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Ugh! This is me. For 3 weeks I have been very good; lost 3 pounds but it's been very slow and 2 were from a vacation and most likely "water weight". Reached an end today and overdid it....horribly. Don't feel very good either, which is probably good:} Will try to get back on tomorrow.

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8/11/13 10:12 A

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Didn't lose anything this past week; status quo; I didn't gain either; I look forward to next week's results. emoticon

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Just came across your comments. Really liked the insight and encouragement you showed. Empowering. I read thru it twice and took much from it.

"What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver


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4/25/12 8:48 P

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Thank you,
I am not giving up!

Carve out what is most important to you first, then allocate your day to others! I promise you and they will be better for this decision!!


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emoticon Cheryl!!

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4/11/12 11:57 A

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I am in this space too...where I do what is right most of the time and nothing is happening...
I am not discouraged because I do see movement in inches and BMI reading...just not
the scale. I feel great and your success encourages me. Thx

Carve out what is most important to you first, then allocate your day to others! I promise you and they will be better for this decision!!


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YEA! After being on a 3 month plateau even tho I was doing all the "right" things, I have finally dropped another 2 pounds. I thought I would be there forever! And the funny thing--I didn't do anything differently! I think my body has a mind of it's own!! emoticon

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4/4/12 10:09 P

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I agree. Slow is the way to go. It helps you to develop good habits.

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I feel a change coming!
I hope my body is finally ready to release more fat!
I am still after those next 10 pounds

Carve out what is most important to you first, then allocate your day to others! I promise you and they will be better for this decision!!


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3/26/12 8:41 P

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I did a Spark Search for foods high in Pot. and Mag., and I am eating many foods with a good quantity of these minerals. I think the problem may be that a lot of the foods on the list when you do the search under My Nutrition don't have the Pot. and Mag. included in the nutritional information. Therefore, I think sometimes it looks like you're not getting enough, but you may be getting enough. When you enter foods on your daily nutrition, click on the "see full nutrition window" button before entering it to see if the Pot. and Mag. numbers are entered, and if they're not, try a web site like: nutritiondata.self.com to see what the actual numbers are that aren't being included in your daily entries.

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3/24/12 5:28 P

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Tai chi may help you and it is not too hard to follow on a video.

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3/23/12 8:14 P

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By looking at my reports I adjust my nutrients by taking supplements. My calcium has magnesium in it. Getting enough protein with the lower calories I am struggling with. I am unable to work out as others do but have been walking daily and increasing it. My friend and I started dieting together she has lost 16 pounds and I have lost 6. Any suggestions for exercises for someone with injuries. Fractured L1-L5, S joint injury, ruptured disc L3-L4, ruptured disc c4-c5 and c6-c7, nerve damage to arms and hands.

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In my opinion, 2 lbs. a week, week in and week out, is asking a lot, unless a person is pretty heavy to start. I know these expectations are thrown around, but the fact that 97% of people who lose weight to goal gain it back is possibly an indictment of these expectations. Ask the 3% who have kept off their loss for 5 years or more if they loss was consistent. I think you can guess the answer.

That being said, some people do manage to lose weight in a straight line, but they are in the minority. It's nice for them, but try not to compare, if that is what you're doing.

You don't have to go to the gym to get in some exercise. Even 15 minutes a day of VIGOROUS exercise and 30 minutes of walking (5x for both) will make a difference over time if they are consistent and you don't start eating more and canceling out your efforts. I think someone else already mentioned Sparkpeople fitness videos on this site. You could easily cobble several routines from these. If weather keeps you from walking outside, march in place during commercials, get one of the Walk Away the Pounds videos (there are many), etc.

If you're resisting it this much, bargain with yourself to start slowly, say, 3 minutes of vigorous exercise and 5 minutes of walking, just to establish the habit. (Don't get caught up in thinking, But that won't do any good! Oh, yeah? How much good is happening now with doing nothing? emoticon ) Do that for one week and force yourself to stay in the limits. It's likely you'll want to do more once you get going, but don't! You'll set yourself up for expecting more too soon and risk having the whole thing fall apart if you aren't keeping up to the new higher standard too soon. Plus, it will get you raring to exercise instead of dreading it. Add in a minute or so a week, but say you can allow yourself longer workouts on days you feel like it IF you allow yourself to go back to the shorter times and not beat yourself up about it the next day. That will keep the habit going and that is what will save you.

