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SMYLE4ME73 SparkPoints: (382)
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4/17/13 7:15 A

Take a bow on your 30 pound loss! I am sure everyone noticed but many just don't know the right way to bring it up!! CONGRATS to you!!!

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,728)
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4/7/13 12:53 P

When I started at about 180 it look about 30 pounds for everyone to notice. A few said something at about 20 pounds but 30 seemed the truly magic number.

Just an aside, I want to be in decent shape and weigh in at a healthy BMI. But I would NEVER decrease work hours to exercise more!!! Weight loss is 80% diet and only about 20% exercise. Then financial security of working is much more important than a few more sessions at the gym. Yikes!

KIMJHOWARD1 SparkPoints: (59,540)
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4/7/13 12:24 P

In the beginning it was difficult. I'm someone who has always had poor self esteem and almost no confidence. I was never overweight until a couple of years ago but I hated myself and tge way I looked. I have always struggled with depression most of my life and now I still have to deal with it. I apologize if this sounds like a pity party. This is something I never talked about before I started spark. Talking about it helps so much.
I started spark back in June and at first it was all about getting back to a size six and being "thin" again. But when I started walking every day I started feeling so good and positive for about a month or so. Then after a few months I didn't see any progress on the scale so I beat myself up. I continued to walk though just for the feeling after. Somewhere along the way my focus shifted. Instead of focusing on the scale I started focusing on how strong I was becoming. I started out only able to walk a mile and by the fall I was walking 5k's! Then 10k's. All of a sudden I remembered that I forgot all about the vanity of it and was just in it for the health and wellness.
One day I was talking about my challenges with my husband. Then it hit me: in my twenties I was very thin. 115 size 5 (but no muscle!). I remember feeling "fat" back then! Ridiculous! So I realized I had to fix this self image problem. So I reflected on the happiest time of my life. When I met my husband I was at 135 but the way he treated me made me feel like a friggin model, lol. No one has ever looked at me that way. I was so happy I started walking every day. By the fall of 2010 I was down to 131 and a size six. But felt amazing! I wanted to feel like that again. Not LOOK like that again just FEEL that good! So that's how my focus changed. I knew if I didn't love me the way I was at that moment then no matter where I was in my journey I was never going to be happy.
So I've only lost like 9 or 10 pounds since June 2012. But I have found the best treatment plan for depression and I feel more confident and I'm happy! Now I am okay if I never see a size six. Thank you SparkPeople! And I am so grateful for a man who loves me no matter what.
I'm am also thankful that the biggest transformation that I could ever make has happened! It was all in my mind and I will never be the same. :-)

KIMBERLY19732 Posts: 289
4/7/13 12:24 A

I've been here since mid Jan. I have lost 8.5 pounds. Super slow but that does not bother me so much-like it used to. I am in my SP ranges most days, I have started walking the dogs daily, walk at the track most days, ride my bike on pretty days -and drink alot of water. Still it is slow going--I have many pounds left too.

DANCEMOM1970 SparkPoints: (44,190)
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4/5/13 11:20 P

I have been here a million times. I wanted results "now" and I wanted them dramatic. It took 20 plus years of trying to lose weight to finally get it right.

I have been morbidly obese pretty much my whole adult life. Exercise was something I did in a "diet" to help me burn calories for the diet. But I hated it...there was little I could do and progress seemed so slow that I would quickly give up, and then give up a healthier eating plan. I am still "obese" but just out of the morbidly obese category. I had to change my view of exercise. 15 months ago I decided something had to change but I didn't want to just diet and complete the same failing cycle I always had. So, I spent 7 months just focusing on exercise. I found something I loved to do, that I could do, even at a lower level than everyone else at first. I started going to aquafit. For 7 months, all I did was 3-4 classes of aquafit every week. It took time, but soon I noticed small changes in my endurance and strength.

After 7 months of just doing that, I was down 20 lbs and felt a lot better about myself. I was ready to do the whole package and added Sparkpeople once again. Since then, I've lost an additional 52 lbs and for the first time, I'm not losing steam and giving up. Sure, I love the successes including scale and nonscale victories, but it's more about gaining back my ability to live my life free of painful joints, refusals to social events and I have learned that I really have the ability to push myself physically and make improvements. This is the longest I have ever stayed the course on any journey of this kind I've tried and it's because my mindset is different. I no longer care if I'm "perfect" in diet or exercise every day. I had no trouble with gaining 7 lbs over December and then get back at it again because that was REAL LIFE. I'm in this to live my life, not get from A to B and it's totally different.

I don't know how to explain what is different in my head, but you'll know it when you find it.

