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9/28/14 8:14 P
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ANNIEMARY5K I get it! We eat out way too often, but if I were to go for pizza it would be all-bets-are-off. And a white pizza with wine? Heaven!
I'm glad your husband supports you; it helps SO much. Maybe the next time you're doing an outing you can snack on a high-protein something just ahead of time? A bit of cottage cheese or some almonds maybe? Then it might be easier to get that margherita pizza...and still have room for the wine ;-)
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9/21/14 12:43 A

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SISYPHUSAGAIN, thank you for your good words! I was discouraged tonight. Two nights in a row we ate out. I just cannot seem to make good choices at restaurants, even if I have good choices available. I craved a glass of chardonnay with a chicken alfredo pizza. I love that combo. Could've, should've picked the margherita pizza but was too hungry.

My husband has been such a great support. Maybe I need a little more of his support in the dining out area.

I liked with you said, though. Celebrate your successes and do a little at a time. I've been doing great during the week!!!! thank you!!!

I CAN get through the next 5 minutes!


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9/11/14 7:47 A

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Hey, TexasMom68! I vote for concentrating on what you've done RIGHT! Wow, you did a GREAT job on the exercising front!!! My friends will recognize that I've recently been battling peanut M&Ms! Last night, I killed the craving with a glass of milk: half milk, half coconut milk. I'll tell you what, that glass of milk had me so satisfied with the yummy taste and full feeling that it KILLED THE PEANUT M&M MONSTER! Also, I've been working on transitioning to a Paleo eating lifestyle. I get to eat the foods I like the best, am using more spices in cooking and am seeing good results as far as clothes fitting. Be careful, if you search for Paleo info, you'll hear all sorts of stuff about having to go strictly Paleo to reap the benefits - that's hogwash. Nobody can make a full change like this cold turkey and be telling the truth (IMHO), anyway, it's not so hard if you allow yourself to make transitions - any kind of transition - as quickly as you can but as gradually as you need!

Hang in there!! We're with ya!

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Grrrrr! Day two of poor eating. I did still walk over 3 miles yesterday, but I keep eating when not hung! I had been doing so good too. I feel the drive and motivation slipping away....HELP!

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I'm so sorry to hear your strong frustration. You're not alone, as I'm convinced there's a lot more medical stuff going on with weight gain/loss than we know - even with the strides made in recent years. You're doing the right thing being in close contact with your Doc. Between the two of you, I'm sure you will figure this out eventually. Try to focus, as often as you can, on the wonderful fact that you are taking educated, thoughtful control of your situation, involving the appropriate people (Doctor and Spark Friends, of course!) and that you *are* making healthy choices. Hang in there! emoticon

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Sounds really frustrating! What is MIC?


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I am very frustrated because I have been getting B12 and MIC injections for now 4 weeks. I have been drinking my 100 ounces of water a day and exercising. The doctor told me to eat around 1600 calories a day. My spark scale says to eat between 1450 - 1700 so I try to stay around 1500. I have been doing great with the exception of my Dad's brithday fish fry the family had. I doubled my exercise for the week burning 2500 calories in exercise. When I went to the doctor again today for an injection the scale said I gained 3 pounds. I am soooo mad. I have been working so hard to lose and it seems even with getting injections from the doctor I can't do it. It seems the more I try the opposite effect it has. I gain weight if I am not trying, I gain weight when I am trying it seems like a never ending battel only resulting my scale climbing upward. I have been on spark for many years now and I am tired of never getting close to my goal. I don't lie about what I do or eat it just does not seem to work well for me. UGHHHHH
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4/17/14 11:14 A

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I'm so frustrated! I have been doing amazing with the exercise part of my plan. And I do great with my nutrition side until about 2:00 and then I completely go overboard. I'm supposed to eat between 1200 - 1550. I shoot for about 1400, but then....... I usually get average 2300. I just feel like I don't have control over it. From my head I could tell you all the things to do to avoid the overeating - small plates, go for a walk, distract your mind, drink water, etc, etc, etc. But I don't do any of them. It's like my brain goes into a fog. Of course being over 40 it already seems a LOT harder to lose weight, but I'm making it completely impossible. I just hurt all the time and want to get the weight off so I can feel better. I'm tired of hurting. I usually don't complain or whine like this, but its been a rough couple of days. emoticon emoticon

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Hang in there! I would start with small goals, like exercise 10 minutes a day. SparkPeople is so right about that! I find that once I get started I feel like I can go longer. Of course, tracking works! I also agree that it's just numbers on a scale. I discovered this this year (tried this a few times myself).... have been at it two months, and I have only lost 9 pounds, but I've lost a size in my pants and shirts. (Working with weights makes a big difference in that.) How about how you feel all day after an exercise session?

