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sorry- I just read my post and realized I wasn't very specific- I was talking about Running Water's doggie- just adorable!

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Ahhh, male:female, we are more alike(and not) than we care to admit! Very good post Dennis!

This is actually my first post here, thanks Tara for iviting me! Such a great group of people you have assembled here. Hope to gather many words of wisdom here, and then put those words to use!!
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I am late chipping my "2 cents" in here. I do not hear that at all on the "guys forum" that I look in on - about the whinning gals.....bla bla bla. I think that most of the guys feel that they are a part of this WHOLE Community and the common topic is health - we are all here to get, and be, healthy/healthier and because of that common goal, there springs empathy - a desire for all to succeed. We are strange animals - we walk erect all the time and we know of our own, too soon demise - and sometimes the worse of us kill for the sake of killing. Strange. But here, in this community there is a lot of understanding. The lone hunters and gatherers do not come here to post - they do not care. So, what IS here seems to care, care a lot for there fellow earth dweller. I do not know if it is easier for a woman to loose 100 lbs or a man to loose 100 lbs - it is kind of like the question, what is heavier, a pound of feathers... or a pound of steel. They are the same from a distance. But in the end, it does not matter - all that matters is success...... for better health......... two pennies worth?

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Jeff --

That's so true. It really is the sum of all our decisions on a daily basis that determine the results we get. So, even if we make mistakes, if most of the time we do the right thing, we'll still get good results. (Of course, the opposite is also true.) That's a good quote to keep a healthy perspective when we're agonizing over one bad day. Thanks! Talk to ya later!

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Tara and everyone I'm still here! Wow has this been a busy thread. That is so great. Tara I want to comment on one of the things you said earlier today it reminded me of one of my favorite quotes. What you were commenting on is:
"... One day here or there will not undo the strides you have already made; but, as you say, once you start eating the high calorie, sugary foods, they can very easily become addictive ..."

The quote below is from a Business philosopher but is just as applicable to weight loss and weight maintenance and many other things in life.

"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgement repeated every day. It is the accumulated weight of our disciplines and our judgements that lead us to either fortune or failure." (Jim Rohn)

So simple yet so very true.

I hope everyone had a great day today.
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Ralph,

Well said! I still haven't found exactly the right motivational words for myself as yet, but that's a very good choice.

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The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Anthony Robbins

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Well today it is beautiful outside, I went for a jog/run today and would have stayed out for longer then I did if my asthma hadn't started to act up. But I am very glad I did, I love spring time and being outside this time of year.



BRING IT!!

Do your best and forget the rest.

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RW - Okay, you're right, you did say "forums". We just wanted you to know that we very much value your input, so don't skuttle off.
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I've only read a few posts in the guy forums, so I am not really an expert, but I was a little concerned over how many guys there were saying that they were "sick and tired" of hearing women tell them how much easier it was for them. I can understand how that would be irritating, so that's why I wanted to clarify what we really mean when we're saying things like that. You can't always take everything at face value.

In fact, I used to have this poster on my wall, which read:

"I know you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I'm not certain you realize that what you heard was not what I meant."

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RW - OKAY, your unhooked !! emoticon I can't wait to hear your two cents worth, I hope you live up to it with all the waiting your making us do. emoticon Have a great Day !! Lena

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Hey, don't get me wrong girls, just read what I wrote, I said guys FORUMS. You definitely will be seeing me in here, and when I have any 2 cents worth I'll share it too.
I got this age by practicing yoga for over 20 yrs, now I'm getting the body definition and shape I want. I have never known any site that compares to SparkPeople, I will always be here.
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Tara, I agree with you about the sparkpoints holding you accountable. I check in every day and do my spark points, mainly because it helps me keep track of what I'm eating and drinking. My problem was that I was never a breafast eater and sometimes if I got really busy I would skip lunch too. Needless to say by the time dinner rolled around I was straving, and after awhile the fat started to get harder to lose. Now I eat three little meals and two snacks, I still don't quite meet my calorie intake but I'm not going below 1200. I have always drank alot of water, but did you know that the way to figure out how much water you need to take in is by taking your current weight and dividing it in half, thats how many oz. you need to take in . I learning alot here !! LENA

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Lena,

I totally agree--RW's not getting off that easy, keeping all his knowledge and experience to himself. At least he can give us the lowdown on the benefits of yoga.

