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SPARKARINO SparkPoints: (189,745)
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2/8/13 8:16 P

emoticon Never give up!

Edited by: SPARKARINO at: 2/10/2013 (21:26)
MURRAY4LOSS4 SparkPoints: (7,386)
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2/8/13 9:35 A

Thanks everyone, I really needed that. I have a better outlook today. I have to realize sometimes life is going to get in the way of exercising and for eating out that's not a big deal they have a lot of healthy choices so that's not a problem. I just got to look at what I have done and what I can do..Sparkpeople had a great article about 25 ways to get back on track. I will be using that often when I have another one of those day..

I so glad I have stuck to this..

HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
2/7/13 8:24 P

I Agree with banana! don't give up....Just keep putting one foot in front of the other...Take some deep breaths and hit the pavement smiling!!!! Write in a journal...all the reasons you want to be healthy....List all the things you are grateful for in your life....and plan your good eating and exercise behaviors for tomorrow!!! let the negatives go and allow the positives to flow, baby, flow!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

2/7/13 7:39 P

Please don't give up! Focus on the times you make good choices, eat more of the good stuff, and forgive yourself when you don't. Over time I promise it does get easier and becomes more a natural action than a deliberate choice.

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GNISULA SparkPoints: (11,454)
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2/7/13 2:03 P

Don't give up just yet.
I watched a great film called "Hungry for Change", and in it they said that around 6% of medical doctors have nutrition training. There was also a saying that really stuck with me.
Don't cut out foods, just eat more of the right stuff. The bad stuff will work its way out eventually.
I agreed that it's hard to eat dessert if you've filled up on salad first.
Every animal has to get weened eventually, so ease down your calories slowly.You can do it!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,061)
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2/7/13 1:24 P


I agree with Zorbs too. If you were eating 3,000+ calories a day and then dramatically cut your caloric intake to 1800, it's not a wonder you feel like giving up. That is a drastic cut. When people join Spark People and they see they might have to eat 1200-1600 calories a day, they do become discouraged. Instead, SP recommends that a person slowly decrease the amount of calories they eat per day until they are eating the SP recommendations.

May I ask why your doctor put you on so strict a caloric intake ? Also, not to question your doctor, but is your doctor a weight loss specialist or dietitian ? Here's the thing, there are many doctors who don't know anything about nutrition. They just tell their patients to cut their calories to X amount thinking that cutting calories will help that person lose weight.

And while it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. quality of the food a person eats has a bigger impact on their waistline than how much. You may find it better to work with a dietitian than your doctor when it comes to losing weight.

A good dietitian can help you craft an eating program so that you don't feel so miserable that you want to give up.

Also, according to your SP page, you've only been doing this for a week. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. This isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic losses are just not typical. So, don't beat yourself up if you didn't see a change in the scale in the first couple of weeks. that really is perfectly normal.

You need to be more patient with yourself and your body. Make small changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. learning proper nutrition and portion control takes time.

What to do ? You might want to increase your calories to a more sustainable amount for a few weeks as your body adjusts to the change in caloric intake. So, if you need to eat a bit more, eat a bit more. try to make healthy choices, but once again don't beat yourself up if you're not perfect.

Does your doctor have you on this diet because of a condition you have ? Or did your doctor just tell you eat this amount to lose weight ? If your doctor hasn't given you any guidelines, then you might want to ask for a referral to a dietitian.

MURRAY4LOSS4 SparkPoints: (7,386)
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2/7/13 9:52 A

It has taken me 2 months to lose 5 pounds. I am exercising, eating they way I should. The only thing with the eating is I can eat all the calories I get close. I am just about ready to throw in the towel and give up. Just maybe I was meant to be this way. Just maybe...I don't even like things with sugar in them anymore. But today I could eat it even though I don't like it...Don't worry I won't I just want to see the scale go down. grrrrrrrrrr..I will give it 1 more week then I might be down...I am tired of it I am not going to wast the rest of my life dealing with it.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/6/13 6:53 A

I agree with ZORBS13:

what were the amount of calories you were used to eating?

tracking the nutrients helped me. when i started sparks, i was eating too many calories, too many carbs, but not enought protein and fiber.

increasing your fruits and veggies helps too.

set small goals you can stick with.

take baby steps. swap out a fried dish for a baked dish. if you like soda, maybe decrease that. for me, diet soda seems to make me want sweets. (that is probably just me)

don't give up! if it you could snap your fingers and change everything overnight, no one would be overweight.

good luck!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,750)
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2/6/13 5:13 A

Try gradually reducing your calories by 100 every week until you are in range. What is your spark range?

If you're used to eating 3000-4000 calories daily, then it is not surprising that 1800 is difficult to acheive.

Then look at the quality of your food. Higher quality food will keep you full on that many calories.

LEHIA13 Posts: 537
2/6/13 4:41 A

DON'T GIVE UP!!! I myself still struggle with the 1500 calorie range. I mostly hated it in the beginning of my quest because I always felt hungry, but just stick with it and it will get easier as you go.

Something else that helps me is to divide up the calories. Create a set calorie goal for breakfast lunch dinner 2 snacks and dessert. I most of the time have to plan out my meals the day before to see what kind of tweaking I can do.

Also keeping busy. My mind at first was always on food. Found myself always wanting food.

I know it's hard, but don't give up. Your health it's important. I will keep you in my prayers emoticon

LADYTAMMY1973 SparkPoints: (2,712)
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2/6/13 12:46 A

I having trouble sticking to 1800 cal diet. its too strict for me.

PCVCHRISTINE SparkPoints: (21,364)
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2/6/13 12:20 A

Can you tell us a little more about what has you feeling depressed and aggravated? Are you upset because you're unable to stick to 1800 calories a day? Or are you having trouble counting/tracking your calories in order to know whether you're eating within goals? Or are you doing fine sticking to the diet, but not seeing results?

There are different potential responses/solutions to each of those challenges, but I think that overall it's helpful to remember that it takes us a LONG time to build our relationship (healthy or unhealthy) with food, which means that we're not going to change our relationship with food over the course of a few days or weeks. It takes time!

LADYTAMMY1973 SparkPoints: (2,712)
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2/5/13 11:28 P

i feel like giving up, this 1800 cal diet that my doc has me on is for the birds. i have been trying to do the 1800 cal diet along with spark people, it has me depressed and aggrivated.

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