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KARENGMT SparkPoints: (0)
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10/15/12 2:06 P

You're here now! Just start reading and moving and tracking and tweaking what you eat until you're within your ranges and eating a healthy diet!


OTTOLOVE Posts: 247
10/15/12 12:01 P

You are on the way! A journey of a 10,000 miles begins with the first step. Or any journey for that matter. You did before and you can do it again. did you you go back to eating or doing what you did in the first place? Somehow we know what constitutes weight gain and pretend that if we go back and eat that doughnut or cheeseburger regularly it won't do anything to us. We want our cake and we want to eat it too. 👄 You know what to do. Stay on spark people and you will do it!

10/15/12 11:44 A

I am a pro yo-yo dieter, but you have come to the right place. Sparkpeople is what has helped me get out of the yo-yo mentality into healthy lifestyle mentality. You didn't mention HOW you lost the 60 lbs. I recommend getting 'The Spark', by Chris Downey, if you can. It outlines the philosophy of developing a healthy lifestyle. This book really helped me analyze my behaviors. It's about starting small and focusing on consistancy. For me, looking at my attitudes and beliefs about health and weight loss and being patient with the process has made a HUGE difference. I've lost 28 lbs so far. Still over 100 to go, however, 6 months ago I was starting to think I would be fat the rest of my life. You can do it.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,246)
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10/14/12 6:53 A


Welcome to Spark People !! Spark People is a FREE website with all the tools you need to help you become a healthier YOU. I know the website seems overwhelming, but check it out. I'll post some links at the bottom of this reply.

Now, as the old song goes, "accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for 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.

Why did you regain some of the weight ? Well, what's different about the last few weeks ? Be honest with yourself. Have you been under any emotional stress ? problems at home, work, school, family or relationships ? Emotional stress can cause a person to turn to food for comfort. Are you bored with your routine ? Boredom is another reason/cause people give up their healthy habits. If you've been eating the same foods day after day or doing the same exercise routine day after day, it's time to shake things up. the human body thrives on change and challenge.

I've found from my own years of yo yo dieting is that one reason people "give up" is because they think they are on a diet. Many people believe (I was one of them) that once they've lost the weight, they can go back to eating whatever they want. This is a misconception. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise.

Spark People isn't a diet. It's all about making a lifestyle change. the healthy changes we make today, we keep for the rest of our lives, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight.

So, don't beat yourself because you've regained some weight. you CAN get back on track. Be kind to yourself as you would to others. Here are a couple of links you'll find helpful.


SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (256,783)
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10/14/12 3:55 A

Well, you have come to SP and that is FREEEEE ......... AND all you need! Everything is right here at your fingertips - the articles in the Healthy Lifestyle section, and the Trackers - particularly the Nutrition Tracker.

I weigh all of my food for increased accuracy and enter it all in there. This has helped me to stay focused and stay on track. It has also enabled me to reach my goal after having been overweight for about 30 years. I have been maintaining for quite a long time, but I STILL use the tracker daily - after each meal/snack, so that I am sure to keep to my goal.

You did real well to lose the 60lb in the first place.

Did you reach your goal?

Did you use a DIET to lose that 60lb? People often do, and that is often the reason why people regain. They get to their goal and then go back to what they were doing in the first place!

Did you have some extra stressors in your life?

Are you on medications - some will cause a person to gain weight, but often that can be overcome!

Have you been tested for things like Hypothyroidism?

I'm sorry that there are lots of questions, but you haven't given us much to go on.

My suggestion to you is to use Baby Steps - gradually change your nutrition and exercise, allowing your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. That way you GRADUALLY unlearn your old habits, as you equally gradually replace them with healthy new ones.

Ensure that you pay attention to the carb/fat/protein per cent (click on "see today's full report" on your main Nutrition page. Ensuring that you get enough protein helps a lot, as does eating lots of fruit/veges.

You will find that if you create a SparkPage and have it set so that other members can drop by, you will get loads more support because they will be able to leave encouraging little messages. This ALL helps us to reach our goals, and get enjoyment on the way :-)

Take care,

RYINO39 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/14/12 2:53 A

I had lost 60 pounds from November 2010 to June 2012. Now since then I have gained 22 lbs. Why is this happening??? I am so desperate but every where I turn the programs all require me to give them money that I don't have.

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