I've noticed a tendency of many of these forums to kind of split off by gender, but I think working together will provide us much more balance. Are you listening, Running Water?

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Welcome, Chris!

Yes, I was a bit skeptical about this site at first, myself, because I had tried another diet site last year, but it seemed like everything was geared toward getting you to buy into a membership, and some people got really nasty on the discussion forums, so that wasn't for me.

My experience with SparkPoints has been totally different, and I've actually lost 10 lbs, a lot slower than I wanted (a little over 2 months) but I know I won't be so quick to put it back on, now, because I'm actually forming some healthy lifetime habits. I've heard you can kick a habit in 21 days; but I'm not sure how long it takes to form a habit.

I just know that tracking what I eat and drink makes me much more accountable, and forces me to see how many calories I've really been taking in. Plus, although the SparkPoints don't really mean anything, it helps me keep track of my progress and when I'm doing a challenge, it forces me not to wimp out (for instance, riding the bike for 2 hours last night).

So enjoy this journey to good health, and keep us posted on your progress, or if have any questions or concerns. Ciao for now, --Tara

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RW- Don't tell me you don't have any words of wisdom to share with us. I looked at your sparkpage and for 67 you're a buff dude. Surely you have some words to share with us from a mans point of view. It took some of us half our live time to gain this weight, and hopefuly it won't take the other half to lose it. Wisdom on winning this game covers life !! Lena PS. I'm not letting you off the hook that easy !! emoticon

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~~~~Words of Wisdom on Winning the Losing Game~~~

that's our name,
I doubt if I'll find any "Words of Wisdom" coming from any guys forum... period!

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Thanks for the invite, I've been registered on the site for a few months but only really started using it about 3 weeks ago - this morning I was down 2 lb's from about 10 days ago, so I'm starting to see some results - I was pretty skeptical about the site for a while but some of the other guys at work kept pushing me, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at how effective tracking my food intake and physical activity can be. . .

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5/1/06 12:49 P

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Tara, thanks for inviting me emoticon
I think this board will be a great inspiration and motivator to us all.




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I've been reading some posts from some of the guys' forums, and a few men have said that they're sick and tired of hearing us women tell them they have it so much easier than we do, as far as losing weight.

I just want to say here and now, I know there are men who have a very difficult time with the weight issue, especially if they are taking medication, have been overweight most of their lives, suffer from depression, etc.

So just know, that if a woman remarks that it's easier for a man to lose weight than a woman, it's probably not intended to trivialize anyone's pain or struggles against obesity. Each and every one of us has different health concerns, and our own special obstacles to surmount.

Usually, when we do make a comment like that, we know it is a generalization, and certainly not true in all cases. HOWEVER, I will say that whenever I have gone on a diet with a male partner, no matter how hard I diet and exercise, I am lucky if I lose 1/3 of the weight my male counterpart loses. Case in point: my husband and I had a similar amount of weight we wanted to lose; he started this program a few days after me, has not exercised as much, doesn't go hungry the way I do, yet he's lost 30 pounds and I've lost 10. That can be very frustrating for a woman, but that doesn't mean we think losing weight for anyone is easy.

It has been medically proven that most men can lose more weight faster than most women, because women's bodies work against losing weight, since they are made for childbearing and have more fat normally, whereas most men have a more muscular structure to begin with, and/or are taller and bigger boned, so they burn more calories all the time.

But let's face it; no one with a weight problem has it easy. It's damned hard to lose weight and keep it off in today's society, and I don't think anyone believes that men's difficulties with weight are any less devastating than women's. It's just that very often, our mates don't understand why, if we are "really trying," we aren't as successful as they are at losing weight.

People can be cruel--sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Both genders are often a little insensitive to the feelings of the opposite gender.

Here, however, we're trying to provide a sanctuary for people struggling with being overweight. We may not always agree on everything, we may not always be at our best, and we may even whine and complain sometimes, but that's all okay. Because we need to be here for each other, anyway.

