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There is no "secret" to losing weight with SP. SP isn't a diet, it's a weight management program which gives you the information and the tools you need to change the way you eat, cook and exercise, while supporting you every step of the way. I found SP purely by chance, through a reference in a magazine article. I've lost 17 lbs. so far and plan to lose at least another 13, then learn to maintain that weight loss for the rest of my life.
My daughter and I went out for lunch today, and the restaurant didn't have nutritional information available on line or on the menu. I remembered the SP article I'd read about "word clues" on the menu, and chose cedar-planked salmon with grilled vegetables. It was satisfying, well-prepared and within my correct range. Thank you, SP, for teaching me how to eat out without blowing the plan for the day.
My husband refuses to exercise with me. My daughter is obese but refuses to deal with it... I'm losing weight on SP in spite of them. DH has 3 flavours of ice cream on hand, salted cashews, candy... I ask him to keep it out of my sight but sometimes he forgets and I slip up... but darn it all, I'm going to succeed in spite of them, because I matter!
I've put myself back at the beginning of Phase 2 of SP because I know that I haven't really made all the new techniques part of my every day life.
Don't get so bogged down in the big picture that you don't recognize the tiny successes.
My weight loss has stalled, and I believe that one of the ways to get it moving again is to be more careful with my portion control. I eat healthy foods, but probably portions, especially chicken and fish, are larger than recommended. I've moved the food scale to the front of my counter and put a measuring cup and set of measuring spoons next to it.
When I joined SP in January 2011, I set all kinds of goals for myself, joined many different teams and subscribed to lots of blogs. I realized recently that I wasn't even trying to meet many of the goals, or joining any of the team challenges, so today I spent a couple of hours re-evaluating my use SP commitment. As a result, I reduced my teams to 5, which I will huddle with daily. I made realistic goals, which I will strive to meet daily/weekly. I un-subscribed from some blogs.