I totally understand your pain. I had dropped all the weight I wanted and was down to a size 8. Then I tore my Achilles and the weight just packed on again. This summer I couldn't fit into my size 14 and had to buy new clothes. The last four months I have been forcing myself to walk everyday and go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. I have finally found my rhythm and am steadily making progress.
Would love to support you. I know first hand that without my support spark friends I could not have done it.
The great thing is that you have already shed weight so you DO know how. Now we have to get you back on track. You CAN do this!
We can't become what we need by remaining what we are.
I'm struggling. I lost 75 pounds initially (it took 16 months) and developed a daily exercise habit. My eating started to get out of control again, I injured my knee and couldn't workout like before, and before I knew it, I was putting the weight back on. I've gained 40 pounds back! Still 35 down. It is depressing to have to buy bigger clothes.
I am working on getting to the gym again after two months away. I made it 3 times last week, but feel self conscious even in bigger workout clothes. I'm trying to get into logging my food again because I know that is powerful. Also, the daily emails really helped keep me motivated last time, so I think I should sign up for them again as well as get active on this site.
If you are in a similar situation as me, send me a message and we can support each other on the climb back. W
current weight: 225.6
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 10/26/11 7:30 P
Has it been that long? :) I've completed stayed on my fitness journey since joining sparkpeople. Not to say there hasn't been ups and downs along the way.
I'm not as active in the community but I'm consistent with my food and exercise tracking.
I'm below my goal weight and still losing and feel absolutely incredible. My lifestyle is different and it is focused on health. I eat very clean and workout religuiously. Hope everyone else is doing well. Stop by my page and say hello. :)
We are all made of stars, some just shine brighter.
Sweat is your fat, crying! :)
current weight: 129.0
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 7/7/11 12:52 A
My eyes were totally opened by joining Spark. I was also fortunate in that my sister Becky (Thoms1) joined a few weeks later. We also live together so it makes it so easy for us. We are each others diet and fitness buddies. I could not have had the success without her. She pushes when I say I don't want to go to fitness this morning! I do the same for her. I could not have done this without her for my support team. We both have lost about 175 lbs since July 2008. I just regained about 7 lbs so am making a good job of tracking both food and fitness.
Even with Spark I could not have done this without my diet and exercise buddy. I can't stress enough the importance of having someone there with you on your journey.
Good luck everyone. If you need any help please feel free to sparkmail me. I will be glad to help any and all.
Susie South Central WI “There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” Kenneth Blanchard
Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!
current weight: 157.4
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 7/2/11 1:34 A
Do not be down on yourself about the lap band. It works and I personally know some truly remarkable people that tried EVERYthing before doing the lap band and it completely changed their lives. The main thing is that you stay focused and once you have the surgery - maintain a better lifestyle and make healthier daily choices.
Best of luck - please keep us informed
We can't become what we need by remaining what we are.
Well I am getting ready for lap band... EEsh I know, but all other things have failed so far... I am going to try to be better at using my spark peeps for help this year!! I hope you all have a great 4th.. I just love the weather now it makes me so motivated!!
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 7/1/11 3:54 P
I owe SparkPeople big time. I joined in July 2008, REALLY really struggled at first with the extreme change in my diet necessary to hit the food tracker targets and I didn't see the point of the fitness tracker because I was already habitually walking 15000 to 17000 steps a day (I'm a classroom teacher). But I learned some surprising (to me) truths about my diet, most importantly (1) that I was less a "vegetarian" than a "grainetarian" and (2) that even apples and carrots can give you too many calories if you eat them absent-mindedly.
Before the end of the month I dropped my home internet connection to save money and stopped tracking anything, but the small changes in my attitudes about food stuck. When I bought a scale and decided to re-start using SparkPeople in the summer of 2009, I had already dropped 15 pounds of the30 toward my goal. Encouraged by that progress, I bought in entirely to the idea of small, slow, sustainable changes (instead of trying to look cute next weekend) and a much deeper trust of SparkPeople. So I took on tracking again, started a weight training and running routine, and lost the second 15 pounds over the next year.
I had chosen my goal weight as my lowest adult weight, thinking I had gotten that weight without trying and therefore it must be a healthy weight for me, but when I got there I was torn. I wanted to lose more weight because my hips and thighs are still heavily padded. But my face looked gaunt, with deep shadows under my cheekbones, and my breasts were just gone. My thighs are the "before" picture in a weight loss ad and my ribs are the "anorexia" picture in a tabloid.
And I look a lot better, too - body conscious clothes have become pretty fun. I'll just be showing off the flat stomach and choosing shorts longer than hot pants, y'know? I guess the best thing that this journey with SparkPeople has given me is that now I feel in control of my health, and THAT is a huge blessing.
September Minutes: 934
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 6/30/11 1:55 P
I have just rejoined and started becoming active again. I lost close to 40 pounds and then stopped tracking...then stopped signing onto SP and then of course.....gained the weight back. Okay....I am not going to regress...just move forward and try not to make the same mistake :-)
Pounds lost: 33.2
Fitness Minutes: (120,348) Posts: 49,502 6/29/11 10:38 A
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