So, my best suggestion is to try not to judge others or even compare ourselves to others. It's a fruitless task, because we're all individuals, with different body types.

I do get frustrated sometimes when my husband always loses more weight than I do at a faster pace; but that doesn't minimize his hard work or his struggle to overcome temptations and/or exhaustion while trying to become healthier.

So, although this lifelong journey toward better health is not always pleasant, it is probably one of the most important things we do, and each of us has our own particular struggle. So let's all be more careful of what we say, and do our best to help each other! Okay, I'm off my soapbox. Have a GREAT day! --Tara


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Good morning, Michelle from Queens!

Welcome, Sparkguy, Kathy and Gabby, and any other newbies!

Holidays are definitely hard--we have made food such an important part of socializing and celebrating, so yes, there are going to be times when you eat more than your daily goal, but, that's what's good about this system, rather than a "diet".

You know there's going to be times when you eat more than you should, but then you try to balance it out, by eating more veggies and protein on the other days, and cranking up the exercise. One day here or there will not undo the strides you have already made; but, as you say, once you start eating the high calorie, sugary foods, they can very easily become addictive, so you have to STOP yourself, and go into a withdrawal period, if you are a sugar or starch addict.

Everybody is different, as far as their weaknesses go, but this website is all about PRACTICING healthy habits. The more you practice, the easier it gets, but it's okay once in a while to get off track, as long as you don't call it quits and throw in the towel. Keep on keepin' on, that's what it's all about. Today is a new day, the FIRST day of the rest of your life, so learn from past screw-ups, and then forget about them. TODAY you can do better!

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This was a busy board over the weekend. I was mostly on track Thursday and Friday, but Saturday and Sunday went completely out the window. Actually the past 2 weeks I wasn't in much control. It started with Easter weekend. Thankfully I don't have any holidays this month (my mom doesn't make a big stink out of mother's day, so no going out to dinner) and only my sister's b-day to celebrate, so all in all it should be a very healthy month. The weather is getting much nicer and I'm enjoying my new rollerblades and other outdoor activities.

My words of wisdom for this week. Don't get so discouraged when you go off track. Remember, you've already made a big change giving yourself a healthier lifestyle. You're doing great things for yourself already, so don't throw in the towel. Keep going. Slow and steady wins the race! emoticon

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DJorgenson --

Whose dog are you talking about? I want to see!

--Tara

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Good morning, everyone!

Welcome to our newbies, since I last checked; we're up to 15 now! So howdy, Miss_Elisha, Olivia, Shannah, and Ralph! I hope you will all introduce yourselves to the group and if you haven't got a Sparkpage yet, you'll set one up soon, so we can share pictures!

If I miss any new members, please let me know. Unfortunately, for some reason I'm not getting e-mails to let me know when someone joins as I had requested, so I have to keep checking to see who has recently joined, unless you send me a note directly, as some of you have, like Olivia, and Karen and Bob.

I know Bob is really busy with his new job, but he was the first member to join with me in this group, so I hope he can stop by and chat with us soon.

Hey, Jeff--what's going on?

Howdy, Dennis--still waiting for that 2 or 3 cents you owe me.
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Shannah - Saw your SparkPage, and your kitties are so cute. I have four, myself, but always dream of winning the lottery so I can open a cat house. (No, not that kind of cat house.)
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I mean a place to make a haven for the stray kitties that get abandoned; getting them fixed up with shots, neutered, etc. Of course, although I'm a cat person, I like dogs, too, and don't like to see them suffer; but there seem to be more dog lovers in the world than cat lovers, or at least a lot more people who HATE cats. Then again, I would probably have to get a really HUGE place, so I could take on stray dogs, too. (o:

Well, I've got work to do, so chat with ya'll later!

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Good morning. I saw your sparkpage and your little dog is adorable. It looks a lot like my Chinese Crested...what typ is it?
Your success here on Spark is an inspiration. I wish I knew more about Yoga to practice it. With 2 teenage daughters, a husband and a mother who lives with me, I think it would do me good! emoticon

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Thanks for the invite, I really like your group name. I too use the points a gauge to see how well I've done, and how well I have been tracking my food and exercise. I love the tools on here and I still find it amazing that it is free.