4/5/13 6:27 P

Thank goodness a couple like me here. I've had very small results over the last 3 months. I am eating more fruit than ever. I've been off the computer more. I seem to have either really "on it" days or #2 all tracker days. I just realized I probably didn't give myself enough credit on some of those more on it days. I haven't gained weight past my initial start point but have only dropped about 3 lbs in 3 months. I don't seek exercise naturally and am really sore, no matter how gentle I do it, for days afterwards but I don't mind exercising at my level once I'm doing it. Granted my level is pretty low as I'm very unfit & morbidly obese but I do the adaptations as best as I can.

I keep coming back on here because it is something I can do for myself. So much of my life is beyond my control right now, I just want to be competent at something. emoticon Not really feeling it right now, pretty sad.

ROCKINROOSTER SparkPoints: (873)
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4/5/13 4:45 P

I am not too sure yet, I just started this week and I am excited to be trying something new that has so many positive people!

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
4/5/13 3:43 P

I have been at it (this time) for about 3 months and some people have made comments to me just in the last week. I noticed the scale after a couple weeks and we talking only a couple pounds. It has been slow but steady and don't get discouraged when you hit plateaus, keep going. The one way I noticed the most before anything was the way my clothes fit and my energy level I noticed after one day! emoticon emoticon

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/5/13 1:26 P

i have been on and off the "weightloss" wagon so many times that i lose count.

I will say it took me about 6 weeks to really notice a difference when i had the lifestyle of "everything in moderation" and eating a healthier form of the SAD. I noticed a little bit more energy and felt better. I lost a bit of weight here and there, but certainly not as much as I wanted and certainly not as fast as i would have liked. I did a different kind of exercise than I did before. With my old lifestyle i was a treadmill person. It was ok. I lost weight and got fitter, but i can't say that I was healthy. I still got colds, sinus infections and bronchitis every year. I was on HBP meds. I did over the counter weight loss supplements. Yes, i lost weight only to gain it back later.

Two years ago, I jumped off that lifestyle with both feet. I adopted what I consider a healthier lifestyle. i chose to go with a more plant based lifestyle. I now choose to do a more intense form of exercise. I see a chiropractor twice a month and exercise in his office twice a week. Again I chose to do this. I am not saying that my results are typical or atypical. It was my choice. i am not banging other healthy lifestyles. But I will say, once I went to a plant based diet and chose the more intense exercise, I noticed within a week differences. Now in two years I haven't been sick, I haven't had a cold. I no longer get bronchitis. Do i attribute the results to just a plant based diet? No. of course not. I attribute it to making a change that made sense to me.

For the previous 18 years to this change, sure i lost weight, I got into smaller clothes, but I still got sick. i still felt tired. I still had cravings I no longer have.

if you are not seeing the results you want, I in no way am telling you to make the drastic change i did. See, i don't have a family to worry about. It is just me and my dust bunnies. There was no one in my household that told me they wouldn't eat that or don't want to do what I am doing. It was me and me alone. Make small changes for yourself. Change up the exercise. Change up the dietary choices. Get a spiritual relationship with God and yourself (He is the ultimate Foodie). Get an emotional support from within.

I just read a post from someone who was studying health and mentioned Spiritual and Emotional health being important to your journey. In some ways I think that these two concepts are more important than anything else.

PATIENCEPIE SparkPoints: (735)
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4/5/13 12:28 P

I am wondering this too.

I don't go to the scale, I wanted to "see" and feel results and fit into my clothes better. Plus I wanted to build muscle so I didn't think looking at the scale was helpful (plus I don't have one).

I am on my 17 week of spinning 3-4 times a week. Yoga once a week. A 20 minute walk up a big hill and down every 3 days. 60 crunches every other day and weights every other day. Plus i play hula hoop and poi almost everyday. I threw out all the sugar in my house. Cut out bread, juice, crackers and cereal. I eat mostly eggs (one a day from my chickens), yogurt, cheese, chicken, all veggies and all fruit, some rice and tortillas, would think there would be a noticeable difference after 17 weeks.

I feel a little better but still fight and crave food everyday, all day.....WHAT EXACTLY do I have to do? I feel like my life is all about deprivation. Do I need to step up the deprivation? Do I need to feel my stomach growling and being light headed and angry all the time to get into shape? I have cut my work hours almost in half to fit in the work outs and I am already flat broke.

I want to know WHEN we start to see a difference as well......

KLL19144 SparkPoints: (5,456)
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4/5/13 11:47 A

i know that I havent been at this long, but results are always motivating....I dont see a lot of movement on the scale. I had my sister measure me last week so at the end of the month I will see how that looks. But for those that have lost a lot, when did things start changing for you? like when did you see changes on the scale? when did people notice? when could you really notice?

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