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VATRUCKER SparkPoints: (20,629)
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3/19/13 12:45 P

dieting does not work, lifestyle changes brings results, u do not have to be hungry, you can eat the right foods get all the necessary v/min to live healthy. For a look at what happens when u don!t change look at the vatruckers sparkpage and be educated. U CAN DO THIS, BUT U GOTTA HAVE BURNING DESIRE FOR IT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

NEEDTOLOOSE1 Posts: 1,672
3/18/13 10:06 P

Hi Laura,
I love it here at SparkPeople. There is some magic going on here is you are willing to take that first step. By that I mean, if you are willing to take the time to use the tools. I had to start very slowly so I didn't overwhelmed. I started by tracking my food, water and exercise daily. I started to watch for patterns in the foods that I was eating and started to make changes. Eating more veggies and fruits - less sweets, carbs. I started to doing my "Spark Points" daily, which means I was reading articles, I found out about my "Spark Park and set it up. I started to blog, people started to reply to my blogs. I made friends, I joined communities and teams. I have joined challenges, my life has changed it's not a diet it's a life changing.

Please remember this happened over a period of time, it took me a few years to get to this point. I started to reading their books, using their DVD's. It works it really does.
Do it One Step At A Time Find what works for you.
Enjoy your journey it is fantastic
Best of Luck

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,265)
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3/18/13 9:25 P

Be guided by your Dr with what is advisable for you to do, and what is best left alone.

Apart from that, just start this journey with baby steps. It might be that if you are consuming regular soda/juice, it could impact on your energy levels, and weight. By cutting down or cutting out, that alone can make a significant impact on where you want to go.

Make good use of the Nutrition Tracker, and try to get a good amount of fruit/veges into your day. That, along with quality protein will help with your energy and weight goals. Get in exercise as and when you can so long as what you do is suitable for you! I wouldn't think along the lines of "I want to lose *X* amount of weight by......." - but rather "I want to lose weight!" Any weight loss is far better than none, and you will be proud of yourself for having managed that.

Take care, and good luck. I hope that you health returns to normal very soon!

Good luck,

MUMOMMA SparkPoints: (4,854)
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3/18/13 11:15 A

Hi Laura: It appears you've motivation is Florida and you want to look and feel as good as possible to maximize your trip. That's understandable! Maybe I will take the advice you are looking for and apply it to my own life as well. Put up post-it notes, pics of the beach, lay out the swimsuit and shorts you want to wear. Heck, put them in the place you are weakest, frig or cabinet. Just tell yourself, I am choosing to have a snack that will get me in the place I want to be. I am committing to doing an exercise tape at lunch since I have been struggling in this area as well. I will if you will :) In the meantime, just be a friend to yourself as you go thru these medical challenges. I promise to take my own advice :)

Edited by: MUMOMMA at: 3/18/2013 (11:16)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,476)
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3/15/13 11:37 A

Hi, Laura ! Welcome to Spark People !

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 were to do for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, this isn't a diet. Diet is a four letter word and should be treated as such. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to stop thinking diet and start thinking lifestyle change. The changes you make to your health today, you keep for the rest of your life, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight.

If you continue to diet, you'll end up on the yo yo dieting rollercoaster like the rest of us. Don't let that happen. Learn healthy habits that you'll keep for your entire life. Now, that doesn't mean you don't get to eat a burger or cake anymore. It just means you need to be more mindful of your portions as well as what you eat.

You don't have to eat salad every day, but you should do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies every day if possible. the more veggies you eat, the better. Try to watch your alcohol intake. I remember when I was in college. I liked to go out with friends. Well, you have to watch how many drinks you have because alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories. One margarita can have over 350+ calories. Have more than one and you see how quickly the calories add up.

Mostly, take this slowly. You didn't gain that weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Make some simple changes first. With time, you will lose.

Be patient with yourself and your body !!


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/15/13 11:07 A

Here's my suggestion:

Don't diet.

No, seriously! I don't.

Focus on making healthy choices, educating yourself about what you're eating, weigh and measure, but SKIP the diet. Diets don't work!

Here's an article that really helped changed my attitude about weight loss:

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/13 10:07 A

Hi Laura,

What goals have you made for yourself? I believe goal setting is one of the most under-utilized tools in our healthy living arsenal. The reason, without goals, we really have no direction as to where we are heading. They are truly our road map to get us where we are today to where we want to be in a month, 6 months, and even a year from now. But they have to be specific for you and your dreams.

Meeting our goals has been considered one of the most important motivators for so many, but sadly something many of fail to do.

And they don't have to be huge goals either...something as small as drinking water in place of soda or juice. Or walking 10 minutes 3 times a day. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night. Once those become habit then you can move on to other areas to change and before you know it you are embracing the habits of healthy living.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

LAURALOLLYPOP1 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/13 7:14 A


I'm 21,I'm 5ft 3, I weigh 10st 4lbs, this time last year I weighed 8st 7lbs, I was happy I looked great and felt great.

Since then I've had ongoing medical problems and would be ill for at least a week every two - three weeks, I am also have a vitamin D level of 23.4 which I am now on high dose meds for.

Whilst this is no excuse I feel I am really lacking in motivation to diet and when I look in the mirror I hate the way I have back fat and a belly on me that didn't exist last year! before Christmas I really committed to it and lost 10lbs in 5 weeks, but I'm really struggling to get back to it! I have 21 - 22 weeks before I go to Florida for my holidays and I want to be able to wear a bikini and feel great - I don't want this to be the first time I go and have to wear a swimming costume.

Help! I have no one to talk to about it and I'm really struggling emoticon

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