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9/29/11 12:00 A

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BIttyGirl, that is very interesting! Thank you for sharing that. It does make sense.... else I can imagine it sneaks slowly back on.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."

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9/28/11 11:37 P

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Well...all I can say is I am on maintenance since 2007 and I am still tracking and "counting calories" as you put it. And when I take off from "tracking" I gain.

Unless you eat the same thing day in and day out you will always have to scrutinize your choices etc; When you get to your goal weight you will have to step up not slow down your work out routine because you aren't moving as much weight as you were in the beginning.

Especially, if you want to have more freedom with your food choices.

The best way to feel full and satisfied is to choose Protein & fiber. These two are where you will get your most satiety.


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9/28/11 8:33 P

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I am not there yet, but I would imagine you wouldn't have to continue to count calories, but we will always have to be aware of our eating... paying attention and make wise choices.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."

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9/28/11 7:36 P

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I stand "tall" at my full height of 5'2 1/2", which makes my BMI in the overweight range. I set my goal weight to put me in the normal weight range and hopefully to get me to that fabled waist to hip ratio of 0.8.

You all are right - this is a lifestyle change, but I am sincerely hoping that at the maintenance phase, I can eat more calories than I am now and not be hungry. And I dream of the day I can rely on internal cues to tell when to eat and when to stop...folks in the maintenance phase - does that that realistic? Or is it really a lifetime of daily calorie counting?

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9/27/11 8:43 P

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Forgive me fo my ?? but, is your weight loss ticker correct? It says that you weigth 145? How short/tall are you? I feel you frustration, but the best advice I can give you is to tell you that it's one day at time and so focus on each day as a new day rather than the "big picture".

If you are 5' 4" or taller than you are already in a healthy weight range.

The advice others have given you is sound advice. This is not a DIET. It is a change in lifestyle. There is no END.




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9/27/11 4:27 P

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I try to change up things. I can get in a rut with what I eat; so I bought a new cookbook and have vowed to make at least a recipe a week from it (so far so good). I'm trying new taste combos, most of which I find I really like. Eating healthy can be delicious.
I also try to look at the glass as half full, not half empty. Each week I try to review my successes - this helps me be patient for the loooong road ahead. I may be a long way from my goal, but I try to feel good about what I have accomplished so far.



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9/27/11 4:26 P

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I agree about the day at a time thing. My mantra is "progress, not perfection." I track my progress in as many ways as possible because usually I'm making progress somewhere, but I might just be looking in the wrong place.

Good example from today: I was really depressed that my weight hasn't changed in the last two weeks. TWO WEEKS, and I've been biking every single day and watching what I eat (maybe not closely enough, but still). I happened to see the link on my start page this morning to weight and measurements and realized that months ago I'd entered my hip, thigh, waist, and arm measurements. What the heck, I thought, I can use some more abuse. So I whipped out the tape measure and lo and behold, I'd lost an inch off my waist and hips, and SIX INCHES on each thigh! Instantly, I could care less what the scale says because it's proof that I'm making progress.

The other thing that helps me is taking note of every time I DON'T eat something I shouldn't. I actually write those down when I'm feeling down about stuff, how I could have taken another helping of such-and-such, or I wanted to eat a cookie but didn't. That's progress, too!

Shake it up a little and see if you can find where your progress is happening, because it's there.
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9/27/11 3:52 P

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One day at a time. Putting in your food on the tracker and tracking your exercises and then reading the article and doing what you are doing; listening to good advice from your team members. Remember this is a lifestyle of healthy eating and it takes awhile. emoticon emoticon

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9/27/11 12:39 P

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I have felt discouraged, frustrated, angry and many other emotions over the past 3 years of struggling to develop a healthy lifestyle. Of course all those emotions are aimed at myself which can be self defeating. However, I am not the only one that has felt that way and I just keep going one day at a time. I have to write things down to commit to them so writing down what I am eating every day is a must. Progress is slow but having supportive people helps during the times I am not doing well and cheers me on when I am making even the smallest of progress. In my younger days I imaged I would lose the weight problem solved, right? Wrong!! My cravings almost always overpowers my intelligence and some days I just want what I want and give in. But I learn from the good times and the bad times and "NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT." has become the motto of my life.

