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2/26/13 1:22 P

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I decided this year to do some things differently in getting my weight under control. I would like to lose 25-30 lbs. My metabolism isn't what it used to be. I developed some high cholesterol serious enough to require medication. I'm one of those who eats less as a way to lose weight and it's not working. I would like to eat healthier to reduce my cholesterol and not need medication. A challenge like this is just what I need to get on track. Good luck and much success to everyone.

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2/26/13 8:31 A

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Hi Jen, I just joined this challenge this morning!! I have been a member of Spark for about 4 years now. I wish I had a great weight loss story but mine is just average. Lose some....gain some.....lose some more.....gain it all back. My problem is that I have been treating this like a diet which is why I signed up for this challenge. I need to actually change the eating lifestyle that I have cause Spark works! I lost almost 60 lbs while my husband was deployed but since working full time for the last 2 years I gained it all back. I wish you luck and I know I can do it just like you can!!

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2/26/13 7:31 A

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Hi All-

Just spontaneously joined this team this morning. I had kind of a semi-bingy day yesterday like I haven't had in awhile. It was my mindset I didn't like. I just felt too untethered. I've been doing lots of different kinds of food challenges over the years, losing and gaining. I know this is one more challenge, but I find that no matter what I do, coming back to writing my food down on SparkPages has always been the most successful and grounding cure for me. So, ever hopeful, I'm joining this challenge and attempting to reboot myself.

My goal is to regain control and have a balanced, centered feeling towards food as I go through life. I understand what healthy is and want to keep from straying from what I know is healthy for at least 85% of the time. My weight loss goal is to lose 20 lbs and keep it off. 135 lbs is what I feel my ideal, adult weight should be and I'm going for it.

Good luck to all of you and I'll make a concerted effort to participate and post.

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2/18/13 7:05 P

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emoticon Jen. If you cannot stock fresh fruits and veggies, frozen is good. Sometimes even better than fresh because they are flash frozen at the peak of ripeness. If you let fresh set too long they start to lose nutrients. And canned is not bad either. Try to get low sodium or rinse them before cooking and serving.
When I started my journey 5 years ago I was 286 and now about 225. Give or take some water weight that I struggle with. I went from 3 meds for Diabetes to one. Lowered my BP meds and have less pain from arthritis in my hips, knees, hands and back. You have to look at your journey as a life style change. It is not a diet. Diets fail. If you stick to you new life style... And I know you can!!!!!... you will see results. Log everything you eat. Watch your calories and move more. If it is hard to exercise find what works for you. I love to walk out doors, do yard work and gardening. These all burn calories. Join a sport. And heaving house cleaning works wonders. Put on some upbeat music and just move. Start with 10 min at a time and go from there.
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2/18/13 10:50 A

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Hi, I am also new to this site. I got a fitbit from my husband for christmas and I love it. I can link my fitbit to sparkpeople so that is how I got here. I have gained 20 pounds since turning 45. I used to have one of those great metabolisms that I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound! Now I need to learn constraint and consistancy. I have been spending a lot of time spinning my wheels by eating well for a couple of weeks and then not. I eat out too often and by definition restaurant food is yummy! and I lack the will power not to clean my plate. I blame my husband for this since he is the one who wants to go out all the time, I call him El Saboteur, as a joke of course, but at some point I have to take responsibility for my food choices and how much I eat! emoticon .

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2/18/13 7:01 A

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I am also a newbie to this challenge i have been a member since september and have been off and on i am still the same weight and never lost anything. I am trying this challenge to hope it will do something and it will make me healthier. I like to follow strict diets for a short period of time and then get off them and then binge, i have to try and not do that anymore.

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2/17/13 8:37 P

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2/17/13 6:17 P

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Hi Jen,

Welcome Welcome!!!! Glad you are here!!!!!
I have been on Spark people for about 2 weeks and working at this for about 5 weeks now I am 12 pounds lost to never find again :)
I have 2 boys-now 23 and 22 and I have struggled with my weight for years, up down up down!! Over all we have ate well and paid attention but what hit me this time was I DESERVE TO CONSISTENTLY FEEL GREAT AND NO MORE ROLLERCOASTER!!! And when I feel great it is a blessing to all in my life :) :) And the other thing is the legacy I am passing to my boys! Whether they admit it or not or even do it consistently they come back and ask me questions about healthy eating to this day.
Just know you can do it and YOU DESERVE TO FEEL GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

God Bless you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2/17/13 11:30 A

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welcome jen!!!
i had some real health issues and aches and pains that were related to my diet and my weight gain.
i had gained 20lbs in about 1 yr.
i was big time over eating and wayyyyy over doing sugar and finding reasons to slack on my exercising. i really just lost sight of taking care of myself.
i started tracking my food and fitness. i'm 3.5 months into my new cleaned up diet and work out regiment. i recommitted myself to being a healthy fit me!
i'm 20 lbs down and pain free for the first time in years. you can do this!!!!! it's hard work... YOU ARE WORTH IT!
healthy wishes! xx tracie

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2/17/13 10:42 A

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emoticon One very important thing to do, log in all your foods and see what you are eating and how many calroies you are taking in each day that will be a great starting point for you

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2/17/13 10:37 A

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Good Morning,
My name is Jen and I am a 35 year old married mother of 3 boys, as well as a special education teacher. Within the last 4 years I have gained about 60 lbs, stopped going to the gym 3-4 times per week (busy schedules will do that to ya), have chosen terrible food choices, now have severe knee pain, and other health issues. I am struggling with seeing recent pictures of me being fit, healthy, and vibrant and then seeing my current image.

Anywho, I joined this challenge because I am beyond confused by all of the different diets, meal plans, and "new" strategies for eating healthy and losing weight. I love to eat fresh fruits and veggies and lean proteins, but really need to make the commitment to keep these foods stocked in our house.

Thanks in advance for any ideas/support you can offer.


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