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KSEP2013 SparkPoints: (6,243)
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7/10/13 8:21 A

Start keeping track all the time, and you'll be surprised with new habits. SparkPoints keep me motivated. SP has mobile tracking aps if that helps.

Seeing yourself as athletic helps, too. Small changes turn into bigger ones.

KLAROCHE1515 Posts: 362
7/10/13 12:31 A

I feel like I am slipping. because of my busy schedule at school this summer I am having a hard time finding the time to record and keep up with my sparkpeople. I do it intermittent lately and I hate that because I have been doing so well in the past. I know partly it is because my weight is fluctuating between 179 and 181 for the past 6 weeks and it is getting me very frustrated. I am in a catch 22. gain weight, get frustrated, lose weigth, happy for time, gain weight get frustrated again. I am having some problems hormonoly as I am starting menepause and my body does not know what it wants to do. But I could be just coming up with excuses here. I am still working out regularly so that is a good thing but I keep cheating when it comes to eating. Not eating sweet foods just eating high calorie junk food like McDonalds again. I sound like I a whining. Sorry. Well thanks for listening.

KSEP2013 SparkPoints: (6,243)
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7/9/13 1:03 P

You will get into the habit that you HAVE to track everything. If it's not listed, input the information yourself from the nutritional information on the package or go online and look for that item. Many restaurants, especially fast food, have their nutritional information on their sites.

You will learn, a lot of times, it's better to cook at home and substitute healthy ingredients. For example, I found some healthy SP recipes for take-out Chinese. How can you beat that?!!!

Take advantage and use SP's motivation tools, saving articles with SparkFavorities, SparkPoints, getting some SparkFriends to encourage each other, all the videos of exercises and try some resistance bands to UP your workout for more calorie burn -- This is an incredible website! -- and there's so much more.

This is definitely a LIFESTYLE change. The more the bad habits "fade off into the sunset," the more the NEWER YOU will emerge. Think of a butterfly and chrysalis. emoticon

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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7/9/13 10:36 A

Whenever I start to feel myself slipping, for example if I have a really "bad" lunch, I make sure to track EVERYTHING that I ate. Then I see how I feel too. If I feel guilty or if I know I could have made better decisions, then I have to give myself a mental pep talk and continue from there. I don't wait for the next day. I wait for the next meal to get back on track. I make sure to weigh and measure everything and track track track! It's the only way that I can do this. Best of luck to you!

7/9/13 5:01 A

Don't worry the fact that you went for healthy food shopping is a good sign that you're making an effort to stick to it. My advise would be exercise first thing in the morning even before breakfast, just make sure you drink plenty of water and properly hydrated! I'd say that because when you do you, you'd be proud once you're done, once you're proud and feeling good you're less likely to eat junk, you'd feel like I don't want to undo the hard work I did this morning. Best of luck and hang in there, we all have bad days the most important thing is to focus on the future rather than the past think of it as "one step backward, two steps forward" emoticon

Edited by: IMANALAULAQI at: 7/9/2013 (05:03)
7/8/13 11:13 P

I fell off the weight loss wagon in December and I feel with big THUD!!! I think I landed on my head to be honest, because it took me 4 months to get back on track.

It is quite a challenge to get back on track once you've slipped. But the good news that it doesn't last forever. When you are good and ready you will jump back on that band wagon and probably take the reigns and run wild with it! lol

You've got to find your motivation again. What triggers you, what fuels you, why are you here in the first place? These were all of the things that I had to ask myself before I got back on track. Then, I was faced with What am I going to eat today? I REALLY want to dig into a nice heft bowl of Frosted Flakes or I can do the right thing for my body and have a healthy veggie omelet. I chose the omelet that morning, and opted for a nice BIG salad for lunch and before I knew it. I was on the weight loss wagon again and loosing weight.

It's just "remaking" that decision that stumps us some times.

I hope this helps.

BCMNANA13 SparkPoints: (261)
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7/7/13 4:52 P

I'm in the same situation. I haven't gone shopping so I'm trying to eat what I can, the I try to use the food tracker and even something as simple as bread, or pizza isn't even there. Then my frustration goes up. I've decided I will track everything I eat no matter how good or bad but then the tracker seems to be very limited. I think it should be easier to track a slice of pepperoni pizza. I really wish the tracker was easier to use. I mean it's a breeze if what you ate is listed but if not it is a real pain. Don't mean to complain, I guess I just feel overly stressed today.

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (38,869)
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7/6/13 10:04 P

Getting some exercise and cooking a new, healthy recipe always help me get my head back in the game.

And these are all great responses.


RUBECCAL Posts: 1,432
7/5/13 9:39 P

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions and support! I truly appreciate it. :)

MOM22REDS SparkPoints: (18,747)
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7/4/13 3:27 P

Rubeccal, I am feeling the same. The only difference is I don't experience "that time of the month" any more. Apathy is my biggest challenge. I appreciate knowing I am not alone and value the responses from others. Wishing you all the best!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/3/13 12:54 P

Take some time to think about things. You can't undo what you've done in the past. You can't even undo what you did 5 minutes ago. Or 3 seconds ago.

You can only control what you're doing in the present.

I used to drive to work. My commute home was about an hour and I'd have my gym back and leave for work in the morning fully planning to go to the gym. Sometime between noon and quitting time, I'd get lazy. I'd then spend my entire commute home convincing myself to go to the gym. Most days it worked. Once I made that good decision, I'd feel better about myself and my weight loss goals.

Sometimes when you're looking at the big picture it's hard to make a single decision. It's hard to sit in a restaurant, faced with a menu full of unhealthy choices you can never ever eat again (yes, I can be overly dramatic) and decide to choose something healthy. It helps to understand that you can eat those foods again. Just not every day.

And again, once you make that healthy choice and survive the consequences (omg, no onion rings!!!!!!!!!) things start getting just a little bit easier.

And yes, I've actually caught myself thinking those things.

EMAVERICK Posts: 7,229
7/3/13 12:31 A

Hi R,

Yes, that time of the month is rough. The water retention masks the progress you might be making on losing fat for days, but then at the end of it, the scale can drop a lot at once, because you really were making progress all that time.

Buy yourself some bracelets, so you can distract yourself by playing with them from wanting to eat, when you aren't really hungry. That urge will usually pass in a few minutes.

I find it easiest to eat right when the right food is around too. You might want to throw away some of the less helpful foods that are around the house if you can. One good option is frozen berries. they take only a minute to 90 seconds to thaw in the microwave, and they are so intense in flavor that they seem like quite a treat.

Best of luck on achieving your goals. Hang in there!

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6/30/13 3:45 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does make a difference. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Set some simple goals first. Example, if you're not 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 drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved those goals. then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It's not about "all or nothing". It's about making a few simple changes you CAN stick with. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Take baby steps, literally and figuratively.

RUBECCAL Posts: 1,432
6/30/13 3:41 P

I'm trying to get back on track, but I just can't seem to stick with anything lately. Being "that time of the month" is making it even harder. I get really ornery and apathetic during it. So, I'm just looking for ideas of what I can do to get back on track and stay there. I've managed to keep myself exercising 10 minutes each day, but I'm only doing the bare minimum, and my eating habits have been horrific. I went shopping and bought some healthy foods today so I guess I'm already on my way back on track, but I'd like to hear what you've done to get yourself back on track when you've been slacking. Thanks for your time!

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