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9/27/11 11:47 A

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I have bad days. I also have bad days when it comes to work too. This new life style is just a part of your new adapted life. Be good to yourself. Nurture yourself with enough rest, baths, walks, whatever will give you some peace. try to look at this journey really as a way to finally start treating yourself well. Read to reenforce your motivation. Treat yourself to a new recipe. Tracking does get easier with favorites and food grouping. It doesn't take long and it will be your compass. I don't track fitness, water, etc unless I have time. Find a way to make this a part of your life that fits in without all the mental stress.

I am not losing this fat - I am removing it for good.

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9/27/11 11:00 A

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I struggle with patience also. I just try and remember that I didn't get this way over night. My Hubby always says Rome wasn't built in a day. Stay postitive! You can do it!!

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9/27/11 9:13 A

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Well first.. i dont over think things. i just keep going and trying to do my best each day.. its a learning things.. to know what will make you lose and keep it off.. ! Hang in there it will happen..

loving myself as i am beautiful inside and out!!! Think positive .. you can do it!!!..... i do care.��Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.� � Don't give up we all can do this!!
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I am now exercising 50 mins a day working up to 60 ! Keeping active is so important!
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9/27/11 8:21 A

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I struggle with this too. Sometimes, I remind myself of Alice sometimes from Alice in Wonderland, but I try to look at where I am.

Am I making good decisions (eating when/what I'm supposed to - exercising)?
Could I be making better decisions (food enough/too much/right foods- exercising enough/too much)?
Do I feel better about myself (self-confidence/esteem)?
Have I made non-scale progress (attitude/inches/endurance)?

I usually freak out on weigh-in days when I didn't lose what I thought I should. Remember what our mind says and what our body does are often 2 very different things.

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. - Julia Child


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9/27/11 8:15 A

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Boy tell me about it. It is a long a journey...but enjoy the journey. I had a huge amount of weight to lose and lots and lots of habits to change. It is changing a life style and it doesn't happen overnight. It is the journey that embeds new healthy habits. I have found that I have become frustrated with the tedium..as I have been on this journey for years now...and deciding to change a few things usually helps. Sometimes it is just maintaining for awhile, which is so much easier than losing..because I really do need a break. I am a much healthier persons than I was when I started the journey but I may be working on this for the rest of my life, because I know that once I lose, I will need to work on not regaining. It has helped to realize that it is not so much that magic weight and reaching my goal that is so important, it is living each day in a healthy manner that will keep me healthy the rest of my life..so I better enjoy the journey. Good luck on your journey.

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9/27/11 8:14 A

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first of all, there is no end. You are creating a new lifestyle and it should not be a deprevation type of food change. You should be eating everything in moderation. If you are denying yourself food, you will eventually binge on it. You should be aware of your food intake, but it shouldn't be boreing (same thing day in and day out) This is an attitude change as well. This isn't a diet this is a weight loss journey and it really doesn't end, that is when you gain it all back. So relax, take one day at a time and make good choices for you. I suggest you write in a journal when you feel depressed about your journey, you might find some reason you want to eat other than you are hungry.

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9/27/11 7:06 A

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I take it one day at a time

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There are two options regarding committment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.

A person who wants something will find a way..
A person who doesn't will find an excuse...



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9/27/11 6:05 A

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Hi & welcome to the journey!

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9/27/11 12:56 A

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Something that is helping me is knowing that there is a better chance of it staying off if it goes slowly. The fact that it is going down is fantastic! Congratulations. Think of it as a life style... being healthy... rather than a diet. you can do it!!

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."

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9/27/11 12:53 A

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Welcome aboard. i wish you only the best in health and fitness.



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9/27/11 12:42 A

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Hi folks,

I'm just feeling discouraged today - I'm doing well enough in eating healthy and exercising, etc, but the weight is coming off so so slowly, and it's so much mental effort to keep on track. I feel like I'm in a long long dark tunnel which somebody has told me has a light at the end, but I can't see a shred of the light...please send some words of advice, encouragment...how do you keep your patience and enthusiasm up?

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