BRING IT!!

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Hi, Lena! Glad you could join us! As a matter of fact, I am a writer (attesting to that, are my somewhat long-winded posts, I'm sure). I love this site too, and it's really helping me get off the diet roller coaster and to make long-term changes in my lifestyle. I've looked at other sites, and tried some, but SparkPoints is different--it's truly helpful, and amazingly, FREE.

I just finished two hours on the bike, then a shower, and I did very well on calories today, so it's been a great day for me, and a great start for the new week. I hope everyone had a great, healthy weekend!

Running Water--Sounds like you had a really nice day. I love the beach, but I don't get there as often as I'd like.

The SparkPoints don't really mean anything, of course, but very often, people start new programs with a lot of enthusiasm, but then they lose interest. However, I actually scored 100 SparkPoints more this month than last month, so I'm using the points to keep track of my progress. They're also a good way to track weekend "challenges," with other members.

Well, I've got to get up early to go to work tomorrow, so will talk to ya'll tomorrow! -- Tara

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It seems this group is going to be an active group, I'm glad it has ......let's all keep posting and getting on the boards. Spark Points don't mean a lot to me anymore, I do this because I love to do it, and my lifestyle has developed into what I came into Spark to have...health and fitness!
Tara, I live in Florida too, the other coast on the Gulf near Sarasota.
I'm happy, I love the beach and I love to exercise at the Y, where I have been going to get cardio and weight lifting exercise.
My day today was great. I was at the beach all morning doing some yoga and getting in the sun, it was kinda breezy though. This afternoon I coached my wife at the Y and got in my workout too.

Anybody can lose weight
keeping it off is the hard part
that's why diets don't work, but a lifestyle
change does.
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Hi There everyone, I was looking at the message boards and came across this Topic title really caught my eye. I loved the title so I had to see who was here. I've been with sparkpeople now for three weeks and I love this site, it has really opened my eyes to what I've been doing wrong all these years. I live in sountern Arizona 20 mile from Mexico , we share the same mountain range. I look forward to getting to know you all. Tara , you must be a writer because you realed me in. GOOD TOPIC TITLE ! emoticon LENA

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Welcome, Michelle! (Now we have two Michelles, you and Michelle from Queens). I've always liked that name. Glad you could join us; I think we have a great group of really interesting people to trade stories, pictures, and give encouragement. I love looking at everyone's SparkPage. Invite any of your friends to also join in, so we can get a really varied group of people all helping each other with ideas and support. I'm thrilled about this website, and about our new group! I've got to exercise right now, but I'll check in with ya'll later! --Tara

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Thank you for the invitation! I'll have to read over the other posts...the look helpful. :)

I'm Michelle, 29, and I'm looking for a smaller, healthier me.

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For calcium, I try to eat 2 yogurts a day. Dannon makes a nonfat, 60 calorie yogurt called "Light 'n Fit", which tastes pretty good, but is lower in sugar than a lot of the others. I also have a cup of skim milk with calcium enriched cereal, or I make my own form of cafe latte, by heating one cup of skim milk or 2% milk in the microwave (heat it, don't boil) and then add a teaspoon of instant coffee (decaf is okay) and some Spenda or Twin Brown Sugar, which has no calories.

Since I started doing this, my calcium intake has risen over the past two months. Also, many protein powders and breakfast drinks have extra calcium. Try it; you'll like it! --Tara

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I have a hard time with the calcium and Vitamin D, too. I think I will need a supplement. I take Estroven every day and that's full of supplemental vitamins, but still not enough of those.

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I think I'll check some of those out before I get groceries today. I've also been struggling a little with getting the right amount of calcium daily - I just barely make the minimum usually. Even though I love milk I don't have enough calories left to have any at dinner, so I think I'm finally ready to give up the junk food without much of a struggle. It took me four months to come to this realization, I guess I'm a slow learner!

