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4/17/12 2:06 P

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All the comments I see on my team is wonderful. Seeing some of you ladies taking some of the tips we post and putting them to use is great. I am happy I started this. This has helped me start my weight loss journey.

- Kristie

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4/16/12 4:52 P

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This is a great topic. I think this is a good place to find motivation because weight loss is a hard journey to take. I have found a lot of positive things on here that I plan on putting to use.

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For the longest time I have been so up-tight about how big I have gotten. 380lbs is a lot of women. So to talk the stress off of myself I will only weight myself once a month, since I worked out today I will weight myself the 16th of every month at the Doctors office, starting next month because I don't have time today :P. Just hope what I am doing works.

Faith2fly, I am happy you have found a happy medium in your weight lose journey.

Good lucky to you all :)

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4/15/12 11:04 A

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I love this thread. For the last week I have been writing down one positive statement about myself and my health goals. "Healthy choices get easier each time you make them" is today's positive thought. (believing the statement is not a requirement, just consider it throughout the day).

I have also decided to only think about my weight in 10 pound increments with no time limits. I honestly think that is better for people with health issues that hinder weight control - like PCOS! Last February I wanted to lose 120 pounds by the time I am 30 (my next birthday) and felt so much panic/stress over it. Some people do better setting goals like that, but I feel like a failure from the very start. With PCOS each oz. lost feels like trying to squeeze water from a stone. Now I only think about losing the next 10 pounds with no deadline. It makes me feel like I can celebrate each oz. I lose instead of fretting over not losing enough.

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4/15/12 10:41 A

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I totally understand needing to set goals for the day. There are days where I have to have goals set for an hour or two. This helps me keep positive about things I have done and am doing. Positive works so much better. Yesterday I posted a blog about how training your self is like training your dog....Sometimes I think that has more truth than we usually consider.

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4/15/12 2:42 A

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I am happy all of these small goals are helping you. I usually have to set small goals for just that day, I know what I need to do during the week, but I pay close attention to what I need to do for that day. I tell myself I have to go work out for 1 hour or 30 mins. Having someone motivate me helps wonders. My boyfriend is my main motivation.

I have lost track of my "diet" well my good eating habits. I have stayed within my calories from what I have counted up for the last week, but in general not good choices.

-Krisite

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4/15/12 1:06 A

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Everyone has posted such wonderful tips. One thing that has totally helped keep me going is small goals. If I set small goals and set up a reward system, I am so excited to follow through on them. For example I have April goals set. Sure, one is a weight goal, but more importantly, I have goals for exercising. Cardio and strength training 3 days a week, additional walk or cardio 1-2 more days. Reward for 5 days: new itunes download to make better work out mix. Reward for successful month of 4-5 days every week: DVD, book or magazine. Nutrition goals are things like: Less eating out because we "don't feel like cooking" - reward for eating out one time or less in the week: new fruit or veggie or new recipe to try.

These are things that work for me because I get overwhelmed with 70 pounds...12 months...etc. I remind myself it isn't a diet, it is choosing a healthier life style. I'm not perfect, I make bad choices, but I need to acknowledge it, try to understand the reason and then move on. This is my health and the real world, not a tv show that can create unrealistic expectations.

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4/11/12 1:57 P

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Good afternoon all!

All of these recent posts are wonderful motivation tips! They have actually helped me open my eyes and see that it is not all that bad and what I eat now is not to bad either, just need to eat thins with port fiber and protein to keep myself fuller longer.

I am sooo excited to start planet fitness this weekend. I am making a small goal for myself for this week; wait up 2-3 hours before work and go to the gym and work out for 30mins- 1hr. For some this may sound like a small goal and even something you all do but I work at night. Hoping this will help with my sleeping patterns and not feel so crappy when I go into work.

I see all of you lady's are doing a great job in losing weight and keeping up with your short-term goals. Keep up the good work!

-Kristie

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4/11/12 10:32 A

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Hi There!

Diagnosed with PCOS in summer 2008, started metformin in January 2011, as hubby and I started to think about having children. I lost about 5lbs just from that. I really didn't get serious about my weight loss until March 2011 when I got a personal trainer. Since then I have lost 54 more lbs, so 59lbs total. My motivation: I want children more than anything in the world. And with PCOS, I knew my chances were slim to none to begin with, and being obese only made it worse. So now that I am in a healthy BMI range, 4 lbs away from my end goal, we are actively trying to conceive. Early stages, not starting clomid yet. That's what kept me most motivated, the ultimate end goal in making a baby :)

Lost 65lbs in 15 months to get healthy and in top shape to try to get pregnant, and succeeded! Had our first baby in February 2013!

I only gained 32lbs in my pregnancy (and immediately lost half within a few weeks of his birth). April 1st is my full restart date.


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4/10/12 1:26 P

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For me, its three things. First, stop looking at the scale. It was so frustrating for me that I just decided not to do it anymore. I started focusing on how I felt and not that number and it has served me very well.

