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RADIOTIKSPARK1 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/10/12 1:45 P

I can tell you one thing: I too thought I had healthy eating habits. Heck I was totally convinced I had healthy eating habits and, really, I ate better than a lot of people. You know what? I didn't have healthy eating habits. Realizing that was a huge eye opener.

You are talking about lifestyle change? Consider a move towards whole foods (or "real" food) and away from anything processed or packaged. A simple foray into learning how to eat well, change how you think about food, and to make some real lifestyle changes is in Michael Polan's "Food Rules". You have to be a bit brave to take this step but it is one of the best things I ever did for myself.

If you are up for a longer read, go for In Defense of Food:

Edited by: RADIOTIKSPARK1 at: 7/10/2012 (13:46)
JUANITAJO19 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/10/12 12:12 P

Girl, I think we were separated at birth!!! And actually, I think a lot of people can related. I myself am a notorious "addict". I just want to share with you a technique that I learned when I started with the SparkPeople ( which btw was only a few days ago) Anyway, when I was struggling over the weekend a questioned popped into my head and that was --Are you really hungry or are you craving. And I soon realized that I had eaten great all day and what I was really feeling were cravings. So here is what I told myself-- GOAL FIRST!!!! Because the fact of the matter is junk food is not going anywhere; it will be here until the end of time; and if I miss out on it this weekend, or next, or the weekend after that SO WHAT!!! I I have a lifetime to eat junk food ( in moderation) but if I don't change my lifestyle now, that lifetime will get shorter and shorter.... Just tell yourself --GOAL FIRST!!!

ANGRITTER SparkPoints: (99,014)
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7/10/12 10:58 A

You joined the te, so you're alreaady on the right track.

When they say add everything to the food tracker, they mean everything. Until you recognize where your trouble in nutrition is, you'll be winning half the battle against the bulge. And move purposely for 30 minutes every day. If you can't get 30 minutes in from short exercise moments, at least get in 10 every day.

And walking is one of the best things you can do that will melt the pounds away.

OZIETWIN Posts: 680
7/9/12 10:37 A

You are definitely on the right track. Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still forward progress!

You're making the right changes to your life, slowly, so they will stay with you, What you are doing now is replacing a lifetime of habits with new ones....that takes time, patience and the ability to recognize that there will be setbacks.

We're all human. If you want that piece of cake, have it....just not every day :)

I wish you the best of luck in your journey!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,016)
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7/9/12 8:06 A


First off, you can't look at weight loss and good health with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. That's why Spark People recommends starting with some simple changes you CAN stick with.

Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. then you create new ones. And that's how good health starts, it starts with a few simple changes.

Also, there is such a thing as food addiction. the more you understand about what you eat and why you eat, the better you can learn how to change those habits. One thing I would recommend is that you read this great Daily Spark Blog on food addiction. you may find it very helpful. Then start reading some of the other Spark articles on emotional eating, nutrition, wellness, etc... there is a lot to learn and you're not going to learn it all in a day. this is a life long learning process.

Well, you have to start somewhere.

JIMBUNNY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/9/12 1:05 A

i know exactly what you mean. I find it so odd that my perception about myself as it relates to my size can swing so wildly from one end of spectrum to the other...but it does. Perhaps this is a common feeling. Here's a tip that I think might help in your dilemma: weight loss is mostly (like 75-80%) a factor of eating/nutrition. If you are looking for ways to stick with "it", i would put the most effort into that & make all things about planning healthy meals and tracking, etc a priority. I love to exercise but when you have limitations, like asmata or an injury, i don't think you need to stress out too much about being perfect in your approach to weight loss all around. Just try to keep baseline healthy fitness with what you can do with walking and weight training. Good luck!

LITTLEBO Posts: 1,197
7/8/12 11:59 P

These are some of the things i keep in mind:
Plan you "cheats". But don't let them get out of hand. I have a "sweet" every morning with protein for breakfast, but I keep it under 200 calories.
Stop beating yourself up if you aren't perfect. We all slip up. You just keep going...
I attend overeaters anonymous meetings....the in person support has been very important to me.

PRTYBRD SparkPoints: (17,261)
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7/8/12 10:24 P

I don't have asthma, so I'm not sure what your restrictions are, but just plain walking accounts for most of my weight loss. I do try and control my calories, and I track every last thing that goes into my mouth, good or bad. But, the walking has really helped me to become healthier and more fit. My blood pressure has dropped, my resting hear rate is down, and I can actually see muscles now (which of course helps when you're naked). I've recently added in some strength training to help tone up some trouble spots, like my arms. I think you just have to find something that works for you.

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7/8/12 9:06 P

I'm a girl whose always been a big on the chunky side. I can't see myself thin, although I feel that I have a big misconception about how I look now. I feel that I look thin sometimes, but other times I feel as though I'm morbidly obese. I have these dreams and desires to pose for tattoo magazines, but I know that being the size I am now hinders me from doing so. I weigh about 195 and my goal is 150. I feel as though I have healthy eating habits, but on the weekends, I "cheat" and doing this aboslutely devestates me. I'm called a "food addict" and "foodie" by friends and family and I can't get away from over eating or eating the worst things in the world for me. But, during the week, I'm good. I do workout, but I feel my motivation levels deteriorating and I really need some help and guidance. I am not a fan of any fad shakes or diets, I want something that I will be able to make a lifestyle habit and teach my (future) children. I have asthma so cardio is extremely difficult... My number one goal is to be healthy and lower my risk factors for avoidable diseases and conditions, but what I really want is to look good naked. What kind of tips and guidance did you follow through your journey to get where you are now?

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