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10/30/12 6:43 P

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I began SP and lost some weight, had family difficulties - regained. Got back in SP, lost a bit again, got sick with diverticulitis and lost a part of my colon and have a colostomy now. At first, it was for me. Now, it's morphed into "I HAVE TO LOSE" 40 more pounds before the surgeon will do the reversal. I'm bucking against being told to lose weight.

I've made tremendous progress since June, down 40 pounds. I'm at a pivot point you might say. Regaining why am I losing the weight and returning the focus onto me. The joy of feeling like I made progress is taken over by the overshadowing figure of the surgeon and my "deadline" in Feb. to be down 40 pounds. It cranked into about 2 pounds a week he wanted off. I had already lost 20 in two months when I went for my return visit. He was happy.

I want it back for ME. For me to feel light and free. For me to be able to dance and jog and feel comfortable with my husband. I also want to be not held hostage by this surgery to make my body and life "normal" again. The surgeon represents all the "YOU WILL DO THIS" I've heard all my life about my weight. Coming to terms. Trying not to try starvation methods to make the date.

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10/30/12 11:09 A

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I want to reach my next 5% goal. I've been going nowhere all year. Up and down 10 pounds. I need this to stop and start making progress again

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10/29/12 6:04 A

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I love yoga

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10/28/12 11:43 A

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I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in my hands. I've lost 12 pounds since July 8, 2012 when my husband and I joined a gym. When we first joined I was attending their night time classes, one of which was a yoga class. For 15 years I've wanted to learn yoga and will not do so on my own so I need a class. When I began these classes I hurt so bad and simply couldn't make the moves as the instructor was teaching. As most of us know it isn't easy to move with 60 or more excess pounds on our bodies. My weight lose desire is flexibility.

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10/27/12 8:04 P

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I want to lose weight because I gained 60lbs last year due to medication and it is really uncomfortable being this size. My mum has been this size for over a decade and she has barely lost anything but I'm with spark people and hopefully will manage to lose at least the 60lbs I gained last year if not more. I'm not greedy I just need to feel comfortable.
I love fat people by the way just as much as I love thin people, I'm not prejudice at all. I love everybody. Everyone deserves a chance, we are all miracles in our own right.

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10/26/12 9:30 A

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Keep looking back at these reasons throughout your journey. This will help you refocus.

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10/23/12 9:18 A

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There are many reasons I want to lose weight. Yes, I want to look look, however, my strongest desire is to be without pain. What a joy filled experience it would be to able to walk without a walker or cane. To not have unbearable joint pain with my RA because of my weight. That is why I am here...I need to lose weight. I need to take action and not just desire to lose weight. I want to be around people who understand and will help me in reaching my goal.

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10/21/12 11:36 P

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I want the mirror to reflect what I see in my mind. I want to shop without struggle. I want the fear of having the same poor health as my mom to disappear. I want to take this chance at youth and beauty while I can- there's not much time left. I want my husband to pick me up:)
And of course so I can live a better life!

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10/21/12 1:23 P

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A lot of my reasons are the same as so many of the other wonderful people on here who have replied. I'm tired of being tired all the time. I hated waking up in the morning stiff and sore just because I couldn't roll over in my sleep. Only would climb the stairs in our house to go to bed because when I climbed them I was out of breath and just needed to sit down.
My oldest sister (which I have three sisters, and we're all overweight) sent me an email 4 months ago about SP. I'd noticed she'd been getting smaller over the past half year and finally found out how. My sisters and I are very competitive, so once I knew how she was doing it I knew I had to do it too. Sometimes being competitive is a really good thing.
I used to be thin, until I started my family. With my first pregnancy I put on 100 lbs and had continued to add to that over the last 19 years, until I peaked at 278 lbs. The thought of reaching the 300 mark scared me and I knew I had to do something.
I've been with SP for 4 months now and have been able to take off 30 lbs and already I feel so much better. But it is really hard. Hard to stay motivated, hard to make the right choices in food every day (I'm still really struggling with that one). But without SP I know I wouldn't have stayed with trying to lose weight for even a month, heck probably not even a week! The motivation I've received from so many people on here has been staggering and continues to make me rethink a lot of choices that I wouldn't have made other wise.

Esther
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"Your body is the product of your habits. Stop focusing on changing your body. Change your habits and your body will follow, as if by magic." ~Go Kaleo


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10/19/12 8:29 P

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in august my daughter and I took my six grandchildren on a vacation to a beach house. I struggled to do everything, many ,many times they had to stop and wait for me. At one point six yr, old looked at a small hill and said "well nan you ready for this heart attack walk".? Sadly that is so what it felt like// I haven't been perfect since then but have improved on making choices in eating/ Next year I will do the beach house HEALTHIER/

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10/19/12 12:52 A

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I want to feel proud of myself and strong not only physically but emotionally.


