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BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
3/28/13 6:46 P

We all go through the same process.......slowly

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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3/27/13 9:32 A

It is frustrating to do everything right and not lose as quickly as we would like. I began lifting weights and Love the new shape but it has slowed any weight lose. At least aim not gaining.

SUNNYARIZONA SparkPoints: (233,531)
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3/26/13 8:03 P

Well I have been a "slough off" here for a couple months. Weight has crept up even though I still exercise, though not as much as I should. Today is the beginning again for me....WE CAN DO IT!

I have a piece of desert in my fridge, that is STILL there after all day! I amaze myself!

JOJO3132 SparkPoints: (403)
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3/26/13 7:56 P

Thanks for all the replies I have only just found them, at least I have the excuse of being a newbie, so sorry if I appear rude , I just didn't know where to look!

JOJO3132 SparkPoints: (403)
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3/26/13 7:53 P

Thanks for the advice and apologies for not replying sooner but have only just found them!still learning how to use the site.
My main problem is comfort eating like so many others I know but 18months ago I was living on my own and had a break in, this forced me to move and I feel happier in my new home I was also happily in love then he was taken ill with cancer and obviously he has to sort himself out then whilst he was feeling down a so called friend told him I was seeing someone else, totally untrue I might add so then the loneliness plus the worry about him sent me to the junk food, at present he is receiving treatment and will respond to my texts but I haven't seen him for4 months , his health and getting better is all I want but still can't seem to stop overheating !

JOJO3132 SparkPoints: (403)
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3/26/13 7:43 P

Hi Debbie thanks for the advice and taking the time to reply, I have only just found the replies to my posting as didn't know where to look for them, how daft I sound but still getting used to the site!

BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
3/21/13 7:33 P

LILLI, I too am on a special eating plan from the doctor due to health conditions so there is no way I can eat just anything, even in moderation. Wish I could 'cuz I certainly do miss some of my favorite foods, but I do refrain.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
3/21/13 3:59 P

LILLIPUTIANNA--yes, that is true to a point but some of us are on a diet because of medical restrictions or health reasons and even though I would like to believe that FOR ME (Not saying everyone) eating in moderation of things I always ate before, is not the best. I have modified my favorites so that I can enjoy a version of them but I will never be able to go back to the same old ways.
I don't think a diet robs me (or anyone) of choices either. I think not making the right ones in the past when I was younger is what hurt me. I do what is best for my health. I also find that planning ahead saves me time and money as well. My diet is far from a regimented dictation and I only follow One person---not a guru.


Edited by: FP4HLOSER at: 3/21/2013 (16:00)
BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
3/21/13 3:41 P

I have a Fitbit (zap) It says I should eat less calories than Spark says. I haven't lost a pound in months. Starting today I am going by what fitbit says, maybe that will help.

3/21/13 1:51 P

FP4HLOSER, I'm not talking about "fad" diets. I'm talking about any regimented, planned out, dictation of what you should and shouldn't eat.

That sort of thing can rob us of our ability to learn how to make good choices later, because someone else is doing the thinking for us.

Learning how to take the foods you USUALLY eat, and fit them into a healthy lifestyle will get you much farther than obeying the sage words of a guru.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
3/21/13 11:58 A

I looked up Slimming World and their eating plan is VERY healthy and not a fad diet at all. Menopause really messes with our bodies and it IS harder to lose. You can do it though! Hang in there! You may need to ask your doctor about your struggle.
People need to get over this "Diet is a 4 letter word" thing. Diet does not always mean fad diet. emoticon

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/21/13 11:40 A

First, it is good you signed up here, but everyone is RIGHT. Diets don't work. They are a temporary fix to a permanent problem. DIETS tell you what NOT to have, but making a change in your eating will never make you feel deprived, because you can eat what you want, as long as you do it in moderation. Granted, you SHOULDN'T eat food with little to no nutrition value, but that is what change is about. My weight problem will NOT go away if I treat it as temporary. It is something I have to do, forever. I will likely NOT gain it back if I make this a change, and keep learning GOOD habits and breaking the bad ones.

I wish you luck. It took me years to realize what everyone here has said.

