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  • Different people need to do different things to be successful at weight loss. We aren't one size fits all.
  • Good points in this article, but I think you are doing many people a disservice by trying to make them believe that you need a team to lose weight. I enjoy articles on SP, and have learned many things, but I am not an overly social person, I value my privacy. I am proud of my weight loss, but that does not mean I need to announce it to the world, I prefer my privacy from coworkers, we are there to work not socialize, most of these people don't realize how tiring it is to hear them constantly going on about their husband, kids, mother in law or what ever the problem is today, or the TV programs they watched blow by blow, I don't even have a TV.

    Socializing every aspect of your life is a personal choice, not a necessity before you can lose weight!
  • I like this article. I am in the middle of a huge struggle and having the spark articles and blogs makes a huge difference. I have been 3 months now trying to take off weight. Problem is as hard as I try to eat right , every meal is a challenge. My colostomy surgeries put me in a position of not being able to eat many foods. Especially the ones I love most. I love my broccoli, my beans, my cauliflower. My go to snack was always first and foremost nuts. Now I try to plan and portion my meals eating proper foods. A tomato sandwhich...oh wait, I cannot have tomatoes, I want that sandwhich on a beautiful , fresh slice of whole wheat bread, oh nope, can only have white bread, the stuff I was taught years ago was poison. I cannot every again in my life have a handful of almonds, but I can have as many donuts as my little heart desires! The list goes on and on. Nothing can be more discouraging except that in 3 months I have not lost any weight but the good news is I have been able to maintain and not gain a single pound and at the end of the day when I am hungry and cranky, I come read my spark mail. That helps so, so much. I always find something that makes me look forward to trying again tomorrow. Thank you for that!
  • I think the group keeps me accountable and provides me with new ideas. Several people said it didn't take a group to gain the weight but I disagree, we are all surrounded by peop[le who encourage us to eat, or who bring "treats" to reward us. One of the hardest things about trying to enjoy healthy eating at work are all temptations provided by well meaning co-workers and supervisors.
  • Quite a few things in this article are valid for me, and good reminders. I also do not agree with the "there is no I in success" concept. People are very different in terms of what kind of structure and support works best for them. There is a lot of oversharing on social media in our culture right now, which makes some people think that nothing is real unless you connect about it with large numbers of people who you don't actually know. In the end you DO have to do it yourself, by each day to day decision you make. Some people lose weight with support on sites like this; some people socialize a lot on the same sites and don't lose that much weight. Some people lose weight without participating in a "weight loss team" but still might get much else from SparkPeople. You have to do what actually works for you.
  • I love excercising. I've tried Tabata this year and have done HIIT 3x this year. When my ankle heals up I'm going to sign up for more HIIT classes. Even though I lose weight super slow, I still enjoy excercising. My main reason for excercising is to loose weight and its frustrating to see my weight stagnant. But I wont stop having fun and I won't give up.
    Very good article. I have been "watching" my wt since I was a teenager, and have always tried to be healthy while losing. It has taken me a very long time to learn all of what was in this article. The most important thing I have learned is persistence. Never give up!
  • KJAZZ185
    I think it is important to build in breaks. That's the best part of this article. So many people who struggle with weight deal with the "all or nothing" mentality. If you don't give yourself "permission" to let go once in a while, it can turn into a downward spiral. If you maintain some of your program for the day - say keep your workout schedule, but then go out with the family and eat what you want that night, it help to keep you grounded (vs. just leaving it all behind for a day or two).
    Thanks for this article.
  • I think that the focus on the team part in the comments is misunderstanding it a bit.

    I've lost a considerable amount of weight, and have started getting muscle definition for the first time. I have friends, family, and co-workers who are now talking to me about what I've done and how I've done it. We compare notes and discuss what's been hard and how to overcome those difficulties. And I feel more motivated to keep going on the right path so that I don't let them down. I think this is more what is meant.
    Sorry, but weight loss is not a sport. There is no room for competition in weight loss - some people lose quicker than others. The goal is not to be the fast loser, but the person who hangs in there and loses for the long term, learns how to eat and exercise for better health. The person who is losing 1/2 pound every 2 weeks can become frustrated and give up if they are constantly compared to someone who is losing faster. That is not healthy.

    Reality is not "The Biggest Loser." No one should be shamed if they let their "team" down.

    Whatever happened to personal accountability? I can be just as successful, even more so, when I focus on my needs, rather than my contribution to the team's success.
  • Like others, I'm not big on the "team" one. I am perfectly happy to keep my fitness and weight private, thank you! The last thing I want is anyone comparing and judging me!

    However, I wholeheartedly agree with taking timeouts/breaks. So many articles and advice on this website stresses how to keep going even when you're not in the mood, but the truth, for me, is that when I try to struggle through it, I end up quitting for long periods of time. However, if I take a day to just relax & eat how I wanna eat, I am usually back on track by the next day.
    I do fine all day but when at work and when I first get home. I have fibromyalgia, restless legs and muscle spasms, so I am up alot at night in pain and I graze all night long. I t has cost me gaining over 70 lbs and I am trying to get back on track. I just don't know what to do I have to get control. I had lost 154 lbs and slowly am gaining it all back. I have depression anyway and this does not help.
  • A few comments disagree with the need for a "team" Maybe I don't need a competitive team, but having a supportive, encouraging team sure helps. I was able to take off the weight while being a "spark hermit" using the resources and never interacting with anyone. But I don't think I could have maintained for nearly 5 years without this community. There are so many yo-yo stories out there, each very individual. I want to learn from them and stay exactly where I am.
  • Nothing is a fit all,for me I find myself slipping if I do not meet with my
    TOPS group and weigh in. Accountability is important for the long haul on my journey.
    Self discipline is one of my always projects.

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