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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
10/15/13 5:47 P

I had a heart to heart chat with Jesus. I was fat miserable and so unhappy. I had read the book 7 Keys to Weight Loss Solution by Dr Phil McGraw. It is an amazing book. I had given it to 5 women who were tired of their weight. I wanted to be supportive of their weight loss journey if they would do the same for me. I had no one interested so I asked Jesus to help me. He did and found sparks for me. He also found a love for weight lifting for me too. He taught me that eating from my wounded past (abusive childhood) was not the answer. He taught me to eat to fuel my workouts and not from pain. The weight came off. I learned to love my body more. In this journey I learned that it's a life style change and not a diet or quick fix. I learned that it's not just about loosing pounds as I also lost bad behaviors like beating myself up for a bad meal I ate. I also learned to love myself stick up for myself when others put me down for my new life style. The biggest thing I learned is that I will never go back to the way I was..........

AGGIEKBEAR03 Posts: 503
10/15/13 5:31 P

My journey started almost 10 years ago when my mom passed away from cancer. I had been doing a lot of reading about cancer and the causes and kept seeing one preventative coming up over and over again...eating healthy and being active. Even with all that research and reading, it was not until a couple years later when a friend introduced me to Sparkpeople. I started changing my habits one at a time. I then picked up running and have now completed several half marathons. I have had some difficult times but I always seem to find myself back were I started...Sparkpeople.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,523
10/15/13 4:50 P

I'm a very focused type person...{...that's a nice way of saying OCD emoticon }
Before Spark...all of my attempts to lose weight were extreme...with the purpose of 'quick and dirty'.

Life is real...losing weight should be a by-product of a healthy lifestyle, not a temporary diet. And being active should be the way we spend the better part of our days, when we aren't sitting behind our work desks. Switching my paradigm to healthy eating has taught me how to maintain my weight loss. Getting motivated to go further keeps me trying to push that scale down. The combo of the 2 means that I am moving in the right direction. I just need to realize that the climb gets a little steeper and tougher, the closer you get to the top.

10/15/13 4:19 P

My journey probably started with another popular weight loss program. I'm coming to the conclusion that I do best on my own right here on sparks. My own pace and no pressure. Make sense?
It does for me.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (599,937)
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10/15/13 4:12 P

I think portion size is the most important thing; no matter what you eat.

SHAKESALOT Posts: 1,334
10/15/13 4:09 P

Drink lots water and write every nibble down.

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/15/13 3:59 P

KJFITNESSDUDE: That seems similar to what I did, starting about five years ago. I do not have a hobby other than playing around with graphic animation and photo manipulation. So I turned diet and exercising into a hobby. I spent and spend quite a bit of time reading on-line things about diet, nutrition, exercising, and health. I set up my own exercise plan and my own dietary plan, independent of others. However, I also have had 3 check-ups with a health-professional doctor, regular yearly check-ups with a medical doctor, blood-work done each spring, and have had my body fat % checked a few times. So I do need others' input from time to time.

I like reading what others have experienced and believe about diet and exercise, but, ultimately, the journey I am on is mine alone.

SLUGGER17 SparkPoints: (90,555)
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10/15/13 3:57 P

Congrats on the 20 lb weight loss! I had never monitored my calories, so I decided to give it a try. A good friend told me many of the wonderful things I could gain on this website...

REBCCA SparkPoints: (420,662)
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10/15/13 3:33 P

I have been average to underweight most of my life and then made some unhealthy choices. One thing led to another and finally I saw a scale for sale and stepped on it. I was shocked and awakened to the need to take action. I started my healthy lifestyle journey that moment, researched, studied, made goals and took action. I vowed to ingrain healthy habits and keep finding ways to be even more healthy and fit. It worked! emoticon .

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
10/15/13 1:20 P

I had also attempted to lose weight many times and failed before I found Spark People. When I found Spark People, I knew it was exactly what I'd been looking for--a reasonable, moderate, plan with a food tracker. So, I fired up my computer, entered my stats, set up the food tracker and started weighing (already had a food scale) and tracking and making sure I stayed in my ranges.

Along about that time, I also had a doctor's visit and my doctor brought up my weight (he was a great doctor and, sadly, I had to change doctors due to insurance). I told him I was tracking my food on Spark People and that I'd lost about 20 lbs already. He asked me if I wanted to see a registered dietitian. I said sure. So, I also started seeing a registered dietitian and she gave me advice that I sometimes didn't like or want to hear (e.g. start eating breakfast, eat 3 meals per day, stop snacking, get a hobby to do in the evenings and spread your calories evenly throughout the day instead of saving most of them for dinner). Taking some of that advice was hard (especially the advice to spread my calories as evenly throughout the day as possible and eat breakfast), but I did it anyway because I wanted to lose weight and I wanted it badly. I kept with the plan and lost almost 100 lbs.

I'd never had any good advice prior to that time, just harsh words from people (including other doctors) telling me to do it. The only other advice I ever got prior to that was to go low carb. I also took that advice and was a dedicated low carb person for several months, twice. It was a miserable disaster--I felt horrible and would only lose weight for the first couple of weeks, then stall for months, until I gave up. My husband said he'd never seen anyone so dedicated to following a diet. I'd also gone to Jenny Craig, but they never actually gave me any advice other than to take their vitamins and follow their meal plans. I lost about 20 lbs before I left that because of the cost.

I was always ready and willing to take advice and follow it, even when it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I was desperate to lose weight for years and years. I just didn't know how to do it and never had any real help or a reasonable plan before I found Spark People (and my RD).

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 10/15/2013 (16:48)
GIPPER1961 Posts: 769
10/15/13 1:00 P

I have been dieting for over 45 years since I was a fat kid. Over the years I have read and tried every diet. I now read about nutrition and not diets. I read about what makes us fat. I read about the toxic nature of sugar.

I have actually had success by doing most things the nutritional industrial complex has told us for 50 years not to do. I eliminated foods that make me binge, I stopped trying to eat everything in moderation.

10/15/13 12:29 P

Long ago before I actually ventured on this journey I had attempted to lose weight many times but failed. I probably got good advice from people who actually knew what they were talking about but I must've either not really heard them or only wanted to hear what I wanted to hear.

Funny though, when I started THIS journey it was alone and I sought ZERO advice, I researched it all myself and then discussed my findings with others after I was off to a good start (20lbs lost).

How did this journey start for you?

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