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Fantastic! You go girl. I have faith in you. emoticon

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nutrition tracking. Finding that right calorie range. Tracking everything I eat and really hunting down those numbers. It's a struggle but I can DO IT!

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I'm not exercising like I should and I'm starting to gain weight. I lost 100 pounds and I don't ever want to go back.

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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Thanx, Pam.
I've said the same thing to friends about letting the "kids" do it, time to listen to some common sense.
All you've said makes sense.
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EM,
You have a good man with good advice. I don't know if your a Christian but if not this is still good advice. Don't worry about the things you can not control.

1. I'm sure your family are coming to see you. Ay your age you should enjoy their company, let them fend for themselves. They are all adults. It sounds like you have raised them well. They are no longer your responsibility and do not need you to take care of them. It is their turn to take care of you. Enjoy their company and don't lift a finger. It's. Pleasure to take care of your parents. Don't take that away from them. Just enjoy. You deserve it.

2. Of course you are going to be concerned about your DH health no matter how minor it may be. Be concerned but again worry does not change anything and just adds to your stress and if your anything like me food tends to be our answer to stress.

3. What about SP has made your enthusiasm disappear? Are you trying to do to much? Has it become more of a chore than a help? It's meant to add to your life not hinder it.

I would not recommend stopping SP Altogether. The challenges are meant to be fun and help you reach your goals. If they are not fun right now then don't do them right now. I would keep the Fitness challenge just to encourage you to exercise. Maybe you could drop the monthly minutes since you are going to be busy with family. Maybe do some of the games and/or spend time on the ROLL CALL thread. We encourage and motivate each other. Most of us respond to everyone but that is not necessary. Most of us will pick and choose what we want to respond to especially when we are short on time. Just tell what is wrong and you will receive a lot of wise input, especially JUDY. She's good at that.

Let go and let God. Once you give him a problem, don't take it back. Most of us get tired of waiting on The Lord and take our problems back and don't give Him a chance to complete his job. All things come together for good to those that love The Lord. I'm sorry if I'm getting a little preachy. I really hope this helps and just remember you have done your job and you deserve to be pampered by your children. It's no longer your job to pamper them.

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Thanks, Pam.


I wrote this all out and what it comes down to is this:

1. I've four sons, and a son-in-law plus a husband -- all strong people, married to strong women. They and their children will all be here for 12 days; first family will be here for 4 days before the rest, and the last family will be here for 4 days after the others leave. I'm excited, and nervous. I'm as prepared as I can be, but there's not much pre-planning I can do. We can sleep four families comfortably, so I'm concerned about the sleeping arrangements, and hoping two of the families will stay at a motel. Dh says they need to make that decision, not me, and he's right.

2. Dh had a chest xray that showed a dark spot on a rib. Also, his heart doctor said he will need a heart-valve replacement before the end of the year. The dark spot could be anything, and it doesn't really worry me, but . . . . The valve is easy to do, and that doesn't really worry me, either, but . . . .

3. I've lost my enthusiasm about SP, and am afraid that this stress will lead me to a binge that will undo a year's worth of work, and I will end up right back where I started--at 220 pounds.

Maybe I don't need to be enthusiastic about SP, but I know I need to keep the calories down, the exercise up, and the tracking going.

Should I quit the challenges? then join back in when everybody's gone? or would that just do me in?

I put off the stress article, and I think I will go read that right now.

Putting this all in print has taken a huge load off my mind already.

Thank you very much for your offer - you've been a big help!

8-)

em

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EM,

Have you read the stress article listed in the Spring*Flowers challenge. Stress can do awful things to our self confidence. I'm not sure what you are referring to by "mojo". It can mean so many different things to different people. It sounds like maybe the concern might be the stress of so many people and their individual needs in such a short time. Take a few long deep breaths. Think about what you might be concerned with and we can tackle each one individually. Maybe you are a bit overwhelmed by the thought of it.

Let me know if you want me to help you dissect this with you. Or if I'm reading this completely wrong then please attempt to explain so I can on the right track with you.

Pam

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I've lost my mojo -- The kids are coming on the 12, and I'm feeling a little stressed - 20 of us -- 10 adults, 10 kids -- two weeks - staggered, fortunately. I just can't seem to get back in the groove.

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What is keeping you from doing your best today? Pain, business, lack of interest? Do you need motivation or encouragement? Share with us as we work though our troubles together.

Edited by: RPCLEM2000 at: 3/9/2014 (03:21)
Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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We have a new prayer thread. May I pray for you and your son? How old is Greg?

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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Pam,
Your words of encouragement and prayers here for others are so encouraging to me. I have a son who is dying of brain cancer - but, somehow, God has given me a peace that only He can give. I know that Greg will be cured - here on earth or when he goes Home! And that is such a comfort.

Thank you so much,
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BRAKA012,

I don't know how to advise you or help with a bad marriage. We just started a prayer thread. I would encourage you to submit this there so others can pray for your situation. I have been there and it drains all your strength and self confidence.