So what about what the scale says. When you see small changes in your body or a change in how your clothes feel, or especially how YOU feel when you exercise, that makes all the difference in motivation. Best wishes and God bless!

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TMCCANTS71 - I agree with the others - making small changes that you can live with for the rest of your life is what will be more effective than diet pills.

Honestly, most of the diet pills work subtly - not dramatically for weight loss. Generally, you end up spending a lot of money on a lot of bottles if you have a lot of weight to lose - and you still are only losing weight because of the changes you made to your diet.

Slimquick has fiber in it, so you might be slightly less hungry, but adding in good nutrition will accomplish the same goal quicker and cheaper and in a more lasting way. It also has caffeine in it, so it may boost your metabolism slightly or may cause you to be wide awake at night.

I recommend the book "You on a Diet" by Dr. Oz - it teaches the science behind things like how hormones affect hunger and explains why diets often fail.

I would suggest to look for ways to exercise - like chair cardio and resistance bands and pool workouts and things like that, because any exercise really will help - especially if you combine strength training with a safe for your knees cardio.





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SKNI1213 - I loved your question, because I would agree that "modern" eating is so confusing - because of all the different theories and all of the different choices.

Tanjat88 gave some good suggestions, but I just wanted to say that they all work.

A lot of my friends went low carb, but I am allergic to meat and can't go low carb. I can aim towards better carb choices and eating more whole foods.

Lower carbs helps fight against food cravings and hunger, but I found out that adding in some fruit helped me get rid of my sweet tooth for things like candy and desserts and switching my pasta from big Italian dinners to things like Bird's Eye lightly sauced pasta with veggies helped allow me to still eat the pasta, but not have all the calories.

Tanjat88, once I went toward fruit and veggies and started exercising 7 days a week, I had the same problem. Veggies have so few calories that I find myself eating two whole boxes of frozen vegetables, plus something else for dinner, plus a few Edy's fruit bars for dessert and adding in some peanut butter and a protein bar and I am still looking to find ways to eat 300 more calories and I laugh, because I have done diets in the past that are too low calorie and felt starving all the time.

This is so different and tracking the food and having them post my calorie range really changed everything.

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TMC, I had reconstructive surgery on my knee after I severed my ACL. To be honest, I gained weight in that time period. But if I were to do it all over again, I would focus on eating whole, healthy foods the keep me at the lowest end of my calorie range.




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I can see how that can be a real challenge. My roommate just had her knee replaced in October. She found that the best exercise was the physical therapy. In fact, she ended up doing the exercises assigned for her therapy to both knees (the one that was replaced and the good one) and it really was a workout for her.

It may be a good idea to talk to your doc and see if they have recommendations on what will help to support your body in the healing process while you are recovering from you knee.

There are many folks in our SP community that have gone through medical stuff and it can be a REAL challenge on their journey. I am sure many of them would have some good suggestions for you as well.

The truth is this -- I only fail when I have DECIDED that I have failed. And that will not be today :)

A NEW quote from a sparkfriend.... "if hunger is not the problem, then food is not the answer."



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I need help it is hard for me to put to much pressure on my knees on account of knee surgery, so I was thinking about using Slimquick Pure as a help agent in my weight loss goals. It is supposed to be all natural and I need help loosing weight, do anyone have any suggestions?

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2/7/14 8:39 A

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Great suggestion! I will look them up today :)

The truth is this -- I only fail when I have DECIDED that I have failed. And that will not be today :)

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2/7/14 8:11 A

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I eliminated refined sugar from my diet last month, so I've been snacking on homemade blueberry muffin Larabars (you can find the recipe online...very simple), which is chocked full of cashews. They are super healthy for you and ridiculously yummy. Just a suggestion.




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That is really helpful. Thank you SO much! I also heard from another friend to add nuts (which are loaded in all kinds of good vitamins, acids, healhty fats, they can go anywhere, and are also a great resource for more calories) along with protein smoothies.

I know this is a somewhat odd situation for folks fighting with too much weight, but it is great to hear I am not alone and you struggled with something similar.

If anyone else wants to chime in, I would really appreciate it.