ENG_TV Posts: 1,027
3/20/13 3:50 P

The article DRAGONCHILDE referred to is a great one that shows the importance of lifestyle changes. I've been stalled for a long time, but I keep remembering that in the long run I'm doing what's best for me. I guess you just need to decide what's best for you and how you want to achieve it.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/20/13 2:21 P

Diets and denial don't work.

Here's the article that changed my perspective on this:

Stop Dieting and start Living!

3/20/13 1:01 P

Stop following a "diet." Diets never work.

Switch to using the Spark People nutrition tracker. Track absolutely everything you eat. You can have anything. You can have that butter if you want it...but you have to account for it.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,331
3/20/13 9:07 A

i think part of what you need to do is figure out what you want to do: lose weight or lose weight and keep it off.
while it's great that you lost a few stone on this before you have to look at why you put it back on before you try it again. otherwise you're just going to lose those same few stone and then gain them back again, which i am guessing probably isn't your ultimate plan. if you've had some medical issues or other reasons why you gained back, then perhaps this will work for you if you've taken care of those already. but if you didn't have some other influencing factors you need to figure out what about this doesn't work long term, address that, modify the plan to something you can do forever and try that. because it ultimately doesn't matter how much you can lose or how quickly if you can't keep it off.
so if you love cooking in butter, fine, cook in butter. but plan to cook in butter. don't use a full Tablespoon or a pat, instead try to keep it to 2-5 grams or half a teaspoon [1/6 of a Tablespoon] for individual portions. only use a Tablespoon if you're cooking five or six or more portions. or whatever works for you. if you love chocolate, have chocolate, but perhaps only buy the chips and only allow yourself them when you use them to coat fruit [and yes, i am talking heating dipping every time you want some. it will reduce how often you have them if it takes a little more work to have it]. this way you are having what you want, just in smaller portions

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/20/13 7:46 A

That's because "dieting" leads to failure. Spark's is designed to make small changes to your diet/activity over time that eventually turn into lifestyle changes. There are no restrictions on certain foods, just learning how to control yourself around food and eat less than healthy food in moderation while making most of your diet consist of healthy choices. This takes time, practice, soul searching and trial and error to learn your pitfalls and how to prevent them, educating yourself on how to lead a healthy lifestyle and learning that you can enjoy healthy eating and activity and how to make those important priorities in you life. It doesn't happen overnight, it isn't a sprint; it's a marathon but it leads to huge changes in yourself and your life overtime that are maintainable. If your diet feels like "torture" and that you are being punished, then you're going about this all wrong.

You need to learn that you *can* have these foods, you just need to learn that they should hold a small percentage in your overall diet and how to control yourself around them or find healthy substitutions.

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3/20/13 7:26 A

Hello JoJo, my name is Debbie! I was reading your post and can understand your frustration fully, but when this happened to me I felt the same way; it was that I was not fully understanding the diet and this is what I found.......When you eat healthy and work out but still put on weight remember that working out will help to build muscle and remember muscle weighs more then fat. I had gained 2 lbs but lost 9 inches in the first week. I am finding that hunger can be a big issue for me too and this is what I do... I try to drink at least 1 gallon of water a day (that helps to keep you full) , I plan my meals for a whole day(breakfast,morning snack,lunch,and dinner) this way when I want something that I can't have then I don't have it and I am finding that everyday I want it less. Remember wheat is not as good as you think it is.... whole grain helps to make you fuller, because it takes longer to process and more fiber.

JOJO3132 SparkPoints: (403)
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3/20/13 7:03 A

Hi everyone this was my second week of my diet I'm following slimming world as I lost( and found) nearly 3 stone following that as I don't like being told what I can and can't have, stupid I know but even though I don't eat butter if I see I am not allowed it then I crave it!
This week I have upped my excercise and followed the diet using my syncs for alcohol as it was a very social week the only thing not part of the diet was a 75 gram pack of cashew nuts and 2 chocolate bars during the week.i also have to take 2 grams evening primrose oil a day for menopause symptoms and have worked out this is about 1400 calories a week but this week I have gained 2 and a half pounds usually at the start of a diet you lose loads I feel like going and getting a big block of cheese(my fav food in the world) and just eating that after all if I'm going to put on this amount I might as well enjoy it, anyone had the same result

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