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5/14/13 9:16 P

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I'm with you on this one! I think I hit bottom today - ate just because it was there. No other reason. I almost signed up for weight watchers today but decided to pay all the bills in the basket instead.
I have my daughters wedding to prepare for - I will not be a mother of the bride wearing a tent with sparkles on it.
I have brushed my teeth and put my invisiline in so all I can have is water and I'm taking a break from my grad class assignment.
I'm going to start logging into SparkPeople everyday and really keep tabs on my progress. I've read the success stories on this site - help is every where with just a click of a button.
Good luck!
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5/13/13 7:59 P

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Thanks for the idea about the alarm. May just try that.

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4/29/13 3:44 A

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saw the name Keylimepie11, and just had to check out if Fr. Quintana of Las Cruces, NM was here LOL

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4/14/13 9:42 A

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Well since I always had a weight problem since the day I was born, only to be thin twice in my life, I can handle being a little fat. But the water retention is what I hate. And now that I am 50 years old in full force menopause it seems like I am always carrying around 5 extra pounds of water. That is what makes me feel uncomfortable not having extra fat.

Even when I was a size 4 (briefly when I was 44 years old) I still felt fat when I was bloated.

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(responding to the first post on this thread): I'm guessing just about everyone on this team can identify with your frustrations, and the low self-esteem that this extra weight we are carrying around brings about. I can't tell you how many times I have started, stalled out, or just completely had a blow out that took me right back to where I was. And at our age, and with our slowed metabolism, add in hormones with that, it is not an easy task to lose weight. But it's spring, a time for new beginnings, I'm ready to go at it one more time, with prayers that God will help me to stay faithful to this, and to keep in mind that my greatest motivation is to take care of His temple in which His Spirit dwells. Practically speaking, that means I am back to tracking what I'm eating, my minutes of exercise (that I enjoy WHEN I make the time for it). I hate the cost, but I'm splurging and buying myself a Fitbit to help keep me motivated throughout the day. I know it is just another gadget, but I like gadgets when they work!!! That and there is so much outside work that needs done around here, that I'm certain the combination of fresh air and exercise should help to get me in the groove and start feeling better about myself. JOIN ME!!!

"My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, whom I have from God, and I am not my own. For I have been bought at a price, therefore I will glorify God in my body and in my spirit, which are God's."
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4/3/13 11:16 A

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Well done themfolk. emoticon

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10/9/12 10:41 P

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I used to have problems with eating way late into the night, but broke the habit with a few little tricks.
First, I set an alarm to let me know when to start getting my evening chores done (I live on a farm), and it also tells me that it's close to my eating curfew, and one of my chores at this hour is to brush my teeth. Who wants to snack after brushing and flossing, rinsing and so on? If you eat, you not only get your nice fresh mouth all messed up with incoming calories, but you also have to do it all again before bedtime...brush, floss, rinse, etc...
A second alarm goes off a half hour before my bedtime, so I can get everything set out for the next day. One of these things is an outline of the next day's menus, which helps me keep my eating within bounds, and of course I don't write midnight snacks into the mix.
It's important not to hate yourself for anything so innocent as eating, no matter when you eat or why or what you eat. Emotional eaters eat in order to cope, and hating yourself for emotional eating is like hating yourself for getting nervous at the dentist's office, or for being sad about a personal loss. We have to love ourselves in order to get our bodies to respond in positive ways - after all, none of us would ever hate a friend for being under too much pressure, nor would any of us say anything to that person like some of the things we say to ourselves, so we have to learn to treat ourselves at least as well as we treat others. I've been guilty of not showing myself the same compassion that I routinely extend to strangers, so learning to love and forgive myself and be gentle in the way I relate to myself has been a real learning curve for me.
Onward and upward! We can do this! : )

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the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
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10/8/12 2:55 A

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One key thing that helped me was to eat protein at every meal and snack.

A balance of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbs every time. It was a revelation to me in terms of avoiding food cravings. I was over the moon to discover how well this works and would suggest it to anyone.