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good thinking Mertie. Have you looked at any of the recipes on Spark? I have made a few- the Taboulleh salad is awesome and a good filling snack. Yesterday I made a peanut butter smoothie with Activia yogurt instead of regular and added some slax- yummy stuff- even my 14 year old daughter like it!

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Yay! I can use all the wisdom I can get!

I'm starting my own challenge today. I've decided the reason I snack on the junk stuff is because it's easier or faster than actually fixing something, and most of the time I'm not hungry enough to eat much so I grab that. So, instead of walking into the pantry I'm going to head to the fridge and see if I can't just find some fresh fruit or something in there instead!

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Hi all, I saw this link on Mertie's page and checked it out. I would like to join your discussion- I feel the "need" to share my 2 cents, too! -lol

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This evening, our friends decided they wanted to go to Bayside for dinner. It's really nice out there--I would prefer to be out on a boat or on cruise, but this was the closest I'm going to get to a cruise any time soon.

I just got blackened chicken and a salad, and danced a little. Had a few sips of a Kahluah Mudslide, but all in all did not do too badly. But after a pretty tough workout and dancing the Merengue, now I'm sore all over, so I'm going to bed with some IBuprofen. I hate getting older. I wish I'd appreciated the flexibility and stamina of my body when I was younger. Check in with ya'll tomorrow. --Tara

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Morning folks! Actually, afternoon! It's a beautiful day in NY. I've got errands to run today and I plan on doing them on my rollerblades. I figure it's faster than walking! Have a great day everyone!

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Good morning, everyone! Thanks so much for joining our group! I couldn't get online last night, & spent 30 minutes on the phone with 2 different techs from Bellsouth this morning, trying to get online. Turned out they had to update some software from their end for my DSL modem.
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Welcome, DENNIS, I can't wait to get 2 or 3 more cents from you!

Hi again, MICHELLE from Queens; I was always a Mets fan too, (born and bred New Yorker, expatriated to Miami). Definitely I agree about the walking. It always cracks me up to see the way people will spend 15 minutes driving around looking for the closest parking spot to wherever s/he is going. Much better to park far away where it's not crowded, and then walk to the destination, but if you live in Miami, remember to bring an umbrella because it rains almost every day in the summer. Not all day, just right before you leave from work, or right after you've bought a ton of groceries.
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LIN, so glad you could join us! I'd like to help you with the procrastination issue. Maybe I'll get back to you tomorrow about that. No, seriously, since my name is Tara, I've got that whole Gone-with-the-Wind, Scarlet O'Hara, get-to-it-tomorrow vibe, myself. Besides, you've already cleaned your car, haven't you? I'm still putting that off, so anyone here NOT a tried and true procrastinator to help us out?

MERTIE-- Congrats on the 11 pounds! I've lost more like 7-8 since I've been on SparkPoints, which isn't much for two months hard work, but I figure the slower it comes off, the longer it'll stay off. I told my husband about the site, and he has also joined, and lost 29 lbs. Irksome, but I know that since men's bodies are more muscular, they burn more calories all the time, and women's bodies are genetically engineered to hold onto fat, for protection of the race and all. Kind of a bummer, but then I can dye my hair when it gets grey, and I can cover skin imperfections with makeup, which my husband is less likely to do, so I guess we as women have some small compensations for the burdens we bear.
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RUNNING WATER--are you Native American? I have some Cherokee in my background, but it's overridden by the Irish/Scottish heritage as far as my coloring goes. You look like you've got a great tan in your picture, and you're in really great shape! You can be my inspiration as far as exercise--I've got some problems with my feet (Double E width, flat, straight lacs, blisters, heel spurs, etc.) but I recently bought some MBTs and some Brooks Adrenalines, so that should help. I can't believe I spent our whole IRS refund on 2 pairs of sneakers.
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JEFF -- yes, true, sometimes the food urge is not because of hunger, but then some of us have the growling in the stomach, headachy thing going that really is hunger. Really good to STOP and decide first, if it's hunger or boredom or thirst or just emotional hunger.

I think I kind of got in the habit of using food as a pacifier, because my life hasn't always turned out as I'd hoped, and when I was raising two young kids and working and going to school, I never had time for ME, so food became my consolation. It's very hard to undo that habit, and it takes time.