My Mother is also my beast friend. Losing my Father was a heartbreaking trial in my life. He died of a terrible painful cancer over 8 years ago. I still miss him a lot and occasionally cry. My Mother is getting on in years and I don't know how much longer I will be able to have her here with me. I can't imagine what you are going through.

Dear east Heavenly Father, please help BRAKS012 deal with the loss of her Mother. Wrap your loving arms around her and and ease her mind and heart. Cancer is an awful painful disease and it leaves those of us behind with such sorrow. I know it was time to take her home dear Lord but it leaves us in such pain. Help her to deal with this pain. Help uplift her spirit and give her the strength she needs during this trial. Help her to remember the happy times she spent with her Mother. Help her dwell on the good rather than the loss. We know her mother is in a better place without pain. Help us to remember that. Help us not to dwell on our loss but on her glory.

And Lord she is in a terrible marriage dear Lord. You know what is best for her. Speak to her Lord. Tell her what to do. I know Lord that you do not want your children to suffer. I don't know the answers dear Lord, but I know you do. Many times we go through these trials because of our disobedience to you Lord, but please dear Lord ease her pain and her loneliness. Please better her marriage or give her the strength to do whatever she needs to do. Guide her and help her to do your will Lord whatever that may be. Again Lord I ask that you speak to her and I pray that she is ready to hear your words. I ask all these in you heavenly name, Amen

I hope all goes better for you. Feel to contact me if you wish. I'm always available.

Pam. emoticon

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To all those praying for my Mother. We went to see the surgeon today. The good news is that it is called basil cell and does not metastasize. The bad news is that the spot will continue to get larger and deeper if left unchecked. It has roots that dig down. It's on her temple and they are concerned about the blood vessels and nerves. They think that it is in the muscle and maybe the nerves. The surgery will probably take all day and the spot is too large to just be closed. She will need to see a plastic surgeon to close it up

She has 4 more spots on her face. They don't want to deal with them until after the surgery because they are small and she is in no danger.

Thank you all for your prayers. It has been very comforting.

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I am struggling with being stuck in a bad marriage. I lost my mother/best friend to breast cancer 2 months ago. I am just feeling really empty.


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IMPORTANT

Please pray for my Mother. We just found out that she has a large spot of cancer on her face. Granted it is usually not threatening but I know the spot is the size of a half dollar and it is deep. I also know she has several smaller spots on her face and I believe she has spots on her arms and I don't know if there are any other spots on her body. I'm scared. Mom is 85 years old and I don't know how well she can withstand evasive treatment. emoticon

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Fancy,
This sounds excellent. I started with 10 minutes a day 3 days a week. In about a week I was doing 30 min 7 days and then 60 min/day.

Nothing is too small to start with. Once you really start doing it regularly you start wanting to exercise and really miss it when you don't. I have never exercised before and was really surprised when I started to enjoy it. Now I just exercise whatever I want but since I belong to the challenge that Joette was talking about I try to average 60 min a day. Sometimes only 25 min sometimes much more. My trick is to find things I really like, I like Wii fit. My other goal is to get rid of my chicken fat. Go you chicken fat Go. emoticon

Between the challenge, fat goal, and fun I stay pretty motivated. If you need motivation along the way, just come back here or you can use the Roll Call and/or Chat thread. I'm so glad you joined us. I'm sure you will have an excellent time. emoticon

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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Fancy - suggestion for keeping the motivation going.. Stick to that 10 minutes a day that is working for you. Get a paper calendar that shows the whole month. Write down every time you get your 10 mins (or more) in... Seeing that whole on a missed day may be a good thing.. May not want to see to many of them. ;)

Another idea - join our monthly fitness minutes challenge. You decide the goal and check back regularly to update your progress.

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Just keep that streak going. Spark people started in the first place as a one person 10 minutes a day streak!!

Think of having everything you do here in your program becoming life-long habits. I believe just that thought has changed my thinking enough to actually move into maintenance that will last the rest of my life instead of just one week.

Yes, I was a big time YoYo Dieter.

Good luck!!

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I am new to this team. I am 56 years old, and not very fit. I struggle with portion control. Exercise is a problem also. I have started out slow doing just 10 min. a day for now I seem to have a problem with staying motivated. I do ok thru the week, but not so good on weekends.
I think this is a team that may keep me motivated.

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Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Im not giving up. I am one of those person that has to fall down a bunch of times before I finally get "IT" Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon

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Destiny,

Don't do this alone. God gave us the tools to help us through this terrible addiction. My mother is also trying to quit under a doctors care. 75% of the addiction is not only the nicotine but the need to hold the cigarette. That is why most things to help us quit. The most effective method, according to the doctor, is a medicine that comes in the form of a cigarette. You hold it between your fingers and you also smoke. It allows you to slow down and stop slowly and permanently. The success rate is extremely high.

Just remember that The Lord works through others also. He often works through doctors. Please don't take the hard way when their are good options out there. Please talk to your doctor about this option I described.