Second, don't freak out if you eat desert or miss a workout. I used to beat myself up over every slight misshap, which only caused further destructive decisions. Now, I just let it go and move on. The next meal can be healthy even if the last one wasn't. The next workout will be great even if the last one was skipped. I try to focus on how good the healthy food and the exercise makes me feel so that I want to continue making good choices. Then those little glitches are merely blips on the radar screen and don't start a downward spiral.

Finally, don't stress! I can't say how important this is. I used to get consumed with thoughts of how much weight I have to lose and how unhealthy I am, etc. It only made me anxious, which is not going to get you where you're going. Now, I just enjoy healthy activities and food and just life in general. Enjoyment is way better than worry. Worry leads you down a very dark path, but if you stay in the moment you'll find that a lot of things open up to you. You don't have to like your current situation, but until you find peace in it, you won't be able to find your way out. I've been there. Depressed, miserable, tired, sick. Its not a good place, but stressing and trying to force change has never worked for me. Letting go and staying focused on the moment at hand is the ticket that I found that got me on the right track.

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
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If you have to tell someone how bad you want it, then you haven't shown them how hard you already work for it.
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Whether you get what you want isn't what defines you. It's how you go about your business.
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4/10/12 9:11 A

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Motivation for me isn't just about my lon term goals but day to day. I simply take it one day at a time, sometimes two if I'm really up for it. Lately I have kind of hit a stand still with my weight loss but when I do my measurements they've dropped so it's still a win. If I feel like just quitting and giving up I remember how much I have already lost. Yeah it's only 20lbs but over the past 6 years that I have truly struggled with losing weight those 20lbs are a huge accomplishment. Once I remind myself of that I don't want to throw all the hard work I have already done down the drain. I also don't want to end up with all the health issues PCOS can cause simply because it was easier to do nothing.

No one else can do this for me. No one else can take credit for this. Watching my mom struggle with her kidney failure, diabetes, and bad knees (she's only 50) and not being able to do anything to change it is frustrating. It also makes me aware that I don't want to have those issues in 25 years and the only person that can change and effect my own health is me. I am just as responsible for what I do for my own health as she has been in the past. She's making changes now and I encourage her every step of the way but she is my reminder to keep going through this weight loss life style change.

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4/9/12 12:46 P

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I stay focused by choosing just one or two goals to focus on that week and making myself sticky notes to keep me motivated.
For instance, this week is water and logging my food.
Just remember you can do anything you put your mind too, whether it is health or not.

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4/9/12 2:43 A

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JIACOLO,

It's terrible when you have to bounce from Dr. to Dr. and they don't help. Silly thing is the patient is the one that is breaking the bank to find the help. When I had my lapband place almost 3 years ago, I was lucky to have a good support system when I had the surgery and when it slipped, eneded up in the hospital for 1 week when is slipped and ripped part of my stomach open.

When losing weight it's so important to have support from another person, whether its here on sparkpeople, friends, your spouse or other organizations that give out help and advice. What I love most about sparkpeople is I can type into a online journal and other people have made uplifting comments that give me confidence.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Sunday!

-Kristie

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Edited by: KRISTIECAROLINE at: 4/9/2012 (06:19)
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4/8/12 4:54 P

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For me it was not an option. I just didn't feel well enough to stay heavy. I was fortunate enough to finally find a dr who listened and gave me the help I was asking for.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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4/8/12 3:12 A

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Sara80,

First off, great job in almost meeting your 55lbs goal. That is wonderful! One thing I would like to share with everyone, this past week before I eat, I drink a large glass of water, about a 20fl oz class of water, then I let my stomach settle and then eat. This has helped me a lot from craving food and mindless eating. I am sure all of you have done this from time to time, but I wanted to share because it has worked well for me.

This Monday I am going to join planet fitness here in my town. To be honest I am scared. I have not worked out in a gym in a long time. In high school I was worked out 6 days a week and weight 175lbs. I guess I will just have to bite the bullet and go...'

I did my own homework last night. I looked at myself in a mirror when I was alone with no one else at my house. I felt sad saying that " I loved myself for who I am" I felt like I was trapped in someone's skin. But I still promised myself that I would love me and take care of me from now on, not just let things slide. I guess you could say I was happy and sad at the same time.

If anyone did the suggested homework, how did you feel afterwards?

-Kristie

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Edited by: KRISTIECAROLINE at: 4/8/2012 (03:15)
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4/7/12 8:46 P

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One other thing...during my stop on loss...I noticed the clothing getting smaller even though the number wasn't going down. I wanted to give up so many times, but I knew and started paying attention to my success with exercising. Just a little note for you that if you get to the point that I want to give up..start charting what you're doing today and do the same thing for at least a month or two and you will see your progress. Motivation is always in your mind!

