All the other weight loss programs I tried did not work, and I can identify why. They did not motivate me to make lifestyle changes. I wanted to make temporary changes if any, and I wanted to pounds to fall off and stay off, while I continued my same habits. The only reason I think Spark People is working is that I am using it. I log everything, and then look at my progress. I join in on daily and weekly challenges, and I read about how well others are doing and know I can do it. I try strategies that worked for others to see which ones work for me.
I also decided that I could either decide to continue to eat all the pizza and fried food I loved all the time and stay fat, or I could give them to myself as a very occasional treat and get skinny. Although I am no where near my goal yet, I can tell you that it is already paying off. I went to a party yesterday and a friend I see about once a month hugged me and joked, "where are you girl, there is nothing left to hug". It felt so good! I also notice I am stronger and have more energy and can keep up with my kids better thanks to the daily exercise.
My kids who see me every day even comment on the changes. My oldest hugged me the other day, he is 9 and told me he was proud of how hard I was working on my diet and that he was enjoying the new snacks I had, he really likes the dried blueberries. My youngest is 8 and he mentioned to me that all the "weeds were gone" outside, lol. I joined the 15 minutes of housework daily challenge and my house and yards look better than they ever have.
I miss munching on pizza, and chips with sour cream, and drinking high calorie drinks, but I would miss this feeling of success and self pride more if I went back to it!
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. Barbara De Angelis
no one should beat their selves up, i thnk thats when we start to back slide, the best thing to do is just add back the exercise a lil bit at a time, even if its just 10 minutes a day, it wont be long and then your thinking wow 10 minutes is just too easy and your upping it to 15 and then 20 then 25 then 30.......
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Fitness Minutes: (11,096) Posts: 1,513 1/16/08 11:46 A
I agree with WillBoyWonder... Just get out there and start small. You don't have jump right back on the horse and do 30 min on the treadmill. Do what you can and you will start to feel motivated again. I try to workout 3 days a week and on my workout days I don't feel like going but, once I'm there I'm up for it. Working out isn't the hard part it's getting yourself to the gym or on the machine. Best of luck to ya...
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current weight: 144.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,514) Posts: 1,363 1/16/08 10:00 A
The thing to remember is, you donít need to do a lot to have success. You donít need to do it all at once. Some of the best progress you can make is in the little tiny baby steps you make. Each little inch closer to your goal is progress. Just get up and do something. So what if you donít feel like doing a 30 minute cardio workout. If you walk up the stairs rather than take the elevator, thatís progress. If you get on the treadmill for just 5 minutes, then thatís progress. Just because you fell off the wagon is no reason to stay down there. We all fall down. But itís what you do while youíre down there is what matters most.
What are YOU going to do? The only one who can do anything about it is YOU! Good luck, and be sure to let us know how things are going.
Edited by: WILLBOYWONDER at: 1/16/2008 (12:15)
~~ Will ~~
~~~~If you're looking for a blessing, try being a blessing to others! ~~~~
You need to just get up and do it, even if you don't feel like it. If you wait until you feel like getting started, you will just be waiting. Get up and get moving. It takes a while for you to get into a habit of it, and until then you will just have to be conscious of that fact and make yourself do it until it comes naturally. Plus, exercise is a great way to get rid of stress.
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