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EFFIEANNIE Posts: 4,100
9/18/13 9:40 A

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Tracking all my food helps me. You need to know how many calories you are eating, and just cut back gradually. Look at cutting carbs and increasing your protein.. One day at a time. Learn 1 change at a time. Read all the information here on the site. Good luck to you.

BILL60 Posts: 963,512
9/18/13 8:51 A

Welcome to SP.

SHANNONKLET SparkPoints: (0)
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9/18/13 12:15 A

Thanks everyone, it's simply hard to share with those around me. Mostly because I have started and stopped so many times that certain people laugh at me when I say I'm starting again. So I feel frustrated there too. On the upside frozen fruit smoothies are super yummy mixed with yogurt and a bit of granola!

ROCKLE45 SparkPoints: (5,392)
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9/17/13 10:31 P

Welcome! As others have said, it will not happen overnight. Take one step at a time. I have some of the same struggles as you! Sweets are my downfall... I don't think of it as cutting out everything I love, but taking steps to ingest less of it and more healthy stuff.

For example, I did not completely cut out soda, but I stopped keeping it in the house. That has forced me to drink more water. If you're not a big fan of water, or get tired of it easily, there are lots of recipes out there to add fruit or herbs to it to change up the taste!

I also stopped keeping all those sweets in my home (my biggest weakness is ice cream!), but replaced it with lots of fresh and dried fruit. In the beginning, if I was craving something sweet, I would eat a piece of fruit and that would usually help a lot! I crave the fruit and other healthy foods I've been eating now!

Baby steps really are the key. I have done this dance countless times, going all out every time before this and burning myself out quickly. Focus on one thing at a time: replace soda with more water, take a short walk a few times a week, etc. Over time, you'll find that the sweet cravings won't go away completely, but they will taper off and not be as intense. As you take each little step to take care of your body, it will thank you and you'll feel so much better!

There are always going to be good days and bad days. There are going to be days when you just don't care anymore and you give in to those cravings. It happens! The important part is that you try to make a better decision the next time, whether that means the next meal, the next day, or the next week. If you are ever having a "bad day," reach out to this community and it will support and lift you up.

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LETHA_ Posts: 4,621
9/17/13 8:14 P

Welcome! SparkPeople is a wonderful resource for meeting your goals.
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DELIA38961 SparkPoints: (37,314)
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9/17/13 7:08 P

welcome and best wishes

0309COOKIE Posts: 8,436
9/17/13 6:00 P

Welcome aboard!


SIRENALEANNE SparkPoints: (47,364)
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9/17/13 3:49 P

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You are on the right track. It takes baby steps and the will not to give up or give in. I have diabetes, My doctor recommended gastric bypass, my mother had gastric bypass but that is not an option for me. I can do this. If I can do this, you can do this! Keep Sparking! This program really works! I've been a sparker for a year now. The highest I've ever weighed was 272. I'm about 240 now and although it has taken me a year I refuse to give up because it does work! You can do this! Give it time and take baby steps!

You can beat emotional eating, you can beat the "laziness" it doesn't happen overnight but you can do this. I would recommend the Spark Coach Program. It addresses alot of your issues and can help maintain accountability and consistency. Give it a try. Keep in touch. I'd like to know about your progress.

You can do this! Never give up!

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9/17/13 3:11 P

I think maybe I hit a breaking point of sorts today. I live in Germany and have for the last 4 years. But this last time I visited home both of my parents had had gastric bipass, and both of my sisters lapband (one with more success than the other). For the first time I felt like I didn't belong in my family. But I chalked it up to everything being a bit rough there anyways. So today I was putting away laundry and I found a big bag of Twizzlers I had brought back with me. Of course I tore into it. Very happy with my sweets. I was reorganizing my closet (because it was a disaster area AGAIN) and realized more than half of my clothes don't fit! Being an emotional eater of course I ate 5 more Twizzlers to comfort myself. And then I sat on the floor and cried! Ever wonder who has the ability to make you feel worst about yourself, doubt no longer, you can!

I suppose the most basic problem I face is my own laziness! I get home and all I want to do is, what was that expression I heard today? Heed that siren call of the sofa. The next problem is where do I start? I usually try to change a whole bunch of things at once, get frustrated and quit. Then gain more weight. I am also starring down 30 with shocking speed. Five months and 29 days from today to be exact. Food is my comfort, have a bad day, have a good day, do something good, want to make something better.... blah blah blah so the song goes! How do I fix this? Food is a coping mechanism, obviously I need to learn a new coping mechanism, but where do you even start learning something like that? Is it possible to change everything at once and stick to it? Can I give up sugary coffee and soda and everything else at once? Do I have to give it up all at once or is cutting back enough? I kind of feel like I am turning in circles. I worry about type 2 Diabetes, it's all over my family tree as are all other types of awful things. I mean I feel like I am still to young for this crap! My knees are killing me all the time... I decided to go for a walk, a nice 40 minute walk. I mean hey it's sort of a start right?

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