The food tracker is brilliant to help you get this balance right, it's a great tool and, although at first I was frustrated at how slow it can be, it's worth every minute it takes to fill in. There are lots of ways to make the process quicker, but that can wait for now. Just know that Sparkpeople is a wonderful support system for healthy eating and you have make the biggest step of all by just joining!

Keep posting for advice, support, suggestions, whatever you need. People here will help!

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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson


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9/23/12 6:51 P

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One thing you might try and add is some weights and arm aerobics....if you use some light hand weights (1-3lbs) and you do lifts, curls and really get moving, you will raise your heart rate big time without putting your leg at risk while it heals...I feel for you...it is so maddening when you are on a roll and something breaks your momentum....if you do these exercises in a straight back chair you can get a real sweat going and continue to burn lots of calories while you are healing...Hugs

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9/23/12 5:59 P

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I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY. I'M HEALING A BROKEN LEG AND AM ONLY ALLOWED 10 MINUTES ON THE STATIONARY BIKE FOR ANOTHER THREE WEEKS. FOR 2 YEARS I'VE DONE SO WELL WITH EXERCISING AND THIS SETBACK HAS BEEN SO DISAPPOINTING.

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9/16/12 7:55 P

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I understand the feeling of panic very well. I have 37 lbs to lose to be at my fighting weight again and be slim for my son's wedding in Milos, Greece July 13, 2013. When he and his bride called me to say the date was set, I just had a fit at the thought of attending the wedding fat and ungainly. Gosh.....I felt so badly for a few days. Then I found this site and TAPPING. I have been logging everything on the Trackers and walking endlessly as well as weights, running etc. I am on a roll but this site is the BEST...it is so nice to know I am not alone and that my feelings, challenges and obstacles have supporters and those who have walked this thorny road before me....Hugs to all

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9/10/12 11:52 A

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Wow Keylime! Those are my sentiments exactly! I need to lose about 50 lbs that have crept up on me over the years. The last couple years I've been on beta blockers and they really slow down the metabloism.

I am wanting desperately to get off the high blood pressure pills and beta blockers and the only way to do that is to lose weight!

Good luck to you! How have you been doing since your original post on this thread?

There is so much great information and good support on this site. I am amazed!

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8/12/12 8:03 P

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I think we all get down on ourselves too much. I too get in a rut sometimes where I only look at what is wrong not what is right in my life. I journal now, try to post and or read a positive motivational kicker often. I ike posting those wherever in the house I need to be reminded, life is good! The best thing is to get the help you need here to be strong and get healthy. I am sure you have a lot of qualities about you that are not weight related that are admirable.

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8/12/12 7:57 P

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Nighttime is the worse for me too. I thought about putting positive messages in picture frames in 1)night stand, 2) bathroom, 3) kitchen and 4) by the computer. Whatever message works. I find if I fix herbal tea, drink water through out the day, I am really not hungry it might be you need more water? Also I have a dog. When I want to eat (and so does he went I head to the refrigerator) I toss him a toy, and or take him for a walk. I need to get better at visualization and or meditation too. Hang in there!

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8/12/12 7:53 P

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I too have Hypothyroid based on surgery to partial remove thyroid in 1979. I too have really struggled with weight - mostly since age 38 when I then had hysterecomy in 1988. Bummer I now. I was eating soy, told to drop all soy products. I now drink Almond Milk, for example. I have done Pilates, now walking, and will add strength training soon. Hang in there all with Thyroid issues. We can do it!

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8/12/12 11:41 A

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I also have the thyroid issue. However, it is only a circumstance, and I will not let it define me. Lots of people with it manage to achieve and maintain good healthy habits and weights. I can be one of them. Yeah it's hard. So is staying stuck.

As we say in my workplace, build a bridge and get over it. (no I am not intending to be mean here, this is directed only at myself and anyone who can find it useful.)

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8/8/12 8:20 A

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Happy 31st anniversary! emoticon emoticon

Perhaps you can change your thought process to, "How many healthy changes have I made to my lifestyle since last year?"

