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GAILANN48 SparkPoints: (123,202)
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2/28/13 7:24 P

Hi, PrincessSkate -

Sure do hear you - that "good grief, what have I done" feeling is one with which I sure can identify...hearing it in my own voice, in fact! So, you took a couple of steps backwards - right now you can choose to continue, or instead to make your act of facing facts the first of many steps forward.

As for where to begin, just begin where you are right now. If you're not tracking what you eat, you might take a week and just track, honestly and completely. That might give you a better idea what you're taking in. You can also track activity - you must be doing a lot of campus walking! After you know what the facts are, then you can take a hard look at what you CAN change. There are other options for the microwave besides soup if you choose to go that route. There's also the option of bagging lunches you make from grocery store items, perhaps just a few times a week to start, and then more often to reduce the dining hall meals that you don't want to eat. It does take some extra planning, but if the weight loss is worth it to you, you'll find the time.

You can do it! There are lots of useful tools here, great information, and however much encouragement you'd like. Hang in there - just remember that it all happens one choice at a time.

:) Gail

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2/22/13 1:23 P


Every single member of Spark People has experienced exactly what you're going through right now. All of us are experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. Well, that's the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Now, you have to be practical. I know we'd all love for the weight to be gone overnight, but it's not that simple. 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. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

So, no more beatings. the beatings aren't productive. put this all behind you and start with some simple changes first. One thing I would recommend is putting on a different pair of jeans that do fit properly. wearing the tight ones that cause a muffin top will just make you feel more miserable. Don't give yourself that kind of grief. Put on a comfortable pair of pants even if they are a bigger size than the ones you want to wear.

Wearing tight clothes isn't comfortable and it makes perfectly wonderful people look fat when they aren't. Wear suitable clothing that flatters your figure !! put away the tight clothes for now and concentrate on ways to make your day, week and month a bit more healthy.

As the Coaches all say,"trust the process".

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2/22/13 9:16 A


Try not to let this little set-back from deterring you to get back on board.

If you have not read the resources on SparkPeople's College Living LifeStyle (see link below), you may want to give that a try. Lots of great information on how to deal with the trials of healthy living while going to college. There are also links to the college SparkTeams where you may be able to get some support from those going through similar issues.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

2/22/13 8:35 A

I was so proud of myself during the holidays this year I managed to maintain my weight but since then I have been stress eating and as a result, I'm up 7 lbs! I could barely get my jeans buttoned this morning and I'm going to have a crazy muffin top all day. I want to cry. I have been so busy I'm always eating on the go. I'm in college btw, I don't have a kitchen. All I have is a fridge and access to a microwave so I have to eat at the dining hall which has horrible food (U.S. World & News top 10 worst college dining) or eat microwavable soup. I'm not even sure what's wrong with me or how exactly I gained 7lbs but I'm so discouraged. I have no idea where to begin to get this weight off.

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