Dearest Heavenly Father please help this young lady to overcome her terrible addiction. Help her to seek the help she needs. Make her strong when she feels weak. Her body is your temple Dear Lord. Help her to honor her body in the way that you deem appropriate. Wrap your loving arms around and keep her warm in your glory. Ease her mind and bless her body with the ease of her addiction. I ask for all these things in your heavenly name, Amen.

Pam

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I know the challenge of quitting smoking well. This will be the best gift you can give yourself.

After that, giving yourself healthy food will start the journey of bring back your body to what it is meant to be. Colorful fruits a veggies have the anti-oxidants your body needs to get all the stuff out that you've been putting in with each cigarette.

Stay strong. It took me a year with nicorette gum, about 30 years ago.

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I completely believe in the power of prayer. I also believe when one or more come in His name miracles can happen. I am still smoking but Ive given myself this month to get it together. I will be smoke free in August!

"What you can't say owns you. What you hide controls you."

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Pam - I would participate in a prayer thread

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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Please do keep me informed. I'm always interested in our other team members. I'm thinking of starting a prayer request thread for those that need the word of God and just need to know there is someone out there who wants to help.

What do you think about that kind of thread?

Talk to you soon. Bye for now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love Pam

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Awww thank you so much Pam. I loved the prayer and I appreciate it greatly. Ive prayed about this myself and I find that God does know what I need and how hard He has to hit me over the head before I surrender. Ill keep trying and keep you updated! Thank you! emoticon

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Destinee,

I am not a smoker myself but I was a cocaine freebaser. There are several ways to get a grip on what is going on in your body but I'm sure you've heard it a million times before. My husband (boyfriend at the time) asked me how much money I spent on the drug. I showed him. In my case it was several hundred dollars. I'm sure you do not spend that much money but I'm sure it is substantial. Anyway he said "Give the money to me". I did and we went clothes shopping. When we got home he spread everything out on my bed. He said there is your money, where is the money you smoked up. It was really amazing. I stopped that day and I had previously tried to stop several times before.

Now I know that the money you spent is significantly lower than the money I spent but if you take 6 months of the money you spent on cigarettes I'm sure it would be a lot. Go shopping and lay it out. I say to you Where is the money you smoked away. Each time you wear one of your new outfits you will remember why you have it.

Also my Mother is 85 years and still smokes. She says she wants to give it up but she constantly tries to do it alone. It sounds like you are doing the same thing. My understanding is that the patches are not the best alternative. Part of the addiction is the need to constantly hold something between your fingers. There is an alternative that is a holder that reduces you down slowly. From what I understand the success rate for this is extremely high. Go see your doctor and get the help you need. My Mom does not to except the help because for some reason she thinks it makes her less of a person. I hope you do not have the same feelings.

Please go see your doctor. I hope I have been of some help.

Dearest Heavenly Father, Destinee is having a terrible time giving up a dangerous habit. Help her Lord. Take the urges for this drug away. Help her to not put herself in the position that gives her the urge. Help her to accept the help that is available to her. Speak to her heart and mind Dear Lord. Wrap your loving arms around her Lord and keep her safe. Please Lord keep the freshness of her breath and the clearness of her lungs be a motivation to her. I do not know exactly what she is going through, but you do Lord. You know her wants and her needs Lord. Just help her succeed in her need Lord. I ask all these things in your heavenly name, Amen.

I hope this is helpful.
Pam

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I am struggling with quitting smoking. I've tried to stop like four times this year. ill stop for a few days and then I'm back to it. I registered for my first 5K in October, so its crunch time. I'm gonna buy some gum to day and use the patches, wish me luck!

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SHAREBEAR1963 - thanks for the encouragement!~ :) I think of my workouts as "me time" too, it's one of the happiest moments of my day, when I'm working out on the Arc Trainer or the Elliptical and breaking a sweat and listening to upbeat music, and I am not worrying about anything.

As far as the eating goes, I'm not perfect at all, I actually went about 520 calories OVER today, bummer :( but what I do is buy healthy food and snacks and I avoid buying "trigger foods" - for me that means any chocolate that comes in bags (like Halloween candy) because I will NOT stop at one piece. I also won't buy chips-and-dip anymore, because I overeat. I look at calories when I go shopping, and also fiber content, for cereals, if it has less than 5g of fiber, I don't buy it.

I use a tracker on my phone, "Lose It" app, and I try to enter the calories of what I'm eating BEFORE it goes in my mouth, and if it's going to make me go over, I find something else to eat with fewer calories. It also helps to enter it before I eat it, because I forget what I ate sometimes, like today, I forgot to enter the egg whites for my omelette (just fixed it, though) and it was a 50 calorie difference. I don't do this tracking 100%, like today was super busy and I was stressed out and ended up overeating, but I try to be pretty consistent with it. The nice thing is that you can scan barcodes and the nutritional information automatically goes in the tracker and then the foods are saved in your database so if you eat the same things a lot you don't have to re-enter it (for me that means a lot of egg white omelettes).

