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ROGUE58
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8/22/07 1:50 P

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Wow Susan!! You have accomplished a lot through physical adversity and you call me a super woman!! You Rock!!
Even though you have had set backs (and we all have) you continue to perservere! That's what this is all about!
Tenacity, perserverence and a positive attitude will get us through!!
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We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without lighting our own--Ben Sweetland

Never look down on anybody unless you are lifting him (or her) up.---Jesse Jacksons (Spark quote o' the day 8-26-07)



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GAZELLA
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8/22/07 1:09 P

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Lots of love and hugs to Vanessa and everyone else who's getting back on track after our setbacks and challenges! I can't believe it took me so long to find this thread. I thought it disappeared! Sheesh...emoticon

Vanessa, you are so right! If the challenge of losing weight, gaining fitness, and transforming our lives for the better were easy, there never would've been a SparkPeople.

All summer long, I made no progress. It was one day on, and one day off. Finally, I gained a couple pounds and began to worry that all my weight (my highest was 225) would come rushing back like a tsunami. With MS, a spinal curvature, and arthritis, mobility doesn't come naturally or easy to me. But with weight loss and exercise - so far - I'm amazed at how much better I feel!

What really encouraged me to get back on track was the name of this group, "Positive Sparkers." I know that a positive attitude is power...and it's the starting point of all rewarding successes!



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8/21/07 10:19 P

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I definitely have had some struggles recently. With working 2 jobs, having meetings for my union, and my 2 teenagers...I have so much stress. I go to work at 6:15am and get home most days at 6:45pm. Sunday is my only day off and then I cram everything I have to do in one day. I have struggled with eating at school. My kindergarteners get a snack in the morning and it is so easy to just pop whatever it is in my mouth! Fortunately...my cafeteria ladies are kind to me. They have been putting a fat free milk and a piece of fruit for me every day. It is little things like that which keep me going!

I have been overweight all of my life, so I don't know what it is like to be skinny. I will soon though! My long term goal is to be at goal weight of 140 by May 15, 2008. I may not make it, but I will at least be closer.

I do know that I focus on putting each day behind me, even if it is a challenging one. I don't beat myself up anymore. I also treat myself once a week if I lose weight. I had my double chocolate chip blended creme from Starbuck's yesterday. It was so yummy. It had been over a month since I had one.

Keep faith and you will get through the tough times. And...post to the message boards when you are struggling. That's what this group is for! We'll give you the swift kick in the butt that you need!

Susan




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JEANBEAN71
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8/21/07 12:43 P

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I agree; being accountable is the best thing for me too. I have had a hard time being on track also. I had gallbladder surgery about 7 weeks ago. I am still healing, but basically I feel good. It's been hard to get back into exercise. Sometimes I feel like slipping back to my old habits, but I know that is not me anymore. I am changing my lifestyle, slowly and consistently.
Since I've been struggling, I make more of an effort to come on here and read posts, track my food and posting helps too! I have found that acting "as if" actually works. Acting "as if" I'm on track; eventually I will be on track. It does work!
I am so thankful for every single one of you and that's the truth. I absolutely love and need SP. This is an amazing community and no matter how far out I get, I know that you are all here, all the time. Isn't that is what it is all about? We know that we share a lot of the same struggles and we can support each other. It's the best! I feel better already!!!
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Vanessa, thank you for creating Positive Sparkers! It's an awesome place to be!

Edited by: JEANBEAN71 at: 8/21/2007 (12:50)
The secret to my success: No matter what, I keep on keepin' on. Even in the face of challenges, I just get right back on where I fell off. There are no "bad" days...they are all lessons to be learned.


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8/21/07 11:23 A

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This is like a job to me, without a time off. I figure I got myself into this, and it's not fast or easy to get back what I once had. Easier said then done,right!

When I'm feeling down and out (which was last week)I take it one day at a time, literally. I heard someone say the other day how easy it is to give positive motivation to others, but when it comes to ourselves we look at the negative and forget to be thankful for what we do have. But it went deeper than that and snapped me out of my pitty-pot.

Turn your negative statements into positive ones. "I didn't exercise last week; it's a brand new week", "I gained a lb.; but I've lost 18".