So today, I've got lots to do, and we've got people coming over tonight, but I'm going to get on the treadmill first, and get my exercise done before everything else, because I'm trying to make my health a TOP PRIORITY. Plus, I have a SparkPoints challenge going with my other group, BuffyWorld (nobody laugh; my daughter got me addicted to everything Joss Whedon), so I'm trying to break 1800 points for April. I also have an exercise challenge with BLO SparkBuddies, so I find that being able to share with others online and support each other has really helped make food a little less important, and brought my health and my goals more to the forefront.

For once, getting healthier isn't about deprivation and beating myself up every day; it's about getting second and third chances when I mess up, it's about slowing down and changing my lifestyle. It's about permanent improvement in my life, not a quick-fix.

Have a great day, everybody, and feel free to give advice or ask for help. We're all here to help one another! I'm off to the races!
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Good morning everyone, and thanks for the invite Tara. For my two cents on hunger ...

What I have learned is make sure it really is hunger that is making you hungry. I have found a lot of things can make you feel hungry, among them,

Boredom
Old habits (like eating in front of the TV)
Being thirsty
Stressful situations

It helps to make sure that you get at least 3 meals in a day. Conventional wisdom states 4 to 6 smaller meals but in all honesty I do not follow that, but I do try to get in three. Skipping meals can lead to binging on foods that you know you shouldn't really be eating and skipping meals can lead to that hungry feeling. I look at it as the body needs the fuel throughout the day.

Talk later,
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Okay, I joined. Tara, thanks for the invite. So, who's got words of wisdom to get my to stop procrastinating??

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Thanks for the invite. I'm here, ....But I do not have 2 cents yet.
Will get back to you ASAP!

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Hello everyone and thanks for the invite Tara! I snuck onto Spark at work earlier today and joined the group, but didn't have time to introduce myself. I joined Spark in January and am down 11 pounds so far, still have a few more to go but it feels good knowing that I have the tools to keep them off now! Hopefully later tonight I'll have time to sit down and read through everything - I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with everyone!

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OK , here's my 2 cents worth emoticon Guess Iíll have join the group now Ö..LOL

My experience about "hungry" that works for me.

I made a commitment to myself to change my eating habits, I may not always do it perfectly but overall I need to stay disciplined enough to see any results. A hit and miss program just won't work for me.
Many years ago I fasted for 4 days before I did a sweat lodge (Indian ceremony) not eating anything at all, just water.
1st day ...I was extremely hungry....mostly from thinking of food and depriving myself.
2nd day ...I adjusted to the fact that I wasn't going to have any food that day, even though I wanted to eat.
3rd day...I focused more on life, and found the freedom of not having to plan meals, a time out for eating and more time to meditate
4th day ...I realized that I could survive.
As a result, the sweat lodge experience was a great journey for me and set me on a path I hadnít dreamed of. I wanted a vision and found one many weeks later.

When I restarted my SP program last year, I was off the beam; I was not getting my daily calories in. I had to be prompted to eat more, which I did Ö.there is a starvation mode you go into, your body stops burning fat and instead it burns muscle. I increased the calories to the SP recommendation .
Iíve reached my goal weight and body size Ösometimes I do get hungry and Iíll have a snackÖTaraís list of healthy snacks looks pretty good for that. My goal now is to maintain the fitness I have
More about that laterÖ.
I just wanted to get 2 cents worth but it looks like I may owe you a few more cents

Iím not shy on this website, I love it, and Iíll try to help anyone
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4/28/06 4:33 P

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Hi folks!

My words of wisdom for the day (maybe it will be for the week, depends on when new things pop into my head) WALK WHENEVER POSSIBLE! Instead of driving to the bank, walk! Only need milk at the grocery store, then walk! It's a rainy day and you don't want to exercise in your home, go to the mall and walk around. Every little bit counts. You'll eventually become so accustomed to it, that you won't think about it. Just think how much money you'll be saving on gas these days just by walking!