Do SOMETHING consistently most of the time. Give your body time to "get it." And don't let your good eating strategies get destroyed by linking them to whether you're exercising. or not Eat well and moderately is a good idea now and forever, whether you lose weight or not. emoticon

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3/1/12 5:06 P

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Bev, they're on the low end every day. And I take a multiple vitamin. I also eat a well balanced menu, I think!

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2/29/12 11:04 P

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Are they low, or high?

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Thanks, Bev. Usually everything is staying in the desired range except for the potassium & magnesium. I can't seem to get them up to where the desired range is. Any ideas on how to do that?

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Check out your nutrition summary, too. You may need to adjust what you are eating. I had lowered my fat too much. When I adjusted my diet, I felt better.

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2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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Thanks for the suggestion. I take medicine for my thyroid, and as of 2 weeks ago the doc says I'm in normal range, but I'm not sure that it's enough to make me feel the way I would like. I thought it would probably need to be increased again from the way I've felt--lots of fatigue even though I exercise on a regular basis and eat my fruits/veggies and drink my water, as well as get 8 hours of sleep each night. Meanwhile, I'm just continuing to do what is supposed to work!! emoticon

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Make sure to get your Thyroid checked occassionally. Low TSH can have a negative effect on weight loss and energy levels. I'm just starting the spark people diet and I'm really hoping for good results. So far so good!

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I've been sparking since October and have lost 15 pounds but now I've reached the point that several days when I've been on the within my allotted range of calories, I just crash and that's with eating the "good" things--not junk food. That is discouraging because then I have to eat more than it says in order to get my energy level back enough to do what has to be done. Anyone else have that to happen? And I'm not losing at this point!

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You are so right. This is a life change, not a diet. We must learn to live a healthier life, not just lose weight. I think that goes hand in hand with the slow weight loss. That is what my doctor was trying to tell me.

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2/6/12 2:09 P

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Hello!

I think for myself the thing that has helped is commitment and finally coming to the point of really wanting to get and be healthy and do it as a life change and not a diet.

Once I really determined that it hasn't been as hard.

The weight loss is ssllooww!,... but I am sticking with it, learning to do and eat right and I have seen changes just this last week in my energy and in my inches!

There is light at the end of the tunnel but I have had to do some things and keep going!

It will work!

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I had to clear out all the bad things I tend to eat. If I have to make an effort to go purchase them before I eat them, I don't do it (as easily). Also If I must eat them, I fix a plate and eat at the table. No eating anywhere else.

If you reach a plateau, take a good look at your nutrition feedback and make some adjustments.

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2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
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Hi I need encouragement on losing weight. Lost several kg's last year. Then we had the holidays and since then I had to cope with a quiet house. My last son moved to a city 900km from here. I swim at the gym for 30min 3x a week but sometimes I eat the
wrong stuff. Sabotaging my efforts. So the weight goes up and down.

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I too have remained status quo. I religiously exercise a minimum of 4 times per week. Unfortunately I live with a saboteur which gives me an additional challenge. My goals aren't unrealistic as I think losing .5 up to 2lbs per week is safe and sound for the long haul.

Genny your post is truly an inspiration to me as I too am struggling with some life challenges.

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Good for you Ginny! Sounds like you are making a great start on a new life. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.

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My weight loss hasn't been slow. It's been non-existent. Exercise is the ticket, because when you do you feel more inspired about everything in life, not just your body. I moved East from Vancouver, a temperate, athletic community with commuter bike paths all through town, community centre gyms in ever neighbourhood, workable weather 12 months a year. Not to mention 12 month access to healthy, fresh food.

The city I'm in now has narrow streets, road ice November to April & an annual pothole convention. And since fitness is not at all a priority here, you are lucky to live near a gym. Even then it's horribly expensive. Being a student with highly variable deadlines also made routines challenging. I admit to becoming terribly depressed by it all, which can make you even more sedentary. So here I am: 30lbs over where my clothes fit.

But these recent changes are starting to help:

1) Got a dog. He's 14lbs, so his puppy year was a challenge, but now he walks in a coat and boots when necessary and we love it.

