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  • Thanks for this article, it was very helpful. I'm in a slump right now, with the diet and the exercise. I'm packing to move due to an unwanted divorce and both energy and will are at a very low ebb. - 1/20/2010 9:56:08 AM
  • Great article!! Seems I need to be more talkative and more involved in some of the many outlets SP provides us to communicate with others! Again...great article! - 1/20/2010 9:18:49 AM
  • Before I joined Spark in August and used the articles and blogs to review my attitude to weightloss I would have done really badly in this quiz. Now I understand and agree that slow loss is good and that it will not change my life - just my energy levels and ability to enjoy life more. It's great to have all this summarised and confirmed in one article. - 11/18/2009 5:43:47 AM
    I have found dieting stressful in the past, because I was trying to fit my weight loss into a "cookie cutter" type of diet. I don't feel the same kind of stress currently. Using the nutritional and fitness trackers have assisted me to find out what choices I can make that accomplish my goals, within my lifestyle instead of super imposed over it.

    As for the wording of some of the questions - I think that losing weight will assist in many areas of my life. However, I still need to focus effort in these areas to "fix" the problem. Weight loss is only a part of the solution. (i.e.: weight loss is going to assist in decreasing the symptoms of my back injury - but, I still need to focus on good posture and proper lifting as well.) - 9/9/2009 12:51:58 AM
  • SHERI1969
    It stresses me out big time because I get so confused about whether to exercise or listen to my body and its 30 medical conditions. I don't know whether to force myself to exercise because I don't know if I will pay for it a few days later. For years, if I exercise for 3 or 4 days straight, I then get down sick with a cold, flu or bronchitis. So it is a stressor for me because I never know what to do, even after talking with my doctor. - 1/20/2009 7:49:01 PM
    Every Year I vow to lose weight. I try to not think about it but sure enough when things aren't going right, I eat thenfeel guilty afterwards. - 1/20/2009 5:43:54 PM
  • I'm not crazy about how questions 6 and 12 are worded. The BIG changes that I expect to experience in my life are more energy, being able to do physical activities that I cannot currently do, be free of many of the aches and pains that I currently have, have a better level of intimacy with my husband (no more mission impossible *lol*) feel more confident and want to engage in social activity more. All things that are directly influenced by how heavy I am. Also question 12; I am going through and incredibly stressful time in my life but fully believe that I am going to be successful at losing weight this time. (Although I've been going through this stress for 19 months and did put on a lot of weight in the first 17 months). I know that there will be setbacks however, I just had one last week! I understand these questions better after reading what they say at the end, and with the new perspective I would change my answers. - 1/20/2009 2:14:09 PM
  • Hi
    I found Q#6 & 12 to be a bit of both T & F. For me it was What else do you think it will help. So I gave myself 0 on both. If you are thinking that weight loss will help in other health related problems it could make the Q- T. Stress is something everyone gets, that doesn;t mean you won't lose weight. Just my thoughts. - 1/20/2009 9:11:46 AM
  • I find weight loss very stressful -- when you go out to eat, you always feel like you have to limit yourself to a salad because otherwise, everyone is thinking, "What a pig!" even if you're eating a healthy meal of salmon and greens. The most stressful aspect is my husband, who, being thin as a rail, doesn't need to read weight-loss literature, so has a problem believing that there really is such a thing as not eating *enough.* SparkPeople has been invaluable in lowering my stress levels because, during my first couple of weeks of tracking, I was shocked to realize that my normal (and quite healthy) diet actually did not contain *enough* calories. I was able to boost the calorie count to where it needed to be by adding two cups of fat-free yogurt to my diet, and have actually lost weight, something that hadn't occurred in about 20 years. Just being able to say to my husband, "I lost 2 lbs." every week,, cuts the stress level, too. - 1/20/2009 5:45:27 AM
  • EVILTWIN12387
    I'm with TOPS2KOPS08: I also got a "0" on #6--but I don't think my answer represents an unrealistic expectation. The question does not say anything about "all problems" or even "life problems"! I answered True on #6 because I do have a lot of problems (knee pain and weakness from a resection surgery, muscle atrophy, chronic fatigue, low energy, stress, etc.) that I believe can be solved, or at least greatly helped, by taking the steps to lose weight--like eating healthy and exercising. Is that really all that unrealistic? - 11/2/2008 10:14:42 AM
  • Hi! I'm new on line. Since menopause started, I put on 50 pounds. Over the last 3 years, I lost 30 pounds by following the Canada's Food Guide rules and attended a club called Canadian Calorie Counters. This article struck a note with me. I have recently attended a course at Landmark Education in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In this seminar, I learned that life is here and now. Don't expect to find happiness when you buy that home, car, cottage or get that special job. As far as weight is concerned, you have a job to do in order to lead a healthier, extraordinary life. This is a journey with ups and downs along the way. Even when you slip or allow yourself a treat, tomorrow is another day and IT'S YOURS TO DO WITH AS YOU WILL. Just don't browbeat yourself. Just carry on. - 10/1/2008 11:07:46 PM
  • I have a bad back and I put alot of stress on myself because I couldn,t exercise and I still lost 2.4lbs for the month of September i should be happy I,ll find out from the doctor what i can do and go from there - 10/1/2008 12:21:42 PM
  • I have read this article several times! It has taken me years to turn my thinking around and be satisfied with losing weight slowly. I have my ups and downs (ups around holidays and vacations!), but overall I am moving down the scale.
    It can be very stressful if your mind is so desperate for results that your body cannot safely achieve. For me, weight loss is really a state of mind as well as healthy eating and exercise. - 10/1/2008 12:18:23 PM
  • I know where you are coming from. I have been at war with food my entire life. Either on a diet, or needing to be. People who haven't had to struggle like that can't truly understand the toll that takes on a person. Hang in there, LUNA1SIERRRA! You are not alone in your struggles. - 10/1/2008 11:35:02 AM
  • Just wanted to send a big 'hang-in-there' to LUNA1SIERRRA. I'd suggest only weighing in once a month. The big goal for all of us (whether or not weight loss is involved) is to live healthier, so the scale is only a piece of that. Focus on doing things that make you a healthier person (drinking more water, exercising, eating fruits and veggies). Allow yourself some treats. Don't be so hard on yourself--if you're making an effort, you're at a good place. :) - 10/1/2008 11:03:39 AM

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