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RunningWater--Thank you for posting to our group! I know men tend to be a little shy on this website, but I'm hoping to build a diverse group of Spark Buddies working toward winning better health. I figure the more minds we have working on our goal, the better.

That's the best part about teambuilding--you've got more minds brainstorming, so there is an increased amount of knowledge, experience, and diverse ideas working for us. There should be something for everybody in this group! Plus, it could be a really good resource for newcomers.

Karen--I HATE PLATEAUS!! Seems like I'm always on one. emoticon
How about a weekend challenge? Any ideas?

Challenges I've used before:

1)Eat at least 10 fruits and/or vegetables a day (not as hard as it sounds)
2)Drink half your weight in ounces of water each day (200 pounds, would drink 100 ounces -- of course, if you weigh less than 128 pounds, you still have to drink your 8 glasses.
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3)Exercise twice as much time as usual; if 30 minutes, do an hour, if an hour, do two.

Post your challenge for the weekend, or come up with ideas for others to try, and then post your progress on Monday! Have a FANTASTIC weekend! --Tara

Edited by: AEROFLOT57 at: 4/28/2006 (15:19)
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Tara- thanks for inviting me to join this group. I'm going to join after I find my 2 cents.
meanwhile I'll listen in for a while
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Aeroflot,

Hello!

I agree about not 'going hungry'. Lately I have been trying to drink a full glass of water before a meal; although I had previous thought one should not drink too many fluids when one eats, I have come round to thinking the more the merrier---wash those nutrients right into one's system!

I also have gotten into (onto?) a plateau, so my goal is to shake things up this week. Different foods, different exercises-- we'll see!

Karen

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To Those Who are HUNGRY:

One thing we need to all remind ourselves, is that this is a long P R O C E S S, which is not going to happen overnight. To WIN the Losing Game, we have to make a lifetime committment to better health.

Keeping that in mind, remember, if you are HUNGRY, you should eat. If you've been eating between 2000 - 2500 calories every day, you can't suddenly cut your caloric intake in half; that's too much of a change too fast. So, even if you keep your calories at 1800, you will still lose weight if you're eating healthy foods and you're exercising.

That's what has kept me going with the SparkPoints plan; I decide how much I will eat, what I will eat, etc. So, initially, I tried keeping my calorie intake between 1600 and 1800, then gradually, as my body started to adjust to my new eating and exercise habits, I have S L O W L Y decreased my caloric intake. Some days I go over my calorie limit (my birthday, Easter, for example) but then I get right back on track.

That's one of the most successful aspects of SparkPoints; it's a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets mean deprivation for a period of time, whereas slowly working on changing your habits and becoming healthier over all at a slower rate, lasts forever. No more yo-yo weight loss and gain!

So, when you are hungry, you should eat, preferably something with Protein, since that takes the body longer to break down. Fiber is good for keeping you fuller longer.

When I'm hungry, I try drinking two glasses of water first (sometimes our bodies don't know the difference between when we're thirsty or hungry). If that doesn't work, then I try eating or drinking one or more of the following:

Fat free yogurt
Lean turkey or chicken
Water packed tuna
Fiber One cereal
Uncle Sam cereal (with flaxseed)
Plain Cheerios (mixed with one of the above)
Oatmeal
Fat free milk
Hard boiled egg
Big vegetable salad with low calorie dressing
PopSmart 100 Calorie Popcorn
Celery with peanut butter
Apple with peanut butter
Low fat cheese

REMEMBER: Before you give up, or go on a binge, come onto this website and ask for help. Sometimes, just keeping your hands busy will keep you from going on a food binge. But don't go hungry, even if you're already over your calorie goal -- eat something healthy, and try to readjust your eating program so you get more protein and fiber in future. Watch your portion sizes, however. Measure everything! Good luck!

Anyone else care to chime in?

Edited by: AEROFLOT57 at: 4/28/2006 (10:46)
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This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Words of Wisdom on Winning the Losing Game" was started. Here is the description for this Group:

On our transition toward terrific health, we all improve as we go. We may fall, but we get up; we make mistakes, but we learn. Please share your advice, tips, or war stories as we WIN THE LOSING GAME!

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