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4/7/12 8:37 P

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First, these are great messages. You have to stay positive and focused. My motivation is this. Even if I don't lose weight every week...or month...(I had a 4.5 month plataue) I know what I could do before and what I'm able to do now. Over time I have changed my eating habits, I still enjoy which ever food I want I just do it all in moderation. For example....baked food with fries (or grilled) no bread or something more fattening like fried tilapia with steamed veggies. Are these meals everyday? Of course not. But I get to enjoy a food while feeling like im not deprived. It took me 58 minutes to do 3.5 miles I can now do that in under 45 minutes. In fact every time I run I make it a point to try and get my first mile in 10 minutes. I haven't gone under but am at 10:15 for that mile.
Having pcos is hard enough, but we have to work twice as hard as someone who doesn't have it. That is now what keeps me going, my accomplishments in this....plus those who knew me when I was bigger at 240+ lbs and have seen my dramatic change...well compliments don't hurt either! emoticon really....it is so mind over matter and it isn't I need to lose for the dress in two weeks...it's a lifestyle, it's our health....it's a learning tool for those of us who have children. Motivation is all in our mind.

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This is a wonderful post. It can take years for some people to lose weight. A lot of the time people can't lose the weight because they are in it to just lose it so they can fit into those size 2 jeans or just to lazy to work out and don't want to miss the taste of food... But in order to lose weight and starting at a heavy weight like myself. It takes a new lifestyle and new way of thinking.

What the hardest thing to me is thinking food as just fuel for you life, "you eat to live" not "live to eat". You need to love yourself as you see yourself everyday. That can be hard at times. Most of the time I don't love myself at all. I see and ugly women starting back at me. We all need to tell our self that we love what we see, even if others don't feel that way, you need to tell yourself it doesn't matter.

I had a lapband placed about 2 years ago, almost 3. It slipped due to acid reflex. When it slipped it ripped into my stomach, I was in the hospital for a week. But when I had it, I lost 100lbs in 8 months... When it slipped my weight came back just as fast as I lost it. I was terrified and upset. We all want fast results, but it's never best to take the fast way out of things. Losing weight slowly will help you keep the pounds off and make you feel good about yourself and what you have accomplished.

*** Homework for anyone that want to participate ***

Look in a mirror and tell yourself you love you for what you see yourself as. No matter how big you think you are or how scared you are to tell yourself this. I think its a must need if you want to succeed in your long journey of weight loss AND in your life journey to stay healthy.

Edited by: KRISTIECAROLINE at: 4/8/2012 (06:15)
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This is a long post, but just as much for myself as for anyone else. You need to have hope and believe in yourself - that it IS possible and that YOU are a success story in the making. Yes, YOU. The mental part of weight loss is probably the hardest thing about it. Doing what I know is required to lose weight is a decision/commitment that I make, regardless of how I feel. Motivation for me has been fleeting and fickle. I can't wait for it anymore because for me personally, that is was has gotten me up to 300 pounds and disabled by back pain. It took me from January until March to lose 10 pounds and only 3 more pounds since then on spark, so haven't lost much weight, but I have been eating a little better each week and don't plan on going back. I keep going one day at a time and write 1 positive thing each day to encourage myself (especially when I don't feel like it!) Feeling sorry for myself ("I try so hard and get so little results - its not fair!") has done NOTHING for my health or happiness!

When you have a lot of weight to lose and the numbers don't move in your favor, it is hard to keep going. . I remind myself of my grandma - it took her 5 years to lose 50 pounds. She said she lost a pound a month, and there were some months she didn't lose anything, but she made a decision to change her eating habits and not go back. She has kept the weight off. So many people are conditioned by dramatic weight loss stories/tv competitions that if they don't lose lots of weight fast, they are disappointed, get discouraged and give up over and over. At the end of 5 years, what does that get most people? I know I am a lot heavier than I was 5 years ago, but all of those years I was on the cycle of try hard, lose some, stall, give up in dispair, gain it back and more, repeat.

Don't focus on how much you have to lose, how long it will take, how hard it will be. Think about and focus on the changes that you can make and that you can stick with forever. Start small and build. Don't demand perfection, just commitment to not give up no matter what. A healthy life and body will be worth the time spent getting there!

I can do this; there is hope for me
I will make the right food choices today
I will be take care of myself
I deserve to be healthy and happy
I am worth the effort and time

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Jennifer,

That is wonderful to hear! Pop is my weakness, I usually drink sprite or diet. A lot of the time I am not hungry, I just want to chew on something. Gum sometimes help. When I chew gum I don't noticed any cravings at all. I have seen some blogs and message boards about chewing gum and how it has helped a lot of people from mindless eating. Also eating your meals on smaller plates helps you pick smaller portions.

Hope to see more advice and any motivational stories!

-Kristie.

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This is a good question! I would also like to see what everyone else post. I know here lately I really need some motivation.
I did at one point lose 61 pounds. I did this by not drinking soda and by walking 3 miles everyday. It did take me over a year to lose. Then, I was laid off and added the pounds back on. However in a year I have lost almost 30 pounds. Losing weight with PCOS is totally possible but you have to change your lifestyle not just go on a diet.

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Hello everyone.

My name is, Kristie. I have had PCOS since I was a young girl. I am asking all women with PCOS to come into my message board and leave comments and any advice on how you all stay motivated while trying to lose a large amount of weight 50lbs and above.

I hope to see a lot of advice and good motivation tips in the future, Good lucky everyone!

- Kristie.

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