2 years 8 months, 151lbs gone and 65lbs to go. It can be done, I still can't believe I've got this far, but I hd the best motivation... the plataeus are hard but you've just got to grit your teeth and hang in there. Visualise your goal.
I've done this so many times in my life that I've lost count. I start a "diet" on a Monday morning and 2 to 4 weeks later it is all but forgotten. This is the 2nd time I've investigated sparkpeople, but the first that I've actually gotten involved. Now, I love logging my food and exercise and seeing the little charts. I think this is a wonderful site and one that truly advocates a lifestyle of healthy eating, exercise, proper sleep patterns, and lots of water. I've lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks and plan to continue one day at a time for the rest of my life!
I have been modifying my food intake for 12 weeks and joined sparkpeople almost 5 weeks ago. This last week has been the most difficult...being on vacation, away from home, trying to make the right choices, then having an emotional low of losing two beloved pets the same day. Today (day 8) I hit a wall. I rode my stationary bike, drank my water, but just ate too much. It was emotional eating for sure and at the end of the day, I thought, don't throw away 12 weeks of hard work, it's not worth it and not going to "make things right again". So i have set a new goal for the next 40 days to add 12 pounds to the 17 I have already lost and increase the exercise to every day instead of every other day. i don't like giving up. Sparkpeople has given me a lot of insight. Thanks for the support.
Great article. I've signed into Sparkpeople every day for 137 days now and I won't quit, because I'm learning to live a healthy lifestyle and I'm NOT on a diet. It is sad that so many people start SP and then quit like this article says. That isn't what SP is about.
It's true that when you plateau it's frustrating, but the biggest loser competition shows that it doesn't always have to happen. You have to be willing to make the lifestyle change, and when things do go slower than what you want, don't give up.
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