercise. My arthritis is very limiting right now so all that I am doing is yoga and walking. I find the fresh air give me possitive energy in order to continue.
Anyway, it is a struggle but never ever give up hope.

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1/25/13 6:19 P

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MNLPOTI1 (do I have those letters straight?) oops: MNAPOTI1,

You have done all of us a lot of good. By posting what you did it continues to rally all of us who totally relate to you. I hope this thread of encouragement continues. It's more useful than a chat thread.

When I put back the 1-3 lbs, I don't let it go any further and take it back off. That's something. I have my limit on the amount of sabotage I'm willing to inflict on myself. (chuckle) My goal is a very tiny one. Since I don't drop weight without tremendous sabotaging, any pound I can hold off is a win. Forget about my goal weight. To drop back down to the 5 pounds I got rid of last year and hold that off is my next victory. If I never do better than that, I still improved. (157, I'm lookin' at you, kid)

Dale

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1/25/13 4:29 P

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There is always hope! You have taken the first step by coming to Spark. Just give yourself time. I am older than you and I want to work at being healthy and thinner in the new year. I know my body, especially my knees, will thank me. Just remember we did not get to this weight over night. It will take time to loss it but I know you can! You have all of us for support! Hang in there!

Remember to take time to enjoy the journey!


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1/24/13 10:04 P

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Why do we do that? I thought I was the only one that sabotaged myself. I thought losing a few pounds was supposed to be motivating, but for me it seems to have the opposite effect.


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1/24/13 1:29 P

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I turn 57 this year and have been playing with the same lbs for years too. What changed for me was trying to lose for a wedding last year got rid of some of it so I am starting this year less than others.

Mainly I just tell myself no matter if I have a off day (like yesterday husbands birthday we went wine tasting and out to lunch and dinner.) that it's just one day and I don't let myself give up for weeks.

If exercise is hard start small. I had back operation in 2000 and I remember after I could walk one house outside, then two, three and so on until I went around the block, then more blocks then a mile. Now I do two miles a day on treadmill.

Like others said, just baby steps. Diet. Take away one thing that cause you to gain. For me it was bread. Now I allow myself one piece at breakfast then none after. I stopped diet sodas and over time caffeine. And now trying to rarely have sweets. But this is over years, it comes slowly.

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1/24/13 10:28 A

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Just look how much progress you've made! Just take it a day at a time, and I know you'll continue to succeed!

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1/24/13 10:10 A

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Today I'm in your shoes. I lack optimism. Why? Because I do well and see the scale drop a pound or more and then eat it back on. This sabotaging business is driving me mad. Well, not mad exactly but certainly frustrating. What's up with doing well but not allowing myself to reap the rewards?

All I know is that this is just for these two days. I can be better today and that's all I ever have. I must remind myself that overall I am healthy and focused. Perfect, NOT.

Dale

Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 1/24/2013 (10:11)
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1/23/13 10:53 A

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You sound just like me...but believe it or not, SparkPeople is a great starting point. Everyone here, especially in this group, is very encouraging & they'll not put you down if you slip up. Staying active & fit are the best gifts you can give yourself. Like someone else stated previously, take baby steps. Everything you can do for yourself in the effort to take care of yourself & get fit is a positive.(I am in the same boat as you needing to lose 20 lbs yet @age 58...be sure you do it for yourself!) You're in the right place & on the right track - IMHO. emoticon

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1/22/13 2:50 A

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1/22/13 1:25 A

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You're in the right place, and YOU CAN DO THIS!

Be kind to yourself, and take... baby steps.

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1/21/13 11:51 P

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Well I don't know about a 57 year old out of shape mom, but this now 59 year old out of shape Dad dropped 90 pounds beginning at age 54. So yeah, I think there just may be hope for you to lose 20 pounds.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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1/21/13 3:40 P

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Thanks for all the encouragment! We are taking a vacation at the end of May and my goal is to feel and look better by then.

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1/21/13 2:02 P

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Of course there's hope. Look at the 57+ women in your area who are normal weight and have toned muscles. Many didn't always look like that. It's all about attitude! Giving up keeps your weight where it is, or higher. That apparently doesn't make you happy. Make healthy eating and exercise fun! Sparks has a lot of wonderful recipes that are similar to your old favorites. Buy one new to you fruit or veggie each week and prepare it in at least two ways. Take pride in tracking your food and exercise. Sparks has excellent 10 min exercise videos. I do one each morning because it makes me feel energized and more interested in a full workout later in the day. Do simple thrings during the day like marching through your home with your knees as high as possible and knee bends while waiting for the microwave. Ten lbs is usually one clothing size so plan what you will buy in the spring--your reward for committing to healthy living. I started a healthy living plan at 51. Now I'm 60 and most people think I'm late 40's. You can do it too!

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1/21/13 1:17 P

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Welcome! If being out of shape and 57 are the worst of your problems, you are in luck. I'm 60, and like many others I've been sitting on the same extra pounds for years and "planning" to take the weight off and get stronger. But it takes effort. I started about a year ago by committing to 15 minutes a day. I've gradually discovered what works for me, and I am now committed to 1500 minutes a month plus a few outdoor walks. I still work for a living, so to find the time I do have to sacrifice other activities. I also had to get serious about eating right, and in my case this meant zero tolerance for people who diss my diet/food choices or who criticize or discourage me. Sparkpeople has many members of all ages who have overcome big obstacles and are now doing amazing things. Have fun discovering all the inspiration and suggestions you will find here. You will go through many changes on your journey; for example you might start by going to the gym and then decide you hate the gym, or you might have a physical setback that prevents you from sticking to your original plan. But you will figure it out, and you will be so glad you did it! Please believe it.
Laurie

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1/21/13 12:44 P

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1/21/13 12:36 P

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Silly woman, of course there's hope. I'm now 64 years old and wouldn't dream of living without it. When I was young I was very pessimistic and hopeless. A truly depressed person who wanted desperately to feel better. I still weigh 15 pounds more than I ought to but I'm more well adjusted and healthier which is very, very important.

Changing our mindset takes lots of practice. Every day all day long are opportunities to shift our attitude and the comments we make inside our heads. So chin up and take a deep breath. Go on and take another. And another. Now what do you want to do differently today? Those small baby step decisions lead the way.

Enjoy your inauguration day!

Dale

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1/21/13 11:53 A

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Way to go! That is what I need - an attitude adjustment.

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1/21/13 11:36 A

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I've also been trying to lose the same 15 to 20 pounds for years. I have decided to make healthy choices and not dwell on the weight. I'm trying to be more consistent with exercise by making small changes. I'm also making an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables. With my new attitude I have lost about 2 1/2lbs this month.

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1/21/13 11:32 A

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I just joined SparkPeople today, and I'm hoping it will keep me on track. I have had 15-20 pounds to lose for years, but somehow I just become so pessimistic about losing the weight and then I just give up. Please tell me there is hope for a 57 year-old out of shape Mom!

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