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Posts: 102 1/1/12 10:55 A
Wow, so many people like me! About 2 years back, I was determined to take off some weight, and managed to lose almost 40 pounds. I felt good, I looked better, and I was fed up with watching what I ate, so I stopped. Then, my husband and I both got new jobs, the kids had all kinds of activities, and the workouts stopped too. Back came 20 pounds and the aches and pains that went with them.
I'm not giving up. It's time to start again and keep going, but this time, it's not about the number on the scale. This time, it's about size, and it's about feeling better. I want to walk up the two flights of stairs in my house without breathing hard. I want to be able to bend down to pick something up without making an "oof" noise. I want to do something physical and feel accomplished, not tired. And it will happen with work and determination.
If you're stuck in a bed, find things you can do with your upper body. You might not get the calorie burn you want, but the strength training will help for later when you can. Are there crunch type things you can do? Remember, if you're doing something, you're NOT doing nothing. Even if the something isn't all you want to be doing.
current weight: 173.4
Fitness Minutes: (1,484) Posts: 3 11/13/11 2:49 P
I tell you whats really frustrating.. Spend 1 yr of hard working 2 hours 4 times a week, worked myself up to complete the 5k walk for cancer this year, this at 50 yrs at 212 pounds accomplished in 45 min. I had lost over 30 pounds, then 2 month later it happen.
8 month ago I slipped and hurt my foot, and now I have to stay in bed for 6 weeks since I had to have surgery. I am so scared to see how much of my lost weight I have gain back...
Since my Husband is preparing all my meals I can't complain, cause he is already trying real hart to feed only what's healthy. Of course he is clueless since he is build out of solid muscle and still goes to work out regularity. So all I can do at this point is watching the portion I consume, I do ask him to try and not fry my food, to limit my food to chicken and fish, salad, and baked sweet potato or wild rice.... Next week I am going back to the hospital for a new cask. Maybe we can weigh me to take some of the pressure of and see if my portion control is enough....
Posts: 26 11/10/11 10:28 P
We're all in this together, and as you can see WE are not alone. I too did well towards my goals at one time, and have regained all that I had lost. So, you are in good company. I have a friend who likes to call this a journey, and that it is. It is a journey with twists and turns. It does not follow a straight path, sometimes it even crosses back on itself. Our job is to continue to follow that path through all the twists and turns, to keep moving forward, along the path, even if it carries us backwards sometimes. Just keep moving forward, each time we stop and start, we are taking another step forward. Good luck to you, and as you can see, there are many of us in the same situation, and here to support you.
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 1,220 10/30/11 2:01 P
welcome back, wendy. we are here for you. sparkmail me.
I would never talk to my BFF the way I talk to myself about my body.
Total SparkPoints: 61,414
SparkPoints Level 18
Posts: 4,497 10/24/11 9:24 A
You are definitely NOT alone. I joined this specific team just for support!
BLOG it... Post IT! Get it out of your system. No judgements here. Total support!!
I am going to try YOGA. I have never ever done it before but I am thinking I need to do it for peace of mind. The people I know that join classes can't go without them.
"The road to success is always under construction."
i am back as well, i go up and down, have 4 mo till my wedding and my goal is less on FB more time on SP, i did 33 min on elip this morn lost 1.4# last wk, gl and keep pushing urself
current weight: 150.7
Fitness Minutes: (2,283) Posts: 5 10/21/11 1:56 P
Welcome back! Life's a marathon, not a sprint. You are so worth it!
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 33 9/21/11 3:03 P
I, too, have went back and forth. I always say "this will be the time it works". The problem? I don't work - I come up with excuses and never keep with it. But, I have got to change. During all of this, I have gained weight. Slowly, but it is adding up. Simple things are now difficult. Walking from the parking lot to my office takes extra time. On top of it all, I now hurt all the time. My back, knees, and legs are constantly aching! I am too young to stop living!! As someone else suggested, I am going to go back and read my posts to remind myself where I am and push myself to move forward.
Pounds lost: 0.5
Posts: 46 9/12/11 4:12 P
I'm back as well, but this time I'm back as a diabetic too Now realizing how much I took for granted with "oh, its just one pound I gained" and so on..
Pounds lost: 6.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,100) Posts: 3 9/9/11 12:24 P
How are you doing since you've been back?
current weight: 388.0
Posts: 39 9/6/11 12:27 P
Me too! After a year away from SP, I'm back to my old habits and close to my old weight. We lose sight of our own goals but I do remember how good I felt when that 20 pounds came off. That is what is going to help me get back on track. That and SP - tracking what I eat and what I do (exercise) makes me realize how important it is to keep on top of this, one day at a time.
