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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/2/14 2:37 P

the way I look at it, is if you have to constantly start over, then you were never truly ready to start the journey in the first place. Yes, I have been on the journey for what seems forever, but I have NEVER started over. my lifestyle is a learning experience and with new and sometimes exciting or devasting health news coming out, I have made tweaks. But if you lack motivation, you are missing your BIG WHY. If your why is big enough, you will never fail. Your why will keep you going.

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1/2/14 2:08 P

Hi, Lindsay...

I agree with AGILEDOBE. I have struggled with my weight my entire life, and I'm 45 yrs. old. Obesity runs on my father's side of the family. I have finally accepted, that for me, ROUTINE is key. Last year I lost 25 pounds, which is slow, but I've been told by many people that that's what's best. I did it by using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos, starting at just 1 mile a day, and working my way up to where I could do 5 miles. More often I did 3 miles, 3-4 times per week, pretty consistently. I would get up, have my coffee, put my exercise clothes on and JUST DO IT. I found that if I didn't do it that way exercise would not happen. After being so consistent with exercise I found that it made it a little easier to watch food portions. I started tracking my food here on SparkPeople. I have to admit that I was more consistent with tracking breakfast, lunch, and snacks and would usually have whatever I wanted (in moderation) for dinner. That might be why I lost the weight so slowly. But it worked. I didn't feel deprived and felt like it was something I could do for the rest of my life. I also got into looking up recipes and finding ways to make them healthier by swapping out ingredients. It became fun for me. Back to my point of ROUTINE. I stopped working the first week of November. Between that and the holidays and looking for a new house (my lease expired at my apartment) I got out of my routine and gained approx. 6-7 pounds. And man, do I feel it! I find it amazing that a year ago I was actually almost 20 pounds heavier than I am now, and I think to myself that I can't imagine EVER going back to that! So, I started yesterday, went back to my routine. I already have more energy. I don't know if what I did/do will help you, just know that whatever route you take consistency in doing something that becomes your way of life seems to be the key. Good luck :)

LIVELYLULU37 Posts: 1,573
12/25/13 6:09 A

I am not going to offer solutions to your topic in my response. But I have tried and tried too! I was also like this with quitting smoking. It took a million times to finally get good at "quitting". The way I look at it is this: At least you know you have to change, and at least you are trying. Every time you get that much closer to succeeding! Good LUCK.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/25/13 12:15 A

Your body isn't punishing you. That's like saying you're doing something wrong! The trick is to make small, healthy choices, and turn them into habits... for life. Lifestyle changes, not quick-fix dieting! It's all about how to approach it. Convince yourself you're going to fail, and you will.

The important thing isn't how many times you "start over", but that you keep trying.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
12/24/13 8:56 P

You mention struggling with routines. For me, routine is the only thing that keeps me on track.
I fell off track after a dental extraction because I couldn't eat normally for a week and it has taken me two months to realize the merits of healthy eating again. Routine is very iMPORTANT IMHO. Before I put my feet on the floor in the morn, I make a plan: I put on my workout clothes to start with and get a cup of tea, banana, then hit the treadmill. When I don't start my day this way, the exercise just doesn't get done and my diet for the remainder of the day seems to slip !
Unfortunately, this two month lapse cost me 6# . I am aiming for a cruise March 2, 2014 so now I really have to get busy. Not to mention that all that junk food upset my stomach even though it tasted great going down. Just make a plan and stick with it !

12/24/13 7:26 P

Hi Lindsay,
I've got you beat (since I'm much older than you LOL) I'm starting over for the 1000000th time ))-;
I know what I need to do I just can't seem to get or stay motivated.... I am hoping this site will help. Know that you are not alone. I guess we can just celebrate the small steps we take and also not throw in the towel and give up when we fall and eat things we shouldn't or in amounts that are unhealthy. Everybody splurges once in a while. The success is getting back on the wagon and moving forward..... Hope you have a great holiday and stay on track. Even staying weight neutral during the holidays can be counted as a success.

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12/24/13 5:58 P

Hello Lindsay,

How you think out this journey is the first part of success. Decide that creating a healthy lifestyle that will enrich your life for years to come is a wonderful challenge. Educate yourself about nutrition and choose the highest quality nutrient rich whole unprocessed food. There are an abundance of resources under the "Articles and Videos" tab right here at SparkPeople.

Resolve that you will replace unhealthy choices with healthy ones. Delete excuses and do what needs to be done to form new healthy habits. It is worth every effort and the rewards for each healthy choice becomes strength for more of the same. emoticon You are worth being the healthiest you. Go you!!! emoticon

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12/24/13 3:54 P

Well first off, Merry Christmas Eve!!

A little bit about myself: I'm Lindsay, I live in the lovely state of MN, just turned 21, and am going to school for my A.S Photography Degree. Currently I am 230 pounds, and want to be back under 200 pounds at about 175.

Weight issues: I've always been overweight growing up and have recently been struggling with my weight for a couple years now. Growing up I have always been at a higher level of weight than others. I got made fun of, harassed and teased about my weight. I don't think people realize what that sort of thing does to a person. Back in 2010 I was at 225, and got down to 195. About a year after that I went through a really hard break up, and well, the pounds came right back. Now I am struggling to lose any weight at all. The number just keeps going up and I'm sick of it. I don't like it and I know I need to do something about it. So this is why I have decided to change.

Currently today, I am in a happy relationship, but still struggling to lose anything. It's like my body is punishing me or something. :/
Well today, and even for 2014, I am starting my weight loss journey for about the 100th time now.. It's going to be hard, but I want to feel good about myself again.

Any motivational words would be very grateful since I have struggled with staying in routine. I would appreciate any help that is given. :)
Thank you! :)

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