The truth is this -- I only fail when I have DECIDED that I have failed. And that will not be today :)

A NEW quote from a sparkfriend.... "if hunger is not the problem, then food is not the answer."



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2/6/14 5:35 P

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Tanja, one more thing while I'm thinking about it. I break my weight loss goal into small monthly chunks. That gives me a 1200 calorie minimum. Before I just had one grand goal and it had my minimum at 1450. Just working the system.




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Tanja, I had this problem when I first started SP. But then I learned to eat some healthy fats. I add avocado to my veggie burgers. That helps bump up the calories in a healthy way. What you do not want to do is bump up the calories with empty calories. Make those calories work for you.




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OK - so it is wierd to see my post helping out a fellow team member, and then the very next post is me saying HELP!!!!!!!!

Here's the thing. I can not choke down enough calories no matter what I do. I sent an email to the SPARKCOACH team, and got a response that basically explained the importance of taking in enough calories.

I am SO frustrated!!!!

I know how important it is to get in enough calories. I understand the metabolic process and what happens when there isn't enough fuel to keep the metabolism running. I have been fighting with low caloric intake for over 35 years. The knowledge of the importance of getting enough calories (and making sure they are the RIGHT calories) is not the problem.

The problem is that I can not seem to choke down that much in a day. Tracking my intake over the last week has helped, because I am closer to getting enough calories than I thought. But, I still don't always hit the mark. And when I do, many times it is just barely.

This triggers feelings of loneliness, failure, the inability to be understood and to do what would be considered "the right thing". Then, I start to reduce my activity level, which makes everything worse. I become less flexible, less active, and it kicks off a nasty spiral. To be blunt, it really sucks :(

Do you have any other recommendations besides gaining education on the importance of taking in enough calories and making sure they are the right calories?????

The truth is this -- I only fail when I have DECIDED that I have failed. And that will not be today :)

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It feels wierd to answer the PANIC button, but here is what I am learning.....

NUMBER 1: You made the MOST important choice when you logged in and hit the panic button. It means you are ready to reach out and we are all here to help and support you.

BABY STEPS! When it gets overwhelming, often times it means you may be looking at too many things at the same time. Take a little time (20 mins) to take a breath, meditate, and set the thoughts of what to eat aside.

Once you find interior calm, look at just the TOP 2 THINGS you want to change. Remember that you built your current eating habits over many years (in my case, I have spent most of my life building them) so it will take time to change them. But each healthy change is a GOOD change.

Do you drink too much pop?? (I was drinking 6 - 8 pops a DAY and virtually no water).... then tackle swapping pop for water.

Are you a sugar nut?? Then slowly start swapping out processed sugars (candy, baked goods, processed sweets) for fruit -- starting with one or two swaps a day is a good start.

If you LOVE starch like me, raise your hand!!! If so, slowly swap out starch for veggies without starch and find starches that are healthier (i.e. - baked chips like pretzels instead of fried potato chips or my favorite Chee-tos, or Jasmine rice instead of plain rice).

Are you finding too many calories in your day??? Then commit to cutting out 20 calories a day and go from there.

But, most importantly, BREATHE. This is a marathon and not a sprint :)

I have been using the blogging tool on SP as a way to dialogue my personal journey. If that helps, feel free to check it out. There is one blog about how I am choosing to set my goals that may be helpful.

I hope this helps.

The truth is this -- I only fail when I have DECIDED that I have failed. And that will not be today :)

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I would also say that the fewer ingredients the better. Fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats (if you eat them), whole grains... not many ingredients other than what they are... It's hard work to get things right and follow through. Good luck!
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Go for fresh whole foods and whole grains. Read labels and if glucose fructose or other sugars are the third ingredient AVOID Almond milk is a great substitute for milk in smoothies (only 30 calories a cup in the unsweetened.

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I am freaking out!!! I do not know how to eat healthy. I don't know what to do. Do I buy low calorie, low sugar, low fat, fat free, high satiety... I am get frustrated!!

The more I stick to my goals the better I will feel and look!!!


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I'm going through lose two pounds and gain two pounds. I 'm not sure if it's not drinking enough water or changing my work out program every ten weeks. Or if it time to change my calorie count for my food. All I know at this moment is to push through all this confusion and keep trying. emoticon emoticon

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I am sorry about your disappointment but you are right, we can do all things through Christ who gives us our strength. We will all have bummer days like this. Hope it all gets better for you. I am in my first week of this so I might not ever find this comment again, if so, I am sorry! Have a better day!

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Thank you! I'm already back on track! Whew!

