Welcome ARLENEBETH! I am so sorry to hear about your friend's relapse of cancer; my prayers are with you and her.
I have to say that as a Social Worker, I see many strengths in your second paragraph. You're eating less, you had a healthy meal, only a nibble or two of desert. I can hardly speak from the perspective of total success, myself, but as for progress I think you are headed in the right direction. Try to celebrate the good that you are doing for your self and try not to minimize it. I'm going into day four of the 28 day boot camp. I too had more calories than I would have like to yesterday, but I had fewer than the day before and I've been exercising a little bit the past three days too....all things to celebrate!!!
My first week was not a smashing success. I had good days and hungry days. I also found out that one of my dearest friends/almost sister has had a relapse of ovarian cancer after only 3 months in remission. Not an excuse but it sure sent my mood into the depths.
I am eating less but not less enough to lose weight. Last night, we had company for dinner. I made a healthy meal and only tasted the dessert. Still, a little wine, a little cheese....probably ended up with too many calories.
BUT, to misquote Scarlett O'Hara, "Today is another day."
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I'm an intermittent poster here. I am a psycholgist in PA, training for a marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (not my first marathon, but the first I am going to run). I'm also looking to lose about 30-40 lbs, but I'd be quite happy to simply get under 160. I seem to have trouble breaking that barrier.
Hope you will enjoy this group. It is a good crew.
Welcome to the group ArleneBeth! I am the group leader... theoretically. I have been MIA for the last month or so, settling into a new postion, a new state, and what not... But... I am hoping to shake my complacency this New Year and jump back on the wagon. Glad we can all be on this ride together.
Recommit as often as you have to.
"Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."
Come huddle with my team: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Psychologists
I am 66, a clinical psychologist and I love my career. I notice several members are starting this journey, and I feel for myself it is worth it. I RARELY feel like I am "working."
I firwt joined Spark in February. When I first joined Spark, I obsessively filled in my food intake and was crushed when after 6 weeks I hadn't lost any weight. I joined the Swim group but everyone seemed to jump in the water and 6 weeks later was going for a triathlon.
After 6 months I was up to half a mile but loving it. Then I got the cold from Hell and was sick for 10 weeks. (I named it the eternity virus since that's how long it lasted)
Meanwhile, I have been fighting to lose weight since I was 12.
You would think that anyone as old and smart as I am could figure out I was eating too much.
Last week, my cold finally over, I decided to get serious. AGAIN. I have lowered my calories and after two days of "winging it", I realized I have to make a plan BEFORE I eat. (I did this the first time I joined WW and it worked fine.)
So here I am, starting again. I chose this group because I am a psychologist and I wanted a group that was small enough to be a group. 588 members is not my forte. i need to lose 30 pounds. I would like to lose 20. 10 would be a very nice start.
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