current weight: 177.0
Posts: 545 9/5/11 8:16 P
I'm back as well. It's difficult during trying times, but aren't all times trying? Kids schedules, eating on the run, no workout because of this or that. Dinner parties, holidays, etc. We need to do better and stay focused. Yes, WE! Hoping to lose the weight again.... ME
"Though I may stumble, I will not fall, for the Lord upholds me with his hand." Psalm 37:24
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 35 8/30/11 1:17 P
sorry for the delay in responding. I'm still trying to figure out the team pages. thanks you for your support. I would love to be part of a supportive team
current weight: 166.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,100) Posts: 3 8/6/11 2:24 P
Read how miserable your intial message sounds every day going forward, to remind you why it's important to do this - you dont want to feel that bad again. Copy it onto a piece of papaer, compelte with down turned smile and pin it to your fridge. Good luck.
current weight: 388.0
Posts: 12 8/3/11 5:10 P
Definitely know that you're not the only one who has gone backward before going forward again. This is just the middle of week three for me, after more than a year of making false starts and getting frustrated. I find it helps to drink a lot of water or unsweetened hot tea (takes longer to drink.) I also think having a friend or two to talk to who is understanding of your situation helps make it easier. It's great to have someone to cheer for you. And I'm also finding that all the people on Sparkpeople are great at giving support!
Posts: 271 8/3/11 2:28 P
Remember that we all have stress. Just come here for support. Maybe find a buddy to give you an extra push. Good Luck.
It's a new day -- DIVE right in.
Pounds lost: 2.8
Posts: 55 8/3/11 1:11 P
I am in the same boat. Life is busy and with a family it is sometimes just easier to just let it go and eat whatever. This time I am preparing meals ahead of time, figuring out what is for dinner and shop a week before. I do believe that if I plan ahead that will actually take that stress out of my life (because I will know what it for dinner and have the ingredients). Hang in there and use the tools on this website. I really enjoy the journaling and notes section. I can write to myself and stay on track. Good luck!
A new year-a new better me.
Pounds lost: 2.4
Fitness Minutes: (8,924) Posts: 599 8/3/11 11:24 A
You are so not alone in this! I'm back now for about six weeks on my third (fourth?) start on SparkPeople. I think on my previous attempts I wasn't really ready for it, but those starts weren't wasted; they taught me stuff I needed to know, and now (I hope!) I'm ready to actually use it. It really is trying to make a lifestyle change, change, no matter how much you want it and how good for you it is, is stressful, and sometimes it just isn't the right time to do it. You can use what you learned last time, and this time build on it. Folks here on this team, on any other teams you've joined, and on the general community boards are here to help you through.
So, WELCOME BACK!
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 33 8/3/11 10:42 A
Hi Wendy - All I can say is "You are NOT alone!!". I am struggling as well. Hopefully the "ahhh" moment will come, and things will come back together. Hang in there, and know that I am cheering for you!
Pounds lost: 3.4
Posts: 90 8/1/11 1:23 P
Hi Wendy, welcome back :) I have also been away for a year, things got on top of me and the diet etc were first thing to go. Good luck, we can help each other , Susan
Pounds lost: 42.0
Fitness Minutes: (245) Posts: 15 7/31/11 10:20 A
Yes welcome back and the change starts today!
You've heard it before but you have to make future lifestyle changes that will last forever through any stress or tragedy in life. You have to get rid of the word "diet" and think about living a longer, healthier life.
My dad died unexpectedly at 66 a couple years ago. That was a wake up call for me that yes I need to lose weight but I need to eat as healthy as possible to extend my life beyond 66.
I'd suggest reading the book Why we get Fat and what we can do about it by Gary Taubes. I have a link on my website here: lifeistoobusy.com/bookstore/
After reading the book it all boils down to keeping your blood sugar levels low, which in turn helps you lose weight, burn fat, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and much more!
I can eat all I want of foods that don't raise your blood sugar levels.
Sorry this may be too much, too fast but get the book and let me know if I can help in any way... I have much more to share!
Fitness Minutes: (108,409) Posts: 4,539 7/30/11 3:22 P
Wendy...welcome back to Spark and to the team, happy to have you with us! I can definately understand and relate to the stress/crisis issue as I am constantly bombarded with it right now as well. Sorry to hear of your loss. First off...we are here to be your shoulders when you feel that stress creeping up on you. I am on the site daily and will be there to talk to you when you need a shpoulder or to vent or have questions. Remember always that YOU ARE WORTH IT and
Fitness Minutes: (179,507) Posts: 20,397 7/30/11 2:48 P
Welcome back! Stress makes everything so much harder. I hope you are able to find ways to work on taking care of you.
Co-leader of The NOVA Sparkers, Rootin' for Ruby and SP Class of June 5-11, 2011.
"Nothing tastes as good as being thinner and healthier feels!"
Posts: 35 7/30/11 2:28 P
I used sparkpeople over a year ago and lost 30 pounds, was exercising regularily and felt healthy. A family loss and a year or 'crisis' have me back to my old weight. I want to get back on track and learn how to keep going through loss and crisis. I forgot to focus any of my energy on myself last year and now I feel depleted. I want to start again but with a different mind set. How do I maintain my plan through stressful periods?
current weight: 166.0
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