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Don't give up Diane! Stick with it! You can do this if you put your mind to it!

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HELP! I was doing great, planning my week for exercise, getting up early and getting it done, taking each day as it came...then I got tired...I've slipped...I'm still planning but not doing...I'm eating healthy (past weekend aside) and am active, but sometimes just ten minutes...I need some words of encouragement please!

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thanks, this is just what i needed today. i'm on my 4th week of working out regularly and eating a healthier diet, watching my portions and getting more fruit and vegetables in my daily meals. i've lost 4kg on schedule but today it looks like i'm heavier rather than lighter. it's a bit early in the game to be hitting a wall, especially now that i'm swimming 5x a week at 35-40 minutes each time and feeling stronger.

but you're right. it could be anything affecting my weight. water retention, hormones, who knows? anyway, it's good to see how staying positive gets the job done. :)

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This is to everyone who is or has been disappointed with a weigh in. We have to remember its numbers on a scale. Yes it does relate to our health but there are many factors why our weight fluctuates. It could be what types of foods, hormones etc. It has been my experience when Ive started eating healthy I try and change all my bad habits at once. I think sometimes it can be overwhelming. When I started this time I picked to keep track of calories. Then after a few weeks I was able to keep my calories on track I add started tracking carbs. etc. Just dont quit. It will come off. If you loose only a pound a week. This time next year you could be 50+ pounds lighter. That sounds pretty good to me. So best health to you all and when you are feeling discouraged think about what you would tell your best friend if he/she was in the same situation.

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You have just started, and it is to be expected that you will see little progress sometimes in the beginning - for one thing your body is probably thinking you are starving it so wants to hold on to the weight, that will end soon enough. One problem at the beginning I think is that you are hoping for big weight loss, doing more than you have done before, eating better - exercising then if you don't see progress it is so easy to give up! this isn't working so why am I killing myself?

Me? I haven't started counting calories, I write what I eat each day, I am doing 6 days of exercise a week, drinking my water, taking my vitamins and eating better foods - trying to avoid corporate/prepackaged stuff and only eat whole foods (it helps that my boyfriend cooks for me). But even though I am not dieting it is disappointing that my scale hasn't budged, well - I dropped a couple pounds and seem to have put it back on!

But when I took my blood pressure? It is almost normal where before it was stage 1 hypertension! I am so happy about that...I also feel better and there is such a sense of accomplishment in doing the exercise - especially those days I want to go back to my old tricks of making excuses but do the workout anyway...wow - I really did it!

Find other ways to gauge how your progressing, not only the scale - then, keep at it no matter what and you WILL see progress in time. Good luck, I know you can do this. Remember, if you think you can or if you think you can't - either way you are right!

Keep your eyes on the prize - good health, energy, self esteem!

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I had a bad weigh in today. I gained a pound. I feel so bad about myself right now. I know this is just a set back. I will get back on track!

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Precious, I have decided to daily weigh for the same reason you are posting. I would weigh weekly and find out sometimes it seemed I had lost nothing in a week or gained! Well what I have really found through daily weight is just how much the # on the scale will fluctuate and that is what I was trying to get my mind around. Here are some of my weights day to day 216,214.2, 215,216.5, 213. Well there is no way I am losing or gaining 2 lbs in one day. The # does not add up, there is water weight and water loss, there is even (sorry if this is gross) how much you are holding or not holding inside, where you are in your cycle, etc.., so really try not to focus on the scale. Maybe weigh every month and it will more accurately show the true losses. You probably just stepped on during one of those days your cells were holding more water.

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Don't be discouraged !!! I was reading that sometimes you will gain weight in the beginning because of your muscles building fluid around them or something like that / and hormones can really put some excess fluid retention!! Keep coming back !! I promise if you eat healthy and stay with exercise you will see results!!

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Feeling a little discouraged today :-( Lost 2 lbs last week, then had to weight myself for something at the gym today (tomorrow is my official weigh in) and I have gained 3lbs back!!! I have been working out religiously and I have been eating the appropriate amount of calories and making sure they are the right stuff.....I know its probably a hormonal blip since its almost "that time" but still.....sucked to say the least :-(

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have you checked with a medical doctor to make sure you do not have a medical reason that the weight is not coming off? a under active thyroid can make weight loss very slow but there is medicine that can help it function properly, if that was the problem. only a medical doctor can make that diagnosis i am just stating a possible cause.

