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5/9/14 4:52 P

I love food. I enjoy healthy food and I do not know how much of that comes naturally and how much comes from focusing on it and knowing it is better. Start by cooking at home if you are not already. You can have excellent tasting food and have control over where to cut fats and calories (i.e. greek yogurt instead of sour cream or in most baked goods, low sodium products, white meat over dark meat, leaner beef, so on and so forth). Pinterest is great for finding ways to replace "this with that". Look up the benefits of many and even when in doubt, give it a try. I have gotten my husband to try many things and he loves many of our substitutes. - The trick is getting him to cook with them! emoticon

BETRHO48 Posts: 15,225
5/9/14 2:39 P

Serve as an example for your patients. Take it from this old experienced nurse who always put everyone else ahead of herself: Take care of yourself! If you don't get and keep yourself in the best healthy condition that you can, eventually, you will not be able to care for your patients.

Stay plugged-in to SP and strive to do ALL the things in the program. Set goals; eat right (including weigh and measure food) by following the SP program; read articles; support SparkFriends; get fit - do Nicole's exercises; write blogs, journals, comments; etc. Go down the list of activities on your SparkPoints tracker menu and do all that you can on that list every day. If you do, you will succeed in managing yourself at a reasonable weight and you will get fit. You will also learn a lot and be able to help your patients using your own knowledge and experience.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,446
5/9/14 12:55 P

be your own patient.

if the type of food and quantity is the issue...then you know what you need to do. As others have said, you can't out-exercise a bad diet. Eating more of the right things (veggies and fruits, lean protein) and less processed food, refined sugars, and saturated basic knowledge. The hard part is APPLYING what you already know and following thru.
It is up to you

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/9/14 12:46 P

Everyone is different as to when the moment hit them when "enough is enough".

I cared for long time - and I saw my weight slowly creeping up month after month.

And month after month I wanted to do something about it. Every time I tried on too tight pants, or saw my tummy bulging, I'd sigh...and say "tomorrow."

I cared, sure...but not enough? I mean, it bothered me...but...

Then one day...I had it - my "Ah Ha" moment. I saw myself naked in front of a full length mirror. Whoa.

That's when it hit me. I said to myself "This is %^&&** bullsh*t, man. WTF have you done to yourself?"

And that's when I got jiggy with it, cause I really, really cared.

The only way it worked for me (doing it!!) was starting slow - but what really helped me the most was, learning. I kinda looked at it like a job that I needed to learn about. Know why? My job was to lose the weight!!

So, I came here and learned about calories, and carbs, and good fat, and protein, and fiber, etc. And the more I learned, the more I figured it out - while slowly incorporating my new knowledge into my life.

Lol...I've no idea what the point of this all is. I think, maybe, that people want it...but they need that one time where it clicks in their head...when they say to themselves "enough is enough?"

Well, whatever you do - start small. Don't look for any crazy fad diet, either (or cleanses, or fasting, or pills). They do not work. Slowly work yourself into your range, slowly start drinking more water, slowly start replacing junk food with healthy veggies, fruits, etc.

Whatever you do...always remember: It's the always the tortoise who wins the race....never the hare :)

ETA: If there are typo's I don't care, lol.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,384)
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5/9/14 11:33 A

Hello, Bridget !

You can't beat yourself up because you gained some weight. This is something that has happened to every single member at one time or another. We are all experts at yo yo dieting. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future !

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. 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.

That's why SP encourages all its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. 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 start with an hour, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And I'm going to be honest with you, if you want to lose weight, you're going to have to reform your eating habits. You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. What happens when you get injured or bored with your fitness routine ? I'll tell you what happens. the weight packs back on.

Every member will tell you that if you want to lose weight, you have to eat right first and watch your portions. Because we all know how hard it is to re-learn how to eat, that's why we are all going to encourage you to start with some simple changes so that you don't end up frustrated.

AMBRIDGET2 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/9/14 11:09 A

I just graduated nursing school and gained 30 pounds over the years. I am disgusted with myself (that I let myself get this way). I have been working out but when it comes to eating healthy or good food, I just can't seem to get into the "I care mode" when I really do. I am not sure what to do. I am miserable and want to get rid of this weight. Any ideas, suggestions, etc. emoticon

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