2) Cut off the cable. I download the odd movie and sometimes a special show that everyone is talking about, but I honestly am glad it's gone. My standards have gone up, and so have my grades. :)

3) With the help of a therapist, I learned to listened to (and for) people who are positive. It's so easy to let people sabotage you, even if only because your changes impact them in some way.

4) Starting building my meals around the vegetables, not the meat. "What shall I cook with this squash" replaces "What shall I cook with this chicken?" The meals tend to be healthier this way.

Now for the last stumbling block: Disciplining myself to do this food tracking thing. At this point I think I need a motivation buddy - someone else who loves home cooking & ethnic food. Tracking those is a huge challenge!

Happy Hump Day,

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Testing the water is always a good idea. I'm sure you will love it, especially when the weight starts falling off. Check around for a bike club that offers help and advice to new riders.

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August 2014 goals:
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2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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I used to love the feel of the air as I flew down the street as a kid on my bike. I've had one earlier in adulthood but had no place to ride. Now I have a place to ride so I'll be watching the garage sales to find one I can test the waters with before buying a new one.

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Hope your shoulder heals quickly. Three days is not bad.

I agree, get a bike. DH brought me kicking and screaming into the cycling world, but now I love it.

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4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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"Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live." - Mark Twain

I am not ready to get out and run again since my shoulder surgery (16 days of rest and counting), but I got my Hybrid set up in the family room on a trainer, I got Bluetooth headphones (so I don't have to crank up the volume), I only missed three days of cardio.

Love the options.



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I would love to have a bike and may get one this spring. I've just been using the recumbant bikes at the fitness center, where they have some really nice ones.

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I would be delighted with 1 pound a week. From time to time I plateau and have to take a hard look at my nutritional feedback. I tend to cut my fat too much and have adjust for that.

Exercise is just as important as diet. I lose so much better in warm weather when I can get out on my bike regularly.

beverly

One Day at a Time:
1) 10,000 steps daily
2) fruit & vegie at every meal and log
3) aerobic or strength train every day
4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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I'm convinced the exercise is as important as the food. It needs to be both at the same time. Even then the scales don't automatically go down!!

I do better when I stay in routine instead of waiting until it's convenient. Exercise and food selection have to be high on the priority list.

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Bev, that is a good rate. I was wondering what the original poster considers slow? She didn't let us know so we have no perspective. I figure there is no slow losing. If I lose 0.2 pounds a week on weigh in day, I am good with that.

By your formula, my four week average would work out to about 1.6 pounds/week. In fact, by weekly average over 75 weeks was just under 1 pound per week.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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I consider "slow" to be less than 1% of my body weight per week. I have found if I lose much faster than that I tend to gain it back easily. Just a guideline my doctor suggested years ago. He told me not to lose it any faster than I gained it.

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4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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What do you call slow? I have seen some people think slow is 2 pounds a week average. And if you listen to some commercials that promise 2 to 5 pounds a week, you might think that's slow.

You can expect 1 - 2 pounds a week . Weight Watchers suggests 0.5 to 2 pounds a week. But don't expect it every week. That loss rate is average over any four week period. And you really can't count the first three weeks because some lose like crazy (Yo! 16 pound sin irst three weeks here.) and may actually gain a little. After the first three weeks, track your weight loss every week. After four weeks take an average.

You will goain some weeks. You will lose 0.2 some weeks.

Stand up while watching tv in the evening and walk in place. Walk at lunch. Start wuth just 10 minute exercise a day and build to 30 minutes.

Hang in there.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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I know the feeling. Lost one pound this week! Maybe too much wine? emoticon emoticon

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Start slowly and add cardio to your day. Jumping rope is a good and inexpensive way to get started.

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One Day at a Time:
1) 10,000 steps daily
2) fruit & vegie at every meal and log
3) aerobic or strength train every day
4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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Check out some of the SP exercise videos here:
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They have 5 minute this and 6 minute that. Before you know it, you could get in a 30 minute workout throughout the day. But even 5 minutes is a start.
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LITTLELULU700 Posts: 1
1/29/12 12:14 P

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I watch & track what I eat without starving or depraving myself, but the losing is slooooowww! I can't seem to get myself to the gym for that "boost". Any suggestions?


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