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DEVSANGEL1, I took a quick peak at your plan on your spark page and I think that if you are eating according to your plan you aren't losing weight because you aren't eating enough calories in a day. I had a similar problem when I first started SP that I wasn't eating enough calories in a day and now that I've increased my calories a bit the weight has been dropping off. Not super fast, but much faster than it went on. LOL My calories were around 800-1000/day now I try and eat between 1200-1350 a day, which is at the low end. I've lost 16 lbs since May2nd, 10 of which were in the last 7 weeks.

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Here I am two months later...still have not lost much weight...two pounds in two months. Well, me and my SO have joined a gym. We go four nights a week, for the last two weeks. We walk on the treadmill for about twenty-five minutes, then do upper body workout then next day do treadmill or bike, and then do lower body work out. We even did a Zumba class that lasted 90 minutes!! Needless to say...still have not lost any weight. I know that now I am building muscle, but I am getting sooooo very frustrated...

Has anybody tried Chris Powell's Diet, "Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution"?

I am about ready to try ANYTHING!! I can't get this gut off!! UGGH!!

Feeling very blue and frustrated!!

I do not fear. I am changing.


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Karyn,
i can tell you that it is much easier to exercise now, weighing more than i did when i smoked, than it ever was to exercise when i smoked. The wellbutrin made it easy to quit for me, and i was a serious habit smoker, my husband used to ask me if my car would start without a cigarette in my mouth lol!, and it was so easy. I had one instance that i picked up a cigarette after quitting for 5 days, putting it in my mouth and almost lighting it, when i said" what are you doing stupid? You just got past the worst of it and you're going to start over?" I promptly put it down and never looked back. As far as the weight gain, i take full responsibility. Nothing told me to shove garbage in my face, i just did. Concentrate on your food tracking and healthy choices and you will be fine. Add an extra 15 minutes to walking a day, if you want bad food, think about it before you eat it and tell yourself why you shouldn't. I'm using these techniques myself and it helps me walk away from the junk. We all have moments of weakness, we just can't give in to them all of the time. I will be happy to help you through!
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Ps i think i would have thrown the stethescope at him!

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Thank you, Ducky. This whole thing is scary. I wonder if it is inevitable to gain. My dr. says that I won't gain if I don't eat....and it took everything I had not to throw his stethescope at him! :-)

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Karyn,
i gained about 40 pounds when i stopped taking it. Obviously not all at once, i'm sure i was eating terribly and more. Don't let that deter you though because i still felt better than i did when i smoked, my lungs and heart thanked me for giving them more oxygen. My best friend gained when she quit too, only with her, she lost all the weight again within a year and a half. She is much more of a self motivater than me. I also didn't have spark people to turn to back then, so don't worry about what might happen, drop those cigarettes and BREATHE. You won't regret it, and if you are tracking your food, you probably won't gain like i did, like i said i didn't eat well. Good luck. Let me know if i can help!
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When I was taking chemotherapy, I was on several large doses of steroids. I was surprised to find I didn't gain any weight until I was off of it!!! In one week, I gained 15 pounds!!! My doctor told me that it would go away within a couple of months. The problem was that not only had I gained some weight, but part of it was water weight. When I walked, the tops of my feet jiggled! So, after a week, my dr. finally prescribed me some water pills. Now, I don't recommend you ask the same of your doctor, but that is what happened to me. If you stay on your regimine and recommit to your goals, you will lose that weight. And the cheeseburger, everyone jumps off the wagon from time to time. Give yourself a break and keep going. One cheeseburger isn't going to keep you from your long term goal. 100 cheeseburgers will. :-)

Hang in there!!!

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Thank you for sharing, Ducky. I am on Welbutrin right now. I worry about what's going to happen. My doctor said he wants me to quit smoking in 2 weeks. I pray that this works for me. If you don't mind me asking.... how much did you gain after you quit taking the Welbutrin?

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Moontown1- i was a smoker for over 20 years 1+ packs a day. I quit 7 years ago. I did gain weight, but what a difference in how i feel! I needed to lose weight before i quit, but my doctor told me to quit worrying about that and concentrate on quitting. It is hard to do both at the same time but it can be done i'm sure. I used wellbutrin(same as zyban) when i quit and i was determined to do so. I quit the day before thanksgiving (started the med 4weeks prior) and never picked up another cigarette since AND my husband still smokes. You can do this. One thing i can say about the wellbutrin is that i didn't gain a pound til i stopped taking it. (It was for 12 weeks) i wasnt cranky with my kids or husband(in fact my husband thought i must be secretly smoking, he couldnt believe it!) Good luck to you, if you need encouragement let me know, i can give you 1,000 reasons to not pick up that cigarette!