Good luck - if you ever need anything, holla~

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I seem to keep getting the munchies and I lack will power to snack sensibly.

I am great with my workouts, but I am really struggling with the clean eating.

Skribblez,

DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP!!!

I like to think of my workouts as "me time". Schedule it like a priority and just do it. NOW, IF IT COULD BE THAT SIMPLE FOR ME WITH MY EATING.



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I'm struggling with the same thing I've always struggled with - being an "AON girl" - all or nothing girl - if I mess up, I get depressed and hate myself, and it throws me into a binge. If I am not getting completely obsessive and crazy with my dieting/exercising, I'm not doing a good enough job. But the drawback is I get burnt out really easy when I do that. I'm trying to find some balance and tell myself I can't skip more than 2 days in a row, but I can take skip days, and I can eat what I want sometimes, just not like going to the buffet or something, but then I feel so much guilt and self-hatred about it that I can't hardly stand it.

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EG8383 - Elsa, I can totally relate - I have been on this binge for like a month because I had no motivation to go to the gym or eat healthy, because it was so much easier (because I'm lazy) to eat what my boyfriend was cooking and spend time with him curled up in front of the TV than to get off my butt, and tell him "see ya in an hour or two, buddy". I hear ya when you say "I just need to do it but I can't get myself to do it." - I feel like that all the time. I read something somwehere that said "If I work out today, how will I feel? If I do NOT workout today, how will I feel? How would I rather feel?" and that cheating on your goals is like cheating on yourself.



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Ginger, is it the food tracker here that is a stumbling block? Would simple pen and paper be easier? It wouldn't give you all the numbers the tracker does, but seeing a piece of chocolate cake on your paper may make you think twice about the candy bar or ice cream later. I could be a good babystep to getting into the tracker.

I haven't tracked my food for months... And the scale is showing it. I tend to forget about one thing I may have eaten and then have something else I shouldn't... Maybe I need to get a simple piece of paper and pen going for myself too! :)

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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I struggle w staying on track and tracking everything down. emoticon


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Alan - I struggle with a sweet tooth too! It's winning right now. :(

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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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i am struggling with controlling my sweet tooth and staying motivated to exercise everyday


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Serenitysweight - prayers of thanksgiving for your husband being home!

XME501 - I will have your family in my prayers!

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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Thank you for the note. I do peruse the posts occasionally but have not posted.

Last month i took my son to the We Care Clinic because of headaches - we thought stress-related or migraines. He continued to get worse, so we went to an internist a couple of weeks ago. After tests, multiple tumors were found in his brain. He has had surgery to remove what they can - however, they are not able to remove all. So now we are looking at radiation and chemo - if he wants to do the treatment. Without treatment, the doctors give him about 3 months. So, now he is processing all of this. He is now staying with me and his brother is a small 2 bedroom apartment -

We really are doing ok - only because of a loving God who is carrying my family right now.
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The thing I need the most help with is continuing on my good way! I have been gone for awhile because of everything with my husband but he is home and happy and I am another year older so it what better way to start out being 27?

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Elsa, take baby steps. Instead of committing to everyday, try for a couple days a week. Get a pencil and paper type system you can track with too. A simple inexpensive calendar is what I use. Put down the weeks goal, maybe even chose the DVD and put it on the calendar. Maybe reward yourself with a sticker or sparkgoodie for the days you stick to your plan

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Hi everyone. I'm really struggling with finding time, energy, and motivation to get exercise in daily. I don't mean like a walk I mean like a real workout. I love dvd's and have many to choose from but man I'm being such a lazy butt!! When I was pregnant I was committed to eating really well so I could control my gestational diabetes without meds and now that I have no one relying on me I eat like a garbage disposal =( I'm sad because I know it's mainly laziness. I just need to do it but can't get myself to. Any ideas?!


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Take it in baby steps. I despised strength training... Finally had an ah ha moment in September... Anything is better than nothing. I do "something" everyday. I started at wall push-ups. Am up to doing full floor ones now. I saw amazing results very quickly. I spent between 1-5 minutes a day... Everyday. No excuses. I keep a calendar of what I have done, so I don't repeat body parts to often. It doubled as a motivator to not miss a day.

When I started I did modified planks in the rotation (about once every 5-6 days). It didn't take long and I was able to do full planks. I can hold them for a full minute now!.. And added bonus, I can do each side plank too!

Do I have a six pack, absolutely not. Am I stronger than I was... Yep!

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I keep struggling with getting my strength work outs in. If it wasnt for being able to walk on lunch I wouldnt do anything and I am paying for a trainer. Ugh. I just get so exhausted at night fighting with my fussy 16 month old. By the time he goes to bed I am ready for bed. Plus I am just too tired to get up at 4 am and do it. How do I get the motivation to work out? Do I just suck it up and do and hopefully Ill have the time to do it?

