So here's my goal. Track everything I eat for the next seven days. Good, bad, or indifferent. At the end of the 7 days analyze my eating for problem areas. Learn from them and choose one to change next week.
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3,480 1/31/14 1:56 P
It dos not matter how many times you start...just as long as you have the courage to keep trying.
You are not alone...others...including myself...struggle with the behavioral and emotional eating episodes. Just keep trying. It will work out.
Bunnykicks and Russell are making good points. Changing bad habits is the goal, and the scale will follow. For women, or at least pre-menopausal women, sometimes it's hard to tell if it's working, because your monthly cycle may wreak havoc with the scale when you were not expecting it. Russel's point is taken though -- if months go by and you're not losing weight, then you need to assess what's going on and change your plan.
I joined Spark two years ago, and I didn't meet the goal by the hoped-for date I posted on my Spark page when I started. Does it bother me? Not in the slightest. The fact that I'm still committed -- and down 90 pounds -- is what I'm proud of. Goals can be overrated, in the sense of hitting milestones. They can be inspiring, but they shouldn't crush your drive.
My weight-loss philosophy can be boiled down to this: The only people who fail at it are those who stop trying.
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37 1/31/14 11:16 A
I ALMOST agree with everything BUNNYKICKS said, except the last part about waiting.
I agree that you should pick a goal, like eating what is on your tracker, and following it for a set period of time, instead of saying I will lose 5 lbs in the next 2 months. These healthy changes tend to get you the weight loss results. If you are eating properly, your body will eventually drop down to a proper weight.
The only difference is, I think you have to judge what is " eating properly ", by the results you see. I am not saying that you have to see a drop on the scale EVERY week, but you should on most weeks, and if not, you should be able to know why. We all cheat at times, and can say we gained a lb. because we had a doughnut at work on Wednesday.
If you think you are eating properly, and not seeing any result for multiple weeks though, then the diet has failed you, and you shouldn't wait for change. While I find it amazing that people can stick to a diet where they see minimal losses, sometimes as low as a lb. a month, I think it is ridiculous. I have lost 170 lbs. so far, and am down 1.2 this week in my 57th month on the diet. You might not see a drop on the scale the week after a HUGE weight loss, or when you get really close to goal weight, but pretty much every week you eat properly, you should see a drop on the scale, even if it is .4 lbs.
Since, you will cheat, you will be starting again.. again in the future. Just ignore the cheats, and get back on track immediately, and never stop. You may lose 6 lbs. in a month, and gain back 3, but it is progress. The problem comes when you are not losing, and then gain 3 when you cheat, which is more likely, since you aren't seeing any results.
So pick a plan, track the next week out, and get the groceries, and aim for doing a week properly, and see if that plan actually works over the next 2-3 weeks. A drop on the scale is a sign of the plan working, but shouldn't be the goal.
Even if you have to re-start 200 times, the other option is giving up on yourself, and that isn't an good option.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 1/31/2014 (11:10)
1/31/14 10:46 A
I believe it is better to set "behavioral goals" rather than "weight loss by the numbers" goals.
Instead of "I will lose X pounds" (with or without the optional "... by X date"), pick a habit you want to change. Make your goal "I will eat at least five servings of fresh fruit or veg daily" or "I will stay within my spark calorie range every day for ten days in a row" or "i will track everything I eat, honestly, whether i go over or not, for the entire month of february" or "I will order alternative sides other than french fries when going out" -
It's the behaviours that lead to the weight loss. When you implement the behaviours, and you KNOW you are "doing things correctly in order to bring about weight loss" it can really help with the psychological game that the scale will play on your head sometimes. You know, the one where you step on the scale, it hasn't budged enough (or at all, or budged upwards) and you feel like you "failed" because you didn't meet the numbers goal? Well, if you can honestly say "BUT I WAS EATING WITHIN MY RANGE" you will know that you really did do all you can do, you did not fail, you COMPLETELY succeeded, and that you just have to wait-it-out a bit for the scale to realize it, too.
I keep failing. I think it's because I set unrealistic goals. My new goal is to set better goals. The first goal will be five pounds. My question is should I set a target date for starting as far as following my trackers carefully, or jump in?