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Today is my 31st wedding anniversary. One of the first thoughts that came into my head was "How much did I weight last year at this time"? I judge myself, I judge myself by how much I weigh. Things do not look so good. I need to change my thought patterns, any suggestions?

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8/7/12 9:57 A

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@keylimepie11, I know what you mean by hating yourself in the morning! I think of it as being a little like a drug or alcohol addiction. Hang in there ... emoticon

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8/6/12 9:54 P

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Oh Dee, I saw your post. You said that you are Hypothyroid - so am I. I was under the impression that my medicine would actually help get my thyroid back in shape and I would start losing weight. But the more I take my meds the bigger I get. Doesn't make sense.
I thought it was just me until I read your post.
Thanks,
Mary

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8/3/12 9:19 P

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Do like the TOPS attitude toward losing weight
Eating sensibly---portion control
Great friends---support---encouragment
One meeting at a time
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8/2/12 8:04 A

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Hi friends, I can relate to being tired and frustrated. I think for me it's often what I tell myself that makes things harder or easier. I don't mean relentless positivity, I mean not indulging in "reasons" to make poor choices or letting one thing snowball into a lot more. I read somewhere that people often, once they make a choice off the grid, then continue to overeat until the next time they sleep. Often it's not the original choice that really causes the problem, it's all the "what the h*" afterwards. So I am practicing honesty "I ate that extra ____" and practicing stopping eating right after.

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7/31/12 10:58 A

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I am so tired of this fat l carry! It is so hard for me to lose weight, l have hypothyroidism and it feels like when l take my meds l gein a pound... Terrible! emoticon

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emoticon Key Lime. I have found a lot of great information on SP, that I didn't know, and I have been "losing" weight my adult life. There is a lot of great people too who are very supportive. Enjoy this lifestyle change you have now started, one change at a time. emoticon

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 100 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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7/29/12 9:10 P

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Welcome don't give upon yourself. Here we are trying to loose the weight and together we can do it. Enjoy your journey one step at a time. emoticon emoticon

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Hi, Keylime, and emoticon to the team. First, stop hating yourself for eating late at night - read Spark nutrition articles and you will find out that it is a diet myth that food you eat late at night puts weight on you. Your body does not know the difference between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. - it metabolizes it exactly the same way emoticon What does make a difference is what you eat. Here is a suggestion - it works for me - you can take it or leave it: use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully and plan out everything you will eat that day - including snacks. You can even add a category like "Bedtime Snack" on your tracker. Then take your calories and break them up over the day so that you have 3 meals and 2 snacks. The other big help is to read your daily report after you fill in your tracker and see how your % of fat, carbohydrates, and protein measure up to Spark's recommendation. You can do this by clicking on the box at the lower right-hand portion of your nutrition tracker page that say "See Today's Full Report" - you will get a nice spreadsheet showing all your nutrient for the day and two little pie charts - one showing Spark's recommendations and what your % actually are based on your tracker for that day. Remember to be totally honest with that tracker or it will all be a moot point. Tracking your food will keep you honest with yourself and accountable for your choices. I wasn't doing very well and then I took the time to study my daily reports for a couple of weeks and I found out what was sabotaging my weight loss - I was eating way too many starchy carbs. I cut back and now I'm doing much better. Stay active with your teams too because that will keep you motivated and encouraged, and most of all try to have fun with this - it's a challenge but emoticon and everyone on this team will be there to support you along the way!

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7/29/12 3:21 P

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With spark people and the members u can lose the weight. The secret is to take it off slowly and learn new habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life. I decided inFeb'12 that I was not going to stay the size that I was. Now I get up everyday and workout. Believe me, there are some days I would like to say forget it and stay in bed. But I make myself get up and move. Moving is the real key. Start with small steps and u can do it. Chin up girl , we have your back.

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Welcome and best of luck to you. Think we can all relate to the way you are feeling. For me the nutrition and fitness trackers are a big help and also the support from this wonderful group of people.

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I am so tired of the weight I have put on over the last few years... it is so depressing.... I'm always tired.. I have tried other weight loss programs and cant seem to stick to one I eat late at nite and then I hate myself......I NEED HELP!!!!

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