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Thanks Heather. Still have not gotten the Ninja out - have had a bit of a "situation" here in my family that needed my time and attention. And of course, that got me off track with my eating. But, my focus right now is drinking more water and that I am doing!!



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No, I make protein shakes with a scoop of protein powder I use zero carb vanilla isopure, one scoop about 4oz of water and 2 ice cubes with a tablespoon of peanut butter or to taste, and blend it all up! The nutritional store I buy all of my stuff at also has sugar free calorie free flavoring syrup I add to my protein shakes too that way I can keep the calories low. Pinterest also has great protein bar recipes and stuff for your sweet tooth :] sorry for the confusion!

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Heather,
Peanut butter is the #1 food on my favorites list. You mentioned ice and peanut butter. Just in a blender?? And you mentioned cinnamon.
Thanks,
barb

i have a Ninja but have never used it. Am planning to make a space on my counter for it - and start making smoothies. Just need some good ideas.


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For cravings - what helps me be successful, knowing I am a night time snacker, I budget 200-300 calories into my day to allow for the snack.

Gym buddy - if they don't have a buddy wall, maybe you could volunteer to get something going.

Another idea -
Www.meetup.com
This site brings real life back to social. As an example, I am the organizer for a walking group there. If you can think it, they probably have a group doing it.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Joette, that was a great idea, I never thought of it to look..I will check it out when I go next time, I have two gym memberships because my trainer trains at one gym and I go to spin at another and the other is open 24/7 so I can go at my own convenience, I will have to look! And as far as sweets, there are alternatives to everything, try munching on some fruits, raspberries I find to satisfy my sweet tooth, I usually mix it with cottage cheese. Or damyhealth.com has good recipes for guiltless sweets, I make whipped cream by using coconut milk. However you should allow yourself what you're craving just have the discipline to know when to cut yourself off. I make protein shakes with ice and peanut butter and mix in cinnamon and whatever else I feel would crave a sweet tooth, there are millions of things out there dear you just have to find what works for you! Good luck :]

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I'm struggling with cravings. When do you fulfill them and when do you hang tough? If I always say no, I eventually find myself binging on it. Also, being a girl, that time of the month is rough. What do you do to get through it successfully?

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Heather, does your gym have a board that people can post that they are looking for exercise buddies?

Would it help if you knew you had a spark buddy that was exercising at the same time?

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I'm currently struggling with exercise, I have social anxiety so it's difficult for me to just get up and go, I started running before work around my neighborhood but I found myself slacking off because I felt weird about people watching me. I am fine when I have a workout partner but I find myself to be too self conscious to do anything alone. I love going to spin at my gym but I get stuck when it comes time to leaving, I wish I had someone close by to keep me company and keep me distracted from all of this, not to mention my personal trainer reschedules on me too often for my liking.

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Thank you all!

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Pam - I am in complete agreement with you. :)

Linda, you are surrounded by prayer! :)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Serenity,

Dear Lord please bless Serenity and her husband. Send them your healing grace. Wrap your loving arms around them and keep them safe. Lift their hearts and minds and protect them from such a scary time. Ease their minds Lord. Take away their stress and if it be your will Lord make her husband healthy and whole. Bless them. I ask this in your blessed name, Amen.

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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What I am struggling with has to do more with stress rather then anything with Sparkpeople :D My husband went in for his endoscopy Thursday hoping to be able to burn more of his Barrett's however, that was not the case :( They found a new stricture, which the doctor does not like too much, and two more nodules where his previous cancer was. So now we are waiting for the results of the biopsies and I am trying to keep it under control because I know he is stressing and needs a rock right now. I am hoping by next week we will have good news and we can all breath easier. Sorry had to get it off my chest :)

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I need to get in touch with the coach to learn good bar bell exercise my arms

I need to make very important phone calls

I need to begin getting things together for my trip ( like suitcases ) so I'm not freaking out towards the end.

Help me be accountable! Thanks

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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Still exercising is my challenge. I am taking some good ideas and expect to do better soon. emoticon

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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WooHoo! You know what your holdback was. Knowledge is power. Knowing that, you will be able to fight back. :)

We did a "mind over body" series a while back, if you are interested, we can redo it. To check it out its in the challenges and tracking forum. You may have to scroll back a few pages to get to it. It was about this time last year we did it. There are about 12-15 posts. They all start with "mind over body" as the first part of the title.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Joette,
You are very inspiring to me. Again I was not able to work out at all. Translation: I found other things that I "needed" to do. They still are not done because the TV got in the way. Oh we'll tomorrow is another day. I need to cook tomorrow so I have food to eat next week. The one thing I have learned is that if I don't take time to cook then I won't stay on track. I have to find something similar for my exercising. Something proactive so I don't have to think about it I just need to follow what is already set in place.

Talk to you soon, have a fantastic weekend emoticon

Pam: I have reached my weight loss goal and lost 103 lbs. I will be forever grateful to my Spark Friends and my Lord who guides me.