I come here because being accountable works for me, there's no sense in lying about anything. I read the articles and search for helpful hints at motivation. I'm my only excuse and setback. I'll have setbacks but it's up to me to remember to get back up again. I love reading the articles and finding new recipes that are healthy and tasty; it helps a lot since I love food.

Just keep moving and stay with SparkPeople

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2008LYNN
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8/21/07 11:05 A

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I've been on this site for less than a month and in that time, I've had no really serious challenges but when the small ones appear, I remind myself that what I've done in the past (give up or give in) has made me fatter and fatter while I'm SAYING I want to get smaller and smaller. So I keep inventing strategies. I get cravings at night, if I just try to resist them, some day I won't. Now I make sure I have room in my daily plan for night time snacks and I make sure the snacks are in my plan by having only those foods in the house.
The exercise is a lot harder for me but I'm gonna strategize a way to make that a part of my life permanently. Come to think of it, I'm always complaining about execise, I keep telling myself that I hate it - I'm not going to do that anymore. From now on , it's just a part of my day, like brushing my teeth. I don't like or dislike it, it just has to be done.
Thanks Gazella!!!


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ROGUE58
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8/21/07 10:47 A

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We can definitely be our own worse enemies. Food is such a love/hate relationship. Unlike other addictions (like drugs, smoking etc.) we NEED food, so it's not like we can stop cold turkey. How to learn to control our portions and to not go back for that second bowl of ice cream (guilty of that one) is not easy. When we get depressed--we eat. To find healthy alternatives to dealing with depression is a must. I know sometimes when I get on the scale and see that weight just isn't going I will get down on myself and just say "screw this" and eat what I want...and then I am more depressed. This is not a good cycle. With Spark when I see the weigh go up, I now think..."am I near that T.O.M or did I have too much sodium or did I truly over eat?" When I assess the weight gain for what it is, then emotionally I am better able to deal with it and either get myself back on track or stay on track rather than throwing it all away.
This program has giving me an insight into my weight that I have never had before.
Well, I am feeling a little woozy right now. Don't know if it's the drugs from surgery or maybe I need to lay down. Either way...I think I need to take a computer break.
TTFN
Leslie

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without lighting our own--Ben Sweetland

Never look down on anybody unless you are lifting him (or her) up.---Jesse Jacksons (Spark quote o' the day 8-26-07)



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8/21/07 10:29 A

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As you all know I definitely can relate. This has been the one thing that has been consistantly hard for me. I have been battling this weight thing for 10 yrs. I want the magical thing that will make it go away. But there is no magical thing. I do great every where else in my life but on me! When it comes to me I give up! I get lazy and I give in. I hate it. I struggle everyday. Then something happens I get so fed up I actually push myself to work hard and once I start doing it and I see some results I work harder. Then it seems when life is so great something comes around my life and hinders me IE: family issues, a negative comment, ME, tiredness, the list can go on and on. Once I give in to failure I am a goner. I really need to work on that. That is my problem right there. If this was suppose to be easy everyone would be SKINNY! But this was not meant to be an easy thing this was meant to be determined and work hard so that you can reap the rewards. I will start this again and thank God that I can start again. I will work my A** off because in the long run my life will be better. If I keep putting off taking care of me by the time I reach retirement I may not be able to enjoy it. That is my goal to be able to retire and relax and do as much as I can. If I look at the big picture maybe that can keep me on track. Thanks Susan for making this tread we really needed it.

Love and hugs,

Vanessa ;)

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CANDC16
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8/21/07 10:06 A

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Hi!
I know exactly what you mean. THIS IS HARD!! When I increase my exercise, my appetite goes nuts! I can't seem to win.
But, I'm not giving up! And dont you either. Just take it one day at a time!
Cheryl



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8/21/07 9:49 A

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I sometimes struggle with falling off the wagon and getting back on again. Does anyone else find this difficult to do? On the day after I binge, because I'm a binge-eater, unfortunately, there'll come a time (usually in the afternoon) when it is VERY hard to resist bingeing again. And it actually has a "physical" feel to it, as if I had a DRIVE to jump into a pattern of overeating and stay there.

That's what got me into this mess!

So if you're struggling, I'd like to hear from you here. I think it's possible for us to gradually shift from a string of bad days to a string of better ones...if we don't beat ourselves up, and if we come here to talk about this struggle.

I'm curious to see how others think about this, or if it's a common problem we have...? Let's talk about it right here.



 
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