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DEVSANGEL1 - the ideas I've seen all involve changing things up - eat different foods, eat at the top of your range one day then at the bottom the next, try different exercise, or intervals - basically just keep your body guessing.

There are quite a few articles - try a search using keyword 'plateau' (green box, top of page, next to SP logo)

Here's a link to an 'Ask the Experts' question - What can I do to jumpstart my weight loss again? (includes links to other articles):
www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
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The important thing is to keep going - you've worked too hard to stop now!!
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Cutting down on tea in Georgia is almost communist, just kidding. Those are good things and you'll get back on track. I would try something you normally wouldn't do and see if it helps. Zumba, jogging, playing at a playground and just strapping on a pedometer to see if you can beat a certain number. Hope this helps some.

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Ok, here is my dilemma. I have lost, but now I am stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck. I am within my calories, am up and moving....I am getting very very frustrated, and discouraged. Anyone have any good advice to get the pounds going again? It seems so hard right now. Drinking water...a lot more, cut down on soda and sweet tea, very minimal...so....


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I had people over last summer and I was so stressed because I felt that they were interrupting my plan, I was miserable the whole time so I thought what could I do different next time.

I can just enjoy them and if they were just chilling maybe I could go out for a walk. The good thing was that it was not for ever, hope you do okay emoticon

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I'm going to be around certain family members this week and it stresses me out. I do not get my workouts in, sit for long times and the smell of ciggarette smoke usually gets me sick for 2-3 days.

I'm currently traveling in time to the future and transforming into a new, healthier me on the trip.


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I am trying to message a member on their sparkspage, however, I can't post it. Does a member have to accept you as a friend first to post on their page?

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Glad to see that you are getting back to it. I too have started and stopped the weight loss journey(more times than I would like to admit!). I blame it all on my wife, because she has become an absolute magician in the kitchen.LOL. I think that once YOU see the the weight coming off, it will be much easier to get out the door, I know it always is for me.

The biggest advice I can give you is to always have a plan,(and pack for it). i have started to do that and it has,how shall I say it....Blunted the blow that vacations have on my weight loss.
The other thing I suggest is always choose a hotel that has a gym of some type, and choose activites that make you move. walk instead af ride.

Best of luck to you on this journey.

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Moontown1

I am an ex-smoker so I understand how hard it is to work on losing weight and quit smoking. First, I want to congratulate you on your choices to be healthy. I also want to tell you take it one day at a time. I quit by altering when and how many cigarettes I had throughout the day as well as what times I had them. Everything I have read told me to switch up the time I smoked and that would help you mentally break the connection. Also know that after 3 weeks the desire to smoke is mental and no longer physical.
Late night eating...try having hot tea or a hot water with lemon. If you want something else heat up some low fat milk with cinnamon in it, works wonders. Hopefully you are finding small ways to beat the late night hungers. Keep up the hard work....it is so worth the outcome.

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I struggle with wanting sweats too. I love my chocolate especially dark. I like the thought of stopping and thinking about it. Having friends that help you stay accountable is a wonderful thing. I am glad that you have a support system which is very important. I am still working on not eating my chocolate and holding myself accountable. Keep up the hard work!!

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RedZoee i know what you mean it has been a really though battle but it is worth it. The awesome thing is that we don't have to do it alone any more. Right now I am at work and I was just thinking how good some chocolates sound and I stopped (rare for me) and thought I am going to see my SP friends and if I still want to eat after that I will have a chocolate.

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Redzoee,

You CAN do it! You have already cleared a great hurdle by understanding where you weakness lies. Here is a link to a WebMD article that discusses how to stop sugar cravings:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/13-wa
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I hope you are able to overcome your cravings! We all need support and encouragement that is why we are here. SparkPeople is the greatest!

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I also blew it over the holidays but I am going to start again today. Since I haven't been doing this too long I am going to start with tracking my food and getting my 8 glasses of water.

Life is a journey, not a destination.


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I'm starting over...again. I get so discouraged. I have one heck of a sweet tooth and once I start eating sweets, I cant stop. That and I moved to a new town 5 months ago and haven't really worked out since then. One and off, more off and so it doesnt really matter. I need support and encouragement.
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Make this Thanksgiving about giving thanks for things other than food!

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Slept in how r u

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