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Baby steps are amazing. Don't discredit them.

I have a real hard problem with strength training. Last fall I was approaching my day 365 on my exercise streak. Almost never did this include strength training. Bike, walk, hula hoop, trampoline.. Fun stuff. Five days before that anniversary date, it hit me.. Strength training doesn't have to be a brutal workout. I added a new piece to my habits: strength training: everyday - do something! Started out with easy things like wall push-ups one day, 10 crunches the next... I do use the calendar idea for my strength training. It helps me remember what I have worked on so I don't overdo muscle groups. In just 1-5 minutes a day since September I have reached huge milestones. I still only do a couple minutes each day, but I can do 100 modified push-ups and am working toward doing 100 full (up to about 28). I have missed one day in my strength training since sept 5, 2012. Yes, there have been a few days where I had to exercise my willpower muscle and get out of bed to do my strength training exercise.

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Thanks Joette, I will give it a try. The problem is when I do just a bit to do something it's kind of disheartening to read how great everyone else is doing. I don't seem to read about anyone else who is struggling. Everyone else I read about talks about hours doing various things. It would be nice to hear about someone else who does little like me. I guess I'm just feeling sorry for myself. I got to stop this.

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Try getting a calendar to use as a journal. Make it simple. A simple smilie face or quick note what you did each day. Make a committment to just a few minutes a day, even 10. See if that helps.

Seeing it written out may be a good motivator. It was for me!

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I've been having trouble exercising. I am doing short periods on again, off again. It's starting to get very frustrating, yet I don't seem to do much better.

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I have been stressed the past few weeks because of a number of projects due at work and that has made me exhausted...I don't think I'm getting good sleep, particularly since I have been waking up with headaches, and historically that means I'm clenching my teeth in my sleep, which I haven't done since law school.

I'm in season for rugby so I'm getting 3-5 hrs a week of fitness in with practice and matches - and I'm trying to get in some additional fitness (really happy that the weather has finally turned so outdoor runs can be more regular!) and think I'm eating pretty well...just been stuck on this plateau since January fluctuating between 204 and 208 - mostly at 207 so I'm definitely feeling some frustration there, but I'm overall really happy with my progress and where I am now.

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What are you tired of? Is it physical, tired of your change? It matters what your talking about. Let me know. Thanks. Pam

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I had the same trouble and at times during my journey I repeat this problem. I try putting my sweets where I don't see it and make it more difficult For instance I put them in a room across the house in a closet. If I'm at a period where that doesn't work then I stop buying them. I can't go cold turkey. I still go out to dinner once a week and that's when I let myself splurge. I eat dessert with lots of gooey chocolate. I only do this once a week. It will slow down my weight but I will binge if I don't let myself this outlet. Also make sure you have natural sweets in sights, fruit you like. Natural sweets. I also keep attune chocolate bars in the fridge (only 80 cals) and allow myself 1 a day. I also keep Nugo bars (190 cals) no quite handy and one a day. They have other flavors if chocolate is not your thing. I hope this helps.

Haiku at,
I have lost 185 lbs so far. Once you begin give yourself a day to splurge. It slows down your weight lose but it gives you something to look forward to and it makes it easier for me to enjoy my new lifestyle. I go out to dinner with my Mom once a week and I eat anything I want including dessert. The challenges work for me. I had come to a stand still and once I worked the the challenges I have dropped 4 additional lbs.
Good luck!

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Actually everything lately. Well mostly eating whatever I want and lack of exercise. I have been "off" for months and months and I keep trying to come back and make it stick (as I know what works) and I still fail! I think I will check out some of the challenges and see if that gets me going on the right track again - as I feel so much better when I am healthy!

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I struggle with trying to avoid candy. I am trying to lose weight and watch my sugar intake, but to no avail I still eat. no I am not diabetic either.

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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iM SO TIRED......

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Linda

I eat because I can't seem to go to sleep until I do. I'm never hungry. I just think its a habit that I need to break and I do want something sweet. I chocolate health bars that I really like and if I'm craving I eat one of those.

These are all wonderful suggestions and I will try some of them. Thanks for your help. So far I have stopped eating multiple cookies and multiple snacks until I fall asleep. I eat only one snack and I try to stay away from chocolate. In 2 nights I have lost 2 lbs (I haven't logged logged one yet). emoticon

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I too struggle with night-time eating and it is normally junk food also. How about snacking on air popped popcorn with a little butter spray and butter salt or mandarin oranges or fresh fruit or some homemade soup, boiled eggs? Are you eating because you are hungry or because of the munchies? If you are eating because you are used to having something sweet (like myself) I would try the fresh fruit and maybe a cup of milk.

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eating when stress out insted of walking around the building few time s a day


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I have a coworker that swears by rice cakes with a bit of peanut butter and Nutella. Says its like eating Reese's PB cups. I haven't tried it.

I love PB and fruit on a slice of toast, tortilla, etc though. Skip the jelly and use whatever fruit you like.