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10/17/12 3:59 P

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I want to be able to walk into any shop on Oxford Street in London where I live and pick something I like off a rail and try it on and know there will be one there that is big enough for me. That means being a UK size 14, so I have a long long way to go! I've been overweight all my life - when I was 11 my schoolteacher described me to the whole class as 'chubby' and got a roar of laughter. What an unspeakably horrible thing to do to an 11 year old.

I want to be able to run 9 miles instead of walking them and I want to lie on a beach in a swimsuit and not be self conscious.

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10/16/12 12:47 A

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I want to lose weight so I can feel better. I want to be able to walk and not be short of breath, I want to get rid of my diabetes and high blood pressure but most of all, I want to live longer for my family.

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10/15/12 7:50 P

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It's all for my health.....

"If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin" Ivan Turgenev
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10/15/12 7:39 P

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for good health and posture. to fit in a normal chair. to be comfortable sitting on my husband's lap. to hike the Adirondack mountains more comfortably. to fit in the isle without squeezing out of someone's way. to fit in the tub and take a bath..... with water

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9/9/12 5:52 P

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I HATE THIS ONE BUT THINK IT WILL BE GOOD FOR ME TO REPLY. IT HAS BEEN A VERY LONG TIME SINCE I HAVE FELT GOOD ABOUT MYSELF. I DIDN'T GROW UP THAT WAY, BUT THE FIRST TIME I GOT MARRIED, I LOST ALL SELF ESTEEM TO AN EVIL, PHYSICAL ABUSER. I NEVER WANTED TO GET MARRIED AGAIN. BUT AFTER MANY YEARS, WHEN ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD, I DID. THIS ONE TURNED OUT TO BE A VERBAL ABUSER AND STILL IS. HOW COULD I BE SO STUPID TWICE? IT TOOK ME MANY YEARS TO RE-GAIN SOME SELF ESTEEM ONLY TO HAVE IT TAKEN FROM ME AGAIN. NOW, I JUST WANT SOME PEACE FOR WHATEVER YEARS I HAVE LEFT. AND I DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING.

"Friends are angels that hold us up when our wings have forgotten how to fly"

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9/9/12 4:05 P

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I want to go outside with confidence!

Edited by: WONDERFUL2BME at: 9/10/2012 (17:18)
Today I am healthier than yesterday and tomorrow I will be healthier than today.
I WILL DO THIS!


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9/6/12 10:55 A

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to be able to enjoy more out of life!

Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have and where they are.

Remember that the scale isn't the only way to measure weightloss success!

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CAROL3SAN's Photo CAROL3SAN Posts: 16,431
9/5/12 11:09 P

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I want to lose weight so I will be healthier and posibly live longer.


"You never know just how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have"
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PATSYJM's Photo PATSYJM SparkPoints: (34,936)
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9/5/12 9:08 P

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I want to lose weight because I am so tired of being tired all the time and little desire to get involved in anything...I have put my weight on once I retired and injured my back . When I found myself unable to get out and do anything exciting and fun without my back screaming at me later on I guess I just gave up and sat down and ate to try and find some energy.

On Monday I will begin a water exercise for those of us who have arthritis, I am really hoping this class will help me to get back to living again.





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9/4/12 3:00 P

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I want to lose weight, because I don't like me this way. I was very skinny and active when I was younger. And even when I got married, that was until I had kids. We have a total of 3 girls (25,23 & almost 19) I had done another program when our 2 oldest were 3 & 5 and lost all the weight down to 120. I felt great and was really happy. But the due to my husbands work & the cost to bye a home we desided to move.Were my family was living we could bye a home and it was a small town good for kids(my mother, stepdad,& my grandparents), lived there. I never thought of my self as having and eatting problem, but after moving I did. My husbands job was away, and I felt family stress and like nothing I ever did was right with my mom & step father. So I started to eat & gain weight. Then I got pregnant with our 3rd girl. Then I would start to eat right the way I had lost before, but then I was judged by them, the way I was eatting or what. And it got to be to much. So I would just not care.I have sense lost my grandparents and they were my rocks! But in the last couple years I started to say no, and not care keeping more to myself. In 2011 I again started eating the first program that helped me lose the weight, I couldn't exercise much, so was mostly counting calories, (but worked 2 part time jobs, on my feet) From Jan. 6th 2011 till May 6th 2011 I had lost 50+ lbs. And again was feeling great, but then due to a job lose(mine) I again went back to the place of not caring, and i'm back again. My doctors nurse told me about SP and thought I would check it out. Still not making all the best choices, but trying to find my way. Still not sure who or how to trust, but wanting to get in better health(another story) and take off the weight, this time for good. Sorry for going on, but thank you!