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I am really trying to stop eating in the middle of the night. I missed the mark again last night. I would be happy if I ate something healthy and low cal but I always eat junk. I will try again tonight. I was told to eat celery with a bit of PBS. I need to buy some celery. Does anyone have any other suggestions? emoticon

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Welcome to SparkPeople and our team PAM, I am happy you have joined our team.

Your night time snacking sounds like it might be helped with a piece of paper hanging in your kitchen... Maybe instead of tracking what you eat, put this on it: is this worth the HOUR I need to spend exercising? ;)

Pam. It sounds like you have done fantastic on your healthy lifestyle journey... Those ups and downs are part of the path. Keep focused on the good habits, don't beat yourself up (too badly) for the slips.

I am finding myself slipping in my food too. My weight ticker is gong the wrong way. I have maintained exercise, mostly good food choices... Where I am struggling is portions and tracking. I these in January when I started a new full time job.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Hi, my name is Pam. I just joined this website. I need to be held accountable. I lost 85+ lbs but now I have come to a complete standstill. I have gotten to a very bad habit of waking up at night and eating something really bad for me. I have also stopped cooking ahead so I snack on a cookie or candy. I still manage to stay under my cal count but I know I'm not eating well. Please help emoticon

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Catlady. I went through that stage. Make sure you have plenty of fruits and vegetables right at hand. I keep all junk food put away out of the kitchen. Hang a piece of paper up in the kitchen and make sure you write everything you eat as you eat it. It will help you to realize how much you are eating at that time. Try to have your lunch made ahead. I know if I don't have my lunch prepared ahead of time I will fill my self up with bad choices which does not keep me full and then I tend to eat more because I feel bad about what I did to myself and then I eat more. The goal is to break the negative habit. I hope this helps. Let me know how you are doing. emoticon

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Catladyx8, you are not alone. I too am struggling with over eating, apparently I have been doing it too long that my body is asking where the rest of the food is. Have you tried chewing sugarless gum to help with the munchies? I am looking for some alternatives to stop the crazy amount of eating. I tried drinking more water first since our bodies may seem hungry but is really just thirsty. It is helping me to keep a food log since (1) I have to log everything I eat in and (2) I have to see all the numbers adding up. My worst time is at night, I have a horrible sweet tooth and that is my "alone and enjoy myself time".

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Eating right on the weekends!!!!


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thank you very much for the information. I will just do that.

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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Walden - creating a plan, and knowing it may need to be modified, reworked or totally changed at any time is an important part of this journey. Being mindful of what you eat and why help create power... The more you learn about your habits and nutrition the more powerful you become.

So my suggestion to you would be to start with one shake, and regular meals. If that doesn't give you the realistic results you are looking for... Try two. Keeping focused on paying attention to your body and how it responds to what you are doing.

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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I do not think it would be a good way to eat forever. just for a short while.

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Cat - have you tried a "lunchbox diet"? Pack your foods to reach your calorie goal in a lunchbox. Eat only what you have packed.

Walden - I personally wouldn't do the shakes. If they are something you normally enjoy, by all means work them in to your meal plan. The trick is that we are on a lifestyle journey, not a diet. Will you eat that way forever?

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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what I am struggling with is not knowing if I should have 2 protein shakes a day and a regular meal and if I decide to do that would it be a good way to lose weight along with exercising at the gym 5-6 days a week.

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I need some help! I am strugglginw ith over-eating at my lunch meal. I eat a well balanced meal but then I just start eating all sorts fo other stuff. I call it a binge. For some reason I just want to eat and it doesn't' matter what it is as long as it is good. I can consume a lot of food that I don't need to be eating. I just can't help myself. At the time I am doing ti I don't realize what I am doing and once I stop eating it hits me. Then I feel bad about doing it, but stopping it is the problem. I do have some tools in my weight loss kit to help me deal with this sort of thing but at the time I don't think to use those approaches. All I can think about is eating. Does anyone have some suggestions to help me stop this over-eating???

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HI everyone, Happy St. Pattys day.
Have had a couple of bad days, not with eating so much, but just with my self. Crabby, down, and not doing my weekly trackers like I wanted to. Too much stress. But already determined to pick my self up of the floor and shake it off.
today is a new day and you never know what is around the corner!!
Really need to get into the exercise mode, but its hard when the temps won't move past 30. and snow is in the forecast every day. Would like to get in shape some, before gardening season. If now, I will be hurting.

Time for breakfast! Good day everyone!


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Kathy, exercise! :) increases serotonin which is the feel good stuff in your body. It doesn't have to be rigorous either. Get out and walk.

Let me know if it helps...

Vitamin B complex is amazing too. That's what helps in our house.

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I dont know if its the cloudy skies or the fact that i havent been sleeping well lately, but i am in such a crabby mood that im getting on my own nerves. lol. Any suggestion for shaking it off?

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My youngest girl just moved in with me and I am struggling to find out what she likes to do. She is indecisive and needs to be more active. We have tried the treadmill, swimming, belly dance and weight lifting.

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emoticon emoticon Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas!

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Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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A-New Tara, Thank you for your response to my post. I do have trouble eating enough calories every day. I am adding various things to my routine weekly, changing it up a litte. I am not really limited in what I can do. I am pretty active, I just take anti-rejection medicine and other medicines that seem to cause other issues. I am dealing with it one day at a time. I enjoy exercise, it makes me feel really great.

I work at a university and prior to my neck surgery I walked on campus all of the time. Of course, after I was off six weeks with my neck I came back to work for 8 days and while running an errand, I took the steps down instead of waiting on the elevator and I missed a step and fractured my ankle, off another four weeks. I am gradually getting back to that.

I do strength train three days a week, I may increase the reps, maybe that will kick start something.

Thanks for your reply and I will try playing with my calorie range and see what happens. Sandy

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Thanks Joette for your response to my posting. I will definitely check out the things that you suggested. Thanks for the support! emoticon emoticon

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Paula, I am happy you are part of our team. :) I have a couple suggestions for you. :)

Have you tried the "limited mobility" center here on SparkPeople?

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SparkPeople recently changed their headers. To get to this link choose: articles and videos (orange bar at top of page) - choose lifestyle centers - then limited mobility.

The other suggestion I have for you... Last summer/fall this team did a series challenge that lasted about ten weeks. Each segment was put on its own new thread. It was titled: Mind over Body. I think working through those series of articles might be very helpful to you.

There may be others interested in the mind over body too. If you are, speak up. We could redo that series. I would gladly repost them and get new discussion going on them. If you would like to peek at them, you can find them in the "challenges and tracking" forum. They are a page or two (3-4) back.


For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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emoticon emoticon Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas!

I've been a member of this team for a few months now and have kept up with all of the ideas and suggestions and successes that all of you have been having. I am definitely struggling on losing back the 24 lb gain from a new medicine that I was tried on for my leg tremors. I am disabled and seem to "wiggle" most of the time. The main side effect of the medicine was weight gain and depression. I had both. My doctor started me on the stuff in Oct. 2012 and took me back off of it Dec. 31, 2012 and by then I gained 24 lbs up from my first goal (of weighing 150 lbs) the doctors had set for me. I have lost a few of them back down, but it seems that with the depression that came along with it, it "reset my mind" and now all of my thinking and "plans" have gone awry. I need to get back down to the weight of 150 lbs, but I'm stuck. I'm not giving up, I've come too far in my 4 year journey to turn back now. It is truly amazing what medicines can do. She put me back on my regular medicine that I had been on for numerous years and I'm feeling definitely better in mind and body, but I'm struggling with these several pounds to lose back. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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"Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!"

"You can never gain too far from your goal, that you can't return and lose it!"

"Hold on to my arm & let's journey together!"

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Some times a change in the "routine" helps break a plateau. You're getting a lot of exercise in, are you eating enough calories? If so, maybe just play in your range some going from low to high end every few days. Also bumping up ST can help, I'm not sure what you can and can't do as far as exercise goes, but change how you do it from time to time. That stops the body from getting too comfortable with your exercise.

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Hi Everyone, well, my scale seems to be stuck at 162. Let me tell you a little about myself and maybe you can give me some ideas. First of all, I had a kidney transplant in 2002, I have done really well as far as that goes, but, the medicine you take for anti-rejection has several side effects. I have osteoporosis,I am on Fosomax for that, anemia, I give myself an epogen shot every other week for that and now I have developed Crohn's disease, and am taking Asacol for that. I haven't gained in a few weeks but I haven't lost either.

Also, in September 2012, I had neck surgery, which was caused by the medicine I am on, sort of a deteriation of cartilidge. I have never felt better since that surgery in my life. They say you never how much pain you were in until you have no more pain. I can attest to that.

I have a home gym and I use it everyday. Elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike and handweights. I also have several dvd's that I use for exercise. Yesterday, I did Leslie Sansone's 4 mile walk for life plus my stationary bike. I usually do 90 minutes a day of exercise. 30 in the morning and 60 in the evening. I log my food, watch what I eat and have been juicing for about a month and a half with the Jack Lalane. I have always juiced, but now I do it everyday. Any ideas on something that would break this cycle, I would love to get down in the 150's. emoticon

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“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”

¯ Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


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J0ETTE
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Kathy, keep me posted on how that calendar idea is working for you.



For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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hi
i will try the calendar, sounds like it would help.
i started on spark coach yesterday and that has really helped, i also joined a couple more teams here at sparkpeople and with encouraging words like yours im back on track.

i also tried a new excersize video,
nicole 10 minute bootcamp cardio kickboxing.
it felt great! i forgot how good it feels to break a sweat.

thank you so much for all your support!

you have a sparkfriend here,

kathy

maintaining my inner peace is my goal, a healthy lifestyle is my mission!


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