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9/4/12 11:34 A

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Hello every one. I want to lose weight :
first, for health concerns.
Second, to improve my self esteem.
Third, for my personal comfort and happiness
Forth, so my family can be proud of me.
Fifth, so I can buy clothes from the regular stores
Sixth (and finally), So I will look so much better.
Seventh, I will have more energy
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9/4/12 10:48 A

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I want to lose weight because I am a dancer who hasn't been able to dance for many years due to health and weight issues. I have always been heavy, but didn't care until I damaged my back a few years ago. It not only impaired my ability to walk, but my ability to move and dance. About the time the initial injury was healing, I was rear-ended and re-damaged the same area along with my neck. My age and arthritis has caught up with me as well and in the summer of 2011 I hit rock bottom. I received a link to Sparkpeople because of sleep issues and explored further. Thanks to the Chair Exercise team I am dancing again and the hole in my spirit from not dancing is healing as well as my body.

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"Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the life that weight and ill health have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great.. You have no power over me."


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9/4/12 4:45 A

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Bless you for sharing. I read each of your responses and was really touched by the honesty.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. ~Indygirl

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9/3/12 5:02 P

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In all honesty, that is a question that I continue to ask myself almost daily. I am logging on to SP consistently and participating in most activities. However, I have yet to make a commitment to myself therefore, I have not selected a food plan per se. I do especially when eating out make a concious choice to: 1) eat portionally 2) use salad plates for food choices 3) monitor my dessert eating, either once a week or not at all.
I have not begun a fitness program. But I have never thought of leaving the program and with the continued encouragement and support the SP community gives I will not because althogh I have not answered that question for myself I know it needs to be done.

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9/3/12 3:40 P

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TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR OTHERS TO CARE FOR ME WHEN MY DISEASE PROGRESSES AND I AM WHEELCHAIR BOUND ALL THE TIME.

"Friends are angels that hold us up when our wings have forgotten how to fly"

Erin
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9/3/12 1:02 P

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Hi. I'm new to SP but not new to trying to lose weight. I've been struggling with my weight since I was about 15 and now I'm almost 60 so I guess I'm a little slow on the learning curve! I want to lose weight to be healthy. I want to feel good in my body again and I want to be able to do things and go places and just enjoy myself without worrying about how far I can walk without hurting or feeling out of breath. I want to be able to dance at my kids' weddings and, if I'm lucky enough to have grandkids, I want to be able to go for walks with them and play with them! And I want my darling partner to look at me again in that way that I know means he thinks I look good. Most of all I want to love myself enough to take better care of myself.

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
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I was referred to Sparks by my diabetes educator. She knew I didn't have a good support system in place, still don't.. Suggested I try it. A year later I was diagnosed with Fibro / RA / Sjogrens

The first year on sparks I wasn't active. I was in denial of my health condition.. I was sure they were wrong, but it was me that was wrong.

Now I'm on a journey to get healthy. It's a lifestyle change. I need to change my body and mind. You see I need to learn how to love myself. I have a lot of negative self talk. I'm tired of being the fat girl..tired of the jokes...tired of not being able to do things I want to do.

I need to lose about 150 lbs, maybe more. Will see how it goes.
I do exercise, but I get off track, and find that I've lost momentum.

I'm going to make September the best ever. My goals are done, so far I'm on track.
I need to push myself to get where I want to be. The only person who can do it is me.




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When I first started out I weighed 350 lbs and I really didn't care if I lost any or not due to losing it over and over again and not being able to keep it off. You just get sick of doing it. My sister had received a spark email from someone (she dosen't remember who because she kept deleting them until she really looked into it and decided to try it) I didn't realize she was doing spark until I noticed her losing. She started sending me the emails and I decided to try it also. It was really slow going for me losing probably a pound a week but then we started eating healthier food and tracking what we ate and started seeing some real progress. Well in answer to your question and I'm sorry if I got off track I just got so used to doing it and feeling better and better that I just kept on until I have lost about 178 lbs. My journey has become my way of life. Of course there are days that I just have to have a piece of cake or some other carb filled food but, they are farther and farther apart. I guess I didn't think much of myself either Beth but now I do and I know I can keep on with my healthy lifestyle.

Becky


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"If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.





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I found that a "Cause" can be a powerful motivator... more than any other thing I've encountered. Do you have a cause you can throw your need for fitness into?

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. ~Indygirl

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Describe it in detail.

I started out just wanting to not be trapped in my body and be normal, whatever that is. Now I want to and do put on rallies, give motivational talks, meet other SparkPeople, talk to them on the phone and encourage people. I am so afraid somebody out there is feeling like I did, like they are waiting to die... and that really saddens me.

Sparkers keep me going. Without the support or the need for me to be fitter than I was to support others, I don't know if I could have done this or sustained it. It used to be all about me, but now that it's about others, I can do it. For some reason, I was never important enough I guess. Sad, but true. It took SparkPeople to give me self-esteem of any sort.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. ~Indygirl

Beth Donovan

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